Burger King BOGO Free Whopper

December 21, 2012 by  
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Free WHOPPER Sandwich purchase of WHOPPER Sandwich I’ve just spotted this Burger King BOGO Free Whopper Coupon, which may be part of the Burger King celebration of 55 years of the Whopper sandwich.

The BK coupon via Coupons.com gives you a free Whopper sandwich when you buy another Whopper sandwich. Quantities may be limited, they often have a cap for these coupons, so grab yours sooner rather than later. I haven’t had chance to print it myself yet, but I believe the printable coupon is valid until at least March, 2013. So you don’t have to use it at once, just make sure you have it if you want it.

Don’t forget that the Chili’s coupons in their holiday promotion continue until December 24, for a different special offer each day such as kids eat free or a free appetizer or dessert when you buy an entree. Each coupon is only valid on the day of the offer.  Find today’s Chili’s Grill & Bar Holidaily coupon.

This Chili’s Coupon for Free Skillet Queso and Chips with the purchase of an entree is available any day of the week, when you sign up for the Chili’s email club with special offers.

While I’m talking coupons, this Famous Footwear coupon offers Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off plus an extra 20% off your entire purchase, as a “Score a Holiday Shopping Victory” promotion. Nice one! Famous Footwear in Albuquerque is located in Montgomery Plaza, and at Cottonwood Mall.

–Tania  FYI this post contains affiliate links.


Albuquerque the Magazine’s Best of the City Awards 2012 & Save on Subscription

December 21, 2012 by  
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Thanks for voting ABQ on the Cheap into the Top 5 Bloggers for Albuquerque The Magazine’s Best of the City Awards 2012!  It’s a joy to win your vote of confidence again this year, and I look forward to bringing you more bargains for every bright and beautiful New Mexico day.  Thanks to everyone who voted for us… Albuquerque on the Cheap readers are the best!

And because I can’t resist a deal tip: here at Cheap Central we save bucks with an Albuquerque The Magazine subscription at $15 a year.  It’s a bargain for a magazine that arrives chock-full of entertaining articles, profiles of the people to know and the places to go, and info on Albuquerque restaurants, arts, and businesses. A subscription gives you 65%  off the cover price of $3.95 per issue, so if you buy more than three issues a year on the newstands anyway, it’s a no-brainer to subscribe and save.

In the Best of the City Awards, congratulations to Best Blogger winner Arantha Royce for her Arantha’s Gourmet Beauty blog. She’s a woman after my own heart and we seem to share a passion for Essie nail polish. I’m wearing Essie as I write and it couldn’t be prettier. I usually buy my Essie on discount at TJ Maxx, although I probably shouldn’t admit that to beauty guru Arantha. In my defense I’ll say that because the Essie polishes at TJ Maxx are about half price, I take a risk on trying colors I wouldn’t splurge on otherwise. (Right now a delicate eau de nil shade, and I have an urban greenish-gray lined up for the weekend.)

Congrats too to the other bloggers in the best of the rest top five: my eternal favorite Gil’s Thrilling (and Filling) Blog by fab foodie Gil Garduno, a must-read if you want the scoop on local restaurants that rock; the cool Follow Eric blog I mentioned earlier this year, and New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan, who puts a pop in la politica.

Thanks to you readers who support all of the Albuquerque magazines, newspapers, and bloggers.



Harry Potter Film Festival On The Cheap & A Freebie

December 21, 2012 by  
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This Harry Potter holiday film festival is a wizard deal if you’re trying to keep your little darlings entertained in the days after Christmas. And you don’t have to break into the Gringotts Wizarding Bank to pay for it.

The KiMo Theatre’s Harry Potter Film Festival runs from December 26 to 29, 2012, and admission for muggles is $2 each, regardless of age. If you or your budding Harry, Ron, or Hermione, or even your Hagrid, go dressed in a costume based on any character in the Harry Potter series, you also get a free popcorn from the concessions. Refills are conjured up at the magically cheap price of 25 cents.

The family film festival times start on December 26 (or Boxing Day as we call it in my native country, England) and are shown in the same order as they were originally released in movie theaters, the same order as the books. So you can basically live in there for four days and see the whole series start to finish, or pick your favorites or any you missed to watch as a one-off.

This is the Harry Potter Family Film Festival line-up at time of writing:

  • December 26 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • December 26 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • December 27 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • December 27 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • December 28 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • December 28 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • December 29 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • December 29 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The Harry Potter films are rated PG are doors open 30 minutes before show time.

If you aren’t dressed in costume to get the free popcorn, take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.



Albuquerque Aquarium Sleep with the Sharks

December 20, 2012 by  
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ABQ BioPark Aquarium overnight events always sound great to me, although I’ve spent more time trying to avoid sharks than cozy up for the night with them.

The ABQ BioPark Aquarium sleepovers for all the family include activities such as games and crafts with supplies provided, and everyone visits the touchpool and can watch sea-themed movies in the theater. They also tell you all about the underwater critters and their night-time habits.

The next Aquarium Overnight is on January 18, 2013.

The noctural adventure isn’t dirt cheap, but at $30 per person I think it’s a pretty good deal for such an unusual experience, and makes a great treat for kids – maybe for a birthday or other celebration. (And hey, it’s educational!)

Events start at 7 pm on the Friday night, and finish at 8 am on the Saturday morning – just in time to go get fish tacos or lox and bagels for breakfast :-)

Registrations must be made well in advance as space is naturally limited – which is why I’m reminding you now so you can book in good time. An adult has to attend the sleepover with any children aged under 18. (Yeah, I know. You were just thinking about your next date night or wedding anniversary celebration and thinking “Geeze, 30 bucks overnight is cheaper than a baby-sitter!” Sorry, it doesn’t work like that.)

The next ABQ BioPark Aquarium Overnight events for the new year are:

  • January 18 – 19, 2013
  • February 22 – 23, 2013
  • March 22 – 23, 2013
  • April 12 – 13, 2013

For all the details and to book a space call (505) 848-7180.

And let’s hope the sharks don’t snore…

Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.



Albuquerque Airport Parking Coupons

December 20, 2012 by  
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If there’s one thing I hate, it’s paying top dollar to park my car. What am I talking about? I hate paying top dollar for anything – ha!

Well cheapskates, here are two Albuquerque Airport parking lots with deals and discount coupons to park just minutes away from Albuquerque International Sunport if you’re taking a trip out of town… perhaps to visit family for the holidays.

Albuquerque Airport Parking on University Boulevard just south of Sunport Boulevard offers three parking deals:

  • One Day Free Parking coupon with a minimum two day stay, valid through 2012.
  • Frequent parking rewards program to receive a certificate for up to 7 days of free airport parking when you notch up 10 points. You get 1 point per visit, plus 3 free points just for joining the program, plus a bonus point on your birthday!
  • Military Parking  – Active military personnel with ID receive a discount on parking, and deployed troops park free – you need to contact them in advance and show proof of deployment.

The lot’s official address is 1501 Aircraft Avenue SE, and it’s just opposite the turn off to the handy airport post office on George Road that I often use if I’m in that area, as there are never long lines.

Park and Shuttle coupons are currently for members of specific groups only, on covered or uncovered parking through 2012.

  • $1 off the daily rate if you’re a member of AAA, or for Military, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Honeywell. Take necessary proofs as requested on the coupon.
  • 50 cents off the daily rate for corporate customers. Not sure how they check that you’re ‘corporate’, but there you go. They request ID and a business card if you have one.

Park and Shuttle is located at 2909 Yale Boulevard SE, just south of the Gibson intersection.

Shuttles run very frequently between both these airport parking facilities and Albuquerque International Sunport.



Free Restaurant Certificates to Give as Gifts

December 19, 2012 by  
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I mentioned this freebie before, but in case you missed it, here’s a reminder of how to Feed it Forward and give friends and family free $10 restaurant certificates until January 1, 2013.

Free restaurant certificates to give as gifts? What a great idea to spread a little seasonal cheer! Through January 1,  you can send free $10 Restaurant.com certificates to your friends. This is part of their Feed It Forward promotion – scroll down at the link to the Feed It Forward info.

You can give one gift to each person during the Restaurant.com Feed it Forward promotion, and they send the certificate via email. Friends and family choose from thousands of participating restaurants nationally to redeem their certificate. Note that there is usually a minimum spend in restaurants, so your recipient will have to top up a little, but they’ll still get $10 off their check.

You can pretty much send as many free $10 restaurant.com certificates you like as there’s a maximum of 100 per sender per day. Even our most popular reader would surely struggle to find THAT many friends to send to.  The promo ends on January 1, or when the money runs out. They have a maximum of $40 million worth of free restaurant certificates to give away – that’s a lotta free food, people!

If you want to actually buy Restaurant.com already discounted dining certificates for yourself or others, prices are typically $4 for a $10 certificate, $10 for a $25 certificate, or $20 for a $50 certificate, and other denominations are available. But they often offer a promo code for a further discount if you add the code at checkout. If there’s a current promo code available you can see it in this image below that automatically updates:

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Albuquerque restaurants in the program include:
Red Brick Pizza, Cheese and Coffee Cafe Downtown, True Sushi, Forque Kitchen and Bar, Bandido Hideout, Coolwater Fusion Restaurant, Sophia’s Place, Ezra’s Place, Saffron Tiger, Olympia Cafe, and other Restaurant.com venues High Noon, Brasserie La Provence, Amici, Yasmine’s Cafe, and many more.

Check individual restaurants for deal terms (eg minimum spend) to make sure they’re a good deal for you before tucking your napkin under your chin

–Tania. I’ve given you my Restaurant.com affiliate links.


Gift Card Discounts, Free Bonus Cards Update

December 19, 2012 by  
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Get free bonus gift cards and gift card discounts for the 2012 holidays. Here’s our updated list of gift card and gift certificate deals for local Albuquerque and national chain restaurants, shops, travel, and more! Here’s one way for Santa to give a little and get a little… Use the freebie or savings to treat yourself, or for an extra stocking stuffer.

If you’re a regular customer of any of these businesses, it might be worth buying the cards to use yourself on future visits, with a free perk attached.

Restaurant Gift Cards

10% off Chili’s gift card orders of $100 or more. The eGift cards can be purchased in any denomination from $5 to $100 per card, as long as they add up to $100 or more to get the 10% discount. The discount is shown on the payment page. The card is valid at Chili’s Grill & Bar and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Cold Stone Creamery Free $5 Bonus when you buy $30 worth of Cold Stone gift cards online.

Scalo Northern Italian Grill gives a free $5 voucher when you spend $50 on a gift certificate, until December 31. I was there recently for Happy Hour – ooh, yum!

High Finance Restaurant and Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tram discounted gift cards in December give you a  $25 gift card for $20, a $50 card for $40, or a $100 card for $80. The cards are valid at either restaurant.

Applebee’s Free $10 Gift Card when you buy $50 worth of gift cards either online at the link or in restaurants, for a limited time.

Buca Di Beppo $10 Reward Card when you buy $50 worth of gift cards. The free bonus card can be used between January 1 and February 10, 2013.

Bravo! $20 Bonus with every $100 you buy in gift cards until December 30.  The free bonus card can be used between January 1 – March 17, 2013.

PF Chang’s $20 Bonus Card with every card with every $100 purchased in P.F. Chang’s gift cards until December 31. The free card can by used between January 1 and March 31, 2013.

Red Lobster gives a $5 off bonus coupon when you buy a $25 gift card.

Denny’s $5 Bonus Card when you buy a $25 gift card.

California Pizza Kitchen $20 Rewards Card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards. The bonus Rewards Card can be used from January 7 – March 3, 2013.

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse has a Buy-Five-Get-One-Free deal on gift cards. You get a free gift card of the same value when you buy five gift cards.

Flying Star Cafe is giving a bonus 10% in free gift cards when you buy $250 (or more) worth of gift cards this holiday season. This is what the server told me when I ordered dinner (with a $5 discount thanks to my latest reward voucher from my Frequent Flyer card – ha!). Ask at Flying Star Cafe locations.

Bailey’s on the Beach Free Gift Card deal – When you purchase two gift cards at the Nob Hill restaurant, get one free Bailey’s on the Beach gift card.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill  gives you a free $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card.

FireHouse Subs coupon when you purchase a gift card of $10 and they’ll reward you with a free dessert, until December 15.

Black Angus Steakhouse Free $5 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card.

Olive Garden $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 or more of Olive Garden gift Cards in a single transaction until December 31. The freebie $5 card can be used from January 1 to February 13, 2013, against the purchase of two adult entrees.

Lone Star Steakhouse buy $25 worth of gift cards and get a coupon for $5 off your meal in January.

TGI Friday’s Free $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 worth of gift cards.

Outback Steakhouse Free $20 Bonus Card with the purchase of each $100 worth of gift cards.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Free $10 Reward Card with the purchase of $50 worth of Pappas Gift Cards until December 24. (The free reward card is then valid from January 1 – February 28.)

Landry’s Restaurant Free $10 Reward Card for every $50 worth of Landry’s gift cards you buy.

Chipotle free food with a $30 or more gift card purchase through December 31. Take the purchase receipt into the restaurant by January 31, 2013, and choose a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos, or salad.

The Taco Bell Gift Card Promotion is a free menu item worth up to $5 when you buy $20 worth of gift cards.

50% Off Gift Cards for first-time Saveology customers only are available at these links for:
* Papa John’s Pizza 
* Burger King, Applebees, Dunkin Donuts, Boston Market, Landry’s, Domino’s Pizza, and Subway
* Red Lobster and Olive Garden
These are national deals so select National if they ask you to pick a city while ordering. Click the screen outside the box requesting your email address if you want to see the deal before signing up.

Del Taco gift cards come with free food! Basically, for each $25 value on the card you get a coupon valid for a free Del Taco Combo Meal, so it’s one free meal on a $25 card and four free meals with a $100 card. If you opt for the online exclusive $100 Black Card you get a free $25 Gift Card instead.

$5 Texas Roadhouse Certificate when you buy gift cards worth $30 or more online at their website.

Carl’s Jr Freebie Get a coupon for a free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with a minimum $5 gift card purchase.

CiCi’s Pizza Free Buffet with every purchase of $25 worth of gift cards.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes free meal pass with every $50 gift card purchased by December 31.

Genghis Grill Free $5 Gift Card when you buy a $25 gift card.

Orange Julius Free Smoothie when you buy a $15 gift card in December.

Red Robin $5 Bonus Bucks Reward when you spend $25 on a gift card. The bonus bucks can be redeemed between January 1 and February 28, 2013.

Pay $10 for a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card to email or print instantly, or for physical cards delivered free by mail. Customize cards with a gift message, and the recipient chooses from thousands of participating restaurants nationally to redeem their certificate. Note that there a minimum spend in restaurants, so your recipient will have to top up a little, but they’ll still get $25 off their check. The discounted Restaurant.com gift cards are available for other amounts too, including $2 for a $5 card, $20 for a $50 card, and $40 for a $100 card.

Shopping and General Gift Cards

The Children’s Place free $10 eGift Card for every $40 worth of eGift Cards you send. The offer is valid until December 31.

Groupon Gift Certificates are a good way to make your gift money go further. Each certificate is usually worth at least double the face value to the person who redeems it, and there are plenty of restaurants, and other deals and experiences with local Albuquerque businesses they can choose from!

For every $20 worth of Thrift Town Gift Cards you buy, they’re handing out a set of bonus coupons for $20 of savings. The offer is good till December 31, 2012, while supplies last.

Bonus Bed and Breakfast Free $25 Gift Card with every 1oo you spend on a B&B gift card in December, using the promo code:  BBCHEER25 at checkout. You can then use the card you buy and the additional freebie on a single BedAndBreakfast.com reservation. Participating B&B’s that take the gift cards in Albuquerque include Los Poblanos, Bottger Mansion, Chocolate Turtle, Mauger Estate, and several more, plus B&Bs in Santa Fe, Taos, and elsewhere. Find all the 4,000+ inns nationwide where you can use the gift cards at the BedAndBreakfast.com free bonus card promo page.

50% Off Gift Cards for first-time Saveology customers only are available at these links for:
* SearsiTunes, The Children’s Place, and Bath & Body Works
* Old Navy
* Staples

Godiva Chocolate Free $10 Reward Card when you spend $50 or more at Godiva through December 24, 2012. If you’re a real mad chocoholic, the deal is two $10 reward cards when you spend $100, three $10 reward cards with a $150 purchase, and four $10 reward cards when you spend $200 or more.

Amazon Gift Cards No discounts here but their email gift cards, customizable with your own photo if you choose, are about the easiest way to send love if you’re running late on mailing gifts. Or they’ll mail an Amazon physical gift card to the recipient in a greetings card, with free one-day shipping!

NOTE: If buying a card to be mailed to recipients, check delivery dates with each merchant if you want it to arrive by Christmas.

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 –Tania. FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.


Sonic Half Price Shakes on Solstice / Mayan Apocalpyse

December 19, 2012 by  
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Sonic’s half price shakes promotion on December 21, 2012, is in honor of the winter solstice, but for anyone shaking in their boots because of the Mayan calendar 2012 apocalypse prophecies, it might be a sweet distraction while we wait to see how it all shakes out…

Get half price shakes at Sonic all day on Friday December 21, 2012, to celebrate the shortest day of the year at participating locations. No coupon is needed, but you need to mention the offer when ordering. Drive by and enjoy the real ice cream shakes on the cheap, in flavors including Chocolate Holiday Mint Shake. That doesn’t sound like the end of the world to me.

And don’t forget the ongoing offer for Sonic Drinks Happy Hour daily from 2- 4 pm, good on Slushes (except CreamSlush Treats), soft drinks like Coke, Sprite, and Dr Pepper, ice teas, and limeades, but usually not valid with combos and Wacky Pack meals.

Although I’m joking about Friday, if you’re concerned about the Mayan calendar prophecy you might be reassured by reading this NASA press release that they’ve issued in advance, dated December 22, 2012:  Why the world didn’t end yesterday.

If you know of any Mayan calendar apocalpyse special deals or events on Friday – or maybe there’s one running at a place where you work – now is not the time to keep it to yourself. Let us know in the comment box below!

Thanks to our prophetic pal Carolyn at Wichita on the Cheap for tipping us off that the Sonic deal is nigh.



FedEx Express $10 Off Shipping

December 19, 2012 by  
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FedEx Express has a great deal if you’re running late on shipping holiday gifts, although the $10 off coupon is valid until December 31, 2012.

This FedEx $10 Discount Coupon  gives you $10 off $20 worth of FedEx Express shipping. The discount is only valid on domestic US shipping, on packages that require a transportation charge of $20 or more before the discount is applied. According to the FedEx website, as long as a package is sent with FedEx Express by December 22, it will arive in time for Christmas.

Hope that helps Santa’s elves get their packages to the right places on time!

Print out the coupon and take it to a local FedEx office through December 31, 2012. Here’s the list of Albuquerque FedEx locations.



Free Shipping Day is Today December 17

December 17, 2012 by  
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Get free shipping from online retailers, with delivery promised on or by Christmas Eve, from nearly 1,700 online retailers.

Free Shipping Day is today December 17, 2012, with delivery by Christmas Eve for addresses in the continental United States. Some retailers are offering special deals or discounts with orders too.

You can see all participating retailers and any discount promos at this Free Shipping Day official website, searchable by retailer name. National merchants offering free shipping today for Christmas include:

  • Walmart Free shipping on orders of $45 or more
  • Kohl’s Free shipping and 15% off orders of $50 using the promo code: COOKIES
  • Overstock.com Free shipping using the link provided at this FreeShippingDay site
  • FansEdge Free shipping with no minimum purchase on gear for sports fans including Albuquerque Isotopes and New Mexico Lobos merchandise.
  • Land’s End No minimum purchase and 40% off your order over $100
  • Crocs.com Free 2 day shipping on orders over $75 with promo code: FSDAY75   Crocs.com is also offering 40% off all boots until December 18 with promo code: BOOTS
  • Cost Plus World Market Free shipping plus 10% off all orders with promo code: FREESHIP12
  • J Crew No minimum purchase and 30% off orders with promo code: WISHLIST
  • Elizabeth Arden No minimum purchase
  • The Body Shop Free shipping with the promo code: ONEWORLD
  • Magazines.com Free shipping and deals on discounted magazine subscriptions, calendars, movies, and fragrances.
  • Coldwater Creek: No minimum purchase and get 40% off your order with code: AFLF768
  • Harry & David No minimum order, get free shipping with the code: SHIPPING
  • Bed and Breakfast.com Free Fedex shipping of gift cards and get a free $30 e-card with every $100 spent on gift cards using code: BBELVES30
  • Entertainment Book 2013 Free Express Delivery for guaranteed Christmas delivery on December 17 only, and the book is on sale at $19.99 for all cities – that’s 50% off the regular price for the Albuquerque Entertainment Book. You can start using the coupons and mobile coupons now, through November 2013.
  • Amazon.com Free shipping on orders over $25, through Tuesday December 18 for Christmas delivery. Find today’s deeply discounted flash deals here.

See all the merchants and offers for Free Shipping Day, there are far too many for me to list! Make sure you check any specific requirements or minimum orders to get the free shipping and note that in general the Free Shipping Day offer is only for today December 17, although some retailers may extend the offer for a day or more longer

I’d always encourage you to shop from local businesses, but if you shop online at the national retailers anyway, perhaps to send gifts to distant friends or relatives, Free Shipping Day is a chance to save a few dollars on gifts.

–Tania FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.


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