Food Freebies & Deals: July 30- Aug 6, 2010

July 30, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week include FREE Whataburger, $5 off Fox & Hound, Baskin Robbins BOGO free, half price YoYo Bliss frozen yogurt, Panda Express freebie with purchase, 80% off Casa Chaco and Cazuela’s Mexican Grill,  Landry’s deal and more.

Free Whataburger on August 3 from 5 pm to 8 pm when you wear orange! It’s their 60th birthday and they’re giving away a free Whataburger – but you must wear ORANGE to claim your freebie! Here are the Albuquerque Whataburger locations.

$5 off Fox & Hound Sports Bar – on any dine-in food purchase of $15. Coupon is valid to August 31, 2010.

Fox and Hound Albuquerque drink specials run daily, including $2 Tuesday on draft beers and Sunday $3 Bloody Mary.

Baskin Robbins Buy One Get One Free Coupon – Buy one regular soft serve cone and get one free at participating locations till August 8.

Whole Foods Market $45 worth of coupons – if you shop the lot, that’s how much you’ll save. Choices include $1 off Blue Diamond Almond Butter, $1 off any 2 Dream Frozen Desserts, $1 off Lundberg Risotto (I love that stuff when I’m too lazy to cook). Click the coupons you want and print out on one sheet – very simple. Once printed, they’re valid to October 31 – not sure how long they’ll be available online though.

50% off YoYo Bliss, the frozen yogurt mavens in ABQ Uptown, thanks to Good Day New Mexico’s Half Price Thursday. Buy $50 worth of certificates for $25, and use by July 31, 2011 – yeah, as if you’ll hold out till then! Certificates come in $10 denominations, shipping cost for the certificates is $3.75, and it’s best to buy soon – quantities are limited!

Free T.G.I. Friday’s $10 Gift Card with the purchase of two entrees from the new Caribbean-inspired summer menu. Offer is good at Albuquerque T.G.I. Friday’s till September 6.

Landry’s Seafood House distinctive dining deal saves you over 35% on a three course menu: get a salad bowl, choice of 3 entrees, and choice of 2 desserts for $19.99. Print the Landry’s Deal Menu and take it with you for the offer – valid Sunday through Thursday.

Panda Express Free Panda Bowl when you buy a two item combo and two medium drinks with this coupon via Valpak, valid to August 12.

80% off certificates and gift cards is still running till July 31 with the promo code: PLATE (Enter the code at checkout to see the discount). Buy by July 31, no expiration date on certificates. Participating Albuquerque restaurants currently include:

  • Peppers Cantina, Asian Cafe, Sophia’s Place,  Casa Chaco, Cazuela’s Mexican Grill
  • In Santa Fe: Ze French Bistro, Red Enchilada Restaurant, and Casablanca Fine Mediterranean Cuisine
  • 80 cents for a $10 certificate
  • $2 for a $25 certificate
  • $4 for a $50 certificate
  • $8 for a $100 certificate
  • $8 for a $100 Gift Card (redeem at 15,000 restaurants nationally/free shipping)

To get the 80% off, select your certificates and enter the promo code PLATE at the check out page. (The full 80% discount doesn’t show till then.) Check the small print for any restrictions.

Flying Star Cafe’s Burger ’n’ Shake special offer Buy a burger and get a milkshake for $2 (usually $4.99) – it’s a limited time summer deal, not sure when it ends, so slurp your shake soon!

Thinking of signing up for Netflix? Get a $10 Papa John’s Gift Card when you become a new subscriber. Papa John’s also has a limited time special for two large pizzas for $10 each.

Village Inn Pie Rush Wednesdays. They’re still serving up free pie from 10 am to 10 pm every Wednesday, get a free slice of pie with a dine-in purchase.  No coupon necessary but it can’t be combined with other specials (see the link). No expiration date in sight. But you know it can’t last…

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

Thanks to readers Rita and Barb for sending tips, and to our cheap chow chums at Fort Worth on the Cheap and  Florida Keys on the Cheap.

–Tania   FYI: I’ve given you my affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the link.


Friday Food Freebies & Deals: May 14-21, 2010

May 14, 2010 by  
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Free cookies, military eat free, $2 Flying Star shakes, BOGO free desserts, BOGO free breakfast burrito, pizza savings, $3 off a dozen cupcakes, kids eat free, fizzy and summery wine tasting, and more deals for the week ahead.

  • Free Chocolate Chip Cookies on Saturday May 15, at the Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip at the ABQ Uptown location. According to New Mexico Business Weekly, they’re giving away 2,000 mini cookies – plus opportunities to win prizes and see the Nesquik Bunny. This is only at the ABQ Uptown location.
  • Military Eat Free on May 15 at Chick-fil-A in honor of Armed Forces Day, at both ABQ locations: Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Corners and Chick-fil-A Paseo del Norte. We’re told that anyone in uniform or carrying a military ID will eat free. (Update: Active Duty only if that’s not clear.) Thank you Chick-fil-A, and biggest thanks to our military men and women.
  • When you buy a burger you get a milkshake for $2 (usually $4.99) in Flying Star Cafe’s Burger ‘n’ Shake special offer – it’s a limited time deal but they don’t say how limited, so slurp your shake soon!
  • Kids Eat Free at Bernalillo Flying Star on Thursdays from 5pm to closing.  Buy one entree and pick one free item from the kids’ menu. Valid only on dine-in, only at the Bernalillo location, and it’s for children aged 12 and under.
  • Buy one dessert and get one free on Date Night Duet Friday nights at Bernalillo Flying Star. Fridays only – take a date from 5 pm. They’ve also got a couple of wines for $3.99 a glass, and live music.
  • Buy one breakfast burrito and get one free from Picoso Grill on Menaul, or buy a regular breakfast and get another one for free (via ClickACoupon)
  • Free drink coupon for a medium drink at Wienerschnitzel with the purchase of a Big 100% Angus Beef Dog – valid through May 29, 2010. Find Albuquerque Wienerschnitzel restaurants.
  • Specials at JJ’s Pizza on Menaul When you buy one pizza they give you $5 off your second Extra Large pizza, $4 off your second large pizza, or $3 off your second medium… Or if you’re having a party, get 5 or more extra large party pizzas for $6.50 each, but you must give 24 hours notice for that one.
  • $3 off a dozen cupcakes or $5 off a half sheet or larger cake from Say It With Cake on the Westside (via ClickACoupon). Say it for less dough too!
  • Wine Tasting at Season’s Rotisserie & Grill – Summertime Sippers on Saturday May 15 at 3 pm. Try six summery white, pink, and sparkling wines, paired with tapas, for $30 per person plus tax and tip. Places are limited – you need to make a reservation.
  • Last couple of days for Half Price Frappuccino at Starbucks Happy Hour – between 3 and 5 pm at participating locations. Offer ends May 16, 2010.

Note: As always, not all locations may be participating in all deals. Call ahead if you want to be sure.



Friday Food Freebies & Deals for 4/9/2010

April 9, 2010 by  
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Tax Day treats plus freebies, discounts and coupons for the week ahead at Cinnabon, PF Chang, Quiznos, Chick-fil-A, Saffron Tiger free entree and kid’s bowl too, Gold Bar nostalgia, El Norteño Buy-One-Get-One-Free on breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Standard Diner’s beer feast.

  • On Saturday April 10, satisfy your sweet tooth with a free breakfast cinnamon cluster at Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Corners between 6:30 and 10:30 am.
  • Join Chick-fil-A at Paseo Del Norte’s free viewing of the new VeggieTales movie Pistachio on Saturday April 10 at 6 pm. The free movie party includes face painting, giveaways, and popcorn. Pick up a free Pistachio coloring sheet in advance, take it home for your little one to color in and bring it back to the April 10 party…. and they’ll get a free kid’s ice cream!
  • This coupon (mentioned last week) for an Arby’s free roast beef sandwich when you buy any soft drink is still (just) valid – coupon expires April 10.
  • Sweet relief on Tax Day April 15 with free Cinnabon cupcakes. They’re giving away two free bite-sized cupcakes per person between 6 pm and 8 pm – note those are both PM times, it’s an evening offer – at participating mall-based Cinnabon bakeries.
  • P.F Chang’s also eases the Tax Day burden with 15% off all food – dine in or take out – on April 15! Not valid on beverages or happy hour food but otherwise just turn up with a taxing appetite.  No coupons necessary. (If you’re a Warrior Card member, you don’t get 10% off on top of that – just the same 15% as everyone else!)
  • Quiznos coupons valid till April 18  for:
    – Free chips and regular fountain drink when you buy any regular/large sub, or regular chopped salad
    – $1 off 1 sub, $2 off 2 subs, $3 off 3 subs
    (Thanks to Atlanta on the Cheap for the lead!)
  • Get a taste of nostalgia with the Gold Bar fundraiser for the ’98 Del Norte High School 12 Year Reunion – buy the peanut butter and chocolate desserts that were sold in Duke City schools. One pound (about 12-14 gold bars) costs $9.80, two pounds = $18, and three pounds = $26. So you save by ordering more (what a great excuse! I mean, incentive.) Order your Gold Bars online, pay by PayPal, then pick ’em up at Del Norte High School on April 17 or May 8 from noon to 1:30 pm. OR have them delivered to your door ($5 shipping for one pound of Gold Bars.) Or just turn up slavering at the school on those sale dates  – April 17  and May 8 – and pay with cash.
  • My mouth’s watering at the thought of East Indian food, and Saffron Tiger Indian Cuisine Express adds to the temptation with a coupon for a free entree OR chai tea or mango lassi, PLUS a free kid’s bowl for children aged 12 and under, when you purchase any two entree combo. Saffron Tiger is located on Paseo Del Norte, just east of San Pedro, and the coupon is good through April 15, 2010. (Thanks to Denise for THAT tip. Not sure if Denise works there or is just a wonderful reader, either way, thanks D!)
  • Editor-at-Large Ron is quite excited that  El Norteño Buy-One-Get-One-Free coupons are back in Valpak – and no wonder! BOGO coupons serve you a free breakfast, lunch, and dinner, valued up to $8 each. Coupons are valid till at least April 23, 2010 at current time of viewing, for dine in only. 
  • Standard Diner’s Beer Dinner on Sunday April 18 is $50 a head, but that’s for six… count ’em… SIX courses, all paired with Marble Brewery beers.  The menu starts with Cheddar/Beer Soup and ends up with Cinnamon Baked Brie, by way of Kobe Sliders, Lollipop Lamb, and a couple of other courses you’ll just have to do your best with. Reservations are required, and I’d say bring a tent, ‘cos I can’t see anyone walking home after this feast. Or maybe even rising from the table for 24 hours.
  • If you’re more of a wine buff, Standard Diner uncorks half price bottles of wine on Monday nights!

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers. Call ahead if you want to be sure.



Prairie Star Free Entree, Two Dine @ $60, & Half Price Apps

February 15, 2010 by  
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Enjoy a free entree at Prairie Star Restaurant through March 31 with the coupon! And find out when to get a three course meal and wine for two for only $60. Or just nosh on half price appetizers every Tuesday through Thursday during happy hour.

Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar is located in a lovely old adobe at the Santa Ana Golf Club, and from now through March 31, 2010, you can get a free entree with the purchase of another entree using this Prairie Star free entree coupon. Maximum two coupons per table, and the freebie must be of equal or lesser value than the dish you pay for.

Plus, every Tuesday through Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm, nosh on half price appetizers  in the Prairie Star wine bar, with offerings such as oven roasted blue crab cakes, wild boar slider, and cheese platter. Choose from over 50 wines by the glass or half-glass to wash down your happy hour apps. No coupons required, and no reservations needed at the wine bar.

Finally, Wednesday Wine & Dine nights offer a two-dine-for-$60 deal, with two salads, two entrees, dessert for two AND a bottle of wine thrown in, for just $60. That sounds like a deal to me. Wednesdays only, reservations recommended, no coupon needed, and this deal is not valid with any other offer.

Prairie Star is closed Monday, and you’ll find it at the Santa Ana Golf Club, 288 Prairie Star Rd, Bernalillo.



Friday Food Freebies and Deals for 9/11/09

September 11, 2009 by  
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It’s another fantastic Friday edition of Food Freebies & Deals! Dig in!

T.G.I.Friday’s Facebook Freebie: Become a Facebook Fan of T.G.I Friday’s and receive a free hamburger at any participating restaurant! 2 locations in ABQ, Winrock and Coors. Shout out to Ron- Editor-at-Large for this awesome deal, via

Breakfast deal: Denny’s is offering 20% of whole guest check when you order their new “Build Your own Grand Slam!” The coupon expires October 10 and can only be used from 5a.m. -11a.m. at any 6 Denny’s location in the Q.

Free Caffeine Fix: Whether it’s because of a late Saturday night or just a lazy Sunday, Napoli Coffee is offering a FREE 12-oz cup of brewed coffee just for asking! (Mention you saw it in ABQ on the Cheap.) Sundays through October 18.

“Stone” Cold Free Booze: Jubilation will be introducing the Q to Stone Brewery Co. with a FREE beer tasting of a variety of their selections. Along with free beer, there will be tons of discounts on Stone Brewery apparel and merchandise. Saturday, September 12 from 2-4 p.m. Jubilation is located at Lomas and Carlisle.

Free Guacamole: Thanks to reader Barb for this tip; on Wednesday, September 16, Schlotzsky’s will be celebrating National Guacamole Day and giving away a FREE 2-oz guac with purchase of sandwich or wrap. This FREE giveaway only lasts for the one day so find one of ABQ’s 16 locations!

NFL Food and Drink Specials: Join the tailgate at Black Angus Steak House starting September 10- January 3, every game night for taco, burger and sandwich deals as well as HALF-OFF Sauza Hornito Margaritas. One location, at Wyoming and Menaul.

Wings for Under a Quarter: Monday nights after 6p.m. (just in time for the game!) Geckos will be serving up $0.20 wings and beer specials. Two locations, Academy and Nob Hill.

Three Entrees for Under $10: Chili’s new “Tripple Dipper” is a choice of 3 out of 8 entrees for only $9.99. Good as a solo meal or an appetizer to split.

A+ Deal for Teachers: Now through the end of September, Boston Market is offering 20% off for teachers 7 days a week, or a BOGO deal when showing their school ID or badge.

Slice and a Pint: Saggio’s is serving up a slice of pizza with a select beer from Albuquerque’s own Marble Brewery everyday for only $4.99. Cornell location.

–Erica Krause


Friday Food Freebies and Deals for 8/7/09

August 7, 2009 by  
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All the deals that are fit to print!

Limited Time Offers:

  • $3 off: Boston Market repeats their coupon for $3 off a $6 purchase. Not a bad way to save some bread on lunch! Expires 9/15/09. Three Boston Market restaurants in Albuquerque.
  • Free Food Delivery: Just Dine In now delivers for Blue Cactus Grill — as long as you live in zip 87114 or 87120. If you fall into that lucky group, you can get Green Chile Spare Ribs, Mahi Mahi Tacos, and more delivered right to your door. Use this coupon for free delivery. Expires 8/21/09. (Full disclosure: Just Dine In is a client of Inkslinger Communications, which publishes ABQ on the Cheap.)
  • Free Dessert: Purchase a meal valued at $10 or more at Mimi’s Cafe, then use this free dessert coupon to feed your sweet tooth. Expires 8/13/09. Located at The 25 Way, near I-25 and Jefferson.
  • BOGO Chicago Hot Dog: Buy one get one free coupon for 100% Angus Beef Chicago Hot Dog from Wienerschnitzel. Mr. Cheap checked it out and gave the thumb’s-up. Expires 9/12/09. Ten locations in New Mexico, so be sure to share this deal with your friends in Albuquerque, Clovis, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, and Roswell! (Thanks for sharing, Ron!)
  • Two Free Tacos: In case you missed Jack in the Box‘s last Free Taco Tuesday event, you get a do-over. This Tuesday, August 11 (2009), use this coupon for two free tacos. No purchase necessary. Woo to the Hoo! Two locations to serve you.
  • Cheap Steak & More: Black Angus Steakhouse offers two coupons to let you score steak deals. One is their “Great Flavors of the Summer Grill Trio” (sirloin, prawns, and baby back ribs plus all the fixin’s) for $14.99. The other is their “Campfire Feast Dinner for Two” (appetizer to share; two entrees — prime rib, New York steak, top sirloin, ribeye, salmon, or chicken — and two side dishes per entree; and one dessert to share) for $37. Heck, in our household, that meal would last us for a week! Can you say “doggy bag”? Both coupons expire 8/24/09. Located on Wyoming near Menaul.
  • Free Fries & a Drink: If Mickey Dee’s is your thang, check out this promotion, via Cities on the Cheap. Print a coupon for free medium fries and free medium drink with purchase of a third-pound Angus burger at McDonald’s. Expires 8/31/09. Speaking of our national hub, be sure to tell your friends in far-flung places to check Cities on the Cheap for national deals and also to locate the “On the Cheap” site for their town. Don’t keep all the cheapness to yourself! There’s plenty of cheap love to go around.

Ongoing Promotions:

  • Cheap Happy Hour: Landry’s Seafood House may not seem like an obvious choice for happy hour, but they’re currently offering some great deals. Try $5 martinis, $2 premium drafts, $3 crispy snacks (think tempura fried veggies), and $5 “Tasty Bites” (like Buffalo Chicken Sliders) — just to name a few. No coupon required or stated expiration date. Located near I-25 and Jefferson.
  • FREE Dilly Bar: This DQ coupon offers multiple possibilities. Purchase a DQ Kids’ Meal and receive a coupon good for $1 off a Blizzard treat OR a free DQ Sandwich OR a free Dilly Bar OR a free kids’ cone. Sweet! (Ed. note: anyone else remember DQ’s Dilly Bar “free” sticks?) Nine DQ restaurants in Albuquerque, and about 40 total around the state.
  • FREE Pie: Don’t forget Pie Rush Wednesdays, every week at Village Inn. From 10:00am – 10:00pm every Wednesday, get a free slice of pie with any purchase (subject to certain exclusions). No coupon necessary; no expiration date in sight. But you know it’s not gonna last.Ten VI restaurants in the metro area.
  • BOGO Sundaes: Every Monday, it’s Ben & Jerry’sSundaes on Mondays” promotion. Buy one sundae, get one free. In these dog days of summer, you can never be too cool. East of the river or west, there’s a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop to serve you.


–Elizabeth Hanes


BOGO Frosty at Wendy’s through 6/7/09

June 2, 2009 by  
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We salute Ron, King of the Freebies, for sharing this! Pretty soon we’ll have to put him on the payroll….

Act quickly to get your coupon for BOGO Frosty-cino or Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty from Wendy’s! Just click and print your coupon, then gather your entourage and head over to Wendy’s and enjoy the cold, satisfying taste of a Frosty. Or, you know, take everyone here at Cheap Central. We deserve a Frosty for all our hard work, don’t we?

There are precisely 10 Wendy’s in Albuquerque. Go forth and be Frosty.

–Elizabeth Hanes


Friday Food Freebies & Deals for 5/15/09

May 15, 2009 by  
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Who is ready for the weekend?? Let’s all get out there and have a great time on the cheap!

We’re awash in dining deals this week. Here are our faves:

  • Free slice of pie: participating New Mexico Village Inns are offering a free slice of pie coupon, good with adult entreé purchase through 5/31/09. Includes restaurants in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Farmington.
  • $10 off food purchase of $20 or more: Buca di Beppo is pulling out all the stops to get your business! This $10 off coupon is good through 5/19/09 and covers any food purchase. Plus, Buca’s sangria is back. We sampled it last week, and it was great!
  • Free appetizer: Los Equipales, which is one of our faves for authentic Mexican food, offers a free appetizer coupon on its website. Check it out!
  • $25 dining certificates for $3: the latest promotion is a doozy. Save 70% off. Use code TASTY at checkout and hit “apply” to claim your discount! Selection includes 17 restaurants in the northern half of New Mexico alone! Note: this offer expires 5/16/09.
  • BOGO combo plate: Little Anita’s offers a coupon for buy-one-get-one-free combination plate PLUS free chips and salsa. Valid Sunday through Thursday only. There’s also a coupon for free sopaipillas with purchase. ¡Olé!
  • BOGO burgers: If fast food’s your thang, Carl’s Jr. offers buy-one-get-one-free coupons for charbroiled chicken sandwich, Six Dollar Burger, and Western bacon cheeseburger. We say, “Yum!”
  • FREE Orange Julius Light Smoothie: This is a little ways off, but print it now so you don’t forget. Two Orange Julius/Dairy Queen locations in Albuquerque: Coronado Mall and westside.

Have a great, safe, fun weekend!

–Elizabeth Hanes and Jeanni Sintas
Your editorial team



March 10, 2009 by  
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You know Seattle’s Best — they’re the coffeeshops located inside Borders bookstores.

To celebrate their 39th anniversary, they’re offering a buy-one-get-on-free coupon for a medium or large mocha or latte! Print out the BOGO coupon and take it with you to Borders next time you go. The coupon is good through 4/28/09, so you have plenty of time to redeem it.

There are three Borders stores in Albuquerque, two in Santa Fe, and several others throughout New Mexico. Locate the one nearest you.

–Elizabeth Hanes