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.


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Gift Card Discounts, Free Bonus Cards and Free Gifts

December 6, 2012 by  
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Free bonus gift cards and gift card discounts for the 2012 holidays. These gift card and gift certificate deals are 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.

I’ll keep updating with new gift card deals – so check back soon.

Restaurant Gift Cards

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

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.

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.

REI Bonus $20 promotion card when you spend $100 in stores or online, through December 9. The promo card must be used by January 6, 2013. This offer has expired.

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.

This Target coupon gets you free $10 Target gift card when you spend $50 in stores. OK, it’s not strictly a ‘gift card deal’ as it’s not on gift card purchases, but it’s too good to pass up if you’re shopping at Target in the next few days. I believe there’s a limited quantity of coupons available to print, so don’t dally if you want it. (Update 12/12: this offer originally expired December 8, but the new coupon is valid to December 15.)

Bonus Bed and Breakfast Gift Card when you spend $50 or more on a B&B gift card by December 16 and enter the promo code:  GCHOLIDAYS at checkout. You get a free $10 e-card with a $50 purchase, a free $25 e-card with $100 purchase, or a free $75 e-card with $250 purchase.  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
* Payless Shoes
* 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.

**** To spread the tidings of joy and savings, share these Gift Card Holiday specials with friends
on Facebook and Twitter or via email, by using the SHARE/SAVE button below! ****

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

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Free Spaghetti: October 25

October 22, 2012 by  
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Free spaghetti for World Pasta Day….they’re celebrating, we’re eating!  

World Pasta Day is on Thursday October 25, 2012, and on that day you can get free Buca di Beppo spaghetti with the coupon. The offer is for a free individual portion of spaghetti with either meat sauce or marinara sauce when you order any other small or large pasta or entree. As an extra bonus, Buca di Beppo is giving diners on October 25 a free package of dried spaghetti to take home – that’s a one pound package of Rummo spaghetti – and a $10 off coupon to use on the next visit to the restaurant.

You must print out the Buca di Beppo coupon to get the free spaghetti – click the button way down the bottom of the page at the link to get the coupon. portion of lasagna. They could be busy with spaghetti fans on Thursday, so it might be an idea to make a reservation.  

If you can’t make it on October 25, our Food Freebies & Deals post this week mentioned a couple of Buca di Beppo deals you can use on any day:

  • Print this Buca di Beppo $10 Off Coupons to get $10 off a dine-in order of $20 or more, or $10 off a to-go order of $30 or more, using the coupons via Valpak.
  • If you have a larger party, the Buca di Beppo Four Eat for $40 meal deal is still running until November 11, using the coupon. The promotion serves up a large garlic bread, a large mixed green salad or Caesar salad, and a Buca large pasta of your choice. Print out the Buca di Beppo coupon by clicking the big red button at the link.

–Tania

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Arby’s 64 Cent Beef Sandwich & Free Tea Day

July 22, 2012 by  
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Get an Arby’s Roast Beef Classic Sandwich for 64 Cents on Monday July 23 with the coupon and free tea at McAlister’s Deli on Thursday July 26. If you missed our Food Freebies & Deals post on Friday, here’s a reminder of two great food deals this week.  

Arby’s celebrates its 48th birthday, and as the fast food chain was founded in 1964, the price of the sandwich is 64 cents on July 23 with the coupon. That’s retro pricing for you! The offer is on the Arby’s Facebook page and you’re supposed to click on the timeline selecting FOUNDED instead of NOW to get the coupon, or by scrolling all the way back to 1964. Yeah, right. If you’re not on Facebook or the Facebook Timeline still traumatizes you, I’ve done the work for you. Here’s the Arby’s coupon for a Roast Beef Classic Sandwich for 64 cents on July 23.

Also it’s McAlister’s Deli Free Tea Day on Thursday July 26.  Get a free 32 oz. cup of McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea at participating loctions on Thursday July 26 only, with no purchase necessary. The Albuquerque McAlister’s Deli at 2200 A Louisianna Blvd NE sent me an email about it, so I know they’re participating!

–Tania

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Food Freebies & Deals: April 20 – 27, 2012

April 20, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals for the week ahead including some fun food events, restaurant coupons,  free Isotopes tickets, and plenty of other ways to save when you’re dining out…

StreetFood Asia 50% Off with the choice to pay either $10 for $20 worth of food and drinks, or (for parties of 4 people or more) pay $18 for $40 worth. It’s the final day today for this offer via Groupon, and then use the certificates at the Nob Hill restaurant by October 17.

La Montanita Earth Fest on Sunday April 22 at the Nob Hill Co-op (next to Scalo Northern Italian Grill), includes music, dance, arts and crafts, and general earth-friendly family fun from 10 am – 6pm.

Zinc Cellar Bar Beer Dinner on Sunday April 22 at 6 pm features Santa Fe Brewing Company beers paired with four courses, for $35. Reservations required at (505)254-9462.

El Pinto Free Ticket Tuesday Eat at El Pinto on April 24, and you get a free Isotopes ticket with every entree ordered, valid for the following week.  The reserved level usually cost $13 on game day.

Dinner & Wine for 2 for $60 at Prairie Star Restaurant on Wednesday evenings: Starter, entree, and dessert for two, plus a bottle of wine, all for $60 on Wednesdays only, at the Prairie Star Restaurant at the Santa Ana Golf Club. No coupon needed, but it’s probably wise to reserve a table.

Pizza Hut $10 Any Pizza deal on carryout is available for a limited time, for any size and any toppings. Order the pizza at their website.

Nicky V’s 50% Off Wine on Wine and Dine Wednesdays. Get half off a bottle of wine on Wednesdays when you order two entrees.

$1 Off any three NESTLÉ Fun Size or Miniatures Bags using the coupon.

Applebees  New 2 For $20 Menu inspired by Bourbon street gives you an appetizer to share and two entrees for $20, at participating locations.

Subway BOGO free sub during April. Buy a 6 inch sandwich on any morning by 9 am to get another Subway sandwich free!

Scalo Fundraiser for Isshin Ryu Club of New Mexico on April 29 from 4 – 6 pm, includes food tables, prize-filled balloons, Haitian, African, and belly dancing on the patio, and music by Sina Soul and Rodney Bowe in the bar, plus a silent auction of Japanese items. Tickets are $20 ($10 children under 12) at the door of Scalo Northern Italian Grill in Nob Hill, in in advance from Isshin Ryu (505) 764-1721.

Wienerschnitzel coupon for $1 off a pastrami sandwich, good for one use per visit until June 30, 2012.

KFC Free Family-size Double Chocolate Chip Cake with the purchase of a 10 piece meal or larger, at participating restaurants. The offer is valid for a limited time on meals featuring Original Recipe, Extra Crispy, or Kentucky Grilled Chicken, and you don’t need a coupon. 

Olive Garden Free Kids’ Meal on April 26, 2012, for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! Use the Olive Garden coupon to get a free kids’ menu item for children aged 12 and under, with the purchase of an adult entree at lunch or dinner.

Olive Garden $5 Off  two dinner entrees or $2.50 off one entree if you’re dining alone, using the coupon. If you don’t see the offer at the website page I linked you to, here’s a direct link to the Olive Garden printable coupon, valid till May 6.

Starbucks Petites Deal to get two Petites for $2 until April 22, with choices including Petite Cherry Pies, Brown Sugar Tarts, and Raspberry Truffle Cake Pops.

Get a Carl’s Junior free Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich when you buy any size Southwest Patty Melt Combo. Or use these Carl’s Jr Coupons at participating restaurants:

Auntie Anne’s free Almond Pretzel when you buy a Pretzel Dog and 21 oz. fountain soda or lemonade. Get the coupon by filling in the form at the link and they email it to you in a one-time mailing. If you want to sign up for monthly Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks coupons, check the box in the form.

FACEBOOK COUPONS

Del Taco Free Crispy Shrimp Taco or Free Muffin Sandwich  with any purchase, using the Facebook coupons. You have to be a Facebook member and Like their page to get the coupon.

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen Facebook Freebie for a free Pepsi in medium size with any purchase in April.  You have to ‘like’ them on Facebook to access the coupon.

Auntie Anne’s Facebook Coupon for a free signature pretzel with the purchase of a pretzel, until April 27.

Red Lobster $5 Off Coupon for any two adult dinner entrees (You have to be a Facebook user and Like their page to get the coupon.) Valid to April 23, 2012.

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

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given you my Groupon affiliate link.

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Food Freebies & Deals: April 13 – 20, 2012

April 13, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals include special discounts or freebies for tax day, including free Panda Express with no purchase needed, and a PF Chang discount, plus deals at Sonic, Arby’s, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Subway, Pei Wei, and more…

Panda Express free Shanghai Angus Steak on Tax Day, Tuesday April 17 at participating locations. This is for a single serving of the new Panda Express entree, and no purchase is necessary! But you do need the Panda Express coupon and it’s only valid on April 17.

15% off all P.F Chang’s food purchases on April 17.  Dine in or take out. Not valid on beverages, happy hour food, or P.F. Chang’s for Two, but otherwise just turn up with a taxing appetite.   

Sonic Half Price Drinks and Slushes in an all-day happy hour on Tax Day April 17 so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff…

Arby’s Free Curly Fries on April 17 – you need to be a Facebook user to get the coupon, valid for one free value size curly fries.  

Chili’s Grill & Bar Free Appetizer or Dessert when you buy an adult entree from April 16 – 18, using a printable Chili’s tax day coupon or showing it on a smart phone at participating restaurants. According to the PR Newswire press release, to get the coupon you’ll have to be Chili’s email club member (or sign up for Chili’s email club), or get it from Facebook or Twitter. (I don’t see it at time of writing, probably too early yet.)

Two Free Cinnabon Bites  on April 17 – two freebies per person between 6 pm and 8 pm – note those are both PM times, it’s an evening offer – at participating locations.

Brasserie La Provence Wine Dinner on April 17 gets you four courses paired with Louis Bernard French wines for $55. The dinner starts at 6:30 pm. Reserve a table in advance.

Pasión Latin Fusion 50+% Off Either pay $10 for $20 worth of food and drinks, or (for a table of four or more) pay $18 for $40 worth. The limited time deal is via Groupon, then use the certificates through October 17, 2012.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Deal $10 for half-dozen chocolate-covered strawberries (worth $21) or $10 for four caramel apples or candy apples (worth up to $26). You can buy 2 deals plus one as a gift (that’s a lot of candied fruit, people!) in the offer via Groupon for a limited time, and then use the certificates by July 31 at the Cottonwood Mall store. Candy apples could be a nice present for the teacher!

Jane Butel’s Southwest Cooking School 50%+ Off a 2.5 hour cooking demonstration class led by the rather famous Jane Butel, at $30 instead of the usual $65. They’re also offering 50% off a full weekend cooking class in the offer via Living Social, at $525 (usually $1,050), available to purchase for a limited time, then take a cooking class (or give it as a gift) by August 20, 2012.

KFC Free Family-size Double Chocolate Chip Cake with the purchase of a 10 piece meal or larger, at participating restaurants. The offer is valid for a limited time on meals featuring Original Recipe, Extra Crispy, or Kentucky Grilled Chicken, and you don’t need a coupon. 

Subway BOGO free sub during April. Buy a 6 inch sandwich on any morning by 9 am to get another Subway sandwich free!

Pei Wei Asian Diner Free Diner Select with the purchase of an entree when you create a Pei Wei passport or sign in to an existing account by April 19. I haven’t done it yet for this offer, but you usually have to watch a brief video to get the coupon emailed to you, pretty painless.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Seniors Deal on Monday through Thursday from 2 – 5 pm. An email from S&ST tells us that for $6.99, seniors 60+ can get “as much or as little as you like” of salads, soups, pasta, muffins, breads, desserts and free coffee and drinks. No coupon is needed. I’d check with the server that they’re honoring this BEFORE you start to chow down!

Starbucks Petites Deal to get two Petites for $2 until April 22. Although right now I’m pretty annoyed at Starbucks as some head office rep contacted me to offer a giveaway to ABQ on the Cheap readers, and then when I said Yes Please, they decided they didn’t have enough giveaway gift sets after all. Pretty lame behavior and a waste of my time. But it’s still a good Petites deal :-) and it’s not the fault of local locations and the lovely people who work in them!

Ree Drummond Pioneer Woman free talk about her new cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier on Monday April 30 at 6 pm in free Bookworks event at the Simms Center for the Performing Arts Auditorium. You have to get your free tickets in advance, as they have limited space!

Olive Garden  $5  Off  two dinner entrees or $2.50 off one entree if you’re dining alone, using the coupon. If you don’t see the offer at the website page I linked you to, here’s a direct link to the Olive Garden printable coupon, and there’s plenty of time to use this one – it’s valid till May 6.

Get a Carl’s Junior free Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich when you buy any size Southwest Patty Melt Combo. Or use these Carl’s Jr Coupons at participating restaurants:

Auntie Anne’s free Almond Pretzel when you buy a Pretzel Dog and 21 oz. fountain soda or lemonade. Get the coupon by filling in the form at the link and they email it to you in a one-time mailing. If you want to sign up for monthly Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks coupons, check the box in the form.

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen Facebook Freebie for a free Pepsi in medium size with any purchase in April.  You have to ‘like’ them on Facebook to access the coupon, so this one is only for Facebook members.

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

Thanks to our associates at Living on the Cheap for passing on the Starbucks and Pei Wei deals! 

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my Groupon and Living Social affiliate links to plug you direct to those deals.

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KFC Free Chocolate Cake

April 9, 2012 by  
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KFC’s free cake promotion is available for a limited time…

KFC is giving away a free family-size Double Chocolate Chip Cake with the purchase of a 10 piece meal or larger, at participating restaurants. The offer is valid on meals featuring Original Recipe, Extra Crispy, or Kentucky Grilled Chicken, and you don’t need a coupon.  It’s just a regular sales promo in participating locations.

The offer is for a limited time, but they don’t say how limited, while supplies last.

Find Albuquerque KFC locations and call ahead to your local KFC if you want to be sure they’re giving out the freebies!

–Tania

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Food Freebies & Deals: April 6-13, 2012

April 6, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals for the week ahead and some Easter fun this weekend!

Kids Eat Free at El Pinto on Easter Sunday April 8, using the coupon at the link. The offer is for children aged 12 and under, and Easter Sunday fun at El Pinto includes free Easter Egg Hunts for kids at 11 am and 2 pm, and an Easter Bunny visit in the afternoon. El Pinto opens early for brunch this Sunday at 9:30 am.

Village of Los Ranchos Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday April 7 at 10 am for kids under 12 at Hartnett Park (just by/south of the Village Hall, 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard NW).

Get a custom Godiva Easter basket: Spend $25 and receive a free basket, ribbon, and trimmings at Godiva chocolatier in the Coronado Center, until April 8.

Today Only: Boston Market  $15 for a $25  eGift Card in a one-day deal exclusively for first time buyers at Saveology. The electronic Gift Card has no expiry date.

Los Equipales $15 gets you $30 worth at dinner, when you’re in the mood for Mexican! Buy the half off certificate in the limited time Groupon offer, and use it by July 28, 2012. Los Equipales restaurant is located at 4500 Silver Avenue SE.

Village Inn $3 Off Three Pies when you order them online to pick up at your choice of Village Inn locations.

Papa John’s Pizza Promo Codes for online orders at Papa John’s.  Get any large pizza for $11, including specialties and up to 7 toppings, using the promo code: TH405ANY. Add a second large pizza for $9, using promo code: TH405ANY9. Both coupon codes are valid at participating Papa John’s until April 8.

Olive Garden  $5  Off  two dinner entrees or $2.50 off one entree if you’re dining alone, using the coupon. If you don’t see the offer at the website page I linked you to, here’s a direct link to the Olive Garden printable coupon, and there’s plenty of time to use this one – it’s valid till May 6.

Subway BOGO free sub during April. Just buy a 6 inch sandwich any morning by 9 am, to get another Subway sandwich free!

Send a free Lindt chocolate e-card for Easter or other occasion (you can customize with your own pic) and Lindt will contribute $1 to Autism Speaks for each card sent, until April 8. They’re donating up to $125,000, so if you want to do your bit, send a free e-card!

Plan ahead for a PF Chang’s 15% Discount on tax day April 17! The “tax relief” 15% discount applies to the food you order, but not the drinks.

Ree Drummond Pioneer Woman free talk about her new cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier on Monday April 30 at 6 pm in free Bookworks event at the Simms Center for the Performing Arts Auditorium. You have to get your free tickets in advance, as they have limited space!

$1 off two Bags of Nestle NestEggs and $1 off two bags of Wonka Jelly Beans coupons (via Coupons.com), just in time for Easter candy shopping!

Old Town Pizza Parlor Drinks Specials include Marble Monday with $2 pints and $6.50 pitchers, and half price wine on Tuesday for all wines by the bottle or the glass. Both offers run all day. For weekday lunches, PBR bottle beers are 75 cents when you buy a lunch buffet on Monday through Friday, from 11am – 4pm.

Get a Carl’s Junior free Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich when you buy any size Southwest Patty Melt Combo. Or use these Carl’s Jr Coupons at participating restaurants:

Savoy Bar & Grill Spanish Wine Tasting on April 14 at 3 pm includes “small bites” to accompany the wines, for $30 per person plus tax and tip. Reserve a space at Savoy (505) 294-9463.

Weck’s Free Chips and Salsa with the purchase of an entree, using the coupon via Valpak.

Scalo Wine & Dine at 6:30 pm on April 11 serves a Tour of Italy four course meal with Italian wine pairings for $22.50 per person, plus tax and tip. You can see the food and wine menu in this PDF, and these events fill quickly, so reserve in advance with Scalo Northern Italian Grill (505) 255-8781.

Freefly’s coupons and free samples include:

Quiznos Coupon for $2 off a $10 purchase, valid until April 11, 2012. That coupon is for everyone, while only Facebook  users can get a Quiznos Free Sub when you buy another sub and a drink. You have to Like the Quiznos Facebook page to get the coupon.

Auntie Anne’s free Almond Pretzel when you buy a Pretzel Dog and 21 oz. fountain soda or lemonade. Get the coupon by filling in the form at the link and they email it to you in a one-time mailing. If you want to sign up for monthly Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks coupons, check the box in the form.

Hotel Albuquerque Q Bar coupon for 50% off any food item at the Old Town hotel. Or get 50% off Nativo Lodge food, again good on one item.

For Facebook users: Red Lobster $5 Off Coupon for any two adult dinner entrees (You have to be a Facebook user and Like their page to get the coupon.) Valid to April 23, 2012.

Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza $9 Pizza and Pint deal is running Monday to Friday between 2 – 6 pm. Pick any pizza on the menu plus any beer for $9 at both Albuquerque Scarpas locations. Tax and tip are extra.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill has a Two Italian Dinners for $25 deal running, with your choice of two tapas and two entrees from a set menu until April 22.  Albuquerque’s Macaroni Grill is at 2100 Louisiana.

Chipotle Free Burrito Card when you buy a Chipotle recycled billboard lunch tote for $18 by April 14 at their online store. The free burrito card can then be redeemed on Earth Day April 22.

Get a 2-year Parents Magazine subscription for $7.99 plus a free Ultimate Birthday Party Planner. That’s 24 issues of the mag plus the planner in an offer via MySavings. This is a limited time deal but I’m not sure how limited.

And if you’re in Old Town, check out the Albuquerque Old Town Busker Days today and tomorrow, April 6 – 7, with chalk artists today (Friday) and street musicians both days, plus on Saturday a busker competition, stilt walker, and balloon artist. See the full Old Town schedule for who’s doing what, where, and when.

Happy Easter!

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

Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for sending us the PF Chang’s tax day deal!

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my Groupon, Saveology, MySavings, and Coupons.com affiliate links to plug you direct to those deals.

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Food Freebies & Deals March 30 – April 6, 2012

March 30, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals for the week ahead, including Pizza Hut, Subway, Scarpas, Cosmo Tapas, Sadie’s, Black Angus, Dairy Queen, ABQ Blues & Brews, and more… It’s a beautiful day in the ‘hood, and I hope you have a wonderful spring weekend!

Subway BOGO Free Sub Starting April 1, buy a 6 inch sandwich any morning by 9 am through the month of April 2012, and get another Subway sandwich free!

Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza $9 Pizza and Pint deal is running Monday to Friday between 2 – 6 pm. Pick any pizza on the menu plus any beer for $9 at both Albuquerque Scarpas locations. Tax and tip are extra.

Cosmo Tapas $25 dining certificate for $2 when you enter the 80% off promo code BLOOM at checkout till March 31, 2012.  Or a $10 certificate is discounted to $1 with the same code.  I ate at Cosmo Tapas last night and it was a fab meal, although the restaurant was empty. (They said it was very busy the night before – guess someone heard I was coming, and they all fled.)
This is part of the 80% off Restaurant.com already discounted dining certificates deal currently running for ALL restaurants when you enter the promo code BLOOM at checkout till March 12, 2012. With the bonus 80% off, a $25 value certificate (usually discounted to $10 or $15) now costs $2 or $3. Other denominations are available, check individual restaurants for deal terms (eg minimum spend). Sample restaurants include Red Brick Pizza, Sophia’s PlaceEzra’s Place,  Olympia Cafe, Coolwater Fusion Restaurant Cafe Trang, Forque Kitchen and Bar,  True Sushi Co. and many more.  Search Restaurant.com by zip code, and the extra 80% discount doesn’t show till you’ve entered the code BLOOM.

Slate Street Cafe Syrah Wine Tasting on Tuesday April 3 from 5 – 7:30 pm in the wine loft. It’s $18 for 3 “generous tastes” of the featured wines plus a light appetizer. That price is per person (so I guess you can’t share), and tax and tip are extra.

Dairy Queen Blizzard BOGO 99 Cents Now it’s so h-o-t, here’s a final reminder to buy one Blizzard at the regular price and get the second one for 99 cents through March 31. No coupon needed, just turn up drooling.

Women & Creativity Grande Finale on Saturday March 31 at 7 pm at Farm & Table (8917 4th Street NW). You pay usual menu prices but the event to close out the 2012 Women & Creativity program includes a drum circle, live music and art, and chocolate tasting.

Sadie’s New Mexican Food free small guacamole, queso, or taquito when you buy an entree and use the coupon via Valpak.

Chipotle Free Burrito Card when you buy a Chipotle recycled billboard lunch tote for $18 by April 14 at their online store. The free burrito card can then be redeemed on Earth Day April 22.

Get 20% off Albuquerque Blues and Brews tickets if you buy online though April 1, using the promo code: PAL (all in capital letters). The offer is only good on general admission tickets. Regular price is $25, discounted to $20 with the promo code.  Albuquerque Blues and Brews Festival takes place at the Sandia Resort & Casino from 3 – 6 pm on May 27.

Einstein Bros. coupon for 50% off a caffe latte or a vanilla hazelnut latte, until April 1.

Get 50% Off the Entertainment Book with free shipping until March 31. The sale brings the price down to $20 (from $40) for the Albuquerque / Santa Fe Entertainment Book 2012 book, with discount coupons, 2-for-1 deals, freebies with purchase, etc for restaurants, attractions, entertainment and shopping, plus 238 restaurant coupons (gulp!). The 50% discount sale is good on any city’s book  (search here by zip code) for about 140+ locations nationally – they vary by price.

Brasserie La Provence will donate 10% of their sales on Tuesday April 3 to Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer research in a Dine for the Cure fundraiser.

Pizza Hut $10 Any Pizza deal on carryout is available for a limited time, for any size and any toppings. Order the pizza at their website.

Red Brick Pizza $7 = $15 worth of food and drinks, or $19 = $40 worth. Buy the half off certificate in the limited time Groupon offer, and use it by June 30, 2012. The restaurant is located at 2641 Coors NW.  

Romano’s Macaroni Grill has a Two Italian Dinners for $25 deal running, with your choice of two tapas and two entrees from a set menu until April 22.  Albuquerque’s Macaroni Grill is at 2100 Louisiana.

Weck’s Free Chips and Salsa with the purchase of an entree, using the coupon via Valpak.

Buca di Beppo $10 Discount Coupons to get $10 off a $20 dine-in purchase at Buca di Beppo, and $10 off a Buco To Go order of $30, both valid until April 8.

Send a free Lindt chocolate e-card for Easter or other occasion (you can customize with your own pic) and Lindt will contribute $1 to Autism Speaks for each card sent, until April 8. They’re donating up to $125,000, so if you want to do your bit, send a free e-card!

Freefly’s coupons and free samples include:

Black Angus Steakhouse coupons to get a Filet Mignon dinner with two sides for $15.99, or a campfire feast dinner for two people for $39 including entrees such as prime rib, ribeye, salmon, and chicken, plus appetizer and dessert. Coupons are valid for up to 6 people, until April 2. 

Nexus Brewery happy hour with $3 pints is on Monday and Tuesday from 2 – 10 pm. (4730 Pan American Freeway East, NE.) Lots of drinking time in that happy hour!

AARP Members Free Donut at Dunkin’ Donuts when you buy a large or extra large hot coffee and show your membership card.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Coupons include a 99 cent kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult meal on April 2 and 3.

Thanks to Evelyn at New York City on the Cheap for sending the Lindt free card fundraiser tip, and our friends at Living on the Cheap for the Subway free sub tip!

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

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my Freeflys, Groupon, Entertainment Book and Restaurant.com affiliate links to plug you direct to those deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

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Food Freebies & Deals: March 23 – 30, 2012

March 23, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals at Starbucks, Arby’s, Weck’s, Ezra’s Place, Quiznos, Chick-fil-A, Macaroni Grill, Dairy Queen, Coolwater Fusion, a sale on shrimp, and more, plus meet a pro bull rider!

Whole Foods Market Shrimp Sale today, Friday March 23, at $5.99 per pound compared to the usual $10.99 to $12.99 per pound. This is for 31/35 farm-raised, shell-on, white shrimp.

Get a free Starbucks tall handcrafted beverage (12 oz.) when you buy a pound of their Starbucks Tribute Blend or Starbucks VIA Tribute Blend coffee. Offer is good till March 25, so if you need coffee, now’s the time to buy and get a freebie!

Chow down on a Free Chick-fil-A breakfast on Wednesday March 28, only at the Cottonwood Corners location. The free breakfast runs from 6:30 – 10:30 am, and the offer is for a three free Chick-n-Minis.

Quiznos Coupon for $2 off a $10 purchase, valid until March 28, 2012. That coupon is for everyone, while only Facebook  users can get a Quiznos Free Sub when you buy another sub and a drink. You have to Like the Quiznos Facebook page to get the coupon.

Get 50% Off the Entertainment Book with free shipping. The sale brings the price down to $20 (from $40) for the Albuquerque / Santa Fe Entertainment Book 2012 book, with discount coupons, 2-for-1 deals, freebies with purchase, etc for restaurants, attractions, entertainment and shopping, plus 240 restaurant coupons (gulp!). The 50% discount sale is good on any city’s book  (search here by zip code) for about 140+ locations nationally – they vary by price.

Get 20% off Albuquerque Blues and Brews tickets if you buy online though April 1, using the promo code: PAL (all in capital letters). The offer is only good on general admission tickets. Regular price is $25, discounted to $20 with the promo code.  Albuquerque Blues and Brews Festival takes place at the Sandia Resort & Casino from 3 – 6 pm on May 27. 

Meet Professional Bull Rider Rocky McDonald at the Texas Roadhouse in Albuquerque on Saturday, March 24 from 4 – 6 pm. According to an email from Texas Roadhouse, Rocky McDonald will sign autographs and meet fans, with the change to enter to win prizes. The Albuquerque Texas Roadhouse is located at 5900 Pan American NE.

50+% off CoolWater Fusion Restaurant in these time-limited deals. Choose either a $35 dinner for two with one appetizer, two entrees and two wine or beer drinks, or a dinner for four at $69 with two appetizers, four entrees, and four drinks. Finally you can just pay $10 for $20 worth of lunch. All these deals are available today via Living Social, and the certificates must be used by July 25.

Free Einstein Bros. Coffee with any purchase, using the coupon valid for one free regular cup of coffee in four flavor choices, through March 26. Or use this Einstein Bros. coupon for 50% off a caffe latte or a vanilla hazelnut latte, until April 1.

Get a 2-year Parents Magazine subscription for $7.99 plus a free Ultimate Birthday Party Planner. That’s 24 issues of the mag plus the planner in an offer via MySavings. This is a limited time deal but I’m not sure how limited.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill has a Two Italian Dinners for $25 deal running, with your choice of two tapas and two entrees from a set menu until April 22.  Albuquerque’s Macaroni Grill is at 2100 Louisiana.

Weck’s Free Chips and Salsa with the purchase of an entree, using the coupon via Valpak.

Arby’s Coupons include a free roast beef sandwich or beef and cheddar sandwich when you buy any combo; Get a $1 Double Cheese Melt;  Get a free chicken sandwich when you buy another chicken sandwich, and more Arby’s deals, via Premium Shopping Guide, and all valid through March 31, 2012.

Buca di Beppo $10 Discount Coupons to get $10 off a $20 dine-in purchase at Buca di Beppo, and $10 off a Buco To Go order of $30, both valid until April 1.

Black Angus Steakhouse coupons to get a Filet Mignon dinner with two sides for $15.99, or a campfire feast dinner for two people for $39 including entrees such as prime rib, ribeye, salmon, and chicken, plus appetizer and dessert. Coupons are valid for up to 6 people, until April 2.

Among many other Freefly’s coupons and free samples this week, I spy:

Ezra’s Place BOGO Free Entree at lunch, using the coupon via Valpak. The offer gives you a free entree when you buy one entree from 11 am to 3 pm, for dine-in or carry out, excluding lunch specials. 

Street Food Asia Coupons to get a free $10 gift card with a $20 purchase, and BOGO deals for a free small plate or a free entree when you buy the same plus two drinks, using the Premium Shopping Guide coupons until March 31.

Brasserie La Provence will donate 10% of their sales on Tuesday April 3 to Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer research in a Dine for the Cure fundraiser. So you might want to save the date and make reservations!

It’s the last few days of Albuquerque Restaurant Week – finishing on March 25. I gave you the skinny-at-a-glance on some of the highlight deals in a previous ABQ Restaurant Week post (to save you trawling through every page at the official site).  The promotion offers multi-course menus for a flat rate, with several options in each course. Dinners are usually three courses, and some restaurants have special price lunch menus too. Heading north? The promotion switches to Taos Restaurant Week March 25 to April 1.

Nothing Bundt Cakes Freebie Buy three bundlets and they’ll give you one free bundlet in participating stores through March 31, according to an email we received from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Dairy Queen Blizzard BOGO 99 Cents Buy one Blizzard at the regular price and get the second one for 99 cents through March 31. No coupon needed, just turn up drooling.

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

–Tania. FYI I’ve given my LivingSocial, MySavings, and Entertainment Book affiliate links to plug you direct to those deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks

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