Free Pancakes at IHOP March 3

February 26, 2015 by  
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On IHOP’s National Pancake Day, IHOP is giving dine-in customers a free short stack of pancakes… no doubt they’ll go like hotcakes!   People from around the country will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” with the tenth annual National Pancake Day at IHOP.

So hop on over to your local IHOP on Tuesday March 3, 2015, between 7 am and 10 pm, to claim a short stack of free IHOP pancakes – that’s three buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, consider making a donation to Children’s Miracle Network to support children’s hospitals, or other local charities.

IHOP’s National Pancake Day celebration has raised almost $16 million for charity since it started in 2006.  Their goal this year is to raise $3.5 million for charity.  Wow!

They’ve given away more than 10 million pancakes in previous years, so make sure three of those cakes have your name written on them in 2015!

The IHOP National Pancake Day offer is limited to one free short stack per person, at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount.



Free Chick-fil-A on Cow Appreciation Day

July 2, 2014 by  
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Free Chick-fil-A on Cow Appreciation DayI can’t quite believe it’s been a whole year since I last encouraged you to dress up as a cow in order to get free food.  Here we are, all sane and rational people, and yet so many people love this Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day freebie every year! They’re all crazy at Chick-fil-A (in a nice way), and it seems we’re as nutty as they are.

So, here’s the deal. Get a Free Chick-fil-A meal for Cow Appreciation Day at all locations on Friday July 11, 2014,  if you show up fully dressed as a cow. They’ve even got a kit to show you how! (Hey, that rhymes.)

Or if you go partially dressed as a cow, sporting a cow spotted hat, vest, purse or other accessory, you’ll get some kind of free entree item instead of the full combo meal.

The freebie is valid at breakfast, lunch or dinner and there are various options on the combo meals available, all including a beverage. Details on those menu items are in the FAQs at the link. If you take a child in cow costume, they get a free kid’s meal. And they will of course be scarred for life if they are not enthusiastic about cavorting about as a cow. So you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons there regarding the free meal versus years of therapy :-)

To go FULLY dressed as a cow from head to hoof, Chick-fil-A gives you a starter kit for the full Cow Appreciation Day. I have to confess that even though I’ve looked at it several times, I’m still not sure how to transform myself into a cow with it. But you readers are much cleverer than me, and the photo above may help.

This  brilliant bovine day of beauteous bargains is ONLY on Friday July 11, 2014.

So put your best hoof forward, practice moo-ing, and chew the cud at any Chick-fil-A location. If you don’t know the one nearest you, check out the Chick-fil-A locations map.



$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Spring Show

March 5, 2014 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival spring show is coming up this weekend but don’t pay the full admission price… get $1 off using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be springing out at EXPO New Mexico from March 7 – 9, 2014.  Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking and painting to pottery and jewelry… and much more.

Kids can enjoy creating their own work of art at the Kids’ Creation Station, and naturally there will be food vendors to feed you everything from fajitas to gyros, plus specialty food items to buy from the culinary booths – and plenty of free samples! The festival also includes live entertainment, although at time of writing their website doesn’t give the entertainment schedule yet. Hmm, that’s strange, they usually have the line-up in place by now. But previous performers have included Syd Masters and the Swing Riders and Mariachi Fiesta Internacional, so expect some good grooves whoever is on the roster this year.

Regular adult admission is $7 or you can get a 3-day pass for $9, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.

If you use the $1 discount coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday March 7 through Sunday March 9, 2014
  • Times: 10 am – 5 pm

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.



$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

October 3, 2013 by  
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It wouldn’t be Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta without the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival running over the two Balloon Fiesta weekends too!

Regular adult admission is $8, but you can get a Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon that gives you $1 off. Put an email address and zip code into the form at the link, and then you’ll see the coupon in your browser to print out immediately. Remember that kids aged under twelve always get free admission. The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be in full swing over the long weekends of October 4 to 6,  and October 11 to 13, 2013.

More than 280 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work in the juried show, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more. Kids can enjoy the Kids Creation Station, where they create their own works of art, or play in the sandbox, all for FREE!

Live entertainment includes Pink Elephant magic shows, and music from maestros such as Syd Masters, the Watermelon Jug Band, Mariachi Fiesta Internacional, Mezcla Latina, John Martinez, and Larry Freedman. See the full entertainment schedule here.

Of course, there will be food vendors to serve up lunch, and also the culinary arts booths selling specialty food items from goat cheese to mustard to honey – and giving plenty of free samples!

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival discount coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a separate coupon for each person going to the show.

Other ways to save at the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival:

Buy the $12 Festival Pass to cover the entire six days of this Balloon Fiesta edition of the arts festival. That’s a great deal if you plan to return for even one more day. The $1 off coupon can also be used for passes, so the Festival Pass is only $11 with the coupon.

Or get a $16 Grande Pass for unlimited admission to the October 2013, November 2013 and March 2014 festivals. If you plan to visit the next festival too, the Grande Pass looks like the best value, and with the discount coupon it’s just $15.

  • When: Friday to Sunday October 4 -6, and Friday to Sunday October 11 – 13, 2013
  • Times: Fridays and Sundays 9 am – 5 pm. Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival is located on the southwest corner of I-25 and Paseo del Norte, one exit south of the Balloon Fiesta launch site. You can’t miss it: the festival is housed in a gigantic white tent that’s three stories high and longer than a football field. Parking is free.



Avocado Sale May 1 (Cheap Salmon too)

April 30, 2013 by  
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Making guacamole for the Cinco de Mayo weekend? Here’s a one-day sale to save on avocados…

I could easily eat an avocado a day (they’re supposed to be healthy fat, right?) and a bowl of guacamole doesn’t last long in this house, between me and Mr Cheap battling it out with our tortilla chips. And did you know that if you put an avocado stone in water for a few days then plant it, it makes quite a pretty houseplant?

Anyhoo… as an avocado advocate, I was pleased to hear about this one-day Whole Foods Market sale on Wednesday May 1, 2013.

Avocados are on sale at 10 for $10, or $1 each, saving up to 67 cents on each avocado. It’s good timing for the Cinco de Mayo weekend if you choose avocados that are not too ripe already, although maybe they’re selling them off because they are ripe – so you’ll take your chances there. Oh dear, you’ll just have to eat them immediately 😉

I’d usually give you a sale web link but I got this info in an email from Whole Foods, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. The avocado sale is only on Wednesday May 1, 2013, while supplies last.

If you’re firing up the grill, I also notice in the Whole Foods sales flyer that Columbia River Whole Sockeye Salmon is on sale at $7.99 per pound (saving $4 a pound) from May 1 – 14.

You don’t need any coupons, just turn up at the participating Whole Food Market stores in Albuquerque:

  • Whole Foods Market Indian Plaza store at 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE
  • Whole Foods Market Academy store at 5815 Wyoming Blvd NE
  • The sale is also on at the two Santa Fe Whole Foods stores if you’re heading thataway, at 753 Cerrillos Road, and 1090 S. Saint Francis Drive.



Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show 2013

February 21, 2013 by  
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We know how much you love your fiery foods, but don’t be a hot head. Check out the best way to buy your tickets to Albuquerque’s National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, returning to the Sandia Resort and Casino from March 1 – 3, 2013.

The 25th National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show is produced by Albuquerque’s own chilehead Dave DeWitt, with over 200 exhibitors and plenty of opportunities to sample salsas, savories, and sweets with heat!  Cooking demonstrations this year include guest chef  “Dr. BBQ” Ray Lampe, and cookbook author Jennifer Trainer Thompson is giving two demonstrations on How to Make Hot Sauce at Home. There’s also a tequila demonstration with Jim Garcia of Sadies of New Mexico, the Great Grill-Off contest, and more.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 – 18 if you buy tickets at the door.  Tots aged 5 and under go free. However, you can get a discount ticket at $10 for adults if you purchase tickets in advance.  (Kids’ ticket prices are still $5.) To avoid paying Ticketmaster fees on those advance tickets, hop it along to the Sandia Resort & Casino Ticketmaster booth ahead of the show’s opening date to get the $5 discount with no online fee.

Otherwise, purchasing advance tickets online via Ticketmaster adds a $5.05 fee per adult ticket, so you’re actually paying 5 cents more than on the door, and kids’ admission is $3.75 more expensive than waiting till the day of the show. Plus you’ll pay a fee for ticket delivery, or it’s free for Will Call tickets. If the convenience of buying online in advance works for you, that’s all well and good: order via Ticketmaster here.

Admission for the fiery foods extravaganza is hot-and-heavy-breathing good value, even if you don’t snag the advance discount!

The 2013 Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show general public admission times are:

  • Friday March 1  from 4 to 8 pm
  • Saturday March 2  from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday March 3  from 11 am to 6 pm

It’s free to park at Sandia Resort and Casino, located at 30 Rainbow Road NE, just east of I-25 at the Tramway Exit 234. The resort is huge and kinda hard to miss, but if you’re an Albuquerque visitor, here’s a map to Sandia Resort & Casino.



New Mexico Restaurant Week 2013

February 13, 2013 by  
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New Mexico Restaurant Week 2013 offering savings at fave restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. Don’t be confused by the name though, as the Restaurant Week promotion actually runs over three weeks from February 24 to March 17. Who says we can’t count in New Mexico? Hmm, we may not count so well, but we eat FABULOUSLY, especially when it’s on the cheap!

The 2013 New Mexico Restaurant Week promotion offers multi-course menus for a flat rate, with several options in each course, including vegetarian choices at some restaurants.  Dinners are usually three courses, and some restaurants offer lunch menus too. Depending on the restaurant, dinners are priced at $20, $30, or $40 per person, and some restaurants will offer a super-bargain meal at $25 for two people.

It’s a great opportunity to eat out at some places you haven’t tried before, and the fixed price menus are especially good value at the more upscale places, compared to their regular à la carte menus. Reservations are heartily recommended where possible.  Participating hotels in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos are also offering special rates during Restaurant Week.

NM Restaurant Week 2013 runs in a different city each week.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week is from February 24 to March 3. Participating Santa Fe restaurants include Restaurant Martin (one of my favorites), The Compound, Geronimo, Anasazi Restaurant, Jambo Cafe, Blue Corn Cafe, the always lively Cowgirl BBQ, and both Plaza Cafe locations.

Taos Restaurant Week is from March 3 to March 10. Choices include El Meze, where Chef Fred Muller can be relied upon to serve up the sublime; Doc Martin’s Restaurant in the Taos Inn (I’m pleased to see their delish Chile Relleno is on the menu); El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa, and The Gorge Bar & Grill, which is owned by the same folk who run Seasons/Zinc/Savoy in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Restaurant Week is from March 10 to March 17. They’re saving the best till last, huh? Some of my fave participating restaurants include Artichoke Cafe, Scalo, Lucia at Hotel Andaluz, Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, Gold Street Caffe, Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tramway and High Finance at the very t-o-p of the Tramway, and both locations of Jinja Bar & Bistro.

Other restaurants are still joining the party, so no doubt there will be more options for dining on the cheap nearer the time. Some foodie and cooking events are also planned, although right now they are only listing Santa Fe cooking events, and I wouldn’t call them bargain basement, although they look like fun experiences.

For example, How to Make Gnocchi Like an Italian Grandmother (Feb 24) and How to Make Fresh Pasta (Feb 26), both at Terra Restaurant at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado resort, and The Art of Making Empanadas at Anasazi Restaurant (Feb 26). These Santa Fe events all cost $20. I’m sorely tempted by the Sake Seminar and Tasting at Shohko Cafe on February 26, with admission at $18 and if you stay for dinner you get $5 off a bottle or a demi of sake.

Online reservations are required for events as tickets are limited. Find out more at the New Mexico Restaurant Week website.



Pizza and Beer Sale: January 30

January 29, 2013 by  
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Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, Whole Foods Market has a one-day sale on beer and pizzas on Wednesday January 30 only.  All beers in stock are discounted by 20%, and all varieties of Amy’s Pizza, 12-15 oz size, are on special at two for $10, saving up to $3.99 on each pizza.

The Whole Foods sale is only on Wednesday January 30, 2013. I’d usually give you a sale web link but I got this info in an email from Whole Foods, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

If you want more nosh for your Super Bowl game party, Whole Foods will have 54 oz. buckets of chicken wings on sale at $7.99 each, but you have to wait till Friday for that. The chicken wings special runs from February 1-3. Flavors vary by store but include flavors like Buffalo or BBQ.

For either sale, you don’t need any coupons, just turn up at the participating Whole Food Market stores in Albuquerque:

For other food and dining bargains, check out the Food Freebies & Deals I already posted for this week!



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 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.


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 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 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 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 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: Weekly Promo Offer 468 x 60

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 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 affiliate links.


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