Food Freebies & Deals: Oct 28 – Nov 4, 2011

October 28, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant Halloween treats without tricks, including kids eat free, Halloween weekend specials, and more for the week ahead. We’re still following up some Halloween deals – so check back later for updates!

Free IHOP Scary Face Pancake for kids today, Friday October 28. It’s one free pancake per child aged 12 and under at participating locations till 10 pm.

Souper Salad Free Kid’s Buffet when you dine in and buy an adult entree, today through November 1, using the coupon at participating locations.

Boston Market Free Kid’s Meal when you buy an adult meal (looks like minimum purchase must be $10) from October 29 – 31, using the coupon at participating restaurants. There’s also a Boston Market $2 off coupon valid on a $10 purchase to November 6.

Word on the grapevine is that Kids Eat Free at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes when they visit in costume between October 29-31. The freebie is for children under 12, with one kid freebie per purchase of an adult meal.

TGI Friday’s Halloween free appetizer when you go in Halloween costume this weekend through October 31. The free appetizer choice is fried mozzarrella, pot stickers, or crispy green bean fries, at participating locations. Haven’t had chance to call the ABQ TGI Friday’s to see if it’s on board, but they did participate last year.

TGI Friday’s BOGO Free Coupon to get a free entree when you buy one entree and two beverages for dine-in through November 1. It’s one coupon per table, per visit, at participating locations, and check the fine print for some exclusions on promo menus.

You *might* get a freebie at Old Town Pizza Parlor, if you eat fast! For their Halloween Ghost Chile Challenge, customers who order a sausage, cheese, and chile-smothered 10″ pizza (read hot) and eat it ALL up in 20 minutes, get the pizza free! Plus a $20 gift card. Personally I’d rather take my time to enjoy it and just pay for the pizza, but if you’re a fast eater anyway…. the Old Town Pizza Parlor offer runs through November 6.

PF Chang’s 20% Off Online Orders using the promo code: TREAT from tomorrow, October 29 to October 31. They announced the Halloweed deal on their Facebook page, but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to use the PF Chang’s promo code!

El Pinto Free Guacamole Appetizer on November 1, all day, with the purchase of an entree and when you ask for the “Best of the City guacamole please” at El Pinto, 10500 4th Street.

Pizzeria Espiritu in Santa Fe Half Price Pay $19 for a pizza meal for two with one salad, one pizza, and two beers, valued at about $38.  The Groupon offer is available today, although they’re not clear on expiration date to use the certificate.

Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market Dog Boo on October 29 with judging at 10:30 am, and it’s free to watch and to enter your dog in costume for the contest, with prizes from Tail Waggin Treats. You need to register a dog at the Tail Waggin Treats booth. They’re also giving away some pumpkins to carve at the market. Although the market was due to close on October 29, word is that they’re staying open another week till November 5, at Robinson Park, 801 Central Avenue NW.

Napoli Coffee $2 Off a $9 purchase with the coupon courtesy of QponABQ, valid until October 31.

Mimi’s Cafe 20% Off Your Check using the coupon on a purchase of minimum $20 dollars. The offer doesn’t apply to alcohol, nor tax and tip, and you can’t use it for gift cards and some promo menu items, otherwise it’s good till November 3.

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays through the month of November 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine! As the cost of vino is always a large part of the check when I dine out with Mr Cheap (because Darling, I hardly eat a thing) I think I’ll be timing a trip there for the wine offer nights!

These Heritage Hotel coupons for their restaurants are all valid to December 30, 2011, so we have plenty of time to take advantage of them, including:

Waffle House Free Waffle using the coupon for dine-in only, until November 11, 2011.

Free Chili’s Appetizer when you join Chili’s email club. They send offers to email subscribers, and when you sign up (via MySavings) you can print out a coupon for a free Skillet Queso & Chips with the purchase of an entree.

80% off already discounted dining certificates when you enter the promo code PUMPKIN at checkout through October 31. certificates are already discounted, so prices with the extra 80% off promo code:

  • $25 certificate (usually $10 or $15) now costs $2 or $3
  • $50 certificate (usually $20) now costs $4
  • $100 certificate (usually $40) now costs $8
  • Buy at through October 31, using promo code PUMPKIN at checkout.
  • No expiration date on certificates, and no shipping fees for email certificates.
  • Check individual restaurants for deal terms (eg minimum spend) to make sure they’re a good deal for you, and some certificate prices may vary from the typical examples above.

Bailey’s on the Beach Yoga Deal It’s the last few days to spend $20 at Bailey’s on the Beach and get a voucher for a free yoga session at Hot Yoga Downtown. Eat first, work it off later. I like that! Offer good to the end of October.

Cheap Chicken: How does 5 pieces of chicken, 2 sides, and 2 biscuits sound? How about for only $6.99? Use the Popeyes Chicken Coupon for the San Mateo location, or the Popeyes Coupon for the Coors location. Both are good to December 31, 2011. Or find Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen coupons for another location. It does bother me that they don’t put an apostrophe in *Popeye’s* but it’s a good deal so I’ll forgive them.

Taco Bell Free Chicken Flatbread Sandwich Combo when you buy a $20 gift card.  Plan ahead for holiday gifts and get a freebie!

Landry’s Seafood Free Appetizer with the purchase of two entrees, using the coupon through December 31, 2011. The coupon (scroll down at the link) is good for a free app up to $9.99 and is ONLY valid at the Albuquerque Landry’s Seafood, 5001 Jefferson NE.

Get a free $25 dining certificate with the Entertainment Book and free shipping for the new 2012 edition (you can use the 2012 coupons now). The Albuquerque/Santa Fe Entertainment Book includes restaurant and shopping coupons and deals at attractions, including discounts, 2-for-1 deals, freebies with purchase, etc. The $40 book (for ABQ, many other city books cost $35) claims to offer over $92,000 in local savings, including 275 restaurant coupons.

Jack in the Box $1 Off an Outlaw Burger or a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with the coupon, valid to December 25, 2011. That would be Christmas.

Pizza Nine Coupons include:

  • Free 2 liter soda with a medium or large pizza purchase
  • Free dessert with a medium or large pizza purchase
  • $5 off any $20 purchase
  • Free medium pizza when you buy a large specialty pizza (only for carry-out orders)

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

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my Groupon, MySavings, Entertainment Book, and affiliate links on those specific deals. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!


Lavender in the Village Festival 2010

June 23, 2010 by  
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Live entertainment, cooking classes, lavender crafts and activities, wine tour and tastings, and plenty for the kids to do at this sweet summer festival on Saturday and Sunday June 26 and 27, 2010.

It’ll be a fragrant weekend at the 7th annual Lavender in the Village Festival in Los Ranchos, with family fun including:

  • Lavender crafts and activities
  • Cooking with lavender classes
  • Live music including Kim & The Caballeros, Los Amigos, Muddy River String Band
  • Kids’ activities including face painting and a petting zoo
  • A Pet Parade on Sunday 27 at 10 am ($5 if you want to enter your pet)
  • Wine tasting and tours of Casa Rondeña Winery
  • Author events
  • Eco-education workshops
  • Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday at 8 am (fee required to participate)
  • And of course, lots of lavender goodies to buy!

There’s far too much going on to mention it all here, so check out the Lavender in the Village Festival schedule.

The admission fees are a sweet deal too – $3 for adults, $2 for kids, and admission is free for children under age 10. (Cash only for admission.)

Admission includes activities at all locations (except participation in the fun run and pet parade, and tickets for the Friday night Barn Dance and Dinner.) It’s always free of course to visit the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market.

The map of the festival locations in the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque also shows where you can pick up the shuttle to take you between the events – in case all that soothing lavender makes you too relaxed to walk or drive!



Food Freebies & Deals: June 11-18, 2010

June 11, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals include free Hot Dog on a Stick, Quiznos $2.99 meal, free gelato tasting, BOGO at Sophia’s Place or Ezra’s place, half-price beer and wine, deals at Godiva chocolate, Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante, Pars Cuisine, Zinc, and Father’s Day freebies.

Free Hot Dog on a Stick on June 15 from 5 to 8 pm. One free hot dog per customer within these promotion hours. The two Albuquerque Hot Dog on a Stick locations are in the Coronado Center and Cottonwood Mall.

Free Large Godiva Chocolate Bar when you spend $35, through June 20. Dad like chocolate? Buy him a sweet gift and keep the freebie bar for yourself…heh, heh, heh! (Or be a bigger person than I am, and give him the free chocolate too.) Godiva is in the Coronado Center.

Quiznos $2.99 meal. Get a small sub, chips, and fountain drink with this Quiznos coupon, currently showing as expiring June 17, although the date keeps rolling back. One coupon per person per order (implying you can print and redeem another coupon on a later visit.) Thanks to Ron for the tip.

Savor Albuquerque restaurant coupons we mentioned last week are still valid till June 13:

  • $10 off Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar with $25 food purchase
  • Free appetizer or dessert at La Oja Restaurant  with dinner purchase
  • $10 off Pars Cuisine with $40 food purchase

Free tastings from Van Rixel Bros. Gelato at the Downtown Growers’ Market on Saturday June 12. Sampling starts at 9 am till they run out. ABQ CVB implies it’s for kids only, ABQ Downtown Action team newsletter makes no such distinction. The Downtown Growers Market own website isn’t updated from 2009 yet, so all we know is that there WILL be gelato… The market is at Robinson Park on Central and 8th Avenues.

Blanco fundraiser by Rhythm for a Reason on June 12 includes a sunset champagne toast, light hors d’oeuvres, and dancing to music by DJ Felonious Groove. A $15 minimum donation benefits Albuquerque Storehouse, which provides food and clothing to people in need. There’s a cash bar, and it’s suggested that you wear white! The party is from 7:30 to 11 pm at The Place Lofts in Nob Hill.

Buy One Get One Free at Sophia’s Place or Ezra’s Place with these coupons (via Valpak) for:

  •  BOGO Huevos Rancheros (any day)
  •  BOGO lunch on Tuesday to Friday only
  •  BOGO dinner up to $10 value at Ezra’s only, Tuesday to Friday.

Coupons currently expire June 24 (but they usually roll back dates according to when you print, until the deal disappears altogether.)

Asian Cafe Half price beer and wine and free appetizers in a new happy hour Summer Special, from 2:30 to 6 pm. This is according to their Craigslist notice. Asian Cafe (formerly Chows) is at 1950 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE.

Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante deals with a Premium Shopping Guide coupon:

  • BOGO Free Entree or Pizza – Buy one entree or 12” Pizza and two drinks to get the second entree or pizza free, up to $10 discount, valid Sunday to Thursday on dine-in only.
  • $5 lunch deal for combos of pizza, Coke, salad/soup to eat in or carry out.

Both are good at the three Albuquerque Mario´s Pizzeria & Ristorante locations till July 31, 2010.

$6 Late Night Zinc Specials – from 9 pm to midnight on Monday to Saturday in the Zinc Cellar Bar, choose from six $6 items including Baja Shrimp Cocktail Ceviche Tostada and Baby Back Pork Ribs.

Free movie when you eat candy Don’t forget you’ve got a great excuse to eat Hershey’s candy in the Hershey’s Kisses Movie Ticket Promotion we posted in May, but you must print out the coupon by June 30 to get a ticket (up to $12 value) .

Father’s Day Heads Up

Free appetizer for Father’s Day at Pelican’s Restaurant two Albuquerque locations – they’re serving the usual menu and specials on June 20, and they say an appetizer is on them!

Denny’s free ice cream floats for Fathers’ Day – you have to be a Facebook member, but if you send a customized e-card to Dad via Denny’s Facebook card application, you and dad each get a coupon for a free ice cream float with the purchase of an item from the $2, $4, $6, $8 Value Menu or any entree.

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



Charity Raffle & Adoption Event for NM Animal Friends

August 27, 2009 by  
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If you’re a born multi-tasker, here’s a great event!

This Saturday, August 29 (2009), from 7:00 – 11:00am, head over to the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market, where you can:

  • Shop for great handcrafted pottery, windchimes, jewelry, and much more
  • Adopt a loving pet
  • Buy a raffle ticket for just 50¢ for your chance to win one of several great, handcrafted prizes and support a non-profit, no-kill animal protection organization
  • Purchase a balloon for $2 to benefit NMAF and the market

What could be better?

New Mexico Animal Friends also will be hosting a pet adoption/fostering event, so if you could use a new buddy around the house — or you’re willing to take in a foster pet — stop by to meet your new best friend!

Proceeds from the raffle and balloon sales will be split 50/50 between NMAF and the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market.

Oh, and, by the way: while you’re there, take 10 paces to the left to shop the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market for locally produced, largely organic vegetables, preserves, honey, cheese, flowers, and much more! Be sure to get there early for best selection.

The Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market is located 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW, just north of Chavez Rd, Albuquerque.

(Full disclosure: ABQ on the Cheap is a media sponsor of the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market.)

–Elizabeth Hanes


Free Health & Wellness Fair, Arts & Crafts

June 18, 2009 by  
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The Los Ranchos Growers’ and Arts & Crafts Markets have always been known for their healthy,  locally grown produce, local honey, and other good-for-you stuff. But this coming weekend, they’re plunging into health and wellness in a BIG way!

On Saturday, June 20 (2009), from 7:00 – 11:00am, head over to the Los Ranchos Markets for a full-blown FREE wellness fair. Confirmed participants (more may be coming onboard) include:

  • Certified herbalists
  • Bernalillo County Extension Nutrition Educators
  • MRCOG — trails info
  • UNM Cancer Center
  • UNM College of Nursing
  • UNM Center for Life (preventive and integrative specialty clinic)
  • Victory Gardening Services

…and many others we don’t have room to list! You’ll be able to score tons of free information (and, we suspect, free samples) from a bunch of additional vendors.

On the growers’ market side, you may find blackberries, sugar snap peas, spinach, chard, kale, micro greens, cabbage, radishes, young summer squash, farm fresh eggs, potted herbs, organic jams — and many other tasty treats! And don’t forget the arts and crafts market, where you’ll find:

  • Ornaments
  • Pottery
  • Japanese porcelain
  • Soy candles
  • Handpainted silk scarves
  • Handmade soaps
  • Hand crafted jewelry

…and, again, way too much for us to mention! It’s all free to the public.

You’ll find the Los Ranchos Growers’ and Arts & Crafts Markets in the tennis court parking lot at 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque.

Full disclosure: ABQ on the Cheap is a minor sponsor of the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market; we run a free text ad for them at the bottom of each post.

–Elizabeth Hanes