Holiday Ole & BOGO Free Ticket Deal

November 6, 2012 by  
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Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday OleEvery year, the Junior League of Albuquerque hosts the Holiday Olé festive shopping extravaganza. The good news is: you can get
two Holiday Ole tickets for the price of one at the link if you purchase tickets in a limited time deal. The better news: proceeds benefit local charities.

I was just about to write a post about the 2012 Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday Olé on Sunday November 18, when I spotted this two Holiday Ole ticket deal – oh serendipity! Especially as the regular ticket price has increased this year to $10 each so the Living Social offer to get two tickets for the price of one is a no-brainer at $10 for two tickets or $20 for four tickets.

More than four people going holiday shopping? It’s fine to buy multiple sets of tickets, although of course that works better if you have an even number in your party, as the half price tickets are sold in pairs.

Holiday Ole is on Sunday, November 18 at Hotel Albuquerque, and usually features all kinds of artsy craftsy stuff, toys, jewelry, cosmetics, and other gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers from Albuquerque retailers. Shop Olé runs from 11 am to 4 pm, and Bebe Olé is from 2 pm to 5 pm, with Santa Claus and holiday activities.

Regular priced tickets are $10 if you miss the current BOGO free ticket deal, and tots under age 2 go free.

Holiday Ole will also hold a brunch with a guest panel at 10 am, and tickets for that (available from the Junior League of Albuquerque website) cost $50, which includes admission to shopping and Santa too, and brunch tix must be purchased in advance as none will be available at the door. No deals on brunch – sorry! :-)

Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday Olé 2012 will be held:

    • When:  Sunday November 18
    • Time:  Shopping from 11 am to 4 pm, and Bebe Olé with Santa from 2 pm to 5 pm.
    • Where: Hotel Albuquerque
    • Price: $10 regular admission, or nab the limited time Living Social Deal for 2 tickets for $10 or 4 tickets for $20. Free admission for kids aged under 2.

Hotel Albuquerque is located just north of Old Town at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW

–Tania FYI:  I’ve given my Living Social affiliate link.


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15% Off Promo Code for 6 New Mexico Hotels

June 16, 2012 by  
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Use the promo code to get 15% off room rates at all six Heritage Hotels & Resorts properties in New Mexico.

The discount deal at Heritage Hotels & Resorts saves you 15% off the best rates for their six New Mexico hotels when you use the promo code:  ADVENTURE

The hotels are:

  • Hotel Albuquerque near Albuquerque Old Town. I’ve stayed here for conferences and also research purposes when writing travel articles, and the decor and hotel is very attractive and comfy, with super-helpful staff.  
  • Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque Locals will recognize the Nativo Lodge from the colorful patterns on the exterior, you can see it from I-25 near the San Mateo intersection. The rooms are decked out with Native American style furnishings, and I can tell you from experience that the beds are rather plush  😉
  • The Lodge at Santa Fe featuring handcrafted furnishings and original artwork, free wi-fi, a bar and lounge, and an outdoor pool and hot tub. It’s a five minute drive to Santa Fe Plaza.
  • Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, just a short block from the Plaza. (And right opposite one of my fave Santa Fe restaurants, Cafe Pasqual’s.) I’ve nosed around since they gave the hotel its elegant make-over and think they’ve done a lovely job. I haven’t stayed there, but I’ve often enjoyed the atmosphere in the bar.   
  • Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe which used to be the Hotel Plaza Real. I haven’t stayed in the new incarnation of the hotel, but I did stay when it was the Hotel Plaza Real, and you can’t beat the location, just off Santa Fe Plaza. I also like the bar and patio – a very good spot for people-watching.
  • Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in (as you would guess) Las Cruces. Anyone been there? Let us know in the comment box below. It’s on my list of places to try out!

Links to all the New Mexico Heritage Hotels & Resorts are at their website, where you can plug in the promo code ADVENTURE to see room rates after the 15% discount is applied.

Info on the promo arrived via email, and I don’t know how long the promo code is valid for, or how far ahead you can book and still get the discount. However, I did a test run for various dates through November, including during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October, and the discount appeared just fine! Some blackout dates may apply.

If you go, also check out the hotel coupons for dining discounts and freebies at each of these New Mexico properties.  

–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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Native Heritage Art Market on Thanksgiving Weekend

November 21, 2011 by  
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The first Native Heritage Art Market debuts this Thanksgiving weekend in Albuquerque, and what a debut!

The Native Heritage Art Market runs from November 25-27 at Hotel Albuquerque, and admission is free for all. In addition to work for sale from more than 15 different tribes, such as jewelry, pottery, carvings, paintings and sculpture, the event also includes artist demonstrations, and traditional music and cultural performances.

The Opening Reception at 5 pm on Friday November 25 look well worth a visit, as it pays tribute to Indian Arts and Crafts Association Artists of the Year over the last 30 years, many of whom will be present. Ceremonies start with an invocation by Haywood Big Day, Sundance Leader for the Crow Tribe, and the whole event is MC’d by the wonderful Harlan McKosato, host of Native America Calling. How cool is that?
I often listen to Native America Calling on KUNM, and I LOVE it!

Other highlights over the weekend include:

  • Turquoise Workshop at 10 am on November 26 by Joe P. Lowry, owner of the Turquoise Museum
  • Jerry Pardilla, Penobscot singer & flute player, at 12 noon on November 26
  • Plus talks/demonstrations on Navajo silver jewelry and sandpainting, Laguna Pueblo pottery, Zuni Pueblo weaving, Taos Pueblo pottery, Santo Domingo Pueblo Heishi-making, Hopi basket weaving, and more…

See the full Native Heritage Art Market schedule for details on what’s happening when. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to pick your fave time to go, though. It all looks pretty great to me. And to get us in the festive spirit, they’ll have a tree with Native-made holiday ornaments.

As the event is organized by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association we can be confident that the arts for sale are all certified as genuine work from American Indian artists.

Native Heritage Art Market takes place:

  • When: November 25-27, 2011
  • Times:
    Friday November 25 from 3 – 7 pm, with the opening reception at 5 pm
    Saturday November 26 from 10 am – 5 pm
    Sunday November 27 from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Where: Hotel Albuquerque
  • Price: Admission is free!

I can’t be responsible for how much you spend on holiday shopping, though!

Hotel Albuquerque is located just north of Old Town at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

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Holiday Ole & BOGO Free Ticket Deal

November 14, 2011 by  
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Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday OleEvery year, the Junior League of Albuquerque hosts the shopping extravaganza that is Holiday Olé. The good news is: you can get
two Holiday Ole tickets for the price of one if you purchase tickets in a limited time deal through Tuesday November 15. The better news: proceeds benefit local charities.

I was just about to write a post about the 2011 Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday Olé this Sunday November 20, when I spotted this two Holiday Ole tickets for $5 deal – oh serendipity! Regular tickets are $5 each (free for children aged 12 and under), so the Groupon offer available till November 15 to get two tickets for the price of one is a no-brainer if you plan on going to the event with a friend or family member. More than two people going holiday shopping? It’s fine to buy multiple deals, although of course that works better if you have an even number in your party, as the BOGO deal tickets are sold in pairs.

Holiday Ole is on Sunday, November 20, from 11 am to 4 pm at Hotel Albuquerque, and usually features all kinds of artsy craftsy stuff, toys, jewelry, cosmetics, and other gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers from Albuquerque retailers, plus food vendors. The event also includes raffles, a visit by Santa Claus, and a free photo opportunity with Santa, compliments of Dry Heat Photography.

Regular priced tickets are $5, and we’ve confirmed with the organizers that children aged 12 and under go free again this year. 

Holiday Ole will also hold a Women as Catalysts brunch at 10 am, with guest speaker New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.  Tickets are $50 for the Susana Martinez brunch which includes admission to Holiday Ole shopping too, and brunch tix must be purchased in advance as none will be available at the door. No deals on  brunch – sorry! :-)  

Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday Olé 2011 will be held:

  • When:  Sunday November 20
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Hotel Albuquerque
  • Price: $5 regular admission, or two tickets for $5 in today’s Groupon deal, available to Tuesday November 15.  Free admission for kids aged 12 and under.  

The fundraiser benefits JLA’s Kissing Hunger Goodbye campaign – a 5-year commitment to ending hunger in the Albuquerque metro area, in collaboration with the Storehouse and Rio Grande Food Project.

Hotel Albuquerque is located just north of Old Town at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

–Tania FYI:  I’ve given my Groupon affiliate link for the ticket deal. To send a little love this way and help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything) please use the links. Thanks!

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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 Restaurant.com already discounted dining certificates when you enter the promo code PUMPKIN at checkout through October 31. Restaurant.com 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 Restaurant.com 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 Restaurant.com 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!

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