Veterans Day Deals & Freebies

November 8, 2013 by  
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Here is our 2013 round-up of Albuquerque Veterans Day deals and freebies. Even if you’re not a service member, look in the For Everyone list below to find some Veterans Day deals for all.

There are tons of freebies for veterans and current military – as is only right and fitting. A heartfelt thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Some offers are valid only on November 11, others on other days, and most require proof of military service – check details at the links. Know of any other Veterans Day deals? Tell us in the comments box below!

Veterans Day Deals For Everyone

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 9 to November 11. This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2013, and fees are waived at parks nationwide that usually a charge a fee, including these New Mexico National Parks.

Veterans Day Honor Free MP3s by the U.S. Armed Forces bands and ensembles, including the Star Spangled Banner, Taps, Here’s to America, Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The U.S. Navy Hymn), When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and more.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico Fine Arts building, the show opens on November 8 with a reception at 6 pm and ceremony at 7 pm. Then the show runs from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 9/10, November 15/16/17 and November 22/23.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on Monday November 11, excluding gift cards and color tag items already discounted by 50%.

Savers Veterans Day Sale offers 50% off clothing, shoes, accessories, and bed and bath on November 11.

Living Social 10% Discount from November 8 – November 11 using the promo code: VETERANS10
The offer is valid on purchases site-wide and you get 10% off any order, up to a maximum discount of $20.  There are some terms and conditions and redemption instructions here. At time of writing there are 68 Albuquerque deals on Living Social, from restaurants to massages, manicures, yoga, fly fishing, kids’ stuff and quite a lot more!

Veterans Day Deals For Military Only

Free Musical Theatre for Veterans. Thanks to Elizabeth at Desert Rose Playhouse for telling us that they are offering free admission for veterans to performances on Saturday November 9 at 8 pm or Sunday November 10 at 2 pm. The show is Dogfight the Musical, set in 1963 as three young Marines have a boys’ night out before heading to the conflict in Southeast Asia. Desert Rose Playhouse is located at 6921 Montgomery Blvd. NE.  To redeem your freebie, make a reservation at (505) 881-0503 or email the box office.

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses nationwide, the Albuquerque car washes sudsing up for free are Airforce One Express Car Wash, and Octopus Car Wash locations. I heart Octopus – they always do a grand job on my car at such a fair price.

Half off Golf Course Green Fees on November 11 at all Albuquerque City courses for veterans. The four golf courses are Los Altos, Arroyo del Oso, Puerto del Sol and Ladera.

Free Hair Cut at Great Clips salons on November 11. OR it looks like you can just drop into the salon that day and pick up a card to redeem your free hair cut later, until December 31. Non-military folk who purchase a service at Great Clips on November 11 get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. Check for participation by calling ahead. (A head = pun, I just realized.) See the list of Albuquerque Great Clips salons

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on November 11 if you take your ID.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill Free Meal Thanks to reader Michael for alerting me to this Tucanos offer! Current and former military members get a free meal on November 11, with military ID or proof of past service. Active service members and their families also get 10% off their entire meal from November 8 – 11. So if you go for the freebie on Veterans Day and take your family, they’ll get a 10% discount too. Tucanos also has a Facebook promotion to get a free dessert coupon when you send an Instagram photo of a family member or friend in uniform. Tucanos is Downtown, at 110 Central Avenue on the corner of 1st. (As if we could miss it!)

Denny’s Free Pancakes on November 11 from 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants.   The free all-you-can-eat pancakes are for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) with ID.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch on November 11 for active, former, and retired military with ID. Select from a special free Veterans Day menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with side dishes and beverages.

Olive Garden Free Meal for veterans and active military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meat sauce, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo. Family dining with you get a 10% discount on their meals. Throughout the month of November, Olive Garden is giving 10% off to current military service members and their families.

Boston Market Free Whole Chicken with purchase. According to Boston Market’s Twitter post and Facebook page, you can get a free whole chicken on November 11 at any Boston Market when you purchase a family meal and show military ID.

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree all day on November 11 at participating locations. Menu options include margarita chicken, “Old Timer” with cheese, pizza, and more, with proof of military service.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including house sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, bacon cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

California Pizza Kitchen Free Pizza on November 11 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Day Freebie A free Bloomin’ Onion and any Coca-Cola drink on November 11.  Plus 10% off for military personnel from November 12 to December 31, valid on the entire check apart from booze and tax. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 11 from 4 – 9 pm.

Red Robin Free Burger and Fries on November 11 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service. The freebie is a Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Free Bagel & Schmear on November 11 between 5:30 am and 5 pm.  The offer is for a free bagel and shmear or any other topping,  for active, inactive and retired military personnel.

Free Krispy Kreme Donut and Coffee on November 11 in stores (not drive-through) when you wear military uniform or show proof of service. Participating locations include Albuquerque Krispy Kreme stores at Ellison, Wyoming, and Coors.

Red Lobster is serving up a free appetizer from November 11 – 14 for veterans and current service members,  according to a press release. Choose from 10 appetizers, including Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms and Sweet Chili Shrimp.

TGI Friday’s Free Lunch for veterans and active duty military on November 11 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Starbucks Free Coffee for veterans and active duty service members AND their spouses on November 11.

Twin Peaks Armed Forces Appreciation invites service men and women to eat free on November 11.

Hooters Free Meal on November 11. Veterans and active duty military personnel can score a free meal worth up to $10.99 with any drink purchase. Valid at all locations, but take military ID or proof of service!

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Follow the links I’ve given for each deal or venue to find further details, and info on the proof of military service required.

–Tania FYI, I’ve give my Amazon affiliate link for the free MP3s.


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Military Free Admission: Museum of Nuclear Science Nov 11

November 6, 2013 by  
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is open with free admission to current and former military personnel on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013.

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is free to military personnel with ID on November 11 from 9 am to 5 pm.  In 2013, November 11 falls on a Monday. The free admission is good for both veterans and current service members,  but remember to take your military ID.

If you get a chance to talk with one of the museum docents, do so! It’s been a highlight at the museum for me to talk with docents who have served in the military and are full of knowledge on the exhibits.

Usual admission is $8 for adults (aged 18-59),  $6 for active military and their dependents, $7 for veterans, $7 for seniors 60+ and youngsters aged 6-17, and free for kids aged 5 and under.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank Boulevard SE, six blocks south of Central Avenue at the Southern Boulevard intersection.

–Tania

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Veterans Day Deals & Freebies

November 7, 2012 by  
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Here’s our 2012 round-up of Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and current military – a heartfelt thank you for your service and sacrifice. (Not a service member? Look in the For Everyone list below to find some V-Day deals for all.)

Some of the freebies and discounts are valid only on November 11, others on November 12, and most require proof of military service so check details at the links. The Albuquerque Veterans Day Ceremony is on November 11 at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park. See details on the parade route and times here.

I’ll update the list as I find new Veterans Day 2012 deals, and if you know of others please drop me an email or leave a message in the comment box below.

For Everyone:

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 10 to November 12. This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2012, and fees are waived at parks nationwide that usually a charge a fee, including these New Mexico National Parks.

Veterans Day Honor Free MP3s by the US Armed Forces bands and ensembles, including the Star Spangled Banner, Taps, Here’s to America, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and more. Right now the full album price is showing at Amazon, but if you scroll down you’ll see all the MP3s are free to download, for a limited time.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico Fine Arts building, the show opens on November 9 with a reception at 6 pm and ceremony at 7 pm. (That date is correct: Nov 9 not Nov 19 as displayed in a typo at their website.)  Then the show runs from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 10/11, November 16/17/18 and November 23/24.

KiMo Theatre Free Movie Screening of V-DAY 11.11.11 on November 11 at 6:30 pm, doors open at 6 pm. The documentary feature by director John Goheen explores what it means to be a veteran in America by hearing stories from the men and women themselves. You can watch a mighty fine film trailer at YouTube.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 12, excluding gift cards and color tag items already discounted by 50%.

Thanks to reader Cheri for telling us that both Albuquerque Savers locations offer 50% off all clothing, shoes, accessories, and bed and bath in the Savers Veterans Day Sale on November 12.

For Military Only:

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses nationwide, the Albuquerque car washes sudsing up for free are Daddy’s Car Wash, Super Services, Airforce One Express Car Wash, and Octopus Car Wash locations. I heart Octopus – they always do a grand job on my car at such a fair price.

Half off Golf Course Green Fees on November 12 at all Albuquerque City courses for veterans and active duty military personnel. The four golf courses are Los Altos, Arroyo del Oso, Puerto del Sol and Ladera.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on Sunday November 11 if you take your ID.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members. The museum will also screen the film Brats: Our Journey Home on November 11 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, with filmmaker Donna Musil on hand for Q&A.

Denny’s Free Pancakes on November 12 from 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants.   The free all-you-can-eat pancakes are for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) with ID.

El Pinto Buy One Get One Free Entree on Monday November 12 for veterans and active military in uniform or with military ID at the North Valley restaurant: 10500 4th Street.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch on November 12 for active, former, and retired military with ID. Select from a special free Veterans Day menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with two sides.

Olive Garden Free Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, so that’s a good full meal, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meat sauce, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo.

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree all day on November 11. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Cajun Pasta with Chicken, Bacon and Chicken Ranch Quesadilla and more, with proof of military service. I don’t see this announced at the Chili’s Grill & Bar website yet, but we have the deal confirmed by their press office.

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Free Meal on November 12 between 6:30 am and 10 pm for current military and veterans.  This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

California Pizza Kitchen Free Pizza and beverage (non-alcoholic) on November 11 and 12 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink on November 11 and 12 for veterans and active military. Plus 10% off for military personnel from November 13 to December 31, valid on the entire check apart from booze. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 12 from 4 – 9 pm.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Free Bagel for veterans on November 11.  According to an email from Einstein Bros. the freebie is a classic or signature bagel, with no coupon required: “Just tell the cashier you’re a veteran.”  Limit to one per person and it’s the bagel only, no toppings.

Red Lobster is serving up a free appetizer on November 11 for veterans and active duty military, according to their Facebook page.

TGI Friday’s Free Lunch for veterans on November 12 from 11 am to 2 pm. So that’s more like TGI Monday.

Twin Peaks Armed Forces Appreciation Service men and women eat free from November 8 to Nov 11.

Hooters Free Wings for Vets on November 11. Veterans and active duty military can score ten free wings with the purchase of a drink, and proof of service.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Follow the links I’ve given for each deal or venue to find further details, and info on the proof of military service required.

Thanks to my cheap chum Carolyn at Witchita on the Cheap for helping confirm the Chili’s deal. FYI, I’ve give my Amazon affiliate link for the free MP3s.

–Tania

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New Mexico State Fair: Free Admission September 19

September 18, 2012 by  
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The 2012 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque continues until September 23 and in case you’re one of the seven people who haven’t heard, State Fair admission is free to everyone, all day on Wednesday September 19.

As an aside: Kudos to Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz who so firmly put an end to the driver who barrelled into the State Fair Parade on Saturday. Mr Cheap and I were standing right by when the driver zoomed at a dangerous speed past us, and all too close to families and kids watching the parade and gathering candy along the roadside. Then the Chief rode up on his Segway like a modern day cowboy, blowing his whistle fit to bust, and stopped the driver in his tracks. It’s amazing more people weren’t hurt. Other than that, it was a great parade!

So back to the State Fair. Regular admission for the NM State Fair is slightly higher this year, at $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (aged 62+), and $7 for children aged 6 to 12. Children aged 5 and under still get in free

The good news is that it’s free parking at the State Fair Grounds this year. As parking was $7 last year (or $5 – 10 in parking lots near the grounds) at least you’ll save cash when you’re hitching your wagon!

The 2012 carnival daily ride wristbands for all-day unlimited rides costs $20 on Monday through Thursday (opening at noon), and $25 on Friday through Sunday (opening at 11 am). The exception is half-price ride day on Thursday September 20, when ride passes are $10.

You can see the New Mexico State Fair details and schedule of events at their website – although I don’t see the free admission on Wednesday September 19 announced there at time of writing.  But here are the deal details I know about for the remainder of this year’s Fair.

  • Wednesday Thursday 19: Free gate admission to all
  • Thursday September 20: Military & Veterans’ Day with free admission for uniformed and active military with ID and for veterans with ID.
  • Thursday September 20: Half-Price Ride Day with all-day ride pass wristbands for unlimited Midway rides at the half price of $10.
  • Find 24 Friends:  If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to go gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707.

Thanks to reader Carrie for dropping me a note about the free State Fair admission day. I had already heard about it, but I always appreciate your eyes and ears to pass on deals I might have missed to our readers!

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds. Enter via Gate 1 (Central Avenue) or Gate 8 (Louisiana west of Lomas) as Gate 9 is closed this year. Parking is free at either Gate 1 or Gate 8.

–Tania

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New Mexico State Fair 2012 Discounts and Freebies

September 7, 2012 by  
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The 2012 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque runs from September 12 to 23, 2012, with the NM State Fair Parade (my favorite part of the whole affair) on Saturday September 15.  Note that on opening day September 12, Fair admission starts at 2 pm. After that, the grounds open daily at 9 am.

Admission for the NM State Fair is slightly higher this year, at $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (aged 62+), and $7 for children aged 6 to 12. Children aged 5 and under still get in free

The good news is that it’s free parking at the State Fair Grounds this year. As parking was $7 last year (or $5 – 10 in parking lots near the grounds) at least you’ll save cash when you’re hitching your wagon!

The 2012 carnival daily ride wristbands for all-day unlimited rides costs $20 on Monday through Thursday (opening at noon), and $25 on Friday through Sunday (opening at 11 am). The exception is half-price ride day on Thursday September 20, when ride passes are $10.

You can see the full New Mexico State Fair details and schedule of events at their website.  But if you’re looking for a deal, here are the promotion days with discounts, and with free admission for our hero members of the community.  These are the ones I’ve found so far… I’ll update as and when others are announced, and please do leave a comment in the box below this post if you know of any other NM State Fair deals!

  • Free Arts Preview Night on Tuesday September 11, from 5 pm, to see the art at the various galleries within the Expo NM Fair Grounds.  
  • Wednesday September 12: The Fair opens at 2 pm with an opening day special of $2 Midway rides – the price is per ride.
  • Thursday September 13: Law Enforcement Day with free admission to uniformed law enforcement officers… you must be an officer and you must be in uniform!
  • Friday September 14: Firefighters Day with free admission for uniformed firefighters – again, you must be in uniform.
  • Saturday September 15: The New Mexico State Fair Parade is free to watch of course – starting at approximately 8:30 am and ending about three years later. (It’s a jolly long parade!) The parade leaves from the Expo NM Fairgrounds and heads east along Central Avenue to Eubank.
  • Tuesday September 18: Two-Dollar Tuesday with $2 Midway rides and $2 deals from participating Midway games and food vendors.
  • Thursday September 20: Military & Veterans’ Day with free admission for uniformed and active military with ID and for veterans with ID.
  • Thursday September 20: Half-Price Ride Day with all-day ride pass wristbands for unlimited Midway rides at the half price of $10.
  • Find 24 Friends:  If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to go gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707.

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds. Enter via Gate 1 (Central Avenue) or Gate 8 (Louisiana west of Lomas) as Gate 9 is closed this year. Parking is free at either Gate 1 or Gate 8.

–Tania

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Free Yoga Class for Kids Feb 25 & New Student Deal

February 23, 2012 by  
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Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque has a cool freebie for kids, and a hot deal for new students…

If you want your children to try yoga (that’ll keep ’em out of mischief), Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque is running a free yoga class for kids this Saturday February 25, 2012, at 12 noon. The 45-minute class is for youngsters aged 3 to 12, and they say this is a non-heated class. In fact, they’re giving out snow cones! The class is at the Westside studio.

For those of us a little older, the Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque new student special gives new yoga practitioners a two week unlimited pass for $25, to take any number of yoga classes in those two weeks.

Bikram Yoga is also known as hot yoga, as students practice in a heated room for more safety and suppleness when doing the asanas, and also it apparently helps with detoxing and metabolism. Expect to sweat, baby! Here are the things that students new to Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque should know when attending their first class.

I’m also pleased to see that Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque offers a 10% discount on class packages for veterans, police officers, and fire service personnel, and spouses.

That 10% discount extends to seniors 65+, full time college students, and youngsters aged 11-17. Take ID!

Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque studios are on the Eastside at 1930 Juan Tabo NE, and on the Westside at 3611 NM Highway 528 / Alameda NW, which is half a mile west of Corrales Road and Alameda.

–Tania

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Free and Low Cost Acupuncture

February 1, 2012 by  
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Here’s a sharp deal (ouch!) on acupuncture – with free treatments for new patients, and a host of other acupuncture specials, including discounts for military patients and families

Let’s get to the point: I’ve had acupuncture treatments, and for all my bad puns it doesn’t hurt at all. And I’m so squeamish I watch entire episodes of Grey’s Anatomy with my eyes closed (except for when McDreamy comes on). I’ve also found acupuncture effective for various conditions, although it has not yet cured my insatiable craving to save CASH!

So it’s good to know about these Casita Community Acupuncture deals:

  • Free acupuncture in February 2012 for new patients on Fridays from 2-6 pm.
  • Their regular low cost acupuncture treatments are charged on a sliding scale of $20 – 40 per session, depending how much patients decide they can afford. Expect to pay a $10 paperwork fee on your first visit.
  • Get 7 treatments for the price of 6 to save even more with the Frequent Patient Card.
  • A $60 pass is good for 7 visits within a 7 day period, and they say it might be suited for intensive work on issues such as severe pain, weight loss, or smoking cessation.
  • Get a free treatment when you refer 3 new patients.
  • All active duty military personnel, veterans, and their immediate families are treated at the military discount rate of $15. Take military ID with you.

Casita Community Acupuncture offers treatments in a community setting – meaning you’re in an open space near other patients rather than in a private room. CCA says this is the traditional Asian style of acupuncture treatment, and is the reason for the affordable acupuncture sessions, which usually last one hour (or 75 minutes for a first visit).

Casita Community Acupuncture is located at 2117 San Mateo NE.

Note: As with all service providers in the wellbeing area, we don’t endorse any particular business, we just report the deals. It’s up to the customer to check out services for suitability.

–Tania

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Yanni’s Free Turkey Dinner for Military & Vets

November 21, 2011 by  
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A free turkey dinner, just before Turkey Day, to thank the soldiers who protect us – yay for Yanni’s!

***UPDATE: We’ve heard that Nick & Jimmy’s is also offering a free turkey dinner to active military and veterans on November 23 – thanks to Ron for the tip! ***

On Wednesday November 23, 2011, Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Opa Bar is serving up a free turkey dinner for active duty service members and veterans with military ID. This is all I know about the freebie, probably best to contact Yanni’s directly in Nob Hill for reservations and find out any more details: (505) 268-9250.

For everyone else, they have a deal for 50% off wines with dinner, for selected wines either by the bottle or by the glass, on Sundays through Wednesdays. And Happy Hour in the Opa! Bar is on weekdays from 4 – 6:30 pm.

Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Opa Bar is located in Nob Hill at 3109 Central Avenue NE.

–Tania

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Veterans Day & Food Deals

November 11, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and active military – a heartfelt thank you for your service! Combined with food deals and Veterans weekend deals for everyone else too. 

For Everyone:

Whole Foods Chicken Sale If you’re roasting a chicken for the holiday weekend, Whole Foods is selling uncooked whole chickens for $1.29 per pound today, November 11. That’s 70 cents a pound off the usual price.

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 11-13 This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2011, at these New Mexico National Parks.

50% Off Champagne Balloon Ride $80 for a balloon ride with World Balloon, including a champagne toast and flight certificate seems like a pretty good deal to me! Regular value is $160, and the half price Balloon Ride is available through November 13 while supplies last via Living Social, and can be redeemed for a balloon ride through May 14, 2012.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 11, excluding color tag items already discounted by 50% and gift cards.

El Rey Theater free concert Academy Winds on Saturday November 12, 2011, at 8 pm, featuring the touring United States Air Force Academy Band performing a program suitable for all ages. Get tickets in advance for priority seating.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico, opening on November 11 with a reception at 6 pm, and ceremony at 7 pm. Then daily from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 12/13, 18/19/20 and 25/26.

StreetFood Asia Free Tapas  Uniformed service personnel, including police officers and fire fighters, as well as veterans and active duty military personnel can claim a free small plate between November 14 – 17 at Street Food Asia in Nob Hill. Go in uniform or take service ID, for one tapas per table, excluding sampler.

50% Off The Sassy Apron’s Delivered Dinners in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho. Freshly prepared ready-to-eat dinners by chefs include salad, soup, entree and side dish, and options include 4 delivered meals for two people (one a week for a month) at $59, or 8 delivered meals for two people (twice a week for one month) at $99 in a half price deal via Groupon

Arby’s Free Chocolate Turnover with the purchase of any sandwich – get the coupon at the link.

Baskin Robbins BOGO Free Scoop or Swirl with the coupon valid till November 22.

Del Taco Free Chipotle Steak Big Fat Taco with any purchase, using the Facebook coupon. You have to be a Facebook member and Like their page to get the coupon.

Watch the Pei Wei Asian Culinary Tour video for a BOGO free coupon good for one free entree when you buy an entree

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.

USO Care Package $15 = $30 Value toward a care package, or other efforts for US Troops and an American flag for purchasers, in a deal via Living Social.

High Desert Art & Frame 20% Off any military themed custom framing (eg. framing medals, ribbons, military photos etc.) and 20% off any kind of custom framing job for active duty or retired military service personnel. Both deals run at High Desert Art & Frame through the end of November, 2011.

For Military Only:

Free Hugo Folding Canes for Veterans The Hugo canes (worth $29.99) are free to military veterans in need of mobility assistance at all Sam’s Club stores nationwide (you don’t need to be a Sam’s Club member). They’ve got 60 free canes per store to give away starting November 9 through November 11 while supplies last, as part of the Hugo Salutes Our Veterans program. Take proof of military service.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on Friday November 11.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members.

New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. Free Admission to the museum for all military personnel with ID on November 11.

Dollar General 10% Military Discount on November 11. Veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families receive the 10% off Veterans Day discount. There are 6 stores in Albuquerque, use the Dollar General store locator to find the nearest one! Also get 10% off shopping online at DollarGeneral.com from November 11-13 using the coupon code: VETERANSDAY.

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses, the Albuquerque car wash sudsing up for day is Octopus Car Wash in several locations.

Veterans and Military Eat Free and Restaurant Deals

Denny’s Free Grand Slam for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) on Veterans Day November 11, 2011, between 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants. We know (thanks Ron!) that the Denny’s at Juan Tabo/Menaul is participating, and believe other Albuquerque Denny’s are too. A Denny’s Grand Slam includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon, and sausages. You need to take valid military ID.

The Candy Lady in Old Town 20% Off for Veterans today Friday November 11.

Nicky V’s Pizzeria Free Pizza for active duty and retired military until 5 pm on Friday November 11. Choose either a Pepperoni or New Mexican free pizza, for dine-in only.

El Pinto BOGO Entree Veterans and active military get a free entree with the purchase of an entree, all day on November 11, with military ID.

Subway Free 6″ Sub on Veterans Day with military ID.  Thanks to Jas for emailing this tip – so we assume at least one Albuquerque Subway is participating, check with your nearest location.  

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch Entree from 11 am – 2 pm on November 11 for veterans and active duty military. Select from a special Veterans Day free menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with two sides.  (And if you buy a military design Texas Roadhouse gift card by November 30, 10% of the sale is donated to the Home for Our Troops Organization.

Olive Garden Free Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, so that’s a good full meal, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo. Thanks to reader Beth for the tip!

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Free Meal for active duty military and veterans from 5 pm – 8 pm on Monday November 14 (and all Mondays in November). The free meal is up to an $8 value, take ID.  This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Twin Peaks Veterans Day Free Entree for military with ID on November 11.  The Albuquerque Twin Peaks is located at 4441 The 25 Way NE.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink for veterans and active military all next week, from November 7 – 11. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree on November 11 from 11 am – 5 pm. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Margarita Chicken Tacos, Santa Fe Chicken Wrap, and more, with proof of military service.

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 14,  from 5 – 9 pm.

TGI Friday’s Veterans Day BOGO deal for active military personnel and veterans to buy one entree and get one free on November 11, in uniform or with ID.

Buca di Beppo Free Spaghetti with Purchase. Active and retired military personnel get a free Small Spaghetti Marinara with the purchase of a Buca Small or Large pasta or entree  on November 11.

Hooters Free Wings for Vets on November 11. Veterans and active duty military can score ten free wings with the purchase of a drink, and proof of service.

StreetFood Asia Freebie Veterans, active duty military personnel and uniformed service personnel – that includes fire fighters and police – can get a free small plate between November 14 – 17 at Street Food Asia in Nob Hill. Go in uniform or take service ID, for one tapas per table, excluding sampler.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Also check with the individual deals / venues for the proof of military service required.

Thanks to Ron, who knows Free Food when he sees it (and he sees it often) for helping with a couple of these deals! And thanks to Julie at Kansas City on the Cheap for the Buca tip, and Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for sending the Hooters free wings tip!

–Tania FYI:  – I’ve given my Groupon and Living Social affiliate links on those specific deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

 

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Veterans Day Deals

November 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Attractions, Restaurants & Bars, Weekend & Day Trips

Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and active military – a heartfelt thank you for your service! Plus a few deals for everyone else too.  We’ll keep updating as we find new Veterans Day deals, and please send us your tip if you know of any others….

For Everyone:

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 11-13 This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2011, at these New Mexico National Parks.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 11, excluding color tag items already discounted by 50% and gift cards.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico, opening on November 11 with a reception at 6 pm, and ceremony at 7 pm. Then daily from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 12/13, 18/19/20 and 25/26.

For Military Only:

Free Hugo Folding Canes for Veterans The Hugo canes (worth $29.99) are free to military veterans in need of mobility assistance at all Sam’s Club stores nationwide (you don’t need to be a Sam’s Club member). They’ve got 60 free canes per store to give away starting November 9 through November 11 while supplies last, as part of the Hugo Salutes Our Veterans program. Take proof of military service.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on Friday November 11.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members.

New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. Free Admission to the museum for all military personnel with ID on November 11.

Dollar General 10% Military Discount on November 11. Veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families receive the 10% off Veterans Day discount. There are 6 stores in Albuquerque, use the Dollar General store locator to find the nearest one! Also get 10% off shopping online at DollarGeneral.com from November 11-13 using the coupon code: VETERANSDAY.

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses, the Albuquerque car wash sudsing up for day is Octopus Car Wash in several locations.

Denny’s Free Grand Slam for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) on Veterans Day November 11, 2011, between 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants. We know (thanks Ron!) that the Denny’s at Juan Tabo/Menaul is participating, and believe other Albuquerque Denny’s are too. A Denny’s Grand Slam includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon, and sausages. You need to take valid military ID.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch Entree from 11 am – 2 pm on November 11 for veterans and active duty military. Select from a special Veterans Day free menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with two sides.  (And if you buy a military design Texas Roadhouse gift card by November 30, 10% of the sale is donated to the Home for Our Troops Organization.

Olive Garden Free Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, so that’s a good full meal, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo. Thanks to reader Beth for the tip!

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Free Meal for active duty military and veterans from 5 pm – 8 pm on Monday November 14 (and all Mondays in November). The free meal is up to an $8 value, take ID.  This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Twin Peaks Veterans Day Free Entree for military with ID on November 11.  The Albuquerque Twin Peaks is located at 4441 The 25 Way NE.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink for veterans and active military all next week, from November 7 – 11. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree on November 11 from 11 am – 5 pm. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Margarita Chicken Tacos, Santa Fe Chicken Wrap, and more, with proof of military service.

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 14,  from 5 – 9 pm.

TGI Friday’s Veterans Day BOGO deal for active military personnel and veterans to buy one entree and get one free on November 11, in uniform or with ID.

Buca di Beppo Free Spaghetti with Purchase. Active and retired military personnel get a free Small Spaghetti Marinara with the purchase of a Buca Small or Large pasta or entree  on November 11.

Hooters Free Wings for Vets on November 11. Veterans and active duty military can score ten free wings with the purchase of a drink, and proof of service.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Also check with the individual deals / venues for the proof of military service required.

Thanks to Ron, who knows Free Food when he sees it (and he sees it often) for helping with a couple of these deals! And thanks to Julie at Kansas City on the Cheap for the Buca tip, and Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for sending the Hooters free wings tip!

–Tania

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