New Mexico Wine Festival

August 28, 2012 by  
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The New Mexico Wine Festival takes place in Bernalillo this Labor Day weekend, from September 1 – 3, 2012.

You’ll save $5 on admission if you buy a three-day pass online in advance at $31 for adults, compared to $12 a day at the gate. However, you have to be pretty hard-core wine buff to go for three solid days – and it’s likely to be packed and hot, so keep drinking the water as well as the wine!

The New Mexico Wine Festival $12 adult admission  includes a glass for wine tastings. Minors aged 13-20 pay $5, and kids aged 12 and under go free. The wine tastings are free with admission for age 21+, but these are just tastings. Obviously you have to pay to buy a full glass, or bottles to take home.

If saving time is more important to you than saving money, you can also buy New Mexico Wine Festival tickets online in advance for $13 per adult or $5.50 for minors.  The price for a three-day pass is $31. Either print out the tickets or show them on a smartphone, tablet or other portable device.

In addition to wine tastings from New Mexico wineries, expect a kids’ area, arts and crafts, vendors with all kinds of tasty New Mexico food and delicacies, and a lively line-up of music and entertainment. See the full NM Wine Festival entertainment schedule in PDF from noon to 6 pm each day.  Soon we’ll all be dancing like the grrrroooovy people at the NM Wine Festival website!

It might be wise to take the NM Rail Runner Express to the festival grounds, they have a special Rail Runner schedule for the NM Wine Festival over Labor Day weekend and then walk or hop on the free shuttle at the Sandoval/US 550 station.  If you’re driving, take Bernalillo exits 240 /242 from 1-25 and follow the signs to the wine fest. Expect to pay $3-5 for parking in the lots by the festival.

Remember to take ID even if you look WAY older than 21, as they do check regardless.

The 2012 New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo runs on Saturday through Monday September 1-3, from noon, with wine tasting and entertainment ending at 6 pm.

–Tania


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15% Off Wine Tour

October 3, 2011 by  
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Get 15% off the wine trail tour today only, October 3, using the coupon code…

ABQ Trolley Co’s boozy new addition to their regular trolley tours is The Wine Trail, taking place at 2 pm on October 15, 2011. The regular ticket price is $70 including tax for the full wine experience, or $55 if you choose not to sample the wines.  (I’m not quite sure why you’d go on the tour if you didn’t want to sample the wines, but…. that’s the facts.)

Today Monday October 3, you can get 15% OFF that price using the coupon code: GQ07nm

The 15% discount brings the wine tour ticket down to $59.50 per person, including tax.

Book online for The Wine Trail.  The four-hour tour includes:

  • Slate Street Cafe: An overview of wine and wine tasting (they’re calling it Wine 101) and, of course, an actual wine tasting.
  • Gruet Winery: Sampling sparkling wine
  • Tierra Encantada Winery: Sampling wine in the South Valley
  • Wine trivia and prizes

Plus of course, the ride on Albuquerque’s favorite open air trolley. (Albuquerque’s ONLY open air trolley?)  This is a higher price tour than ABQ Trolley Co. usually runs, so perhaps it’s not selling out so fast.  They currently have 34 seats available at time of posting. Participants must be aged 21+ and take ID to prove it!

If you want to book the ABQ Trolley Co. Wine Trail at a 15% discount, the discount is only available today, October 3, using the promo code: GQ07nm

–Tania

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Food Freebies & Deals: September 9 – 16, 2011

September 9, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals at Standard Diner, PF Chang’s, Taco Cabana, Denny’s free cheese quesadilla, Schlotzky’s free guacamole, and more…

PF Chang’s 20% Off Online Orders using the promo code: FOOTBALL until September 12. They announced the code on their Facebook page, but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to use the PF Chang’s promo code!

Denny’s Free Cheese Quesadilla Send an e-card (via the link) to a friend about Denny’s new “Let’s Get Cheesy” menu and you both get a coupon for a free cheese quesadilla. (My fave!)

Mimi’s Cafe Free Family Meal Add On of your choice, valued up to $5 with the coupon and a minimum $24.99 Family Meals To-Go purchase through September 13.

Mimi’s Cafe Free Kids Meal with adult entree purchase, using the coupon on any Friday in September 2011.  The offer excludes the Tour de Provence menu, but it can be used for up to four kids per table, with the corresponding number of adult entree purchases.

Learn about Chile from the Experts at El Pinto on Sunday September 11 from 3 – 5 pm. They’re talking about how to roast, peel, and preserve chile, including fiery foods expert Dave DeWitt. El Pinto is also roasting Hatch green chile daily from 4 -8 pm, priced $24 for a full bag.  El Pinto is located at 10500 4th Street NW.

Schlotzsky’s Free Guacamole on September 16. It’s National Guacamole Day (holy guacamole!) on Friday September 16, and Schlotzsky’s will add a free guacamole to any sandwich meal, and give a coupon for Wholly Guacamole, while supplies last.

Standard Diner Half Price Wine on Mondays. Get 50% off bottles of wine only on Mondays. It’s been a couple of months since I’ve eaten at Standard Diner, and this is a good incentive to get down there on a Monday to catch the wine special!

Four Quiznos Coupons to celebrate Quiznos’ 30th Anniversary when you sign up for the (free) Quiznos email club QClub (via My Savings). Quiznos offers a limited quantity of these coupons, once a certain amount have been printed out, they remove them from the web. So if you’re interested, print sooner rather than later!

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays in September 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine!

Half Off O’Keeffe Cafe in Santa Fe. Pay $25 for $50 worth of dining at the restaurant next to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Certificate expires December 19, 2011, and is available to purchase via Groupon through Sunday September 11.

Taco Cabana Create Your Own Platter $5.99 Choose two entrees, two sides, and the platter comes complete with either a bowl of chips or flour tortillas, PLUS a drink, all for $5.99.

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.

Panda Express Free Entree item with the purchase of a two or three entree plate. Last chance to use the coupon by September 10, at participating locations.

Sonic Half Price Drinks daily from 2- 4 pm.  The half price deal is good on Slushes (except CreamSlush Treats), soft drinks like Coke, Sprite, and Dr Pepper, ice teas, and limeades, but isn’t valid with combos and Wacky Pack meals.

80% off Restaurant.com already discounted dining certificates when you enter the promo code SAVE at checkout through September 14.  Restaurant.com certificates are already discounted, so prices with the extra 80% off promo code:

Dinner in the Field Fundraiser for Rio Grande Community Farm (hosts of the Maize Maze) on September 25, 2011 from 5-8 pm. It’s $100 a ticket, but that includes cooking by chefs from Savoy Bar & Grill, Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro, Lucia at Hotel Andaluz, and wine by Casa Rondeña Winery, plus live music by Little Mama and the Burque Boys-Jazz Quartet. Yes, it’s still 100 smackeroonies, but it’s a fundraiser, and the outdoor dinner is partially tax deductible.

Village Inn Coupon to get $5 off when you purchase two adult entrees and two beverages. Or use it for $2.50 off one adult entree and one drink. You can also get $2 off a whole pie with the coupon. Both valid to September 16, 2011.

Denny’s 20% Off Coupon to get 20% off the entire check, excluding alcohol. It’s one coupon per visit, and this is part of a promotion for Denny’s new Let’s Get Cheesy menu, including Cheese Sizzlin’ Skillet and Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I’m not totally sure if it’s only valid on the Let’s Get Cheesy menu – the terms don’t give that restriction, but check with your server before ordering. Use it by September 17, 2011.

Einstein Bros Bagels Free Pumpkin Muffin when you buy any coffee drink, using the coupon to September 14. I’ve given you a direct link to the coupon, but you can also find it on the Einstein Bros Bagels Facebook page. One per person at participating locations.

Einstein Bros. Bagels free Darn Good Coffee with any purchase when you enter their Facebook motto contest through September 11. This requires Liking the Einstein Bros. Bagels FB page, and entering the contest. Everyone entering receives a coupon for a free coffee with purchase, and winners receive free bagels and coffee for a year, and the motto is featured on employee’s uniforms. I’d want more than free bagels in exchange for a corporate motto, but your mileage may vary. Be warned: You have to use a Facebook app to enter, which I’m reluctant to do, but your mileage may vary there too.

Carl’s Jr Coupons to use at participating restaurants, see the coupons for details:

Jack in the Box Free Mini Dessert with the purchase of a $3.99 Chicken Sandwich Combo, and free small drink with a breakfast platter, both using the coupons to September 20, 2011. (Click on Get Coupon on the relevant ads at the link.)

Auntie Anne’s free Signature Pretzel when you buy any Pretzel Nuggets through September, using the coupon.

Godiva Buy 3 Chocolates Get 1 Free on chocolate pieces in the chocolate case at Godiva Boutique in the Coronado Center to September 28, 2011.

Chimayo Bed & Breakfast Deal More than half off Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast at $138 for a two-night stay for two. I stayed here a few years ago and the breakfast was fantastic. (The place was lovely too.) Stays are valid through March 31, 2012, in the Casa Escondida $138 for two nights deal via Groupon, and the certificate is available to purchase through Sunday September 11.

New Mexico State Fair Food Promotions Check out the State Fair events and food freebie tastings in our earlier post.

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 tipping us off to the free Denny’s cheese quesadilla and Julie at Kansas City on the Cheap for the PF Chang’s coupon code!

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given you my Groupon and My Savings affiliate links to take you direct to those specific deals. If you’re interested in those deals, please use the links to send a little love this way and help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything). Thanks!

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Food Freebies & Deals: September 2 – 9, 2011

September 2, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant discounts, free food, and coupons for Labor Day and beyond… including Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, PF Chang’s, Buca di Beppo, Marble Brewery, a kids’ party package, save on wine, and more…

Whole Foods Market Organic Ground Beef Sale $2 off at $4.99 a pound on Friday September 2, only. Usually priced $6.99 a pound, this is 100% grass-fed organic 85% lean ground beef. Just in time for Labor Day BBQ hamburgers!

Buca Di Beppo $10 Off Coupons for Labor Day Weekend. Get $10 off a $20 dine-in purchase, or $10 off a $30 Buca To Go order. Both good to September 5.  

Free Chick-fil-A Breakfast during the week of September 6-10, 2011. Sign up at the link to reserve your free breakfast entree for the date and time of your choice. Options include Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit; Bacon, Egg, and Cheese biscuit; chicken or sausage breakfast burritos; a bagel stuffed with chicken, egg, and cheese, and several other free breakfast choices. Quantities are limited, but there are still free Chick-fil-A breakfasts available at both Albuquerque Chick-fil-A locations (Paseo del Norte and Cottonwood).

PF Chang’s 20% Off Online Orders using the promo code: KICKOFF until September 5. They announced the code on their Facebook page, but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to use the promo code!

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays in September 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!

Half Off Funtastic Jumps Party Package for kids. If you’re planning a child’s birthday party within the next year, this package could be a solution – at a 50% saving. The four-hour party package (buy through September 3) includes a bounce house, a popcorn maker, snow cone maker, or cotton-candy maker and all the supplies for up to 25 guests, plus two tables and 20 chairs, delivered and set up at your home, school, or wherever you want to inflict enjoy the party. The Funtastic Jumps Party Package is $98 with a regular bounce house or $138 with a large bounce house, available through Saturday September 3 via Groupon Albuquerque, and valid to redeem for one year.

Boston Market 25% Off Labor Day coupon for 25% off any family meal on Monday September 5 only, at participating Boston Market Restaurants.

TGI Friday’s 15% Off your table’s food purchase, with the coupon through September 7. It’s good on the entire table’s order, but only on food and only for dine-in. You can use it multiple times, but check the TGI Friday’s coupon fine print for exclusions on promotional menu items. It’s for participating TGI Friday’s, and as I haven’t had chance to call the Albuquerque TGI Friday’s to check if they’re taking it, phone ahead if you want to be sure.

Panda Express Free Entree item with the purchase of a two or three entree plate, using the coupon until September 10, at participating locations.

Denny’s 20% Off Coupon to get 20% off the entire check, excluding alcohol. It’s one coupon per visit, and this is part of a promotion for Denny’s new Let’s Get Cheesy menu, including Cheese Sizzlin’ Skillet and Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I’m not totally sure if it’s only valid on the Let’s Get Cheesy menu – the terms don’t give that restriction, but check with your server before ordering. Use it by September 17, 2011.

$25 for $75 Worth of Wine Pick $75 worth of wine online for $25 in a deal available today September 2, only. The offer via Groupon can also be used for shipping, although if you order a case of wine, shipping is only 1 cent.  Buy the $25 for $75 of Wine certificate today, redeem it by March 4, 2012.

Einstein Bros Bagels Free Pumpkin Muffin when you buy any coffee drink, using the coupon to September 14. I’ve given you a direct link to the coupon, but you can also find it on the Einstein Bros Bagels Facebook page. One per person at participating locations.

Cold Stone Creamery Buy One Get One Free Creation with the coupon to September 8. Scroll way down at the link to find the BOGO coupon, (and yes I know they mention the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Social too, but that’s not till September 27 and I’ll remind you about it nearer the time). The BOGO deal is valid for Small, Regular, and Large sizes, in a cup with up to 4 mix-ins,and it’s one per customer, per visit. (So you can use it several times on different occasions!)

Four Quiznos Coupons to celebrate Quiznos’ 30th Anniversary when you sign up for the (free) Quiznos email club QClub (via My Savings). Quiznos offers a limited quantity of these coupons, once a certain amount have been printed out, they remove them from the web. So if you’re interested, print sooner rather than later!

KFC $10 for 10 Piece Bucket with the Labor Day coupon valid only on September 3 – 5.  The link goes to a PDF, and you can use it at the participating Albuquerque KFC locations (and others in NM)  listed on the KFC coupon!

Septemberfest at Marble Brewery on September 10 offers unlimited sampling from 17 New Mexico breweries, live music, and the $20 ticket also gets you a pint of beer, and a souvenir glass. Buy tickets in advance at Marble Brewery and they’ll stand you a free pint at time of purchase too!

Village Inn Coupon to get $5 off when you purchase two adult entrees and two beverages. Or use it for $2.50 off one adult entree and one drink. You can also get $2 off a whole pie with the coupon. Both valid to September 16, 2011.

Annual Fundraising Harvest Dinner Early Bird tickets for the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust fundraiser are on sale to September 4. Granted it’s not cheap – $90 for one ticket or $160 for two, if you buy tix by September 4 for the multi-course dinner on September 18 at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center. BUT it includes a cocktail reception and live music, dinner by chefs from several fine restaurants (Savoy Bar & Grill, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, Los Poblanos, Zinc Bistro) and hey, it’s a fundraiser! After September 4, ticket prices are $100 for one/$175 for two.

Seasons Elk Cove Wine Tasting on September 10 at 3 pm. Seasons Rotisserie & Grill gives you the chance to taste Oregon’s Elk Cove wines and compare them against similar Old World wines. Throw in tapas pairings and it’s $30 plus tax and tip. Book the wine tasting online – 35 spaces remain at time of writing.

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.

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse launches its VIP Bar and Cigar Patio with a grand opening on September 8 at 6 pm. Admission is $25 for the opening, with wine, beer, and bourbon tastings, a Montes Cigar show, a chance to meet the artist Gabe Ballantine, and maybe win a print.

Hotel Andaluz Ibiza Bar Happy Hour Sangria Happy Hour runs Mondays to Fridays from 5-8 pm at the rooftop Ibiza bar. White Wine Sangria is $3.95 a glass ($15 a pitcher) and chill-sounding Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita is $3.95 too.

Carl’s Jr Coupons to use at participating restaurants, see the coupons for details:

Jack in the Box Free Mini Dessert with the purchase of a $3.99 Chicken Sandwich Combo, and free small drink with a breakfast platter, both using the coupons to September 20, 2011. (Click on Get Coupon on the relevant ads at the link.)

Auntie Anne’s free Signature Pretzel when you buy any Pretzel Nuggets through September, using the coupon.

Starbucks Treat Receipt $2 drink to September 5. Last chance on this one! Customers who get their fix with a Starbucks purchase in the morning (on any day) can mosey on back the same day after 2 pm with their receipt to get a Grande sized cold drink for $2, plus tax, at participating locations

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

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for pointing out the PF Chang’s promo code!

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given you my Groupon and My Savings affiliate links to take you direct to those specific deals. If you’re interested in those deals, please use the links to send a little love this way and help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything). Thanks!

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New Mexico Wine Festival

August 31, 2011 by  
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The New Mexico Wine Festival takes place in Bernalillo this Labor Day weekend, from September 3 – 5, 2011.

You’ll save $5 on admission if you buy a three-day pass at $31 for adults, compared to $12 a day at the gate. However, you have to be pretty hard-core wine buff to go for three solid days – and it’s likely to be packed and hot, so keep drinking the water as well as the wine!

The New Mexico Wine Festival $12 adult admission  includes a glass for wine tastings. Minors aged 13-20 pay $5, and kids aged 12 and under go free

If saving time is more important to you than saving money, you can also buy New Mexico Wine Festival tickets online in advance for $13 per adult or $5.50 for minors.  Either print out the tickets or show them on a smartphone or other portable device.

In addition to wine tastings from New Mexico wineries, expect vendors with all kinds of tasty New Mexico food and delicacies, arts and crafts, and a lively line-up of NM Wine Festival entertainment from noon to 6 pm each day.  Soon we’ll all be dancing like the grrrroooovy people at the NM Wine Festival website!

It might be wise to take the NM Rail Runner Express to the festival grounds, they have a special Rail Runner schedule for the NM Wine Festival over Labor Day weekend and then walk or hop on the free shuttle at the Sandoval/US 550 station.  If you’re driving, take Bernalillo exits 240 /242 from 1-25 and follow the signs to the wine fest on Camino del Pueblo, Loretto Park.

Remember to take ID even if you look WAY older than 21, as they do check regardless.

The 2011 New Mexico Wine Festival runs on Saturday through Monday September 3-5, from noon, with wine tasting and entertainment ending at 6 pm.

–Tania

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Taste of New Mexico: October 8-9

October 7, 2010 by  
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The Taste of New Mexico coincides with the last weekend of Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and could be a way to entertain your out-of-town guests when they’re not balloon spotting!

The Taste of New Mexico festival kicks off on Friday and Saturday October 8 – 9, 2010 at the Downtown Civic Plaza. Admission is free to see live local entertainment and the taste part is provided by 20 to 50 vendors of New Mexican food, chile, desserts, beer and wine. You purchase tickets for food tastes at the festival in booklets of 10 for $12, or 25 tickets for $20.

PLUS they’re announcing the winner of Rock This Restaurant on Friday at 5 pm! There’s also a Kids’ Area with face painting and balloon twisting, and a Creative ABQ Arts section on Saturday.

Some of the restaurants taking part are: Nicky V’s, Cecilias’ Café, Blue Cactus Grill, Tea Company, Lumpy’s Burgers, Annapurna’s, Gourmet to Go, Oz Patisserie, and Yanni’s. Wines and brews are from Gruet Winery, Casa Rodena Winery, Southwest Wines, Rio Grande Winery, Wines of San Juan, Don Quixote Winery, St. Clair Winery & Bistro, Santa Fe Brewing Company, ABQ Brew Pub, Kelly’s Brew Pub, and Marble Brewery… and more.

Friday entertainment includes:

  • The Noms
  • Levi & the Plateros
  • Aaron Lewis

Saturday you can watch, listen, and dance along to:

  • Philly B
  • BK Taiko
  • Hawaiian Pride Hula Halau
  • Bo Brown
  • Interplay
  • AJ Martinez & Sangre Joven
  • The award winning Irish dancer James Reese
  • Yoko Tadda of Kishu Ryu Shigin.

The Taste of New Mexico festival begins at 10 am and ends at 6 pm, at Downtown’s Harry E Kinney Civic Plaza.

–Joshua and Tania

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Food Freebies & Deals: October 1-8, 2010

October 1, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque Restaurant deals include 90% off dining certificates offer for today only, $5 off  TGI Friday’s, Red Lobster discounts, 60% off Jersey Jack’s, and deals at CiCi’s Pizza, Coolwater Fusion, and more.

The Restaurant.com 90% off deal we posted about yesterday has been extended to today, October 1, 2010. For today only at Restaurant.com, use the promo code WOW at checkout to save a further 90% on already heavily discounted restaurant certificates. That means most $25 certificates cost just $1 if you purchase today at Restaurant.com with the promo code WOW.  Enter the code at checkout – the discount doesn’t show till then. See our earlier post for more details and participating restaurants!

Red Lobster Discounts Get $3 off two adult lunch entrees and $4 off two adult dinner entrees with this Red Lobster coupon. It’s part of their Endless Shrimp promotion, although the coupon says it’s good for any entrees, so we assume you don’t HAVE to eat shrimp! Coupon expires November 15, 2010.

$5 off TGI Friday’s Coupon Good for $5 off a $15 food purchase. We love the great TGI Friday’s deals lately! This one is valid on dine-in to October 9, and we’ve confirmed with the Albuquerque TGI Friday’s that it is a participating restaurant.

Coolwater Fusion BOGO Free Buy one entree and get a second entree for half price at Coolwater Fusion on Wyoming Blvd with the BOGO Coupon via Valpak. I haven’t been to Coolwater Fusion, looks like it’s new. Any one checked it out? Leave word in the comment box below…

10% Off Albuquerque Hopfest Tickets Final Day Last chance to get 10% off Hopfest tickets – well, the last chance we know about anyway using the coupon code for the October 16 event.

60% Off Jersey Jack’s Eatery Pay $8 for $20 worth of gift certificates via CityDeals – you get 2 x $10 vouchers and use them just like cash.

Half Off Old Town Pizza Parlor with these $20 certificates for $10 via CityDeals. You can buy multiple certificates, check fine print for details. Next day shipping is 99 cents, certificates valid till March 31, 2011.

CiCi’s Pizza $3.99 Buffet The 25th anniversary deal finishes on October 3 at participating CiCi’s restaurants, with the endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet discounted to just $3.99 for adults (usually $5.49) and $3.19 for kids! Kid’s buffet in other locations may be priced differently. This is correct for the ABQ location which is confirmed as participating in the promo! Cici’s Pizza in Albuquerque is located at 4770 Montgomery NE.

Free Wienerschnitzel Double Ultimate Chili Cheeseburger Last chance – the coupon expires October 2 to get the free burger when you buy Ultimate Chili Cheese Fries at regular price.

Ben & Jerry’s Take-out Pints get cheaper the more you buy at the Ben & Jerry’s store only.  One pint for $4, two for $7, three for $9 and four for $11. You need to print the flyer and take it in to the Ben & Jerry’s store, at 11225 Montgomery NE. Coupon expires October 7.

50% off Cafe Choroni thanks to Good Day New Mexico’s Half Price Thursday. Buy $50 worth of dining certificates for $25, and use by January 31, 2011. (Shipping cost is $3.75, check the deal details for how you may use the certificates.) Quantities are limited!

Half Price Wine at Mimi’s Cafe: Every Wednesday ALL day, ALL bottles of wine are 50% off.

25% off Theobroma Chocolate Strawberries $15 a pound with the coupon instead of  the usual $20, for milk, dark, or white chocolate-dipped strawberries – you can mix up the flavors. One pound minimum purchase, maximum five pounds with the discount. Coupon valid to October 31, 2010. (Ignore the coupon’s expiry date of May 2010, we’ve confirmed with Theobroma Chocolatier and the 25% off coupon is definitely valid to October 31, 2010. )

Military, police, and firefighters get 50% off Marcello’s Chophouse at lunch, when you wear your uniform! You serve us, let them serve YOU. What a great deal Marcello’s!

Gecko’s Bar & Tapas specials after 6 pm only:

  • 20 cent wings on Mondays
  • Three for two tapas on Tuesdays
  • Half priced burgers on Wednesdays

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

Thanks for a couple of the national tips to Carolyn at Witchita on the Cheap and Teresa at Florida on the Cheap.

–Tania. I’ve given you my Restaurant.com and CityDeals affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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Food Freebies & Deals: Sept 24-Oct 1, 2010

September 24, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week include free ice cream, free Chinese, CiCi’s Pizza promo, and deals at Quiznos, Buca di Beppo, Jack in the Box, Imbibe, Sophia’s Place, and more…

Panda Express Free Kobari Beef on September 29. Get a free single serving of Kobari Beef at participating Panda Express locations with the Panda Express coupon only on Sept 29, 2010.

Cold Stone Creamery Free Ice Cream on September 30 from 5 pm – 8 pm.  The World’s Largest Ice Cream Social is part of Cold Stone Creamery’s Make-A-Wish month, with a free 3 ounce sample of Kate’s Creation ice cream (add extras for a charge). One freebie per customer while supplies last, and you can support Make- A-Wish Foundation all month at Cold Stone Creamery locations by buying a Make-A-Wish paper star for $1.

60% off at YoYo Bliss, the frozen yogurt mavens in ABQ Uptown, in a sale via Clear Channel Albuquerque. Half price certificates are discounted by an extra $5, so you get a $40 certificate for $15. They’re selling at two links: 60% off at YoYo Bliss and Clear Channel Half Price Deal Sale, and certificates are limited so if they’re sold out on one link, try the other one. Shipping  is $3.75, expiry February 2011.

$1 off Jack in the Box Pastrami Grilled Sandwich with this coupon. It’s one coupon per guest, per visit, at participating locations, till November 8, 2010.

Half Off Old Town Pizza Parlor with these $20 certificates for $10 via CityDeals. You can buy multiple certificates, check fine print for details. Next day shipping is 99 cents, certificates valid till March 31, 2011. 

80% off Restaurant.com Get a $25 Restaurant Certificate for $2 PLUS a Free $10 Gift certificate till September 26 with the promo code: AUTUMN (Enter the code at checkout to see the discount). Certificates are already discounted, and as far as we understand the free $10 Gift Certificate is good on orders of certificates worth $25 (or more) – they email the code for the freebie within 24 hours of placing your order. (One free gift per order, we think, not one per certificate purchased, although we’re buying several today so may be pleasantly surprised!) Restaurant.com certificates are already discounted, so with the extra 80% off promo code:

  • $25 certificate (usually $10) now costs $2
  • $50 certificate (usually $20) now costs $4
  • $100 certificate (usually $40) now costs $8
  • $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card (redeem at 15,000 restaurants nationally) now costs $8
  • Buy by Sept 26, no expiration date on certificates.

To get the 80% off  & bonus $10 certificate, select your Restaurant.com certificates and enter the promo code AUTUMN at the check out page. (The full 80% discount doesn’t show till then.) Check the small print for any restrictions on each restaurant. The free $10 certificate offer is not valid on Dinner of the Month purchases.  Participating Albuquerque restaurants include Sophia’s Place, Peppers Cantina, Asian Cafe,  Casa Chaco, Cazuela’s Mexican Grill. There are also Santa Fe and other restaurants in the program if you’re traveling.

$10 off Buca di Beppo
purchase of $20 or more with this coupon valid till December 30, 2011. One coupon per visit per table.  Read the small print – it excludes alcohol, tax, and tip.

40% off Buca di Beppo $20 Gift Card Pay $12 for $20 worth of Italian food and drink at Buca di Beppo (this one can also be used for beverage and tip) valid at all locations via CityDeals. Limit one per household, till certificates run out. Next day shipping is 99 cents.

CiCi’s Pizza $3.99 Buffet The 25th anniversary deal runs to October 3 at participating CiCi’s restaurants, with the endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet discounted to just $3.99 for adults (usually $5.49) and $3.19 for kids! Kid’s buffet in other locations may be priced differently. This is correct for the ABQ location which is confirmed as participating in the promo! Cici’s Pizza in Albuquerque is located at 4770 Montgomery NE.

Imbibe Drinks Specials Tuesday Nights are College Nights at Nob Hill’s Imbibe, with $1 drafts, $3 well drinks, $3 Long Island Tea (whoa cheap!), $4 Jim Beam, and $5 cherry and silvers. On Wine down Wednesdays, it’s free wine tastings and appetizers from 6-7pm along with wine specials and 1/2 price bottled wine and happy hour all night. Check out all the specials and events at Imbibe, we love their rooftop patio too – with fire pits for cooler nights!

Applebees 99 Cent Kids Meals on Wednesdays for children 12 and under ordering from the Kid’s Menu, when accompanied by an adult entree purchase. Limit 4 per group.

Great American Dine Out promotions in the fundraiser ending this weekend:

  • Boston Market Free Side Dish: Donate $1 instore to Share Our Strength to end child hunger in America, and get a coupon for a free side dish on your next visit – to September 25.
  • Taco Bueno Coupon Book: Donate $2 at Taco Buena locations to share Our Strength to end child hunger in America and receive a $5 coupon book for Taco Bueno – to September 25.
  • Applebees purchase a Free Appetizer or Free Kid’s Meal coupon for $2 at participating Applebee’s.

Quiznos $2 Off A Sub Get two dollars off a regular or large sub with the coupon to October 4, plus a coupon for $1 off any Choose 2 Combo Meal.

Free Small Drink with Popcorn Purchase at Regal Cinemas from Sept 24-26 when you ‘like’ Regal Cinemas on Facebook. You need to be signed in to a Facebook account for this deal. By liking the Regal Cinemas page you get access to a weekly coupon – this week it’s a free small drink with popcorn purchase, valid now through September 26 only.

Arby’s Free Sandwich – either Roast Beef or Beef ‘N’ Cheddar sandwich when you buy any combo, with the coupon via Premium Shopping Guide. You can use it for up to FOUR free sandwiches as long as you buy the same number of full priced combos. Other Arby’s coupons include $1 Double Cheese Melt, and all coupons are valid at participating Arby’s till September 30, 2010.

Ben & Jerry’s Take-out Pints get cheaper the more you buy at the Ben & Jerry’s store only.  One pint for $4, two for $7, three for $9 and four for $11. You need to print the flyer and take it in to the Ben & Jerry’s store, at 11225 Montgomery NE. Coupon expires October 7.

The Cube Coupons for free tea/coffee with purchase of a dessert, a $6.99 Recession Special of Brisket or Pork Sandwich plus fries and soda, an $11.99 Three Meat Combo with choice of 3 meats, 2 sides, and a soda, all valid to September 30, 2010. The Cube Coupon for Happy Hour $3 Marble beer is undated.

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

Thanks to Joshua for the Imbibe deal, and to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap and Jennifer at Fort Worth on the Cheap for a coupla tips!

–Tania FYI: I’ve given you my Restaurant.com and CityDeals affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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Food Freebies & Deals: September 3-10, 2010

September 3, 2010 by  
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Restaurant Deals for Labor Day and the week ahead, including $2 off organic grass-fed beef and potato salad (in other words, the fixings for a holiday weekend BBQ!) in a one-day sale today.  

$2 off Organic Beef at Whole Foods Today Sept 3 Only Organic Grass-fed Ground Beef at $3.99 a pound (usually $5.99 a pound) plus Brazilian Potato Salad on sale for $3.99 a pound (usually $5.99). So that’s your BBQ organized for the weekend, but this is a one day sale ONLY, and the email flier I received shows it’s good at both the Academy and Indian School Plaza Whole Food locations, today Friday September 3.

50% off Boston Market Family Meal on Labor Day Coupon is good only on September 6 to get 50% off any Family Meal or Market Feast at participating Boston Market Restaurants.  Way to feed the folks at half price! Other Boston Market Coupons give you $1 off any individual plate, $2 off a $10 purchase, and $4 off a $20 purchase those are valid to October 3.

Pay $10 for $20 worth at Chow’s Asian Bistro  Buy before midnight Sunday September 4, and the certificate expires March 6 2011 to eat at Chow’s Cottonwood location.  The Half Price Chow’s Asian Bistro Groupon deal is limited to one per person/per table.

Sonic Half Price CreamSlush Treats Last taste of slushy ice cream summer half price in this limited time deal. . . all day at participating Sonic Drive-in locations, and no coupon is  needed.  

50% off Le Cafe Miche Bistro on Coors Blvd thanks to Good Day New Mexico’s Half Price Thursday. Buy $50 worth of dining certificates for $25, and use by June 30, 2011. (Shipping cost is $3.75, check the deal details for how you may use the certificates.) Quantities are limited!

25% off Nob Hill Bar & Grill Lunch Entree when you mention this offer on Yelp. 25% off lunch entree deal is good on Tuesday to Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm. (If you read this in a future time warp and the link isn’t working any more, best to contact Nob Hill Bar & Grill to see if it’s still running.

Free T.G.I. Friday’s $10 Gift Card last chance – it expires September 6. Get a free $10 gift card with the purchase of two entrees from Caribbean-inspired summer menu. Offer is good at Albuquerque T.G.I. Friday’s at 10001 Coors Blvd NW.

Free Wienerschnitzel Double Ultimate Chili Cheeseburger when you buy Ultimate Chili Cheese Fries at regular price. You need the coupon to nab the free burger, and it’s good to October 2, 2010.

Taaj Palace coupons Buy one bottle of wine and get 50% off a second bottle, or buy one entree get one 50% off, or get $2 off lunch. Unfortunately you can’t combine the coupons, so you have to pick discount wine OR food per visit (tough choice!) The free coupons via Valpak for Taaj Palace (1435 Eubank NE) currently show as expiring September 17.

70% off Restaurant.com certificates and gift cards till September 7 with the promo code: SAVORY (Enter the code at checkout after putting the certificates in your basket – the discount doesn’t show till then. ) Buy by September 7, no expiration date to use, check details for each restaurant for minimum purchase. Restaurant.comcertificates are already discounted, so with the extra 70% off using promo code SAVORY a dining certificate worth $25 now costs $3 (other denominations are available).

25% off Theobroma Chocolate Strawberries $15 a pound with the coupon instead of  the usual $20, for milk, dark, or white chocolate-dipped strawberries – you can mix up the flavors. One pound minimum purchase, maximum five pounds with the discount. Coupon valid to October 31, 2010. (Ignore the coupon’s expiry date of May 2010, we’ve confirmed with Theobroma Chocolatier and the 25% off coupon is definitely valid to October 31, 2010. )

New Mexico Wine Festival Tickets are $13 for adults, $5.50 for ages 13-20, and kids 12 and under go free! Buy and print tickets in advance to save standing in line at the gate. The festival runs September 4-6, with a schedule of live entertainment and free wine tasting. Soon we’ll all be dancing like the grrrroooovy people at the NM Wine Festival website!

Cold Stone Creamery 2 Ice Creams for $5 with this coupon. You get two Like It sizes with ice cream and one mix-in for $5. It’s on their Facebook page but you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to get the ice cream coupon. (You do need to download the coupon printer application – quick and free – if you don’t have it already).

Free Artisan Breakfast Sandwich for new members in the Starbucks Rewards program if you sign up by September 21. It looks like you have to buy a card with credit to use at Starbucks (minimum $15) to join, so I wouldn’t sign up just for the free sandwich :-) if you’re not a Starbucks regular. But if you were planning to get a My Rewards card anyway, this is the time to do it! Plus you get a free Starbucks drink on your birthday and other loyalty card rewards.

Thanks to Jennifer at Fort Worth on the Cheap for the Starbucks tip!

–Tania FYI: I’ve given you my Restaurant.com and Groupon.com affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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Food Freebies & Deals Aug 27-Sept 3, 2010

August 27, 2010 by  
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Restaurant deals this week include half price wine, BOGO half price deal at T.G.I. Friday, pizza specials, 15% off BDW, $20 off at Vivace, happy hour, family fun food fair, and more!

Half Price Wine at Black Angus Steakhouse on Tuesdays. 50% off a bottle of wine when you order two entrees on Wine & Dine Tuesdays. Albuquerque Black Angus Steakhouse is located at 2290 Wyoming Blvd, NE.

Black Angus Steakhouse Happy Hour in the bar on Monday to Friday, 4 – 7 pm, means $3 beers, well drinks and wines, $4 margarita and martini, and full-sized appetizers from $3 to $5. Five bucks gets you a steak quesadilla (among other selections) and Happy Hour also scores $5 off a Wagon Wheel Sampler Platter.

T.G.I. Friday’s Buy One Get One Half Off Purchase one entree, and your second entree is half price with the coupon! For dine-in only at participating locations, one coupon per person per table, to September 1, 2010. You can’t use the BOGO deal with the Free T.G.I. Friday’s $10 Gift Card we’ve posted about before. The free gift card comes with the purchase of two entrees from the Caribbean-inspired summer menu, at Albuquerque T.G.I. Friday’s till September 6.

Vivace pay $20 for $40 worth  Buy before midnight Sunday August 29, certificate expires in a year to eat at the Vivace Italian restaurant in Nob Hill.  The Half Price Vivace Groupon deal is limited to one per person/per table, although on a table of more than 5 or more diners, two of you can use your deal certificates.

Whole Foods Local Farmers and Food Artisans Road Tour on Saturday August 28, 11 am – 3 pm, at the Indian School Plaza store. Food fair with free samples, face painting for kids and other kids’ activities, music by local duo Ten Cats Laughing, and door prizes. If you’re going shopping, might as well make it fun! Only at the Indian School Plaza Whole Foods Market, 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE.

Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl is back for $8.95! The deal itself is not never-ending, it’s for a limited time only.

Straight Up Pizza coupons valid to September 30. It’s hard to know where to start slicing the pie on the Straight Up Pizza deals – there are so many of them! How about the $6.99 Lunch Special 10″ pizza with two toppings and a 16 oz drink? Valid 7 days, 11 am to 3 pm. Or the $19.99 Monday Combo: 18″ large pizza and three toppings, 12 wings, and a two liter drink – good on Mondays only. See all the Straight Up Pizza coupons, say you’re using one when ordering, and pizza delivery is free within this area. (East of I-25, bordered north/south by Alameda and Montgomery.)

Boston Market Restaurant Discounts with the coupons valid to September 25, 2010.
Get $1 off any individual plate, $2 off a $10 purchase, and $4 off a $20 purchase. Sorry, but the coupons can’t be used with $2.99 Meal Deals or $4.99 Rotisserie Meal Deal (otherwise Boston Market might as well just pay US to eat there, huh? Hey, we’re on to something!)

Hotel Andaluz Ibiza Bar Wine Tastings with hors d’oeuvres for $18 per person on Wednesdays September 1 and 8. Our earlier Ibiza Bar Wine Tasting post has the details.

15% off BDW (Burgers, Dogs & Wings) Save 15% on your order over $10 with the coupon via Valpak. Currently showing as good till September 10, but Valpak expiry dates often roll back depending when you view and print.

80% off Restaurant.com certificates and gift cards till August 31 with the promo code: CLEARANCE (Enter the code at checkout to see the discount). Buy by August 31, no expiration date on certificates. Certificates are already discounted, so with the extra 80% off promo code:

  • $10 certificate (usually $4) now costs 80 cents
  • $25 certificate (usually $10) now costs $2
  • $50 certificate (usually $20) now costs $4
  • $100 certificate (usually $40) now costs $8
  • $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card (redeem at 15,000 restaurants nationally) now costs $8

To get the 80% off, select your Restaurant.com certificates and enter the promo code CLEARANCE at the check out page.  (The full 80% discount doesn’t show till then.) Check the small print for any restrictions.
Participating Albuquerque restaurants currently include Sophia’s Place, Peppers Cantina, Asian Cafe,  Casa Chaco, Cazuela’s Mexican Grill. There are also Santa Fe and other restaurants in the program if you’re traveling. 

Kids Eat Free at Bernalillo Flying Star on Thursdays from 5pm to closing.  Buy one entree and pick one free item from the kids’ menu. Valid only on dine-in, only at the Bernalillo location, for children aged 12 and under.

Buy one dessert and get one free at Bernalillo Flying Star on Date Night Friday. Take a date from 5 pm on Fridays only. They’ve also got a couple of wines for $3.99 a glass, and live music.

Free Jack in the Box Mini Funnel Cake when you buy a Really Big Chicken Sandwich Combo at $3.99 for sandwich, fries, and drink. Last chance on this coupon, expiring August 29.

Kids Eat Free at IHOP in AugustLast chance! Till end of August, a child aged 12 and under gets a free meal from the Just for Kids menu, with the purchase of an adult entree, daily between 4pm and 10pm on dine-in only. It’s one freebie per adult entree. According to the location finder at the IHOP Kids Eat Free link, there are seven participating Albuquerque IHOPs.

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

Thanks to Jennifer at Fort Worth on the Cheap for tipping us off about the T.G.I. Friday BOGO deal!

–Tania FYI: I’ve given you my Restaurant.com and Groupon.com affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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