The Famous Frugalista Find of the Week — Dining Out on a Dime

When you’re making every dollar stretch ’til it begs for mercy, going out to eat seems like an unaffordable extravagance. Especially during the holidays when you’re trying to pay the bills, buy gifts, and maybe put together a big dinner for family and friends besides. Ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching! Who’s got anything extra to spend on restaurant meals? (OK, maybe fast food once in a while, but not a real sit-down, served by a waiter, kind of meal.)

I’m always on the lookout for a good deal that helps us hold on to a middle-class lifestyle, even on a skinny little budget. Listen, Cupcake, you don’t have to give up those restaurant meals completely. You can still eat out and save, save, save at the same time!! And you know me, I’m all for saving some serious cash. They don’t call me The Famous Frugalista for nothing, ya know!

Want in on the secret? Of course you do! Just go to restaurant.com and select your state. Up pops a list of cities where you can find some sweet discounts. You can purchase a gift card online with NO fees and NO expiration date. I love that!  A $25 card for $10, all the way up to a $100 card for $40.  Whacking 60 bucks off a nice dinner out — Woo Hoo! Now that’s what I call the Frugalista Way!

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Check out the list of restaurants in your area, pick out your favorite, and use your discount card when you pay the bill.

Until December 25, there’s a special promo going on — a $25 gift certificate for just $1. You read that right — just one little ol’ simoleon! The catch is that only certain restaurants are honoring this deal. Check the web site to find out if there are any in your area and cash in. I’m all over this deal, Sweetie Pie!

Want more goodies? Check out Specials.Restaurant.com for daily deals like 2 dinners and 2 movie tickets for $25.

And Darlin’, how would you like to give a FREE $10 eCard to a friend, a family member, or just as a random act of kindness? You can send up to 40 a day through December 25, so now’s the time to jump on this special promotion.  Sound too good to be true? I thought so too, but it’s for real.

It’s part of the Restaurant.com Feed It Forward program. All you have to do is create a free account, then follow the step-by-step directions for sending out those $10 eCards. So easy to use and it won’t cost you one red cent. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas . . . Ho, Ho, Ho!

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I think Santa Claus just pulled up in his sleigh.

Just so you know, I don’t receive any money, discount cards, or anything else from Restaurant.com. I’m  passing along the savings info, in case you want to give it a try. If you do, I’d really appreciate it if you’d take a minute to let me know how the gift cards or the Feed It Forward program worked out for you.

© The Famous Frugalista 2011

Famous Frugalista Find of the Week!

You know me, as The Famous Frugalista I’m always on the lookout for a great deal to share with you. I’m all about helping you save money on the things you need. And this week, I’ve found a real goodie for you. In fact, it’s more like a trainload of goodies! A true Famous Frugalista Find of the Week! 

Here’s just a teensy sample of super-duper savings available this week in four different cities:

• Want to work off some weight and have a little fun? Try 5 Jazzercise classes for 20 bucks. That’s half price, Cupcake!

• Car repairs are mega-expensive, you know that. $90 to spend on auto repairs for just $40 sounds pretty good to me. In fact, I could have used this deal last week.

• Do you dream of being on the PGA tour, complete with your own personal caddy and a throng of adoring fans clamoring for your autograph? Bring out your inner golf pro with 18 holes of golf and cart rental for two people – $31 (Unfortunately, no adoring fans included.)

• Are you a hockey  fan? How does a  premium or select c ircle ticket to a professional hockey game sound for just $13?

• Maybe you want to give your little darlin’ dance lessons but it’s just not in the budget. Here’s a deal for 52% off — weekly dance lessons for 2 months for $60. Can’t promise she’ll be a prima ballerina in a couple of months, but she should be more graceful. (Hey, wonder if I can get in on those lessons? I’ve been told I have two left feet.)

• Got an old photo of great uncle Elmer that desperately needs restoration? You can get a photo restored, plus a free 8 x 10 print made of it for 6 bucks. You read that right. Regular price is $50.

  And I just scooped up a Home Murder Mystery Party for 15-20 people for just $25. Yep, that’s all. Half price. Comes with the whole mystery party laid out for me, including costume ideas, tips for food, music, decorations, even has the invitations ready to print out. Makes is soooo easy. No stressing about what to do, so I get to enjoy the party too. Hmmm. . . Now all I have to do is decide whether I want to be Iguana Trump, Mimi Martini, or Lucy Legs. As long I as can wear my purple feather boa, it’s all good. Zowie!

So, the question is “Famous Frugalista, where can I get in on these sensational savings?” And the answer is . . . (drum roll please. . .), . . . just sign up at LivingSocial.com for Daily Deal alerts.

It’s simple. You just plug in your email address and the cities where you want to find the deals.  Full disclosure here — if you don’t live in a pretty good-sized place, your town won’t be listed. You’ll have to pick a city that’s near you. (I signed up for four different cities, two nearby and two where I want to vacation one of these days.)

Here’s how it works.  Every day you get an email with at least one deeply discounted deal for a local business. The deals have a time limit attached — some are open for a few days, some much longer. There’s no spamming and Living Social guarantees to make it right if you’re not “jumping for joy” with your deal. A huge discount, no spam, and a guarantee. Don’t cha just love it?

When you buy, you get a link to your voucher the next day. You can give deals as gifts which is pretty nifty, especially if you forgot someone’s birthday or (gulp!) your anniversary. I know you’d never, ever do that — but just in case, it’s good to know about.

Maybe you’re thinking, “This deal’s pretty good, but it would be a whole lot better if I could get it for nothing.” (Spoken like a true Frugalista!) If you want your particular deal for free, then you can share a link with your friends. If three of ’em buy the same deal, yours doesn’t cost you a thing. Take that to the bank, Baby!

OK, Cupcake, get yourself signed up today and start saving some serious money.

And just so you know, I’m not getting paid to endorse this site or sing their praises. I just like the deals and I think you will too.

© The Famous Frugalista 2011

Famous Frugalista Find of the Week!

You know I’m always on the lookout for a great bargain or a super-duper deal. (It must be in my DNA or something). And when I find a deal, it’s my sworn duty as The Famous Frugalista to share it with you.

Well, Cupcake, have I got a Famous Frugalista Find of  the Week for you! This site isn’t just one bargain — it’s a whole truckload of ways to save some dough on travel. You’re one smart cookie, so you already know about travel sites like Travelocity, Priceline, and Orbitz. They’re good, but I found a great site that makes me want to pack up my tiara and feather boas and head out on v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n right now.

Does a few days lounging on the beach at a Punta Cana resort get your motor running? It’s raining here today so I could sure go for that!  With meals, drinks, windsurfing (how will I keep my boa from blowing away?), and a round of golf included.  Heck, they even throw in an introductory scuba clinic.  Just how many simoleons will this deal set you back?  $85 a night per person. Not bad, eh?

Beach resorts not your thing? Not to worry. For  you Elvis fans, there are half-off tickets for Graceland tours. Hefty discounts to Broadway  and Las Vegas shows — big name stuff too.

How about weeklong Christmas cruises, half price rooms in Las Vegas, 5-star safari vacations, even a 13-night transatlantic cruise for $499? Huh? No, your eyes aren’t going all weird on you. It’s really $499. And not on some rickety ol’ freighter where you sleep in a teensy bunk down in the hold with the rodents and eat cold sandwiches every day. We’re talkin’ the Norwegian Cruise Line here. Can you say “luxury”?

Wait a minute.  You don’t want to leave the good ol’ USA, Darlin’?  No problemo. Picture yourself relaxing at a totally luxurious 4-diamond resort in Myrtle
Beach. Aaaahh! With a spa. Hot tubs. Gorgeous swimming pools. $79.00 a night.

That’s the kind of deal that makes my Frugalista heart beat a whole lot faster — especially since I haven’t stayed in a 4-diamond anything since way back in the last century.

Every week there’s a new Top 20 list to drool over. This week it’s Paris. . . New York City . . . California’s wine country. . . a waterfront resort in Florida. . . Italy. . .Can’t wait to see next week’s list!

I know what you’re thinking — Gimme the link already!!! OK, OK — go check out TravelZoo.com right now.

No money for a vacation? No whining and pouting allowed!  Just keep checking this blog for more ways to save.  All those dimes and dollars will add up and in no time, you’ll be jumping on one of those great travel deals yourself. (And don’t forget to send me a postcard when you get there.☺)

© The Famous Frugalista 2011