What a scary day with tornadoes, high winds, and severe thunderstorms. Luckily, I saw only rain at my house, but the area around downtown Raleigh and Yonkers Rd was another story. There, the bad weather brought with it downed power lines, uprooted trees, and even an overturned truck. The Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” said it best… “Unusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?”
Last Sunday, Andrew and I celebrated 2 years together. You can imagine my surprise when I received 2 dozen roses delivered to my office on Friday! What a great way to start the weekend. The surprises continued on Saturday with dinner at Second Empire and tickets to the new “Hop” movie. My treats to him on Sunday were massages at Massage Envy for both of us and dinner at Kanki. Who said you can’t find deals for special occasions? You’ll be proud to know that the massages were a special introductory rate of $49.99 each for one hour and Kanki offered a 5 course meal for 2 for $39.99. Sure, we don’t like to spend that kind of money for any ol’ meal, but that was a decent price for an anniversary meal of soup, salad, appetizer, entree, and dessert (plus the fake ketchup squirt and volcano onion). Speaking of Kanki, triangle sushi chef and Japanese native Yuya Chiba of the Durham Kanki restaurant designed a special sushi roll to raise money for the earthquake victims in Japan. Three triangle Kanki restaurants are selling the $10 rolls, with $5 going to the Japanese Relief Fund established by the United Nations Children’s Fund. These restaurants are also selling the chef’s original artwork and T-shirts to raise money for the cause.
Spring is in the air and Easter is quickly approaching. Are you ready? Costco has 21 cute and delicious frosted spring sugar cookies for $3.89 versus 8-10 cookies of the same type at any typical grocery store for about the same price. This would be a super easy way to contribute a festive dessert to an Easter gathering. Just place the cookies on a pastel plate and sprinkle flour in your hair. Voila! Also at Costco are braided azalea trees (2.65 quarts) for $21.65. With rich color options like red, white, light pink, and hot pink, you can’t go wrong. Andrew’s grandmother loved the light pink kind for her birthday. For Miss Morgan, I decided on Build-A-Bear’s Make-And-Play Hoppy Spring Bunny ($10 from Wal-Mart). She’ll be able to sew, stuff, decorate, and dress her bunny with the included stuffing, safety needle, clothes, and accessories.
Well, so far the carpet paint cleaning failed! Even with Justin’s steam cleaner and the special Lowes solution, the new red designs just aren’t budging. At this point, I’m willing to try anything. With Mama’s and Kendrick’s suggestions, I purchased from Wal-Mart Clorox ($1.22) and WD-40 ($3.27). If the paint doesn’t come up, I’ll either have a white or black spot where the red once was. Oh well, at least the accent colors are red, black, and white, already!
There will be no more decreased sale prices to report at the Borders central Raleigh store, as it has officially closed. Luckily, the Six Forks Rd location is still fairly close to both my house and office, so the weekly coupons will still be appreciated.
Since you last heard from me, I redeemed a coupon for $1 off at Shish Kabob. I enjoyed a FREE vanilla concrete with bananas and Reese’s peanut butter cups at Goodberry’s with my gift card. I redeemed a Groupon coupon to The Pickled Onion ($10 for $20 worth of food). Try the ahi tuna steak and enjoy the laid back atmosphere and sports trivia (http://thepickledonionrestaurant.com). I received another $50 gift card from Blue Cross Blue Shield via their Points system. I enjoyed a BOGO FREE meal deal at Cafe Carolina. Thanks Donna! Speaking of Cafe Carolina, try their new coconut cream and strawberries and cream cupcakes. Also courtesy of Donna, I am now reading “All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan” by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi. And I received the Dove men’s samples of deodorant and body wash that I registered online for several weeks ago. Andrew reaps the benefit of that freebie!
As summer approaches, do you wish for fresh produce but can’t always make it to your local farmer’s market? Check out The Produce Box at www.theproducebox.com. Have your box delivered to your home or office, decide to skip a week or even an extended period of time, and choose the contents of your box.
I was actually able to listen to The Dave Ramsey Show this week. I was running errands when it dawned on me that perhaps I could hear the man who provides such inspiration for this very blog. Of course, William responded to my text in a nanosecond with “680A.M. 11am-2pm”. This witty line stuck with me for the rest of the day: “The man who became a gazillionaire by being so cheap,” a reference to Dave by a colleague being interviewed by him.
Race for the Cure’s 15th anniversary challenge encourages participants to raise $300 for the cause to receive a $25 gift card to Belk. So, hound your friends and family for some funds to “Save Second Base”. (I couldn’t resist using this charming slogan.) (www.komennctriangle.org)
Today, 4/17, is the Wings Over Wayne FREE air show. Andrew and I are prepared with his new chair in a bag from Wal-Mart for $9.88 (NCSU red, of course) and ear plugs (6 pairs for $1.97). (www.wingsoverwayneairshow.com)
Also today, get a $6 Durham Bulls ticket for a Terrace Reserved or Diamond View seat and a Brightleaf hot dog. Just use promo code “TWC” at checkout, online. There is a limit of 8 tickets per household. (www.dbulls.com)
At Johnny Carinos, take part in their Pasta Harvest and enjoy all you can eat pasta and salad for $8.99 per person. (www.carinos.com)
4/17-18, Bruegger’s hosts a Tax Day Special of a baker’s dozen of bagels and 2 tubs of cream cheese for $10.40. (http://niuminc.com/brueggers/deals/bbtaxdayoffer_1040_exp041811/no_dup.jpg)
Through 4/18, Lowes has 2-quart perennials, 3 for $10. (www.lowes.com)
4/18 is a Tax Relief Special at PF Chang’s, with 15% off all orders. (www.pfchangs.com)
Like Chili’s on Facebook and get a coupon for one FREE appetizer or dessert per table on 4/18. (www.facebook.com)
On 4/18 at participating locations, Cinnabon will be giving out two FREE bites to each customer from 6-8pm. (www.cinnabon.com)
In honor of tax season, Office Depot is welcoming all customers to make copies of their 2010 tax returns, FREE, anytime through Monday, 4/18. (www.officedepot.com)
With Maggie Moo’s Sundae Stimulus, all customers get a FREE mini sundae from 3 – 6pm on 4/18. The freebie being handed out is a Crumb Cake Fundae, which consists of cinnamon ice cream, cinnamon cake, caramel sauce, nuts, and whipped cream. (www.maggiemoos.com)
While not tied directly to tax season, 4/16-24 just happens to be National Parks Week, when admission is FREE to all parks and monuments that normally charge fees. Some of your tax money goes to funding these parks, so here’s your chance to enjoy them without having to pay more at the gate. (www.nps.gov)
McCormick & Schmick’s offers $10.40 “Tax Relief Certificates” to guests dining in the bar on 4/18. Special entrees are priced at $10.40, too. (www.mccormickandschmicks.com)
Through 4/18 at Snapfish, buy one custom photo book and get 2 FREE. Use the code MOMMYBOOKS at checkout. Also, through 4/20, spend $25 and save $10.40 using code TAXDAY at your online checkout. (www.snapfish.com)
Ornamentea’s Try-It Tuesday class on 4/19 features Fabulous Floral Earrings, for just $2. (www.ornamentea.com)
Now through 5/12, Barnes & Noble’s latest offer is to buy 2 paperbacks, get the 3rd FREE. Selected titles only. (www.barnesandnoble.com)
The Kids Bowl Free program starts 5/1. This program allows 2 FREE games of bowling per child per day and lasts throughout the summer. (www.kidsbowlfree.com)
At 2pm on 5/7 is the Throne of Fire Release Party at Borders. Kids ages 8-12 are invited to celebrate the new Rick Riordan book with a FREE Lego Pharaoh’s Quest building set. (www.borders.com)
Vinos Finos & Picadas offers FREE wine tasting every Tuesday night from 5:30-7pm. (www.vinosfinosypicadas.com)
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Mirage, buy one sushi roll, get one FREE. (www.mirageraleigh.com)
Each week, Toys R Us holds FREE events for babies and older children, alike. (www.toysrus.com)
Each month, Barnes & Noble offers an online story time. Currently the story being read online is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, read by the book’s author Eric Carle. Beginning 5/3, the story read online will be “Charlie the Ranch Dog”. (www.barnesandnoble.com)
Whew! Lots for you to plan and do! If I don’t post again before Sunday, may you find lots of freebies and discounts in your basket. And don’t forget to stock up on half price chocolates on Monday, 4/25. Happy Easter!