In tough economic times, frugal shoppers are looking for deals and smart business owners are giving them. Here are a few deals we've found for this week.
FRIDAY ONLY DEALS
Take advantage of Happy Hour prices (20 percent off) at Calloway's Nursery this Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grab flowers, pottery, fresh shipments of trees and shrubs or other garden goodies. The 20 percent discount CAN be used on top of any sale prices. Calloway's also said they have free cold, bottled water to help shoppers beat the summer heat.
Cookies By Design is offering a free cookie to anyone who comes into their Dallas or Garland locations between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday. Limit one cookie per person.
The band "Hockey" is giving a free concert Friday night at the Granada Theater in Dallas. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
DEALS COMING UP THIS WEEK
On Saturday night, My Salsa Dance Studio in Hurst is offering a low-cost beginner and intermediate Bachata workshop. Costs are $15 for one class or $25 for both. Beginners begin at 6 p.m. and intermediate dancers take the floor at 7 p.m. The studio is at 401 W. Bedford Euless Road. Call 817-881-5593 for more information.
Take a free kickboxing class Saturday in Lewisville. The free class is part of a month-long promotion at the plaza in The Shops at Castle Hills. The class begins at 9 a.m. Also at 9 a.m. on Saturday, a free Tai Chi class is being held outside of the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas.
Tree of Life Church in Fort Worth is giving away free back to school supplies between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 5000 Southwest Boulevard.
Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine is holding their annual Harvest and Grape Stomp on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. It's free to stomp grapes, though it does cost $1 per taste of wine. Call 817-481-5668 for more information.
Spice up the weekend with Saturday night with live, salsa music at Beckert Park in Addison. Dance lessons start at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. The event is free.
The Lions Club Balloon Festival takes flight this weekend at Copperas Branch park in Highland Village. A $5 donation to the park is required to get in. The opening ceremony is Friday at 7 p.m. Hot air balloons launch Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m.
My Total Skincare and the American Academy of Dermatology are offering free skin cancer screenings Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Make an appointment by calling 214-373-3376.
The Angelika Film Center in Dallas is throwing a free Mad Men watch party Sunday night -- the night of the season premiere. Seating begins at 8:30 p.m.
Ferré Ristorante & Bar in Sundance Square has a great deal every Monday. How does $0 sound for a two-course dinner? The restaurant's "Dine On Us" promotion offers a free meal and only asks that guests pay for their drinks and tip their server according to what their meal would have cost -- had it not been free. Sounds more than fair to me. Reservations are recommended and more information is available on the restaurant's Facebook page.
Now through Aug. 31, T.G.I. Friday's is offering a coupon for $5 off any entree through their BYOB (Bring Your Own Buddy) Summer promotion. The coupon can be used for up to 10 people, or buddies. Get the coupon here.
Mockingbird Station retailers are teaming up to offer deeper discounts to shoppers during the upcoming tax-free weekend. On Aug. 22, retailers will host a sidewalk sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Francesca’s Collections, Oscar Fierro, The Gap, Centre, Student Body Co-op, Paperie & Co., Bittano, Urban Outfitters and Movida Boutique will take part in the sale. Additionally, Urban Taco and Rockfish restaurants will have specials throughout the day.
Parents can get a free child's entree (10 and under) with the purchase of an adult entree at Cafe Brazil Sunday through Thursday between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Also, every Tuesday the restaurant has a special offer on their Facebook page.
Gelato lovers! Receive a free bambino-sized serving of gelato at Paciugo Lakewood from noon to 7 p.m. on Mondays with the purchase of a medio or gande. More info on their Facebook page.
Kids eat free at Oliver’s Fine Foods in Mansfield on Monday's from 4 to 8 p.m. The free kids meal is offered with an adult meal purchase.
Maggiano's Little Italy wants you to have leftovers "Today & Tomorrow." First, choose an entree from a special selection of items -- then Maggiano's will give you a second selection to take with you after your meal to enjoy as your dinner the next day. The promotion is available for dine-in only -- find out more on Twitter and Facebook.
Every day in August is "Dollar Day" at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is $5.
DEALS THROUGH SEPTEMBER
At Planet Burrito kids eat free with the purchase of a regular priced entree Monday through Wednesday until Sept. 30. Planet Burrito is located at Park Boulevard in Plano and on Kimball Avenue in Southlake.
For only $5, music lovers with an appetite for tasty blues and mouth-watering barbecue can enjoy the Bedford Labor Day Blues & BBQ Festival. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sept. 5-6 and features blues legends Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and a $10,000 barbecue cook-off. All the fun is located at 1613 Hospital Parkway in Bedford (intersection of state Highway 121 and state Highway 183). www.bedfordbluesbbq.com
Through September, Hamp Painting in Flower Mound is offering a two-story exterior painting for as low as $995, including paint and prep -- that's $500 off their normal price. For more information visit them on their Web site, HampPainting.com.
Through Sept. 30, Skin Care Logic is offering half-price facials and a free Dermalogica gift to anyone employed by Dallas-area schools. The 1 hour facial (normally priced $50.00) includes steam, double cleanse, skin consultation, professional exfoliation, massage, mask and moisturizer. Proof of employment is required (school ID badge) to recieve the special. Visit their Web site, skincarelogic.com/spa.htm for more information.
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