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.
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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
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On Sept. 5, everyone who downloads a coupon from bowl.com can play one free game at local, participating bowling centers as part of National Bowling Day. Find the coupon here.
On Thursday, a $5 donation gets you a wine glass to fill in the Bishop Arts District Wine Walk II. Enjoy wine at more than a dozen shops between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. -- click here for more info.
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., the Legends of Texas Gunfight Shows take place at Stockyards Station in Fort Worth. The shows are free and attendees can learn about about the history of this part of North Texas between 1835 and the early 1900s.
Blue Mesa Grill is hosting a dinner buffet for it's annual Hatch Chile Festival. Enchiladas, steaks and shrimp cooked with hatch chilies will be available beginning at 5 p.m. The buffet is $16.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids.
Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. enjoy a scavenger hunt, yoga class or listen to a story at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. All activities are free.
On Saturday and Sunday between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Weston Gardens in Fort Worth is offering free smoothies made with tea and real fruit. On next Thursday, Sept. 10, all Dallas-Fort Worth Jamba Juice locations are giving away free smoothies between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Uptown Village at Cedar Hill hosts family movie night. "Ratatouille" starts at 8 p.m.
The first Sunday of the month is free admission day at the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park. Pack a lunch and bring the whole family for historic fun. Participate in themed activities for everyone to enjoy. The theme for September is “Back to School.” What was it like to go to school over 100 years ago? Visit the Renner School House and have a seat for an 1888 lesson. Play with toys and games after the School Marm dismisses you!
A free day of yoga is coming on Labor Day. DFW Metroplex area yoga instructors are joining together to bring new people to yoga through free classes. Click here for more information.
Starbucks lovers here is a deal for you. Register for a Starbucks card online and you will receive a postcard good for a free beverage on your birthday. You don't have to get a Starbucks credit card, you can use a gift card.
Every Saturday has something different and interesting at the Uptown Village at Cedar Hill. Jazz, movies and car shows will feature attractions on different Saturdays in September. A schedule is available here.
After 5 p.m., kids under 12 eat free at Black-Eyed Pea restaurants throughout Texas. One item from the kids menu is free with each adult entree purchased.
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.
Dos Chiles Tex-Mex in Wise County is offering two enchilada dinners and two drinks for just $10 on Tuesdays. There are Dos Chiles restaurants in Boyd, Bridgeport and Bowie.
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.
On Wednesday, get 20 percent off your tab at Boston's Gourmet Pizza on North Freeway during happy hour. Please bring in a business card or company identification badge.
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.
Curious about the history of Cow Town? Check out Fire Station No. 1 -- the free exhibit in Sundance Square tells the story of the first 150 years of Fort Worth. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is at 2nd and Commerce streets.
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.
Domino's Pizza is offering a FREE Chocolate Lave Crunch Cake with every Breadbowl Pasta ordered at menu price until Sept. 13 with coupon code 9146.
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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Join the Dallas Arts District Alliance this Saturday, September 5, 2009 for a walking tour of the Dallas Arts District, the largest urban arts district in the United States. Listen to experienced docents share the area's history and architecture while strolling by the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Center, historic Belo Mansion and Cathedral Shrine of the Vrigin of Guadalupe. Get a close up view of the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre under construction and set to open in fall 2009. Call 214-744-6642 or email in advance to RSVP or, join in at the last minute.