Apr 182014
Tijuana Flats

Before Easter arrives, make it a fiesta.

Chances are that most of you who have Easter plans this weekend aren’t going to sit down to eat a Mexican feast for Easter dinner. By that same token, very few people want to eat the same big meal twice in a row. For that reason, it makes perfect sense to warm up for the big meal with Tijuana Flats.

Just for this weekend, you can enjoy a feast for four for just $30 at the Fishers Mexican restaurant. The only stipulation is that it has to be a takeout order, but that way you can quickly return to your other Easter plans. Tijuana Flats is calling it the Feaster before Easter, but we’re calling it a muy bueno deal. With four entrees and four drinks for just $30, you can treat the full family on the cheap.

Apr 182014
Cooper's Stardust Bowl

Can you “spare” two hours on Easter Sunday?

Have you ever gone Glow Bowling on Easter Sunday? If not, maybe this is the year you give it a try. You only live once, and you’ll always remember the time you visited Cooper’s Stardust Bowl for the Easter Eggstravaganza. From 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday April 20, you and your family can enjoy an Easter-themed glow bowling session.

Each lane can hold up to six guests at a time, and two hours only costs $39 per lane. In addition to the two hours, your money pays for shoe rental, a basket containing glow items and candy, and a special bowling pin cup filled with your soda of choice. Plus, your family can participate in a Glow Easter egg hunt along the way.

Just keep in mind that Cooper’s Stardust Bowl is advising that you reserve your lane at least 48 hours ahead of the event on Easter Sunday if you want to claim a lane before they are sold out. You can either visit the front desk or call (317) 773-3381 (ext. 0) to make your reservation. Whether your plans wind up including Glow Bowling or not, however, we wish all of our Cheapsters a Happy Easter weekend and look forward to catching up with you again on Monday.

Apr 182014
Record Store Day

We hope this post sets the record straight.

Given that we know most of our Cheapsters will have family plans and plenty of activities already planned over the next few days, we aren’t posting a Weekend Top Five list. If we were, however, Record Store Day would sit atop the list.

In today’s age of iPods, iTunes, and live streaming, plenty of people think the CD is archaic. Now imagine taking another few steps back in time to reach vinyl records. If that thought doesn’t at all confuse you and instead puts a smile on your face, this post is definitely for you.

Record Store Day falls on the third Saturday in April every year, meaning that tomorrow (Saturday April 19) is the big day. Record Store Day is a nationwide event, but the only store we’ve heard for sure is observing it here in town is Indy CD & Vinyl. They have plenty of cool plans, including a live performance tent sponsored by 92.3 FM, Sun King Brewing, Musical Family Tree, and more. You’ll hear live music from bands like The Bonesetters, White Moms, No Coast, Raw McCartney, MaryAnn, Greg Mullen, and more.

Meanwhile, inside the store you’ll find a bunch of new releases in the vinyl section. Click here for a full list of 2014 releases if you’re interested, or just show up tomorrow and peruse at your leisure. Indy CD & Vinyl will be opening early at 8:00 a.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to beef up your record collection.

Apr 182014
Indiana Author Fair

Write it down – the Indiana Author Fair is the place to be tomorrow.

Yep, you read that title correctly – this is the first year for Brownsburg’s Indiana Author Fair. If you keep reading beyond that title, we’re going to assume that you’re a fan of reading and that you therefore are interested in this opportunity to meet and talk with numerous homegrown authors. We’re always excited to promote those in our own home community, and are happy to hear that the Brownsburg Public Library shares that excitement.

From 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19, more than two dozen authors who call Indiana home will gather at the library. You can meet each and every one of them personally, discuss their work, and even buy books from them directly. 10% of all the book sale proceeds will go to the Friends of the Library Group (a group that supports events and activities that benefit the community at large), which makes the event even more enticing.

You’ll find authors from plenty of different genres. Whether you prefer science fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children’s books, or a little of everything, you’ll find a book at the Indiana Author Fair with your name on it. Getting to meet the author is just the figurative cherry on top of the book-shaped sundae. We will conclude with the list of authors you can meet tomorrow, and we hope to see you there:

  • Mary Anne Barothy
  • Alan and Sandra Clark Boone
  • Bill Byrd
  • Carline Crumb
  • Quentin Dodd
  • Bryan Furuness
  • John Graham
  • Jeffrey Green
  • Ruth Ann Hanley
  • Christy Heitger-Ewing
  • Matthew and Nancy Hobson
  • Dan Jensen
  • Jack Klemeyer and Tom Richardson
  • Kathy Laugheed
  • Charles Layton
  • Philip Rigdon
  • H. Edward Schrier
  • Virginia Shugert
  • Phil Velikan
  • A.L Waddington
Apr 182014
Whole Foods Market

Easter is Sunday, but Earth Day is soon after.

This weekend, going green can take on a different connotation than usual. For everyone who dyes Easter eggs this weekend, going green might mean dunking your egg in the green food coloring (or getting really creative and alternating it between yellow and blue for that individualized green shade you’re looking for. In either case, however, Whole Foods Market isn’t forgetting about Earth Day just because Easter is this weekend.

Earth Day is on Tuesday April 22, but Whole Foods Market is starting the celebration early with a sale on greener cleaners. And no, they aren’t just calling them that because the two words sound like a clever rhyme. Whole Foods Market launched the Eco-Scale Rating System to help shoppers make smarter and greener choices for their cleaning products. All the cleaning products Whole Foods uses have to be third-party audited  to ensure that the quality stays high. In short, they know a thing or two about staying green and protecting the environment.

As for the bottom line for you, Whole Foods Market includes a lineup of more than 130 household cleaners (from liquid laundry detergent to dish soaps and everything between). From Saturday, April 19 to Earth Day on Tuesday, those greener cleaners are 50% off. Even if the green initiative isn’t something you’re particularly motivated about, the 50% savings is still a great reason to stop by Whole Foods Market when you aren’t dyeing eggs.

Apr 182014

It’s Lent Season again? Sea you later, folks.

*Update for Friday April 11* There’s still a little time left in the Lenten season. If you’ve made it this far not eating meat on Fridays, well done. Here’s a reminder of some of the restaurant options serving fish specials on the cheap today.

Arby’s: Instead of the classic roast beef, you can enjoy the Reel Big Fish Sandwich. Arby’s often offers these sandwiches at two for $5, but make sure to check ahead of time that your particular location is observing that deal (not all of them do).

Cheeseburger in Paradise: The title of this business might make you think you have to pass on it today, but don’t be fooled. On Fridays during Lent, Cheeseburger in Paradise offers you all the hand-battered, golden-fried Fish and Chips you can eat. The endless fish is yours for only $12.99.

Hardee’s: You can choose between the Charbroiled Cod Fish Sandwich ($3.99) and the new Charbroiled Cod Fish Taco ($2.39). Since you have multiple Fridays to navigate during Lent, you could come back and try the other one next week.

Jack in the Box – Jack brings back the Fish Fillet sandwich combo this time of year, joining it with fries and a drink for $3.69.

On the Border – Fish Taco Fridays are back at your favorite Mexican cantina. You can choose from Dos XX or Grilled fish tacos for only $7.99 on Fridays.

Ryan’s Steakhouse – All of the Ryan’s buffet restaurants serve up seafood specials every Friday during dinner, while offering other Lent-friendly offerings daily. On a related note, Ryan’s will feature a special Easter Sunday meal on April 20.

Weber Grill – You aren’t limited to just fast food and buffets, either. Weber Grill downtown invites you to enjoy a variety of Chef Larry Donahue’s new meatless dishes throughout the Lenten season. These specials are available during lunch and dinner, and you can order them for carryout as well.

White Castle – The King of Sliders is opening up the Castle gates for “Craves from the Waves” during Lent. You have three seafood options to pick from for a limited time at White Castle. You can enjoy fish nibblers, shrimp nibblers, or fish sliders. All of them are relatively cheap, even compared to the other offerings on this list.

Apr 172014
gift cards

Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day are coming soon.

Most people look for gift cards and the associated savings around the end of the year. Christmas is the perfect setting, and restaurants compete with each other to ensure you purchase theirs. We may not be waiting for Rudolph right now, but there are plenty of reasons to purchase gift cards anyhow. If you have kids who aren’t as enamored with candy in their Easter baskets as they were a few years ago, gift cards are a viable alternative. They tuck into graduation cards. And, of course, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up soon.

We know of a few businessesoffering deals right now on their gift cards, but we want to start with Kroger. This particular deal expires this weekend, so you don’t get long to ponder. Kroger has hundreds of gift cards available and buying many of them will net you four times the fuel points that you’d earn from normal purchases. Considering gas prices these days, this is a great place to start with your gift card purchases as long as you purchase them by Saturday, April 19. Here are some of the merchants available (click here to see the full listing, as this is just a sampling):

  • Aeropostale
  • Amazon
  • AMC
  • American Eagle
  • Applebee’s
  • Babies R Us
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • BJ’s Restaurants
  • Bob Evans
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Burger King
  • Chili’s
  • City Barbeque
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Express
  • Finish Line

Buying direct from restaurants nets some dividends, too. Most tend to follow a pattern of $5 off of $25. We try to look for places that beat that price, and at the moment, that would be Scotty’s Brewhouse, where you save $25 off of $100. Stay tuned for more perks as the spring holidays roll closer.
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Apr 172014
Elbow Room

Elbow Room says thanks to its customers with a Burger BOGO this week.

Do you have your meal plans figured out today and tomorrow? If either of those days have an open slot on your agenda, we suggest you head to The Elbow Room. We’ve written about this pub before, but it bears repeating that Elbow Room has been around since 1933. Speaking from a business that is approaching its 2nd birthday in a couple of months, we can tell you that lasting the better part of a century means you’re doing plenty of things right.

One of those things the restaurant does well is customer appreciation. We are in the midst of another Customer Appreciation Week at Elbow Room, and they have a sweet coupon that you can use today or tomorrow. Click here for a copy of the coupon, which you can print off and take with you. With the coupon, you can receive a FREE burger with the purchase of a second burger. These burgers are generously-sized and plenty filling, so we recommend you treat a friend or family member with the help of this coupon.

Whether you make it in to The Elbow Room with the coupon this week or not, however, keep in mind that the next two Tuesdays are also special. Guests receive a FREE soft drink  with their orders on both of the remaining Tuesdays in April. This includes April 22 and 29.

Apr 172014

Who says healthy living isn’t fun?

We don’t often hear about deals, discounts, and freebies regarding health. If we did, we’d probably devote a tab on our page , as we know it’s an important topic. As it stands, however, we’re happy to run any deal we come across that promotes health, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here with the IUPUI Health and Wellness Fair.

You might assume upon first glance that IUPUI is holding this fair just for its students, but the event is actually open to the community. After all, students aren’t the only ones who can get sick as the seasons change. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 in the University Tower Ballroom on the IUPUI campus, you can take advantage of FREE screenings, dental exams, vision screenings, chair massages, and much more. You can even enjoy samples from a smoothie demo (starting at 11:00 a.m.).

Best of all, everything is FREE. The only extra perk for students that our other Cheapsters won’t receive is a FREE goody bag, but everyone is invited to attend. If you want more specific information than we’ve provided here, you can call (317) 274-9355 to talk to an IUPUI representative.

Apr 162014

If you’re thinking pizza tonight, Domino’s has your back.

Other than taste, there are two particularly big reasons why we often order pizza during the week. First of all, it’s cheaper than eating out almost anywhere. Second, it’s extremely easy. We understand— life is very busy in the middle of the work-week. Regardless of what you do, you seem to be ready to collapse by the time Wednesday rolls around (regardless of what that Geico Camel has to say on the subject). Dominos Pizza understands that while the weekend is fun enough to energize you, you need a little extra help on the four days leading up to Friday.

For that reason, Dominos Pizza took their most recent weekday deal and added Thursday. Now Monday through Thursday, you can walk away with a large three-topping pizza from Dominos Pizza for just $7.99. Given that most large pizzas start somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 and then add on if you try to add extra toppings, this deal is excellent for families.

The only limitation on this deal is that it is for carryout only, but true Cheapsters know that carryout is cheaper anyway since you don’t have to pay a delivery fee. As with any restaurant promotion, this Monday through Thursday deal won’t last forever. We don’t know of an expiration date, but we encourage you to enjoy the savings at Dominos Pizza while they last.