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6 top Indianapolis taco deals

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Jan 022015
 
tacos

If this looks like a movie you’d like to watch, you’re probably as crazy about tacos as we are.

If you enjoyed our post about a week’s worth of wings but kept thinking to yourself, “I sure wish they would talk about tacos,” you’re in luck. Here’s our guide to Indianapolis’ best cheap taco deals.

On the Border. All day on Tuesdays only, you can select tacos from a specific menu with low prices. For just $2 each, you can enjoy tacos with ground beef, pulled chicken, or veggies. For $3 each, you can enjoy pork carnitas, barbacoa (translation: shredded beef), or grilled chicken. For $4 each, you can give your tacos the royal treatment with grilled fish or steak.

Tijuana Flats. We’re guessing it’s because of the hard ‘t’ sound, but Tijuana Flats also has its best taco pricing on Tuesdays. Taco Tuesdaze at Tijuana Flats in Fishers means you can enjoy two tacos, chips, and a drink for just $5.49 all day. Also, if you follow the link, you can check out the new website design at Tijuana Flats. It may not be an extra discount, but it’s a fun website to explore for a couple of minutes if you’re bored while you read this post.

Dave and Buster’s. Guess what – it’s another Tuesday offer. Dave and Buster’s may not be an authentic Mexican restaurant, but they have an authentic Taco Tuesday deal. All day from open to close on Tuesdays, you can enjoy $1 hard-shell beef tacos with lettuce and cheese.

La Bamb. The slogan at this Mexican grill is “burritos as big as your head,” and they aren’t exaggerating (well, ok, kinda sorta). They are worth a try in their own right, but we’re keeping the focus of this post on the tacos. Every night, La Bamba sells its tacos for just 99 cents each. Theirs come with your choice of meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and La Bamba salsa.

La Chinita Poblana. If you’re looking for a fusion between Mexican and Chinese food, La Chinita Poblana is exactly where you want to go. This unique restaurant is located at 927 E. Westfield Boulevard in Broadripple Village. The best prices on tacos at La Chinita Poblana are for the late-night eaters. After 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, you can order two tacos for just $5. You can have them delivered to your home until 2:00 a.m. if you live in or near Broad Ripple, or you can visit them until they close at 4:00 a.m. those nights.

Roscoe’s Tacos Franklin. Southsiders, Roscoe’s second location on Morton Street in Frankly serves its Paul Bunyan tacos 2 for $4 all day, every day.

Dec 282014
 
PinPoint Molly Maid

Coupons for holiday fun on the cheap.

PinPoint Perks makes saving money in Indianapolis easy, as you can print individual coupons off from an ever-growing list of companies. This week, we’ll highlight five businesses within the PinPoint Perks affiliation with deals that offer fun ways to get out of the house. Just follow the links to access the coupons that we will list in this post. With no further ado, here’s this week’s PinPoint Perks roundup:

Molly Maid. Your Molly Maid cleaning team is committed to you and your home. Providing a clean, fresh home is the goal with every professional cleaning. Another benefit is the trusted and long-term relationship they forge with their clients. Molly Maid’s coupons include $100 off home cleaning, $35 off initial clean, and FREE cleaning.

That Fun Place. That Fun Place offers a variety of fun including blacklight indoor miniature golf, Bumper Cars, Laser Tag, arcade games, prize counter and much more. That Fun Place’s coupons include FREE game of Black Light golf, FREE bumper car ride, FREE laser tag game, and $10 off birthday party.

Comedy Sportz. Welcome to ComedySportz of Indianapolis. This fast paced comedy show is sure to entertain all ages. Check them out for clean family entertainment. Comedy Sportz’s coupons include $3 off adult admission and FREE popcorn or soda.

Latitude 360. Latitude 360 offers a variety of entertainment including luxury bowling lanes, HD sports theater, Cinegrille, and live performance theater with a full-size stage.Latitude’s coupons include buy one get one FREE lunch, kids bowl and play FREE, half off games, and FREE comedy show ticket.

Monkey Joe’s. Bring the family out for great fun at Monkey Joe’s for hours of bouncing, jumping and sliding fun. Monkey Joe’s offers a huge variety of inflatables, arcade games and concessions. Monkey Joe’s coupons include $2 off admission and $20 off kids party package.

Appetizer deals in Indianapolis

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Dec 272014
 
appetizer specials

Go on, have an appy evening!

Virtually every restaurant with a bar offers drink specials, but the real way to save on dining out and happy hour in Indianapolis is to look for appetizer specials.

We don’t want to bore you with a full listing of every restaurant’s appetizers. Almost all of them offer wings, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, etc. We’ll simply point out a couple of unique offerings for each restaurant. Here’s our list:

Applebee’s. The appetizers go on sale for half-price after dark. Given the change in seasons and the fact that this is a national promotion with locations across multiple time zones, we don’t have a specific list of hours for this special. If it’s dark outside and you’re hungry, however, Applebee’s will hook you up on the cheap. Many locations don’t close until after midnight, so you’ll have time to enjoy. Unique appetizers: green bean crispers, grilled chicken wonton tacos, steak quesadilla towers.

Champps Americana. Select appetizers (AKA pretty much all of them except the Sampler platter) are half-off from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Unique appetizers: crab bread, calamari fritti.

Claddagh Irish Pub. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and from 10:00 p.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays, Claddagh Irish Pubs offers its select appetizers for only $5 each. Unique appetizers: corned beef and cabbage rolls, Scotch eggs.

Elbow Room Pub. If you purchase a beverage in the bar area between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays (Monday through Friday), you’ll gain access to $5 appetizers. Unique appetizers: Jumbo pretzels, Sriracha tenderloin strips.

Hard Rock Cafe. Every Thursday, you can enjoy half price appetizers (except for the Jumbo Combo) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar area. Unique appetizers: balsamic tomato bruschetta, nachopalooza.

Indianapolis Colts Grille. Monday – Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and after 9 p.m., enjoy 2 for 1 appetizers (aka half price). Unique appetizers: edamame, firecracker popcorn shrimp, fried pretzels.

McCormick & Schmick’s. You’ll “sea” the happy hour specials here from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but only in the bar area if you dine in. The appetizers range in reduced prices from $2.99 to $5.99. Unique appetizers: fish tacos, firecracker shrimp, black mussels.

Scotty’s Brewhouse. Scotty’s offers $5 appetizers fairly frequently, though the hours are a bit more specific here than most restaurants. The available times are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close on weekdays, 10 p.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 p.m. to close on Sundays. Unique appetizers: Garlic and parmesan shoestring fries, bbq pulled pork nachos, roasted red pepper hummus.

TGI Friday’s. This one is awesome enough that we wrote a separate post on the matter. The short version here is that if you pay $10, you can pick one appetizer to enjoy endlessly (AKA all you can eat). This special is perfect for someone watching a game on the big screen. It’s probably the best value deal on this list (assuming you’re hungry). Unique appetizers: garlic and basil bruschetta, pan-seared pot stickers.

Should your restaurant be on this list? Send us an email at info@indianapolisonthecheap.com and we’ll see that you’re listed!

Dec 252014
 

Thumbnail for 27271This post is dedicated to all the Indianapolis Cheapsters who love buffalo wings. We don’t discriminate based on how hot and spicy you like them. Whether you’re a fan of eating them mild, hot, teriyaki-style, etc., we can all agree that wings are excellent.

And for the fan who is also a Cheapster, the question isn’t who has the best wings. We could debate for hours whether the Blazin’ sauce of Buffalo Wild Wings is superior to the 911 of Hooters, and that isn’t our role here anyway. The question we want to answer is, where are the best deals each night of the week? And that much we can do for you. Read on for where to find the best Indianapolis deals on chicken wings Monday through Friday.

Scotty’s Brewhouse. With locations downtown and on the north side, Scotty’s is the clear Monday choice. All day on Monday, Scotty’s offers all the wings you can eat for just $10. An order of six from Scotty’s usually runs you $8.50, so Monday is a great deal for these premium wings.

Hooters. Hooters also has three locations around Indianapolis. The best night of the week to head to Hooters, however, is Wednesday (or Wingsday, as they call it). We’ve run a post about this in the past, but here’s a refresher. On Wednesdays, you can order ten boneless wings for the normal $6.99 price, but you’ll also receive a FREE order of fries.

Not near a Hooters? The Stacked Pickle’s Indy locations take $3 off all wings on their menu on Wednesdays. Cheeseburger in Paradise has a $5.99 special for 5 wings and fries on Hump Day, too.

Buffalo Wild Wings. BW3s (as it is affectionately known) has you covered on both Tuesday and Thursday. Regular wings are discounted on Tuesday, while Boneless wings are discounted on Thursday. Of all the restaurants we’ve listed, B-Dubs has the most different flavors to try, ranging from a mild Sweet Barbecue to the fiery-hot Blazin’ sauce. With two days a week, you’ll have opportunities to try them all.

Wing Stop. That leaves Friday. Now, we confess, you can grab this deal at Wing Stop any day out of the week. But since you’ll be visiting the other restaurants on the other week days, Wing Stop fills the Friday slot nicely. Gather a group of your friends and you can invest in the Triple Double Pack. For just $20, you can all feast on a meal that includes 12 boneless wings, 8 classic wings, 3 flavors, 2 dips, 2 rolls, 1 large fry, and 1 set of veggie sticks. This meal can comfortably feed three, meaning you’re only paying $6.67 per person.

Dec 212014
 
Firestone PinPoint

Start the week off right with PinPoint Perks coupons.

It’s always a good idea to save money with coupons. Saving a couple bucks here and a few more there may not seem like that much, but those small savings add up over time.

PinPoint Perks makes these kinds of savings in Indianapolis easy, as you can print individual coupons off from an ever-growing list of companies. This week, we’ll highlight five car maintenance businesses who can help you get your car ready for winter. Just follow the links to access the coupons that we will list in this post. With no further ado, here’s this week’s PinPoint Perks roundup:

Firestone Complete Auto Care. With 17 Firestone Complete Auto Care store locations in the Indy area, finding one that’s convenient to your home or work is easy, too. Most of their locations are open seven days a week, and open late to accommodate your busy schedule. Firestone’s coupons include Fall Car Care Check up for only $9.99, standard oil change service for $19.99, FREE tire inspection, and balance and rotation special for only $19.99.

Car-X Tire & Auto. They have 14 Neighborhood locations in the Indianapolis area….all operated by your neighbors. Their Number 1 Goal is satisfying their customers which they have been doing for over 40 years. Car-X’s coupons include $11 off oil change and filter, brake pads $30 off per axle and $60 off front and rear, $25 off any service over $100, and FREE alignment with purchase of four tires.

Tire Central & Service. Whether you need an oil change, wheel alignment, or other common vehicle maintenance, their ASE certified technicians will do the job right the first time. Tire Central’s coupons include $21.95 oil change, 10% off any preventive maintenance flush, FREE alignment check, $50 off set of tires, FREE brake inspection and $40 off.

Tom Wood Automotive Group. Set an appointment with their award winning service department where they match all competitors tire prices. Don’t forget to ask about the World Class Inspection which can help you increase your gas mileage. Tom Wood’s coupons include 10% off service, 15% off service, $20 gift certificate, and maintenance special for only $139.99.

Andy Mohr Automotive. After decades of service to their customers, they have become synonymous with providing a quality selection, excellent prices, and friendly service. Andy Mohr’s coupons include $5 off oil change, FREE multi-point inspection, $39.95 gets you “The Works,” $89.95 fuel saver tune up, $22.95 oil change, $10 off bonus coupon with any repair over $100, $99.95 brake pad replacement.

January online courses roundup

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Dec 212014
 
online course

Continuing your education with help from the Internet.

Have you thought about continuing your education through an online course? The idea of committing to studying for a class on top of your normal routine can be daunting. However, taking an online course can still serve as a great learning experience while being more adaptable to your schedule.

We post monthly Coursera updates that list available online courses from various prestigious universities around the country. Rates on the online courses will vary based on the length of the class and the institution offering it, but the following is a listing of the online courses starting in January, 2015:

  • R Programming (Four week course beginning January 1 from Johns Hopkins University)
  • The Data Scientist’s Toolbox (Four week course beginning January 5 from Johns Hopkins University)
  • New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs (Four week course beginning January 5 from University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Introduction to Classical Music (Eight week course beginning January 12 from Yale University)
  • Time to Reorganize (Six week course beginning January 13 from HEC Paris)
  • Reproducible Research (Four week course beginning January 5 from Johns Hopkins University)
  • Beauty, Form & Function: An Exploration of Symmetry (Eight week beginning January 12 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Visual Perception and the Brain (Eight week course beginning January 7 from Duke University)
  • Reason and Persuasion (Eight week course beginning January 12 from National University of Singapore)
  • Hardware Security (Six week course beginning January 5 from University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Network Analysis in Systems Biology (Seven week course beginning January 5 from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
  • America’s Unwritten Constitution (Six week course beginning January 12 from Yale University)
  • Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy (Six week course beginning January 12 from University of North Carolina)
  • The Magna Carta and its Legacy (Six week course beginning January 12 from University of London)
  • Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition (Six week course beginning January 13 from National University of Singapore)
  • Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology (12 week course beginning January 3 from University of Alberta)
  • K-12 Blended and Online Learning (Eight week course beginning January 13 from University System of Georgia)
  • Foundations of Virtual Instruction (Five week course beginning January 12 from University of California, Irvine)
  • The Music of the Rolling Stones (Seven week course beginning January 17 from University of Rochester)
  • Subsistence Marketplaces (Eight week course beginning January 12 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Nov 162014
 
Ella's Frozen Yogurt

Hang in there, students. This is what awaits if you finish with good grades.

Ella’s Frozen Yogurt is happy to recognize students who go the extra mile to bring home good grades.

If you make the A-B Honor Roll, you can bring the certificate with your student ID to Ella’s. Assuming your current report card has all A’s and B’s (or 3’s and 4’s, if your school uses numbers instead of letters), you’ll get a FREE party cup from Ella’s. You can create your favorite treat and enjoy, as long as you bring in the report card within three weeks of your last grading period.

So when you’re doing your homework, keep your favorite combination of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings in mind. A tasty reward from Ella’s Frozen Yogurt can be the incentive necessary to get you through that math test. This deal is available at both Ella’s locations, one at Fairview and Highway 135 and the other at Emerson and Stop 11.

Nov 162014
 
trivia night

Assemble, trivia teams, and show you’re the best in town.

Quick, who was the last French man to win the French Open in tennis? How many seasons was the TV medical drama ER on the air? How many liters are in a gallon? If answering random questions like these are fun for you and your friends, Trivia Night sounds like the perfect evening entertainment for you. There are three locations spread across town for you to enjoy Trivia Night every week for FREE here in Indianapolis.

We’ll start with Detour American Grille. Detour is located in Geist, and hosts Team Trivia Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The concept here is very simple. Just gather a group of your friends together, sign up when you arrive, and have a great time. Detour American Grille is located at 10158 Brooks School Road in Fishers.

Brothers Bar & Grill also holds Trivia Night on Wednesdays. This bar (located at 910 Broad Ripple Avenue in Broad Ripple) begins Team Trivia at 8:30 p.m. The champion team receive a $50 gift certificate, so make sure you gather your smartest friends for your team.

Finally, The Stacked Pickle holds trivia contests on Wednesday evenings. The location at 4705 E. 96th Street starts at 7:30 p.m., while the location at 910 W. 10th Street starts later at 8:00 p.m.

(Having fun? Max and Erma’s in Carmel and Greenwood hold their trivia contests on Thursday nights, as does Wuzzlers Grill & Spoon.)

Oh, and just for curious minds, here are the answers to the trivia questions we posed at the beginning of this post:

  1. Yannick Noah (in 1983)
  2. 15 Seasons, from 1994 to 2009
  3. There are 3.78541 liters in a gallon, if you want to be ultra-specific