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September means cooler air, colorful trees, fall festivals and the start of Christmas shopping for those of us who like to shop ahead. I can help you enjoy at least two of those this week. The Taste of Smyrna is this Saturday on the Village Green and features free admission and tasty treats ranging from $.50 to $4. Some tips to keep it cheap: 1) Go with a set budget. 2) Do a few laps around the festival before you over-commit your wallet and your stomach!
And for those with bigger appetites: It's Cobb County Restaurant Week! Chefs around Cobb County are offering three-course lunch and dinner menus for $20 per person. See Dining Deals for the link to find participating restaurants and make your reservations.
If you would rather shop than eat, there is big news along Cobb Parkway. Toys R Us at 2997 Cobb Parkway is having a liquidation sale. A big shout out to Kara Shenton for sending in this tip! This week, sales ranged from 20-40% off with prices expected to dip even further in the coming weeks. This is all in anticipation of the new Toys R Us/Babies R Us Super Store that will soon open across the Akers Mill parking lot.
Finally, get your scissors ready because there are four inserts for your clipping enjoyment this week. And with that, here are your Smyrna-Vinings specific deals for the week.
Best Deals in Dining
DealMap: Sal Grosso ($5 for $50), This is It BBQ & Seafood ($3 for $25), Victoria’s Café & Pastries ($3 for $25), The Fillin Station Café ($5 for $25), Honeybaked Ham ($5 for $25), Smoothies & More ($3 for $25), The Mojo Grill ($3 for $25), Mulberry St Pizza ($7 for $26), Philly Connection (Free 7-inch sandwich)
Half off Depot: Sal Grosso ($20 for $50)
Worth a Short Trip: Find a coupon for 15% off TGI Friday’s in your Sunday insert, J Gumbos in Marietta (Free Entrée, Free Appetizer from the DealMap)
Still available on DealMap: Little Azio (BOGO Brunch coupon), J.R. Crickets (20% off)
Still available on Half off Depot: Zucca Pizza ($12 for $25), Taverna Fiorentina ($17 for $35), Blackstone Steaks and Seafood ($20 for $45).
Still available on Scoutmob: Laseter's Tavern, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Lime Taqueria & Tequila Bar, The Vinings Fish Company, The Big Chow Grille, Buckhead Pizza Co., Sal Grosso
(Scoutmob deals are generally 50% off up to a set amount. Unless you’ve already signed up for these past deals, you’ll have to use the mobile app to redeem them.)
Best Deals in Family & Fun
From Around the Web: Taste of Smyrna (Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., free admission, food for $.50-$4 and music), Family Magic Show at Vinings Jubilee (Saturday, Sept. 17, 2-4pm…free admission, face painting, balloon twisting, free dental screenings)
Groupon: Allure Dance Studio ($30 for $100)
Half off Depot: Allure Dance Studio ($25 for $90)
Worth A Short Trip: Gymboree ($32 for $114 on Half off Depot, 1 month, no initiation fee)
Still available on DealMap: Arthur Murray Dance Lessons (4 lessons, $40 for $215)
Still available on Half off Depot: Kangazoom ($30 for $60 - for kids 2+)
Best Retail Deals
Readers Tip: Toys R Us, Cobb Parkway (20-40% off, liquidation sale)
DealMap: Peter Glenn Ski And Sport, ($10 for $40)
Worth a Short Drive: Pyscho Sisters Consignment (Little Five Points on Scoutmob) and Festivity Boutique (Va Highlands on Scoutmob)
Still available on DealMap: Girls Love to Shop (4 tickets, $8 for $28)
Still available on Half Off Depot: Girls Love to Shop (2 tickets, $5 for $14)
Best Deals in Health/Wellness
DealMap: Joffe Medi-Center Laser Vision Correction ($495 Lasik), Creative Healing Massage ($40)
Still available on DealMap: Choi Kwang Do ($49 for $99), Paceslaser MD ($99 for $300 in Spider Vein Removal)
Still available on Half off Depot: Atlanta Hot Yoga ($39 for $125), Workout Anytime ($20 for $90), The Body Bar ($45 for $89), Fountain Laser Hair Removal ($99 for $700), Fingertips Massage ($40 for $80), Body Beautiful ($124 for $249)
Best Miscellaneous Deals
DealMap: Precision Tune Auto Care ($10 for $40)
Grocery Deals for the Week
Best of the BOGO’s: Pepsi (8-pack, save up to $4.29), Arnold Break (Save up to $4.29), Cheez It Snack Packs (Save up to $5.99), New England Coffee, Phillips Crab Cakes (Save up to $8.99), Ben and Jerry’s or Starbucks Ice Cream (Save up to $4.79)
Best Coupon Combo Deals (Publix coupon plus Sunday paper coupon): Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Pancakes or Scrambles (Publix Save $1 on 1 coupon plus Save $.50 on 2 mfr coupon), FiberOne Chewy Bars (Publix Save $2 on 1 plus Save $.40 on 1 mfr coupon), Pillsbury Grands Biscuit or Egg Scrambles (Publix Save $1 on 1 plus Save $1 on 1 manufacturer’s coupon)
Other Deals: Publix has a coupon for $5 off 2 Similac Powders this week. Pillsbury Rolls are $10 for $10. Use your coupon for ($.40 off 2) for extra savings
Save $5 automatically when you buy 10 advertised items including these with bonus coupons from the Sunday paper: Gogurt (Save $.75 on 2), Cheerios (Save $1 on 3), Fiber One Chewy Bars (Save $.40 on 1), Nature Valley Granola Bars (Save $.75 on 2), DiGiorno Pizza (Save $1 on 1), Marzetti Salad Dressing (Save $1 on 1)
Other Deals: Kroger has a bunch of candy deals this week for those looking to stock up on Halloween candy early. No coupons this week to boost those savings though.
Remember that most grocery stores will double manufacturer’s coupons of up to $.50 giving you even more savings! Be sure to check the Kroger website for Digital coupons you can load onto your card and grab the coupon flyer at your local Publix for extra coupons.
For those who aren’t quite sure how some of the social media style deal sites work, you can find a quick tutorial below.
As a deal aggregating site just acquired by Google, DealMap collects local deals from a large number of sources (including Restaurant.com) and connects you to different deal sites to get the deal. You’ll have to check out the “about” section on the individual deal sites to confirm how they operate.
Dealswarm typically offers one new deal each day on their website. Buy a voucher in advance, print it and redeem it on-site. They also have a mobile app for the i-Phone so that you can buy the deal of the day on your phone and then redeem it by showing the vendor your phone. Vouchers are generally non-refundable according to the website.
Buy your “Groupon” in advance, print out the voucher and redeem it on-site. Groupon also just launched a mobile app, “Groupon Now!” for iPhones/Androids where after you download the app, you can locate deals available near you for immediate redemption. Just buy the Groupon on your phone and redeem it on site. Groupon Now! deals generally have to be used the same day. Regular printed Groupons have a longer shelf life. Groupon has also started offering travel deals.
This site generally has the most deals posted and they seem to stay on the site the longest of the pre-paid deals, however it’s tough to know when the deal will disappear from the site so if you’re interested, buy it before it’s gone! Buy your vouchers in advance, print them and redeem them on-site. Half Off Depot has also started offering travel deals.
Buy their daily deal online or on your phone with the iPhone/Android app and redeem with either your printed voucher or with your phone. Living Social has also started offering semi-local “Adventures” and out of town “Escapes.”
This is the only site that features deals that you sign up for, but don’t have to pay for in advance. Scoutmob generally offers 50% off up to a certain amount in each deal. There are two ways to get your deal. Sign up for the deal and print a free voucher or sign up for the iPhone/Android app and just pull up deals on the go. Show your server or the vendor your phone to get the deal.
Tips to follow: Please check the sites often as they change daily. I can only promise that the deals are still active as of Monday morning. Also, before buying into a vacation offer, check to make sure you’re not signing up for a timeshare tour. And always, always, always know what you’re buying and for where. Read the fine print and find reviews if you’re not familiar with the establishment to make sure it’s reputable. I dish out the deals, but it’s up to you to make sure it’s worth your valuable time and money!
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Happy Saving Smyrna-Vinings!