Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Night at the (Los Angeles County) Museum (of Art)

Good news art lovers! The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is free every day (closed on Wednesday) after 5 PM as part of their "Pay What You Wish Program." Check the website for hours and details, but the museum stays open until at least 8 PM each evening, giving you plenty of time to peruse their collection. You must get a ticket from the kiosk before wandering around the museum.

Also, on the second Tuesday of each month, general admission to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions is free to all. This means today people!

Parking is $7 in the 6th Street garage, but free after 7 PM.

And how could I forget?! LACMA also offers free Wi-Fi. Does it get much better?

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Stand

On Monday nights The Stand offers $1 Hot Dogs from 5 PM until closing time. You'll need to enroll in their "StandCard" member program but the perks are certainly worth it. If you want a fully loaded dog, be prepared to pay $2.50 a piece.

They have four locations to serve you: Century City, Encino, Westwood Village, and Woodland Hills.

Visit The Stand website here.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Those Baby Blues

The new Baby Blues BBQ in WeHo has a great happy hour. Weekdays from 1 pm - 8 pm all well drinks, tap beers and house wines are $3. Chicken wings, fries, hush puppies, and fried green tomatoes are $5.

Have a job? Their happy hour is also available Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm - 4 pm.

While you're there splurge and order a slice of pie. It's delicious.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Deals Down Under

Have some dough for a trip? The Practical Traveler at The NY Times suggests Australia. The American dollar is strong there and the cost of airfare is dropping.

Read all about it here: "Deals Where Summer Is Winter"

Another One from The Parker Palm Springs

Boho Happy Hour

The BoHo restaurant replaces Charcoal at the Arclight Hollywood Theatre Complex. Stop in Monday thru Thursday from 4 pm - 7 pm for half price draft beer and pizza. These deals are available at the bar and in the main dining room. I favor the Margherita pizza, but the Bianca is worth a try as well. Both are delicious and large enough to share with a friend.

For Those With Kids

At IHOP kids eat free on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm - 9 pm. For each adult entree purchased, receive a free kid's entree for those 12 and under. See your local IHOP restaurant for additional details.

Funny Face's for everyone!

Business Card Discount

In between gigs?  Tired of writing your info on napkins, scraps of paper, or worse, your old business card?

Overnight Prints is offering 25% off their business cards now through June 8th at 9 am PST.  Prices start at 25 cards for $1.98, created on their digital printer.  Use the Interactive Designer on Overnightprints.com or design it yourself, using one of their templates.

Friday, May 29, 2009


The New Beverly Cinema is showing the BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy both tonight and tomorrow starting at 7:30 pm. Doc Brown himself is rumored to appear in person!

If you're not seeing UP! or DRAG ME TO HELL, lay down $10 for ol Marty McFly. It's three movies for less than the cost of one at the Arclight.

Free Cake Fridays

For those of you craving a little something sweet, Mrs. Beasley's is offering "Free Cake Fridays." Every Friday at Mrs. Beasley's locations, buy 1 bundt cake and get a second for free. This deal is only available in stores, but check out the selection and locations online.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Border Grill Happy Hour

Been craving a margarita lately?  Hit up the Border Grill in Santa Monica .  Margaritas are half price and tacos are $3 a piece.  Happy Hour runs Monday - Friday 4 pm - 7 pm, and for those of you that still have jobs, Friday and Saturday after 10 pm.

Read more about it here.

Deal is a Relative Term

The NY Times Travel section has a new article featuring recent deals they've found online. While travel is a luxury altogether, there are a few deals here that seem reasonable in this economy: roundtrip from LA to Hawaii via Pleasant Holidays for under $400 a person, and a Vegas deal offered by the Imperial Palace Hotel called "All In" that includes accomodations, food and drink for two priced at $135 a night.

I don't know about you, but all this unemployment has me itching for a real vacation.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Discount Movies

Today's tip comes from John Dalton.

The Laemmle Theatre chain is offering "New Deal" Tuesdays. For $6 you can see any movie at any show time, and for an additional $1 you can purchase a small popcorn.

Read more about it here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Real Food Daily Deals

In the mood for vegan food, but don't want to spend a fortune?  Check out Real Food Daily's "Stimulus Package."  It's not on this flier, but they are also offering a Healthy Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 4 pm - 6pm that includes discounted appetizers and wine.

Click on the image for a closer look.

Eclectic Wine Bar Happy Hour

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Ikea Madness

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Ikea is doing another "Seize the Days" event.  Offers include free breakfast, low-cost curtains, and a deep discount on Expedit bookcases.  Click here for more details. 

Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Free Fitness

Tomorrow, May 15th, LUCY athletic stores are introducing Fitness Friday.  At various LUCY locations there will be local pros giving free demonstrations, free smoothies and other treats, and free passes to local fitness classes.  Offers vary by location, but generally this event will be taking place between Noon - 4 pm.  See their website for details.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Chain Restaurants to the Rescue

What do Chili's, TGI Fridays, and The Cheesecake Factory all have in common?  

Each chain has launched their "recession-priced" menus.  Chili's is offering 10 items for under $7.  TGI Friday's is introducing $5 Sandwiches and Salads.  The Cheesecake Factory now has a "Small Plates & Snacks" menu.  

So live a little and dine out.  Your wallet, if not your stomach, will thank you.

My Apologies

Things were busy  for a moment.  I now return to my previously scheduled blogging.

Friday, May 1, 2009

More Pink Slip Parties

It's May and unemployment is still rising. The good news? Pink Slip parties are still going strong, bring applicants, hiring managers and recruiters together. PINK SLIP PARTY LA (different than the parties at The Crescent) has three upcoming events - one in Van Nuys, another in San Diego, and a third in Downtown LA. Grab a friend and go mingle.

Read more about it here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How Low Can You Go?

NPR is the greatest.  Their latest feature on All Things Considered is a supper challenge called "How Low Can You Go?," showcasing meals for four, under $10.  So far there have been contributions from Chef Jose Andres and Chef Ming Tsai.   

Have a great recipe?  NPR also wants to hear from you.  Find out more here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sweet Freedom

Whether you are working from an office or from home, the internet often serves as a source of much procrastination.  You know how it goes, you start those TPS Reports just to think "Ooh! I wonder when the next lunar eclipse is?" then you Google it, and think "Oooh! I wonder when STAR TREK comes out?" and so on, and so on.  

It is a slippery slope my friends, that's why I recommend FREEDOM, a free downloadable application for your Mac that let's you put a self-imposed ban on using the internet (or IM, etc.) for any period of time up to 8 hours.  The only way around this ban?  Reboot your computer.  Not the toughest by-pass, but enough of a pain that it should limit your online wandering.

Check it out here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another sample sale today at JET BLUE!  Get it while it lasts (today only).

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Now You're Cooking

Did you know your local Williams-Sonoma offers free in-store Cooking Technique classes?  Schedule varies by location, and you must RSVP in advance.  This Sunday they are offering a class on "Cooking for Kids" and the following Sunday they'll be talking about "Frittatas, Stratas, and More."  Get more information by clicking here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Joie de Vivre!

Joie de Vivre Hotels, a California hotel chain, is currently advertising their Summer Specials. Ranging from super cute to swanky, these hotels are sure to fit every budget. As an added bonus, download their list of "100 Affordable Things To Do" that covers San Francisco down through Orange County.

That trip to Hawaii may have to wait another year, but why not explore what California has to offer?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Another one from Ikea

The savings continue this weekend at Ikea.  They are offering all kinds of kitchen-related deals, including STARTBOX tableware of 60 pieces for $39.99 (Sunday only.) 

Have everything you need?  Friday through Sunday eat breakfast for FREE.  While supplies last, Ikea will comp you a small breakfast entree and a cup of coffee.  

Sounds like a good deal to me.  Read more about it here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bank on The View

When they're not arguing amongst themselves, the ladies on The View are quite helpful.  Today they released their list of the "Top 10 Things To Do If You Become Unemployed."  Take a look at it here.

Here's to hoping most of you won't need this list any time soon.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Your Weekend in Movies

Rather than post about another sale on some item you don't need or want, here is a list of movies to see on the cheap.

Friday and Saturday night April 10th and 11th, their double feature is THE THIN MAN and AFTER THE THIN MAN.  Seeing both movies will cost a total of $7.  Stick around for the Saturday midnight show of RESERVOIR DOGS for an additional $7.  Or buy their bargain package of 8 admissions for $36.

This weekend they are running a film noir series.  Double features will cost you $10.  Friday night they are showing THE ENFORCER and CONVICTED.  Saturday they are playing THE RACKET and WOMAN ON PIER 13.  If you aren't celebrating Easter on Sunday, check out the Fritz Lang double feature of WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS and BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.  

The Aero in Santa Monica has my top pics for the weekend.  These are classic "must see" movies.  Friday at 7:30 pm TOUCH OF EVIL and THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI.  Saturday April 11th, CITIZEN KANE and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, and Sunday, in honor of Easter, EASTER PARADE.  Friday and Saturday's showings are double features, which will cost you $10.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Japanese BBQ Happy Hour

Those of you who live close to Gyu-Kaku are in luck.  The Japanese BBQ restaurant is offering unbelievable Happy Hour deals.  While the specials differ in each location, the Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills, and West L.A. locations are offering 99 cent draft beers and half price appetizers. Each location defines Happy Hour differently, so check here for the specifics.  

Here are a few direct links to individual locations and specials:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

More Gardens

Maybe I've gone a little garden crazy this year, but it's so satisfying to watch your plants grow! Here is yet another post to help you get yours started. Ecosalon.com recently published an article on the "10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow at Home." Go ahead and follow this trend, it's sure to pay off.

Friday, April 3, 2009

IKEA Tax Free

The tax rate in Los Angeles county has just gone up, but Ikea isn't about to make you pay it.  For this weekend only, Ikea is letting you shop tax free.  Stock up on dishes, linens, and plants or buy those bookshelves you've been wanting.  

Now for the bad news.  This offer is only valid in-stock merchandise and excludes the restaurant, bistro, and Swedish food market.  So if you want those little meatballs, you're paying an addition 9.25% on them.

*Offer is good at IKEA Burbank, Carson, Covina, and Orange County Costa Mesa.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Meet Me In....um...hmmm

One of my favorite new sites is MeetWays.com - it expedites the negotiation about where you are going to meet someone "in the middle" of both of your locations. MeetWays will also suggest locations in the area for food or drink if you specify it in the keywords (ex: coffee, pizza).

MeetWays works in 27 countries, but most importantly dispels the rumor that Beverly Hills is half way between Century City and Hollywood. Check it out here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jet Blue, Again

Jet Blue is having a spring fare sale. Book by April 8th to take advantage of their low fares. Enjoy.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Gas Up

The cost of gas today is cheap compared to what it was about 8 months ago. That said, why pass up a deal at the pump? The ABC 7 news site has a new feature that provides you with the address of the cheapest gas station in your area. All you have to do is click here and type in your zip code.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Free Food & Wine

Today I have a last minute tip courtesy of Laura! Tonight there is a BOTTLENOTES wine tasting at Shin in Hollywood, courtesy of Citysearch. "There will be global wine tastings paired with Simon Shin's menu of Korean delicacies. Bottlenotes author Alyssa Rapp will also speak about her new book "Around The World in 80 Sips" and answer questions about the fun and flavorful world of wine. Best of all, it's free!!!"

When: Thursday March 26th, 7 pm - 9 pm
Where: Shin BBQ 1600 N. Wilcox Avenue (at Selma), Los Angeles, 90028

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Saver Beware

These days every one has tips on how to save money and where to cut corners.  Even with the best of intentions, the truth is that it's impossible to eat every meal at home and only be entertained by free television.  While we have to choose wisely, at some point, we need to spend money on ourselves and find some pleasure in all this new free time.  Don't agree with me?  The New York Times has a great article about "Saver's Remorse."  Read it here.

Speaking of remorse, if you don't know about TravelZoo, you must join immediately!  Each Wednesday they publish the Top 20 travel deals they find online.  Today's deals include travel to Tokyo, hotel at the Four Seasons and air fare, for just $1199 and roundtrip to Las Vegas from Los Angeles for $99!  The deals at TravelZoo are too good to be missed.  Go ahead, take that trip now.  You'll be back at work eventually.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Bit of Free L.A. History

This weekend the Los Angeles Conservancy is offering up 2 free events.

On Saturday March 21st the Conservancy is kicking off their free self guided Pico-Union tour & community fair .  You can find the fair at the Pico Union branch library at 1030 S. Alvarado, from 10 am - 1 pm.

On Sunday March 22nd the Conservancy is sponsoring the second annual L.A. Heritage Day at the Heritage Square Museum from 11 am to 4 pm.  The Museum is located at 3800 Homer Street in Los Angeles.  You must download and print the following flier for free admission.

Want more information?  Click here.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Roll With It

Goldstar.com is offering half price tickets to see the the L.A. Derby Dolls team, The Swarm, face off against the San Diego team, The Fight Crew.  John Doe of punk band X will sing the National Anthem.  The event takes place Saturday, March 28th at 6 pm at the Doll Factory.

It's a whole lot of action for $8.50.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Luck o' the Irish

Jet Blue has done it again. In partnership with Aer Lingus they are offering a summer sale on more than 25 European destinations. You must book by March 18th to get these low fares.

Well?! What are you waiting for?

It's Real Simple to Save

While REAL SIMPLE is always categorized under "Woman's Interest" magazines, they often have great articles on ways for everyone to save.  Their latest article "24 Hours of Savings" features some great ways to save from morning til night.  Be sure to browse through the entire feature, it has some great freebies!