Sunday, April 24, 2011

Free Fuzzy Tacos at Time Out Sports Bar--Friday, April 29th 5:00pm

If you haven't tried the new Fuzzy's Taco Shop, then here is your chance to try a taco for FREE. I know I am always a fan of a FREE meal.

Time Out Sports Bar will be giving away free Fuzzy's Tacos this Friday, April 29th, starting at 5:00pm.

Show up early to get your free tacos and stick around for karaoke starting at 8:30pm and lasting until midnight.

Time Out Sports Bar
613 Interstate 45 South
Huntsville, TX 77340 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cheapskate Advice 101: Exploit Your Discounts

Let’s face it. Huntsville is not known for its booming job opportunities. Decent jobs are few and far between (and getting worse with all of the layoffs). Most of the jobs available, especially for the college aged crowd, are minimum wage and/or food industry jobs. While these jobs barely pay the bills, they usually do have one perk—the discount.

When looking for one of these jobs think about where you want to spend your extra money.

If you are already into buying a lot of video games, movies, and books, then there is a discounts perk to working at Wal-Mart, Target, and Hastings. Hastings’ discount used to be better, but there is still a roughly 40% discount on books—and combining it with a used book makes the rewards even greater. Hastings also has the little known bonus of the stripped book option for its employees (DON'T go in as a customer and expect this same perk!). If there is more than one copy of the majority of mass market paperback books, then an employee is allowed to strip the book of its cover and take the book home. Hasting gets a credit for the cover and the employee gets a free book—with a maximum of one per week. Sure, it is hard to judge a book if the cover is torn off, but the point of having a book is to read it and not show the cover off on your book shelf.

If there is a book that you want but there is only one copy in the store, then special order a copy and strip it when it comes in. That is a sneaky way to fix the one book dilemma. Also, most employees don’t care about this option, so if there is a book series you are anxious to finish, then ask fellow coworkers to give you their stripped book—or just go to the library (unless you are like me and have had three books checked out since 2003).

Wal-Mart and Target employee receive less of a discount, but they are often the first to know about certain sales—many of my friends have lucked out by being the first person to spot a major price cut on “big ticket” items such as flat screen TVs and other electronic devices.

While many of the jobs in the food industry can be very stressful, there is the plus of not starving.

Everyone has to eat, and judging by the obesity rates, most Americans have very "healthy" appetites.  Many food industry jobs allow its employees the benefit of discounted or free food. With a job in the food industry, it is possible to spend little to no money on food. However, the same food every day can grow boring and most fast food items are extremely unhealthy.

 That is why it is important to remember that “sharing is caring.” Many people around Huntsville share their discounts or free food with their friends. I have seen multiple households survive off free pizza or hot wings supplied by one roommate, but again, this is option should be a temporary fix for health reasons. The “freshman fifteen” and especially the “senior sixty” are easy to gain but VERY hard to work off, so get a job or find a friend who works at Subway.

 Also, a good friend will give a heads up on spotting a “big ticket” item as soon as it arrives in the backroom and share the discount.

Discounts can make the worst jobs a little more bearable—it is to you on how far you want to exploit it. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Free Rum!

...Well, a small amount, but still.

RIGHT NOW, from 6 until 8p, at Lone Star Liquor (4004 B Sam Houston Avenue), you can taste test The Kraken black spiced rum. (For the record: I love the stuff!)

The employees have conjured up a drink they call "Mr. Squidward."

So... saddle up and go catch yourself some Kraken! For free! 

[On the first and 3rd Wednesday of the month, you can sample new products at Lone Star!]

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Welcome to Huntsville Cheapskates!

Let’s face it… most of us living in Huntsville, TX are all broke and/or cheap bastards.
I know I’m not the only one constantly looking for a cheap deal or free items. Whether you are a broke college student or unemployed (or about to be unemployed thanks to all of the layoffs—I am looking at you teachers and TDCJ workers), most people are looking for a good deal.
So, with that in mind, I will let you in on what this blog is all about—cheap deals for broke Huntsvillians. In future updates, you will find a breakdown of local restaurants' food specials, where to get drunk on a budget, and where all of the free junk is in Huntsville, TX!
The writers of this blog may be cheap, but we definitely like to share the wealth!
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