Wednesday, January 27

Discounted Tickets to the Four of Us

Thinking of going to Theater J at 16th and Q to see The Four of Us? Below is a discount code for $15 tickets. I saw the play last week and it was excellent.

Use this special code – SpreadTheWord – to get $15 tickets to any performance. Just call (800) 494-8497 or click here.

Thursday, January 21

Go Washington!

DC was just ranked the 15th most frugal city by's annual survey.

If only every patriot knew of all the free and fun things to do in Washington, perhaps more freegans would flock here and we'd bump up our standing.

Still, 15th is something to be proud of.

Wednesday, January 20

Restaruant Week- real deals

Not to offend any restaurant week fans but $35/person to go out to eat is no amazing deal. I just learned that Alexandria's restaurant week is a little better since they offer dinner for two people for $35. I still don't think it's great but it's much better than DC's! Plus DC charges 10% for food so you're better off dining in VA anyhow. Don't forgot about or the Entertainment Book to find even better dining out deals.

Monday, January 18

Safeway's Scanning Policy

In the past I've posted about Safeway's policy on over or undercharged items. As you know, if you are under or over charged for an item, you will get it for free.

I recently learned a few new things:

1. If you tell them you were overcharged while you are still in line, they won't honor it. You need to wait until they print the receipt and hand it to you. Then you can go to customer service to get your refund.

2. There is a "limit of one" free product, and you get the rest for the accurate price. I previously thought the limit of one free product meant that if you are over charged for two wheat thins, for example, you only get one free, but that you can get multiple different products for free. However, Safeway HQ says they think the limit of one applies per receipt. The policy doesn't say this, and doesn't provide any additional information. There are obvious ways to get around this ridiculous policy.

3. The policy does not only apply to ads and store signs, it also applies to pin tags, expired club tags/signs, mailers, and checker errors, including misidentified produce. That's important to know since I've had a store deny me free items because they said their policy doesn't guarantee against worker errors, just scanning errors.

4. Very few Safeway employees know about this policy so you need to carry their policy around with you- it's posted below. Print it and stick it in your coupon holder.

5. Their policy states that they will "gladly" refund your money. If they're not "glad" but are "mad" then get their name and write to Safeway.


Dear Ms. Grosser:

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding your local Safeway store.

You inquired about the Safeway’s policy on overcharges on items. For your convenience, relevant information is provided below:

We guarantee the accuracy of our electronic checkout system. Safeway will give a customer the item free, if the price on their detailed receipt is different (higher or lower) than indicated in ads or shown on the shelf price tag. Limit of one. (The customer will only receive one of the items for free with the remaining items at the correct price).

This does not apply to liquor, tobacco, or fluid milk items. The reason for this is there is a federal tax that must be paid on these items. In these cases the customer would get the item at the sale price instead of free.

In addition to posted shelf tag prices, this commitment to pricing integrity also includes mark down stickers, signs, pin tags, expired club tags/signs, in-store ads, mailers (without posted retractions) and checker errors including misidentified produce. This Accu-Scan Guarantee Policy will be reviewed with all checking personnel. When a pricing discrepancy is brought to a store associate's attention, the cashier will gladly give the item to the customer for free and then promptly notify the person in charge so that the error can be corrected.

Please note: If a customer is overcharged on a BOGO special, not only will they receive the free item, they will receive the overcharged item free as well. Limit of one.

You also expressed your concern regarding the quality of service provided by our associates at the Customer Service Desk and one of our Managers. Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. It is not our intention to upset our valued customers, but to provide them with excellent customer service.

Your comments are important to us and have been forwarded to the appropriate department for further review and consideration. Thank you for your patience.

If you would like to discuss this further, please reply to this email or call our toll free number at 1-877-723-3929 and reference contact I.D. 16105281. One of our associates will be happy to assist you.

We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for shopping at Safeway.


Safeway Customer Service Team

Sunday, January 17

Try Foods for Free from Kraft

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Saturday, January 16

Let Freedom Ring- Free Tickets to Kennedy Center Concert

On Monday, January 18th, The Kennedy Center is hosting a musical celebration of MLK's legacy. India Arie will be there with the Let Freedom Ring choir, as will Dikembe Mutombo.

Free tickets will be given away starting at 10 AM on the 18th in the Hall of Nations. Each person can get two tickets.

The concert starts at 6 PM in the concert hall.

Thursday, January 14

Free Fitness Convention this Weekend

The NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo is held each January at the Washington Convention Center. The Health Fair provides free health screenings, fun activities and information on products and services that relate to healthy living.

Dates and Times: January 16-17, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo offers fun activities to motivate you to take charge of your health. Try a new sport such as golf, skiing or dancing. The show includes lots of hands-on activities for all ages.
Visitors donate blood at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo.
The NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo has lots of activities to appeal to kids. Scale a rock climbing wall, play Dance Dance Revolution, go virtual skiing and much more.

At the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, visitors can try out a variety of exercise machines and new activities. It's a great place to learn about getting and staying fit.

Dance demonstrations are a fun part of the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo. Check out a variety of dance styles including hip-hop, soul-line dancing, clogging, waltz, square dancing, yoga, belly dancing, jump rope jam and much more.

Saturday, January 9

Harris Teeter is Doubling $1 and $1.50 coupons

As you may know, it's very rare to see coupons over $.99 value doubled now days, especially after Shoppers implemented their new coupon policy. Thus, between now and January 12th marks a special occasion to clip all your $1 and $1.50 coupons and take them to Harris Teeter so they can be doubled!

Please remember just because you have $2 or $3 off doesn't mean it's a good deal.

I only buy things that are free or less than $.50.

Good luck!

Thursday, January 7

National Museum of Crime and Punishment : FREE

Thursday, January 7 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. join crime drama SouthLAnd actor Michael Cudlitz for a meet and greet! Cudlitz will be signing autographs and taking photos with the general public in the main lobby of the National Museum of Crime and Punishment 575 7th Street NW (between E and F Streets). Free admission to the Museum will be granted all day today ONLY to anyone who states the password "SOUTHLAND" at the admissions desk.

Wednesday, January 6

The cheapest contacts around!

I just learned about the site, which has good online reviews, and is so much cheaper than

I just bought 3 pairs of glasses all with anti-scratch, non-reflective lens, one polycarbonate and two regular, AND 20 boxes of contacts (a 2 1/2 to 3 year supply) for a grand total of $404 including shipping and insurance. I can send the glasses back for free if I don't like how they look but they have this great online software where you upload your picture and test the glasses on yourself. I got a $60 discount using the code EBATESNEWYEAR. Good through the end of January.

But that's not all. Because I went to the site through, I am getting 7 percent cash back mailed to me; and because I bought them on my AmEx I will get an additional 1.5 percent unless this counts as a prescription in which case it's an extra 5 percent cash back.

If anyone doesn't have an ebates account, click here to sign up for free.