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Deals of the week

Deals of the week

by Terri Gruca / KVUE

Bio | Email | Follow: @TerriG_KVUE


Posted on December 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 9:06 AM

This week you’ll find lots of Christmas deals and family fun. Enjoy!

Food deals

Whole Foods is selling NY Strip Steaks at a savings of around 50% this Friday, December 21st. Price is $9.99 a pound. Thanks Beth for the tip!

Restaurant.com is kicking off its feed America campaign. You can give $10 egift cards to friends and family. This allows you to use it at a restaurant of your choice that does business with Restaurant.com. To learn more go here. 

Free music

Friday, December 21st at noon you can enjoy the music of the annual Tuba Christmas at the South Steps of the State Capitol. This is always a unique way to celebrate the holidays. And anyway with a tuba background is welcome to join in the fun. Registration information can be found here.

Last free visit to LBJ library

The LBJ Library and Museum is hosting a free open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, December 22, 2012 to celebrate its redesign and what would have been Mrs. Johnson’s 100th birthday. Museum doors open at 9 a.m., and the ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. There will also be live music, birthday cake in honor of Mrs. Johnson, and book signings by authors who have covered the lives of Lady Bird Johnson and LBJ. For the full event schedule, visit the LBJ Presidential Library website.

I didn’t know this, but after this Saturday the museum will begin charging admission, $8 for adults, $5 for seniors age 62 and older, and $3 for children age 13 - 17 and college students with valid ID. The museum will remain free for children age 12 and under, active military, members of Friends of the LBJ Library and Future Forum membership groups, student groups (including teachers and chaperones) with reservations, and University of TX students, faculty and administrators with valid ID. For more information, visit the LBJ Presidential Library website.

Free computer classes

The Austin Public Library offers a bunch of free computer classes in January, everything from basic computer skills to introduction into Microsoft Excel to Resume writing. Go here to find the full list. For more information please call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov.Thanks Kanya for the tips! 

Christmas fun

Don’t forget Austin’s Trail of Lights is back this year. You can walk through the lights from 6:30pm  to 11pm through December 23rd at Zilker Park. It is free for everyone and HEB will also provide a free book to every child that attends. (map)

There are lots of shuttles which cost $2 per person/ kids under 5 ride free. Or there are 1000 public spaces available from N. Mopac Access Road/Barton Springs Rd., but they fill up quickly and cost $10 per car (cash only).

Four Seasons Gingerbread Village - Wednesday, November 21 through January 1, 2013.  I shot a story on this a few weeks ago and it is amazing. The village, created by the Four Seasons pastry chefs. This year’s theme: "Eclectic Austin" landmarks. You’ll see everything from The Salt Lick to the Cathedral of Junk to Hey Cupcake. It’s FREE. The open houses are next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 6pm and you can enjoy free cookies and Santa will be there too. Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

Free fun in Austin.com has put together a terrific list of ways to save at Sea World San Antonio.  


Through Christmas Eve, Austin-area kids can receive a personalized phone call from Santa thanks to Austin-based start-up Audingo, creator of an innovative voice and video mobile messaging platform and Mix 94.7. Just text your child’s name to 512-MIX-0054, and Santa rings the phone number within 10 minutes, addressing the recipient by name with a special message. Here’s an example: http://audingo.me/VLwHla

Amazon.com has a great selection of Kindle freebies, but right now they have a free Twas the Night Before Christmas. 

Amazon offers lots of free songs, including this free Christmas album

And 12 free songs just for kids you can download free. Many of them are the classics you’ll remember from when you were a child.

People magazine is offering more free music downloads, this time they have seven Christmas songs from some of the hottest country musicians like Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sara Evans. These songs will be available through January 4th.  

This is always a great idea. You can record a free bedtime book recording of some really fun titles.

This is one of my favorite Christmas freebies. Here’s a way for you to get Santa to send a personalized video message to your child. It’s really cool. You supply your child’s first name and the town and pictures of your child, even fun events and they do the rest. It’s amazing and so memorable.

Free Car Seat Safety Checks

Scott & White and Texans in Motion are once again offering several free car seat safety checks in January. You need to call ahead to make a reservation for most of them:

·          01/08/13 - Seton Medical Center Hays; 10am – 1pm; 6001 Kyle Parkway, Kyle – 78640; (512) 336-3423.

·         01/09/13 - Baby Earth; 10am – 1pm; 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock – 78664; (512) 600-7050

·         01/15/13 - Steiner Ranch Fire Station; 10am – 1pm; 3048 Steiner Ranch Blvd., Austin – 78726; 512-336-3423.

·         01/16/13 - Marble Falls EMS Station; 10am – 1pm; 609 Industrial Blvd., Marble Falls - 78654; (830) 693-7277.

·         01/17/13 - Lockhart EMS Station; 10am – 1pm; 1914 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart – 78644; (512) 336-3423.

·         01/12/13- Johnson City Check-up; 11am- 1pm; 105 No. LBJ Dr., Johnson City – 78636; (512) 336-3423; No Appointment Necessary.

·         01/24/13 - Leander Central Fire Station; 10am – 1pm; 201 Brushy St. No., Leander – 78641; (512) 259-9010


Last minute shopping savings

Austin based Offers.com has a team of people to help those last-minute shoppers find the perfect gift at a great price! Be sure to check out their handy shipping deadlines and store hours guides. The latest Christmas deals are constantly being updated and the top ones they spotted today are below! Also - check out the Offers.com office and our holiday decorating contest! Join in the fun and vote for your favorite! Thanks Shermayne for the tips! 

Piperlime Coupon Code

Up to 50% off + 15% off Everything + Free Shipping

Expires 12/19/12


Stockn'Go Deal

30% off Gift Cards - $50 for only $33

Expires 12/25/12


Buy.com Deal

$36 off Friday Night Lights - Complete Series

Was $99.98 - Now Only $63.62

Expires 12/21/12


ICE.com Coupon Code

Up to 55% off Earrings + Extra 20% off & Free Shipping

Expires 12/24/12