This week you'll find several ways to help some charitable causes and get deals yourself, as well as some fun things to do with the family. Enjoy!
Give blood get free Blue Bell
The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is teaming up with Blue Bell to help replenish the blood banks. So between now and August 14th at 3pm if you donate blood you can get a coupon for a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream.
Free entrance to national parks
Both Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th National Parks across the country are offering free admission.
Buy one get one free entrée
Through today, Wednesday, August 11th you can use this coupon and buy one get one entrée free at TGIFridays.
Massage for a cause
Massage Envy is hosting a fund raising effort called Massage for the Cure which will help raise money for the Austin Komen for the Cure. You can make appointments starting Saturday, August 14th but the actual event is set for Tuesday, September 14th. Book an appointment for a $49 one-hour massage and Massage Envy will donate $15 per massage. You’ll find spas across the country taking part. To find one near you go here.
Austin Ice Cream Festival
The 4th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival is this Saturday, August 14th from 10am to 7pm at Waterloo Park. Kids 8 & under get in free, adults have to pay $5. You can pay $10 to see if you can become the ice cream eating champion. There will also be live music all day, a popsicle stick sculpture contest and a screaming contest. To learn more go here.
Chipotle Mexican Grill wants to help you next weekend with tax “free” weekend by offering Food With Integrity for FREE. Eat at any Austin Chipotle on Tuesday, August 17, or Wednesday, August 18, and save the receipt. Then go back any time during tax “free” weekend, August 20 – 22 and receive a free burrito, salad, order of tacos or bowl with your receipt. No charge. No tax. No strings attached. Thanks to Sohana for the tip!
Southwest Airlines is having another three day sale. You’ll find airfare for as little as $49 one way. You have to purchase by Thursday, August 12th and it’s good for travel between September 7th and December 14th. There are blackout dates of November 23rd through November 30th.
Right now Restaurant.com is offering 80% off of $25 Gift Certificates when you use code BIG, exp 8/16. This means you pay $2! Many require you to purchase a minimum of $35. Be sure to read the fine print.
Free game downloads
Amazon is offering two free game downloads for anyone who has a Kindle. Every word lets you try to find as many words as you can in the scrambled letters and Shuffled Row is similar only you’re trying to find the words within the 60 tiles.
Amazon is offering a yearly subscription to Parents Magazine for just $4 through August 14th. That’s like getting each issue for 33 cents.
Free salsa lessons
Free salsa lessons
If Dancing with the Stars has inspired you to want to put on your dancing shoes, here's your chance. Austin Public Library offers free Salsa lessons periodically with instructor Raul Ramirez. This week you can join in the fun for free on Saturday, August 14th at the Cepeda Branch library located at 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road from 2:30-3:30pm and Sunday, August 15th from 2:30 to 4pm at the Carver Branch which is located at 1161 Angelina. No need to register, just show up. For more information call 512-974-7400.