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Deals of the Week

Deals of the Week

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by Terri Gruca

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Posted on August 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 4:45 PM

This week you'll find lots of back to school savings, some fun family events and more. Enjoy!

 Tax free weekend

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 17 through the 19th is the state’s annual tax free weekend. It’s a way to save sales tax on many of the school supplies you buy your kids. This means you will not pay sales tax on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. You won’t save a ton of money, but about $8 on every $100 you spend. You can find more information on all the products where you can save here.

Here are the mall hours:

Barton Creek Square 

During tax-free weekend, the first 200 shoppers who visit Simon Guest Services and register for Barton Creek Square’s email or mobile shopper club will receive a complimentary back to school goody bag, while supplies last. 


Friday, August 17 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 18 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 19 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* Department store hours may vary 

Lakeline Mall 

Lakeline Mall will also give the first 100 shoppers on both Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 who visit Simon Guest Services and sign up for their email or mobile shopper club a complimentary goody bag, while supplies last. 


Friday, August 17 – 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 18 – 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 19 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* Department store hours may vary 

The Domain

Friday, August 17 – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
Saturday, August 18 – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
Sunday, August 19 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

* Department store hours may vary 

For more information, visit the mall's Facebook pages:  Barton Creek SquareLakeline Mall, or The Domain.

Free dance lessons

The Long Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a series of free public dances and lessons on Tuesday nights through August. So there are two more left. The classes run from 7-10 p.m. on the Meredith Family Stage in Dell Hall. Each session will begin with instruction for beginners and end with everyone dancing.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Country Night, Aug. 21: Learn to dance like a true Texan with the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, teaching Central Texas how to dance for over 50 years. Great country and western music provided by DJ Scott Bennett.
  • Swing Night, Aug. 28: Learn the basic swing steps from instructors at Go Dance Studio and let the good times roll with The Copa Kings.

For more information go here.

Family Fun

The YMCA of Austin will be hosting a series of free kickoff events in August and September for its popular parent-child Adventure Guides and Trailblazer programs. 

Adventure Guides and Trailblazers launch parents and their children, ages 5-16, on a journey of discovery, with the child as the explorer and the parent as the guide. Adventure Guides activities include outdoor pursuits such as camping at area state parks, hiking and swimming, plus games, crafts, songs, stories, skits, and service projects. The one-on-one time in a fun, special environment builds important bonds through shared experiences. 

Parents and children are invited to these FREE events, filled with food, games and more, to learn about the program. 

Central Austin: Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., at the TownLake Y (1100 W. Cesar Chavez)

Southwest Austin: Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Southwest Family YMCA (6219 Oakclaire Dr. & Hwy. 290)

  • Event will offer program info, games, healthy snacks and giveaways. 
  • Contact Joe McNeeley for more details at joseph.mcneeley@austinymca.org or 891-9622. 

Northwest Austin: Saturday, September 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., in conjunction with the Northwest Y’s Beach Bash event.

  • Free family swimming, plus program info, food, drinks games, and prizes 
  • Contact Omar Santos for details at 335-9622 or omar.santos@austinymca.org.

Thanks Heidi at Free Fun in Austin.com for the tip!

 Back to school deals

Can you believe that it's almost time for school to start again? To help get everyone back in the school year spirit, the Austin Independent School District invites its students and families to attend the annual Back-to-School Bash at the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, August 18, 2012. From 9 a.m. to noon, families can learn about the district's many programs and services that help students have a great school year.  Kids can also receive free immunizations from Seton (bring shot records), free backpacks and booster seats (while supplies last), and more.

Free shuttle transportation to the event is available every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the following locations: 

Reagan High School, 7104 Berkman Drive
Austin High School, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St.

One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road

Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square

For more information, visit the AISD website.

Join Wolf Ranch Town Center in Georgetown as they celebrate heading back to school, on Saturday, August 18, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening full of family-friendly games, activities, entertainment, food, giveaways, and more! The retailers will have interactive activities for the kids.The first 100 people to sign up with Wolf Ranch at the registration table will get a swag bag filled with goodies the kids can use when they head back to school. You can also enter to win the grand prize drawing valued at over $500, which will be held at 8:00 p.m. Winner must be present to win and a full list of rules and regulations will be provided at the registration table.

The Georgetown Project will be hosting a school supply drive for those in need. Anyone who donates a school supply items will receive a free popcorn or snocone to enjoy during the movie (limit 300). The movie, Dr.Suess The Lorax, will begin at sundown, so be sure to bring your chairs and blankets. For details, check out the Facebook event page.

Back to school parade

The fifth annual back to school parade takes place Sunday at Bartholomew Park from 3 to 6pm with a festival taking place there from 1 to 7pm. There will be lots of family fun events and a fundraiser to help pay for back to school gear for families who need help.

Free self defense classes for UT students

UT offers a FREE Women’s Self Defense class titled RAD (Rape Aggression Defense.) This is a free 16 hour self defense class that is offered by the University of Texas Police Department. Current classes are now available on the UT police website at www.utexas.edu/police. They also offer a free RAD class for Men. Contact Sgt. Laura Davis at 512-232-9611 for more information.

Pet Expo

There is a pet expo this weekend at the Palmer Events Center from 10am to 6pm. It's free and your pets are welcome.

Olympic Deal

In celebration of the 104 incredible medals that Team USA brought home from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Long Center is offering a special Olympic-sized deal! Through Saturday, August 18th, you can purchase a subscription package (two tickets) for 3 shows for just $100 - savings up to 38% off the regular ticket price!

Pick any three shows from this list, then click below to order:

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, September 18 or 19

  • Tap Dogs, October 9
  • Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, October 23
  • Capitol Steps, October 25
  • Shaolin Warriors, November 1
  • National Geographic Live! Annie Griffiths, November 12
  • Igudesmon & Joo, January 19
  • National Geographic Live! Tim Samaras, January 28
  • Celtic Nights, February 24
  • Rock-A-Long Wednesday – The Music of Led Zeppelin, March 20
  • Lila Downs, April 9
  • Henson Alternative’s Stuffed and Unstrung, April 10
  • Zoppe Italian Family Circus, April 12
  • Anton Nel, April 14
  • National Geographic Live! Joel Sartore, April 22
  • Doc Severinsen & The San Miguel 5, May 5
  • Rock-A-Long Wednesday – The Music of Pink Floyd, May 15
  • Whose Live Anyway?, May 17
  • Rock-A-Long Wednesday – The Music of Queen, June 5
  • One Man Star Wars Trilogy, June 11 & 12
  • Dixie’s Tupperware Party, June 18 & 19

On line savings

Austin based Offers.com has found some terrific on line back to school savings for you. Appreciate the tip Shermayne!

Advance Auto Parts Free Deal

Free Valvoline Motor Oil


Vista Print Free Deal

Free Tote Bag


CVS Coupon

$15 Off Purchases Over $60 + Free Shipping

6pm.com Coupon

Up to 55% off Backpacks  - All Under $25

Payless Coupon

$10 Off Purchases Over $25 + Free Ship to Store

Shoes.com Coupon

25% Off Sale Items + Free Shipping

Target.com Coupon

Up to 20% Off Select Items


Austin-based DailyDeals.com  also has this deal to help keep your student’s college computer or your home computer safe.

71% Off McAfee AntiVirus Plus + Registry Power Cleaner Lite

Get a one year subscription the latest edition of McAfee's award-winning, virus-annihilating suite:

  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012
  • Winferno Registry Power Cleaner Lite
  • Downloadable software – no shipping required!
  • Only $20 (a $70 value)
  • Deal available for purchase through August 18