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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 September 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 10:54 PM

This week you’ll find great food truck savings, family fun and safety and Halloween savings. Enjoy!

Food deals

KVUE’s deal site called Yollar.com has all kinds of half off deals at Austin food trucks around town. Be sure to check them out here.

Family event

The Austin office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is having its 4th Annual Open House this Saturday, September 15the from 10am to 2pm.

At the Public Safety Open House, you can:

  • Tour the 911 Call Center
  • Take a 10-minute CPR class
  • Escape from the Smoke House
  • Test your skill at the Wii gaming station
  • Enter raffles for free prizes
  • Climb aboard AFD fire trucks and Command Vehicles.

Free parking will be available at Bartholomew Park (5201 Berkman Drive, Austin). Look for the signs.  There is no parking at the event. Free shuttles will take you to the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) facility from Bartholomew Park.  For more information, visit the Disaster Ready Austin Facebook page.

Old Navy La Frontera, in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, will host a Kids' Safety Fair on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids can come out to meet fire fighters and police and to see a fire truck (fire truck arrives at 1 p.m.) 

Other activities will include:

  • kid fingerprinting
  • activity books
  • bike safety
  • car seat info
  • free balloons
  • face painting

Free safety kits will be available from September 13-16 at the Round Rock store located at 2701 Parker Road Suite 500 Building A and any donation will get you 10% off your in-store purchase on that day. The Safety Kits include a child identification card, a Scribblez activity book, an MSTeens bookmark, and Tips for Teens. For more information call the store at 512-733-7967.

Drink deal

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar is celebrating sixteen years of serving up Mexican dishes and award-winning margaritas by dropping the price of its famous house margaritas to 16 cents on September 16, 2012, Mexico's Independence Day. The 16-cent price for Iron Cactus' house margaritas is limited to two per guest and will be available at all of its five locations in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. For more information, visit the Iron Cactus Facebook page. Thanks Heidi from Free Fun in Austin.com for the tips!

Family fun

Come celebrate Diez y Seis all day on Saturday, September 15, 2012 with two free events at Republic Square Park and the Mexican American Cultural Center. The holiday celebrates Mexico's declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. It would take 11 more years for the country to gain its freedom. 

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a morning kick-off celebration at Republic Square at 422 Guadalupe Street to commemorate the historic ties of the park to Diez y Seis. This year's celebration will take place during the SFC Farmers' Market Downtown September 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration will feature Councilmember Mike Martinez reading El Grito, mariachi and folklorico performances, and more! (Market hours are still 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center -- Saturday, September 15, 2012, 6 - 10 p.m.

The entertainment for the Fiesta will begin at 6 p.m. with: 

  • Charros from the Asociacion de Charros El Herradero y Escaramuza El Rosario
  • music by Mariachi Tamazula 
  • singer Ernesto Cadena Segovia from Saltillo
  • the South Texas College Ballet Folklorico 
  • Mariachi Nueva Generacion from Texas State University

The highlight of the evening will take place at approximately 9 p.m., when the Consul General of Mexico, Rosalba Ojeda, gives “El Grito”, the re-enactment of Father Hidalgo’s call for independence. Parking will not be available at the center. Free parking will be allowed at One Texas Center, located at South 1st and Barton Springs Road. A free shuttle will run every 20 minutes, starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., from there to the event and back. Thanks Heidi!

Appliance savings

I’m putting this on a little early in case you are Home Depot is introducing three new appliance brands: Whirlpool, Electrolux and Frigidaire. So to celebrate customers can save 10 percent off any Whirlpool, Electrolux or Frigidaire appliance purchase of $397 or more through Wednesday, Sept. 26. The new appliance brands are available on www.homedepot.com/appliances, can be ordered in any The Home Depot store through Depot Direct and select stores have the new products on display. Appliance purchases through Depot Direct include free delivery and haul away.  Thanks Mandy for the info. 

On line savings

Right now you can save even more on Halloween costumes, décor and accessories than if you wait until October! The Offers.com Halloween Savings Center has great deals on this year's most popular costumes, tips and articles and even a video tutorial showing you how to turn yourself into a Zombie! Here are some of the best deals courtesy of Austin based Offers.com:


Free JELL-O Halloween Brain Mold

Expires 10/31/12


Wal-Mart Deal

Kids Halloween Costumes under $10!

Expires 9/27/12


Linens N' Things Coupon Code

Up to 36% Off + Extra 20% Off Costumes + Free Shipping

Expires 9/20/12


Costume Discounters Coupon Code

25% off Your Halloween Order

Expires 10/16/12


Costume Express Deal

Up to 50% Off on Pet Costumes


Travel savings

Austin-based DailyDeals.com sent me this great deal. Thanks Kendall.

Save on Hotels Worldwide: Get a $100 Travelocity Hotel Gift Card for only $50!

Looking to get away this upcoming holiday season? Find a home-away-from-home for less at www.TravelocityIncentives.com and book hotel rooms at locations around the world:

  • Redeemable at over 70,000 hotels
  • Use it any time – no date restrictions!
  • Book online in minutes - easy, affordable, hassle-free
  • Deal available for purchase September 13 - 19