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Deals of the Week

Deals of the Week

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on December 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 4:39 PM

This week you'll find food deals, Christmas fun and all kinds of freebies. Enjoy!

Food Deals

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.

Whole Foods is hosting a one-day sale on wild-caught Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sockeye salmon for $7.99/lb. – a savings of nearly 50 percent, this Friday, December 7th.

Christmas family fun

Wednesday, December 5th The Driskill hotel kicks off the Christmas season with its official tree-lighting ceremony from 5:30 to 7p. Austin’s own jewelry designer Kendra Scott will flip the switch at 7p. The McNeil High School choir will perform. Plus there will be snow! I know hard to believe with as warm as it’s been, but they will have snow banks set up prior on the Sixth Street side. Thanks Laura for the reminder!

Four Seasons Gingerbread Village - Wednesday, November 21 through January 1, 2013.  I just shot a story on this which will air Sunday night and it is incredible. 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.

Shop locally for your holiday gifts in Pflugerville this weekend December 8th. The city's Holiday Stroll & Sidewalk sale is this weekend downtown.

Ice skating

The Whole Foods Lamar store is hosting its eighth annual season of ice-skating on the rooftop plaza through January 6th. This year we will be offering three free skate days to Austin area non-profits (Big Brothers Big Sisters on December 1st, Pathways Youth and Family Services on December 2nd, and Austin Children’s Shelter on December 16th). In addition to offering community support through these free skate days for Austin kiddos, the ice-rink is a unique and engaging winter tradition for all Austinites. 

Here are the details:

  • Skate rental and 45 minute rink access: $10.00.
  • Don’t forget to pick up a cup of hot cocoa or cider (cocoa starts at $2.29 for a small, cider starts at $1.59 for a small) before or after your skate to warm up!

Thanks Kate! 

Free horse drawn carriage rides

Free Fun in Austin.com has put together a few places where you can get a free carriage ride this holiday season. 

The ones downtown offer a great way for you to help Blue Santa.

Luminations, December 8 & 9, 6 - 9 p.m., Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center -- Enjoy gardens lighted with thousands of luminarias and twinkle lights and to listen to music of the season from local performers and area schools. Admission is FREE with two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. (4801 La Crosse Ave) Thanks Barbra for the tip!

To see a complete list of Christmas light displays and Santa sightings check out the great list put together by the folks at Free Fun in Austin.com. 

Free Hannukah celebrations

Free Fun in Austin.com also has a list of free Hannukah celebrations across the city.


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 25 days of free Christmas music, 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.

Star gaze

In case you missed this, UT made national news last month when scientists discovered what they believe is the largest black hole ever. What better way to teach your children than to take them to the top of the Robert Lee Moore Hall astronomy schools (Robert Lee Moore Hall) planetarium to see the stars. The school offers these events on a pretty regular basis but this Wednesday, December 5th from 7 to 9pm. It is the final one for 2012. Go here for directions. They also warn viewing times change throughout the year, so please check this page or call 512-471-5007 for current times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information.

Christmas shopping savings

Austin based Offers.com scours the web to find the best deals year round. This week they’ve found these goodies. Be sure to check out the Offers.com Christmas Savings Center for helpful shopping tips and shipping deadlines.  Thanks Shermayne for the tips!


New York & Company Coupon Code

40% off Sitewide + Free Shipping

Expires 12/5/12


E.L.F. Cosmetics Coupon Code

40% off Sitewide + Free Shipping over $25

Expires 12/5/12


Cooking.com Deal

76% off Del Ray Grey 3 Piece Stoneware Baker Set

Expires 12/22/12


Sephora Deal

$29 off bareMinerals Cool As Ice Lip Gloss Set

Was: $54 - Now Only $25

Expires 12/10/12


Crate & Barrel Deal

30% off Ornaments, Décor & More

Expires 12/24/12


Sears Coupon Code

Up to 75% off Fine Jewelry + Extra 20% off

Expires 12/8/12

Twelve deals on 12/12/12

Be Frugal.com has these 12 deals in honor of 12/12/12. They are good only Wednesday. Each coupon has a link to the deal and BeFrugal cash back rates.

  1.  6PM coupon: 12/12/12 Sale - Items for $12, $24, & $48. Valid only on 12/12/12. And get 7% cash back!
  2.  Best Buy coupon: 12% Off Beats Headphones and Speakers, Starts: 12/11/2012, Expires: 12/13/2012. And get up to 6% cash back!
  3.  Bruegger's coupon: 12 Bagels & Cream Cheese Only $9.99. Valid only 12/12/12.
  4.  Cascio Interstate Music coupon: 12% Off $599+ Order + Free Shipping, Starts: 12/10/2012, Expires: 12/12/2012. And get 6% cash back!
  5.  Catherines coupon: 12 Days, 12 Deals Sale At Catherines, Starts: 12/10/2012, Expires: 12/18/2012. And get 5% cash back!
  6.  Krispy Kreme coupon: Buy 1, Get 1 - Dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts, Valid only 12/12/12.
  7.  Loehmann's coupon: 36% Off Sitewide During 12/12/12 Sale, Starts: 12/12/2012, Expires: 12/13/2012. And get 3% cash back!
  8. Macy's coupon: 12/12/12 One Day Sale with Web Busters, Valid only 12/12/12. And get 3% cash back!
  9. Meijer coupon: 12% Off Any Order, Starts: 12/9/2012, Expires: 12/12/2012. And get 4% cash back!
  10.  My M&Ms coupon: 25% Off Any Order, Starts: 12/11/2012, Expires: 12/12/2012. And get 10% cash back!
  11. Office Depot coupon: 12% Off Beats, Starts: 12/10/2012, Expires: 12/12/2012. And get up to 6% cash back!
  12.  Starbucks coupon: 12 Days of Deals, Expires Soon! And get up to 7% cash back!