Sometimes it’s the little things in life that require upkeep and maintenance, to help our daily routines flow smoothly. This week I had to attend to a few of those things, and was able to incorporate my discount project into it.
My car needed to go in and see the doctor...poor thing needed an oil change and was having a problem with the AC (in this heat! Not good). I had purchased a Groupon for an eco-friendly oil change several months ago ($34 for a $75 oil change). Green Earth Oil is a biodegradable, recyclable, environmentally safe oil change, and I went to Friendly’s in East Austin to get it done. Savings: 55%. As an added bonus, Friendly’s checked my AC and rotated my tires for free, and they offer loaner bikes with a map of coffee houses and bike trails in the neighborhood. Since I only live two miles away, I just biked home and worked while they handled my car. (I also had to get my AC repaired at another place – no discount or coupon, I’ll admit. But with temperatures over 100 degrees, I had to get it done!)
There are also the little things like ink for the printer and supplies to keep the work life running smoothly. Hewlett Packard emailed me a 25% off coupon, so I ordered some replacement printer ink cartridges. Not very exciting, but I did save money.
I did get to have some fun this week, besides these boring and mundane errands! Through the Austin Chronicle Contest page, I won two free tickets to the sneak preview movie screening of The Debt, starring Helen Mirren. On Tuesday night, my guy and I went to see the film (which was very good, by the way – smart and suspenseful and very well-acted); and afterward, we went to Hyde Park Bar & Grill using a Groupon for a late bite. Savings: 50%. For future movie date nights, I also purchased a Buy With Me 4-pack of tickets from AMC Theatres – at a savings of 48%.
In other “fun stuff,” I purchased a 60 minute massage deal from Urban Dealights for $35, saving half off the original price of $70. And I enjoyed a nice lunch at La Patisserie, a lovely little French bakery in South Austin, courtesy of ScoutMob. I had a delicious salad made with local ingredients from HOPE Farmers Market, and picked up a couple of delectable macarons while I was there, all for half-price. I also met a couple of girlfriends for happy hour at Lucy’s Retired Surf Bar, where we enjoyed $3 margaritas and half off our food via ScoutMob.
See you soon – live well!