We're all watching our family budgets these days. Whether shopping with coupons or looking for two-for-one deals, we're taking advantage of all sorts of offers and savings that help us stretch our dollars.
This column will be dedicated to giving you five great local deals each week that will help your family’s bottom line; and since we do the scouting for you, you can save time as well as money.
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This week, Frugal Family reporter Carolyn Cunningham scoured our local sources to come up with great deals on free cars shows in Dallas and Hiram, a wing-eating contest in Hiram, low-cost but late-night bowling at Stars & Strikes in Dallas, a large children's consignment sale in Powder Springs and a grand opening concert at McDonald's in nearby Austell:
1. Free Fun in Hiram
Deal: Hiram's 1st Wings N Wheels Car Show will be held on Saturday. The Historic Downtown Businesses off Ga. 92 will host "a fun afternoon of fantastic cars, good music, great food and, of course, awesome shopping."
Hiram's 1st Wing Eating Contest is being sponsored by Phoenix Bar & Grill of Hiram. Sign up at the event; seats are limited.
When: Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m.
2. Free Car Show in Dallas
Deal: Georgia Classic Rides hosts "Block Parties - Car Cruises" Saturday on Main Street in downtown Dallas. These free shows are held in Dallas on the fourth Saturdays from March through September.
When: Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.
3. Bowl for $2 a Game
Deal: If you like to stay up late, Stars & Strikes Family Entertainment Center offers $2 bowling games on Twilight 20 and $3 on Boutique lanes Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Extra cost should be added for shoes at $3.99.
Many other weekly specials are offered here, including not only bowling but also lazer tag and arcade games. For the $14.99 Stay-n-Play combo, you receive a $10 game card and an entree in the Coach's Corner Cafe worth $9.99 or less.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Location: 2400 Hiram-Acworth Highway at Dallas Highway, Dallas.
4. Children's Consignment Sale
Deal: The McEachern Twice Blessed Children's Consignment Sale will begin Thursday and continue through part of Saturday. Many items sell for half price on Saturday. Continuing to expand, these sales are held each spring and fall. No strollers allowed due to fire safety codes.
When: Thursday, 5 to 9 pm.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Gym, McEachern United Methodist Church, 4075 Macland Road, Powder Springs (corner of Macland and Lost Mountain Roads).
5. McDonald's Grand Opening in Austell
Deal: A free concert will be among Saturday's festivities at the grand opening of the new Austell McDonald's. Cupid "of the world-famous line dance hit 'The Cupid Shuffle'" will be the guest artist at 2 p.m. Cupid has 9.7 million views on YouTube of his AsylumRecordsTV official music video.
Moonwalks, games and prizes also will be offered. Actually opening a few weeks ago, this McDonald's has no Playplace but does have free WiFi.
When: Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.
Location: 1133 East-West Connector, Austell, across from Regal Cinemas.