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Money Monday: Savings for Smyrna-Vinings

Your weekly peek at hyperlocal deals in your neighborhood

Send your Smyrna-Vinings deal tips to megsavesyoumoney@gmail.com. I’d love to feature your tip in my next column. So give me a shout and I’ll return the favor with a shout out to you and your super saving ways!  

If the man in your life loves to golf, but could maybe use some...(ahem) assistance on the course, then this week is a great time to knock out some early holiday shopping! Stock up his golf bag with gear thanks to an offer from Golf Warehouse Atlanta on Spring Road and then help him fix that crazy slice with a great deal on local golf lessons! And, to my dear husband, I swear I'm not using your golf game (or crazy slice) as inspiration...

You’ll find two inserts for your coupon clipping pleasure in the paper this week (SmartSource & redplum.com). You’ll also find an extra Publix insert with coupons and a coupon for 25 percent off Ruby Tuesday’s. 

And with that, here are your Smyrna-Vinings specific deals for the week!

Best Deals in Dining

Groupon: Blackstone Steaks & Seafood ($55 for $126)

Restaurant.com: McCray’s Tavern, Lime Taqueria & Tequila Bar, Crepe Revolution, Varner’s Restaurant & Tavern, Taverna Fiorentina, Laseter’s Tavern, This is It BBQ, Doc’s Food & Spirits, Johnny’s New York Style Pizza, Martini’s (& The Grill) at Sheraton Suites Galleria, Siam Square Thai Cuisine

Still available on DealMap: Little Azio (BOGO Brunch coupon), J.R. Crickets (20 percent off)

Still available on Half off Depot:  Zucca Pizza ($12 for $25), Taverna Fiorentina ($17 for $35), Sal Grosso ($25 for $50)

Still available on Scoutmob for mobile redemption: Buckhead Pizza Co., Laseter's Tavern, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Lime Taqueria & Tequila Bar, The Vinings Fish Company, The Big Chow Grille. 

Best Deals in Family & Fun:

DealMap: Sarah’s School of Fish (2 Baby & Me Classes at 50 percent off),  SpaKids (50 percent off one Mommy & Me Spa Day)

Half off Depot: Golf Lessons, ($75 for $399/4-30 minute golf lessons)

Living Social: PlayYourCourt.com Private Tennis Lessons ($27 for $55)

Worth A Short Trip: Six Flags -4 tickets for $109  (Discover customers save more than $70, http://www.sixflags.com/4tickets )

Still available on DealMap: Arthur Murray Dance Lessons (4 lessons, $50 for $216)

Still available on Half off Depot: Allure Dance Studio ($45 for $90), Kangazoom ( $30 for $60--for kids  2+)

Best Deals in Health/Wellness

DealMap: Reich Dental Center ($50 off any service), Vitalogy Weight Loss ($59 for $90), Body Bar (50% off one month)

Half off Depot: Joffe MediCenter Lasik ($250 for $500)

Still available on DealMap: Joffe MediCenter Lasik ($495), Creative Healing ($40), Georgia Medical Specialists Massage ($29 for $85), Paceslaser MD ($99 for $300 Spider Vein Removal), Choi Kwang Do ($49 for $99 plus uniform)

Still available on Half off Depot: Atlanta Hot Yoga ($39 for $125), Workout Anytime ($20 for $90), The Body Bar ($45 for $89), Fountain Laser Hair Removal ($99 for $700), Fingertips Massage ($40 for $80), Body Beautiful ($124 for $249)  

Best Retail Deals 

DealMap: Titan Games and Comics (30 percent off), Pet Agree at Vinings (20 percent off)

Half off Depot: Golf Warehouse Atlanta ($20 for $40)

Other Tip: Toys R Us (Cobb Parkway location) Liquidation on-going deals of at least 30-50 percent off when I was there this past week!

Best Miscellaneous Deals

DealMap: Flavor Limousine ($74 for $160 Airport Transfer)

Half off Depot: Kiwi Clean Carpet Cleaning, ($49 for $117.50), Atlanta Bar B Que Membership ($12.50 for $25)

Living Social: ABC Bartending School ($50 for $120)

Still available on DealMap: Luxury Wash ($69 for $150)

Still available on Half off Depot: Mr. Mobile Auto Detailing ($59 for $175), Car Nutz Auto Spa ($19.50 for $39)

Grocery Deals for the Week

Publix

Publix Best of the BOGO’s: Birds Eye Voila! Meal (Save $5.49), Bantry Bay Mussels (Save $4.99), Simply Potatoes (Save $3.99), General Mills Cereal (Save $3.49), Thomas’ Bagels (Save $4.49), V8 V.Fusion Juices (Save $3.99), Kraft Mayo (Save $4.73), Prego Italian Sauce (Save $3.49), Ronzoni Pasta (Save $1.41), Nabisco Crackers (Save $4.49), Kettle Brand Potato Chips (Save $3.69), Doritos (Save $4.29), Borden American Singles (Save $3.29)

Best Publix Coupons: $8 off 2 Enfamil Infant Powder Formula & Refill, Free Pampers Wipes Refill with 1 Pampers Cruisers Diapers, $5 off Allegra, $10 off Alli Starter Pack, $2 off any Bengay product, BOGO Infusion Shampoo/Conditioner (Combine with $1 off coupon from paper)

Kroger

Save $5 automatically when you buy 10 advertised items including these with bonus coupons from the Sunday paper: Cheez-It (Save $1 on 2), Scotch Cleaning Tools (Save $1 off 1)

And these with bonus digital coupons from Kroger: General Mills Cereal (Save $1 on 2), Chips Ahoy (Save $.75 on 1)

And if you still have last weeks coupons, you can still get these deals during the Save $5 sale: Gogurt (Save $.75 on 2), DiGiorno Pizza (Save $1 on 1), Marzetti Salad Dressing (Save $1 on 1)

Other Kroger Deals: Carolina Pride Products (BOGO, plus add coupons from paper for $.50 off 1)

Remember that most grocery stores will double manufacturer’s coupons of up to $.50 giving you even more savings! Be sure to check the Kroger website for Digital coupons you can load onto your card and grab the coupon flyer at your local Publix for extra coupons. Keep in mind…Kroger Digital coupons don’t double and can’t be used with manufacturer’s coupons.

For those who aren’t quite sure how some of the social media style deal sites work, you can find a quick tutorial below. 

DealMap

As a deal aggregating site just acquired by Google, DealMap collects local deals from a large number of sources (including Restaurant.com) and connects you to different deal sites to get the deal. You’ll have to check out the “about” section on the individual deal sites to confirm how they operate. 

Dealswarm

Dealswarm typically offers one new deal each day on their website. Buy a voucher in advance, print it and redeem it on-site.  They also have a mobile app for the I-Phone so that you can buy the deal of the day on your phone and then redeem it by showing the vendor your phone. Vouchers are generally non-refundable according to the website.

Groupon

Buy your “Groupon” in advance, print out the voucher and redeem it on-site. Groupon also just launched a mobile app, “Groupon Now!” for I-phones/Androids where after you download the app, you can locate deals available near you for immediate redemption.  Just buy the Groupon on your phone and redeem it on site.  Groupon Now! deals generally have to be used the same day.  Regular printed Groupons have a longer shelf life. Groupon has also started offering travel deals.

Half off Depot

This site generally has the most deals posted and they seem to stay on the site the longest of the pre-paid deals, however it’s tough to know when the deal will disappear from the site so if you’re interested, buy it before it’s gone! Buy your vouchers in advance, print them and redeem them on-site. Half Off Depot has also started offering travel deals.

Living Social

Buy their daily deal online or on your phone with the I-Phone/Android app and redeem with either your printed voucher or with your phone. Living Social has also started offering semi-local “Adventures” and out of town “Escapes.”

Restaurant.com

Search their database to find a restaurant in your community.  Many participating restaurants have different offers, (ie: $5 for $10, $10 for $25, $25 for $50), so pick the certificate (and restrictions) that suit you best! Restaurant.com provides descriptions and sometimes menus for participating restaurants.  Print our your certificates and redeem on site. Certificates must be purchased in advance. 

Scoutmob 

This is the only site that features deals that you sign up for, but don’t have to pay for in advance. Scoutmob generally offers 50 percent off up to a certain amount in each deal. There are two ways to get your deal. Sign up for the deal and print a free voucher or sign up for the I-Phone/Android app and just pull up deals on the go.  Show your server or the vendor your phone to get the deal.  

Tips to follow: Please check the sites often as they change daily. I can only promise that the deals are still active as of Monday morning. Also, before buying into a vacation offer, check to make sure you’re not signing up for a timeshare tour. And always, always, always know what you’re buying and for where. Read the fine print and find reviews if you’re not familiar with the establishment to make sure it’s reputable. I dish out the deals, but it’s up to you to make sure it’s worth your valuable time and money!

If you have a tip on a great deal or a way for me to improve this column, please feel free to drop me a line at megsavesyoumoney@gmail.com.

Happy Saving Smyrna-Vinings!

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