Author Archives: Kristin

Disc Golf…more free exercise!

Ok, I know the previous post discusses something similar to disc golf, but the two are different!  And they are both cheap ways to have fun while getting fit.  Therefore, it is important to highlight them both!

So what exactly is disc golf?

“Disc golf is a disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target.”

And, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association:

“The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.”

The discs are super cheap (about $7) and if you just head over to Pease District Park (24th and Lamar area) you can play for free! That’s right!  I could not believe it either!  You get to play 18 holes of disc golf for absolutely nothing.  What an excellent way to spend these beautiful spring days with friends!

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Austin Wine Festival 2k9!

Photo courtesy of Yashima via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Photo courtesy of Yashima via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

I know what you’re thinking.  Austin Wine Festival.  Sounds expensive.  But wait!  Don’t judge a post by its title!

This festival is actually very inexpensive for the deal you are getting!

“Imagine an entire grassy acre of music, food, fun and vino bliss.”

The 3rd annual Austin Wine Festival is a three day event May 23-25 held at The Domain in North Austin.  The fesival features wine from over 30 local Texas Wineries only, as well as music, seminars and food!  Also, this is the only festival in Texas where you are able to purchase whichever wine you like best right then and there!  And to show you this festival is the real deal…over 6,500 were in attendance last year!

And it gets better.  All event proceeds benefit the Austin Farmers’ Market.  What better way to support locally while enjoying tons of local wine, music and food!

So now, on to prices.  An adult 1-day pass is only $20 and will get you admission into the festival along with a “10-tab Wine Sampler wrist band for wine sampling.”  You can use the 10 tabs for 10 wine tastings from any of the participating wineries or the tabs can be used for full glasses, which cost you 5 tabs.  Additional tastes are just $1 and wine by the glass is just $5.  Sounds like a good deal to me!

P.S.  For an exclusive wine festival experience pay an extra $5 to become a member of the Vintner Club.  Read more about what this means here!

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Saving Money and the Environment!

Photo by Morgan Tepsic via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Photo by Morgan Tepsic via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Since going green is such a hot topic now days, it is super easy to find ways to help the environment.  It seems that almost everywhere you look there is a new “go green do this _____” possibility thrown at you.  And think of all the businesses/companies that have incorporated going green into their slogans.  Miley Cyrus even has a song about it on her latest CD.  Ok, maybe that’s taking a little too far…

So the point is, with all the constant reminders of ways to go green, it is also super easy to forget about them.  Or at least some of them.  And sometimes, going green isn’t always the cheapest option.  But wait, there’s good news!

Refilling your ink cartridges instead of buying new ones is one of these go green possibilities that I feel like often gets forgotten about!  Not only does it save you money, it also saves our environment by sending one less thrown out cartridge to our already overloaded landfills!  Continue reading

An Art-Filled Weekend!

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Photo by Sheeshoo via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Feeling artsy/creative lately but don’t have time to let it out?  Tired of all your “cool” friends going to expensive “cool” art shows while you’re left behind?  Or maybe you’re just not big into museums.  Well, put a smile on your face because this weekend is going to change all of that!

Art City Austin is back!  Let me explain.

Art City Austin is an “outdoor fair” put on by Art Alliance Austin each April featuring “hundreds of juried independent and emerging artists.”  Tickets are only $15 for a 2 day pass and the proceeds benefit Austin Museum of Art and the Blanton Museum of Art!  So…referring back to Almost Frugal’s post about ways to be charitable while still be frugal….this is a great way to support our local Austin art museums for a small amount while also having fun yourself!

Details:

Dates: April 25-26, 2009

Hours: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 11am – 6pm

Location: Art City Austin 2009 will be held along Cesar Chavez Street from Colorado Street to Lamar, including the S. 1st Street Bridge. Entrances are located on Cesar Chavez at Guadalupe + Colorado + Lamar and the S. 1st Street Bridge (1st Street at Riverside).

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Supporting a Good Cause without Spending a Dime!

TOMS Logo courtesy of tomsshoes.com

TOMS Logo courtesy of tomsshoes.com

I’m sure many of you are familiar with TOMS Shoes, and if not, well then now is a perfect time to get the scoop on this awesome cause/constantly growing movement!  (I have the gold glitter pair myself 😉 ) But you have to listen and act fast!  Today, April 16, TOMS is raising awareness for its cause by holding the second annual “One Day Without Shoes” event across the nation.  

And for those of you who aren’t too familiar with TOMS, the driving force behind it is that for every pair of TOMS shoes you purchase, a child in need will receive a pair of shoes for free!  Below is a video explaining the cause.

 So how do you participate in today’s event?  

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Workout..for free!

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Photo by Dave Whelan via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

We all know working out doesn’t come cheap these days.  That is, unless you want to head over to Gregory Gym (except many of us graduate in May therefore no more Gregory) or hit the trails outside somewhere.  Otherwise, you have to be a member of a gym or studio and usually pay a fairly high fee each month.  Not anymore… !

For the remainder of April Lululemon Athletica is hosting “Weird Wednesdays at Whole Foods” at 6th and Lamar!  Come join others starting at 6:30 p.m. on the top of Whole Foods for an hour of free fitness classes!  Seeing as we are in the middle of April, there are only three classes left (April 15, 22 and 29) but they each offer a different workout! Continue reading

A Week of [Cheap] Relaxation!

Photo by Minxlj via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Photo by Minxlj via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

The days are long, classes are tough and with no breaks left until the last day of school, it’s getting harder and harder to find time to just relax.  And even harder to take a moment for yourself and, get ready for it, get a massage or facial or pedicure!  It doesn’t help that these luxuries are usually marked with a pretty steep price tag!

And, while I don’t have a solution to helping you better manage your time, I do have a quick fix to the overly expensive prices of most spa treatements!

Starting next Monday, April 13, and lasting until next Sunday, April 19, Jane Iredal makeup is bringing Spa Week to Austin!  For just $50 (compared to the normal $100-$200) you can enjoy hour long luxuries such as a Deep Tissue Massage, a Skin Brightening Facial, an Aromatherapy Salt Glow (oo la la!), a Blue Bonnet and Wildflower Massage or a Choco-Foot-Love Pedicure!

Founder Cheryl Reid started Spa Week in 2004 with only 25 participating spas in the New York area and has since expanded to nearly 20 states across the US!  Her reason for starting the week was quite clear:

“The concept was simple; full service treatments, normally costing from $100 to $200 dollars, for just $50 dollars. No longer would spa be relegated to the wealthy; it was my mission to make it an affordable part of a healthy lifestyle routine.”

So, take an hour out of your busy day for a little “you” time!  It will be well worth your time…and money!

Here’s a map to show you all the participating spa’s around Austin!

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