Category Archives: Deals & Steals

Wine Flights At Cru

Cru Austin Domain Location

Cru Wine Bar via photo courtesy of company website

Ok, so I know the previous post also discusses wine, but I want to talk about how some (myself included) are often overwhelmed by how much there is to know about wine. Taste, food pairings, regions, reds, whites, blushes! Luckily, my friend gave me a tip about a very reasonably priced solution right here in Austin. Cru, a wine bar with two locations in the Domain and 2nd Street District, does several things to make the somewhat elitist idea of wine knowledge fun and inviting—all at a great price. If you are new to the wine game, Cru’s popular wine flights are a great way to go! Each flight includes three different 2 oz. tastings of wines grouped by theme. The flights can range in price, with some as low as $11! Mandy Stiles, Cru’s event coordinator, demonstrates how less than $20 can get you great wine and knowledge:

Beside the flights, Cru also offers several deals you wouldn’t expect from the intimate candlelit restaurant. Weekly specials include champagne Thursdays (every bottle is half-priced), “Grillin’ Out” Sundays where from 1-5  there are Kobe Beef Hamburgers for $7 and a weekend Brunch from 11-3 with $7 bottomless mimosas. And it wouldn’t be an Austin establishment without a happy hour: Weekdays from 3-6 the appetizers and their gourmet pizzas are half off. I must say I was little bit intimidated by the idea of a going wine bar, but this one has a Facebook page so it is definitely a place where you can have some fun!

Posted by Jill Harris


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!

Post by Kristin White

Monday Night Bowling Madness!!!

Texas Union Underground bowling, courtesy of will.tungs flickr

Texas Union Underground, photo courtesy of will.tung's flickr

I know, one too many exclamation points, but the Union has a wonderful deal on Monday nights. If you already feel like you need an escape from the week, the Union might just have what you are looking for.

Students can bowl for $1 per game. No shoes? Shoes are $1 as well. Normal games range from $2-$3 along, without shoe rental. (valid student ID required)

When: Monday nights from now until May 11. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Only three Mondays left)

Where: Texas Union Underground: The Underground is located at the corner of 24th and Guadalupe, directly beneath the theater. For additional information, please contact the Underground during business hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday, noon-3 a.m.) at 512-475-6670.

Besides bowling, the Union also has pool tables.

post by Meera Rajagopalan

More discounted books for students/faculty/staff!

Attention all UT faculty, staff, and students: Please join University of Texas Press in our 1st  UT APPRECIATION BOOK SALE! 50% off the list price of all titles in stock in our warehouse! Order online by April 26, that is this Sunday and pick up your books April 29-30!

photo courtesy of davidrobertbooks

photo courtesy of davidrobertbooks

Available new and classic books in many subject areas:

  • Texas history
  • gardening
  • cooking
  • bird watching
  • art
  • architecture 
  • film 
  • multicultural studies  
  • and more

How to Order

Place your order here on the Web site between Thursday, April 16, and Sunday, April 26. Start with our search page, find the books you want, and add them to the shopping cart. When the cart asks for a shipping method, just leave it as the default, Domestic Books.

To get the sale price, enter the code UTAP09 in the coupon code field after you’ve added a book to your cart. Don’t be surprised at the weird discount percentage; that discount added to our regular Web site discount gives the 50% discount. On checkout, when it asks “Is this order shipping within Texas?”, select “yes”; that’ll give you an accurate total with sales tax. 

How to Pick Up Your Order

Order pickup

  • Flawn Academic Center patio on Wednesday, April 29, and Thursday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Orders will be ready rain or shine, so if you order, come out either way.

An Art-Filled Weekend!

Photo by Sheeshoo via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

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!


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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Do it Yourself, Austin!

I’m sure you’ve heard that some of the best things in life come for free. Since we have dedicated this blog to helping you find those free and wonderful things, here is an idea you may be familiar with. Do It Youself! Exactly, pick up that hammar, gardening hose or baking tray and get to work because there is nothing like doing a home or work-related project on your own and even better, save the money you would have paid someone else to do it. Remember, moved saved is money earned!

Kids at Home Depot, Photo by patterbt, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Kids at Home Depot, Photo by patterbt, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

After the jump, check out some useful websites that will make your life more fulfilling and leave your wallets a tad heavier.

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Workout..for free!

Photo by Dave Whelan via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

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