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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!

Post by Kristin White


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

Dancing With the Stars!

In Flight Entertainment, Austin Dancer, Photo by loudtiger, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

In Flight Entertainment, Austin Dancer, Photo by loudtiger, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

No, I don’t mean the stars from the hit tv series but you, yes, you sitting and reading this post right now! Dancing is a wonderful art, a great way to meet new people and learn a little more about other cultures. Here is the best part: Austin has a whole bunch of cheap, even free, ways to get your groove on!

Austin Uptown Dancing has a free workshop on April 30th in two step, swing and salsa. No partners are necessary. A Jack and Jill competition on April 26th for dance partners who want to challenge their lead and follow skills is a great opportunity for people who already have some dancing experience. Entry fee is only $2 per person. Check out other upcoming events at Uptown here.  Their weekly events include lots of workshops and classes and almost all of them are no more than $6-7! Here are maps to their North and South locations.

Austin Swing Syndicate is a great resource for swing lovers. It is a non-profit community of dancers and they promote swing, lindy and hip hop dancing in Austin. I personally think swing dance is the most fun for groups and couples because it is simple and the music is upbeat and cheerful. It is a great beginners dance too. With an annual membership of only $25 with the Syndicate, you can get free classes every Thursday. Their events have entry fees of only $2-5. See their calender here. Also, see some reviews about it at Yelp.

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Horse Racing

How many of you have seen horse racing before?  It is not well known that you can catch a horse race in the Austin area.  Outside of the city limits in Manor, Texas there are races every Saturday and Sunday.  But hurry their racing season only runs until April 26th so there is just one weekend left.

The admission for these weekly races is also amazingly reasonable.  It costs just $2.00 for general admission.  Just $1.00 if you are a student or a senior citizen.  You can’t get much for just one dollar anymore!

The stadium opens at noon on the weekends.  Located just 10 miles east of Austin, it is an easy trip for a day full of fun.  The City of Manor is also an area of Central Texas that many people have not explored.  So instead of heading out to the Kentucky Derby in May take a drive to Manor for some local Texas horse racing.  The beauty of Central Texas makes the drive great on a sunny afternoon.

And although making bets is a frequent event at the horse track avoid betting money to save your cash.  Instead try making wagers among your friends.

Post by Sarah Lacy

Austin’s Indie Coffee Shops

Soy Latte by BrittanyBush, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Soy Latte by BrittanyBush, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Before coming to the States, I hated coffee. I could not fathom why people would torture themselves with espresso shots and macchiatos when there were sweeter alternatives like hot chocolate or tea. Being Indian, I’ve always loved chai and the only coffee-based drink I ever had were the sugar-loaded frappuccinos from Starbucks. But living in Austin for nearly three years has made me a 360 degree convert. Lattes are now an integral part of my life. Recently, I have been on a quest to get cheaper coffee when I found myself spending a fortune on my caffeine fix.

I found several independently owned coffee places which served larger portions, had friendlier staff and cost much lesser than the larger chains. A decent-sized, regular latte at these places costs around 2 dollars lesser than the same amount at the bigger coffee chains.  For people who pick up coffees outside on a regular basis, that translates to about $450 savings per year overall!

Here are some places I like/have been recommended to visit:

  • La Tazza Fresca is a quaint, little place on Guadalupe and 37th and makes the most amazing mocha shakes! Their drinks are cheaper than those sold by the larger coffee chains and their ambiance is much prettier. I really liked the music they played the last time I went and best of all, they are open till 2am everyday! They have free wifi and if you like hookah, they have that too (I’m not trying to make you a decadent, I swear!) Get map and directions from the UT campus here.

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Eat Cheap… But Eat Well

We all know the economy is not doing so hot at the moment. Almost every article you read or talk show you watch refers somehow to saving money. Well, TEXAS MONTHLY magazine, based here in Austin, has jumped on this bandwagon too.

April 2009 Issue of TEXAS MONTHLY

April 2009 Issue of TEXAS MONTHLY

The new issue has a cover story, “How to Eat Well in Hard Times,” by Pat Sharpe about eating affordably. She has gone to cities around Texas and compiled a list of her 25 favorite dishes under $10. They all sound VERY appetizing. Unfortunately, you have to be a TEXAS MONTHLY subscriber to read the article, but I highly recommend picking up a copy if you don’t already have one. She includes restaurants from Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Fort Worth.

She even listed a few meals at restaurants I would have never thought to be cheap. Lamberts in downtown Austin and Chez Nous, also in Austin, are two restaurants where I did not know you could find a great deal. Leave it to Pat to find great deals at the best restaurants. You can also check out her blog on great food around Texas here.

This article proves that eating cheap does not always have to mean lowering your standards. You can eat affordably while also getting the best. Some of my personal favorite places that are affordable, yet delicious, include Flip Happy Crepes near Barton Springs and Lamar, Quality Seafood on Airport Rd., and Zen on South Congress and Guadalupe. Check them out!

Post by Sarah Lacy

Experience Austin on a Bike!

Bruce Turner, via Flickr (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license)

Bruce Turner, via Flickr (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license)

Bikers.  Something you instantly notice as you enter the Austin city limits.  And not just a few here and there, but several!

Ever wish you could be one, just for a day?  Maybe you don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a bike, but would like to get up close and personal with nature or just experience downtown Austin from a new perspective.  Well, here’s your chance!  Release your inner  Armstrong by renting a bike from the Bicycle Sport Shop!  The bikes start at $13 for 2 hours, $18 for 4 hours or $22 for 24 hours.  However, there are several bikes to choose from and prices go up accordingly.

As if this isn’t already sounding awesome enough, the shop lets you borrow helmets for free and customizes your bike’s pedels to your shoes for free!  But, if  you are planning on a weekend ride you better book your reservation in advance because  according to Rental Manager Scott Schroen, slots fill up fast.  “For events, like SXSW this past week, we booked our maximum capacity of 130 bikes and our group rides fill up fast too.”

Be sure to notice the “where to ride” section of the site that offers ideas for road rides, mountain bike trails and hike and bike trails!

With this weekend’s weather looking good so far, you have no excuse not to get out there and go exploring!  I know, I know, you can thank me later.  😉

Post by Kristin White