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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!

Post by Kristin White


Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night

Chocolate or vanilla?  Cookies and Cream or Jamoca Almond Fudge?  Can’t decide?  Get both!!!  Baskin Robbins is one ice cream shop that is well known for its variety of flavors.  They offer well over their promised 31 flavors.  This week you can sample all the flavors of your choosing for a good cause.

This Wednesday, April 29th, Baskin Robbins is offering up small ice cream scoops for just 31 cents.  From 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Baskin Robbins is serving to raise money for the National Volunteer Fire Council.  Along with the money made in that hour, the chain is giving $100,000 to the organization.

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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

Sell, Sell, Sell!

So with about four more weeks left in the semester, it’s time to start thinking about those textbooks again. Not necessarily to study from, but where is the best place to sell them, while trying to lose as little money as possible. 

Here’s what I found:

University Co-op, photo courtesy of University Co-op

University Co-op, photo courtesy of University Co-op

  • Plan Z: The University Co-op is always there. You can check the prices of your books online,  before making the trek down Guadalupe to sell them back. There are also several locations you can visit to buy and sell your textbooks. Down Dean Keeton/26th you can visit the other Co-op. 

  • Beat the Bookstore: Located in Dobie Mall’s basement, just outside of “campus.” Beat the bookstore buys books back (whoa, too much alliteration there), and it tries to give you more for your book than the above location. 
  • Ecampus/Amazon/half.com: Name you price. You sell books to other students through the lovely internet. List your book on the site, punch in your asking price, and designate how much for shipping. People will contact you, and you only have to walk to the post office. This is also a great way to buy books.

My Fashion Heart Belongs in Another City

I love Austin but I am a Dallas girl through and through. I was born and raised there and like any Dallas girl, Neiman Marcus is my fashion mecca.

Jason S via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution

Jason S via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution

Jason S via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution License







Known for its luxury and extravangant fantasy catalog gifts it calls me in everytime I see the emblem. As a college student, the prices steer me right back out. Luckily there is a fix in form of Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center. Oh don’t let the name fool you. You will find, hip, up to-date amazing fashion they couldn’t sell at Neiman Marcus for a fraction of the price. You’ve got to figure only so many people can get in there and by that stuff full price, why not just wait! Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenburg, Theory….oh my! Continue reading