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Flip Happy Crepes

Flip Happy Crepes is a great food stand near Barton Springs and Lamar. They have some of the best food I have ever eaten at a very affordable price. The feel of the eatery is great too.  Crepes are served out of a vintage airstream tailor and you eat under a grove of trees.  They have savory crepes and desert crepes in a variety of different flavors.  My favorite is the chicken and mushroom crepe.  You can check out their website here.

They are also well-known for winning against Iron Chef Bobby Flay in his show Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.  Very few restaurants on the show can beat the experienced chef.  Flip Happy proved their worth by making a better crepe than Bobby.

Before you make the journey to this airstream tailor make sure they are open first.  They usually only open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch.  It is amazing food at a great price!

Post by Sarah Lacy

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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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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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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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Coupons, wonderful coupons!

Photo by RoadSidePictures, Coupons. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Photo by Roadsidepictures, Flickr. Coupons. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Remember the days coupons were clipped out of newspapers? Well, now that newspapers are closing down faster than you can say discount, websites like the following will help you save some bucks on some bare essentials you have to buy, recession or not.

The big daddy of all coupon websites is Coupons.com. You can enter your zip code and it will calculate coupons that are redeemable in your specific area as well. From contact lens solution to whipped cream, this website has $0.50 to $1.50 on every household item, which are categorized by brand as well.

If you are always on the lookout for deals, Walmart‘s low prices can be further trimmed by their weekly deals. Check out Northwest Arkansas Deals, which highlights weekly deals at Walmart, Walgreens and other major stores. Check out weekly deals at Target at iMommies.

Another blog, BeCentsAble, has more everyday deals and ideas about managing an efficient home economy. As Jill mentioned before, Craigslist’s barter section is an untapped resource. Other useful websites include SwapTree, SwapThing and more here (Thanks, BeCentsAble!).

If you like keeping your photo albums up-to-date, April may be the month to do it. Here are some cool photo deals, including 50 free 4×6 prints when you sign up at SeeHere. (Thanks, Stretching a Buck!) Continue reading

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