Being Resourceful

A Savvy Shopper's Guide to Bargains, Deals, & Freebies

TONIGHT: Kids eat FREE at Tin Star in support of Lupus research (Allen, TX) October 6, 2010

TONIGHT IS NO-COOK NIGHT! Woohoo! I wanted to invite everyone out to Tin Star TONIGHT for dinner. One of our Allen residents (a mom with 2 young kids who is a dear friend of mine) is valiantly living with Lupus, and Tin Star in Allen, TX (on McDermott, in front of Lowe’s) is hosting a fundraiser night for us TONIGHT 4-9pm! 15% of all sales will be donated to the Alliance for Lupus Research, and KIDS EAT FREE with adult entree purchase (one kid per adult).  

Don’t have time to dine in? Order your dinner TO GO! You’ll still be supporting Lupus research! Check out their menu here and then call (972) 396-7700 to place your order TONIGHT 4-9pm.

This is a fundraising event hosted by Heather’s Feathers, a team of Allen residents who will be walking on October 9th in the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) “Walk with Us to Cure Lupus” in Dallas.

Why do we call ourselves “Heather’s Feathers”? Like birds of a feather, we flock together in support of our friend Heather. She’s a valiant mother of two young children who battles Lupus on a daily basis, and is a great ambassador for Lupus research and education. She’s opened our eyes to the disease, and we want to support her by helping to raise funds for finding treatment options and a cure.

We invite you to join our team (the more, the merrier!) and will very appreciatively accept your financial support at any level! To join our team or donate, click here then scroll to the team roster in the lower left-hand corner.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD by inviting EVERYONE you know to this fundraising event. We look forward to seeing you at Tin Star in Allen, TX TONIGHT!Here’s our team page:

Learn more about Lupus:

Questions? Email mgb9107 at yahoo dot com

 THANK YOU! (And thank you to Liberated Web Works for designing our team logo!)


SOLD OUT: $3 tickets to Plano (Hot Air) Balloon Festival September 16, 2010

BalloonsUPDATE: I just checked the AdPages site (1:50pm CST 9/17/10) and the discounted tickets are sold out.

There is something just so incredible and serene about watching hot air balloons take flight. The woosh of the flame as it heats the air in the balloon, the sight of the balloons filling and taking shape, then watching them take their ascent upwards as they display their majesty in the sky. I wax poetic, but really, it is AWESOME!

THIS WEEKEND is the Plano Balloon Festival in Plano, TX, just north of Dallas. It is worth driving from near and far to attend, and is fun for all ages. We went a few years ago when my son was barely 2-years-old and he was stunned into silence! (And this is one chatty kiddo.)

Purchase advance tickets for just $3 each right now online! Tickets are regularly $5, and during 9am & 3pm they’re $4, but  the balloons take flight at 6pm Friday, 7am & 6pm Saturday, and 7am & 6pm Sunday, so that’s when you’ll want to attend. (Note that kiddos 36″ & under are free.) Note that you’ll need to create a login/pw for AdPages to purchase this deal, but it is free and quick.

There’s even live entertainment on Sat night after the balloon launch, balloon glow, and fireworks — don’t forget your camera!

Expires: The tickets are good for Fri, Sat, or Sun this weekend (9/17-19/10), but there are a limited number of discounted tickets available and they’re going FAST.


$9 (or less) for $15 at Elke’s Market Cafe June 28, 2010

I usually stick with national deals, but this is one Dallas deal that was TOO AMAZING to pass up — and is worth the drive to Allen, TX! Elke’s Market Cafe is one of those little local gems that every town needs (located at the NW corner of McDermott/Main St and Greenville). You step into the store and everything is sparkly-clean, the aromas are enticing, and you just need to take one glimpse of the food and you’ll fall in love… One bite of their pork tamales (get them from the to-go case for dinner) and you’ll never look back!

Right now on Twongo, you can get $15 gift certificates to Elke’s Market Cafe for up to 53% OFF! At this moment, they’re at 40% OFF so they cost $9. However, the more folks that hop on this deal, the lower the price goes for everyone! You can buy 2 certificates, and use one at a time. (Note: they’re good for one-time use only, so you have to spend the full value in one transaction.)

I plan to head to Elke’s for lunch and dine in their cafe, and use the rest of the certificate to pick up dinner to bring home! See you there?

Expires: The voucher expires 10/1/2010.