Earn “Extra” Club Carlson Points via Online Shopping

Earn extra points shopping via Club Carlson app
Earn extra points shopping via Club Carlson app

Club Carlson is out with an update to its app that includes a new feature called “Extras.”

The “Extras” feature allows you to earn Club Carlson points if you initiate your online shopping in app.

At launch, only a few online businesses are participating.

  • Delivery.com:  8 points per $1 spent
  • Jet:  6 points per $1 spent
  • eBay:  6 points per $1 spent
  • iTunes:  6 points per $1 spent
  • Groupon:  10 points per $1 spent
  • SeatGeek:  10 points per $1 spent

Certain types of purchases are specifically excluded so be sure to read the terms and conditions extra carefully.

With the exception of Hilton, most hotel chains do not operate online shopping portals.  Club Carlson’s in app “Extras” feature, while not the most lucrative offer, may be of interest to some.

$30 Amazon Gift Card from Country Inn & Suites

$30 Amazon Gift Card for 2 Stays at Country Inn & Suites
Club Carlson Summer 2017 Promo

Club Carlson is out with its summer promo and it’s a twist from the usual offer.

Instead of earning bonus points for stays, Club Carlson is offering an Amazon gift card.

The offer is fairly straight forward.  Stay two nights at a Country Inn & Suites hotel in the U.S. or Canada by September 4, 2017, and receive a $30 Amazon gift card.

Remember to stack this promo with points or cash back by booking your stay through a shopping portal or via the Club Carlson app.

Travels with Mitzy

Me and Mitzy at the Four54 Grill in Lancaster, PA
Mitzy and I at the Four54 Grill in Lancaster, PA  Photo by Joel Shprentz

Have I mentioned Mitzy, our ten year old cockapoo?

We don’t often travel with our dog, but last weekend’s road trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania was the exception.

When looking for a dog friendly place to eat, we turned to BringFido.com.

The Four54 Grill in central Lancaster was rated 5 bones, so we thought we would give it a try.  The restaurant is located right next door to the Lancaster Science Factory.

There was ample outdoor seating and the patio was well shaded.

Upon arrival, the owner immediately greeted us with a giant water bowl and biscuits for Mitzy.  We ordered inside, and they brought the food out to us.

The Four54 Grill  claims to have the best burgers in Lancaster County and they may well be right!

 Pet Friendly Hotel in Lancaster, PA

Courtyard Marriott Lancaster, PA
Huge front lawn at the Courtyard Marriott Lancaster, PA
Photo by Joel Shprentz

We chose the Courtyard Marriott in Lancaster because of its pet friendly policies.  The Courtyard welcomes dogs under 75 pounds, and the fee is a reasonable $15 per night.

Upon checkin, we received a goody bag Mitzy.  The hotel is surrounded by lots of grassy areas for exercising your dog.

Where to Eat in Bel Air, Maryland

BringFido.com led us to a surprising find in the historic downtown of Bel Air, Maryland.  The Sunny Day Cafe is a breakfast and lunch place with lots of outdoor tables.

Sunny Day Cafe in Bel Air, Maryland
Sunny Day Cafe in Bel Air, Maryland

The cafe was hopping on  a Sunday afternoon.

The menu features brunch items like omelets, crepes, and a few Greek specialities.

But the big surprise was the daily special:  a gigantic crab cake with a cup of Maryland crab soup for $11.

We are always in search of the best crab cake in Maryland.  Well, we found a serious contender at the Sunny Day Cafe in Bel Air, Maryland!  Moist, spicy, not a lot of filler — and quite the deal!

Sad News in Bel Air

Heroin Overdoses and Deaths
Heroin overdoses and deaths year to date

Bel Air, Maryland is the county seat of Harford County.  The county is due north of Baltimore County, with a rural and suburban population of just 250,000.

The county is battling a public health crisis of epic proportions.

2017 NOAA Fish Fry

 

2017 NOAA Fish Fry
2017 NOAA Fish Fry

Do you love seafood and live music?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is sponsoring the 42nd Annual NOAA Fish Fry on Wednesday June 14, 2017 from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m.

The Fish Fry will take place in the Department of Commerce Courtyard, at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.

16 to 20 chefs and vendors will display their seafood to bring awareness to sustainable marine fisheries.  The guest chefs come from locations around the United States from Alaska to the Chesapeake Bay.

Expect to sample a wide variety of fish, crab, scallops, salmon, shrimp as well as side dishes, beer and wine.

Both wild caught and aquaculture raised fish and shellfish will be served.

This event attracts some 1,500 participants and usually sells out early.

Ticket are $35.   Ticket sales begin May 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. EDT on Brown Paper Tickets.

If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be T-Mobile Tuesday!

If you haven’t gotten on the T-Mobile Tuesdays bandwagon yet, listen up!

Every Tuesday, T-Mobile releases a bunch of giveaways to their customers via the T-Mobile Tuesdays app.

Between my husband and myself, we have enjoyed:

  • Four large pizzas
  • Two dozen donut holes
  • 25 cents per gallon off gas
  • Four pairs of $2 movie tickets
  • Two pairs of socks!

Without a doubt, the best deal for us has been the movie tickets!

But if you’re lucky, you may win other prizes like gift cards, Lyft credits, hotel discounts, and more.

If you have a T-Mobile subscription or a prepaid plan, you are eligible to participate in T-Mobile Tuesdays.

I’ve written before about our cheapie Walmart T-Mobile plan that costs just $30 per month.  The freebies we’ve been winning lately have more than offset the cost of our monthly plans!

My sweetie got me these funky T-Mobile socks for Valentines Day
My sweetie got me these funky T-Mobile socks for Valentines Day

 

How to Benefit from T-Mobile Tuesday Deals

If you are a T-Mobile customer, it is easy to win free stuff every week!

Just download the T-Mobile Tuesday app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and register with your T-Mobile phone number!

Have you scored any deals on T-Mobile Tuesdays?

Free Admission to Mount Vernon February 20th and 22nd

Visit Mount Vernon for Free on February 20 and 22
Visit Mount Vernon for free on February 20 and 22

Washington locals and visitors alike can celebrate President’s Day in style by visiting George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon.

This year marks the 285th birthday of the first President, and lots of festivities are planned at George Washington’s historic home and estate on the Potomac River.

You can enjoy period music, character performances, story-time, tours of the mansion and birthday cake with General Washington.

Regular admission to Mount Vernon is $20 for persons age 12 and older but admission will be free on President’s Day — February 20, 2016 — and on George Washington’s actual birthday — February 22, 2016.

There is lots to see including the historic mansion, many outbuildings where trades were practiced, the slave memorial, gardens, a pioneer farm, and George and Martha Washington’s tomb.  The setting is on the Potomac River is quite spectacular, making for a pleasant family outing.

 

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall . . . on the Cheap?

$25 gift card with ticket purchase
$25 e-gift card with when you pay with Masterpass

The old Carnegie Hall joke is a cliché, but here’s a deal that will get you in to concerts there for as little as $5.

Carnegie Hall has partnered with Masterpass to offer concert-goers a $25 MasterCard eGift card when purchasing a ticket valued at $30 or more.

You need to purchase the tickets online at carneigiehall.org, and checkout with Masterpass.

The offer is good on any “Carnegie Hall Presents” performance ticket of $30 or more.  There are lots of concerts to choose from as shown in the listing of upcoming events!

Upcoming "Carnegie Hall Presents" concerts
December 2016 “Carnegie Hall Presents” concerts

Please note that this offer is limited to one Mastercard eGift card per person, per performance.  The deal is good for purchases through June 30, 2017.

Masterpass is a digital wallet that can be used to make purchases online and in-store. You can fund it with a credit or a debit card.

I don’t have any experience with this form of payment.  If you do, please share in the comments the pros and cons.

Other Ways to Save on Tickets to Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall offers many other options for discount tickets.  There are:

  • $10 tickets for  for students
  • $20 tickets for young adults
  • 30 percent discounts for members of the military and the New York Police Deparment.

In addition, there are public rush tickets for $10 — even for sold out concerts — and you can often find obstructed view seats for half price.

What’s more, Bank of America cardholders receive ten percent off the full ticket price when using their card and promotional code BAC24503.

Nice Holiday Parking Deal at Washington Dulles International Airport

Garage Parking for $12/day in December 2016
Park in Garage 1 at IAD for $12/day during December

Flying out of Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) this coming month?

The airport is offering close-in garage parking for only $12 per day, a $5 discount off the regular rate.

Return home to covered parking now through December 31, 2016 via a special coupon offer!

The regular rate for parking in Garage 1 — near the terminal — is $17 a day.

Economy parking in the remote lots is $10 per day, so this a a nice deal!

Use this link to print a personalized coupon which you must present to the cashier when exiting the garage.

The coupon is valid for a single transaction and may not be combined with other offers.

An Easy Way Earn a Free Trip Just by Shopping for Groceries

Staples Now Sells Safeway Gift Cards
Staples Now Sells Safeway Gift Cards

According to the USDA, an average family of four spends upwards of $1000 per month on groceries.

What if you could save five percent of that cost?

Better yet, what if you could earn 60,000 frequent flyer miles each year just from your grocery spending?

Since I’ve never seen this mentioned elsewhere, I wanted point out that Staples.com is now selling Safeway gift cards.

If you purchase Safeway gift cards with an small business credit card that pays five times points on office supply store purchases, such as a Chase Ink card, you can accumulate five percent cash back or five times points for travel.

Staples.com sells two types of Safeway gift cards in several denominations up to $200 — emailed cards, and actual plastic gift cards.  There is a mailing fee of $2.00 per card for the plastic version.

I have been buying these cards for sometime, and have only encountered two Safeway cashiers that know how to use the emailed version of the gift cards.  So if you opt for the paper gift cards, be prepared to endure the wrath of shoppers standing in line behind you!

Did you know about this deal before reading this post?

Fee Free Visa Gift Cards at AAA Mid-Atlantic

Fee Free Visa Gift Cards at AAA Mid-Atlantic
Fee Free Visa Gift Cards

Twice a year,in June and DecemberAAA MidAtlantic members can buy Visa gift cards fee free in AAA stores.

The promotion is back this year from November 25 – December 25, 2016.  You can purchase these gift cards with a credit card, and can load up to $500 per card.  Typically, AAA limits purchases to two cards per member.  The cards are issued by MetaBank®, and you can set a pin.

Please note that there is a  monthly inactivity fee of $2.95 after 12 consecutive months of inactivity.