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.

Five Ways to Save Big on a Whole Foods Thanksgiving Dinner

Table Decorations by Willams-Sonoma
Table Decorations by Willams-Sonoma

Check your calendar.  Thanksgiving is just a week away!  If you are hosting this year, it is seriously time to start planning your menu!

Thanksgiving is a huge deal in our family.  We traditionally have:

  • the meal before the meal;
  • the meal; and
  • the meal after the meal.

As our family celebration has grown to over twenty people (think two turkeys) it is sometimes practical to bring in prepared food.  After all, the point of the holiday is to spend time with friends and family, not to be stuck in the kitchen all day.

When Whole Foods Market invited me a few other bloggers to sample their traditional Thanksgiving meal and their Top 10 Holiday Wines, I was intrigued.

Does the Food Measure Up to Grandma’s Standards?

Thanksgiving Dinner from Whole Foods Market
Thanksgiving Dinner from Whole Foods Market

Actually, yes!

The turkey was delicious — moist, flavorful, and nicely seasoned.  The traditional side dishes complimented the turkey:  crisp, vibrant green beans, tart cranberry orange sauce, real mashed potatoes, mushroom stuffing — the works!

In my estimation, the Whole Foods traditional Thanksgiving meal was a good value at $89 for six to eight diners.

Everything tasted homemade, the veggies were fresh, not soggy.  This meal was far, far better than the $49 disaster I ordered from Safeway a few years back.

But you can do much better price wise!

What’s Included in the Whole Foods Traditional Thanksgiving Meal?

Delicious!
Delicious!

The basic package that feeds six to eight people is on sale at Whole Foods Market for $89 and includes an uncooked oven ready turkey, gravy, traditional sage stuffing, homestyle mashed potatoes, organic cranberry orange relish, and a choice of two vegetables or homestyle casseroles.  All this is on sale from the regular price of $119.99.

The small turkey included in the basic package weighs about 13 pounds.

For larger gatherings, a dinner that serves 12-16 costs $169.

You choose the style of turkey from five offerings:

Small Turkey Feeds 6 to 8
Small Turkey Feeds 6 to 8
  • Locally sourced
  • Organic
  • Heirloom bronze (higher percentage of dark meat)
  • Kosher
  • Brined

The ready-to-cook turkey is rubbed with herb butter, and rests on a bed of mirepoix.  You just need to pop it in the oven.

You can choose two vegetables or casseroles from this list:

  • Maple carrots with pecans
  • Creamed spinach
  • Roasted brussels sprouts
  • Green beans with roasted shallots
  • Organic harvest roasted vegetables
  • Garlic roasted fingerling potatoes
  • Organic corn pudding
  • Butternut sweet potato casserole
  • Organic green bean casserole
  • Macaroni and cheese

    All the trimmings!
    All the trimmings!

Yum!

And for $99, you can get a fully organic turkey dinner with a slightly  different selection of sides.

You schedule a time for pickup with your local Whole Foods store — they are even open Thanksgiving morning if that works for you!

Five Ways to Save Big on the Whole Foods Thanksgiving Package Deal

Top ten holiday wines
Top ten holiday wines

Fishing4Deals is all about the deals, so I am going to show you five ways to maximize your savings.

  1. Shop the sale
  2. Order online and get a $10 off coupon
  3. Get the Whole Foods App
  4. Seek out local specials
  5. Pay with Whole Foods Gift Cards purchased at a discount

Shop the Sale

Whole Foods is offering special deals on some other Thanksgiving basics.  For instance, you can order two bakery quality pumpkin pies for $15.  Fruit pies are $9.99 each.  The store is featuring a Cuvee Papale red wine for $10 off.

Order Online and Get a $10 Coupon

Save $10 if you order online

If you place your dinner order online before November 22, 2016, Whole Foods will email you a coupon for $10 off your next in-store purchase of $75 or more.

Get the Whole Foods App

Download the Whole Foods app for Apple or Android.  If you’re not using the app, you may be missing out on some pretty big discounts.

Every Wednesday, Whole Foods loads new deals that are only available by scanning a barcode on your phone when you check out.

The app also provides weekly coupon specials that are available to all shoppers.

Scan the barcode when you check out for savings
Scan the barcode when you check out for savings

Seek Out Local Specials

Pick up the weekly flyer of in-store sales and the bimonthly coupon book at the front of the store.  You may find some seasonal specials for your Thanksgiving table.

For instance (for my Northern Virginia friends) the Tysons Corner Whole Foods Market is offering 25 percent off a bottle of wine!

Pay with Whole Foods Gift Cards Purchased at a Discount

Here’s the real deal:  I never pay cash or credit at Whole Foods Market.

My trick is to buy Whole Foods gift cards at a discount.

For example, Staples sells Whole Foods gift cards.  There is no fee for the purchase of these gift cards in-store.  If you pay with a Chase Ink small business credit card, which earns five times points at office supply stores, that effectively amounts to five percent off the cost of groceries at Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Gift Card
Whole Foods Gift Card

Alternately, if you have an American Express card, check your AmexOffers for a deal at Staples.  My card has an active offer for a $20 statement credit for a $75 purchase at Staples. Purchases of Whole Foods and many other gift cards are eligible for this offer — which could bring the cost of your turkey dinner down to $69!

You may also be able to find Whole Foods gift cards at a drugstore like Walgreens.  The Chase Freedom credit card is offering five times points at drugstores this quarter.  If you purchase a Whole Foods gift card at a drugstore and pay with a Freedom card, you will earn five percent cash back.

If You’re Not Cooking, You Have Time to Decorate

Thanksgiving tableware by Williams-Sonoma
Thanksgiving tableware by Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma partnered with Whole Foods Market for the blogger meet up, and they provided two sample table settings to create a festive mood.

The first tablescape was designed for a formal dinner, complete with seasonal china and serving bowls.

The second casual tablescape featured porcelain dishes from William-Sonoma’s economical Provisions line, and modern serving pieces from the Open Kitchen line.

Economical porcelain dinnerware
Economical porcelain dinnerware by Williams-Sonoma

Do these designs give you any ideas for your own celebratory feast?

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Cousins in New Jersey are hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I won’t be cooking.  Where will you be spending the holiday?

Disclosure:  I have a partnership with Whole Foods Market and was compensated for my work, but all words and opinions are my own.

Turf Not Surf — $1 Filet Mignon Sliders at Morton’s Steakhouse

Morton's Steakhouse $1 Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches
Quite the deal!

Usually I am all about the seafood, but I had to pass along this upcoming deal at Morton’s Steakhouse.

On Friday, August 12, 2016, Morton’s is offering petite filet mignon sandwiches for $1!

The offer is good from opening until 10 p.m. at the bar — no takeout permitted.

The Morton’s website lists all their locations, but recommends calling your local restaurant first to see if they are participating in this special offer.

 

Wear a Kimono — Get Discounts!

2016 Kimono Passport
Wear a kimono in Kyoto!

If you see a beautiful woman wearing a kimono on the streets of Kyoto, chances are they are a tourist, not a Geisha.

The city of Kyoto, Japan is promoting traditional arts in a variety of ways, including an innovative program to encourage people to dress in kimonos.

The Kyoto Kimono Passport offers discounts or small gifts to people wearing kimonos at dozens of restaurants, shops, and museums.

At certain times of the year, you can even get free bus and subway rides and reduced taxi fares!

If you love to dress up, this may be the deal for you!

Kimonos and the necessary accessories are available to rent at lots of places in Kyoto.  For an extra fee, you can get your hair styled.

With the Kimono Passport in hand, if your outfit becomes disheveled, there are a number of places that will help reassemble your kimono free of charge.

Benefits of the Kyoto Kimono Passport

2016 Kyoto Kimono Passport
2016 Kyoto Kimono Passport

A list of all of the discounts available with the Kyoto Kimono Passport is available online.  The many dozens of places where small discounts or gifts are offered include:

  • Temples and shrines
  • Kimono rentals
  • Museums
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Shopping
  • Experiences
  • Historic Sites
  • Hotels

The small gifts might include something like a free postcard, or a hair ornament to go with your kimono rental, or 100 Yen off a museum admission.

The more valuable savings are probably the restaurant discounts.  A huge number of commercial establishments in the Kyoto Station participate in the Passport Program.

Your best bet may be the restaurants in the Isetan department store in the train station, which offer ten percent off to patrons wearing kimonos.  The Isetan store has a large variety of restaurants in different price ranges, including nine casual ramen shops.

How to Access the Kyoto Kimono Passport

2016 Kyoto Kimono Passport
2016 Kyoto Kimono Passport App

The easiest place for tourists to pick up the passport booklet is in Kyoto Station at the Tourist Information Center.

Alternately, you can just print out a passport card online.

There is also a smart phone app available in the Japan app store.

 This year’s Kyoto Kimono Passport is valid from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.  Some discounts may have a limited validity period, so be sure to check the details of each offer.  For instance, the discounts at temples and shrines are only valid during the Autumn months.  

 

Which Credit Card Gets You A Free Limo Ride to the Airport in Tokyo?

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Get a free ride to Narita airport!

One of the biggest ancillary expenses of air travel is ground transportation to and from the airport.

In Tokyo, if you are a foreign JCB credit cardholder, you can get a free ride on the airport limousine bus from downtown hotels to Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) airport.

To qualify for the free ride, you must demonstrate that you spent 50,000 yen on a JCB credit card during your visit to Japan.  (At the current exchange rate, 50,000 yen is equivalent to about $412.)  It would be pretty easy to meet that threshold after spending a few days in Japan.

The regular one-way fare on the airport limo bus is about 3000 yen (about $26).

How to Get a Free Ride To Narita Airport

The airport limo service picks up at major hotels in Tokyo.

You can get two free airport limo tickets per JCB card!  To get your free tickets to Narita International Airport (NRT), bring your JCB credit card receipts totaling at least 50,000 yen of purchases in Japan (including tax) to JCB PLAZA in Tokyo.

The fine print:

  • Offer applies for all JCB brand card issuing companies.
  • JCB cards issued in Japan are not eligible.
  • Cash advances are excluded.
  • The offer runs through June 30, 2016.

Get 20 Percent Discount on Airport Limo From Narita (NRT) or Kansai (KIX)

JCB cardholders can also get a discount on the airport limousine bus from Tokyo’s Narita airport (NRT) to downtown hotels.

Passengers arriving at Osaka’s Kansai (KIX) airport can get a 20 percent discount on select bus lines from the airport.

JCB Discounts on Airport Limo in Japan
JCB Discounts on Airport Limo in Japan

Just show your JCB credit card when you purchase your bus tickets at the airport.

You can get four tickets at the discount price!

JCB issues several different credit cards in the United States, but they are only available to residents of certain states:

  1. JCB Standard or Mitsuwa JCB Card
    California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon or Washington
  2. Marukai Premium and Marukai JCB Card (California)
    California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington
  3. Marukai Premium and Marukai JCB Card (Hawaii)
    Hawaii

Earn up to 3% Cash Back Points with the JCB Card!

The JCB Marukai credit card is an all around great deal because it pays cash back on all purchases, with no limit on how much you can earn.  It pays:

  • 1% cash back points on first $1,000 spent yearly
  • 2% cash back points on next $2,000 spent yearly
  • 3% cash back points on over $3,000 spent yearly

That is an outstanding payout for a rewards credit card but it is only available to residents of Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

But, what if you don’t have a JCB credit card?

Discover Card Offers 20% Discount on the Airport Limo in Japan!

Discover card airport limo discount in Japan
Look for these signs at the airport ticket counters.

Discover card members save 20 percent off one-way airport limousine bus tickets when using their Discover card at the Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX) limousine ticket counters.

You can get up to three discount tickets at a time!

The Discover card offer runs through March 31, 2016.

Fifteen Lonely Planet E-Books for $15

Pay what you want for the first five books.
Pay what you want for the first five books.

Need some travel inspiration for the New Year?  

Lonely Planet’s survey books are always a good place to start for some trip planning ideas.  Now you can get fifteen Lonely Planet electronic travel books for $15, via Humble Bumble.

Pay What You Want for $300+ of Lonely Planet E-Books

These books are available in PDF, ePUB, and MOBI formats.  Here’s how it works:

Pay any amount you choose to get five Lonely Planet travel books in electronic format.  The books are:

  1. The Lonely Planet Book of Everything
  2. Best in Travel 2016
  3. The World’s Great Wonders
  4. Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Photography Tips
  5. Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips
Bid above the average and get six additional books.
Bid above the average and get six additional books.

Pay at least the average pledge ($8.61 as of now) to get an additional  six books and probably more.  Included here are:

  1. You Only Live Once
  2. The World
  3. Volunteer:  A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World
  4. How to Survive Anything
  5. From the Source Italy
  6. From the Source Thailand
  7. ? More books coming soon
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Pay$15 and get four additional books.

Pay at least $15 to get four more books in addition to all the previous books:

  1. The Travel Book
  2. Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World
  3. Lonely Planet’s Wild World
  4. Wine Trails

That’s a total of $15 for fifteen or more books.  The money goes to one of several charities — including Doctors Without Borders, a personal favorite.

FWIW, my husband says he’s gotten lots of technical books via Humble Bumble.

Ten Percent Off Target Gift Cards — One Day Only

10% off Target Gift Cards 12/21/15
10% off Target Gift Cards 12/21/15

Target is offering ten percent off its gift cards for one day only, on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

The discount is good for up t0 $300 worth of Target Gift Card purchases, whether made in store or online.

For online purchases of e-gift cards, there is a limit of one transaction per household.

The deal is available in Target stores Dec. 20 from opening to closing time, but quantities are limited and there are no raincheck offered.

Online, the sale runs from midnight PST December 20, 2015 to 11:59 PST December 20, 2015.

The first day for redeeming the gift cards is Monday, December 21, 2015.

HT Reddit.