Frugal Family: Deals on Restaurants, Yoga, Spring Car Cleaning and More

This weekly column will help frugal families by providing five great local deals to make life more affordable and often more fun.

Saving money while  partaking in great events, services and food is a common mission for families. This week, Frugal Family has found deals on restaurants, dance classes, yoga, spring car cleaning, and a fun free night out for the entire family.

Readers and Reading Businesses please send me your ideas, deal desires, promotions and discounts at .

Remember to check with the merchant for additional conditions:

Deal: Restaurant.com
Buy gift cards at a deep discount for local restaurants. $25 gift cards for $10-$15 and $50 gift cards for $20-$30.
HINT: For an extra discount sign up for email promotions at Restaurant.com or go to retailmenot.com or couponcabin.com and put in Restaurant.com and you will usually find a promotional code that saves an additional 50%-80% off the price.
Example: I purchased 7 separate $25 gift cards for local restaurants for only $14 with an 80% off promotional code.  So I spent $14 and received $175 worth of gift cards for dining out locally.
For March 2nd and 3rd use promotional codes NEW or CABIN with your order and receive 50% off your purchase.

Small Sample of the Local Restaurants on Restaurants.com

601 Main St.
Reading, MA 01867
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
$25 Gift Certificate for $10
$50 Gift Certificate for $20

Porto Bello
979 Main Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
Cuisine: Italian
$25 Gift Certificate for $10

Additionally most towns have several restaurants on the site with deep discounts. Here are some examples:
Oliveira's Steak House                            Woburn, Ma
The Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill    Woburn, MA
Felicia’s of Boston’s North End            Stoneham, MA
Sato II                                                             Stoneham, MA
Special night out? Boston restaurants from Newbury St to North End are here too!!

Fine Print: See fine print for each restaurant on the site for details. Typical fine print is Sun-Thurs use only and/or $35 minimum purchase.

Dance your way to savings. They offer a discounted family registration as well as 10% off sibling registration. Sign up your children for classes ranging from Ballet to Hip hop to Acrobatics. 

Fine Print: See website for more details

provides two enticing winter challenges that will help you feel great and save money. Additionally they offer a working exchange which is truly a unique idea for you or your teenager who likes yoga. See options below:
Winter Yoga Challenge
Challenge #1 - Take 30 classes in 35 days. However you can get them in. You'll receive a $25 credit to your account for future purchases at Yoga Moves.
Challenge #2 - Take 5 classes a week for 8 weeks. You must complete 5 classes in each 7 day period! When you complete this challenge you'll receive a $50 credit to your account for future purchases at Yoga Moves
Community Class - Thursday night at 7:30 for $5 (cash only)!
This class is an opportunity for everyone to try yoga - at a discount!
Bring a mat, towel and water or rent/buy them for $1 each.
Karma Yogis Needed - Would you like to receive FREE yoga classes? Yoga Moves offers a program for yoga practitioners where you work for 30 minutes and receive a free yoga class in return. The 'work' may be checking in a class or cleaning the studio.

Fine Print: Contact for more information

Spring is here and most likely your car needs a good cleaning! Sign upon their  website and receive coupons and promotions but automatically receive a coupon for 50% OFF “The Best” full service wash. This wash includes all your exterior spring cleaning needs:
Full Service Car Wash
Clear Coat Shine
Clear Coat Protectant
Underbody Wash
Triple Foam Conditioner
Rim cleaner
Tire Shine

Fine Print: See website for more information

Deal: (Free Event)
is hosting a Renovation Celebration and Open House night on
Saturday, February 26, 11:00am to 3:00pm. Celebrate 3 years of their renovated Health and Wellness Center and the NEW Hot Yoga Studio. Attend and Enjoy:
Sample classes
Membership promotions
Children’s activities
and more.
This event is free and open to members and non-members. 

Fine Print: Please sign up at the Welcome Center Desk. For more details visit their website.

Kimberly Bova McDonald February 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Also for Restaurant.com - I just received a new code $25 gift certificates for $2 if you enter the code DINE. It is good through February 28th.


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