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Kids 16 and under admitted FREE at Biltmore

All summer long — bring the kids to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate and they’ll get in FREE with your paid admission. Plus, save $15 off your ticket in June when you buy advance tickets online at least seven days prior to your visit.

Estate Admission includes:

• Self-guided visit of Biltmore House

• Access to the gardens and Antler Hill Village where the winery entrance is located.

• Access to our new Legacy exhibition, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad

• Free wine tasting and guided tour at the Winery

• Free parking

Groupon for Reems Creek Nursery

I love spring and I love planting flowers in the spring. Groupon is making it a bit easier with a great deal at Reems Creek Nursery. Get $30 worth of plants and gardening supplies for $15.

Want this deal? Click here.

Great Groupon Deal at the Grove Park Inn

I love Groupon and I’ve bought several deals. Today’s really caught my eye because I love the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The spa is amazing, food/service always exceptional.

Today’s Deal: $25 for $50 worth of dining, golf, gift-shop purchases, lodging or spa services at the Grove Park Inn.

Limit of 5 deals per person. You cannot combine them. Only one redeemed at a time. Expires Feb. 22, 2012 so you have a full year to use them!

Facebook Freebies

Pay attention on Facebook — you might win some free things! Some businesses routinely put up contests/giveaways, and if you’ve clicked “like” on their page, then you’ll see the contests on your news feed whenever they post one.

I have to give a shout out to Charlotte Street Computers in Asheville. First — they are absolutely TOPS when it comes to computer repair. They work on macs and pcs — superb. But, they are also fantastic in their community involvement and giveaways on Facebook. Here’s a direct link to Charlotte Street Computer’s Facebook page. Go there and click “like.” Just today, I won two tickets to the Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Antique Show this weekend! Thanks Charlotte Street.

The Hop Ice Cream Shop is another Asheville business you’ll want to follow. Here’s the link to its Facebook page. I just won a free pint of ice cream of my choice. Okay, I know. It won’t be my choice. It will be my kids’ choice. :) The Hop makes the BEST ice cream EVER!


You can get $100 for opening a new checking account at HomeTrust Bank‘s new Weaverville branch at 5 Northridge Commons Pkwy.

This offer applies to new accounts only and a debit card is required to sign up. If the account remains in good standing for 30 days, HomeTrust Bank will deposit $100 into the account.

Limited to two new accounts per household. Checking accounts MUST be opened at the Weaverville branch ONLY. Offer expires March 1, 2011.

FREE Ice Cream at The Hop

Okay, I’ll admit, I have a great love for The Hop and I don’t get a kickback to say that. I just really like the fact that owners Greg and Ashley Garrison are so friendly and so community minded. Plus, they make the best ice cream EVER!

They’ve come up with a fantastic January bargain: Free Kiddie Scoop Mondays! The deal is good every Monday in January (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st) at both locations: Merrimon Avenue and West Asheville. Buy any menu item and get a free kiddie scoop of your choice of ice cream.

While January is usually a bit drab after all the colors of the holiday season, this is a fab way to spice it up.

December Dollar Days

Grandfather Mountain has a great money saving deal for residents in six high country counties. The price of admission is just ONE DOLLAR for residents and employees in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties.The discount is also extended to students of colleges and universities in the High Country and to guests traveling in the same vehicle with those eligible for the December discount. Please present a driver’s license, college ID, or local utility bill as proof of High Country residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to show employment at a High Country business.

Also, instead of paying $1 in cash, the High Country visitors are encouraged to donate 1 -2 cans of food per person to gain admittance. All donations will be distributed to High Country Food Pantries.

The Mountain is open every day in December except Christmas Day, weather permitting. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with ticket sales ending at 4 p.m. For current weather conditions, phone the Entrance gate at 828-733-4337.

The Heat Is On

I was in Sylva, N.C. yesterday working on a magazine article and felt like I was deep in the bowels of Florida. The blistering heat made me feel as if I was in a furnace.

Good FREE news for those suffering from the heat: Eblen-Kimmel Charities in Asheville are giving away fans at its office at 50 Westgate Parkway in Asheville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details of the giveaway, call them at 828-255-3066.

The Buncombe County Council on Aging is also providing free fans to people over the age of 60, or those under 60 who have a disability. Their number: 828-277-8288.

Wee Trade Children’s Consignment Sale

It’s time to start thinking about fall. Yeah, I know school isn’t even out yet and there’s summer to enjoy, but now is the time to register to consign your gently used kids’ clothes, toys and accessories at the Wee Trade Children’s Consignment Sale held at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, across from the Asheville Airport.

Sale dates: August 6 -8, 2010.

Deadline for registering and printing price tags is 2 p.m. on August 1.

This event is near and dear to my “on the cheap” heart. A great way to get some cash for your items (you keep 70% of the prices you set) as well as to get new gear for back to school.

Biltmore Estate Discounts

Big savings are available to those visiting Biltmore Estate from January 4 to March 18, 2010. Adult admission is only $35 IF you purchase the tickets online. But the savings don’t stop there. Kids ages 16 and younger are admitted FREE with a paying adult!

Buy online tickets HERE

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