The most frugal Fort Worth residents know that even though many “Internet specials” have been watered down over past years, the Web remains a goldmine of cheap pricing for those willing to hunt through the clutter. For those who want a deal handed to them on a platter, no worries, one North Texas restaurant has it covered.
Two major Internet sites are banking on the idea that Cowtown consumers are still looking to their inbox for a great deal. Groupon.com is one of the fasted growing companies in the world, and Facebook’s sister company,Living Social, is right up there nipping at Groupon’s proverbial heels. Both Web sites (as well as several copy-cat sights) send subscriber emails out daily with discounts of up to 90 percent off everything from dinner to shoes. Fort Worth daily deal subscribers see things like laser hair removal at 86 percent off, half-off high-end designer shoes, $30 an hour massage treatments, $50 high-end dining gift certificates for $20, and more. The only catch is that the sales often last no more than 24 hours, and a certain number of people have to buy the deal each day for the deal to be “on.” This happens pretty much everyday, since the deals are often too good to pass up. To receive these daily emails, just visit their Web sites, or download their applications for free to almost any smartphone.The only real problem is knowing when to stop buying when something is not really needed just because it is the deal of the century, or in this case, just the day.
If the computer crashes, or that Zack Morris phone (circa 1988) doesn’t get fancy Groupon apps, there are still ways around spending a Benjamin on a nice evening out. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood offers $5 lemon drop, cosmopolitan, green apple and classic martinis, as well as $5 E l Jimador Classic Margaritas and Original Bacardi Mojitos in the V Lounge Monday through Friday from 4:00-7 p.m. If liquor is out of the question for a leisurely Friday happy hour, they also offer $5 limited wine selections and $2 off all other drinks in the lounge. The food selection isn’t too shabby either, with some of their most mouth-watering dishes at a fraction of their regular super-chic restaurant pricing. Texas Gulf Oysters are just $.75 a piece, with no minimum order, and Eddie V’s Tartare of Pacific Ahi and Crispy Cashew Calamari are offered for just $7. For $8 get the sliced Wagyu Beef “Hot Rock” Ishiyaki, or the literally melt-in-your-mouth Maryland Style All Lump Crab Cake that is the pride and joy of the Eddie V’s appetizer menu. Feel free to warm up with Maine Lobster and Shrimp Bisque, or Sweet Corn & Crab Chowder for only $5. Nowhere else in Funkytown can you get a true, rich Lobster Bisque and a martini (don’t forget the blue cheese stuffed olives) for just $10. Go ahead, put on your fancy jeans, and head over to Eddie V’s this evening. Visit www.eddiev.com for full menu selections.
For those who missed last week’s Stock Show overview, here is an enhanced recap with even more cost-saving ideas. It is going to be a chilly one this weekend, however, so bundle up if you plan on taking it out to the midway. North Texans generally call this “Stockshow Weather,” and for good reason. The livestock, vendors, rides and carnies are all in place, and the 115th Annual Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo is open for business. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids six to twelve, and free for kids five and under. Admission is also free to Members of the Fort Worth Natural History Museum, which runs around $100 annually for a typical family. Membership is a great idea for anyone who frequents the museum, as it gets up to five people in at no additional cost, anytime of the year, along with free admission to most special exhibits, discounted Omni and planetarium admission, and special museum member-only events throughout the year. Membership information can be found at the membership desk in the museum lobby, or on their Web site at www.fwmuseum.org. Also new this year, free admission to the museum will be given to anyone who purchases a full-price Stockshow ticket. It’s cross-promotion at it’s finest, with North Texans reaping the benefits.
Parking lots can be the monetary black hole of any event, but this year the Stockshow has even made finding a place to park a little friendlier on the pocket book. Leaving from select Park & Ride lots, such as Ridgmar Mall and Billy Bob’s Texas where parking is free, the T’s Stock Show Shuttle will travel directly to the front gate, and back, for just $1.00 each way. That beats giving away your first-born’s college tuition away to get that ideal spot, or braving the cold on a mile-long hike to find free parking.
This year’s free children’s educational events include:
The Petting Zoo – The Bank of Texas Petting Zoo is great if being spit on by a llama sounds like an exciting family activity. Maybe that doesn’t happen to everyone, and if the kiddos love to see animals up close and personal this professionally operated, hands-on experience, is always great fun for the younger visitors. The Bank of Texas Petting Zoo is located in front of the Will Rogers Coliseum and is open between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm daily.
FFA Children’s Barnyard – located behind the red barn, the FFA Children’s Barnyard allows families to see mother animals and their offspring first-hand. From day-old chicks, mama pigs with their babies to baby lambs and newborn calves, even the smallest Cowtown residents will enjoy these tot-sized animals. FFA Children’s Barnyard is located between the Sheep & Swine Barn and is open between the hours of 9:00 am and 7:30 pm daily.
Milking Parlor – For those who can stomach a live milking demonstration, this is an interesting look at where the morning milk really comes from, and gives visitors the chance to see some of the technology involved in bringing a gallon of milk to the table.The Milking Parlor is located inside between Cattle Barns 1 and 2 and the hours of operation vary – exhibit open daily.
Many other events free can be found on the Stockshow Web site, with exciting names such as the All-American Dairy Goat Show, the Santa Gertrudis Cattle Point Show and the SHOT Team Challenge, which sadly has nothing to do with alcohol. Midway rides can be a little steep, but use those tickets wisely, and the Stockshow can be an affordable activity that everyone will enjoy.
Whether cruising by land or surfing the Web, there are always plenty of ways to save around town, so check back here next week for more great DFW deals. Don’t forget to send your budget ideas to [email protected]