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Free Holiday Craft, Card and Recipe GuidesFree Holiday Craft, Card and Recipe Guides Kids bored at home? Get this free e-book loaded with 18 printable and homemade Christmas card ideas. Great for presenting to grandparents and relatives during family get-togethers (who doesn't love...

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Extra 20% Off LivingSocial DealsExtra 20% Off LivingSocial Deals Still haven't finished Christmas shopping? You're in luck - LivingSocial is offering an extra 20 percent off their deals through Dec. 22. Just use the code INSTANT20 at checkout to get your discount. Simply...

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Citywide Chanukah Celebration on SaturdayCitywide Chanukah Celebration on Saturday On Saturday, Dec. 20, Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth will host a Citywide Chanukah Celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. You don't have to be Jewish to attend! Enjoy music from the synagogue's children's...

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Holiday Story Time at Barnes & Noble TonightHoliday Story Time at Barnes & Noble Tonight Tonight, Dec. 19, the Barnes & Noble Hulen Center location is having a Holiday Classics Storytime at 7 p.m. The session will feature holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The...

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Breakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster'sBreakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster's Still looking for a Breakfast with Santa event? Dave & Buster's is having one on Saturday, Dec. 20 at their Arlington location beginning at 8 a.m. Admission is $15 per person and includes a full breakfast...

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Free Holiday Craft, Card and Recipe Guides

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Kids bored at home? Get this free e-book loaded with 18 printable and homemade Christmas card ideas. Great for presenting to grandparents and relatives during family get-togethers (who doesn’t love something made by the kids?). Or, get this free e-book with holiday recipe and craft ideas. My two boys are going to start to get antsy soon, so I plan to keep them busy …

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Extra 20% Off LivingSocial Deals

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 photo pantherislandice_zps929b9c6e.pngStill haven’t finished Christmas shopping? You’re in luck – LivingSocial is offering an extra 20 percent off their deals through Dec. 22. Just use the code INSTANT20 at checkout to get your discount. Simply print the vouchers and they’re ready for gifting! Here’s a sampling of some of the deals you can get with the code:

$11 for two ice-skating admissions at Panther Island Ice – two can visit the rink Monday through Wednesday and skate; skate rental included. Just $8.80 with discount.

$12 for $20 in Mexican cuisine at Habaneros Fresh Mex – save on Baja-style Mexican food in north Fort Worth, like seafood enchiladas and shrimp cocktail. Just $9.60 with discount!

$29 for a Complete Wine Lover’s Experience at Sunset Winery – two people can visit this winery in Burleson and take a VIP tour on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, plus a snack board with pizza, fruit, and dessert for each couple and a photo. Just $23.20 with discount! Packages for larger groups also available.

$32 for a guided Segway tour of Fort Worth – this single-person tour includes a guide who will take you on a 90-minute exploration of the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens or bustling West 7th entertainment district, as well as the Trinity Trails. Just $25.60 with discount! Packages for 2 or 4 also available.

$45 for carpet cleaning for 3 rooms from Proclean Technologies – get carpets professionally cleaned and remove built-up grime; pay $65 for the same service for 5 rooms. Just $36 (or $52) with discount

$50 for a facial and massage at Stockyards Spa and Boutique – get a 30-minute facial and 1-hour massage customized to your needs; pay $60 for a 1-hour facial and 1-hour massage; just $40 with discount.

$39 for 4 weeks of boot camp from Tru Fit – go to these group fitness classes, that meet in Fort Worth, up to 3 times a week; personal training session options also available. Just $31.20 with discount!

$105 for a staycation in Dallas – with this Escapes deal, you’ll get a room for two at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, plus two adult tickets to the Reunion Tower Observation deck; just $85 with discount. Great for a quick, in-town getaway!

There are some terms and conditions that apply to the 20 percent off offer, so be sure to read them. You can use this promo code through Dec. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

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Citywide Chanukah Celebration on Saturday

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 photo menorah.jpgOn Saturday, Dec. 20, Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth will host a Citywide Chanukah Celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. You don’t have to be Jewish to attend! Enjoy music from the synagogue’s children’s choir, witness the lighting of the Hanukkah candles, and more. This is a free event but participants are asked to bring a canned good for donation to the Arbor Lawn Food Pantry.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom is at 4050 S. Hulen in Fort Worth.

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Holiday Story Time at Barnes & Noble Tonight

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Tonight, Dec. 19, the Barnes & Noble Hulen Center location is having a Holiday Classics Storytime at 7 p.m. The session will feature holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas. Kids can come in their PJs for stories and fun activities. This is also happening at the North East Mall location in Hurst, the Parks at Arlington and the Southlake Town Square stores.

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Breakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster’s

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 photo briotuscansanta_zps9caf2b95.pngStill looking for a Breakfast with Santa event? Dave & Buster’s is having one on Saturday, Dec. 20 at their Arlington location beginning at 8 a.m. Admission is $15 per person and includes a full breakfast buffet (drinks not included), a $10 Power Card with unlimited video game play, and a photo with Santa. The doors will open at 8 a.m. and seating is first-come, first-serve. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Kids 2 and under don’t need a ticket.

To purchase tickets ahead of time and ensure your spot, visit their ticketing site here.

Dave & Buster’s is at 425 Curtis Mathes Way in Arlington.

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Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio This Weekend

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 photo kimbellkids2_zps2d204b35.jpgThis Saturday, Dec. 20 is the latest installment of the Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio, a fun, free event for kids ages 12 and under. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. The workshop happens from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Space is limited to 20 students. To sign up, come to the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion beginning one hour before the program.

The Kimbell Art Museum is at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth.

Photo courtesy Kimbell Art Museum

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Taco Cabana Pays It Forward

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 photo tacocabanasign_zps8a3e0791.pngIt’s the season of giving, and Taco Cabana is getting into the spirit! Don’t forget to stop by your local restaurant sometime soon to enjoy some of their flavorful dishes. For a quick, cheap meal, there’s their $4.99 Chicken Flauta Plate – and don’t forget, you can stop in from 4-7 p.m. every day for their $3 Happy Hour, which nets you a margarita or beer and an order of their Bean & Cheese Nachos.

In the spirit of paying it forward, Taco Cabana would like to reward Fort Worth on the Cheap readers with some gift cards for free food! Ten winners will each receive one card good for $5.99 toward a meal. To enter, fill out the form below. If you would like an extra entry, post a picture on Twitter showing how you’re paying it forward this holiday season. Be sure to tag @TacoCabana and @fwcheap in the post, and include the hashtag #payitforward.

I’ll draw for the winners on the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, at noon central time. You must be at least 18 and a Texas resident to enter. Max 2 entries per person (if you complete the Twitter portion). Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a few gift cards from Taco Cabana for this post. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post.

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Free Shipping Day Deals

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 photo freeshippingday2_zpsd5afb36d.pngToday, Dec. 18, is Free Shipping Day – a day when many online merchants offer free shipping on all or most orders. This is a great way to round out your holiday shopping list without having to brave the mall! Here’s a partial list of some of the stores that are offering free shipping. Many are only offering this discount for one day, so don’t delay:

Old Navy – get free shipping on orders of $50 or more, no code needed. (This is an ongoing promotion.) Plus get an extra 25% off your order with code PRANCER.

philosophy – get free rush shipping on orders of $75 or more; no code needed; lots of great bath and beauty gift sets; use code bemerry to receive a free Merry & Bright gift set with any purchase

My M&Ms – create personalized M&Ms for any occasion, including Christmas; use code SHIPDAY2014 for free shipping on all orders

Picaboo – get free overnight shipping on cards and photo gifts with code LASTCHANCE14 (good through 12/22; order by 12/19 for guaranteed Xmas delivery)

RUUM – get free shipping on adorable kids’ clothes at deep discounts, plus 15% off orders of $50 or more with code BUYSAVE

For a complete list of participating stores, visit the Free Shipping Day site.

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Win A $500 Shopping Spree from AdPages

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 photo VISA1214_FacebookCover_851x515_zpsd2046f1b.jpgHow does a little extra cash for the holidays sound? AdPages, the publisher of those local coupon magazines we love so much, is sponsoring a weekly giveaway in conjunction with Metroplex Piano Warehouse. You can register here for a chance to win $500 in one of their weekly prize drawings. One winner will be drawn every week until the end of 2014. You can only enter once; however, after you fill out the super-short form, you can share the contest with your friends and receive a bonus entry for every friend that enters using your link.

AdPages also has some fantastic deals going on right now to round out your holiday list, including:

$20 for two indoor surf sessions – you don’t need to be anywhere near the ocean to ride the waves at Aqua Shop in Plano; use a surfboard or a bodyboard

$39 for a one-way airport transfer to or from DFW – skip parking and leave the driving to someone else with this handy option; you’ll ride in a Lincoln Town Car. Price is normally $80.

$45 for a Blue Sky Golf Pass – this pass gets you discounts to lots of DFW-area courses, including several in Fort Worth

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated by AdPages for this post. Please see the site’s disclosure policy for more information.

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Save on Fun Christmas Break Activities

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured

So, the kids are getting out of school soon for the holidays – keep them entertained with these fun activities at deep discounts:

$5 for one admission to “North Pole Texas” holiday show – get a half-price child’s ticket to this fun marionette show at the Christkindl Market in Arlington; shows happen through 12/21; adult tickets can also be purchased for $7

$5.49 for one admission to Studio Movie Grill – head to Arlington and see a movie for less than the $10.50 they normally charge. Best part: You can order drinks and food while you watch! Use by Jan. 18.

$9 for an experience for two at Dublin Bottling Works - visit the birthplace of Dublin Dr Pepper and enjoy a tour of the bottling plant (though DP is no longer produced here), as well as two Frostys; note there are no tours on Mondays

$10 for 2 admissions to ICE at the Parks – go ice-skating in Arlington; includes skate rental. Use within 90 days of purchase.

$12 for a bowling experience for 2 at Cowtown Bowling Palace - in Fort Worth; includes two games per person and shoe rental for both; packages also available for parties of 4 and 6

$17 for an entertainment package for two at Mountasia – includes 18 holes of mini-golf, one go-kart race and $5 in arcade tokens. Packages also available for parties of 4 and 6. Use within 120 days of purchase.

$19 for 5 open-jump sessions at Pump It Up – this is valid at the Ridgmar location; valid during open playtime hours; pay $35 for a card good for 10 sessions

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