Comic lovers, rejoice – May 1 is Free Comic Book Day, an event where comic-book retailers across the United States will give away comic books. Note that you may not be able to pick out what type or how many comic books you’ll get – every store has its own rules. But regardless, they’ll be free. Visit this link to find participating retailers in DFW. Here’s a partial list:
Y2Komics (5276 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth), 817-263-5888
Lone Star Comics Stores (5429 S. Hulen, Fort Worth), 817-346-7773
Heroplex (6248 Rufe Snow Dr., North Richland Hills), 817-581-4376
Thanks to Tucson on the Cheap for this lead.
It’s almost May, and you know what that means – it’s time for Mayfest, Fort Worth’s annual family fun event. The festival started yesterday, and will continue until Sunday, May 2. Regular price tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. However, you can get $2 off each ticket when you buy online and use the promo code LITE.
Planned events at Mayfest include duck races, catch & release fishing tanks for kids, live music, craft and art booths, teen activities and more. For complete info visit www.mayfest.org. It all takes place at Trinity Park. On Friday, the festival lasts till 10 p.m. On Saturday, hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday it’s from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
On May 2, the last day of the fest, active, retired and reserve military can show their IDs for free admittance.
If you’ve been waiting for a discount before buying from the Crocs online store, wait no more. Through 11:59 p.m. Friday (April 30), you can get 20 percent off the entire store when you use the code LUVMOM20. Perfect opportunity to buy something for Mom…or yourself! The only items not included in the discount are the new Crocband shoes.
Pair this discount with items in the Outlet store, like the girls’ Mary Janes for $9.99, and you pay as little as $7.99 for a pair! Plus they offer free shipping on all orders over $49.
Williams-Sonoma stores are offering lots of free cooking and technique demonstration classes over the next few months. You can download the full calendar here. The technique classes are of limited size, so you have to call your local store to RSVP if you want to attend. Here’s some of what’s in store for May:
May 2 - Cooking with Copper – Info on the advantages of using copper cookware.
May 16 – Backyard Braising – Learn how to braise meats on your outdoor grill.
May 23 - Better Burgers – Learn how to make better burgers, with info on meats, seasonings, and so on.
May 30 – Memorial Day with Michael Symon – watch chefs prepare some of this chef’s favorite dishes.
In Fort Worth, call Williams-Sonoma at 817-334-0009 to reserve your class spot.
This week only, you can print a coupon to get a free Deli Trio Grilled Sandwich at Jack in the Box when you buy anything on the menu. Note that this isn’t valid everywhere – Beaumont/Port Arthur, Austin and Waco stores aren’t included in this offer.
I plan to use this coupon and buy a small drink to get myself a cheap lunch this week.
Gas station chain Murphy USA is giving away free Coke products to the first 100,000 fans that “like” them on Facebook. Click the “Free Coke” tab and register; they’ll email you the coupon. They have just over 1,000 “likes” on their Facebook page right now, so you have a good shot at getting your product.
There are tons of Murphy USA locations in Fort Worth; click here to see them.
Thanks to Common Sense with Money for this lead.
Moms, mark your calendars for May 6. That’s the day that three DFW-area malls will be hosting a “National Mom’s Nite Out” event. These gatherings sound like a lot of fun. Here’s the dates and events for each mall:
Firewheel Town Center (245 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland) 6:30 p.m. Enjoy fun interactive activities, live demos, food and wine tasting and yoga from Yoga Synergy. There will also be prize drawings. At 8:30, the fun will move to the nearby park, where they’ll show the movie “Mama Mia” on a 30-foot screen.
Irving Mall (3880 Irving Mall, Irving): 6 p.m. Retailers will provide skin and makeup consultations, complimentary massages, summer fashion tips, and the first 100 moms to arrive will receive a free ticket for a special showing of “The Backup Plan” with Jennifer Lopez. (This will take place at the mall’s AMC Theatre.)
North East Mall (1101 Melbourne St., Hurst): 6 p.m. Enjoy social networking, demos, food and wine tastings, and shopping incentives.
The 40th Annual USA Film Festival starts this Friday in Dallas. And you can get free tickets! The good folks at the Angelika Film Center just turned us on to this deal. Here’s what you do (jump on this – these will go quickly!):
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Very important – Put “Angelika” in the message/subject line of your email, and include your name, telephone number, and snail mail address.
To see the schedule of films, visit www.usafilmfestival.org.
Save on spring portraits at your local Picture Me Studios. Through June 22, you can use a coupon to get 20 percent off your purchase. This can’t be combined with the “in-studio one-pose package” or Portrait Smiles Club offers. Also not valid on reorders or online orders.
They also have a few more offers out: A free 10×13 wall portrait with enhancement and a free portrait sheet, both through May 18. Then there’s another coupon for a free portrait collage through June 30. I am not sure if you have to pay a session fee with these free offers or not.
Picture Me Studios are located in Walmart stores. To find a location near you visit www.pictureme.com.
Bring your mom to your local Paciugo gelato shop on Mother’s Day (May 9) – all moms will get a free Piccolo gelato. Plus, there’s a bonus for you too – a cool “Mom” temporary tattoo.
No coupon is needed; just come in to get the freebie. In Fort Worth, Paciugo can be found at 2926 Crockett Street (in the museum district). There are also locations in Cedar Hill, Arlington, Dallas, Grapevine and more. See all Paciugo locations.