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Half Off Beer, Bourbon & Brisket Festival AdmissionHalf Off Beer, Bourbon & Brisket Festival Admission Start planning next weekend's activities now - here's a little help: LivingSocial is currently offering half-peice admissions to the Beer, Bourbon & Brisket Festival in Fort Worth. This festival, which...

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Free & Fun: First Friday at Nash FarmFree & Fun: First Friday at Nash Farm This Friday, Sept. 4, Nash Farm in Grapevine will host its monthly First Fridays on the Farm series from 10 a.m. to noon. These events, designed for kids ages 3 and up, will introduce participants to what...

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Kids' Event at Kimbell Art Museum This WeekendKids' Event at Kimbell Art Museum This Weekend This Saturday, Sept. 5, the Kimbell Art Museum will once again host Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio from 1 to 1:45 p.m. This free program introduces children (ages 12 and under) and their adult companions...

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ESPN College Gameday in Sundance SquareESPN College Gameday in Sundance Square ESPN is returning to Sundance Square this Saturday, Sept. 5 for the kickoff of College Gameday, the network's weekly show about NCAA football. The event happens from about 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Live segments...

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Bands on the Bricks in Sundance SquareBands on the Bricks in Sundance Square This Wednesday, Sept. 2, Sundance Square will host Bands on the Bricks, a free live concert, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. These special events will repeat every Wednesday throughout the month of September. This...

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GIVEAWAY: Aqua-Tots Swim Lessons

Category : contest, entertainment, family, Featured

OK, so judging from all the snow we got this week, it doesn’t really seem like spring is on its way! But it really is – and with that in mind, Aqua-Tots Swim School in Fort Worth is offering a Spring Break Fast Track course to help kids sharpen their swimming skills over Spring Break. For just $99, families can enroll their children in the five-day intensive program, in which they will learn or stay refreshed on swim safety skills and techniques. The course is from March 9-13 at various times throughout the day, and it’s grouped by age so kids will swim with their peers.

Plus, Aqua-Tots’ swim facility is indoors and the pool is heated to 90 degrees – so kids can swim regardless of the weather! For more information, call the school at 817-439-7700, or stop by their location at 3529 Heritage Trace Parkway in Fort Worth, off of 35W. You can also register online.

Now for the giveaway! Aqua-Tots would like to offer a free five-day Spring Break Fast Track Course to the child of one lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader! To enter, simply fill out the form below. If you can attend the lessons from March 9-13, fill out the form below. I’ll announce the winner at 1 p.m. central on Saturday, March 7. Remember, this is only good for the Fort Worth location, and you must be a Texas resident to enter. Good luck!

 Disclosure: Aqua-Tots provided this free week of lessons to give to a reader in exchange for this post. I have not been compensated by Aqua-Tots in any way for this post.

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Giveaway: Chuggington Live!

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 photo chuggingtonlive_zps0e7d4fe4.pngThis summer, on June 13, the Allen Event Center will host Chuggington Live!, a fun show based on the popular kids’ TV program – and you could be there! The folks at AdPages are giving away four tickets to the show to one lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader. If you’re the winner, you’ll receive the Chuggington Premium Pizza Party Package, which includes:

  •   Suite level seating for 4 to Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure (6 p.m. show)
  •  Food and drink!
  • Access to private party zone in the premium level lounge adjacent to your seats (pizza buffet, drinks, coloring sheets, activities like face painters, etc.)

You can enter the drawing here. The deadline for entering is Jan. 22 at 1 p.m., so be sure to get your entries in before then! This should be a fun event.

Disclosure: AdPages has provided the tickets for this sweepstakes. I have not received any other compensation from AdPages for this post.

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Win A Cancun Vacation from AdPages

Category : contest, entertainment, Featured, travel

 photo adpagescancun_zps4f98783c.jpgFeeling lucky? AdPages, the company that brings you those great coupon magazines, is giving away a 4-day, 3-night vacation to the Ibero Star Resort in Cancun. You and a guest can enjoy the resort’s amenities while taking in the sun, sand and crystal-clear waters! Enter for a chance to win here. There is a limit of 1 entry per person.

AdPages also has some other great deals going on, including:

$30 for 4 parent-toddler classes at Win Kids Sports - kids ages 6 months to 3 years can participate in developmental gymnastics classes just for little ones. Enjoy 4 weekly classes in Flower Mound – rate is normally $88.

$39 for a 1-way airport transfer to or from DFW by Citywide Transportation – 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.

$55 for a carpet cleaning from All Star Cleaning & Dye – Get a professional steam clean for a 1-story home at 48 percent off; 2-story homes are $79

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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Taco Cabana Pays It Forward

Category : contest, Featured, food

 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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Review & Giveaway: Sunology Natural Sunscreen

Category : contest, Featured

If you live in Texas, then you know: The sun can be brutal here. So I was excited when the folks at Sunology Sunscreen told me they had a product that could protect our skin from the sun, with mostly natural ingredients. They sent me a couple of packs of their SPF 50 Body Formula to check out, and I’m going to tell you about my experience here.

I’m a runner, so I spend a lot of time outside, and I really need something that provides good protection. But most of the sunscreens available out there have bad-news chemicals like oxybenzone – an ingredient that the Environmental Working Group rates as having “high” amounts of health concerns. Sunology, meanwhile, uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as its active ingredients – they rate much lower on the EWG’s harm scale.

So how did the sunscreen work? The first thing I noticed when I put it on was that it was fragrance-free, which is a bonus: I hate smelly sunscreen. I also noticed that it was super thick. It felt more like glue than like lotion going on, and I had to use a little extra effort to get it all over my face. No matter, though – the true test would be out on my run.

I used it on a day that was cool, but still sunny. I noticed during my run that my sweat wasn’t running into my eyes as much.  I reached up to my forehead at one point and noticed that the sunscreen had kind of mixed with the sweat and formed a kind of goo, probably because of how thick it was. It sounds gross, but it was actually good: my sweat wasn’t running into my eyes so I didn’t have any need to reach up and wipe my face with my shirt or my hands. That inevitably leads me to wipe my face with my hands, and THAT leads to my sunscreen coming off. Which usually leads to a sunburn.

When I got back, most of the sunscreen was still hanging on to my face, and sure enough, I had no sunburn. I give this product two thumbs up! And now, one lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader will be able to try Sunology for themselves. Fill out the form below – I’ll select a winner at random on Monday, Nov. 17 to receive two 0.07-oz samples of the SPF 50 Body Formula. Each one is good for about a face’s worth of application. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Spartan Race Entry

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 photo spartanrace_zpsb6ed7a80.jpgOn any given weekend, there are probably 20+ road races, 5Ks, etc. in Dallas. But this weekend, Nov. 1 and 2, are the Spartan Races – obstacle races/mud runs that truly challenge your abilities! The races take place in Glen Rose, southwest of Fort Worth. Here’s the lowdown on each one:

Nov. 2 – Spartan Sprint – a 3-mile obstacle course
Nov. 1 – Spartan Beast – a 10-mile obstacle race

These races are pretty expensive – the Beast is running about $185 right now – but if you want to register, you can visit the Spartan website and use the code SPARTANBLOGGER at checkout to get an extra 10 percent off!

Or, you can enter this giveaway. One lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader will receive one free entry to any Spartan race of their choice. You can use the code to run in the Dallas event, or use it for an out-of-town race. To enter, fill out the form below. Since online registration must be done for this race by noon on Oct. 31, entries will only be accepted until 9 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 31). I’ll send the winner an email ASAP!

Boring stuff: Must be a Texas resident, 18+. One entry per person. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Quest Protein Chips

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 photo 82A0073B_zpsa8744d9c.jpgI’m a runner – with less-than-healthy snacking habits – so I was excited when the folks at Quest Nutrition offered to send over a box of their Quest Protein Chips. Yes, we are all supposed to snack on fruit and veggies when we’re hungry – I KNOW – but every once in a while, you just need something crunchy and salty! These chips fit the bill. One snack-sized bag of Quest Protein Chips has 21 grams of protein in it – compare that to 25 grams for a 4-ounce chicken breast and 31 grams for a 4-ounce steak. Regular chips, meanwhile, have two grams of protein.

Quest sent me a box with three different flavors – Cheddar and Sour Cream, Sea Salt, and BBQ. I tried them each on days that I ran, to see how they’d do as far as restoring some of the energy that I tend to lose after exercising. They are definitely chips in every sense of the word – crunchy, salty and full of flavor. The mouth feel is a little different than a normal potato chip, but I attributed that to the fact that the chips are baked instead of fried, and their lower carb content (5 grams per bag). While I would not recommend these as a meal replacement, they served as a nice accompaniment to my lunch (usually a sandwich on whole-wheat bread along with strawberries or some other fruits). On tough running days, I tend to stay very hungry, even after a meal, and I did notice that these chips tended to help a bit with satiety. Which is good – if I’m not hungry, I’m not looking for junk food in the pantry.

You can find Quest products at several places in DFW, including GNC, Smoothie King, and 24 Hour Fitness. Check the Quest store locator for more info. And now, on to the good stuff! One lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader will win a 6-pack of Quest Protein Chips to try at home! You’ll get two of each flavor – Sea Salt, Cheddar and Sour Cream, and BBQ. To enter, fill in the form below. I’ll draw for the winner at random on Monday, Oct. 13 and notify the winner via email shortly thereafter.

Good luck!

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New Grilled Chicken Entrees from Chick-fil-A (+ Giveaway!)

Category : contest, Featured, Uncategorized

 photo chickfilanewgrilledchicken2_zps0e709ccc.jpgDid you know that Chick-fil-A has new grilled chicken entrees? Honestly, I always thought their grilled chicken was pretty good, but it seems they’ve upped their game, working for seven years to develop a new flavor. Each grilled chicken breast is now freshly marinated with a blend of sea salt, lemon, garlic and savory herbs, and cooked on a state-of-the-art, super-secret grill developed by Chick-fil-A. The technique creates a tender, juicy filet with just the right amount of smoky flavor.

And now you can try the new grilled chicken entrees for yourself! 15 lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap readers will each receive a card good for one free grilled chicken item in May, June and July. In May, you’ll receive the Grilled Chicken Sandwich; in June, the Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich; and in July, your choice of the two.

To enter, fill out the form below. One entry per person. Texas residents only. Winners will be drawn May 13 at noon. Must be 18 to enter. Good luck!

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$5 Off Color Run Race Registration + Giveaway

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 photo colorrun2014_zpsf48cb4c4.jpgSome of you know that I’m a runner – when, of course, I’m not posting deals here! So that’s why I’m excited about The Color Run and their upcoming race in Dallas on Saturday, April 12. There’s never been a better time to register for The Color Run: Right now, you can get $5 off your registration when you use the code COLOR5OFF at checkout.

Done The Color Run, or similar races, before? You’re in for something new this year with the Kaleidoscope Tour. Participants get a wide array of race gear (t-shirt, headband, wrist band and sling bag), plus new music and fun new race attractions. As always, after the race is the Finish Festival, a “larger than life party equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws.” Not a runner? Don’t worry about it. This is an untimed race and awards aren’t presented to the fastest runners. You can walk the whole thing if you want to!

But remember, the race is next weekend, so register now!

Now, on to the giveaway. The Color Run has agreed to give one lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader two free race registrations for the Dallas race on April 12. To enter, simply fill in the form below. You’ll get an extra entry if you confirm that you’re subscribed to our email list. I’ll draw for the winner on Monday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

Good luck!

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Enter to Win a Truck from State Farm

Category : contest, entertainment, Featured, free

I don’t usually post sweepstakes opportunities, but this one is just for Texas residents, so I thought I’d share! Texas State Farm Agents want to help you get to a better State®. They’re looking for the most loyal fans in Texas to fan up and show their spirit because they’re giving away a brand-new pickup truck! To enter, start here and fill out your information. The winner will be selected May 1. Five first-prize winners will be flown to a city in Texas (still undetermined at this time) and one of them will be selected to win a brand-new 2013 Ford F-150. You can see the full rules here.

You can enter once per day, so go here to file your entry and be in the running for a new truck. I know I’d love one…

 

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