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Free & Cheap Weekend Activities in DFWFree & Cheap Weekend Activities in DFW In addition to our big list of Halloween-themed events around Fort Worth this weekend, here's a listing of some other fun, FREE and inexpensive activities: Canal Fest - Saturday, Oct. 25 at Las Colinas...

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Halloween Events in and Around Fort WorthHalloween Events in and Around Fort Worth It's here! Here is the  comprehensive list of Halloween and fall-themed events for 2014, in and around Fort Worth. Unless otherwise listed, these activities are all FREE. Have fun! Did I miss an event?...

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Kids Eat Free at Dickey'sKids Eat Free at Dickey's Print a coupon to receive a free kids' meal at Dickey's Barbecue with purchase of an adult meal. This discount is good through Oct. 31. Find your local Dickey's here.

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Party on the Plaza at Montgomery PlazaParty on the Plaza at Montgomery Plaza Come to Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth this Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6-9 p.m. for Party on the Plaza, a fundraiser for Streams and Valleys (an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Trinity River)....

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Free Steak Taco from Del TacoFree Steak Taco from Del Taco Print a coupon to receive a free steak asada taco or grilled chicken taco from Del Taco with any purchase. This coupon is good through Oct. 26. Pair it with a drink and you've got lunch! Find your local...

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Fall Roundup at Nash Farm

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo nashfarmfall_zps3e37273a.pngCome to Nash Farm in Grapevine this Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their Fall Round-Up. Activities include: Jump rope making, leather working, wood carving, blacksmith demonstrations, wood stove cooking demonstration, cotton picking, corn shelling and grinding, farm chores, heritage toys, kitchen gardening and corn shuck doll making. Admission to the Fall Round-Up is free, but some activities have a small fee.

As a bonus, this year Nash Farm will have a Somethin’ Pumpkin Baking Contest. The contest is open to all age groups; items entered must be baked goods. Judging will take place at 12 noon, with winners announced at 1 p.m. Find more info on the contest here.

Nash Farm is at 626 Ball St. in Grapevine.

Photo courtesy Grapevine CVB

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Free Coffee Week at Racetrac

Category : drinks, Featured, free

 photo racetracfreecoffee.pngTomorrow, Oct. 12 is the first day of Free Coffee Week at Racetrac. Simply come into any Racetrac from Oct. 12-18 and get a free cup of their brewed coffee – any flavor, any size, no coupon needed.

Don’t forget to bring along your free doughnut coupon for a completely free morning meal!

Find your local Racetrac here.

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“Brick Or Treat” at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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 photo legolandhalloween_zps1d239453.pngEach weekend in October, LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine will host Brick or Treat, a special schedule of Halloween-themed LEGO activities. They are included with regular LEGOLAND admission. Kids are welcome to come in costume and participate in the activities, which include:

  • Haunted Town Big Build: Help build a haunted house town with the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Master Model Builder (Every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. throughout October)
  • Pumpkin Trail: Count all the pumpkins in the attraction and enter for a chance to win an annual pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth (Every Saturday and Sunday throughout October)
  • SCARE-venger hunt in MINILAND: Dare to enter this spooky scavenger hunt for a chance to win an annual pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth (Every Saturday and Sunday throughout October)
  • Costume contests for kids: Show off your BOO-tiful costume and enter to win an annual pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth (Entries every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. throughout October. Vote for your favorite on Facebook @ldcdfw starting Monday, October 27. Winner announced on Friday, October 31 at noon. One winner per age group: 2 years and under, 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12.)

In addition, LEGOLAND Discovery Center annual pass holders can bring a friend for FREE on Friday, October 31 as well as enjoy special entry into a Monster Mash on Thursday, October 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Festivities include haunted house builds with the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Master Model Builder, costume contest and snacks.

LEGOLAND is inside Grapevine Mills Mall.

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Free Magnet From Shutterfly

Category : Featured, free, gifts, holiday, shopping

From now through Wednesday, Oct. 8, you can get a free magnet from Shutterfly. This offer is valid for existing and new customers. Use the code MAGNETIZE at checkout to get the discount. A small shipping fee still applies. I like these magnets because you can customize them with your own images.

If you’re a new customer, you can also get some other great offers from Shutterfly. From now through Oct. 8 you can use the code 1FORU at checkout to get your choice of the following items:


These offers are all great opportunities to start working on photo gifts for the holidays!

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Free Cookie at McAlister’s

Category : family, Featured, food, free

It’s always nice to get something for free! Sign up for the McAlister’s Deli e-mail newsletter and you’ll receive a coupon for a free cookie. My kids always bug me to buy their cookies whenever we are there – they’re so good! This is a limited time offer, so grab it while you can. They don’t send a ton of e-mails, either.

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Save on Cool Treats in Fort Worth

Category : dining, family, Featured, food, shopping

 photo bahamabucks_zps825f8f77.pngThe weather’s cooling off, but it’s still warm enough outside for shaved ice! Visit Groupon today and pay just $6 for $10 worth of shaved ice at Bahama Buck’s. This voucher is good at two locations – one on West 7th and another on N. Tarrant Pkwy near Keller. This deal has several options – if you don’t want the $6 for $10, you can also pay $18 for three Groupons worth $10 each, or get a Paradise Party Package for $30. The party package includes a cooler filled with shaved ice, three flavor bottles, cups, spoons and scoops – perfect for taking the shaved ice party to the office or home.

If you buy this deal, you’ll have until Dec. 31 to redeem it. The Party Package must be ordered at least 4 days in advance. See the full deal details here.

Other deals available today include:

$12 for $20 at Tina’s Cocina – two people can enjoy Mexican food at a discount at this spot on Magnolia

$35 for a 1-hour massage + decompression at Wellness Centers of Richland Hills – get a 60-minute massage and two decompression treatments; $515 value

$15 for $30 at Cowtown iPhone Repair – save half on phone repairs at this place in Bluebonnet Hills; fix cracked screen and more

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Giveaway: Quest Protein Chips

Category : contest, Featured, food

 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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Lake Worth Monster Bash

Category : entertainment, family, Featured

 photo lakeworthmonster_zps1fc1f2b6.pngThis Saturday, Oct. 4 is the Lake Worth Monster Bash at the Fort Worth Nature Center. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a myriad of activities including crafts, games, canoe rentals, hayrides, and story telling.  Perhaps you’ll even catch a glimpse of the legendary Monster! This event is free with paid admission to the nature center – $5 for adults, $2 for kids and $3 for seniors.

Find more information on the Lake Worth Monster here.

The Fort Worth Nature Center is at 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd.

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First Saturday Events at BRIT

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo fallleaves_zps9d014274.jpgTomorrow, Saturday Oct. 4, is the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s time for fun at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas! Come to BRIT from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their free First Saturday family events. The theme for this month is Fall Harvest. Activities include public tours of the BRIT grounds, exhibits and more. Visitors can also explore BRIT’s pocket prairie, geology wall, braided gardens, and wetland area.

In addition, there will be a farmer’s market at BRIT from 8 a.m. to noon., and food truck vendors – this month features the very trendy Steel City Pops.

BRIT is at 1700 University Dr. in Fort Worth.

Photo courtesy mksfly/flickr

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Free Event: Stars Over Euless

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

This Saturday, Oct. 4 is Stars Over Euless, a free star-watching event sponsored by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Noble Planetarium staffers will gather at Euless’ Bob Eden Park from 8:30 to 10 p.m. to teach area residents about the stars and planets. Planetarium staff will conduct a PowerPoint presentation on different elements in the nighttime sky. Astronomers will bring out powerful telescopes so kids can gaze into outer space and learn about the order and function of stars and planets in the sky. Bring out a blanket for the entire family and enjoy a great evening of educational fun.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Bob Eden Park is at 901 W. Mid-Cities Blvd. in Euless.

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