Jan 292014

We’re always trying to find a way to dine out on the cheap. One option is Local Dines South Florida  (formerly South Florida Dines), which sells discount dining certificates to more than 350 restaurants in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County.

The usual discount is 50% off. But through 11 p.m. Jan. 31, up to 70% off Blue Plate Specials on selected Broward restaurants.

Each restaurant sells a limited number of certificates each month, and there is a limit on how many any one patron can by. Check out the current offerings here.


Oct 032013

One of the most fun things to do is listen to live music. But it’s not always easy to find out where the bands you want to hear are playing.

Weekend Broward is a website that will help you find live music events, most with no cover charge. The site covers music in Broward, Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Weekend Broward has a calendar of live music, a list of the best Fort Lauderdale bars for bands, karaoke nights and also listings for comedy and open mike nights.

If you’re hungry, its sister site, Food Trucks Fort Lauderdale, tells you where the food trucks are in Broward on any given day.

Oct 222012

If you like South Florida sports, we’ve got a deal for you. ScoreBig offers discounted tickets to all kinds of pro and college sports, including 10% to 60% off tickets to  the Miami Heat, the Miami Dolphins, the University of Miami Hurricanes and other sporting events such as the Nascar Sprint Cup in Homestead. Offerings change daily, as deals sell out and new games are added. ScoreBig is not a ticket broker but a company that works directly with venues, teams and promoters to sell off excess tickets. It’s a little like Priceline for entertainment and sports tickets.

You can read about how it works on our new Cheap Sports Tickets page.

Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap has some exclusive special promo codes for additional discounts for new customers:

  • Use  promo code CHEAP35OFF to get 35% off  at checkout, on purchases up to $300. Even if tickets are only going for 10% below box office price, you get the 35% off guaranteed.
  • Save an additional 15% off with promo code CHEAP15. So if the prevailing discount is 25% off, you’ll get 40% off.


Aug 202012

skincare-by-alanaSpa Review Magazine, part of the Living On The Cheap network, is holding a giveaway for five great spa products. Spa Review Magazine checks out spas worldwide, plus shares information on all sorts of spa products.Spa Review Magazine readers can enter to win 5 Travel Best Sellers from Skincare by Alana, a package worth $97. To learn more and enter the giveaway, go to this Spa Review Magazine post and be prepared to leave a comment. Deadline to enter is midnight Aug. 30.

Jul 262012

Couponing for the Beginner - a Guide to CouponingA bit intimidated by couponing? A new e-book can help. Couponing for the Beginner: A Guide to Couponing for the Uninitiated is the first in a series of guides released on GuideToCouponing.com.

Author Jenny Dean has been couponing for more than 10 years. Dean has not only studied, but read, heard and experienced how to coupon legally and effectively. She wanted to create this guide for all the people who ask her, "How did you do that?" when her total is $0.00 at checkout.

This book covers topics such as coupon rules and policies, where to get coupons, how to organize them, and how to maximize your savings, even how to get items for free. Dean also looks at refunds, rebates and money-back guarantees.

It’s normally $9.99, but you can get $4 off through our special code. To buy it, go here. Scroll down to the "Buy Now" button. Look for the words Discount Code. In the box below type in LivingOnTheCheap. Click on "Buy Now." You will be redirected to PayPal where the total should be $5.99 instead of $9.99. You can pay with your PayPal account or any major credit card. The eBook will be delivered almost immediately to your inbox.

Jun 042012

barnes-and-noble-summer-readingThis summer, kids can get a free book at Barnes & Noble with the Imagination’s Destination summer reading program. If kids in grades 1-6 read eight books and fill out a reading journal, they’ll get to choose a free kid’s book.

The bookstore program isn’t the only one in which kids can earn prizes for summer reading. Our friends at Living on the Cheap have a list of 10 other free summer reading programs, plus a few additional resources.

May 192012

Graduation-hatsEven though I don’t have children, I think my age qualifies me to give some money advice to new graduates. Yes, I think they should save money and stay out of debt, but I also think they should learn to cook. You can find the rest of my advice at Living on the Cheap. Leave a comment with the best advice you have for new grads – and their parents who are seeing them move back home.