Steals+Deals: Eyeglass frames for $59

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 28, 2012 - 2:33 PM

Plus: Two ways to save on "Hairspray" tickets

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"Hairspray" at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Eyeglass frames for $59

This Saturday and Sunday, the Spectacle Shoppe in Burnsville (2001 Burnsville Center, 952-892-6666, www.spectacleshoppe.biz) will have approximately 5,000 frames and 1,000 pairs of sunglasses for $59 each. Frames that were regularly $250 to $450 will be $59 each. Brands include Adidas, Beausoleil, Coda, Jean Paul Gaultier, Betsey Johnson, Ogi, Oakley, Silhouette and Studebaker.

Buyers are not required to purchase lenses with the frame, although lenses can be purchased. Bring unused eyeglasses to donate to the Lions Club and get a receipt for the tax deduction. (An eyeglass donation is not required for the discount.)

Two ways to save on 'Hairspray' tickets

Star Tribune theater critic Graydon Royce called Chanhassen's version of the musical "Hairspray" "the best thing I have seen at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in years." As it nears the end of its run on May 26, a couple of deals are in place through April. With each adult admission purchased, one child age 5-17 gets in free. The offer can be used for up to three free kids' tickets and can be used on any performance except Saturday evenings. Ask for the "kids in free" offer by phone.

A second deal, a "date night special," includes two tickets and two dinners for $99, regularly $70 to $80 each. There are no seating restrictions, but the offer is valid only for performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Call the box office at 952-934-1525 for tickets. For more information about the show, go to www.chanhassentheatres.com.

Cub Foods changes its expired-coupon policy

For years Cub Foods has accepted coupons up to 90 days past the expiration date. Some cashiers even stretched it to five or six months, according to local couponers. But starting April 15, Cub will accept coupons only up to 30 days past expiration date, said spokesman Luke Friedrich. "It brings us more closely aligned with manufacturer expectations," he said, explaining the change.

The fact that Cub is the only supermarket in the Twin Cities that accepts expired manufacturer coupons has always been a mystery. Retailers are not supposed to accept expired coupons, according to the coupon's terms of compliance, said Charlie Brown of NCH Marketing, an Illinois coupon clearinghouse, There is a time lag between the time of redemption and the time when the coupon gets to clearinghouses, which allows Cub to do it.

Cub probably wants to maintain the advantage that taking expired coupons provides. It competes with Rainbow's double-coupon days on Wednesdays and Saturdays. But the real competition that makes supermarkets such a cutthroat business is discounters such as SuperTarget and Wal-Mart Supercenter, which match competitors' prices on many items.

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633 or jewoldt@startribune.com. If you spot a deal, share it at www.startribune.com/dealspotter.

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