For many Twin Cities residents, Shakopee is, well, a bit of a drive. So it better be a good sale for many of us to drive out there, even with gas under $3 a gallon.
But several small business owners in Shakopee have the right idea by holding their semi-annual sales on the same days, so shoppers can drive from sale to sale like a neighborhood garage sale.
Here's a list of participating store owners:
Northaire soup sale: Save up to 50 percent on a wide variety of packaged soups, desserts and appetizers.The best part? Lots of free samples from the soup ladies themselves, Maggie and Mary. For more info, including hours and directions, go to the Delish website.
Gage & Gage gift wrapping paper, bows, curling ribbon, gift boxes and bags sale all at wholesale prices or less. For more info, go to the Gage site.
Cameron's Coffee includes their speciality Arabica coffees and liquers. Also free tours of the roastery.
Dianne's Candle Company includes name brand scented candles that have soldl for $45 in stores and about $15 at the sale, including labels such as Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang. Next to Gage & Gage at 700 Valley Industrial Circle S., Shakopee.
Carrie Rocha of Pocket Your Dollars.com does a nice list of Veteran's Day deals every year. In addition to the list below, Dock 86 is offering 10% off with a military ID at its Little Canada and Rogers locations.
5-8 Club (MN) — Free Burger
All veterans will be served a free burger all day at any 5-8 Club location (Champlin, Maplewood and Minneapolis). Please present your military ID at the time of ordering.
Bakers Square/Village Inn — Free Breakfast
Show your military ID or proof of military service to receive a free breakfast at Bakers Square or Village Inn, no purchase necessary. Choose from three Buttermilk Pancakes, a Belgian Waffle or three slices of French Toast. Find a Bakers Square location or a Village Inn location near you.
Bar Louie — Free Lunch or Dinner
Veterans and active military get free lunch or dinner (up to $12 value) on Sunday or Monday at Bar Louie with proof of military service. Find a Bar Louie location near you.
Boston Market — Free Whole Chicken w/Purchase
Veterans can purchase a Family Meal and get a free whole chicken with purchase. Must show military/veteran ID.
Buca di Beppo — Free Pasta
Through 11/11, Buca di Beppo is offering a free individual pasta for veterans and active duty military. Choose from Spaghetti Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo or Baked Ziti. You must have the coupon that was sent to Buca eClub members (I can’t provide the link here). Find a Buca di Beppo location near you.
California Pizza Kitchen — Free Pizza
All veterans and active military can have a free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen. Enjoy any pizza from the menu when you bring in your military ID or proof of service, or just show up in uniform. Find a California Pizza Kitchen location near you.
Champps Americana — Free Burger + Fries
Veterans and active duty military enjoy a free handcrafted burger and fries all day. Show proof of service to receive this offer. Find a Champps location near you.
Cheeseburger in Paradise — Free Burger + Fries w/Purchase
Veterans and military personnel with appropriate ID (there’s a list here) get a free All-American Burger with Fries with beverage purchase of $1.99 or more at Cheeseburger in Paradise. Find a Cheeseburger in Paradise location near you (there are none in MN).
Einstein Bros. Bagels — Free Bagel & Shmear
All active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free bagel & shmear on Veterans Day at Einstein Bros. Bagels. No coupon necessary, just tell the cashier you’re a veteran. Limit 1 per guest. Find an Einstein Bros. Bagels location near you.
Famous Dave’s — Various Deals
Various Famous Dave’s locations nationwide are offering discounts for former and current military personnel (discounts vary according to location). Minnesota locations are offering a free Two Meat Salute or 10% off (depending on location).
Fazoli’s — Free Entree w/Purchase
Servicemen and women in uniform or with valid military ID will receive a free “Pick Your Pasta” entree with purchase of a drink from November 8-11 at Fazoli’s. Find a Fazoli’s location near you.
Golden Corral — Free Dinner
Any person who has served in the U.S. military gets a free dinner at Golden Corral on Veterans Day from 4-9pm, no ID required. Find a Golden Corral location near you (there are none in MN).
Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley (MN) — Free Buffet
Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley will show their appreciation for military veterans a free lunch or dinner at the Grand Buffet. Lunch is served from 10am-3pm and Classic Dinner Buffet is served from 4-8pm at Mille Lacs, while lunch is served from 9am-3pm and Classic Dinner Buffet is served from 3-8:30pm at Hinckley.
Green Mill Restaurant & Bar — 50% Off
Veterans and active duty military save 50% on any entrée on the menu at Green Mill all day. Proof of military service includes uniform, military ID, military earnings statement or veterans organization member card.
Hooters — Free Meal
All veterans and active duty military receive a free meal (up to $10.99 value) with drink purchase at Hooters. Must present military ID or proof of military service. Find a participating Hooters location near you (there is one in the Mall of America).
IKEA — Free Entree
Active, reserve or retired service members get a free entree at IKEA this weekend (Saturday-Monday) when you show some form of military ID.
Krispy Kreme — Free Doughnut + Small Coffee
Present your military ID or wear your uniform to receive a free small doughnut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme. Find a participating Krispy Kreme location near you.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant — Free Meal
Veterans receive a complimentary entree from a special menu on Sunday, 11/10 (note the date difference). All veterans must show official verification.
Menchie’s — Free Frozen Yogurt
Veterans and active duty military get a free cup of frozen yogurt (up to 6 oz.) on Veterans Day at Menchie’s with valid military ID or proof of service. Find a Menchie’s location near you.
Olive Garden — Free Entree
All veterans and active duty military get a free entrée at Olive Garden. Family dining with them will also receive 10% off their meal. Find an Olive Garden location near you.
Outback Steakhouse — Free Bloomin’ Onion + Beverage
Veterans and active military can get a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage at Outback Steakhouse. Plus, starting 11/12 get a 10% military discount through the end of the year.
Perkins — Free Breakfast
Select Perkins restaurants are offering a free Magnificent Seven meal with presentation of any military ID on Veterans Day. Please note that not all Perkins restaurants are participating, so you’ll need to call ahead to see if the one you want to go to is. Find a Perkins location near you.
Red Lobster — Free Appetizer
Get a free appetizer with military ID from Monday-Thursday at Red Lobster.
Red Robin — Free Burger + Fries
Red Robin is giving away a free Tavern Double burger and bottomless Steak Fries to all veterans or active duty military who show their military ID, proof or service or who are in military uniform. Find a Red Robin location near you.
Texas Roadhouse — Free Lunch + Beverage
Active, former or retired military get a free lunch and soft drink/tea at Texas Roadhouse. Select 1 of 10 lunch features from their special Veterans Day menu. Be sure to bring your military ID, Veterans Affairs Card or discharge papers. Find a Texas Roadhouse location near you.
TravelCenters of America — Free Meal
All CDL drivers who are also military vets get a complimentary meal of your choice (up to $15 value) at full-service restaurants in Travel Centers of America locations. Present proof of service at time of payment.
Treasure Island Resort and Casino (MN) — Free Buffet
Veterans and active military receive a free buffet at Tradewinds Buffet at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Visit the Island Passport Club and show your military ID or discharge papers along with your Island Passport Club card (it’s free to join) to receive your special offer.
Albertville Premium Outlets (MN) — Free Coupon Book
Members of the military, veterans and their families can show their IDs at the on-site Information Center all year long to receive a free VIP Coupon Book.
Bed, Bath & Beyond — 20% Off
Show your US military ID to get 20% off your entire purchase at Bed, Bath & Beyond from 11/9-11/11. Exclusions apply.
Cabela’s — Hometown Heroes Employee Discount
All veterans, active duty military and reserves as well as law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel get the employee discount at Cabela’s on 11/11 and 11/12. Just present your service ID at checkout to receive the discount which is good on virtually everything in the store.
Cost Plus World Market — 20% Off
US military veterans and spouses can show a valid form of ID to get 20% off your entire purchase at Cost Plus World Market this weekend (11/9-11/11). Excludes alcoholic beverages. Find a Cost Plus World Market location near you.
JCPenney — 20% Off
All current and former military personnel and family members get an extra 20% off at JCPenney through 11/11. Must present military ID or proof of services as well as this printable coupon.
Lowe’s — 10% Off
Veterans receive a 10% discount at Lowe’s on Veterans Day weekend.
Sport Clips — Free Haircut
Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty service members and veterans with valid proof of service. Find a participating Sport Clips location near you. (Thanks, Sea of Savings!)
Walgreens — 15-20% Off
Veterans Discount Day is 11/11 at Walgreens – veterans and active duty military save 20% off all Walgreens, W Brand and Nice! products and 15% off almost everything else. Find a Walgreens location near you.
Free Admission to National Eagle Center (MN)
The National Eagle Center in Wabasha offers free admission to all veterans and active duty service members from 11/9-11/11. There will be a flag raising ceremony on Saturday at 9:30am, and all attendees will receive free coffee and donuts.
Free Admission to National Parks
More than 100 national parks that usually charge an entrance fee are offering free admission to everyone on Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11. Fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. Find a National Park near you.
In honor of Veterans Day, www.ARMagnets.com is giving away free military ARMagnets (a $23.95 value). Click on the Specialty tab, then select Army, Air Force or Marines ARMagnet. Use the coupon code VET2013 at checkout and your order will be free, flat-rate shipping of $10.00 not included. (Thanks, Brent!)
Free Car Washes
Veterans and military personnel can get a free car wash at various locations nationwide on November 11 as a part of the Grace for Vets program. Find a participating car wash near you. For our Minnesota readers, there are 37 participating locations in the state.
Free Night’s Stay at Select Bed & Breakfasts and Hotels
Select inns and B&Bs are offering a free night’s stay to active and retired military and one guest each. Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible.
Free Passes to Nickelodeon Universe (MN)
The American Red Cross and Mall of America/Nickelodeon Universe are donating a total of 1,500 free passes to Nickelodeon Universe theme park for access from 11am-4pm on Saturday, 11/10 (note the different date). Each family may request up to 4 passes (you can do so online right now) and tickets can be picked up starting at 10am.
Free US Armed Forces MP3 Album
Get a free download of The Bands and Ensembles of the US Armed Forces Veterans Day Honor album from Amazon.
Free Veterans Day Event in Wayzata (MN)
Check out the Veterans Day salute at Heritage Park in Wayzata from 11am-2pm on Sunday (note the different date) with a patriotic ceremony at noon. Flags will be provided.
Free Veterans Day Program at Stans Museum (MN)
Saturday, 11/9 (note the different date) from 12-2pm there will be a free Veterans Day program at the Stans Museum in Shakopee. Check out patriotic crafts for kids from 12-1pm and a presentation by Tom Melchior from 1-2pm.
Free Veterans Museum Admission + Meal (MN)
In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham, MN will have a free meal for veterans and their families as well as museum tours and drawings at 11am on Veterans Day.
Your turn: What other Veterans Day freebies or discounts do you know of? Please leave a comment (including a link would be super helpful!) and we’ll add it to the list.
It may be the best deal that you encounter all year.
In today's business section, I write about a free financial planning event happening at the Wilder Center in St. Paul Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The vast majority of Americans (79 percent) do not currently work with a financial planner, according to a Franklin Templeton survey in 2012. But nearly half of Americans not working with an advisor said that they would consider it.
What's holding them back? It's often too little or too much money. Some people who make big bucks manage it poorly and are too embarrassed to admit it to a professional. Those having difficulty making ends meet may think any attempt to save is futile.
Organizers at the event say that there is no situation that they won't try to help and they'll do it free. They can't magically fund a college savings plan or erase someone's $50,000 in credit card debt, but resources there can take the first step toward such a goal.
In addition to certified financial planners offering free one-on-one advice sessions, there will also be representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood House, Family Means, AccountAbility MN, Goodwill Easter Seals, and the City of St. Paul mortgage foreclosure dept.
For more details, click on the link above. If you want help with refinancing, budgeting, retirement savings or choosing between a Roth 401(k) or a regular 401(k), no question is too small. Take a step to clean out the cobwebs from your financial house.
And let me know if you don't find it worthwhile, but I think you will. I'll be there too.
Even though regular ticket prices range from $49 to $169 (plus fees) for the Broadway musical "Wicked," bargain hunters willing to take their chances on a nightly lottery can score them for $25.
Now through Oct. 27, (a prodigious 6-week run), ticket buyers can line up about 2 1/2 hours before showtime for a day-of-performance lottery. Two hours before the show starts at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on the day, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats.
Each person whose name is drawn can buy up to two tickets, cash only. A valid photo ID must be provided if chosen. Unlike previous promotions, ticket buyers do not have to be students or educators. Anyone is eligible, unless you're unlucky enough to have walked away temporarily while your name was called. In other words, you must be present to win... the opportunity to pay for a $25 ticket.
"Wicked, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s Enchanted and Academy Award-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”) is based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone," according to Hennepin Theatre Trust .
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