Cheap Date Idea: Walking RVA

My husband Brad and I aren’t big dinner daters – planning a babysitter and bedtime plus the cost of meals (and wine!) tend to deter us

Last week we dropped the boys off with a friend and spent a morning exploring Byrd Park and Cary Street neighborhoods on foot. I have trouble walking and photographing simultaneously, but here are a few pictures from our journey:

footbridge over the Downtown Expressway
downtown expressway footbridge
downtown expressway
boulevard exit sign
uptown community garden
Light of Human Kindness wall at the old GRTC bus depot
light of human kindness wall
rva mural project cary street
sidewalk in Byrd Park
byrd park neighborhood

So taking a walk in a new place isn’t exactly revolutionary, but don’t underestimate it in date value! You get exercise, conversation, and entertainment (all free), and see things about your city you miss when driving. (You still have to arrange childcare, but I’ve found that easier and/or cheaper during the day) With any luck or a little prior planning, you’ll run across a coffee shop, ice cream parlor, farmer’s market, or other establishment where you can grab a treat, too!

Obviously, walking WITH kids works great too (as long as yours aren’t in the awkward “too big for strollers, too tired for long-distances” stage like ours are). You need a sturdy stroller for non-walkers because sidewalks tend to be uneven.

What walks do you recommend? What about your favorite cheap date?? (Comment here or on Facebook)

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The F.R.E.E. List July 25-27

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F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events free admission unless noted.

Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts free musical 42nd Street plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, Free Flashback concert at Pocahontas State Park ($5 parking), Blue Bee Cider celebrates a birthday, and there are outdoor movies(500) Days of Summer at Quirk Gallery, Thor, The Dark World at Hotchkiss Park, and Despicable Me 2 at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. SPARC’s SummerStarz touring ensemble will be performing All Shook Up at the Children’s Museum, Hanover Arts and Activities Center, and Dogwood Dell on Thursday and Friday.

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated RichmondBargains.com calendar page. Click on the title to expand the details about each event.

Posted in Free & Cheap Events

FREE Shakes & $1 Hot Dogs Tomorrow

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Arby’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary – print a coupon for a FREE 12oz Jamocha shake on July 23!

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$1 All-American and Chili Cheese Dogs at SONIC all day on July 23rd for National Hot Dog Day (no coupon needed)

P.S. Thursday July 24th is Free Tea Day at McAllister’s Deli</a>

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Sidewalk Sale on The Avenues

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Businesses along Patterson, Libbie, and Grove Avenues will hold their annual sidewalk sales this Saturday, July 26, 2014, starting at 9 a.m.

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Krispy Kreme Groupon

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Krispy Kreme$8.50 for two dozen Original Glazed or assorted doughnuts (a $16.98 value) OR $19.50 for five dozen Original Glazed or assorted doughnuts (a $42.45 value). Expires 30 days after purchase

Also $11 for $20 Worth of Thai Cuisine at Elephant Thai Short Pump

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Redskins Training Camp starts Thursday

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The Redskins Training Camp returns to Richmond this Thursday, July 24 through Monday, August 11, 2014. The camp is located behind the Science Museum of Virginia (2401 West Leigh Street)

Admission to training camp practices is free to the public. Go to the Redskins site to print your training camp passes; tickets for Fan Appreciation Day and the joint practices with the New England Patriots will be assigned via (free) lottery. Practice dates are subject to change without notice (especially in the event of inclement weather). Gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp for up-to-the-minute information.

    2014 Redskins Training Camp schedule:
    Thursday, July 24 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Friday, July 25 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Saturday, July 26 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Sunday, July 27 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Monday, July 28 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Tuesday, July 29 – No Practice. Camp Closed.
    Wednesday, July 30 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Thursday, July 31 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Friday, Aug. 1 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Saturday, Aug. 2 – Fan Appreciation Day–10:35 a.m. Practice
    Sunday, Aug. 3 – No Practice. Camp Closed.
    Monday, Aug. 4* – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Tuesday, Aug. 5* – 1:35 p.m. Practice
    Wednesday, Aug. 6* – 8:35 a.m. Practice
    Thursday, Aug. 7 – No Practice. Preseason Game vs. Patriots at FedExField, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, Aug. 8 – No Practice. Camp Closed.
    Saturday, Aug. 9 – 2:15 p.m. Practice
    Sunday, Aug. 10 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough
    Monday, Aug. 11 – 8:35 a.m. Practice / 4:10 p.m. Walkthrough

    * Team scheduled to practice jointly with the New England Patriots

The Redskins will also host a Fit Fest at the Convention Center on August 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, featuring players and coach appearances, free health tests & screenings, family friendly sports and fitness activities and more.

Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during practice, overlooking the practice fields. No bleachers are available on-site. Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center visitors can walk around designated areas outside the practice fields to watch their favorite players.

The City of Richmond will offer a variety of parking options for Redskins fans during training camp. All parking facilities will be $7. A list of available parking lots provided by the City of Richmond can be found at www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.

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Weekend Deals – Domino’s, Ledbury, Plato’s Closet, Deep Run Roadhouse

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Plato’s Closet Grab Bag Event – Saturday July 19th 10am to 2pm: Put as many clearance items as possible in a bag for $15. Regular-priced merchandise will be 20% off. Get a pass to get in early at 9am by joining the text club (text PC RVA to 25328) (9127 W. Broad Street and 9766 Midlothian Turnpike)

Domino’s – Get 50% off online order of any pizzas at menu price with coupon code 50OFF. Valid through July 20

Ledbury Sample Sale – Get up to 70% off discontinued, tailored and sample shirts as well as blazers, ties, sweaters and more. Shoppers that bring gently-used men’s business clothing to donate will get an extra $10 off their purchase. There will also be snacks, drinks, and music.
July 17-19 (10am-8pm) and July 20 (12pm-6pm) (117 S. 14th St.)

Deep Run Roadhouse – $15 for $30 to spend on food and nonalcoholic drinks (12379 Gayton Rd)

Joey’s Hot Dogs – $10 for $20 to spend on food and nonalcoholic drinks

Canal Cruise – $6 for a canal cruise for two (a $12 value)

Reminder: FREE Redbox rental today 7/18

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Free Redbox Rental July 16 or 17

redbox promo code richmond

Use promo code FRIENDS to get a free DVD rental from Redbox, valid 7/16 or 7/17.

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The F.R.E.E. List July 18-20

sweet corn festival gallmeyer farms

F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events free admission unless noted.

Here are a few top picks for this weekend:

Elliott Yamin in concert at Pole Green Park, Summer Moon Music Festival at COTU Brewery, Sweet Corn Festival at Gallmeyer Farms, Family Day at Historic Polegreen, Richmond Kickers Summer Fest ($20 for 4 tickets until 6:30pm), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at Deep Run Park, Mr. Steve Concert at WCVE ($5), and Flat Elvis Concert at Westchester Commons.

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated RichmondBargains.com calendar page. Click on the title to expand the details about each event.

Posted in Free & Cheap Events

Weekend Deals – Store Closings & Clearances

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Stony Point Fashion Park – Strolling Summer Sale this Saturday and Sunday. “Celebrate a weekend of sales, music, and fun for the entire family! It’s summer fun you’ll only find at Stony Point Fashion Park with an amazing selection of retailers, restaurants, and entertainment options.
Enjoy special offers from your favorite stores
Free kid-friendly activities: Saturday, July 12 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday July 13 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Musical performances: Saturday, July 12 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chris Campbell Music for Kids, Flashback from 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 13 enjoy Big Bang Boom – Kids Rock 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.”

Kid to Kid – Shop July 10-13 and get: 10% off the entire store, 25% off markdown apparel (without email coupon) or 40% off markdown apparel (Must show email, print coupon, or use code phrase: “EMAIL CLUB 40.”) Only valid during Semi Annual Sale event 7/10/14-7/13/14. Coupon valid at any participating location. Marked down apparel items only. (10953 W Broad St. Glen Allen, VA 23060 or Kid to Kid of Midlothian, 4537 Commonwealth Centre Pkwy, Midlothian, Virginia 23112)

Feathernesters – Closing its warehouse at 7605-C Compton Road
“50% OFF ALL PRICES + BIG RED TAG SALE PRICES EVERYWHERE! Dealers Welcome! Store Fixtures, Architectural Salvage, Furniture, Holiday Decor Galore! Bric-A Brac-, Collectibles, Antiques, TONS OF STUFF! Come With A Truck! Cash and Carry! Cash, Checks, Credit Cards Accepted!
Saturday, July 12 12 9 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 13 NOON – 3 PM”

Heidi Story – Carytown store closing July 19th, with sales on inventory and fixtures (via Richmond Magazine ShopTalk)

Whole Foods – Friday one-day deal: Conventional cherries $1.99/lb on Friday (reg. $3.99)

Reminder: Free Chick-fil-A and 7-Eleven food today (Friday, 7/11)

Reminder: State Fair of Virginia tickets 50% savings on Living Social, plus you can use code 10SALE to save an extra 10% through 7/13!

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