Jan 152012

Living Social has a good deal right now: $15 for NC State Inspection at Super Eagle Auto Care (normally $30.)

Super Eagle Auto Care is at 6521 Orr Road, zip code 28213, in the University area. You can buy as many of these as you want, so you can get one for each car you own. You have until January 18th, 2013, to use it, so no matter when your inspection is due, you’ll be able to use the voucher. $30 is about what I’ve seen for inspections in Mecklenburg County, where the emissions test is required, so $15 is a good deal.

 January 15, 2012  Posted by  Daily deals Comments Off
Jan 102012

The Charlotte Observer reports that the City of Newton is offering free mulch to residents, non-residents, and contractors. The mulch will be offered from January 17th, 2012, to January 21st, 8:30am to 2:30pm each day, at city’s facility on Boston Road, off NC 10. Need more info? Call 828-695-4310.

 January 10, 2012  Posted by  gardening Comments Off
May 132011

StayNPlay Hourly Child Care, at 6751 Old Monroe Rd. Indian Trail, NC,  is offering a free special all summer. Kids can come for free facepainting and bubble fun outside StayNPlay every Friday and Saturday evening, 5:30pm – 8pm. Parents can stay and enjoy themselves with the kids, or take advantage of the free child care.

Call 704.640.6797 for details.

 May 13, 2011  Posted by  Free Events, Kids Comments Off
May 022011

Saturday, May 14th, 2011, from 10am until 4pm, Historic Gold Hill Strawberry Festival will take place at 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road in Historic Gold Hill Village. The village’s unique shops and the Stamp Mill Café invite the public to experience the quaint village of Historic Gold Hill. In village shops they will find crafts, antiques, home décor, steel metal work, gifts, teas, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, original art, quilt and more. In addition, for the festival local artists and crafters are invited to showcase and sell their creations and will be set up throughout in the village.
Delicious locally-grown strawberries will be available in all the shops.

Gold Hill is about two hours from Charlotte.

Local Artists and Crafters Welcome
No Booth Fee
Awards for Best in Show,2nd & 3rd Place
For more information e-mail us at:

 May 2, 2011  Posted by  Festivals, Free Events, Wait, there's more Comments Off
Feb 012011

Historic Encampment of 38th North Carolina Infantry of 1862
Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC
February 26, 10am to 4pm

On February 26 from 10 AM – 4 PM, Historic Rural Hill is honored to host the 38th North Carolina Infantry of 1862 for an historic encampment and company drill. This special event is free and open to all. Bring the kids for their own special drilling experience! Rural Hill docents will also be on hand to share stories and skills such as open hearth cooking and blacksmithing.
The 38th North Carolina Infantry of 1862 is a unique group of individuals who portray and honor the memory of the American Civil War Soldier. They are a group of like minded historians and re-enactors who enjoy the history of our ancestors and love teaching that history to others. Its sole purpose is to preserve the history of North Carolina’s role in the war and to portray the men and women who lived, served, suffered, and died during those turbulent years between 1860 and 1865.

 February 1, 2011  Posted by  Free Events, learning Comments Off
Dec 222010

LivingSocial has started offering “Living Social Escapes,” travel deals at half price or better. I’ll occasionally include one on Charlotte on the Cheap if it seems very appealing. This week, the offer is for Marsh Harbour Inn at Bald Head Island, NC.

Cool and Calm on the Carolina Coast

$295 ($590 value) for:

A Two-Night Stay for Two in a Queen Room
Breakfast Each Morning
One Bottle of Wine
One Golf Cart

 December 22, 2010  Posted by  travel Comments Off
Dec 152010

LivingSocial has started offering “Living Social Escapes,” travel deals at half price or better. I’ll occasionally include one on Charlotte on the Cheap if it seems very appealing. There are several available now that are fairly close by, and each awesome in its own way. Each of this is at LEAST 50% off. You have about 6 days (through 12/21/10) to purchase these deals. Check each for its expiration date.

Weekend Adventure with a Celebrity Chef

A One ($97) or Two-Night ($177) Weekend Stay for Two at Inn of the Patriots, in nearby Grover, North Carolina. The deal includes, in addition to lodging in this award-winning inn:

-Two Tickets to the Presidential Culinary Museum
-Winery Tour for Two at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyards
-Gourmet Breakfast for Two Each Morning
-One Autographed Cookbook
-Chocolate-Covered Strawberries to Share

Breakfast in bed is brought to you by Chef Marti Mongiello, who has cooked for all kinds of famous people like Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Sophia Loren. You can even take a cooking class with him at a discounted rate.

Romance in the Great Smoky Mountains at Christopher Place Resort in Newport, TN

-A One-Night Stay for Two in a View Room ($125) or Suite ($175)
-A Bottle of Wine and Welcome Tray
-Set on 200 Wooded Acres in the Smokies

A Revolutionary Respite in Historic Virginia Inn at the Olde Silk Mill in Stafford, VA

One-Night Stay for Two for $121. Includes:

  • Breakfast for Two
  • A Bistro Lunch, Wine Tasting, and Tour at Potomac Point Vineyard
  • But here’s the one I really want:

    Retro Retreat in St. Pete: Postcard Inn on the Beach, St. Pete Beach, FL

  • A Three-Night Weekday Stay, Including a $20 Food Credit ($159)
  • Or, a Two-Night Weekend Stay ($209)
  •  December 15, 2010  Posted by  travel Comments Off
    Dec 112010

    LivingSocial has started offering “Living Social Escapes,” travel deals at half price or better. I’ll occasionally include one on Charlotte on the Cheap if it seems very appealing. Today’s deal, a romantic getaway for a couple, fits the bill. This would be a pretty incredible Christmas gift for a couple on your list. An added bonus? It’s close by.

    $105 for romantic escape in the Blue Ridge Mountain: The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa • Waynesville, NC

    The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa is very highly rated as a mountain retreat.

    -A One- ($105) or Two-Night ($175) Stay for Two
    -Complimentary Deluxe Upgrade to a Mountain-View Room (If Available at Time of Check-In)
    -Breakfast for Two Each Morning
    -A $50 Resort Credit

    You have until December 15th, 2011 to use it, so you can choose your favorite season in the mountains.

     December 11, 2010  Posted by  travel Comments Off