Whack your balls time with Groupon

unnamed$22 for a 2014 Chicago Golf Pass ($49 Value) valid at 20 Chicagoland courses.

t440x300Nine-Hole Round of Golf with Optional Cart Rental for Two or Four at Willow Hill Golf Course in Glenview (Up to 55% Off).

t300x182Two 18-Hole Rounds of Golf at Canal Shores in Evanston (Up to 50% Off)

t300x182 (1)Nine-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with or Without Cart at Western Acres Golf Course in Lombard (Up to 50% Off)

t300x182 (2)$9 for Two Large Buckets of Driving-Range Balls at Riedy’s Tee Time in Lisle ($18 Value)

t300x182 (3)$189 for a 2014 Golf Package with 10 Rounds on Rolling Hills Course at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park ($870 Value)

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Groupon get me outta heres!

From $17/night Stay at Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with $50 Value Pack – Dates into August.  Dayum, that’s cheap! I think it’s more expensive at the Notell Motel

From $50/night Stay at Hotel Icona in Diamond Beach, NJ – Dates into July

From $79/night Stay with Optional All-Inclusive Package at Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta in Mexico

From $799 4- or 7-Night Stay for Two with Meals at Yok Ha Resort in Belize

From $895 3-, 4-, 5- or 7-Night All-Inclusive Stay for Two at Sanctuary Cap Cana in Dominican Republic

Bring out your Undead t-shirts on ThinkGeek

c6a1_UndeadYou’re pretty safe with this one as long as the dude doesn’t argue that he’s not dead yet. And for the most part in this scenario, the only thing your dead guy is likely to say is “Braaaaains.” With the Black Knight by your side, bellowing “None Shall PASS!” it’s all good. As long as you bring a mop and some duct tape to take care of the knight himself.

Black Knight and cart full of zombies above the words “Bring Out Your Undead” on a black, 100% cotton shirt. As an added bonus, all the green ink on this shirt glows in the dark.  Get it here on ThinkGeek for $14.99 with sizes up to XXXL – shipping will set you back $5.94, so buy enough shirts to score free shipping.

Last day for 5,000 bonus points @ Walgreens


I’ve run out of those Vidal Sassoon $5 coupons, unfortunately, so no more clearance hair color for me. This is one of those times I wish I were blessed by the inserts fairy!  Oh heck, I always wish that part!  Grabbed another seven Ban cooling cloths to get over the $25 bump, paid with the FREE coupon from 4/13 S and ended up paying the 8.25% high tax.  ouch.

Fat butt shopping at Target

Photo.jpg Selected varieties of Kelloggs Frosted Mini-Wheats are on sale for $2.50 and also on a 50% off Cartwheel deal.  Use this $3.00/3 printable coupon here to get them even cheaper!  Unfortunately, Cartwheel is a four item limit per transaction, so if you want to use them as part of the $10/$50 groceries deal, you’ll miss out on anything over four.

Starbucks 20 oz bags of blonde (light) roast were supposed to be ringing at $3.48, but the Wheaton Target not only did not have any bags, I didn’t see a shelf tag for them.  There’s a $2/2 insert coupon in 4/13 S which will help.

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls are 3/$5 and there’s a .40/2 printable coupon here.  There’s also a 10% off Cartwheel, which again limits you to the four.

Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice coffee syrup is still hanging around at $1.98 and still on my Cartwheel for 10% off.   I got a few…

livingsocial – deal ideas for $5/$15+ code


unnamedTurn your living room into a bona fide yoga studio with this Yoga Download deal, and you’ll add convenience and skip the intimidation of practicing poses in a large group. Check out more than 450 yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes to watch online, complete with helpful reviews:

• $18 ($60 value) for a Journey beginner series
• $29 ($90 value) for a one-year Elite membership
• Each class description specifies intensity, skill level, and any props you’ll need

The Journey beginner series is perfect for yogis who are just starting out, so you can learn yoga basics throughout 14 carefully selected classes and an instructional PDF guide.

The Elite membership includes unlimited play/stream classes and free Yoga Download class downloads, so you’ll have lots of sessions to choose from.

unnamedWhen you watch this premier Hammon flat track roller derby league hit the rink, you’re in store for a lively and exciting display of athleticism and competition. Cheer on your favorite skaters on the South Shore Roller Girls team with one of these offers:

• $10 ($20 value) for two tickets to a South Shore Roller Girls event
• $19 ($40 value) for four tickets to a South Shore Roller Girls event

unnamedCome sail along Chicago’s breathtaking skyline on a luxurious Beneteau Oceanis 440 yacht. Enjoy spectacular views of the Windy City’s charmed lakefront, or feel the heart-pounding excitement and romance of the Navy Pier fireworks with this deal:

• $115 ($250 value) for a 3-hour weekend Chicago skyline sailing excursion for one
• $99 ($225 value) for a 3-hour weekday Chicago skyline sailing excursion for one
• $315 ($750 value) for a 3-hour Navy Pier fireworks cruise Wednesday or Saturday night for three
• $390 ($810 value) for a 14-hour on-the-water Fundamentals of Sailing course

unnamedWith a bevy of shiny silver bangles dangling from your wrist, you’ll be earning lots of compliments for your chic fashion sense. Stay stylish with this sparkly accessory:

• $17 ($101 value) for a silver links and charms bangle bracelet
• Seven silver bangles each sport a different charm
• Gold links add a bit of contrast to the heart, clover, and other charms

Freakonomics (rev ed): Only $1.99 on Kindle

51iHDdGxhsL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Freakonomics Rev Ed: (and Other Riddles of Modern Life) (P.S.).  A fascinating and easy to read explanations of whys.   Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?

These may not sound like typical questions for an econo-mist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues while others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics.

I’ve also read their follow-up book, SuperFreakonomics, also excellent.  There’s a new one coming out next month:  Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain to help train your thought processes to be more productive.  lazy brains!