Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Angel Food

Angel Food Ministries has good quality food for such a good deal.  (The Bountiful Blessing Box would cost about $109 at the local grocery store!)  There are many other boxes to choose from - depending on your needs. Here are three boxes from the MAY MENU:  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GRANT for Writers

Would you like a Writing GRANT?


Deadline for completed grant applications: June 8, 2011

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants in the following categories: articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing. Grants range from $3,000 to $50,000 depending on the needs and scope of the project.

Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. For guidelines and eligibility criteria, click here.

-Thanks DAM-Detroit Artist Market for providing me with the link via facebook DAM!

Cheap Treats Wednesday

Tonight after 5 pm (until 7:30 pm) Cup.Cake (pronounced Cup Dot Cake) has half priced cupcakes.  Head on over to Crooks, just south of 13 Mile.

Also, tonight is Baskin' Robbin's Scoop Night!  31 cent scoops from 5-10pm.

Clawson Resale Shops are Hip!

Fabulous stuff at Clawson Resale Shops.  
New Location of Regeneration is landing in Clawson!  Finally, after 9 years of being vacant, that big ol' carpet shop next to Dunkin' Donuts is put to good use.  Check out the yelp page and you can like them on facebook too!
Grand Opening from 11 am -7pm Saturday, April 30th. Live music, djs, treats, and celebration sales! 

Clawson also has a new place for curvy women called Hips!  It's between Jolie Nails and the magic shop at 14 & Main.  Here is a link to an article on the Clawson Patch.

Clawson is hoppin' savings!  Sprouting Tots Resale Shop helps those out with their little ones that just keep growing!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Oh, here we go!  Another coupon program (like Groupon and Living Social) but this one's for your poochie!

Check out

New deals daily.  Today's deal is/was a DawgieGoPack - it stores treats, cell phone, keys...whatever you need $20 deal for $10!

Opening Night at DAM

The Detroit Artists Market

Northern Lights Opening Friday, April 29th from 6-9pm

April 29, 2011 - May 27, 2011
The Detroit Artists Market proudly presents Northern Lights , an aptly-named exhibition showcasing the work of 20 artists from northern Michigan.  A unique opportunity for DAM, this exhibition introduces talented artists and works not seen before in Metro Detroit, and will surprise and enrich your notions of what “Up North” art can be.
The Northern Lights Exhibition will open at the DAM on Friday, April 29th with a public preview from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Join us for the afterglow at Northern Lights Lounge located at 660 W. Baltimore Street, Detroit 48202. Appetizers for the reception will be provided by Northern Lights Lounge and musical entertainment by Kresge Fellow Joel Peterson and Friends. The exhibition will close on Friday,  May 27, 2011.
Please join us on Saturday, April 30, noon – 2pm,  for a Gallery Talk at DAM with several exhibiting artists who will discuss their work, the unique characteristics of creating art in northern Michigan and the significance of this show.
Featured artwork: Meredith Krell, Coyote Lodge

Also Poet Jimmy Santiago will perform at DAM on Tuesday, May 3rd from 7-9pm 
Hear how poetry transformed award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca from a young man sentenced to a maximum security prison stint, into a metaphor for the power of language and self-expression. The event is open to the pubic with a $5 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit Detroit’s 2011 Youth Poetry Slam as they travel San Francisco.

"I paced my cell with a book in one hand and a knife under my mattress.''

31 Cent Scoop@BR

Baskin Robbins is celebrating by offering 31cent scoops of ice cream on Wednesday, April 27th from 5-10 pm.  

Find a location near you at this link.

Berkley Discount Day Thursday, April 28th only

Hello frugal friends!  I just received this notice in my inbox from the City of Berkley (MI) about tomorrow's discount day throughout the city.  I'm very sorry I can't post it here.  It's in PDF format and copy and paste looks like crap.  Click on the link below and you can see the flyer for yourself.

Thursday, April 28th only.
12-2 pm and 5-7pm in the community center 
(Where?  No address -sorry)

Contact Kelley at or 708.702.1234 for a full list of discounts, questions, or for your pre-orders if you are unable to attend. 

LA Fitness
Blackheath Golf Club
Radisson Hotel
Coldstone Creamery (Royal Oak)
Jeepers (Great Lakes Crossing)
Lone Wolf Paintball
MiChigo Pizza (Ferndale)
The Jakal Golf Course (Brighton)
Dooley's (Sterling Hts, Roseville, Mt. Clemens)
Salon Georgette (Troy)
Oh, and about 60 other discounts!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wanna make $5?

So, you want to make some money?  There is a website called Fiverr that sells stuff, photos, services, and random crap for only $5.  You can get in on it if you have something unique, valuable, or just weird that people may want to buy.  

Check it out!
Fun & Bizarre: I will write any message in the sand by the Baltic sea and make a picture or a video for you for $5
Gifts: I will knit a beanie cap with yarn of your choice for $5
Other: I will ask my two very devout and religious aunts to say a prayer for you for $5  

Friday, April 22, 2011

80% off Eye Exam and Glasses at House of Optical

Today's Detroit Groupon is for your Eye Health.  You have two more days 15 hours and 33 minutes left to get 80% off at Clawson's House of Optical.  It's the place on 14 Mile with the mural of famous people wearing glasses.  

I used to go there when I had optical insurance.  I just need readers, but there was a time, after Cosmo, the Wonder Dog gave me a black eye, that I went in and was sent to an Opthomologist to check out my eye.  I have freckles in my eye!  Harmless freckles.  :) Reminds me of a song...

"Such Great Heights" - two versions.

"Such Great Heights" by Iron and Wine 
My favorite version - was also on the Garden State soundtrack

"Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

FREE Pet Food & Patrick, the Miracle Dog

Click to give to the Animal Rescue Site

About a month ago, I heard about PATRICK, the Miracle Dog on FaceBook.  He was a dog that was nearly starved (and so much more).  Links to his story is at the bottom of this blog post.  This got me to thinking about how some of us are having a hard time putting a meal on our table for our family.  We also need to provide for our furry family.  Family pets including dogs, cats, horses, and others are being abandoned, starved, or abused because of money is tight, and stressful.
Well, before you say good bye to the family pet due to money concers, here are some connections for our furry family members.  Several veterinarians and shelters can help out also.  
NBAR contact info

Berkley, MI
New Beginnings Animal Rescue
Their website address is

THANKS to the PET ASSISTANCE NETWORK of Michigan for all these links!  

Animal Care Network

P. O. Box 566
Roseville, MI 48066
Phone: 248-678-2756

Description: Animal Care Network helps low-income pet owners in Pontiac and Inkster, Michigan. We assist with food for dogs and cats, as well as straw, doghouses, spay-neuter, vaccines and other supplies. We also provide transportation for spay/neuter and make house calls for food and supplies for people with no transportation

Cascades Humane Society
1515 Carmen Drive
Jackson, MI 49202
Phone: 517-787-PETS

Description: Pet food asssistance program for Jackson County residents.

Furry Friends Food Pantry (Email)
665 136th Ave
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: 616-399-5160

Description: We provide dog and cat food (dry & wet) to families in hardship. Hours 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m Thursdays only. We operate totally on donations and 100% of cash donations go toward the purchase of food. It is our mission to keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.

Humane Society of Kent County
Kibble Konnection Program
3077 Wilson NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Phone: (616) 453-8900

Description: Kibble Konnection is a pet food bank program that helps low-income pet owners provide food for their pets. Kibble Konnection is open to the public, but interested individuals will need to fill out an application prior to the distribution dates. Applications can be downloaded from our website or you can call (616) 791-8066. Applications are valid for six months.

Humane Society of Midland County
PO Box 1034
Midland, MI 48641-1034
Phone: 989-948-8804

Description: The Humane Society does not have a permanent space for storing pet food pantry items, but it does respond to people's requests. The Humane Society can be reached at (989) 948-8804.

K9 Resque
6530 Briggeman Rd
St. Clair, MI 48079
Phone: 810-329-1002

Description: Kibbles Kitchen will help low income families with Pet food thru out St. Clair County.

P.A.W.S. Pet Food Bank
Metro Detroit & Surrounding Areas, MI
Phone: 734-629-3837

Description: P.A.W.S of Michigan is pleased to announce a new program to help keep pets in their family homes as they should be instead of in a shelter! Due to the poor economy many people are finding it difficult to feed themselves, much less their animals, and so have been forced to give up their loving animal companions. We will be accepting donated pet food and distributing it to area food banks. The food banks have agreed to distribute these pet food donations while they distribute their regular food. If you have pet food to donate or need more information on where to receive food please email us at or call @ 734-629-3837.

Pet Pantry of Michigan
1202 Shettler Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49444
Phone: 231-747-6986

Description: Pet Pantry is a non-profit program in Michigan.We are dedicated to assisting low income residents with pet food and supplies.It is our mission to ensure that pets are not forgotten or abandon during economic hardships, and can remain in their homes with their families.

Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue
Full Bowls, Full Bellies Pet Food Program
Throughout the western suburbs of Detroit
Detriot, MI 48167
Phone: 248-788-7050

Description: Full Bowls, Full Bellies Pet Food Program: What started out as a program to help rural shelters get the food they need for their dogs has turned into a full-fledged pet food bank program for dogs (and cats) right here in our local community. We realize pet parents in Michigan have fallen on hard times and we want to ensure that the beloved pets we rely on to comfort and entertain us, especially in times of need, stay in their homes with the families who love them dearly. We want to prevent pets from becoming yet another euthanasia statistic as an 'unwanted' shelter animal.

Wishbone Pet Rescue, Inc
P.O. B0x 776
Saugatuck, MI 49453
Phone: (800) 475-0776

Description: Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance has established the Pantry Program to provide cat and dog food to families who may otherwise be unable to care for their pets during times of financial difficulty. This service is provided free of charge to the Allegan County community.

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Keep your furry family together.  Recently, I've read about one of the saddest doggie situations ever.  If you would like to learn more about PATRICK, THE MIRACLE DOG, here are some links.  Please, only click to read if you are willing to hear a very, very sad story about a dog nearly starved to death.  He's in New Jersey getting nursed back to health.
Facebook Page with daily updates:
Vet:  The Garden State Veterinarian Clinic:

Monday, April 18, 2011


As a reminder, today is tax day and there is free stuff...mostly food stuff to enjoy!

Appetizer or Dessert. Print out this coupon at Facebook and get one free appetizer or dessert per table at Chili's on April 18.
Bagels. Print out a coupon from Bruegger's Facebook page and 13 bagels with two tubs of cream cheese costs $10.40 (get it, 1040?) through Monday.
Chinese Food. All dine-in and takeout orders are 15% off at P.F. Chang's China Bistro on April 18.
Cinnabons. Participating locations will be giving out two free Cinnabon Bites to each customer, though only from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
CopiesIn honor of tax season, Office Depot is welcoming all customers to make copies of their 2010 tax returns, free of charge, anytime through and including Monday, April 18.
DatingBecause "finding love shouldn't be taxing," online dating service offers a three-day free membership to anyone signing up on April 18.
Exercise. Bally Total Fitness clubs allow non-members free workouts on Monday, and members can take advantage of free personal training.
French Fries. Funny this one comes alphabetically, just after "exercise." Print out a coupon from Arby's for a free order of Curly Fries on Friday, April 15. Or rather "FryDay," as they're calling it.
HBO and Cinemax. From April 15 to 18, Direct TV customers get a free trial of HBO and Cinemax. HBO is also free on those days for subscribers of Dish Network and some other pay-TV services.
HydroMassage. Hundreds of businesses around the country are offering free 10-minute mini HydroMassages on Tax Day. What's a HydroMassage? Basically, it's a bed that gives you a full-body massage without having to take off your clothes or allow some stranger to touch you. A quick treatment usually costs under $20.
Ice Cream. With MaggieMoo's Sundae Stimulus, all customers get a free mini sundae from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 18. The freebie being handed out is called Crumb Cake Fundae, which consists of cinnamon ice cream, cinnamon cake, caramel sauce, nuts, and whipped cream.
National Parks. While not tied directly to tax season, April 16 to 24 just so happens to be National Parks Week, when admission is free to all parks and monuments that normally charge fees. Some of your tax money goes to funding these parks, and here's your chance to enjoy them without having to pay more at the gate.
Seafood and Bar Fare. McCormick & Schmick's offers $10.40 "Tax Relief Certificates" to guests dining in the bar on Friday and Monday. Special entrees are priced at $10.40 on Monday too.
PIZZA Papa Johns: Special for all Tax Day pro-crust-inators: While the Internal Revenue Service is providing Americans three extra days to file their taxes this year, Papa John's is delivering relief to the entire nation this weekend -- especially tax "pro-crust-inators" -- by offering a large, original crust pizza with up to four toppings for just $10.40.

(Can you believe it snowed here?)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

$5.00 Rabies Shots

Saturday, April 16th from 9 am-1pm in Berkley, MI  
Berkley Fire Hall
2395 Twelve Mile Road

$5.00 Rabies Shots for dogs and cats.  Also Licensing for Berkley pets.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Cosmo, the Wonder Dog!

Today is Cosmo's 8th birthday!  YAY!

Happy Birthday Cup.Cake!

Cup.Cake (Cup Dot is celebrating their one year anniversary!

They will be donating $1.00 from every regular cupcake sold and $2.00 from every dozen minis sold.  They will also be giving everyone a free mini!  Come on down and help a great organization:  All About Animals Rescue.

Today's first anniversary flavors...
Cupcakes:  Puppy Chow, Irish Car Bomb, Strawberry Lemonaid, and Lump Cake. (They also have Chocolate, Red Velvet, Carrot Cake and Vanilla daily)
Macaroons:  Goat Cheese Fig, Chocolate, Earl Grey Tea, and Lemon.

They are located in Royal Oak at 3202 Crooks Road (just south of 13 Mile (where the Baskin Robins used to be) Hours:  Tues-Fri 7:30am-7:30 pm & Saturday 9-5 

P.S. Today is also Cosmo, the Wonder Dog's Birthday!

50% Off at JoAnn Fabrics Online

50% off any one regular-priced item. Use promotion code EFDX105 in your online shopping cart.* Valid through Fri., 4/15/2011

Free Clicks for Hunger, Breast Cancer, Animal Rescue...

If you click on the following links, you can click to help sponsors.  If you click on one, then click on the button on the page.  When done, you can just choose the next tab at the top of that page.  (You don't have to come back here to choose another clickable page.)

Help End Hunger

Help Fight Breast Cancer

The Animal Rescue Site

Give Meals to Veterans

Give Free Child Healthcare

Give Free Books to Kids

Stop Global Warming - Save the Rainforests

FREE Cookie at Quizno's

When you sign up for Quizno's Q-Club, you will get a coupon for a $2.99 small sub and a FREE COOKIE.  You will receive other offers in your email too.  

Here is the link to the Q-Club sign up page.

Free Paper

Staples is offering ream of paper for $5.99 with a $5.99 rebate.  So FREE.  

Here's a link to the coupon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Free Ice Cream!

Free Ice Cream at Ben & Jerry's TODAY ONLY!  April 12, 2011 from 12 noon-8pm.  ENJOY!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


While looking for free office supply stuff today, and I came across the back page of the Office Depot ad for this week.  Office Depot is offering three freebies:

Free Shredding up to 5 lbs
Free Downloadable tax forms (up to 25 pages)
Free copies of your tax documents (up to 25 pages black & white)

Tax Day Free Food

Cinnabon will offer two free Classic Cinnabon Bites on April 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of its Tax Day Bites promotion.
IHOP has a kids-eat-free special offer the entire month of April. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., children 12 and younger get one free meal with each paying adult.
MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery will offer a free mini ice cream sundae from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 18. The "Sundae Stimulus" will feature the new Crumb Cake Fundae, which includes cinnamon Hostess(R) Streusel Cake, cinnamon "Cinamoo" ice cream, caramel sauce, mixed nuts and whipped cream.
McCormick & Schmick's will have tax relief drink specials during its Early Filers Happy Hour on Friday, April 15. On Monday, April 18, McCormick & Schmick's will host an all-day Tax Relief Procrastinators Celebration, featuring a variety of $10.40 entree specials (available in the bar only) and tax relief drink specials. For extra tax relief, all guests who make a purchase in the bar during Happy Hour on April 15 and all day on April 18 will receive a $10.40 dining certificate (while supplies last) to use the next time they visit the restaurant.
P.F. Chang's is offering a 15 percent discount on dine-in and carry-out orders April 18 (alcohol and happy hour items excluded).
Unfortunately, several companies that offered tax-day freebies in the past won't be doing so this year. For example, you won't get a free cup of coffee at Starbucks this year. Subway, Jamba Juice, Dunkin' Donuts, Kimpton Hotels and T.G.I. Friday's won't offer any special deals on tax day, either. The McDonald's corporate office does not have a list yet of its locations that will be offering tax-day specials.

Art X April 6-10, 2011

OK, so I'm running late on this post.  Art X is a variety of locations hosting visual, literary, and performance artists who have been awarded the Kresge Fellowship awards since 2008.  Opening night at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit) was full to capacity and I wasn't able to attend.  

Take a look if you have a chance.  Sunday's schedule:

  • MOCAD  2009 Kresge Visual Artist Fellows  April 6-24
  • "Street Folk" Environmental Installation by Tyree Guyton (who also did the Heidleberg Project) April 7-24th  outdoors on Edmund Place and Woodward (3 blocks south of Mack) 
  • “Brixels” Wall Paintings by Cedric Tai Midtown sites (see map on Locations page) April 6-28
  • Spirit Renewal Sculpture  by Charles McGee On the grounds of the Horace H. Rackham Educational Memorial Building, corner of John R Street @ Farnsworth (across John R. from the Detroit Science Center)

Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries

Also, today is the final day for the DIA's "Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries"  Open 10am-5pm $12 for adults $6 for kids up to 17 years old.

Spring Crafting

Spring is here and the weather may eventually cooperate!  In the mean time, if you are looking for good deals on spring crafts, check out the coupon links below.  

JoAnn Fabrics coupon for 50% off  good through Thursday, April 14. Click on the link for a full-sized coupon.
JoAnn Weekly flyer link 
Sign up for weekly emails with great deals here
Finally, a teacher's reward program from JoAnn Fabric!

Michael's Stores also has specials - you can sign up at the bottom of the page for special deals sent to your email address.