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$1 Pizza Slices at Wednesday’s Slice Out Hunger

Mark your calendar! Next Wednesday night (October 7), head to St. Anthony’s Church on Sullivan and Houston for the annual Slice Out Hunger event.
Starting at 6pm, you can get $1 slices from pizza places like Difara, Artichoke, Two Boots, with every dollar you spend being matched by sponsors and going directly to the Food Bank for New York City. You can also buy raffle tickets for $1, snacks and drinks.

Get there at 6pm or as close to it as possible because the event only lasts until the pizza runs out. You can see which pizza places are participating here.

First 100 Customers in Line at Chick-fil-A Will Get Free Chick-fil-A for a Year

Be one of the first 100 customers in line on Saturday at the new Chick-fil-A and you can enjoy free Chick-fil-A for a year! The new store is on 37th and 6th. 

Here’s the fine print!

The First 100 event at 37th and 6th (1000 6th Ave.) will award more than $32,000 in free food to 100 local residents. A digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially forms at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that evening. Those selected will camp out on the sidewalk for 12 hours to secure their spot. Because the First 100 event is designed to introduce local residents to Chick-fil-A, the event is only open to guests residing in specific zip codes within an 11-mile radius of the restaurant. A complete listing of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at NYCCFA.com. The First 100 participants will be given a camping chair and blanket for the overnight event and should not bring their own camping gear. Two Chick-fil-A meals and all-night activities will be included in the campout, which will wrap around the restaurant on 6th Ave. and onto W. 38th Street.

If you do decide to camp out, good luck as it is supposed to be rainy!

Where to Get Free Coffee for National Coffee Day

Tuesday marks National Coffee Day! Click here to see this great roundup from AMNY on local coffee shops offering free coffee in honor of the holiday. Looking for more of the national offers? Whole Foods will be giving coffee away for 25 cents, Krispy Kreme is offering a free small coffee and glazed donut, and Dunkin Donuts is offering a free medium hot or iced Dark Roast.

Discover Georgia at Chelsea Market This Weekend

Swing by Chelsea Market (9th between 15th and 16th Streets) on Friday – Sunday this weekend, from 10:30am -7:30pm to learn about the country of Georgia. 

What you can expect to find at Discover Georgia are 7 stations, featuring:

  1. Food tasting – Chefs of New York’s three prominent Georgian restaurants, Oda House, Old Tbilisi Garden and Toné-Café, will cook on the spot traditional authentic dishes.
  2. Georgian wine tasting (up to 30 types of Georgian wine, including Qvevri wine) – The birthplace of wine, Georgia has been producing wine for the past 8,000 years. Some of the ancient production techniques are still in use today.
  3. Tourism Promotion
  4. Packaged Food – Sample and purchase some amazing Georgian spreads, jams, sauces and other products, including Gurieli tea (a famous Silk Road Black Tea enriched with aromatic jasmine), Aroma jellies and spices, and Kula juices.
  5. Georgian Souvenirs
  6. Fashion (clothes and accessories by 16 Georgian designers presented by online store www.moreislove.com
  7. Georgian contemporary Art  (art pieces of up to 15 Georgian contemporary artists based in Georgian and NYC)


Gilt City Celebrates 5 Years with 25% Off

If you subscribe to Gilt City, keep your eyes peeled for their newsletter. Through September 24th, you can use the discount code BIGWISH25 to save 25% off any Gilt City purchase. Not on Gilt City? Sign up using my referral link to snag $25 off your first purchase.

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Try This Trick – Chameleon John

I’m in major savings mode as I’ve told you guys over the past few weeks – we’re on the house hunt, so we’ve been packing lunches, trying to not go out as much, and when we HAVE to Asos Screenshop, we shop for only things we need. Case in point- this past weekend, my girls and I went to the outlet malls. While normally I would have bought everything in sight “because it’s a good deal,” I decided to only buy something if I truly loved it and all my girlfriends agreed I look good in it :)

Unfortunately I can only hit up the outlets once in awhile and lately I feel like if I’m going to shop, it’s online. It’s easy, especially since many stores have flexible return policies.

Recently I was introduced to ChameleonJohn.com, which is an online site that features more than 100,000 coupons from online retailers. Retails include Neiman Marcus, Gap, Old Navy, Target and more  – even Etsy! Coupons are updated daily, so you are never going to see a bunch of old coupons with a 10% success rate. Everything listed on the site is active. You can see how many people have used each deal/promo code that day as well.

Chameleon John offers both deals and promo codes, and when possible, the site lists the expiration date, which is great since you’ll then know if you have to shop rather quickly. I like too that you can sign up to be alerted when your favorite retailers have coupons or you can sign up to get weekly coupon updates.

Since Chameleon John is busy saving everyone so much money, they’ve decided to also give back to help two lucky students save even more. If you are in school or know someone who is, make sure to check out their scholarship – currently you can apply for a $1500 scholarship.

Have you tried Chameleon John? What do you think? What are your tips for saving money online?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. 

Free Coffee at Cosi on Wednesdays

I wish I had more details on this promo. but reader Elizabeth flagged this to us. Every Wednesday, Cosi is offering free coffee. Their Facebook page doesn’t specify what type of coffee, so if you want to take advantage of this freebie, just be sure to head on in with an open mind – we’re assuming it’s going to be a small hot coffee.

Free $20 Gift Certificate to Mika on Your Birthday

Truth be told, I have never been to Mika, a Japanese/sushi restaurant in Chinatown, but it’s reviews on Yelp are pretty average.

But now, you have even more of a reason to go.

If you log on to Mika’s website, you’re able to enter your email address at the top right corner, where it says $20 gift certificate. From there you are able to sign up to get a free $20 gift certificate during your birthday month. Note that you’ll have to pick up the gift certificate in-person in order to use it. Thanks to reader Ludmila for the tip!


How to Do a Bedroom Makeover in a City Apartment on a Budget

Guest Post by Danielle Hegedus


Via Modernize

Personalizing your space in a city apartment can be a challenge. Most of us are working off of a budget, and if that didn’t already preclude a major furniture overhaul, transportation and many many flights of stairs would put the kibosh on that idea. That said, New York is a city full of artists ready to make the transition from “struggling” to “working.” Buy their work and turn your bedroom into a gallery of up and coming artists! There are also fantastic thrift and antique stores where you can find unique and affordable furniture, as well as smaller items to enhance your decor like picture frames, vases, and light fixtures. Spend a few hours roaming around Brooklyn Junk and you’re sure to find some design inspiration. Finally, don’t be afraid to be a little unorthodox. At Modernize, we know that New York is a city full of people whose creativity is fueled, not defeated, by limited square footage. Read on for tips on how to makeover your bedroom without breaking the bank.

Add Your Own Personal-But-Not-Permanent Touch with Removable Wallpaper

Wallpaper gets a bad rap. Allegedly, it’s hard to put up and even worse to remove, and apparently, it’s only for your grandmother! Not anymore. Removable wallpaper (sometimes called renter’s wallpaper) comes in an incredible selection of patterns and colors. It comes in small, easy to adhere sheets—no giant rolls to contend with and no soaking in water. To remove, wipe with a damp sponge. It’s super easy and stylish! You can find removable wallpaper almost anywhere these days. Shop around online or look at patterns in person at stores like Lowe’s and Urban Outfitters.



Use Washi Tape to Make a Gallery Wall

We love a good gallery wall and typically recommend them as a way to inject color and style into a room that you can’t paint. If you like the idea of a gallery wall, but want to skip the high cost of custom framing (or the whole hammer and nails part), another great option is washi tape. Washi tape is highly decorative, so you can choose a pattern that you love. Plus it comes off of walls easily and leaves no permanent marks. You can tape off a pattern or create faux frames to add a fun, yet sophisticated look to your walls. You can find it at craft and scrapbooking stores or online.

Via Her Campus

Via Her Campus

Warm Up Your Space With Custom Lighting

Skip the standard overhead light, and warm up your space with lamps You’ll completely change the look of the room without having to do any rewiring. Choose lamps that are cohesive with your furniture and other design choices to pull the room together. If you’re strapped for space, mount lightweight lamps to the wall—a great idea for night time readers.


Via Modernize

Via Modernize

Add Height to Your Room with DIY Oversized Headboard

Creating a headboard out of an unexpected object, like a tapestry or curtain as shown here, creates a point of interest in the room. It makes a bold statement, maximizes the height of your ceilings, and allows your style to take front and center. Even better, this huge design element takes up almost no room. Salvaged doors or windows (if anchored properly) can also make eye-catching headboards while having the added benefit of being environmentally and budget friendly!

Via Decozilla

Via Decozilla

Upcycle Your Possessions to Create Functional and Stylish Furniture

Storage is always a challenge with New York apartments, so why not make the most of the items you already own? Repurpose a bookshelf or even a step ladder as a nightstand. Love vintage suitcases? Stack them to create a bedside table and you can even store books or out-of-season clothes in them to make the space do double duty. There’s no reason to be matchy-matchy when you can be eclectic.


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Via DIY Ready

Free Food at Croxley’s Abbey Thursday and Friday

After writing this blog for almost 7 years, I’m amazed when I’m stumped by a free food at a bar deal. And last night I stumbled across Croxley’s Abbey while on the web. Located on Grand between Wythe and Kent in Williamsburg, according to Time Out New York, there’s free mussels, wings and boneless tenders at the bar from 5-7pm – according to their own website, this special is available at the bar every Thursday and Friday. Now that’s a reason to try to get out of work early and get to W-burg!

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost