Deals Diva: Don't spend too much this weekend

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Live life better for less this weekend with one or more of these great deals and freebies I dug up. You’ll have fun, look great, eat well, stay healthy, and your wallet will thank you.

1. The Great Arizona Puppet Theater: Right now you can snag a family four-pack of tickets for only $17, a $34 value. The tickets won’t expire until Jan. 19, 2014. Upcoming shows include Cinderella, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Goldilocks, and many others.

2. Gymboree: Everything in store and online is priced at $16.99 or less right now. My top picks include holiday dresses usually priced at $64.50 and Halloween costumes usually priced at $39.99.

3. Biltmore Fashion Park: Enjoy free outdoor movies on Friday nights this fall. Check out the full listing of movies and the take-out deals Biltmore restaurants are offering. What a fun way to enjoy this beautiful weather.

4. SimonMed: If you don’t have insurance, get a screening mammogram for free at Simon Med locations in October. You must have an order from your doctor. Call 480-614-8555 for more information.

5. Aunt Chilada’s in Tempe: Go out for Mexican food for a lot less this weekend. Pay $25 now to get $55 to spend on anything on the dinner menu. You can use up to two discounted vouchers per table (which is very rare) and they expire Nov. 27.

6. The Body Shop: Pay $10 now to get $20 to spend in-store at The Body Shop. The discounted certificates won’t expire until Dec. 24, so they’re perfect for holiday shopping.

7. Government shutdown deals: To help federal employees and military affected by the shutdown, several businesses have stepped up to help in a small way.

Mountainside Fitness tweeted that “Any govt employee, laid off or furloughed as a result of the govt shutdown, may workout at Mountainside free until 2014.” CEO Billy Malkovich’s comment is worth mentioning: “Elected officials are excluded from this offer. Because you know why.”

Boston Market will give Military or Federal employees with ID a free chicken with purchase of a family meal this week (through October 13th).

AMC Theaters will give a free small popcorn to anyone with a valid military or government ID.


Deals Diva Alicia Markham has one goal -- to help you live life better for less.

"I only post deals I truly love and would buy or participate in myself," she says.

A stay-at-home mom of two, Markham describes herself as frugal and says she is passionate about saving money. She wants to help you hang on to your hard-earned dollars, too.

"I think it's so important to save without sacrificing your quality of life," she says.

Markham's blog won Phoenix Magazine's Best of the Valley recognition in 2011 and 2012.

If there's a deal to be had, Markham will find it and share it with you.

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Twitter: @aliciasdealsaz