Hot holiday deals and Veterans Day freebies

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Holiday adventures create wonderful memories but can carry hefty price tags. Check out the deals I found that will help you have fun this season without breaking the bank.

Flagstaff Sleigh Ride: Pick up a sleigh ride in Flagstaff through the Coconino Forest for 2 or 4 for 56 percent off or more. Two people will pay $39 (a $90 value) while 4 people will pay $74 (a $180 value). Use promo code ALICIA to save an extra $10 off your $40+ purchase, bringing the cost for four people down to $64. The ride includes hot cocoa, entertainment, a bonfire, and more. I can just imagine riding in a sleigh singing "Jingle Bells."

Fairmont Scottsdale PrincessBuy a holiday family getaway at a great price. Enjoy a night for $179 including a $50 resort credit and ice skating for two (a $349 value). Be sure to check  the available dates, this could be a wonderful memory. Did you know that the Princess has over one million lights throughout their property?

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Head to Desert Ridge Marketplace or Tempe Marketplace and spend $300 in one day at any of their stores to get two free tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 1 at arena. The show is full of pyrotechnics, great music, and should be a wonderful time.  I went to Target and purchased a $297 American Express gift card (there was a $3 fee). I figure $3 is a small price to pay for two tickets  valued at around $100 or so. I can't wait to take my family. You'll exchange your receipts at the management office which is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. There are a limited number of tickets available, so you may want to call ahead before you make a special trip.

Veterans Day will be here Monday, Nov. 11, and there are lots of  freebies I hope every veteran and current military member will be able to take advantage of. All of these deals are completely free, truly a no strings attached thank-you (unless they specifically say otherwise).

Famous Daves: All current and former military personnel will receive a free two meat salute on Veterans Day (11/11/13) with ID. There will be ribs available (and lots of other delicious meats).

Applebee’s: Veterans and current military will enjoy a free entree from the signature menu with ID on Monday.

Clean Air Cab: Vets ride free all day Veterans Day with military ID. This is a great way to get a ride to all of the freebies. 

Cobblestone Auto Spa: Vets and current military will get a free car wash at Cobblestone Auto Spa Monday, Nov. 11 with ID (a $10 value).

Harris Dental: Monday, Nov. 11, their Chandler and Mesa offices will be offering FREE cleanings (up to a $200 value) for Veterans from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.. There is no appointment required, first come first serve.

Maddy’s Pool Service and Supplies:  This Veterans Day they’ll give all vets and current military with ID a free $50 in-store credit at their store in Gilbert.

Uptown Alley (Surprise): All veterans and active duty military will get a free game of bowling and a free shoe rental Sunday and Monday.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond: All military and veterans with ID will get 20 percent off their entire purchase all weekend long (11/9-11/11). That’s a lot of coupons you won’t have to find.

Enjoy the deals, please share them, and have a wonderful day!


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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