Champion Energy: Get $25 Off Electricity Bill

I switched my electricity to Champion Energy Services several years ago and have enjoyed lower monthly bills. I am happy to support this locally-owned business. Champion Energy actually dropped its rates yesterday, just in time for my August 1 renewal. Yay for procrastination!

Champion Energy Services isn’t a fly-by-night player in the electricity market. It boasts one of the nation’s fastest growing electricity providers based right here in Houston since 2005. Most impressive is its reputation for exceptional customer service including nods from the Better Business Bureau and four-time consecutive winner by J.D. Power and Associates for outstanding customer service 2010-2013. Read customer testimonials online.

Houston on the Cheap has partnered with Champion Energy to offer you a $25 credit on your electricity bill when you switch providers. Champion Energy offers a fair fixed rate price with no monthly fees — and no deposit required for customers with good credit. Switching providers is so easy and done completely online. You don’t even need to contact your current provider, since it’s done for you.

As of today (7/30/14), Champion Energy’s rates in Houston begin at 10¢ per 1,000 kWh for a 6-month plan. Other options are a 9-month, 12-month, and Green Plan. Or choose one of the Astros Triple Play plans:

  • 10.8¢ — 24-month “Astros Triple Play 24” for CenterPoint customers that features 24-month fixed rate plan, a $50 thermostat rebate and four (4) tickets to any Astros game in September (acquisition and renewal)
  • 11¢ – 36-month “Astros Fan Plan 36” for CenterPoint customers featuring 36-month fixed rate plan and eight (8) Astros tickets for any game in September (acquisition and renewal).

Currently, TXU Energy rates start at 10.9¢, Bounce Energy rates start at 11¢, and Direct Energy rates start at 11.7¢. Check out the custom comparison tool that Champion Energy developed at LookAtYourBill.com. Just a few bits of info from your current bill will share your savings by switching — or if your rate is already competitive.

Check out Champion Energy for yourself to determine if this opportunity will be a savings for your family. Use promo code HOUcheap to get this special $25 credit to your account.

Champion Energy Services is an advertiser with Houston on the Cheap.

National Cheesecake Day: Half-Price Slice July 30-31 at The Cheesecake Factory

National Cheesecake Day 2014Half-price cheesecake is just one week away!

National Cheesecake Day is July 30, and it’s your chance to indulge in The Cheesecake Factory’s cheesecake for half price. No coupon required! And they’ve added a bonus day July 31 this year.

The Cheesecake Factory also will debut a new flavor to add to its 30+ cheesecake options –Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. Your half-price cheesecake can be any flavor, but this new one sounds and looks heavenly!

There are five Houston locations: Galleria, Memorial City, The Woodlands, Baybrook, and First Colony Mall in Sugar Land. One half-price slice per person, dine-in only.

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Free Haircuts at Supercuts Studio {New Location}

free haircuts in HoustonFree haircuts are available this week, July 30-August 1 at a different location: Supercuts Studio North at Vintage MarketPlace (10123 Louetta) in the Whole Food Market center. There are 145 spots available among six stylists. It’s all part of the studio’s advanced hair cutting class with complimentary haircuts to the public by licensed cosmetologists learning advanced techniques.

July 30: 11 am – 3:45 pm
July 31: 11 am – 9:15 am – 3:45 pm
August 1: 9:15 am – 2:45 pm

Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment! NEW EMAIL this month: send name and phone number to supercutsstudioplano@gmail.com. They will reply with your appointment time and date. Mention the cut you prefer in the email.

The studio is located at 10123 Louetta. Watch for more dates in the future.

photo: flickr/scottfeldstein

Discount Cirque du Soleil in Houston: Michael Jackson Immortal Tour August 8-9 {Save 30%}

Cirque du Soleil Michael JacksonCirque du Soleil is bringing its Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour back to Houston this summer. Thanks to a partnership with Goldstar, you can save 30% off tickets + no service fee. It’s amazing there’s no fee!

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
August 8-9, 8 pm
Toyota Center

Floor: $127.50 ($180 value)
Section 1: $110 ($155 value)
Section 2: $92.50 ($130 value)
Section 3: $75 ($105 value)

The show exists in a fantasy world with a blend of dance, music, visuals and more that draws the audience into Jackson’s creative world. I didn’t see it last time, but it sounds spectacular!

**Limited tickets are available, so don’t wait if you’re interested!

Select the date and purchase discount Cirque du Soleil tickets here.

GIVEAWAY: If you’re feeling lucky, enter the Houston on the Cheap Cirque du Soleil giveaway here to win a pair of loge seats to the August 8 Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour performance!

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Discovering Houston on the Cheap: Bill Breetz, Kroger

Welcome to Discovering Houston on the Cheap, a weekly series highlighting cheap dates, cheap
meals, Houston’s best-kept secret and more — by local chefs, media, athletes, and folks in local business.

Bill Breetz, President, Southwest Division, Kroger
{Bill Breetz started his Kroger career in 1972 as a bagger in Kentucky. He moved up the ranks and earned his current position in 2002, with responsibility of 200 stores in Texas and Louisiana. Bill also serves as executive sponsor of Kroger’s Women’s Excellence resource group, focusing on improving leadership development opportunities for associates.}

Bill Breetz Kroger1) Favorite spot for a cheap mealThe Egg and I

I go on Sundays with my wife, Jo. We always make time to enjoy this breakfast spot no matter how busy our schedules are.

2) Favorite spot for a cheap date — Mel’s Country Café & Olive Oil

Well, that’s tough. I have two favorites. I wasn’t born in the South, but I love Southern food! I have Midwest roots. I became a Texan in 2001. Mel’s Country Café in Tomball is a great choice for hamburgers and fried catfish. They have large portions, and it’s inexpensive. Jo and I always enjoy Olive Oil in The Woodlands. They have Greek food and dancing on Saturday nights.

3) Houston’s best-kept secretparks

I really love the number of parks we have. Memorial Park is a true gem.

4) Best place to save money in HoustonKroger!

Kroger, of course! We offer many different ways to save on products. Kroger.com features downloadable, clip-free coupons that you can load directly to your Kroger Plus Card. We also have a cool mobile app and you can load the digital coupons real-time as you’re shopping. We provide discounted pricing on generic prescription drugs for 30- and 90-day supplies. Shoppers also love our 10% Mix and Match wine discount, and 25% daily discount on cosmetics. One of our most popular is the Fuel Reward program. Customers receive fuel points on everyday purchases and you can easily earn savings up to $1 per gallon on gas at Kroger Fuel Centers and 10¢ per gallon at Shell stations.

5) Your favorite Houston festival or annual eventHouston Livestock Show and Rodeo

I love the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It’s family-oriented, there’s always a great lineup of entertainers, and I appreciate that the organization supports the community by providing scholarships to students. And who doesn’t love mutton busting?

6) My perfect day in Houston would be…

Having friends and family over for a cookout and swimming or spending time outdoors at a park or green space in The Woodlands.

Houston Restaurant Weeks: August 1-September 1

Houston Restaurant Weeks: Line & LariatHouston Restaurant Weeks is back, kicking off August 1 – September 1. This huge local event offers Houstonians a great opportunity to try some of Houston’s amazing restaurants at a more affordable price.

The bonus is Houston Food Bank receives $3 – $7 of every meal. It’s actually the single largest fundraiser for Houston Food Bank each year — with $1.28 million raised just in last year’s Houston Restaurant Weeks’ event. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the food bank, thanks to amazing volunteers.

This year, the participating restaurants exploded to 200, which is wonderful for benefiting food banks, including Houston, Galveston, and Montgomery County.

Here’s how it work:

  • 2-3 course lunch: $20 ($3 donation to Houston Food Bank)
  • 3-course brunch: $25 ($4 donation to Houston Food Bank)
  • 3-4 course dinner: $35 – $45 ($5-$7 donation providing 15 – 21 meals)

Houston Restaurant Weeks is promoted as a reservation-only event, though some restaurants may accept  wak-ins as their discretion.

I’m sure you’ll find your favorite fine dining restaurant on the list with names such as Brennan’s of Houston, Canopy, benjy’s, Perry’s Steakhouse, Backstreet Cafe, Haven, Eddie V’s, Cadillac Bar, Grotto, Radical Eats, and hundreds more. Check out the list of participating restaurants here. Or search by restaurant name here.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 28-August 1

We Love Houston sign There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun July 28-August 1 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

Monday (7/28) — Free movies continue this week at Alamo Drafthouse with Rio Monday at 11:15 am (Vintage Park) and 11:30 am (Mason Park). Rio is free each day through Thursday. Times vary each day. Don’t miss the $1 and $2 movies all summer, too, at Studio Movie Grill, Cinemark, and Regal plus free at Santikos Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Monday (7/28) — Take advantage of free admission to Czech Center Museum Houston, offered the last Monday each month. The Museum includes antique furniture from European castles, folk art toys and dolls, Bohemian crystal, Czech porcelain, pottery, and costumes. Genealogy research is another aspect of the Center as well a chapel. Located at 4902 San Jacinto. Open 10 am – 4 pm.

Tuesday (7/29) — Get ready to jam Tuesday night at NGEN radio’s BOOMIN concert downtown at Discovery Green, 7 pm. Folks can enjoy a free concert, dancing, games, and prizes. The concert features Christian rapper Flame, V. Rose, and OBB. Pre-party starts at 6:15 pm with the concert at 7 pm. NGEN is the sister station of KSBJ 89.3.

Wednesday (7/30) — It’s another free Rolling Roadshow at Market Square Park! This week features Citizen Kane beginning at 8:30 pm. Located at 301 Milam.

Thursday (7/31) — Don’t miss the free Red Carpet Screening of Space Racers Thursday, 9 am, beginning with photos and lobby activities. At 10 am, enjoy two exclusive episodes of Space Racers before they air local plus Q&A w/ the producers. This is located at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Katy, 531 S Mason Road.

Thursday (7/31) — Summer Reading Day is here Thursdays all summer at Fish Gallery. Kids will enjoy crafts, touch tanks, reading, games and refreshments. This free event is 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm at 2909 Fountain View. The weekly events culminate with a Summer Reading Party August 22.

Thursday (7/31) — The Children’s Museum of Houston kicks off free kids’ back-to-school immunizations Thursday evenings all summer during its Free Family Night. This freebie is geared to kids under age 18. Located at 1500 Binz.

Giveaway: Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour August 8 in Houston {9 Winners}

Cirque du Soleil Michael JacksonThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cirque du Soleil. All opinions are my own.

Cirque du Soleil is returning to Houston in a couple weeks — and you have the chance to enter to win tickets to the big event! And there will be 9 winners!

His tours were the greatest events in modern history. Experience again — The thrill, The music, The legend — that is — Immortal. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil is coming August 8-9 to Houston’s Toyota Center. Get your tickets online here.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the August 8 Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. Nine winners will receive loge seats valued at $350+ per winner.

Enter with this mobile-friendly form below. If you can’t see the form, enter online here. One entry per person. Email subscribers will receive an extra entry. Current subscribers can come back to the form to add a second entry by adding the word “subscriber” in the name field after your name. New subscribers: simply subscribe in the form and come back to add a second entry with the word “subscriber” in the name field after your name.

Giveaway ends Thursday, July 31, 5 pm CST. Winners will be announced by email and on this site Friday, August 1. Good luck!

Save with Summer Promotions in Houston Area: Kemah, Moody Gardens & Downtown Aquarium

downtown aquarium HoustonSchool starts in the Houston-area in four weeks for most kids. Yikes! Do you still have lots of fun you intend to do before then? Here are several summer promotions to help save on popular venues in Houston area:

Kemah’s Kid-Krazy Monday — Take advantage of several coupon offers each Monday at Kemah Boardwalk. Get 1/2-price All Day Ride Pass, $5 Kid Krazy Beast Ticket, and $1.99 kids’ meals. Print the coupons here.

2-for-1 Tuesday at Downtown Aquarium — It’s the last Tuesday of savings this summer at Downtown Aquarium July 29. Get 2-for-1 All Day Adventure Pass for $18.99. Print the coupon here.

Texans Pride Day Friday at Moody Gardens — During Summer Training camp, Moody Gardens is giving $5 off admission to the Aquarium Pyramid to folks wearing Houston Texans’ fan attire. It’s dubbed Texans Pride Day every Friday through August 26. Watch Watt the King Penguin in the Penguin Bubble Blitz and Sack Party Fridays, 11 am. Moody Gardens is located in Galveston.

Follow the Daily Deals page at Houston on the Cheap for more savings to attractions like Houston Museum of Natural Science, Studio Movie Grill, Sky High, and more!

Free Space Racers Red Carpet Screenings This Week

Get ready for free fun at the Red Carpet Screening of Space Racers this week:

  • July 28 — Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park
  • July 31 — Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park

space racersThe red carpet event for this animated series begins at 9 am with red carpet photos and lobby activities. The free screening begins at 10 am with two exclusive episodes of Space Racers before they air on local Houston Public Media and Q&A with the producers. Families also will enjoy learning how NASA scientists and astronauts were involved in the development of the series.

If you want a guaranteed seat, buy a $5 voucher online that goes towards concessions. But the event is completely free if you show up the morning of the event. Located at 114 Vintage Park July 28 and 531 S. Mason Road in Katy July 31.

This free event is a great partnership between Space Center Houston, Houston Public Media and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.