Studio Movie Grill: $2 September Movies

Get ready for a new month of cheap movies! Here are $2 movies at Studio Movie Grill in September:

Studio Movie GrillBrews-n-Views: Jaws (PG), Wednesday, September 3, 7:30 pm, with Richard Dreyfuss. This is a monthly guy’s movie night the first Wednesday each month.

Girls’ Night Out: Father of the Bride (PG), Wednesday, September 10, 7:30 pm, with Diane Keaton and Steve Martin. The $2 monthly chick flick series is held the second Wednesday of each month.

Family Rewind: Share your childhood favorites with your family. The next family feature is Jurassic Park (PG-13), September 17, 7:30 pm. The Family Rewind Series is held the third Wednesday.

These movies will be held at all Studio Movie Grill locations. In Houston, Studio Movie Grill is at 8580 Highway 6 N (Copperfield) and 805 Town & Country (CityCentre).

Save 50% off Houston Tickets with Goldstar App

goldstar appDo you love saving money with Goldstar on Houston-area theater, sports, comedy and more? Then take advantage of the free Goldstar app so you can have savings at your fingertips!

It’s easy to discover a great event in Houston for half price! And the reviews are fantastic. Some of the new features include:

  • Add a credit card by taking a photo
  • View seating chart during checkout
  • View FAQ during checkout
  • Autocomplete fulfillment name from account info

Download the Goldstar app and sign up today!

If you aren’t on mobile right now, see the Goldstar Half-Price ticket page right from your computer. Enjoy free tickets to Sugar Land Skeeters or half-price to ComedySportz, Aladdin Unscripted, Next to Normal, The God Game, Texas Tenors, Spring Awakening, and more.

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Houston Aquarium: Two for Tuesday August 26

downtown aquarium HoustonNow that you’ve sent your big kids off to school, take the little ones to Downtown Aquarium at half price!

It’s the final Tuesday of half-price Downtown Aquarium tickets Tuesday, August 26. The 2-for-1 All-Day Adventure Pass includes unlimited access to Shark Voyage, Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Lighthouse Dive.

The Adventure Pass retails for $18.99, so the deal makes it about $9.50 per person. Print the online coupon here to get this deal. The coupon is valid for up to four people.

Find the Downtown Aquarium at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

What’s Up in the Frugal App World? Try Worth It

I love when technology saves me from running from store to store looking for the best prices. Even better when it alerts me with an email.

Worth It is a new innovative shopping mobile app and web site helping folks find their desired items at the price they are willing to pay. Founded by Houstonian Jason Kaminsky, Worth It uses amazing technology to serve as a discount finder and price checker.

So how does it work?

Worth It dashboardUsers create a wish list of items they want to follow in a dashboard along with the price they are willing to pay. You could list 10% off, 25% off, or type in any price. Worth It does all the behind-the-scenes work and sends you an email alert when your “desired price” is available at a store. It’s a great way to track back-to-school items like backpacks, clothing and shoes!

How is Worth It different from other mobile shopping apps? It relies on member feedback, which adds a level of user-loyalty that is unique to a service like Worth It.

“The new features of our mobile app, like the Explore section, and the subsequent new user experience definitely sets Worth It apart from similar apps,” says founder Kaminsky. The biggest differentiator, however, is having the entire shopping process within the Worth it app and web site — not redirecting users to the store web site for purchase, he says.

“Sales are happening every day online, and we’re constantly finding them for our members, regardless of the retailer,” Kaminsky relates.

When used as a price checker, Worth It will show you a list of reputable stores carrying the desired item and which store has it for the lowest price. In the Explore section, shoppers can find popular back-to-school items, for example, with the lowest price.

The items pictured in the mobile dashboard (above) are a few items I was tracking for fun. I received an email alert the first night when a Fossil watch dropped $50 to a price I was willing to pay! I didn’t get too many alerts, but the key is probably setting a reasonable goal price.

Thumbs Up: I like this app and think it’s helpful for price checking. Download it free from the iTunes and App store or head online to

Houston Back-to-School Guide: Free Haircuts, Free Shots, & School Supply Savings

One more week before school starts for most Houston kids! Here are a few ways to save during this week as you prepare for back to school routine. Check out these previous posts by clicking on each link:

Free Back-to-School Haircuts at Remington

Free Back-to-School Haircuts at Franklin Beauty School

Free Back-to-School Immunizations in Houston

Free Back-to-School Shots at Children’s Museum Thursdays in August

Don’t miss back-to-school sales on school supplies and clothing. Here are a few that caught my eye through August 23:

  • Target: 30% off all kids’ apparel
  • Staples: 82¢ notebook paper (college- or wide-ruled)
  • Staples: 97¢ Crayola markers and colored pencils
  • Staples; 50¢ composition books
  • Staples: $1 ream of copy paper (after Easy Rebate + coupon). Save $6.99
  • ToysRUs: Free lunch kit with any online backpack purchase $12.99+ (save $9.99)
  • Office Depot/OfficeMax: 25% off all backpacks
  • Office Depot/OfficeMax: 50¢ 1in. flexible binder
  • Office Depot/OfficeMax: 25¢ glue, pencil box, 8-ct wooden pencils & ruler
photo: D Sharon Pruitt

Save with Houston Summer Promotions: Top Golf, Aquarium, iT’Z, Moody Gardens

School starts in one week for most Houston 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:

Top GolfKids 12 and under get half-price play ($10/bay per hour)  through August 28. This deal is valid 9 am to noon Monday through Thursday. A golf bay fits up to 6 people, so this is a great deal — and can include adults! A one-time $5 membership card is required. Junior members also get a free birthday item. Located in Katy and Spring.

downtown aquarium HoustonDowntown AquariumTwo-for-Tuesday continues in August at Downtown Aquarium. Buy One All-Day Adventure Pass for $18.99 and get one free. This is valid August 19 and August 26 with the coupon. Get coupon here.

iT’Z — This arcade and bowling center near Willowbrook Mall has several deals including $5 All-You-Can-Bowl after 8 pm daily. It also offers $2.99 buffet and 99¢ drinks every Tuesday. Bonus: Kids 12 and under eat free Thursdays! Get two free kids meals per paying adult. Located at 18355 Tomball Parkway.

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!

Texas Tax Free Weekend: August 8-10, 2014

Tax Free WeekendThe popular back-to-school shopping weekend for Texas families is around the corner!

Tax Free Weekend in Texas is scheduled August 8-10, 2014. As in the past, Texans can enjoy a break from local and state sales tax on most clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies priced under $100. Once again, lay-away plans can be used to take advantage of the weekend savings.

Check out the Texas government Web site here for all the details and fine print. Savings equals about $8 for every $100 spent if you don’t mind fighting the crowds! Many retailers add their own back-to-school sales for bonanza deals.

photo: flickr/comrade foot

Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker Sale in August

Houston Ballet NutcrackerHere’s a great way to save on the classic Houston Ballet’s 27th anniversary of The Nutcracker in late November. I received a postcard advertising a Back-to-School sale on select performances for this favorite holiday tradition in Houston. Buy one orchestra ticket at full price, and save 50% on the second orchestra ticket. Sale ends August 22. Call the Houston Ballet at 713.227.2787 to get this deal. Valid on select performances:

  • Friday, November 28
  • Saturday, November 29
  • Sunday, November 30