50% Off Papa John’s Pizza on Rockets’ Wednesdays

It’s another #RocketsWednesday during playoffs!

Papa John’s is continuing its special deal every Wednesday night when the Rockets have a playoff game. Customers can get 50% off their pizza. Head online to papajohns.com and use promo code ROCKETS. This is valid at participating Houston-area Papa John’s.

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Houston Zoo Discount: $4 Off Admission After 4pm

Looking to save some money this summer on Houston family fun? Chill Out at the Houston Zoo is a promotion offering $4 off Houston Zoo admission when you arrive after 4 pm this summer. Valid May 23 – September 30. Last entry all summer is 6 pm with the zoo open till 7 pm.

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Not only can you save money with this Houston Zoo discount but also stay cool at indoor Chill Zones. Watch the animals enjoy Chill Out enrichment like ice pops, elephant baths, and water sprinklers. Plus it’s a great time to check out the new gorilla exhibit, The Great Ape Gallery!

Buy your tickets online here to get this cool deal!

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Discount Camp Fee: Bayou Bend History Camp

Bayou Bend summer camp photoOnly 10 spots left for Bayou Bend Summer History Camp! Plus you can snag an exclusive discount, thanks to Houston on the Cheap!

At Bayou Bend Summer History Camp, kids can become blacksmiths, make candles, play colonial games, write with quill pens, wear 18th-century clothes, and more! Early Americana provides the perfect inspiration for exploring how children lived 250 years ago.

Designed for students entering or exiting 5th grade, this one-week program at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens culminates in a special presentation for family and friends. Sessions run Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 spots still available for June 15–19 session.

Save $25 off the $350 camp fee with an exclusive discount. Mention this Houston on the Cheap listing on the application form. Download the application form online here. To sign up or for more information, visit mfah.org/historycamp.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Pet Adoption Deals in Houston: BARC, SPCA & HCPHES

maisyI’ve been scouring animal shelters and pet rescues recently looking for my next perfect pet after Ginger died. And I found her at Poodle Rescue of Houston. Meet Miss Maisy, pictured left!

This weekend actually is National Pet Adoption weekend, May 16-17, hosted by PetSmart Charities. They typically find homes for 17,000 animals each year during this national event.

What perfect timing to talk about Houston pet adoption deals this weekend and beyond.

HCPHES pupHarris County Public Health and Environmental Services: All pet adoptions are half-price during May and June at Harris County Animal Shelter. Normal prices are $50 for dogs, $80 for puppies, $20 for cats and $35 for kittens. The border collie puppy, right, is one of many available! They have a record number of puppies and kittens, so they need help finding forever homes! The shelter is open Monday – Friday, 1 pm – 5:30 pm & Saturday 11 am – 3:30 pm. Located at 612 Canino.

Houston SPCA: Cat adoptions are just $5 this weekend, May 15-17, for all cats age 6 months and older. The cat adoption fee is normally $65-$95 depending on age. Houston SPCA is located at 900 Portway. Hours are 11 am – 7 pm Monday – Saturday and 10 am – 6 pm Sunday.

BARC microchipBARC: Microchip your pet for just $10 Saturday and Sunday, May 16- 17 at Houston’s BARC Animal Shelter. The fee is normally $25, with lifetime registration. Hours are noon – 5 pm. This service is for dogs and cats age 4 months and older. BARC is located at 3200 Carr.

Kroger: Earn Double Fuel Points Through August 2

kroger fuelKroger is helping Houstonians enjoy summer savings each weekend through August 2 by giving customers double fuel points on all grocery purchases Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

It’s easy to take advantage of this deal: just load the fuel savings digital coupon to your Kroger card one time, and you’ll automatically earn double fuel points through August 2. Every $1 spent on the weekend equals two fuel points. Download the digital coupon here.

{This offer excludes Pharmacy, Gift Cards, prepaid wireless phones and airtime, and The Little Clinic. See Kroger.com/Fuel for details.}

SeaWorld San Antonio: Free Admission for Texas Preschoolers + Teachers

Seaworld San AntonioTexas preschoolers and teachers can get free admission to SeaWorld San Antonio + Aquatica from now through September 7, 2015.

1) Free Preschool Pass: Texas kids ages 3-5 can get a free Preschool Pass for use through September 7, 2015. Families must register online by May 31 and redeem first visit by July 31. Register online here to participate.

2) Free Teacher Fun Card: Texas teachers can get unlimited free SeaWorld San Antonio  and Aquatica admission through September 7, 2015, with the Fun Card.

This deal is valid for Texas teachers only teaching K-12 at public or private schools. It does not apply to Student Teachers, Homeschool Teachers, School Nurses or custodial staff. Specific credentials are required including a copy of your Texas teacher certification, paystub within the last 30 days, valid Texas I.D. and eVoucher (if you have it). Register online here by May 31, 2015, and bring all your materials on your first visit. You must redeem your Fun Card by July 31, 2015.

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Cinco de Mayo Deals in Houston May 5

Cinco de Mayo in Houston 2014It’s Cinco de Mayo today! Here are a few Cinco de Mayo food and drink deals in Houston:

  • Taco Bell: Snag a free biscuit taco (sausage or bacon) from 7 am – 11 am at Taco Bell May 5. One per person.
  • Molina’s Cantina: Enjoy $5 Molina’s Margaritas all day + live music 6 pm – 10 pm.
  • Lupe Tortilla: Get $5 original margaritas, wine, and well drinks May 5 + $2.50 draft pints during Happy Hour 11 am – 7 pm.
  • Sonic: Enjoy half-price drinks and slushes ALL DAY May 5.
  • Cadillac Bar: Specials May 5 on margaritas, beer buckets and tequila shots; DJ (5 pm – 10 pm); giveaways; and taco truck
  • Soto’s Cantina: Free appetizers all day, parking lot party May 5 + live music beginning at 3 pm.
  • Berryhill Baja Grill: Drink specials all day May 5 + live music at all locations.
  • Cafe Adobe: Enjoy beer bucket specials and Happy Hour till 7 pm. Party with Rod Ryan in Baybrook + live DJ at all three locations.
  • Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen: Get $1 off Bottled Imports and $9.99 Corona Ritas all day May 5 + $16.99 for 2 Presidentes platters.
  • Pappacito’s Cantina: Enjoy a Reserva Rita in commemorative Cinco de Mayo keepsake glass, only available May 5.
  • Los Cucos Mexican Cafe: Get all day food and drink specials May 5.
  • Chili’s: Get a $5 Presidente Margarita and $3.50 Dos Equis Bottle or 16oz. draft.

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Teacher Appreciation Day Deals & Freebies

teacher appreciation 2015Several Houston-area businesses are recognizing Teacher Appreciation Day with deals or freebies this week. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Chick-fil-A — Several Chick-fil-A locations are providing teachers a free breakfast, lunch or dinner entree for Teacher Appreciation Week. These are the ones I know of, but check with your local store:

  • 45 & Wayside (free entree daily May 4-8, 11 am – 6 pm)
  • Sawyer Heights (free breakfast entree May 4-7, 6 am – 10:30 am)
  • I-10 & Silber (free breakfast entree May 4-7, 6 am – 10:30 am)
  • Memorial & Dairy Ashford (free breakfast entree May 4-7, 6 am – 10:30 am)
  • Kirkwood & Westheimer (free breakfast entree May 4-7, 6 am – 10:30 am)
  • 610 & Shepherd (free Chick-fil-A sandwich May 4-8)
  • Cinco Ranch (free breakfast entree May 4-7, 6 am – 10:30 am)
  • North Houston (free breakfast, lunch or dinner entree May 5 — only for Alden Bridge, Conroe, Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands at College Park, Sawdust Road, Magnolia, The Woodlands Mall, and Willis)

Houston Astros — Educators can save at Houston Astros’ Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night May 15 against the Toronto Bluejays. Use code TEACHER to get the special discount saving $5 – $7 each. Follow detailed directions here.

Salata — On May 5, teachers can get half off any salad or salad wrap at Salata with a valid school ID. This is available nationwide from open to close at 42 Salata locations.

SeaWorldTexas teachers can play at SeaWorld + Aquatica for free  through September 7, 2015, thanks to the Teacher Appreciation Fun Card. Online pre-registration required by May 31. This freebie is for active certified Texas teachers, not homeschool teachers, student teachers, school nurse or custodial staff members. Show your required credentials: copy of Texas Teacher certification, paystub in last 30 days, and valid Texas ID. Sign up online at SeaWorld.

Staples — To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, Staples is offering 40% back in Rewards on school supplies for Teacher Rewards members. This is 35 percent more than any other time of year! This is available through May 9 on school supplies, teaching and art essentials, posters, laminating, and cleaning supplies.

Three Brothers Bakery — This local, family-owned bakery is offering 20% discount May 4-10 on its jumbo cupcakes to teachers and school administrators. Simply show an ID to get this deal at all three Houston-area locations: Braeswood, Memorial, and Washington Avenue.

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour: May 1-10, 2015

Starbucks half price Frappuccino Happy Hour May 1-10, 2014My favorite Starbucks’ sale is back! If you love Frappuccinos, don’t miss the Frappuccino Half-Price Happy Hour May 1-10, 2015, 3 – 5 pm.

Get half off any Frappuccino at participating Starbucks’ locations. Don’t miss its newest flavor, S’mores Frappuccino, and returning favorite Caramel Ribbon Crunch.

This deal is available at participating locations in the United States. Licensed locations, like grocery stores, are not included in the promotion.

According to a Starbucks spokesperson, My Starbucks Rewards members get an extra hour of savings from 5 pm – 6 pm.

Up to 80% Off: Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale

scholastic booksJust in time for summer! Scholastic Warehouse Sale is returning to the Houston area. What a great time to stock up on reading for the kids — with prices up to 80 percent off.  Thousands of books are marked down 50 percent! Check out hundreds of items $2 or less. Here is the schedule:

University of Houston, Clear Lake
April 20-23
Early Childhood Hawk Organization
2700 Bay Area Blvd., Bayou Building, Atrium 1

NW Houston Warehouse
May 7-May 23
7400 Security Way

May 18-19
Merrell Center
6301 S. Stadium

Sugar Land
May 18-19
Sugar Land Conference Center
12999 Jess Pirtle Blvd.

May 19-20
Lone Star Convention & Expo Center
9055 Airport Rd.

Technically, warehouse sales are exclusively for school employees, librarians, teachers, principals, homeschool personnel, and book fair volunteers. They take you at your word when you register as a volunteer.

Get extra savings when you sign up online. Print out a fast pass to get in quicker and provide $10 savings if you spend $50 or $25 off $100.