$4.99 AMC Summer Night Movies Benefit Charity

See your favorite movies on the big screen again — and help support charities, to boot. AMC Theatres is hosting $4.99 movies each week all summer. Ticket sales benefit Will Rogers Institute and AMC Cares.

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Here is the summer schedule:

June 19-25: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
June 26-July 2: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
July 3-9: Fifty Shades of Grey
July 17-23: Get Hard
July 24-30: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
July 31 – August 6: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
August 7-13: Furious 7

Movie times are Monday-Thursday at noon and 10pm and Friday-Sunday at noon. Tickets can be purchased online in advance with a $1 convenience fee. Houston AMC theaters are located at Willowbrook, Dunvale, Deerbrook, Katy Mills, Loews Fountains (Stafford), Spring, First Colony, and Gulf Pointe.

Father’s Day Freebies and Deals in Houston

Don’t forget to spoil dad this weekend for Father’s Day! Here is a round-up of Houston-area Father’s Day Freebies and Deals for food and fun:


crave cupcakeCRAVE Cupcakes: Buy 6 cupcakes for dad, and get 2 free for yourself at CRAVE Cupcakes. This freebie is available Friday – Sunday. The retailer also is hosting “Breakfast with Dad” event Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – noon, with Dad-centric activities over breakfast. Houston area has three locations: Uptown Park, Kirby, and The Woodlands.

Firehouse Subs: Dad gets a free medium sub with purchase of a sub, medium drink and chips June 21. Get coupon here. One coupon per person.

Grub Burger Bar: Dads can take advantage of a free burger June 21 at Grub Burger Bar. Grub is located at 800 Town and Country at CityCentre.

Pollo Tropical: Take dad to Pollo Tropical Sunday for its Buy One Get One Free deal: free 1/4 chicken meal with two sides with purchase of another. Customers who text DAD to 52198 will get a code to show at the register for this special deal.

Spaghetti Warehouse: Dads eat free at Spaghetti Warehouse June 21 by choosing from Incredible 15-Layer Lasagne, World Famous Spaghetti & Meatballs or any of the restaurant’s Original Recipe Spaghetti entrees. No coupon required! Spaghetti Warehouse is located at 901 Commerce downtown.


Alamo Drafthouse — Catch a free screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit Sunday at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park in Katy. The movie (rated PG) begins at 6:30 pm. An exclusive clip of Maron Season Three will be shown before the movie, which is rated PG-13. Children under 6 are not admitted.

Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens: Dads, grandfathers and children 9 and under get free admission this weekend (June 20-21) to Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens to celebrate Father’s Day. Additional adults pay reduced price of $10 or $5 for kids age 10-17. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial.

Studio Movie Grill: Don’t miss the $3 Family Rewind movie, The Neverending Story. The $3 screening is Sunday, June 21, at 2 pm. This is located at Copperfield and CityCentre Studio Movie Grill.

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HPL Summer Book Sale June 11-13: $1-$2 Books

friends of HPLHouston’s largest community Summer Book Sale is this weekend at Friends of the Houston Public Library’s book sale, June 11-13. With more than 22,000 books, it’s a “can’t-miss” event. Prices are just $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks, plus lots of specially-priced items on collections, DVD &  CDs.

Thursday, June 11, 4:30 pm – 9 pm (member preview)
Friday, June 12, noon – 8 pm
Saturday, June 13, 9 am – 4 pm

Doors open Thursday at 4:30 pm to members only. Join online now or at the door.

This book sale is held at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 11th at T. C. Jester in the Heights. Free parking, too!

Proceeds from the 2014 book sale enabled the organization to donate a $65,000 grant to the Houston Public Library for two new HPL Mobile Express vans available to communities needing technology and programs.

Houston Summer Fun Discounts: Downtown Aquarium, iT’Z, Houston Museum of Natural Science

Summer is here! Here are a few ways to save on Houston summer fun:

downtown aquarium HoustonDowntown AquariumTwo-for-Tuesday returns this summer at Downtown Aquarium. Buy One All-Day Adventure Pass for $18.99 and get one free. This is valid June through August with the coupon. A new coupon will be published each month. Get the June coupon here.

Houston Museum of Natural Science — Take advantage of a corporate promo code and save on all exhibits/tours at Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Exhibit Hall, Wortham Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and Planetarium have no expiration date.

Discount  Regular
HMNS Exhibit Hall $5  $20
Burke Baker Planetarium
$6  $9
Wortham Theatre (2D & 3D) $8  $12
Cockrell Butterfly Center $6   $9
Shark Exhibit Hall $12  $25
Samurai Exhibit $12  $25
China’s Lost Civilization $12  $25
World Trekkers: China $8  $10
Tree Houses + Exhibit Hall (Sugar Land) $8  $15

To get these prices, head to the museum coupon link here and use password rock (no caps). Then print the entire page. This is your coupon. Bring this to the box office, and your entire group will receive the discount prices. Only one page required per group. The museum is located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive.

iT’Z — This arcade and bowling center has several deals including $5 All-You-Can-Bowl after 8 pm daily. It also offers $3.99 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 near Willowbrook Mall and 5950 Fairmont Parkway.

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

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!

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.}