Extra 30% Off Groupon Deals for the Twin Cities

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Right now Groupon is offering an additional 30% off Groupon deals in select cities – and lucky the Twin Cities are included!! That means you get an extra 30% discount off the already discounted prices of the Groupon deals. But, this offer is valid only through tomorrow, 11/24/14. See all the Twin Cities Groupon deals here.

Bentleyville Annual Free Walk Through “Tour of Lights” Opens in Duluth November 22nd



The annual FREE Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” Walk Through lighting display opens in Duluth on Saturday, November 22nd and stays open through Saturday, December 27th. Bentleyville is America’s largest free walk-through light display.

Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 5:00 – 9:00pm, and Friday to Sunday 5:00 – 10:00pm.

It’s free to visit but donations are welcome (individual donations pay for most of Bentleyville’s expenses). Parking on site costs $5.00 per vehicle.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be parachuting into Bentleyville right at dusk on opening day – November 22nd.



Free SOUND+VISION MN Pop Culture Collectibles Show in Woodbury – November 22


The Sound + Vision MN Twin Cities’ Pop Culture Collectibles Show features new and used, vintage, rare and hard-to-find Music (VINYL, CDs, DVDs), Comics, Toys, Movie-related Items, Memorabilia, and much more. It’s on Saturday, November 22nd from 9:00am – 3:0opm and is located inside Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury, MN (1 block west of 494 and Valley Creek Rd [exit 59]).

Admission is FREE and there are promotions and giveaways.

Sound+VisionMN will have an exclusive The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies event, to offer a fun chance to win free advanced movie screening passes and other items for the holiday blockbuster, which opens in theaters on December 17th.


Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market on Saturday, November 22



Do It Green! Minnesota hosts their annual Green Gifts Fair this Saturday, November 22nd at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. It’s from 10:00am to 5:00pm and is free, though a $1 donation per person will be accepted at the door.

Green gift options are showcased with over 80 local artists and retailers. Learn ways to reduce your impact over the holidays with over 15 demo booths.

You can also download a free Metro Transit bus pass to the fair.


Nicholas David at The Fitzgerald Theater – Grab Half Price Tickets!

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Many of us know Nicholas David from NBC’s The Voice, where he was a finalist. This local vibrant, dynamic and multi-talented singer/songwriter will be making his debut performance at the Fitzgerald Theater for a special one-night concert event to kick off the holiday season.

When it comes to his iconic live shows, Nicholas is a one-of-a-kind must see act – from the moment he walks on stage he gives himself over to the music and this emotional approach to performing is the very reason the Minnesota music community has affectionately named him “the feelin.”

Also joining Nicholas for this one-night concert event are some of Minnesota’s top musical talents including Alison Scott, Esera Tuaolo, Eric Gordon and Phil Thompson.

Regularly priced tickets to the show are $40-$45, but right now you can get them for $20-$22.50 through Goldstar. Since this is a one-night-only event, I have a feeling the tickets may go quickly!

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Shoreview on Thursday, November 20


This Thursday, November 20th from 6:00 – 7:00pm, the annual Shoreview Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place at the Shoreview Community Center.

This community event will feature caroling from the Turtle Lake Elementary School choir, followed by the lighting of the trees outside of the Shoreview Community Center and Shoreview Commons Park. Refreshments will be served in the Wedell Community Room after the ceremony.

50% Off at Wuollet Bakery – 6 Twin Cities Locations

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Just in time for the holidays, , one of my veryFAVORITE local half-price deals is back again. You can get a $30 voucher to spend at Wuollet Bakery for only $15! There are six locations to choose from and your voucher will be valid through 12/31/14. My personal favorites are their breads – yum! ….and the cupcakes – yummy! I’m anxious to see all the treats they cook up for the holidays!

Free Family Fair Day at Capri Theater in Minneapolis – November 22


The Junior League of Minneapolis presents the Inaugural Family Fair Day on Saturday, November 22nd at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis. The event is intended to promote healthy living and help close the achievement gap.

Free family fun includes games and prizes, craft tables, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities courtesy of JLM’s H.O.M.E.S. (Hands-On Math, Engineering and Science), books to take home (ages 4-12), healthy snack demonstrations, samples, recipes and much more.

Verizon Holiday Tech Fashion Show at MOA + Chance to Win a Sony Z3

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This Thursday, the Verizon Destination Store at Mall of America will be hosting the first-ever Holiday Tech Fashion Show. As we head into the holiday season, this event will give us a look at devices that will be on LOTS of wish-lists this year.

The show will feature the hottest mobile technologies from new wearables and smart home devices to mobile accessories and tech toys. The show takes place Thursday, November 20 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Ali Kaplan, Sr. Lifestyle Editor for Mpls-St. Paul Magazine emcees the event.

Can’t wait until then? We’ll be giving you a special sneak preview via Twitter on Wednesday. PLUS, we will be giving you the chance to win a brand new Xperia® Z3v Smartphone!!

The Xperia® Z3v is an amazing phone! It’s waterproof and slim, blending durability with beauty. A few of the details:

  • Play your PS4™ games around your home from the smartphone.
  • Express your creativity with the impressive camera and apps.
  • Enjoy the bright 5.2-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile!

RSVP below and join us on Twitter Wednesday, 11/19, from 1:00 pm to 1:45 for your chance to win the Sony Xperia® Z3v, a value of $599.99! We’ll also have two door prize winners of a bit of Verizon swag: lighted key chain, pen and breath mints.


Twitter Giveaway: To be eligible to win, retweet the tweet below, and add your Twitter handle to the list. Then tweet with us Wednesday 11/19 from 1:00pm to 1:45 with the hashtags #VZWFashion AND #VZWBuzz. Follow @ThriftyJinxy and the hashtag #VZWBuzz to keep up with the event!

Rules: Giveaway open to residents of the USA aged 18 and older. Only those who have both RSVPd and tweeted with the hashtags #VZWFashion AND #VZWBuzz are eligible to win. This giveaway is being hosted by Thrifty Jinxy and not by Verizon Wireless.

Free Bachman’s Play “Santa’s Top Secret Toys” & Holiday Open House – November 22 & 23


Santa’s arriving in style at Bachman’s this Saturday, November 22nd at Bachman’s in Minneapolis. He’ll arrive via reindeer-drawn sleigh with his elf Albert at 10:30am. Activities begin at 9:30am with Eden Prairie’s Central Middle School’s pep band playing tunes and Ralphie from the Ordway’s “A Christmas Story, The Musical” will perform and interact with guests.

The annual all-new Bachman’s Holiday Play this year is “Santa’s Top Secret Toys” and will show at multiple times on Saturday and Sunday. It’s free and pictures are free to take with Santa and Albert following the shows (bring your own camera).

Other activities include a live reindeer pen, caramel sampling and more.