Deals at DQ

Posted on July 6th, 2009 – 4:03 PM
By John Ewoldt

In case anyone was wondering when I would feature cheap eats at a simple restaurant, Dairy Queen offers a flurry of specials, too. The Sweet Deals value menu includes two items for $3, three for $4 or four items for $5. Choose from nine items. Participating DQs offer “happy hour” specials from 2 to 4 p.m. daily. Anything through a straw (Arctic Rush, MooLatte, soda, shakes or malts but not Blizzards) is half-price. If you want a Blizzard deal, ask for the Blizzard Free-quency card at participating restaurants. Buy three, get one free. Find out which restaurants are participating at Fourteen Foods. See? I’m not always writing about Murrays or McCormick & Schmick.

4th of July shopping deals (and a case of Coke for $4)

Posted on July 2nd, 2009 – 9:53 AM
By John Ewoldt

Today is the last day to get 50 percent off all truffles and bonbons at one of the best chocolatiers in the Twin Cities, Chocolate Celeste (2506 University Av. W., St. Paul, 651-644-3823). Cash only for the sale.  

Pumpz & Company (Galleria, Edina, 952-926-2252) starts its 50 percent off sale on spring and summer clearance, including women’s strappy sandals, gladiators and wedges from Prada, Cynthia Vincent, and Tory Burch. There will also be handbags from Carlos Falchi, Be&D, and Rafe and jewelry from Gerard Yosca.  The 70 percent off sale starts in several weeks.

On July 4 only, thrift stores such as Goodwill, Unique, Savers and Valu Thrift in St. Paul discount everything 50 percent.   

Get an early start today at the 4th of July sales at local outlet malls. Expect better than average savings as retailers are discounting faster and deeper than in previous seasons. For even better savings, check your favorite clothing consignment store. Many have begun spring and summer clearance sales or will start them later this month.

Wal-Mart appears ready to fight Target’s recent decision to start matching competitor’s ads in Minnesota and Hudson. Wal-Mart is touting 24-packs of Coke for $4, a low price not seen for years, except when supermarkets require a $25 purchase. But Wal-Mart’s price on Coke and Diet Coke, good through Sunday, does not require a coupon or a minimum purchase. If you want Target to match the price, take the ad in Thursday’s paper to any Target service counter.   Enjoy your 4th. Anyone done a little comparison shopping on the cheaper places to buy fireworks?  

Two newly-announced restaurant deals

Posted on July 1st, 2009 – 12:16 PM
By John Ewoldt

Here are two restaurant deals just announced.

Kozlak’s Royal Oak restaurant in Shoreview  celebrates 32 years in business with six entrees priced at $19.77 for July. Entrees include prime rib, beef tenderloin, walleye, chicken cordon bleu, pork loin and shrimp. The price includes the salad bar or house salad, sides, a glass of house wine and chocolate mousse dessert. Those entrees would regularly sell for about $25 without the wine and dessert.

A pound of lobster for less than $20? Yes, on July 2-5 at McCormick & Schmick’s, get a pound of steamed lobster for $19.95 for lunch or dinner. The special includes mashed potatoes and a vegetable (drawn butter too) and is available at the two McCormick & Schmick locations in the Galleria in Edina and Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis as well as the M & S Grill on 6th Street downtown Minneapolis. The lobster is regularly about $30 per pound.

Question: What retailers sell flags as the 4th of July approaches?

Posted on June 30th, 2009 – 9:27 AM
By John Ewoldt

Answer: Try Wal-Mart, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Joanne’s or Target. Also check the Yellow Pages under “Flags & Flagpoles” for specialty retailers.

Home decor and furnishings sale starting today

Posted on June 25th, 2009 – 1:11 PM
By John Ewoldt

Global Surroundings is offering deals on high-end furniture and decorative accessories in St. Cloud starting today through Saturday. Included in the sale: leather sets (club chairs, sofas, love seats and ottomans) at 50% off retail; reclaimed teak dining room sets and desks; baskets, candle holders, vases and lamps (ranging from $5 to $129); original oil paintings starting at $200; plus pillows, wooden floor mats and bedspreads.

The sale is being held at 1209 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud. 320-259-1868. Hours of the sale are 4 to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Mattress sale at Slumberland

Posted on June 24th, 2009 – 1:52 PM
By John Ewoldt

From Tuesday’s Dollar Duo video: the green Simmons mattresses will be available at Slumberland on July 19. Although prices were not confirmed, Slumberland will have the beds on sale during the launch. Prices start at $1,000, which is considerably cheaper than green beds have been in the past. For more choices in green mattresses, try and its store near Uptown.Go here for the video.

More local sales starting Thursday

Posted on June 24th, 2009 – 11:00 AM
By John Ewoldt

Bibelot: The summer clothing sale starts Thursday, June 25. Select items will be 30% off at all four locations.

JoyNoelle Boutique & Atelier: The store is holding a sample sale on Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dresses, coats, handbags and jewelry will be on sale. 312 West 42nd Street (42nd and Grand), Minneapolis. 612-209-7822

Peapods: The annual sidewalk sale is June 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The store brings out ‘scratch-and-dent’ merchandise and discounts it 25-75% off. The store does not accept checks. 251 Snelling Ave. South., St. Paul. 651-695-5559

Question: What’s a good sheet to sleep on in the summer and where can I buy it?

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 – 2:45 PM
By John Ewoldt

Answer: If you haven’t tried the sheets with a bamboo and cotton blend, now is a good time. Sheets with a blend of cotton and bamboo have a wonderful way of feeling cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Target’s brand, which are about $50 for a queen set, are wonderfully soft. In two years, I have had no problems with pilling, although some reviewers at have.  If you want a crisp, almost stiff sheet, you want percale, not the softer sateen. The best deal on percale in the Twin Cities is at SIS fabric outlet (6707 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, 763-560-0969). They have Eddie Bauer percale sheet sets for $15, all sizes. Want high-end sets? Try Tuesday Morning (locations at and check price tags. The sets originally priced at $250 to $450 per set are usually Italian-made and discounted to about $99 per queen set. It’s excellent quality at a good price.


Got a question about metro-area deals? Send them to me and I’ll try and get the answer.

A reason to get to West Elm Saturday morn

Posted on June 19th, 2009 – 1:03 PM
By John Ewoldt

West Elm (3821 Gallagher Dr., Edina, 952-835-8332) throws open the doors an hour early Saturday for customer appreciation. In addition to a free breakfast, three free, short seminars will be offered: “How to re-style a room for less than $500 without buying new furniture,” “How to take a dining room table from afternoon casual to formal evening,” and “How to style a bedroom.” Attendees also get free space planning on the computer, so bring dimensions of your room and furniture pieces. A printout of the design is provided.  One-on-one design service in the store is also free.

Topping it off, everyone gets 10 percent off purchases made that day. Even sweeter, many summer enteraining pieces are already discounted 25 percent.

Need a summer read? Here are two book sales through Saturday

Posted on June 19th, 2009 – 11:23 AM
By John Ewoldt

Biermaier’s books, one of the oldest and largest used bookstores in the Twin Cities, will discount all of its 75,000 books 50 percent today and Saturday at 809 SE. 4th St., Minneapolis, 612-378-0129.

Lerner Publishing Group celebrates its 50th anniversary with hardcover books for $5 and paperbacks for $1. Get 5 hardcovers for $20 and 10 paperbacks for $8. The selection includes children’s and young adult, fiction, non-fiction, English and Spanish. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 241 1st Av. N., Minneapolis, 612-332-3344 x385.