If you're going out for a Valentine's Day treat but want to stick to a budget, here are three places to score Buy-One-Get-One-Free deals.
Surprise your sweetheart with a free treat from Panera Bread for Valentine's Day.
Using the social-media gifting service Treater, you can order up a free cookie and let your loved one know through Facebook or Twitter.
How about a free movie for Valentine's Day -- courtesy of Redbox.
The promotion is good on one single-night DVD rental at Redbox kiosks.
Or you can apply the DVD rental cost to the price of a video game or Blu-ray rental.
In this week's Pintful beer column, I offer an alternative to the red, heart-shaped box of mediocre chocolates for Valentine’s Day: chocolate beer. The options are aplenty this time of year, so I called three local bottle shops for recommendations from the pros. Pick one up today.
-- Jason Cole from The Bottle Shop at Tyler’s Taproom in Raleigh: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. The British brewery sells the beer in 16.9-ounce nitrogenated cans, taking the flavor to a whole new level. “It softens up the flavors so you get almost this buttery chocolate flavor,” Cole said. He likes it poured over vanilla ice cream. Sold in four packs, about $9.50.
-- Ben Wilson at Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham: Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout. A newcomer on the market from fall 2012, this is a true chocolate dessert beer. “It just delivers on what it’s called,” Wilson says. “It’s very densely milk-chocolaty.” Sold in four packs, about $11.
-- Jason Kaczor at Ridgewood Wine and Beer in Raleigh: Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout. This seasonal sweet stout from an Athens, Ga.-based brewery is rich in flavor but not over the top. Kaczor describes it as “milk chocolate with a little bit of roastiness to it.” Sold in four packs, about $9.
There's a hot coupon available on the Lindt Chocolate USA Facebook page -- $3 off a bag of chocolates.
Snag it before it reaches its limit and disappears.
Then take it to Rite Aid, where Lindt Lindor truffles are on sale this week for $2.99.
That's free chocolate.
Or take it to CVS, where the Lindt Lindor truffles are $3.50 for some chocolate on the cheap.
Either way, it's perfect timing for Valentine's Day.
If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, Krispy Kreme has got you covered for Valentine's Day.
Buy one dozen heart-shaped or sprinkled doughnuts right now and you'll receive one dozen Valentine cards free.
Each card doubles as a coupon for a free doughnut.
Get the cards now through Feb. 14 or while they last.
Earth Fare grocery stores will be offering customers a coupon a day starting Wednesday.
The Ashville-based supermarket chain, which promotes healthy and organic food choices, will send the coupons out via text message to customers' phones Feb. 8 through Feb. 14.
If you're interested, text EAT to 71700. Regular texting rates will apply.
No word yet on what the coupons will be but based on the marketing, they will have a Valentine's Day theme.
In the Triangle, Earth Fare has one location. It's in Raleigh in the Brier Creek area.
Overall, I would have to say we're faring well.
While spending money would have been easier, we have gained a certain sense of satisfaction by making do with what we have.