Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice otherwise known as the longest day. This is a day many in the Alzheimer's community use to raise awareness for this disease. As some of you may know, I am the caregiver for a mother with Alzheimer's and this cause is one I am passionate about helping when I can witnessing firsthand the impact it has on her and even myself as caregiver and my family.
Some of you may also know that I had not one but two events I had hoped to help promote that fell through and I was at a loss on what to do. Then I saw Glazed & Confused Syracuse was doing something to raise money for the cause and I wanted to be a part of it to help a locally owned business as well as raise awareness and maybe even some money if you so choose. So we are giving away a dozen donuts to someone who follows us on social media and participates.
The rules of the giveaway are simple:
1) Be following us (@CuseCheap) and Glazed and Confused on their social media.
2) Reply to this post on our social media pages or tag both of us in a Tweet or Facebook BUT you have to make sure both accounts are used as well as the hashtag #EndALZ (after all, this is to help raise awareness and hashtags are great ways to do so).
3) Comments must be posted on Thursday June 21st between the hours of sunrise (5:25 AM) and sunset (8:47 PM) since this is to coincide with the Summer Solstice. Thank you to WSYR Newschannel 9 meteorologist Jim Teske for giving me the times. Only posts during those times frames will be valid.
4) I will then pick a winner and notify the winner as well as Glazed & Confused as to won after sunset.
BONUS ENTRY OPPORTUNITY:
If you can also show proof that you donated to the local Alzheimer's Association during this time period or purchased a Purple Rain donut yourself, I will also add an additional entry in your name. If you would like to donate to the Central New York Alzheimer's Association, you can find the link here or if you know a team raising money for the walk, that counts as well. If you wish to go visit Glazed & Confused, you can find them at 211 N. Clinton Street in downtown Syracuse between the hours of 7 AM and 2 PM.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
I have not done a blog post in a while and I apologize but since I was noticing some places already advertising deals for that big NFL game that they say you should not mention in advertising or NFL may be unhappy, I thought I would put together something for those who want to enjoy the game.
So here are some ways to enjoy your big game party or chances to go out and enjoy the game with others and maybe save a little money while you're at it or at least have some fun.
Trappers II Pizza & Pub
The Red Jug Pub Cortland
31 Central Ave. Cortland NY 13045
Featuring "Halfy Hour" 2-4-1 all pints, bottles, drafts and cans plus prizes, giveaways as well as pizza, wings and snacks. Check out this Facebook event page for more details and set a reminder if you are interested.
7459 W. Murray Drive Cicero, NY 13039
This Super Bowl bash is advertising draft, bottle and shot specials along with free munchies with pregame festivities starting as early as 3pm and if you like Budweiser, they will be there as well. They also have a Facebook event page for you to view here if you are interested.
Primo And Mary's SalsaCuse
Tonini's Gourmet Pizza
6059 E. Taft Road Syracuse, NY 13212
Tully's Good Times
Syracuse Ukrainian National Home
1317 West Fayette Street Syracuse NY 13204
I spoke with a social media representative for the Syracuse UNH and I was told that they will be offering $2 domestic beers, chili and finger food while showing the game on a 59 inch screen. For more information on this location in Tipp Hill, you can click their website here or check out their Facebook page where you can also see about their upcoming spaghetti dinner.
Cinderella's Restaurant, Bar and Suites
1208 Main Street Sylvan Beach, NY 13157
Cinderella's says they will offer all you can eat chicken wings served with fresh cut french fries and endless soup and salad bar. Another asset to this one is that as the name implies, they also have rooms to rent if you do not wish to drive home after the game. They also have other deals throughout the week and sometimes offer coupon deals so if you are interested, here is the link to their site.
7119 Minoa Bridgeport Road East Syracuse, NY 13057
Looking for a venue near East Syracuse? CrossRoads Tavern will be offering $2 off pizzas, $2 off wings and $2.50 Bud Light draft pints during the game. You can check out their Facebook page for other deals throughout the week and upcoming shows by clicking here.
6301 State Route 298 East Syracuse, NY 13057
The Doubletree is holding a "Seasons Bowl '18" event. This will feature New England Lobster Mac 'N Cheese verses Philly Cheesesteak and Fries. During the game, they will feature special pricing for these items and a live running scoreboard featuring the number of sales for each item sold and will update every quarter. Each customer who orders these items will receive a ballot to guess the "final score" of these sales and the closest guess will win a tin of cookies. Plus they will offer $3.50 Bud Light bottles as well.
Spera's Old-Fashioned Meat Market And Deli
6250 Route 31 Cicero, NY 13039
Catering your own event? Check out the options at Spera's including their catering options (for more details about that, click here). I recommend trying their signature pizza rolls myself plus their salads have always been great as well as the best meat in the area.
Lew's Sports Bar & Grill
7356 Church Street North Syracuse, NY 13212
Lew's will offer 50 cents off all drinks if you bring a dish to pass and also free pizza before the game and again during halftime.
LIFE OF REILLEY
Wegman's Grocery Store
I just received a message letting me know that Wegman's has some catering options if you wish. Click here to see the catalog of catering options and here to place your order. Please keep in mind that you likely will need at least 24 hours notice if placing these orders.
Fisher Bay Too Go
1305 State Route 31 Bridgeport, NY 13030
Toss 'N' Fire Pizza
315 North Main Street North Syracuse, NY 13212
Just got the following message from Toss 'N' Fire:
We're now accepting pre-orders for Super Bowl Sunday. We will be open from 12-8pm and we highly suggest getting your orders in early to secure your pickup or delivery times. Super Bowl Pickup Specials 2 Large Cheese or Garlic Pizzas $20 4 Large Cheese or Garlic Pizzas $38 Large Cheese/Garlic + 12 Wings $21 2 Large Cheese + 24 Wings $42 4 Large Cheese/Garlic + 48 Wings $82
These specials are for pickup only and cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or coupons. Must mention the special when ordering to receive discount. Cannot be combined with any other specials, offers, discounts or coupons.
The Palace Theater
How about chocolate pizza and wings for your Super Bowl party? Click here to see all the options available.
Wild Will's Saloon
139 E. Water Street Syracuse, NY 13202
2370 State Route 31 Canastota, NY 13032
Here are their specials and for more information, their Facebook page is here:
Super Bowl $52.00 special
1 Large 1 Topping Pizza
2 Liter soda
Large Pizza and 20 Wings
2 Large Pizzas and 30 Wings
2 Large Pizzas and 50 Wings
According to this article on syracuse.com by friend of the page Jacob Pucci, The Distillery will be giving everyone who watches the game at one of their locations a certificate for a free meal (up to $10 in value) if the Eagles win the game. They will also be offering buy one, get one half price pizzas, 20 wings for $20 and two for one margaritas as well as specials on Labatts Blue beer.
This is not a local company but does involve a Syracuse University alum and I thought it was fun to add this contest. You can find on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by clicking the words to enter.
Maple Leaf Market
11 East State Street Sherrill, NY 13461
246 West Willow Street Syracuse, NY 13202
Orange Crate Brewing Company
731 South Crouse Ave. Syracuse, NY 13210
1849 Grant Blvd Syracuse, NY 13208
115 Game Road Syracuse, NY 13210
They will be showing the game on a 150 inch projection screen with surround sound. They will also have their beer and Toss 'n' Fire Pizza on hand. For more details, check out their Facebook event page here.
6500 East Seneca Tpke. Jamesville, NY 13078
Guilfoil's Irish Pub
501 Burnett Ave. Syracuse, NY 13203
Friday, September 15, 2017
In the midst of the autumn season in Central New York, I am excited for many reasons including that Orange on the field and soon on the court (not to mention the soccer field, softball field and other SU facilities). As the season plays out, many focus on the attendance of the crowd and while this is a heated debate to be had at times on social media, for many, the costs are just too much at this time for them. I do not shame them as you have to do what is best for you and your family. Keep in mind, from the product value standpoint, Syracuse football tickets are some of the cheapest throughout the country for their level of play (and some other sport events like soccer can also be free).
If you would like to visit the Dome for a game, we here at Cuse Cheap do have a deal going with the official ticket office to help you save a few dollars on tickets (though it may exclude the Clemson game) if you click the link here.
If saving a few dollars on the tickets still is not enough to help or maybe it is too much to go up to the Dome for other reasons, I thought I would put together a list of places where you can watch and maybe save a few dollars. I hope you go to the Dome if you can but if you decide to go out or if you do go to games and just need a place to watch away games, here are a few places and a fun idea for apparel.
Also note that some have NFL deals as well in case you want to get out for those as well.
If you know of any other options, let me know and I will gladly do a second list later. If you wish to check out their website for more information and locations, click the links on the name of the business.
Lew's Sports Bar & Grill
During all SU games, Lew's will offer 75 cent wings as well as $2.50 pounders and 25 cents off all other drinks.
The Beginning II
The Beginning II is a Buffalo Bills sports bar so if you are a Bills fan, you will enjoy it. That said, during all NFL games this season (and they state on their site they plan to show them all), they will be offering 60 cent wings, $3 Labatts Zubaz cans, $3 bottles of Molson and Miller Lite as well as $7 pitchers.
Jake Hafner's Restaurant & Tavern
Jake Hafner's offers SU and NFL deals during game times. During SU games, you can enjoy 50 cent wings and specials on 22 ounce Coors Light drafts. For NFL games, you can still enjoy 50 cent wings as well as 16 ounce cans of Labatt and Labatt Blue Lights for only $2.50.
Sharkey's Bar & Grill
Sharkey's offers an SU/NFL deal that during games, you can get a half pound of boneless wings with your choice of sauce, served with blue cheese and celery and a flatbread pepperoni pizza for only $10.99. You can also enjoy a pitcher of Bud Light for $8.50 or a bucket of 5 Bud Light cans for only $18. Please note that specials start 15 minutes before game time and run through the games and no substitutions are allowed.
The Wildcat Sports Pub
Thank you to Twitter friend @Jeff_Funck for suggesting The Wildcat Sports Pub. The Wildcat offer is during all SU football and basketball games as well as NFL games and includes the following:
$1.50 slices of cheese, pepperoni or sausage pizza
$2.00 off wings and wing dings
$2.50 Bud Light, Blue Light, Yuengling, Miller Lite and Coors Light (bar area)
$8 pitchers of Bud Light, Blue Light, Yuengling, Miller Lite and Coors Light (bar area)
$14 buckets of Bud Light, Blue Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light
Alpine Gentlemen's Club
And if you are looking for somewhere different to watch college football games, why not try Alpine Gentlemen's Club? On Saturdays, doors open at noon and there is a free buffet usually with pizza, cold cuts and more as well as $3 bottle beer drink specials often until 8pm when the girls go on stage. No cover to watch football until night time and then it there is only a $5 cover!
Tully's Good Times
Town Tavern in Mattydale does change up their food specials but for NFL and SU games they do offer $2 pounders, $2.50 pints and $2.75 bottles.
The Office Bar and Grill
During Syracuse games, you can enjoy $2.50 domestic cans and 10 wings for $6!
Sunday, September 10, 2017
So on September 1, I celebrated my 45th birthday and it reminded me that I had been wanting to work on a post about birthdays. Some places offer deals you can enjoy if it is your birthday or at least during the week. Here is a list of some that I know of and will do my best to update it if things change or I find more. There are a few I will list that are not necessarily locally owned but having grown up in CNY, they are businesses I always enjoyed and still do occasionally as well and I want to help make your day more special.
CNY Central- Let's start off with one for those 18 and under who want to see their name on the morning news. You can sign up for the Birthday Bash but make sure you do so at least 7 days in advance and follow the other guidelines you will see if you click the link.
Cinderella's Restaurant Bar and Suites- When you sign up for email deals at Cinderella's in Sylvan Beach, not only do you get a free appetizer for signing up but if you list your birthday, you get a free coupon emailed to you on your birthday for a desert. Click the link here to sign up (oh and save that link and check it periodically for possible coupons you can use as well).
The Distillery- How about a free meal for your birthday? If you sign up to join The Distillery's Birthday Club (they have a CNY location on Erie Blvd), you will be emailed a buy one get one free dinner entree you can use, though you may still need to provide valid ID with the email. To sign up for their birthday club, click here or if you want, they also offer an anniversary club which you can join by clicking here.
Tops Market- Sorry if the picture is not the greatest quality but saw this at Tops in North Syracuse during a recent visit and wanted to share it. Please check with your local Tops and be sure they also honor the same deal. If you do shop Tops, be sure to check out other deals available to you on their website and app including their family meal deals.
By the way, Tops in North Syracuse at least has some very cool Syracuse sports oriented cakes and cupcakes in their bakery section if your loved one is a big Orange fan as well.
Byrne Dairy- Here is a simple way to get a free half gallon of ice cream from your local Byrne Dairy convenience store. Simply download their app, put in your birthday for age appropriate deals and on your birthday, they will automatically upload in your deals area, a coupon you can use for free ice cream.
Friendly's- If you go to the Friendly's website and click their offer tab (which you can find the direct link to by clicking here), you will see many offers including the chance to sign up to be a BFF. Signing up gets you 25% off your next visit, deals on cartons of ice creams, email deals and a free sundae for your birthday.
Carvel- If you are like me and grew up loving these commercials and their ice cream cakes, you like know the names Cookie Puss and Fudgie The Whale. Well you can sign up to be a Fudgie Fanatic to get an email that usually includes a free ice cream cone and a coupon to help with the cost of the cake as well. If you are interested, you can find the link to sign up here.
Texas Roadhouse- I am not here to play favorites but this is one I like having visited the one on Erie Blvd multiple times and always enjoying a quality meal at an affordable price. You can also sign up for email subscriptions that will include a free appetizer on your birthday by clicking the link here.
Kirby's- How about a free center cut sirloin steak on your birthday? Click the link here to learn how to get this great deal and the few rules that apply in order for you to use this deal (and make sure you have a valid ID as well).
Kandied Kernel- As you can see, I got out my handy cell phone camera and took these photos I saw while visiting the Kandied Kernel Cicero location recently. Not sure if this deal is permanent or temporary but sharing it either way. You may want to save yourself a trip and call ahead to be sure on this one but who doesn't love free popcorn (and they have great caramel corn as well). For store information, check out their website here.
Pizza Boys- If you are near Little Falls or NY Mills areas, you may want to sign up for the Pizza Boys reward program which includes something special for your birthday and/or anniversary. Click the link here to sign up.
Trapper's Pizza- If you are planning a party of 25 people or more and think Trapper's Pizza in East Syracuse is a good destination, you may want to look into their S'mores Bar which is only $2 per person.
Wolff's Biergarten- FREE BEER HERE! Yes you heard me right. On your birthday, head on over to Wolff's Biergarten on Montgomery Street in Downtown Syracuse and you can enjoy a boot of beer.
Dunkin' Donuts- If you sign up for the DD Perks program, you can earn free beverages including one on your birthday. Download the app on your phone or read more about it here.
Friday, June 30, 2017
This weekend marks the one year anniversary of Cuse Cheap! On July 1st, I had the realization I wanted to do more than just a regular blog and so I researched some ideas and on July 2nd, I posted for the first time after all the research was finished. I did Google searches, wrote down concepts and decided I was so excited that I did not want to waste time...I had found what I wanted to do and I wanted to share it now.
As a caregiver of a mom with Alzheimer's, I explored the possibilities of a caregiving blog or information about Alzheimer's. I decided quickly though that there were others doing this already and doing it well and I spend 24/7 caring for mom so I wanted something different...I wanted a mental escape of sorts.
Since approximately 2009, I have dabbled in blogging and social media and most of my stuff centered around Syracuse sports. Within many of those posts, there was always a desire to bring up other Syracuse topics I enjoyed. In fact, often times other than one blog post about Jonny Flynn that got picked up by CBS Sports website, some of my more popular posts seemed to be when discussing local products or businesses.
This time around I wanted to combine that with something different however....something more that people may enjoy or possibly benefit from if they took the time to read. I saw other cities where social media accounts advertised free or cheap things going on in the area and thought this might work if I combine it with promoting local businesses like I had in the past to some extent. and add my passion for this area and the people in it.
Over the years, I had constantly heard and saw online many who complained about the worst aspects of Syracuse. (i.e. it's too expensive, nothing to do, crime downtown, rude people, etc) And while I am not ignoring many of those complaints (because many have valid complaints), I wanted to show that there were many positive aspects of the community. Many of those negatives are not just a Syracuse problem but a society problem and I felt like I wanted to make a positive difference.
In my experiences over the years, I learned of some great businesses throughout Syracuse and Central New York that I felt deserved some love and some business owners or social media representatives, I had interacted with and felt comfortable with. I also knew there were many small businesses who may offer some great personality to the area but maybe do not have the advertising budget that some national corporations might have and deserved a spotlight as well.
So I started CuseCheap.com thinking I would occasionally post deals when I saw them in bunches and do profiles on businesses. After a couple months, I started to realize I should change my "business model" and concentrate on social media and use the blog to still supplement that with profile posts and maybe do special features like brunch options, kids deals or happy hours. So I opened Twitter, then Facebook and then Instagram with the purpose of sharing information I shared there that need not need a full post as well as retweet or share posts I saw to spread more information for people to see. We also update our profile pictures on those platforms monthly with pictures of local businesses to help show them off as well.
What I also found was more access to other businesses, some of which I learned about myself doing this. I want you to drive down James Street or Erie Blvd and look at all the businesses (well not while you are actually driving...please watch the road first and foremost) and now imagine trying to help promote all small businesses in the area and you see one of my hurdles yet blessings doing this project. Yes, often times if you follow me you will see many of the same businesses repeated because they do offer great deals but I am always looking for other small, locally owned businesses to share deals with as well. I want to show people who live in the area or visit some of the great places that make Syracuse such a great community.
I also thought what a great way to show those people who say there is nothing to do all the fun options that exist throughout Syracuse and CNY. Fine, this may not be Vegas or NYC but you can have fun doing many things if you open your mind up to the possibilities. Things like museums, libraries, community centers plus local charities, schools and churches who offer a chance to give back or help others as well as keep you busy and make the community a better place.
For example, suppose you live in Cicero and you need to save money so you head to the Wal Mart here. I won't judge you but I would like to point out that within the same area you also have places like Speras and Green Planet Grocery that have specials or offer healthy or fresh alternatives as well that maybe you could explore as well. And sure, Pizza Hut or Domino's have great deals but do does Toss 'N' Fire Wood-Fired Pizza as well as Paladino's Pizza. I am not trying to stop you from shopping anywhere but simply show there are local alternatives that can often still help you financially and in return help local businesses and businesses owners who live among us in the community. Take a look at businesses like Tully's, Dinosaur BBQ, Herb Phillipson's or Hofmann's that continue to grow in the area and for some outside of CNY as well and realize we as consumers can help other local businesses grow as well which produces more local jobs as well as money that stays in the community more.
One last thing about the businesses I share I want to say: taste is subjective. I may share a deal somewhere and people may not like it but there are others who might. We all have different styles, different things we want out of life and different taste buds so what you may not like someone else may enjoy. I personally like to keep my mind open and I do not care if you are a dive bar/ neighborhood bar or a fine dining restaurant...if there is something appealing about your business, I want to try it.
Having said all of that, I want to say thank you. I swear to you I could not do any of this without the support we have received from people and businesses. I came close to closing this thing down last year but my girlfriend (now a partner in this endeavor ) as well as others encouraged me to keep going for it and people seemed to like what I was doing. I get messages from people who have a deal I should share and I love that not because I am lazy but because I can't always see everything and I want this to be about the deals and businesses and not me. I am not here to do anything but give myself a distraction and do my best to help others if I possibly can to make life better. My priority is to care for my mother so sometimes I may have an off day or two trying to keep up or posts like this may take me hours to complete as I try to fit it into my schedule and ensure she has my undivided attention and care as needed so I thank you for your patience and understanding during those times.
I believe Cuse Cheap is a great way to help both customers find brands and deals they may like and companies find maybe some customer who otherwise maybe would not have stopped there. Maybe someone sees a special somewhere they never thought to try or thought to be too expensive but they try it and love it. Maybe they plan further visits for special occasions or change their routine to include that business regularly now because that food or customer service was so good that they can't resist and all because that one time some special caught their eye.
I also hope to soon be moved back to Syracuse (for those who not know, yes I am doing this from North Carolina with the hopes to move mom and I back near family and friends ASAP) and find more ways to make this a better tool for people to utilize and enhance your lives even if it's just the ability to find a meal when you only have $20 to last you a couple days until the next payday. Or maybe we share some local charity event and you can make a difference...as an Alzheimer's caregiver, I have seen first hand how much we can all make a difference and encourage it whenever possible (including the CNY Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association).
Thank you once again and I hope you will enjoy growing with us and helping to show why Syracuse and Central New York may not be perfect but it has many things to be proud of and many local businesses offering deals or products you will enjoy. Please feel free to tell your friends and your local business about us and tell them we want show the positives in the community and make a difference.
Life is tough sometimes but we are tougher when we spread love and positive energy and help each other find ways to improve our lives and I refuse to just sit back and complain when maybe, just maybe I can help someone even if it's just a couple dollars here or there or with simple gestures and kind words. Want Syracuse to be better? Let's make it better one person at a time and highlight the things that make Syracuse and Central NY great! Turn off the news sometimes and see there is more around you than the crime and political disputes that surround us. Let's support each other and make residents and tourists proud to be here. We can only grow and make a difference with your support and I hope we all continue for many more years to come and somehow make your day better.
"If it's a fun time and/or a good deal you seek;
We'll help you find your way around CUSE CHEAP! "
Monday, May 29, 2017
Recently I received a message from Twitter friend Allan who has been very supportive of what we're doing (and we appreciate all the support we get) about profiling a place he enjoys. Of course, I said if it's local and there is enough information to do a full blog post, we could do a Spotlight Special on them. That is when Allan introduced me to Good Nature Brewing.
After doing some research myself, I found they would be a perfect fit for a blog post. I know some will likely ask, "Introduce? You didn't know about Good Nature Brewing before this?" To be completely open and honest, I knew the name but not much else and as much as I love CNY, it is hard to stay on top of every local business (but I am trying now). What I found though is a place that is not only local but offers some fun and affordable items...plus I love beer and brats! :)
Maybe you have heard the name but new to Good Nature Brewing like I was and want to become more familiar with it. Below is a video that is a bit longer than I normally share but it's a great introduction into the company and it kept my attention so check this out (plus as someone who spent 2 years serving in Germany, I can attest to her statements on German bier).
As you know, our name is Cuse Cheap so of course part of what we love to do here is sharing deals and local events throughout CNY and Good Nature has those as well. So let's start with some of their weekly occurances (many of which you can find by clicking on their calendar page here). Like Tuesdays are 2 Stamp Tuesday (get your Growler Club Card stamped twice for each growler refill) and also Pitcher Night (buy one, get the second half off), Wednesdays you can fill your 64 ounce growler and get a short of any beer for only $1, Thursdays you can get $1 off a 20 ounce cask ale while they alternate weeks between jazz and funk music, and Fridays are Hoppy Hours where you get $1 off a selected hoppy beer and a selected malt-forward beer.
On select Saturdays, you can find music including June 3rd at 9 PM when you can hear Sylvan Beach acoustic group Doug and Dave. And on Saturday June 17th, you can take part in the Good Nature Brewery Men's Health Event from 2-4 PM, though this event will be limited and requires pre-registration, which you can do on their Facebook page by clicking here.
As you can see above, they also offer an affordable brunch every Sunday and if you have followed us, you know we love sharing brunch deals. Also if you saw the opening picture, you know their Brat Stand has great deals and beer as well (which is what I plan to try first chance I get to stop in for a visit) and you can see their German Plate pictured below (along with one of their Chef's Specialty Entrees) using local sausage manufacturer Liehs and Steigerwald bratwurst or knockwurst for only $10 and most everything on their menu is sourced from local farms or purveyors, per Good Nature Brewing president and co-founder Carrie Blackmore.
Carrie has also informed me of a great deal at the Farm Brewery whether you are a regular who would like to try a different beer or maybe you are new and unsure which you would prefer. If that is the case, you can get FIVE 5 ounce tasters for only $5!
You can find a list of their year round brews here and their current specialties here or even with at least 24 hours notice, you can order a keg as well. Also check out your local retailers in 31 counties throughout New York state because you may find them on their shelves just like I did during a recent visit to a Nice-N-Easy in Cicero, which you can see pictured below.
You can find them at their website and on social media as well by clicking the links below to stay up on other deal news, to-dos and their current brews:
Oh and did you know that in addition to the Tap Room, the Beer Garden is now open!!!