Category Archives: Local Deals

bargains & deals in and around Frederick

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2 New Business Exchange Participants

Two new businesses are now listed on our Business Exchange page: and a handmade jewelry business.

To list your business on this page for free, send me the particulars. The only requirement is that you must offer people who mention at least a 10% discount.

Additional 10% off our (already low) annual marketing service fee…includes a FULL YEAR of SuddenValues website advertising, weekly distribution of coupons/offers AND development of an internal eMail program for better customer retention. Only $1,345 (reg. $1,495) when you mention (Retail merchants only, please)

Chuck Boteler
Phone: (301) 846-4420
“Just Click, Print and Save!”


Check out my handmade jewelry on

Etsy is a website selling all handcrafted items.

If you mention that you’re a subscriber of Bargain Chaser, I’ll give you a 10% discount off of any item in my shop. Please note that the 10% discount does not include shipping costs or items that are already on sale in my shop.

~Pam Stultz


Save Money at the Gas Pump with Giant Eagle Fuelperks

I’ve noticed lately that I’m starting to look for reasons to “swing by” Giant Eagle, even though I live in Middletown and have a perfectly good Safeway (with an in-store Starbucks) less than 2 minutes from my house. Why? Fuelperks, of course. Once you’ve filled up with your first free tank of gas, you’ll be hooked, too.

Here’s how Fuelperks work:

For every $50 you spend at Giant Eagle with your Giant Eagle Advantage Card, you earn a 10¢-off-per-gallon Fuelperks discount. (For the past couple of months, it’s been 20¢.) They keep track of what you spend, so you don’t have to spend in increments of $50.

In addition to earning Fuelperks on groceries, you can also earn them on:

  • Gift Cards from retailers and restaurants (TIP: If you need to buy something from one of the merchants for which Giant Eagle sells gift cards, buy a gift card first. This is the fastest way to earn Fuelperks.)
  • Out-of-pocket pharmacy purchases.
  • Services from their Dress for Success cleaners.
  • Inside the store at GetGo (where you redeem your Fuelperks).
  • Purchases and rentals at Iggle Video.
  • Photo service purchases.

You can redeem Fuelperks at two local GetGo gas stations: 1700 West 7th & 1000 West Patrick. Just scan your Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the pump, and your discount will be applied.

Two more incentives to shop at Giant Eagle (at least for some things):

  • Free babysitting for kids 3-9 while you shop.
  • eOffers: Have Giant Eagle coupons electronically attached to your Giant Eagle Advantage Card. First, you’ll need to register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card on Then, you’ll need to load the coupons you want before going to the store. The coupons you’ve loaded will be redeemed automatically when you cash out.

Day Trips That Promise as Much Fun for Parents as Kids

By Moira E. McLaughlin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 20, 2008

The summer before I entered seventh grade, my mother (the consummate organizer) and two of her friends decided to take their gang of six kids on various day trips throughout the hot months. The point was fun, of course, but we were also supposed to learn something. We went to Baltimore, Manassas, Chesapeake Beach and (what we all recall most vividly) Vera’s White Sands restaurant in Lusby, where the pictures on the walls drove us to fits of laughter.

I realize now that those trips were not just about the kids. They were about the moms, too. Driving in the car to some random place solidified their friendships, which have lasted long beyond the day we got stuck in that rainstorm or the day we were spooked by the “ghost” of Edgar Allan Poe.

So this summer try something new, and break out of your regular routine with a day trip or two. My mother had only two rules for our day trips, and you should, too: Bring your sense of adventure, and always pack a bathing suit.

Road Trip! –


Three-Month YMCA Summer Memberships are Back!

Summer memberships are valid for any three-month period between May 1 and September 30, 2008.

Heath & Wellness Membership
$175 / Family: $255

Youth Membership
Ages 5-17—$70

If the health benefits don’t convince you, consider the following:

  • My family signed up last summer, and when we decided to continue our membership after the summer, the Y waived the customary $100 initiation fee. I’ve spoken with several people who said this fee was also waived for them in previous years.
  • If you’ve already enrolled your kids in YMCA summer camp at the non-member rate, sign up for a summer membership before camp starts, and have your fees adjusted.
  • Free babysitting (and a rec room for older kids, complete with pool table & air hockey).
  • Free wireless internet in the lobby.

To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to register by June 30.

For details, call: (301) 663-5131.


Free Tae Kwon Do Uniform and Trial Month for $39.95

Here’s a risk-free way to see if Tae Kwon Do is right for you or your child. Between now and August 15, Martial Arts USA has agreed to give anyone who mentions a free uniform ($45 value) and a trial month for just $39.95. During that month, you (or your child) can attend class three times a week–side by side with other new students. My 7-year-old daughter has been attending classes there since November and loves it. The instructors are kind and really seem to enjoy their work, which I think my daughter has picked up on and is part of the reason she’s doing so well there.

From the Martial Arts USA website:

Adults Program – Our Adult class (ages 14 and up) learns both Korean martial art styles of Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do in a traditional and friendly atmosphere. Our adults focus on Forms (Poomsae) and Weapons Training, Self-defense Situations, Kick pad drills, Target shield and Kick line drills, 3 Step Sparring (no contact), Hapkido Hosinisool (various techniques like throws, pressure points, joint locks and submission holds for example) and Olympic Style Sparring.
Children’s Program – Our Children’s class (for children ages 6 and up) learns the basics and beyond of traditional Tae Kwon Do in a variety of situations including Forms (Poomsae) and Weapons training, 3 Step Sparring (no contact), Kick line combination drills and Olympic Style Sparring.

Tiny Tigers Program – And for the youngest martial artists (for children ages 4 and 5) our Tiny Tigers program is a fun introduction to traditional Tae Kwon Do. The shorter class length keeps small kids interested and enthusiastic as they begin to learn the basic techniques they will eventually use to advance to more challenging belt classes.

Martial Arts USA
Hillcrest Towne Center
1080 W. Patrick Street, Suites 5 & 6
Frederick, MD 21703


Regal Cinemas Free Kids’ Movies–Summer 2008 Schedule


Regal Cinemas Summer 2008 MoviesWhen school’s out, kids around the country visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It’s a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it’s FREE!

Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer.

Westview Stadium 16
5243 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
(301) 620-1700

Valley Mall Stadium 16
17301 Valley Mall Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 582-1000

Germantown Stadium 14
20000 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 916-4435 Continue reading Regal Cinemas Free Kids’ Movies–Summer 2008 Schedule