Free admission to International Gem & Jewelry Shows

Jewelry fanatics and jewelry makers can get FREE admission to the popular Intergem shows below. Founded four decades ago, International Gem & Jewelry Shows were one of the first to sell commercial jewelry to the public, with the broad selection and prices (from $5 to $500k) of a trade show show.

More than 100 of these shows are held coast to coast each year, with exhibitors from across the U.S. as well as China, India, Africa, Australia, and Russia. If you don’t have a wholesale ID but want to shop a wide selection of gems, beads, jewelry and accessories, there’s probably nearby. You can buy tickets for $6 through Intergem but certain shows are available free (with a $3 service fee) via Goldstar. Get them here by clicking on FREE ADMISSION:

FREE ADMISSION to International Gem & Jewelry Show near Washington DC (Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Center Chantilly, VA) ) held May 18 – 20, 2012 [SOLD OUT as of May 19]

FREE ADMISSION to International Gem & Jewelry Show near Baltimore (Timonium Fair Grounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD) held June 29 – July 1, 2012

Free fun for young baseball & tennis fans

For young tennis fans:

U.S. Tennis Association is offering FREE 1-year junior memberships for kids 10 and under by using the code 10UJRFREE. Members can participate in USTA Junior Tournaments and USTA Junior Team Tennis. Sign ’em up here.

For young baseball fans:

Every year, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association hosts FREE baseball clinics in various locations across the country. Heavy hitters like Brooks Robinson and Phil Niekro have been known to show up. Two Legends for Youth baseball clinics will take place in the Northeast this summer, and one of them is right here at Nationals Park:

June 16: Cooperstown Clinic, Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, New York

July 17: D.C. Clinic, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

The program is for boys and girls ages 6-15. If you’re interested, sign up soon because slots will fill fast. Expect a confirmation email within 48 hours. Sign ’em up here.

Looking for more ways to make your sports-loving kids happy? Check out my recent column on credit card rewards for sports fans.

Note: Save on Cities has no affiliation with these programs but they have my seal of approval

Amazon deals on games, videos, e-books

Here are the latest deals on everybody’s favorite online shopping portal:

• Download video game pre-orders on Amazon for up to 30% Off.

• Daily deals in Amazon’s camera/photo department include a Panasonic Lumix for $130.

• Register an Amazon Instant Video-friendly device and get a free video credit.

Shop Kindle Books Monthly Deal

Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at!

Deals in DC this week

Best deals we could find this week for fitness fans, foodies, and cheap dates:

Try yoga, pilates, body sculpting, or boxing with unlimited classes with one month gym membership at City Fitness Gym for $30 (76% off) . Get the deal here.

Take someone to lunch with a 60% off restaurant gift certificate: $25 value for $10.

Half-off tickets to The Music Man at Arena Stage. Get the deal here.


Deals for first week of January 2012

Best deals we could find this week for foodies, families, would-be musicians, and cheap dates:

Pay $99 (value $240) for two cooking classes and wine pairing with Food & Wine by Nafi, a premier catering company in Potomac, MD, through Jan. 5, 2012. Voucher expires July 5, 2012. Choose from “savory” or “sweet” cooking series. Get the deal here.

Save 67% on paint ball in Rockville, MD. Pay $20 for two Wednesday admissions or one Friday or weekend admission to Tactical AirSoft Arena (value up to $60) through Jan. 5, 2012. Voucher expires July 5, 2012. Get the deal here.

Save 60% on lingerie from Lady-Mate. Pay $20 (value: $50) through Jan 7, 2012. Get the deal here.

Pay $5 for one month of unlimited guitar lessons via streaming video from, through Jan. 5, 2012. Get the deal here.

Half-off ice cream: a $10 Ben & Jerry’s Gift Card for $5

Half-off pizza: $17.50 for a $25 gift card to Pizzeria Uno

Dinner and a movie deal: for $24, get 2 Fandango movie tickets and a $10 Subway Gift Card

Get $40 worth of beads from AH Beads for $19 through Jan. 4, 2012. Get the deal here.


Kids eat free at IKEA

Most of us are shopped out, but post-holiday is a great time to find deals and there are always deals at IKEA.What’s more, IKEA is offering free meals for the kids this week, one combo meal ($2.49) for a child 12 or under.

WHEN: Monday, December 26, 2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012.


IKEA Woodbridge, 2901 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, VA

IKEA College Park, 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD

Deals on last-minute gifts


Free ZENONIA 4 action game. ZENONIA 4: Return of the Legend, a newly-released “extreme action” game, is being offered at the iTunes app store FREE. Here’s the deal.

Free Adventures of Sherlock audiobook if you sign up for a trial membership with Audible. (You can cancel later.) Here’s the deal.

Free Amazon Kindle Fire. Dealmac is giving away one a day from now until Dec. 1, 2011. Sign up here to win one.



Gloves for smartphones $5. Meritline is offering winter gloves you don’t have to remove to use your iPhone and other touchscreens. Free shipping (if you don’t mind getting them after the holidays). Here’s the deal.

Android 2.3 tablet for $149 (normally $339), expedited shipping included. Here’s the deal.

Chubby8 for $150 in black or red (normally $200). Here’s the deal.

AMC Theatre movie bundle – 37% off. One ticket package for $24 (worth $38) buys two movie passes, two drinks and some popcorn. Get them here.

Goldstar gift certificates – 20% off. Perfect gift for the couple that never gets out (or for a spouse who never takes you out). These are good from Dec. 25 2011 on. Choose from $25 (for $20), $50 (for $40), or $100 (for $80) gift certificates. Get them here.

Entertainment Books – 30% off.  Coupon books for 2012 are being offered for $10 off ($35 retail value for $25) with free shipping. They throw in a second coupon book for someone else on your list for another $15. Note: Free shipping means standard 10-14 days, so you’ll probably get this after Christmas.  Here’s the deal.

Free seats on MegaBus

MegaBus is giving away 20,000 free seats for travel in January and February. Here’s the deets:

WHERE: MegaBus travels from Washington DC to Baltimore, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Charlotte, Frederick, Harrisburg, Knoxville, Niagara Falls, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Seacucus and Toronto

WHEN: Valid for travel between January 4 and March 1, 2012

DEAL: When you book your seats on MegaBus, use the promo code GOFREE

$25 restaurant certificates for $2

Last day to get in on the $25 certificates for $2. Choose from many restaurants in the DC area. Find ’em here.

Discount facials and spa treatments

Living Social is offering discounts for stressed-out folks in the DC area looking to rejuvenate for the holidays – daily half-off deals on facials, spa treatments, and more serious lifts. Check in here for today’s deal.