Saving A Buck

 Posted by at 5:23 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 092010

We all like saving a buck when we can, and in today’s blog, I want to share a few good deals, and even a freebie or two, that may make you smile.

With Veterans Day this Thursday, even though the “official” holiday isn’t celebrated until next Monday, several restaurant chains  are honoring veterans with free meals. Military veterans and active-duty service members are invited to eat free at any Hooters, Chili’s, or Applebee’s restaurant on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11.  Outback Steakhouse is offering veterans a free Bloomin Onion and a beverage on Thursday.

Continuing a 10 year tradition, Golden Corral restaurants nationwide will be holding their Military Appreciation dinner on Monday, November 15. All veterans, and those currently on active duty or serving in the National Guard or Reserves, will receive a free dinner and beverage.

Both Lowes and Home Depot also offer veterans a 10% discount every day of the year. I don’t know about you, but I really appreciate a business that honors our nation’s veterans like this!

But you don’t have to be a veteran to get great deals! This Thursday, the National Park Service is admitting everybody free at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. You can get free entrance to national parks next year during National Park Week, April 16-24, 2011; on Public Lands Day, September 24, 2011; and on Veteran Day, November 11, 2011.

Speaking of national parks, the annual America the Beautiful Pass costs $80 and admits the pass holder, and anyone in their non-commercial vehicle, into fee areas at national parks and historic sites nationwide. If you are age 62 or older, the America the Beautiful Senior Pass costs $10 and is good for life. The pass admits the pass holder, and anyone in their non-commercial vehicle, into fee areas at national parks and historic sites nationwide. For those with a permanent disability, the America the Beautiful Access pass gives the same discounts and is free. Note that you do not have to be 100% disabled to qualify for this pass, anybody with a documented disability of any kind is eligible.

The other day, my pal (Froggi) Donna McNicol had a link on Facebook to a great website where you can download free Kindle books. These are wonderful old classics by authors like Louisa May Alcott, L Frank Baum, Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Herman Melville, and many more.

I don’t have a Kindle any more, but I have my iPad linked to my old Amazon Kindle account, and downloaded a couple of classic books that I have always wanted to read, but never got around to. You can even read these free books on your computer or smart phone with the free Kindle app from Amazon. Check it out at

Terry and I always want to help our readers save a buck when we can. We used to run an end of year holiday special, and we got away from it for some reason. So, just in time for your Christmas shopping, here we go. If you subscribe or renew your existing Gypsy Journal subscription for two years, we’ll also send a one year gift subscription ($20 value) to whoever you choose, with a note that it’s a gift from you. This applies to both printed subscriptions to U.S. addresses by Standard Rate mail, and digital subscriptions.  Just click this Holiday Special Offer link and place your order. Sometimes the PayPal website gets stubborn and will only let you enter one address, so if this happens, use yours for the two year subscription, and send me an e-mail at with the name and address for the gift subscription. You can take advantage of this special offer even if your current subscription is not yet due for renewal. We’ll extend your subscription to reflect the two year renewal. This special offer is valid now through December 15, so act today to take advantage of the savings!

One final note before I close for today. Somebody sent me an e-mail about yet another Norcold refrigerator recall. Don’t let this go by, be safe and check it out  at and see if your refrigerator is included in the recall. The repair is free, and it could save you from having an RV fire.

Thought For The Day – It’s always darkest just before the dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

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Nick Russell

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  9 Responses to “Saving A Buck”

  1. Nick,

    You forgot to post a link to Froggi Donna’s blog. I am a Kindle owner and would like the link she uses to get free books. Thank you.

  2. If I subscribe to the digital edition of your Gypsy Journal, can I get it on my Nook?

  3. We went in for the Norcold recall yesterday and was told they have a recall on the recall. Going back Friday for the new recall.

  4. George,
    Froggi’s blog is I included the link to the book site in the original blog post above. It is

    The digital edition is in PDF format, so if your Nook will read PDFs you should be able to read it on your Nook.

  5. Nick – This is relating to yesterday’s blog. Let it be known that alligators
    definitely are found on golf courses. A few years back when our youngest son
    was still in high school we went to Gulf Shores, AL during Spring break. While
    golfing at the nearby golf course I hit my ball within a ft. or 2 of a sleeping
    gator. Needless to say, I did not try to retrieve that ball.
    I know you said you had no desire to visit Disney World but since you are that
    close I really think you should. We have been there a few times with our
    children during Spring break and the last time was about 10 yrs ago as
    empty nesters. But Epcot is really worth a visit. The technoligy throughout
    the park is amazing. It is really a very beautiful and pleasant place to spend the
    day. Would love to go back just to see what is new but now we spend a few
    months of the winter in Texas.
    We did some canoeing when we did visit Florida but never saw an gators where
    we were. Not so sure I would venture into the pond you pictured. Good luck!

  6. Veteran’s Day is only celebrated on the actual day. Several years ago the Veterean’s had said it was “their” day and not a federal holiday. My bank and post office is closed on Veteran’s Day and there is no holiday on Monday the 15th.

  7. Wow….thanks for info on fridge….Had the last recall done twice….Norcold admitted that this recall is the reason my fridge does not stay froze in the very cold weather….lost a freezer full, last year…..I think the first recall (fix) is what cause this recall (fix)… gas card afford on this recall….never got the last two, either…who has a fax now a days

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  8. Janis: Nook will work with PDF files.

    Nick: I will strongly reinforce Virgie’s comment on Epcot. It is wonderful during the day, and like a romantic fairyland at night. Take your bride, and enjoy a second honeymoon.

  9. Our 2007 Itasca Horizon (which missed all the previous recalls) is included in the latest recall. Rig is in the shop now awaiting the part from Norcold.

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