The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Austin: Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Less!

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Live Large for Less! Think you have to earn big bucks to live big in the Live Music Capital of the World? Think again.Austin is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff—you just need to know where to look. Leave it to "The Cheap Bastard" to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor. The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Austin will show you:• Entrance to plays, films, concerts, comedy clubs, and museums, as well as the zoo, pools, and other great...

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Overview

Live Large for Less! Think you have to earn big bucks to live big in the Live Music Capital of the World? Think again.Austin is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff—you just need to know where to look. Leave it to "The Cheap Bastard" to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor. The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Austin will show you:• Entrance to plays, films, concerts, comedy clubs, and museums, as well as the zoo, pools, and other great places for family fun• Classes of all sorts, including dancing, cooking, language, and yoga• Food—from barbecue, quesadillas, tacos, and calzones to seafood specialties and Vietnamese favorites• Haircuts, manicures, and massages

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773008
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Cheap Bastard Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,453,552
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Finan is travel writer and columnist for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, where her work is read by more than 1 million people every week. An expert in travel, multimedia and parenting issues, Kristin has been featured by national and local media including Glamour magazine, PR Weekly and Great Day Houston and is a regular contributor to Fit Parent Magazine, The Bump magazine and talk shows Morning Coffee and Wild About Houston.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Section 1 Entertainment in Austin

Music: Ready to Rock 2

Free Music Throughout the Year 3

Big Act, Big Deal 8

Smaller Venues 9

Theater: In on the Act 14

Always Free 15

Major Shows, Major Deals 16

Smaller Theaters, Big Savings 17

Free Expression: Open Mics, Poetry Readings & More 21

Open Mic Nights 22

Meet & Greets 25

Karaoke Nights 27

Comedy Clubs 30

Film: The Reel Deal 34

Cheap & Free Seats 35

Star Spotting 40

Section 2 Living in Austin

Food: All You Can Eat 43

Sampling Sensations 44

Cheap Eats 47

Food Trucks 51

Get with the Brunch Bunch 55

Farmers' Markets 57

Coffee Culture 58

Drinks: Cheap Buzz 63

A Little Taste of This 64

Happy Hour 66

Special Day, Cheap Drinks 76

Breweries & Brewpubs 79

Beauty Services: Seeing is Believing 81

Discount Massage Services 82

Shave & a Haircut 84

Kiss & Makeup 88

Austin Style on South Congress Avenue 90

Child's Play: Cheap Activities 92

Sports & Exercise 93

The Arts 95

Always Fun 101

Kids' Menu 104

Education: Head of the Class 107

Dirty Dancing 108

What's Cookin'? 110

Arts & Media 113

Hola! Bonjour! Jambo! 115

Music in the Live Music Capital 118

Outdoors: Parks & Recreation 120

Destination Parks 121

Dog Parks 123

Cheap Outdoor Deals 125

Rock Climbing 128

Swimming Holes 130

Free Tours 132

Cycling in Austin: On a Roll 134

Recommended Trails 135

Bike Rentals & Services 138

Cycling Groups 140

Health & Medical: An Apple a Day 143

Free Health Clinics 144

Alternative Medicine 145

Free & Cheap Support & Recovery Services 148

Volunteer Opportunities 149

Fitness: Working It Out 152

Break a Sweat 153

Hike, Bike & More 158

Give It a Tri 159

Group Therapy 160

Let's Get Clinical 161

Make a Splash 163

On Par 165

Shopping: Bargain Basement 168

Thrift Stores 169

Antiques Shops 171

Flea Markets 173

Outlet Malls 174

Section 3 Exploring Austin

Culture Vultures: Austin Museums 177

Always Free 178

Sometimes Free 180

Cheap Admission 182

Keeping It Weird: Offbeat Attractions 184

That Time of Year: Annual Events 191

Transportation: On the Road Again 201

By Bus 202

By Rail 202

Getting Out of Town 203

Accommodations: Sleep on the Cheap 205

Hostels 206

Hotels, Motels & Bed-and-Breakfasts 207

Appendix A Local Media 209

Appendix B City of Austin Public Libraries 210

Appendix C City Parks 213

Appendix D Swimming Pools 220

Index 221

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