If you know me, you know I’m all about the discount. Even if you don’t know me, I think you’ve already figured that out. ;-)
A couple of weeks ago my husband turned 64, so we decided to go away for the weekend (20 minutes away to be exact) to the big city of Albuquerque to celebrate.
The entire weekend was discounted, starting with our hotel.
Do you take advantage of free reward programs? I do.
Because we are Hyatt Gold Passport members and had accumulated enough points, we ended up with a free night PLUS an upgrade at The Hyatt Regency in downtown ABQ.
Here was our view:
Those are the Sandia Mountains. For you non-Spanish speakers…Sandia is Spanish for watermelon. When the sun sets, the mountains turn pink…like the color of a watermelon.
Then we headed out for his birthday lunch. It was super windy that day…
so of course I had to break out my trusty babushka!
I tweeted this photo out to @Hyatt and this is how they responded.
Whoever their social media person is, is pretty funny!
Can you tell what restaurant we are at by the object in my husband’s hand?
If you guessed Tucanos Brazilian Grill, you’re good! We were here once before…ten years ago. Apparently Mitch has always wanted to come back here. Me? Not so much.
Mitch’s meal was free because he went on line a few days earlier ( all on his own ) and signed up for their birthday club!
Later that evening we headed off to The Box, an Improv club. Our tickets were only $8.00 each because we got a military discount. A lot of places offer military discounts but don’t advertise that fact.That’s why I always ask.
It should come as no surprise to hear that I ended up on stage.
When we got back to the room, this was waiting for us…
A complimentary bottle of wine and a cheese plate! I’m not much of a drinker but this weekend was all about my husband.
We started off the next morning with a senior breakfast at IHOP.
There were a whole bunch of people waiting for a table. I went to give my name to the hostess and she said they weren’t taking names.
How are you supposed to keep track of who’s next is what I though to myself. So you know what I did when she walked away?
I got behind the hostess stand and took down everyone’s name and the number in their party.
After my successful stint as a hostess, we headed off to Sandia Casino for FREE birthday bingo and nachos!
These electronic machines cost around $50.00. On your birthday you get one free! Not just for one session but two sessions! One session was all we could handle.
About an hour and a half into the three hour session, this happened:
We didn’t just save money this weekend…we made money!
How often does that ever happen? Um, never!
In case you missed it:
My StyleBlazer interview about thrifting on Fabulous After 40 is HERE