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Ms. Cheap: Bloomin’ Deals in Portland is a treasure hunt

I love a store with a memorable name – and Bloomin’ Deals is just that. Obviously, the name is a play on the name of the famous luxury retail brand Bloomingdale’s. This Tennessee treasure trove in Portland is part thrift, part antique and part local vendor outlet. And it is great fun to shop. The 4,000-square foot store, which features […]

Ms. Cheap: Middle Tennessee Habitat for Humanity ReStores work on many levels

Not long ago, I wrote a column about the Greater Nashville Habitat ReStore where people and businesses donate building materials, furniture, household goods, books and more and bargain hunting shoppers and do-it-yourselfers get to buy items at deep discounts. In hindsight, I should have featured all of the Middle Tennessee ReStores and not just the Nashville location. Yes, there are […]

Ms. Cheap: Super affordable Demos’ lunch specials are like a throwback

Demos’ restaurants have long been known for their super affordable lunch specials. And these days, it is pretty much unheard of to find a sit-down restaurant serving a nice lunch for $6.50! Think weekly specials like meat sauce spaghetti or blackened chicken stuffed potato, both of which are served with salad and bread for $6.50. Halleluia! Even with tax and […]


Ms. Cheap: Library’s Courtyard Concerts series has a new location but same great music

The Nashville Public Library’s free Courtyard Concert series of live lunchtime music, kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 5 and runs on Tuesdays through Oct. 31 at Church Street Park, 600 Church St. “Courtyard Concerts is a delightful series that audiences young and old look forward to every year. This year’s concerts are especially significant as we not only celebrate 20 years […]

Ms. Cheap: Fall Festivals in Middle Tennessee are great fun for all ages and most are free

Fall in Middle Tennessee is a time to celebrate, especially for families and individuals looking for free and interesting fun on the weekends. Almost every weekend this fall is festival time somewhere, with themes ranging from art to Oktoberfest to books, music and water quality. Here is a sampling of the free fall festivals coming up in Middle Tennessee: Now- […]

Ms. Cheap: Fall lineup of Musicians Corner’s free concerts is set

Five weekends of free concerts in Centennial Park? Yep, the popular Musicians Corner concert series is back for a fall run that kicks off on Friday, Sept. 1, and features performances by Rodney Crowell Trio, The Secret Sisters, North Mississippi Allstars and Sunflower Bean. In addition to Friday late afternoon concerts, there will be a special extended concert from 3-9 […]

Ms. Cheap: Kentucky Downs has seven days of live racing; play your cards right and see them for free

How about driving less than an hour from Nashville and seeing thoroughbred horse races – live and in person? Well, Kentucky Downs in Franklin Ky.,  has just that and anybody can just show up and experience the races for free. Now if you want to go for free, don’t count on sitting in a box or fancy grandstand or having […]

Ms. Cheap: Do some fall cleaning and find coats to donate to Room in the Inn

You always hear about spring cleaning, but today I am promoting “fall cleaning” in hopes that you will clean out your closets and donate all sizes of winter coats and jackets to Room in the Inn to distribute to needy clients all over Middle Tennessee. This is a great time to declutter those closets and help others at the same […]

Ms. Cheap: What to know about Nashville’s Summer Shakespeare Festival

Nashville’s Summer Shakespeare, the outdoor Nashville Shakespeare Festival, is one of the few free Shakespeare festivals in the United States. And you are all invited to be a part of the audience for these professional productions of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” which take place over five weekends this fall. No charge! Executive artistic director Denice Hicks says the productions […]

Ms. Cheap: Relocated The Up and Down Closet busier than ever in new Gallatin location

Good news! The Up and Down Closet ladies plus-size consignment shop that has been operating in Hendersonville since 2007 has NOT had to close after all. The shop, which caters to plus-sized women, has relocated to Gallatin and is going strong, with almost all of the longtime consignors tagging along, a new crew of consignors joining the ranks and eager […]

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