Twenty Ways to Save in September

Pinching pennies has become a way of life for most of us. During September, take advantage of these 20 ways to save on things to do, home accessories, dining, food and more.

See science center without the kids
Leave the kids at home with a baby-sitter and spend the evening at the Arizona Science Center, where you can experience the exhibits at your own pace and save $14 per person in admission. Attend “Engineering the Sport of Baseball,” a talk by Terry Bahill, professor emeritus of systems engineering at University of Arizona. Bahill and Dave Baldwin, a Chicago White Sox retired relief pitcher, have written scientific research papers on the subject.

Details: 5:30-9 p.m. Friday. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. FREE. IMAX and planetarium are $8 each per person. 602-716-2000, Arizona Science Center.

Have a barbecue
Buy one rack of baby-back pork ribs with barbecue sauce ($8.99 a pound) or smoked ribs with barbecue sauce ($10.99 a pound) and get a second rack of equal value for free. Racks typically are 1.75 pounds or more. Valid Labor Day weekend; limit two free racks per customer.

Details: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 5. Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, 2390 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. 480-917-2525.

Attend a free horse show
Watch riders compete during several events, including the Ponies of the Americas South West Regionals (8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday) and the American Saddlebred Horse Association All Breed Horse Show (8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16-17).

Details: WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. FREE. 480-312-6802,

Save on home items
Stop by Ikea on the first three Saturdays of the month to save on select items, while supplies last. The Ransby duvet set is on sale for $14.99 (regularly $19.99-$39.99, depending on size) this Saturday. Get ready for breakfast in bed with the Nordby bed tray, on sale for $4.99 (regularly $7.99) on Sept. 10. Oppby table lamps, a new product, are available for $9.99 for a set of two, on Sept. 17.

Details: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays. Ikea, Warner Road and Interstate 10, Tempe. 480-496-5658,

‘Museums on Us’
Use your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card to get in free at more than 150 museums nationwide on the first weekend of the month through December. Participating Valley museums are the Phoenix Art Museum and Musical Instrument Museum.

Details: Saturday and Sunday. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. 602-257-1222,; Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-478-6000, FREE with card and ID.

Summer movie-rental deal
Planning to spend Labor Day indoors? Stop by Blockbuster to save on movie rental Sunday, and pay 49 cents for any rental regularly $1.99 or less. Grab several and have a movie party.

Details: Sunday.

Save on clocks
Through September, get 30 percent off on desk, table and wall clocks, regularly $45-$98.Watch the progress of time with the 6-inch- diameter Gear Up Glass Clock, regularly $40. Black numbers and exposed gears highlight the Sturdy Desk Gear Clock, regularly $60.

Details: Artafax, 8230 E. Raintree Drive, Scottsdale. $31.50-$68.60 (with discount). 480-951-8484,

Go out to eat
Three Scottsdale restaurants are offering a buy-one entrée, get-one-free deal on Labor Day. Depending on the restaurant, choices include Louisiana redfish sautéed with fresh lump crab or crispy fish tacos on house-made tortillas.

Details: Next Monday. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood at Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, 480-730-4800; Wildfish Seafood Grille at the Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, 480-994-4040; Roaring Fork, 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, 480-947-0795.

See a play for lunch
Lunch Time Theater is always a good deal at $6 a ticket, but you pay half-price if you attend the preview show. For September, “Into the Blue With Bessie Coleman” plays Sept. 6-8 and 13-15; the preview show is 7 p.m. next Monday. “An Instant History of Classical Music” runs Sept. 20-22 and 27-29;the preview show is 7 p.m. Sept. 19.

Details: Lunchtime shows start at 12:10 p.m.; doors open at 11:40 a.m. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. $6; $3 for preview shows. 602-254-7399,

Spend the lunch hour learning
On the second Thursday of each month, the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records holds a noon lunchtime series featuring topics related to Arizona-themed books. Bring a lunch. Frank Barrios will discuss and sign his book, “Mexicans in Phoenix” (Arcadia Publishing, 2008), a look at the Valley’s Mexican population, which dates to the 1860s.

Details: Noon Sept. 8. Carnegie Center, 1101 W. Washington St., Phoenix. FREE. 602-926-3369,

Go on a quiet hike (after the heat advisories are over)
Listen to the sounds of nature as you take the guided 3-mile Quiet Full Moon Hike along the Moon Rock and Blevins trails. You’ll be asked not to talk, giving all a chance to fully experience the surroundings. Wear close-toed shoes and bring a flashlight and water. Not suitable for young kids. No dogs allowed. The hike is included with admission.

Details: 7 p.m. Sept. 11. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa. $6 per vehicle. 480-984-0032, parks/usery.

Get your home organized
Get your closets cleaned and clutter cleared with a deal from Dependable Divas professional organizing company. Through Sept. 15, save 40 percent on a Complete Back-to-School Home Organizing Session, which features a four-hour work session by two organizers. Cost is $288 (you save $192). All hours must be used in one session. The rate is valid for homes in Phoenix, Scottsdale, north Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert. A $20 travel fee will be added to homes that are more than a 30-minute drive from Phoenix.

Details: Dependable Divas. $288. Kerry, 480-390-0787, or Erika, 480-518-7992.

Experience Ballet performances
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the outdoor “Ballet Under the Stars” events. Ballet Arizona will present five hourlong performances the third week of September at various venues. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

Details: Sept. 18, Beardsley Park, 12755 W. Beardsley Road, Sun City West; Sept. 22, Paul Mason Sports Complex, 2525 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande; Sept. 23, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway; Sept. 24, Steele Indian School Park, Central Avenue and Indian School Road, Phoenix; and Sept. 25, Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. FREE.

Appetizer special
Save when you dine from 2 to 6 p.m. daily at Karsen’s Grill. Appetizers include chicken fingers with fries for $4 (regularly $7.75), potato skins for $3.75 (regularly $6.50), nachos for $4 (regularly $7.50), chicken quesadilla for $4 (regularly $7.25) and Cajun shrimp with garlic toast for $6 (regularly $10.50). Through September.

Details: Karsen’s Grill, 7246 E. First St., Scottsdale. 480-990-7660,

Catch up on reading
The Book Gallery, which sells used and rare books, is holding its first sale. Buy five books and save 10 percent or 10 books and save 20 percent. The store sells mostly hardcovers; many are first printings. Genres include history, fiction, rare books, art, true crime and travel.

Details: Ongoing. Book Gallery, 3643 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-508-0280; 50 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-835-0757.

You can also download free nook-books for your nook at

Visit Wildlife Park for half-price
See zebras, giraffes and ostriches on the 45-minute African Bush Safari tour and watch Bengal and Siberian tigers play in an oversize pool. Print out a half-price admission coupon online, order discounted tickets online or mention the half-price deal when buying tickets at the park. Regular prices are $36, $34 for age 65 and older, $20 for ages 3-12 and $22 for active and retired military with ID. Through Oct. 16.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Out of Africa Wildlife Park, 4020 N. Cherry Road, Camp Verde. $10-$18 (with discount). 928-567-2840,

Enjoy $2 tacos
Two days a week, T. Cook’s chefs offer new taco concoctions, each of which is $2. Past selections have included a spiced-lamb taco with goat feta and shaved red onion. What will new creations be?

Details: 5 p.m.-midnight Tuesdays and Thursdays. T. Cook’s lounge, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $2 each. 602-840-3610,

Get cultured
See Valley attractions for free with the Culture Pass. Use your library card to get a Culture Pass, which allows free admission for two to 12 venues, including Arizona Science Center, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum and Desert Botanical Garden.Check out a pass to a specific venue at participating library branches in eight cities and at Arizona State University. Passes are on a first-come, first-served basis and are valid for seven days.

Details: Ongoing.

Cheer on the team
Get tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks before the regular season ends. Take advantage of the money-saving Pepsi Max Value Pack promotion: For $19, each value pack includes a bleacher ticket, regular hot dog, 24-ounce Pepsi and a coupon for a free 20-ounce Pepsi Max. Kid-size value packs are available for $15 each.

Details: Chase Field, Seventh and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. 602-462-6500,

Explore a Farmer’s Market
Get fresh fruits, veggies, honey and other items for good prices at the many farmers markets around the Valley. One choice is the Roadrunner Park market.

Details: 7-11 a.m. Saturdays in June-September and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. October-May. Roadrunner Park Farmers Market, 3502 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix.

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