Free week at Triangle Yoga

6 04 2010

April 9th to the 16th just stop in for a free yoga section and see what you like.

For me, the whole DAY is better when I’ve done yoga.

Franklin Street Yoga also gives you a free session the first time you go and its a little better if your a beginner. Triangle yoga can get intense!



So you’re broke and pastey…

15 03 2010

As tanning salons in the triangle compete to win the loyalty of bronze-addicted sorority girls, almost all offer first-timer deals can be easily manipulated to get a few weeks of free tanning or a bomb spray tan for next-to-nothing.

If you are willing to trek to Raleigh, Cabana Tan has a great deal on spray tanning. I’m from a Swedish and English background so the spray tan method is better for me and similar skin types that don’t tan easily.

First time visitors can get a free lay-down session or a $10 spray tan (usually about $50 or $60 dollars). Print out the coupon before going.

YOU WON’T TURN ORANGE! I promise. This golden color is air brushed on by a real human being… not a machine so it looks far more natural. They even tan a little darker in areas to flatter you figure, and the guy who did mine gave me abs! Very exciting for someone who loathes working out.

There are usually a guy and girl there so you can choose what you are comfortable with. Exfoliate before hand, wear a bathing suit bottom (top is optional) and put cheap lotion (aka the kind that contains petroleum) on your knuckles and feet to keep from getting that “dirty” look.

Closer to home, Planet Beach Tanning off Highway 54 offers first-time visitors a free week of tanning to try out different beds and intensities to see what you like. LA Tan a little ways down the road offers a free $50 tanning value to new customers in April. You can also get 3 spray tans this month for $33 but it’s the machine automated kind.

Happy tanning! Remember to not go overboard…

A little sun is good for you, tanorexics are gross.

Exam week bar bash

17 12 2009

FREE BEER at the Library on Franklin Street tonight, 9-11PM

Just tell the bartenders you are on Entourage’s tab, otherwise you will have to buy it yourself.

Join the Facebook group to get updates on events with free booze.

Metal show at the Reservoir tonight – no cover!

9 11 2009

I would describe the Reservoir as a dingy rock-n-roll dive bar with loads of character. Think tattoos, long hair, black tees… so wearing a pink Lacoste polo is not recommended. It is a convenient location off of W Franklin Street (barely Carrboro.)

The line-up tonight is mainly metal and features Carrboro locals, Systems, who have a growing fan base.

Opening up for them will be Atlas Moth from Chicago ( Bluesy sludge and 60s psychedelic) and HOG from Durham (heavy-doom metal).

The show starts at 10 p.m. and will run until roughly 1:30 a.m.

The Reservoir has been smoke-free for a little over a week now, but after seeing the regulars who have been chain-smoking there for years I am guessing it will be more like months before the grunge and nicotine coating the walls will finally dissipate.

Reservoir Bar

In addition to the free show tonight, you can always play darts and pool for free! And PBR’s are always about a $1.50.

Free shows at the Troika Music Festival!

5 11 2009

There are free shows each night of the festival! It starts tonight and ends on Saturday.

If you haven’t been to the Troika Music Festival before, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Access to the entire festival is only $20, which is a great value for the line-up.

The event is hosted at various venues throughout the triangle (West End Wine Bar and Pinhook for example).

The line-up includes local favorites like the Love Language, Luego, and the Huguenots.

The shows will be epic! Head out if you can.


Triangle Freegans

2 11 2009

Ever been dumpster diving?

Dumpster Divers

I’ve seen many local college-age students doing it lately. Many of whom refer to themselves as “Freegans.”

Freeganism is a political avant-garde lifestyle, mainly the rejection of standard consumerism. Dumpster diving, therefore, is done not out of need but as an alternative to buying new things.

Warren Oakes, former drummer for the anarchist punk band Against Me!, authored a manifesto pamphlet in 1999 called “Why Freegan” about the subject. That served as the start to this growing subculture. Carrboro seems to be a stronghold.

Even in the Wikipedia definition, Carrboro’s co-op is mentioned within the first heading. I ventured out with a Carrboro native to find treasure in the trash. As soon as the video is edited I will have it up here.

I’m also trying to put together a guide about the waste disposal timing of these grocery stores and restaurants. Still gathering that information. One consistent one is Panera bread, a cafe that throws out heaps of the day’s pastries every night at close (9:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday).

I am still hunting for a good local forum or discussion board on the topic. Please post if you know of any or are interested in starting one up!

The closest I have found is a freegan meetup group and a dumpster diving blog, both started by residents of Greensboro.

Also, NC law confirms once an item is thrown away it is considered no longer property of the individual who threw it out.

Basically, trash is fair game. However, dumpster diving may violate other local laws, such as trespassing or sanitation laws.

More on this to come!

Fall break and free stuff

17 10 2009


UNC students are out of class for Fall break (October 22nd through the 25th).

If you are planning to travel for your break, save money by carpooling!

Cragslist rideshare is a good place to start. Relevant postings can be buried pages in, so use the search tools on the top of the page to help sort.

There is also a rideshare board in the Student Union (and in residence halls).

Still not sure what you’re doing?

Whether you’re using the time to finish papers or looking forward to a worry-free weekend, here are some ways to pass the time:

Catch up on TV Shows– Academics frequently takes away from treasured TV-watching time. Take some of your free time over the break to catch up on favorites you have been missing out on, like “Always Sunny in Philidelphia” or “Glee.”

You can watch many shows for free at or many full episode’s are available on the network’s website. The hilarious new episode of Parks and Recreation, for instance, is available along with many others on NBC’s website.

Take a hike– There are many places to hike around the triangle area. It’s free, fun to do with a friend, and makes you feel like you’ve done something besides sitting on the couch watching TV Shows. If you’re feeling really outdoorsy, camping is great afterwards. Invite friends for a bonfire and enjoy getting up when the sun does.

Take out pent up aggression– Buy cheap items from a thrift shop or get things from Craigslist freelist (see below) like lamps, TVs, vases, etc. Use your back yard, junkyard or other place that is not illegal. Grab sledgehammar, take out aggression by smashing said items to bits. Then put the cherry on top by kicking them off of a cliff (optional).


Craigslist also has postings for free stuff. Local residents give away everything from pianos to mulch! I got a great table from someone this week.

These things may be free but they aren’t necessarily easy. That table, for instance, required three e-mails, two phone calls, getting lost for about 20 minutes, scheduling hassle and responsibility for transportation and pick up. Saving $60 was worth it for me, but that is just something to keep in mind.

Also note that things get taken quickly, so I would not recommend answering posts over 3 days old.

Get the postings quickly and easily by following @FreeListRaleigh on Twitter.