This is the year to splurge locally with your tax refund on or after April 18. Last year’s Freebies & Deals Offered Tax Day featured a mix of companies inside and outside Minnesota. Previous Tax Day articles did the same. This year, several local businesses are at the center of Tax Day deals. Often, these businesses offer discounts, promotions and rebates on merchandise and services. No matter when you shop, you can count on saving money when you shop local.

Solimar Wellness Spa
Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Dr.
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 479-0988
www.solimarspa.com

A luxurious wellness spa, Solimar has attractive promotions and special discounts. Solimar has already had spa discounts for February and March. During and after  tax season, check the website for new seasonal spa packages. If you follow on Twitter or Facebook, you can receive “tweets” on last minute discount specials. As Tax Day approaches, you might happen upon some great looking spa deals.

The Bloomington Visitor’s Guide 2016
Mall of America
8100 24th Ave., South
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 883-8800
www.bloomingtonmoavisitorsguide.com

Tax day or not, Mall of America always has terrific deals. The coupons for this year in the mall’s Visitor’s Guide have a long shelf life. They expire at the end of the year and can be downloaded and printed. A couple of small but charming deals are a $2 coupon discount for admission to The Works Museum and a $5 coupon discount for purchases of $25 or more at Build-A-Bear Workshop. There are also plenty of deals and discounts for shopping and dining, getaway packages, and the sights and attractions of Bloomington and Twin Cities.

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Twin Cities Dental
3803 Silver Lake Rd., NE
St. Anthony, MN 55421
(612) 345-9337
www.twincitiesdental.com

One of the best ways to spend a tax refund is to get dental care. Twin Cities Dental, through Groupon, is offering a dental checkup package at its St. Anthony, Maple Grove and Champlin locations. For $59, you get a dental exam and cleaning, x-rays and a redeemable $50 credit at the dental office that performed the treatment. The regular cost of a full checkup is $447. With the Groupon coupon, the savings is $388. Health and dental care deals are snapped up quickly. Call a dental office and check the Groupon link to confirm the promotion is still valid and available. If you’ve missed out, look for other upcoming promotions at Twin Cities Dental.

Related: What To Do With Your Tax Refund 

Schroeder’s Appliance Center
16603 State Hwy., 371 North
Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 829-3624
www.schroedersappliance.com

New appliances to replace those that have worn out their functionality is a must for the New Year. Schroeder’s has rebates, promotions and special deals on brand name appliances such as Jenn-Air. Depending on the program, you might save from $1400 and more in appliance purchases and installation. The offers are for select appliances. It’s a way to put a sizable tax refund to work.

Afro Deli & Catering
1939 South 5th St.
Minneapolis, 55454
(612) 871-5555
www.afrodeli.com

Nothing beats a good meal paid for with a tax refund. At Afro Deli, you don’t have to wait for Tax Day to enjoy a bounty of low-priced menu treats. A 12-oz. cup of freshly brewed Ethiopian coffee is $1.79. A 12-oz. cup of Somali sweet spiced tea is $1.49. At a specialty coffee chain, you’d have to ante up at least $5 for similar beverage delectables. The price of entrees and dinner specialties are under $10. Afro Deli has Minneapolis and St. Paul locations. The St. Paul deli opened last February. This deli is definitely Twin Cities.

Camp Cabaret Camp Bar
490 North Robert St.
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 292-1844
www.camp-bar.net/cabazret

Filing tax returns is no picnic. But if the result is a refund for all your conscientious work, restore your sense of humor at Camp Cabaret. This campy theater has affordable admission for satirical comedies such as “Bye Bye Liver: The Twin Cities Drinking Play.” “Button Poetry Live” is on the first Monday of each month, when free-spirited poets butt heads at poetry slams. If this year’s tax experience has left you in tangles, attend Open Mic Night on Mondays. “Bippy’s Burlesque-O-Rama” on the second Wednesday of every month will soothe away tax headaches with belly dancing and cabaret satire.

Related: The Good Life For Less: Tax Day Deals


Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.