Walking tours, mimosas, burgers

The South Carolina hamburger at Sesame Burgers & Beer. Photo by Alan Hawes

If you're like me and spent a chunk of your meager savings on Bonnaroo tickets when they went on sale last weekend, you're going to be on a tight budget for the forseeable future.

If you decided to forgo 100-degree temperatures and 75,000 stinky people, you might be smarter (and more financially stable) than me.

Either way, it's always nice to save money, so here are some inexpensive ways to pass the upcoming week.

Get educated

The Civil War Sesquicentennial has been a hot topic around Charleston lately, and one downtown company is giving people a chance to see where the Civil War began at absolutely no cost.

Black Cat Walking Tours offers two free tours each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The one at 10 a.m. is called the Confederate Charleston tour and shows participants where the 1860 Democratic Convention convened, the Order of Secession was signed and the first shots or the war were fired.

The 1 p.m. tour focuses on the Battery area and leads visitors down Rainbow Row and past other notable South of Broad locations.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling 571-6873 or visiting www.BlackCatTours.com.

Movies and mimosas

The Academy Awards may be celebrating its 83rd birthday, but you can experience them in a totally new way.

This Sunday, Cinebarre will air the live broadcast on its new high-definition projector. Admission is free and mimosas will be on special for $2.

According to manager Kris Keisling, the theatre will be giving away some surprises, and each person attending will receive two free movie passes to return to Cinebarre at a later date.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the Academy Awards begin at 8 p.m.

Want to check out next year's potential nominees but don't want to pay ticket prices? On Tuesdays, see any movie at any showtime for only $5 at Cinebarre. The only exceptions are for 3-D movies, which are subject to a surcharge.

Cinebarre is at 963 Houston Northcutt Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. Call 884-7885 or visit www.Cinebarre.com.

Budget burgers

If you love burgers and haven't checked out Sesame Burgers & Beer, you are missing out.

Guests can choose chicken, turkey, black bean or regular burgers and then customize their selections with more than 40 toppings, including pimiento cheese (my favorite) and banana slices.

Tuesdays at Sesame are $3 Burger Nights. All burgers are $3 to start off with, and toppings may be added for between $.30 and $1.05.

Splurge a little and indulge in Sesame's amazing sweet potato fries or a beer off its extensive list, and you've got yourself a great meal.

Visit either of Sesame's locations at 4726 Spruill Avenue in North Charleston or at Citadel Mall in West Ashley.

Online at www.sesameburgersandbeer.com.