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Mile High on the Cheap is a member of Living on the Cheap, a network of websites published by frugalistas, journalists and consumer advocates. Find practical advice on saving money on groceries, travel and shopping, plus tips from our experts on how to live the good life for less at Living on the Cheap.

21 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend

DenverSkylineIf you’re looking for frugal fun this weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans who want to live large for less. And our community has it all “on the cheap” — entertainment, concerts, festivals, movies, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. Let us do the work for you! To keep up with the latest deals, discounts and FREE events in the Denver/Boulder area, sign-up for our daily e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. (If you know of any upcoming weekend events, send them to info@milehighonthecheap.com.) Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend: Click here to read more…

10 Super Specials For Super Bowl Sunday

FootballWe think just about everyone will be hosting or attending a Super Bowl party. We found several great deals for food (almost all take-out) — perfect for the host or a guest to bring to the bash. All of the promos are valid on Sunday, February 1. We expect many restaurants to be busy before kick-off, so it’s probably best to place your order as early as possible. Plus, what’s a Super Bowl party without guacamole? Review our post on where to find avocados for just 49¢ each.

  • Bombay Bowl – Get $10 off Big Bowl (feeds 5-7) — coupon required.
  • Bonefish Grill: Three orders of Bang-Bang Shrimp for $19.90. Carry-out only.
  • Hooters: 50 wings for $43.99 or 100 wings for $79.99 (both to-go), includes celery and choice of dressing.
  • MAD GreensSave 50% on catering order of Eat Better Boxes. Pick-up only.
  • McDonald’s – Get 40 nuggets for $10…or 80 nuggets for $20 for a bigger party. (Sold as 20 nuggets for $5.)
  • Olive Garden – Save 15% on to-go orders. Order online with promo code GAMEDAY15.
  • Papa John’s – Earn FREE large pizza (up to 3 toppings) with online order of $15 or more. (Free pizza not available until Feb. 2.)
  • Pizza Hut: Any pizza for $11. Online only. (No double-toppings or extra cheese.)
  • P.F. Chang’s China BistroSave 20% on online take-out order of any size — use promo code BIGGAME.
  • Tokyo Joe’s – Buy-one-get-one FREE bowl, salad or sushi for Addict Club members. Dine-in only.
  • For a more comprehensive list of national offers, review Living On The Cheap’s round-up.

Free Hot or Iced Coffee at Chick-fil-A in February

ChickfilaIt’s rare for Chick-fil-A to offer a freebie at all of its locations, so that gives this promo an extra jolt. For the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A is giving customers a FREE cup of its new specialty-grade THRIVE Farmers hot or iced coffee all day long. (Remember, Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays.) The Atlanta-based restaurant chain partnered with THRIVE Farmers Coffee last year to introduce the quick-service industry’s first-ever specialty-grade coffee. The new coffee qualifies as specialty grade per the standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and only the top 10% of coffee consumed worldwide meets this quality designation. The offer includes your choice of a 12-oz. (small) hot or 16-oz. (medium) iced coffee — available while supplies last. Limit one cup per customer, per visit. No additional purchase is necessary and no substitutions are available. For locations, click here.

Boston Market: 2 For $20 Complete Meal Deal

Boston MarketWe’re always “in the market” for saving a few bucks, when dining out. (Actually, we never dine out without a coupon or promo. With so many offers out there, there’s no reason to ever pay full price.) Through April 2Boston Market is offering  a 2 for $20 Complete Meal Deal. The delicious offer includes two Individual Meals, two drinks and two desserts for only $20. Each Individual Meal comes with a main course option, including rotisserie chicken turkey or meatloaf, two classic sides and a freshly baked piece of cornbread. Based on our estimation, it’s a savings of about $5. For locations, click here.

Extra 15% Off Almost Any LivingSocial Deal

Dollar sign buttonToday’s the big game and LivingSocial has a special one-day only promo code for big savings that gets you an extra 15% off almost any deal — with a maximum discount of $20. There are many deals on show tickets, spa or salon treatments, activities and more. Here’s how to get the extra discount: Go to LivingSocial. Find the deal you want. Click the “Buy Now” button. Then, click on “Redeem Promo Code” during the checkout process. Enter promo code HUTHUT15 and click “Apply”. The discount will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page. The promo code is good through Sunday, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time and may be used only once per account. Other restrictions apply.

Join the World at the 2015 Ski Championships

WorldAlpineSkiChampionships2015The best Alpine skiers on the planet are racing at Beaver Creek and Vail at the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships, February 2 to 15. Watching the action live is FREE, from the opening ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m. at Championship Plaza at Solaris in Vail Village through the closing ceremony at Beaver Creek’s Red Tail Stadium at 4 p.m. on Sunday the 15th. THE RACES: Click here for the daily race training and competition schedule. Spectators may climb along the sides of the race courses, or watch from the finish areas equipped with huge screens that show the thrilling races turn by turn. Adrenalin-charged spectators ring cowbells (a European tradition), cheer and groan. Americans will be rooting for home-town favorites Lindsey Vonn and Mikeala Shiffrin and other U.S. stars like Ted Ligety and Bode Miller. FREE event-specific spectator buses run every 5 to 15 minutes between Vail, Avon and Beaver Creek from 8 a.m. to midnight. Click here to read more…

DMNS Hosts “Girls and Science” Event

atom scienceThe Denver Museum of Nature & Science and CBS4 are hosting a Girls and Science event on Saturday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can explore a variety of Science Clubhouses, where girls can meet women scientists and experience the many diverse opportunities a future in science, technology, engineering, art and math can bring. The day is all about igniting a passion for science— a day to try it on, test it out, and play. Families will have the chance to meet with women in science-related careers (or who are using science in surprising ways in their work) and explore the cool tools of their trade. You can also participate in activities you may not expect from a career in science, including botanical illustrations and coding. The event is included in the price of general admission and, on this day, ages 18 and under get a GA ticket for just $4. Admission for adults is $14.95 and seniors is $11.95.

Larrabee’s Annual Clearance Sale

saleLarrabee’s annual storewide clearance of fine, name-brand home furnishings carries savings of 30% to 70% on in-store inventory — but only through Wednesday, February 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 311 E. County Line Rd., Littleton, 720-583-0060.

McGuckin’s Winter Clearance Sale

McGuckin-logoAnyone who suffers from withdrawal between McGuckin Hardware‘s spring and fall tent sales ought to check out its winter sale. With storewide clearance and close-out pricing, the cool sale runs through Saturday, February 14. Find values on some 4,500 items, including power tools, sporting goods, electrical stuff and more. The street address is 2525 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder, but the store is more visible from Canyon Blvd. (at Folsom); 303-443-1822.

35% Off Select Items at Boulder’s MomentuM

SaleRedMomentuM, a socially responsible Boulder store that supports fair trade, environmentally friendly production, independent artists and organic farming, is running a sale of 35% off select jewelry and accessories. The sale runs through Saturday, February 14 or when sale inventory is gone, whichever comes first. 1625 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-7744.

50% Off MAD Greens Catering on Super Bowl Sunday

When does a salad bowl become a super bowl? When you order catering from MAD Greens on Sunday, February 1. If you’re looking for a fresh take on your Super Bowl party, save 50% on the purchase of an Eat Better Box from MAD Greens with salads, wraps and/or sandwiches — feeds up to 10 people. With the promo, each box is only $45 (reg. $90.) The offer is only valid for orders picked up on February 1. No delivery available. There are five different boxes, so you’re sure to find one (or a few) just perfect for your party — review the choices here. You can place an order by calling 303-913-4193 or use promo code SUPER15 at madgreenscatering.com. Who says a Super Bowl party can’t be healthy? Better yet, who says it has to be for a football party? Gather your non-sports fan friends and family for your own “salad bowl” party!

Tokyo Joe’s: BOGO Bowl, Salad or Sushi on Super Sunday

Tokyo JoesTokyo Joe’s wants you to huddle up for savings on Super Bowl Sunday with a BOGO special on Sunday, February 1. When you purchase any build-your-own bowl, 8-piece sushi or Big Salad, get a second one for FREE (of equal or lesser value.) The offer is for Addict Club members exclusively and dine-in only. If you’re not a member of Tokyo Joe’s Addict Club, you can sign up online…it’s quick, easy and FREE.

Email For Chance: Met Opera Encore ‘Tales of Hoffmann’

opera singerMaybe you can’t afford to fly to New York City to see a performance by the Metropolitan Opera. But you can see performance right here in Denver. Over the past year, The Met: Live in HD has been presented live in select movie theaters. Now, they are repeating some of the best productions as part of the Metropolitan Opera Encore Series. Next up is Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann on Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in the Met’s kaleidoscopic production of Offenbach’s energetic, operatic masterpiece. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley, Christine Rice sing the three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score. The opera runs about 3 hours and 50 minutes. 43KIXDenver is giving away tickets to see the event on-screen at a Denver area theater. These are guaranteed seats. For your chance as the passes, e-mail FathomEventsDenver@gmail.com with HOFFMANN in the subject line and include your name and mailing address in the message. Deadline to enter is Monday, February 2 by 5 p.m. Winners will be drawn and passes with screening details mailed. Note: Late, incorrect, and/or duplicate entries will not be considered. Limit one entry per cell phone. You can also buy tickets to the show here.

Free Yogurt + Toppings at Yogurtland

In honor of National Frozen Yogurt Day, Yogurtland is giving away FREE yogurt and toppings in a commemorative cup on Monday, February 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. With flavors like Hershey’s Chocolate Milkshake, York Peppermint Pattie, Caramel Almond Bar, Chocolate Coconut Truffle, Birthday Cupcake Batter and many more, you’re sure to find the perfect frozen concoction to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are 5 locations – Arvada, Centennial, Denver (2) and Littleton.

Sonic Drive-In: 50% Off Footlongs on Groundhog Day

Only the groundhog knows, if spring is just around the corner or if we face six more weeks of winter. However, one thing we know for sure is that this is a good Groundhog Day deal. On Monday, February 2, Sonic Drive-In is offering 50% off its Footlong Hot Dogs — all day. Choose from the Footlong Quarter Pound Coney, Footlong New York Dog, Footlong All-American Dog or Footlong Chicago Dog. There’s no limit, so everyone in your car can down a dog. The deal is valid at participating locations.

Send Valentines From Loveland, CO at King Soopers

Is there a more perfect place than Loveland from which to send your Valentine’s Day cards? We don’t think so! Through, Wednesday, February 4, drop off your cards and love letters at any King Soopers or City Market (in large boxes by the customer service desk.) The grocery chain will then send them to the Loveland Post Office in time to get the world-famous Loveland, CO♥ postmark. If that’s inconvenient, you can also send your correspondence in a larger envelope to: Postmaster – Attention Valentines, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538-9998. The deadline for all U.S. destinations is Friday, February 6. (For more details, click here.) Remember, you must have proper postage on all of your cards before dropping them off or sending them. Otherwise, your loved ones will not get your heart-filled messages. Oh, what a lovely promo!