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Looking for inexpensive or free things to do in the Denver/Boulder area? Want to sample local stores, restaurants, & attractions without breaking the bank? Mile High Cheapskates
Laura Daily, Bryan Chavez and Claire Walter show you how to get the best for less. To get in touch, email us: info@milehighonthecheap.com
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.

Safeway’s Just For U: Free Yogurt & Bar Soap

Safeway-logoWe think Safeway might have taken notice of the popularity of King Soopers Free Friday Download promo. Lucky for us, smart shoppers! Safeway is offering two freebies this week: A container of Liberté Mediterranee yogurt (6-oz.) and Dove white bar soap (2.6-oz.) Both items are FREE. However, with Safeway, it’s a bit more complicated. First, you must have a registered Safeway Club Card to get the offers. Next, go online and login. Then, go under “Just For U” and then “Coupon Center.” Now, search under “View By Event” and then “Weekly Ad Coupons” for both coupons. Finally, click on “Add” under each respective item and you’re ready to add the items to your grocery cart. (Note: We found the Dove soap in the “trial” size section of our store instead of with the bar soap.) The discounts will be taken off automatically at checkout. Both digital coupons expire Tuesday, August 26. We must be honest. We’ve had some trouble with Safeway’s Just For U program. If you do, ask to speak with a manager or call customer service at 1-877-723-3929 for resolution.

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…

Albertsons’ Quarter Sale…Ka-Ching!

Grocery CartGrab your change jar and head to Albertsons for some amazing deals! Through Tuesday, August 26, the grocery store is offering lots of items for a quarter or two. The following items are 25¢ each: Maruchan Instant Lunch noodle cup (2.25-oz.), Essential Everyday string cheese or cheddar stick (.833- to 1-oz.) and Betty Crocker cornbread & muffin mix (6.5-oz.) The following items are 50¢ each: Fancy Feast cat food (3-oz.), Shoppers Value aluminum foil (25-ft.), Crystal Geyser spring water (1-gallon), Glaceau Vitaminwater (2o-oz.) or Fuze fruit drink (16.9-oz) — must buy 15 total (mix & match), Essential Everyday corn, green beans, peas or mixed vegetables (11- to 15.25-oz.), Essential Everday tomatoes (10- to 15-oz.), Essential Everyday beans (15-oz.) and Yoplait yogurt (6-oz.) The following items are 75¢ each: Garland Jack’s barbecue sauce (18-oz., must buy 2 with in-store coupon, while supplies last), Bar S meat franks (12-oz., limit 2), Hot Wheels (1-ct., limit 6), Clif Luna nutritional bar (1.6- to 1.69-oz.), StarKist chunk light tuna (5-oz.), José Olé burrito or chimichanga (5-oz.), Trolli or Black Forest gummy candy (4- to 5-oz.), Olde Fashioned soda (12-oz.), Russell Stover S’Mores single candy bar (2-oz.), Stride or Trident chewing gum (14- to 18-ct.) and Mike and Ike theater box candy (3.6- to 5-oz.) The following items are $1 each: North Star frozen treats (6-pack), Sunny D (64-oz.), Chex snack mix (7.5- to 8.75-oz.) and Lay’s Stax potato chips (5.5- to 5.75-oz.) Now’s a good time to stock up on your family’s favorites. Remember, the deals are even better, if you use manufacturer’s coupons on top of the sale prices.

Aurora Global Fest Celebrates Diverse Cultures

Flags GlobeAurora plays host to the city’s first international culture festival, Aurora Global Fest,  on the Great Lawn at the Aurora Municipal Center on Saturday, August 23 from noon to 10 p.m. The FREE international festival promises live entertainment all day long, as well as a large variety of ethnic food vendors. An artists’ area will house artisans offering demonstrations of their craft making, as well as have works for sale. Try brews from around the world at the Global Fest World Beer Market. Take in the International Fashion Show in the Cultural Exchange Theater featuring costumes from around the world. Organizers of the Global Fest event have created a great perk for those around town who would like a ride to the festival. Catch a FREE shuttle from either Moorhead Recreation Center or Martin Luther King Jr. Library. The shuttle will begin in the morning at 10:30 a.m. and will operate continuously until 10:20 p.m. The Aurora Municipal Center is at 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora.

Garage Sales This Weekend

Garage Sale (load full size) MHOTC’s Garage Sale page (one of the tabs at the top of every page) is an interactive map, where you can find large community sales close to home or work, then zoom in on specific neighborhoods or sales and pinpoint the exact location. As always we crown a sale or two as our “picks of the week.” This week we take you to Erie and Boulder. A huge community garage sale and bake sale is being held on Friday & Saturday at St. Luke Orthodox Church in Erie. You’ll find all sorts of household items, clothing, toys, sports equipment and more, along with hot dogs, sodas and baked goodies. On Saturday, things ramp up in the parking lot of Boulder’s Fairview High School holds its Garage Sale & Peach Fest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early birds are welcome at 7 a.m. if you want to pony up a $5 donation. More details and exact locations can be found on the MHOTC Garage Sale map. Want to be included? Be sure to send us information on your neighborhood sales. Just drop us a note including all the specific – location (including street address in the sale area), dates, times, number of participating homes, etc. at info@milehighonthecheap.com.

Family Sports Center Hosts Back 2 School Party

FamilyOfFourSouth Suburban’s Family Sports Center welcomes students back into the hallowed halls of education with its First Annual Back 2 School Party on Saturday, August 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reunite with school friends and meet new classmates. Admission is $12 ($10 if you are a district resident) and includes unlimited ice skating, bumper cars, mini golf, bungee run, laser tag, eXerGame Zone and more. Concessions and arcade games are extra. 6901 S. Peoria St., Centennial, 303-754-0552.

Harbor Freight Tools Parking Lot Sale

ToolsIf you consider yourself the kind of guy or gal who never has enough tools, check out Harbor Freight Tools. A shopping trip to this tool mecca is like going on a giant treasure hunt for low, low prices. We find it the ideal store for things we are always buying, and losing, such as tape measurers, flashlights, scissors, shop towels, etc. Harbor Freight holds its Parking Lot Sale on Friday to Sunday, August 22 to 24. Doors open at 7 a.m. Sale items include scissors for 89¢, 2-piece LED flashlights for $2.50, a pack of 100 cable ties for $2, and 12-piece screwdriver set for $5. During this liquidation” sale, they increase the discounts every day. On Friday, save up to 50% off select discontinued, clearance and closeout items, on Saturday up to 60% off and on Sunday, up to 86% off. And if you sign up in-store or online, they send you coupons for 20% off items and for FREE stuff. Just this week we bought some bungee cords and got a FREE head lamp, perfect if you have to take Fido out on a walk after dark. There are six stores in the metro area.

Whole Foods Cherry Creek Grand Reopening Bash

grand openingIt has survived both a complete remodel and all the road construction at University & Josephine. Now Whole Foods Market Cherry Creek proudly welcomes customers to explore its new features including a juice bar, pickle bar, pizza bar, Latin fare station and smokehouse at a Grand Reopening Bash on Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the party, sample FREE product from more than 20 local vendors. Bring the kids for a watermelon eating contest at 10:30 a.m. At high noon, there’s a cake cutting with FREE samples. Produce team members battle for honors as they race to see who can crack a coconut the fastest at 2 p.m. Also promised are some smokin’ deals including $3 off the pickle and olive bar and $1 off food from the salad bar and hot bar. 2375 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 720-941-4100.

50% Off Caché Women’s Clothing

fashion showEvery so often we find a daily deal that is worth a second look. That’s the case with this deal from Caché, the retail boutique that carries everything from sportswear to cocktail dresses. Though looks change from season to season, Caché is known for incorporating bold prints and patterns into everything from floral pants and dresses to animal-print tops. On the flip side, Caché also maintains an entire collection of little black dresses, that fit in just as well at a cocktail party as they do at the office. And no matter what you choose, you won’t see everyone wearing the same outfit. Right now, you can pay $25 for $50 worth of Caché apparel and accessories or $50 for $100 worth. That’s like getting a 50% discount. Caché has three locations: Cherry Creek Mall, Park Meadows and Flatiron Crossing. These Groupons expire October 18. You may buy one for yourself and one as a gift.

Symphony Ensemble Kids’ Concert in Boulder

MusicA small ensemble of Colorado Symphony musicians presents “Once Upon A Time: Aesop Times Two” – The Tortoise and the Hare and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  This a double helping of music and storytelling on Saturday, August 23 at 2 p.m. awakens children’s imaginations using music as a prominent element of the story. In addition, the show also includes some popular music, making for an hour of family fun. Tickets ($9 for children, $11 for adults) are available online. Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.

Free Preview Movie Pass: ‘The November Man’

Movies, movie, filmCode named ‘The November Man’ Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé. With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. MHOTC readers can attend a FREE sneak preview on Tuesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. at the UA Colorado Center. Click here to download and print your admit-two pass. Passes for sneak previews often go quickly and may be limited in number, so get yours now – if this movie interests you. Once our limit has been reached, the system won’t issue any more. Movie companies always overbook previews, so arrive early because seating is not guaranteed.

Free O.A.R. Concert at Denver’s ViewHouse

music instrumentIf you’re a fan of O.A.R. (it stands for “Of a Revolution”), get ready for a rockin’ good time…for FREE! Mix 100 and Coors Light are welcoming fans to ViewHouse (2015 Market St. in Denver) on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m. for a FREE live performance. The band just released its 8th studio album, The Rockville LP, so expect new songs mixed in with their hits. Given the popular band is headed back to Colorado on October 4 at Red Rocks, with tickets ranging from $39.50 to $59.50 (plus fees), now’s your best chance to rock out without breaking the bank. Of course, a large crowd is expected, so arrive early. Space is limited. Rock on!

Free Bowling at AMF Kids Fest

bowlingSome kid-friendly fun is planned during AMF Kids Fest on Saturday, August 23. All area AMF bowling centers are participating in the festivities with one-hour of FREE bowling and shoe rental for each child, $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, and a special Kids Fest discount on one-hour of bowling for adults. Of course, this is all in hopes the kiddos will register for a youth league, but anyone is welcome to bowl some balls. Hours vary by AMF location (and we suggest you confirm before heading over). Here’s what we were told: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aurora Lanes, Belleview Lanes, Littleton Lanes and Monaco Lanes; from noon to 4 p.m. at Northglenn Lanes; and, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Broadway (Littleton) Lanes and Sonesta (Thornton) Lanes. Go here to find your nearest location.

Free Fiesta Cookout in Chaffee Park

Chiles chilisThe Fiesta Cookout celebrates community and the work of Servicios de la Raza through a day full of FREE fun activities, food, resources, and great entertainment from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. Enjoy live music and performances, free food, a car and motorcycle show, wellness treatments, healing gardens, community health services, HIV testing, family activities, and much more all at Chaffee Park. The park is at 44th & Tejon, Denver.

Denver Photographer Mark Kiryluk Holds Exhibit

cameraDenver photographer Mark Kiryluk has traveled the world for decades. A panoramic collection of his work called “Through My Eyes, Through The Years” can be seen at ABC Custom Framing through September during store hours of operation. A FREE wine reception opens the exhibit on Friday, August 22 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Comprised mostly of black and white photos, the exhibit offers the public the first viewing of more than 80 photographs that span the streets of Denver to famous faces to images from China and Russia. 2550 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver.