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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 K. Chavez and Claire Walter show you how to get the best for less. To get in touch, email us: info@milehighonthecheap.com
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Independence Day On The Cheap

Because the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year, many of us will be venturing far and wide for Independence Day and may have already started to make plans. There are plenty of low-cost and no-cost festivals, parades and concerts in the metro Denver/Boulder area, both the day before and July 4th itself. In fact, so much celebrating is planned that we created a special page — called, no surprise, Fourth of July 2015 (see the tab at the top of the site), to include them all. We hope this makes it easy to find a fun-filled, but budget-minded, holiday activity. If something should change (like the ever-changing weather), we’ll update the page. Keep checking back and, when in doubt, be sure to check the event’s website. If you know of any festivities we have missed, drop a quick note to info@milehighonthecheap.com and we’ll add it to the list.

Enter For Chance at Sneak Preview Pass: ‘Minions’

They stole our hearts in Despicable Me and now we can learn their backstory. Yep it’s adorable yellow Minions. Their story begins at the dawn of time.  Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon — the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he, alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob, ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill , the world’s first-ever female super-villain.  They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind… from annihilation. MHOTC readers are invited to a special advance screening on Tuesday, July 7 at UA Colorado Mills. To enter for an admit-4 pass, click here, type in the requested information and click “Submit.” Don’t forget to write “Mile High On The Cheap” in the “Where did you hear about this contest?” box. Deadline to enter is end of day, Sunday, July 5. Winners will be notified by 5 p.m. with screening instructions on Monday, July 6. Remember, passes do not guarantee admission. Preview screenings are always overbooked to ensure a full house, so arrive early.

Golden Street Fair Offers Music, Eats & Art

In case you want to start your holiday weekend early, check out Historic Downtown Golden which expands its year-round First Friday offerings into a full-blown Golden Street Fair during the summer months. (The first one scheduled for June 5 was cancelled because of severe weather.) On Friday, July 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the lively block of Washington Ave. between 12th and 13th features music, eats and art. Street fare at the street fair includes specialties by Golden restaurants, such as Buffalo Rose, Saffron Grill, Gold Mine Cupcakes and Tin Star Smokehouse. Family-friendly entertainment includes live music, a Kid’s Corner and open doors to stores, businesses and restaurants. Future fairs are scheduled for August 7 and September 4.

Hawaiian Luau at Whole Foods Cherry Creek

hawaii 2Aloha! There won’t be any sandy beaches, but the scent of coconut and orchids should permeate the air as Whole Foods Market Cherry Creek stages Luau in the Lot on Friday, July 3. From noon to 3 p.m., the store’s parking lot will be transformed into an island paradise complete with food, drink, games, hula dancers (from noon to 1 p.m. from Bella Diva Dance), music and more. 2375 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 720-941-4100.

Chipotle Offers 2-for-1 Margarita Thursdays

margaritaWhat better to wash down a huge burrito than a summertime favorite? Every Thursday in July, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Chipotle Mexican Grill is pouring a 2-for-1 margarita. Mark your calendars now for July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The margaritas are made-to-order using Patrón Silver tequila, triple sec, organic agave nectar and a blend of fresh lime and lemon juices. Just so there’s no sticker shock, the price of one margarita is $7.15. It’s a great deal, since you’re getting two for the price of one. The offer is available at select locations with a liquor license, so be sure to check first before making dinner plans. (For those reading beyond the Mile High City, the offer is only available in Colorado.)

4-Course Steakhouse Dinner for $44

Perrys-logoWe’re not pretending that a $44 restaurant meal is cheap, but it is a good value for a blow-out dinner in a posh steakhouse. Although Perry’s Steakhouse has been in the Denver area for less than a year, it began 36 years ago as a butcher shop, is still family-owned and is celebrating with its 4444 dinner promotion. Through July 31, Perry’s is serving a four-course dinner with a choice of four items for $44 (plus tax and gratuity). Appetizer: Fried Asparagus, Asian Ahi Tuna Tartare, Homemade Polish Sausage or Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. Salad: Caesar Salad, Chopped Salad with Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Field Green, Pear and Candied Pecan Salad or Iceberg Wedge Salad with Applewood-Smoked Bacon. Entrée: 6-ounce Filet Mignon, Grilled Salmon, Pork Chop or Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna. Dessert: Crème Brûlée, Dessert Trio, Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar or Nutty d’Angelo. Portions may be downsized slightly from the regular menu where an order of crab cakes is $17.95; the 8-ounce filet mignon is $40.95; the pork chop is $37.95; and dessert selections are $9 and $10. 8433 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, 303-792-2571.

Save Big on Arapahoe County Fair Tickets

fairWe realize the Arapahoe County Fair doesn’t start until July 23, but now is the time to buy tickets if you really want to save. This year, daily admission includes unlimited carnival rides, plus all rodeos, concerts on the main stage, fireworks, 4-H shows, tractor pulls, the high-flying Dock Dogs competition and family entertainment. Purchase tickets online before July 23 and pay just $10. (Tickets will be $15 per person at the gate, cash only.) Note: Children under 36″ in height get in FREE. Find a full schedule of events here.

Sign Up For MHOTC’s Daily Newsletter

Hey, “Cheap Checklist” readers! Do you want to know about the best deals, discounts and freebies in town before the rest of the crowd? Then, subscribe to Mile High On The Cheap’s daily e-newsletter. Every morning, subscribers receive a summary of our latest posts — usually 8 to 14 new deals, discounts and/or freebies. Click on the headlines of interest and you’ll be taken directly to the full post with all of the details. The service is FREE…of course! To join our frugal family, just click here. Then, look for a “subscription confirmation” e-mail in your inbox. Click on the link within and you’ll start receiving our e-newsletter in a day or so. We never sell or share e-mail addresses with anyone…pinky promise. Plus, only subscribers receive our movie sneak preview codes first and are eligible to win prizes in our giveaways. What are you waiting for? Sign-up now!

Enter For Sneak Preview Pass: ‘SELF/LESS’

Movies, movie, filmA provocative psychological science fiction thriller, SELF/LESS is about an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). However, all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. For the official trailer, click here. MHOTC readers can enter to win passes to a sneak preview of the film on Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. at UA Colorado Center. To enter to win a pair of passes, e-mail Denver@43kix.com with “SELF/LESS” in the subject line and include your name, mailing address and contact phone number in the body of the e-mail. Deadline to enter is Thursday, July 2 by noon. Winners will be notified, shortly thereafter. Remember, a preview pass does not guarantee entry — so arrive early to secure your seat. SELF/LESS opens Friday, July 10.

Jamba Juice: 3 Freshly Squeezed Juices For $10.95

JambaJuiceIf you’re looking for some juicy savings at Jamba Juice, check out this deal from Groupon. With limited quantities available, get three vouchers for $10.95 (reg. up to $18.51) — each good for one freshly squeezed juice (16-oz.) Choose from Cucumber Orange Cooler, Tropical Greens, Kale Orange Power and Great Greens. Limit one purchase per person. The vouchers expire August 14.

Northglenn’s Free 2015 Summer Concert Series

musicianThis year’s Northglenn Summer Concert Series features party bands that focus on a music genre and decade from funk to disco to techno. Concerts run Wednesday (except for the Saturday, July 4 performance) at 6:30 p.m. at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park. The season schedule: July 1 –  The Modniks, July 4 — Soul X, July 8 — Boogie Machine, July 22 — Chadzilla and the Asteroids, July 29 — The JV3, August 5 — The Ricardo Pena Band and August 12 – Thumpin’. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at most of the concerts. The park is at 11801 Community Center Dr. (1/2 mile south of 120th and Grant) in Northglenn. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors to the D.L. Parsons Theatre across the street at the Northglenn Recreation Center. Concerts moved to the theatre start at 7 p.m. 303-451-8326.

Smashburger: BOGO Free Birthday Cake OREO Shake

SmashburgerSmashburger has been smashin’ burgers for 8 years now. To mark the occasion, the popular hamburger joint is introducing a limited-time Birthday Cake Golden OREO shake — made with vanilla Hagen-Dazs ice cream, milk and crushed Birthday Cake Golden OREO cookies. Customers (aka “Smashfans”) can share in the celebration with a buy-one-get-one FREE birthday cake shake on Tuesday, June 30 at participating locations. It doesn’t get much better than a juicy burger, a creamy shake and order of fries.

‘Wicked': $25 Orchestra Tickets Via Lottery

wickedYou only have one week left to work your magic, before Wicked flies away! If you cast a spell, but still couldn’t get a ticket to Wicked, you’re in luck! Fans/musical theater lovers can still conjure up an orchestra seat at more than 80% off with a little luck. Denver Center Attractions is running a day-of-performance ticket lottery for the wildly popular Broadway mega-hit, which plays the Temple Buell Theatre from June 3 through July 5. A Tony-award winning musical, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The magical musical tells the story of their remarkable odyssey — how two unlikely friends grow up to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. Click here to read more…

McDonald’s: Double Cheeseburger & Fries For $2.50

McDonalds2If you’re looking for a quick bite “on the cheap”, stop by McDonald’s this summer for its latest hunger-busting promo. For a limited time, get a double cheeseburger and small fries for $2.50. (It’s a savings of about 20%, by our estimations.) You could make it a meal by adding a soft drink (any size) for just $1 — making it $3.50 total. (If not, skip the soda and get a cup of water instead — save some money and calories!) The offer is available at participating locations.

Safeway: 50% Off Pizzas, Pies & More

PizzaSafeway is having a sale on pizzas and pies — perfect for an impromptu and inexpensive party. Through Tuesday, June 30, they’re offering 50% off on the following items: Red Baron pizza (8.8- to 23.45-oz.), Freschetta pizza (5.5- to 30.80-oz.), Bon Appetit pizza (12.6- to 14.5-oz.), Edwards single or multi-serve pies (5.34- to 30.5-oz.) and Mrs. Smith’s pies (35- to 37-oz.) The sale applies to selected varieties. There is no limit, so you can stock up. The prices are even better, if you combine ’em with manufacturer’s coupons. For those missing the $5 Friday sale this week, they’re offering Arm & Hammer laundry detergent (90- to 150-oz., limit 2) and Arm & Hammer cat litter (9- to 20-lb.) — each on sale for $5.

BOGO Free Entrée at Mimi’s Cafe

Ingredients sourced from France is just one of the ways Mimi’s Cafe stays connected to its roots. From tangy orange zest to creamy goat cheese, its menu is full of French-inspired ingredients and dishes — all against a French cottage-themed backdrop. We think the best word to describe its atmosphere is “cozy.” Dining there is like taking a break in the French countryside. (Okay, maybe not exactly, but you get the point.) Through Saturday, July 11, get a FREE lunch or dinner entrée at Mimi’s Cafe with the purchase of a second entrée (of equal or greater value) and two beverages. The discounted dish requires this coupon, which you can print or show on your mobile device. The coupon is not valid on with any other offer or discount. One coupon per check — dine-in only. Mimi’s Cafe has 7 locations on the Front Range.