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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.

24 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…

Free Days at Denver Museums & More in March

Museum-drawingIt’s March and that means spring is just around the corner. (We can’t wait for those warm, sunny days having fun around the city!) In the meantime, you can start to warm up with this month’s FREE Days, including the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (March 2), Children’s Museum of Denver (March 3), Colorado Railroad Museum (March 7), Denver Art Museum (March 7), Denver Botanic Gardens (March 22) and Clyfford Still Museum (March 27.) We know frugal families are well-versed on FREE Days at museums and attractions across the city. Therefore, rather than posting each one individually, we created a comprehensive list of all the FREE days for easy one-stop “shopping.” Most of the free days are funded, in part, by taxes collected through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Others are funded by corporate sponsorship. We’re lucky to live in a city with so many wonderful institutions to enjoy without breaking the bank. However, it’s important to note that the FREE Days are very popular. (Translation: Be prepared to deal with large crowds and allow time to search for a good parking spot.) Click here to review our page.

Free Breakfast at Chick-fil-A Every Tuesday in March

sunWe love waking up to savings! Every Tuesday in March, Chick-fil-A is serving up a FREE breakfast item (no purchase necessary) from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at participating locations in the Denver metro area — mark your calendar now. Here’s the schedule: March 3Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis (3-ct.), March 10Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit, March 17Sausage Biscuit, March 24Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit and March 31Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis (3-ct.) The fantastic freebie is valid in-restaurant and in the drive-thru. Limit one per person, per visit. There are 29 locations in the Denver metro area. (Mall hours and participation may vary.)

Free Short Stack at IHOP

Mmm, fluffy, golden pancakes make us very happy. However, FREE fluffy, golden pancakes have us doing back flips! In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP is serving freebie flapjacks on Tuesday, March 3, as part of its annual philanthropic effort. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants will give diners a FREE short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. — while supplies last. What’s the catch? None. Though, IHOP encourages patrons to donate what they would have paid for the pancakes (or whatever they can offer) to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other local causes. Limit one short stack per customer. Click here for the pancake chain’s restaurant locator page.

Endless Appetizers for $12 at TGI Friday’s

Hot DealsThe promo is back with a $2 price increase, a few menu changes and any refill of your choice. We find this deal quite appetizing for both the quantity of food and savings. TGI Friday’s is serving an endless supply of some of its most popular appetizers for just $12 per person at participating locations. Choose from Boneless Sriracha Wings, Boneless Memphis BBQ Wings, Loaded Potato Skins, Garlic & Basil Bruschetta, Mozzarella Sticks, Boneless Buffalo Wings, Spicy Chicken Tostados, BBQ Chicken Flatbread and Pan-Seared Pot Stickers and receive unlimited reorders of any appetizer from the select menu during your visit. While the appetizers are endless, the promo itself is for a limited time. At this price, we might just skip an entrée and indulge on an all-appetizer lunch or dinner.

‘Victor/Victoria’ at Theater Company of Lafayette

The musical comedy Victor/Victoria is the next offering by Theater Company of Lafayette. A down-on-her-luck singer named Victoria is convinced by a struggling gay impresario to disguise herself as a man named Victor, who entertains as a female impersonator known as “Victoria.” Becoming a wild success in Paris nightclubs, Victoria sees complications arise when a Chicago mobster sees the act and finds himself attracted to the star. Enjoy the show on opening night, Friday, March 6 or Thursday, March 12 for $16. Even if you miss out on these performances, admission is an affordable at $18. Shows continue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through March 28 and Sunday, at 2 p.m. on March 22Get tickets here or by calling 800-838-3006 ext. 1. The Mary Miller Theater is at 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette.

Whole Foods Tamarac Cooks Up Spring Salads

chef hatYou know you should eat more salad, but sometimes it is sooooo boring. Amazing greens and other spring vegetables are at their peak right now. Whole Foods Market Tamarac holds a FREE cooking class focusing on the reinvention of spring salads on Thursday, March 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Chef Elizabeth Buckingham shows how to prepare health and easy salads, along with simple dressings. Make and taste Turnip, Apple & Brussels Sprout Slaw, Radicchio with Manchego Vinaigrette and Escarole with Red Quinoa & Hazelnuts. Reserve your spot by stopping in or calling the store’s customer service desk at 303-488-2000. 7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver.

Larkburger Offers Snowpocalypse BOGO Burger

Larkburger-logoIt may cold outside, but the savings are heating up inside at Larkburger. Today, Sunday, March 1, the burger joint is offering a buy-one-get-one FREE burger at all of its locations — except for the location in Edwards. The offer was announced via its Twitter feed — click here for details. To get the juicy deal, just show the promo tweet (or a printed copy) at checkout. If you haven’t tried Larkburger, they have lots of great burgers, fries and shakes. (We love the truffle & parmesan fries!) Excluding Edwards, there are 12 participating locations in Colorado.

Kids Eat Free at Modmarket

ModMarketWe’re always excited when we spot a new deal around town, especially when it saves MHOTC families money dining out. (Plus, we’re big fans of Modmarket — one of our favorite places for a delicious, healthy dinner.) Modmarket just introduced a kids-eat-free promo. Every Sunday and Monday, from 5 p.m. to closing, kids (12 and under) get a FREE kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Limit one free meal per adult entrée purchase. The offer is valid at participating locations. Right now, there are 8 locations in Colorado (9, if you included DIA), with more opening soon. For more family-friendly offers, check out our Kids Eat Free page.

Big Lots: Save 20% On Entire Purchase

It pays to be friends, especially when they can help you get big savings. Big Lots is holding its Friends & Family Day on Sunday, March 1 with 20% off an entire purchase. The discount requires this printable coupon. (Of course, typical exclusions apply, including alcohol, gift cards, phone cards, etc. — see coupon for complete details.) To accommodate the expected crowds, the store is extending its hours to 10 p.m. for the day.

Sam’s Club Invites Non-Members To Shop For $5

Dollar sign buttonNow non-members can shop and save like a Sam’s Club member with the new “Try for Five” one-day shopping pass offer. Here’s the deal: non-members can get a One-Day Pass for $5 and shop Sam’s Club without paying a 10% non-member upcharge fee on purchases. Should the shopper become a Sam’s Club Member within 60 days of using the One-Day pass, he or she will receive $5 back in the form of a Sam’s Club gift card. To get the $5 One-Day Pass, go here and enter a valid email address. A personalized voucher will be sent via email, which shoppers must then redeem in-Club. Shoppers can then enjoy Member-only pricing on any item in the Club. This deal is totally new for Sam’s Club and unlike any other past promotion. Shoppers may enjoy product samples while checking out the savings on hundreds of items. A $5 cash back gift card after joining gives future members even more value on members-only programs, including Instant Savings booklets, Cash Rewards, Pharmacy, Optical and Sam’s Club Travel benefits.

Free All Trucking Job Fair in Henderson

hiring job interviewExperienced truck drivers, as well as newbies are invited to a FREE All Trucking Job Fair on Tuesday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sage Truck Driving School. Recruiters from a number of companies that employ professional drivers will be conducting interviews to fill immediate openings. Those who have considered driving a big rig can attend one of two information seminars at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There will be FREE food for all attendees. 10401 E. 102nd Ave., Unit A, Henderson, 303-289-7243.

Emily’s Salon Offers $8 Shampoo, Haircut & Style

Emily Griffith Technical College has been training Colorado’s cosmetologists for more than 75 years. Of course, students need experience, so that’s where Emily’s Salon comes in. The menu of services is very comprehensive and ranges in price from just $2 for a moisturizer to $45 for a wave nouveau. A haircut and style is only $8 and includes a FREE shampoo. All services are performed by students under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor. The shop is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The salon also has evening hours Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. You must pay in advance of services. Cash, Visa and MasterCard accepted. It’s important to note that children are not allowed in the salon (unless receiving services.) 1860 Lincoln St., Denver, Denver, 720-423-4798.

Kids Eat Free at Atlanta Bread on Weekends

BreadThis family-friendly offer from Atlanta Bread will save you some “dough.” The Aurora eatery at 14262 E. Cedar Ave. offers one FREE Kids Meal with the purchase of one Full Adult Entrée every Saturday and Sunday. The offer is limited to children 12 and under. The locally owned and operated café serves delicious sandwiches, soups, and fresh garden salads — prepared just the way you want it. Plus, they offer a full bakery of freshly baked, cookies, muffins, pastries and more. For more money-saving, kids-eat-free offers, check out this page.

Bring Friends to IKEA For Fun & Freebies

ikeaWhat’s better than shopping with a good friend? On Saturday, March 7, bring your friends to IKEA for its 4th annual BYOF (Bring Your Own Friends) event with tons of activities, perks, food offers and more, including FREE IKEA blue bags, FREE breakfast and BOGO FREE dessert. Reservations are now open for the friendly affair — click here. To review the deals and event schedule for the Centennial store, click here. IKEA Centennial is located at the County Line Rd. Exit off of I-25. Trust us, you can’t miss the big blue and yellow sign.

Free Cell Phone & Texting For Eligible Households

If you’ve wanted a cell phone, but couldn’t afford one (or want the ability to send and receive text messages), check this out. Q Link Wireless is offering FREE cell phones plus 250 FREE minutes every month to low-income Colorado residents. To learn more, including eligibility requirements, visit the Q Link Wireless website. Another option: Eligible Colorado residents can get a FREE cell phone that includes 250 FREE voice minutes and 250 FREE texts (a new perk) each month from Assurance Wireless. There’s no annual contract and the phone also includes call waiting, caller I.D. and access to 911 service. For $5 each month, you can opt for 250 additional minutes and 250 texts monthly. Phones are from Assurance Wireless (part of Virgin Mobile USA) and use the Sprint network, so you have nationwide coverage. These free phones are only available to those who qualify based on household income and/or if you are on Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), or use certain other public assistance programs. In Colorado that includes those participating in Old Age Pension, Aid to the Blind,  Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Aid to the Needy/Disabled and Low Income Energy Assistance Program. This is no scam or bait to get you on the hook for extra charges. Lifeline Assistance is paid for the federal Universal Service Fund, a fee applied to all telephone bills. To request an application, call 877-467-9591 (Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) or visit Assurance Wireless.