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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
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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…

13 Halloween Day Treats For Frugal Families

HalloweenNo tricks here, just lots of treats. (Okay, so it’s 14 treats, but 13 sounds so much better for this round-up, right?) Halloween can be frightfully expensive for any family. However, with a little planning, prudent parents can scare up some savings. We worked our magic and scared up some deals for frugal families and their little “monsters.” And, we promise not to tell, if some grown-up ghouls and goblins without kids take advantage of some of these Halloween treats. Unless otherwise noted, these freebies and deals are valid only on Friday, October 31, but make sure to follow the links for information on times and locations. Do you know of other Halloween freebies or deals? Please leave a comment and let our readers know. As always, we love to share information about local businesses. Also, if you haven’t subscribed to Mile High on the Cheap’s daily e-newsletter, what are you waiting for? You’re missing out on so much fun! Sign up online now. Click here to read more…

Halloween Happenings On The Cheap

Mile High Cheapskates love this time of the year. The ghouls, ghosts, zombies and witches flying about the beautiful Colorado skies. Denver, Boulder and all points in between Castle Rock on the south and Fort Collins on the north offer an abundance of Halloween activities for kids and adults. However, you don’t have to wait until October 31 for all the fun. In addition to the activities we’ve published here (FREE to the best of our knowledge, unless indicated otherwise), visit our Fall Fun & Halloween Fright page for ongoing haunted houses and other Halloween-iana through Friday night, October 31. Click here to read more…

King Soopers Free Friday: Yoplait Greek Yogurt

KingSoopers-logoEvery Friday (usually), King Soopers offers a digital coupon for a FREE product, which you download to your SooperCard. Today, Friday, October 31, it’s a FREE cup of Yoplait Greek yogurt (5.3-oz.) How does it work? 1.) Visit this page each Friday; 2.) On Friday, download the digital coupon for the FREE product between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. PST; 3.) You have two weeks to redeem the coupon — just pick up the product at your local King Soopers and the digital coupon will automatically be applied at checkout. Be sure to add the item to your weekly grocery list, so you don’t forget your freebie!

Fun Opportunity: Help Test a New Mobile App

Dollar sign buttonCan you trust online reviews? Sadly, not always, but with your help a Denver company believes they can change that. They are looking for community-minded individuals to help test a new mobile app that will bring credibility back to consumer reviews of restaurants, retailers, you-name-it, and even reward users with a little cash and opportunities to win prizes. Laura got a sneak peek and it is really cool. MHOTC readers who are smartphone savvy are invited to join a panel of local testers. It only takes about 15 minutes of your time and while there is no payment, those who participate will be eligible for rewards and maybe the chance to join a focus group or other opportunities. And, we honestly think you’ll have some fun (or we wouldn’t be posting this request on our site). To help us change the face of consumer reviews,  send your name and email address to marketing@greenpiranhas.com. Be sure to put MHOTC App Test in the subject line.

Safeway $5 Friday: What’s On Sale?

Today, Friday, October 31, Safeway is offering many items for $5 each or less. This week’s best bargains include: caramel apple for $1 (selected varieties), pumpkin pie for $2.50 (8-inch), Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage (8- to 16-oz.), Rice Krispies Treats for $1.67 (8-ct.), Pepperidge Farm Goldfish (30- to 35-oz.), Quaker Life cereal for $1.67 (13-oz.), smartwater for $1 (1-liter), Japonicus snow crab clusters (per pound), Kraft cheese for $2.50 (7- to 8-oz.), Mott’s fruit snacks for $1.67 (8-oz.), Mission tortilla chips for $2.50 (24-oz.), Fresh Express salad blend for $2.50 (10-oz.), Pepperidge Farm Sweet & Simple cookies for $1.67 (5- to 7.25-oz.), Nabisco Classic Mix pack (20-ct.), Arm & Hammer cat litter (9- to 20-lb.), Rockstar energy drink (4-pack, 16-oz. cans), Peet’s Coffee cups (10-ct.), Secret clinical deodorant (1.6-oz.), fall blooms bouquet (floral), Duracell Duralock batteries (see ad for quantity & sizes), Marie Callender’s or Edwards pie (23.5- to 46-oz.), Pepperidge Farm Swirl bread for $2.50 (16-oz.) and gourmet stuffed scallop or clam for $1 (4- to 5-oz.) The savings require a Safeway Club Card. For a complete listing of the $5 sale items, review its weekly specials site or pick up a circular in the store. MHOTC Tip: Use manufacturer’s coupons on top of sale prices for maximum savings. Plus, when you find a good deal on one of your household staples, stock up. You’ll save money down the road.

Trade Your Halloween Candy For Cash

If your kids brought home more candy than you want them to eat (again), consider donating the excess to the Halloween Candy Buy-Back. This is a national program in which children bring Halloween candy to participating dental practices in exchange for cash and prizes. For instance, DeCino Family Dentistry in Lakewood “pays” kids $1 per pound of candy when they drop it off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from November 3 to 7. We aren’t delusional in thinking that most youngsters are willing to give up all of their candy, but they may be more willing when they learn that it becomes part of Operation Gratitude, which ships holiday boxes containing sweet treats, toiletries, handwritten notes and more to American troops. To find participating dental practices near you, go here and enter your zip code in the upper right-hand corner. Then contact the dentist office for this year’s Buy-Back days and times. Thanks to Debbie for bringing this to our attention!

Holiday Food and Gift Festival: 50% Off Entry

Gift BoxThe Holiday Food & Gift Festival brings together exhibitors, food vendors, and a slice of Santaland on Friday to Sunday, November 21 to 23 at the Colorado Convention Center. This festival is the largest holiday celebration in the Midwest drawing some 30,000 attendees annually who happily complete their holiday shopping early. Tickets are normally $10 per person, but you can buy two tickets for $10. That’s 50% off. This is a limited time sale which ends Saturday night. With over 500 exhibitors the festival provides shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts including art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more. There is also a large gourmet food area where you can sample and purchase a wide range of food items including toffee, tea, chocolates, pasta, soups, dips, meats, coffee, jams, shortbread, chili, sauces and many more delights. Santa Claus makes an early appearance at the festival and is available each day for kids of all ages. Easy to find, the jolly fellow is in the center of the show. Vouchers are good for any day of the Festival and you can buy as many as you wish. For details on similar events, see our Holiday Craft Shows page.

Email For Chance To Win: Met Opera Encore ‘Carmen’

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 Bizet’s Carmen on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. The opera runs about 3 hours and 40 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, email FathomEventsDenver@gmail.com with CARMEN MHOTC in the subject line. Include your name and mailing address in the message area. Deadline to email is 4 p.m. on Monday, November 3. Winners will be drawn that day 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 buy tickets to the show here.

Free Sushi Class for Teens at Erie Library

sushiSticky Fingers Cooking is bringing all the ingredients and expertise for making sushi to the Erie Community Library on Monday, November 3 at 4 p.m. Teens can learn how to create their own temaki sushi. The hand-rolled sushi cone means you don’t need tons of special gear or even a sushi rolling mat. Just fill, roll and eat! The workshop is FREE, but registration is required. 400 Powers St., Erie, 888-861-7323.

Dine at Denny’s & Save $5

Dining restaurantIf you’re dining at Denny’s this weekend, save a few bucks with its latest coupon. Through Sunday, November 2, save $5 on your check of $20 or more. You must print this coupon for the savings. Of course, it’s not valid with any other offer or discounts. For locations, click here.

Augustana Chancel Choir’s Free Concert

MusicThe Augustana Chancel Choir is joined by members of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra for a FREE concert on Sunday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. They perform the Colorado premier of Te Deum by Rene Clausen and Dona Nobis Pacem by the Latvian minimalist composer Peteris Vasks. While the event is free, donations will be solicited on site to benefit the Augustana Concert Series. The performance is at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver.

Steamboat’s Early-Season Ticket Special

Steamboat-logoPurchase a SteamboatBoat Launch Pass” by Saturday, November 1 for $159 and get a second one FREE, Boat Launch Passes are valid any 3 days between November 27 and December 20, and the days can but don’t need to be consecutive. It comes to roughly $50 per person per day. Buying this online special now is a gamble, we know, but that gamble pays off if Steamboat gets  a couple of big dumps. Quantities are limited. The passes are non-transferable (i.e., names cannot be changed once they are assigned to a pass), non-refundable and must be picked up in person at the Ticket Office in Gondola Square (photo required).

Halloween: Kids Get Free Smoothie at Jamba Juice

JambaJuiceThis treat won’t be tossed into a trick-or-treat bag. However, it might give the little ones a much-needed energy boost to keep going on their quest for more candy. Today, Friday, October 31, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jamba Juice is giving children (8 and under) a treat — a FREE Jamba Kids smoothie (9.5-oz.) Of course, the kids must be present. There is a limit of four offers per party.

This Week’s Holiday Craft Markets, Shows & Fairs

Did anyone else see that tiny splat of snow on their windshield Monday afternoon? Yep, Mother Nature is teasing us with some winter-ish weather. Still our forecasters report this weekend should be ideal for some craft show shopping. Our page devoted to upcoming holiday craft shows, markets and fairs in the Denver/Boulder area, includes an interactive map, which can help you find the events close to home (and just keep you from getting lost in the city in pursuit of bargains). As always, we call out some of our favorite picks. You’re likely to run into Laura and her pal, Lyn, at the El Jebel Shriners Holiday Craft Show, Friday to Sunday, October 31 to November 2. Applewood Arts (admission $4) has its first of three November festivals with 100+ artisans on Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2 at Standley Lake High School. And Colorado Senior Connections gathers senior age crafters from the metro area for its Stitch n Chatter Craft Bazaar at Edgewater Plaza Gym on Saturday, November 1. Check out our Holiday Craft Shows page for more details on these and other sales. And if you know of any upcoming holiday craft shows, email details to info@milehighonthecheap.com.

‘Bearded’ Shave $7 Off Admission at Denver Zoo

Zoo Logo (load full size)If you have a beard, mark your calendar for Saturday, November 1 because that’s when the Denver Zoo is offering a discount for those with the facial hair. Why a beard? It’s all part of the zoo’s celebration of National Bison Day. Those with a beard will receive discounted tickets — $5 for kids (reg. $12) and $10 for adults (reg. $17.) Of course, not all of us can grow a beard (women and kids come to mind.) No problem — just download and print your favorite here! Then, grab some scissors and tape and you’re ready to “shave” $7 off your ticket price.