If you want to get up close and personal with the National Western Stock Show’s 2017 Grand Champion steer, mosey on over to The Brown Palace Hotel on Friday, January 20. The prize animal, adorned with a garland of roses, will be escorted down a red carpet at 11 a.m. to take center stage during afternoon tea (the steer takes his tea from a sterling silver punch bowl. Two sugars, please!) in the famed hotel’s lobby. This is the last hurrah before heading to the auction of champions that evening. The public is welcome to join in for FREE photos with the champ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rodeo royalty of the two-legged variety will also be on hand for pictures and autographs. 312 17th St., Denver, 303-297-3111.
There’s a new Groupon promo code. Groupon almost always saves you money, usually half off, which makes any offer, service or product you get from them more affordable. However, with this latest promotion, you can really save big. Here’s the inside scoop: Through Wednesday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. MT, get an extra 20% off up to three Groupon Local Deals, with promo code WINTER20. That’s anything from dinners and National Western Stock Show tickets to spa treatments and fun things to do. To get the deal, use this link to take you Groupon’s Top Deals in the Denver-Boulder area. You can get up to a $50 discount per deal. There are a few exclusions: Read the fine print here.
If you need to pick-up your lunch on-the-go, here’s a meal deal packed with lots of options. For a limited time, create your own custom brown bag lunch at Starbucks for a great price. Choose a lunch item, snack, fruit item and bottled water — all for just $8. Choose from: a sandwich, panini, salad bowl, wrap or bistro box, a snack item (potato chips, popcorn or pretzels, priced $1.95 or less), a fruit item (fresh banana or That’s It fruit bar) and a bottle of Ethos water. Given some of the sandwiches and salads can cost about $7, the meal deal offers quite the savings. No substitutions allowed. The package is available at participating cafés all day, while supplies last. All of the items must be purchased in a single transaction. (If you’re unsure of what items qualify for the deal, ask a barista before making the purchase.)
Through Sunday, January 22, upgrade your combo — instead of a bottled water, choose an Evolution Fresh green juice. The savings really get juiced because of the limited-time option, given the juice costs about $6. If you choose the juice as part of the combo, the overall is savings is about 50%.
If you avoid certain coffee cafés because they’re “too expensive”, you might consider McDonald’s for your caffeinated needs. For a limited time, the fast-food chain is offering any size coffee for $1 or, if your tastes are a bit fancier, get a small specialty drink for $2. The offer is valid at participating locations.
To help kick-off 2017 with better choices, organic produce leader Earthbound Farm and plant-based leader Silk, along with other Broomfield-based WhiteWave Foods brands (including Horizon, International Delight and So Delicious), are surprising shoppers by purchasing their entire cart of groceries. On Wednesday, January 18, 25 lucky Safeway shoppers with at least one WhiteWave product in their cart will get all of their groceries for FREE. “Secret shoppers” will be on the lookout for qualifying carts from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all cart buys are completed) at each location. Five carts will be purchased at each location. Here are the participating locations: Boulder – 3325 28th St.; Castle Rock – 880 S. Perry St.; Denver – 2150 S. Downing St. and 3800 W. 44th Ave.; and Superior – 1601 Coalton Rd. Winning carts will be selected at random. You might just get lucky, so why not load up your cart? Plus, it gives you good reason to smile and be friendly with strangers — you just never know who might be a “secret shopper.” Good luck!
Did you know January 17 is National Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day? BurgerFi is celebrating the occasion by offering its Breakfast All Day Burger for just $5 (regularly between $8 to $10) — featuring a Natural Angus burger patty, American cheese, bacon, maple syrup, fried egg, hash brown, grilled onions and ketchup. The offer is only valid on Tuesday, January 17, in-store-only. You must mention the offer at the counter. There are no substitutions and the promo cannot be combined with any other offer. Right now, there is only one location in Colorado — 1147 Broadway in Denver. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This deal from Burger King is hot…or very cool, depending on your tastes. For a limited time, get any size coffee for just 99¢ — hot or iced. Anytime I see an offer for “any size”, I always think it’s best to get the large for maximum savings. However, it’s not wise, if you’re just going to waste it. On the other hand, ask for an extra cup and pour half of it for a friend or family member. The offer is only valid at participating locations.
Is there a more perfect place than Loveland, CO from which to send your Valentine’s Day cards? I don’t think so! Through, Wednesday, February 1, drop off your cards and love letters at any King Soopers or City Market (in a large white drop-off box by the customer service desk.) The grocery chain will 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 Tuesday, February 7. (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 receive your heart-filled words. Oh, what a lovely gesture!
Wendy’s is changing the game, when it comes to meal deals — thanks to the sandwich options available to hungry bargain hunters. For a limited time, the quick-service chain is offering a 4 for $4 Meal. Get a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, Crispy Chicken BLT or Double Stack, 4 chicken nuggets, small fries and small drink at an affordable price — just $4. In my book, any meal deal under $5 with a beverage is always a great value. Plus, unlike other chains, Wendy’s gives you more than one option for the sandwich. (I would also like the option of a small chili rather than the nuggets and fries. Just sayin’. Maybe one day?)
Stop the presses! Check out our weekly column “Cheap Checklist” in today’s The Denver Post in the Life & Culture section. You can also read it online. (If there is no link, go to the Denver Post and type “Cheap Checklist” in the search box to find our latest column.) Every Saturday, we compile the best freebies, discounts and deals in town for the upcoming week. The column now includes store sales — all the more reason for smart shoppers to make it a must-read. If you have any suggestions or tips for inclusion, send them to email@example.com 10 to 14 days in advance. We’re already working on the copy for our next deadline!
Remember Pizza Hut‘s wildly popular $10 pizza deal? Well, it’s back, but for a limited time. For $10, get a large pizza with any toppings at participating locations. Choose from more than a dozen toppings. Plus, choose any crust — Original Pan, Hand-Tossed or Thin ‘N Crispy. (Note: There is an additional charge for Stuffed Crust or extra cheese.) With no limit, it’s a good excuse for a pizza party at work or home. The offer is good for carry-out only. No matter how you slice it, it’s a great deal — especially if you love lots of toppings on your pizza.
There’s no way around it, my parents are old. My father is in his mid-70s and my mother is a few years behind. And, no, 70 is not the new 40. There is not a weekly visit that goes by that I don’t give a tutorial on the TV remote control, iPad and Smart TV. (That’s not to say I don’t know any “senior citizens” who are young and vivacious, like my 70-year-old twin neighbors — click here. It’s just that, unfortunately, my parents do not fall into that category. And, trust me, they’re not offended by the term “old.” They embrace and accept their “oldness.” My father almost swallowing his tiny hearing aids, thinking they were pills, always provides amusement at family gatherings!)
The one thing my parents have mastered is saving money. My mother has always loved a good clearance rack and my father can’t get enough of thrift stores and garage sales. (Out of their three boys, I’m the only one who got the “bargain bug.”) As a result, my family is well-versed, when it comes to “senior discounts.” MHOTC gets the occasional request for more posts about senior discounts. And, thanks to my parents, I’m somewhat of an “expert” on the topic. [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Are Senior Discounts Really Worth It?
The best way to start your day is with savings! Every Wednesday in January, Chick-fil-A is serving up a FREE breakfast entrée from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at participating locations in the Denver metro area. Mark your calendar (or set reminders on your smartphone) for January 4, 11, 18 and 25. On Wednesdays, each location will offer a FREE breakfast entrée “of the restaurant’s choice” — no purchase necessary. As a result, the item will vary by location each week. The morning freebie is valid in-restaurant and at the drive-thru. Limit one per person, per visit. There are more than 20 locations in the Denver metro area.
Monkey around with the family at the Denver Zoo for FREE in 2017. The world-class operation welcomes you to “talk to the animals” for FREE on January 12, 20 and 21; February 2, 12 and 13; and November 3, 6 and 16. Explore Predator Ridge populated with lions and other carnivores, the indoor rainforest Tropical Discovery, the Toyota Elephant Passage, Bear Mountain and Primate Panorama.
The zoo is on “winter hours” (during all of the FREE Days), which means they’re open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Denver’s City Park (on 23rd Ave. between Colorado Blvd. & York St.) The grounds officially shut down at 5 p.m., so be sure you’re through the gates by 4 p.m.
Be warned, parking can become a stampede, so consider using public transportation, carpooling, walking or biking. Trust us, you’ll be happier spending your time “talking to the animals” rather than circling (and circling) the parking lot searching for an open spot.
Little Caesars always offers a great value, but it’s now making it even more tasty for bargain hunters. The ready-to-go pizza chain is offering 5 items for $5 each. For $5, get a large Hot ‘n Ready classic pizza, Caesar Wings, four 20-oz. Pepsi products, family-size Cinnamon Loaded Crazy Bites or family-size Bacon Cheddar Loaded Crazy Bites. All of the items are available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily at participating locations, for a limited time. No need to call ahead, no need to wait and no limit. However, the discounted items are available all day, every day by request.