Bored on a budget? You’ve come to the right place! Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans wanting to live large for less. Fortunately, our community has it all “on the cheap” — entertainment, festivals, concerts, movies, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. And we’ve done the work for you! Keep up with the latest deals, discounts and FREE events in the Denver/Boulder area by signing 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 email@example.com.) Be sure to check out our constantly-updated list of upcoming Mile High events, which you can view by day or by month. Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend: [Read More…]
Sad, but true. Two more Colorado kmart stores are closing. The stores are at 15200 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora and 200 W. Belleview in Englewood. As always, with these kinds of inventory dumps, it’s a game of chicken. You can shop while shelves are piled high with goods and save less or wait it out until fewer products remain and save more. The latest ads indicate the following discounts: all women’s & men’s fashion clothing and all footwear are 40% off. All team sporting and outdoor sports items are 25% to 30% off. All cosmetics and fragrances are 30% off. All toys, games & dolls are 30% off. All watches are 40% off. All fine gold, silver, diamond and gemstone jewelry is 75% off. All sales are final and these two stores are not participating in current kmart circulars. Kmart gift cards are accepted. MHOTC Tip: Remember that jewelry has the highest markup of almost any retail item, anywhere from 100% to 400% over the wholesale cost, so even 75% off may not be the best of deals.
Parents will “take issue” with this freebie from LEGO. Kids always enjoy receiving mail and, if they’re LEGO fans, this offer will make them run even faster to the mailbox. LEGO Life Magazine is a FREE magazine created for kids between ages 5 and 9, mailed to your home five times a year. Every issue is packed full of LEGO news and behind-the-bricks interviews, comic adventures, games and puzzles, building challenges and Cool Creations built by LEGO fans, as well as sneak peeks at the latest sets and themes. Parents can subscribe here.
Fall is a great time to tackle yard work, prune your landscaping and add some much needed mulch around plants to prepare for winter. Bring your pruned and discarded branches and bushes to the South Suburban and City of Centennial’s FREE Chipping and Mulch Event on Saturday, September 30, from 8 a.m. to noon. There are two locations to drop off your cuttings: South Suburban’s Willow Spring Service Center (7100 S. Holly St., Centennial) and the Centennial Public Works Facility (7272 S. Eagle St., Centennial). This is not the place to dispose of huge pieces of wood. Organizers say they will NOT accept logs or tree trunks larger than 10 inches in diameter and lumber or salvage material.
FREE mulch is available at the Willow Spring location all morning. FREE Mulch will be available at the Centennial Public Works location starting at noon. It’s self-service, so bring a tarp and shovel to dig out your mulch. For more information, contact City of Centennial’s Citizen Response Center at 303-325-8000.
Downtown Boulder hosts its first-ever Girls’ Night Out with an evening of strolling, shopping and sipping along the beautiful Pearl Street Mall and adjacent blocks on Thursday, September 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The first 150 to arrive receive a complimentary GNO tote bag (the better to shop with, my dear). They can hang out in the Sipping Garden (1300 block), which opens at 5 p.m. with a DJ spinning popular tunes and an optional cash bar dispensing cocktails and mocktails. At 6 p.m., Guerilla Fanfare, a brass band, plays shoppers off to explore some 30 merchants and pop-ups from Adorned (jewelry) to Zeal Optics. Each one offers something free or value-added. At the end of the evening, bring a receipt for $50 or more back to the Sipping Garden for a complimentary drink.
Let’s be honest, money is often the leading cause of stress in relationships – but it doesn’t have to be. As part of its Money Coaching program, Capital One is offering a series FREE workshops in Denver aimed at helping couples align their personal values with their money goals at any stage of their relationship – whether they’re starting to plan for the future, saving for a big milestone, or just looking to improve their relationship with money.
To start, Capital One will host Money Matched, a fun, live game show that asks local couples a series of questions that will help them discover how much they know (or don’t know) about their partner’s money values. This interactive event is on Wednesday, October 4 at 5 p.m. at the Capital One Cafe, followed by a “Talk Money With Your Honey” workshop. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited and a RSVP is requested. You can do so here. Note: Capital One will not be talking about any paid services or try to sell you anything at this event. 1550 Wewatta St., Denver.
Connecting with the natural world is easy in Colorado. All you have to do is head east to the plains or west into the mountains. FREE programs take place in a variety of Jefferson County Open Space parks including Lookout Mountain Nature Center (LMNC) and the Hiwan Homestead Museum, throughout the year. The Center offers a variety of nature programs with topics that explore the diversity and richness of the foothills. Discover wildlife, plants, geology, astronomy and more. [Read More…]
What have you done for me lately, Denver? If you’re a huge fan of Janet Jackson, like me, you’ll want to enter this giveaway. (I openly admit, I was obsessed with Ms. Jackson for the latter part of high school and most of college. I even bought a $300 Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour jacket from her official website and never even wore it once. It’s still somewhere in my closet. If I win, I’m totally wearing it to the concert!) MHOTC is not associated or affiliated with the giveaway. We’re simply sharing the news.
The iconic musical artist is giving away two front row tickets to each of show on her current “State of the World Tour.” Luckily for Denverites, she is making a stop in the Mile High City on Tuesday, October 17 at the Pepsi Center. To enter, click here. The lucky winner will be contacted via e-mail 5 to 7 days before the show. That means keep checking your inbox starting October 10.
(Fine Print: You need to be in the area and able to attend, if you are selected. Tickets do not include travel, a meet & greet or any other perks. Tickets are non-transferrable and will be held under the winner’s name for pick-up only. Contest is limited to U.S. residents 18 years of age and older.)
For more insight on giveaways and sweepstakes… [Read More…]
The popular McPick 2 discount menu is back at McDonald’s for a limited time, with a new line-up of choices. Pick two of the following items for just $5 at participating locations: Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, Quarter Pounder with Cheese or 10 Chicken McNuggets. You must purchase two items to get the savings. Otherwise, you’ll pay regular price. (It’s a great deal, given a few of the sandwiches cost about $4.50 individually.)
You’d be foolish not to get a second sandwich for just a little more change. Share it with a friend or family member…or save it for lunch or dinner. Fast food is not always the best hours later, but a quick trip in the microwave and it’s good again.
The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to all of its 417 parks, monuments and other sites on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 30. The aspens of Rocky Mountain National Park, virtually in the metro Denver/Boulder area’s backyard, are showing the yellows and oranges, and the bull elk are bugling early in the morning and again in the afternoon and evening in one of the Rockies’ most fantastic wildlife experiences. Other federal land management agencies also waive access fees on National Public Lands Day, which also provides volunteer opportunities on public lands at national and state parks, public and community gardens, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests.
Denver dining has evolved over the past twenty years — and so has Westword’s annual celebration of the local restaurant scene. On Sunday, October 15 from noon to 3 p.m., that celebration will rise to the next level: What had been an outdoor event is moving inside and uptown to the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. Westword’s Feast will feature dishes from more than 40 favorite restaurants of Westword food writers and readers, as well as beverage samplings and plenty of entertainment. Participants include Frijoles Colorado, the Nickel, Piggin’ Out, Dae Gee, Dirt Coffee Bar, Aloy Thai, Milk & Cake, Little Man Ice Cream, Azucar Bakery and many more. Save $15 off general admission tickets (pay $25) by purchasing here. That gets you unlimited sampling of food and drink. If you don’t see this deal when you click on the link, check to the right of the page where it says “More Local Offers.”
Denver Startup Week is designed wannabe entrepreneurs, career-changers and others looking to make changes or improve their professional lives. From Monday, September 25 through Friday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with FREE sessions and one-on-one mentoring for developers, founders, makers, designers, product developers and marketers/PR people. Topic and Industry Clusters are designed to help people select the options most applicable to their areas of interest. [Read More…]
Stop the presses! Check out our weekly column “Cheap Checklist” in The Denver Post in the Life & Culture section. Every Saturday, we compile the best freebies, discounts and deals in town for the upcoming week. The column now periodically includes store sales — all the more reason for smart shoppers to make it a must-read. To read the column online, click here.
If you have any tips for possible items, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org 10 to 14 days in advance — just put “Cheap Checklist” in the subject line. We’re already working on the copy for next week!
In the animated film My Little Pony, a dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home. MHOTC readers can attend an advance screening of the film on Sunday, October 1 at 10 a.m. at the UA Continental. For your chance at passes, go here and click on Enter Sweepstakes. Winners will be drawn on Thursday, September 28 at 10 a.m. and notified by email screening details. If you are lucky enough to get one of the passes, be sure to arrive early as most screenings are overbooked.