If you’re a true-blue bargain hunter, like me, you have a deep passion and love for seasonal clearance. We are the ones who wait until after a holiday to go shopping for decorations, wrapping paper, candy, gifts and more. Smart shoppers believe you should never pay full price and stocking up on seasonal clearance is one of the best tricks for saving money. Whenever I see carts full of holiday merchandise in early December, I smile and shake my head — knowing I did most of my shopping last year and paid well below retail prices. [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Why Bargain Hunters Love Seasonal Clearance
No one really cares about my beliefs and I totally get it. Religion and spiritual beliefs are such a personal touchstone for each of us that, in truth, it really only matters to you. Whatever brings you comfort and peace belongs only to you, so I’m not going to babble about how I think it all works. (As is true for most of us, I have no idea. The best quote I’ve heard about life is from the late author Michelle McNamara, “It’s chaos. Be kind.” It’s a rule I try to follow. However, some days, it’s a struggle, when you encounter so many rude people in the world.) [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Are There More Than Just Sale Signs In The World?
Do you ever not enter a drawing because you don’t think you’ll win? Here’s what happened to me. “The Book of Mormon” was high on my must-see list, but it seemed way over my budget. Even the cheapest balcony seats were impossible to get. My hope was revived when an in-person ticket lottery was announced — only 24 orchestra seats sold before every show at just $25 each. I missed the first two nights, but was determined to go every day until I won. I left my car for my next trip downtown. At the light rail stop, I found a penny on the ground right in front of me. I shared the “good news” with my friend, who laughed it off. The crowd waiting this time numbered several hundred. I even recognized many faces from the day before. I was definitely not alone in my quest to see this show. As we all anxiously waited for the drawing to begin, I leaned over to my friend and said, “I’ll be the second name drawn.” Of course, he chuckled again. First name drawn was Melissa. Second name drawn was (drum roll, please) … Bryan! I got two center orchestra seats in the front row for $50 – seats that are normally $125 each. It was both an unbelievable and awe-inspiring night of theatre and a little luck. We wanted to share my story because many people wonder who wins. Plus, we hope the theatre lovers, like us at MHOTC, don’t give up and keep tryin’ — you just might be lucky, too. For all the details on the ticket lottery, click here. Good luck!
There’s no way around it, my parents are old. My father is in his late-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 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-something 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.” My father almost swallowing his tiny hearing aids, thinking they were pills, always provides amusement at family gatherings. Or the fact that whenever the phone rings on the TV one of them inevitably answers the phone. “Hello? Hello?” (If you can’t tell, my family has a good sense of humor about it all.) [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Are Senior Discounts Really Worth It?
Navigating the world of discounts and coupons can be tricky — especially with so many restrictions, limitations and/or fine print. (There’s a reason it’s called “fine print.” That’s why I carry a mini-magnifier in my wallet. You should, too.) Any decent bargain hunter worth his or her weight in coupons must have these two traits, in my humble opinion — being inquisitive and assertive.
I’m assuming, if you get our daily e-newsletter (if not, sign-up here) or read our site with any regularity, you’re already a seasoned deal finder. However, we still often get readers upset because they did not get a deal. Typically, their frustration is aimed at us and/or the business. In reality, much of their anger could have easily been avoided with two very simple skills. [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: The Two Traits Of A Great Bargain Hunter
I believe the universe presents you with unique moments to “do the right thing”, if you’re paying attention. I’m usually aloof and only interested in me, but, every now and then, I’m in tune with the bigger world around me. (By the way, I’m not fishing for you’re-such-a-good-guy comments, but, if you must… Me: *blushing* “Oh, no! Any one with a heart would have done the same thing.”) [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: No Good Deed Goes…?
It’s happened to all of us bargain hunters. The mystery of the missing deal. Excited to save money, you go to a business or restaurant only to be told no such promo exists. Even worse is when it happens at the checkout stand.
You’re ready to pay and notice you did not receive the discount. It can make for an awkward and/or embarrassing scenario. (And, yes, even worse is when you realize you did not receive the right price until you finally review your receipt at home. It can be a nightmare to get a price adjustment.)
In the end, it’s frustrating, disappointing and, to be frank, quite infuriating — especially for those of us who refuse to pay full price for anything. I largely only patronize a business or restaurant because of a promo price, coupon or sale. As a result, when there’s a problem with getting a discount, I’m not happy…at all. (Anyone else?) [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: The Case of the Misinformed Employee
There are many die-hard bargain hunters out there in the Mile High City, just like me. I can’t pass a clearance rack or sale sign without taking a quick look. You know who you are. Some days, it feels like a curse. I must stop or it will drive me crazy thinking about the savings I may have missed. However, over the years, it’s presented a few problems. Fellow “cheapskates” will totally understand and appreciate the dilemma. Let me explain. [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Deal or No Deal?
This is a friendly PSA from someone who’s had his fair share of credit card fraud over the last several years. As a lifelong saver, there was a time I could tell you the balance in my checking and savings accounts right down to the penny. However, in the last year or so, I’ve become lazy — just eye-balling the various balances and think that “seems right.” My lackadaisical approach has largely been driven by the various alerts set on my accounts. I was lulled into thinking I was safe. I was not. [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Check Your Credit Card Statement Now!
I’m not a theater critic, so I don’t have the credentials to thoughtfully critique any performance. That being said, I love the theater (especially musicals) and see just about every Broadway production that comes to town at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. (My all-time favorite is “Miss Saigon.” I’ve seen it more than 30 times. Obsessive much?)
Just like you, I know what I like — what makes my heart swell or gives me goosebumps. And the Broadway-bound production of “Frozen”, currently playing in Denver, made my heart swell, gave me goosebumps and more. Remember, I’m not a critic, so kindly excuse my rambling review. (I wrote it right after seeing the show on Friday night.) [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: “Frozen” Will Warm Your Heart
I’m back, bargain buddies! They say to never assume, right? So I should have known better. Based on recent reader feedback, it seems some bargain hunters need a refresher course on the ins and outs of freebies, discounts and deals. We know most readers are extremely appreciative of our bargain-hunting skills and know how to successfully navigate taking advantage of promos. (I have met so many wonderful readers at grand openings, store sales and sneak previews. Much of our success comes from great word-of-mouth by loyal readers like you. Did you know we now have more than 15,000 subscribers?)
However, you’d be surprised at the number of e-mails we receive just about every day with readers complaining about a deal, accusing us of posting falsehoods or claiming unfair treatment — always when a deal doesn’t work in their favor.
Much confusion and frustration can be avoided by simply reading the fine print and knowing most (if not, all) deals follow the same set of rules: participating locations only, limit one per person, while supplies last, etc. For more information on the deals we post, please read on… [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Price and Participation May Vary
MHOTC loves local businesses and always support ’em, whenever possible. We especially love them, when they give back to the community, too. A few years ago, I found a fun, little boutique on a lazy Saturday afternoon strolling Broadway. (I always stop in, when I go to the movies at the Mayan Theater or grab a scoop at Sweet Action Ice Cream. And, yes, you can shop with your cone in hand!) And it was love at first sight. Hope Tank (64 Broadway) sells many unique products made by local artisans — “stuff” you just won’t find any place else. [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Shop & Give Back at Hope Tank Boutique
This post is long, so, if you’re not a PRINCE fan, feel free to drop out at any point. No hard feelings. If you’ve read “Bryan Blathers” with any regularity, you know I’m a die-hard PRINCE fan. You also know I’m a die-hard cheapskate. However, my one indulgence has always been PRINCE. No matter the expense, I traveled every opportunity I had to see him in concert, including to Boston, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. (Obviously, I never missed a Denver concert. I’ve seen him at McNichols Arena, the Pepsi Center, DU Magness Arena and the Ogden Theatre.) I also had the privilege of meeting the icon three times (albeit brief and somewhat awkward) — read about my interactions here. My purple dream was always to go to Paisley Park and this past week it finally came true! [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: My Paisley Park Experience
First, this is not a sponsored or paid post. This is my personal PSA for those of us who are notorious for losing our wallet and keys. Everyone who knows me knows I’m in constant search of either my wallet or my keys. (I think it must be in the DNA for some people to always lose something.) No matter how many times I pledge to have a better system, it only lasts for a day or two and I’m back to searching under the couch cushions or tearing apart my bedroom. (For longtime readers, I’m still searching for my missing coupon file from two years ago – *laughing* and *crying* at the same time) [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: Are You A “Loser”, Like Me?
I closed on the purchase of my condo on September 10, 2001. (Yes, the day before 9/11.) The next morning, I was headed to Hawaii for a family vacation. Needless to say, it didn’t happen. We were stuck in Los Angeles and ended up driving back to Denver. (FYI, a really long road trip with your parents, as an adult, is not as much fun as it sounds.) We eventually made it to Hawaii a few months later. However, I digress. The intro just made for an interesting lead to the real point of my story: How I learned about the importance of being neighborly. [Read more…] about Bryan Blathers: The Importance of Being Neighborly