It’s an election year! No, not that one. Hopefully, this one is less dramatic and more fun. It’s time for Westword’s popular and highly-coveted Best of Denver 2020. Now, before we make our pitch, we just want to remind you how MHOTC has always been there for you in your times of cheapness and frugality. We’ve always had your back, when you’ve been bored on a budget. Who do you always call, when you’re looking for a good time? (Keep your mind out of the gutter, people!) [Read more…] about Vote For Us! Show How Much You Love MHOTC
Westminster residents may know that its History Center tells the tale of how the city came to be through exhibits, archives, live programs and walking tours. But this repository of Westminster’s past also partners with The Friends of Westminster Library to distribute FREE books to children and teens. A variety of books are stocked, from picture books for tots to young adult novels. Some are even Spanish-language for bilingual readers. [Read more…] about Free Books For Children at Westminster History Center
With our busy lives, it’s easy to lose track of the small things. A rebate check, that bank account you opened to get a free toaster or maybe a security deposit? According to the Colorado State Treasurer’s office, more than $600 million in cash and property has gone unclaimed by 3 million people.
The good news is money or property turned over to the State Treasury for safekeeping always belongs to the owner or heir of the account and there are no time limits for filing your claim. Are you on the list? [Read more…] about Does Colorado Owe You Money? Get It Now.
Xcel Energy is willing to pay you $50 for any second refrigerator you might own. C’mon you know the one that seemed like a good idea at the time and now just takes up valuable garage or basement space (plus costs you $100 or more in higher electric bills). Xcel will recycle your fridge for FREE. They’ll even pick up the beast at no charge and give you $50.
The refrigerator must be a second unit at your home, work, and get cold enough to make ice. It must be at least 10 to 30 cubic feet and have been in the house for at least two months. As an added bonus, Xcel Energy will throw in two CFL light bulbs for you to use wherever you want. For more info call 1-866-552-8755.
Even if you’re expecting a tax refund, this time of year can be, well, taxing on your wallet when it comes to paying for tax preparation services. The good news is that, if you qualify, you can get FREE help filing your return and not spend a dime. Here are some programs to investigate: [Read more…] about Where To Find Free Help With Your Taxes
For many struggling families, the cost of prom, especially The Dress, is a luxury beyond reach. If you or someone you know needs prom attire, but simply can’t afford it, have them check out Bella Boutique. The Denver nonprofit is providing FREE dresses, shoes, accessories and even vouchers for hair and makeup services from The Aveda Institute. Everything is yours to keep. [Read more…] about Free Prom Dress For Students Who Need One
Tools can be very expensive. Unless it’s part of your trade, it’s often not cost-effective for “do-it-yourself-ers” to buy tools for quick repair jobs around the house or on a car. Thanks to Auto Zone’s Loan-A-Tool, there’s no more need to pay for tools you need temporarily. Using the FREE service is easy — simply leave a deposit when you pick up a tool. When you’re done with the job, return it for a full refund of your deposit. [Read more…] about Auto Zone’s Loan-A-Tool Service Offers Free Tool Rentals
Coloradans love to recycle anything and everything, but disposing of leftover paint is a hassle. To the rescue: PaintCare, a FREE paint recycling program with more than 150 drop-off sites across Colorado, more than 50 in the Front Range alone. Drop-off sites are mostly paint and hardware stores. [Read more…] about Recycle Leftover Paint For Free Year-Round
Every shopper in Denver is going to have to bag a new fee, come this summer. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know the environmental challenges plastic bags cause for all of us. (Actually, you’ve probably found a plastic bag under that rock!) An estimated 250 million bags are used by Denver residents every year, according to city officials. Unfortunately, only about 5% of those bags are recycled. The rest end up in the waste system. [Read more…] about What You Need To Know Now About Denver’s New Plastic Bag Fee
Indulge in too many “spirits”? Don’t even think about getting behind the wheel. The Sawaya Law Firm is once again offering FREE cab rides from Thursday, October 31 through Sunday, November 3. Here’s how it works:
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There’s so much to see and do in downtown Denver, but, for some, the paid parking is a deterrent. If you hate feeding quarters into those darn parking meters (and/or having to keep checking your smartphone for when your meter expires), remember metered parking in Denver is FREE every Sunday and on city holidays. Keep your change and don’t worry about the time! [Read more…] about Denver: Free Parking on Sundays & Holidays
Enrollment in LiVE, the Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s new, income-based fare discount program is now open. The LiVE Program provides 40% off fares to qualifying riders whose household incomes are at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. All applications for the LiVE Program – pronounced as one would say, “live your best life” may be found here. [Read more…] about Can’t Afford RTD? Enroll In Its New Discount Fare Program
Fill your tank without emptying your wallet. Gas Buddy helps drivers find the cheapest fuel prices across the U.S. The service has a nifty feature allowing MHOTC to bring you (in real-time!) the current Top 10 lowest gasoline prices in the Denver metro area. Prices are updated throughout the day. You can review the list by clicking here (or by clicking on the Cheap Gas tab at the top of our homepage.) If you’re on the road often, the page is definitely worth bookmarking.
In today’s digital age, we keep track of what readers click on every day. Otherwise, we would never know what’s a hit with readers and what completely misses the mark. (News Flash! The term “FREE” seems to play a significant role in the popularity of a post.) In 2018, we posted thousands of deals, promos, giveaways, round-ups and family-friendly events.
If you’re looking to promote an event, deal or sale, MHOTC offers lots of low-cost opportunities for advertising, including display ads, sponsoring a page or paid posts. (For more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.) In the new year, we will definitely cross a major milestone — 20,000+ subscribers to our very popular daily e-newsletter!
By the way, did you know 2019 will mark our 10th anniversary of having frugal fun in the Mile High City?
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Everyone can use a helping hand now and again. The Senior Resource Center, a nonprofit which provides services to seniors, offers a Chore Service Program at no charge. It’s available to residents age 60 and older and there are no strings attached – no testing or income requirements. You can get help with chores in any home or apartment, up to three (3) times a year. [Read more…] about ‘No Charge’ Help with Chores for Area Seniors