No excuses for not going downtown this weekend. Denver Pavilions, home to more than 40 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, is offering a great parking deal on Black Friday, November 24 and Small Business Saturday, November 25. Come downtown on either of these days and park for FREE in its underground parking garage. (Note: spaces are limited and it is first come, first served.) It’s that simple, no proof of purchase required, no receipts to show. The Pavilions wants to make spending time with your family after Thanksgiving just a little bit easier. The entry ramp to the Denver Pavilions Underground Garage is located off the right hand lane of Welton between 15th and 16th Streets.
As consumers, it’s not always easy to resolve issues, know what’s a scam or who to turn to for assistance. The government wants to help consumers make informed decisions on many topics, including cars, education, employment, banking, food, health, housing, insurance, travel and more. Its FREE 152-page Consumer Action Handbook is a great resource on consumer purchases, including how to handle problems and send an effective complaint letter. (The current edition was released this year, 2017.)
Plus, the handbook lists contacts at companies, trade associations, government agencies and national consumer organizations. The government has made getting the guide quick and easy. You can download the publication or order it online. (You can order up to 5 phyical copies with FREE shipping.)
When it comes to any consumer issue, knowledge is power.
If you hate feeding quarters into those darn parking meters (and/or having to keep checking your smartphone for when your meter expires), remember that metered parking in Denver is FREE every Sunday and on city holidays.
Parking meter holidays include the following: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information and tips on surviving metered parking, check out Park Smart Denver.
What do you do with all of those leaves after you’ve made a big pile and jumped in them a few times? Well, it’s time again for Denver’s Annual LeafDrop. Weekday drop off sites will be open through Friday, December 8. Leaves collected through the program will be turned into a high-quality compost and sold to residents next May. There’s lots of information, so let’s just get to it. [Read more…] about Rake Up and Recycle Your Leaves at Free Drop Sites
Getting around Cherry Creek can be tricky, what with all the construction and traffic. But now you can park your car and then let someone else do the driving from store to restaurant to wherever. Eco-Rides USA is a FREE shuttle service that provides door-to-door connections for anyone traveling within the Cherry Creek area (6th Avenue to Cherry Creek Dr. and University Blvd. to Colorado Blvd). Eco-Rides’ mission is to be a free version of Lyft/Uber that provides point-to-point connections for residents, last mile connections for commuters, and luxury rides for visitors. Eco-Rides USA are street legal, luxury golf carts equipped with full doors, windows, heat, air conditioning, security cameras and more bells and whistles! Eco-Rides operates daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. To hitch a ride, call 720-699-2669 or simply hail one whenever you see it.
Want to cut back on waste to help the planet and help your financial health too? Nature’s Path Foods, a Canadian family-owned and operated organic breakfast and snack foods company, offers a FREE E-book that contains simple steps to being a conscious consumer, including how to shop ethically for clothing and other goods. It also makes a case for considering minimalism, a sure way to help your own and your family’s bottom line. Click here to get the E-book and a subscription to a newsletter with further tips.
Updated with some free flu shot clinics! This year’s influenza season is turning out to be nasty, with higher than average number of people hospitalized already. If you haven’t had a flu shot, it’s especially important to protect yourself and your family. Immunizations are widely available across the Front Range. For the best deal, check with your insurance plan or doctor to see if you can get one for FREE. In almost all cases, the answer is YES! Pharmacies and clinics can also contact your insurance company on your behalf.
There are two vaccines — the Trivalent (3-strains) and Quadrivalent (4-strains). Adults over the age of 65 may need the High Dose flu shot which does cost even more but is covered by Medicare. For those without insurance, there are options. But, be a good shopper as prices vary widely. [Read more…] about Updated: Flu Shots On The Cheap (or Free)
Wouldn’t it be great, if you could talk to a nurse any time you had a question about your child’s health? Of course, there’s no better resource than Children’s Hospital Colorado. The hospital offers a great community resource with its ParentSmart Healthline at 720-777-0123 or call toll free: 1-855-KID-INFO (543-4636). Concerned parents can receive FREE health care advice from a registered nurse on more than 290 pediatric topics. The help line is available 24 hours a day, providing access to expert pediatric care and, most of all, peace of mind. The ParentSmart Healthline has been serving families in the Rocky Mountain region for nearly 20 years and receives an average of 30,000 calls a year.
We’re adding news about Green Ride’s new hourly service between Longmont and Denver International Airport to our page about airport transportation and parking. But as a heads-up, here’s what’s new: starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 16 Green Ride begins service for the introductory fare of $20 plus $12 for each additional passenger on the same booking. Parking is FREE and limitless, and Green Ride Longmont also offers residential pick-up service from zip codes 80501, 80503 and 80504. Click here for the schedule. Service is from/to the new Longmont HUB, 206 S. Main St. For more information, call 303-997-0238.
Denver’s garage sale season is a short one, one reason why so many households band together for multi-family sales. But if you’re the one assigned to monitor the cash box, you know how crazy it can get and, more important, how tough it is to keep track of who sold what. Now there’s a new app that can help.
The TallySheet yard sale app lets you use your phone to checkout customers and track sales totals for multiple sellers. You can also opt to have more than one cashier, so that each can checkout buyers. And, the app shows sales reports in real time. When your sale is over, Tallysheet reports exactly how much each seller is due. [Read more…] about Try New TallySheet Yard Sale App
If you can believe it, there are still some people who have yet to sign-up for our daily e-newsletter. (We don’t get it either. It’s quick, easy and saves you lots of time & money! What’s not to love?) Do you want to know about the best deals, discounts and freebies (including our movie sneak previews and giveaways) in town before the rest of the crowd? Then, subscribe to Mile High On The Cheap’s daily e-newsletter. [Read more…] about Sign-Up For MHOTC’s Free Daily eNewsletter
While many of us sit on our recyclable items, like a squirrel hoarding a winter nut stash, until we find a neighborhood or community recycling event, there is a year-round affordable alternative. Check out SustainAbility, a one-stop recycle site. SustainAbility recycles hard-to-recycle items including furniture, clothing, paint, vegetable oil, electronics (from cell phones to dishwashers and washers/dryers), as well as traditional recyclables that don’t have to be sorted. Here’s a guide to what they take. There are two hard-to-recycle (H2R) centers — one in Denver at 1270 S. Bannock and one in Arvada at 6240 W. 54th Ave. Maps and hours are here.
Although they accept the same materials at both of centers, fees differ for each site. It costs $3 per visit to access the H2R Denver Center, but most items are free to dispose. So bring as much as you can per visit. There is an additional charge for some that contain hazardous materials or require special processing. There is no entrance fee to access the H2R Arvada Center, but more fees on individual items apply. You’ll find a detailed pricing list here. Thanks to ichou for bringing this terrific resource to our attention!
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. The drop-off sites are mostly paint and hardware stores. They will accept all paint brands, regardless of where they were purchased. You can drop off most house paints, primers, stains, sealers and clear top coatings (varnish and shellac). All site accept up to 5 gallons per visit (some take more). Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers are not accepted.
PaintCare takes the collected paint from the drop-off sites to processing facilities, where it is remixed into recycled-content paint, used as fuel or, in some cases, dried out and properly disposed. In case you are curious as to how PaintCare can provide this service, funding comes from a small fee added to the price of new paint sold in Colorado. Go here, to find your nearest drop-off location. Be sure to call ahead to confirm business hours and ask if they can accept the type and amount of paint you wish to recycle.
It doesn’t get much better than a grass-roots program that’s all about sharing and reading in “our book.” We all have tons of “previously read” books sitting around. (Admit it, there are very few of us who read a book more than once, right?) That’s where the Little Free Library comes into play. What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, leave a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. No library card needed. They’re basically little stand-alone boxes throughout the city where anyone can pick-up a book.
Of course, the concept only works if you “pay it forward” by leaving (or returning) a book behind in its place. For a quick video about how it all works, click here. The adorable little schoolhouse-shaped boxes are popping up everywhere. Because the movement keeps growing, keeping track of all of ’em is an arduous task. However, you can get started by checking out this Google map. Happy reading!