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. [Read more…] about Need To Get Rid of Hard-To-Recycle Items? SustainAbility Can Help
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.
The Denver Post recently reported that the Colorado legislature may scrap this program. So if you have any leftover paint, consider recycling it now. 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
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.
Recent measles scares and this nasty strain of flu enveloping the country had me thinking about the importance of up-to-date immunizations, and not just flu shots. There are no-cost and low-cost ways to get children (infants to 18 years) and adults immunized for everything including measles, mumps, polio and Hepatitis A & B. Even if you miss the monthly events, you can still visit walk-in clinics.
Typically immunizations start at about $25 per shot, but you can also pay what you can afford. Most clinics serve uninsured, Medicaid, Medicare and CHP+ patients. Private insurance may also be accepted, so be sure to ask. And no child is turned away for inability to pay. It’s very important that you bring your own and/or your child’s immunization record every time. Here are few of the local clinics we found: [Read more…] about Where To Get Free or Low-Cost Immunizations in Denver
If you or someone you know has trouble hearing people during a telephone call, we have a deal for you. Crystal Vaccaro reached out to MHOTC so we could spread the word about a program in Colorado that gets Captioned Telephones (CapTel) to the community at no cost.
Maybe you’ve seen the TV or online ads for CapTel. Some ask you to pay as much as $75 plus shipping and then leave you on your own to install. But these phones are FREE. Here’s what you need to know. [Read more…] about Free Captioned Telephone For Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
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.
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.
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
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!
I’m not sure I fully understand 3-D printing, but it sure sounds cool…and expensive! The Denver Public Library’s SM Energy ideaLab has three 3-D printers. And you can use them for FREE. All printing is done with PLA, a bioplastic made of corn. Due to demand and limited resources, you cannot print any job that takes more than two hours to complete. (If you have something more time-consuming, the staff will help you figure out how to break up your project into smaller jobs or scale your print.) Only Library staff and trained volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3-D printers. (The Library retains the right to refuse any print request for any reason.) For complete program details, click here.
The lab is open to all — no library card needed. The lab is located at the Central Library. Here are the current lab hours: Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can also call the lab at 720-865-1706.
If your workplace or community group is looking for savings, consider contacting Mile High On The Cheap to schedule one of its FREE workshops on tips and tricks to stretching your dollar. For novices and bargain hunters alike, topics include everything from finding fabulous freebies, grocery shopping coupon strategies and budget-friendly holiday celebrations to senior discounts, travel on the cheap, summer savings in Denver-Boulder and more. You’ll find a list and description of many of our talks here. We can also customize a workshop to meet your specific needs and interests.
The fast-moving, interactive workshops range from 60 to 90 minutes (we can even fill two hours if needed), with plenty of time for questions. Each session includes a Power Point presentations, handouts and a door prize. Learn from local “cheapskates” how to live large in the Mile High City without breaking the bank. Workshops can be scheduled any day of the week, including weekends and evening hours. All you provide is the meeting space and participants. A minimum group of 20 is strongly encouraged. For more information or to schedule a workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org.