Ten thousand entries. Can you imagine entering a sweepstakes 10,000 times? I don’t need to imagine because I once did! In the early 90s, I entered a local newspaper sweepstakes for dinner with Paula Abdul with much fervor. With way too much time on my hands, and being slightly obsessive, I, unintentionally, entered the world of sweepstakes in a huge way. [Read more…] about The Secrets To Winning Sweepstakes, Contests and Giveaways
If you like dining out, but hate trying to make a reservation, check out OpenTable.com. This is one of our favorite websites. Why? You simply type in the date and time you want to dine, number of people in your party and general location or neighborhood you want to dine in. Presto! The system tells you which restaurants have available tables. Talk about a time saver — and time is money — no waiting on hold or until the restaurant opens. [Read more…] about Use OpenTable, Dine Out For 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.
Coloradans are among the more generous people on the planet. Children, the environment, health care, education, animal welfare — we support them all. Looking for the latest fundraiser? When can you run a 10K and help a worthy cause? Or maybe you want to help a local school buy much needed supplies or aid medical research to find a cure for a disease that has touched your life?
This is list is for you. Mile High on the Cheap is on a mission to create the most comprehensive list of Front Range fundraisers. To do that, we need your help. [Read more…] about Upcoming Local Fundraisers
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
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.
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.
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.
The Dumb Friends League just opened a new spay/neuter clinic for cats, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce the number of cats on the streets and in shelters. The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic offers fully subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for all Colorado cats, including owned cats, feral cats, trap-neuter-return cats and community cats (tame or feral free-roaming cats). Anyone can bring a cat to the clinic for spay/neuter surgery for FREE, regardless of income.
The clinic is located at PetAid Colorado on 191 Yuma St. in Denver, conveniently located near I-25 and 6th Avenue. The clinic is operated by the Dumb Friends League and staffed by members of the Dumb Friends League veterinary team. (For convenience, they also offer the following services at the clinic at an additional cost: Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Vaccine for $25, FeLV/FIV Combo Test for $25 and Microchip for $25.) To schedule an appointment, click here. Me-ow!
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. Even better, you can borrow the tool for up to 90 days — perfect for those of us who procrastinate. (Not me, of course.) You can pick-up tools in-store or order them online. Thanks to the generous program, there’s no better reason to start “tooling around” the house and fixing those nagging repairs yourself.
Nowadays, there are many advantages to becoming a “senior citizen,” but the one bargain hunters appreciate the most are the discounts offered by many retailers and restaurants. We’ve rounded up a few deals around town for the “older crowd.” [Read more…] about Senior Deals and Discounts in Denver