The amount of food wasted in this country — 40% of what is grown and raised according to those who know– not only is shocking but also speaks directly to our wallets. Much fresh produce is wasted because too many Americans think fruits and vegetables must be beautiful and unblemished. and therefore much doesn’t make it to the produce counter. More is wasted because many of us buy more than we use. A not-for-profit advocacy organization called Save the Food has posted guidelines on food storage that will cut waste and in the process, save money and additional trips to the grocery store to buy what we previous discarded. Click here for this valuable information.
I love sending flowers to friends and family for special occasions or just as a surprise for no reason at all, but I don’t always love the expense — especially when you tack on delivery and handling charges. That’s why I’m a big fan of the The Bouqs Co. online flower shop.
Not only do bouquets start at a reasonable $40, but orders always include FREE standard shipping — just create an account. Plus, it’s an easy three-step checkout — no annoying upsells with every click. (No, I don’t want to add a teddy bear or box of chocolates for $15!) The company cuts the flowers from its farms and delivers them directly to your loved one, so they get the freshest bouquet possible. (This means delivery occurs just 2 to 4 days after their cut. Other places may take up to two weeks.)
First-time customers can use this link to receive a $15 credit with their first order. I have used the service several times and my recipients have always very happy with the flowers…our wallet was happy, too. Remember, the promo is only available to first-time customers.
We’re big fans of Denver B-cycle! It’s such a fun way to explore the city and get in some exercise at the same time. For bargain bikers, the bicycle sharing system just introduced its Flex Pass. It’s the best way to get more value from a membership. Enjoy half-hour rides from any of the 87 stations for only $3. The pass is active as soon as your purchase is confirmed — just use your credit card at any kiosk until your B-Fob arrives. With your B-Fob, go directly to the dock and check out any bike. It’s the flexible and affordable option for quick trips around town. The annual membership is just $15. Then, each half-hour ride is just $3 — that’s 1/3 of the walk-up price. For more information, click here.
Are you an eco-conscious Coloradan? Are you tired of hearing one, then two, then three trash garbage collector trucks driving through your neighborhood? Do you hate the idea of a big ugly trash bin in front of your house? A gal in Arvada is trying to start a trash pickup share group. The idea is you split the trash bill with your neighbors, even if you don’t know them. Here’s how it works: once per week (or more often) someone comes to your home and takes your trash bags (up to 13-gallons each) to reserved space in a bin close by. Think of it as Über for trash. You can even reserve more bin space during a home improvement project. Pricing starts at $6 for two bags. If this is of interest, find more information on the Pick-Itt Trash website.
It’s easy to simply recycle those Valpak envelopes without even opening them. But don’t! Inside are some decent deals and discounts at Front Range businesses. Each month we find, among others, coupons good for 50% off brunch at Bonnie Brae Tavern, 20% off at Harbor Freight Tools, a $4.99 Autawash car wash and more. If you don’t receive a Valpak or simply want additional offers go to their website which has dozens of downloadable coupons (some identical to the mailing and some unique to the website) for dining, home & garden, shops, groceries and more.
A big shout out to our pal Deb Stanley at Channel 7 who regularly posts about saving money at Debbie’s Deals. We readily confess we quite often “share” leads and sometimes even “swipe” a few ideas from each other. But this is no competition. Deb is a bloodhound when it comes to nosing out deals and discounts for Denverites and a bulldog when it comes to fact-checking. Bottom line… if you want to add another bookmark to your list of sites for cheap-os, Debbie’s Deals is the one. We thank her for her friendship and for alerting us to deals and discounts that somehow don’t get into our “to-do” file.
Save your data plan or the cost of a cup of coffee at a wi-fi hotspot. Visit the bookmobile instead. The Jefferson County Public Library has added FREE wi-fi to its Bookmobile for patrons to download free books, magazines or stream music and movies while they visit. Download and print the Bookmobile schedule here (it visits dozens of sites every week) or park near the vehicle every Saturday at the Safeway on 12442 W. Ken Caryl Ave. (at Shaffer St.) from noon to 4 p.m.
Leave it to Dolly Parton to come up with a creative way for preschool children to bond with books. Imagination Library is a program that gifts children with one age-appropriate book every month. The books are mailed directly to the child to create a sense of excitement. Typically a nonprofit organization or a school district partner with the Dollywood Foundation to run a program. Parents register their children (birth through age four) and then the FREE books start arriving, once a month until the child turns five. To date, there are 22 participating communities in Colorado. In our area, you will find programs in Westminster, Boulder & Broomfield Counties, Evergreen and Loveland. Word is more programs will be coming (hopefully soon) to the Denver metro area. If you live in one of the communities listed above and want to enroll or just want to learn more, go here and then click on Find My Program. Thanks to Julia for bringing this wonderful program to our attention.
Rosetta Stone may be one of the most popular (and expensive) total immersion language learning software programs. But, thanks to the Anythink Public Libraries, you can use any of 30 language programs through the first level for FREE at your home or office. Anythink has locations in Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Denver and Thornton. You need to get one of their Anythink library cards, but any Colorado resident is eligible. Then go here, scroll down to the “R’s” and click on Rosetta Stone. Thanks to Sarah for telling us about this great deal.
Did you know you’re entitled to a FREE copy of your credit report once a year? (It’s required by law through the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.) It’s one of the best ways to fight identity theft and know your credit history. Plus, many consumers find accounts once thought closed still open, so it’s an opportunity to do some “housecleaning.” AnnualCreditReport.com is the official central site to help consumers obtain their FREE credit report, once every 12 months. The report includes information from each of the nationwide credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. It’s quick and easy. You can review your report online within minutes. However, you can also request your report by phone or mail, but it may take up to 15 days to process your request. We know many readers are cautious when it comes to sharing personal information online and rightfully so. Therefore, we have personally vetted this site and assure you it’s safe, secure and legitimate.
Stop the presses! For those keeping track, our column “Cheap Checklist” in The Denver Post ended this past July. (For the record, the $mart section was discontinued, so, as home to the column, so did our weekly review of the best deals around town.) We didn’t update you because why share bad news, right? Well, now, we have some great news. The column is back, bigger and better! It seems Post readers missed us, so the editors asked us back and we said, “Yes!” Today, Saturday, October 3 marks the return of our column. Instead of Mondays, you can now check out “Cheap Checklist” every Saturday in the paper and online. And, this time, we’ve expanded our purview to include store sales. We’re always on the lookout for items to include, so send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org 10 to 14 days in advance. Ahh, there’s nothing like seeing your name in print every week!
Everyone has an opinion. And it doesn’t get much better than sharing your opinion and getting paid for it, especially from people who actually want to hear it! Fieldwork Denver is looking for people interested in being part of focus groups on a variety of topics and products. A focus group typically involves a small group of people (usually 8 to 12) sharing their thoughts and opinions for an hour or two. A moderator guides the discussion with a set of specific questions or topics. The sessions are typically recorded and/or observed by marketing reps via a two-way mirror. For their time and effort, participants are compensated with $50 to $100…sometimes more! [Read more…] about Opinionated? Focus Group Participants Wanted
There’s nothing better than something for nothing, and at Discount Tire you can get a FREE air check of your tires. Not only does this save you money upfront, after all it’s free, but you save in the long run because low pressure can cause your car to lose gas mileage as well as eventually lead to a costly flat. The key to this freebie is to drive up to any Discount Tire tire check pump and an employee will inspect your tires and check your pressure. If any are low, they fill them up to full pressure, all in under 10 minutes. And should you have a screw or nail in your tire, Discount will usually fix it free of charge with a patch, as long as the screw or nail is in what is called the “repairable” area. See their website for details. Discount Tires is open Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday.
We all have books, movies and music in our entertainment library that we were convinced we’d read, watch or listen to more than once, right? Then, reality sets in and you never push play again. Yes, you can pass them along to friends or family. However, why not earn some money back? 2nd & Charles gives you an opportunity to sell your unwanted books, DVDs and CDs. (They also buy video games, game systems & accessories, comics, iPads, iPods eReaders, vinyl records and audio books.) You can earn cash back or, better yet, more — if you choose store credit. If you’re not selling, you can find lots of great deals on used and new merchandise. Stay in the loop on special offers and more by signing up for e-mail updates. Right now, there are only two locations in Colorado – Aurora (6606 S. Parker Rd., 303-400-2948) and Broomfield (1 W. Flatiron Crossing Circle, 720-887-5763.)
Would you really like to use a rototiller once a year, but can’t afford to buy one and would have nowhere to store it even if you could? Or maybe you’ve been dying for access to a circular saw and a place to use it, your apartment not being ideal for a sawdust-storm. The solution to both predicaments, and many more, is sharing. That’s where the Denver Tool Library comes in. Members can share their resources, whether that means tools, time, space, skills, or ideas. You can borrow tools and get help learning to use them. Membership is $80 per year, but that includes unlimited check-out of the more than 500 tools big or small on hand. Open Tuesday & Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 555 Santa Fe Dr. (entrance is around the back), Denver. Thanks to Jacqueline for bringing this new service to our attention!