Glenda James is one of MHOTC’s favorite hair stylists because she always comes up with great deals. She has moved to Mainstreet Styling Salon in Parker and to spread the word and re-build her clientele she has an offer you and your hair can’t refuse. Get a FREE haircut ($35 value) with the purchase of any color treatment (custom, root color, lowlights, all-over color and/or highlights). She also is offering seniors (60+) 50% off her regular price for a haircut ($17.50 in savings). Glenda says she can do any “do” from “mild to wild” or “sassy to classy” and specializes in custom hair-coloring, permanent weaves, and up-dos for special events. For an appointment, call her at 720-308-4201. 19690 E. Mainstreet, Parker.
There’s no reason to pay for a subscription to your favorite magazines! You can download digital magazines for FREE with your Denver Public Library card. With more than 200 selections, you’re sure to find the perfect periodical to peruse. There are a few tips: 1.) You’ll need to create two accounts – one for the library’s Zinio account and one for zinio.com. 2.) Use the same e-mail address for both accounts. 3.) Browse and download the available digital magazine collection through the current library Zinio page. 4.) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for support. If you’re technically-challenged, check out the user guide before getting started.
A Denver Public Library pilot program that enables card-holders to check out portable WiFi hotspots is such a success that all devices were quickly spoken for and a wait list is building. Each device provides FREE unlimited high-speed internet access to low-income families and home-bound people who can’t easily reach a library. These portable hotspots allow customers without home Internet access to get online using any WiFi-enabled device (phone, tablet or laptop). The DPL has 50 of the devices — 10 each at the Montbello Branch Library, Athmar Park Branch Library, Ross-Barnum Branch Library, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library and the Hadley Branch Library. Customers at those locations can check out the hotspots for up to three weeks and renew up three times if there are no other customer holds on the device. Click here for branch locations and hours.
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.
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. All you have to do is bring your child to the Center on Wednesday or Thursday (the only two days it is open to the public) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and pick out one or more books. They are yours to keep and families may return as often as they wish to get more FREE books, no strings attached. MHOTC salutes the library and History Center for getting books into the hands of youngsters. We urge you to tell your friends about this wonderful program. The Westminster History Center is located in the DeSpain Schoolhouse at 7200 Lowell Blvd., Westminster, 303-428-3993.
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 email@example.com 10 to 14 days in advance. Ahh, there’s nothing like seeing your name in print every week!