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!
We’ve been racking our brains looking for inexpensive ways to spread the word about MHOTC. Then, it hit us! We meet readers all the time and every single one always seems so loyal and passionate about our little site. Without a doubt, our readers are our best ambassadors when it comes to sharing the values (pun intended) of signing up for our daily e-newsletter. We keep growing, but we need your help. (The bigger we get, the better for all — more deals, bigger giveaways.) Sharing your love for MHOTC is simple and easy. Here’s a flyer you can print and post at your office, gym, community center, church, library, local Starbucks or wherever it makes sense. (It’s actually, two half-page flyers side-by-side — just cut it in half.) We’re even giving you persmission to publish the flyer in your company or community newsletter. We appreciate your help, no matter how small. We can’t do our work without the support of loyal fans like you. Now, it’s back to work for us finding more freebies, discounts and deals!
Here’s one of the best deals we’ve come across and another reason to love, love, love our local libraries. Did you know that Arapahoe Library District cardholders can check out all sorts of gadgets for FREE? These include iPad Minis, Nooks, Go Pro cameras, Garmin GPS units, video cameras and solar light bulbs. Gadgets can be borrowed for seven days to three weeks, depending on the item. Some can be renewed and a few can even be placed “on hold” (reserved). But for some items, like the iPads, you need to see what’s available at what library and then go over and get it, no holds allowed. You’ll need to sign a borrower agreement and you want to return the item on time (don’t mess with a library, they will find you if you walk off with one of their gadgets). Find more details here. And remember, all Colorado residents can apply for an Arapahoe Library card. Thanks Jacqueline for sending us this tip!
Another day, another news story about a huge data breach. If you weren’t a victim during last holiday season as a Target shopper (we were), consider yourself lucky. That is, unless you shopped at Home Depot any time since April of this year. Earlier this month, the largest home improvement retail chain confirmed that its payment data was hacked, too. Though there is no evidence that PINs were stolen (yet), it’s just another example of why being proactive about protecting your identity could be a wise investment of your time, and perhaps even a little of your money. Our sister site Living on the Cheap has posted an informative “sponsored” story by Dawn Papandrea about easy do-it-yourself ways to protect your personal identity. Her piece includes several practical tips from LifeLock, which offers a suite of services including ID theft detection and alerts and lost wallet protection. Plans start as low as $10 per month and Dawn’s story includes a promo code for 10% off LifeLock packages. If you are constantly worried about identity theft, give the article a look-see.
Loyalty pays. That’s always been the MHOTC motto. Now Aurora residents can turn their library card into a Rewards Card and get discounts from local businesses. Simply stop into any Aurora Public Library and get a yellow Rewards Card sticker for your card. Then use the card at participating businesses for discounts and deals. We checked out the Rewards Card site and found offers from Aurora restaurants, salons, dry cleaners, spas and more, including $5 off a $25 or more purchase from Nick’s Garden Center or Tagawa’s Garden Center. Don’t have a library card? No problem. Visit any Aurora Public Library branch and get your card for free. Adults must provide proof of Aurora residency and a valid photo ID.
Thinking about trading in old faithful or just have a clunker taking up space in the driveway? Consider donating it to Step 13, an organization that helps the chronically homeless. How does it work? All the nonprofit needs is your car and your title (they also take motorcycles, boats and campers). It doesn’t matter if it runs or not. Step 13 takes them all. They will come over and drive it away or tow it. Each donated vehicle provides an opportunity for residents to get hands-on experience in fixing up vehicles and earning a wage. Once the car is sold you receive the tax deduction paperwork. We consider this a win-win. 2029 Larimer St., Denver, 303-296-9020.
Individuals and businesses that have used computers or out-of-date electronics can now recycle them for FREE through Goodwill Denver. A new program called Good Electronics recycles computers and electronics (except televisions) from businesses in metro Denver and northern Colorado. The service is FREE and Goodwill will even provide free pick-up service. Individuals with computers and/or electronics can drop them off at Goodwill stores and donation centers. There is no residential pick-up for these items. All electronics are wiped of data before being recycled. Usable computers are refurbished and resold in Goodwill stores. Unsellable items are taken apart and recycled. All items are considered donations and may be tax-deductible. For more information, call 720-588-0510.
Much like your computer’s inbox, your mailbox can get stuffed with junk mail and catalogs you don’t want. Rather than spending time on the phone trying to stop them, you can make one-stop online and ebb the flow of junk mail sent to your home — including catalogs, donation requests, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more. Visit TrustedID, set-up an account and select which companies you no longer wish to receive marketing materials from. We have personally vetted the site and it’s totally legitimate. (We joined back in 2008.) We like it even more because they no longer charge any fees. It’s now a completely FREE service. For more information about TrustedID, click here.
If you don’t get the Sunday paper like so many these days, you don’t have to miss out on the savings and coupons. Thanks to a new service from The Denver Post, non-subscribers can still get a “Sunday Select” supplement delivered to their front door for FREE. What’s the “Sunday Select”? It’s a one-page newspaper with a just a few articles…plus, all the ads and coupons found in the full-size Sunday edition. The Denver Post describes it as, “a supplemental advertising package. It provides neighborhoods free access to local sales and specials from name brand local retailers.” Remember, the option is only for people who do not subscribe to the newspaper. To sign-up, click here. Thanks to Debbie’s Deals at 7NEWS for sharing this money-saving tip!
Parents know it’s better to keep kids busy and active rather than just sitting on the couch saying, “I’m bored.” There’s good news for parents because the MY Denver Card program allows youth (ages 5 to 18) year-round access to the city’s 23 recreation centers and 29 pools, as well as the Denver Public Library, for FREE. Parents may take their children to any of the 23 recreation centers throughout the city to fill out the appropriate paperwork to receive their MY Denver Card. Cards are now issued the same day applications are submitted. Once processed, the MY Denver Card will also serve as each child’s Denver Public Library card and replaces any previously-issued card from Denver Public Library. The program applies to all students in grades K-12 regardless of where they go to school, as long as they’re residents of Denver. Thanks to the innovative program, young Denverites can keep their body and mind active all year-long.
Who says, “There’s no such thing as a free ride?” RTD is thanking the military for their service (and sacrifice) with its service. Active duty U.S. military ride FREE on RTD everyday. At the time of boarding, military members must be wearing an appropriate Class A or Class B uniform. If not in uniform, they can present the driver an active duty military ID with the words “Geneva Convention Identification Card” at the bottom. The free ride is available to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves. With think it’s a “fare” deal for all of their time serving our country and making the rest of us so proud.