Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is kicking off of a cool “Celebrate 31” promotion to celebrate its 70th birthday. On Tuesday, March 31, customers can enjoy any 2.5- or 4-ounce scoop of ice cream (in a cup or cone) for $1.31 and its classic two-scoop sundae for $3.31 at participating locations. (Sundae offer does not include Banana Royale, Banana Split, Brownie Sundae or Layered Sundaes.) Scoop offer good on every size scoop. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Additionally, as part of the celebration, the popular ice cream shop will offer other sweet deals on the 31st of each month through the end of the year.
What can you get for 20 bucks these days? Well, if you head to downtown Colorado Springs in April, you might be surprised. The Downtown Partnership presents Downtown 20, from April 1 to April 20. It’s 10 days of $20 deals downtown, including artwork by local artists at Boulder Street Gallery and Gallery 113, dining, shopping, salon services and more! Check www.DowntownCS.com/20 for details. Deals good during normal business hours. For more informati0on, call 719-886-0088.
Eggs and Easter go hand in hand, but there’s more to these tiny bundles of protein-packed goodness than you might think. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, “The incredible edible egg packs a lot of nutrition in a small package. One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants, all for about 70 calories.” And since you can get them for anywhere from $2 to $5 a dozen (depending on whether you want extra-large, organic, free-range, etc.), they cost about 20 to 40 cents each. If you like eggs, they make an inexpensive breakfast that will get you through the morning. If you don’t like them plain – fried, scrambled, boiled or poached – there are many other ways to employ and enjoy these cheap eats. For 50 ways to eat eggs, from breakfast sandwiches to omelets to egg salad sandwiches, and just about any method of cooking you can imagine, try these Food Network recipes. For some other ideas, from crepes to Dutch babies, read the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
If you are a hands-on person when it comes to books, if you like to touch them, hold them, read a page or two before you buy, there are some great places to find books at less than retail prices. We know seven places that sell inexpensive books – some best sellers and some obscure things you never dreamed of (and more than one gem). They don’t involve a computer and you can read the cover blurb or a page inside before you decide to buy. For the full list of ways to feed your reading habit, read the story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
Through April 12, Red Lobster is offering customers a FREE appetizer or FREE dessert ($12.99 maximum value) with the purchase of two Lobsterfest entrées. This deal requires a coupon, which you can claim on the Red Lobster Facebook page.
With home values rising, more Americans have equity in their homes. That has generated plenty of cheers from homeowners, and it’s also brought back the home equity line of credit as a popular option for the first time since before the Great Recession. Americans took out $23.4 billion in home equity lines in the first quarter of 2014, up 15.5 percent from 2013 and the highest number in six years, according to Equifax, a credit reporting agency. If your mortgage is less than 80 percent of your home’s value, you might want to join that group. But the greatest lesson of the recent real estate boom and bust is that turning home equity into cash is best done with great care. To read the full story on this topic, with some expert advice, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
We’re always “in the market” for saving a few bucks. Through April 2, Boston Market is offering a 2 for $20 Complete Meal Deal. The delicious offer includes two Individual Meals, two drinks and two desserts for $20 at participating locations. Each Individual Meal comes with a main course option, including rotisserie chicken turkey or meatloaf, two classic sides and a freshly baked piece of cornbread. Based on our estimation, it’s a savings of about $5. For locations, click here.
There’s a local Web site that keeps track of which restaurants offer FREE meals to kids on certain nights of the week, and if you have kids, you should check it out. Go ONLINE to Springs Bargains for a current list. Some restaurants that offer FREE or steeply discounted meals for kids at various times on various days include: Applebee’s, Captain D’s, Black-Eyed Pea, 3 Margaritas, Dickey’s BBQ, Denny’s, The Egg and I, Fazoli’s, Gunther Toody’s, IHOP, IT’z, Joe’s Crab Shack, Jose Muldoon’s, La Casita and Souper Salad. We highly recommend calling ahead to confirm that these restaurants are offering the kids eat free deal before heading to the restaurant, because things can change from week to week. They also warn that not every location in a chain participates. Most require the purchase of one adult meal to get the FREE child’s meal.
When you start paying attention to your finances, one of the first things you’ll want to do is start an emergency fund. The idea behind the emergency fund — which should eventually be enough to pay for three to six months of living expenses — is that you should be able to use it for an unexpected financial setback that would normally strain your budget. Whether you need to pay for a $1,000 car repair or you need to supplement your income after a job loss, your emergency fund can prevent financial ruin. But where should you keep the money in your emergency fund? We have some ideas for managing your emergency savings — read all about them on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
The Colorado Springs Senior Center hosts FREE Friday matinee movies all year long. scheduled movies include: March 27, “Showboat”; April 3, “Wuthering Heights”; April 10, “Dr. Doolittle”; April 17, “An Affair to Remember”; and April 24, “Key L.” For the full line-up for coming weeks, CLICK HERE. Movies start at 1 p.m.
With 2014 over, taxpayers may think it’s too late to stash earnings in a retirement account and get a tax deduction for the year. But 2014 contributions for many kinds of retirement accounts can be made up until April 15, or whenever you file your taxes, and some can be made even later by those who get extensions. An individual retirement account is a type of savings account that gives Americans tax advantages for saving money for retirement. You can open an IRA at any type of institution that offers such accounts, including banks, brokerage firms or insurance companies. Many people contribute to a 401(k) plan through their employers. Taxpayers can contribute up to $17,500 of pretax income for 2014. Workers 50 and older can contribute an additional $5,500 each year. To read more on this topic, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
To buy your first home, you likely will need a mortgage. In fact, before you even start looking at houses, you should look into your mortgage prospects. If you have good credit, a healthy income and money in the bank, you’ll be able to secure mortgage preapproval quickly and proceed straight to the homebuying process. But if you have less-than-stellar credit, are self-employed or have little cash to bring to the table, you’ll want to start the process way before you look at houses — maybe more than a year before. For the full story on this topic, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.