One Couple Figured Out How to Pay Off $100,000 in Debt

April 27, 2015

piggybankA few years ago, Travis Pizel and his wife, Vonnie, found themselves in crisis. The Rochester, Minn., couple had good jobs and lived well, dining out frequently, buying what they wanted and taking vacations to water parks with their two children. But a letter from their credit card company advising them of higher payments forced them to confront the truth: They had accrued $109,000 in credit card debt during their 13-year marriage. Despite a household income of about $100,000 a year, they couldn’t afford higher payments. To find out how they solved their dilemma and paid off that debt, read the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

Starbucks Hosts Happy Hour with 50% Off Frappuccinos May 1-10

April 27, 2015

Thumbnail for 131984Once again, Starbucks is making spring afternoons a littler cooler and sweeter with its annual Happy Hour promo. From May 1-10, get any Frappuccino blended beverage for 50% off between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. It’s the perfect opportunity to try its new S’mores Frappuccino. (Plus, the coffee shop is bringing back its popular Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino for a limited time.) My Starbucks Rewards members get an extra hour to sip on a bargain beverage, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The deal is valid at participating locations, including most cafés located within other retail and grocery stores.


First Friday ArtWalk a Great Way to Explore West Side

April 27, 2015

Make the First Friday ArtWalk, a FREE event held in Old Colorado City, a date night each month.  Take a relaxed but stimulating self-guided art tour in historic Old Colorado City on this monthly, first-Friday event. The ArtWalk takes place along West Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th Streets just two miles west of downtown Colorado Springs. A dozen galleries and individual studios give art enthusiasts many options to satisfy a wide range of art tastes and interests. You can visit full-service galleries and individual artist’s studios. Many galleries feature well-established, award-winning artists and showcase a vibrant art community. It’s a cheap — but sophisticated — date night! Hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

There Are Tricks to Getting a Good Deal on a House in Any Market

April 27, 2015

house for saleWith spring finally here for most of the nation, prospective homebuyers can look at houses and condos without traipsing through snow and ice. Better weather, plus the traditional belief that families search for homes so they can move in between school years, makes spring a major home-buying season in much of the country. The biggest challenge facing homebuyers in many markets may be finding a home to buy. The inventory of available homes for sale remains low in many cities, especially in certain price ranges.  But there are ways to buy smart even in a seller’s market. Read our tips in the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

Join 7-Eleven’s Loyalty Program for Rewards — Buy 6, Get 7

April 26, 2015

Thumbnail for 81102If you’re at 7-Eleven 24/7, you may want to join its first customer loyalty program, 7Rewards. Customers can earn rewards with every cup purchase made in-store. “Buy 6, get 7” is the first offer available — customers can get any 7th cup for FREE after six any-size cup purchases. We like it because you can mix and match any coffee, Big Gulp, Slurpee and Chillers purchase toward earning the freebie. Here’s how it works: Text REWARDS to 711711 for a link to download the 7-Eleven App (also available in the App Store and on Google Play.) Once registered, you will be assigned a personal bar code and digital punch card on the home screen. Then, every time you purchase a participating beverage, a store associate will scan the bar code and it will automatically punch the digital rewards card. After receiving six digital punches, a coupon for a FREE any-size cup will appear in the app. A new digital punch card appears, once the free coupon is redeemed — so you can start all over again. The company is revamping the mobile app to bring customers even more rewards throughout the year.

Like Pikes Peak on the Cheap? Tell Your Friends About Us!

April 26, 2015

PPOTC logoDo you like the deals and freebies we tell you about? Have you taken advantage of a bargain, coupon offer or other money-saving tip? Then tell everybody about us! That’s the only way we can keep on doing this. Tell your family and friends about us on your Facebook page or Twitter account. Tell them to take a look at us … we think they’ll like what they see. Just have them go to and check us out. And thanks for being a fan of Pikes Peak on the Cheap! Also check out the Website of our parent site, Living on the Cheap. You’ll find tips for saving money as well as national deals every day.

Visit Mesa Verde This Spring, Get 50 Percent Off Second Night

April 25, 2015

mesa verde cliff dwellingsSimply spectacular — that’s springtime in Southwest Colorado. At Mesa Verde, many consider it to be our best-kept secret — the flowers are gorgeous, the air is mountain fresh, the views are incomparable and the summer crowds have yet to arrive. What better time to explore awe-inspiring ancient cliff dwellings in one of the most extraordinary places on earth. Join them this spring and enjoy the warm hospitality, superb dining and panoramic views at the comfortable Far View Lodge with one of their most popular offers of the season: Stay One Night – Get 50% Off Your 2nd Night.  Other deals have rates as low as $99. Through May 22. Call 800.449.2288 for reservations or more information.

Be Smart About How to Spend Your 2014 Income Tax Refund

April 24, 2015

tax refundYou can blow your tax refund on a big-screen TV or gamble it away in Vegas —  or you can do something smart with it.  When the state and federal government pays its debt to you in the form of a big, fat tax refund, think of practical ways to use it.  Before you blow the whole payoff on a few fun, short-term whims, we have six practical uses for your tax refund that have long-term benefits for your overall financial health. Read all about them on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

De-clutter Your House and Donate Goods for a Tax Deduction

April 24, 2015

donating goodsMost people will agree that clutter is bad. It takes up valuable space in your home, is difficult to clean around, and makes it hard for you to keep organized and find things. Cleaning out your household and clothing clutter can earn you money if you choose to sell it, but that can take time and effort, if you can even find anyone to buy your used coffee mugs. Donating your unused household goods and clothing to a charitable or nonprofit organization can be simple, emotionally satisfying and will help those in need. De-cluttering your house can also help save on taxes if you donate goods to approved charitable organizations. Charitable deductions reduce your total taxable income, thus directly lowering your tax bill. Claiming charitable deductions will take a little bit of extra work, but if you already itemize your taxes, it’s just a matter of keeping receipts and adding the contributions to your Form 1040. for the full story on this topic, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

Relax with Music and Meditation Sundays at the Fine Arts Center

April 24, 2015

Manitou binduRelax and unwind at the Music & Meditation Series, presented by Manitou Bindu and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Sunday afternoons through April 26.  Join experienced teachers for yoga and a rotating roster of meditation guides and musicians for the meditation.  Classes are at the arts center, 30 West Dale St., and they are FREE (but donations are encouraged). Classes are scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays, throughApril 26.  For more information, call  (719) 634-5583.

A Tongue Twister Will Earn You a Freebie at Pretzelmaker on Sunday

April 23, 2015

Thumbnail for 130904This freebie is full of twists and turns. On Sunday, April 26, Pretzelmaker celebrates its annual tradition of giving away pretzels on National Pretzel Day at participating locations. This year, customers get a FREE standard soft pretzel (salted or unsalted) by saying a tongue twister. Here’s one to practice: “Pretzelmaker prepares perfectly pleasing pretzels for National Pretzel Day!” The offer is available while supplies last. For locations, click here. (Hint: There’s one at The Citadel.)


Find Out Secrets of Editing a Literary Magazine on Saturday

April 23, 2015

poetry or writingWhat makes a literary magazine lively? Come find out! Editor Juan Morales will launch a new issue of Pilgrimage and talk about the work of an editor. Morales will be joined by past contributors, including Jessy Randall and Aaron Anstett. the event happens on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at  Mountain Fold Books 121 E Costilla St.

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Pikes Peak on the Cheap is your guide to free and inexpensive things to do in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. We’ll find deals, bargains, two-fers and other ways for you to dine, shop, stay or have fun in our area.

Your guide is Linda DuVal, a former writer, reporter and editor who worked at The Gazette for 32 years and who has lived in, and written about, Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region for most of her life.

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