Watch Solar Eclipse at Star Light Observatory on Thursday

October 21, 2014

solar eclipseStargazers should head out to the Star Light Observatory Public Viewing Event, presented by National Space Science & Technology Institute and Star Light-Star Bright Observatory, 2015 Wickes Road, this week. Weather permitting, the Observatory will be open to allow visitors to safely view the Partial Solar Eclipse that will take place 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm on Thursday, Oct.  23. No reservations are required and it’s FREE. A limited number  of Solar Eclipse viewing glasses will be available for a $2 donation per glasses in support of the Observatory operation. Please park in the school’s parking lot and walk to the back of the school, next to the playground equipment, to find the Observatory. For more information, call  964-8327.

Babies Born on Monday, 10/20 Can Get a $500 Gift

October 21, 2014

baby abnd moneyIf you had a baby Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, Voya Financial is offering your baby a $500 mutual fund investment, for FREE, as a head start on his or her retirement savings. According to the FAQ, parents have until Dec. 19, 2014, to register their child. Parents do not have to make an investment or be members. There is no cost to this and parents may, but are not required to, add to the investment. This offer is being made to every baby born Oct. 20 in the United States. So if you’ve got an October 20th baby, you’re in luck!

Nosh on a Free Appetizer or Dessert at Red Lobster through 11/2

October 21, 2014

Thumbnail for 28024Through Nov. 2, Red Lobster is offering customers a FREE appetizer or  dessert ($12.99 maximum value) with the purchase of two adult dinner entrées. You’ll need this coupon to get the freebie (enter your name and email address after you click on the link to get the actual coupon). There are some exclusions, so make sure you read the fine print. Find your nearest Red Lobster location here.

‘It’s the Great Pumpkin’ Event at Bass Pro Shops Is Free

October 21, 2014

charlie brown pumpkinBass Pro Shops is holding a FREE ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin’ event from Oct. 24 to 31. There will be kids’ activities, a scavenger hunt, crafts, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, free photos and more. Not all activities are available every day, so make sure you check the schedule before heading out. This event will take place at most Bass Pro Shops locations.


Gather the Kids for Annual 4-H Halloween Party

October 21, 2014

Halloween costume (kid)Calling all superheroes, princesses, cartoon characters – and ghosts, too! The 4-H clubs in El Paso County invite everyone to an evening of fall family fun, highlighted by the bounce house and costume contest at the fourth annual El Paso County 4-H Fall Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Skyview Middle School gymnasium, 6350 Windom Peak Blvd. in Colorado Springs to enjoy safe, family-friendly activities. Cost is 25 cents per ticket, with booths charging between one and eight tickets for their food, games and fun. Those who bring canned food donations for Care & Share will receive four free tickets. Proceeds from the event benefit the El Paso County 4-H Youth Council and the individual clubs operating the booths. For more information about 4-H or any other programs offered through Colorado State University Extension, call 520-7675 or visit .



There Are Ways to Get More Money for Your Used Car

October 20, 2014

car repairsTrading in a used car, or selling it outright? We have found five free and cheap ways to get hundreds of dollars more for your used car Old Breakdown, whether you are trading it in or selling it for a newer model. For all five tips, read the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

Grab a Couple of Subway’s $6 Footlong Subs after 4 p.m.

October 20, 2014

Thumbnail for 28010Subway is a customer favorite because it always offers deals and discounts. Plus, it can be a healthy alternative to fast food. The chain is now offering a dinner deal: Every day after 4 p.m. and all day Sunday, get two regular or premium footlong subs for $6 each. You must buy two or more to get the promo price. The offer is for a limited time at participating locations.

Doing Laundry? We Have Some Great Coupon dEals for You

October 19, 2014 logoDoing laundry can be an expensive undertaking. Have you SEEN the prices on detergent, softener and such? But here are a couple of coupons that will lessen the pain of keeping clothes clean. Try a $2 off coup0on for Tide Pods laundry detergent — to get it, CLICK HERE. Or how about a $3 off coupon on OXiClean? CLICK HERE to get that one. They’re both on the web site. While you’re there, check out dozens of other printable coupons, too.

Do You Still Need the Expense of a Landline?

October 19, 2014

unwanted phone callDo you ever look over at your kitchen counter and see a piece of previous-millennia technology staring back at you? No, not your can opener … a landline phone. If you look at that monthly bill, you might feel a bit like the phone is gloating. With taxes and complicated fees that phone could easily be costing you $30 or more a month. A couple of long-distance calls could run that bill up even further. Could you spend that money better elsewhere? Do you use your cell phone all the time anyway? There are good reasons to keep a land line, and goo reasons to give one up. Read the pros and cons in the full lstory on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

Free Halloween Decorations and Party Supplies Are Online

October 18, 2014

Thumbnail for 27995There’s no need to spend a lot of money on Halloween decorations or party supplies this year. Plenty of freebies are available online. For example, at Moms by Heart, you’ll find 100 free Halloween printables, including artwork, Halloween tags and labels, party supplies (invitations, cupcake toppers, decorations, games, etc.), paper dolls and finger puppets, pumpkin carving templates and more. Happiness is Homemade has put together 40+ free Halloween printables, including decorations, subway art, Halloween masks, and party favors.


Taco Bell Renews Its ‘Happier Hour’ Deal with $1 Drinks

October 18, 2014

Thumbnail for 27981Taco Bell just re-launched its very popular Happier Hour. However, this time, it only includes drinks. For a limited time, customers can get a regular Freeze or medium fountain drink for just $1 — every day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you combine the Happier Hour price with its new $1 Cravings Menu, you can definitely create your own afternoon snack “on the cheap.”

To Win Cash and Prizes, Just Watch TV and Play Trivia

October 18, 2014

rewardtvlogoWatch TV much? Reward TV (from Nielsen) lets you play trivia for cash and prizes  Each day you play a trivia game, you’ll receive an entry into their $10,000 Sweepstakes. Or choose one of their great prize packages.  Works on desktop and mobile. for details or to sign up, CLICK HERE.




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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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