Sign Up for Nielsen Home Scan and Win Rewards Points, Cash

September 30, 2014

nielsen home scan 2014Sign yp to participate in the Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel  and you could win rewards Points and even bundles of cash for your efforts. The  points are redeemable for electronics, household items, jewelry, toy, gift cards, and more (no landline required with this homescan signup).  For the $500 card: Once you become a NCP panel member all you have to do is scan and send them your household purchase information every week with a handheld scanner that they provide. For each week of the month NCP receives your purchase information, you will earn one entry into the Monthly Sweepstakes where you can win a $500 American Express Rewards Card. That’s up to FOUR entries every month! Every month, 25 panel members win!Every quarter an additional 40 panel members win a $500 American Express Rewards card just by sending purchase information in every week of a month.  For the $20k card:  Once you become a NCP panel member all you have to do is scan and send them your household purchase information every week with a handheld scanner that they provide. For each week in a qualifying quarter NCP receives your purchase information you will earn one entry into their Grand Prix Sweepstakes where you can win $20,000! Every quarter one lucky panel member wins! To see details about joining, CLICK HERE.

Downtown Hosts Art Walks First Fridays of Each Month

September 30, 2014

Art walks are a great way to explore a neighborhood, espeically on a summer evening. If this appeals to you, be sure to catch the Downtown First Friday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m. Friday, starting at 1 Tejon St.  The galleries and businesses in downtown Colorado Springs will offer refreshments for body and soul as you stroll the historic district of downtown Colorado Springs on a fine evening. Look for shops displaying the Downtown Art Walk poster in their windows and grab a FREE map to help you locate the next venue.  For more information, call 634-5299.

Hear Legacy Band and Bring Nonperishable Food for a Good Cause

September 30, 2014

music (rock)Who doesn’t love a FREE concert? Especially when it’s for a good cause. If this appeals to you, catch The Legacy Band on Friday, Oct. 3 at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive.   Legacy gets the party going with a variety of music, including classic rock, oldies, county and some originals. With pulse-pounding rhythms and a high energy performance, the band’s contagious energy pulls you out to the dance floor and keeps you dancing the whole evening. There are no tickets for this event, just a request for donates of non-perishable food items or cash for a local food bank called Collections for  a food bank called Collections for Life. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at  8 p.m.

History of American Cemeteries Presented at Fountain Library

September 30, 2014

cemeteryFascinated by graveyards? Barbara Headle, history professor from UCCS, will explain the evolution of American Cemeteries from Puritan burials to today’s parks in a special program, from 7 to 8:30  p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Fountain Branch Library, 230 S. Main St. in Fountain. Presented by Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery. For more information, call  719-491-8542. It’s FREE.


Get Your Free B&B Guide to Lodgings Throughout Colorado

September 29, 2014

If you love to stay at bed-and-breakfast inns, you probably should get your own FREE copy of the current guide from the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado. The guide includes more than 100 bed and breakfast member inns throughout the state — from Burlington to Grand Junction, Fort Collins to Trinidad. It also features  a state map,  scenic byways to explore and other detailed information on each property. It includes rates (but those can change over the coming year), lists guests policies (such as whether or not they allow children or pets) and provides information on contacting the B&B of your choice.  To get one,  go ONLINE and fill out the form, or call 800-265-7696.

First Friday ArtWalk a Great Way to Explore West Side

September 29, 2014

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.

Learn How to Make Job Fairs Work for You with Workshops

September 29, 2014

pikes peak workforce centerSeptember is Workforce Development Month in Colorado. So state- and county-run employment offices called Workforce Centers will partner with the Department of Labor and Employment to spotlight a variety of services and resources available to the state’s 2.7 million men and women in the state’s labor force. Several activities are planned by the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for the Pikes Peak Region. Make the Job Fair Work for YOU workshops will be  offered on  Oct. 1, 2, 3 and 6. Job seekers should pre-register at .

Reel Rock Film Shows Surge of Climbing in Yosemite

September 28, 2014

rock climbing yosemiteIf rock climbing is your passion — or only a potential interest — catch the showing of  ”Valley Uprising” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Armstrong Theatre, inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., on the Colorado College campus.  Part of the Reel Rock Film Tour this  new full-length feature film documents the surge of rock climbing in Yosemite Valley during the 1960s and ’70s. It’s FREE.


Bounty of Fruit and Veggies? Dehydrate Them and Save!

September 27, 2014

dehydrated foodFarmer’s markets are gearing down. Or maybe your garden has a bumper crop of late  tomatoes. Either way, it’s a sin to toss them or let the go! Canning can be tricky at high altitude and who has freezer space for all that? Consider investing in a dehydrator. They can pay for themselves in one season or less — depending on how ambitious you are. Dehydrated foods keep much of their color and lots of flavor — use them in soups, stews, desserts and various other dishes all winter long. For the low-down on dehydrators and simple instructions on how to do it, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

Yard Sale Search Website Tells You Who’s Having One Now

September 26, 2014

garage saleGarage sales. Yard sales. Patio sales. Everything must go. Everything from baby strollers to walkers for seniors. Clothes, furniture, knick-knacks. Books and music for young and old. You name it. How do you find them? Or how do you let everybody else know about yours? Check out this website: Yard Sale Search.  Just CLICK HERE to find out about sales in Colorado Springs. You’ll get a list of what’s for sale, an address and the times and days of each sale. It’s FREE.




Does Your Child Have Reading Problems? Here’s Free Help

September 25, 2014

kids readingDoes your child have problems with reading? There’s lots of FREE help to be had. The Pikes Peak Library District has reading practice sessions (Paws to Read – to a dog — and Study Buddies, with a teen partner). They also have free online help with homework if you go to their site, and click on All Databases and type in Brainfuse.  Your student will get a live tutor to help with a problem.  for more library programs, call 531-6333 or visit  Also, the Children’s Literacy Center offers FREE tutoring in reading. Reach them at 471-8672 or visit Sign up for twice-a-week one-0n-one 12-week sessions. Finally, if your preschooler needs help, the Community Partnership for Child Development can assist you. Call 884-1410 or visit They oversee Head Start and other preschool programs. Their services also are FREE.

Math-o-phobia Got You? Get Free Help at Local Libraries

September 24, 2014

mathIf the very word “math” gives you shivers, if your child struggles with it in school, or if you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, or GED tests, get some help. AfterMath is FREE math tutoring for students in K – 12 available at four PPLD libraries. Experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. No appointments needed — just drop in. Tutoring may be occasionally canceled due to holidays or school weather closures, so check before you go. Scheduled times are:  Monument Library: Mondays, 3:30 – 7 p.m. ; Manitou Springs Library: Mondays, 4 – 6:30 p.m.; Library 21c: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 6 p.m.; and East Library: Thursdays, 3:30 – 6 p.m. Anyone  interested in tutoring may Click Here to find out how you can help.



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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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