Catch a Free Friday Matinee at Senior Center; BYO Popcorn

July 31, 2014

filmThe Colorado Springs Senior Center hosts FREE Friday matinee movies all year long. The current lineup includes: ”Flipper” on Aug. 1, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” on Aug. 8, “The Addams Family” on Aug. 15, “Feet of Flames” (Michael Flatley dancers) on Aug. 22, and “Land Before Time” on Aug. 29.  For the full line-up for coming weeks, CLICK HERE. Movies start at 1 p.m.

University Village Adds Its Own Friday Night Free Concerts

July 31, 2014

musical notesA new addition to the summer outdoor concert scene here is the Friday series at University Village (on North  Nevada Avenue).  The FREE Colorado summer Concert Series is suitable for the whole family.  Look at the schedule at UVC on Facebook. Concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 22.  For more information, call 494-2894.



Check Out ‘Food by the Book’ Classes at East Library in August

July 31, 2014

food by the bookCheck out a FREE series of food-related events held at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The programs are open to ages 12 and older. Registration is required; to sign up, call 531-6333, x2665. (Note: For those with food allergies, please be aware that samples may contain allergens.) First, try Tea Around the World presented by Judy Williams. It’s a journey through a brief history of tea, beginning with its origins in the Far East, through its proliferation through Europe and America.  Sip tea and learn all about it on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m.   Then try Eating Locally with Chef Heather.  You cannot find food that is fresher, better-tasting, or more nutritious than what our local farmers are growing.  Discover the ever-increasing outlets for finding local food in our community, and figure out what to do with these ingredients once we get home. This is on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Then you can Make Mozzarella and Ricotta at Home with Rich McGaughey. It’s a fun and easy cheese-making demo. Rich has been making homemade cheese for years, and teaches classes at Colorado Free University. Watch Rich make mozzarella cheese in this demonstration and sample the finished product on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1:30 p.m.  Finally, check out Do You See What I See? with Christine Yocum – Cookie Artist. You will learn to paint your very own cookie and earn a “Cookie Artiste” diploma on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Make Your Own 100-Calorie Snack Bags for a Fraction of the Cost

July 31, 2014

popcornWhile those calorie-controlled snack bags can be good for your waistline, they aren’t so good for your wallet. A pre-packaged 100-calorie pack of dry roasted almonds (bought in a multi-pack set) is roughly 61 cents, but a DIY 100-calorie pack is about 37 cents. Pretzels drop from 43 cents for prepacked to 18 cents for DIY, and cookies from 66 cents to 40 cents. That’s an average savings of 25 cents per pack, which if you eat one a day, can add up to a savings of nearly $100 a year.Here are some healthy, calorie-controlled snacks you can make to keep on a diet (or put in the kids’ lunch boxes). Try these: Fruit: 1 medium apple, 1 cup blueberries, 2 medium kiwi, 2 cups watermelon. Crunchy: 15 almonds, 30 pistachios, 11 wheat crackers, 5 saltine crackers, 3 cups plain or lightly salted popcorn. Sweet: 14 gummy bears, 3 red licorice sticks, 4 chocolate kisses, 2 mini peppermint patties. For more ideas, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.


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

July 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.

Enjoy Free First Fridays Outdoor Concert Downtown

July 30, 2014

music (rock)GOCA + COPPeR present a FREE First Fridays! Outdoor Concert  with a live band, Edith Makes A Paper Chain, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 downtown in Colorado Springs.  For more information, call 255-3504.




Save Your Starbucks Treat Receipt for $2 Cold Drink after 2 p.m.

July 29, 2014

Thumbnail for 27081For the frugally minded and sweltering, how about a “cheap” cold drink on a hot summer afternoon? Luckily, Starbucks has brought back its highly popular “Treat Receipt” promo. Through Sunday, Aug. 17, when you make a purchase in the morning and bring the receipt back the same day after 2 p.m., get any Grande cold beverage for just $2 — a savings of about 60% on most beverages. Remember, you do not have to redeem your receipt at the same location at which you made your morning purchase — any participating location will honor the receipt. For the budget-conscious, there’s no minimum purchase requirement for the morning receipt, so consider buying a petite vanilla scone for 95 cents or banana for $1 to keep your costs down. If you’re buying a morning round of coffee for the office (or, at least, buying more than one menu item), pay for each item separately. Then, you’ll have more “treat receipts” to share with friends and family. Or, maybe, you can treat yourself to two bargain beverages — one in the early afternoon and one later that night.

Enjoy Fresh Air and Great Music in Summer Concert Series

July 29, 2014

music and flowersMusic lovers, check out the Fresh Air Summer Concert Series at Nancy Lewis Park, Thursday, Aug. 2,  5 – 7 p.m. Presented by MacKenzie Place Senior Living. It features FREE outdoor music! BBQ food available for purchase ($15) or BYO food and also your own lawn chairs.  The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs with Live Broadcast on KCME. The park is located at Melissa Drive & Templeton Gap Rd. For more information, call  633-8181.

Denver Art Museum Offers Free Admission First Saturdays

July 29, 2014

There’re plenty of opportunities to see great art locally, but if you want to visit the Denver Art Museum in the Mile High City, consider going on the first Saturday of any month. Colorado residents get in FREE with ID. It’s open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays, located at 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway in downtown Denver. Call them at 720-865-5000 for information. Or check them out ONLINE. The free admission is for the regular galleries, not for special ticketed events.

Citadel Mall Hosts Back-to-School Fashion Show on Aug. 2

July 29, 2014

fashion showThe Citadel is hosting a FREE Back-To-School Fashion Event featuring dozens of local school children. Enjoy back-to-school fashion tips and trends, giveaways, and an interactive Citadel Photo Booth. The fashion show will feature live music and dance performances, as well as clothing and accessories from Citadel shops. So head to the mall on Saturday, Aug 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 591.2900.

First Friday ArtWalk a Great Way to Explore West Side

July 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.

Planning a Cruise? Here’s a Source for Travel Deals

July 28, 2014

Lo0king for a deal on a cruise? Check out CruiseCompete, which operates on the premise that free-market competition provides the best pricing options for consumers.  A recent article in The New York Times says “…independent travel agents compete to offer you the best deal,” and follows similar praise from Kiplinger’s, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. For more information, go ONLINE.

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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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