Denver Art Museum Offers Free Admission First Saturdays

September 2, 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.

First Friday ArtWalk a Great Way to Explore West Side

September 2, 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.

Indian Classical Music Artist Rajeev Taranath to Perform

September 1, 2014

Master of Indian Classical Music, Rajeev Taranath, is one of the world’s foremost players of the sarod, an instrument often described as an Indian lute, smaller in size than a sitar and frequently featured in classical Hindustani music. He is joined in concert by tabla artist Abhiman Kaushal. The FREE concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.


Never Heard of Pickleball? Check Out the Local Tourament

September 1, 2014

Pickleball clubPeople of all ages and from different parts of the country will converge at Monument Valley Park, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday,  Sept. 4-7, for a nationally sanctioned pickleball tournament. This is the third tournament hosted by the Pikes Peak Pickleball Club. Last year more than 145 participants from 12 different states and Mexico played in the tournament. The 2014 tournament will be skills/age format, which enables players to compete against others who are similar in age and ability. The public is invited to watch the tournament FREE of charge.For more information about pickleball go to: For more information, call 598-2442.


Victor Merchants Celebrate “3rd on 3rd” Every Month

September 1, 2014

Southird (South Third Street Merchants Association of Victor) sponsors Victor’s 3rd on 3rd. The merchants on South Third Street will be open until 8 p.m. (and on the third day of every month). Merchants included are Sue’s Fortune Club, The Victor / Lowell Thomas Museum, The Victor Trading Co. & Manufacturing Works and Marigold Mercantile, all located on South Third Street. FREE refreshments will be served at each location and many will have specials from 5 till 8 p.m.  For more information, call 689-2346.

Save a Bundle on Printer Ink Cartridges Each Time You Buy

August 31, 2014

printer inkA recent article in Consumer Reports found printer ink ranging in price from $13 per ounce to $75 per ounce. That’s more per ounce than the price of Chanel No. 5 perfume. If you dutifully buy the recommended ink cartridges, you’re regularly shelling out more than half the price of the color printer for a set of ink cartridges. Enter  Abacus Private and Clickinks. One of our writers ordered from both and can recommend each for their low prices and speedy service. As an example, she got a full set of five cartridges from Abacus Private for $7.25, with FREE shipping. The price from a popular office retail store for the same ink sold under the printer manufacturer’s brand was $69.08. You can regularly save more than $60 each time you purchase ink and the printer performs just fine.

Kids in 5th and 6th Grades Get Great Deals on Skiing, Lessons

August 31, 2014

skiing kidColorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), the trade association for skiing and snowboarding in Colorado, says  its popular 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs are now available for the 2014/15 ski season. The Passport Programs introduce fifth and sixth grade kids to skiing and snowboarding by giving fifth graders FREE access, and sixth graders discounted access, to 20 of Colorado’s ski resorts. CSCUSA’s 5th Grade Passport allows fifth graders three days of free skiing at each of the participating member resorts. The 6th Grade Passport allows sixth graders four days of skiing at each of the same twenty resorts for $99 – which amounts to 80 days on the slopes for less than $1.25 each day.  Additionally, CSCUSA will offer First Class Lessons to complement the 5th Grade Passport Program. First Class provides fifth graders who are new to skiing and snowboarding the opportunity to learn the sport from some of the best instructors in the industry. Registered 5th Grade Passport holders who have never skied nor snowboarded before are eligible to receive a FREE ski or snowboard lesson and one day of rental equipment during the month of January, which is also Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Fifth graders who qualify for First Class have the option of 17 different resorts to have their introductory experience on snow. Advance reservations are required for First Class Lessons, and registration will begin in November. To register kids for the Passport Programs and for more information about First Class Lessons, parents can visit


Save 20% on Walgreens’ Monthly Senior Savings Day Deals

August 30, 2014

walgreensIt pays to be a little older and wiser. On the first Tuesday of every month, Walgreens offers customers 55 and older a discount on many in-store purchases. (Proof of age may be required, so bring a photo ID. Plus, the offer is only valid with its Balance Rewards program.) On Senior Savings Day, qualifying customers save 20% on all regular-price merchandise. Note: The discount no longer applies to sale items. Of course, there are some restrictions: Discounts are not valid on prescriptions, cigarettes, dairy products, liquor, liquor department items, phone cards, newspapers, magazines, stamps, gift cards, items or services submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law. Make sure to read the fine print on the bottom of Walgreens’ Senior Savings Day page for a full review of restrictions. If you don’t qualify, consider asking an older relative or friend to go shopping with you to get in on the savings. Be sure you’re a member of its FREE loyalty program, Balance Rewards, for maximum savings.


Use One of New Free Services to Screen Unwanted Phone Calls

August 30, 2014

unwanted phone callWant to avoid scammers calling your house? Use caller ID and don’t answer the phone. But it’s not always possible to figure out who’s calling. So what’s the answer? Use one of the new FREE call-screening services available for land and mobile phones. A few that are getting good consumer reviews are Nomorobo, PrivacyStar and Truecaller. These services will either identify a caller as a spammer or simply block all known spam numbers. Curious about a number left on your caller ID? You can do a reverse phone number lookup at White Pages that will tell you if spam activity is associated with that number. For more on this topic, read the story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

Sign Up for Career Enhancement Workshops at Library 21c

August 30, 2014

Library 21cCheck out the new Career Enhancement Workshop Series at the library. Let PPLD help develop your career with this series of FREE workshops, all held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. This series is presented by DeVry University’s Keller Center for Corporate Learning. Registration is required for each workshop. The last one in the series, “Are You a Catalyst for Change? Lead With Confidence and Your Team Will Follow” will be offered on Tuesday,  Sept. 2 at noon and 6 p.m. Although classes are FREE, you must preregister. CLICK HERE to get started. (Look for the class you want and click on that to register.)



Grab a BOGO Smoothie or Juice at Jamba Juice

August 29, 2014

Thumbnail for 27508Jamba Juice is squeezing out some sweet end-of-summer savings. The juicy company is offering a buy-one-get-one FREE deal on all of its smoothies and juices. Of course, the free drink must be of equal or lesser value. The offer requires this printable coupon, which is good through Monday, Sept. 1. Limit one coupon per person, per visit at participating locations. The offer is not valid at Downtown Disney, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions or airport locations. However, you can print more than one coupon, so you can “get juiced” more than once with friends or family. To find a participating location in your area, click here.


It’s All About Kinetics at Labor Day Fest in Monument

August 29, 2014

kinetic festivalHead to Monument on Monday when Xfinity Presents the Labor Day Kinetic Festival. A handful of contraptions will take off from Monument, go up around Palmer Lake, and back down again. There will be a street fair with family fun and a food court. Limback Park will have a huge family-friendly beer garden with music and a new fun Cornhole (bean bag toss) Tournament with cash prizes. The event is presented by the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at Limbach Park in Monument. The fun goes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call  719-481-3282. Admission is FREE.


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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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