Denver Deal: McDonald’s, Travel Deals, Soybu and More

While the rest of the world turns everything in to Pumpkin Spice something-or-another, I have an obsession of another kind. I can not get enough of Jonathan apples. I literally take the “apple a day” mantra to heart. It is only at this time of year that I can seem to get my hands on them. They are cheap at just 88 cents a pound at my favorite store, Sprouts. How much longer will the Pumpkin Spice fad last? I’m not sure, so long as no one else turns my Jonathan apples into a “thing” and there are still plenty for me – I’ll be ok.

McDonalds.  Hurray for Breakfast all day! Starting Tuesday, October 6 McDonald’s will offer breakfast all day. On October 7th, participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout the state will initiate a statewide PJ Day where anyone who comes into a McDonald’s wearing their PJs will receive a free Egg McMuffin (rules and conditions apply: 5 am to midnight offer, shirts and shoes required).

Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bagels. Wednesday, October 7 celebrate the opening of the best coffee, Caribou Coffee right next to my favorite bagelry, Einstein Bagels at 14695 E. 40th Avenue starting at 5 a.m. The first 50 will get coffee and bagels for a year. All others in line at 5 a.m. will get a free coffee and bagel (while supplies last).

Free Days.

Broncos Specials. I like to cheer the Broncos on because I like to see my team win – but when they do there are some great deals you can take advantage of!

  • Elitch Gardens Theme Park – purchase a general admission ticket for just $18, on the day following every Broncos win through October 18.
  • Arby’s – get a regular roast beef sandwich for just $1 when the Broncos score 3 TDs
  • Conoco – grab a free coffee the morning after a Broncos win.
  • King Soopers – Free donut (or two-liter bottle of Orange Crush for just $1)
  • McDonalds – Get a Sausage Egg McMuffin or Big Mac for just $1 with key tag and win.

DispatchHealth, a Denver, Colo.,-based healthcare startup that provides mobile, onsite healthcare for acute care patients is offering 500 FREE flu shots at three Denver-area events in October.   Those wanting a vaccination simply attend one of the free events on October 10 & 11 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Metro Fire Rescue Station 34A), locate the DispatchHealth care team and vehicle, and complete a short form.  The vaccinations will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis.

Once Upon a Child. Join story time at Once Upon a Child (8253 S. Quebec, Centennial) every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All books are also buy 2 get 1 free all day on Wednesdays.

YMCA of the Rockies. Our favorite affordable family vacation will open Wednesday, October 7 for their winter cabin reservations for non-members at both YMCA of the Rockies centers (Estes Park & Snow Mountain Ranch). Also, on October 7th dog sledding reservations open for the winter at Snow Mountain Ranch. Standard rides are on Saturdays and Mondays, and a new advanced ride is now offered on Fridays.  Learn more here. With a huge seleciton of activities, most included FREE, everyone will find something to do.  Snow Mountain Ranch is conveniently located between the alpine ski resorts of Winter Park/Mary Jane and Ski Granby Ranch and houses a ski/snowboard rental shop on-site. Activities range from their new Fat Snow Bikes, Nordic Skiing, Tubing/Sledding, Ice Skating, Sleigh Rides and more.  http://ymcarockies.org – Estes Park Center  http://snowmountainranch.org/ – Snow Mountain Ranch.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. For the month of October, visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, can enjoy a Mountain Fall Festival with a pumpkin patch, family-friendly games, fall-themed photos and Oktoberfest food and drink specials. There’s even more fun on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. with hayrides, face painting and pumpkin decorating. The park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.  The mountain-top park will also offer four special, spooky Halloween evenings October 23, 24, 30 and 31. From 6 to 9 p.m. guests can take a haunted cave tour, roast s’mores around the fire pits and play Halloween games.Admission for these four evenings is $10 per person or $5 for annual passholders. GlenwoodCaverns.com 

Southwest Airlines. Not all fall break deals are stay-cations. Southwest Airlines has a lot of great deals. I’m kind of thinking of taking my daughter to the Mall of America (in Minneapolis) for some more back to school shopping or maybe we’ll go to a Disney park.

soybu1Soybu. Our favorite Colorado-based women’s activewear company Soybu is offering an exclusive 25% discount off all order through Oct. 31. Check-out their darling fall fashions, including their Starmaze collection. Simply enter in the code MileHigh25 at checkout.

Heritage Square and many of the historic attractions located in the iconic destination are closing on Nov. 1. This is the last chance for families and visitors to enjoy many of their favorite attractions like the Miner’s Maze Adventureland that combines a twisting labyrinth with a high ropes course directly above the maze with 25 separate balancing challenges. Other favorite attractions are the Water Walkerz, the Magic Mtn Climb’n Wall, the Silver Spring Bungee, the Tunnel Tumbler, Mineral Panning, and the Rio Golden Railroad. The historic village, the alpine slide and all shops will also be closing as of Nov. 1. Miners Maze Adventureland in Heritage Square is open weekends only through Nov. 1 from 11am until 6 pm.
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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

Denver Deal: Sonic, JC Penney, Movies and More

Happy Father’s Day! My dad always cheered my sister and me on when we scored a great deal. I always thought that was the girl thing (you know, mom clipping coupons to go to the grocery store). But if we could get a buy-one get-one free or a fun “extra” that we couldn’t really afford, my dad  is always the first one to cheer us on. His birthday is near Father’s Day so we presented him with coupons from a bunch of places freebies this year – he said, “this will be the best week ever.”  I hope this is your best week ever too!

 Kneaders Bakery & Café will open Friday, June 26 at 7:00 a.m.  To celebrate their Grand Opening, the first 100 customers will receive a complimentary meal of Kneaders famous French toast! With 3 locations in Colorado and over 35 locations throughout the west, Kneaders Bakery and Café specializes in authentic European hearth breads that are made fresh daily. The fast-casual restaurant also offers a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and 40-50 different pastries in a charming, family-friendly environment.  Their Arvada location will open at 7945 Wadsworth Blvd and will serve customers Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Michaels’ Passport to Imagination. If you have crafty kids, be sure to take them to Michaels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays where they can get their craft on from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is just $5 (or $12 for three sessions) and you must pre-register here. You’ll have time at the end of session to doodle, play and create with the products from that week’s sponsor.

Lakeside Amusement Park savings. Groupon is currently offering the following deal: Admission and Unlimited Rides for Two or Four at Lakeside Amusement Park (Up to 44% Off). There are two options: $27 for admission and unlimited rides for two (Up to $45 value) or $50 for admission and unlimited rides for four (Up to $90 value). The all-access admission allows guests to enjoy the park’s bevy of activities, such as a roller coaster, the merry-go-round, and Kiddies’ Playland.

SportsAuthority Football Field Day.  Sports Authority Football Field Day for kids ages 6 to 14, hosted by Sports Authority and USA Football’s Heads Up Football initiative. The high-energy event will allow participants to train where the Denver Broncos play their home games, Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The training will include a strong emphasis on safety where players navigate through stations dedicated to improving specific skills, such as passing, catching, running, Heads-Up tackling and more. The event is June 28. There are morning and afternoon sessions. Sports Authority Football Field Day is free and open to the public. To reserve your spot on the field and for more information, please click here

Sonic. We know summer is here when I get the hankering (seriously, did I just use the word hankering?!??) for ice cream shakes and other sweet yummy drinks. Apparently, Sonic believes the same as they offer half-price shakes all day on Thursday, June 18!

Bath and Body Works. Bath and Body Works is having their semi-annual sale starting June 1 (going through the month). Great bath and body care including fragrances, lotions and bath soap at up to 75% off!

Free Movie. Best Friend. Hero. Marine. You and your heroes are invited to a special advance screening of MAX on June 22! Visit http://www.wbtickets.com/MAXMamas to download your admit-four pass! Please note that seating is NOT guaranteed, so please arrive early for a chance to get in! MAX in theaters June 26!

Greek Festival. Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21 experience Greek culture, food, drink and dancing at the Greek Festival. The party happens at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Tickets are $5 for adults, Kids 12 and under get in free.

JC Penney Bonus Cash. Kohl’s has been doing it for years – spend $50 get $10 back in Bonus Cash. I recently received an email that JC Penney is also doing the Bonus Cash offer (same deal – spend $50 get $10) through this Sunday, June 21. Plus, they have additional discounts of extra 20% off!

QDoba Buddy Pass. QDoba is offering a buy one get one free entrees this Tuesday (June 16) and Wednesday (June 17). Just say “Mid-Week Buddy Pass” when you place and pay for your meal. Qdoba is also offering a free entree when you put $30 or more on your Q Cash (like the Starbucks phone app where you can pay from your phone).

Ongoing

Free, healthy summer meals for Colorado kids and teens. Summer should be a fun and enriching time for all Colorado children, but for many it represents a time when they are at the greatest risk of hunger due to lost access to school meals. Thanks to a statewide collaboration to address child hunger, 533 community sites across Colorado will provide meals to children up to 18 years old at no cost this summer.  Colorado families can find nearby summer food sites by using an interactive map at KidsFoodFinder.org or calling the statewide, bilingual Hunger Free Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626.

Free Outdoors Movies and Concerts. Denver is chock-full of great, talented musicians that play around town for free – and what is better than a movie outdoors on a cool summer night among about 500 of your closest friends? Don’t miss our round-up of free outdoor movies and concerts this summer.

Harkins Summer Movie Fun. Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids is back again this year. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. Make Harkins Summer Movie Fun for kids an annual tradition for your family. All adults must be accompanied by children.  Tickets are on sale now at participating locations. Movies this summer include: Boxtrolls, The Lorax, Rio 2, Dolphin Tale 2, Curious George, Nut Job, Puss in Boots, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar.

Cinemark Movie Clubhouse. There’s nothing quite like spending a hot day in a cool movie theater.Cinemark has a 10-week film fest of its own: $5 for 10 movies when purchased in advance at cinemark.com.  If you delay and purchase at the theater, movies are still just $1. Most locations start on Wednesday, June 2 with screenings starting at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and/or Wednesday. The film line-up includes The Croods, The LEGO Movie, Dolphin Tale 2, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Penguins of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chip Wrecked, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and The Nut Job.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. Kids can earn a free book of their won from Barnes & Noble (one of my favorite stores) in three easy steps. Step 1: Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF). Step 2: Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. (Find a Store). then Step 3: choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

Free Denver Walking Tours Denver parents, kiddos, and visitors alike will be able to see and experience downtown Denver in a new way. They’ll be able to take advantage of Denver Free Walking Tours’ new two hour daily tours that leave at 10 a.m. daily, starting in Civic Center Park, then wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver’s distinctive landmarks, and end in front of Coors Field. No reservations needed and tours are every day – rain, snow, or shine.  There’s no up-front cost for this fun, educational opportunity for kids and parents but tipping is strongly recommended. If you’d like a tour specifically geared to your kids, Denver Walking Tours offers group tours for a nominal charge so grab your friends for a fun day of learning this summer!

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SHOPPING For The Best Deal

I recently went shopping with a friend of mine. He is as frugal minded as I am. So it was an amazingly fun day of going to different consignment stores (some of which I had never heard of and others that I had).

I have to sort of admit that the whole idea of consignment shopping is new to me. I usually have a few friends who give me their old clothes or just go to my favorite consignment store, Plum Good in Stapleton area. It feels more like a boutique than it does Good Will. Plus, I love their feature of a wish list. I can tell them what items/brands I’m looking for and in what size – then they send me an email when something like that comes in. Brilliant! And since they are on the other side of town for me, I know that it will not be a wasted trip. Other than Plum Consignment and the couple of times I’ve shopped at online consignment store like Thredup.com, I usually shop at stores like Marshall’s (my favorite), TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack.

My friend, Paul suggested that we go to TJMaxx to get coffee. He said there are great deals there on some different (gourmet) food stuff. So we headed over to TJMaxx. The store did not disappoint, they had some really yummy sounding and smelling coffee (Chocolate Decadence, Triple Truffle Carmel Happiness). The coffee was just $4.99/bag. This is about half the price I might pay for fancy coffee in a regular grocery store. But we had some other shopping to do – so we chose to leave the bags of coffee there on the shelf and head over to Cost Plus World Market. Why wait in line for one measly bag of coffee? Why actually swipe my debit card for just one thing? Cost Plus World Market had amazing coffee. But then we realized that we didn’t know what we were going to do for dinner – so once again we dumped the coffee there too and headed to Sprouts Market (in the same parking lot). Why wait in line for one bag of coffee and just save $3 when we can get everything we need at ONE store. At Sprouts, the coffee has gotten more expensive at $7.99 for fancy flavored coffees…but we could buy all the things for dinner in one location. We had decided to make hamburgers for dinner…only Sprouts didn’t have hamburger buns. So…once again we discarded the bag of coffee (and all the other stuff we had collected into the basket) and headed off to King Soopers. Kings had all of it (buns too) and the coffee was $9.99. But we only had to swipe our debit card one time!

We could have saved money by buying the coffee at TJ Maxx when we were there. We could have saved money on all the gas that we spent going round and round. We could have saved time by just going to King Soopers in the first place. But sometimes saving money or saving time isn’t what it’s all about. Sometimes it is all about the journey with a friend.

What do you shop for in consignment stores? Do you want to make sure your trip is fruitful? What do you look for in discount stores like Marshall’s? What is your best find? Is it about the find or the shopping experience?