Denver Deal: McDonalds, Sonic, Driver Training, Consignments and More

I’m sort of obsessed with mail. I love getting mail. I subscribe to a bunch of magazines and get so excited when they arrive. I have even joined some of those “of the month” clubs. I thought this was just my obsession until my daughter asked me, “hey mom, when is that Try the World Box coming?” It came the very next day. This time the country was Japan. Each month they focus on a country or region and we get to taste a few goodies from that location. It is lots of fun to have an at home learning experience.

McDonalds.  McDonald’s introduced a new app for customers that delivers advanced capabilities from the convenience of your smartphone. By downloading the new app and registering, receive a National offer for a FREE large sandwich from McDonald’s, while also taking advantage of offers throughout the state of Colorado that are now offered locally beginning September 21st. Available only for the first 8 million downloads.  When you download the app must also must register to receive national offers. 

Sonic. Sonic is celebrating National Ice Cream Day (I Scream!) with cones for half off on Wednesday, September 23.

Free Day.

Elitch Gardens Broncos Special. Touchdown! Elitch Gardens Theme Park is excited for football season and is celebrating that Orange-and-Blue-Fever with the lowest-ever ticket prices. Announcing a Fan Flash Sale boasting a discount ticket worth tackling, Broncos fans will be able to score big and purchase a general admission ticket for just $18, as a shout out to #18 Peyton Manning, for one day only on the day following every Broncos win from September 13 through October 18.

Free Driving Training. On September 26 and 27, the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is coming to Denver. This free, half-day driver training program that provides teens with knowledge to make better decisions while driving. The program features a safe, hands-on driving introduction for teens in a fun, supervised environment. At the Driving Experience, we teach teens various driving maneuvers, demonstrate the effects of distracted driving and show them ways to help keep their vehicle running at peak performance. A valid learner’s permit or driver’s license is required to participate in the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience. http://www.teensdrivesmarttour.com/

Kids Consignment Sale Season. It that time of year again! Mile High Mamas has published our guide to Children’s Consignment Sales this fall where you’ll get bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more. Sales this week:

  • September 24-27Just Between Friends of Douglas County. Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (half-price sale). $2 admission all days. at Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock
  • September 25 and 26CLC Mops – New To You Consignment Sale. Times: TBD at 8997 South Broadway in Highlands Ranch.
  • September 25 and 26. Kids ReNew Consignment Sale. Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-noon (white tickets half-price on Saturday) at Shepherd of the Hills Christian School, 7691 S University Blvd. in Centennial
  • September 26. SuperTwins of the Rocky Mountains Sale 9 a.m.-noon. $1 admission at Wheat Ridge High School
  • September 26. Darling Doubles. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12 p.m.-1 p.m. (half-price sale). $2 admission. At Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton

Hey fourth graders: Do you want to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free? Earlier this year, the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative was announced that all fourth grade students and their families would have free admission to National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and waters for a full year starting in the 2015-2016 school year. That day has come so grab your fourth grader and be sure to sign up now at https://everykidinapark.gov/.

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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Email me if you know of any great Denver deals!  If you’re on Twitter follow me on Twitter (GeeWhy93).  If I find a great deal during the week, I’ll tweet it out.

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.

Ski Deals So Great They Will Make You Squeal

Nothing makes me squeal more like a teenager than the two words Snowboarding and Deals. And I will totally go ga-ga when they are in a sentence together! That is why I love Labor Day weekend! The unofficial weekend of ski sales in the Denver area.

Vail Epic Ski Kids. Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone) are offering a free pass for Colorado Residents in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. The pass allows kids to ski/snowboard four times at each of their resorts. You must go to a Colorado Ski & Golf, Ski and Sport or Boulder Sports in person with your kiddo to fill out paperwork. You also have to bring a recent photo (head shot) of your kids. The program includes a free first-timer lesson and equipment rental on that day.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Passport. Colorado Ski Country announced it will offer the 5th and 6th Grade Passport again this year. The program is a mail-in program. The fifth graders get three free days of skiing/snowboarding at each of  20 member resorts (Winter Park, Copper, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Eldora, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, Snowmass, Loveland etc.). Sixth Graders is super inexpensive at just $99 for four days at each of the 20 member resorts. The program includes a free lesson and rental equipment on the day of the lesson. Bonus, this program is also supported by Chipotle and as I recall, they sent out some coupons for buy one get one free at Chipotle too!

Junior Trade. Colorado Ski and Golf (Ski and Sport) locations offer the Junior Trade Program. Basically you purchase ski or snowboard equipment. The budget friendly packages start at just $99 (again this is not season rental – it is you buying used kids sized equipment). Then if you choose to return the equipment at the end of the season (or trade up for a larger size) you get 1/2 the money back. Just to put this into perspective about how inexpensive this is a day rental usually runs just over $25. So it totally pays for itself in four times (and if you return it – it pays for itself in just two times) on the mountain. As your kids grow you can bring the equipment back and get bigger sizes to fit their growth.

SniagrabSniagrab (“bargains” spelled backwards) is the world’s largest ski and snowboard sale, offering up to 90% off original prices on previous seasons’ ski and snowboard equipment, winter apparel and accessories starting Labor Day weekend. The sale features merchandise from top brands. They will also have some fun promotions, the first 250 customers in line on Saturday, September 5 will receive Bonus Bucks ranging in value from $10–$100 to use toward their Sniagrab purchase. One customer will receive $500 in Bonus Bucks. Customers must be in line prior to 7:30am. Spend $300 or more on September 5 or September 6 will receive a Sports Authority cash card (worth $25 when purchase is $300-$399.99; $50 when purchase is $500-$699.99; $75 when purchase is $700 or more). Ten customers will win an Epic Local Pass or Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus, valued up to $579 per pass. Customers can enter to win September 5–7 only at the Sports Authority Colorado locations listed below. One customer will win a Mountain Getaway Package for Two, that includes a Winter Park Lodge Pass, 2 single-day Winter Park lift tickets, and 2 ski or snowboard rentals at Sports Authority. Customers can enter to win September 5–7 only at the Sports Authority Colorado locations listed below.

Ski Rex. Friday, September 4 through Sept 20th you can snag great deals at the front-range Colorado Ski and Golf locations. (There are great ski deals but even if you are not a skiier there are great clothing/coats too). Gound Zero (the biggest location for the sale) is the Aurora location. Plus, there will be fun for kids (little wannabe snowboarders), Burton’s Riglet Park, a learn-to-ride obstacle course for little tykes, will be set up at the Aurora location on Sunday, Sept. 6 with instructors and representatives to guide kids through their first snowboard sliding experience along an artificial snow surface with mini bumps and ramps. On Saturday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, Strider will offer a kid’s bike course for tiny tykes to get their first cycling experience on the pedal-less bikes that allow small children a gentle introduction to riding a bike. Discounts can be as big at 70% off! For even better deals and coupons visit:  www.skirex.com.

PowderDaze. Christy Sports hosts PowderDaze saving you up to 70% off. The sale will be at the Christy Sports in Littleton at  8601 W Cross Dr next to the Southwest Plaza Mall.Open 10am – 8pm Daily, August 28 through September 8 with all Ski gear, Board Gear and Apparel! Plus, exclusive pass/lift ticket deals available at Denver Powder Daze Only!

Lift Ticket Deals. While I mentioned the great school aged kids pass deals above, there are some great deals to score this weekend only for adult tickets too! (These are special deals or rates for Labor Day weekend only).

  • Copper Mountain. 4-packs for $159 with a 5th Day FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts)
  • Winter Park. 4-passes for $179 with a 5th Day FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts)
  • Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin). Elevation 4-pass at $139 (ages 15–69) with a Bonus Friend Ticket FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts). and they sell transferrable Four Packs are $159.
  • Steamboat. A 3 Day restricted pass at $149 valid 10/26/15 – 4/10/16. Black out dates are 12/26/15 – 1/10/16. Restrictions: Limit one pass per person. Non-transferable photo pass. Quantities are limited and price subject to change. Must be present to purchase. Pass not valid for Summer 15 or 2016 gondola rides. Passes and unused days are non-refundable. Credit or Debit Cards only.
  • Crested Butte. 6 Pack (for the price of a 4 Pack) 5 Winter 15/16 Lift Tickets, plus 1 summer 2016 lift ticket, just $129! Tickets are transferable.
  • Eldora. 4-Pass is just $149 (no blackouts or restrictions, non-transferable) and Mtn Explorer Full-Day Kids Package: $69
  • Loveland. Unrestricted 4-Pak:= just $129. Includes 4 lift tickets.No restrictions and no blackouts. ($10 off online price when you purchase at one of the sales).

Maybe when you get some great deals, you will squeal too. (And then we can jump up and down squealing together). Or I’ll see you in the mountains!

Seven Money Tips

I started blogging as the Deals Editor at MileHighMamas. I still love and contribute weekly to that blog. I was a newly single mom looking for ways to get back on track financially and still trying to entertain my kids on little money. I would take them to every free event in town – just because it was free. We went to our fair share of Grand Openings and Summer Concerts. In that time though, we had FUN. (We still have fun but they are less happy about going to all the free places I drag them to – they are teens after all).

It really is a lifestyle to be conscious of your money, to not get caught up in the wants of today.  I am sort of constantly surprised at how some people find these tips – as a completely new concept. But here are a few of the tips that I use regularly. I am by NO means a money expert. I am not a millionaire (or even close) but I think I’m working my way toward financial independence.

1. Live below your means. Seriously? Are we still talking about this? Spend less than you make. Keep some in savings.

2. Plan ahead. Plan your purchases. Put the credit cards away. What seems like a great deal now – will tack on all kinds of interest and that item you bought because you thought you needed it will actually cost MORE if you don’t pay it off right away, so just pay cash now. I plan to take my kids on a trip this summer. I know that several places only take credit cards (making a reservation at a hotel). Get a pre-paid re-loadable card that you can continue to add your savings to. By the time you head out for your trip, you will know exactly how much you can spend on souveniers etc.

3. Do It Yourself. I live in an apartment so I’m not talking so much about DIY Home projects – I am talking about little things. Make your own sandwich and bring it for lunch. Clean your own house (don’t pay someone else to do it). Shovel your own sidewalks. Mow your own lawn. Cook dinners (don’t go out).

4. Find Friends On The Same Path. Yes, I have friends of all different financial situations. But I find that if I have this one friend that will indulge me when I say I need to do something that costs NOTHING they won’t put me down for it – but happily spread out a blanket at the free concert with me or go on that hike. It also helps if they know your goals. Why are you doing this?

5. Challenge Yourself. I like to challenge myself (and my kids) just to see if we can do it. I pick a week where we will spend NOTHING. We plan our meals ahead. We plan our entertainment ahead. (So we set ourselves up for success). We go to the store and get everything we will need. Then for one week – we spend nothing. Not a penny. We have to live on what we have only. For my kids, I usually do this just one week a month. We did try it for a full month once (we may do that again some time and I will blog about it when we do).

6. Look For The Sale. Try to shop the sales. Almost every item will go on sale at one point or another. Use coupons. Coupons can be found in a multitude of places from your mailbox to online. Sign up for frequent shopper or loyalty programs. (Safeway has a great one that tracks your purchases and pushes coupons for those items to your website – you can upload  them to your loyalty card). I am not however advocating that you purchase things that are out of date. (I am a stickler for the date on my milk jug – if it is that date it is a NO GO in my world).

7. Write Down Everything and Keep A Budget. I wasn’t really sure where all my money was going. For one month we wrote down literally every penny that was spent (I know it sounds ridiculous because we would even write down – threw a penny in the fountain). Then we made a budget the next month based on the month we tracked. Then we stuck to the budget. You also get a chance to see what you are really spending your money on. There are great apps for this too – Mint.com is one of my favorites as you can tie it to your debit card and track where and what category your money is going.

Do you have something you do that is money wise? Something that seems so natural to you – that you don’t really understand that other people don’t do it too?