I have donated here and there for causes that were close to me or friends who were doing a fundraiser for one thing or another. This year, my finances are a bit tighter than they have been in the past. I don’t have the same pocketbook to donate as regular. So, I volunteered. The event I volunteered for is a fundraiser for Food Bank of the Rockies. And together the group has raised just shy of $20,000. Far more than the money I had on my own to donate! So as we roll into the holiday season, I want to remind you that giving can come in the form of giving your time.
Election Day. Election Day is a cause to celebrate and be sure to check out our guide to watching the best midterm election coverage with Comcast NBCUniversal (bilingual!) Also, check out these election-day deals:
- Krispy Kreme. Show your “I voted” sticker and get a free doughnut at participating locations.
- Burger King. New app users who place an online order for $3 or more can enjoy a free Whopper.
- Jimmy John’s. Sign up for their Freaky Fast Rewards and you’ll earn a free sandwich (place your first order by Nov. 8)
- Cheesecake Factory. Get a complimentary slice of cheesecake when spending $25 or more on a pickup order before 3 p.m. Enter LUNCHSLICE at checkout.
- Popeyes. Buy one, get one free chicken sandwich starting Nov. 3-9 using the app or website to order.
- Sonic. When ordering through the Sonic app or online, get the Sonic Cheeseburger for half price every Tuesday until 4 p.m.
Outlets at Castle Rock. Santa’s arrival is a big deal at the Outlets of Castle Rock. They have created a whole event of their tree-lighting. This year the annual concert will feature JAX (who sings I know Victoria’s Secret). Put Saturday, November 12 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on your calendar to join in on all the fun (and great deals at the Outlet stores).
Get a FREE Ride. RTD along with the Colorado Secretary of State wants to make voting easier for you. RTD will offer FREE service for everyone on election day, Tuesday, November 8.
Veteran’s Day. If you are or you know a Veteran, beyond thanking you for your service – we have rounded up some great deals for you that will happen on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11.
· Denver Biscuit Company – Alpine Banks has partnered with Denver Biscuit Company for a free breakfast for our Veterans!
· Post Chicken & Beer – Thanks to the help of Alpine Bank, Post Chicken & Beer will serve a free 2-piece chicken, said and biscuit + a pint of El Corn Amber Lager lunch or dinner to veterans.
· Arby’s (my dad’s favorite – and he’s a vet) – Veterans and active military get a free Classic Roast Beef Sandwich on Veteran’s Day.
· Bad Daddy Burger – Vets can get a free All-American Burger and side of chips from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 11
· Applebee’s and Chili’s – Vets can get a free entrée on November 11 from a special menu.
· Great Clips – Veterans can get a free haircut (or get a card good for a free haircut another day) on Veteran’s Day (Sports Clips is offering a haircut too).
· Jiffy Lube – Jiffy Lube is offering active and retired military a free conventional oil change.
National Parks. Entrance to National Parks is free on Veteran’s Day, November 11.
Tropical Smoothie Café. Want a full week of free smoothies? Sign up for Tropic Rewards. Download the app; pop in daily through Nov 13; redeem your free smoothie with any food purchase!
Winnie the Pooh at Newman Center. DU is thrilled to share Disney’s new musical stage adaption of Winnie the Pooh for five performances, November 11-13 featuring music and songs and awesome life-size puppets the whole family will enjoy!
Donate Candy. You can donate unwanted and unopened candy to Operation Shoebox on or before November 22 and get PAID for it! Get $10 per pound of candy up to $100 per person. Then that candy will be added to Shoeboxes that go to support American troops overseas. For other leftover Halloween candy ideas, be sure to check out our other recommendations.
Ibotta Thanksgiving Dinner. If you have not used the Ibotta App, now is the time. You can get your Thanksgiving Dinner completely free. Download these offers to your Ibotta account and then pick them up at Walmart or Target – Butterball 3 lb Turkey, Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes 24 oz, Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 8.5 oz, McCormick Gravy Mix 0.87 oz, Kuner’s Green Beans OR Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce. This is a rebate.
Crocs. Are they in or are they out? Either way, Crocs is having an awesome sale (and they are a Colorado company). Grab 25% off when you use promo code FLASH25. Crocs Classic Slides are as low as $11.25 with the coupon. I love to slip on some Crocs after snowboarding when I know I’m just going to be sitting in the car (so maybe a new classic lined for me).
Black Friday. We are already gathering some of the best deals for Black Friday. Some stores are offering early Black Friday pricing (hello Target and JC Penney with some deals now and Walmart saying they will start Nov 7). If you know what you want to get someone, buy it now. While we may not have the same supply chain issues that we did in the heat of the pandemic, it still may become an issue this year.
Colorado Country Christmas. Al the great boutique shops you could want to shop in for the holidays under one roof? Yep, that is sort of what Colorado Country Christmas is all about. There are three days of shopping all at the Colorado Convention Center. Visit Santa or watch the Model Train! Tickets are $1 off when you use the Promo Code 1WEEK. Also, check out Denver’s Best Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs 2022!
Christmas Entertainment. There is always so many fun things to do around the holidays. In addition to shopping, these kinds of things can get pretty expensive, so we have found a few deals for you.
· Gaylord Rockies – They say it is “So.Much.Christmas” and that is true – ice rink, Santa, games, gingerbread house decorating, frozen sculptures, tubing and snow bumper cars, Naughty or Nice Escape Room, snacks and more. Plus lights and decorations, cookies and story time with Mrs. Claus this is a full day of fun. Currently Groupon has a coupon for 25% off on General-Admission ticket. But grab it now before the deal expires.
· Camp Christmas – Belmar Park in Lakewood will once again become home to Camp Christmas! The décor transforms this park into Santa’s Glamp site. Tickets are on sale now, and you can get better deals on different days, so be careful which day you are buying tickets for to save big bucks (over 50% off).
· Luminova – the awesome lights display at Elitch Gardens is offering a family 4-pack of tickets
Ski Season! Yay. Let ski season begin, I know there are some ski areas open already. Breckenridge opens on November 9. Ringing in the season at Peak 8 that morning you can get free waffles all while hanging with Rockstar DJ Cat!
If you have not signed your grades 3-6 kids up yet for Colorado Ski Country Ski Passport now is the time! Kids get access to 20 ski areas – 4 days at each for just $59! This is an AMAZING deal that won’t last long.