carrie isaacWelcome to Springs Bargains, a service of our real estate business, The Circa Group at RE/MAX Properties! I'm Carrie, and I share ways to enjoy Colorado Springs for free or cheap, including cheap and family-friendly events and things to do, weekly grocery deals, and more.

Free Studio Tours from Local Artists on September 12-13

Nancy sent me this information on a unique event that’s coming up soon:

Visit the studios and workshops of some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the area. This is the only studio tour in the state of Colorado where every location is the actual working studio to the artist!

One craftsman creates the finest furniture from recycled and reformed wood. You will see the step by step process of creating a bronze sculpture, how a pottery kiln differs from a glass kiln and experience the artistic side of blacksmithing! Watch a skilled wood turner coax a paper thin vessel from a chunk of cherry or oak.

A jeweler will demonstrate how she combines metal and gemstones into a breathtaking necklace or bracelet. And meet the alpacas that provide the fiber for unique and unusual garments and home decor! At some locations you will even have the opportunity to create your own work of art.

The event takes place at each artist’s studio from 10 AM to 5 PM on September 12th and 13th.  You can see a map of the locations and get more information on the Front Range Open Studios website.

Mesa Verde National Park

Free National Park Admission for 4th Graders and Their Families

If you have a fourth grader in your family, you can sign up for the Every Kid in a Park pass and the whole family gets free admission to all national parks for the whole year.  The fourth grader will need to complete an “adventure diary” in order get the pass, and be sure to print it and take it with you, since they will only accept printed copies.  I believe that the pass is valid through August 31st, 2016.

Find out the details hereThanks, Lara.


$10 Off $30 Kohls Coupon

Here’s a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase at Kohls, valid through Labor Day.


B1G1 Free Coupon for Jamba Juice

Buy one juice or smoothie, get one free through Monday, September 7th at Jamba Juice – just print this coupon.


50% Off Thrift Store Sales

Salvation Army is having a 50% off sale this Friday and Saturday, September 4th and 5th.  Arc Thrift will have their normal 50% off sale on Saturday, and then also on Sunday and Monday.

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Click here to view past grocery deals. Here is information on store coupon policies and how our ratings system works.

Real Life

barn school


My back-to-homeschool list included disinfecting wipes this year.  Not for preventing illness,  but because we’re doing school in the barn and mice like to check out what’s going when we’re not there.

(Inside the house, I can’t function when there’s been a mouse spotting.  However, in the barn, I kind of feel like I’m treading on their territory and so I’m just going to get along with them, at least until we get a cat.)

summersweet salted caramel


Just like a caramel, but without getting stuck in your teeth.  Win!  (@ Summersweet Frozen Yogurt on North Academy)

kitchen floor


Aren’t you glad health inspectors don’t visit your kitchen?  (Or maybe they don’t check on the cleanliness of floors.  I’m pretty sure mine is so gross today that there’s bacteria growing down there.)

Ask A Realtor

Ask A Realtor: Buy Now Or Wait To Save A Larger Down Payment?

We have good credit and $8000 saved up for a down payment. Would this be the best time to buy a home? Or should we wait 1 year to get a bigger down payment (we should have about $25,000 by then) in your opinion will the interest rates rise enough in the next few months that a bigger down payment wont make much difference?