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.

50% Off Sale at Salvation Army

Salvation Army Family Store will have a 50% off the entire store sale this Friday and Saturday, July 3rd and 4th!  And, you can get a “preview” sale on Thursday from 7 to 9 PM only.  Nothing is excluded this time!

This is valid at their locations in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Parker, and if you’re near the Greeley store, you’re in major luck: that store only is 75% off!

Arc Thrift Stores are having a 50% off sale on July 3rd and 4th, as well.


Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade is Tuesday

This coming Tuesday, July 7th, is the annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade in downtown Colorado Springs!  The parade starts at 6:30 and runs the usual parade route down Tejon Street, starting at St. Vrain and ending at Vermijo.  You can find out more about the parade and rodeo here.


Fireworks Shows & More This Weekend

Here are the fireworks shows that are going on before, on, and after the 4th of July:

Friday, July 3rd

Saturday, July 4th

Sunday, July 5th

If you know of any others, please let me know and I’ll update the list.

And, here are some other fun events for the holiday:


50% Off Sale at Arc on Friday and Saturday

This week only, Arc Thrift Stores will extend their normal Saturday 50% off sale to Friday and Saturday, July 3rd and 4th.  I think this still excludes their current color tags.  They’re open from 9 AM to 9 PM this Friday and 8 AM to 6 PM this Saturday.


$3 Frappuccino Deal at Starbucks from July 3-6

Starbucks is having a contest to see which of their new Frappuccino flavors is the favorite, and when that contest is closed, the winning flavor will be $3 for a grande size from July 3rd through 6th from 2 to 5 PM only.  You can go here to see what flavor is the winner on Friday!

Thanks to My Frugal Adventures for the tip.

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