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 Parking Downtown on Saturdays

Just a heads up that normally-metered parking is free in downtown Colorado Springs on these Saturdays: November 28th, December 5th, December 12th, and December 19th.

40% Off at Garden of the Gods Club & Resort

I’m mostly taking the rest of this week off, but wanted to share this great deal from Garden of the Gods Club and Resort!  This Friday through Monday, they’ll be offering 40% off their rates for stays from November 29th through March 31st (with blackout dates of December 23rd-26th and December 31st).  I don’t know if the discount will be automatically applied or if there will be a coupon code – if it’s the latter, I’ll try to pop in and update this post with the code, or you might check on their Facebook page.

Christmas Stroll in OCC on Saturday Evening

Old Colorado City will host their annual Christmas Stroll this Saturday evening, November 28th, from 5 to 8 PM: there will be Dickens carolers will be roaming the streets, carriage rides, refreshments at some merchants, and more special events!  Here’s a list of the sales and special events that will be going on in the shops.

Big Sale at Focus Bookstore on Saturday

The Focus on the Family Bookstore is gearing up for their big annual sale on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!  This Saturday, November 28th, they’ll have the entire on sale for 25% to 50% off (minus Lifeway and Restore brands).  They’ll also have a book signing, a magician, and more special events – check out all the details on their Facebook event page.

$5 Gift Certificates to Josh & John’s for $2

Josh & John’s Ice Cream is doing their $5-certificate-for-$2 sale starting today: through November 30th or while supplies last, you can get $5 gift certificates at 60% off, and you must purchase at least ten certificates.

You can stop by their locations downtown or at Mountain Shadows to get this deal, or call and pay over the phone.  They have a limited number of certificates available with this deal.  Get the details and contact info here.

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Retail & Thrift Store Sales

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Three Upcoming “Garage Sales” at REI

The grocery store sales in Colorado Springs run Wednesday-Tuesday. (At Sprouts, ad cycles run Wednesday-Wednesday.) We generally publish the weekly grocery deals and coupon matchups for Albertsons and King Soopers on Tuesday mornings. Sprouts' and Safeway's weekly deals and coupon matchups are published on Wednesday morning.

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

Real Life


Got my milk before it’s sold out in advance of the storm.


Current salad favorite: apples, cheddar, and bacon with romaine.  (I dress it with a quick mix of mayo, olive oil, lemon juice, shallots, and salt and pepper.)  Inspiration from the Local Mouthful podcast.


I keep a commonplace book, writing down quotes that I find memorable, inspirational, or thought-provoking as I listen to audiobooks. (Currently listening: Hard Times by Dickens.)

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?