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.

5th Graders Ski Free, Discount for 6th Grades through Ski Passport

The deadline to register for the Ski Passport program for Colorado’s 5th- and 6th-graders is January 31st!  I’m sorry I didn’t get this posted sooner; I just completely forgot about Ski Passport.  Students in 5th grade can ski for three days at twenty participating resorts for free, and 6th-graders can ski up to four days at twenty participating resorts for $99.  You have to register online and the passes will be mailed to you.  Go here for more information and to register your 5th- or 6th-grader.

Apparently I have lift ticket deals on the brain (I know, three months late but better late than never, right?).  You can check out this deal for B1G1 lift tickets at Shell gas stations and B1G1 at Winter Park through Smashburger.  And now I’m off to put a reminder on my calendar to share these deals before ski season starts next year!


2-for-1 Winter Park Lift Ticket When You Buy an Entree & Drink at Smashburger

Here’s a deal if you’re headed to ski at Winter Park: Smashburger is offering a two-for-one lift ticket coupon for Winter Park when you buy an entree and a drink, while supplies last.  It’s valid at their Colorado locations only, while supplies last.


Random Chatter: 1/26/15

We had homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and I put a couple in a to-go container and put them on the porch with a note for our UPS driver, who stops by at least a few times a week thanks to our Amazon Prime orders.

cinnamon rolls

They delivered a package and didn’t take the gift, and I was a little bummed (I really did want to do something nice because they provide great service!) and took them back inside so that we could eat them.  I figured maybe they can’t accept gifts or were leery of taking a food gift from the people that live in the old house that’s undergoing renovation.

And then UPS stopped by later in the day and I realized… It wasn’t UPS that came by in the morning, it was FedEx!  And so now our FedEx driver knows how much we appreciate our UPS driver but the UPS driver doesn’t have a clue.  Agh…

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B1G1 Lift Tickets at Loveland, Copper Mountain, Monarch, and More When You Buy Gas at Shell Stations

Ack!  I thought I published this in December, but I’d categorized it wrong and it didn’t show up.  Whoops!

It’s almost time for Shell gas stations’ Ski Free program to start for this season!  Starting January 2nd, 2015, you can get a voucher for a buy one, get one free lift ticket at participating ski resorts when you fill your tank with ten or more gallons of gas at participating Shell stations.  The complete instructions are here (you do have to take your receipt inside the station to give and validate the voucher).

The buy one, get one free lift tickets are available for these resorts in Colorado: Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Loveland, Monarch, and Powderhorn; as well as a few locations in California, Nevada, and Michigan.  Find out the complete details on the Ski Free website.

If you’re interested in teaching your kids to ski, check out this great post that a reader submitted on how to do it without breaking the bank!

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Free Breakfast at Chick-fil-A on Tuesdays in February

The freestanding Chick-fil-A restaurants here in Colorado Springs and in Pueblo will be doing free breakfast on Tuesday mornings in February!  Stop by between 6 and 10:30 AM to get these free entrees:

  • February 3rd: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit
  • February 10th: Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit
  • February 17th: Chicken Minis (3 ct)
  • February 24th: Chicken Biscuit

This is valid at the locations on North Academy, North Carefree, Garden of the Gods, and Pueblo.  It’s one per person, and you must be present to receive the freebie.

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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.

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