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.

Hot Air Balloon Festival Takes Place This Weekend

The annual hot air balloon festival on Labor Day weekend in Memorial Park has been kind of off-again, on-again for the past couple of years, but there is definitely going to be one this year!  A new organizer has taken it over, and the new Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will take place this Labor Day weekend, September 4th-7th, in Memorial Park.

It looks like the balloons will inflate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings, and they’ll actually launch every day except Friday. There will be a Balloon Glow on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7 PM.

There are other events and activities planned for the rest of the day, including a skydiving demonstration.  Find the full schedule of events here.


Free Storytimes, Workshops, and Classes for Kids in September

There’s a variety of places that do a free or cheap event for kids every month: from crafts to storytime to cooking classes, be sure to check out the following places for their events that are going on each month.

And of course, the Pikes Peak Library District has dozens of events every month – you can view their calendar here.

If you know of other places that offer monthly events for kids that are free or very cheap, please do comment and let me know or email me here!


Update: More Tips on Shopping at Restoration Hardware Outlet

We recently stopped at the Restoration Hardware Outlet in Castle Rock again to look for a dining room table and chairs. (I wanted a really big one, big enough to seat all seven of us plus spouses as the kids get older!  Yes, I’m thinking really long-term! :)

We found one we liked, but it was still somewhat pricey.  I don’t even remember what prompted me, but I looked up the table on their website and found that it was on clearance for a lower price than the base price of the table in the store.

I’m not much of an ask-for-a-discount shopper, but figured it was worth asking about the disparity between the website clearance price and the outlet store price, so we talked to an employee about it, and when we pointed out that the table at the outlet was damaged and that we weren’t saving that much off the online price of the exact same table brand-new, she talked to the manager and they were able to give us an additional discount to make the price better match the clearance price online.

We also purchased some chairs that were $104 at the outlet at $99 online, so they matched the online price for those.

restoration hardware outlet

They were also doing a $25 off $100 sale at the outlet, and we were able to get that sale on top of the matched prices.  (They frequently do 30% off sales as well, which is obviously a better deal – we just didn’t want to risk not getting the table we wanted!)

I don’t know how much they’ll bargain on most items, but it might be worth checking out their current price on the website versus what’s in store and seeing if they’ll match the website price as the base price!  And then, of course, you still get the outlet store sale if there’s one going on (there almost always is).

I also found out that they have an email list specific to their store where they’ll send you a weekly update of the new products they’re getting in.  This is different than the email list for all the RH Outlets, and I believe that you have to sign up in the store.  I’m excited about this because we still need a couple of chairs and I’d love to know when they get them in.


When we were in, they were getting ready to move the outlet to a new location at the Outlets at Castle Rock and told us they were going to have a lot more stuff in their new location.  They just opened it, and everything is 30% off through September 2nd.

You can read my first post about what Restoration Hardware Outlet carries here.


Oroweat Bread on Sale at Bimbo Bakery Outlet

The Bimbo Bakery Outlet at 4751 Flintridge Drive has Oroweat bread on sale for $1.25 through September 1st!


Sprouts Weekly Deals (8/26-9/1): Chicken Thighs for $1.49

Sprouts has great deals on chicken thighs, grapes, lettuce, and many more items this week!  As I mentioned in the other ads, I got the King Soopers post done and then got hit with illness, so I’m not going to do a full ad wrapup like usual.  If you see any other great deals worth sharing at Sprouts, please comment on this post.

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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.

Real Life

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.)

red shoes


I don’t think wearing ballet flats at home is any better than going barefoot, but they make me feel good.

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?