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.

$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.

$2 Pizzas at Old Chicago Downtown on Tuesday Nights

This tip in from Richie: the Old Chicago on Tejon does $2 two-topping pub pizzas every Tuesday from 5 PM to close.

Free “Scrooge’s Christmas” Show at Black Box Theater

The Black Box Theater is presenting a family-friendly production of Scrooge’s Christmas (an adaptation of A Christmas Carol) during December, and on December 23rd, they’ll offer a free performance!  It’s recommended that you reserve your tickets online, as space is limited.

Update: The free matinee performance is sold out, but tickets to other dates and times are still available, with tickets $12 and under.

If you bring a warm, gently-used coat with you to donate to the Springs Rescue Mission coat drive, the theater will give you a free vintage bottled soda. They’ll also be accepting donations for the mission.

The regular performance of Scrooge’s Christmas is $12 or $8 for students, seniors, and military.  Get more information here.

Related: Nutcracker Performances in Colorado Springs

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Retail & Thrift Store Sales

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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


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: Overpriced Houses

Jeremy, you said in a recent post that making “low-ball” offers is generally ill-advised. However, I see homes out there that have been on the market for 3 months with no price change. Doesn’t this mean they’re overpriced?