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.

40% Off Storewide at Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (Outlets at Castle Rock)

The NYDJ outlet at the Outlets at Castle Rock is having another 40% off the entire store sale – this one’s valid through October 12th.

The Restoration Hardware outlet is also having a 40% off storewide sale, though I’m not sure how long it lasts.  You can read my tips for shopping at the RH Outlet here and here.

Trader Joe’s Anniversary Party with Free Hot Dogs, Lemonade

This tip was sent in by Andrea:

Trader Joe’s is having a one year anniversary party on Saturday (October 10th) from noon to 4pm. The signs by the cash register advertise free hot dogs and lemonade, prize drawings for bags of groceries, and kids games.

I hope some of you win something fun!  (I’ll never forget when a blog reader won a whole cart full of groceries from Whole Foods!)

$1.00 Ice Cream for Kids at Josh & John’s Downtown

The kids and I stopped into the downtown Josh and John’s this week and discovered that they have a great deal for kids: a kid’s scoop in a cup, cake cone, or waffle cone, is just $0.93 (or $1.00 with tax)!  It’s for ages 12 and under (I think it also said ages 70 and up) only.

More local restaurant deals that are ongoing:

iT’Z Fun Card Points for Good Grades

You can take your report card to iT’Z and get fun card points for good grades!  An A will get you five points and a B will get you two points.  There’s a maximum of five grades per card, and you must claim your points within thirty days of the date on the report card.

Safeway Deals (10/7-10/13): Free Wish Bone, Granola Bars for $0.49

I don’t see many great meat or produce deals at Safeway this week, but they do have some great deals on cereal, salad dressing, granola bars, Helper meals, and more in the general grocery department.

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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

10/7/15 – 2

It’s scary to renew your library books and realize that you haven’t seen these books in a loooong time…


Tried endive for the first time and used Lidia Bastianich’s recipe for an apple and endive salad, only I used 1/6th of the amount of endive called for because I wasn’t sure if we’d like it. :) It wasn’t a huge hit but no one hated it.


Steel-cut oats for breakfast this morning – here’s how I cook them, except that I use cream instead of milk and buttermilk. I’ve tried the slow cooker recipes, and I don’t like how mushy they are!

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