Julie

Julie is a writer and travel expert who lives in Indianapolis and is passionate about sharing great deals in her home city. Find her on Twitter and Google +

Jul 272014
 
cheap to do this week

Fun times ahead!

Summer, busy, and fun are the watchwords this week, as everyone set to end the week on a bang. We’ve identified 27 ways to spice up your week for FREE or very cheap. Check back throughout the week as we add more things to this week — and next!

Looking for something to do in Indy? Here’s a list of what’s happening in our area — not the full price concerts and sporting events, but every way we know to save a buck and still have fun.  Click each title to see more information about the event or deal.

FREE or cheap (and by that, we mean less than $10 per person) this week:

And for ongoing fun throughout the week, don’t miss:

FREE family movie fun across Indy this summer

A summer’s worth of FREE concerts

Local Farmers Markets

Join the celebration with this summer’s FREE festivals

How to eat out for $5 per person

Jul 222014
 
free movie

Get on over to your phone to win Get On Up tix

The movie previews just keep coming.

We have 20 admit-two tickets to give away to see the new  movie about James Brown, Get On Up, on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 pm at AMC Castleton Mall.

You don’t have to be a soul fan to enjoy this true life drama.

We’re trying something different this time with Allied Media, our distribution partners. Starting … oh, right now, YOU NEED TO TEXT SOUL AND YOUR ZIP CODE to 43549. (Here comes that disclaimer: There is no charge to text our distributor. Message & data rates may apply. Text HELP for info, STOP to quit. Terms & Conditions/Privacy Policy: 43KIX.com/terms.)

The tickets will be awarded on July 25, which is this Friday.

As always, we like to remind Cheapsters that a pass is not a seat. You will need to get to the theater between 90 and 60 minutes early to be in line for these seats. Those who show up a few minutes before the show starts are welcome to buy some yummy popcorn from the concession stand to make your car smell like a theater, but the fire marshal won’t let folks double up on seats or line the walls, steps, etc. inside that theater.

Here’s what you can expect:

Get On Up

In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get On Up.  Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside Brown’s music, moves, and moods, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd. Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) produces for Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner.

 

 

Jul 212014
 
Sam's Club discount

Turn $45 into $91 before you ever walk into the store

We got wind of this deal over the weekend and have stayed up past midnight to get the scoop on the best way to save on a Sam’s Club membership.

Not that I’m not usually up at this hour anyhow. But I’m thinking of you tonight instead of my latest Gabaldon novel.

Normally a Sam’s Club membership that lets you in to buy  in bulk at great prices starts at $45 for a year. Through Friday, you can pile on the goodies at that price when you buy that membership through Groupon. We’re talking

• A complimentary membership for someone else in your household,

• A shiny new $20 gift card you can spend in the store, online, or at Sam’s gas pump,

• Four Fresh-food vouchers, redeemable at the time of membership activation through Monday, October 27, 2014), including:

    • Sliced oven-roast turkey (22 oz. – $7.98 value)
    • Ciabatta rolls (8 ct. – $3.99 value)
    • Black bean five-layer dip (28 oz. – $7.98 value)
    • Apple pie (10” – $6.28 value)

You’re essentially turning a run-of-the-mill Sam’s Club $45 membership into a $91 value. And that’s before you begin pushing your cart through the aisles. (Hey, I need some toothpaste this week. Want to take bets on whether I also emerge with cereal, dog food, a pair of capris and an eye exam?)

Click here to start the ball rolling: Sam’s Club membership discount. It’s a good time to avoid paying full price for anything!

 

Jul 202014
 
NFL Draft action starts here

NFL  action starts here

Well, the fastest way to be in the seats at Lucas Oil this August is to know a season ticketholder who doesn’t want to go to a Colts preseason game.

This post is for those of us who don’t have friends in high places.

If you’re jonesing for a chance to see Andrew Luck and Company on the field for the first time since January, Groupon has an offer that expires Wednesday at midnight for upper level ticket packages. You can get TWO tickets for the game against the New York Giants (pssst, Eli Manning, Super Bowl champs right here in our own stadium) on August 16 starting at $99 and going up from there to add more people. Tickets for the Saints game on August 23 start at $129 for a pair, and a regular season game against the Tennessee Titans on September 28 start at $199 for two people. Each ticket package also includes a signed 8 x 10 photo of wide receiver Reggie Wayne and a promo card worth $50 at InsiderSportsDeals.com, should you want to go to a second game this year.

To check out these ticket discount opportunities, click here: Colts discount tickets.

Remember, these are for upper level ticket packages. If you prefer to sit closer to the field with your beer and nachos, then place a bid for what you think is reasonable to pay at ScoreBig: Demand your own price for Colts discount tickets.  Currently, they also have tickets for the Giants and Saints games, as well as inventory for our Colts games at Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Nashville, should you feel a road trip in your future. You can get on a waiting list for tickets in Denver’s Mile High stadium, if you like, too.

And don’t forget StubHub either! Cheapster Brian has reported he bought two tickets there including fees for $16 and a quick check shows the upper levels are going for $6 a seat and up (slightly) for the Terrace level. Your mileage may vary, but the concept of affordable tickets remains. Normally we shy from bringing up sites where they tack on handling and box office fees after the deal—Goldstar, for instance, has wonderful price offers for events in other cities but you have to do the math to add on their handling fees—but when the fees don’t interfere with the deal, that’s Cheapster territory!

Go, Colts!

Jul 162014
 
movie ticket discounts

Movie prices don’t have to make you climb the walls

If you’re a movie buff who loves the theater experience, this post is for you.

Seeing some of the classics from the 80s and 90s back on the big screen brings back lots of memories. If you’re looking to wax nostalgic, or share some of your favorites with kids, AMC Theatres has you in mind. The theatre chain is hosting a Classic Series, with tickets just $6 each. The movies play Sunday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the AMC Indianapolis 17, otherwise known as Southern Plaza at US 31 South and I-465.

Here’s the schedule:

  • July 16: Pretty Woman
  • July 20 and 23: The Breakfast Club
  • July 23 and 30: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • August 3 and 6: The Big Lebowski
  • August 10 and 13: Beverly Hills Cop

Looking for a wider variety of really cheap movies? Check out Cinemark in Greenwood and on East Washington St., near Washington Square Mall. Monday is seniors day here, where the mature among us can get into any movie all day for $1.50. Tuesdays are discount days, and tickets are $1.50 for any age for any movie any time, unless it’s a new movie on release day or a holiday. Then they will tell you no at the ticket window. You’d pay more for a soda at a restaurant than the full theater experience at these prices.

Want more movie discount news? Check out Free family movie fun across Indy this summer.

Jul 152014
 
Hope you go to the movies next Monday, on us.

Hope you go to the movies next Monday, on us.

If you are a fan of Rob Reiner films, you want to stick close by your email box today.

And So It Goes is the latest feel-good movie by this legendary director,  and Indy on the Cheap has 50 FREE admit-two passes to see the screening on Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m at AMC Castleton.

How can you go wrong with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton? Here’s what you can expect:

There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas), and that’s just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet — until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned nine-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor Leah (Diane Keaton) and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart – to his family, to Leah, and to life itself – in this uplifting comedy

The tickets to our And So It Goes movie screening are being distributed through good old Gofobo. You’ll need two things: a Gofobo account, which consists of setting up an account with your name, email and password. Or, in my case, remembering which email and password I used last time. Then you’ll need the link to access these particular movie tickets. We’re emailing this link to our subscribers in a separate message this afternoon (Tuesday, July 15), scheduled to go out at 1:30 pm (and we know to warn you that times with Feedblitz can be approximate). Since there are only 50 pairs of tickets, we recommend you get your account set up and be signed in when you click on that emailed link.)

As always, plan to be at the theater approximately 90 minutes in advance on July 21. A pass is not a guarantee; seats are available on a first come-first serve basis.

Enjoy the show, and feel free to come back here and leave your impression of the movie for other Cheapsters!

Missed out on the tickets? Check out these other cheap ways to enjoy the theaters:

FREE family movie fun across Indy

AMC $3 Shows for Support

Jul 142014
 
advertising

What are you celebrating today?

^^^^This particular space is FREE to try today ^^^^^

Things are looking different around here — we’re doing some spring cleaning and rolling out new categories and new features.

You’re gonna love them, we promise.

Right away, you’ll notice we’ve moved the farmers market and garage sale tabs, but to where? Farmers markets is now under restaurants; you’ll find garage sales under shopping. Our wildly popular Kids Eat Free tab is under restaurants as well. And welcome to our newest tab category: Cheap to Do Right Now, a weekly calendar of events under $10 per person.

How to talk directly to Indianapolis–now that Facebook is shutting us up.

Our second big piece of news is Selfie, the box at the start of each post inviting you to place your message there. While we do not charge businesses to post their deals and have no plans to change that in the future, not everyone has a deal, discount, or freebie to announce. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to reach out to the folks flocking to our pages.

Selfie lets you put that text message in front of our audience, and you control how long and how much to spend. And unlike Facebook, we won’t hold you message hostage from our visitors. Simply type your message, hit post, and follow the prompts to determine the time limit and submit your secure credit card information.We suggest you compile your message on a word document first, then cut and paste, as editing is a bear on the screen. You’ll have a chance to link your message to a website as well.

Broadstreet is the company behind the scenes handling the transaction, so we need to pass along that all transactions are final. This service is geared to

• Businesses or families looking to hire

• Direct sales reps (Avon, Thirty-One, Origami Owl)

• Blog owners (or Etsy shop owners) seeking more traffic

• Contest entrants who need votes to win

• Writers promoting books

• Musicians offering CDs

• Local businesses creating excitement about their upcoming openings

• Concerned citizens gathering signatures on a petitition

• Families seeking to gather 1,000 birthday cards for Grandma’s 100th birthday

• Congratulations messages on promotions, newborns, engagements, anniversaries

Match your message to the topic, or tie it to a popular post. You always welcome to ask us for advice and traffic numbers at info@indianapolisonthecheap.com. If a post you want doesn’t have a Selfie box, ask us!

And because we are Indy on the Cheap, we can’t violate our own rule. So, this service is normally priced at $5 a day. Between now and Labor Day, we’re offering Selfie messages for just $1 per day, with price breaks when you schedule by the week, month, and year. Yah, that’s right. Price breaks from $1! ‘Cause that’s how we roll.

Want to try it out? The Selfie box at the top of this page is FREE to use for a day.

Thank you, as always, for supporting us.

 

Jul 132014
 
free movie

How can you lose seeing this movie?

Good morning — we’re about to start your Monday off with a smile.

We have 30 admit-two tickets to give away to see the new Scarlett Johansson/Morgan Freeman action thriller Lucy at its screening on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm at AMC Castleton Mall.

Told you you were going to like this.

We’re trying something different this time with Allied Media, our distribution partners. Starting … oh, right now, YOU NEED TO TEXT LUCY AND YOUR ZIP CODE to 43549. (Here comes that disclaimer: There is no charge to text our distributor. Message & data rates may apply. Text HELP for info, STOP to quit. Terms & Conditions/Privacy Policy: 43KIX.com/terms.)

The tickets will be awarded on July 18, which is this Friday.

As always, we like to remind Cheapsters that a pass is not a seat. You will need to get to the theater between 90 and 60 minutes early to be in line for these seats. Those who show up a few minutes before the show starts are welcome to buy some yummy popcorn from the concession stand to make your car smell like a theater, but the fire marshal won’t let folks double up on seats or line the walls, steps, etc. inside that theater.

Here’s what you can expect:

The average person uses 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what you could do with 100 percent. From the director of The Fifth Element comes the action-thriller of the summer. Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman star in Lucy. On July 25th, unlock the impossible. Rated R.

 

 

Jul 102014
 
WarmFest

Hit Broad Ripple Park this Sunday!

The place to be this Sunday, July 13, is Broad Ripple Park for a FREE festival from noon to 6 pm that serves as a lead up to Warmfest.

Warmfest Warmup, as it’s known, will feature live music, a market, dance and fitness, biking, and other outdoor activities for the family. The idea is to put a spotlight on Broad Ripple Park, the White River, and health and fitness.

Looks like they are accomplishing just that.

There is no charge to attend this family-friendly event, although there will be food trucks onsite in case your hungry, so a little cash is helpful. The stage lineup for Sunday includes

Noon: Run/walk

1 pm: Qigong and tai chi easy

1 pm: Crossfit Broad Ripple

2 pm: Ruditoonz rock n roll for the kids!

2 pm: Paddle board

2:30 pm: Zumba

3 pm: Paddle board (this one is popular, Indy!)

3 pm: Concert with Chad Mills

4 pm: Concert with Hyrider, Indy’s Grateful Dead tribute band

Break your routine this Sunday and come on out!

 

 

 

Jul 102014
 
romance books

This man … uh, book is on sale

Sometimes, Amazon doesn’t have the best prices. But it takes some savvy and insider knowledge to discover the better prices.

If you like to read romance novels, I’ve got your back on that one. My day job is working as a development editor at Crimson Romance.

For the past six months, the company has been hard at work setting up its own store, where books automatically ring up as 30% off at the register. If you buy five books, you’ll get the sixth book in your cart for FREE. And through August 31, you can use the friends and family code FFSAVE  at checkout (lower left side of page) and save another 10% on top of the 30%.

That’s a lot of summer reading for a small price, so start poking around the Crimson Romance store before you head out on vacation.

If you need recommendations on good books in the store, hit me up for suggestions. I’m glad to steer you toward titles that match your reading taste (contemporary, historical, paranormal, suspense) and heat level, from behind closed doors to spicy.

So what if romances aren’t your thing? Let me turn you on to BookBub, where you can specify the type of books you like to read, and they’ll notify you daily of special prices on books in your genre. Some of them are free, many are .99 cents, and occasionally you’ll have to pay a whole $1.99 for a great book.