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Aug 202014

Good morning — it’s the second of our movie ticket giveaways this week:

free movie screening2. The November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan, will have its screening at the Studio Movie Grill College Park on Tuesday, August 26 at 7 pm. We have 50 admit-two tickets to give away. This one is a first come, first served ticket opportunity through RelativityScreenings.com. We will send the link to our subscriber list at an undisclosed time (that means it’s a surprise!) on August 20, but we suggest you make sure you have an account at that site in advance. If you have to set one up on the spot to use the link, you may lose the minutes you needed to get your tickets!

Get an advanced Relativity account here.

Standard disclaimers about tickets not being a guaranteed seat so get there early (see below) apply.

Here’s what you can expect from this action film:

Code named ‘The November Man,” Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect a valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone with Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton

1. As Above/So Below: we have 20 admit-two passes to this psychological thriller screening next Thursday, August 28 at 7 pm at AMC Castleton. This one is a text-to-win contest, so text CATACOMBS and your zip code to 43549
(Ah, and there’s always this disclaimer: There is no charge to text 43KIX. Message & data rates may apply. Text HELP for info, STOP to quit. Terms & Conditions/Privacy Policy: 43KIX.com/terms.)

We will award the tickets on August 26.

And, as the other disclaimer, a pass is not a seat guarantee, so get to the theater before the start time; some movies start lining up as early as 90 minutes in advance.

Here’s what you can expect:

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls.  When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.  A journey into madness and terror, As Above/So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.

Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) and directed by John Erick Dowdle,


Previous movie screenings from Indianapolis on the Cheap:

Let’s Be Cops, August 12 at 7 pm at AMC Castleton


Aug 192014
FREE White Castle

Slide into something good

Well, something had to make Wednesday worthwhile, and White Castle came along with some FREE hamburgers to oblige.

All central Indiana locations have teamed up with Shriners Hospitals for Children Day, and from 8 am to 7 pm all you have to do is stop in at the Castle  (the drive-thru counts) and make a donation to this organization. WC will hand you three FREE sliders, which is a $2.07 value. But more than the money, it’s a free lunch for doing nothing more than being a good person today. There’s no specific donation limit—every loose coin helps!

Some stores have planned special activities, so be prepared for anything!

The following area restaurants are participating:

The following White Castle locations will be participating:


102 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN

3229 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN

6901 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, IN

7630 Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN

5301 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN

5501 W. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN

5440 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, IN

3210 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN

1686 National Rd., Columbus, IN

4520 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, IN

5523 Scatterfield Rd., Anderson, IN

105 Sheek Rd., Greenwood, IN

5910 Crawfordsville Rd., Indianapolis, IN

15005 US 31, Westfield, IN

2820 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis, IN

120 N. Sam Ralston Rd., Lebanon, IN

2353 N. State St., Greenfield, IN

1414 W. Thompson Rd., Indianapolis, IN

2368 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN

10705 E. US 36, Avon, IN

5070 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, IN

1801 E. Markland, Kokomo, IN

2165 Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN

4723 Meijer Ct., Lafayette, IN

8740 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN

960 N. Green, Brownsburg, IN

10053 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN

3233 W. Jacob, Bloomington, IN

55 W. South St., Indianapolis, IN

8801 W. Market Square Dr., Daleville, IN

8290 Windfall Lane, Camby, IN

630 Birk Rd., Martinsville, IN

10303 E. Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, IN

3175 S. State Road 3, New Castle, IN

1129 N. Morton, Franklin, IN

4340 S. US 41, Terre Haute, IN

1970 E. Tipton St., Seymour, IN

1830 Marketplace Blvd., Shelbyville, IN

16826 Clover Rd., Noblesville, IN



Aug 182014
Welcome to the fun side of life.

Welcome to the fun side of life.

Are you ready for some fun that doesn’t break the bank, Indy?

We’ve identified 22 ways to spice up your week for FREE or very cheap. Check back throughout the week at our Cheap to Do This Week tab as we add more things to this week — and next!

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

Aug 152014

Lyft screenshotAnytime a big event takes you downtown, that makes it a not-so-great time to find a parking space. Indianapolis on the Cheap has an exclusive partnership that can help you avoid that hassle and save serious money at the same time.

Lyft, a new ride-sharing program in Indianapolis, is less expensive than calling a cab. You can think of it “your friend with a car,” as folks  in about 20 cities nationwide have come to think of it.

That’s why we teamed up with Lyft to give you a chance to try it out.  The company is offering new Lyft customers a FREE ride, worth up to $25. Here’s how to claim yours:

1. Download the Lyft app to your smartphone and sign up, linking it to your credit or debit card.
2. When you want a ride, just open the app and it will locate you on a map and show you where the closest Lyft driver is.
3. Request a ride and when a driver accepts the request, you’ll see a picture of the driver and car. There will be a button that will allow you to call the driver if you need to, and you can even track the driver’s progress on the map.
4. When your Lyft ride arrives—it’ll be easy to tell because the car will have a pink mustache on it—sit up front, relax, charge your phone, listen to the radio and chat with your new friend. A Lyft is more than just a ride; it’s a way to meet friendly local people who can show you the best way to get around your city.
5. After the ride Lyft will prompt you to pay. If you’d like to add a tip for your driver you can do that too.
If you’re hesitant to get into a car with a stranger, know that there are strong safety measures in place. Lyft does a background check on every driver and has high standards for safety. (You can check those out here.) Also, the Lyft community helps out by rating drivers (and passengers) so you can feel good about the person whose ride you’re sharing.

Ready for that free ride? Your special promo code is CHEAPINDY. It’s good for one ride, worth up to $25, and it doesn’t expire. It’s for new Lyft riders only. To use it, just go to the payment screen in the app and enter it there.

After you try Lyft, let us know how you liked it. We’d love to hear about your experience.


This content was produced in collaboration with our sponsor Lyft.Lyft logo_color

Aug 152014
free and cheap to do

Sometimes, you just have to post a silly picture

TGIF — aka “To GenCon Indy Fans” — doesn’t apply to this weekend’s activities list, as we know they’re busy at the convention center playing games 24/7.

Well, OK, they come out and eat, too, which is excellent news for the food truck vendors and restaurants in downtown Indy.

But for the rest of us, we have these events to look forward to:

Sports tailgating for kids: Baxter YMCA is holding a sports open house on Saturday, August 16 from 11 am to 2 pm.Your child can test drive a sport, so to speak, and if it’s a good fit, YMCA staff will be happy to enroll your child on a fall team. If you do commit during the tailgating, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a FREE league registration. If you don’t, you’re still out nothing. You can even grab a complimentary bite from Earth Fare and Cheeseburger in Paradise, who are on hand to supply food during this event. Most tailgating requires you to bring your own cooler.

The try out schedule:

Basketball Clinic :  11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  in the South Gym

Flag Football Clinic: 11:30 -12:00 p.m.  on the Sports Field

Soccer Clinic:  12:00 – 12:30 p.m.  on the Sports Field

Baseball Clinic:  12:30 – 1:00 p.m. on the Sports Field

Indian Fever Feed the Kids: Speaking of food, our WNBA Indiana Fever gals know how important it is to eat lunch. So they’ve teamed up with a local organization, Feed the Kids, that walks into schools’ front offices and pays the  lunch tabs for needy children whose accounts are in arrears. So, the Fever is selling $17 tickets to its game against the Chicago Sky on Saturday, August 16, and ALL of the proceeds go to this kindhearted group. You’re getting a heck of a deal for $17, too, because it includes

  • hot dog
  • chips
  • Pepsi product
  • t-shirt
  • shoot a free throw on the court after the game!
  • and, of course, the game itself, which should be competitive. The Fever just clinched a playoff spot for the 10th straight season.

Tip off is at 7 pm; doors open at 6 pm. You can order your charity tickets in advance.

Feed the Kids night at the Indiana Fever game

Become the next Hoosier Millionaire. Yep, the lottery’s television show takes place live at the State Fair this Saturday. You still have a chance to be the final contestant on this final regional show. Doors open at 12:30 pm, entry deadline is 2:15 pm, and then the show starts at 3 pm. Stick around to be a part of the televised Hoosier Millionaire finale at 6 pm. Officials will select one lucky person from the audience to participate—to enter all you need is a non-winning Hoosier Millionaire Scratch-off ticket, which you can conveniently purchase under the grandstand for $1. And if you buy a winning ticket, you could just pocket the money and head over to the nearest fried food booth to celebrate.

Aug 152014

Museums admission is on America.

Today is the start of something wonderful for active military in the Indianapolis area. Heck, this is good news when you go on vacation, too.

Between now and Labor Day, more than 2,000 museums across America offer  FREE admission to our nation’s service members and up to five family members. (That includes a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents.) The participants are known as Blue Star Museums, which is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

And in central Indiana, we’re talking about the museums already on your to-do list with the kids:

Conner Prairie
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Indiana Historical Society/Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
Indiana Medical History Museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
NCAA Hall of Champions

If you’re still deployed, never fear. Your family is still eligible — just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members. And there’s no limit to how many times you visit museums, either.

It adds up to an amazing savings, and trust me — we owe you even more for your service. But accept this as a start.


Aug 142014
skyline club

Dine at the top of the world. Or at least Indy

The Skyline Club, long known for being among our city’s most romantic restaurants from the 36th floor of One American Square, is now open to the public.

Or at least the public that knows about the TravelZoo voucher the restaurant is making available to non members. (If you belong to the Skyline Club, you are welcome to take advantage of this pretty awesome price, too.) You know, people like me and you who appreciate a great meal and a spectacular view of  … duh, our skyline!

So, for $69, two people can share any starter (mmm, bacon-wrapped shrimp is a possibility), any two entrees (and that includes smoked salmon, diver scallops, pan-seared halibut BLTs, and other dishes on a seasonally changing menu) and two desserts to cap off the meal. Reservations are required and are accepted for dinner Tuesday – Saturday through August 30.

I’ll pause while you get out your calendar to make sure your anniversary or other special day doesn’t fall on a Sunday or Monday.

Good. Now that you know when you’d like to take advantage of this offer, your next step is to click here to access to TravelZoo to buy your voucher. Do know that ther eis a mandatory 20% service charge in lieu of gratuities added as well.

And then don’t forget to show up. It’s that simple!

Aug 132014

Thanks for remembering me!

If you live on the southside, you may have bumped into me at Walmart or Meier or Kroger at 2 a.m., grabbing a bag of dog food because … well, life is crazy, you know?

Of course you do. You were also there at 2 a.m. buying a birthday cake.

Grateful Pet is one answer to that dilemma. Taking a page from grocery delivery services, this new Indy business delivers pet supplies to your door. Even better news? Delivery is FREE.  You order, and they put your house on their route:

  • Monday: Indy Downtown
  • Tuesday: Indy Northwest
  • Wednesday: Indy Northeast
  • Thursday: Indy Southwest
  • Friday: Indy Southeast
  • Saturday/Sunday: For customers with recurring orders desiring a weekend drop-off

And yes, the delivery is FREE even on sale items. This month (August), take 10% off Cloud Star treats for dogs and cats, and  shop their Bone Yard sale to take 50% off retail price on select items.

For more details on how to arrange a delivery, check out Grateful Pet here.

But you’re still on your own for the birthday cake.

Aug 122014
summer clothing sale

A cool savings of 25% off today only

Utterly Pink boutique in Indy’s Broad Ripple Village is having a special little sale on Wednesday, August 13 only.

OK, so why is a clothing sale something we would list under the category “usual” for our newsletter? This one takes 25% off all tops and tanks. When was the last time you can recall a store putting tanks on sale in … oh, August?

We understand you may be reaching more for sweatshirts or at least long sleeves and jackets this morning, but for a store that prices nothing above $50 to start with, it pays to expose your soul a little bit for these savings.

And there’s always summer 2015 to look forward to. Cheapsters grab the deals while they’re available and look forward to something new tomorrow, too!

Utterly Pink is open from 11 am to 6 pm.


Aug 062014

Coming to an oval near you

Curious about the Red Bull MotoGP motorcycle race taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Sunday, August 10?

It’s a new event for Indy, so even if you were a Cheapster, you could be forgiven for not ponying up the full $82 price for seats. That’s the price tag for something you know you’ll like. Of course, this is your opportunity to watch the world’s best motorcycle riders  open up the throttle and lean into hairpin turns, but we get it.

The lowest prices we found for all three races (MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 )on Sunday are at StubHub.com, where several sections (H,  J and Southwest Vista) are $58.90 per person while supplies last. Try this first, but know there are only 198 tickets left and that includes the higher priced seats.

Cheapest prices to see Red Bull MotoGP

TravelZoo can get you in for $65 + $7 handling fee, and an extra $10 in your pocket isn’t something to brush off. These are for the H Stand reserved seats  outside of Turn 4. If you’re a motocross fan, check out the upgraded package deal, too:

20% discount on tickets to see Red Bull MotoGP.