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Nov 202014
 

free events indianapolisFor several years now, a loving father, Edward Johnson-Ott, has compiled an email of FREE and fun things for his son and friends to do in Indianapolis. His list was so complete, soon others were asking to get on list as well.

Starting today, Indy on the Cheap is proud to give the Can Do list an even bigger stage each week. We know you’re going to love this feature as much as we do!

 

Friday, Nov. 21 – Sunday, Nov. 30
Listings are subject to change. Always call before going to an activities.

*GET YOUR FREE TICKETS EARLY FOR BUTLER’S ANNUAL “REJOICE!” HOLIDAY CONCERTS* – Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 (NORTH) One of the highlights of the holiday season! At 8 pm both nights at Clowes Hall at Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue. The event is free, but you must pick up tickets at the Clowes Hall box office, which is open from 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday and 10 – 2 on Saturday. Each person may get up to 4 tickets. Groups wishing to make arrangements may call 317.940.9065. General info at 317.940.6444. Don’t miss this wonderful Christmas gift from Butler to the community!

FREE AFTERNOON MUSIC + DANCE: ACADEMY OF DANCE ARTS SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTING BALLET AND JAZZ – Friday, Nov. 21 (DOWNTOWN) From 12:15 – 1:15 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The show is free, but you will have to pay to park ($3 for the first three hours at the Circle Centre garages). Info at 317.624.2563.

FREE EXERCISE: MEDITATION HIKES – Friday, Nov. 21 (NORTH) From 5:30 – 6:30 pm, join in a Meditation Peace Hike at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road. Hikes occur regardless of weather. Meet at Efryomson Family Entrance Pavilion. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Free handicap parking is available in the lot to the left of the museum entrance. Info at 317.923.1331 (Art Museum) or 317.222.1556 (Peace Initiative, contact is Linda).

FREE STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS: EASTSIDE STORY SLAM – TRADITIONS – Friday, Nov. 21 (EAST) Stories about tradition: a unique tradition, breaking from tradition, starting your own … and if you prefer to sing about it there’s a piano. Tell a story or just come hear stories. From 7 – 9 pm at Tin Comet Coffee, 2119 E. 10th Street. Info at 317.420.1025.

FREE MUSIC: ACOUSTIC ROCKABILLY, R&B, SOUL AND BLUES BY DANNY THOMPSON – Friday, Nov. 21 (SOUTH) From 8 – 10 pm at Gas Light Inn, 2280 S. Meridian Street. Food and drink will be on sale. Info at 317.782.1250.

FREE WORKSHOP: FALL WRITING WORKSHOPS – GETTING STARTED – Saturday, Nov. 22 (SOUTH) Writing exercises and lively conservation about writing presented by the Indiana Writers Center. From 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Franklin Road Branch Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

FREE WORKSHOP: FALL WRITING WORKSHOPS – GETTING STARTED – Saturday, Nov. 22 (SOUTH) Writing exercises and lively conservation about writing presented by the Indiana Writers Center. From 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Franklin Road Branch Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

$5 MUSIC: VULGAR BOATMEN PLAY ROCK – Saturday, Nov. 22 (SOUTH) At 8 pm at Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect Street. Info at 317.955.0995.

FREE AFTERNOON MUSIC: CLASSICAL CONCERTS AT CENTRAL – Sunday, Nov. 23 (DOWNTOWN) Experience the dynamic world of chamber music with members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. At 2 pm at Central Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

FREE MUSIC: KRISTIN NEWBORN AND KO PERFORM – Saturday, Nov. 23 (NORTH) At 3 pm at Indy CD and Vinyl, 806 Broad Ripple Ave. Info at 317.259.1012.

FREE MUSIC: OPEN STAGE – Sunday, Nov. 23 (NORTH) The Corner Bar, 6331 Guilford Avenue in Broad Ripple hosts their weekly Open Stage. Sign-ups begin at 6 pm, the show starts a little later. Info at 317.255.5159.

FREE MUSIC: JARED THOMPSON TRIO – Sunday, Nov. 23 (DOWNTOWN) The Jared Thompson Trio head up a jazz jam from 8 – 11 pm at the Chatterbox Jazz Club, 235 Massachusetts Avenue. Admission is free. Food and drink purchases are appreciated. Info at 317.636.0584.

FREE AFTERNOON MUSIC: ARTSGARDEN CHAMBER ENSEMBLE – Monday, Nov. 24 (DOWNTOWN) From 12:15 – 1:15 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The show is free, but you will have to pay to park ($3 for the first three hours at the Circle Centre garages). Info at 317.624.2563.

FREE WORKSHOP: FALL WRITING WORKSHOPS – GETTING STARTED – Monday, Nov. 24 (SOUTH) Writing exercises and lively conservation about writing presented by the Indiana Writers Center. From 6 – 8 pm at the Fountain Square Branch Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

FREE MUSIC: JAZZ JAM SESSION – Monday, Nov. 24 (NORTH) From 7 – 11 pm at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Avenue. Food and drink will be on sale. 21 and over. Info at 317.253.4900.

FREE MUSIC: ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC – Monday, Nov. 24 (EAST) From 8 – 10 pm Mondays at the Irving Theater, 5505 E. Washington Street. Info at 317.356.3355.

FREE MUSIC: ROB DIXON QUARTET – Monday. Nov. 24 (DOWNTOWN) From 8 – 11 pm at the Chatterbox Jazz Club, 235 Massachusetts Avenue. Admission is free. Food and drink purchases are appreciated. Info at 317.636.0584.

FREE COMMUNITY MEETING: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH MAYOR’S LIAISON CHARLES INGRAM – Tuesday, Nov. 25 (EAST)
Individuals 18 and older are invited to speak with Charles Ingram, who serves as a communication link between citizens and city government. Learn what the city is doing in neighborhoods and share your thoughts on city services. From 10 am – 12 noon at the East 38th Street Branch Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

FREE AFTERNOON MUSIC ACTIVITY: RHYTHM DISCOVERY CENTER! FREE DRUM LESSONS – Tuesday, Nov. 25 (DOWNTOWN)
From 12:15 – 1:15 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The show is free, but you will have to pay to park ($3 for the first three hours at the Circle Centre garages). Info at 317.624.2563.

FREE WORKSHOP: WRITING ACROSS THE COMMUNITY – Tuesday, Nov. 25 (WEST) Receive one-on-one help with your writing from members of Marian University’s Writing Center. Whether it’s a homework paper, resume, book or whatever, this program will make one’s writing stand out and get noticed. From 6 – 8 pm at the Eagle Branch Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

FREE ACTIVITY: FAMILY SING-ALONG – Tuesday, Nov. 25 (EAST) Families are invited for a sing-along of old folk and traditional songs at 6:30 pm at the Spades Park Branch Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

FREE MUSIC: SOPHIE FAUGHT QUARTET JAZZ JAM – Wednesday, Nov. 26 (DOWNTOWN) From 8 – 11 pm at the Chatterbox Jazz Club, 235 Massachusetts Avenue. Admission is free. Food and drink purchases are appreciated. Info at 317.636.0584.

FREE STORYTELLING FOR GROWN-UPS: DON’T BURN THE TURKEY – STORIES OF HOLIDAYS GONE AWRY – Wednesday, Nov. 26 (SOUTH) By Indy’s best storytellers. At 9 pm at Fountain Square Brewing Company, 1301 Barth Avenue. Admission is free. Food and drink will be on sale. Info at 317.493.1410.

FREE EXERCISE: MEDITATION HIKES – Friday, Nov. 28 (NORTH)
From 5:30 – 6:30 pm, join in a Meditation Peace Hike at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road. Hikes occur regardless of weather. Meet at Efryomson Family Entrance Pavilion. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Free handicap parking is available in the lot to the left of the museum entrance. Info at 317.923.1331 (Art Museum) or 317.222.1556 (Peace Initiative, contact is Linda).

FREE HOLIDAY EVENT: 52ND ANNUAL CIRCLE OF LIGHTS HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON MONUMENT CIRCLE (WITH AN APPEARANCE BY SINGER JOSH KAUFMAN) – Friday, Nov. 28 (DOWNTOWN) Songs, Santa and the lighting of “the world’s tallest Christmas tree” on Monument Circle, downtown starting at 6 pm with the tree lighting at 7:45. Lots of fun, but the event usually draws nearly 100,000 spectators, so be ready to get squished in the crowd. Info at 317.237.2222.

FREE AFTERNOON MUSIC + DANCE: HEARTLAND USA BALLROOM DANCE SHOWCASE – Saturday, Nov. 29 (DOWNTOWN)
From 12 – 1 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The show is free, but you will have to pay to park ($3 for the first three hours at the Circle Centre garages). Info at 317.624.2563.

FREE WORKSHOP: FALL WRITING WORKSHOPS – GETTING STARTED – Sunday, Nov. 30 (NORTH)
Writing exercises and lively conservation about writing presented by the Indiana Writers Center. From 1 – 3 pm at the Nora Branch Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

FREE AFTERNOON MUSIC: JINGLE BONES (HOLIDAY TROMBONE PERFORMANCE) – Sunday, Nov. 30 (DOWNTOWN) From 1 – 2 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The show is free, but you will have to pay to park ($3 for the first three hours at the Circle Centre garages). Info at 317.624.2563.

FREE MUSIC: OPEN STAGE – Sunday, Nov. 30 (NORTH) The Corner Bar, 6331 Guilford Avenue in Broad Ripple hosts their weekly Open Stage. Sign-ups begin at 6 pm, the show starts a little later. Info at 317.255.5159.

FREE MUSIC: JARED THOMPSON TRIO – Sunday, Nov. 30 (DOWNTOWN) The Jared Thompson Trio head up a jazz jam from 8 – 11 pm at the Chatterbox Jazz Club, 235 Massachusetts Avenue. Admission is free. Food and drink purchases are appreciated. Info at 317.636.0584.

DISCOUNTS AND DEALS
– Easley Winery, 205 N. College Avenue, offers free winery tours on Saturdays and Sundays starting at noon. You can also taste 7 wines for $2 plus tax. Info at 317.636.4516.
– The Children’s Museum allows persons with disabilities to enter for just $1 with documentation. People with Medicaid or TANF can be admitted, but with an access pass and a photo ID. For people with disabilities on Medicaid Waivers, the information necessary to get an access pass may be found at www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2999.htm. Currently their caregivers must still pay full price ($19.50) to accompany them. Also, the first Thursday of each month is free from 4 – 8 pm for everyone. The next free afternoon/evening is Thursday, December 4.
– Connor Prairie and the NCAA Museum also accept the access pass mentioned in the Children’s Museum listing. I’m told that the State Museum will work with persons with disabilities as well. Call the various facilities before you go to check on the details.
– Otte Golf and Family Fun Center offers free VIP passes to mentally and physically disabled individuals that allow them to play miniature golf, use the battling cages and hit golf balls on the driving range, all for FREE. The facility is open year round. Call ahead to find out the seasonal hours. The owners stress that they will do everything possible to help disabled individuals have a great time. They ask you to let them know in advance if you are bringing a large group. Otte Golf and Family Fun Center is located at 681 S. Sheek Road in Greenwood. Info at 317.881.4620.

INDIANAPOLIS LIBRARY ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS

Brightwood (East): 2435 N. Sherman Drive. 317.275.4310.
Central Library: 40 East St. Clair Street. 317.275.4100. You will have to pay to park in the garage ($2 for 1 – 2 hours, $3 for 2 – 4 hours).
College Avenue (North): 4180 N. College Avenue. 317.275.4320.
Decatur (West): 5301 Kentucky Avenue. 317.275.4330.
Eagle (West): 3325 Lowry Road. 317.275.4340.
East 38th: 5420 E. 38th Street. 317.275.4350.
East Washington Street: 2822 E. Washington Street. 317.275.4360.
Flanner House (North): 2424 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. 317.275.4370.
Fountain Square (South): 1066 Virginia Avenue. 317.275.4390.
Franklin Road (South): 5550 S. Franklin Road. 317.275.4380.
Garfield Park (South): 2502 S. Shelby Street. 317.275.4490.
Glendale (North): 6101 N. Keystone Avenue (in the Glendale Shopping Center). 317.275.4410.
Haughville (West): 2121 W. Michigan Street. 317.275.4420.
Irvington: 5625 E. Washington Street. 317.275.4450.
Lawrence (East): 7898 N. Hague Road. 317.275.4460.
Nora (North): 8625 Guilford Avenue. 317.275.4470.
Pike (West): 6525 Zionsville Road. 317.275.4480.
Southport (South): 2630 E. Stop 11 Road. 317.275.4510.
Spades Park (East): 1801 Nowland Avenue. 317.275.4520.
Warren (East): 9701 E. 21st Street. 317.275.4550.
Wayne (West): 198 S. Girls School Road. 317.275.4530.
West Indianapolis: 1216 S. Kappes Street. 317.275.4540.

Nov 192014
 
Christmas shopping mall

Save on your way

Holiday shopping comes with its frustrations, from traffic to parking spaces at the mall.

Pride Executive Car Service has put together a special holiday package this December to help address the stress and keep the price under control. For $35 an hour plus expenses, Pride will take you to your destination’s door, and wait while you shop. You are welcome to drop purchases off in the trunk knowing they are under watch and key the entire time. There’s a minimum requirement of three hours; normally this price is $55 per hour with a minimum of four hours, so it’s a savings of $115.

Pride Executive Car Service is privately and locally owned. You can set up a shopping package by calling John Mediger at 317/480-3361

Nov 092014
 

936092_10152353633061056_8626048310505603811_nUPDATE: NOVEMBER 24: Kim Disher, you are our next winner. Like the other winners, we have notified you by email!

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 17: Well, we’re a date announcing this thanks to some technical difficulties on my end, but Camille, you are our Object of My Affection this week.

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 10: Our randomizer picked #14, so Ryan, you are our winner! We’ve notified you by email and your tickets will be waiting at the window at Georgetown 14 Digital Cinemas.

We have two more giveaways this month — if you’ve commented, you’re still in the drawing; if you want in, tell us about your favorite movie. It’s that simple!

 

Hey, we’ve been there. Sometimes the movie screenings just aren’t your cup of tea.

Well, tell us what is and you could win a pair of tickets to see any movie of your choice at Georgetown 14 Digital Cinemas on Lafayette Road next week. The theater has teamed up with Indy on the Cheap to give away two tickets every week in November.

Talk about something to be grateful for. A night out at the movies on someone else’s dime ranks up there for a lot of us.

So, to enter, just leave  a comment on this post telling us your favorite movie of all time and why you like it. We’ll announce a winner every Monday morning chosen at random from the list—you can only win once, but your comment puts you in the mix for the entire month of November.

Sound like fun? Start sharing. And say thank you to Georgetown 14 — they’re the good guys making all of this happen!georgetownsidewalk

 

Nov 032014
 
Make a hobby of saving money at Xmas

Make a hobby of saving money at Xmas

Yep, it’s that time of year. We have no intention of skipping Veteran’s Day or Thanksgiving at Indy on the Cheap, but the Christmas deals are starting to flood in, and we want to keep you on top of all the action.

The Christmas Gift and Hobby Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is a tradition for many families. It starts Wednesday, November 5 and runs through Sunday, November 9. They’ve attracted 350 merchants this year, along with a FREE antique appraisal (one per person) on Wednesday at 12, 3 and 6 pm and Thursday at 11 am and 2 pm, daily pet adoptions, a live entertainment stage, a LEGO display and drawings for prize giveaways.

But the best deal starts with a discount. Head over to their website and save a minimum of $3 off general admission. Don’t forget to print off and take advantage of vendor coupons under that same tab. Tickets at the gate are $12 per person, children 12 and under are free.

Oct 022014
 
Yay for FREE Disney movies!

Yay for FREE Disney movies!

Families, we know you’re planning to see Disney’s Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day when it comes out in theaters next week. So why not save a little money by seeing it FREE now?

We have 90 admit-two tickets to see this movie with the epically long title at a preview screening next Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm at AMC Castleton.

How do you get the tickets? Well, I have them on my computer. And at an undisclosed time on Saturday, all of our newsletter subscribers will receive an email telling you which email address to send your request. Just write Alexander Movie Tickets in the status line; no need to write anything else unless you want to use the opportunity to say something specific about Indy on the Cheap. When I’ve reached 90 requests, I’ll start replying with return emails containing the tickets! Please, just one request per household.

(I may be the only person in Indy who is hoping it rains and keeps me at my computer this weekend.)

If you’re not a newsletter subscriber, it’s a great day to become one. We send out links to the local deals, discounts and freebies we post on Mondays and Thursdays, so you aren’t signing up to receive a gazillion emails throughout the day.

And there’s always a disclaimer on the movie tickets: a ticket is not a guarantee of a seat. We recommend you arrive at the theater approximately 90 minutes in advance to get in line. Don’t worry—you won’t have to stand there for 90 minutes because they will open the doors and let folks inside at some point, but it’s a matter of physics. When there are no more seats in the theater, then they can’t, by fire marshal’s law, let any more folks in.

Here’s what you can expect:

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
DISNEY

Genre:                                      Family Comedy
Rating:                                      PG
Cast:                                        Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Director:                                   Miguel Arteta
Producers:                                Shawn Levy, Lisa Henson, Dan Levine
Based on the novel by:              Judith Viorst

Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.

Sep 212014
 
When the sun goes down and your stomach starts rumbling, remember this post.

When the sun goes down and your stomach starts rumbling, remember this post.

We’ve all been there. Dinner ended a few hours ago, the sun has gone down … and you’re hungry. As you sit there after dark with your stomach growling, you start to contemplate your options. Going to bed hungry doesn’t appeal much to you, but going out and paying full price for what night owls often refer to as “Fourth Meal” doesn’t sound particularly responsible.

Not to worry, as we know of a few restaurants that run specials specifically for after dark. Hopefully you find something on the following list that can take care of that craving on the cheap:

Smokey Bones – From 10:00 p.m. to close every day at Smokey Bones, the menu heats up for the “Best Bites for Late Night” promotion. You can choose from a limited menu of items available for anywhere from $4 to $7 each. Check out the full menu by clicking the red lettered link, and then smoke our your late night hunger.

Steak n Shake - Speaking of milkshakes, we had to bring up the King of Shakes. Most people are aware that Happy Hour at Steak n Shake means half price milkshakes from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. What you may not recall is that Steak n Shake doesn’t discriminate based on p.m. or a.m. That means that from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m., you can still enjoy Happy Hour after dark. And with new shake flavors including red velvet and salted caramel pretzel, you’ll be glad you did.

Applebee’s – Talk about things the go mmmm in the night.  Applebee’s locations start serving half-priced appetizers after 9:00 p.m. as part of their late night special.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Dine from 9 pm to close here on weeknights and watch the prices on some delicious food drop this season. Monday night, it’s the $3.50 build your own burger, Tuesday features the $5 individual deep dish pizza and Wednesday you can chow down on 50 cent wings or bites (minimum order of 4, please). This one is for a limited time only.

McDonald’s – While this offer isn’t necessarily available at every McDonald’s, many locations now offer After Midnight menus. These menus feature a combination of breakfast and dinner items so that whichever meal of the day you’re craving, you’ll find your fix at the Golden Arches in the middle of the night.

 

Sep 112014
 
Don't store your dancing shoes for the season yet.

Don’t store your dancing shoes for the season yet.

While summer is the bigger time for concerts and outdoor gatherings, the music hasn’t stopped yet, Hoosiers.

Check out these FREE scores:

The Rathskeller Biergarten (some concerts require a $5 cover)

  • Sept. 19: Jamie Kent & The Options and Scarletta
  • Sept. 20: Harper
  • Sept. 26: Polka Boy

Grooving in the Garden  (Easley Winery, Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., wine specials available; BYOC — bring your own chair)

  • Sept. 13: Island Breeze
  • Sept. 20: The Brave
  • Sept. 27: Indiana Island Band

Shakespeare in the Park ( Fridays, 8 pm, Garfield Park)

  • September 12th – Camelot
  • September 18th – Camelot

Watkins Parks’ Blues and Jazz in the Park (all shows at Watkins Park unless otherwise noted)

  • September 14: On Cue (this one starts at 4:00 p.m.)
  • September 28: Clifford Ratliff and the Indy Jazz Company (this one starts at 4:00 p.m.)

 

Sep 042014
 

indy on the cheapLet’s get the important part out of the way from the get-go: Indy on the Cheap is still your go-to online newspaper for deals, discounts, and freebies.

But over the past month, I’ve been cleaning out my email box. Yah, I signed up for all of those sites, because sometimes I need a book and I want Bookbub to make recommendations on sale. I like buying from Zulily when I need something new. I chose to give money to a social cause  and I still smile to see TeamMash in my email box because I know when/if I click on it, I’ll get my latest roundup of news about IU sports.

However, I didn’t really understand how annoying it would be to have Groupon send me multiple emails a day. Or that craft lesson site that thinks because I didn’t buy a course in the morning that it’s perfectly fine to bug me again in the afternoon and evening. I have politicians who don’t know the meaning of the word “stop” and so many offers flooding in daily that I’m hostile to them all.

And that’s when it hit me: Indy on the Cheap arrives in your email box every Monday – Friday. That’s a lot of newsletters. A lot of deals you aren’t interested in. A lot of messages you must delete.  So our publisher, Kevin Sermersheim, and I sat down to evaluate traffic patterns to determine which posts you like, and which posts are just more noise. We’ve consolidated some of our categories, and we’ll be bringing you more collection posts in the future — the best happy hours. Where to find the best prices on wings. The city’s largest list of kids eat free restaurants and hours. Where to visit Santa for free here in a couple of months.

You know those free movie screenings are still on the list!

But most important, we’re cutting back on the newsletter volume to twice a week: Mondays and Fridays. You’ll have time to plan and time to share our deals with your family and friends. You’ll have some breathing room, and hopefully we can stay friends this way for a long, long time.

As always, we thank you for your support of Indy on the Cheap!

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

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!