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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 +

Dec 192014
 

new-year-clockFinding a ride on New Year’s Eve is crucial, but too many wait until the last minute … or even worse, try to get behind the wheel themselves.

John Mediger wants to avoid that, so he’s offering a special if you’ll book your car service now, before the party gets started. Pride Executive Car Service will drop you off and pick you up for a flat $85 fee when you pre-reserve, which is a $40 savings over the normal NYE pricing. You need to call 317/480-3361 or email PECSIndy@gmail.com to make arrangements.

 

Dec 182014
 

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.

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!

FREE EXERCISE: MEDITATION HIKES – Friday, Dec. 19 (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 MUSIC: JOYFUL SOUND CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Friday, Dec. 19 (SOUTH – GREENWOOD)
Handbell choir performs from 7 – 8 pm at First Baptist Church of Greenwood, 99 W. Main Street in Greenwood. Info at 317.888.3278.

FREE MUSIC: SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE WITH WISDOM AND FOLLY, NICKY ROAD + MIKE WELLS AND MICHAEL CLARK – Friday, Dec. 19 (EAST)
From 8 – 10 pm at the Irving Theater, 5505 E. Washington Street. Info at 317.356.3355.

FREE MUSIC: INDIANAPOLIS YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE – Saturday, Dec. 20 (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 ($2 for the first three hours at the Circle Centre garages). Info at 317.624.2563.

FREE MUSIC: HOLIDAY SONGS BY THE RUSH – Saturday, Dec. 20 (DOWNTOWN)
From 4 – 5 pm at Central Library. Library information is at the bottom of this list.

FREE MUSIC: ACOUSTIC ROCKABILLY, R&B, SOUL AND BLUES BY DANNY THOMPSON – Saturday, Dec. 20 (SOUTH)
From 6 – 9 pm at Teddy’s Burger Joint, 2222 W. Southport Road. Food and drink will be on sale. Info at 317.893.2791.

$5 VINTAGE MOVIE: “THE GREAT RUPERT” – Saturday, Dec. 20 (SOUTH)
1950 comedy starring Jimmy Durante. At 7 pm at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive in Garfield Park. $1 snacks and drinks. Info at 317.327.7135.

FREE MUSIC: OPEN STAGE – Sunday, Dec. 21 (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, Dec. 21 (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 MUSIC: HOLIDAY SING-ALONG – Monday, Dec. 22 (NORTH)
From 7 – 10 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, Dec. 22 (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, Dec. 22 (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 ADMISSION: CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – Wednesday, Dec. 24 (NORTH)
You’ve got to love the folks at the Children’s Museum. In a real show of holiday spirit, admission is free from 10 am – 2 pm for everyone! Be ready for a big crowd along with the big fun. The museum is located at 30th and Meridian (entrance on Illinois north of 30th). Parking is also free. Info at 317.334.3322.

FREE MUSIC: SOPHIE FAUGHT QUARTET JAZZ JAM – Wednesday, Dec. 24 (DOWNTOWN)
CALL FIRST TO BE SURE THIS IS STILL HAPPENING. 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 EXERCISE: MEDITATION HIKES – Friday, Dec. 26 (NORTH)
CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE THIS IS STILL HAPPENING. 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 MUSIC: ACOUSTIC ROCKABILLY, R&B, SOUL AND BLUES BY DANNY THOMPSON – Friday, Dec. 26 (SOUTH)
From 7 – 10 pm at Tango Hotel, 702 Virginia Ave. Drinks will be on sale. Info at 317.653.1806.

FREE MUSIC: ACOUSTIC ROCKABILLY, R&B, SOUL AND BLUES BY DANNY THOMPSON – Saturday, Dec. 27 (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 MUSIC: OPEN STAGE – Sunday, Dec. 28 (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, Dec. 28 (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.

 

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.

 

A special message from Ed Johnson-Ott
The Can-Do list has been and will always be free. However, if you appreciate the weekly listings and can afford it, a “thank you” donation in the form of a check, a gift card or whatever would be greatly appreciated. Checks should be made out to Ed Johnson-Ott and mailed to 1003 Broadway Street #1, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Thanks in advance to those of you able and willing to donate.

Dec 152014
 

moneypenniesIndy on the Cheap is expanding and has a need for a publisher.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is well connected locally, has journalism or marketing experience and wants to be the boss of a hyperlocal news and entertainment site.

The ideal candidate:

Lives in the city.
Has contacts in the local media and PR community.
Knows how to find and verify information.
Understands WordPress or has the computer skills necessary to learn it (it’s not hard).
Understands and participates in social media.
Enjoys meeting people and networking in person.
Wants to be his or her own boss.
Is willing to invest time to build up the business.
If you’re interested in hearing more, email Teresa Mears, teresa@livingonthecheap.com.

Nov 282014
 

Small business saturdayWe have some awesome local companies offering specials — and you don’t have to find a parking place to take advantage of  some of these deals:

Allen Family Fudge: Buy a pound, get a pound free through 11:59 pm Sunday, November 30. Use promo code “friday” at checkout: Free fudge.

Heidi Pops Gourmet Popcorn: Receive 5% off your preorder through Sunday night. In the additional comments section at check out, let them know what date time you want to pick up your order or what day you want your order to ship. They’ll handle everything from there. Popcorn savings.

Chocolate for the Spirit: Free shipping on all online orders over $40, through Nov. 30. Chocolate discount.

Bath Junkie: Save up to 15 %and 20% off exfoliating salt scrubs and sugar whip scrubs here — and they’ve thrown in a 15% discount on pajamas and robes, too.

Colts Pro Shop: 20% off any order and free shipping on orders over $50. Sale code CYBER. Andrew Luck jerseys and more.

Humane Society of Indianapolis: It’s 25% off all items in the Re-Tail store, along with ID tags for your pet at  $5 and $7.

YMCA of Indianapolis: How about skipping that join fee today? Well, actually this one is available on Monday, December 1, but here’s the link now: YMCA membership discount

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 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!