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Sep 112014
Count on us for tickets to the best movies!

Count on us for tickets to the best movies!

We have a particularly awesome ticket giveaway to end our week.

The Maze Runner based on James Dashner’s popular book, will have its screening at the AMC Castleton Square on Thursday, September 18 at 7 pm. We have tickets to give away, but we have no idea how many!

So, if you want to see if you’re among the lucky folks who will be in the theater, start by signing into your Gofobo account (it’s free, of course.)

Click here to access the reservation page: Tickets to see The Maze Runner.

Enter passcode INDYCYUQ2 at the prompt.

If the screen takes you to the page to choose how to access your tickets (print, email), start smelling the popcorn!

And, for our standard 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 from this action-adventure-thriller:

Director: Wes Ball
Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim and Grant Pierce Myers and T.S. Nowlin, based upon the novel by James Dashner
Producers: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter,

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.  Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

Rated PG13
Previous movie screenings from Indianapolis on the Cheap:

The November Man

As Above/So Below

Let’s Be Cops




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 072014
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 more than one way 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:

Indy’s popular (and mostly FREE) fall festivals

How to eat out for $5 per person

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 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 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.