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Sep 182014

Georgia Street makes it to our Weekend Roundup again.

If you were trying to explain all the areas of Indianapolis to an outsider who had only heard of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Motor Speedway, and Monument Circle, you wouldn’t describe Carmel the same way as you described Danville, and likewise with Fountain Square versus the north side in general. This weekend, we have our list of the top cheap/FREE things to do, and they can function as a sampler platter of the entire city. North to south, east to west, and downtown to uptown – all of them are represented in this weekend’s roundup. There’s something for everyone, so check it out:

Northside Nights – You probably already have heard about this one, as it’s probably the second biggest thing going on this weekend behind the Colts game against Jacksonville. You aren’t limited to just this weekend if you want to enjoy Northside Nights, as the event continues at more than 30 restaurants through Sunday, September 28. Click the title of this paragraph to check out the full list of restaurants participating, but the common thread between them is access to a three-course value-priced menu that allows you to try out the best restaurants on the north side of town on the cheap.

Meditation Hikes at the IMA – If you’re looking to take a mental break from the hustle and bustle this weekend, admission is FREE for meditation hikes at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 19, you can meet at the Efryomson Family Entrance Pavilion and enjoy a hike through some of the most beautiful sights in the city.

Garfield Park Early Morning Photography – If you’re a morning person who happens to also love photography, this event is perfect for you. From 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20, you can have access to the Garfield Park Conservatory before it opens. This opportunity costs only $5 per person, but registration is required ahead of time and space is limited. To book your spot, call (317)-327-PARK.

Art Squared – This is actually a combination of three great art events in one, and the whole thing is completely FREE to attend in Fountain Square. From noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturday September 20, you can checkout these three events:

  • Masterpiece in a Day – You’ll find local artists, students, and friends creating art for cash prizes in Fountain Square’s art and writing competition.
  • Art Parade – Everything along this parade route is a moving work of family-friendly art. It’s open for all ages, and the artwork will come in all shapes and sizes.
  • Art Fair – Local Indiana artists and vendors will be selling their goods and art. It’s a great way to support the local economy while seeing how talented our Indy residents truly are.

Clay Terrace 10-Year AnniversarySaturday, September 20 marks the 10-year anniversary for Clay Terrace. If you shop at this Carmel landmark, you’ll find plenty of retailer discounts. They won’t all be identical, but all of them are designed to be centered around ’10’. Also, if you stick around after dark, you can watch a live performance from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. by Poparazzi. Just in case you needed an excuse to go shopping this weekend, here you go.

Jennie DeVoe performance – Local star Jennie DeVoe will be making an appearance in Danville this weekend. Fall may be in the air, but you’re invited to hear Summer Sounds on the Square in downtown Danville. The gates open at 6:30 p.m., with Jenny DeVoe’s concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Adults aged 21 and over pay only $5 to attend, while kids under 21 are all FREE. Just remember to bring chairs if you want to sit.

Parade of Banners Watch Party: Indy Eleven professional soccer fans, have  you RSVPed for Saturday’s banner making watch party at Sophia Square Apartments in Carmel yet? Well, we need to take care of that! Fans of all ages are invited to join Indy Eleven, Indiana Soccer Association & Slaughterhouse-19 BYB from 6:00-9:30 p.m .Saturday to get their works of art ready for next weekend’s “Parade of Banners” at Carroll Stadium abd take in the 7:30 pm kickoff against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The FREE event will also include complimentary food and beverages from The Pint Room – Carmel!

You must RSVP for the event by clicking on the link.

CANvitational – As we reach our final event of the weekend, we have to offer a full disclosure that we wouldn’t consider this a cheap idea. It can, however, feature a nice discount if you do it right. General admission to CANvitational costs $60 after the early bird deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 19, but you can save $10 by ordering before then (just click the link at the start of this paragraph). If you purchase tickets, you’ll receive a sampling glass and then have access to beer samples from over 40 breweries from around the country. The event lasts from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 on Georgia Street downtown. Another great way to save money for this event is to serve as your group’s designated driver. They pay only $10 for tickets, and will be provided their choice of soda and water. Again, not a cheap weekend event, but a great opportunity for beer lovers. It probably goes without saying, but this one is only open to Cheapsters aged 21 and older.

Sep 142014
Tibb's Drive in Colts

The next best thing to watching the game here.

One of the biggest effects of having an exciting team in the Indianapolis Colts is that our team tends to be featured prominently in the prime-time slots. We’ve made the playoffs each of the past two years, and we’re known for coming from behind at the end of games for the win. Do you know what is even cooler than watching Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne execute brilliant touchdowns from your couch at night? Watching them pull off these exciting touchdowns on some of the biggest screens in town. That’s what awaits you after dark at Tibbs Drive-in Theatre.

Seeing as the Colts have several night games this year, Tibbs Drive-in Theatre is using its huge outdoor screens to show the games with their own tailgate parties. For every night game the Colts play, the gates will open at 7:30 p.m. at Tibbs. Watching the game is FREE in and of itself, but Tibbs will be charging you at the gate for two hot dogs, a large soda, and a large popcorn. It’s a $14.90 value per person, and children aged 17 or younger won’t be charged in the same cars as adults.

Here are the list of Colts night games this season in which you can watch the theatrics on a screen befitting our team (all of them begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.):

  • Monday September 15 vs. the Eagles
  • Thursday October 9 at the Texans
  • Monday November 3 at the Giants
  • Sunday November 16 vs. the Patriots
Sep 142014
Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are back in action, and so are the associated deals.

Week One may not have been the start to the season we Indianapolis Colts fans were hoping for, as Luck and the gang came up just short in a huge comeback against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Still, we have a whole season of games ahead to watch our Colts on the field. Off the field, Cheapsters can enjoy some Colts-themed deals around town during the season. Here’s the list we’ve compiled so far:

  • Arby’s: Head into your local Arby’s restaurant this month and you can corral all six Colts collectible glasses. The players featured on the glasses will rotate every two weeks, and you can purchase one for $3.99 or grab a pair for $6.99.
  • Colts in Motion: If you think a 42-foot-long traveling museum of interactive Colts history and memorabilia sounds like a good time to you, you’ll want to check out the Colts in Motion Schedule to see which event it is traveling to next. Like the Pacers Fan Van, Colts in Motion moves around. It will be visiting six college campuses around Indiana, along with plenty of other local events. Colts in Motion is FREE of charge.
  • Colts Porta Potty: This is too hilarious not to pass on to our Cheapsters. You can show your Colts pride by renting the only restroom in town adorned with our team’s beloved horse shoe. You can call (317) 849-6200 to get a quote on rental price. This is an actual offer – we’re not joking with you. You should check out the Restroom Features yourself, as they will make you chuckle. We won’t spoil the surprise here, but we laughed out loud at the suggestion of taking selfies in one of these Lucas Oil-official portable restrooms.
  • Meijer: Meijer Blue Friday takes place at participating Meijer locations before every home game. Check out the Meijer Blue Friday list of locations to figure out which location is holding the festivities on any particular Friday. If you attend, you can win tickets, register to win autographed prizes, and see the Colts Cheerleaders.
  • Papa Johns Pizza: Take 50% off your regular menu price online order the day after a Colts win by entering the code COLTS50. (If you’re a Papa Rewards Member, the score doesn’t matter. If the Colts played the day before, you get your order half off.)
  • Teddy’s Burger Joint: Teddy’s will show the game while offering tasty beer specials all day. If you wear your Colts gear on Game day, they’ll even throw you a 10% discount.
Sep 142014
PinPoint Perks

Fill your stomach on the cheap, amigo.

It’s the start of another week, and you know what means – another set of five businesses with coupons available to you on the PinPoint Perks website. As has been the recent trend, all five of the businesses on this list are new to the PinPoint Perks affiliation. This week, we’re featuring an indoor sports dome and four restaurants. You can have your fill on the cheap before burning it off playing sports (again, on the cheap). With no further ado, here’s this week’s PinPoint Perks coupons roundup:

El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant – Welcome to El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant in Plainfield, IN. At El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant, they strive to serve you the most authentic Mexican dishes. Please try one of the many menu items from quesadilla, enchiladas, burrito, steak tacos and much more.

El Cerrito’s coupons include up to $5 off lunch or dinner, FREE kids meal, any two fajita dinners and two soft drinks for only $17.99, 50% off lunch or dinner, FREE cheese sauce, and FREE lunch or dinner.

Indy Sports Dome – Welcome to Indy Sports Dome in Indianapolis. They are your one stop location for indoor golf, baseball, softball, birdieball, soccer and more. You’ll enjoy playing ball sports day and night all week no matter what the weather is outside.

Indy Sports Dome’s coupons include $3 off a lunch bucket special, FREE 40-ball bucket, and a lady’s golf special.

Chile Verde Mexican Restaurant – Welcome to Chile Verde Mexican Restaurant & Grill in Indianapolis, IN. They offer authentic Mexican Dishes for everyone to enjoy. Chile Verde Mexican Restaurant & Grill is located at 7369 N. Shadeland Avenue in Indianapolis, IN, near the UPS Store.

Chile Verde’s coupons include $2 off a $10 purchase, $3 off a $15 purchase, $5 off a $25 purchase, $10 off a $50 purchase, a FREE kids meal, and 10% off groups of ten or more.

Lotus Garden – Welcome to Lotus Garden in Greenwood, IN. Stop in and enjoy a delicious meal in their fine dining restaurant or have a quick meal at our Chinese buffet. Lotus Garden’s menu offers a wide selection such as: pork, chicken, tofu, vegetarian, duck, beef and much more.

Lotus Garden’s coupons include 10% off dine-in, take-out, or buffet.

Pit Stop BBQ – Welcome to Pit Stop BBQ & Grill in Brownsburg, IN. Stop in at Pit Stop BBQ & Grill and choose from hickory smoked BBQ,fire-grilled steaks and delicious tenderloins. The salad bar is second to none. Pit Stop BBQ & Grill is conveniently located at 932 E. Main St. at the top of Dan Jones Road in Brownsburg behind Chase Bank.

Pit Stop’s coupons include $5 off $35 order, $5 off two dinner entrees, $5 off two Saturday night buffets, and 50% off lunch.

Sep 142014
Another Monday, another bloomin' onion.

Another Monday, another bloomin’ onion.

You may recall that this NASCAR season, Outback Steakhouse has a new driver for our Cheapsters to cheer to victory. Every time Kevin Harvick finishes in the Top Ten of a NASCAR Sprint Cup race this year, Cheapsters can enjoy a FREE Bloomin’ Onion appetizer at the Australia-themed steakhouse.

This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series took NASCAR drivers to Chicagoland Speedway for the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Our Outback warrior Kevin Harvick did his fans proud this weekend. Harvick finished in fifth place in the big race. While Kevin Harvick isn’t satisfied with anything less than first, his results were more than good enough for our favorite Outback freebie.

You don’t need a coupon to claim your FREE Bloomin’ Onion. Just say “Bloomin’ Monday” to your server today on Monday, September 15 to enjoy your freebie. After that, stay tuned to see how Kevin Harvick does in the next race. We’ll be watching and waiting to let you know of his exploits.

Sep 142014
Moe's FREE Queso Day

Welcome to (FREE) Moe’s this week.

We’re both perplexed and delighted to report that we’re just days away from FREE Queso Day at Moe’s Southwest Grill. We’re delighted because on Thursday, September 18, you can join the #TeamQueso movement and enjoy a FREE six-ounce cup of the famous Moe’s queso. It’s tough to find something better to put on your chip than Moe’s queso, and doing so for FREE makes it taste even better.

So, which part are we perplexed about? Well, Moe’s Southwest Grill is choosing to tell the world about FREE Queso Day by releasing an odd video on Youtube. You can check it out by clicking the following link:

The Most Viralest Video on the Interwebs

As a bit of an advance warning, however, this video is… strange. It combines a mashup of reenactments from other videos that have gone viral online with a bit of unique Moe’s flair. Honestly, we think perhaps Moe’s should’ve just left the duty of telling the world about FREE Queso Day to groups like us at Indy on the Cheap. Our specialty is letting as many people as possible know about deals like this one, and Moe’s specializes in delicious Mexican food. At the top of that list is their white queso, so you won’t want to miss your FREE cheesy fix this week. We’ll see you at Moe’s Southwest Grill Thursday.

Sep 142014

Happy birthday, and many happy returns.

As Alice could have told you when she was partying with the Mad Hatter in Wonderland, you only have one birthday in every 365 days. While you may sometimes want to pretend that your birthdays occur even less frequently than that, keep in mind that birthdays mean deals. Right now, we are in the middle of a series of posts informing you about our favorite gifts and discounts from various categories that you have access to that special time of the year.

This week’s category is shopping deals. One word that often comes to mind with retail is competition. No matter which business comes out on top, however, you win. And on your birthday, these five represent the best of your spoils:

  1. American Eagle: When you’re looking for clothes that are both high-quality and incredibly trendy, American Eagle is one of the best in the category. You probably would want to join the AE Rewards Program anyway just for the points that add up to percentage discounts on the newest fashion products. Holding their card, however, will grant you 15% off on purchases the month of your birthday.
  2. Aveda: All about the art and science of flower and plant essences, Aveda offers hair and skincare products to help you maintain your glowing beauty. Another thing that will make you glow is the birthday gift they send you if you sign up for an online account with them. Each year, you will be sent a gift valued at up to $25, which could be a body care product, a perfume, or one of their other products.
  3. Victoria’s Secret: Like the others, this clothing store famed for its lingerie and sleepwear offers a reward system. They call theirs the Angel Card, and it features rewards for points earned as well as six months of discounted offers to welcome you as a member. They also send a surprise birthday gift every year, but in past years the gift has tended to be a gift card worth at least $10 so that you can spend it on the products you like. Just remember that the gift is a surprise – you didn’t hear it here …
  4. Helzberg Diamonds: A high-end jeweler known for its engagement rings, watches, and other diamond accessories, this may be the most valuable birthday opportunity on this list. Again, they need you to open an account with them (how else will they know your birthday?), but they generously send a coupon you can redeem in-store for a FREE piece of jewelry, usually pearl earrings or a bracelet. You’ve heard it said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. They are also likely your best birthday gift.
  5. Toys R Us: Shifting gears a bit, this deal is admittedly only going to be great for your kids, but you can sign your tyke up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club. After signing up, your child will receive a special birthday card and gift from Geoffrey the Giraffe each year until he or she is ten. Not only that, but Geoffrey the Giraffe will surprise your child with a personal phone call. Finally, you can come into the store near your child’s birthday for a birthday crown, a Geoffrey balloon, and a personalized announcement broadcast to the entire store. (Bear in mind, the phone call and in-store celebration are completely optional.) Either way, your son or daughter won’t soon forget how thoughtful Geoffrey was on behalf of the rest of the Toys R Us staff.


Want more? Check out our top five restaurant deals for your birthday. In the meantime, follow the retail name links to search for locations near you.

Sep 142014
Wine specials

These specials are great for everyone but the glasses.

How do we love wine? Let us count the ways. First and most obvious of all, it tastes good with most meals. Whether you prefer a dry, sweet, or somewhere-between flavor, it complements your meal nicely. Second, wine adds a touch of elegance to a meal. While the right drink for a cookout with your friends in the back yard may be a cold beer, wine introduces an element of elegance to the occasion. Third, certain vintages offer great health benefits. Between the antioxidants and the reduction in inflammation, drinking wine can help you live a more fruitful life (pun sadly intended).

Truly, one of the only things better than adding your favorite wine to a meal is adding that wine to your meal on the cheap. That’s why you should take advantage of these opportunities:

Augustino’s: This was a good enough deal that we ran it as a separate post last month. To summarize, Augustino’s holds Wine Wednesdays each week. For just $10 per person, you can come in before dinner and enjoy tastings with no pressure to buy. You’ll sample four to six wines at this exquisite Italian restaurant. Call (317) 865-1099 to make your reservation for the next Wednesday event.

Palomino: This downtown restaurant calls it Wine Down Wednesday, where you can relax knowing you’ve only paid half price for whatever vino you’re drinking.

Detour American Grille: The Geist locations of Detour offer half-price bottles of wine every Wednesday (just like at Palomino). Detour American Grille has a location in Fishers as well, but the Geist location has the full bar available.

Stone Creek Dining Company: The same idea as Palomino and Detour, but the first day of the week is the one getting the love at Stone Creek. Wine bottles costing $100 or less are half-price on Mondays.

Sep 112014

Go enjoy another beautiful weekend in a beautiful city in this beautiful nation.

If you’re a fan of the fall season, you’re going to love this weekend. Football is back in full swing, the skies are supposed to clear, and the weather is cool as we leave the work week behind and begin another weekend in Indy. The Colts don’t play again until Monday night, so we’re sure you’re looking for fun on the cheap between now and then. As it turns out, we know of eight cheap/FREE things going on this weekend to enjoy. For the full list, just keep reading:

Irish Fest Early Entry – The 19th Annual Irish Fest is just about to begin. Early bird discounts are a great opportunity to enjoy events like this on the cheap, and you’re not too late for this one. If you arrive early at the gate (between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 12), you’ll get into the first evening of Irish Fest for only $5. The fun takes place at Military Park downtown. If you want to hear about other fall festivals like Irish Fest in the coming weeks, check out our full list of Fall Festivals on the Cheap.

Kenny Aronoff Performance and Discussion – We’re going to list a few names here. John Mellencamp. Elton John. Bob Dylan. The Rolling Stones. Smashing Pumpkins. Keith Urban. B.B. King. Pharell Williams. Melissa Ethridge. We haven’t listed them all, but Kenny Aronoff performed with all of them with his talent on the drums. He’s giving a FREE performance at Schrott Center (4602 Sunset Avenue on the Butler Campus) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 12. He will be playing the drums and sharing stories of the past four decades he spent in the music business.

Motorcycle Festival of Fun – From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13, come to Old City Park in Greenwood for an event devoted to motorcycles. You can enjoy a “Ride for Reading,” plenty of games, crafts, music, and the opportunities to win prizes. Jean Davidson, the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, is internationally known for her speeches. She will be making an appearance as well Saturday.

Family Leisure’s Bull Burger Battle – From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13, food fans are invited for an epic food fight at Family Leisure. They are hosting a battle among the best local chefs and cooks for the opportunity to compete at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas. You can party with other food fans and enjoy live music, local celebrity judges, giveaways, food trucks, face painting, and more. Don’t miss the opportunity to register yourself for a chance at your own FREE trip to Vegas while you’re there.

Fountain Fest – From 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 13, come to the Garfield Park Sunken Gardens for Fountain Fest. This fun family gathering is all about supporting the preservation of the Garfield Park Fountains, and features musical performances from Cathy Morris, Free But Not Cheap, and Filter Kings. Admission to the Conservatory is included in your ticket prices, and tickets only cost $10 per person (children 12 and under are FREE).

Saxony Market Balloon DaySaturday is also an opportunity to celebrate the end of Market Season at the Saxony Market. For the big occasion, you can look forward to a bounce house, Joseph White the Balloon Artist, and FREE tethered hot air balloon rides as long as the weather is okay. Saxony Market may be shutting down after this weekend, but many of the other farmers markets are continuing for at least a few more weeks if not into the fall season. For more details, check out our list of Indy Farmers Markets.

Glow in the Park – You can light up the night in the Nickel Plate District from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13. This is a brand new event for all ages courtesy of Fishers Parks and Recreation, and will feature music from a liv DJ, laser lights, and plenty of surprises along the way. We encourage you to arrive early, as the first 1,000 people to arrive will receive glow sticks to play with.

Granite City – If you aren’t a member of the Mug Club at Granite City, this is the perfect time to sign up. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, Granite City will be tapping their newest Oktoberfest beer. They will also be serving FREE food, but the only way you’ll enjoy that part of the festivities is if you are a Mug Club member. To join, head to Granite City to obtain a Mug Club card. You can then go online to this address and fill in your card number to gain access to your new profile. Granite City has locations downtown and in Carmel.

Sep 112014
Fishers Renaissance Faire

It’s feudal to wait too long to buy tickets, as they sell like wildfire.

*Update for September 12: Early bird prices are available for one more week. If you want to attend this event on the cheap, we suggest you purchase tickets soon.*

We can already hear the clamoring from all the lords and ladies from the Kingdom of Indianapolis, telling us to hold our horses. The Fishers Renaissance Faire doesn’t take place this year until the first weekend in October (Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5, to be exact). So, why are we already rushing to the printing press and telling you all about it? Plain and simple – tickets to the Fishers Renaissance Faire sell out quickly.

At least, that’s one reason. The other reason (as if you couldn’t guess this based on the fact that you’re reading it at Indy on the Cheap) is that early bird prices are available now. You can take advantage of the new policy in which you can print your advance tickets at home and bring them with you to avoid standing in line at the gates. You can visit the Fishers Renaissance Faire website to purchase your tickets on the cheap as long as you take advantage of the early bird prices between now and Saturday, September 20). During this early bird period, adult single day passes are only $10, children are $4, and infants are always FREE.

If you purchase your tickets now, you’ll be guaranteed entry to experience the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth I. You’ll find over 250 costumed characters jousting, singing madrigal music, holding knighting ceremonies, and many more activities. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Renaissance Faire, so it’s going to be an extra special occasion for everyone.

You can either print out your tickets or send them to your email, as either way will work at the gate. It doesn’t matter whether you buy a Saturday or Sunday ticket, as either works for either day. If you want to attend both days, just buy two of the passes. Once you’ve bought your passes, you can start looking forward to attending a tribute to one of the most fascinating time periods in human history.