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Oct 192014
flu shots

Fight back against flu season this fall.

As much as our Cheapsters love saving money, we only need to mention one key word to demonstrate that health is even more important than deals and discounts: ebola. With the news constantly tracking this deadly disease , it can be easy to get caught up in all the fear surrounding an admittedly awful virus.

Just because ebola looks like the meanest disease around these days, however, doesn’t mean we should all turn our back on the flu. A few Americans have contracted ebola, while the CDC notes that 5-20% of Americans suffer from the flu every season. And while we can’t point out opportunities to be vaccinated against ebola (at this point, anyway), here’s a roundup of the places where you can gain protection from the flu:

CVS: Most insurance plans will enable you to receive your flu shot at CVS this year for FREE. Not only that, they’ll give you a 20% off shopping pass with a flu shot. Of course, “most insurance plans” does not mean “all insurance plans”, so we recommend your plan and its copay procedures before checking out the CVS Immunization Scheduler. If your insurance doesn’t cover you, the cost is $31.99 for your flu shot this year, but you’ll still get that shopping pass.

Walgreens: The same idea at CVS applies to Walgreens as well. Most insurance plans are accepted (though the price tag here is $31.99 as well without insurance acceptance), and Walgreens will give you a FREE immunization assessment from the pharmacist when you receive your flu shot to determine which other immunizations may be right for you.

Costco – If you don’t have insurance but you do happen to have a Costco membership, this one’s a great deal at just $14.99 for the flu shot.

Walmart – It may not be as cheap as Costco, but it isn’t hard to find a Walmart in this city. And at $25 for the flu shot, you’re saving money compared toe the pharmacies.

Meijer – Insurance acceptance varies at Meijer, too, and the shot costs $27.99 otherwise.

Finally, the other option is to check out these one-time deals around Marion County. All of them cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Here are the times and places:

  • Chin Community Center – 9:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday October 21 at 2524 E. Stop 11 Road
  • Southport Presbyterian Church – 9:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday October 28 at 7525 McFarland Boulevard


Oct 192014
PinPoint Perks

Start the week off with coupons from PinPoint Perks.

It’s tough to say whether the economy is turning around. Depending on which polls you believe, unemployment might be expanding or shrinking. These are uncertain times, but one fact remains clear regardless. It’s always a good idea to save money with coupons when and where possible. Saving a couple bucks here and a few more there may not seem like that much, but those small savings add up over time.

PinPoint Perks makes these kinds of savings easy, as you can print individual coupons off from an ever-growing list of companies. This week, we’ll highlight five businesses who are new to the PinPoint Perks partnership. Just follow the links to access the coupons that we will list in this post. With no further ado, here’s this week’s PinPoint Perks roundup:

Hino Oishi Hibachi & Japanese Cuisine - Welcome to Hino Oishi Hibachi & Japanese Cuisine in Carmel, IN. At Hino Oishi you’ll enjoy a wide selection including: Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Noodle & Fried Rice, Teriyaki Dishes, Vegetarian Dishes, Youshoko Land Entrees & Seafood & Fresh Fish, Bento Box & Kids Youshoku.

Hino Oishi’s coupons include $5 off a $50 purchase, FREE appetizer, and half off sushi roll.

Barrio Taco & Tequila Bar – Welcome to Barrio Taco & Tequila Bar in Indianapolis, IN. Barrio Taco & Tequila Bar offers an exciting, unique flavor through authentic street-style Mexican & Latin cuisine. You’ll enjoy a lively and fun atmosphere and live entertainment.

Barrio’s coupons include $10 off $30 food purchase, FREE chips and queso, and FREE churros with $30 food order.

College Hunks Hauling Junk – Welcome to College Hunks Hauling Junk in Indianapolis, IN. They offer full service junk removal, donation pickups & labor services throughout the entire Indianapolis area & surrounding counties.

College Hunks’ coupons include FREE onsite estimate and up to $25 off.

Gene Ray Heating and Cooling – Gene Ray Heating and Cooling has proudly been serving the south side of Indianapolis since 1976. They’re here to help provide your home, office, church with total comfort and reliability at a fair and reasonable price.

Gene Ray’s coupons include a furnace tune-up for only $59.

The Meat Shop – Welcome to The Meat Shop of Indianapolis. They sell only the finest quality beef, pork, poultry, seafood and wild game as well as a variety of other products. The butchers will impress you with a wide selection as well as hard to beat prices. They guarantee that you will be satisfied with their products and custom service.

The Meat Shop’s coupons include $5 off any purchase of $25 or more, $10 off any purchase of $50 or more, $20 off any manager’s special bundle, and 50% off lunch or dinner.

Oct 192014
Scary Halloween

Maybe we’ll look for good local dental deals next month?

Halloween is truly held at the perfect time. It’s early enough in the fall season that there’s rarely snow on the ground, but it’s getting colder quickly and you can pretend that the shiver running down your spine is from the cold weather and not from the spooky decorations.

Of course, some Cheapsters embrace that spine-tingling sensation of fear, seeking out the most thrilling scares they can find. If you’re a big fan of the more macabre side of Halloween and don’t want to wait until October 31 to be scared silly, check out the discounts on these opportunities around Indy:

Haunted Angelus House – Over 13,000 square feet of horror await you at the Haunted Angelus House, located at 8829 E. Washington Avenue. By day, the Angelus is a nonprofit group home giving around-the-clock service and a safe place to live to children with physical and mental disabilities (so, your money goes toward a great cause here). By night this time of year, however, the Angelus strives to be Indy’s best haunted attraction. Open dates that fall on Sunday through Thursday, the House is open from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, they stay open until midnight. Adults cost $20 while kids aged ten and under cost $10. Be advised that this one is rated as “Very Scary,” so it’s not for the faint at heart.

FriteLodge – Located at 7525 Acton Road, FriteLodge opens its doors from 7:00 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays leading up to the big Halloween night. Admission at the door costs $10, but we recommend you use the online coupon and pay just $8 for your pants-wetting fun. All proceeds collected at FriteLodge are donated to local charities, so again they scare because they care (and yes, that was shamelessly ripped from Monsters, Inc.)

Hanna Haunted Acres – Featuring five separate haunts (two of which are new in 2014), Hanna Haunted Acres is Indy’s premiere Halloween attraction. They are located at 7323 E. Hanna Avenue, and always open at “dark.” Sunday through Thursday, they stay open until 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, they don’t close until midnight. A Combo Pass will give you a ticket for one time through all five attractions, which is probably the best deal. You can pay $29 at the door, but dedicated Cheapsters will buy tickets online for only $27. Here are the five attractions to look forward to:

  • Hanna Haunted Hayride
  • Saw
  • Hooded (new in 2014)
  • Outbreak (new in 2014)
  • Scarecrow’s Revenge

Haunt Out Hunger – 3650 E. Thompson Road offers an opportunity every Friday and Saturday leading up to Halloween to fight hunger in our local communities while enjoying a scary outdoor walk. The walks take place from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and it’s FREE to participate. They ask, however, that you bring at least one canned food item to donate (all donations will be delivered to the Hunger, Inc. local food bank). The theme this year is Twisted Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes.

Haunted Trails at Cool Creek Park (Hamilton County) is open October 28, 29 and 30 from 7 to 10 pm  for just $5 per person. There is a fright-free zone with non-scary activities for the 12 and under crowd available as well.

We will continue to add to this list and send it out to you with updates as the month rolls along and we hear of other scary opportunities. Keep screaming, Indy.

Oct 192014
Not scary Halloween

Enjoy the less frightening side of this beautiful time of year.

There are enough Halloween-related events and opportunities going on this month that listing them all in one post would be impractical. Nobody wants to wade through a novel, so we decided to split the list in two. If you like the thrill of being scared out of your mind, we advise you to check out our Scary Halloween Roundup. If you love the Halloween season but aren’t a huge fan of being terrified, here’s the roundup for you:

Johnson County Monster Mash – On Friday October 24, the Greenwood Public Library is partnering with Johnson County to hold a family-friendly Halloween party. Businesses all over Johnson County will be giving away treats to the kids. The fun takes place at the Greenwood Community Center (100 Surina Way).

Zoo Boo – As long as the bears and tigers stay on the other side of the fences, there’s nothing particularly scary about Zoo Boo. From 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday  between now and Halloween, you and your kids can enjoy Zoo Boo for FREE after you pay the normal zoo admission price. The little ones are encouraged to dress up in costumes and bring goodie bags for trick-or-treat through the Zoo grounds.

Children’s Museum Creepy Carnival – This one could be a crossover between our two lists, as the Children’s Museum is offering their annual haunted house. This one can be scary, but they offer lights-on hours for a more kid-friendly experience. Tickets to the haunted house are $7 at the door, but you can buy them in advance at participating Marsh Supermarkets for $6. Just be aware that this event doesn’t begin until Saturday, October 11.

Kelsay Farms – If you’re looking for a place to go find the perfect pumpkin, enjoy some delicious dairy snacks, and make your way through a corn maze, Kelsay Farms will be a great choice. They are open daily from October 13 to October 24, and every weekend from now through October 26. The corn maze is seven acres, and you can tackle it during the day or after dark with flashlights. The maze is not haunted, so you won’t have to worry about anything jumping out at you unless you have a particularly vindictive older brother. General admission is only $8, and the only additional costs are for buying pumpkins and snacks. If you want a particularly special event, we recommend you go Saturday, October 25, when they offer trick-or-treat in the maze.

Monster Mash Community Halloween Party – Also in Greenwood, the Community Center is holding a Halloween Party at the Greenwood Public Library. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 24, you can attend the party for FREE. There will be a live DJ,bounce houses, trick or treating, and a costume contest. If you want to stay for dinner and a hayride, that only costs $2. The Monster Mash features fun for all ages.

Baxter YMCA: Friday, October 24 is the date for the annual Halloween at the Y event for families. From 6 to 8 pm, you can tour the haunted house, indulge in yummy snacks, try your hand at crafts and burn energy in the bounce house. Come in costume — the cost is $12 per family (maximum 2 adults) for members, $15 for non-members, or $3 per person ($6 non-members). Ages 2 and under are FREE. Contact for tickets and info.

Pilsung ATA Martial Arts – From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, you can attend a FREE party at Pilsung ATA Martial Arts. This event includes games, Stranger Danger Safety Training for kids, snacks, and door prize drawings. Pilsung ATA Martial Arts is located at 707 S. Madison Avenue, and the only stipulation to attend is that you must RSVP via their Facebook Page. Follow our link and you can leave them a comment or message saying how many people in your group are coming.

Edward’s Drive In has an unusual setting but a lot of Halloween fun on October 25. Join them for the annual Spooktacular car show — registration is from 9 am to noon, with awards from 2 pm to 3 pm. There’s also trunk-or-treating for the kids (that’s when you go from car to car, of course!) and a costume contest.

The Boo n Brew at Clay Terrace is free and runs from 2 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, October 25. The adults can enjoy beer as the kids participate in the annual Malloween, a mall-wide, safe trick or treating event from store to store for children ages 10 and under. Other fun activities will include live entertainment, face painting, balloon artist, hayrides and more!

Teddy’s Burger Joint is holding a party on Tuesday, October 28 beginning at 6 pm. Bring the kiddos in their costumes and come decorate some pumpkins with us! Each child will receive a pumpkin to paint, a bit of candy and get to have a little Halloween fun with the Teddy’s crew.



Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat – The Indiana State Fairgrounds are holding their annual trick-or-treat session on Halloween night. From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 31, kids aged 12 and under can trick or treat for FREE. Just remember that kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct 192014
Women Leaders Symposium

Sarah Fisher is the keynote speaker at this year’s event.

Did you know that women own nearly 30% of Indiana-based businesses? It’s for this reason that the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a one-day symposium geared towards the pursuit of business success for the women leaders in our community. On Thursday, October 30, you are invited to join in this opportunity to connect, learn, grow, and advance your business and career.

The cost to register for the 2014 Women Leaders Symposium is just $99, and you can sign up here. The Symposium takes place at the Johnson County Armory, which is located at 325 Minute Man Way in Franklin. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration before a series of panels and interactive introductions. The afternoon belongs to breakout sessions before a closing session from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The day’s agenda was developed by a group of central Indiana business women who are committed to helping our female Cheapsters advance in business. Contrary to what some previously believed, however, you don’t have to currently be a CEO or business leader to attend this symposium. Any woman wanting to advance in the business realm is welcome and cordially invited to attend. We hope to see you there.

Oct 192014
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 Talladega for the next leg of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. More drivers were ousted from the Chase, but our Outback Warrior Kevin Harvick wasn’t one of them. Harvick finished ninth in the big race, and Outback Steakhouse is giving you the freebie in recognition of his success.

You don’t need a coupon to claim your FREE Bloomin’ Onion. Just say “Bloomin’ Monday” to your server today on Monday, October 20 to enjoy your freebie. After that, stay tuned to see how Kevin Harvick does in the next race. There aren’t many more to go this year, but we’ll be watching and waiting to let you know of his exploits.

Oct 152014
Weekend Roundup

We hope everyone has a ball this weekend.

It has been an interesting week for us at Indy on the Cheap. In case you were still wondering why you didn’t receive a newsletter from us until today this week, we experienced some technical issues that kept our page from functioning properly. Needless to say, dealing with these issues stressed us out and made us look ahead longingly to the weekend. If it has been one of those weeks for you, too, take solace in two facts. First, you’re almost through the week. Second, you can check out our top five cheap and/or FREE ideas for things to do this weekend. Here’s the list:

Art in Odd Places – For the first time every, downtown Indy has invited local and national artists to create accessible and interactive works of art along Market Street up to and including Monument Circle. From dawn on Friday, October 17 through dusk on Saturday, October 18, you can experience these works of art yourself for FREE. The projects include music, dance performances, sculptures, and more. Whatever you think you’re going to see, you’re probably going to be surprised at least a couple of times.

Girls Night Out – Don’t worry, gents, we’re about to reach a sporting event that might be more up your alley. In the meantime, our female Cheapsters are invited to a Girls Night Out at Hope Community Church in Brownsburg (located at 3350 SR 267). Starting at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, enjoy FREE admission to a shopping experience that include hot chili, a baked potato bar, and soup. The vendors on site will include Avon, The Pampered Chef, Pink Zebra, Dove Chocolate, Origami Owl, and more.

Indy Eleven Home Finale – The Indy Eleven soccer team will be competing in its final home game of the season Saturday, October 18 against the San Antonio Scorpions. Tickets haven’t sold out (yet), but there’s some extra perks to attending this game in particular. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m., but you’ll want to arrive early. The first 1,100 fans over the age of 18 to arrive will receive FREE scratch-off Hoosier Lottery tickets. The first 8,000 fans in attendance will also receive pink Breast Cancer Awareness bracelets. The gates open at 6:00 p.m., so you’ll want to arrive early. After the game is over, the fans who stay also get treated to a fireworks show, so make an evening of it Saturday.

Body, Mind, and Spirit Expo – The State Fairgrounds will be playing host to the Body, Mind, and Spirit Expo this weekend at the Farm Building. The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, but you can take $1 off by printing this coupon. Plus, you’ll receive a $5 gift certificate from Good Earth Natural Food Co. with your admission. So, you make up most of the cost when you attend this set of exhibits. You can learn more about permanent healing, attitudes that cause health, daily energy solutions, balancing your mind and body, and more.

Midwest Reptile Show – Speaking of the State Fairgrounds, they made our list twice this weekend with the Midwest Reptile Show. If your family is fascinated by snakes, iguanas, and geckos (oh my!), you can visit this fun event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday in the Southwest Pavilion. Adults can enjoy admission for only $5, while children aged eight and under are FREE.

Oct 122014
Think Pink

Not every team looks as good in pink as our Colts.

October is an incredibly colorful month around Indy. The leaves are all changing colors, showing hues of green, yellow, red, and everything between. When it isn’t raining, the sky seems more deep blue in October than any other month. All the Halloween decorations inject orange and black into the equation. And then, of course, there’s the color pink.

You’ll see plenty of pink this month (just look at the picture we have for this post) because Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October. You can make a donation any day of the year to Susan G. Komen, The National Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and so many others. This month, however, the opportunities to support the fight against breast cancer pop up everywhere. Here’s our pink list for the month so far (we’ll update this post with more as we hear about them, so leave us a comment if we’re missing some):

Bill Estes Chevrolet: Test drive any Chevy vehicle this month and they’ll donate $10—or  take delivery of any new Chevy and they’ll contribute $100—to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Cheeseburger in Paradise – There’s no cancer in paradise, but there are some pink drinks. During the month of October, any signature pink drink you order means a portion of the proceeds being donated to Keep A Breast Foundation to join their prevention efforts. These pink drinks include the Pink Flamingo Margarita, Surfer Spray, South Beach Mojito, Strawberry Shake, and Island Paradise.

Don Pablo’s – Don Pablo went a little loco and dyed the water in his fountains pink for the month. If you dine with the Don during October, any coins you throw in the restaurant fountains will be donated to help find a cure. Also, a portion of both Strawberry Margarita and Paloma drink sales this month will be donated.

Dine for the Cure with five more local restaurants – There is a coupon available for a group of local participating restaurants through Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. If you visit Nickel Plate Bar and Grill, The Elbow Room, Broad Ripple Tavern, Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar, or Meridian Restaurant and Bar, print off this coupon and present it to your server any and every Tuesday in October. If you do, 15% of your bill will be donated to fight breast cancer.

PF Chang’s – Who says the fight against breast cancer revolves just around drinks? For every spicy tuna or California sushi roll purchased at PF Chang’s, they will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You might also notice some of the horse statues at PF Chang’s have been painted pink. If you take a selfie with one of them, post it on social media, and tag it with #paintpfchangspink between now and October 31, that’s another $1 donation.

Perfekt Fit in Zionsville – Heck, who says it has to be a restaurant? If you sign up for a spin class at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays in October or 9:15 a.m. Sundays this month at Perfekt Fit, your entry fee goes toward breast cancer research. These 60-minute spin classes are led by Komen Ambassador Michele Cohen, and they cost $17 per class. You can raise money to fight this terrible disease while boosting your own health with exercise.

Making Strides Walk – Finally, White River State Park is holding a walk to benefit the American Cancer Society on Saturday October 25. This is one of many such walks, as more than 300 communities nationwide have held these events to raise money. The one we’re referencing is a non-competitive 5K starting at 9:00 a.m. on the 25th. The walk begins at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park, which is located at 801 W. Washington Street. Grab your favorite pink athletic shirt and get ready to take some steps against cancer. If you can’t make it that day but still want to help, check out the Making Strides website and consider making a donation.

Oct 122014
Guitar Drive

No matter what condition your guitar is in, it’s welcome in this drive.

Music has been called the universal language, and with good reason. Melody and harmony can work wonders with people of all ages, and nobody understands this better than the Sense Charter School. Located in southeast Indianapolis, the Sense Charter School hosts grades K-8 and works to facilitate learning experiences by supporting students socially, emotionally, and academically. Its classroom settings allow for more individualized attention than many other schools, and they inspire a love of learning in students with a rigorous curriculum.

Of course, it isn’t all about books and studying. The Sense Charter School is looking to build on its music program by obtaining guitars. Here’s where our Cheapsters and Arthur’s Music Store enter the picture. Arthur’s Music Store, located at 931 Shelby Street in Fountain Square, is holding a guitar drive between now and December 31. Any guitar you can donate will be greatly appreciated. Whether it’s new, used, or broken, any make or model will do.

Arthur’s Music Store will fix up any donated guitars at no cost for the kids to use in the music program. It’s a great opportunity for you to free up some space in your closet from the old guitar you don’t use anymore, while the kids gain new instruments to enjoy. Everyone wins with this program.

Qdoba says Down with Up-charging

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Oct 122014

We’re down with that.

So many banks right now are turning to what they call asterisk-free checking. The idea is to get away from so many fine print exclusions and extra rules that rip off even the most observant Cheapsters with their complexity. These technicalities are annoying when it comes to any product or service – not just with financial matters.

So, what does that have to do with Qdoba? On a lesser scale, we often have to grapple with similar technicalities when ordering at restaurants. You can have guacamole on your burrito, but look out for the small up-charge. You want both sour cream and queso on the same meal? Cha-ching again. These little extras can take your lunch from the affordable to the luxury meal before you know it, and Qdoba recognizes how much it irritates us Cheapsters.

Like the banks moving towards asterisk-free checking, Qdoba is saying, “Down with up-charging.” They are only going to charge one flat price for each delicious entree, so you can enjoy your perfect blend of ingredient flavors without having to pull out a calculator and add up the extra costs. You want queso, guacamole, lettuce, cheese, and all the other fine Qdoba products? Go for it – extras are no longer charged extra.