Apr 242014
Andrew Luck

If Andrew Luck is going and you can make it for FREE, why wouldn’t you?

We have had our eyes on Paul George and the other Pacers as they continue their playoff run. That doesn’t mean, however, that we have forgotten our love for Andrew Luck. For that reason, we’re thrilled to report that you can see him (as well as other celebrities like Bret Michaels and local Olympian Nick Goepper) at the WTHR Health and Fitness Expo this weekend.

The event featuring Andrew Luck will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27 at Exposition Hall in the State Fairgrounds. The event’s focus is on delivering more health-care resources in a single venue than Andrew Luck has thrown touchdowns as a Colt. On a serious note, the Expo offers everything from FREE or discounted health screenings to interactive demonstrations and attractions. And while we are patrons of saving money, we would be the first to say that your health is more important than your wallet.

Luckily, you don’t have to choose between the two this weekend. While tickets to the Health and Fitness Expo cost $5 at the door, you can grab FREE tickets by clicking here and using the promo code HEALTH. Plus, you can pick up a FREE pedometer at the door. If the possible health benefits aren’t enough of an incentive to attend, never forget that Andrew Luck will be taking the Main Stage Sunday at noon.

Apr 242014
Damien Center

Fight AIDS on the battlefield also known as your dinner table.

Some days, supporting the fight against AIDS is as simple and straightforward as grabbing a bite to eat. Today is one of those days, thanks to the Damien Center. The mission of the Damien Center is to empower those people in Central Indiana affected by HIV and AIDS so that they may move forward each day with dignity. It’s a tough battle that can’t be won overnight, but you can help by participating in the 20th Annual Dining Out for Life event today on Thursday, April 24.

During Dining Out for Life, over 40 restaurants will give 25-100% of your bill to support the Damien Center. Even the picky eaters among our Cheapsters should find appealing options among the following list. We encourage you to click here to see the full list, but here’s a sampling of the participating restaurants:

  • The Labor District
  • Red Lion Grog House
  • Adobo Grill
  • Downtown Olly’s
  • Fortyfive
  • The Greek Islands
  • Metro Nightclub & Restaurant
  • Pita Pit
  • Pizza King
  • Punch Burger
  • Santorini
  • Arni’s Restaurant
  • Beefcake Burgers
  • BRU Burger Bar
  • End of the Line Public House
  • La Margarita Fountain Square
Apr 242014
online course

Continuing your education with help from the Internet.

Have you thought about continuing your education through an online course? The idea of committing to studying for a class on top of your normal routine can be daunting. However, taking an online course can still serve as a great learning experience while being more adaptable to your schedule. We post monthly Coursera updates that list available online courses from various prestigious universities around the country. Rates on the online courses will vary based on the length of the class and the institution offering it, but the following is a listing of the online course starting in May, 2013:

  • The Diversity of Exoplanets (Six week course beginning May 1 from University of Geneva)
  • The Global Student’s Introduction to U.S. Law (Eight week course beginning May 1 from University of Florida)
  • Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence (Eight week course beginning May 5 from Case Western Reserve University)
  • Analyzing Global Trends for Business and Society (Seven week course beginning May 5 from University of Pennsylvania)
  • The Brain and Space (Six week course beginning May 5 from Duke University)
  • Exploratory Data Analysis (Four week course beginning May 5 from Johns Hopkins University)
  • Statistical Inference (Four week course beginning May 5 from Johns Hopkins University)
  • Introduction to Human Behavioral Genetics (Eight week course beginning May 5 from University of Minnesota)
  • Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms (Five week course beginning May 7 from Relay Graduate School of Education)
  • History of Rock, Part One (Seven week course beginning May 9 from University of Rochester)
  • Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It can offer You (Seven week course beginning May 9 from HEC Paris)
  • Invitation to Mathematics (12 week course beginning May 11 from Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures (Eight week course beginning May 12 from Vanderbilt University)
  • Using the Next Generation Science Standards for Students’ Deeper Understanding (Four week course beginning May 12 from Rice University)
  • Shaping the Way We Teach English, 2: Paths to Success in ELT (Five week course beginning May 12 from University of Oregon)
  • Growing Old Around the Globe (Six week course beginning May 19 from University of Pennsylvania)
  • Mathematical Methods for Quantitative Finance (Eight week course beginning May 19 from University of Washington)
  • Introduction to Forensic Science (Eight week course beginning May 19 from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore)
  • Technology and Ethics (Seven week course beginning May 19 from Ohio State University)
  • Vital Signs: Understanding what the Body is Telling Us (Six week course beginning May 19 from University of Pennsylvania)
  • Calculus: Single Variable (14 week course beginning May 23 from University of Pennsylvania)
  • Software Defined Networking (Eight week beginning May 26 from Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Understanding Media by Understanding Google (Six week course beginning May 26 from Northwestern University)
  • Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries (Six week course beginning May 26 from University of Manchester)
  • The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future (Seven week course beginning May 26 from Emory University)
  • Enhance Your Career and Employability Skills (Six week course beginning May 27 from University of London)
  • Health for All Through Primary Health Care (Five week course beginning May 28 from Johns Hopkins University)
  • Preventing Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach (Eight week course beginning May 30 from University of Minnesota)


Check back in next month for a more extensive rundown of the online courses starting in June.

Apr 242014
nail polish

The most eco-friendly nail polish can be yours on the cheap this week.

Earth Day may have been earlier in the week, but the opportunities to support our planet continue. We will readily admit that eco-friendly isn’t the first phrase that pops into our heads at the thought of nail polish. Now that we’ve heard about the Zoya nail polish exchange, however, we won’t see colorful fingernails the same way ever again.

Since it began, Zoya has been a pioneer in the realm of toxin-free nail polish, and yet they continue to release beautiful colors each season without compromising their healthy formula. With Zoya, you can enjoy a nail polish formula that doesn’t contain chemicals like formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and camphor (admittedly, I’ve only heard of that first chemical, but the others sound bad, too).

This is the perfect week to convert to Zoya Nail Polish if you haven’t before. Between now and Monday, April 28, you can exchange your old nail color and enjoy a 50% discount on new bottles. In addition to the discount, Zoya will properly dispose of your unwanted bottles in an eco-friendly manner. Click here to read more about Zoya and about how the particular rules and procedures work for this deal. Then, enjoy the shopping for your new color (our advice: you can never go wrong with a vibrant indigo).

Apr 232014
Hot Box

The best day of the year has come again at Hot Box Pizza.

Make no mistake—Hot Box Pizza is a great pizza choice every day of the year. If you’re looking for the best value day of the year, however, it has arrived today. You may remember us writing about Dollar Slice Day before, though it’s hard to believe a year has passed. We look back fondly on Dollar Slice Day and rejoice that this pizza holiday has returned to Hot Box at last and given us a perfect lunch on the cheap.

In case you’re a bit hazy on the details, Dollar Slice Day lasts from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today,  Wednesday, April 23. You can choose from either cheese or pepperoni, and your slice of pizza costs just $1. These slices are delicious, and the portions are generous. How many other great lunches can you purchase for just $1 these days? As Hot Box Pizza pointed out on their website, it’s tough to even pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a paper bag at that price. And it won’t taste as awesome as a slice from Hot Box. See you there today.

Apr 232014
Tamaleria Lupitas

You’ve never truly enjoyed tamales unless you’ve visited Tamaleria Lupitas.

Psst – fancy un poco Mexican? If you’re in the mood for some food from south of the border here in Indy, however, we suggest Tamaleria Lupitas. This small establishment on the northwest side of Indianapolis (8335 Michigan Road, to be exact) is an authentic tamale shop with Mexican food cooked to order. If you enjoy tamales, tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and sopes, you owe it to yourself to try this off-the-beaten-path-but-remarkably-delicious restaurant.

Furthermore, you can enjoy a couple of options on the cheap this week with the Tamaleria Lupitas specials. If you visit between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday this week, you can enjoy your choice of either three tacos or two tacos and a tamale for just $5. If you can’t visit during the lunch hours (understandable today considering our post about Hot Box Pizza’s Dollar Slice Day today), you can still enjoy the other weekly special at any time this week. For just $6, you can enjoy a torta and tamale.

Apr 222014
Scoop Fest

Personally, we find the new Amazing Spiderman 2 flavor intriguing.

If you’re a huge fan of Baskin Robbins, you might already be intimately familiar with Scoop Fest. Scoop Fest is probably the best time of the year to buy ice cream from Baskin Robbins, and the 2014 edition is underway now. The concept of Scoop Fest is really simple – each scoop on a kids cone is just $1. $1 buys you a standard kids cone. $2 gives you two scoops, while $3 nets (you guessed it) three scoops.

If you want all your scoops to be the same flavor, you’re the boss. Considering Baskin Robbins offers 31 famous flavors, however, you can also feel free to mix-and-match. In fact, if you purchase three scoops, you have 5456 combinations to choose from. Baskin Robbins offers classic flavors like Mint Chocolate Chip, Very Berry Strawberry, Pralines ‘n Cream, and more. In addition, you can sample the new Amazing Spiderman 2 flavor.

Scoop Fest starts today on Tuesday, April 22 and continues for three days. Make sure you and the kids take a trip to your nearest participating Baskin Robbins location before the end of the day on Thursday, April 24 to enjoy the benefits of Scoop Fest.

Apr 222014
Earth Day

He’s happy to see that today is Earth Day.

If Kermit the Frog were ranking holidays based on how green they were, St. Patrick’s Day would definitely take first place. However, Earth Day would be a close second. The two holidays have nothing else in common beyond the green color, kind of like how the Disney Store has little connection to Staples beyond being a retail store.

Just for today on Tuesday, April 22, however, Earth Day brings Disney and Staples together to promote a greener tomorrow. Both stores are offering Earth Day specials, but we will start with Staples. Staples is offering a 50% discount on eco-conscious cleaning products. Click here to check out all the products on sale, ranging from paper towels and chemical soaps to trash bags, mops, and vacuums.

The Disney Store is also participating with parents and kids to help the environment for Earth Day. On Tuesday, April 22, you can receive a FREE Disneynature Bears reusable tote bag when you bring in and recycle five plastic shopping bags (limited to one per customer while supplies last). Indianapolis’s Disney Store is at 6020 East 82nd Street in Castleton Square Mall.

To paraphrase our amphibian friend, it may not be easy being green. However, Earth Day is a great day to focus on going green.

Apr 222014
Pacers Bikeshare

The weather is perfect for the Bikeshare Launch Party.

Everyone knows about the Pacers and their playoff quest. What isn’t as familiar to Cheapsters is the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare. Indy’s public bicycle-sharing system is named after the team, and features 25 stations and 250 bikes. The bikes are available to anyone with either a 24-hour pass or annual membership, and make city travel a breeze. We encourage you to click here to learn more about the Pacers Bikeshare program and how it works.

In the meantime, this afternoon is the official launch of the Pacers Bikeshare. Before the team takes the court, you can enjoy the launch party from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. All 250 bikes will be in circulation, and you can enjoy music, Flat12 beer, and local food at City Market. You have to register ahead of time to attend this party, and you can sign up by clicking here. After that, have fun at the party and go Pacers!

Apr 222014

One of the most underrated parts of a picnic lunch.

Ah, the joys of spring. The weather is friendlier, which means we’re all headed outdoors more often. Heading outdoors means picnics, camping, sporting events, and other outdoor party opportunities. With all those outdoor get-togethers, there’s bound to be some messes along the way that need cleaning up. As such, the napkins BOGO from GFS Marketplace will come in handy.

Between now and May 31, you can use this coupon to buy one package of Tork Xpressnap to Go napkins at your local GFS Marketplace store and receive a second package for FREE. Napkins are among those products that aren’t necessarily glamorous and aren’t what we consider exciting purchases. Buying obscure mustard sauces or choosing the fruit at the right level of ripeness—those are more exciting purchases.

If you forget to pick up the napkins, though, chances are you’re going to have some stains from that fruit and mustard. Okay, that’s kind of a strange example, but the point is that napkins are an important ingredient in your upcoming outdoor events. With GFS Marketplace, you can pick up those necessary napkins on the cheap.