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The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Laura Daily& Bryan K. Chavez, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post

Health club

No mem­ber­ship or money re­quired for this free­bie at Sam’s Club. Re­solve to be healthy on Jan. 9 from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. with free health screen­ings for mem­bers and non- mem­bers alike. The “cheap” check- up is avail­able at all lo­ca­tions with a phar­macy. The tests ( val­ued at $ 150) in­clude the fol­low­ing: blood pres­sure, to­tal choles­terol, HDL ( good choles­terol), glu­cose and body­mass in­dex ( BMI). Vi­sion and hear­ing checks are also in­cluded at se­lect stores. ( Did you know no mem­ber­ship is re­quired ei­ther to have pre­scrip­tions filled at the Sam’s Club phar­macy any­time?) All tests are per­formed by a li­censed pro­fes­sional. sam­sclub. com

An­i­mal in­stincts

The an­i­mals are ready for fru­gal fam­i­lies. Bun­dle up and go wild at the Den­ver Zoo for free on Jan. 9, 21 and 31. The zoo is on “win­ter hours”, open daily from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. in Den­ver’s City Park. Grounds of­fi­cially shut down at 5 p. m., so be sure you’re through the gates by 4 p. m. Be warned, park­ing can be its own an­i­mal, so you’re en­cour­aged to take the bus, car­pool or, if you’re feel­ing re­ally ad­ven­tur­ous, bike. For those who plan ahead, the re­main­ing Free Days for 2016 are Feb. 1 and 18; Nov. 4, 7 and 17. den­ver­zoo. org

Get smart

Tu­ition was never this cheap. The Academy For Life­long Learn­ing ( 8081 E. Orchard Rd. in Green­wood Vil­lage) is open­ing minds ( not wal­lets) by of­fer­ing its One- Day Univer­sity for free. On Jan. 13, choose from a morn­ing sam­pler of four 45- minute classes. Learn about the rise of China, the en­vi­ron­ment, “Is­lam Then and Now” and fe­male jazz singers. Classes run from 10 a. m. to 1 p. m., with a free light break­fast served. Park­ing is free, too. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 303- 770- 7086.

acade­myll. org Use your noo­dle, par­ents, and dine at Noo­dles & Com­pany to save a few bucks. The fam­i­lyfriendly restau­rant is let­ting kids ( 10 and un­der) eat free on Jan. 14, 21 and 28. From 4 p. m. to 8 p. m., get a free kids meal with the pur­chase of any reg­u­lar en­trée at par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­ca­tions. The kids menu in­cludes spaghetti & meat­balls, mac & cheese, but­tered noo­dles and grilled chicken breast, as well as a drink and two sides. The restau­rant is also plan­ning oo­dles of fun for the lit­tle ones dur­ing the same hours.

noo­dles. com

Chock- full of choco­late

If you’re a choco­late fa­natic ( and who isn’t?), you know that Go­diva pro­duces some of the finest. Choco­holics can join its Go­diva Choco­late Re­wards Club for sweet re­wards and of­fers. Once mem­bers have spent $ 10, they

Oo­dles of sav­ings re­ceive a free piece of choco­late ev­ery month at one of its bou­tiques, free stan­dard ship­ping for one on­line or­der, a spe­cial birth­day gift and ex­clu­sive of­fers ev­ery month. Plus, when they spend $ 20, mem­bers get a free gift the fol­low­ing month. Mem­ber­ship is free. Fill your sweet tooth and sign- up at one of two lo­cal Go­diva Bou­tiques— Cherry Creek Shop­ping Cen­ter or Park Mead­ows Mall.

go­diva. com/ get- re­wards

Health mat­ters

Many make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions to be­come health­ier, which largely means im­prov­ing one’s diet. Find­ing deals at the gro­cery store takes a lit­tle work, but also know­ing what to buy for a healthy ( or re­stricted) diet can be a chal­lenge. King Soop­ers is mak­ing it eas­ier for cus­tomers look­ing for ways to get healthy, with staff di­eti­tians on staff. The team of Reg­is­tered Di­eti­tian Nu­tri­tion­ists of­fers free in- store events, in­clud­ing classes and store walk- throughs. To learn more, con­tact them at di­eti­tians@ king­soop­ers. com or call 303- 778- 3023. king soop­ers. com/ health­mat­ters

Ev­ery Satur­day, Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez at MileHighOnTheCheap. com com­pile “Cheap Check­list” to help smart shop­pers find free­bies, dis­counts and deals. Send tips to info@ milehighonthecheap. com 10 to 14 days in ad­vance.

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