Cheap Check­list

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - Anne Herbst, The Den­ver Post file 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 fo@ milehighonthecheap.com 10 to 14 days in ad­vance

Grab a friend and head to Star­bucks through Aug. 7. Be­tween 2 and 5 p.m., the ubiq­ui­tous cof­fee café is of­fer­ing a buy-one-get-one free mac­chi­ato — any size, hot or iced. Sip one of its new mac­chi­atos on the menu, iced cin­na­mon al­mond milk or co­conut milk mocha. How­ever, the dis­count ap­plies to all mac­chi­atos. star­bucks.com/promo/meet-for-mac­chi­atos

BOT­TLE SER­VICE

Fire­fight­ers can al­ways use more wa­ter. In this case, it’s not to fight fire, but to help those in need. On Aug. 5, Fire­house Subs is col­lect­ing bot­tled wa­ter, as part of its H2O For He­roes cam­paign. Cus­tomers who bring in an un­opened case of bot­tled wa­ter (24pack) for do­na­tion will re­ceive a free medium sub sand­wich. Limit one sub per per­son, even if you do­nate more than one case. All of the wa­ter will be do­nated to lo­cal fire de­part­ments for distri­bu­tion. The sub shop is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Satur­days.

MUG SHOT

All good deals float to

Ethe top, es­pe­cially dur­ing Na­tional Root Beer Float Day. On Aug. 6, A&W Res­tau­rants are serv­ing up a free small root beer float. New this year, the free­bie is avail­able all day, but re­quires the ad­di­tional pur­chase of any item on the menu. Fru­gal fam­i­lies may want to treat the deal as a buy-one-get-one free — pay for one float, get the sec­ond free. The clas­sic treat is served in a frosty mug filled with its “world­fa­mous” root beer and topped with vanilla soft serve. Grab a spoon and a straw to en­joy. awrestau­rants.com/root­beer

ALL ABOARD

Fam­i­lies are on track for an ad­ven­ture back in time with this free­bie. On Aug. 9, the Colorado Rail­road Mu­seum (17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden) is of­fer­ing free ad­mis­sion from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Rides cost ex­tra at $4 for adults and $2 for chil­dren. Built as a replica of a 1880’s train de­pot, the mu­seum houses thou­sands of rare pho­to­graphs, ar­ti­facts and doc­u­ments, high­light­ing the col­or­ful his­tory of Colorado rail­roads for more than 125 years. If you miss the

Es­ta­tion on this one, you’re out of luck un­til 2018. This is the fi­nal free day for the year.

PRICE HIKE

What used to be one the best deals for se­nior hik­ers, na­ture lovers and his­tory buffs is about to cost a whole lot more — $70 more, to be ex­act. While na­ture’s beauty is price­less, the Na­tional Park Ser­vice is in­creas­ing the cost of a Life­time Se­nior Pass (62 and older) from $10 to $80, start­ing Aug. 28. If you qual­ify, don’t daw­dle and buy your pass now. The sav­ings are too good to pass up. Pur­chase at any fed­eral re­cre­ation site in Colorado. (You can buy on­line, but there’s an ex­tra $10 pro­cess­ing fee.) The pass is non-trans­fer­able. How­ever, the se­nior pass ad­mits the pass owner and up to three adult pas­sen­gers per ve­hi­cle to any of the 118 of 417 NPS sites that have an en­trance fee. Chil­dren un­der 16 are al­ways ad­mit­ted for free.

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