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9 Ridiculously Easy Tips On How to Save Money in Denver

Denver is not a cheap city. In fact, it’s still surprising to me that so many people still believe that it is. Denver should be considered a high cost of living city, fortunately, there a ridiculous number of ways to save on events/resources/and activities in town. I won’t touch housing costs in this blog post (we’ll save that for another day). If you’ve been wondering how to save money in Denver-it’s not too hard. In fact, it’s possible to save money while living in Denver and I’m excited to show you some of the ways that I watch my money and still have a great time living in Denver.

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How to Stay Fit in Denver

Without going broke! There are an endless number of ways to stay fit in Denver and attend your favorite fitness classes without going broke. Here is a short-list of strategies that I use.

  • Attend Civic Center Moves Classes! These are free classes held all year around in Civic Center Park. During the winter, they are held inside. Then, around the end of May/beginning of June, the classes move outdoors. Participants do have to fill out a waiver, but that’s to be expected. Classes include: yoga, yoga cross, and hip hop fitness. Also, The November Project hosts a workout every Wednesday morning in conjunction with Civic Center Moves.
  • Use Classpass-I am obsessed with Classpass because I get bored with my workouts. How it works, users choose the subscription that works best for them. Then, they sign up for the different fitness classes they’re interested in. You can use Classpass across the United States. I love this because I travel pretty frequently. My current favorite class is a hip hop fitness class called Groov3 held at PassionForce studio in the Baker neighborhood. New users get $30 credited towards your new subscription when you sign up with my affiliate link.

  • Run Clubs-These are hosted around the city and are typically based out of restaurants or bars. They are free and oftentimes have free refreshments after your run. Bring cash though, because you’ll most likely end up purchasing a drink.

Ibotta

Savings apps are all the rage. But, one of my favorites is Denver-based Ibotta. Users are able to save on the following:

  • Groceries
  • Booze
  • Retail
  • Amazon

And, every new user gets $10 towards their first $20 payout when they redeem their first savings within a few weeks of downloading the app.

How Ibotta works:

  • Download the app Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store for Iphone users.
  • Check out the app and see which retailers are included. My favorites are: Safeway, Whole Foods, and Sprouts. Hey, I like to eat!
  • Then, I begin checking out the savings for the store that I intend to shop at next. Typically, in order to access savings offers you will answer short questions, watch a SHORT video, or view an information page about a product.
  • Once you go shopping make sure to check your app so that you don’t forget to pick up your items.
  • Scan those items as you put them in your cart. There is bar at the top of the app that has a barcode icon on the left-hand side. When you touch that the “Scan Product Barcode” screen will open up. You want to do this so that you can make sure that you can redeem that savings, every once in awhile a savings can’t be redeemed. This is unusual, but, it just will save some aggravation for later.
  • Either at the store, or right when you get home, upload your savings. Basically, this means scan your receipt and items that you saved on into the app. You want to do this as soon as you get home, or you’ll forget.

Free Days

Thanks to the SCFD (Scientific and Cultural Facilities District) that Denver voters approved for another 12 years until…2028. This is great because we’ve approved a tiny percentage of sales tax towards arts and culture. What does this mean? Denver (and surrounding counties) have money for the arts!

And, free days.

I love free days because they give access to museums, festivals, and other art focused events to all residents. Here is a short-list of free days to check out. Please note: you will need to show that you’re a resident of one of the counties upon admission.

  • Denver Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Denver Art Museum
  • The Denver Zoo
  • The Botanic Gardens (Chatfield and Denver)
  • $10 tickets at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (basically, that’s free for theater)

Here’s a link to check out free days throughout the year.

South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market

My current favorite farmer’s market in Denver is the South Pearl Street location. I just love the atmosphere and the energy. It feels like there is something for everyone as you walk up and down the street.

My favorite stall to save offers a $10 all you can stuff bag of goodies. The only downside, the veggies and fruits at this stand are shipped in from all over, but if you’re looking to save-this is an incredible way to eat fresh throughout the summer. The best deals happen at the end of the year as the bulk of the harvest starts to come come in.

By the way, there is an ART to stuffing the bag.

Ego CarShare

I LOVE this non-profit! There are a ton of different car share programs that have a presence in the Denver/Boulder metro area. I decided to go with a locally based company because I felt like I wouldn’t get lost in the crowd.

The experience with Ego CarShare has been fantastic and it’s been super easy to use.

Why did I decide to go with a car share program? There were several reasons.

  • To save money-In addition to running Square State, I also run a website about personal finance. Currently, I am paying off debt and using a car share gives me access to a car while reducing my transportation costs by thousands of dollars a year. Previously, I had a paid off car, but it still cost around $350 a month to own it after factoring in insurance, gas, maintenance, and random stuff.
  • Reduce my carbon foot print-Yep, I think about stuff like that. But, I grew up in Boulder.
  • Simplify my life-not owning a car has drastically simplified my life. I don’t worry about parking, maintenance, hail damage, etc.
  • Public transit-I actually use it and am within walking distance of three light rail stops.

How to Use Ego Car Share

It’s actually super easy. Once you sign up, you will need to pick up a key fob from either downtown Denver or somewhere in Boulder (depending on where you live).

You will reserve your car either via the app or website (I use the website). The cool thing about the reservation system is that cars are placed throughout the city. Your key fob will unlock the doors and clock you in and out of the car.

I’m very fortunate in that I have a car that is parked within 6 blocks of my house. But, sometimes I will pick up a car in Boulder or other parts of Denver depending on what’s going on, the weather, and the type of car available.

I believe that all of the cars are hybrids.

It will be easiest to live car free in Denver if you live along the light rail line or closer to downtown.

Facebook Events

There are so many cool events happening in Denver that it’s hard to keep up with them all-especially during the summer. Different businesses throughout town host free and inexpensive events as a way to connect with citizens, let people know who they are, and to get people into their retail spaces.

Past events that I’ve signed up for and discovered (free or discounted)

  • Denver Start Up Week
  • Puppy Yoga for $5
  • Yoga at Denver Milk Market
  • Free Tequila tastings
  • Concerts
  • Fitness classes

The Financial Independence Retire Early Community: F.I.R.E.

Previously, I mentioned that I am a personal finance blogger. Well, there is a really fun community of personal finance bloggers focused on what’s called: F.I.R.E.

For some reason, Colorado, in particular the Denver/Boulder metro area has become a hot bed of people who are hyper-focused on living well, while spending less, investing more, and enjoying their lives.

Bloggers such as:

The great thing about hanging out with the F.I.R.E. community, no one will make you feel weird for wanting to save and stretch your dollars.

Meetup.com

If you’ve been sleeping on joining Meetup and live in Denver (or, are moving here) sign up STAT. They have a ton of amazing communities that you can join for every interest that you may have.

If you’re looking to hike, grow a business, connect with a certain interest group-then, you need to be on Meetup. It’s a great way to build community and connect with new people-even if you’ve lived in Denver for years.

Denver Public Library

And, the Library of Things. I cannot rave enough about the Denver Public Library. I still may be sketched out by the main branch, but I continue to obsessively visit local branches throughout the city and near my house.

The library has a ridiculous amount of programming, access to wifi, and even the opportunity to rent out a podcast studio at one of the local branches.

Programming includes (but, isn’t limited) to the following:

  • A talk given by a forensic pathologist!
  • Conversations about personal finance
  • Play groups for kids (these are incredibly well attended)
  • Technology classes
  • Social Media Marketing

DPL does an incredible job of providing an endless amount of resources that enrich the lives of Denver citizens…and the services are basically free.

Now You Know How to Save Money In Denver!

You don’t have to go broke in Denver. Start using the above resources, strategies, and community spaces to begin saving money while living in Denver.

There are a number of other strategies and services that I didn’t share. Drop some of your favorite ways to save in the comments!

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Alchemy Creative

Where to Cowork in Denver: Alchemy Workspace

If you live in Denver or are passing through and are looking for a place to work I have the space for you. Actually, I have several spaces that I love and will recommend and today’s post shares the first one: Alchemy Creative Workspace.

Love.this.space.

When I decided to take the leap and work for myself, I had romantic notions of working from home and just killing the digital game. In fact, I knew that I would be focused, on task, and productive every single day….from my home.

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In fact, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. I had a ridiculously difficult time working from home. I would look at the laundry that had to be done, the one or two dishes languishing in the sink, and then go insane with the dog upstairs would begin barking in a separation anxiety fit of rage.

There was a moment when I just had to be honest and acknowledge that what I was trying to do wasn’t working. Coffee shops didn’t work either. If I had a huge project that needed a quiet dedicated space to knock some work out from, Starbucks (too noisy depending on location), Thump (not enough outlets) or Nixon’s (fabulous coffee unhappy wifi). Finally, I broke down and decided to check out co-working spaces. The first time I worked from co-working spaces it didn’t work out (long-story).

This time I tried it again and I’m in love with co-working spaces and you will be too!

Deskpass

If you would like to date several spaces before committing to your final space, I recommend signing up for Deskpass. Deskpass works exactly like Classpass does (if you’re familiar with that service). There are different subscription levels that you can choose from which will allow you to visit different spaces that are signed up on the platform throughout the city of Denver. In fact, I will share a review of each space that I absolutely love on Square State.

Prices range from $49-$199 a month and the unused days roll over to the next month. This feature is one of my favorites. Finally, Deskpass hosts monthly events for members at different spaces throughout town. Deskpass is currently available in the following cities: Denver, L.A., NYC, Miami, Austin, and Chicago (and members can use their membership in whatever city they happen to be in at the time. Love.this.resource!

Alchemy Creative Workspace

Is located at 66 S. Logan Space. One of the defining characteristics of the space is how open and airy it is and how warm and welcoming the staff is. Ari and Chelsea are most members first point of contact. And, these two ladies are some of the warmest and most genuine people that I’ve met in a long time. In fact, I judge co-working spaces on how welcomed I feel in the space.

The permanent members who work out of Alchemy also are incredibly warm and friendly and they make it easy to imagine working from the space full-time.

Some of the amenities and perks include:

  • Beer

 

  • Get togethers

 

  • Dog friendly (there are several doggies for those of you who love pets)

 

  • Phone “booths” for those days when you need to take a call in private

 

  • Yoga located next door.

 

  • Restaurants are located across the street and it’s easy to get lunch delivered.

 

  • Programming

 

  • Great location for those of you in the Wash Park/West Wash Park area.

Basically, Alchemy Creative Workspace is a wonderful place to nurture and grow your business. And, one of the businesses housed there is a burrito business. And, sometimes members are called upon to do quality taste testing. Those are my favorite days! Free lunch.

Square State

SQS019: Monthly Recap and Summer is Coming

Can you believe that it’s almost May? I can’t either! Today’s episode is a monthly recap. I also share a cool new locale that’s about to open in town and an upcoming event.

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Show Notes

 

 

 

  • The Dairy Block Development-I wonder about the lack of marketing on an INCREDIBLE new space opening this summer.

 

 

 

The Welcome Mat Events

The inaugural Welcome Mat Event will be held on May 4th, 2018 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. The purpose? To connect new arrivals with current Denver residents and create a welcoming place for residents to connect and create community.

Sign up HERE! To join in. The first event’s topic “How to Make Personal and Professional Connections in Denver.” 

 

Denver Bloggers Club

Denver Life: Hanging Out With the Denver Bloggers’ Club

One of the reasons why I decided to share my Colorado experience via this blog was to connect people with the different communities in the state. It shouldn’t surprise you that I’m an active member of the Denver Bloggers’Club, a community created by Jenny Finke author of the blog Good for You Gluten Free. And, last week we enjoyed another amazing event created to support local bloggers.

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Denver Bloggers’ Club

For those of you who wonder why would bloggers need to be a part of community? Well, there are a number of reasons why. Blogging, for many, is a very solitary affair. You created a blog post that you hope will connect with readers and then…crickets. Or, if you’re lucky, your mom will let you know that she checked out your website and she found a spelling error.

The Denver Bloggers’ Club is a warm community of men and women connecting over a common interest. I love it. Different topics are covered during each meetup ranging from:

  • Marketing

 

  • Growing page views

 

  • SEO

As well as other topics that bloggers need to know about. And, one of the coolest things that Jenny does is work with local sponsors so that members enjoy an incredible experience.

Safeway

About a month or so ago, we had the opportunity to meet with the local team at Safeway. While Safeway is a national corporation, regions tend to be managed locally. And, there is a focus on supporting local farms, and food producers.

Safeway has also rolled out the Drive Up and Go Service that I love.

  • You order the groceries online

 

  • Set up the pick up time

 

  • Park in the appropriately numbered parking space

 

  • One of the grocers will come out with your groceries

Then, you’re done! I was incredibly impressed by the local team and they were so gracious and welcoming. I’ve always had an incredible experience shopping at Safeway. And, I always find myself chit chatting with the different people who work there. Many of the people who work at the specific stores that I shop at have worked there for years.

Uncorked Kitchen

Was a wonderful treat. If you’ve never heard of it-you need to schedule your next friends gathering at Uncorked Kitchen. Participants learn how to cook different dishes, there are monthly wine tastings, and even knife handling skills. There is a gorgeous patio facing the mountains and a bar. The group members had the opportunity to cook a delicious vegetarian meal that had a wonderful mango sorbet for desert.

If you’re interested in going for a date night or event please use the following savings code: SQSTCO18 for 15% off.  This code will be valid until October 31, 2018.

Uncorked Kitchen

 

Hamilton Denver

Denver Life: Going to See Hamilton

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard about the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” that swept through Denver in a flurry of Broadway tour madness. In fact, a year before Hamilton was due to arrive in town, the Denver Center for Performing Arts made it possible for subscribers to get tickets based on their theater subscription. I didn’t do that. In fact, I left it to chance because I had no idea what I would be doing a year from the time they started advertising the fact that the show would be in town.  Fortune smiled on me!

 

Going to the DCPA

Recently it was revealed that spending on arts and culture in Denver surpasses spending on anything else. This doesn’t surprise me. We’re not hicks just waiting for cool things to happen. We’re actively courting cool sh$t to come to town and actually making a point of enjoying the theater, art shows, and whatever else we can think of.

The DCPA is fun because it feels like there is no barrier to accessibility. Don’t have fancy clothes? No worries, just go. I’ll admit that I would love to see more people dressing up (am old-school ) but, if dressing up is keeping you from going to the theater-just be clean and smell good and enjoy yourself.

Hamilton

Ok, somehow Alexander Hamilton’s story became this epically interesting tale of intrigue, romance, and shadiness. Before I went to the show I’d only heard two of the songs and had a vague idea of what would happen. In fact, I was concerned that it was all going to be a bunch of hype.

It wasn’t.

And, as the show went on I found myself absolutely enthralled and caught up in the story of Hamilton, George Washington, and the rest. It was almost like watching the Maury Povich show “You are the father of…the United States…”

The music was incredible, the casting was amazing, and the story was based on real events.

There were problems such as the fact that demand far outweighed the availability of tickets. I had friends who were number 20,000+ on the epic waitlist. And, the tickets weren’t cheap. Cheaper than New York, but they weren’t cheap.

Finally, the show breezed in and out of town so fast it made my head spin. We needed more time. One thing is for certain, it’s obvious that the show will be back. Book of Mormon has swung through three times (it’s stopping through again this June).

The Queen City was a happy and willing host for the thousands of guests from surrounding states such as: Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and New Mexico who visit on long weekends to take in the sights of Denver.

So, did Hamilton live up to the hype? Yep, it sure did! The beginning of the show was a little slow for me (and I had to adjust to the musicality of the show). Once that happened I was transported into America’s founding fathers’ history.

I can’t wait to see it again and I do hope that people who missed the show the first time will get a chance to check out the show.