Find Your Savings at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair starts Thursday August 25 and runs through Labor Day.  Tickets are $11 to get in for adults, $8 for children ages 5-12 and children under 5 are FREE. Don’t miss out on the following special deal days: Military Appreciation Day is August 30.  Many state fair vendors will be offerings deals and […]

10 FREE and Cheap Things to do this Weekend

Besides county fairs and city festivals, there are still plenty of activities to do this summer in and around the Twin Cities that won’t empty your pocket book this summer.  Here are 10 FREE and cheap activities for the coming weekend. Celebrate Prince Friday night at the Minnesota State Fair with Unite in Purple Night, August 26, […]

August Restaurant Deals in the Twin Cities

Use your noodle for this deal at Noodles & Company…at least, to remember to order online first. Through Aug. 31, save 25% on an online order at participating locations with promo code SCHOOL16. While online orders are intended for pick-up, there’s no rule stating you can’t just sit down and enjoy your meal in the […]

11 frugal-friendly fast-food deals

Hungry for savings? Here are 11 popular fast-food deals, perfect for bargain hunters looking for “cheap” eats. The tasty offers are available at participating locations, for a limited time. Just as fast-food gets served in a flash, the promos move just as fast — so bite into the deals, before they’re gone. (It’s always wise […]

Special Fun and Cheap Deals for Kids in the Twin Cities

Looking for something fun and cheap to do with kids? Here is a list of special deals for kids that parents should know about and use to their full advantage. If you know of a special kid deal not listed, we want to know too, email If you have a 6th grader – sign up […]

Free Coding Classes for Kids with CoderDojo

Free coding classes offered for kids through CoderDojo.  CoderDojo is an international movement of FREE coding clubs for kids. CoderDojo Twin Cities has grown to be among the largest of these clubs in the world and has helped nearly 1000 young adults and children learn how to code since 2013.  If you are looking for […]

Hands on Clinics and DIY Workshops

If you’re ready to learn some valuable repair skills, Hennepin County offers Fix-it Clinics where you can get household items fixed for free by learning  how to do it yourself.  Residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive FREE guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot […]

Map out Your Garage Sale Route through Twin Cities on the Cheap

Twin Cities on the Cheap has partnered with to help readers find garage sales in and around the Twin Cities this spring and summer. lists garage sales directly on the map for quick and easy referencing.  How it works – find the sales directly on the map, add the ones you like to your favorites, […]

5 ways to beat the “I’m Bored” summer blues

Summer is just around the corner.  You may have some summer camps planned out or a vacation scheduled.  You may have some sporting activities for the kids to tackle.  No matter what you have planned, you’re still going to hear these infamous words from your kids: “I’m bored.”  Here are some tips for fun family outings […]

Boost Your Exercise Routine with FREE Virtual Trainers

If you are looking for that perfect boost to help your exercise routine, check out these FREE online workouts. offers 100% FREE online workout videos to fit everyone’s needs from cardio to strength to yoga.  The workout finder enables you to narrow your search to workouts with specific equipment, trainers, time frames, exercise type and […]