March 2015 on the Cheap Highlights

Here are just a few highlights for things to do this month, on the cheap. For a complete list of things to do, please visit our Google calendar.

Article of the Month:
The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March,” by Dealnews.com.

Multiple Days:
– Free: Tax preparation assistance, listings by county courtesy of CASH Oregon.
– Free: 2015 Cascade Festival of African Films, most films play at PCC Cascade, please see web site for complete schedule, continues through March 8th.
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, the Portland Children’s Museum and the Japanese Garden. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.
– Free: Pass It On Children’s Consignment Spring sale, March 5th – 8th at the old Haggen grocery store in Tanasbourne.
– $9 adult admission: Portland Metro Dealers RV Show, March 11th – 15th at the Portland Expo Center. 2 for 1 admission tickets are available here.
– Various costs: Portland Parks and Recreation Spring Break classes and activities, March 23rd – 27th.

Sunday, March 1st:
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission to all for only $2.
– Free: SE Portland Area Art Walk, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Monday, March 2nd:
– Free: Oregon History 101 “Economic Change: Ships to Silicon Chips“, 7:00pm at McMenamins Kennedy School.
– $5 suggested donation: OMSI Science Pub at the Hollywood Theatre, 7:00pm.

Tuesday, March 3rd:
– Free: IHOP National Pancake Day, get a free short stack of pancakes.
– Free: Hillsboro First Tuesday opening exhibits, 5:00pm – 6:30pm in downtown Hillsboro. Check it out at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Sequoia Gallery + Studios.

Saturday, March 7th:
– $2 – $5 suggested donation: 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell, 10:00am – 6:00pm at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School.
– Free: 12th annual Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee, 10:00am at the Hollywood Theatre.
– Free: 2015 Annual Owl Fest, 10:00am – 7:00pm at Tryon Creek State Park.
– Free: Lebowski Bash 2015 at Grand Central Bowl, 9:00pm and movie screening at 9:30pm.

Sunday, March 8th:
– $2 – $5 suggested donation: 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell, 10:00am – 6:00pm at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School.

Monday, March 9th:
– Free: PCPA Noontime Showcase presents Micah and Me, 12:00pm at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.

Tuesday, March 10th:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.

Saturday, March 14th:
– Free: Washington County Museum Free Family Day, 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Monday, March 16th:
– Free: Estate Planning Workshop, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the St. Johns Library.

Tuesday, March 17th:
– Free: NW Youth Careers Expo, 9:00am – 2:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center.
– Free: Beaverton Wind Ensemble concert, 7:00pm at Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

Friday, March 20th:
– Free: Mazamas Used Equipment Sale, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Friday, March 27th:
– Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Saturday, March 28th:
– Free: Better Living Show, 10:00am – 6:00pm at the Portland Expo Center.

Sunday, March 29th:
– Free: Better Living Show, 11:00am – 6:00pm at the Portland Expo Center.

For more ideas on what to do, please check out Willamette Week’s ‘Head Out‘ section, Portland Mercury’s ‘My, What A Busy Week!‘ and PDX Pipeline.



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February 2015 on the Cheap Highlights

We are one month into the 2015 new year, here are some highlights for this month’s savings. For a complete list of things to do, please visit our Google calendar.

Article of the Month:
The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February,” by Dealnews.com.

Multiple Days:
– Free: 2015 Cascade Festival of African Films, most films played at PCC Cascade, please see web site for complete schedule.
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, the Portland Children’s Museum and the Japanese Garden. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.
– $12 adult admission: 2015 Portland Auto Show, Thursday February 5th – Sunday February 8th at the Oregon Convention Center. $3 off discount coupons are valid for all day Thursday and until 3:00pm on Friday. Get the coupons in the Oregonian newspaper or check Oregonlive.com.
– Free: The One Motorcycle Show 2015, Friday February 13th – Sunday February 15th
– $10 family admission: Northwest Family & Kids Festival, Saturday February 14th & Sunday February 15th
– $10 general admission: 68th Annual Portland Home and Garden Show, Thursday February 19th – Sunday February 22nd. On Thursday and Friday, get 2-for-1 admission with the IKEA family rewards card.
– $9.50 adult admission: Lan Su Chinese Garden Chinese New Year festivities and programming, Thursday February 19th – Thursday March 6th.

Sunday, February 1st:
– Superbowl! If you are not watching at home or at someone else’s party, then take in the big game for free at OMSI’s huge IMAX theater, McMenamins Kennedy School, Hillaboro’s Venetian Theater, Big Al’s, area Buffalo Wild Wings (cover charge) or your favorite local watering hole. For even more listings, the Oregonian has compiled even more places to watch the big game.
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission to all for only $2.
– Free: Portland Opera Preview of Carmen, 2pm at the Multnomah County Central Library.

Monday, February 2nd:
Oregon History 101, free, 7:00pm at McMenamins Kennedy School.

Tuesday, February 3rd:
– Free: Hillsboro First Tuesday opening exhibits, 5:00pm – 6:30pm in downtown Hillsboro. Check it out at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Sequoia Gallery + Studios.

Saturday, February 7th:
– Free: Kaiser Permanente Community Dental Care Clinic, 8:00am – 1:00pm, first come first served, please see web site for locations.
– Free: Beaverton Wind Ensemble presents their Winter Concert, featuring the music of Classic Masters II, 1:00pm at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

Monday, February 9th:
– Free: PCPA Noontime Showcase presents Portland Opera To Go, 12:00pm at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.

Tuesday, February 10th:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.

Saturday, February 14th:
– Free: Admission to the Oregon Historical Society is free all day as part of Oregon Statehood Day, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Birthday Cake served at noon.
– Free: Zwickelmania, the free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample your favorite beers! 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Monday, February 16th:
– Free: Admission to the Japanese Garden is free for all, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Tuesday, February 17th:
– Free workshop, Estate Planning for your Family, 6:30pm at the Garden Home Public Library.
– Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Events, listings from PDX Pipeline.

Saturday, February 21st:
Free: 28th annual Fix-It-Fair, 9:30am – 3:00pm at David Douglas High School.

Friday, February 27th:
– Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

For more ideas on what to do, please check out Willamette Week’s ‘Head Out‘ section, Portland Mercury’s ‘My, What A Busy Week!‘ and PDX Pipeline.



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Portland on the Cheap Blog Update 2015

It has been a long hiatus between posts but we are finally back for 2015. Back in February 2014 we somehow managed to bungle the monthly update and it seemed like all was lost as our homepage kept redirecting to a post from long long ago. We could not figure out how to amend the mistake and for months and months it just sat — until finally we contacted our web host and they righted the ship almost immediately. So, we have found our way back and have made a number of updates to our pages, most notably with our Calendar, where you’ll find things to do on the cheap for almost every day of the week.

We’d like to take this time to reiterate some really great resources that we have used extensively in the past to save money and hope that you will find them just as helpful (some below are affiliate links):

- Portland Chinook Book – just $20, or call Costco and see if they still have copies for $12.49
Portland Entertainment Book – costs $35 retail, but they have frequent sales

– Daily Deal Sites — Groupon, Living Social, Get My Perks and the Portland Mercury MercPerks

Frugal Living NW – we visit this web site every day for the latest deals and steals for grocery bargains and couponing for stores here in the Portland area

PDX Pipeline – this offers up a massive list of things to do in Portland all month long – while some events cost money, they frequently have giveaways for free tickets

Meetup Portland – we are including this web site because you can find so many opportunities to do free and low-cost things with new friends — from hiking and board game nights to watching the Blazers basketball game and meeting up for free movie screenings — this is the place to discover a new activity, or start up your own group!

– County Libraries — not just a place for books and DVD’s, but many also now feature Blurays, ebook devices, board games, workshops, classes, performances, cultural passes and much more. Click here for Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties.

Craigslist – buy, sell, get things for free, find classes, find jobs, find housing, learn about community events — so much to find

In addition to the above resources, you and plenty on our main website Portlandonthecheap.com, and we have also completely updated all the information for January 2015. Our recent finds include a free $25 gift certificate on your birthday to Fogo De Chao and new additions to our cheap movie theaters page. We’ve also included new ways to save via Airbnb, Uber and Getaround. For more a fascinating look at the sharing economy, take a look at this article from Willamette Week’s August 27th, 2014 issue “In the Companies Of Strangers.”

We start off the new 2015 year fresh and looking forward to bringing you articles, events and ideas on saving money. And if you are an individual or an organization with something to add (event, class, update to our web site, etc.), please let us know as we welcome submissions. Email them here.

We leave you this month with the monthly Dealnews.com article “The Best and Worst Things to Buy in January.” Thank you for your support and happy new year!



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