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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October 2014 Weekend on the Cheap

Free and cheap things to do this weekend:

- All month: Shari’s restaurants are offering any classic pie for just $7.99 during the month of October, choose from over a dozen flavors.
- All month: Area Halloween haunts and screams can be had for half-price, just check out the daily deal sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial and GetMyPerks for discount admission offers.
- Article: Dealnews.com monthly feature “What to Buy in October.”
- All weekend: 63rd annual Portland Greek Festival

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD

- Target First Friday free admission at the Portland Children’s Museum, 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
- Beaverton First Friday “Hunt For History,” 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
- Portland First Friday

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

- 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 admission all day at the Oregon Zoo
- Hoyt Arboretum fall tour “From Weeds to Trees and the Stories in Between,” 12:00pm – 2:00pm, $3.00.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

- 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.
- First Sunday $2 admission at OMSI

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April 2014 on the Cheap

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

Multiple Day Offers:
- Free: Tax preparation assistance through Cash Oregon, now accepting walk-ins and appointments through the tax season. Please see web site for locations.
- Free: Tax help at your local Multnomah County Libraries through April 12th.
- Free: “Art of the Story” 10th Annual Storytelling Festival, April 5th – 12th at various libraries of Washington County.
- Free: Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment Sale, Friday – Sunday April 25th – 27th at the Portland Expo Center. Go on Sunday for the half price sale, parking is $8 at all times.
- Free: Small coffee at McDonald’s, now through April 13th during breakfast hours only (until 10:30am most locations).
- $7 admission on Friday and Saturday; $4 admission on Sunday: 50th Annual Portland Swap Meet at the Portland Expo Center, April 4th – 6th. This is the largest auto parts swap meet on the west coast.
- Free: Superkids Resale Consignment Event at Gresham Town Fair (400 NW Eastman Parkway), April 3rd – 6th; many items are half-price on Sunday April 6th.
- Submission from Madeline: 18th Annual Shakespeare Conference April 10th – 13th at Concordia University. Cost is $200 for all four days, and daily registration is $75. High school and Concordia University students and faculty are invited to attend conference sessions at no charge. Please register online.
- Free: 8th annual Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour coincides with the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Blossom Time Kick-off Weekend and Blossom Festival, April 11th – 13th at locations throughout the Columbia Gorge.
- $10 single tickets / $27 festival pass: Filmed by Bike Festival, April 19th – 22nd at the Clinton Street Theater. If you can’t afford it, consider volunteering on Friday and get a free ticket for Saturday or Sunday. New Belgium will host a free street party on Saturday from 4:00pm – 9:30pm.

Tuesday, April 1st:
- Free: Final day for the Mittleman Jewish Community Center Used Book Sale, 7:30am – 7:00pm at Mittleman Jewish Community Center.
- Free: Hillsboro First Tuesday opening reception for the 10th Annual Youth Art Exhibit, 5:30pm – 8:00pm in downtown Hillsboro. Check it out at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, then walk two blocks over to the Sequoia Gallery + Studios for their opening exhibits.
- Free: Program “Planning Your Overnight Bicycle Tour,” 6:30pm at REI Hillsboro.

Wednesday, April 2nd:
- $3: Wondrous Wednesday Discount Day at the World Forestry Center — admission is just $3 for all.

Thursday, April 3rd:
- Free: Portland First Thursday.
– Free: Fit Right’s First Thursdays Urban Adventure Run, 6:00pm beginning at Fit Right. This event is free for all walkers and racers of all abilities.
- Free: Program “Backpacking Basics,” 6:30pm at REI Clackamas.

Friday, April 4th:
- Free: Submission from Karissa, Renowned Cellists at Mercy Corps Action Center in downtown Portland, 1:45pm – 2:45pm. Please RSVP online.
- Free: Target First Friday free admission at the Portland Children’s Museum, 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
– Free: Portland First Friday art galleries and openings.
- Free: Program “The Paleo Lifestyle: Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Save on Medical Bills,” 7:00pm at the Tigard Public Library.

Saturday, April 5th:
- Free: International Table Top Day! Play board games with other enthusiasts all around the Portland area, please see web site for hours and locations (use the search map feature).
- Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, Japanese Garden and the Portland Children’s Museum. 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: 10th Annual Abby’s Closet Prom Gown Giveaway, 8:00am – 4:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall D.
- $12 weekend admission (first 1000 attendees receive a $5 gift certificate from New Renaissance Bookshop): Body Mind Spirit Expo, 10:00am – 7:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall E.

Sunday, April 6th:
- Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, Japanese Garden and the Portland Children’s Museum. 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.
- $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission for all for only $2.
- Free: 10th Annual Abby’s Closet Prom Gown Giveaway, 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall D.
- $12 weekend admission: Body Mind Spirit Expo, 11:00am – 6:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall E.

Tuesday, April 8th:
- $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.
- Free: Program “Practical Backpacking with Bernie Wild,” 6:30pm at REI Hillsboro.
- Free: Program “Refresh Your Run,” 6:30pm at REI Portland Pearl.

Wednesday, April 9th:
- Free: Beaverton Wind Ensemble concert featuring music by Beethoven, 7:00pm at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

Thursday, April 10th:
- Free: – Oregon’s 7th annual Tapping Fresh Talent / Career Inclusion Expo, 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center. This event is for job seekers and veterans with disabilities, please see web site for more information.

Friday, April 11th:
- Free: Friends of the Multnomah County Library Spring Used Book Sale, Members Only Pre-Sale 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Saturday, April 12th:
- $6 adult, $11 family: Spring bird walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 9:00am – 11:30am.
- Free: Friends of the Multnomah County Library Spring Used Book Sale, open to the general public 9:00am – 6:00pm.

Sunday, April 13th:
- Free: Friends of the Multnomah County Library Spring Used Book Sale, open to the general public 10:00am – 4:00pm 50% discount day.
- Free: 10th Annual Latino Cultural Festival, 12:00pm – 5:00pm at downtown Hillsboro’s Civic Center Plaza, features an afternoon of food, entertainment, art, culture and sports for the entire family.
- Free: “Curtis Tigard’s 105th Birthday Celebration with the Tualatin Valley Community Band,” 2:00pm at the Tigard Public Library.



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Monday, April 14th:
- Free: Program “Aviation History: The Spruce Goose,” 7:00pm at the Tigard Publilc Library.

Tuesday, April 15th:
- Taxes due! Pick up some tax day freebies at Cinnabon, Maggie Moos and more, please check Dealnews.com for a listing of offers.
- Free: Program “Backpacking Basics,” 6:30pm at REI Tualatin.
- Free: “Beatrix Potter’s Life and Works,” program and display of works of the beloved children’s author, 7:00pm at the Garden Home Community Library. This program will repeat on Wednesday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm at the Sherwood Public Library.

Wednesday, April 16th:
- Free: Program “Red Tail Angels: The Tuskegee Airmen of WWII,” 6:30pm at the Cedar Mill Community Library.
- Free: Then. Now. Here: A Slideshow Celebration of Oregon, presented by Photolucida, 7:00pm at the Oregon Historical Society.

Thursday, April 17th:
- $6 adult, $11 family: Botany for beginners, 5:30pm – 6:30pm at the Oregon Zoo.
- Free: Program “Cycling the Great Divide,” 6:30pm at REI Portland Pearl.

Friday, April 18th:
- Free admission to the first 500 guests (otherwise it’s a $20 admission!): 20th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest, 12:00pm – 10:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center.

Saturday, April 19th:
- $5 general admission: Portland’s Largest Garage Sale, 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Portland Expo Center.
- Free: Entrance fees are waived during National Parks weekend; check out Lewis and Clark National Historic Park in Astoria and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver.
Record Store Day.

Sunday, April 20th:
- Free: Entrance fees are waived during National Parks weekend; check out Lewis and Clark National Historic Park in Astoria and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver.
- Easter Sunday – For more Easter Egg hunts and activities, please check out this comprehensive by PDX Kids Calendar.

Monday, April 21st:
- Free: Program “Reforestation Solution Lecture,” 6:00pm at the Beaverton City Library.

Tuesday, April 22nd:
- Happy Earth Day!
- Free: Urban League of Portland’s 2014 Annual Career Fair, 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel.
- Free: Program “Planning Your Overnight Bicycle Tour,” 6:30pm at REI Portland Pearl.
- Free: Program “Stay Safe, Be Informed: Avoid Cons, Scams and Rip-Offs,” 7:00pm at the Tigard Public Library.

Friday, April 25th:
- Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Saturday, April 26th:
- Free: Alder Creek 22nd Annual Spring Paddle Festival, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Vancouver Lake Park.
- Free: Spring Native Plant Sale at Beaverton’s Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Sunday, April 27th:
- Free: Alder Creek 22nd Annual Spring Paddle Festival, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Vancouver Lake Park.

Monday, April 28th:
- Free: History Pub presents “History of PCUN: Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United),” 7:00pm at McMenamins Kennedy School.
- Free: Program with local actors “Words that Burn: A Dramatization of the World War II Experiences,” 6:00pm at Garden Home Community Library.

Tuesday, April 29th:
- Free: 17th Annual Cascade Job Fair at PCC Cascade, 11:00am – 3:00pm.
- Free: Program “Backpacking Basics,” 6:30pm at REI Hillsboro.

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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