Morning glory

There’s no better way to start your day than with savings. Every Wednesday in January, Chick-fil-A is serving up a free breakfast entrée from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at participating locations in the Denver metro area. Mark your calendar or set reminders on your smartphone for Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. On those days, each location will offer a free breakfast entrée “of the restaurant’s choice” — no purchase necessary. As a result, the item will vary by location each week. The morning freebie is valid in-restaurant and at the drive-thru. Limit one per person, per visit.

Inside scoop

End the year on a sweet note with this promo from Baskin-Robbins. The ice cream shop ends its year-long “Celebrate 31” promo on Dec. 31. Enjoy a single scoop of ice cream in a cup or cone for $1.31. (Waffle cones and toppings are extra.) Customers can enjoy the special deal on any of their favorite ice cream flavors, including the flavor-of-the-month Peppermint Bark in the Dark Ice Cream. There are 14 locations in the Denver metro area.

Curl up

Curling is cool. Just ask any Canadian. We’re not talking about hair styles. Curling is the Olympic sport played on an ice sheet with a 42-pound stone and players sweeping furiously with a broom in front of it. The Denver Curling Club is hosting a fun, party-like New Year’s Eve Bonspiel (another name for a competition) at the Denver Curling Center (14100 W. 7th Ave., Golden) from 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 through Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. With more than a dozen teams expected to compete, the public is invited to curl up and watch the matches for free. During the bonspiel, food and snacks will be available, either catered or from volunteers. For schedule and times, visit

Sunday matinee

Spend a quiet Sunday afternoon at the movies “on the cheap.” The first Sunday of the month, local film critic Howie Movshovitz hosts the screening of a classic movie as part of the Tattered Cover Film Series. Films screen at 1 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.) Here’s the schedule, so far: Jan. 1, “An Angel at My Table” (Jane Campion, 1990); Feb. 5,  “Closely Watched Trains” (Jiri Menzel, 1966); March 5, “Sansho the Bailiff” (Kenzi Mizoguchi, 1954); April 2, “Hobson’s Choice” (David Lean, 1954); May 7, “Shoot the Piano Player” (Francois Truffaut, 1960); and June 4, “Innocence Unprotected” (Dusan Makaveyev, 1968.) Tickets are $1 and available one hour before showtime.

Weight gain

Gain a few extra bucks by losing a few extra pounds. Here’s a weighty issue: On average, people gain one to two pounds every holiday season that they never lose. Over time, those pounds add up. And for many, there’s no better incentive to get moving than money. Kaiser Permanente is helping all Coloradans (18 and older) with their weight-loss resolutions via its Weigh and Win program. The goal is to help participants lose weight and maintain that weight loss with cash rewards. Based on weight loss, participants may receive rewards of up to $150. Benefit from online coaching, progress tracking and regular tips for proper nutrition and exercise in your inbox. The program requires an initial visit and quarterly return visits at a kiosk for weigh-ins. (Most kiosks are located at medical offices, libraries and recreation centers.)

Every Saturday, Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez at compile “Cheap Checklist” to help smart shoppers find freebies, discounts and deals. Send tips to [email protected] 10 to 14 days in advance.

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