The 2012 New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday runs from Friday, August 3 until midnight on Sunday, August 5. It’s just in time for back-to-school savings: the following items are exempt from New Mexico gross receipts tax during the tax holiday:
- Clothing or shoes costing less than $100 per unit/per pair
- School supplies under $30 per unit
- Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers, including tablets, priced less than $1,000
- Other computer hardware priced under $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers, ink cartridges etc.)
- Handheld calculators under $200 per unit
- Bookbags and school backpacks under $100 per unit
Exclusions include phones, cameras, PDAs, all MP3 players and iPods, games and computer games, and musical instruments. Those items are still taxable during the weekend.
The amount you save varies according to the gross receipts tax rate in your specific New Mexico location, but tax-free shopping is always good in my opinion! So if you have any qualifying items on your to-buy list, get out and shop this weekend, August 3 – 5, 2012.
See details on what you can buy tax-free and what you still have to pay tax on during the New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday at the link, where the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has PDF files listing the various tax-free shopping items.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort hosts the free Music on the Rocks festival on Saturday August 4, 2012, from 1 – 9 pm, featuring popular New Mexico and Colorado bands. Admission is free to the family-friendly concerts in the mountains, and although times and acts may change, the concert schedule at time of writing is:
- Jenne McIntosh 1 pm – singer, guitarist and pianist performing original and cover songs
- Cali Shaw Band 2:15 pm – Albuquerque-based Cali Shaw co-founded the southwest funk contingent Felonious Groove Foundation
- Monkey Feeders 3:30 pm – voted Best Band in Taos in 2012
- Main Street Garage Band 5:15 pm – a Boulder pop band
- Last to Know 7 pm – The Taos band is the final headline act of the day, performing until 9 pm
Sipapu is 20 miles southeast of Taos, about 90 minutes north of Santa Fe, and a 2.5 hour drive from Albuquerque. Get directions to Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort.
The Starbucks Treat Receipt promotion runs until Labor Day, 2012.
If you make a purchase at Starbucks in the morning during the Starbucks Treat Receipt promotion, you can return on the same day after 2 pmwith your receipt to get a Grande sized cold drink for $2, plus applicable tax. That includes Frappuccinos, iced coffees and teas.
The offer is available daily at participating Starbucks locations, no coupon required, until September 3, 2012. And don’t blame us if you get the jitters from too much caffeine 😉
Arby’s celebrates its 48th anniversary this year, it was founded in 1964, and they’ve got a coupon on the Arby’s Facebook page to get a Roast Beef Classic Sandwich for 64 cents on Monday July 23, 2012.
On the Arby’s Facebook page you’re instructed to scroll back on their timeline all the way to their founding date of 1964 to get the coupon, or you can select founded date on the Timeline at top, which is the easier way. BUT, if this is all too confusing or if you’re not on Facebook at all, here’s the direct link to the printable Arby’s coupon for a Roast Beef Classic Sandwich for 64 cents on July 23.
You’ll find Arby’s in New Mexico in many towns and cities, including Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Silver City, Alamogordo, Hobbs, Clovis, Gallup, and Las Vegas.
If you’re interested in learning the basics of fly fishing, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort holds a series of free fly fishing clinics this summer 2012.
The Sipapu free fly fishing clinics take place weekly on Saturdays from 10 am – 12 noon, with lessons by Taos professional fly fishing instructor and guide Dan Holden. The clinics are open to all, and will cover the basics of fly fishing, including how to use the equipment and how to cast.
Take your own equipment, or fly rods and reels will be available to borrow free of charge, thanks to Taos Fly Shop.
Although the clinics are free, participants aged 12 years or older WILL need a New Mexico fishing license. Current fees for NM fishing licenses start at $12 for one day for adults (whether New Mexico residents or not), or $5 for New Mexico resident juniors aged 12-17 for an annual licence, $8 for New Mexico resident seniors aged 65 – 69 for an annual license. Licenses are available for purchase at Sipapu’s store, which is probably the easiest option, or you can buy them online from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
If you want to stay over, a number of third night free lodging deals at Sipapu are available through October 17, 2012 , including the hotel, cabins, suites, and lodge.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is located 20 miles southeast of Taos, about a 90-minute drive north of Santa Fe, 2.5 hours from Albuquerque.
Get half off Starbucks Frappuccinos in a promotion through May 13, 2012.
If you buy a Starbucks Frappuccino between 3 pm and 5 pm during the Starbucks Happy Hour promo, you get 50% off the price at participating locations.
No coupon is required, and the offer runs every day until Sunday May 13, 2012. And don’t blame us if you get the jitters from too much caffeine 😉
A Starbucks espresso promotion runs from March 8 and to March 14, 2012.
If you buy a Starbucks espresso drink by 11 am on any day during the Starbucks Espresso Twice, Half the Price promotion, you can return on the same day after 2 pm with your receipt to get half off any hot or iced espresso beverage.
The offer is available at participating Starbucks locations, no coupon required, from Thursday March 8 through Wednesday March 14, 2012. And don’t blame us if you get the jitters from too much caffeine 😉
New Mexico Restaurant Week 2012 runs through the month of March in a different city each week.
During the New Mexico Restaurant Week promotion, restaurants offer fixed price dinner menus for a flat rate.The menus are usually three courses with several choices in each course. Some offer fixed price lunch menus too.
Santa Fe Restaurant Week is currently underway until March 11. Participating Santa Fe restaurants include Cowgirl BBQ ($19.95 dinner), Vanessie of Santa Fe ($35 dinner), The Palace Restaurant ($30 dinner), Jambo Cafe ($19.95 dinner and $16.95 lunch), Restaurant Martin ($35 dinner / $20 lunch), El Farol ($29 dinner / $19 lunch), The Compound ($45 dinner), Geronimo ($45 dinner), and Anasazi Restaurant ($30 dinner and $20 lunch). You get a little extra at Santacafe – their $35 dinner includes a glass of Gruet sparkling wine or a sparkling cider plus tea or coffee. At Blue Corn Cafe, the dinner is $25 for TWO people!
Las Cruces Restaurant Week runs from March 11 – 18, with only one participating restaurant to date. The Double Eagle dinner menu is $29.95.
Albuquerque Restaurant Week is from March 18 – 25. Restaurants taking part include Jinja Bar & Bistro ($21 dinner and $13 lunch at both Jinja locations), Artichoke Cafe ($35 dinner / $18 lunch), Scalo ($22.50 lunch), and Seasons Rotisserie & Grill ($30 dinner / $15 lunch). The St Clair Winery & Bistro $30 dinner menu includes wine samples with all three courses, and the dinner at Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tramway is $20 PER COUPLE!
Taos Restaurant Week runs from March 25 – April 1. Participating Taos restaurants include El Meze, ($35 dinner), and Doc Martin’s at the Taos Inn ($25 dinner).
Restaurant reservations are recommended.
Update March 6: This offer has now expired/links removed. Subscribe to New Mexico on the Cheap by RSS or email for so you don’t miss out next time!
For a limited time, new visitors can get a free Curves one week guest pass to the Curves women-only fitness and weight-loss clubs. This offer is only for people new to Curves, to give you a chance to see if the Curves program is a good match for you, and there are no commitments or contracts.
Either use the deal for a free week guest pass on your first visit, or exchange it for a discount on membership. We’re not sure how long this deal is available, but it’s a “limited time” freebie, and they tend to pull these offers once a certain quantity have been claimed.
The Curves free week pass is valid at participating locations – inset your zip code at the link to find the nearest clubs. New Mexico Curves clubs are in many locations, including Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Espanola, Los Alamos, Silver City, Las Vegas, Farmington, Gallup, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and Roswell.
This Burger King deal through March 5, 2012, is for a BOGO free Burger King Chicken Sandwich at participating restaurants. No coupon is needed to get the freebie, just buy a Chicken Club Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, or Italian Chicken Sandwich to get a second one totally free. You can combine the chicken sandwich choices however you want, the freebie is the sandwich or equal or lesser value.
New Mexico Burger King locations are in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell, Farmington, Alamogordo, Espanola, Taos, Gallup, Silver City, Las Vegas NM, and many other hungry places.