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New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday 2012

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.

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Free Sipapu Music on the Rocks Concert: August 4

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.

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Los Alamos Free Summer Concerts

The annual Gordons’ Concerts series of free music concerts in various parks around Los Alamos has returned for the summer through September 15, 2012.

The Los Alamos free concerts take place on Friday evenings at 7 pm, with music ranging from classic rock to world rhythms, from bebop to bluegrass. There is no admission charge, just turn up to enjoy the free music concerts and have a dance, or take a lawn chair and chill out, enjoying the sunset and views! Forthcoming concerts are:

June 15: The Police Experience at Ashley Pond

June 22: Guy Forsyth Band at Ashley Pond

June 29: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express at Pajarito Ski Hill

 Find the Los Alamos Gordons’ Concerts schedule for the rest of the summer plus maps to the venues.

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Sipapu Free Fly Fishing Clinics

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.

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DH Lawrence Ranch Free Tour: June 16

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch north of Taos will be open to the public for a free tour on June 16, giving Lawrence fans a rare opportunity to get a guided mosey around this historic property.

The free tour of the D.H.Lawrence Ranch takes place on Saturday June 16, 2012, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, led by Bill Haller, president of the Friends of D. H. Lawrence. The ranch is truly a beautiful place, I’ve often visited and taken writing workshop students there in the past. 

The location and views are lovely, and you can see Lady Dorothy Brett’s cabin complete with typewriter, the ponderosa pine famously depicted by Georgia O’Keeffe in her painting The Lawrence Tree, and walk the zig-zag path up to the Lawrence memorial, where Lawrence’s ashes are mixed into the altar. Take your camera – it’s a very photogenic and unique memorial!

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch is 17 miles north of Taos off Highway 522 near San Cristobal. Find a map to the Lawrence Ranch at the Friends of D. H. Lawrence website.

Free talks at Taos Public Library before and after the tour tie in with this event. Dr. Katherine Toy Miller will present  ‘Native American Connections: The Early Moderns, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos Pueblo, and the D. H. Lawrence Ranch’ on June 16 at 10 am and repeated at 2 pm at the Taos Library, 402 Camino de la Placita, Taos.

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Taos Ski Valley Free Torchlight Parade

They’re commemorating the birthday of Taos Ski Valley’s founder Ernie Blake with a free Taos Ski Valley Torchlight Parade and fireworks on Saturday March 24, 2012.  The action starts at 8 pm, but arrive early because traffic can be slow winding up the ski valley road, and you’ll need time to scope out your spot to watch!

This is a great free show with torchlight parade skiers descending down the mountain, followed by a fireworks display.  Kids love it! My own favorite place to watch is from the deck at the St Bernard Hotel, and I can attest to the comforting glow of their spiked hot chocolate. But you’ll get excellent views from Rhoda’s Deck or just about anywhere in the ski valley… unless you deliberately hide yourself behind a tree.

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New Mexico Restaurant Week

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.

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Curves Club Free Week Pass

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.

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BOGO Free Chicken Sandwich at Burger King

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.

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Subway Free Cookie: February 29

Subway’s free cookie deal is a sweet way to celebrate Leap Year!

Get a Subway Free Cookie on Wednesday February 29, 2012, with any purchase at participating Subway restaurants. The Subway freebie is limited to one per customer, while supplies last.

New Mexico Subway locations are (just about) everywhere: Albuquerque, Las Cruces,  Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Alamogordo, Clovis, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Taos, Gallup, Silver City, Las Vegas, Espanola, and elsewhere.

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