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Ms. Cheap: Enjoy the daytime CMA Fest entertainment for free

If you have not walked around downtown Nashville lately, a great option would be to take a daytime field trip during the CMA Fest. Not only will the streets be closed off for easy walking, but there will be five stages of free music, and some primo people watching during the four-day festival. I really think that sometimes we locals […]

Ms. Cheap’s 2023 guide for 23 FREE things to do this summer in Middle Tennessee

Summer is finally here…and here are my picks of 23 free (and fun) things to do with families, friends and even by yourself — concerts, hikes, festivals, puppet shows, history offerings, outdoor movies, culture and more. I do love summer and of course, all of my picks for summer fun are free! Big Band Dances: Metro Parks Music and Creative […]

Ms. Cheap: With local discount and planning, Gaylord Opryland’s SoundWaves water park can be an affordable treat

One of my favorite treats to myself is to take our daughters and the four grandchildren for an overnight getaway to a place the children really enjoy. It is so much fun to be together but with both daughters’ busy work schedules, the childrens’ camps and other commitments, it has become harder and harder to find a time and place […]

Ms. Cheap: Ryman Auditorium Community Day offers free tours and more for Tennessee residents

Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium is having its annual Community Day on Sunday, May 28, offering free admission to Tennessee residents. And if you have never toured the Ryman, this is absolutely your best chance. The community day, sponsored by PNC Bank, is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and all you have to do is show your Tennessee driver’s license to get in. […]

Ms. Cheap: Mephisto Tent Sale coming up with plenty of shoe deals

I am not a “shoe person” but I do love to have a selection of footwear that looks good and feels good. I’m all about shoes that are comfy and not too frumpy – and bought on sale. So, when the European shoe maker Mephisto hosts one of its tent sales here, I am definitely interested. Mephisto’s U.S. headquarters and […]

Ms. Cheap: Ten things to love about Musicians Corner concerts

Musicians Corner, Nashville’s free lawn party concert series that has been taking place since 2010, returns this spring with a five-week season of outdoor live music in Centennial Park, kicking off Friday, May 19. The multi-genre series, which is put on by the Centennial Park Conservancy, will showcase a variety of performers at 12 concerts this spring. Musicians Corner will […]

Ms. Cheap: Madame Tussauds joins Nashville Public Library’s free admission Community Passport program

I’m always looking for ways that we locals can get free admission to area attractions. And it seems like the Nashville Public Library is doing the same thing through its Community Passports program which partners with attractions to allow library card holders to enjoy some of Nashville’s more interesting attractions for free. The first of these passports was to the […]

Ms. Cheap: TenThirtyFive non-profit ladies apparel thrift store has great merchandise and a mission to support

I’m always on the hunt for a new thrift store to check out, personally and professionally. So, I was happy to hear about the TenThirtyFive shop. But honestly, I had never heard of this nonprofit and didn’t expect much. With those low expectations, I was blown away to find two really fantastic boutique-like shops featuring a fabulous assortment of teen […]

Ms. Cheap: Future of Up and Down Closet plus-size consignment shop is up in the air

Over the years, I have written about dozens of new shops and entrepreneurial ventures with high hopes of success.  And I have always rooted for them, but few if any had me cheering for them as much as the Up and Down Closet plus-size women’s consignment shop in Hendersonville, which I wrote about when it first opened on Mother’s Day […]

Ms. Cheap: Picking your own strawberries is not only fun but also cheaper than buying already picked berries

Picking strawberries at area berry farms is a rite of spring for me, but this year, with late frosts and other weather challenges, I was afraid the berry crops might be iffy. But I was happy to learn that some of the area farms have plenty of berries ready to pick and more berries ripening in the next few weeks. […]

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