Update (9/22/2013): Izzy the Intern (and his long-suffering boss) still post to Facebook. Follow the Madison on the Cheap Facebook page.

Things change

After almost four years and 4,300+ posts, it’s time for a hiatus. My career is moving in a different direction: I need to re-focus my time, energy , and attention on other projects, including creating websites for clients, writing feature stories, and tackling a book proposal that has languished too long on the sidelines.

Although I will not be posting new items to Madison on the Cheap, it will, for now, continue to have a presence on the Internet so that people can still access some of the “evergreen” material that includes some of our most popular pages – including lists of Madison-area cooking classes and thrift shops; and our annual list of lutefisk dinners in Wisconsin. I also want people to have access to the excellent and very popular “Change from a Twenty” restaurant reviews written by Deb Nies, whose energy and enthusiasm – and contributions to organizing a wide variety of events for good causes in our community – are inspirational.

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Amazon is currently offering a FREE MP3 album for bluegrass fans: “Bluegrass Mastery Vol. 1″ contains 10 tracks and features such artists as The Grascals, Crowe, Flatt Lonesome, and The Boxcars.

There’s no indication of how long this album will be available free, so we suggest you download it sooner rather than later.

If you’re planning to do a lot of online shopping, you should consider joining Ebates — it’s free and members receive cash back on their purchases. Right now, for instance, you’ll receive 10% back on purchases from Old Navy, The Body Shop, and Gap; 6% back on purchases from J. Crew and Lands’ End; and up to 20% at other online stores.

Plus, after you make your first $25 purchase (within the first 90 days after you sign up) Ebates will give you a free $10 gift certificate for Target, Home Depot, or your choice of several other stores.

Sign up now for Ebates and start earning cash back on your online purchases.

Enjoy music by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Brahms, and Gluck performed by artists such as Maria Callas and Yehudi Menuhin when you download the eight FREE MP3 tracks included in the Allegro Classical Winter 2012 Sampler available on Amazon.com

Prices fluctuate often on Amazon, so don’t risk missing your opportunity to download this music while it’s still free.

If you’re 55 or older, join the Uno Chicago Grill Double Nickel Club and you’ll receive 30% off your meal every Wednesday. Ask your server for a membership card.

Offer not valid towards alcohol, Two for You specials, Take Out Deals, Snack Hours or other special offers.

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Spend $5 Bicycle Benefits sticker for your bike helmet and you’ll be eligible for a range of discounts and rewards at more than 100 Madison-area businesses, including Wingra Boats (Free ice cream or drink with every boat rental); Whole Foods Market ($5 Off purchases $30+); Alchemy Cafe & Bar ($1 off drafts); and Olbrich Botanical Gardens (free admission to the conservatory).

Computers contain a number of toxic and hazardous materials, including lead, cadmium, mercury, and flame retardants. Businesses and households are prohibited from discarding these materials into landfills.

If you live in the City of Madison, you can’t just leave that old computer at the curb if you want to discard it. You’ll have to pay a $10 fee for each CPU, monitor, or laptop you want to dispose of and deliver it to one of two recycling centers. Similar restrictions apply in many other municipalities.

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Here’s another FREE album download from Amazon: Bloodshot Records Spring Cleaning Sampler.

This 13-track album features country and alternative rock music from such artists as Robbie Fulks, Jay Farrar, Trailer Bride, The Meat Purveyors, The Riptones, and The Waco Brothers. Whether or not it will inspire you as you do your spring cleaning remains to be seen.

Prices fluctuate often on Amazon and it’s difficult to know how long this deal will be available. We advise you not to wait if you want it because the price could change at any time.

Madison on the Cheap is an affiliate partner with Amazon.com. We rely on commissions from affiliate links like these to bring you great deals each day. Thank you!

Add a regular workout to your schedule and you may be able to prevent those extra pounds from creeping on during the upcoming holiday season.

To help you get motivated, WorkoutMusic.com is offering a free download of “The Biggest Loser and SUBWAY© Workout Mix – Wake Up and Workout.” You’ll need to provide your e-mail address in order to start the download.

There’s no indication of when this offer may end, so download now if you don’t want to miss this opportunity.

The Pumpkin Masters® website offers a variety of free pumpkin carving patterns (downloadable as PDF files), as well as a wealth of information, including carving tips and recipes.

The company’s mission “is to make products that make celebrating Halloween easier, safer and more fun for all ages.”

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