The Quisling Towers apartments on Mansion Hill in Madison, Wisconsin

The Quisling Towers apartments on Mansion Hill in Madison, Wisconsin

Some of the best, most insightful walking tours of Madison’s historic neighborhoods are the subject of a series of free, self-guided tours published from 1986-2002 by the Madison Landmarks Commission and other local organizations interested in historic preservation. Originally published as small paperback brochures, a limited number were available free at Madison’s public libraries – and they were snapped up quickly. They are now out of print. Happily, however, they are available free from the City of Madison Planning Division as downloadable PDFs.

Even though some of these guides are almost 30 years old, most of the information they provide is still accurate – although you will discover that some buildings have vanished in the intervening years.

We listed the available brochures (with a link to the downloadable version) on a separate page on Madison on the Cheap.

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.

If you’re 55 or older, join the Uno Pizzeria & 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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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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It’s time to start thinking about Halloween: Meet The Pumpkin Lady and be inspired by her patterns

September 21, 2011

The Pumpkin Lady® (Lisa Berberette) has spent the past 13 years carving pumpkins “for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, and had the honor of being an expert judge for the Food Network’s Extreme Pumpkin Challenge.” She’s also “carved pumpkins on a chilly October morn in Times Square for Good Morning America and […]

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Senior citizens 62 or older can buy a lifetime pass to National Parks for $10

September 4, 2011

If you are age 62 or older and a US citizen or permanent resident, you can apply for a lifetime Senior Pass to the National Parks Service for just $10. That’s for a lifetime of admission to the more than 2,000 sites that the National Parks Service manages, including Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Grand Canyon. […]

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We’ve made changes to Madison on the Cheap

May 29, 2011

In response to reader feedback, we’ve installed a plug-in that will open a new tab (or window, depending on your browser) when you click on a link in one of our posts. We believe this will make it easier for you to navigate between web pages without having to click on your “Back” arrow to […]

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Learn another language FREE with the Mango Languages program available at public libraries

January 26, 2011

There are many reasons why you may want to learn a second (or third) language — and the Madison and Middleton Public Libraries want to help you succeed in doing so. These libraries now offer FREE access to the Mango Languages learning program, which teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular […]

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Download 16 Heavy Metal tracks free at Adult Swim

November 15, 2010

Adult Swim is offering a FREE download of “16 tracks of rare or unreleased metal from the heaviest bands in existence.” Featured bands include Black Tusk, Red Fang, and Withered. The entire album download is an MP3 ZIP file. It’s about 146MB, so it will take a bit of time to download if you don’t […]

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Download a free Travel Wisconsin™ iPhone app

October 27, 2010

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has developed its first iPhone and Android application to provide Wisconsin visitors and residents with an “on-the-go” resource to “find fun in Wisconsin.” The Travel Wisconsin™ app is available as a FREE download from the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.

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