“Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight. I love cheap thrills!” As Sia and Sean Paul have reminded us about once every hour for the past few months, “I love cheap thrills!” (Good luck getting that song out of your head today, if it wasn’t already permanently stuck. You’re welcome.)

But in all seriousness, is there anything better than finding a product or activity that you can’t stop raving about? And it’s always better if that product is a cheap (or at least a not-too-terribly-expensive) thrill. Here are a few of our favorite cheap thrills we’ve found and are excited to share.


Pumpkentucky t-shirt

There is nothing better than a comfy long sleeved t-shirt in the fall, when the weather swings between warm and cool throughout the day. Buy yourself a new fall-themed t-shirt from online store Shop Local Kentucky, and you’ll feel festive from the pumpkin patch to trick-or-treating. This whimsical Pumpkentucky t-shirt ($30) lets everyone know that you’re “Fallin’ for Kentucky” this season.

Pumpkentucky t-shirt ($30) from Shop Local Kentucky | Image: Shop Local Kentucky

Pumpkentucky t-shirt ($30) from Shop Local Kentucky | Image: Shop Local Kentucky

Hostess gifts

Need a hostess gift this fall? Posh Home has flour sack towels ($14) and matching soaps ($9.50) in darling Halloween and fall themes, like the spooky skeleton and the apple trio. These are perfect for a party this October and the apple design can even cover you all the way up until Thanksgiving, when we have plenty of occasions for harvest hostess gifts but the stores are already packed with Christmas items.

Flour sack towels ($14) and matching soaps ($9.50) at Posh Home.

Flour sack towels ($14) and matching soaps ($9.50) at Posh Home

Pumpkin decal

If you’ve been perusing Pinterest or the latest issue of Southern Living and covet the designer pumpkin look, but you don’t have the time or desire to intricately carve your pumpkin —only to have it rot days later — pumpkin decals are perfect for you. Online boutique Belle Chic has waterproof, made-to-last decals ($5.99) in a variety of fonts and colors that will stick on faux or real pumpkins. You can choose from initials and polka dots or go the classic route and use a jack-o-lantern decal.

Pumpkin decals reduced to $5.99 at Belle Chic. Image: Belle Chic

Pumpkin decals have been reduced to $5.99 at Belle Chic. Image: Belle Chic


This summer we found a terrific pinot gris whose packaging was equally as delightful as its taste. Oregon’s Union Wine Co. makes Underwood, a fantastic canned wine ($7.50). That’s right, we said canned wine. (And that’s a totally different thing than boxed wine, in case you are picturing a box of Franzia.) The pinot gris is crisp and light, like a white should be, and the can refrigerates and transports easily, so it’s the perfect addition to your tailgating cooler. As fall temperatures drop, you might find yourself pining for a glass of red; luckily, Underwood makes a pinot noir, as well. Each can holds half a bottle of wine — or roughly two glasses — so just one can will be handy at many social occasions (think tailgating, bonfires, trick-or-treating strolls). Find Underwood canned wine at Gemelli Wine and Spirits.

Underwood pinot gris or pinto noir at Gemelli’s Wine and Spirits for $7.50.

Underwood pinot gris or pinto noir at Gemelli’s Wine and Spirits for $7.50

Fall mums

Speaking of Gemelli’s, did you know that when you bring in your receipt from their Chenoweth Square neighbor Paul’s, you will receive 10% off your purchase? Besides yummy sandwiches and grocery items, Paul’s has oodles of fall mums in all colors and sizes ranging from $7.99 to $15.99. So for less than $20, you can perk up your porch and get ready for all those trick-or-treaters!

Mums in every size and shade from $7.99 to $15.99 from Paul’s.

Mums in every size and shade from $7.99 to $15.99 from Paul’s

Iced coffee

While we’re typically all about local, local, local, this deal is too good to not mention. Next time you’re in a midday slump, head to Dunkin’ Donuts, where, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., a medium or large iced coffee is only 99 cents. Yes, 99 cents! Nothing costs less than a dollar these days, so this might be the cheapest thrill of all. It just seems too good to be true!

Iced coffees are only $.99 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Iced coffees are only 99 cents between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Sweet treat

We visited Steel City Pops when it opened this summer but since we traded tank tops for suede boots, icy popsicles haven’t exactly been on our mind. But check out these seasonal flavors that sound perfect for fall: bosc pear with honey, cinnamon apple, cranberry orange, coffee, carrot cake or toasted marshmallow. At only $3 for fruit and $4.40 for creamy pops, we can indulge our sweet tooth without guilt. And because these popsicles are made with locally harvested organic or all-natural products — and there are never artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives — we feel even less guilty.

Fall flavors like pumpkin ($4.50) and cranberry orange ($3) at Steel City Pops.

Fall flavors like pumpkin ($4.50) and cranberry orange ($3) at Steel City Pops.


Beyond products, there are also some great cheap thrill activities in Louisville, especially this time of year. Here are a few on our radar …

Halloween on Hillcrest

For many Louisvillians, October isn’t complete without a stroll down Hillcrest Avenue in Crescent Hill. “Haunted Hillcrest” draws a steady crowd throughout October but especially on Halloween night, when thousands of children and teens crowd the sidewalk and streets. But up until the October 31, you generally have plenty of room to roam, which makes it nice to check out the elaborate scary scenes decorating nearly every house and yard. The event is free — technically, you’re just walking down the street—but many neighbors have boxes to collect canned goods, so you’re doing a bit of good despite the evil horrors that surround you.


Colorfest takes place at Bernheim Forest on October 15, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and usually the scenery lives up to its name. Autumn’s natural beauty is on full display at Bernheim by mid-October and it’s the perfect day to enjoy fun activities like a hayride, giant pumpkin sling shot and hay maze. Admission to the event is free but non-members must pay $5 per car at the entrance to Bernheim Forest.

Pumpkin patches

Within about 30 miles from Louisville, there are three tried-and-true pumpkin patches that deserve a mention: Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards and Deere Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Indiana, and Gallrein Farms in Shelbyville, KY. Maybe you just like the ease of picking a pumpkin at Kroger but there is nothing that feels more like fall than going on a hayride, sipping some apple cider and pulling a pumpkin from the vine. Check the websites for hours and pricing.


If your neighborhood trick-or-treating scene isn’t up to par, there are several free public events to help you meet your candy goal. Check local churches for trunk-or-treating (stopping by cars in a parking lot for candy instead of stopping by houses) dates and times. Hope Lutheran Church (October 29, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and St. Matthews Baptist Church (October 31, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) are just two that offer trunk-or-treating.

Indoor trick-or-treating

On Halloween night, retailers at Mall St. Matthews will provide treats from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Bass Pro Shops has activities, crafts, and treats from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. — both great indoor options for little goblins if the weather is frightful.

Enjoy your October, on the cheap!


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