New Mexico Tax Holiday 2014

July 24, 2014 by  
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New Mexico Tax Holiday This year’s New Mexico Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 1, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 3, 2014. During this gross receipts tax holiday, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from the state’s gross receipts tax during the New Mexico  tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • 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.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • School backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.) Also swimwear is excluded and any specialist footwear that someone wouldn’t wear in the street, such as ski boots.

There are many sub-categories in the eligible items, so to see what’s taxable and nontaxable, check out these two PDF files:

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Hence I’m giving you the heads-up: If you’re planning a remote camping trip to the mountains, DON’T do it on the weekend of August 1 to 3, 2014!

Retailers across the city will be participating in the New Mexico Tax Holiday, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2014 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania


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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2013: Friday Through Sunday

August 2, 2013 by  
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New Mexico Tax Holiday A reminder that this year’s New Mexico Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 2, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 4, 2013. I posted about this before, but if you missed it, here’s the recap.

During this gross receipts tax holiday, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which is especially helpful for parents as it makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from the state’s gross receipts tax during the New Mexico  tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • 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.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • School backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.) Also swimwear is excluded and any specialist footwear that someone wouldn’t wear in the street, such as ski boots.

There are many sub-categories in the eligible items, so to see what’s taxable and nontaxable, check out this PDF file giving New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday detailed listings of all items.

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Retailers across the city will be participating, and sometimes they give you a tax break even on items not officially covered by absorbing the gross receipts tax themselves. But if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2012 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2013

July 24, 2013 by  
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New Mexico Tax Holiday This year’s New Mexico Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 2, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 4, 2013. During this gross receipts tax holiday, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from the state’s gross receipts tax during the New Mexico  tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • 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.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • School backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.) Also swimwear is excluded and any specialist footwear that someone wouldn’t wear in the street, such as ski boots.

There are many sub-categories in the eligible items, so to see what’s taxable and nontaxable, check out these two PDF files:

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Hence I’m giving you the heads-up: If you’re planning a remote camping trip to the mountains, DON’T do it on the weekend of August 2 to 4, 2013!

Retailers across the city will be participating in the New Mexico Tax Holiday, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2013 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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Back to School Deals

August 7, 2012 by  
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Back to School deals on school supplies for the week through August 11, 2012.

***Update Aug 9: Get 50% off a Staples Gift card at this link, to buy office supplies and back-to school supplies, valid to redeem in stores only (not online). The promo to Pay $7.50 for a $15 Staples gift card via Saveology is for first-time Saveology customers only, available while supplies last (they sometimes sell out if there’s a cap on the offer.)***

I’m afraid I don’t know of anyone giving away free school supplies, but I’ve done a hunt around on some of the Back to School sales this week and some of these deals are nearly free or completely free with a rebate. 

Some deals may vary by location and they are of course while stocks last, but here are some places to save while stocking up on your child’s classroom needs or comparison shop to see where best to head. Check the weekly ads that I’m linking you to for full details. I’m just picking out a few items, and you may be interested in other school supply or office supply items on offer. You can also check for your own nearest location. Offers all run through August 11, 2012, unless otherwise stated.

Staples

  • Free after rebate: Post-It labels pack (costs $2.99, with $2.99 rebate)
  • 1 cent: Filler paper for ring binders, 120 sheets per pack, when you spend a minimum $5.
  • 25 cents: BIC Velocity retractable gel pens 2-pack
  • 25 cents: Mini composition books 2-pack
  • 50 cents: Wite-Out correction fluid 2-pack
  • 50 cents:  Paper Mate Sharpwriter mechanical pencils 5-pack
  • $1 : Sharpie markers 5-pack
  • 50% off: High Sierra and Yak Pak backpacks
  • 25% off: All lunchbags and accessories
  • Buy One Get One Free: Multipurpose paper 10 ream case for printers etc (that’s one for the whole family, or to split with neighbors!)

Office Depot

  • 1 cent: Scholastic school glue 4 ounces
  • 25 cents: Notebook filler paper
  • 25 cents: Office Depot erasers 3-pack
  • 25 cents: Two hole pencil sharpener
  • 25 cents: Office Depot brand book covers
  • $1: Fiskars Scissors For Kids
  • $1: Sharpies highlighters 2-pack
  • 25% Off: all backpacks
  • 25% Off: Mead and Five Star zipper binders
  • 50% Off: Five Star one subject notebooks
  • 50% Off: Crayola Dry-Erase products
  • Buy One Get One Free: All Sharpie marker multi packs

Walmart

  • 50 cents: composition books
  • 50 cents: Elmer’s Washable School Glue, 4 ounces
  • 50 cents: Elmer’s School Glue Sticks 2-Pack
  • 50 cents: Pink erasers 2-pack
  • 97 cents: BIC Crystal Pens 10-pack
  • 97 cents: Crayola markers 10-pack or colored pencils 12-pack
  • 97 cents: Rulers, finger grip or flexi rulers

Target

  • Free 24 pack RoseArt crayons with purchase of one RoseArt 10 pack of markers or 12 pack colored pencils
  • 49 cents: RoseArt 10-pack of markers or 12-pack colored pencils
  • 49 cents: Mead 70 sheet notebook
  • 49 cents: Up & Up Ruler
  • 49 cents: Scotch Magic Tape
  • 49 cents: Sterilite pencil case
  • 49 cents: Poly folder with two pockets
  • $1: Five Star one subject notebook
  • $1: Sharpie markers 2 pack or highlighters 3 pack
  • $1: Safety compass
  • $3: PaperMate InkJoy ballpoint pens 8-pack
  • Target Back to School coupons include $3 off a child’s Cherokee apparel item of $12.99 or more, $1.50 off select zipper or snap-close binders, $1 off a Papermate writing utensil item, $1 off Post-It brand items, 50 cents off 3 packs of Crayola crayons, 50 cents off Scotch Magic Tape item.

Walgreens

  • $1.49: Wexford or Penway 5-subject notebook or 3-subject composition book
  • $1.49: Wexford or Penway graph paper pad 2-pack
  • Buy One Get One Free: Backpacks or tote bags (at $10.99 each)

Office Max $5 Off coupon on page 5 at the link, valid when you spend $25 on in-store purchases including sale/clearance items. Print the coupon or show it on your phone.

Know of any other back to school deals? Tell us in the comment box below or email ABQ on the Cheap.

 –Tania FYI – I’ve given you my Saveology affiliate link to plug you direct to that offer.

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2012: Friday Through Sunday

August 2, 2012 by  
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See our latest New Mexico Tax Holiday post for information on the 2013 tax holiday.

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A reminder that the 2012 New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 3, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 5.  I posted about this before, but if you missed it, here’s the recap.

During the tax holiday weekend you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which is especially helpful for parents as it makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from gross receipts tax in New Mexico during the tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • 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.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • Bookbags and school backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that phones, cameras, PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.)

Find more details on what’s taxable and nontaxable during the New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday in the PDF files at the link.

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Retailers across the city will be participating, and sometimes they give you a tax break even on items not officially covered by absorbing the gross receipts tax themselves. But if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2012 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2012

July 24, 2012 by  
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See our latest New Mexico Tax Holiday post for information on the 2013 tax holiday.

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This year’s New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 3, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 5, 2012. During this time, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from gross receipts tax in New Mexico during the tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • 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.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • Bookbags and school backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that phones, cameras, PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.)

See what’s taxable and nontaxable in these two PDF files

  • New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday general overview
  • New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday detailed listings of all items

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Hence I’m giving you the heads-up: If you’re planning a remote camping trip to the mountains, DON’T do it on the weekend of August 3 to 5, 2012!

Retailers across the city will be participating, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2012 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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Back to School Deals

August 8, 2011 by  
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Back to School deals on school supplies for the week through August 13, 2011.

ABQ on the Cheap reader Mia emailed and asked if we knew of any places giving away free school supplies. Sadly not, Mia, but I’ve done a hunt around on some of the Back to School sales this week. 

Some deals may vary by location and they are of course while stocks last, but here are some places to save while stocking up on your child’s classroom needs. Check the weekly ads that I’m linking you to for full details. I’m just picking out a few items, and you may be interested in other school supply or office supply items on offer. You can also check for your own nearest location. Offers all run through August 13, 2011, unless otherwise stated.

Staples

  • 1 cent: Composition notebooks 70 sheets, through Wednesday August 10 (with a minimum $5 purchase, limit 6 notebooks per customer)
  • 25 cents: Simply poly binders
  • 25 cents: Mini composition books
  • 25 cents: Sharpie markers 2-pack
  • 50 cents: Dual dome pencil sharpener
  • 50 cents: Jumbo paper clips
  • Free after rebate: 7-pack of Zebra Z-Grip mechanical pencils
  • 50% off: High Sierra backpacks
  • Buy One Get One Free: Multipurpose paper 10 ream case for printers etc (that’s one for the whole family, or to split with neighbors!)

Walgreens

  • 9 cents: Wexford 2 pocket folder
  • 19 cents: Penway or Wexford 10 pack of No. 2 pencils
  • 29 cent: Penway or Wexford notebook, 60/70 sheets
  • 39 cents: Corner Office or Wexford index cards, 100 pack
  • 39 cents: Penway or Wexford index card Holder or slider pencil case
  • 39 cents: Paper Mate 10 pack of mechanical pencils
  • 39 cents: Penway or Wexford erasers – a 2 pack or a 15 pack cap
  • 99 cents: 2 pack Expo markers
  • 99 cents: Designer themebook, 70 sheets
  • 99 cents: Penway or Wexford 280 sheet filler paper
  • 99 cents: 3-Subject composition book, 120 sheets
  • 99 cents: Paper Mate EraserMate pens 4 pack
  • 99 cents: Sharpie 2 pack gel or 4 pack accent highlighters
  • Buy One Get One Free: Anchorage or High Trails backpacks or book totes at $9.99 each
  • Buy One Get One Free: Meads 4 pocket portfolio notebook, 100-200 sheets

Target

  • 20 cents: RoseArt glue sticks 2 pack or 4 ounce washable school glue
  • 20 cents: Up & Up erasers 2 pack
  • 20 cents: Up & Up pencil sharpener
  • 50 cents: Standard-size book cover
  • 50 cents: Poly folders
  • 50 cents: Up & Up 12 inch heavy-duty wooden ruler, or pencil box or binder pencil pouch
  • 50 cents: Up & Up pencil box
  • 50 cents: Up & Up binder pencil pouch
  • 50 cents: Index cards, 100 pack
  • 90 cents: Two pack of kids’ scissors
  • $1: Five Star one subject notebook
  • $1 Sharpie markers 2 pack or highlighters 3 pack
  • $1 Post-it notes, super sticky 3 x 3 inch, 90 pack
  • Free 24 pack RoseArt crayons with purchase of one RoseArt 10 pack of markers or 12 pack colored pencils
  • Target coupons include 75 cents off a Five Star tabbed divider notebook, 50 cents off Scotch Magic Tape, $1 off a Papermate writing utensil item, 50 cents off Elmer’s school glue sticks 12 pack, 50 cents off select Crayola items 50 packs, and $1.50 off Mead cloth binder.

Office Depot

  • 1 cent: Scholastic school glue 4 ounces
  • 50 cents: Wilson Jones 1 inch flexible poly binders
  • 50 cents: Paper Mate Pink Pearl erasers 3 pack
  • 50 cents: Staple remover
  • 50 cents: Foray Single Rollerball & Porous Point pens
  • $1: Sharpie fine point marker 5 pack
  • 40% off select writing and coloring items, and 25% off backpacks (from $12.99 up)

Office Max

  • 1 cent: filler paper, 100 sheets college or wide rule (limit 3)
  • 10 cents: Papermate ballpoint pens, 10 pack
  • 25 cents: Poly 2 or 4 pocket folder, assorted colors with or without prongs
  • 50 cents: Glue 4 ounces, and glue-stick combo pack
  • 75 cents: Papermate mechanical pencils 10 pack
  • Buy two get one free: Crayola art supplies, Avery Glue Stics, select Post-It notes, select Scotch Tape and dispensers, Offfice Max premium laminated pocket folders, poly notebooks.
  • Office Max coupon deals: You need the printable coupons to get 50 cents Papermate eraser multipack, 50 cents 100 sheet composition books, $1 one subject notebook (100 sheets) and other only-with coupon offers. (On page 2 of the weekly ad at the link.)

Know of any other back to school deals? Tell us in the comment box below or email ABQ on the Cheap.

 –Tania

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New Mexico Tax Holiday Friday through Sunday

August 3, 2011 by  
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See our latest New Mexico Tax Holiday post for information on the 2013 tax holiday.

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A reminder that the 2011 New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday starts this Friday, August 5, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 7. We posted about this before, but if you missed it, here’s the recap.

During the tax holiday weekend, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping slightly more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are a little complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from gross receipts tax in New Mexico during the tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • 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.)
  • School supplies priced under $15 per unit
  • School backpacks and calculators priced less than $100 per unit

Note that phones, PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.)

Get more details on what’s taxable and nontaxable in the PDF file on the NM Gross Receipts Tax Holiday page.

Since Albuquerque’s gross receipts tax rate is 7%, you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Retailers across the city will be participating, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2011 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2011

July 20, 2011 by  
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See our latest New Mexico Tax Holiday post for information on the 2013 tax holiday.

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This year’s New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 5, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 7, 2011. During this time, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from gross receipts tax in New Mexico during the tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • 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.)
  • School supplies priced under $15 per unit
  • School backpacks and calculators priced less than $100 per unit

Note that phones, PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.)

Get more details on what’s taxable and nontaxable in the PDF file on the NM Gross Receipts Tax Holiday page.

Since Albuquerque’s gross receipts tax rate is 7%, you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Hence we’re giving you the heads-up: If you’re planning a remote camping trip to the mountains, DON’T do it on the weekend of August 5 to 7, 2011!

Retailers across the city will be participating, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2011 Tax Holiday, please ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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Borders Promo Support ABQ Schools: Dec 4-5

December 4, 2010 by  
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Buy at Borders this weekend and get a $15 donation to a school of your choice.

Thanks to reader Sharon for sending this tip! It’s not a deal for YOU but it’s a deal for Albuquerque schools. The Borders Super Classroom Days promotion this weekend December 4 and 5, 2010, means that if you make a purchase in a Borders store, you’ll get a $15 DonorsChoose.org gift card that you can use to make a donation to a classroom of your choice.

If you buy the book Waiting for Superman, they’ll add an extra $15 to your donation.

I’m trying to see the catch in this but I can’t. They don’t give a minimum spend so presumably there isn’t one…. but this is last minute info so I haven’t had time to contact Borders book stores and check out more details.

Here are some of the 56 City of Albuquerque schools registered at DonorsChoose.org, so you can use your free gift card to make a donation to these classrooms. Or use the search and filter tools in the right toolbar for other metro areas or specific schools of interest to you.

The offer runs at Borders for in store purchases only, on December 4 and 5, 2010.

Albuquerque Borders stores are located at 2240 Q St. NE, 5901 Wyoming Blvd. NE, and 10420 Coors Bypass NW.

–Tania

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