Welcome to Our Ad DepartmentHere's All You Need to Know

Place a graphic advertisement or 25 word text ad and get seen by thousands of people in Southern Maine who are looking for free stuff to do. 

All ads are $25 for 4 weeks (30 days) and include an optional website link. 

A new Cheat Sheet is published every Thursday, but advertisements start on the 1st of the month and run for 30 days. The deadline to submit for the upcoming month is the 25th of every month. Ads are placed in random order on the two most popular pages: Free Events and Free Local Resources.


All credit, debit, and PayPal accepted. We process charges through Square's secure virtual terminal and you'll receive an emailed receipt once your order is processed. You may cancel your ad anytime during the 30 days by contacting us, however, there are no refunds. 

About two weeks before your ad expires, we'll email to ask if you'd like to renew another month. No pressure- it's just makes it easier to keep your ad running without interruptions. 

That's it! We're pretty easy to reach if you need help: 

Use our contact form, call/text (207) 808-0968, or email PortlandCheatSheet@gmail.com


You're three quick steps away from having a published ad. Ready?

1) Choose your ad: Text or Graphic 

Keep in mind, graphic ads include a website link, but text ads only link the web address if it's included in the 25 words. 

Place a text ad here

(P.S. Keep it under 25 words or we'll have to edit your ad to fit the space.)

You don't need graphic design skills with our 25 word text ads. Say or sell whatever you want- one month is $25.



SAMPLE- Actual size classified ad

Common Questions


Q: Do websites count as one word?

A: Websites count for as many words that are in the title, so PortlandCheatSheet.com counts as 3 words. (www & .com don't count as words)


Q: Do numbers count as one word?

A: Yes, the total number counts as one word, including telephone numbers. Examples: $30, 11pm, (207) 555-1989


Q: Does punctuation count as one word?

A:  No, single punctuation (period, comma, etc.) doesn't count as a word, but double or triple punctuation

counts as one word. Examples: !!! , -->,  <3


Got a question? Contact us & we'll try our best to help!

Place a graphic advertisement here

All graphics must meet TWO specifications    

  • 150 x 150 pixel size (1.5 inches x 1.5 inches)

  •  .JPG or .GIF format


Need help sizing your image? 

We offer that service for $20. Contact us.

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Max file size: 15MB



$20 hourly

rate, always

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SAMPLE- Actual size graphic ad

2) Next, confirm you understand our cancellation policy.

3) Finally, hit submit and a pop up screen will collect your payment information. That's it- Thank you!

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The Portland Cheat Sheet, updated every Thursday, lists free events and local resources for the Portland, Maine metro area. The region includes Portland and the surrounding towns of South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, and the Casco Bay Islands. (More Maine locations coming soon!)

"If it's free, it's for me!"

Hi, I'm Taryn, your friendly local publisher. I also run Affordable Media Services if you ever need a hand. I launched this site in June 2020 to encourage people to power off their electronics and interact in their communities. If you support my vision there are five ways to support me including some free options of course!  Contact me here.