Looking for help? There are many agencies out there that want to help you.• United Way 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number that connects people with the help they need. It’s accessible 24/7, in more than 150 languages. It has access to more than 500 providers to help answer questions about health and human services such as food, shelter, medical care, substance abuse treatment – the list is endless. During tax time if you earn less than $42,000 a year you can receive free help with filing your taxes.
• Lex Call 3-1-1 is your one call for Lexington city hall. From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. call to report illegal signs, unsafe housing, graffiti, potholes, large garbage pickup, city hall information or connect quickly with the mayor’s office.
• Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living can help with questions on senior aging issues, including care giving, housing, health programs and more. Call (859) 269-8021 or toll free at 1-866-229-0018.
• Children up to 18 who are on Medicaid or are uninsured, may be eligible for free vaccines from the federal government. Ask your health-care provider if he or she is enrolled in the program. More information is available on www.cdc.gov/.
• Merck provides its medicines for free or at discounts to people who, without assistance, cannot afford them. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-727-5400 or go to: www.merckhelps.com.
• Free go-to resource for jobs in law, education, health care and nonprofit. NeedleStackJobs.com is the first national job board spotlighting professional flextime jobs only.
• There is a Web site for working women with cancer. Cancerandcareers.org gives free career coaching, insurance information, free workbooks and brochures.
• Find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test and where to get screened by calling 1-800-462-6122 or 1-800-422-6237.
• Caregivers Marketplace is a free program to help caregivers lower their health care costs at caregiversmarketplace.com.
• Stop by Wendy’s and get a Trick or Treat gift book that contains 10 free coupons for $1.
• Go to McDonald’s to get a Tricks and Treats Pack with 12 coupons for free items.
• Frisch’s Big Boy has $1 Trick or Treat booklet containing free coupons.
• Magical Holidays with less hassle. Sign up for free “100 Days of Holidays” e-newsletter from Better Homes and Gardens at BHG.com/100days.
• Carve your own virtual pumpkin, e-mail it to your friends, and even print it as a carving template at BHG.com/carveapumpkin.
• Vote for your favorite breed of dog. Download a free canine stencil for your Halloween pumpkin at BHG.com/dogs.
• M&M’s will send $1 million to one person’s home. Enter for a chance to win at www.mms.com.
• Brighten up any festivities with delectable treats, and seasonal crafts at www.BrightIdeas.com.
• Download a free recipe booklet from Comstock Wilderness at www.piefilling.com.
• Free Holiday Recipe Guide at www.TheCookingMilk.com from Carnation.
•Walgreens: Chapstick Fresh Effects is $2.99. Get a $2.99 Register Reward and get the item for free. Emergen-C Immune or Alert Shot Pack Booster for $3.49. Get a $3.49 Register Reward and get the item for free. Halls Refresh Cough Drops (20 count) is $1. Get a $1 Register Reward and receive the item for free. Robitussin DM To Go two pack is $2.49. Get a $2.49 Register Reward and receive the item for free. Vaseline Sheer Infusion Body Lotion is $6.99. Get a $6.99 Register Reward and receive the item for free.
•Rite Aid: Crest with Scope Outlast Toothpaste is $2.69. Use $1 off one coupon from 9/27 P&G insert in the newspaper and receive $2.69 Single Check Rebate. The item is free and you make $1. Gillette Fusion Razor is $9. Use $4 off one coupon from the 9/27 P&G insert and receive a $5 Single Check Rebate. Final cost is free. Oral-B Advantage Toothbrush is $2.69. Use $1 off one coupon from the 9/27 P&G insert and get the $2.69 Single Check Rebate to get the item for free. You make $1 on the deal.
•CVS: Scope Outlast Mouthwash is $3.49. Use $1 off one coupon from 9/27 P&G insert and receive $1.50 with Extra Care Rewards. Your final price is 99 cents.
• Fayette County residents ages 18 and older can enroll in the 50 Million Pound Weight Loss Challenge. This free, nationwide challenge is offered by the Lexington Health Department and is designed to help adults achieve a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. Classes are held 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 10 at the William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 East Sixth Street. Call to register (859) 389-6678.
• “2S 2nd Sunday” will be held from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 11 in downtown Lexington. The statewide event encourages all forms of physical activity and is designed to get Kentuckians moving. Visit: www.2ndsundayky.com.
• Every Women’s Health is held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Education Center at Central Baptist Hospital, 1720 Nicholasville Road. Call 859-977-1714 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A fall photography workshop, sponsored by the Fayette County 4-H, will be held Oct. 17 at Red River Gorge. There will be a limited supply of cameras. Prepare for a strenuous hike through the gorge. Call the Fayette County Extension Office for registration at 257-5582.
• Tates Creek Library at 3628 Walden Drive will have a back-to-school event from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 6 to help students learn about what the library has to offer.
Deborah Morris’ weekly column, The Fru-Gal, can help you get through these economic hard times a little more easily. If you know of a way to save some money, feel free to share it on The Fru-Gal blog on BluegrassMoms.com and visit her Web site www.fru-gal-friends.com.