I wa s shopping last week with my folder of coupons when a women asked me if it is really worth it to use coupons. After about 20 minutes of talking, I convinced her that it is crazy not to spend time cutting coupons. I even walked with her through the store and pointed out deals.
She told me that she ha s seven children, and her husband had to get an evening job to help pay the bills. I told her that getting her children involved with coupon clipping would benefit her and teach her children better spending habits.
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Buying the Sunday newspaper for coupons, and using all the coupons offered at your store, will save you money.
Other money-saving ideas
■ If you shop online for holiday gifts, get free shipping codes from more than 1,600 merchants, including Amazon, Macy’s and J.Crew. http://www.freeshipping.org/
■ The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is giving away Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum that will help those 12 -20 years old learn the basics of handling money and finances.
■ Hundreds of deals and coupons when you support your favorite charity or school by shopping at more than 1,000 participating retailers. http://www.goodshop.com/
■ Receive 20 percent off select grocery and drugstore Kmart-brand products when you download your reusable Smart Assist Savings Card.
■ Receive $5 off $20 Rite Aid bonus coupon in October when you watch some videos.
■ Print out coupon for $5 off $25 spent at Rite Aid from www.coupons.com
■ Kentuckians age 55 or older with limited financial resources may be eligible for employment assistance through the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
Call (859) 269-8021.
■ Free resources from OfficeTeam to help guide your career.
■ $400 toy coupon book from Target. Ask the customer service desk at the store.
■ Save $5 by mail when you buy a Tinker Bell book or game from LeapFrog and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure on DVD. http://www.leapfrog.com/en/landingpages/tinkerbell.html
■ Print out a $10 coupon for a Disney DVD.
■ Get 140 free holiday photo return address labels from Vistaprint. Just pay for shipping.
■ Sign up to receive 100 free 4X6 prints from Fuji Film.
■ Receive $10 off a purchase from JCPenney, just type in code (SWEETS4U) at checkout. http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/default.aspx
■ A $10 rebate from Kraft Foods along with $1 coupons.
■ Complete a short form from Teen Freeway and on Oct. 29 become a Teen Freeway Fan on Facebook to receive a free pair of panties.
■ Oct. 30 is See Blue Day at Keeneland. Free general admission to UK students, faculty or alumni ID. Fan activities include photos with Wild Cat, Free Face Painting, Food, Autograph signings and more.
■ Free trick or treating at the businesses on Moore Drive, noon to 2 p.m., Oct. 31. At 2 p.m. there will be a celebrity judged costume contest for children 12 and under. Ronald McDonald will be there handing out happy meal toys to trick or treaters.
■ Free Black Jack taco from Taco Bell from 6p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31st
■ Free Halloween parade at Toys R Us from noon to 3 p.m., on Oct. 31. Children age 3 and up will receive a complimentary reusable bag which they can fill up with goodies and giveaways as they parade around the store.
■ On Oct. 31, enter a contest to win 52 subs from Penn Station.
■ Free Mattel toy on Oct. 31 at the Sears toy shop if your child is dressed in a Halloween costume While supplies last.
■ Print out a coupon for $5 off a $20 toy purchase at Sears.
■ Free Halloween cereal carving stencils from Betty Crocker.
■ Free Halloween coloring sheets from Land O’ Lakes.
■ Free Halloween coloring sheets, award certificates, word games and more from Hershey. http://www.hersheys.com/trickortreats/activities/coloring.asp