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June 21, 2014

Summer activities that won’t break the bank

ASHLAND — If you really can’t afford to go on a trip right now, and want something fun to do, remember July 4th is coming, which means Summer Motion is too. There is a Summer Motion page on FaceBook for schedules and names of who’s coming to our town. There will be a complete list in The Independent, with such names as Foregner’s Lou Gramm, Exile, Molly Hatchet, David Lee Murphy and, of course, fireworks on the riverfront. There will even be wrestling this year. Wal-Mart has misting bottles that really cool you down, if the heat is as it is now, I really suggest these. A gentle spray really cools you down and really doesn’t wet your clothes. Every family member should have a bottle of water and one of these misters.

The farmers markets are now open Saturdays at Fannins on Ky. 60; and  7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at the Extension Office parking lot at  2420 Center Street in Catlettsburg. Wic and Senior Vouchers are accepted.

If you are on a trip and want to dine out, three meals a day can be really hard on your budget. How can you save money on eating? Sign up on the restaurant’s site before traveling to receive offers and savings notifications. Check your email for coupons and print them off. Look at your hotel or motel for coupons to area restaurants. Restaurant.com is a real money saver for discounts.

If you are going to the Smokey Mountains, be sure to stop at the Jellico Mountain rest stop for coupons on motels, food and entertainment. It really pays to stop at visitor rest stops. These are usually placed just inside a mile of the state lines of every state. Go to the pamphlets section and load up. This entertains children in the car while they read and decide on places they would like to visit. But, the coupons inside are the real deal. Take one for each person in the car.

Sunscreen

Wear sunscreen now. Put it on 30 minutes before you go into the sun. Reapply after 2 hours. They can stain your clothing. The best ones in testing:

Up and Up — Target

Equate  — Walmart brand

Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50

Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch

Coppertone Sport High Performance.

These are listed in order. All others rated low in performance.

New items for

seniors

Manufacturers are paying attention to senior needs. Cane Expressions will make decorative canes to match any outfit. Go online to caneexpressions.com or call (310) 387-4909. These are made in the United States.

Bigger letters for your caller ID, or a talking ID to announce the caller could be helpful. Ask you phone provider for this service.

Steering wheel knobs can gives you a larger surface to hold onto.

The Easy Key Turner on AgingCare.com makes keys easier to hold. It doubles the end size of the key.

For more items, look at “seniors daily living aids.”

Free things

FreeFlys.com

Hey it’s Free. Net

Hunt 4 Freebies.com

Pinch Me.com

IcraveFreebies.com

SweetFreeStuff.com

Pillsbury.com. If you are a member, you will receive free samples.

Freebies4Mom.com

Walmart.com (look for free samples) and

P&G solutions.com. You can be the first to try new products for free.

CVS

The hot deal this week will be Henkel products. Dial or Right Guard Total Defense Body Wash or soap. On a B1G1 Free Sale, only the ones you pay for count toward your total. You could buy 10 and only pay for five, but bring those coupons into play. Bring in the buy-2-get-one Dial/Tone coupon from 06/15/14 RP

50 cent Dials

$10 free gas card

Use Ibotta credits for another $3. Watch for a store coupon, and there’s a rebate at rewards@dialsoaprewards.com. Upload a picture of your receipt for this one.

Here’s the layout:

Buy 2 Right Guard Xtreme Clear $3

Buy 2 Get $2 EB. Limit one.

Buy 3 Dial Body Wash. Use Ibotta for $1.

Buy 2 Dial for Men Body Wash, $1 Ibotta.

Buy 1 Dial Bar Soap, $1 Ibotta.

Spend $25 on Henkel products

Coupons use 2 $2/1 Right Guard X Treme.

Use buy-2 get-1-free coupon for Dial

Pay $16 get $2 EB, $3 Ibotta credits and a $10 gas card. Final price  is 13 cents ea. If you buy all 8 products and use the correct coupons.

That is from the website. I don’t have the circular for this week.

Sabra and I have the coupon class at ACTC starting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.. Call LifeLong Learning at ACTC if you are interested in the Frugal living couponing class. We have so much fun.

Did you know happiness is contagious? If you socialize, you will be happier.

For the table

If you have planted an herb garden, consider something different for your table, such as flavored salt. Place 3 cups of loosely packed basil, ½ cup kosher salt and 1 garlic clove in your food processor. Pulse to grind. Spread on a baking sheet and leave out to dry for 3 days. When fully dry, process again. Sprinkle on chicken, vegetables, spaghetti or even rolls.

Herb vinegar: Bring 2 cups of white vinegar to boil. Place thyme or rosemary sprigs in a sterilized glass bottle. Funnel hot vinegar into the bottle. Cover tightly. Don’t use a metal lid. Use on salads, or as a marinade.

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