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A big welcome to new readers from Saturday's coupon workshop

Thanks to everyone who spent their Saturday morning with me learning about coupons, rebates and frugal living.

And thanks for your amazing generosity to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. You donated 134 pounds of food!

Registration open for my next coupon workshop, Aug. 10

Registration is now open for my next coupon workshop, a three-hour class on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Learn how to save 50 percent -- or more -- in this fun and fast-paced class. On top of that, we'll feed you breakfast and send you home with some nice freebies.

If the Aug. 10 class doesn't fit your schedule, I'll be teaching my holiday-themed workshop on Saturday, Nov. 9. Registration for that class will open in late September.

I'll be teaching both classes, covering basic and advanced savings techniques, in Raleigh at The News & Observer's downtown offices, 215 S. McDowell St.

The half-day session includes information on:

A big welcome to new readers from Saturday's coupon workshop

Thanks to everyone who spent their Saturday morning with me learning about coupons, rebates and frugal living.

And thanks for your amazing generosity to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. You donated exactly 100 pounds of food and $26 in cash! That's enough to supply 194 meals to families in need.

A few reminders for Saturday's coupon class

If you're coming to coupon class Saturday, I wanted to give you a few friendly reminders.

Be sure to bring a donation to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. It's a great cause AND it will get you a second chance to win some pretty amazing door prizes.

If you need coupon organizer supplies, folks from The Coupon Pro will be on hand to sell coupon binders, do-it-yourself kits, pocket pages and coupon wallets. Prices range from $2 to $30. Cash or checks only.

Saturday's class is full but we'll be registering for a late summer class soon. Watch the blog for an announcement.

Can't wait to meet all of you.

Businesses offer discounts to customers to help the needy

South Fine Gifts & Furnishings, a Chapel Hill retail store located in Meadowmont Village, is partnering with Vietri to benefit The Green Chair Project.

Through Friday, customers who donate a set of at least four gently used place settings will receive 20 percent off a new dishware purchase, whether it is one piece of the qualified brands or an entire set.

The Green Chair Project, a Raleigh nonprofit agency, was created to provide the community with a meaningful way to recycle their gently-used household furnishings directly in to the hands of those in need filling homes that would otherwise be without, while at the same time reducing waste in our landfills.

 

If you know of other businesses that are incorporating charitable giving into their holiday shopping campaign, please send the information to vbridges@newsobserver.com

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See what a nickel can buy, and help save the planet, too

                  

Binders for 50 cents. Card stock for a dime. Packages of stickers for a quarter.

The deals are plentiful at the Cary Creative Center, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce the amount of trash headed to the landfill and educate folks to look at trash in a more creative way.

And that's just for starters.

The center, located at 155 Wilkinson Ave. in downtown Cary, has seemingly endless spools of ribbon and boxes of colorful envelopes and notepads. There's yarn and plastic wrap, report covers and poster board, fabric and mailing tubes.

On any given day you never know what you might find, said Betsy Dassau, the volunteer director of Cary Creative Center.

Anyone interested in a giant clam shell measuring 12 inches across?

You're too late for that one but how about a full-size chaise lounge fashioned from construction tubing? "It's so architecturally interesting because the ends of the tubes are open," Dassau said.

Prices at the center start at a nickel. The most expensive item right now is a vintage lamp for $35.

Holiday Help: Stuff the kids' stockings with supermarket deals

Note: This is the first in an occasional series of posts focusing on ways to celebrate the holidays without spending a lot of money.

I'll be stopping in at Kroger this week to do a little Christmas shopping.

It's not as crazy as it sounds.

Venom women heading for rugby championships

The Raleigh Venom women's rugby team will be heading for the national championships soon, and the team is making a final push to fund the trip.

The Venom, part of the Raleigh Rugby Football Club, will play again for the women's Division II championship in the Nov. 11-15 tournament in Mesa, Ariz.

To help the players offset the approximately $12,000 cost of the trip, an announcement from the RRFC Board of Directors said, donations can be made via PayPal on the club's website.

With lots of help, The Long Ball Program ensures boys can play baseball this summer

Even if you don’t play baseball, know anybody who plays baseball or
even like baseball, there’s still a good reason to turn out at the
Durham Athletic Park on Wednesday night:

To support the 120 teenage boys who will be playing ball this summer
because parents, businesses and organizations banded together to make
sure there’s a season.

Postponed two days because of Monday’s rain, the season-opening game
of The Long Ball Program will is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. today.

Canned art to aid the hungry

Canstruction teams in the Triangle are collecting donations and have dedicated their engineering tech-fu to designing their can-tastic sculptures.

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