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DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: REBATES! SAVE MONEY ON APPLIANCES NOW-- AND ENERGY IN THE FUTURE



Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

February 1, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) - Appliances cost a lot of money. They are notorious energy hogs and older models can really affect your monthly utility bill. Most people just suck it up, however, because of the high replacement costs. It does not have to be that way anymore. There are so many appliance rebate programs out there that one could easily miss a few when making a large purchase - for example, a new clothes washer. With a little research and organization, you can save a lot of money on your purchase. The trick is to "stack" rebates.

FREEBIE ALERT! FREE MEDICAL INFO AND CLASSES AT COMMUNITY HEALTH LIBRARY IN LA MESA

Are you facing a health issue and want reliable, up-to-date medical information?

There is a free resource available for you, The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library is available to residents in the Grossmont Healthcare District. This is a state-of-the-art, hybrid library that offers information both through online computer databases and through books, medical journals, newsletters, DVDs, and more. The library's welll-trained, friendly staff will help you find the information you are seeking. In addition, they host a monthly Senior Discussion Group about a health topic and a monthly movie, and will begin computer classes in March.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: SAVAE TIME & MONEY! CREATE A HOUSEHOLD BINDER

 

By Dawn and Nancy Clement

 

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

December 28, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)-Is getting more organized on your To Do List for 2010? If it is, then get a jump-start by creating a Household Binder. This will help everyone in your household find information quickly and make running a home easier and more stress-free. You can assemble one in just a few minutes if you have all the items gathered together before you start a three-ring binder that will hold standard 8 1/2 X 11’ paper, one with pockets to store items like pencils or stamps, and a list of items you want to include. Some ideas about what to include are:

FREEBIE ALERT: IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH—TAKE A WALK WITH YOUR COMMUNITY DEC. 30

 

By Nancy Clement

December 22, 2009 (La Mesa and Spring Valley) -- Start the New Year off right by walking your way to health!

 

Live Well invites you to come and “Take a Walk with your Community” at a fun-filled event that features a 30 minute hosted walk, free entertainment, refreshments and a special guest. This special event will occur simultaneously at both Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa and Lamar Park in Spring Valley from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 30th.

FREEBIE ALERT! WINTER SOLSTICE WALK DEC. 21

 

Cowles Mountain is the site of a Kumeyaay Indian solstice site and the Canyoneers are conducting a free walk up the mountain on December 21 at 6 am to view the sunrise on the first day of winter.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: SAVE MONEY – BE CREATIVE WITH GIFT WRAP

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!
 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

December 17, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) - We all know the holidays can get extremely expensive. Not only do people buy many gifts to give away, they also spend a good chunk of change on gift-wrap for those gifts. There are ways you can save on gift-wrap, however. You just need to get a little creative. You can even use the money you save to buy more presents!

FREEBIE ALERT! FREE RINGTONES FROM NATURE

 

December 3, 2009 (San Diego's East County)--eNature’s ringtones are a way to bring a unique ring tone to your phone. There are many free ring tones available from elk to turkey. Have fun with this freebie and learn what our nation’s treasures sound like in the wild.  http://wild.enature.com/ringtones/

DOLLAR WISE DIVA: SAVE MONEY ON GIFT GIVING FOR THE HOLIDAYS: BE CREATIVE AND CLEVER

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Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

December 3, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Ready or not – the holiday gift-giving season is here!  Our gifts to you are ideas and tips to help you spend less money and feel more relaxed and peaceful during this special time of year. It is important to remember why we are celebrating, and to not be caught up in a whirlwind of consumerism.

FREEBIE ALERT! DONATE YOUR LONG HAIR AND RECEIVE A FREE HAIRCUT

 

November 25, 2009 (El Cajon) --La Dolce Belladonna, located in Fletcher Hills, is proud to be a participant in the Locks of Love Program as an approved hair salon that performs free haircuts by licensed, professional hair stylists.

 

To qualify for a free haircut, a person must have long hair and be willing to cut and donate it to a child who has lost his or her hair due to an illness. Very few salons in San Diego offer haircuts free;t this is the way La Dolce Belladonna Spa says thank you to those who donate their hair to benefit children in need. 

DOLLAR- WISE DIVAS: SAVE MONEY! BRAVE THE CROWDS AND SHOP ON BLACK FRIDAY

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

November 26, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)-The term “Black Friday” dates back to the late 1960's and refers to the Friday after Thanksgiving – the start of the traditional Christmas shopping season, and the day most store ledgers hit “the black” (show a profit). Retailers nationwide get a jump-start on the season by having sales on Black Friday.

For many stores, this means opening their doors at midnight after Thanksgiving. If you are a night owl, that is the time to go (before all the sale items are picked over).

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: FREE & LOW-COST ENTERTAINMENT YEAR ROUND

 

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

November 23, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) - San Diego has excellent theater, and ticket prices are low enough (even free!) that everyone can enjoy great shows.

TRADE IN YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT LEDS--FREE!

WSDG&E® is exchanging up to three old holiday light strands for an equal number of complimentary color light-emitting diode (LED) holiday light strands to customers throughout San Diego County. SDG&E® and its community partners are hosting eight light exchanges throughout the County, ringing in energy savings and increased safety for the holiday season.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: SAVE MONEY WITH SPECIAL THANK YOUS FOR VETERANS


Take advantage of some of the hidden benefits of being a veteran!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

November 5, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)- This week’s column is a special thank you to all the active duty, veterans, retired military and their families in the East County and San Diego region. Veteran’s Day is not just another time for stores to hold special sales, it is a day set aside to pause and collectively honor our military service members and their families.

“FREE DAY” AT NATIONAL FORESTS TO HONOR VETERANS DAY!

 

 

 

San Diego, CA, November 5, 2009 – As a thank you to Veterans and Armed Services Personnel, Veterans Day, November 11 has been declared a “Fee Free Day” for Cleveland, San Bernardino, Angeles and Los Padres National Forests.

TRICK OR TREATING IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT

 

Does the thought of going house-to-house Trick or Treating make you feel uncomfortable? How about mall Trick or Treating?

 

Mall Trick or Treating is an easy way to take the little ones for out for an evening of fun. On Saturday October 31st, two local malls--Grossmont Center in La Mesa from 4 to 6 PM and Parkway Plaza in El Cajon from 3 to 5 PM--are the places to be in East County to be for a frightfully good time.

DOLLAR WISE DIVAS: SAVE MONEY, CREATE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR LESS!

 

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

October 22, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)-Costumes are not about how much money you spend. You could spend hundreds of dollars and still have a less-than-exciting costume. What make a costume great is a little creativity--along with a few accessories. For example, take a man in an ordinary suit, slick back his hair, give him a pencil thin mustache and a string tie, and voila – Clark Gable! Take the same man, in the same suit, give him a wide tie, spectators, and a waist chain, and you have a Mobster. The clothes you wear are a mere canvas on which to paint your costume.

 

If you need a little inspiration, check out these sites:

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING SATURDAY

October 13, 2009 (El Cajon)- To help prevent identity theft, San Diego County Credit Union has announced that free shredding services will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at its El Cajon branch, located at 312 West Main St.

FREEBIE ALERT! CALLING ALL KIDS--FREE ADMISSION TO SAN DIEGO ZOO & WILD ANIMAL PARK IN OCTOBER

 

KIDS FREE DAYS for children 11 years old and younger has been expanded and is now available all during the month of October. Everybody loves our World famous Zoo; now’s the time to enjoy the cooler weather as you learn more about animals and conservation. Come check out two fun, new play areas at the ZOO, and experience “Radical Reptiles” at the Discovery Station in the Wild Animal Park at San Pasqual.

FREE SMOKE ALARMS!

 

 

The Burn Institute Senior Smoke Alarm Program is for people 55 and over who own their own homes. All smoke alarms, batteries and maintenance direction are provided by The Burn Institute for the program – free of charge.

 

If a senior is a renter, The Burns Institute will, at the renter’s request, call the owner on behalf of the renter to advocate and let the landlord know that it is his or her legal responsibility to maintain all smoke alarm equipment.

FREEBIE ALERT! FREE ADMISSION TO 18 S.D. MUSEUMS SATURDAY, SEPT. 26


One Day Only!
 

Saturday, September 26, 2009 is Museum Day, and you can enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to enjoy 18 of San Diego’s museums. It’s easy to participate, simply go to the Smithsonian website (link below) and register for their free admission card. Registration is free and you can print out your card after completing the online registration. For details, see http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.

 

This Freebie Alert is provided by Nancy and Dawn Clement, our Dollar-Wise Diva columnists.  They can be reached at 619-563-4184 or Dollar-Wi$eDivas@Cox.net.

FREECYCLE: SAVE MONEY WHILE SAVING THE EARTH


Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

September 17, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)--According to the EPA, the U.S. generated  251 million tons of trash in 2006--and 67% of that trash ended up in landfills. But much of the trash in landfills is not really trash at all. It is so easy to throw items away when they are no longer needed – even if they are still usable – that it happens every day. However, there is a growing population of people who think that there must be a better solution.

 

Have you ever walked in your neighborhood early in the morning of trash pick-up day? You would be amazed what your neighbors are throwing away. Things that appear perfectly usable but no longer wanted. There is a better way to dispose of unwanted items--and get items you actually want free--all through Freecycle!

DOLLAR-WI$E DIVAS: SAVE UP TO 90% ON COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS

 

 

 

By Nancy Clement & Dawn Clement

 

September 8, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)--Any college student will tell you that textbooks are expensive, and the cost is continuing to rise each year. According to the PIRG Higher Education Project (www.pirg.org/highered), college students spend an average of $900 on textbooks each year.

In today's economy, the cost of textbooks is a severe burden on students who are already struggling financially. It is estimated that 23% of students don't purchase required books due to the costs, which hampers the learning process and is not a good solution to the problem. Fortunately, there are other solutions to this problem.

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