July 25, 2007
Department gets $51,200 grant The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has been awarded a $51,200 grant to expand its Information and Assistance Program to reach and serve more seniors, disabled people and their caregivers, the county has announced. The program, an outreach and referral system, will get a new phone system and a yearlong public information campaign through the Maryland Access Point grant from the state Department of Aging. Information: 410-222-1288.
March 31, 1998
Safeway Inc. has brought its popular coupon booklet into the electronic age.Rather than clipping coupons from a booklet that's sent to area households, consumers can save on selected items with the swipe of a card.This week, the grocery chain is replacing the booklet with a new Safeway Club Card, offering savings of up to 50 percent on advertised items, said Greg TenEyck, spokesman for the chain's eastern division.The new marketing initiative to make coupons more convenient comes at a time when supermarket chains are locked in a heated battle over customer loyalty.
August 13, 2006
Unity event planned at Aberdeen park Phase IV of the Unity in the Community event will be held from 11 a.m. to dusk Sept. 9 in Festival Park at Franklin and Parke streets in Aberdeen. The event will be sponsored by the Unity in the Community group, whose mission is to create fellowship among Harford's churches and community organizations through song and dance. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments and crafts will be used to promote youth and senior citizen programs for county residents.
August 11, 1993
Every generation delivers new trappings and challenges for youth. Today's kids are asked to be more independent than were their parents (though probably less so than their immigrant great-grandparents). Television and technology make them more worldly-wise. They're creatures of pop culture to a degree unknown to their ancestors. And, they will make their way in a world of less stability and greater opportunity.Yet for all that's different about childhood through the ages, kids will be kids.
June 23, 1993
If you suspect that you're paying a lot more for cereal now than you used to, your instinct is right on target.Since 1983, cereal prices have gone up more than 75 percent -- more than twice the average price increase for all foods eaten at home, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.Many cereals now cost $3 to $4, and some larger boxes are shooting toward $5.The good news for shoppers is that the value of cereal coupons has also climbed, with a handful approaching $2 -- as much as a whole box of cereal cost a few years ago."
January 14, 2011
From The Consuming Interests blog: Higher food prices are being passed on to customers by supermarkets, meaning some of us may start to see costlier bills. But there's no need to panic. There are ways to keep your bill down without completely giving up your splurges. Here are some of the tips I've learned over the years. Maybe some of you frugal grocery queens can pass on your suggestions as well. Plan your meals around the sales circular that week. Black beans and chicken on sale?
April 2, 2010
C oupon masters, here's a question for you: Have you ever had to pay extra to take advantage of a "buy one, get one free" offer because the price of the "free" item exceeded the price limit stated on the coupon? BJ's Wholesale Club will pay a $40,000 penalty as part of a settlement with the state attorney general's office for giving Maryland consumers "buy one, get one free" store coupons with fine print that capped the value of the free product. In some cases, the language capped the coupons at less than the price of the product, so consumers had to pay extra for the item they thought they would receive for free, according to the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division.
March 1, 2012
Here we are, on the cusp of March Madness again. And here come the vasectomycommercials. You know the ones. Urology centers everywhere are trotting them out. The basic message: Schedule your vasectomy now. Then recover by spending a day or two on the couch watching college hoops with a bag of frozen peas on your, um, lap. Do the commercials work? Do guys really wait for the NCAA tournament to roll around to have the Snip to End All Snips? Apparently, yes. According to news stories, some urology centers report a dramatic increase in the number of vasectomies they perform this time of year.
April 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- A Nintendo Co. spokesman in Japan said today the company wouldn't suffer -- and might benefit -- from a settlement of price-fixing charges that requires Nintendo to compensate consumers.Nintendo's optimism is based on a key part of the settlement that requires consumers to buy another Nintendo product to benefit.TTC The settlement announced yesterday requires Nintendo of America Inc., the U.S. arm of the company, to offer a $5 coupon to consumers who may have paid unnecessarily high prices for the company's immensely popular video-game consoles.
September 8, 2002
The golden years lost a little of their luster this summer when several airlines ended discount programs for seniors. But that's no reason to tear up your AARP card. There are plenty of deals, in the air and on the ground, for older travelers. A new online guide, www.seniordiscount.com, has expanded from 25,000 listings of travel and other deals to more than 115,000 since its launch last year, says David Smidt, the president and chief executive. Joan Rattner Heilman, author of an annual guide to senior discounts, is seeing no reduction in deals as she works on the 2003 edition of Unbelievably Good Deals & Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50, due out next spring (Contemporary Books; $14.95 for 2002 edition)