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Also under state of Ohio – #10 The Daugirdas Family and Rita.
Below is our experience with our foreign exchange student.
MY STINT AS DAD
My stint as a Dad ended last year. Sort of. Our foreign exchange student Rita left to go back to Portugal last June. It was a sad moment, but the joy of having her here was something I’ll cherish forever. I know I’ll be her Dad forever too…her American Dad.
When we initially were talking about having a foreign exchange student we thought it might be best to be a Welcome Family. So instead of having them for the whole school year we would have them for a few months. Not having any kids ourselves we figured we might want to start slow. After all, we are getting a teenager and any parent will tell you they can be a terror. But after talking about it more we thought it was a disservice to not keep them for the whole year.
We didn’t know if we’d end up with a brat or an angel. They have a bio you can read before you pick them, but their real personality could differ from it. You don’t get to chat with them beforehand to see if they are a good match. So you are in the dark a bit. No matter. It wasn’t so much about finding the perfect kid. I was ok with getting one that was a pain. I don’t mind working with people to better themselves. It would be a challenge that has many rewards.
I mentored lots of kids in the inner city and have taught Junior Achievement for many years. I’ve seen kids that needed a lot of work and some that were just awesome. A lot had to do with how their parents raised them and loved them. One child that was mentored had to babysit their siblings all night long through the wee hours of the night and then go to school that same day and that was repeated every night while their parent worked all night. The sibling babysitter was a third-grader. What a shame. Not having both parents made the situation worse.
One time I went to teach a Junior Achievement class and the teacher tells me one student that wasn’t there will be back next week. She said he was in jail for guns and will be getting out. That student like so many others just needed direction and structure and a home where chaos didn’t reign supreme and over the love from that parent or parents. So many kids look for trouble and they find it in gangs because they are accepted there and belong, something a family normally does, but in their lives it didn’t. To them a gang replaced what a mother and father would do.
So seeing this and so many other issues I know how important it is for children to have the right environment to grow to be successful and productive people. So many people are quick to point out how horrible these kids are but do absolutely nothing to make it better. I say get involved. See the issues up front. Help the kids. Teach them. Give them the time. You may make just a small dent to send them on the right path. Some of the comments and letters I received from the kids I’ve mentored and taught validate just that effect on them. So, if you can, take the time in your life to have a positive effect on another child’s life.
Our exchange student Rita also didn’t know what kind of parents she would get. She saw that I was into coupons and saw my web-site and clips from TV segments. She also saw my Facebook avatar was Rerun from the show What’s Happening. She was pretty sure that it wasn’t really me.
Rita Rodrigues of Portugal was born on August 16th at around 100 lbs. and 64 inches in a Home Depot parking lot in Streetsboro coming out of the swing door womb of a bus. She was our first child…an instant teenager.
Yes, the bus stopped there to drop her off. We were told that the bus was 50 minutes away so I figured I had time to stop at Lowes to look for some clearance plant deals. Not one to sit idle I had to find something productive to do while we waited. I found plant deals, but I got a call while I was there that the bus arrived. How could that be I thought. I was only there for about ten minutes. Apparently, the message was misconstrued to us and she was actually 50 minutes past Youngstown. So I missed the birth of our daughter.
Soon after she got here she asked what we wanted to be called. I sternly said Megatron. That night I got a “Good night Megatron!”. She humored me for a while, but then called us Mom and Dad. I wasn’t sure about being called Dad because she had one already, but in time I was more comfortable with being called Dad. We became her Mom and Dad, but we also reverted to other roles like brother and sister and best friend. It was good too since we didn’t have kids and she needed that type of person there at times.
She has a twin brother that also did the AFS (American Field Service) program in California. You’d think that Rita got the short end of the stick by going to Ohio, but she didn’t feel that way. She actually wanted to be in the snow and cold. She sure got a good dose of it with the Polar Vortex this past winter. She said the other kids in the program that were placed in warm weather states were jealous of her because they wanted to be someplace that had snow and cold too.
Why would they want Ohio weather as compared to California? Well, in Portugal the weather is warm so they wanted to experience something different. Rita did and you’d think she’d want to get back to someplace warm. Nope. She said when she visits she wants to come here when it is cold. It makes sense. If you have the same weather year-round you get bored with it. You take it for granted. I enjoy the change of seasons and so did she.
There was much I learned over the time she was here. A lot had to do with the way kids are nowadays. Back when I grew up when the TV show “Three’s Company” came on the air there was a lot of backlash about that kind of a show being on when kids can watch it. Now anything goes on TV and it shows in the way kids are nowadays. Luckily, Rita was much more mature than her age, but a lot of kids aren’t. So many kids are trying to be adults when they aren’t mature enough. Society isn’t helping by pushing the envelope all the time.
Our cat in the Timeout box.
Rita in the Timeout box.
Some parents try to be their kid’s best friend and not their parent and I could see that too in the way some kids behaved. So without structure and discipline the kid’s has a sense of entitlement and no boundaries.
Sometimes I saw administrators not following through with enough discipline. The kids will wear you down and some administrators buckled. I remember doing a JA class one year and the kids were so good and quiet that I thought I said something wrong. Then a another teacher came in to watch the class while the original one stepped out for the period and it went from quiet to absolute bedlam. That teacher had no control while the other one did. It’s not easy to keep kids in line, but kids need discipline at all times.
Some other things I learned this past year:
– In Portugal and many other countries in Europe and elsewhere kids don’t work. They focus on their education instead.
– Most of Europe doesn’t have the gun violence like they do here. The kids in the program here from other countries were shocked by how prevalent guns are here and the amount of violence there is with them. The countries they are from like Germany and Italy and the others don’t allow people to have guns, and/or their citizens don’t want them, and/or there is no reverence for them. It shows in their very low gun deaths as compared to the U.S.
– Kids there can drink at a young age…I mean young. Usually fourteen to sixteen. That being said the drinking and driving laws there are very tough. Most cities have a great affordable transit system. Much better than the U.S. so people take them so that they don’t drive when they imbibe.
– There is more drama here in high school than in their countries. A lot more than when I grew up too in my Trapper Keeper days.
– College is super cheap in Europe for their residents. They may pay around $1,000 for a year of college!
Some of what we wanted to do with her were things she never did before like cutting down a Christmas tree. We wanted her to get a taste of the U.S. and it’s culture.
We had a great year together with our exchange student. I showed her all of Cleveland. She even said I was Mr. Cleveland. Cleveland is a great town if you explore it. The people that say it isn’t a great town are the ones that sit home and never see all it has to offer. Sure it has its warts like any urban city, but TV news always shows the bad things going on and not all the gems and energy happening everywhere. I wanted to show off my city to Rita.
We had her pick what she wanted to do in Cleveland using the Scene magazine Top 100 things to do in Cleveland list. She did some very Cleveland things like going to Slyman’s for a humungous corned beef sandwich, The Rock Hall, the West Side market, Amish country, Cedar Point, Dyngus Day (Polish festival), and the Rocky Horror show (yes, toast, squirt guns, newspapers, and all). She saw the Browns, Cavs, Indians, and Captains. Her favorite team was the Indians which was great since baseball is my favorite sport.
We went to the New Year’s Eve party in downtown Cleveland on Public Square and took along a few other exchange students. It was a blizzard that night with plenty of cold and snow, but nobody cared. They were having too much fun to notice it. They danced the night away. They also saw some of Cleveland’s favorites make appearances like Drew Carey and Michelle Knight, one of the ladies that was kidnapped for ten years.
They ran the Color Run and volunteered for it. Parts of her were blue for a while. They volunteered a lot.
We took her to Hawaii visiting Honolulu and Maui. Yes, we spoiled her on that one. We had to go there because she’s a surfer. We also went to Niagara Falls too.
Rita had a baby while she was with us. But it’s not what you are thinking. One of the classes she took at school, I think it was Early Childhood Development, had her take a fake baby with her for a weekend and they had to take care of it 24 hours a day. The fake baby would even cry and she had to feed it, sometimes multiple times in the middle of the night. If they didn’t take care of it when it did, they would get a lower grade. I think that class did wonders to keep teens from wanting to have a kid.
We took her on a bike-ride from Willoughby Hills to Chagrin Falls and back about a couple weeks after she got here. That’s when she realized we were active and she loved it because she loved the outdoors and staying fit. Funny, but she never asked to do the long bikerides again.
She went to Homecoming and Prom. Actually, two proms. She was at her school’s at South and she was also asked to go to the Chardon Prom with an exchange student from Spain.
Now get this. Her mom went to three proms. How can that be if she if they are from Portugal you ask? Well, her mom was an exchange student also. Where was she placed? Solon, Ohio. Yep, Solon just a stone’s throw away. Amazing. Small world.
Many of the other kids in the program were great and I know they made lifelong friendships. There were kids from Japan, Austria, Italy, Norway, Morocco, Switzerland, Germany, Pakistan, Spain, and of course, Portugal.
One exchange student, Iqra, from Pakistan, was so appreciative of everything she experienced. She even played on the Kirtland basketball team and in her hijab. She even wrote a letter to the News-Herald talking about what a great experience she had. She, like all the kids, had their preconceptions about the U.S. Some were right and some not. Most were better than what they expected. It was very interesting to hear their backgrounds and all so it was a learning experience for us too.
What amazed me was how well the students did in school. To take hard subjects and not fully know the English language yet do well in school impressed me. Rita got mostly A’s. She was so smart. I thought I was going to have to help with homework a lot more. I barely did anything which was probably good since I probably forgot everything from high school. When I went to school we had typing classes with a typewriter! Now they have web-site design classes!
It turns out some of the kids I taught for Junior Achievement to at Willoughby Middle School years ago became some of Rita’s best friends. I even pulled out a Thank You card from their class in which they pointed themselves out and some of their classmates. I asked them who now was the jock, the cheerleader, the burnout, etc. and they pointed them out.
She’s a great artist and she drew sketches of some Willoughby Hills city buildings that were framed and hung at the city hall. She wants to be an architect, so it fit her well to draw buildings. She even interned some at a local architecture firm with someone we knew. Best to test-drive a career before getting into one so she spent time getting a taste of it.
She played tennis and ran track for Willoughby South High School. She did well in tennis, winning many games by a shutout. She got her letter for high school.
Her favorite show was Cops even before she got here. Yes, they show some of our stellar shows there. Her dad’s favorite show was Family Guy. And guess what is my favorite show…yep, Family Guy. So our sense of humor fit her.
We went to Buffalo to stop at the restaurant where wings were born. On our way over to Niagara Falls from there with another exchange student that was with us we made the car fly. By that I mean we rolled down the windows and stuck our arms out and made rolling arm movements in unison like a bird would flying. I’m sure the cars behind us thought we were nuts. We would also yell ca-kow! at any wildlife we saw in the neighborhood. So besides humans the animal kingdom also thought we were nuts.
I told her in America that it’s tradition on Tuesdays to have students cut their Dad’s toenails. I think at that point she realized my sense of humor. As much as I tried all year round to get her to she never got around to cutting them. I don’t blame her.
We wanted to keep her active and get the most out of the experience. We also didn’t want to make it all about fun. She had chores and she helped out around the house a lot. She wasn’t used to that because she has a maid at home, so we were concerned. But there were no problems. She was always willing to help. I did try to convince her to replace the roof, but she never got around to it though.
We may take in another student after a year break. It is a time commitment and as busy as I was even before she got here I didn’t want to lessen her experience. Sometimes you have to sacrifice to see the rewards in life. Many American parents get depressed when their student leaves to go back home. It can be tough and it was. My wife was so great throughout it all. I know Rita and her bonded so well.
She had thoughts of going to college in the U.S. She took the SAT just in case. She ended up going to college in Portugal at one of the best architecture schools in Europe. Although she had thoughts of coming to the U.S. for college it made more sense to go to college there as it was so much more affordable for one thing.
When winter came she saw a snowflake up close and saw how neat it looked up close for the first time. A snowflake looks like just a little white speck from a distance. Up close it has a beautiful design. Something you can only see when you look at it closely. I told her how there are never two snowflakes that are alike. Just like we’re different, we also shared a bond. I gave her a pair of snowflake ornaments for her Christmas tree to remember us by. I wanted her to remember the times we shared together. The laughter, the tears, the anger, the joy, the difficulties, the heartfelt moments, and all the new things she experienced. They, along with all the other experiences in her life, make her who she is and how she approaches life. She was our little snow angel. Up close everything from this experience was beautiful, especially her. She now will move onto the next part of her life. We’re looking forward to seeing her spread her wings.
We miss you Rita!
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Giant Eagle posts what needs to be purchased in order to trigger a register coupon to print. Find the deals at: http://www.gianteagle.com/grocery-coupons/monthly
Shop Joann’s SALE items!
FREE Projects at Joann.com
Click Here for Money Saving Coupons at Joann.com!
Up to 70% off Everyday Storage Items at Joann.com!
Sign up for JoAnn2Go and Save 20% off Your Next Purchase!
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/JoannFabrics2015
Winter apparel clearance – $3 women’s and men’s clothes and $2 kids clothes.
Fill 5 prescriptions and get $10 in Points (10,0000 points). Learn more at http://www.kmartpharmacy.com/rewards.
Buy More, Save More! EXTRA $15-$30 off Outdoor Living purchase code KODLBMSM & FREE Delivery Patio Furniture $399+
Online Only! The Weekend Sale: check out this weekend’s standout savings
• 4/19-4/25 – Springtime Savings! Up to 25% off Swing Sets, Trampolines & Outdoor Play Sets
• 4/19-4/25 – Up to 30% off ALL Tents, Chairs, Canopies and Airbeds
• 4/19-4/22 – EXTRA 10% off Patio already up to 25% off + EXTRA 5% off Grills already up to 20% off & FREE Delivery Patio orders $399+
• 4/19-4/25 – All for Mom! Up to 75% off Fine Jewelry + EXTRA 20% off code ALL4MOM
• 4/5-5/2 – Online Only! EXTRA 15% off your $49+ purchase in Women’s and Juniors Apparel code OUTFITS15
• 4/19-4/25 – Buy One pair, Get One 50% off Shoes for the Family + FREE Shipping orders $59+
• 4/19-4/25 – Up to 30% off major Home Appliances including Freezers, Washers & Dryers & Small Kitchen Appliances
• 4/1-4/30 – Up to 25% off DIY & Tools Smokin’ Hot Deals
• 4/19-4/25 – Up to 25% off featured Energy Star Certified HDTVs + FREE Store Pickup
• 4/19-4/25 – ALL Pillows & Mattress Pads on sale featuring Cannon Eternaloft Foam & Fiber Jumbo Pillow $7.99 on sale
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/KMart2015
Sale through Tuesday.
Jazz apples – .99/lb
Pears – .99/lb
Strawberries – $1.66
Sugardale hot dogs – .99
Ekrich franks – $1.33
Wesson canola oil – 48 oz – $2.50
Sale through Saturday:
$20 Off your qualifying purchase of $125 or more! Online Only. Exclusions apply. Use Code: 20OFFODOMX17
$40 Off your qualifying purchase of $250 or more! Online Only. Exclusions apply. Use Code: 40OFFODOMX17
TUESDAY ONLY! One Day Only! 4/21/15 $27.99 Hammermill Copy Plus MP Paper Case; limit 5
EARTH DAY SALE! One Day Only! 4/22/15Only $27.99 Hammermill Great White 30% Recycled, 10 Ream Case Paper; limit 5
Only $28.99! Office Depot Brand ImagePrint Multiuse Paper Case; limit 4
Save up to 35% select touchscreen laptops!
Select Office Chairs Only $59.99!
Save up to $160 Select Furniture
Free $20 Office Depot Gift Card when you buy 2 HP Toners; limit 3
Earth Day Savings All Week! Save 20% or more on Select Recycled and Greener Office Supplies.
2 Days Only! (Mon-Tues) Two Days Only! 4/20/15 – 4/21/15. Save up to $200 on Select QuickBooks Software
Save up to 50% on Select Greener Cleaning Products
Save up to 35% on HP OfficeJet Pro Printers
Save up to 65% on select PC accessories and storage devices
Save up to 40% on Greener Writing Essentials!
Free Delivery On Qualifying Orders $50 Or More
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/OfficeMaxOfficeDepot2015
Starting 4/13: 25% off your order. Use code: SUPERSAVE. Ends 4/19. Restrictions Apply.
Shop Old Navy Clearance
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/OldNavy2015
Rose bushes – $4.99
Long handle shovels and rakes – $5.99
Fishing Rods – $19.99
Armor All Disinfecting wipes – .99
$10 off! Help Prevent Pests on Your Dog or Cat. Save on 6-Packs of K9 Advantix II and Advantage II, or a Seresto Collar.
$7 off your order of $70 or more at Petco.com!
Check out What’s on Sale at Petco.com!
Save up to 50% off on Midwest crates at Petco.com
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/Petco2015
NEW! Plenti Points will start in May to replace the UP Rewards program. It’s a new points program replacing the UP Rewards program. Not much different than Walgreen’s Balance Rewards program.
Sale through Saturday.
wyb = when you buy
Almay Lip – .99 after $4 coupon and $1 April Video Values coupon
GE CFL, Halogen or LED Lightbulbs – $1.68 after 33% off sale and $1 coupon also found at http://tinyurl.com/Coupons2015 and $2 April Video Values coupon
Right Guard Deodorant 2.6 oz – $1.35 after BOGO sale and $2/2 coupon
Suave Body Wash 12 oz – .75 after .75 coupon
Irish Spring Gear or Signature Body Wash 15 oz, Gear Bar Soap 6 pack or Signature Bar Soap 3 pack – $1.50 after $2 coupon
Yardley Bar Soap – .55 after BOGO sale and $1/4 coupon
Clear Eyes Eye Drops – $1.99 after $2 April Video Values coupon
Coke products 2 liters – .99
Combos 6.3 oz – .50 ater $1/2 coupon
A new gas rewards program has started. When you use your wellness+ card at Rite Aid (in-store or online) April 5-May 2, 2015 to purchase $30 worth of participating products in a single week, you get a unique promo code that you can redeem to earn a $10 Rite Aid Fuel Reward Card. Each wellness+ member can earn up to two promo codes per week, for four weeks, redeemable for one fuel reward card each. For more details go to http://www.riteaid.com/fuelup.
Join Rite Aid’s Wellness program to get these rewards:
Earn one point for every dollar you spend on non-prescriptions.
Earn 25 points for every prescription you purchase.
Member Benefits Level Status:
Plus – up tp 249
Bronze – 250 points
Silver – 500 points
Gold – 1000 points
Members-only sale pricing.
Load, manage and redeem coupons with Load2Card.
Register Rewards on qualifying purchases.
24/7 exclusive access to a pharmacist at 1-800-RITE-AID or http://www.riteaid.com/wellness.
10% off Rite Aid Brand every day for a year and a 10% off shopping pass with Bronze status.
10% off the entire store for a year with Silver status.
Free health and wellness reward at 500 points with Silver status.
20% off the entire store for a year with Gold status.
Click here for more information:
Get the Rite Aid Video Values coupons at http://riteaid.adperk.com/. Watch short videos and get coupons!
SALLY BEAUTY SUPPLY
Shop the Sale Section at SallyBeauty.com.
SallyBeauty.com Clearance Center
Free Spring Flare Tote w. $45+ purchase at SallyBeauty! Offer Ends 4/30!
Shop Spring Savings at SallyBeauty! Over 1000 items on sale. No promo code is needed, valid through 4/30.
Buy 2 get 1 FREE Nail Polish and Soak-Off Gel Polish at SallyBeauty! No promo code needed, valid through 4/30. Excludes OPI and Kits.
Free Shipping on ALL Equipment Within the Continental USA at SallyBeauty!
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/SallyBeauty2015
Sale through April 25th:
Russet Potatoes – 8 lb – $1.99
Lettuce head – .99
Frisby’s frozen fries – 20 oz – .99
Ground Turkey or center cut pork chops – $1.99/lb
Sales ad for Eastlake store includes coupons for a free gallon of milk and 2 liter of Pepsi with a $10 or more purchase.
40% Off Paints & Stains through April 20.
45-50% Off Side by Side Refrigerators
Save 35-40% On Top Freezers at Sears Outlet!
Up to 45% Off Dishwashers at Sears Outlet
Save 30-35% On Conventional Washers at Sears Outlet!
Save 40-45% On High Efficiency Washers at Sears Outlet!
Save 50% On Front Load Dryers at Sears Outlet!
Save 30-35% On Conventional Dryers at Sears Outlet!
Save 30% On Freezers at Sears Outlet!
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/SearsOutlet2015
Sale through Saturday.
Staples multipurpose 5 ream case of paper – $5.99 after easy rebate
Cascade Complete ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent, Fresh Scent, 46/Pack only $10.99 at Staples.com!
25% back in Staples Rewards on Steelcase Chairs at Staples.com!
Save 20% on Home Office Desks during the Bush Home Event at Staples.com!
Lowest prices of the season on HP Inkjet Printers at Staples.com!
Two days only! Save 46% on Hammermill Copy Plus Copy Paper at Staples.com! Valid 4/22 through 4/23
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/Staples2015
SUN PLUM MARKET
Sale through Wednesday.
Located next to Gale’s Garden Center in Willoughby Hills.
Bananas – 29 cents/lb
Organic Bartlett Pear – .79/lb
Cucumbers – 2/$1
Tomatoes – .99/lb
Romaine Hearts – 3 pack – 2/$3
Sale through Saturday.
wyb = when you buy
M&Ms Crispy Candy 9.9 oz – PROFIT after $2.99 Register Reward and $1 coupon
Colgate Wave Toothbrush 2 ct – PROFIT after Buy 1 get $2.50 register rewards.
Irish Spring Body Wash 15-18 oz – PROFIT after $2.50 Register Reward and $2 coupon
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste 3.5 oz or Enamel Health 5.5 oz – .99 after $2.50 Register Reward
Centrum Vitamins – $1.74 after $5 Register Reward wyb 4 and four $4 coupon
Nabisco Cookies or Crackers 3.47-7 oz select varieties – .50 after 1000 max Balance Rewards Points wyb 2 and .75/2 coupon
Colgate Optic White Mouthwash 8 oz – $1.49 after $2.50 Register Reward
Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent 25-32 ld – $2.16 after Buy 1 Get 2 Free sale and .50 coupon
Splenda 100 ct – $1.49 after $2 coupon
Energizer Eco Advanced AA or AAA Batteries 4 ct – $2.24 after 2000 max Balance Rewards Points wyb 2 abd two $1.50 coupons
Combos 6-6.3 oz – .38 after 1000 max Balance Rewards Points wyb 2 and $1/2 coupon found at http://tinyurl.com/Coupons2015
Wisk Detergent 26-33 ld – $2.50 after BOGO sale and two .50 coupons
Free Standard Shipping on Orders $25 with Coupon Code: FREE25SEND
15% Off Photo Orders with Coupon Code: ORDERING15
41% Off Prints with Coupon Code: PRINTING41
Shop Gifts for Mom! Get 33% OFF Photo Gifts with Coupon Code: 33GIFTLESS
40% OFF Cards with Coupon Code: SPECIALCARD40
20% OFF Square Prints with Coupon Code: HIP2SQUARE
10-cent 4×6 Prints 75+ with Coupon Code: DIMEAPRINT
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/Walgreens2015
Join Balance Rewards to earn points on thousands of items, including every prescription and immunization. Purchase items in-store or online to earn points. Redeem points for dollar rewards that you can get instantly at the checkout.
Click here to get enrolled:
Walgreens Reward Program
• Save on sale items with card
• Get 500 points for every prescription and immunization
• Earn points on thousands of items each week
• Get 10 points for every mile when you Walk with Walgreens
• Redeem instantly with as few as 5,000 points
5,000 – earn $5
10,000 – earn $10
18,000 – earn $20
30,000 – earn $35
40,000 – earn $50
Get coupons just like the ones in the Red Plum inserts.
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/RedPlum2015
Get these coupons and over 200 more on Coupons.com. Print them twice per laptop/PC. They will double at stores as per their rules – Giant Eagle, Dave’s Supermarket, and Buehlers doubles coupons of 99 cents and less. Get them before they disappear!
Get these coupons and more:
Big G Cereals® – Save .50
Starbucks VIA® – Save up to $4
International Delight® – Save .80
GAIN® – Save .25
BOUNTY® – Save .25
Ziploc® – Save $1
Clorox 2® – Save $1.25
CREST® – Save $1
Excedrin® – Save $3
Click here to print the coupons: http://tinyurl.com/Coupons2015
Get ecoupons and more on Saving Star. Just enter in your loyalty card accounts then click on the coupons you want and you’ll get the savings once the item is purchase (can still use manufacturer or store coupon on item). Accumulate the savings and then send it to your PayPal account or other account. Every Friday is Freebie Friday. Get an item for free once you activate the item online and purchase it at a linked loyalty card store.
Here are the store’s that are participating with Saving Star:
A&P, ACME Markets, Albertsons, Baesler’s Market, Baker’s, Bashas’, Big Y, BI-LO, Brookshire’s, Buehlers, C&R Supermarkets, City Market, Copps, Country Mart, County Market, CVS, D&W Fresh Market, Dillons, Dollar General*, Dorothy Lane, Family Dollar*, Family Fare,Family Owned Markets, Farm Fresh, Festival, Food City, Food Emporium, Food Lion, Foodtown, Fred Meyer, Fry’s/Fry’s, Marketplace, Gerbes, Giant Eagle, Giant Food Stores, Giant/Martin’s, Glen’s Markets, Hannaford, Harris Teeter Food Markets, Harvey’s, Hen House, Homeland, Hy-Vee, Ingles, Jack’s SuperValu, JayC, Jewel-Osco, JustSave, Kennies, King Kullen, King Soopers, Kings Super Markets, Kmart, Kroger, Lofinos, Lowes Foods, Main Street Market, Mariano’s, Marsh, Martin’s Food Markets, Martin’s IGA Plus, Martin’s Supermarkets, Meijer*, Metro Market, Omalia’s, Owen’s, Pathmark, Paul’s, Pay Less, Peapod, Pick ‘n Save, Piggly Wiggly in SC or GA, Piggly Wiggly in WI or IL, Price Chopper (KS and MO), Price Chopper (Northeast), Publix, QFC, Rainbow, Ralphs, Reasor’s, Redners, Reid’s, Remke bigg’s, Rite Aid, Roche Bros., Ron’s, Sav-A-Center, Shaw’s, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, ShopRite, Shurfine, ShurSave, Smith’s, Star Market, Stater Bros. Markets, Stauffers of Kissel Hill, Stop & Shop, Sudbury Farms, Super Fresh, Tadych’s Econofoods, Target*, The Food Emporium, Tops Markets, VG’s, Village Market, Waldbaums, Walgreens*, Walmart*, Wegmans, Weis Markets, WinCo Foods*, Winn-Dixie
Get the Friday Freebie!
Click here to get the coupons: http://SavingStar.ojrq.net/c/20559/58552/758
ALL YOU MAGAZINE
Mother’s Day Gift Sale! Buy One Subscription of ALL YOU and Get One FREE! Offer ends 5/11.
Click here for the deal: http://tinyurl.com/AllYou2015
BEST DEAL MAGAZINES
Find these limited time deals below and tons of other magazine subscription deals on their site.
Weekly Deals for Annual subscriptions:
Take an Additional 20% Off EVERY $4.69 Category Magazine coupon code SAVE20OFF
Take an Additional 20% Off EVERY $5.95 Category Magazine coupon code SAVE20OFF
DEAL OF THE DAY OFFERS
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Weight Watchers Magazine Just $3.89 for 1 Year at Best Deal Magazines, April 25th Only – Use Coupon Code 15CJ0426 and Save an Additional 15%
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BONUS DISCOUNT CODES:
Take An Additional 15% Off at Best Deal Magazines. Enter Coupon Code 15CJ0426 During Checkout. Offer Expires April 26, 2015.
Take An Additional $5 Off $30 at Best Deal Magazines. Enter Coupon Code SAVE5CJ0426 During Checkout. Offer Expires April 26, 2015.
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Offer Expires April 26, 2015.
Take An Additional $10 Off $50 at Best Deal Magazines. Enter Coupon Code SAVE10CJ0426 During Checkout. Offer Expires April 26, 2015.
Take An Additional $15 Off $70 at Best Deal Magazines. Enter Coupon Code SAVE15CJ0426 During Checkout. Offer Expires April 26, 2015.
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/BestDealMagazines2015
Get these deals and more for annual subscriptions. Use code JOETHECOUPONGUY to get an additional 20% off on selected magazines!
Daily Deals for annual subscriptions:
Mon, Apr 20 Subscribe to Men’s Fitness, just $4.99/year! Use Promo Code: 3428
Mon, Apr 20 Subscribe to Disney Princess, just $13.99/year! Use Promo Code: 7054
Tue, Apr 21 Subscribe to Entrepreneur, just $4.99/year! Use Promo Code: 9161
Tue, Apr 21 Subscribe to Lucky, just $4.99/year! Use Promo Code: 1940
Wed, Apr 22 Subscribe to Backpacker, just $4.99/year! Use Promo Code: 2682
Wed, Apr 22 Subscribe to Discovery Girls, just $14.99/year! Use Promo Code: 3105
Save 10% OFF at DiscountMags! Use promo code: SPRING10
Save $5 OFF your order of $30+ from DiscountMags! Use code: 5OFF30
Amazing Magazine Subscriptions with No Auto Renewals, No Sales Tax, and Free Shipping on Any Order (No Minimum) at DiscountMags!
Click here to order: http://tinyurl.com/DiscountMagazines2015
Click on ‘Offering a Deal’ under Features to find discounted local business deals on Yelp.
CLEVELAND Deals from Specials by Restaurant.com
More than 18,500 restaurants nationwide.
•1,000’S of new restaurants added every month.
•Use the deal just like cashe for up to 50% savings on the final bill.
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Some new restaurants to the program:
Little Mountain Brewing Company at 7621 Mentor Ave
La Mesa Mexican Restaurant at 9853 Johnycake Ridge Rd
I Heart Waffles at 16800 Chagrin Blvd
Famous Gyro George at 3965 Lee Road
Red Onion at 522 Pearl Rd in Brunswick
Jacobs Soulfood at 1675 Diagonal Rd in Akron
La Vera Denero Euclid Deli at 16420 Euclid Ave
Click here: http://tinyurl.com/Restaurant2015
Bremecs – 7954 Painesville Ravenna Rd in Concord
Azure bar – on the rooftop of the 9 on east 9th downtown
Park Avenue Winery – 4316 Park Avenue in downtown Ashtabula
ReStore – 4601 Northfield Rd n North Randall
Fresco Mexican Gril – 19310 Detroit Rd in Rocky River
Seoul Hot Pot -will be reopening in Chinatown
Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles – will be opening in the old Rathskellerat 1144 Prospect Ave
Voodoo Tuna – Detroit Ave in Lakewood will be opening in early June
Dave’s Cosmic Subs – 2547 Lorain Ave where Picadilly Artisian Yogurt was located – new shops will eventually open in Willoughby, Solon, and Fairlawn
Capital Grille – going into the old Claddaugh in Legacy Village
Cerino’s Casual Italian – Lakewood
Listen at 7:18 AM on Wednesdays to WINT 1330 AM as I go over the deals of the week on the Wake Up Lake County Show. Go to http://www.WELW.com to listen to old podcasts or to listen live.
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