Help out Junior Achievement by bidding on all kinds of items for their annual auction! You can also bid on a class or shopping session with me! Let me show you how to save tons with some one-on-one help. We can go to stores where I can show you how to save 70% and more consistently. Bidding starts out at $50. You can also set up a class at an agreed upon location (please don’t ask me to come to Pluto or some other far-away planet – greater Cleveland area is good).

Junior Achievement teaches kids business and life skills that many schools don’t teach. Workers from various companies volunteer their time to teach kids. I’ve been teaching at a variety of schools across the Cleveland area for many years. Typically I teach the Personal Economics or Personal Finance class to 7th graders. It really makes a difference for the kids. I’ve received thank you letters from the kids that are heartfelt. Sometimes you think you have very little impact on the students, but when I read the messages I saw how spending a handful of sessions can really make an impact. Think about volunteering your time with them. Sometimes it’s challenging, but very rewarding.

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Plot your route from store to store to decrease wasted time which will improve your chances to find the items you want in stock. Most stores have a very minimal stock of their best deals, sometimes as little as 2 items in stock per store. Try to find the minimally stocked items online on their web-site. Be sure to bring the sales ads in case a store will price match another one that day.

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Sweet Potatoes – 3 lb bag – $1.49
Celery – 69 cents
Russet Potatoes – 10 lb bag – 99 cents
Cranberries – 12 oz bag – 99 cents
Onions – 3 lb bag – 79 cents
Pineapple – $1.29
Butternut Squash – 99 cents each – I found a huge one that was the size of a giraffes head.
Happy Farms cheese blocks – 8 oz – $1.49

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Incredible amount of freebies available from 11/18 – 11/21. Some items sold out quick.

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Air Wick Scented Oil Warmer
Bayer Contour Next EZ Meter
Betty Crocker Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks 8 oz
Cepacol Sensations 4ct
Coke 1.25 liters
Haviland Thin Mints or Nips 3.5-4 oz
Hot Wheels Die Cast Car
Kleenex Slim Pack Facial Tissue 3 pack
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 5.5-7.25 oz
Nasal Ease Allergy Reliever 0.18 oz
Philips Universal Remote
Play Doh Soft Pack 8 oz Resealable Bag
Powerade 32 oz
Pur Absorb Liquid Iron Supplement 28ct packets
Somnapure 4ct
South Beach Diet Meal or Snack Bar 5ct
Sparkle Paper Towels Single Roll
Starbucks Double Shot 6.5 oz Single Can
Starbucks Refreshers 12 oz
Street King Energy Shot 2 pack
ThermaCare Lower Back & Hip Heat Wrap 1ct
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Honeysuckle Turkey – 16 lbs or more – 69 cents/lb with $50 purchase
BOGO Deals:
Stove Top
Heinz gravy
BC Potatoes or Helpers
Kraft Cheese
Philly Cream Cheese
Chex Mix
Cool Whip – 99 cents
Gia Russa noodles – $1
Free $10 Dave’s gift card with every $100 retailer gift card purchase

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Baby carrots – 59 cents
Fresh Express salad bag – 99 cents
A&H carpet & room deodorizer – 99 cents
Baking soda – 2/$1
Fresh-n-Soft fabric softener – 99 cents
EZ start packing tape – BOGO plus use $1 coupon

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Jennie-O Turkey – 69 cents/lb
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Dairymans milk – 1 gallon – $2.38
Nickles split top wheat bread – 99 cents
Turkeys – 79 cents/lb
Dole Greener Selection or Romaine salad bags – 99 cents
Del Monte pineapple – $1.99

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Gillette Fusion , Frusion ProGlide, Mach3 or Venus Razor – $1.99 after $4 UP Reward and $4 coupon – limit 2 offers
Softsoap Body Wash 15 oz – .99 after $2 coupon in ad and November All You Magazine .50 coupon
Trident Gum 10-18ct – .32 after BOGO sale and two $1/3 coupons
Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce 14 oz – .50 after $4 UP reward with purchase of 8 – limit 3 offers

30-70% off Sears Outlet Appliances

Black Friday deals:
BOGO clothing and accessories
Craftsman 5 piece screwdriver set – $2.99

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Bananas – 35 cents/lb
Baby carrots, celery, Fresh Express garden salad – 5/$5

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Birds Eye vegetables – 88 cents
Honeysuckle Turkey – 79 cents/lb
Mrs Smith pies – $1.18 after $1.50 coupon
Mushrooms – 8 oz – 99 cents

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Torani flavors – $1
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Yoplait Frozen Yogurt – $1
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The company that owns the Plain Dealer has changed some of the newspapers they owned to electronic editions – no paper newspapers. The fear is that the PD will also be relegated to electronic versions, whether just certain days or the whole week. I love reading a paper newspaper. It’s not the same as seeing it on a computer or iPad. I wouldn’t pay for an electronic version of the paper. I don’t even have a smart phone. The data plan alone costs a ton more than a newspaper subscription. Computers always seem to slow up and hiccup here and there making reading numerous articles a hassle. I can read my paper anywhere and I mean anywhere. So please help keep the PD in paper form and available daily by signing this petition:
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5) Waiters and waitresses that can read your mind.
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Back a few months ago Southwest ran a half off deal on all their flights to celebrate their 30 millionth Facebook fan. I found some great roundtrip deals. We booked a flight to Denver for $160 roundtrip. Plus I got a $150 voucher from Southwest because they screwed up their billing! I got charged around 60 times for the same flight.

We stayed in Denver, Breckenridge, Aspen and Vail. I’ve been to Denver, but never to the ski towns.

We found it was a great time for deals as it was the off-season before all the ski resorts opened up. The rooms cost less than $90 per night. I could find cheaper rooms, but we wanted to stay in hotels rated 4 or higher on Tripadvisor and also rated highly in The hotel we stayed at in Vail, Cascade Resorts, was even rated 4 diamond by AAA. I got that room for $89 on Groupon.
I trolled around for deals on Groupon, Living Social, and for hotels. I found a deal on Marriott’s site for one of the stays. Pre-paids are the way to go if you know for sure you will be on your vacation as they have great rates. I usually wait until the last minute to get them though just to be safe.

Total cost of the 7 day trip for car rental, two flights, and hotels was around $900.

I rushed through my travel checklist and forgot to bring tennis shoes. Or is it sneakers. I’ve never played tennis so maybe I should call them sneakers. I don’t like shopping there, but we stopped at Wal-Mart since that was the only discount store we could find. I found sneakers for $10! They were as light as a pencil, but they would do.

Our first stop was in Breckenridge. Nice little town with a local flair to the restaurants and shops. It was Halloween and we stopped at a place for burritos that were on special – $6 total for a burrito and margarita. We were enjoying our meal when 4 Presidents (Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton) burst in with guns drawn telling everyone to get down ala the movie that had them burst into a bank. Can’t remember the name of that movie. Then a guy with a mullet and vest with a bare fat belly hanging out bust out ‘Careless Whisper’ by George Michael on his saxophone. We paid nothing for that entertainment.

I found most all the towns we went to didn’t have handicap ramps. You had to walk up or down steps to get to them. I’m sure there a plenty of people that get broken legs skiing so I’m surprised the walkways weren’t made to accommodate wheelchairs.

I perused for coupons through the free local magazines, newspapers, or travel guides that you can find in newspaper boxes or at bars and restaurants or at the hotel. One of the magazines even had a listing of the happy hour deals.

Another great place to find food and drink deals is at happy hour sites like The deals are ranked so you can find what is popular in town.

Because it was off-season, many restaurants were doing 2 for 1 deal, sometimes without a coupon. I got some coupons to just in case I wasn’t able to find any deals while I was in town. On the site they sell $25 restaurant gift certificates for $10, but at times they offer codes that mark them down 40% – 70% off (used to be 80% off during the month, but not anymore). Not many were available for the ski towns though. Tons in Denver though.

I did use some gift certificates. I also was able to use it along with getting a discount through They offer 5% to 20% off my entire bill, including tax, tip, alcohol, and meal in the form of a gift card once I earn $25 or more. All you have to do is sign up and tie in your credit cards with them. It works automatically. Easy.

We hiked into one of the mountains. On our way back to the hotel we spotted a fox. It was rummaging for food. It was definitely used to people as it came up to us just a few feet away. It looked soft and I wanted to pet it. I was advised not to even though I kept having the urge to pet it.

I wanted to ski, but most ski resorts weren’t opening for another week or two. Copper Mountain opened up with two trails open, so I was able to work in some skiing. The Entertainment book had some BOGO ski deals for Denver, but it was for a full day pass and I didn’t have time to ski all day. The problem with skiing before all the regular snow hits is that the man-made snow is more granular. With the sun hitting it and then melting and freezing it I found the skiing to be dangerous as the slopes were icy and as my sore butt can attest to. I think if anyone was filming me I would have been on a YouTube video.

Next up was Aspen. Driving there we saw how much of a drought the area was going through. Many lakes were very low with huge shorelines.

Aspen was a compact town with many high-end retailers like Gucci, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. Museums I would call them. Just look and don’t purchase, maybe sneak in a touch. I did make a beeline for any clearance sections. Any I would find I would chuckle after looking at the price, even after a discount.

We were told to watch out for bears as they would come into town for food. I was pumped. I wanted to see a bear in the wild. Apparently they didn’t have much food because of the drought and came down to the city with the warm weather. One person said one day there were a dozen on the park one day. We hiked the Rio Grande trail for miles, but no bears. I’d probably want to pet them too if I saw them. Maybe it was a good thing I didn’t see one.

Many businesses were on hiatus just before the ski season. One location that was shutting down for two weeks was offering 2 for 1 dinner deals. Another had $3 Colorado beer drafts. Happy hours were usually 3 to 6. Found some in Denver with glasses of wine for $2 to $3. I signed up for Denver’s Living Social deals and Groupons too to see if they had any entertainment or restaurant deals.

After Aspen was Vail. It has a European vibe to it. Next to it is Lionshead which is just like the town of Vail. Beautiful towns with a river running through or by them. Again lots of BOGO deals. We snagged some happy hour deals there too.

We overhead a shop owner saying how high the rent was there and he thinks that many businesses will close. They said partly because they got little business from this past winter which produced a lot less snow than usual. The year before they had over 340 inches of snow. This past year they had around 140. The shuttle driver said it was because of back to back El Ninas. Perhaps they didn’t pay Mother Nature for the snow bill.

Our next stop was in Georgetown. They were known for Bighorn Sheep. Even in these small towns I was able to find tourist magazines with coupons. Came across a winery tasting for Canyon Wind winery. They sold the first $100 Colorado wine. It was really good along with their Petit Verdot. There the gal that worked there was from Ohio. So was the person at our car rental. Everywhere we went it seemed that someone had ties back to Ohio in one way or another.

We stopped at an old mine town, Idaho Springs was a cool old town full of restaurants and shops.

I stopped at some grocery stores to check out pricing. We like to get some 2 liters of pop, some wine, and some cheese before we get started on the trip. It was pricey.

I always made a point of checking out all the stores to find the best deals on souvenirs before I get one. Most stores have the same price, but not always. Lots of half off deals for clothes. Sometimes the racks of clothes that they put outside gets faded, especially where the part that is on clothes hanger. Reminds me of some of the clothes I’ve seen at Gabriel Brothers.

I had a scare when I was filling up at the gas station. I was getting ready to fill up when my wife started yelling. A car was pulling up on the other side to fill up and he was going to hit my car. I went over and told him to stop. I’m telling you I don’t think he could’ve gotten any closer to hitting me. There was about enough room to maybe fit a mosquito’s wing between my car and his rental truck. I backed up my car to get out of the way as his was at an angle. That could’ve been real ugly. Whew!

We used for our car rental. They will rebook your rental every time the rate goes lower. I started at $250 and it went down to $101 for a standard car for a 7 day rental with Dollar Rent a Car. I also had a back-up rental I got through Dollar had some annoying rules. The paperwork said I had to produce a receipt that showed I gassed up at a station with 10 miles of them. Good thing I had a GPS to make sure I did. I think that’s in all the small print, but this is the first time the person at the counter told me about it. Of course, when I dropped off the car the attendant never asked for the receipt. I think they just look to see if the gauge is at the F line or higher.

I made sure I checked before I filled up. Good thing I did. I filled up at $3.63 in Frisco just outside of Breckenridge. Otherwise, in Aspen the gas jumped to $4.15. I filled up the night before going to the airport at $3.23 a gallon. Most of the gas stations along the way were 20 to 40 cents higher.

One thing that I had to get used to was at the higher elevations there is a lack of oxygen. Just going up steps made you feel like you were going to pass out. They even have oxygen bars. And happy hours are even happier with the thin air.

Denver airport was one of the worst airports I’ve been to. The car rental lots were miles from the airport. When we got dropped off the shuttle driver dropped us off at the wrong end of the drop-off. Instead of walking across to the ticket counters you have to go up all kinds of escalators. After getting patted down by the TSA we had to take a shuttle to our gate. If you’re running late the poorly set up system is sure to make you late. Cleveland and most other airports are easy where you get off the plane and straight to the car rental agencies either by foot or short shuttle drive. Denver is a new airport so I’m surprised they didn’t make it more customer-friendly.

One odd thing about out trips is that there always seems to be some kind of natural disaster that strikes around the time we travel. This time it was hurricane Sandy. We were worried our flight would get cancelled, but luckily it wasn’t. Denver got hit with lots of snow after we left too. When we were there the temps were in the 70’s.

Then I read that a Southwest plane skidded off the runway in Denver this past week. I wonder if they would’ve given us another voucher if that was our plane.

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Located at 28020 Miles Road in Solon.
Mondays – Burger and beer – $5.55, Martinis – $6
Tuesdays – 1/2 slab ribs – $9.75, 6 oz filet – $17.50, $5 off bottle of wine
Wednesdays – 50 cent wing night
Sundays – bucket of beer and wings – $18.95

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Located at 8148 Main St in Garretsville – neat little town
Tuesdays – half price growlers
Thursdays – $2 pints – 5-9 PM
Fridays – Kids eat free (18% gratuity applied before discount)

On Wednesday November 21st , stop in anytime between 11am and 8pm for our All Day Happy Hour!
They will be discounting all “by the glass” drinks. All Wines by the glass, Smoothies and Margaritas will be $3.00. Molson Golden just $1.00 a bottle, and Commodore Perry only $2.00 a bottle.

Rusty Bucket located on 6025 Kruse Drive in Solon Ohio has just began its Bonus Rewards. For every $50 you purchase in Rusty Bucket gift cards, receive $10 Bonus Rewards. You can purchase gift cards online or in stores and the promo will run through December 30th!
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Located at 21750 Lorain Blvd in Cleveland
Happy Hour 3-7 PM – 50% off appetizers
Mondays – Cheeseburger & Select craft pints – $3
Tuesdays – Wings -39 cents
Thursdays – $2 domestic beers, $3 martinis
Fridays – special prices on Guiness and Jameson
Saturdays – Half off bottles of red wine
Sundays – Half off bottles of wine

Rug Art – 8566 E Washington in Bainbridge
The Pit 1 – Located at 691 Richmond Road in Richmond Heights
Happy Hour – M-F 2:30-6:30 PM – Burgers – $5, Martinis – $4

Hostess – they went bankrupt a couple times and as recently in January even though the year prior nearly a dozen of their executives received raises up to 80%. They wanted to cut workers wages by around 30% (and a 17% health benefit cut) putting them in near-poverty wages. So no surprise that workers went on strike and that the company decided to shut down. I expect there will be plenty of companies that will purchase parts, if not all, of the business. Besides Ding Dongs and Twinkies, Hostess also made Home Pride, Beefsteak, and Nature’s Pride bread. Twinkies and Ho Hos and all are on sale for BOGO at Giant Eagle while they last!

Find how to get a great deal on turkeys. Also learn about travel deals. Get ready for that vacation to get away from winter! Watch it on a segment I was on with Jenn Strathman on Good Morning Cleveland.

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Listen at 7:18 AM on Wednesdays to WELW 1330 AM as I go over the deals of the week on the Wake Up Lake County Show. Go to to listen to old podcasts or to listen live.

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