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Semi-Annual Bon-Ton/Goodwill Sale (9/10-22)

From Wednesday, September 10, through Monday, September 22, Bon-Ton and Goodwill Industries will be partnering for the semi-annual Goodwill Sale. Donors can bring in gently-used clothing at participating Bon-Ton stores and receive a 20-percent-off coupon toward new merchandise, including designer clothing, cool accessories, brand-name cosmetics and much more. One coupon is given for each item donated.

On September 10, as a kickoff to the Goodwill Sale, people will receive two 20-percent-off coupons for each item donated.

The donations will be sold in Goodwill Industries stores, and the revenue will fund job training programs in our local community.

The last semi-annual Goodwill Sale generated nearly 3.3 million pounds of donated clothing and textiles. From the sale of these donated items, Goodwill has earned an estimated $2.3 million in revenues to support Goodwill’s job training and career services for individuals with disabilities and others who are having a hard time finding a job. By donating to Goodwill, customers are also helping the environment by keeping usable items out of landfills and providing affordable, gently-used merchandise to local Goodwill stores.

Thanks, Charlene!


Fisher-Price Recalls Licensed Character Toys Due To Lead Poisoning Hazard

Avoid buying the following recalled toys at yard sales this summer:

Originally Published: August 2, 2007

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 916-4498
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and other children’s toys

Units: About 967,000

Importer: Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y.

Hazard: Surface paints on the toys could contain excessive levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Fisher-Price Recalls Licensed Character Toys Due To Lead Poisoning Hazard.


Microsoft Outlines New Search Business Model: Live Search Cashback

REDMOND, Wash. — May 21, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it will offer ad-funded cash rebates to customers who find and purchase their favorite products through a new program called Microsoft Live Search cashback. Key partners including eBay, Barnes &,, Sears,, and WPP joined Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at advance08, Microsoft’s annual advertising customer event, to announce their participation in the new program.

The complete Live Search cashback product portfolio includes more than 10 million product offers from more than 700 merchants, including more than 13 of the top 40 U.S. retailers. The company also announced it has delivered a new Live Search travel destination, Live Search Farecast, making it easy for searchers to find the best travel deals on the Web. Continue reading Microsoft Outlines New Search Business Model: Live Search Cashback


Cash your Economic Stimulas Check at Safeway, Get a 10% Off Coupon

When I was at Safeway yesterday, I noticed they’re offering to cash economic stimulus checks for free and will give a 10%-off grocery coupon to people who cash their checks there.

Shoppers who bring in their checks starting on May 14 can get them cashed for free and will receive a certificate for the discount that can be used the same day or the following day. The offer begins on May 14 and runs through July 19.

Other companies offering incentives for you to cash your check with them:

  • CVS: For loyalty club members, $5 off a $30 purchase.
  • Food Lion: $30 bonus on every $300 purchase of store gift cards.
  • Lowe’s: Will cash checks for free, no purchase required.
  • Sam’s Club: Free membership for non-members or a $40 gift card for existing members with purchase of selected items. Will cash stimulus check for free. Offer runs 5/18 – 31.
  • Sears, K-Mart, Land’s End: Convert your check to a Sears, K-Mart, or Land’s End gift card and they’ll give you another gift card worth 10% of that value. Offer runs 5/14 – 7/18 and is not valid for catalog purchases.
  • Wal-Mart: Will cash checks free, no purchase required.
  • RadioShack: 10% off purchases over $50, with the balance of the check put on a Mastercard gift card. Offer runs 5/14 – 7/12.

Anybody know of other companies with similar incentives?