Posts Tagged ‘economy’
Is this to celebrate tax day or preparation of Earth Week? I can’t decide, but either way it’s pretty great!
On April 15th, head to your local Starbucks with a reusable coffee mug and they’ll fill it with free, brewed coffee! I’m guessing this truly does mean drip coffee.
Go HERE for more information.
SOURCE: The Coupon Project
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has started a large round of price-cutting. But analysts question whether the changes are much different from the world’s largest retailer’s usual promotions.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Linda Blakley says the company will cut prices on about 10,000 items in stages, with several hundred introduced weekly. They started April 1.
Analysts say the latest cuts – coming after a fourth-quarter report that showed traffic decreased in U.S. stores – are a marketing campaign designed to buff its low-price image to bring in shoppers.
One analyst says the price advantage for an average shopping cart at Wal-Mart compared with three traditional grocers has narrowed to 12 percent from 18.3 percent since April 2009.
SOURCE: Walmart Plans Price Cuts
Watch this sotry: APS offers stress management to teachers worried about layoffs
As some Albuquerque Public Schools employees brace for budget cuts and layoffs, the school district is launching a stress management campaign to help them cope. It’s called the Spring into Health Campaign 2010, and it will focus on key habits that promote overall health.
It includes a free five week series of stress reduction classes, where an instructor guides people through meditation, breathing exercises and group talks.
APS officials say the program usually costs $300. For employees who can’t commit to the entire five week course, they can participate in a May 3rd stress management Webinar. Both are sponsored by Lovelace. APS will also host free yoga and Qigong classes.
Jennie McCary, APS’ Wellness Manager, said she understands the looming cuts are making employees nervous.
“When someone feels like they don’t have control and they’re anticipating a lot of anxiety, that can be really, really stressful,” McCary said.
APS officials announced they plans to lay off 180 people who retired, then returned to work. School principals are working on budget cuts, which could lead to more layoffs.
A clearer picture of how many positions will be cut will be available once APS submits its final budget to the school board at the end of May.
Each week, APS will promote a wellness tip.
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SOURCE: Free Sample Freak Blog
We have all heard of food banks and the impact they make on our community, but how about a pantry for pets?
It is the idea of Newberry’s Star Chappell, who within the last year learned about the special gift of owning
“He’s truly changed my life, I mean he opened up my heart. I just never had to care for something that needed me that much,” said Chappell of her cat Trainor.
Last year Chappell was going through a very difficult time in her life when she found an abandoned and very sick outside her restaurant.
She took him to a vet, where he needed a blood transfusion and lots of tender loving care.
The cat’s name is Trainor and he’s all better now.
For as much as the animal needed a friend, Chappell did too.
Watch this story: Midlands Woman Opening Up Food Bank for Pets
KFC wants to fill potholes in your city.
But there is a catch: instead of streets full of tire chewing craters, your streets will be filled with KFC logos, at least temporarily.
To promote its freshly prepared fried chicken, KFC is sponsoring “freshly filled up” potholes in up to five major cities in the United States.
KFC has sent offers to mayors nationwide asking them to describe the bad shape their city’s streets are in. Four of those cities will be chosen and KFC will pay for materials and labor to have potholes filled in those cities. KFC already began filling potholes this week in its hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
A spokesman for KFC would not say how much it will cost to fill the potholes. But the offer comes as cash-strapped cities are looking for ways to save costs.
“Budgets are tight for cities across the country, and finding funding for needed road repairs is a continuing challenge,” Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said in a news release.
Some of the filled potholes will also be stenciled with a logo that says they were “re-freshed by KFC.” The spokesman said the stenciling will be done with nonpermanent spray chalk, so they will eventually go away.
Read more: Pothole filling that’s finger-lickin’ good
The pins are dropping like they would in any bowling alley but here the person responsible can’t even see their success.
The 52nd annual Midwest Blind Bowling Tournament is taking over this alley all weekend, drawing teams from as far as Missouri and Pennsylvania.
Earnest Sherrill has been bowling for more than 50 years but as glaucoma slowly took away his vision he learned to adapt.
Sherrill says, “Guessing game is about 95, about 95 and the rest is just knowledge.”
The guide railings help, lining bowlers up and the rest is just feel.
Michelle Moxley says, “Just trying to align myself and just trying to throw the ball in the middle of the lane.”
Sherrill says, “Toughest part of the game is trying to get it down the middle because the eyes focus when I hit the light. They focus where the light comes in.”
It’s an opportunity these 260 bowlers are glad to have.
Sherrill says, “I’m very happy because bowling is my life now. You take bowling away form me and I have nothing else to do.”
Read more and watch this story: Blind Bowling
For many people, the biggest investment is their home. But countless people can’t afford to pay for all the work that needs to be done.
Home hasn’t been a home for Sarah Ware. But she said she has angels on her side.
“This is more than a blessing,” Ware said. “I just thank the Lord.”
Her home of 60 years was falling apart. In just days she would’ve had to move out. But on Thursday, her home looked like new.
The student group BG Crosswalk, from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, spent its spring break in Greenville.
“We’ve done some painting, some trim work,” said BGSU student Josh McRoberts. “We’ve cleaned up outside. Some of the guys did some siding.”
Across town, more students were working up a sweat helping another homeowner with work he said he could never afford.
“Right now we are putting up a screen on the fence, we primed the whole house, we painted it,” said BGSU student Cody Elling.
It’s not the spring break many of them expected.
“A lot of our students struggled with it,” a group member said. “They could’ve worked this week and made money, but instead they paid $140 to come down here.”
The tough economy is hitting each student in different ways. But they said, right now, that doesn’t matter.
They all put their problems aside to help people they’ve never met.
Read more and watch that story: Students On Spring Break Repair Homes
Photo: From Flkr user amanky
I am a little late on this one, but it was just brought to my attention. This business owner deserves a pat on the back for giving a little peace of mind to people in his community.
Prisha Muzyka said she’s a victim of the recession. She said she has lost her job and her house.
“I lost it in October and have not found work since,” Muzyka said.
Stan Shelley owns Shelley’s Jewelry in Hendersonville.
He said he decided to give away Sterling silver heart bracelets to the first 50 people who came in who have lost their job or their home.
“I figured if they lost their job, they’re not going to have a Valentine’s gift,” Shelley said. “If they’re a man, they’re not going to buy one. If they’re a lady, they’re not going to get one. So we’re providing a Valentine’s gift for those people.”
One little boy was 9 years old,” Shelley said. “He had his grandmother bring him in so he could get the bracelet for his mother who’s out of work.”
Read more and see that story: Local Jeweler Gives Bracelets To Unemployed
Photo: Flickr user karaku*