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Coupon Craze: How to get the stores to literally pay you to take their groceries

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Extreme couponing is becoming a way of life for many in the Lowcountry. Using coupons can save you thousands of dollars a year in groceries if you know how to use them correctly.

WCBD-TV News 2 Problem Solver Larry Collins takes a look that the Coupon Craze and how you can get the stores to pay you money to take their groceries. It’s a story you have to see to believe.

Watch this story: Coupon Craze: How to get the stores to pay you to take their groceries

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Free Starbucks coffee on Tax Day!

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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

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04/12/2010 at 11:34 pm

Coffee good for you after all

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Coffee drinkers, rejoice! The heavenly brew, once deemed harmful to health, is turning out to be, if not quite a health food, at least a low-risk drink, and in many ways a beneficial one. It could protect against diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis and Parkinson’s disease.

What happened? Lots of new research, and the recognition that older, negative studies often failed to tease apart the effects of coffee and those of smoking because so many coffee drinkers were also smokers.

“Coffee was seen as very unhealthy,” said Rob van Dam, a coffee researcher and epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health. “Now we have a more balanced view. We’re not telling people to drink it for health. But it is a good beverage choice.”

As you digest the news on coffee, keep in mind that coffee and caffeine are not the same thing. In fact, “they are vastly different,” said coffee researcher Terry Graham, chairman of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. One can be good for you; the other, less so.

“Coffee is a complex beverage with hundreds, if not thousands, of bioactive ingredients,” he said. “A cup of coffee is 2% caffeine, 98% other stuff.”

Before we rhapsodize further, a few caveats:

Caffeine — whether in coffee, tea, soft drinks or pills — can make you jittery and anxious and, in some people, can trigger insomnia. Data are mixed on whether pregnant women who consume caffeine are more likely to miscarry. In general, 200 milligrams a day — the amount in one normal-sized cup of coffee — is believed safe for pregnant women, said Van Dam.

For people with hard-to-control hypertension, a sudden, big dose of caffeine may boost blood pressure because caffeine constricts blood vessels. But decaf is fine in that respect. And even caffeinated coffee doesn’t increase blood pressure much once you drink it for a week or so, said Van Dam. In fact, the caffeine in coffee seems to have less of an effect on blood pressure than the caffeine in colas because there are so many other substances in coffee that have the opposite effect physiologically from caffeine.

One final caveat: The new research heralding coffee’s health benefits is not perfect. Most of the studies are observational; that is, they followed people over time and correlated health outcomes with coffee drinking — based on people’s recollections of how much coffee they consumed. The studies don’t prove that coffee was the cause of improved health outcomes. Still, the sheer volume of the research, and the fact that the conclusions line up so neatly, make it reasonably credible, researchers say.

Read more: Coffee won’t hurt you, research finds

Mystery woman hands out $100 bills at coffee shop

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A mystery woman drove around Edmonton handing out $100 bills Tuesday in coffee shops.

“She left us with our mouths hanging open,” said Karen Wentland, who watched her friend get one of the bills at Tim Hortons at South Edmonton Common.

Other callers to Global News and a radio station reporting seeing people get the bills in a Tim Hortons in Terwilligar, on Whyte Avenue and in South Edmonton Common.

For Wentland, a stay-at-home mom, and her friend Lorraine Weslosky, a substitute teacher’s aide, the surprise happened at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The two were sitting with their backs to the window and didn’t notice the woman until she was standing beside them, but a man nearby saw a black limousine stop outside the door and watched the woman beeline to Weslosky.

She reached down to shake Weslosky’s hand, then said, “I just want to wish you a happy spring,” and handed her the crisp $100 bill.

“I just sat there with my hands open. I didn’t know what to think,” Weslosky said.

The woman had long, black hair, wore dark sunglasses and a bright pink shirt or blazer. She looked about 50, said Wentland. A man standing beside the mystery woman motioned for them to leave, and they walked through the restaurant, out a second door and got into the waiting limousine.

Weslosky watched them drive away.

She has no idea why she was chosen, or why the woman was handing out money. “Just a lady with a kind heart who wants to make people happy,” she said.

She doesn’t know what she’ll buy with the money either, she said. “Something to remember her by.”

Read more: ‘Happy spring,’ as mystery woman hands out $100 bills

Man feeds firefighters during large fires and accidents [Video]

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He’s received national attention and a national award for serving those who put their lives on the line every day.

Raleigh’s Barry Doyle has been helping Wake County firefighters for 15 years by doing what he does best — cooking.

Owner of Barry’s Cafe, Doyle started the non-profit Feed the Firefighters back in January 1994 after an unexpected ice storm hit the area.

The Swift Creek Fire Department, which is across the street from his restaurant, was dispatched to a massive vehicle pileup and subsequent fire caused by the storm.

After hours on the job, Swift Creek firefighters called Doyle asking him to bring them, and hundreds of other firefighters from other departments dispatched to the scene, some hot coffee.

After having to make multiple trips back and forth in his SUV, Doyle saw there was a need to help firefighters and other first responders.

Now, Doyle drives around in a Winnebago that’s been converted into a kitchen on wheels.

Whenever there’s a big fire, Doyle can meet crews on the scene and provide hot coffee and food, refueling hungry firefighters so they can continue to help others.

In addition to providing food, Doyle also provides a restroom for firefighters and a nice place in the back of his converted Winnebago for firefighters to come in and take a break.

“He is part of our fire department. He’s taken care of us at his own expense many times, and gone out of our way, and it doesn’t matter what time of day or night you call him, he’s always there,” said Capt. Dennis Holland with the Swift Creek Fire Department.

Read more and watch this story: Raleigh Man Feeds Firefighters