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Friday, February 24, 2012

Super savvy savers

Sale at Brown's Department Store, 1957

Saving money and being value conscious is on everyone's minds these days. Sometimes, though, we need a little nudge to become super savers.

That's why the library is creating the "Frugal Friends Coupon Club." Two staff members--Lynne and Michelle--are spearheading the effort. In addition to being a coupon swap, the club will allow members to learn new money saving skills. A few of the possible topics for montly meetings include:

  • Learn to plant your own pesticide-free and tasty herbs, vegetables and fruits.
  • Create your own cleaning supplies using fewer chemicals and less money!
  • Get tips for running a successful yard sale and learn how to find good deals at other sales around town.
  • Discover how to give creative and quality gifts the frugal way!

The Frugal Friends Coupon Club's first meeting is March 3rd from 11:00 am to noon. Visit our online calendar to join the club!

But, don't stop there! Over the years, we have featured a number of ways to save money and be more savvy when you shop. The library also maintains a list of helpful consumer resources.

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets on that page is that you can access Consumer Reports, wait for it...for free, from home! Just be sure to have your library card on hand.

Finally, if you haven't noticed yet, we have a new product that should speak to the budget minded individual. With Freegal (it sort of rhymes with "frugal," right), you can download three songs for week for free! You can keep them forever and play them on any device.

So, go forth and be the super savvy shopper that you were meant to be.

Can I access these resources from home?

Yes, you can!

With a valid Des Plaines Public Library, any of the links above should take you right to the online resource.

Don't have a library card? Stop by sometime and get one. Any Des Plaines resident can apply.

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