Wednesday, March 7, 2012

$mart Money Wednesday: Win it! Plan
for college, recycle, save, save, save

By Suzy $mart
KyForward Columnist


It’s Win it! Wednesday, so our fav bud, the Coupon Queen has some special give-aways for you.


• From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., win a $10 Bath & Body Works gift card.


• From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., she’ll be giving away a $100 gift certificate toward a photo shoot with Photographs by Amy Oliver (Her work pictured) which includes a disk with the digital pics (normally $150). Also, anyone who books a shoot in March with Amy and tells her that “Christine the Coupon Queen sent me” will get $25 off.


Follow her giveaway on Facebook at Confessions of a Coupon Queen – and “like” it!


Our Coupon Queen also has a new book, and Suzy is sure you want to know about it. . . “The Coupon Sisters Get Cooking!  (Discover the Magic of Meal Planning)” helps take the stress out of “what’s for dinner.” Christine Luken and sister, Leah Kelley explain how to save time, money, and stress with the magic of meal planning.  This 60-page e-book explains, in an easy-to-understand format, how you can get a great home-cooked meal on the dinner table for your family in 30 minutes, despite your hectic schedule.


“The Coupon Sisters Get Cooking!” e-book is $7.95 only $5.95 introductory special (+ tax for KY residents) and comes with a money-back guarantee! 


Plan for college: Free help!

We all know how expensive college is or will be for our kids – but also how important it is for them to be able to go if they want to. (It does matter in terms of earning power over a lifetime.) Well, the Kentucky Educational Excellence (KEES) program is something you need to know about.


The program is educational in itself and can be used by students ranging in age from middle school to adults. Parents and counselors can also use it to help their students plan and pay for college. A special booklet includes information about careers, college preparation, state and federal financial aid programs and financial literacy.


Students and families will also find detailed information about the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program. The booklet shows the steps involved in applying for federal student aid and provides guidance on borrowing student loans.


Copies of “The College Circuit” are FREE. To request copies, please e-mail or use the order form on


To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to


For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit or write to KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.


Too often we think government is a do-thing, in-our-way thing, but it just isn’t so. This is a great example of how yes, they’re from the government and they’re here to help us. Suzy says: TAKE ADVANTAGE.


Go green: Recycle!


Did you know this? In Fiscal Year 2011 (July 2010 – June 2011) Lexington recycled 25,000 tons of material, generating about $2.4 million in revenue. Recycling also saved the city about $700,000 in landfill fees.


FREE (Suzy’s favorite word – bells go off!) tours of Lexington’s recycling center are given the first Thursday and Saturday of October, January, April and July. Those wanting to go on a tour need to register ahead of time by contacting Esther Moberly at (859) 367-4948 or via email at Schools or large groups can be accommodated at other times but arrangements must be made ahead of time.


Right now, as Suzy reported yesterday, Lexington is engaged in a Cash for Cans challenge, so every bit of can recycling counts even more.


Go green, help save the environment so that it doubly matters for those kids who are college-bound. It’s the future, save it for the kids. That’s Smart!


Featured coupon site: has 157 new coupons up for March.


Among them:


• 75 cents off Kraft cheese slices
• $1 off any 2 Keebler crackers
• $1 off three Big G cereals
• 75 cents off Lipton tea
• $1 off Breakfast on the Go
• 40 cents off three Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls


And remember: There’s still time to take advantage of Kroger Cartbuster Sale!


Happy shopping, $mart friends.