Monday, April 23, 2012

$mart Suzy: Giveaways for Opera House show, Keeneland Derby hats, freebies, advice

By Suzy Smart
KyForward columnist


Suzy has it all today – musical production super-ticket giveaway, your free hat for a terrific Derby outing, thanks to Keeneland Gift Shop, a terrific free Arbor Day event thanks to KU and the UK College of Ag and others, advice on how not to be the victim of fraud, and some coupon savings. Whew! Let’s get started.




Opera House Midtown Men production


A reminder that two prime seats, valued at $150, could be yours if you answer the contest question and email to by 8 a.m. Thursday, April 26. Winner announced that day.


The Midtown Men production features top hits from a Who’s Who of the ‘60s, including the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Temptations, Jackson 5 and the Four Seasons. It’s the last show in the historic Lexington Opera House’s Broadway series.


Lucky winner will answer this question:


The four Midtown Men performers were also featured performers in what other popular Broadway production?
(Hint: find the answer here.)


Drum roll, please for this next giveaway . . .


Fabulous Derby ‘Fascinator’ hat


Keeneland Gift Shop online is providing two ‘Fascinator’ hats, one of them pictured above. They are the creation of Dorfman Pacific, the nation’s largest wholesaler of hats and accessories who offer an annual trunk show at the gift shop. (See KyForward story here) Included their show this year are at least 18 different styles of “Fascinators” – the increasingly popular headpiece, valued between $50 and $60, usually attached to a headband or hair clip. Fascinators in the 2012 Scala Collection come in a variety of colors, from this spring’s popular fuchsia and coral to black with earth tones.


To win a FASCINATOR for your Derby – or other fancy-schmancy outing – please answer this trivia question and send your answer to suzy@kyforward.coma by 8 a.m. Wednesday. And stay tuned – another beautiful FASCINATOR will be given away this week.


The 2012 Derby poster just released last week features what Derby winning horse? (Hint: Answer is here.)


Good luck! Now, don’t miss all the fabulous shopping you experience with Keeneland Gift Shop. Connect to the online Keeneland Gift shop though Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Family Fun freebies for Arbor Day


Celebrate the 140th anniversary of Arbor Day – and the continuation of Earth Month – with a celebration in full bloom at the Aboretum on Saturday. An eco-extravanganza sponsored by KU with the UK College of Agriculture. The celebration includes:


• FREE ADMISSION from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the new Kentucky Children’s Garden,
• More than 40 eco-friendly exhibitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• KU’s seedling giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Visits by KU’s Louie the Lightning Bug, Smokey Bear and Rosie the Recycler form to a.m. to 2 p.m.


For the whole story about this special Arbor Day celebration see Kyforward’s story here


Protect what’s yours


Protecting your assets – as you live frugally and well, shop smart and save smart – is an important Smart living strategy. The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions has the following advice for how you can prevent being the victim of fraud.


Pay attention:


• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Understand that ANYONE can be a victim of fraud. A recent study found that financially savvy people may be more at risk of being scammed in an investment fraud.
• Report suspected fraud – whether it is against you or someone you know. Call DFI at 800-223-2579.
• Risk and return go hand in hand. If someone offers high return with no risk, it could be fraud.
• Beware of “guarantees” in investing or sweepstakes.
• Beware of offers that are good for a limited time only.
• Get all paperwork up front. Read the fine print. Understand the transaction before signing.
• Don’t sign a contract or document with blank lines or spaces.
• Credentials can be misleading – some require studies or a test, while others are offered to anyone who pays a fee.
• Be skeptical of unsolicited calls. Do not give out personal information over phone or Internet.
• Have a plan to get off the phone, such as the phrase, “I’m not making any decisions today” or “I would like to discuss this opportunity with my attorney.”
• Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry at 888-382-1222 or
• Financial exploitation is a form of elder abuse and should be reported to the Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-752-6200.
• Time is your friend – don’t make hasty decisions. Take time to investigate the offer and the person selling it.


Featured coupons – Coupon Network

Go to Coupon Network to find these printable coupons and more:


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• $1.25 off when you buy any ONE Barbara’s® Cereal 5.5oz or higher
• 75¢ off when you buy any ONE EAS® Lean 15™ Bar or Myoplex 30™ Bar&
• $1.00 off when you buy any SIX cans of Mighty Dog® brand dog food
• $3.25 off when you buy any TWO Gerber® Good Start® Powder formulas 22 oz or larger
• 75¢ off when you buy any ONE Carnation® Breakfast Essentials™ 10 ct powder or Ready-to-Drink 4 pk
• 65¢ off when you buy any TWO Packages of DOLE® Fruit Smoothie Shakers
• $1.25 off when you buy any TWO Glucerna® Multi-Pack Bars or Multi-Pack Shakes
• 55¢ off when you buy any ONE package of DOLE® Frozen Fruit single-serve cups
• $2.25 off when you buy any ONE EAS® Lean 15™ Powder or Recovery Protein
• 75¢ off when you buy any ONE EAS® Myoplex® Original 4pk Shakes
• $20.00 off when you buy any ONE Philips Norelco SensoTouch Razor 3D
• $10.00 off when you buy any ONE Philips Norelco Electric Shaver
•$15.00 off when you buy any ONE Philips Norelco SensoTouch Razor
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• 80¢ off when you buy any ONE POST Honey Bunches of Oats NEW Fruit Blends
• $1.25 off when you buy any TWO bags of WONKA® Candy (12 oz or larger)
• $1.00 off when you buy any THREE NESTLÉ® Fun Size or Miniatures Bags (9.2 – 12.5 oz)
• $2.00 off when you buy any TWO NESTLE® Miniatures Bags (19.75 – 40 oz)
• $1.10 off when you buy any FIVE Stouffer’s® entrées or Stouffer’s® French Bread Pizzas


Happy Monday, Suzy friends. Have a great week!