Thursday, January 31, 2013

Smart Suzy: Bigger Blue countdown, win an iPad, winter emergency kit, save on utilities

Bigger Blue drama . . .counting down to the Big Blue Grand Prize. Be sure to share with friends and increase your own chances to win. Friday will be a BIGGER prize day.


Congratulations to Liz Stine of Ft. Mill, S.C. (yes, Virginia, there are UK FANS in S.C.!), one of our daily prize winners yesterday. Still waiting to hear from Debbie Perkins.


Today’s winner of two tickets to the UK Symphony’s Celtic Nights performance on March 2 is:


Jennifer Fields
Notification Pending


Win an iPad


Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in a sweepstakes being held through Facebook in February. The contest runs from 12 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2013, through 12 a.m. on March 1, 2013.


To enter, a Kentuckian must click on the orange graduate icon on the KHEAA Facebook page, answer one question about college, and “like” KHEAA on Facebook. KHEAA will not share or sell any personal information to a third party.


Only Kentucky residents are eligible.


The drawing will be held in early March, and the winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond by email within three calendar days to receive the third-generation iPad. If no response is received within three days, another winner will be drawn.


To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.


Your winter emergency kit


Creating a winter emergency kit can keep you safe in the event of bad weather, at home or on the road, reminds The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says your kit should include:


• Warm blankets.
• Non-perishable food and water.
• Cat litter or sand for traction on ice.
• A tire pump, flares and a set of jumper cables.
• Maps and a compass.
• A battery-powered radio and flashlight, along with extra batteries.
• A first-aid kit.


Please, Suzy Friends, be prepared and keep yourself safe.


SAVE on your utilities


Earth 911 reminds us that it’s the little things that can add up to big utility costs. There are things you can do to save – and get “greener” as well.


The average home spends almost $2,200 per year on utilities, and 42% of that typically goes towards heating and cooling.


To make your system more efficient, check your seals, change your filters, and keep your system clean with a bit of vacuuming. Seriously.


A few simple steps are all you need to stop your house from taking your cash – try these 10 sneaky ways to save energy to get started.


Among the “sneaky” things:


• 75% of your electricity is consumed by products (like your toaster) while they are plugged up but not in use. Unplug them;
• Use a cooking pot the same diameeter as the bruner you’re using;
• Keep over door closed;
• Leave a foot of space around all air registers;
• Use area rugs on bare floors;
• Don’t pre-rinse for the dishwaster;
• Shorten shower time


For the full list and explanation for why these work, see


A DVD deal for kids


Suzy just happens to love these movies, too. (She’s just a kid at heart!)


Amazon has several kids’ movies priced under $5 right now. Most of these are regularly priced around $15!


Rio DVD – $4.99
• Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs DVD - $4.99
• Horton Hears a Who DVD – $4.99
Happy Feet DVD – $4.48
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat DVD – $4.99


Get FREE shipping with Amazon Prime or FREE Super Saver Shipping on order of $25 or more.
Admit it – which of these is your favorite!


Have a great Friday Eve, Suzy Friends. Suzy is sending all good wishes for good luck in the BIGGER BLUE GIVEAWAY. Can’t win if you don’t enter, though. Check it out. Meantime, enjoy your day, stay warm and be happy. See you tomorrow!