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Guide to Summer 2010 is free – and maybe worth $1,000 to you

Summertime Guide 2010 Book Cover

Summertime Guide 2010 Book Cover

Iwanna’s Summertime Guide 2010 is now on the streets, better than ever in a handy 80-page guidebook to activities across the North Carolina mountains and South Carolina upstate.

The annual magazine is in a smaller size this year — a perfect fit for your car or your coffee table as you consider places to visit and things to do all summer long. Weekend getaways, outdoor festivals, a complete calendar of events, fun activities for the family, treks into nature and the most interesting places in the mountains and upstate are included in the publication.

The guidebook marks the launch the Summer Fun Photo Contest, in which Iwanna is giving away $1,000 in cash to the best picture of the summer. The contest is part of Iwanna’s Contest Central and is an interactive competition in which you submit pictures that fit the theme “See What I Did This Summer.” The contest begins Memorial Day and lasts through Labor Day.

You can find the guidebook anywhere Iwanna is distributed, including most convenience stores and many grocery locations. But you might want to find one quickly — only a limited number are available and distributors are reporting they’re going fast.


‘Furniture’ becomes a hot topic in Google Trends

Thanks to a morning television show segment,  the subject of furniture has become volcanic in Google Trends today. Especially on the radar is Boyle’s Furniture Outlet in Charlotte, which was specifically mentioned in the program for its rock-bottom clearance pricing on its website — for instance, getting a $500 chair for $99.

The Today Show segment also singled out consignment and estate sales as good ways to find extreme furniture deals. In the Carolinas, however, furniture has always been a hot item in Iwanna’s free classifieds. Readers can find hundreds of furniture deals every day in Asheville and Greenville by searching

How cats control humans

What’s the saying: Dogs have owners, cats have staff?

According to a new study published at, that pithy saying may be truer than we think.

The new study says that cats actually manipulate their owners with a unique purr mixed with a high-pitched cry.

Earlier studies have shown the naturally irritating nature of cat meows that mimic infant cries. But the new study emphasizes the manipulative mixture of a purr within a cry.

“The embedding of a cry within a call that we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response,” said researcher Karen McComb of University of Sussex. “Solicitation purring is probably more acceptable to humans than overt meowing, which is likely to get cats ejected from the bedroom.”

via Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds | LiveScience.

Even worse, the sly felines have learned how “to dramatically exaggerate it when it proves effective,” said McComb.

If you’re looking to be manipulated by a new pet, check out the pet categories on

Tips from frugal millionaires

…millionaires keep more money than they spend, that’s why they are rich. Their tactics work for them so they’ll work even better for you. Key Point: They don’t view shopping as a sport. They shop efficiently and spend their time doing more important things with their lives.

via How to Spend Like a Frugal Millionaire – Alpha Consumer (

This good blog post has spending/saving tips on a variety of topics such as eating out, cars, clothes, electronics and computers. Iwanna has been a source of frugal shopping for over 30 years. Check out Iwanna categories here:

Is stocking up frugal or foolish?

Sam’s Club and other discounters have turned the impulse to stock up into a business model.  The majority of items for sale at these warehouse-like stores are bulk, and club members buy with the hope that they’re saving money over the long run.

The flipside, of course, is overbuying stuff you don’t need or use just because the price looked good. Who of us haven’t asked ourselves:

Are these impulses foolish? They don’t feel foolish, but sometimes I’m not as smart as I should be about these decisions. Would buying these extra iPods or boots just be a sort of hoarding? Would I be bringing more clutter into the house? I don’t know. All I know is that I don’t feel guilty for considering these options — so long as I can afford them.

via When Does It Make Sense to Stock Up? ∞ Get Rich Slowly.

Everybody who shops discount groceries knows that deals don’t last long on the shelves. If you think about stocking up on a good deal too long, it could be gone the next time you come back.

Comments from the Get Rich Slowly blog offer some good advice about stocking up:

  • Electronics are always bad options because technology improvements will almost always make the next model better.
  • Products that cost less than $20 each are good candidates but they have to be at a killer price.
  • Be cautious about products that degrade over time.
  • Be especially careful with food products that are stocked up, because they need to be rotated regularly.
  • Anything that you are confident you could resell at the same price you paid (or more) is worth stocking up on.

Mother’s Day ideas

Speaking of frugality, here’s a thoughtful post for folks looking for  affordable Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! It’s easily a day you can go crazy taking care of the moms in your life. But there are ways you can be frugal for Mother’s Day!

via Way’s To Save On Mother’s Day | Free From Broke.

A search on the phrase “Mother’s Day” at displays a lot of puppies!

GoodGuide: Product reviews & ratings

GoodGuide provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home.

via GoodGuide | About GoodGuide and GoodGuide Ratings. is about green products, safety in household and food products, and expert advice and recommendations.  The genesis of it was a professor’s discovery of harmful chemicals in a sunscreen product he was using on his young daughter. Now it’s an independent organization of experts and researchers “dedicated to providing you with the best available information on products and companies.”

Worth taking a look at, especially if you’re wondering about the stuff you’re using or eating.

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