We're all watching our family budgets these days. Whether shopping with coupons or looking for two-for-one deals, we're taking advantage of all sorts of offers and savings that help us make our dollars as valuable as possible.
Here are some deals that hopefully will stretch your dollars to the max:
1. Free Heroes Day on Saturday
Among the attractions will be a Community Marketplace with more than 120 vendors and exhibitors, concerts and programs from church and school groups every 30 minutes on the Courthouse steps, a food court, rides, games, fellowship and fun. Also, there will be "Against the Influence" activities for teens, the Atlanta Hawks Street Experience and "Chat with the Chairman" with Douglas Commission Chairman Tom Worthan.
All those attending are asked to bring a canned good for A Gift of Love and their lawn chairs for the free movie at 8 p.m. From DreamWorks Animation, MegaMind features the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, David Cross and Jonah Hill. This program is sponsored by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners through its Department of Communications and Community Relations.
When: 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the movie at 8 p.m., Saturday
Where: On the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville
Cost: Free except for food and merchandise
Contact: Wes Tallon at 770-920-7593 or email@example.com.
2. Six Flags Military Special
Deal: Military Appreciation Days will be held at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell on Saturday and Sunday and on Sept. 24-25. Active and reservist members of the U.S. military may receive free admission for themselves and up to three dependents with their current military I.D. card. For those deployed, their spouse and up to three dependents may receive free admission with a current military I.D. card.
Extra tickets may be purchased for half off the main gate admission price. Also, retired U.S. military may buy half-off tickets.
Where: 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3. Austell Clothing Consignment Sale
Deal: Nearly 200 sellers will participate in a youth clothing consignment sale at an Austell church later this week. Most items will sell for half off on Saturday.
Also, old laptops are needed by the church for a tax-deductible donation to help with checkout.
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Orange Hill Baptist Church, 4293 Austell Road, Austell.
Contacts: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 770-948-9388 ext. 53 or visit orangehill.org.
4. More Supermarket Savings
Deal: The theme of the next Ladies' Night Out at will help you save money at your local grocery and drug stores. Space is limited, so reservations are required.
When: 7 p.m., Sept. 22
Where: Tea at Seven Springs, 4456 Marietta St., downtown Powder Springs.
Cost: $15, including dinner
Contact: 770-439-9074 for reservations
5. Library Card Sign-Up Month
Deal: As many already know, many free services are available through the Cobb and Douglas library systems. This month is Library Card Sign-up Month. These cards are free to county residents, providing students, for example, with free access to databases of new articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and resources.
Libraries also provide free Internet access with recently updated computers in Cobb, an important resource for families without access at home since nearly all school districts require students to use the Internet to complete homework.
Getting a library card is easy and only takes a few minutes. Parents and guardians should visit the library with their children, bring proof of residency and a photo ID and fill out a short form.
Remember: You also can help military families overseas with your expired coupons through Coupon Mom's Military Coupon Program and feed your neighbors in needs with free coupon specials found at CouponMom.com and SouthernSavers.com.