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Free and cheap school supplies

Free and cheap school supplies

ATLANTA -- This is the best time of year to buy both school supplies and office supplies.  Some things are as low as a penny, or even free after rebates!

I set out to find the best deals on a typical kindergarten or first grade supply list from Atlanta Public Schools.

I found the most convenient way to buy supplies is to order them through SchoolPak.com. The company will ship a box of required supplies to your home or school. The first grade list came to $55.34 including shipping.

I set out to see if I could find better deals in the stores. First our summer intern Katie and I went through the weekly sale flyers in search of the lowest possible prices for every item on our list.

GLAM UP YOUR FEET! $15 = $30 worth of Custom Flip Flops from Bow Flip Flops

GLAM UP YOUR FEET! $15 = $30 worth of Custom Flip Flops from Bow Flip Flops

Little girls & Ladies! Your steps will sparkle with these so flippin' cute personalized flip flops. CLICK HERE TO PAY $15 and get $30 worth of Custom Flip Flops from Bow Flip Flops (50% off).

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS THURSDAY, JULY 28TH AT MIDNIGHT

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Publix school supply drive to assist Newton students

Publix school supply drive to assist Newton students

ATLANTA -- Parents and teachers know that having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade for students.

That's why Publix has teamed up with the United Way and several local partners to host the School Tools for Cool Kids program.

Residents can stop by their neighborhood Publix grocery stores from Monday, July 18 until Sunday, Aug. 14 to purchase and/or drop off school supplies in the School Tools bins.

"We encourage customers to donate school supplies to help . . . children begin the school year on a level playing field," said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix.

Couple celebrates anniversary with lottery win

Couple celebrates anniversary with lottery win

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Caribbean is calling! A Covington couple was lured to sea with a seven-night vacation package for two, courtesy of the Georgia Lottery.

Donald and Acquenella Gates played the instant game Royal Caribbean Cruise for Cash and won their getaway vacation.

The cruise is the perfect way for the Gateses to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary.

"We were just in shock," said Acquenella, who bought the ticket when she forgot to run an errand and decided to stop at BP Food Mart on Turner Lake Road in Covington.

"It was there waiting for me," said the mother of two.

She scratched it when she got home.

"About three more scratches and there was the ship sitting in the corner," she said.

Donate Your Extra Harvest

Donate Your Extra Harvest

ACFB's Community Gardens project is asking backyard and community gardeners to participate in the national Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign by simply donating any extra harvest from your garden for families and individuals in need.  See the list of drop-off sites and find the one closest to you.

Make road trips with kids more fun! 40% off travel toys, games + activity kits from TravelKiddy.com

Make road trips with kids more fun! 40% off travel toys, games + activity kits from TravelKiddy.com

Are you dreading summer travel because your kids fight and complain too much? Turn off the DVDs and get them actively engaged with stimulating, age-appropriate entertainment. CLICK HERE TO PAY $12 AND GET $20 worth of sanity-saving travel toys, games, and activity kits from TravelKiddy.com!

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS FRIDAY, JULY 1ST AT MIDNIGHT

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Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.