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The clip & click of couponing The popularity of couponing results in a wealth of ways to save.

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s consumer confidence continues to fluctuate, it has never been more popular to take bargain hunting to the next level, in an effort to save those pennies.

With television shows like TLC’s Extreme Couponing celebrating the art of bargain shopping, and yer websites delivering savings directly to your inbox, people who have never clipped a

coupon are comparing prices and hunting down deals like never before. The history of hard-core couponing goes back to families in the United States who were affected by the recession. With a bit of planning and lots of extra storage space, shoppers began stocking up in bulk when deals appeared, to score their favourite products on the cheap. Now it’s a spectator sport, dubbed “savertaining� by a TLC publicist, with over two million viewers tuning in to watch the Extreme Couponing series premiere. In Canada, websites like Money Saving Canadian Mom and Canadian Coupon Queen reassure that

the end result of extreme couponing is actually quite different in Canada. Couponing in this country still has its savings, however, and its tricks. It also isn’t limited to food. • Watch for ads and yers in the newspaper and keep your eyes open in stores as well for onshelf coupons and coupons attached directly to products • If you are seeking a speciďŹ c coupon, sometimes the best place to start is the source; go on the manufacturer’s website and look out for printable coupons. continued on next page

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Megadeath and the Gigantour come to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (33800 King Rd.). The multiartist bill features metal heavyweights Motorhead, Volbeat, Lacuna Coil and headliners Megadeath. Doors open at 6 p.m. For ticket information and other details, visit abbotsfordcentre.ca.

Feb. 24 The Fraser Valley World of Wheels collector car show comes to Tradex in Abbotsford (1190 Cornell St.) Feb. 24-26, showcasing more than 200 rides from B.C., Alberta and the U.S. and everything from hot rods to classics. Show hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors and teens aged 1318, and free for 12 and under. Visit fraservalleyworldofwheels.com for more information.

the children’s book by Robert Ingpen – from March 1-3 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way). The musical play is about a community of miniature Peruvian fishermen who are forced from their homes when the Spaniards invade. They transform an old tea kettle into a ship and go in search of a new home. Show time is 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for students/ seniors. Call the school office at 604-8533367 to reserve.

March 2 The B.C. Boat and Sportsmen and B.C. Hunting Show runs at Tradex from March 2-4, featuring numerous displays and seminars for outdoor enthusiasts. Boats, marine accessories, fishing equipment, lodges and resorts, RV’s, campers and more are included. Show hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-

6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 general, $10 for seniors and $8 for ages six to 16. Visit squarefeetevents.ca for more details or call 604-864-6800.

March 9 Gallery 7 Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest on March 9-10, 15-17 and 22-24 at MEI Theatre, 4081 Clearbrook Rd. Oscar Wilde’s most famous comedy features an absurd case of mistaken identity and explores matters of love, marriage and social status. Show times are 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on March 10 and 17. Tickets are available at the House of James (2743 Emerson St.), by phone at 604-852-3701, or at the MEI box office on show days (one hour prior to curtain).

Feb. 24 The Professional Bull Riding Canadian Cup Series returns to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Feb. 24 and 25. See who will dominate when some of the top cowboys in Canada and the world take on each other and some of the toughest bulls in the nation. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are available at abbotsfordcentre.ca or by calling 1-866-977-2372.

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March 1 CONTEST RULES: The winner will be drawn from the entries received. Employees of Black Press are not eligible. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Judge’s decision is final.

Couponing continued from previous page • Offers on clothing and toiletries are great ways to bolster your monthly budget • Stockpile when an item is on sale if you have space • Be selective and choose items and quantities that you will actually use before their best before dates • Signing up for store reward cards can add to already great savings. • Continue to analyze prices. Just because something comes with a coupon or is on sale, doesn’t necessarily make it cheaper than its counterparts. • Follow brands Facebook and by email to be

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alerted to deals. To protect your privacy though, it is recommended you have a separate account just for couponing. • Visit websites that specialize in Canadian flyers and couponing; websaver.ca, smartsource.ca, save.ca, and abbotsfordbc.flyerland.ca, which is customized to Abbotsford with hundreds of coupon discounts. • Deal websites like BC Daily Deals offer group buying discounts, often made even more convenient via mobile apps; if you love your smartphone, apps like the ShopSavvy barcode scanner compare prices for you, although their usability in Canada is currently limited.

People who have never clipped a coupon are hunting down bargains like never before. Easing into the couponing world is the smoothest route to a positive experience. Start with a single store – you can branch out later as you get more versed in bargain pricing and store policies. Kelsey KLASSEN Contributor

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HOT COMMODITY; Abbotsford coin trader knows the value of a fair deal

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old and silver are at all-time highs, but local coin dealer Greg Finn warns it’s not always the right move to sell. “Know what you have. Gold is a good investment - if you don’t need to sell it, hold on to it. Or sell it a little bit at a time.” Finn sees many regular customers in his shop, Valley Coin and Stamp on Essendene Avenue, where he deals in rare coins, service medals, and buying and selling gold and silver, and says he advises all of them to pace themselves. One gentleman brings in a few hundred dollars worth of silver dimes at a time, calling it his retirement plan. Another customer, in his early 90s, came in one morning with some gold coins and casually asked if the shop could buy them, to the tune of $200,000. The seasoned collector was shocked. “He was living in a care home - that’s what was shocking. That he had it with him there. None of his family knew that he had it,” Finn recalls. Finn got hold of the man’s son to make sure his family was aware of the sale and the transaction was made.

Customers are at the heart of Finn’s business. He sees everyone from people in hard times just looking to scrape by, to collectors who become friends, to retirees, who Finn says he enjoys interacting with the most. He keeps meticulous records of his transactions, which are combed by the police weekly. A collector himself, Finn has been honing his eye for rare and valuable coins, stamps and medals since the age of five. Having started with a stamp collection from his grandmother, he says he is living the dream by doing what he loves. Originally based out of the Abbotsford flea market, he has had his storefront almost three years. He cautions however, that anyone interested in becoming a dealer needs to have patience and knowledge to avoid making costly errors. “I’ve made mistakes just on adding up stuff. And knowing what your silver marks are ... some of these tea sets are silver plate. That’s not worth anything, you want the ones that say sterling.” Gold coins are also heavily counterfeited, but according to Finn, the scale doesn’t lie.

Greg Finn enjoys the coin-trading business as both a vocation and hobby. “They’ve never been able to master the weight. The coin can look identical but the weight is off. Lead is too heavy, copper is too light.” He laments that the high value of the commodities means a lot of rare coins and collectibles are being melted down instead of preserved and that many dealers don’t know the importance of what they are destroying. “Tea sets that were worth $1,500 to a collector are now worth $2,000 in silver. But that’s Queen Victorian, 1880s silver being melted.”

On the other hand, Finn says sometimes gold and silver dealers don’t screen what is coming in and melt items worth 10 times the silver value without looking. Ultimately, he says he doesn’t blame people for cashing in on what they have in whatever way is most profitable, because they’re all in the business of making money. In turn, Finn prides himself on making sure his customers are paid well and says the result is loyal business. Kelsey KLASSEN Contributor

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Dan Bartley, Senior Designer at Domain7, volunteers to hand out water at the 2010 Run for Water. There were over 100 volunteers for the 2011 Run for Water.

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supplying wood for race day (Blackwood Building Centre), sponsoring training groups (Running Room), race day stretching (True Health Fitness) and advertising (Abbotsford News, Tourism Abbotsford), the gold sponsors have all come through.

“There aren’t many causes that combine such a pressing global issue with a great local event,” Shawn Neumann, owner of Domain 7 web agency, shares. “We’re grateful to contribute to giving the people of Ethiopia a small boost, and at the same time, it’s simply a lot of fun.”

“The Run For Water has quickly become one of Abbotsford’s premier events,” states Dan Stefanson the Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford. “First and foremost it is a powerful charitable endeavor; but in its own right it is simply a great running race. We look forward to growing the tourism potential of the event and are proudly inviting runners from all over to come to Abbotsford”.

“It is our social responsibly in North America to do what we can to make clean water available to everyone,” explains Randy Bartsch, owner of Ecotex. “Our Abbotsford plant can wash over two tonnes of hospital sheets per hour. The availability of water is our livelihood, but my heart goes out to the people living in poverty just 20 miles out of Cape Town.”

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Fashion tips for Him - Fit your Frame Every man cannot be born Adonis. However, every man can take the steps to dress his body to make the most of what life gave him. Whether you are skinny or portly, certain wardrobe choices can camouflage or enhance, depending on your goals.

Plus-Sized Guys If you have a little extra around your midsection, the best option is to eat right and exercise to lose some weight. While you’re on the track to shedding some pounds, make the most of your shape by dressing accordingly. • Choose the right size clothing. Clothes that hang too loosely will make you look bigger than you actually are. However, clothes that are too snug will cling to the rolls and bumps you likely want to mask. Clothes that fit perfectly will sail over trouble spots and feel comfortable to wear. • Select shirts that have squared shoulders. Rather than sloped shoulders, which draw attention to your midsection, squared shoulders keep the attention to your chest and face. • Stick to vertical stripes. Instead of loud patterns or stripes that cross the body

horizontally, vertical strips can give the illusion of a more thin frame. Also, lean toward darker colors, which are instantly slimming. • Pick low-rise pants. Low-rise jeans and trousers have a shorter distance between the top of the waistband and the crotch of your pants than regular trousers. This way you’re drawing less attention to this area. Also, avoid pleats on pants, which can only add more girth.

Skinny Guys A skinny frame can be just as difficult to dress as one that’s overweight. Others may associate being lean with being healthy, but this isn’t always the case. A healthy body weight is a man’s best asset. If you are on the lean side, use these fashion tips to accent your frame. • Buy slim shirts, but not ones that are too clingy. Shirts with too much elastic will hug a thin rib cage and cause you to look like all bones. You want a shirt that has some movement, but one you’re not swimming inside. • Opt for small shoulder pads. In suit jackets, very small shoulder pads can make you look broader up top. Just be sure to have

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can add bulk to your frame. Also, dressing in layers can add a little extra to your body

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ou probably noticed print shoes in all the shoe store windows last winter. There was no shortage of geometric shapes and showers of shining stars, proof that shoe designers have been taking seriously the task of putting feet in the spotlight! Well, it looks as if they succeeded, because spring styles are showing our thirst forr ever more innovative patterns. To celebrate the return of the warm weather, several brand names and collections are placing floral print shoes in the stores. From sneakers to loafers to stiletto heels, there’s going to o be a plethora of colourful, eye catching g prints parading the sidewalks this spring. The most popular floral print for shoes es is without a doubt a Liberty print. Thiss features the small, country-style flowers rs in pastel colours that were made fashionable by the avant-garde vision of Arthur Lasenby Liberty. After opening a store in 1875 on London’s famous Regent Street, he soon found success after offering his customers

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ver the years, home interior trends have continued to change. What’s popular one year might seem dated the next. Hardwood floors however, are one popular trend that has managed to maintain its popularity. Renters and homeowners alike are head over heels for hardwood floors, enjoying their aesthetic appeal and their tendency to never go out of style, particularly when compared to other flooring alternatives. Hardwood floors can also be much easier to maintain. Whereas carpets are susceptible to hard-to-remove stains and dirt that might never go away, hardwood floors can be very easy to clean, maintaining their “good as new” look for years if homeowners take simple steps to keep them clean.

• Be diligent on a daily basis. Hardwood floors are typically easier to maintain than carpet, but that doesn’t mean homeowners should be lax with regards to hardwood floors. Some daily maintenance can significantly increase the floor’s life expectancy. Should any spills occur, clean up after them immediately to avoid warping. In addition, address any scuff marks at night after dinner. When it rains or snows outside,

make sure no one wears their shoes around the home inside. Place a mat near the entryway and instruct all family members and guests to remove their shoes before walking on the floor. This will greatly reduce the likelihood of water damage. • Sweep or mop on a regular basis. A dry microfiber mop will keep the floor clean and looking good while ensuring there is no water damage. It might not be necessary to mop every day, but homeowners who want to extend their floor’s life can use a broom or vacuum to keep their floor dirt-free. • Periodically give the floor a thorough cleaning. It isn’t necessary to give the floor a thorough cleaning every night before going to bed. However, every so often thoroughly clean the floor beyond dry mopping or vacuuming. Check with the manufacturer before doing anything, as the type of floor will dictate which is the best approach.

Some manufacturers suggest certain polishes or cleaning solutions, while others advise against such options. If there are no manufacturer instructions or if you’re a tenant and the landlord doesn’t have the manufacturer’s instructions, a damp cloth is almost always

Maintain your hardwood floors and maintain the value in your home. a viable way to clean a hardwood floor. Dampen a cloth and scrub the floor but be sure to avoid soaking the cloth. A soaked cloth will likely cause water damage, while a damp cloth will pick up dirt and debris without harming the floor. Once finished, go over the floor with a dry rag to reduce the risk of water damage. When purchasing a care kit for wood floors, be careful to read the ingredients first. Some kits contain ingredients that can be very harmful to floors. Renters or

homeowners unsure of certain ingredients should consult a wood floor specialist before applying any solutions to their floors. Renters who damage the floor could lose their security deposit if the landlord determines the floors need to be replaced or fixed by a professional. Wood floors remain one of the most popular flooring options to homeowners and renters alike, and some simple maintenance can keep hardwood floors looking good for years to come.

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hen it comes to renovating a home, homeowners expect to spend money. No home renovation or home improvement project is free, but some are less costly than others. The addition of a half-bathroom is a popular project among homeowners, and it won’t necessarily break the bank. If converting existing floor space into a half-bathroom, such a renovation can cost as little as a few thousand dollars, making the addition of a powder room one of the few home improvement projects where the value added to the home exceeds the cost of the renovation. Before deciding to add a half-bathroom, it helps to consider some of the pros and cons of the project.

shower or bathtub. That means common bathroom problems like mould and mildew are not as big a concern as they are for full bathrooms. • More choices: Because mould and mildew aren’t likely to present a problem in a half-bathroom, homeowners have more options at their disposal when choosing floors and countertops.

The Cons • Space: As their name implies, halfbathrooms are much smaller than full bathrooms. As a result, they tend to feel cramped. • Value: Though an inexpensive halfbathroom addition might recoup its value and then some at resale, the project won’t add as much resale value to a home as a full bathroom addition might.

The Pros • Convenience: A half-bathroom is often added on the home’s main floor or in the basement or attic. This makes it more convenient for guests to use the restroom during a dinner party or when coming over to watch the big game in a basement home-theater area.

• Loss of storage: If storage around the house is sparse, homeowners might be better off keeping the area designated for the half-bathroom as a storage closet instead of a bathroom.

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The addition of a powder room costs little but adds great value to a home. forward with the project should then check with their local municipality to ensure the codes and requirements won’t restrict their project. Size or window restrictions might curtail the project or limit what homeowners can do, which might change their minds on

the project altogether. The addition of a half-bathroom to a home often makes practical and financial sense. But before making any addition, homeowners must weight the pros and cons to make the best decision possible.

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