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Frugal Family: Invest Yourselves This Week in 'Community Makeover'

Thursday through Sunday is when this annual event—originating in Paulding—will involve thousands in performing acts of kindness throughout five Northwest Metro Atlanta counties.

Frugal Family: Invest Yourselves This Week in 'Community Makeover'

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 stretch our dollars.

This column will be dedicated to giving you five great local deals each week that will help your family’s bottom line. Since we do the scouting for you, you can save time as well as money.

You are a big part of this column. Let us hear about the deals you've seen. Just add them to our comment box. Then come back each week and see what we've uncovered together.

Remember: You also can help military families overseas with your expired coupons through Coupon Mom's Military Coupon Program

This week is dedicated to turning our attention to many in need in our community. Here are three examples from Engage Atlanta / Community Makeover Director Paul Richardson:

  • A recently retired widow would like to have some flowerboxes built for her and needs help with landscaping.
  • A family with an ill mother needs help with painting the front porch and repairing a backdoor frame and a garage door.
  • A single woman, caring for her aging father, also has been recuperating from hip replacement surgery. She needs some people with trucks to help move items from one house to another related to the care of her dad.

If you can help this weekend, send Richardson an email at paulr@westridge.com. For other projects, please register here.

Seeking to fill 1,500 backpacks for children in need, Community Makeover can use your assistance:

1. Volunteer here.

2. Buy school supplies. Here is a huge list of great deals this week from SouthernSavers.com. They say Walmart and Target with match the prices of other stores. Local stores on this list include:

  • Kroger (two in Dallas - and —and one at 4815 Ridge Road)
  • Office Max
  • Publix (three in Dallas -  and )
  • (the other one in Dallas at the corner of U.S. 278 and Ga. 61 is not due to open until mid-August)
  • Walmart (one in  and one at 3615 Dallas Highway in Dallas)

3. Donate $20 to on Ga. 92 at East Paulding Drive in Dallas to fill the backpacks. 

These four days of service will conclude with an outdoor worship service to hear what all was accomplished. This free event will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in front of the on U.S. 278 in Dallas. Remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. 


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