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Save big bucks in online auction

Save big bucks in online auction

KXLY Radio is partnering with businesses across the Inland Northwest to bring you an online auction that you won't want to miss.  Here are just a few of the deals you'll find on the Bid on Spokane website.

  • A McCulloch 27" Snow Blower, retail value $799, with a starting bid of $180
  • A $100 Blush Beauty Bar gift certificate with a starting bid of $20
  • A Flexsteel Sofa, retail price $2,190, with a starting bid of $440.

There are more than 50 items to bid on, including furniture, sporting goods, and family entertainment.  You can see pictures, descriptions, and bid on the items on bidonespokane.com.  

The auction closes on March 31st, so take advantage while you can!

FDA considering revamping food labels

FDA considering revamping food labels

For the first time in 20 years, nutrition labels on the food you buy could get a big makeover.

Many people have walked through the grocery store, picked up something, tried to read the label and been totally confused. The print is very small, the information not cut and dry. Now the FDA wants to make shopping easier by changing these labels.

"They can be misleading," dietitian Natalie Tauzin said.

But for the first time in two decades, a major makeover, with new labels make calorie count bigger and highlight added sugars.

"So it would spell out how much sugar was added to this versus what was naturally in the milk," Tauzin said.

Tauzin, who works for the Spokane Health District, pointed out the new labels to help consumers decide what to grab from the shelves during a visit to Bargain Giant Foods.

"So it's 38 grams of sugar in this but there is nothing that would be a naturally sugar in this that is inherently in water so it's all added sugar," Tauzin said.

Aside from the larger calorie count print and added sugars column, the new labels will try to reflect what we actually eat, not what's ideal or recommended.

The art of extreme couponing

The art of extreme couponing

The cost of groceries and household items keeps going up, with the average family of four spending up to $240 a week on food. But you can save as much as 75 percent on your grocery bills through extreme couponing.

When you think of extreme couponers you might imagine someone with an excessive, random stockpile of goods like 100 jars of pickles and 400 rolls of toilet paper.

But you can save big and not buy in bulk. Local couponer Shaunda Holbrook calls herself a small time extreme couponer, but her tips and tricks can help you save big. Saving money is her mission, and she has a stockpile room with toilet paper, toothpaste and soaps. It's like a mini store full of items she didn't pay full price for.

"I would say my grocery bill is probably cut down about 75 percent now," she said.

Annually she saves between $10,000 and $15,000 on groceries.

She wasn't always this savvy at saving.

"All the sudden the walls come crashing in when you realize everything that you had built is going away," she said.

Two years ago tragedy struck, twice.

Davenport Hotel honors veterans all year long

Davenport Hotel honors veterans all year long

Veterans Day has come and gone, but the Davenport Hotel Collection is honoring military families all year long with  "Hero's Rates."

Marketing Director Matt Jensen says the discounts vary based on the hotel and time of year, but can be as much as 14% off the best available rates on any given day.  Hero's Rates start as low as $109 on weekdays at the Hotel Lusso, and there are also special rates at the Historic Davenport Hotel and the Davenport Tower.

Hero's Rates are available to all active military and veterans.  More information is available at the Davenport Hotel Collection website

 

 

 

Plane Pull for Special Olympics set for Saturday

Plane Pull for Special Olympics set for Saturday

A Plane Pull for Special Olympics is happening this weekend at Spokane International Airport.

On Saturday, September 21, teams of up to 20 will be competing against each other in "the ultimate battle of strength, stamina, and fun while pulling a 138,400 lbs. Boeing 727 aircraft 12 feet."

Everyone is invited to participate in the event with a pledge of $30.

Registration and check in will start at 10 a.m. and the first pull will be at 10:30 a.m.

Leavenworth #3 in fans on Facebook for Oktoberfest

Leavenworth #3 in fans on Facebook for Oktoberfest

On the website funtober.com they figured out the top 12 facebook pages for Oktoberfest celebrations, Leavenworth, located two hours east of Seattle, is Washington State’s Bavarian village came in at number three.

Here's what they had to say, More than one million annually visit this town that transformed its appearance in the 1960s from its logging origins.

The Oktoberfest, started in 1998, is the first three weekends in October. More than 35,000 are expected at this festival named Best Family Fun/Street Fair by Evening Magazines 2013 The Best Northwest Escapes Viewers Poll.

Four stages of live entertainment and music along with a large selection of imported German beer.
The Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 5th if you want to burn off some calories.

More than 16,000 people like the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Facebook page.

Leavenworth, Washington – October 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19, 2013

http://www.funtober.com/top-oktoberfest-us-2013/

Ephrata boasts fastest internet in the country

Ephrata boasts fastest internet in the country

Typically, small towns tend to have limited internet access and slower internet speeds. That's not the case in Ephrata. In fact, the town of just over 7,000 boasts the fastest internet speeds in the country.

 

Technology blog Gizmodo recently analyzed internet speed data from across the country to determine where people enjoyed the fastest and slowest internet speeds. Ephrata residents enjoy an average speeds of 85.5 Mbps, which is 60 percent faster than the national average of 18.2 Mbps.

 

Gizmodo looked at internet speeds from the past six months from over 5,600 cities that are represented in Ookla's Net Index, which tracks broadband statics. In the data, the blog noted a correlation between internet speed and average income of the cities. However, Eprahata sits as an outlier to this trend as it's median annual income is just under $40,000.