You could've packed your patience, or you could've just stayed home. The latter may have been a better option this weekend because we are talking SHEER GRIDLOCK. Oh, you didn't want to spend 6 hours in traffic on a beautiful Saturday afternoon?
If you had to cross over the Cape Fear, you were probably stuck in traffic for two hours or more. 911 dispatchers said the closing of the Memorial Bridge put a strain on their system Saturday.
Sunday, we hear, is looking better. Maybe because people were too scared to leave their neighborhoods. Either way, we're trying to find out what's happening. Sanah Sayani will have a LIVE report tonight.
[Read the WECT traffic alert]
All should be back to normal by Monday morning. Let's hope. In the meantime, here were some of your gripes coming into the newsroom (names omitted):
Did you have any run-ins? We want to know how it's going out there.
Before I even bought the Pop Tarts, I asked on Facebook and Twitter... "Is this a good deal?" I had dozens of comments in a matter of minutes. Thank you! It helped!
That's because normally, I try to stick to a '50-cents or less' rule. This week you can get Pop Tarts for 97-cents a box, though some people said you could get them for about 80-cents. Either way, everyone said it was a good deal, so I bought some! I'm sure my husband can't wait to try the S'mores PTs.
See the breakdown here
Anyway, I do like going "group grocery" shopping, like we did for the Pop Tarts. And, I think the weekly segment is catching on - today, the person in front of me in line said he watches... and the clerk said, "I watch every Thursday! If you're not watching Michelle's Markdowns, you're missing out!"
It made my heart melt. That...and the savings.
I went to Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter, and even though it wasn't my BEST week, I still saved money on things I wanted. My favorite deal is the hummus - only 75-cents with a printable coupon!
Also, I can't turn down laundry detergent for $1.99, even though it's not my favorite brand. I'll use this detergent for my towels and stuff.
And... I need to give credit where credit is due. For the first time in a while, Lowes Foods had my most favorite deals. A lot of Harris Teeter deals were repeats (and, that was, like...so last week!)
In all, I spent $22.05 with tax for $66.23 of goods. If you don't account for tax, that's about a 70-percent savings. Like I said, not my best week, but I did get some good deals. I could live without the Totino's but I picked that up for the news segment. For 50-cents a box, I can give it to somebody.
On a side note - I always say this - I know you can't live off this food, but I'd rather have a little junk food in the house, then splurge at McDonald's. We always try to eat clean, whole foods. But, at the same time, we don't drink alcohol, we rarely eat out... so I think it's about moderation and picking your poison.
And again, I'll try just about anything for 50-cents or less.
A new foundation has popped up to help facilitate kindness and respect for animals. You know I love my furbabies! But, there are a lot out there that need our help.
This weekend, drop off a bag of dog or cat food at Carolina Farmin. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.!
Before then, you can also take your stuff to McColl & Associates or Julia's Florist. Here are some of the things I'll be taking courtesy our Fox Wilmington stockpile!
Who doesn't love a healthy, happy doggy?
So... last week if you were following, Harris Teeter had a major Super Doubles promotion. Obviously, we're not going to have those same awesome deals, but we still managed to find quite a few good ones.
See the breakdown of what I bought
In all, I spent about $25 on $95 worth of goods at Harris Teeter, which is about a 74-percent savings. The olive oil, the popcorn and the cookie mix were the only things that cost $1 or more. The Jennie-O was about 99-cents. I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving already!
I also got a great deal on eyelash glue and eyelashes at CVS. Basically, you get $3 back in store credit when you purchase two items. I used store credit I received from last week... and this was free:
$3 ECB WYB (2) Andrea, Duo, Ardell Brows and Lashes, limit 1
Andrea Lashes, $4.99
Duo Eyelash Adhesive, $6.49
Ardell Self-Adhesive Eyelashes, $4.99
(makes it $3.49 ea.)
HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW CALORIE MENUS YET? I think it may backfire on McDonald's. I was totally hungry, but then after looking at the menu, I decided to get a Diet Dr. Pepper! I wanted McNuggets so bad...
You may remember Jay Johnson from the TV show "Soap", but this weekend, the Tony Award winning ventriloquist will be taking his show to Thalian Hall in Wilmington.
He's here to tape his award-winning show, "The Two and Only", which will later be available on cable and on DVD. Some audience members might be taped as well!
Click here for Jay Johnson's official website.
The shows are Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $24-$28. Johnson told me he chose Wilmington because he loves the history and beauty of Thalian, among other things. He even taught me some history about the theater! Did you know it's the only place in the country that has the original thunder roll?
Jay and his buddy Bob recently co-hosted "6 Things with Robb Ellis" - and boy, does Bob get a little racy! We had a good time! Can't wait to see the show.
This week is Super Doubles weeks at Harris Teeter. This pictures combines my HT trip with my CVS. At CVS, I bought $25 worth of paper products and got $10 back (that includes the Puffs, Bounty and Charmin in the picture.) The rest I bought at Harris Teeter:
TOTAL SPENT WITH TAX - $15.41
RETAIL VALUE W/O TAX - $79.52
SAVINGS - 81% at Harris Teeter
Read the breakdown on foxwilmington.com.
**NOTE - One viewer said there might be some concern with using alcohol coupons in NC. But, I called Harris Teeter and they said if there's a specific coupon for a specific product, they'll take it. Which makes me wonder if there's a law on NO coupons on liquor, not wine. Working on that.**
We just got an email from a man who said he's sick of seeing the story about a Marine who assaulted a cab driver. I understand this sentiment, but at the same time, it has becoming national news. Here's his email (name omitted):
"Enough already!! How many times do you think the viewers want to see a marine beating on a defenseless taxi driver. Just in the length of time I have been composing this email, the piece has aired twice. I estimate that since the incident occurred, I have been subjected to the video of the beating at least 25 times. I am now an expert on the pros and cons of leading with the left or right. Shame you for continuing to air something that should have been put to rest days ago. I solved the problem by turning my tv off when wect is airing."
Here's my response:
"First of all, thank you for your email. We listen to all of our viewers.
We will continue to report on this case because there is not resolve at this time, and new updates are coming in daily. And while it may be uncomfortable for you to watch, I'd like to remind you there is a young man in the hospital with a fractured face and undergoing reconstructive surgery. He will never look the same again.
We are also trying to effort a conversation with the Marine involved in this case. There are a lot of questions regarding his mental state and his behavior. And, there have been recent cases at Camp Lejeune concerning health care and mental health issues, so perhaps there's more to his story, as well.
The issue at hand is that someone was assaulted just for doing his job. This is newsworthy. What if the man had not survived? You may remember a recent story about a Chinese food delivery driver, who was killed simply for doing his job. We will cover his accusers when the time comes as well.
You have the right to turn off your TV, but we always like to keep our viewers. Perhaps the shame needs to be put on the person who created this awful mess, rather than the news messenger."
We recently held a Google Plus hangout with two journalists and two former military members... to give a perspective on this story we haven't seen yet. I wanted to hear from two of my favorite friends online, Marcus Penn (Youserved.com) and Billy Stanley... I asked them about what they think of the incident, the media coverage, and mental health issues in the military. It's a very candid conversation AND it just so happens, Charles Hawkesworth and his girlfriend Brittany Schwartz were watching as well. They have a message for military members, too. (Scroll to about 45:45)
+ Sanah Sayani
+ Marcus Penn
+ Billy Stanley
UPDATE: The Marine will indeed face a felony assault charge, based on the cabbie's injuries. If you want to help Charles, you can contribute to the Go Get Funding account someone set up for him.
There are two and three sides to every story. But, what we know for sure is that a cab driver in Surf City was severely beaten by a Marine on September 9th. The owner of the cab said it was over a misunderstanding on how sharing cabs work.
The owner of Island Taxi added cameras to the taxis, and one captured an angry Marine punching a cab driver several times in the face.
Read the full story
That Marine is Gunnery Sergeant John Adam Kinosh. He currently faces misdemeanor charges, though that could change. The victim is Charles Hawkesworth, Jr.
Hawkesworth spoke about his ordeal to Sanah Sayani- you can watch and listen to the video below.
CVS deals roll over on Sundays. Every week they have promos to earn store credit, and since I desperately needed paper towels and TP, I picked up this deal.
If you buy $25 worth of certain products, you'll get $10 back in Extra Bucks. This week, I paid $9.94 each for the Bounty and the Charmin. I also got Puffs Plus on sale for $1.50 each. (Note: the Charmin is normally $15.79, the Bounty is normally $15.02 and the Puffs Plus is regularly 2.49 each.)
Another FREEBIE? Hershey's Simple Pleasures. They cost 67-cents, but when you buy them and scan your CVS card, you get 67-cents back in Rewards.
You can use your Extra Bucks on a future transaction - many people will use them right there. Just tell the clerk you're doing multiple transactions, and you're good! Trust me, the clerks are used to it... just be courteous if there's a line.
And, a CVS MONEYMAKER - This one you have to have coupons. There was a coupon for a FREE Good N Natural Bar, RP 8/12 (exp 09/15). The CVS coupon machine will also print out $1 off 3. So, you earn $1 right there!
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