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Buzzfeed is Team Wegmans

Earlier this week, Buzzfeed associate food editor Rachel Sanders gushed about her love for Wegmans with a post titled, "25 Reasons Wegmans is The Greatest Supermarket the World Will Ever Know."

Sanders, a Rochester native, waxed obsessive about the supermarket's charms.

She lauded its cheese and baked goods, subs and sushi; called its olive bar "a vast land of mysterious allure" and averred its "bulk candy section will restore your faith in everything."

She deemed its private label brands less expensive and higher quality than national brand items and touted everything from Wegmans' diverse selection of shopping carts to its employees' great attitudes.

"This is not an ad, it’s just how I FEEL," Sanders wrote.

Buzzfeed is clearly Team Wegmans. How about you?


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann


Free financial webinars


If you've ever wished for help with your personal finances, it's here.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service offers a full schedule of free, live Web seminars  on an array of financial topics.

"Recession-Proofing Your Finances," will stream Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by "Consumer 101: Knowing your rights," at 12:30 p.m.; "Couples and Money" at 6:30 p.m.; "Vision Quest: Setting your goals," at 8 p.m. and "Surviving Financial Crisis, Dealing with Divorce," at 9:30 p.m.

A full day of webinars is scheduled Wednesday and Friday, including seminars on debt, retirement, budgeting, renting, home ownership, credit scores and a fun one called "Grocery Shopping and Coupon Savvy."

The free, live seminars continue during the month of September and throughout the year.

To view a calendar listing of seminars, click here.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free "Elf on the Shelf" for teachers

Elf on the Shelf is giving away free Elf on the Shelf resource kits to the first 5,000 teachers who register for the Elf on the Shelf resource center, which provides teachers with free lesson plans.

Qualifying teachers must teach kindergarten through 5th grade at a public or private school.

Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas book with an accompanying toy Elf who scouts boys and girls for Santa's nice and naughty lists.

The free kit includes the storybook and elf, an Elf on the Shelf Birthday book and an elf costume.

Click here to register.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann




Learn how to borrow eBooks from the library

The Digital Bookmobile is passing through town this month to teach library patrons how to borrow digital and audio books for their eReaders.

The high-tech tractor-trailer will be at the Clearfield Branch of the Amherst Public Library, 770 Hopkins Road in Williamsville on August 16 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be at the Orchard Park Public Library, 4570 South Buffalo Street, on August 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn how to borrow titles from the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library as well other libraries around the country using your computer, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Kindle, Sony Reader or NOOK.

Patrons of the Nioga Library System and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library can use their library cards to borrow digital titles anytime by searching the Overdrive database.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free crab dinner giveaway Thursday in Amherst


Two years ago, Joe's Crab Shack celebrated its grand opening by giving away a year of free crab dinners to the first 100 diners through the door. The promotion drew 200 people to the Maple Road store in Amherst, some of whom camped out overnight to increase their chances of winning.

For its second anniversary Thursday, the Houston-based chain restaurant is trying to recapture the same excitement. The first 100 people in line will win one free crab bucket per month for a year. Doors open at 11 a.m.

For the rest of the day, diners at the restaurant can enter to win free crab dinners for life. One lifetime winner will be chosen and surprised Publisher's Clearinghouse-style August 14.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann


Free Erie County Fair admission on opening day

The Erie County Fair kicks off Wednesday, with a plethora of deals and discounts for fairgoers.

A canned good donation gets you in free Wednesday. Canned goods will also get you $5 off an unlimited ride wristband Saturday and $5 off gate admission Sunday.


Firefighters and fire co. auxiliary members get in free Friday with proper identification. Veterans with proper ID get in free Sunday.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Is Drew Brees a Cheapskate?


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees found himself at the center of controversy earlier this week when a blogger posted a picture of a receipt showing he left a measly $3 tip on a $77.41 bill. The post went viral, and fans were quick to shame the millionaire quarterback for being stingy.

But it turns out, the $3 tip was for a takeout order. Brees defended himself on Twitter saying the tip would have been 20 percent or more if he had sat down.

While we at MoneySmart applaud frugality, we never condone skimping when it comes to gratuity. But this begs the question: are you supposed to tip on takeout orders? Experts say yes, but how much?

What guidelines do you use when tipping? Do you scale your tip according to the quality of service? The amount of work involved with your order? Whether the barista has a nice smile?


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann