Sweepstakes offers free fuel for a year

To help consumers save on the road this summer, Shell has launched the "Favorite Road Trip" sweepstakes. Through Sept. 5, consumers can enter to win one of 10 prizes of free fuel for a year. They should submit a short story of their favorite road trip route or memory for a chance to win.


Every week, one winner will be randomly selected to win a year's supply of free Shell Nitrogen Enriched gasoline. Daily winners will also be randomly selected to win a $100 Shell Gift Card.

The free gas for one year is calculated as the average consumer's yearly gasoline consumption of 566 gallons at an average present-day cost of $3.781 per gallon, which equals $2,140 worth of fuel. Fluctuations in gas prices will not affect the prize amount, according to a release. For more information about the sweepstakes, visit www.shell.us/roadtrip.


Sunday's Augusta Chronicle has $1,778.44 in coupons. This includes $20 at Sears, $2.99 at Kmart, $14 at Rite Aid, $5 at Office Max, $5.25 at Eyeglass World, $30 at Eyemart, $413.40 in SmartSource, $46.10 in RedPlum, $5 at Office Depot and $1,236.70 at Harbor Freight.

The SmartSource insert has a coupon to save $3 on any BIC Soleil Disposable or Soleil System Razor. It expires Aug. 21.


1 CENT SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Through Saturday, shoppers can get select school supplies at Office Max for 1 cent. Items include two-pocket folders and basic pencil sharpeners. See the sales insert in today's paper.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Library will hold two Saturday book sales in July. The first will be July 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Diamond Lakes Branch Library, 101 Diamond Lakes Way, Hephzibah. The second will be July 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 823 Telfair St. Shoppers may choose from books, CDs, tapes and more at discount prices.


$1 OFF CHILDREN'S MENU: At Jackie M's & Son restaurant, customers can get $1 off the new children's menu during July if they mention they read about the offer in The Pinch.

Children's menu items are regularly $4.50. The meal includes three wings, a hot dog or hoagie, along with small fries and a drink.


Deals at Web Site: A PR rep recently contacted me about a police auction Web site called www.propertyroom.com. She said that consumers can find great bargains on items from Gucci sunglasses, iPods, jewelry, coins, mountain bikes, fishing rods and more.

The online auction was started 10 years ago by ex-officers who have relationships with more than 2,400 police stations and municipalities. They pick up unclaimed items in property rooms and sell them on the site.

Consumers get up to 80 percent off the market value of items, and police stations get a share of the profits. Most items start with a $1 bid, and all merchandise is verified for authenticity, she said.


HOTEL COUPON BOOK: Through August, guests at Red Roof Inn will receive a coupon book at check-in, while supplies last. The book includes national retail coupons and discounts for restaurants and services.

Discounts include a free weekend rental at Avis Car Rental, $10 off a purchase of $50 or more at Dick's Sporting Goods, $10 off a purchase of $25 or more at Catherine's clothing for women and 30 percent off at Fashion Bug.

Guests will also receive a 20-percent-off coupon on their next stay at Red Roof Inn through Sept. 30.

FREE NIGHT: Through Aug. 14, Best Western is giving customers a chance to earn a free night. Best Western Rewards guests who stay three separate times at any Best Western hotel worldwide will earn a free night voucher.

There's a limit of one free voucher per Best Western Rewards member. They must redeem their voucher for a free night in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean by Jan. 31, 2012.