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DISCOUNT HOTEL RATES

Doctors Hospital and four local hotels have partnered to help patients and their families when they travel to Augusta for treatment, according to a release.

The four hotels are offering discounted rates for patients receiving treatment at Doctors Hospital and the caregivers who are traveling with them. One-fourth of the nearly 750 cancer patients Doctors Hospital treats each year travel from outside the Augusta area. Treatment can last from a few days to several weeks.

Patients can receive the discounted hotel rate by calling participating hotels and asking for the Doctors Hospital discounted rate.

Participating hotels include DoubleTree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway; Days Inn Augusta, 3654 Wheeler Road; Candlewood Suites, 1080 Claussen Road; and Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way.

50 PERCENT OFF ITEMS

Shoppers who select the option to "like" CommuniGraphics in North Augusta on Facebook will find out about exclusive, 50 percent-off deals at the store. They should mention they saw the deal on Facebook at the checkout counter.

Past sale items have included truffles, jewelry, Scout bags and Crocs. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/communigraphics. Also, CommuniGraphics has about 800 friends on Facebook. If the store reaches 1,000 friends, it will have a special sale, according to a store employee.

FREE QUESO AT MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL

Wednesday, Moe's Southwest Grill will give away a 6-ounce cup of Queso to each guest on Free Queso Day. The cup of melted, white cheese dip is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at participating locations. No purchase is necessary.

Moe's customers can also enter the restaurant's Dance Your Queso Off contest for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. To enter, create a dance video no longer than 30 seconds and upload it to www.ilovequeso.com before July 24. A panel of judges will evaluate the videos based on originality, video quality, dance moves and dance-off ranking, according to a release.

For more information, visit www.ilovequeso.com.

COMPARE TO FIND BEST DEAL

To get the best price or value for your money, it's always important to shop around for the best deal. A PR rep recently told me about FindTheBest, a comparison Web site that allows users to compare options on more than 500 topics.

To check it out, visit www.findthebest.com. To help consumers find deals on summer travel, FindTheBest recently created comparisons of the "best airlines" and "best frequent flyer programs." For more information, visit airlines.findthebest.com/ and frequent-flyer.findthebest.com/.


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