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I am so happy for fall to finally be here. The weather is finally cooling down a little, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors.

My family took advantage of the nice weather last weekend to the visit the Big Mo drive-in movie theater in Monetta. We went with friends and brought lawn chairs, blankets and a radio. We sat outside and enjoyed two movies, a playground for the kids and some good food.

With tickets only $8 for adults and $4 for children to watch two movies, it’s a bargain that’s worth the drive. On Sept. 23, the Big Mo was announced as one of nine winners of a digital projector from Honda’s Project Drive In, but the owners still need plenty of support to help fund the other two projectors they need to finish upgrading. Their primary source of income is concessions, and those are very reasonably priced.

I highly recommend you to revisit an American classic pasttime that’s been updated for a new generation. Driving directions and current movies can be found at www.thebigmo.com.

My kids have noticed the Halloween candy and decorations at the stores and are ready to bring out the decorations. We all enjoy decorating the house and yard for Halloween.

Last year, I bought a few new items on clearance, and I’m excited to bring out those finds. One decorating element that I love to reuse each year is the large, hollow plastic-foam pumpkins found at craft stores that I make into carved pumpkins that won’t rot or attract insects.

I prefer to use a 40- to 50-percent-off coupon to purchase the pumpkin. I usually pay $10-$11 after the coupon. I’ve seen them carved with names, team logos and typical Halloween scenes. After you’ve finished, the pumpkin can be reused. You must use LED light to illuminate them instead of flames.

Start gathering candy coupons as soon as possible so you can take advantage of the deals that will be going on soon. Even if you only gather two or three bags at a time, it’s still worth it if you will get a discount of 50 percent or more on the “good” candy.

Baking season starts in October, so you will start seeing coupons for baking items such as chocolate chips, baking soda, flour, pie fillings, candied fruits, nuts and cookie mixes. If you don’t see them in the inserts, check product Web sites, such as Clabber Girl and Nestle.

In the clearance aisles, you should still see markdowns on back-to-school items. Stock up now for later in the school year or even for next year. For the moms and dads, this is a great time to pick up a new Thermos or a new lunchbox for work. This also is a great time to start a coupon binder or purchase a spare.

You also will continue to see the last of the summer items on clearance.

Patio furniture is at 50 percent off right now at most stores and should continue to be discounted until inventory is sold out.

Products are starting to change packaging during this time of year. Look for old packaging and flavors to be marked down to make room for new items. Just be sure to check expiration dates and make sure you have time to use it.

National promotions are good times to look for sales on certain items. This month’s promotions are: Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13), National Animal Safety and Protection, Na­tional Pizza Month, National Pretzel Month, National Sea­food Month, National Pork Month, Na­tional Des­sert Month and National Cookie Month.

This month, look for fresh fall fruits and nuts that include apples, pumpkin, quince, almonds, chestnuts, cranberries, lemons and pomegranates. Vegetables include artichokes, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, arugula, beets, chard, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, winter squash, spinach and rutabaga.


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