Make the Most of Each Local Newspaper
The Newspaper Association of America reports that there are more
than 54 million newspapers sold daily. It's true that a
newspaper is something to be sought after one minute and the
stuff you wrap your breakables in the next. Each edition does
have a very short shelf life. However, each edition is also
filled with up-to-the-minute resources that you can make the
most of, providing you do that within their limited time period.
Because newspapers are arranged in categories, many people go to
the sections they have an interest in or are used to reading and
then ignore the rest of the paper. By doing this however,
readers are missing out on a lot of possibly useful and relevant
information, announcements and deals.
If you rent an apartment or house and know you'll be moving at
some point in the near future, checking out the houses and
apartments in the classified section regularly that are for rent
could alert you to rental prices for areas you might want to
relocate to and offer you phone numbers of landlords or rental
persons you might want to contact.
If you would like to take another course but are not sure which
would be best for your job ensurability, then if read through
the want ads regularly you'll notice what employers are listing
as recommended qualifications. If a specific computer or
business skill appears often, then a course teaching it would be
a good one to sign up for.
People who are going through tough times could use prayers said
on their behalf. Newspapers provide stories and names of persons
who could use some lifting up in prayer by you and those in the
congregation of the church you attend.
If people are often asking for your advice about one personal
situation or another that they find themselves in the midst of
and you're never quite sure what to say to them, read the advice
columns and see how the "experts" answer. Their answers might
give you inspiration for expressing your own ideas.
HELPING AND SAVING
Some yard and garage sales benefit local causes. If you keep
alert for their postings, you'll not only be helping a local
group, you'll more than likely find some very nice items priced
A NEW DIRECTION
There are listings of support groups meetings updated and
announced in newspapers. If you know someone who really would
benefit from one of them, tell them about it, suggest they see
what it's like and volunteer to go with them the first time.
Local events are often mentioned ahead of time. If there is one
you want to participate in, by knowing about it in advance, you
have the opportunity to contact the sponsor, sign up if it's
necessary and prepare for it. You can also use the advance
notice of events you would like to attend as incentive to
accomplish short-term goals or complete tasks you keep putting
off. Make a deal with yourself (one that you intend to follow
through with) that if you accomplish the goal or complete the
task in time you can go to the event. If not, then you can't.
Great incentive to keep busy with plans and tasks.
Letters to the editor are usually interesting. This section is
the "voice" of your town or city and you can learn more than you
might realize about it by reading the opinions printed there.
Write a few of you know so others can know your opinions as well.
Occasionally, businesses will offer discounts that you can only
take advantage of by presenting them with the coupon that was in
the newspaper. Banks advertise special rates in the local
papers. Public service announcements are made, such as "there
will be no trash pick up on Monday" or "Main and Elm Streets
will be closed to traffic Thursday due to construction". You'll
also be informed of utility rate increases so you don't faint
the next time you open the envelope with your bill in it.
Local newspapers have a lot to offer if you make the most of