Presidential Museums – Visiting Cincinnati and the Home of America’s 27th President

This is another in a continuing series of travelogue articles showcasing presidential museums, homes, and historical sites. Join us as we visit the Queen City, Cincinnati, and the home of America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft.

President Taft: An Overview

America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, was born in Cincinnati just before the Civil War. He pursued the legal profession early in his career, which ultimately led him into public service and politics. In the 1908 elections, he won the presidency and served in office until 1913.

Taft is the only U.S. president who also served as chief justice of the Supreme Court, a position Taft held in higher regard than the presidency. He was appointed to the court by President Harding and served for several years until just before his death in 1930.

The Taft Home In Cincinnati

Located about a mile north of downtown, the Taft Historic Site welcomes visitors free of charge. This is the home where the future president lived up until the time he left for Washington.

Guided tours are conducted daily by National Park Service rangers. You will see period rooms which have been restored to their appearance when Taft lived here, along with fascinating political memorabilia from Taft’s presidential campaign.

An overview of his many accomplishments as president and chief justice are spotlighted, and you can stroll around the grounds to see the home’s exterior and the adjacent visitors center.

Visiting Cincinnati

Nearby in downtown Cincinnati, there are numerous attractions, especially along the Ohio River. Take a river cruise in the summer, or dine in one of the many waterfront restaurants with a view of the Cincinnati skyline.

While you’re here, be sure to try the chili at either Skyline, Gold Star, or Camp Washington, three of the area’s best known chili parlors. The chili is a slightly sweet, slightly spicy mixture that is served over spaghetti, along with onions, cheese, and beans.

For an historic lunch in a beautiful urban courtyard, we recommend Arnold’s Bar and Grill on 8th Street downtown. This is Cincinnati’s oldest bar and restaurant, open since 1861. Try one of the daily specials and soak in the historic ambience.

Just a mile from downtown, and almost straight up, is a well known city entertainment area, Mt. Adams. Here you’ll find specialty shops, restaurants, and nightlife options dotting the narrow, winding streets. An under the radar gem is the City View Tavern, well known for its outdoor deck overlooking the city below. They have a limited food menu but be sure to try a mettwurst, a mildly spicy sausage that is famous in these parts.

There are numerous other attractions in and around the city, like a world class aquarium and the famed white Bengal tigers at the Cincinnati Zoo. You’ll find an active local sports scene, dozens of great local restaurants, and a real sense of history.

Summary

Accessible from just about anywhere in the country, Cincinnati is an ideal weekend destination. Visit the home of America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, and then explore the many attractions and great local cuisine the city has to offer.

Coupon Shopping 101

In this tough economic time, Americans have become more frugal when shopping for groceries. While we continue to be concerned about high unemployment, the foreclosure crisis, the rising cost of food and living in general, consumers are seeking more bang for the buck. As such, consumers are clipping more coupons and saving more dollars.

September is National Coupon Month and a reminder that clipping coupons is an easy and fun way to save. Whether you shop at Albertsons, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Food Lion, Publix, Save-a-Lot, Sedanos, Sweetbay, Walmart or Winn-Dixie, each week this month I will provide advice on how to save 40 percent or more on your grocery bill.

Clipping coupons and seeking deals remains commonplace as consumers brace for National Coupon Month for a 13th consecutive year. Both coupon distribution and use have increased significantly over the past 12 months. A recent study shows that 89 percent of Americans have regularly used coupons when shopping for groceries, household and healthcare items.

The coupon itself dates back to a handwritten one for a popular soda product in 1886. While retailers continue to allocate the largest share (85 percent) of coupons to the free-standing insert cooperative coupon booklet, Internet distribution continues to grow at a pace faster than all other media distribution. Among the most popular online coupon services is coupons.com and redplum.com.

According to an NCH Coupon Facts Report, shoppers saved nearly $2 billion with coupons in the first-half of 2010 as redemption increased 7.9 percent during that period. “While the coupon has long been a mainstay of marketing campaigns to build brand loyalty and attract new buyers, it has evolved over the course of time to reach fragmented consumers in innovative and creative ways,” said Charlie Brown, NCH vice president of marketing and member of Promotion Marketing Association’s board. “It is a core tool of today’s and tomorrow’s consumer who will continue to demand savings and value.”

Approximately 164 billion consumer packaged goods (CPG) coupons were offered by retailers in the first half of 2010, an increase of 11.4 percent from a year ago. This growth builds on record-breaking trends in 2009 when 311 billion coupons were distributed in the marketplace. In 2009, coupon redemption increased 23 percent – the second highest year-over-year rate ever recorded. The average consumer reported a reduction of eight percent on their grocery bill with a $3.5 billion savings nationwide.

There was a different mindset when the PMA launched its first National Coupon Month campaign in 1998. Aimed at heightening awareness and increasing coupon usage, the majority of coupons were in print. Today they are available from a variety of sources – in print from free-standing inserts, from the retailer, directly attached to the product, on the Internet via printable coupons or coupon codes, as well as mobile devices for point-of-sale scanning.

Not only have the delivery methods exploded, but the categories have expanded greatly from grocery stores to restaurants, clothing, home improvement and everything in between. In fact, I now find myself bargaining on everything from food and clothes, to household goods and vehicles, to my children’s private school tuition.

“Today’s shopper doesn’t leave home without coupons and actively seeks out savings,” said Bonnie Carlson, PMA president. “While the state of the economy has spurred this new shopping behavior, marketers are taking note and answering the consumers’ call by putting more coupons in the marketplace. Today’s informed and strategic shopper is here to stay as lessons learned during the recession have transformed the way they spend and save their hard-earned money.”

In celebration of the 13th annual savings campaign, RedPlum.com, is offering high-value deals each day throughout September. As one of the fastest growing online coupon and value lifestyle Internet sites, they are offering a “Dash for Deals” campaign whereby an exclusive page featuring printable coupons, coupon codes, samples or free offerings can be found at redplum.com/dash. As coupon quantities are limited, visitors must “dash” to download that day’s offer. Advertisers range from restaurants to retailers, grocery, health and beauty care, drugstores and much more.

To learn more about the Promotion Marketing Association and National Coupon Month, please visit http://www.nationalcouponmonth.com.

Source: The Credit Report with Bill Lewis – Highlands Today, an edition of the Tampa Tribune (Media General Group). http://www2.highlandstoday.com/content/2010/sep/05/coupon-shopping-101/columns-welewisjr/

Discount Shopping in Richmond and Vancouver

If you like to shop, then Richmond B.C. and the rest of the city of Vancouver is the place to be. With over 8 malls between them you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Arberdeen Centre located in Richmond, is one of the largest malls in the greater Vancouver area and is located in what is referred to as the Golden District. It is geared more toward those of Asian descent, but caters to just about everyone. It also has a musical fountain show that begins at noon and continues to give a show every hour after. A nice touch to a day spent bargain shopping at the mall.

Bargain and Discount Shopping

Richmond has plenty to offer in the way of discount and bargain shopping with a wide range of different retail stores like banana republic, The Gap, Guess, and American Eagle. With all these great stores you are bound to score some great savings, either through store flyers, store coupons, or in-store discounts and savings. The Pacific Centre is one of downtown’s largest malls and contains well over 200 shops including the ones mentioned, along with other high-end department stores and a food court. Many of the large Asian-themed malls include: The Yaohan Centre in Richmond B.C. where you can find well over 80 stores; Parker Place has well over 200 retail stores, shops, and high end stores; Lansdowne Centre with over 120 shops; President’s Place, Union Square Mall includes retail stores, high end stores, food court, and even karaoke.

Even the Vancouver International Airport has over 110 different shops and services, ranging from high end souvenirs, food court, retail shops, and salons. Vancouver’s shopping is almost second to none with a unique and eclectic mix of themed malls and diverse landscape of the type of malls that make up the sunshine coast. Many of the better discount coupons can be found during both special times of the year, like back to school, or, during festive times such as Christmas. You may even be able to find some stores with discount savings on marked racks, in many cases up to 80% off.

Whether you’re looking for high end fashion or bargain shopping, Vancouver and the greater Richmond B.C. area definitely will have something to fit your taste. If shopping malls are not really what you like they are still defiantly worth seeing. They’re are a great place to visit if your trying to stay out of the weather. The architecture used in some of these malls is amazing, not to mention they are some of the largest in all of Canada. So if you’re touring Vancouver or a local the malls here have something waiting for you. Grab your store coupons or store flyer and head down to one of these great malls. You are most likely to add up some saving with these and the in store discounts, that way you can “shop ’till you drop” without breaking the bank.

There are many other bargain shopping that you can find through the smaller stores found in both Richmond and Vancouver and the best place to look is through the flyer inserts in the local newspaper, or, through looking up the stores through on-line shopping discount sites. Many times, you will find some of the best discounts in places you never thought you would. Make sure to visit these online discount shopping sites before you head out for the day so that you can be assured the most savings possible. If you use discount coupon books such as the Entertainment Book, you can plan many of your shopping days around that based on the expiry date of these coupons.