It’s here – the ‘Keep It Local Coupon Book’ has arrived and most residents in the Federation Council area should have received one in their letterbox by now.
The book is an initiative of The Free Press and Federation Council and offers residents exciting discounts and deals from tools and food to electronics and giftware.
Long-time Corowa resident Pat Brody was excited to receive her discount book.
Pat is a strong believer in shopping locally.
“It’s a brilliant idea as it encourages people to shop locally, instead of going out of town to spend their dollars,” she said.
“All money spent here in town supports our community.
“There’s not much you can’t get here, we have most products and services.”
Pat believes residents can save money shopping locally.
“By the time you do go elsewhere, you have to think about the petrol you are using and perhaps you buy your lunch and then you end up spending even more money,” she said.
Pat reckoned the first coupon she would be handing over would be for a coffee at The Civic Cafe and Coffee House in Corowa.
“I believe this coupon book will prove very popular, it’s got everything from batteries to financial advice to pizza – it covers just about everything,” she said.
Free Press Advertising Sales Representative Dale Pegg picked up the idea at an advertising seminar in Melbourne.
“I did my homework and presented it to management who loved the idea and thought it would work well in this area,” she said.
Dale approached Federation Council who thought it was a great initiative and suggested printing enough books to be distributed throughout the Federation Council area.
“There’s a saying that has always stuck with me - shopping local, grows local and this is something I believe to be true,” she said.
“We encourage people to see if they can purchase what they are after locally before going out of town.
“We hope to make this an annual promotion that keeps growing each year.”
Residents are encouraged to take out the raffle page in their book, fill out their details, and drop it into either the Free Press or Yarrawonga Chronicle office for the chance to win a weekly $100 grocery voucher.
The entry will stay in the barrel until the end of August, unless it is drawn out as a winner.
Those with multiple copies of the coupon book can enter with the respective raffle pages from their books.
The first raffle will be on September 8 at 2pm, with weekly raffles continuing until the end of August.
The weekly winner will be drawn in the Free Press office each Friday afternoon, which will be streamed live on the Free Press Facebook page.
The Free Press will have 500 additional coupon books available at a cost of $10 each for those interested in further books or for those living outside of the Federation Council area who would also like to participate.
The coupon books are available at both the Free Press and Yarrawonga Chronicle offices.
The sponsors of the campaign include Corowa Supa IGA, Howlong IGA Plus Liquor and Foodworks Mulwala and Federation Council.
The promotion starts on September 1 and will run until August 31, 2018.