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Good Day Alabama for August 1, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for August 1, 2013:

TAX FREE HOLIDAY - Christie Dedman, our Bargain Mom joined us with a look at the specifics on the Tax Free Holiday Weekend. She says you can get the deals on clothing, diapers & shoes at $100 or less per article of clothing. This includes all human wearing apparel suitable for general use such as belts,
boots, caps, coats, diapers, dresses, gloves, gym suits, hats, hosiery, jackets, jeans, neckties, pajamas, pants, raincoats, robes, sandals, scarves, school uniforms, shirts, shoes, shorts, socks, sneakers, & underwear.
     When it comes to electronics, a single purchase of computers, computer software, and school computer supplies with a sales price of $750 or less are included. This includes the ipad! For purposes of the exemption, a computer may include a laptop, desktop, or tower computer system which consists of a CPU and devices such as a display monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers sold as a computer package. Computer parts and devices not sold as part of a package with the CPU, will not qualify for the exemption. Computer software and school computer supplies  includes an item commonly used by a student in a course of study in which a computer is used. This includes computer storage media (diskettes, compact disks), handheld electronic schedulers, except devices that are cellular phones, personal digital assistants, except devices that are cellular phones, computer Printers, and printer supplies for computers (printer paper, printer ink).
     School supplies - including art and instructional material - qualifies at $50 or less per item. The list includes binders, blackboard chalk, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic & manila), glue, paste, and paste sticks, highlighters, index cards, index card boxes, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paper (loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper), pencil boxes & other school supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, pencils, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors, writing tablets, clay & glazes, paints (acrylic, tempora & oil), paintbrushes for artwork, sketch and drawing pads, & watercolors.

- Judy Bates, the Bargainomics Lady, joined us with a few deals for the Tax Holiday weekend. If you're planning on taking advantage of Alabama's tax free weekend this Friday thru Sunday, you need to know that no city or county is required to participate & some are choosing not to. So before you shop, check the State Revenue Department webpage at: to make sure you'll be shopping in a participating area. The easiest way to find this info is to follow the direct link on the Good Day Alabama page of my website,  Great back-to-school savings + no state sales tax this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at OFFICE DEPOT. 25-cent bargains include MARBLE COMPOSITION BOOKS, usually $1.99; PROTRACTORS, normally $2.79; & rulers that are regularly 99 cents. 50-cent deals include SHARPIE MARKERS regularly priced at $1.69-$1.99 and STORE BRAND POLY 2-POCKET FOLDERS that usually sell for $2.19. The prices are good all week, but the state tax exemption is only this weekend. A home handset for your iPhone! A lot of people are doing away with their home phones and using only their cell phones. This week on you can get a $79.99 Go Fusion G1 Bluetooth Handset Black for your iPhone for only $19.99. Comes in black or white, but you have to order it online - it's not available in-store. When you spend $5 or more at STAPLES this week, you can get in on their 1-cent sale. This includes 2-pocket paper folders, 4-oz. school glue, & slider pencil boxes. 50-cent deals include wite-out correction fluid 2-packs, bic velocity gel pen 2-packs, & papermate sharpwriter mechanical pencil 5-packs. For more information, visit Judy's website,

JEH JEH LIVE - Vulcan Park and Museum seeks unique artifacts & souvenirs for the upcoming Vulcan Keepsakes Exhibition on each Wednesday in August from 1 to 5 p.m. Vulcan Park and Museum is located at 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209. Vulcan is collecting artifacts through its Share Your History program each Wednesday in August. Items can be accepted as a loan or donation. No appointment is necessary. If you are interested and know of an item that would be a great addition to the upcoming Vulcan Keepsakes exhibition please contact Lindsay Elliott, Museum Specialist, at 205.939.1409 x29 or For more information, visit

WHERE IS THE LOVE - Licensed Therapist Dr. Misty Smith joined us this morning with relationship advice. She quizzed Mickey and Mike about how to get out of the dog house. She recommends when your partner walks away from an argument, you should let him/her walk away and cool down; the evening after an argument, you should schedule alone time to acknowledge hurt feelings;  if you anger your spouse before work, that night you should bring his/her favorite dessert or fruit; after forgetting a birthday/anniversary, you should plan date at nice restaurant, hire the sitter, make sincere apology.

OUR HOUSE - Storm doors are a good addition to a home.  By installing one, you get several benefits: -additional insulation (by installing a storm door you can help block drafts from what is usually a vulnerable spot in any home on energy efficiency) & extra security (while at the same time allowing flexibility on air flow and view of the outside you can also add an extra layer of security to your home). If you are looking for a new storm door, you need to determine what your needs will be:
-Size.  The standard exterior door opening runs, either 32" wide or 36" wide. Standard sizes are always in stock but special sizes can be ordered.
-Swing.  Storm doors open outwards to the outside of the home, so do you want it to open to the left or right.  Some units like this Larson door come with the hinges not mounted so door is reversible, while other come marked either left hand or right hand.
-Are you going for looks to dress up a door, or are you looking for allowing air exchange?  The two basic types of storm doors are a self storing option, that allows glass to slide up and down to let air in.  Or there is a full view door, that is a solid piece of glass that still allows your main door to be seen.
-Value.  If you are looking to save money, but get the basic benefits of a storm door, you may want to go with a hollow core aluminum frame option.  They come in limited color choices, and function like any basic storm door.  The drawbacks can include heat/cold transfer, so if you have the front door open, any temps outside will transfer through the aluminum frame of the door.  Units like these will retail from $70 to just over $100.
-Decorative.  Step up models to storm doors come in all varieties.  Most step up models like the Larson door here, has a wood core, which offers excellent insulation, thus less heat/cold transfer vs. an all aluminum unit.  These doors also come in a variety of styles, colors, and features.  Some of the nicer features include brass locksets and handles that also add extra security with key lock.  And some of the upper end units give the look of a fullview door, and the flexibility to use it as a self storing door with a raise/lower screen built in.  Prices for units like these start at $100 and can go to over $300 on certain models.

     If you have an existing storm door and you have noticed the function of the door is not as smooth as it used to be, here are some things to check:
-handle and latch attachment. If the handle or latch are damaged you can simply buy a replacement set. Basic handle and latches are more readily available where the locksets that come in brass or other finished have to be ordered.
-Door closer- If damaged you can replace with a basic air filled or hydraulic door closer with the hydraulic costing more but operates more smoothly.

PET OF THE WEEK - Hailey Rogers with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Junior. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call (205) 942-1211 or visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, it's an Earthquake in the studio.... The comedian Earthquake brings lots of laughter with him to shake things up! From Lindsay Lohan's release from rehab to Simon Cowell's baby scandal, we look at the Best in Buzz with our Hollywood Gossip Mom! Mary-Louise Parker stars alongside some of Hollywood's best in "Red 2" which is in theaters now! She joins us with the scoop on what it's like to work beside Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and more! Jeh Jeh gets an archery lesson as local teens take part in a tournament. He takes us there live! Plus Mickey's buddies from the Birmingham Zoo join us and we check out your business headlines! Join us for all of this and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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