Hoarding

19 Jul 19
The Irish Sun
A BARGAIN-MAD mum has ALREADY finished her Christmas shopping by stocking up on presents in the January sales. Lucy Noble, 40, has saved herself hundreds of pounds by shopping for the festive season at the start of the year – and has even wrapped all her presents in time for December. Lucy Noble, 40, finished her Christmas shopping in January by shopping the sales at the start of the year The mum-of-two, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, is a self-confessed coupon queen and uses apps and vouchers to get the best deals on everything from food shops to birthdays throughout the year. Lucy, who has two children Abbey, six, and Owen, nine, and is married to Chris, 41, explained: “I do most of my Christmas shopping in the January sales. I’ve got an airing cupboard full of stuff all wrapped up, which is a bit of a nightmare.” But while it might seem extreme to get the Christmas shopping done and dusted a whole year in advance, Lucy says it saves her around £500 to buy her presents in January. She added: “Friends will spend £700 to £800 per child at Christmas, while I don’t really have a budget, but I try and keep it below £200.” Lucy says she spends £500 less than her friends by buying her children’s presents in the January sales What’s more, Lucy insists that her way of shopping is less stressful in the long run. “Having things bought and wrapped takes so much of the stress out of it,” she said. “Friends will go out on Christmas Eve to get presents and I can’t think of anything worse than doing that.” But Lucy doesn’t just stop at Christmas – she also stocks up on presents for children’s birthday parties too. She said: “I also get birthday presents, so if the kids end up going to a party they have a gift already. I make a note of all the things I’ve bought so I don’t forget.” Although Lucy’s friends have labelled her “tight”, the mum, who works for a marketing company that works with Ashleigh Money Saver,  says she’s “just thrifty”. [boxout headline=”Lucy’s top money-saving tips”] Use coupons and cashback websites Plan your meals for the week Do not be afraid to take items back. That’s money in your pocket rather than in the retailer’s till. Double up by using vouchers and discount codes together. Sign up to get freebies in the post. Lucy said: “Sometimes I won’t remember I’ve signed up to something and then it will turn up on the doorstep.” [/boxout] She said: “I’m obsessed with making savings – it takes over your life. I do spend a lot of time on my phone. I would say about two to three hours a day looking for offers. “My husband tells me off quite a bit for it. I’ve always been a bit of a bargain hunter and started trying to save money when I was in my early 20s. “My sister used to sell a lot of stuff on eBay, so I started doing that, then it went on from there.” In the last few years, Lucy has taken her bargain-hunting ways to new extremes and spends her free time searching money-saving Facebook groups for saving tips. She added: “Years ago I would cut supermarket coupons out of magazines and now you can find them online and from using different apps on your phone. “There are receipt scanning apps, where you enter your receipt and get so many points then they send you vouchers. I’ve had Amazon vouchers which I’ll end up saving for Christmas. “I search ‘latest freebies’ and you can get all sorts – food, make-up, toys, as well as skincare samples. “I will sign up to do product testing. By doing that, St Tropez sent me a full-size fake tan bottle worth £30.” The mum-of-two has also bagged herself free make-up samples with her money-saving apps and Facebook pages Lucy’s regular hunting grounds include Try It, which tells users when emails are going out offering freebies, the Ashleigh Money Saver websites, which informs members about sales or deals offered by retailers and Reward Me Now app – which lets you buy a code to get discounts of up to 18 per cent – which can be used alongside other offers. One of Lucy’s best bargains was when she saved £140 just by using the vouchers to buy dinner and drinks in her local pub. She said: “I get such a buzz when I see a bargain. “Last Christmas I got some dressing gowns for £25 each and they reduced the price two days later, so I took them back and got a refund, then bought them again for £12.50. “Most of my friends say, ‘Oh I wouldn’t dare to do that,’ but I’m saving money, so why wouldn’t I? It was £12.50 to spend on something else. “I will return things even if buying them again in the sale only means saving a couple of pounds, because I would rather have that money back. “I’ve ordered things online before, then realised two days later they have reduced the price, so I’ve ordered them again at the cheaper amount and sent the originals back to get a full price refund.” [quote credit=”Lucy Noble”]Some people say they don’t have time to do it, but it doesn’t have to take a long time if you plan carefully. Before I go shopping I will check online for offers, check the apps and then decide what supermarket to go to.[/quote] Lucy has even managed to get her weekly shop down to £20 for a family of four, which works out at just under £3 a day, using offers and the Feed your Family for Around £20 a Week Facebook page. With careful meal planning, Lucy is saving more than £1,500 a year on her food shop. She continued: “Some people say they don’t have time to do it, but it doesn’t have to take a long time if you plan carefully. “Before I go shopping I will check online for offers, check the apps and then decide what supermarket to go to. “I’m thinking about what I’m going to do for the kids’ tea throughout the week and how many meals I can make from something. Nothing is wasted. “I cook stuff like Bolognese from scratch, working out how much we will eat and freezing the rest. If we have a chicken we will use everything – we’ll even use the carcass for stock for a soup. “You can also buy fresh vegetables for just as little.  You can find them for 20p. I go to the local butcher who often has offers on, too, and stock up, putting items in the freezer. “It’s great, as I’m saving money and the kids are eating healthily. It’s just about being organised and being savvy. The mum-of-two has got her weekly food shop down to just £20 by planning ahead and picking what supermarket has the best deals “I used to spend about £50 a week and I’ve managed to reduce that by £30 which really adds up over a year.” And the mum-of-two is also the envy of the school gates for how she’s saved her family THOUSANDS on their yearly holidays. While other families in her children’s school admit to spending between £3,000 and £4,000 on their holiday, Lucy has got it down to a reasonable £1,650. Lucy said: “We managed to get a holiday this summer for four people for £1,650 – flights and accommodation in Benidorm and that’s during the school holidays, when things are at their most expensive. “We book flights separately using different websites to look for cheaper ones and self-catering accommodation in quieter, more residential areas. “We then budget to spend 80 euros a day. We don’t eat every meal out and buy food from the local supermarket, which saves a lot of money.” [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FABULOUS” posts_category=”1″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Nicola Short, managing director at Ashleigh Money Saver, said: “Our hard working mums at Ashleigh Money Saver are dedicated to saving our followers money, by providing them with everything from daily deals and discounts, to expert money saving advice, hints and tips. “We’re your one stop shop for bargain hunting and want to ensure that you never have to pay full price for an item again.” For even more parenting hacks, this mum claims a £2.50 sugar soap spray removed her child’s pen marks from walls in minutes. And a mum has revealed how you can cook a week’s worth of meals for a family-of-four in just TWO hours. Plus a mum transformed her boring garden shed into a giant ladybird blackboard for her kids – and it only cost £9 from Wilko. [bc_video video_id=”6057484779001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Love Island Queen Amber Davies plays Have You Ever? with Fabulous Magazine”]
19 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
A BARGAIN-MAD mum has ALREADY finished her Christmas shopping by stocking up on presents in the January sales. Lucy Noble, 40, has saved herself hundreds of pounds by shopping for the festive season at the start of the year – and has even wrapped all her presents in time for December. Lucy Noble, 40, finished her Christmas shopping in January by shopping the sales at the start of the year The mum-of-two, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, is a self-confessed coupon queen and uses apps and vouchers to get the best deals on everything from food shops to birthdays throughout the year. Lucy, who has two children Abbey, six, and Owen, nine, and is married to Chris, 41, explained: “I do most of my Christmas shopping in the January sales. I’ve got an airing cupboard full of stuff all wrapped up, which is a bit of a nightmare.” But while it might seem extreme to get the Christmas shopping done and dusted a whole year in advance, Lucy says it saves her around £500 to buy her presents in January. She added: “Friends will spend £700 to £800 per child at Christmas, while I don’t really have a budget, but I try and keep it below £200.” Lucy says she spends £500 less than her friends by buying her children’s presents in the January sales What’s more, Lucy insists that her way of shopping is less stressful in the long run. “Having things bought and wrapped takes so much of the stress out of it,” she said. “Friends will go out on Christmas Eve to get presents and I can’t think of anything worse than doing that.” But Lucy doesn’t just stop at Christmas – she also stocks up on presents for children’s birthday parties too. She said: “I also get birthday presents, so if the kids end up going to a party they have a gift already. I make a note of all the things I’ve bought so I don’t forget.” Although Lucy’s friends have labelled her “tight”, the mum, who works for a marketing company that works with Ashleigh Money Saver,  says she’s “just thrifty”. [boxout headline=”Lucy’s top money-saving tips”] Use coupons and cashback websites Plan your meals for the week Do not be afraid to take items back. That’s money in your pocket rather than in the retailer’s till. Double up by using vouchers and discount codes together. Sign up to get freebies in the post. Lucy said: “Sometimes I won’t remember I’ve signed up to something and then it will turn up on the doorstep.” [/boxout] She said: “I’m obsessed with making savings – it takes over your life. I do spend a lot of time on my phone. I would say about two to three hours a day looking for offers. “My husband tells me off quite a bit for it. I’ve always been a bit of a bargain hunter and started trying to save money when I was in my early 20s. “My sister used to sell a lot of stuff on eBay, so I started doing that, then it went on from there.” In the last few years, Lucy has taken her bargain-hunting ways to new extremes and spends her free time searching money-saving Facebook groups for saving tips. She added: “Years ago I would cut supermarket coupons out of magazines and now you can find them online and from using different apps on your phone. “There are receipt scanning apps, where you enter your receipt and get so many points then they send you vouchers. I’ve had Amazon vouchers which I’ll end up saving for Christmas. “I search ‘latest freebies’ and you can get all sorts – food, make-up, toys, as well as skincare samples. “I will sign up to do product testing. By doing that, St Tropez sent me a full-size fake tan bottle worth £30.” The mum-of-two has also bagged herself free make-up samples with her money-saving apps and Facebook pages Lucy’s regular hunting grounds include Try It, which tells users when emails are going out offering freebies, the Ashleigh Money Saver websites, which informs members about sales or deals offered by retailers and Reward Me Now app – which lets you buy a code to get discounts of up to 18 per cent – which can be used alongside other offers. One of Lucy’s best bargains was when she saved £140 just by using the vouchers to buy dinner and drinks in her local pub. She said: “I get such a buzz when I see a bargain. “Last Christmas I got some dressing gowns for £25 each and they reduced the price two days later, so I took them back and got a refund, then bought them again for £12.50. “Most of my friends say, ‘Oh I wouldn’t dare to do that,’ but I’m saving money, so why wouldn’t I? It was £12.50 to spend on something else. “I will return things even if buying them again in the sale only means saving a couple of pounds, because I would rather have that money back. “I’ve ordered things online before, then realised two days later they have reduced the price, so I’ve ordered them again at the cheaper amount and sent the originals back to get a full price refund.” [quote credit=”Lucy Noble”]Some people say they don’t have time to do it, but it doesn’t have to take a long time if you plan carefully. Before I go shopping I will check online for offers, check the apps and then decide what supermarket to go to.[/quote] Lucy has even managed to get her weekly shop down to £20 for a family of four, which works out at just under £3 a day, using offers and the Feed your Family for Around £20 a Week Facebook page. With careful meal planning, Lucy is saving more than £1,500 a year on her food shop. She continued: “Some people say they don’t have time to do it, but it doesn’t have to take a long time if you plan carefully. “Before I go shopping I will check online for offers, check the apps and then decide what supermarket to go to. “I’m thinking about what I’m going to do for the kids’ tea throughout the week and how many meals I can make from something. Nothing is wasted. “I cook stuff like Bolognese from scratch, working out how much we will eat and freezing the rest. If we have a chicken we will use everything – we’ll even use the carcass for stock for a soup. “You can also buy fresh vegetables for just as little.  You can find them for 20p. I go to the local butcher who often has offers on, too, and stock up, putting items in the freezer. “It’s great, as I’m saving money and the kids are eating healthily. It’s just about being organised and being savvy. The mum-of-two has got her weekly food shop down to just £20 by planning ahead and picking what supermarket has the best deals “I used to spend about £50 a week and I’ve managed to reduce that by £30 which really adds up over a year.” And the mum-of-two is also the envy of the school gates for how she’s saved her family THOUSANDS on their yearly holidays. While other families in her children’s school admit to spending between £3,000 and £4,000 on their holiday, Lucy has got it down to a reasonable £1,650. Lucy said: “We managed to get a holiday this summer for four people for £1,650 – flights and accommodation in Benidorm and that’s during the school holidays, when things are at their most expensive. “We book flights separately using different websites to look for cheaper ones and self-catering accommodation in quieter, more residential areas. “We then budget to spend 80 euros a day. We don’t eat every meal out and buy food from the local supermarket, which saves a lot of money.” [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FABULOUS” posts_category=”1″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Nicola Short, managing director at Ashleigh Money Saver, said: “Our hard working mums at Ashleigh Money Saver are dedicated to saving our followers money, by providing them with everything from daily deals and discounts, to expert money saving advice, hints and tips. “We’re your one stop shop for bargain hunting and want to ensure that you never have to pay full price for an item again.” For even more parenting hacks, this mum claims a £2.50 sugar soap spray removed her child’s pen marks from walls in minutes. And a mum has revealed how you can cook a week’s worth of meals for a family-of-four in just TWO hours. Plus a mum transformed her boring garden shed into a giant ladybird blackboard for her kids – and it only cost £9 from Wilko. [bc_video video_id=”6057484779001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Love Island Queen Amber Davies plays Have You Ever? with Fabulous Magazine”]
19 Jul 19
The Sun
A BARGAIN-MAD mum has ALREADY finished her Christmas shopping by stocking up on presents in the January sales. Lucy Noble, 40, has saved herself hundreds of pounds by shopping for the festive season at the start of the year – and has even wrapped all her presents in time for December. Lucy Noble, 40, finished her Christmas shopping in January by shopping the sales at the start of the year The mum-of-two, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, is a self-confessed coupon queen and uses apps and vouchers to get the best deals on everything from food shops to birthdays throughout the year. Lucy, who has two children Abbey, six, and Owen, nine, and is married to Chris, 41, explained: “I do most of my Christmas shopping in the January sales. I’ve got an airing cupboard full of stuff all wrapped up, which is a bit of a nightmare.” But while it might seem extreme to get the Christmas shopping done and dusted a whole year in advance, Lucy says it saves her around £500 to buy her presents in January. She added: “Friends will spend £700 to £800 per child at Christmas, while I don’t really have a budget, but I try and keep it below £200.” Lucy says she spends £500 less than her friends by buying her children’s presents in the January sales What’s more, Lucy insists that her way of shopping is less stressful in the long run. “Having things bought and wrapped takes so much of the stress out of it,” she said. “Friends will go out on Christmas Eve to get presents and I can’t think of anything worse than doing that.” But Lucy doesn’t just stop at Christmas – she also stocks up on presents for children’s birthday parties too. She said: “I also get birthday presents, so if the kids end up going to a party they have a gift already. I make a note of all the things I’ve bought so I don’t forget.” Although Lucy’s friends have labelled her “tight”, the mum, who works for a marketing company that works with Ashleigh Money Saver,  says she’s “just thrifty”. [boxout headline=”Lucy’s top money-saving tips”] Use coupons and cashback websites Plan your meals for the week Do not be afraid to take items back. That’s money in your pocket rather than in the retailer’s till. Double up by using vouchers and discount codes together. Sign up to get freebies in the post. Lucy said: “Sometimes I won’t remember I’ve signed up to something and then it will turn up on the doorstep.” [/boxout] She said: “I’m obsessed with making savings – it takes over your life. I do spend a lot of time on my phone. I would say about two to three hours a day looking for offers. “My husband tells me off quite a bit for it. I’ve always been a bit of a bargain hunter and started trying to save money when I was in my early 20s. “My sister used to sell a lot of stuff on eBay, so I started doing that, then it went on from there.” In the last few years, Lucy has taken her bargain-hunting ways to new extremes and spends her free time searching money-saving Facebook groups for saving tips. She added: “Years ago I would cut supermarket coupons out of magazines and now you can find them online and from using different apps on your phone. “There are receipt scanning apps, where you enter your receipt and get so many points then they send you vouchers. I’ve had Amazon vouchers which I’ll end up saving for Christmas. “I search ‘latest freebies’ and you can get all sorts – food, make-up, toys, as well as skincare samples. “I will sign up to do product testing. By doing that, St Tropez sent me a full-size fake tan bottle worth £30.” The mum-of-two has also bagged herself free make-up samples with her money-saving apps and Facebook pages Lucy’s regular hunting grounds include Try It, which tells users when emails are going out offering freebies, the Ashleigh Money Saver websites, which informs members about sales or deals offered by retailers and Reward Me Now app – which lets you buy a code to get discounts of up to 18 per cent – which can be used alongside other offers. One of Lucy’s best bargains was when she saved £140 just by using the vouchers to buy dinner and drinks in her local pub. She said: “I get such a buzz when I see a bargain. “Last Christmas I got some dressing gowns for £25 each and they reduced the price two days later, so I took them back and got a refund, then bought them again for £12.50. “Most of my friends say, ‘Oh I wouldn’t dare to do that,’ but I’m saving money, so why wouldn’t I? It was £12.50 to spend on something else. “I will return things even if buying them again in the sale only means saving a couple of pounds, because I would rather have that money back. “I’ve ordered things online before, then realised two days later they have reduced the price, so I’ve ordered them again at the cheaper amount and sent the originals back to get a full price refund.” [quote credit=”Lucy Noble”]Some people say they don’t have time to do it, but it doesn’t have to take a long time if you plan carefully. Before I go shopping I will check online for offers, check the apps and then decide what supermarket to go to.[/quote] Lucy has even managed to get her weekly shop down to £20 for a family of four, which works out at just under £3 a day, using offers and the Feed your Family for Around £20 a Week Facebook page. With careful meal planning, Lucy is saving more than £1,500 a year on her food shop. She continued: “Some people say they don’t have time to do it, but it doesn’t have to take a long time if you plan carefully. “Before I go shopping I will check online for offers, check the apps and then decide what supermarket to go to. “I’m thinking about what I’m going to do for the kids’ tea throughout the week and how many meals I can make from something. Nothing is wasted. “I cook stuff like Bolognese from scratch, working out how much we will eat and freezing the rest. If we have a chicken we will use everything – we’ll even use the carcass for stock for a soup. “You can also buy fresh vegetables for just as little.  You can find them for 20p. I go to the local butcher who often has offers on, too, and stock up, putting items in the freezer. “It’s great, as I’m saving money and the kids are eating healthily. It’s just about being organised and being savvy. The mum-of-two has got her weekly food shop down to just £20 by planning ahead and picking what supermarket has the best deals “I used to spend about £50 a week and I’ve managed to reduce that by £30 which really adds up over a year.” And the mum-of-two is also the envy of the school gates for how she’s saved her family THOUSANDS on their yearly holidays. While other families in her children’s school admit to spending between £3,000 and £4,000 on their holiday, Lucy has got it down to a reasonable £1,650. Lucy said: “We managed to get a holiday this summer for four people for £1,650 – flights and accommodation in Benidorm and that’s during the school holidays, when things are at their most expensive. “We book flights separately using different websites to look for cheaper ones and self-catering accommodation in quieter, more residential areas. “We then budget to spend 80 euros a day. We don’t eat every meal out and buy food from the local supermarket, which saves a lot of money.” [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FABULOUS” posts_category=”0″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Nicola Short, managing director at Ashleigh Money Saver, said: “Our hard working mums at Ashleigh Money Saver are dedicated to saving our followers money, by providing them with everything from daily deals and discounts, to expert money saving advice, hints and tips. “We’re your one stop shop for bargain hunting and want to ensure that you never have to pay full price for an item again.” For even more parenting hacks, this mum claims a £2.50 sugar soap spray removed her child’s pen marks from walls in minutes. And a mum has revealed how you can cook a week’s worth of meals for a family-of-four in just TWO hours. Plus a mum transformed her boring garden shed into a giant ladybird blackboard for her kids – and it only cost £9 from Wilko. [bc_video video_id=”6057484779001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Love Island Queen Amber Davies plays Have You Ever? with Fabulous Magazine”]
19 Jul 19
Fict.

One of the great New York traditions that I wouldn’t have seen except for our friends Michael and Jenny is Shakespeare in the Park, a series of free summer performances of Shakespeare plays at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. The New York Shakespeare Festival (later to become Shakespeare in the Park) was set up […]

19 Jul 19
Diary of a Book Fiend

Hello, bookworms and welcome to First Line Fridays post. First Line Fridays is a weekly meme hosted by Hoarding Books. The main object is to grab the book nearest you and share the first line.

19 Jul 19
Coburg Review of Books

Falter: Has the human game begun to play out? Bill McKibben, Black Inc. Clear, Bright Future: A radical defence of the human being, Paul Mason, Allen Lane. Losing Earth: The decade we could have stopped climate change, Nathaniel Rich, Picador. We shouldn’t need reminding that politically and ecologically things are rather grim globally, but there […]

19 Jul 19
Technological

Tata Nexon became India’s first-ever car to get a perfect 5-star rating. In fact, it is currently the only five-star rated, made-in-India car by the G-NCAP. There are many Tata customers who have written testimonials about the strongly build Nexon and many other Tata cars. In of such incidents, a huge hoarding fell over the […]

19 Jul 19
Technological

A few days back, speculations were rife that Tata will discontinue its current flagship model, the Hexa after the BSVI emission norms come into effect. The flagship status would be awarded to the upcoming seven-seater Harrier (Cassini) but the main reason behind the discontinuation of the Hexa was said to be the onset of the […]

19 Jul 19
Narelle Atkins

Today I’m joining in the fun by sharing a book for First Line Friday. The deal is we pick up the nearest book (or in my case, the nearest device with an ebook in it) and quote the first line. I’m sharing the first line from At First Spark by Liwen Y. Ho. An intriguing […]

19 Jul 19
Kathleen Denly

Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line.

19 Jul 19
bookworlder

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Today’s featured quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher. Yours Truly, Thomas is Rachel Fordham‘s second novel.  While waiting for my copy to arrive from the publisher, I read her debut, The Hope of Azure Springs, hoping it wasn’t a mistake to request a book […]

19 Jul 19
The Levelfield School

This is a very moving story written by Nonny. Characters and settings are purely imaginary.  I stare out through the car window which is rolled down, hot air upon my face. The clock in the dashboard shows 11 am. At this time, I am supposed to be at school, sitting between Shruti and Ankini. But […]

19 Jul 19
The Becca Files

Happy Friday! The book I’m featuring this week is: Amazon | Goodreads He’d never killed a woman in cold blood before, but now was as good a time as any. Okay, this may come as a total surprise, but I haven’t read any of Ronie Kendig’s books before even though I’ve wanted to. *Insert shocked […]

19 Jul 19
The Christian Fiction Girl

Underestimating Miss Cecilia Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2 by: Carolyn Miller About the Book It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.  Isn’t that one of the best first lines ever?! It breaks the reader’s heart! Underestimating Miss Cecilia is a fantastic novel. I think it […]

19 Jul 19
BigCountryHomepage.com
ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – Adult Protective Services has advised neighbors to keep looking out for one another after a hazmat team responded to a home that neighbors say has been on the decline for years. Cody Minze, the program administrator for APS, says hoarding is just one of the many situations his agency responds to. Other cases it will investigate include various health and safety concerns, such as a person’s home being without water or electricity, or an elderly or disabled person being taken advantage of for their finances. “We want to know are they in harms way? Are they in need of food, shelter, water, substantial medication,” said Minze. Once a report is made, Minze says, an investigation must begin within 24 hours of it being called in. It is during this time that investigators determine how dire a living situation is and how soon it should intervene. APS partners with many other community-concerned organizations including Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene. Executive Director, Betty Bradley says many of her volunteers are on the front line when it comes to finding and reporting poor living conditions in the area. “They’re trained to look for signs of neglect, abuse and exploitation. Neglect can be neglect by others and it can also be self neglect,” said Bradley. Minze and Bradley both stress that individuals have the ultimate decision to decide whether they will accept help from responders, unless court ordered, but regardless neighbors should always report any concerning conditions. “Even if they’ve called before or someone else has called, call again. We want to help that’s our mission here is to help keep vulnerable citizens safe in our community,” said Minze. The APS hotline number is 1-800-252-5400 Bradley encourages anyone interested in volunteering with Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc. to visit its headquarters at 717 N. 10th street in Abilene or call (325) 672-5050