Websites help disabled or unemployed people

One of the best examples of community spirit is when people share their wisdom because of their own personal struggles. Peggy Byrne of St. Paul started a website (www.minnesotaunemployed.com) to help unemployed people in their piecemeal search for jobs, free legal clinics, housing assistance, affordable health care and thousands more resources. Now David Squar of California has started Disableddiscounts.com. Squar, whose wife has multiple sclerosis, discovered a need for a single database that people with disabilities or their caregivers can look to for resources or discounts. He compiled a state-by-state discount site broken down by counties within the states. Two examples of savings on the site: a 55 to 65 percent discount on bus fare and light rail and a 55 percent discount on the first $50,000 of property value for taxes. There are more than 30 categories of discounts, including property tax relief, tax deductions, financial assistance programs, reduced-cost or free prescription drugs, and veterinary care for companion pets. The price is $25 annually.

A rare sale on cosmetics and fragrances

Herberger's annual Goodwill Sale event is one of its best. Now through March 24, bring in clothing and bedding to donate to Goodwill and get a coupon for 10 to 20 percent discounts on stuff throughout the store. (One coupon for each item donated.) The best use of the coupons is if the item is on sale, with one exception: cosmetics and fragrances. Since they never go on sale, this is a rare chance to stock up at a 15 percent savings. You can't use the coupon on Yellow Dot clearance, Incredible Value merchandise, Bonus Buys, Door Busters or Special Event merchandise. 

An appliance sale that's better than a rebate?

Sorry to bring up a sore subject, but if you didn't get an appliance rebate, you can still save cash at Warners' Stellian Extreme warehouse sale Saturday and Sunday (550 Atwater Circle, St. Paul, 651-222-0011, www.warnersstellian .com). If you're still hurting, don't miss out again by showing up late to the sale. It starts an hour earlier than usual, at 7 a.m. People will start lining up by 6 a.m. Here's a sampling of deals: a Maytag washer and dryer pair for $1,300 (Energy Star-qualified, 9800TK series), a Maytag stainless-steel dishwasher for $349 (Energy Star-qualified) and Jenn-Air wall ovens starting at $600. About 25 wine refrigerators will be sold starting at $500 each. It's also a rare time to find sale prices on Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele vacuum cleaners, Dacor, Viking and Liebherr refrigerators. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. All sales are final, so make sure you measure your space and verify that the application will work. For example, some European-made dishwashers aren't compatible with an American-made model in a previous installation.

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633 or jewoldt@startribune.com. If you spot a deal, share it at www.startribune.com/blogs/dealspotter.