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Shop for big bargains today; certificates are selling fast

Get ready to cash in on some special savings starting today, Tuesday, August 4.

Readers can purchase gift certificates through the Echo Press that can be used to buy goods and services at nearly 120 area businesses.

The gift certificates are being sold to readers at a deep discount of 30 to 50 percent off the original price, but customers will receive the full-dollar benefit when they take those certificates to the business to go shopping.

For example, a certificate that has a $50 shopping value at a store can be purchased for just $30 from the Echo Press.

The value of the shopping cards ranges from $25 to $300, depending on the type of business.

More than 1,450 gift certificates were originally available but they have been selling fast since the sale opened at 7 a.m. this morning. Purchases can be made by shopping online through the newspaper's website at, by calling the newspaper at (320) 763-3133 or by stopping at the Echo Press office at 225 7th Avenue East, Alexandria.

The newspaper campaign, which began with a special tab called, "Ready, Set, Save Spectacular," is designed to help businesses through the economic crunch and stimulate the local economy.

Participating businesses are located in Alexandria, Brandon, Nelson, Leaf Valley, Osakis, Miltona, Carlos, Sauk Centre and Elbow Lake.

Categories include: dining, entertainment and recreation; health and fitness; lodging and travel; retail; salon/spa and tanning; and services.

To shop online for the certificates, go to and click on the "Ready, Set, Save" promotion area.

Individuals without Internet access can also call the Echo Press and make purchases over the phone.