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'Ready, Set, Save Spectacular' is off and running at newspaper

You can cash in on big savings through a special Echo Press gift certificate promotion - the "Ready, Set, Save Spectacular."

Starting today, Wednesday, March 3, readers can stop in at the Echo Press office at 225 7th Avenue East and purchase gift certificates that can be used to buy goods and services at more than 80 area businesses.

The gift certificates are being sold to readers at a deep discount of 25 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.

An online sale of the gift certificates started Tuesday and was off to a fast start.

Purchases can be made by shopping online through the newspaper's website at, or by stopping at the Echo Press office.

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 the Alexandria area and surrounding communities.

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" link.