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Living on Less

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IN OR NEAR QUINCY

Living on Less Resources

FOOD

Food Fair
Held every first Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Fore River Clubhouse, 16 Nevada Rd., Quincy. Perishable foods, such as fruit, vegetables and bread, are available at no charge. The program is open to anyone.

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
Find information about food assistance, including how to apply for food stamps, cash assistance, and emergency shelter.

Healthy Food on a Budget
Advice from a registered dietitian on how to trim food costs without sacrificing nutritional value, updated weekly. From the Boston Public Health Commission.

Presidents Cafe at Quincy High School
Get a good, inexpensive meal at this restaurant run by the QHS Culinary Arts Program, open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30-1:00. For more information, call 617-376-3349.

Meals on Wheels
Home-delivered meals are available to anyone aged 60 and over and their spouses who are homebound and who are unable to prepare their own meals. Contact South Shore Elder Services at 781-848-3910.

Quincy Guide to Food Resources
Provides a list of Quincy food pantries and information about locating low-cost food.

Taxes & Finances

Money Management
Get help balancing your checkbook, following a budget, and getting your bills paid on time from well-trained volunteers. Contact South Shore Elder Services at 781-848-3910.

Senior Workers' Abatement Program (SWAP)
The Quincy Council on Aging SWAP program enables seniors to work 87.5 hours a year and earn $8/hour toward their real estate taxes. For more information, call 617-376-1249.

Tax Preparation Assistance
Both the Quincy Council on Aging (617-376-1245) and Quincy Community Action Program (617-479-8181) offer assistance preparing income tax returns.

Transportation

Gas Tips
Find current gas prices in Quincy and surrounding towns, plus gas saving tips.

InsureMASS
Start here to find the cheapest Massachusetts car insurance. Compare sample insurance premiums based on your zip code, mileage, vehicle and driving record. From the Massachusetts Division of Insurance.

MBTA Reduced Fare Program
Sign up for a Senior and Transportation Access Pass (T.A.P.) to receive discounted travel on MBTA bus and subway routes.

Transportation for Seniors
The Quincy Council on Aging provides free medical transportation to Quincy's seniors, with at least two weeks notice. The Council's Trans-Van Program for Social Transportation is is a fee-based; a three-month pass costs $20.00, or a pass for a year costs $75.00. Seniors are taken to church, movies, CVS, library, social function, etc. This program requires a two-day notice. To arrange transportation, please call 617-376-1242.

Utilities

Energy Assistance
If you need help paying your heating bill, call Citizen Energy at 877-563-4645 or Mass Energy at 617-524-3950. You can also contact the Fuel Assistance Hotline at 617-479-8181 or South Shore Elder Services at 781-848-3910.

MassSAVE
Tools and advice for energy savings.

Quincy Community Action Program
QCAP's Fuel Assistance program can provide you with financial assistance to help you pay your winter heating bills. The amount of assistance you qualify for is based on household size and total income for all members.

Telephone Bill Assistance
If your telephone bill has become a burden, Verizon has a $12.70 per month service for qualifying customers. Under this plan there is no charge for incoming calls and a small charge for outgoing calls. For more information, call Verizon at 1-800-870-9999.

Other

Freecycle Quincy
This free online network connects people in Quincy, Milton and Braintree who want to give away or get stuff for free. You must joing in order to participate but membership is free.  From Yahoo Groups.

Local Senior Discounts

  • AMC Braintree Cinema, 121 Grandview Road. $6 senior Tuesdays
  • Dunkin' Donuts. 10% discount every day for seniors
  • Hancock Tavern, 668 Hancock St., 617-472-5554. 10% discount Mon-Fri, 12-5 p.m.
  • Hannaford Supermarket, 475 Hancock St., 617-7690088. 5% discount on Tuesdays for customers 62+.
  • Kohl's Department Store, Hingham. 15% discount on some Wednesdays (watch for advertisement or call 781-749-0763).

ONLINE

AARP Tax-Aide
Online tax assistance offered year-round. Between February 1 and mid-April, search by zip code to find a nearby Tax-Aide site for free federal tax counseling and preparation.

Bargain Bin
A Boston Globe blog that highlights deals, bargains and sales in Boston area stores and online.

Benefits CheckUp
Find out if you qualify for any federal, state or local or private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs.

BosTix.org
Offers advance discount tickets to music, dance and theater performances in greater Boston.

Cheap Thrills Boston
Interesting performances and happenings around the Boston area that cost $10 or less.

Consumer Reports Blog
Blogs from this Consumer Reports website cover cars, electronics, home and garden, safety, and health. Includes an option to subscribe to all or specific blogs. From the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine.

Find the Best
An unbiased, data-driven comparison engine that gathers ratings from the most respected experts in each category.

Food Stamps
This website can help you determine if you are eligible and estimate your monthly benefits.

FreeShipping.org
Lists 1,900+ online retailers that offer delivery deals.

Goldstar Boston
Become a member (it's free) and shop for half-price tickets to a broad range of live entertainment.

Help for Hungry People
Offers Food Resource Guides in English and Spanish for Massachusetts residents. To find food resources in any Massachusetts community, call the FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. From Project Bread.

Looks Too Good to be True
While the Internet can be a safe and convenient place to do business, scammers are out there in "cyber world" targeting unsuspecting consumers. This website was built to educate you, the consumer, and help prevent you from becoming a victim of an Internet fraud scheme. Developed by a joint federal law enforcement and industry task force.

Massachusetts Winter Heating Help
Weekly heating oil and propane price surveys, the dos and don'ts of home heating oil purchases, and links to resources offering advice on conservation to help you lower the amount you spend on home heating. You can also use this site to examine your eligibility for a number of programs that may provide you with some assistance in paying your winter energy bills.

Thrifty Fun
An interactive website where you can post questions and contribute answers to others who are trying to have fun while saving money. Frugality is the theme reflected in the recipes, crafts for children, creative projects using castoff materials, and general hints for consumers. Free registration is required to post messages or comments.


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