Local woman brings fun, deals to those on a budget

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 23, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Candice Murray admits she’s not the most technically savvy person around.

In fact, the Clinton Township grandmother still solely uses a landline telephone without call waiting, doesn’t have cable and opened up a Facebook page four years ago, only to never log on again.

But that doesn’t keep her from finding free and fun things to do and knowing where to get the big discounts around metro Detroit.

Through her long-running Yahoo Groups page called Macomb County Michigan Residents, Murray shares information that she gathers from local newspapers, libraries and other public organizations to the now 177 members all looking for free events, services and discounts around the area.

“I look for all kinds of things that I think people would like, such as movies, concerts, free classes, seminars, activities for the family or for children,” said Murray, 66. “It’s all very useful.”

Murray, a semi-retired nurse’s aide, said that because she’s lived on a budget for years, she has become an expert at finding not only shopping discounts like free samples, coupons and available rebates, but also where the free or inexpensive events are.

She then turns around and shares what’s she’s learned with members of the group, which she launched in January 2010.

Roseville resident Mary Krobock, 62, joined Macomb County Michigan Residents three years ago after a friend’s daughter was referred to the group when looking for free weekend events for children on her Facebook page.

“What I was surprised by the most was I had no idea the number of things you could do at libraries,” said Krobock. “I’ve taken my nephews and nieces to all kinds of things: crafts and movies, and my friends and I go to the adult programs at the Roseville library, in Harper Woods, Center Line and in Sterling Heights. … All because of what I’ve gained from the group.

“I look events up myself now sometimes and share with the group,” she continued. “So many things are either free or are low cost. That’s what I like the best. Some people in the group offer things they have that they’re giving away for free to anyone who wants them, but my favorite part of the group is finding out about all of the events.”

Nonny Kyle, of Eastpointe, said she too has taken advantage of the free and low-cost events, holiday activities and mom-to-mom sales she’s learned about as a member of the group.

“The emails and posts that Candice sends out have been helpful in the fact that, for me, they are very family-friendly,” she said. “If I am unable to take advantage of some, I send them on to my daughter so she and her family can enjoy them.”

Kyle said members can also post messages requesting information about anything from affordable automobile insurance to the best place to dine out on a budget.

“This is a great site for finding great activities, possibly meeting new friends, and for giving or selling those good but unwanted items we all have at one time or another,” she said. “It’s just a great group to belong to.”

Murray, who calls herself “Research Lady,” said the highest number of members come from Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and St. Clair Shores. There are also members from throughout Macomb County, Detroit, Hamtramck, the Grosse Pointes and Southfield.

Murray posts details about events from the county, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, the MSU Extension, free income tax services, local parks and recreation departments, and garage sale announcements.

“I just do this because it’s fun and it makes me feel really good and proud, especially when I find something that is really worthwhile,” Murray said. “I’m proud to pass the information along, and I just love researching. I should have been a librarian.”

To find Murray’s group, go to groups.yahoo.com and search for Macomb County Michigan Residents.

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