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Free business cards and resumes ready for job seekers ANDREW M. SEDER Steals & Deals

THOUGH SWINE Flu and the first 100 days of Obama are stealing the headlines, we here at Steals & Deals haven’t forgotten that the economy is still in the dumps.

Thousands of college and high school graduates are about to enter the already saturated job market, creating one of the most ultra-competitive job seeker pools in a long, long time.

A nice resume or some eye-catching business cards would certainly help. But they cost so much money. Or do they?

Your job search is being aided by some smart people at Staples, no doubt aided by their ability to sit in ergonomically designed chairs all day.

The office supplies store is currently offering 20 free copies of your résumé and 40 free business cards. Just stop by any Staples store through June 13 to take advantage of the offer.

Of course some instant cash or free products could help your wallet situation, too.

After last week’s free grilled chicken at KGC (if we all say it enough it will catch on) and the 31 cent scoops at Baskin Robbins, I’ll be hard-pressed to top those kinds of offers this week. But I’ll try. And Rita’s Italian Ice will help.

To celebrate the company’s silver anniversary Monday, Rita’s locations, including the one in Kingston, have begun a scratch and win game offering customers a chance to win $25,000 or thousands of other prizes, including sweet Rita’s treats. The promotion runs throughout May and contest rules are available at www.ritasice.com.

If you want guaranteed free stuff, not just a chance at it, four Unilever Group of Companies product samples are available at www.vivemejor.com. Click on the orange “English” button on the far right, and then “Offers for You.” You can choose free samples of Hellman’s, Pond’s, Degree for Women and Caress. Choose one, a couple or all of them. You’ll receive them within four to six weeks.

Can’t wait that long for gratification? Head to CVS, where select CVS brand products are buy-one, get-one-free. Among the selection: allergy and pain relief pills, saline nasal spray, contact lens solution and feminine care.

Vitamins seem to be the popular buy-one, get-one-free item of the week at area retailers.

Life Fitness brand vitamins and supplements are available at CVS.

Nature’s Bounty products are available at both Price Chopper and Shur Save markets.

Nature Made brand vitamins and supplements are available at Rite Aid, too, on a BOGO special.

So stock up. And check out today’s circular inserts for plenty of great deals and sales on less healthy items, too.

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