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Southern Illinois has always been a special place to me. My parents met while at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As a child, my family made fairly regular trips down to the campus and surrounding communities. I have many fond memories of these trips. Southern Illinois was a happy place for my family.

The Student Center, Altgeld, and Thompson Woods were all familiar before I ever even moved down here to attend college. My dad had worked at the SIU Farms as a college student. He loved to drive the entire perimeter to view any changes since his graduation. When I had to collect and preserve multiple species of leaves for sophomore biology, my parents drove me to Thompson Woods. They explained to me that because of the climate in Southern Illinois, there was a great variety of species growing on campus.

Family trips were not limited to SIU. Bald Knob Cross, Blueberry Hill, Giant City State Park, The Natural Bridge at Pomona, and even a little nutrition store on the north end of Carbondale that was one of the first places we encountered frozen yogurt.

I hope to help others discover the things that make Southern Illinois special as I write this blog. For me, it is also a way to honor my parents and the sense of adventure they instilled in me as a child while I hopefully pass this on to my children.

Slice of Savings Passport

The Slice of Savings Passport is designed to be a win-win situation for both customer and the business. It is inexpensive advertising in the form of coupons ( I’m inserting a link below) that are accessed on the app or blog. The business offers a discount it can afford, and someone local, or perhaps a tourist, has an incentive to try a new restaurant. Or maybe someone is already a loyal customer and enjoys a little perk ๐Ÿ™‚ It is not limited to restaurants. Locally owned, small shops and services may also advertise. The ad must contain a coupon or discount and must be G-rated for a legitimate business or event.


ASOSI is available for free download in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.


You are here ๐Ÿ˜€ The Blog is this website which includes a variety of blog posts. Some a recipes, some events, and others memories tied to Southern Illinois. The content may be a diverse as the people and the land…

Facebook Page

The Facebook page is likely to have more shared items related to Southern Illinois that may not make the website/app.

Info & Misc.–subsections:


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*Eat & More to Help
There is a section called โ€œEat & More to Helpโ€ under the โ€œInfo and Miscโ€ icon on the ASOSI app and the A Slice of Southern Illinois webpage. This is where local (verifiable) fundraisers and benefits, when known, are listed.

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A Facebook page for foodies…


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Locally owned restaurants, wineries, breweries, food trucks , food carts, etc.

Sites to See

Places that are worth a road trip to see in Southern Illinois. God certainly blessed us with a lot of beauty down here at this end of the state.


Although it would be impossible to list everything happening south of I-70, an effort is made to try to list some highlights. If you have an even or know of one to submit, please email it to: asliceofsouthernillinois@gmail.com

We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be published.


This is a list of known local farm stands, farmer’s markets, and small food stores in Southern Illinois. If you see that one is missing, please email:



This is a list of known locally owned unique (as in not part of a national chain) lodging opportunities in Southern Illinois. It may include cabins, Bed & Breakfasts, and resorts.

Local Shops

This is a list of known locally owned unique shops, stores, and some artisans that do not have store fronts but are in Southern Illinois.

Family Fun

Water parks, bowling alleys, miniature golf, and similar family fun may be found on this list.

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The Slice of Savings Passport is designed to be a win-win situation for both customer and the business. It is inexpensive advertising in the form of coupons

Advertising on the Slice of Savings Passport

There seems to be a lot of evidence out there that people are more inclined to try something new if they have an incentive, even small, such as a percentage or flat amount off of a purchase. Others just like the sport of couponing ๐Ÿ˜€ Still, there is no need for that to leave the business with a loss. It is possible to offer a deal that is a win for both the business and the customer. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

If you have a locally owned small business that would like to participate or know someone who does, please email asliceofsouthernillinois@gmail.com.

At this time, there is no cost to submit a jpg format ad coupon or a photo of the ad. A pdf document can be emailed to you of the digital coupon ad agreement.

(If you use a marketing agency, it can appoint someone to be your authorized representative to place your coupon ad. A Slice of Southern Illinois is not an advertising agency but is offering a simple, inexpensive tool meant to be accessible to small, local businesses. We would love to work with them as an additional tool they might utilize to better serve you and our community.)

See the mock Savings Slice ad for an example: