Just in time to stock up on St. Patrick’s Day parade garb ... Big Lots is bringing back its Friends and Family sale this weekend, when you can get 20 percent off your entire purchase.
No matter the weather, there's a 100 percent chance of me binge watching "House of Cards" this weekend.
You don't need a pot of gold to have fun in March.
Today is a popular day to give away food.
Updated (Feb. 24, 7:45 a.m.): All Sheetz locations are giving away free coffee and fountain drinks on Tuesday, too.
I'm already thinking about higher education expenses for my little one, and she's only 18 months old.
There's only one coupon booklet touting over $35 in savings in the Sunday, Feb. 22, newspaper, but there are a few coupons worth digging out:
Ready to get out of the house?
Update (Feb. 20; 1 p.m.): The showcase has been postponed until Sunday, March 22.
Yep, that’s right, Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut on Tuesday, Feb. 24.
This post comes with my own kind of winter storm warning:
Suffering from cabin fever already?
This was no ordinary hug.
Judging by this blog's analytics, you *really* love Starbucks deals.
How does a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at Waffle House sound?
I love themes ... like parties. Or theme parks.
Apparently doubling the number of organic products by the end of this year is a key strategy to help Sam's Club boost sales -- and court higher income customers.
Kroger is rolling out a sweet fuel promotion before Valentine's Day.
Most of the noteworthy coupons in this Sunday's (Feb. 8) newspaper are not in the two coupon booklets.
If you don't mind cooking with your sweetheart, you should definitely consider these *sweet* Valentine's Day Groupon deals from Omaha Steaks.
Before I list my top five favorite freebies this weekend, I must remind you of a few other entertaining bargains on my radar:
Already thinking about summer vacations?
Here's a sweet valentine for movie lovers.
As if those crackilicious chicken biscuits weren't tempting enough.
A decade after its debut, I still *heart* "Project Runway."
Once again, I consulted the monthly buying guide from Consumer Reports for guidance on the best deals for February.
I scanned the inserts and two coupon booklets coming in the Sunday, Feb. 1, newspaper and found a few worth noting:
I've scoured calendar.roanoke.com, our Standouts and Top Tickets for the best free entertainment this weekend.
The next Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale happens just in time for Valentine's Day.
Thanks to Papa John's VT (@PJBlacksburg), who reminded us about the 40-percent-off deal following Virginia Tech's basketball victory against Pittsburgh last night.
Thanks so much to Annette Anderson Hodges of Clifton Forge, who emailed me a bunch of creative tips from her April garden wedding after reading my post about Roanoke's recent bridal show.
Have you considered that Great Wolf Lodge Groupon deal? Buy now to get an extra 10 percent off.
I've written before about Sam's Club membership deals (which have been among this blog's most popular posts) ... and what to buy at Sam's Club.
How can you help support local businesses?
If you're anything like me, you need a calendar to function. I seriously have to plan my spontaneity.
You really love Paul's.
Just a reminder about Chipotle's Sofritas deal today (Monday, Jan. 26).
This will be a big Sunday for coupon booklets: I counted four, including two Red Plums, a SmartSource and a P&G, which featured the most coupon savings (over $100) in that book alone.
If you're ready to part with an old prom, bridesmaid or cocktail dress, you might consider bringing it to a Feb. 7 dress sale organized by the Northside High School PTSA.
We have another wonderful guest post ... this one by columnist Dan Casey, who was surprised -- in a good way -- by the customer service at L.L.Bean. -- Stephanie Ogilvie
Good news: The Kids Winter Carnival at the Salem Civic Center is free.
Is it time to upgrade your child's car seat? Or maybe you have a big baby shower purchase in your future?
It’s been over five years since I planned my own Roanoke Halloween wedding ... on a journalist's budget.
If you have kids, you've probably heard of Lauren's Friends and Alex consignment sales.
If you hadn't heard, we're in the middle of Downtown Roanoke Restaurant Week.
If you look forward to HoneyBaked Ham on holiday tables as much as I do, you'll appreciate our latest freebie.
You'll be rewarded for eating outside of your comfort zone next week at Chipotle.
Is sharing your info worth a cinnamon roll ... or a croissant?
I'm a bargain-hunting mom who values time as much as money. Read more about my favorite stores and shopping style. Share your questions, tips and story ideas at email@example.com. I'm on Twitter, too: @smogilvie.
The gates of Heaven swung wide and tears were shed on earth as, in accordance with her Father God's plan, The Reverend Helen Virginia Crowe Riley, 90, passed from this earth on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at her home in Faison, N.C., following an unexpected illness.Helen is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Riley Clifton and husband, John Durward Clifton, of Faison, N.C.; granddaughter, Kimberly Clifton Walker and husband, Ray, of Cary, N.C.; grandson, John Christopher Clifton and wife, Rebeka of Raleigh, N.C.; four great grandsons, Tyler Evan Inge, John Conner Clifton, Matthew Christopher Clifton and Cooper Jackson Walker; one brother, Curtis Marvin Crowe, Jr. and wife, Julia, of Helen, Ga.; two sisters, Doris Elliott, of Salem, Va., and Mildred Gibson, of St. Paul, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Jean Riley McGrady, of Roanoke; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Frederick Riley in 2007; her parents, Curtis M. and Thurza W. Crowe and a brother, Kenneth A Crowe.After retiring from C & P Telephone Company she enrolled at Roanoke College to pursue a degree in religious education. After graduation, she also took many seminary courses staying abreast of current trends in ministry.Rev. Riley was ordained at her home church, Melrose Baptist, in 1998. In addition to Melrose, she also served on the church staff at Connelly Memorial Baptist and Preston Oaks Baptist. Through her Ministry of Education, countless numbers of lives have been saved and changed. Her passion was to educate people about the saving grace of Christ and to help them to understand the discipleship process of walking with the Lord therefore leading others to become disciples.Helen was honored with the title of Virginia Baptist Distinguished Religious Educator of the Year in 1998 and in 2000 received the Croxson Award from the Roanoke Valley Mental Health Association in recognition of her contributions in the area of family and mental health.The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Oakey's North Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Melrose Baptist Church, 3520 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019 conducted by the Rev. Larry Sprouse and the Rev. Brenda Rowe. The burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Melrose Baptist Church, 3520 Peters Creek Rd., Roanoke, Va. 24019, or Hope Tree Family Services (Baptist Children's Home), 860 Mount Vernon Lane, Salem, VA 24153. For online condolences please visit www.oakeys.com.
Betty Lou Via Barbour, 78, of Ridgeway, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, at Norris Funeral Service, Inc. and Crematory, Martinsville, Va., 276-638-2778.
Henry David Wray, 92, of the Naff Community of Franklin County, Va., went to be with his Lord on Tuesday morning, February 24, 2015.David was a lifelong member of Cedar Bluff Church of the Brethren, where he had served as a deacon and was an usher for 75 years. He was a retired truck driver from General Motor Lines with 34 years of service.David was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred W. Wray; and is survived by his sons, Larry D. Wray, Michael W. Wray and wife, Freida, both of Boones Mill, and Rickey T. Wray of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; his four grandchildren, Matt Wray, Robin Spencer and husband, Noel, Lori Howard and Rick and Cheyenne Wray; four great-grandsons; and a special friend, Martha Stillwell of Vinton.A Funeral Service will be held at noon on Friday, February 27, 2015, at Oakey's South Chapel with Pastor Todd Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel, 540-989-3131. Online condolences can be made at www.oakeys.com.
James Neal (Jim, Chief) Blake, 72, of Roanoke, Va., passed away February 19, 2015. Celebration of Life will be 4 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, 540-982-2100.