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Saturday 05/30/2015
Parents: Find free (and cheap) fun with my summer deals calendar
Posted: May 30, 2015 - 12:10 am

Friday 05/29/2015
Sneak peek: 5 things worth noting about Sunday's coupon inserts
Posted: May 29, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Look for these coupons and deals among the inserts coming in the Sunday, May 31, Roanoke Times newspaper.

Summer deals: Climbing gyms, mini golf, go-karts and more
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Thursday 05/28/2015
Where to hear free live music this weekend
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 6:15 pm

The big music headline of the weekend is the Blue Ridge Music Festival. However, prices start at $69.

Whoooo, whooo! 5 free things to do this weekend
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Besides the popular St. Elias Lebanese Festival and the 57th Annual Sidewalk Art Show, here are my five favorite freebies for the family this weekend.

Summer deals: Free theater for kids
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 7:30 am

Experiencing the magic of live theater doesn't have to be expensive. Check out these free opportunities in June and July: 

Wednesday 05/27/2015
Look what I found: Tasty, uncooked tortillas at Kroger
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Back when I was complaining about flavorless Tostitos, I asked if anyone knew where to buy fresh flour tortillas.

Summer deals: Where kids can skate for free (and cheap)
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 7:30 am

School's almost out ... and my countdown to summer continues with the free and cheap deals at skating rinks, where I spent much of my childhood (anyone remember speed skating to "Oh Yeah" from the Ferris Bueller movie?) 

Tuesday 05/26/2015
Summer deals: Where kids can watch free (and cheap) movies
Updated: May 26, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Movie tickets can add up fast, especially when you start adding on the snacks.

Friday 05/22/2015
Sneak peek at Leonore's new dining room in downtown Roanoke
Posted: May 22, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Back in January, I shared my five favorite downtown Roanoke lunch values.

Thursday 05/21/2015
Summer deals: How to save at Splash Valley water park
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 1:05 pm

My countdown to summer continues with Splash Valley, the Roanoke County water park at Green Ridge Recreation Center, which opens Memorial Day weekend.

5 free things to do Memorial Day weekend
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 7:30 am

Did Memorial Day weekend sneak up on you, too?

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Don't forget about these shopping events
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 4:50 pm

In the Memorial Day weekend craziness, I didn't want you to miss some of the noteworthy sales happening in our region:

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Summer deals: Where kids can bowl for free
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 3:25 pm

School's almost out ... and I'm counting down to summer with a series of posts highlighting free and discounted fun for the kiddos.

Friday 05/15/2015
Sneak peek: $5 coupons worth digging out of Sunday's paper
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Look for up to three coupon booklets filled with over $160 in savings in the Sunday, May 17, Roanoke Times.

My home is more stylish thanks to Purrfect Treasures in Rocky Mount
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 7:30 am

Earlier this week, I told you about the furniture bargains at the Smith Mountain Lake Discovery Shop and its semiannual annex sale, which returns May 14-16 and May 21-23. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Thursday 05/14/2015
Enjoy a free cookie at Hotel Roanoke on Friday
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 3:10 pm

I love getting that warm chocolate-chip cookie whenever I check into the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. It's usually gone before I get to the room.

Get out! 5 free things to do this weekend
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Looks like we'll have warmer temperatures with a chance of "scattered showery stuff," which sounds pretty ... pretty good for all of the outdoor events on deck this weekend. 

5 shopping events you should know about this weekend
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 8:05 am

Still have shopping energy after last weekend's bonanza of flea markets?

Wednesday 05/13/2015
Free tonight: Dragon talk at Soaring Ridge brewery
Posted: May 13, 2015 - 12:22 pm

I know you're out there, fellow "Game of Thrones" fans.

How to get a free $20 Target gift card this week
Posted: May 13, 2015 - 7:30 am

Think babies and ... college babies (otherwise known as incoming freshmen).

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Save 20% on Big Lots lawn and garden items with this coupon
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 1:05 pm

About to give your patio a makeover?

Sneak peek at furniture bargains coming to SML Discovery Shop Annex Sale
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 7:30 am

One of the more entertaining parts of this shopping gig is the Watergate-esque way I hear about bargains.

Saturday 05/09/2015
My Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale 'must list'
Posted: May 09, 2015 - 12:00 am

You might remember the series of Elizabeth Arden reviews we posted on the Shoptimist blog a couple of weeks ago. The print version of those reviews published today in Extra, so here's the full list in one place. 

Friday 05/08/2015
Free couponing and food savings class Monday in Roanoke
Posted: May 08, 2015 - 7:30 am

What's the secret weapon to slashing your grocery bill?

Thursday 05/07/2015
You've found the mother lode of free things to do this weekend
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 7:35 am

There's plenty to keep us entertained this Mother's Day weekend, starting with my roundup of stellar shopping events.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Mother's Day weekend blooms with shopping events
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 3:15 pm

A love for bargain shopping has been passed down the generations, from my great-grandmother who had to do it during the Great Depression in West Virginia — to my shoe-loving grandmother (and mother of nine!) in Texas — to my own mom, who once paid for a family trip to San Francisco with the help of a particularly good grocery store promotion in the late 1980s. We couldn't have afforded those flights — or many other perks — without her coupon savvy.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
CiCi's Pizza among few freebies for Teacher Appreciation Day
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 11:27 am

Sorry, teachers.

Monday 05/04/2015
Deal alert: 10 things you should know this week
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 7:30 am

If you know me, then you know I live by Google calendar. It helps me keep track of bills, household chores -- and most importantly, deals.

Friday 05/01/2015
Over $250 in coupons coming in Sunday's Roanoke Times
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 12:30 pm

I should have known there were lots of coupons coming this weekend based on the weight of the envelope that I get from our mail room each week.

Don't forget: Half-price Starbucks Frappuccinos through Mother's Day
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 7:35 am

Have you tried the new S'mores frap yet?

Thursday 04/30/2015
Free things to do this weekend ... and the weather looks sweet
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Thank goodness the weather is looking dry for all of the outdoor events planned this weekend.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Taco Bell serves free Biscuit Tacos on Cinco de Mayo
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Curious about something called a Biscuit Taco?

Delight your momma with these succulent ideas for Mother's Day
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 2:45 pm

No doubt you've seen them on Pinterest.

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Today: BOGO dozen Krispy Kremes on 'Super Hero Day'
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 11:39 am

You still have time to be the hero for your friends, family or officemates (hint, hint).

Monday 04/27/2015
Sephora inside JCPenney is *open* at Valley View Mall; giveaways coming Friday
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Update (3:47 p.m.): I dropped by JCPenney around lunchtime Monday to get a photo of the new Sephora, and I was surprised to see that the store was open!

Friday 04/24/2015
J.Crew baby coveralls recalled due to choking hazard
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 3:10 pm

I don't normally post recall alerts, but since a J.Crew Clearance Store and Warehouse is in Lynchburg, I thought there might be some of these coveralls in dresser drawers and kids consignment stores around the region.

Don't forget about these deals before the weekend
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 1:05 pm

I've rounded up my favorite — and the most popular — deals from the blog this past week:

Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale 'must list': Ceramide serums, Prevage sunscreen
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 7:30 am

This is the fifth in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.

Thursday 04/23/2015
5 free things to do around Roanoke this weekend
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 11:05 am

Some really good *free* stuff is happening in the Roanoke Valley this weekend.  (There's also that spring game happening down in Hokieland.)

Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale 'must list': Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 7:30 am

This is the fourth in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
1 way to avoid ticket fees for the Blue Ridge Music Festival
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 1:05 pm

I've already written about my "convenience fee" rage last fall, when I learned how a trip to the box office can save beaucoup bucks when buying tickets.

Allstate Flea Market returns to Salem Civic Center in May
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:05 am

I just saw the signs in Allstate's giant front yard along Electric Road:

Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale 'must list': Ceramide Lift and Firm Concealer
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 7:30 am

This is the third in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
The best carnival ride deals at Vinton Dogwood Festival
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 5:45 pm

The 60th annual Vinton Dogwood Festival opens Wednesday night -- which also happens to be the best value for unlimited carnival rides.

Groupon offers latest Sam's Club membership deal
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 11:25 am

If you were already toying with the idea of joining Sam's Club's more expensive membership plan -- otherwise known as Plus -- you should pay attention.

Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale 'must list': Lipstick testers
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 7:30 am

This is the second in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.

Monday 04/20/2015
Free tonight: Jane Goodall ... yes, that Jane Goodall
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Sorry for the late notice, but I'm afraid this news caught me a bit off guard.

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour returns with new flavor
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 11:15 am

But of course the Frappuccino has its own verified Facebook page!

1st on my Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale 'must list': Eight Hour Cream
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 7:30 am

This is the first in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.

The Shoptimist
Stephanie Ogilvie

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 I'm on Twitter, too: @smogilvie.

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