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Thursday 02/26/2015
Attention, Big Lots shoppers: Get 20% off this weekend
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 12:45 pm

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.

Free things to do this weekend (besides 'House of Cards')
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 7:30 am

No matter the weather, there's a 100 percent chance of me binge watching "House of Cards" this weekend.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
March right up: Your monthly guide to free events around Roanoke
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 7:30 am

You don't need a pot of gold to have fun in March.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Sheetz serves free drinks Tuesday to celebrate 500th store
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 7:58 am

Today is a popular day to give away food.

Monday 02/23/2015
Updated: Free Krispy Kremes only the start of Tuesday food freebies
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 7:50 am

Updated (Feb. 24, 7:45 a.m.): All Sheetz locations are giving away free coffee and fountain drinks on Tuesday, too. 

Parents: Stressed about saving enough for college?
Posted: February 23, 2015 - 8:00 am

I'm already thinking about higher education expenses for my little one, and she's only 18 months old.

Friday 02/20/2015
3 Sunday coupons that got my attention
Posted: February 20, 2015 - 3:24 pm

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:

Thursday 02/19/2015
Best Roanoke happy hour specials ... Go!
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Maybe it's this weekend's Big Lick Cocktail Classic ... or the $5.95 premium margarita special at Abuelo's this Sunday ... or this ridiculous cold.

Free events to help cure your cabin fever this weekend
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

Ready to get out of the house?

Wednesday 02/18/2015
What to expect at Roanoke's first LGBTQ wedding show
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 7:30 am

Update (Feb. 20; 1 p.m.): The showcase has been postponed until Sunday, March 22.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Why you'll get a free Krispy Kreme on Feb. 24
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 8:50 am

Yep, that’s right, Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Monday 02/16/2015
Presidents’ Day deals to consider while we get buried in snow
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 11:21 am

This post comes with my own kind of winter storm warning:

How to save on tickets to Harlem Globetrotters, Opera Roanoke’s ‘Cinderella’
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 9:56 am

Suffering from cabin fever already?

Thursday 02/12/2015
I got more than I bargained for while thrift shopping in Bedford
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 2:30 pm

This was no ordinary hug.

Free things to do for lovers this Valentine's Day weekend
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 7:30 am

Hello, luvvahs.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
World's Largest Starbucks Date coming Friday
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Judging by this blog's analytics, you *really* love Starbucks deals.

Waffle House in Dublin to serve Valentine's dinner by candlelight
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 7:30 am

How does a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at Waffle House sound?

Monday 02/09/2015
Eyes on the pies: A week of local pizza deals begins today
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 12:50 pm

I love themes ... like parties. Or theme parks.

Would more organic food lure you to Sam's Club?
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 8:07 am

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.

Friday 02/06/2015
Buy *these* gift cards to earn 4x the fuel points at Kroger
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Kroger is rolling out a sweet fuel promotion before Valentine's Day. 

Check Sunday's coupons before shopping for your valentine
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 7:30 am

Most of the noteworthy coupons in this Sunday's (Feb. 8) newspaper are not in the two coupon booklets.

Thursday 02/05/2015
Prepare a Valentine's Day feast at home with this Omaha Steaks deal
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 3:35 pm

If you don't mind cooking with your sweetheart, you should definitely consider these *sweet* Valentine's Day Groupon deals from Omaha Steaks.

5 free things to do around Roanoke this weekend
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 7:30 am

Before I list my top five favorite freebies this weekend, I must remind you of a few other entertaining bargains on my radar:

Wednesday 02/04/2015
How to get a *free* Preschool Pass to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 11:45 am

Already thinking about summer vacations?

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Free Redbox DVD rental at Kroger
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Here's a sweet valentine for movie lovers.

Now here's a perk: Free coffee at Chick-fil-A throughout February
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 10:59 am

As if those crackilicious chicken biscuits weren't tempting enough.

Monday 02/02/2015
5 playful dollar store valentines for under $5
Posted: February 02, 2015 - 1:30 pm

A decade after its debut, I still *heart* "Project Runway."

What to buy in February
Posted: February 02, 2015 - 7:30 am

Once again, I consulted the monthly buying guide from Consumer Reports for guidance on the best deals for February.

Friday 01/30/2015
Look for these 3 meaty coupons in Sunday's newspaper
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 7:30 am

I scanned the inserts and two coupon booklets coming in the Sunday, Feb. 1, newspaper and found a few worth noting:

Thursday 01/29/2015
5 free things to do this weekend
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 10:30 am

I've scoured, our Standouts and Top Tickets for the best free entertainment this weekend.

Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale dates for February 2015
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 7:30 am

The next Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale happens just in time for Valentine's Day.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Save 40% on Papa John's pizza after Virginia Tech's win over Pitt
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 3:15 pm

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.

A Clifton Forge bride shares her frugal wedding secrets
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:45 am

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.

2 days only: Get extra discounts on Groupon deals
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:08 am

Have you considered that Great Wolf Lodge Groupon deal? Buy now to get an extra 10 percent off.

Add this to the Sam's Club shopping list
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 7:30 am

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.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Who has the best customer service? Vote in our Best Of reader polls
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 11:15 am

How can you help support local businesses?

21 free (or cheap) ways to make February a little cooler
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 7:30 am

If you're anything like me, you need a calendar to function. I seriously have to plan my spontaneity.

Monday 01/26/2015
Readers dish about favorite downtown Roanoke lunch values
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 1:10 pm

You really love Paul's.

Don't forget: Eat tofu Sofritas at Chipotle today, get a free burrito
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 7:30 am

Just a reminder about Chipotle's Sofritas deal today (Monday, Jan. 26).

Friday 01/23/2015
Check Sunday's newspaper for over $250 in coupon savings
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 7:30 am

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.

Thursday 01/22/2015
Buy or sell used formal dresses at Cinderella's Closet sale
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 3:15 pm

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.

Dan Casey is 100% satisfied by L.L.Bean's guarantee
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 11:15 am

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

Free things to do around Roanoke this weekend (Jan. 22-25)
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 7:30 am

Good news: The Kids Winter Carnival at the Salem Civic Center is free.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Get discounts at Toys"R"Us during Great Trade-In event
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Is it time to upgrade your child's car seat? Or maybe you have a big baby shower purchase in your future?

What’s new in Roanoke weddings? A few 'somethings' from the bridal show
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 7:30 am

It’s been over five years since I planned my own Roanoke Halloween wedding ... on a journalist's budget.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Bumps and Babies consignment sale debuts in Roanoke County this weekend
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 3:07 pm

If you have kids, you've probably heard of Lauren's Friends and Alex consignment sales.

My 5 favorite downtown Roanoke lunch values. What's yours?
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 7:30 am

If you hadn't heard, we're in the middle of Downtown Roanoke Restaurant Week.

Monday 01/19/2015
Share your email for a free HoneyBaked Ham sandwich
Posted: January 19, 2015 - 3:05 pm

If you look forward to HoneyBaked Ham on holiday tables as much as I do, you'll appreciate our latest freebie.

Try Chipotle's tofu Sofritas on Jan. 26, get a free burrito
Posted: January 19, 2015 - 7:30 am

You'll be rewarded for eating outside of your comfort zone next week at Chipotle.

Friday 01/16/2015
How to score a free pastry at Panera
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Is sharing your info worth a cinnamon roll ... or a croissant?

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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