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Tuesday 08/04/2015
Posted: August 04, 2015 - 3:45 pm
Stay at Omni Homestead Resort for $150+ with this Groupon deal

About a week ago, I received a news release from the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, touting a room special connected to its 250th anniversary.

Posted: August 04, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Free health screenings at Sam's Club Saturday (no membership required)

How can technology help improve your health?

Posted: August 04, 2015 - 8:15 am
Road trip? Route 11 Yard Crawl returns Saturday

After driving between Fairfax and Roanoke during my years at George Mason University, I became familiar with the stretch of I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley.

Monday 08/03/2015
Posted: August 03, 2015 - 1:55 pm
3 bittersweet lessons from Wizard World Comic Con Richmond (+ costume photos)

The only reason I planned a trip to Wizard World Comic Con Richmond (July 31-Aug. 2) was to get a photo with actor Sean Astin.

Updated: August 03, 2015 - 10:56 am
How to save on West Virginia state fair tickets

Update (Aug. 3, 2015; 10:55 a.m.): The Alabama concert on Aug. 14 has already sold out.

Friday 07/31/2015
Posted: July 31, 2015 - 2:59 pm
Noooooo! Sean Astin canceled Wizard World Richmond

I was getting my nails painted 1940s red when the email hit my inbox Friday afternoon:

Posted: July 31, 2015 - 7:30 am
How to get half-price Bill Maher tickets

Whaaaaaat? One of my favorite comedians can't sell out the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke?

Thursday 07/30/2015
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 1:50 pm
Updated: Best (inexpensive) places for children's birthday parties?

Updated (July 30, 2015): Thanks to everyone who shared more birthday party ideas. I've added them to the list below. — Stephanie

Posted: July 30, 2015 - 8:15 am
5 free things to do this weekend

This weekend's free entertainment includes two of my mini-obsessions: Chihuahuas and Harry Potter (but, unfortunately, not together).

Wednesday 07/29/2015
Posted: July 29, 2015 - 2:05 pm
4x fuel points back at Kroger, which just opened Salem gas center

Kroger is courting back-to-school shoppers with its latest fuel promotion.

Posted: July 29, 2015 - 10:45 am
Sonic serves half-price cheeseburgers Wednesday

A No. 2 with mustard is sounding really good right about now.

Posted: July 29, 2015 - 7:30 am
Spay and neuter discounts include pit bull special at Mountain View Humane

The price is right at Mountain View Humane.

Tuesday 07/28/2015
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 2:40 pm
2nd Helpings resale shop on Williamson is expanding

This is why I can't leave the office for lunch very often: I end up impulse-buying $100 chairs.

Posted: July 28, 2015 - 12:59 pm
Kroger recalls 4 spices due to salmonella risk

Check your cabinets. Kroger is recalling four store-brand seasonings due to possible contamination from salmonella.

Monday 07/27/2015
Posted: July 27, 2015 - 1:26 pm
Save $20 on memberships to Science Museum of Western Virginia

The Science Museum of Western Virginia is holding a "Christmas in July" sale.

Posted: July 27, 2015 - 8:15 am
Why I'm paying $50+ for a Sean Astin photo at Wizard World Richmond

Crushing update (July 31, 2015; 3 p.m.): Sean Astin has canceled his appearance at Wizard World Richmond

Friday 07/24/2015
Posted: July 24, 2015 - 12:05 pm
Which Roanoke margarita should we drink on National Tequila Day?

Cheers to another national food holiday, which happens to fall on a warm Friday: Perfect margarita weather.

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 7:30 am
Get adventurous with the Roanoke Uncorked wine tasting card

You know that thrill you get when you travel to new places, and you come home refreshed and committed to doing more of it in the future?

Thursday 07/23/2015
Posted: July 23, 2015 - 11:30 am
Cheers to free tea at McAlister's Deli on Thursday

You can thank my Roanoke Times colleague Karen for alerting me to the latest food freebie.

Posted: July 23, 2015 - 7:30 am
6 free *outdoor* things to do around Roanoke this weekend

Soak up the sun this weekend with my favorite outdoor freebies.

Wednesday 07/22/2015
Posted: July 22, 2015 - 3:25 pm
Sonic, 7-Eleven sell $1 hot dogs on Thursday

Happy National Hot Dog Day!

Posted: July 22, 2015 - 7:30 am
Happy's Flea Market *outdoor* vendors still open for business

Did you know you can still shop outside Happy's Flea Market?

Tuesday 07/21/2015
Posted: July 21, 2015 - 2:15 pm
Score free Chipotle by playing Friend or Faux game

Based on Chipotle's latest BOGO offer, the Mexican chain really wants us to pay attention to its ingredients.

Posted: July 21, 2015 - 7:30 am
My first $$$ lesson from the Richmond Wizard World Comic Con

This has a long, slightly embarrassing teenage backstory, but I plan on attending the Wizard World Comic Con, which visits Richmond on July 31-Aug. 2.

Monday 07/20/2015
Posted: July 20, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Big Lots and Target coupons worth clipping from Sunday's paper

Which coupons caught my eye in the Sunday, July 19, paper?

Posted: July 20, 2015 - 12:15 pm
My time-saving strategy for clothes shopping

Clothes shopping can be difficult.

Friday 07/17/2015
Posted: July 17, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Itchin' for a road trip? Try the Greensboro Super Flea Market

If you're feeling shop-taneous, I have a last-minute adventure for you.

Thursday 07/16/2015
Posted: July 16, 2015 - 7:45 am
5 free things to do around Roanoke this weekend

We have both indoor and outdoor events to entertain you this weekend.

Wednesday 07/15/2015
Posted: July 15, 2015 - 7:45 am
Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale returns in August

Sorry, Elizabeth Arden fans, but there is no warehouse sale happening in July.

Tuesday 07/14/2015
Posted: July 14, 2015 - 7:40 am
5 ways to save on back-to-school shopping

This might seem strange to non-nerds, but I was super excited to get my daughter's very first preschool supply list.

Monday 07/13/2015
Posted: July 13, 2015 - 3:05 pm
How to get free Chick-fil-A on Tuesday

Mooooove your rump if you want some free nuggets or waffle fries Tuesday, July 14, when Chick-fil-A celebrates its 11th annual Cow Appreciation Day.

Posted: July 13, 2015 - 12:05 pm
Don't click if you're trying to avoid Krispy Kreme deals

Just last Friday, Krispy Kreme was selling second dozens for 78 cents.

Posted: July 13, 2015 - 7:30 am
5 reasons why I paid $99 for Amazon Mom (aka Amazon Prime)

If you're a parent of a small child, then you know time is precious.

Friday 07/10/2015
Posted: July 10, 2015 - 7:30 am
6 shopping events you should know about this weekend

If you want something beyond the free entertainment happening this weekend, perhaps you should consider the following shopping events.

Thursday 07/09/2015
Posted: July 09, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Krispy Kreme 78-cent offer isn't the only sweet deal

You can stay on a sugar high for the next three days with these deals.

Posted: July 09, 2015 - 7:30 am
Drumming up all the free things to do around Roanoke this weekend

We have a wide range of free to enjoy this weekend: From the people-watching at the Salem Fair ... to the drumming at the Taubman Museum of Art, our free-admission downtown landmark that is now open on Sundays.

Wednesday 07/08/2015
Posted: July 08, 2015 - 11:45 am
Sam's Club offers free health screenings Saturday (no membership required)

It's time again for health screenings at Sam's Club, which are available to club members and the public free of charge.

Tuesday 07/07/2015
Posted: July 07, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Primed and ready for Amazon's Prime Day

Last month, I was toying with the idea of joining Amazon Mom.

Posted: July 07, 2015 - 7:30 am
How to save on peanut butter for Feeding America's July food drive

Sitting on my long list of story ideas for months: Shopping apps.

Monday 07/06/2015
Posted: July 06, 2015 - 7:30 am
This week's cheap eats: IHOP pancakes, Krispy Kremes, Slurpees

Mark your calendars and adjust your calories accordingly: A few chains are celebrating this week with some free or cheap treats.

Thursday 07/02/2015
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 1:10 pm
Where to find 100 miles of yard sales on July 4

You'll have to drive about two hours, but there is a giant yard sale event happening in Southside Virginia this July 4 weekend.

Updated: July 02, 2015 - 11:36 am
Free fireworks (and more) around Roanoke this weekend

Before we get to the fireworks in the Roanoke and New River valleys, I want to bring your attention to some other free events that might get overlooked July 4 weekend.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 6:08 pm
Try Caramel Cocoa Frappuccino for $3 at Starbucks this weekend

Update Friday, July 3: The winning flavor is indeed Caramel Cocoa Cluster.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 7:40 am
The most important takeaway from the 'buying local meat' class

I never really thought about cows all that much.

Monday 06/29/2015
Posted: June 29, 2015 - 11:49 am
Monday only: Beach Boys tickets for $25

Waiting until the last minute to get tickets to see The Beach Boys might have paid off.

Posted: June 29, 2015 - 7:30 am
Readers unload about returning shopping carts (and change me forever)

It was the rant that launched thousands of Facebook likes, hundreds of comments and even a hashtag: #PutTheCartBack.

Saturday 06/27/2015
Posted: June 27, 2015 - 8:30 am
5 coupons worth digging out of Sunday's newspaper

The most sweeping sale I found as we approach the July 4 holiday is at one of my favorite stores.

Friday 06/26/2015
Posted: June 26, 2015 - 8:30 am
Free live music around Roanoke this weekend

Besides the free Scott Perry and Front Porch Swing concert in Blacksburg on Friday evening ... and my list of other weekend freebies ... you should know about the best free live music, thanks to Tad Dickens and his weekly list of Top Tickets.

Thursday 06/25/2015
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Let's cruise over the free things to do this weekend

Cars and baseball: Two subjects I know very little about, but anyone who does should be thrilled with what's coming this weekend.

Posted: June 25, 2015 - 7:30 am
High 5! My favorite lunch card returns

If we are what we eat, then my daughter is a "Baby Greens" salad from Blue 5.

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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