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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.

Friday 04/17/2015
Fist-pump time for Kroger fuel point collectors
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Good news, Kroger shoppers: No digital coupons are required for the latest 4x fuel point promotion (unlike the last time) AND the deal is valid for about two weeks.

5 bargain shopping events you should know about this weekend
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 7:30 am

Not only are there a bunch of free things happening this weekend, but I found enough bargain shopping events to warrant a special roundup.

Thursday 04/16/2015
We're showered with free things to do this weekend
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 1:15 pm

More wet weather is in the forecast, but Kevin Myatt says the least likely time for rain will probably be early Saturday (good news for the Blue Ridge Kite Festival and the Blue Ridge Marathon).

5 things to know about Golden Shoestring upscale consignment shop
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 7:30 am

How could I have lived in the Roanoke Valley for almost 30 years and never heard of the Golden Shoestring?

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Tax Day perk: Kids eat free at Country Cookin
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 7:30 am

Country Cookin, the Roanoke-based restaurant chain, is cooking up a "Little Deductions Eat Free on Tax Day" deal.

Monday 04/13/2015
Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day returns Tuesday
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 11:05 am

Considering a trip to the mall to freshen up your spring wardrobe?

Sam's Club offers free generics, extra prescription discounts for Plus members
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 7:30 am

Have you price-checked your prescription drugs lately?

Friday 04/10/2015
How to save money at Salem Red Sox baseball games
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 7:30 am

Plan ahead.

Thursday 04/09/2015
Hope you're not allergic to all the free fun this weekend
Updated: April 10, 2015 - 10:29 am

Update (April 10, 10:30 a.m.): A reader emailed me about the Southwest Virginia Gluten-Free Expo, which is happening Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Tanglewood Mall. Admission is free, of course!

Wednesday 04/08/2015
Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale dates for April 2015
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 7:30 am

Get a jump on Mother's Day gifts with the next Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale.

Tuesday 04/07/2015
Monster Indoor Flea Market returns to Berglund Center in May
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 11:15 am

Shoppers, mark your calendars: The Monster Indoor Flea Market returns to the Berglund Special Events Center in Roanoke on Saturday, May 9.

BOGO at Starbucks this week: Oprah's chai tea latte
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 7:30 am

What would Oprah order at Starbucks?

Monday 04/06/2015
Looking for *free* spring break ideas?
Posted: April 06, 2015 - 11:20 am

I'm gazing outside my sunny office window, wishing I was on spring break with Roanoke Valley schools this week.

Saturday 04/04/2015
One day in Roanoke (on the cheap)
Posted: April 04, 2015 - 12:15 am

Traveling is one of my favorite ways to recharge my creative batteries. It also helps me look at Roanoke like an outsider.

Friday 04/03/2015
Cox customers: Binge-watch popular TV shows with 'Spring Freeview'
Posted: April 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

Just in time for spring break, Cox Communications is offering its customers the opportunity to catch up on buzzy shows like "Game of Thrones," "Outlander" and "The Walking Dead" for free.

Thursday 04/02/2015
Explore all of the free things to do this Easter weekend
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 7:30 am

Walk, walk, walk.

Wednesday 04/01/2015
You'll need this coupon to earn 4x fuel points at Kroger
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 12:15 pm

I'm back from vacation and spent the entire morning digging through piled-up emails.

Monday 03/30/2015
A couple of good tips for creative, entrepreneur types
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Count me as one of the people who think creating a fertile environment for entrepreneurs is key to our region's economic success. It makes for more exciting shopping opportunities, too.

Half-price Frappuccinos for Starbucks members today
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 7:30 am

The March Happy Monday deals for Starbucks members end today with half-price Frappuccino drinks from 2 to 5 p.m.

Thursday 03/26/2015
Weekend shopping includes LFA Kids Consignment Sale, North Cross Big Flea
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 7:30 am


Wednesday 03/25/2015
Hunting for free things to do this weekend?
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm

You're in luck, starting with a big egg hunt.

Tuesday 03/24/2015
Struggling to save? Acorns, Digit mobile apps will help stash cash automatically
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 7:30 am

I'm out of the office this week, so I won't be ready to pounce on the latest deals. But I've done some spring inbox cleaning and found a few stories from the Associated Press that will help save you money.

Monday 03/23/2015
Can you really save money by cutting the cord?
Posted: March 23, 2015 - 1:15 pm

First, the bad news: I'll be out of the office this week, so I can't pounce on the latest deals.

How to get a free pastry at Starbucks today
Posted: March 23, 2015 - 7:30 am

Starbucks continues to offer Happy Monday deals throughout March to its rewards members.

Friday 03/20/2015
Parents (and baby shower guests) will want to see this Sunday coupon
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 7:30 am

Based on the latest gift card offer, it's pretty obvious Target wants its baby deals to get our attention.

Thursday 03/19/2015
How to get half-price Domino's pizzas this weekend
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 11:15 am

I didn't realize Domino's offered a "Brooklyn-style" crust, which is described as thin and "perfectly foldable."

J.Crew sample sale returns to Lynchburg this weekend
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 7:30 am

After a snowed-out February sale, the J.Crew sample sale returns to the Lynchburg warehouse this weekend (March 21 and 22).

Wednesday 03/18/2015
Spring off the sofa with free things to do this weekend
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 3:15 pm

This might seem counterintuitive, but perhaps beer would lure you to a running club?

Use your buying power for good with Junior League's Shop, Save & Serve card
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 1:05 pm

If you're reading this, you probably love to shop.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
More bargain shopping blooms this weekend
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Keeping up with toys, clothes and other randomness for one 18-month-old seems hard enough.

Monday 03/16/2015
Can you really tie-dye an Easter egg?
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 1:00 pm

The quick answer is no, not really.

Today: Free cones at Dairy Queen and BOGO tea at Starbucks
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 7:30 am

Don't forget about today's sweet freebies.

Friday 03/13/2015
Sunday insert preview: Coupons worth digging out of March 15 Roanoke Times
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 7:30 am

How big is the pot of coupon gold this week?

Thursday 03/12/2015
Save some green with free things to do this weekend
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 12:24 pm

The big story this weekend, of course, is the McDonald’s St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Roanoke -- which was among USA Today's roundup of noteworthy St. Paddy's Day celebrations.

Wednesday 03/11/2015
March madness for bargain shoppers
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Forget basketball and brackets.

Sam's Club offers free health screenings Saturday
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 7:30 am

Here's your chance to get about $150 worth of health testing done for free.

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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