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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.

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!

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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