Back in January, I shared my five favorite downtown Roanoke lunch values.
My countdown to summer continues with Splash Valley, the Roanoke County water park at Green Ridge Recreation Center, which opens Memorial Day weekend.
Did Memorial Day weekend sneak up on you, too?
In the Memorial Day weekend craziness, I didn't want you to miss some of the noteworthy sales happening in our region:
School's almost out ... and I'm counting down to summer with a series of posts highlighting free and discounted fun for the kiddos.
Look for up to three coupon booklets filled with over $160 in savings in the Sunday, May 17, Roanoke Times.
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.
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.
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.
Still have shopping energy after last weekend's bonanza of flea markets?
I know you're out there, fellow "Game of Thrones" fans.
Think babies and ... college babies (otherwise known as incoming freshmen).
About to give your patio a makeover?
One of the more entertaining parts of this shopping gig is the Watergate-esque way I hear about bargains.
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.
What's the secret weapon to slashing your grocery bill?
There's plenty to keep us entertained this Mother's Day weekend, starting with my roundup of stellar shopping events.
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.
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.
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.
Have you tried the new S'mores frap yet?
Thank goodness the weather is looking dry for all of the outdoor events planned this weekend.
Curious about something called a Biscuit Taco?
No doubt you've seen them on Pinterest.
You still have time to be the hero for your friends, family or officemates (hint, hint).
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!
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.
I've rounded up my favorite — and the most popular — deals from the blog this past week:
This is the fifth in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.
Some really good *free* stuff is happening in the Roanoke Valley this weekend. (There's also that spring game happening down in Hokieland.)
This is the fourth in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.
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.
I just saw the signs in Allstate's giant front yard along Electric Road:
This is the third in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.
The 60th annual Vinton Dogwood Festival opens Wednesday night -- which also happens to be the best value for unlimited carnival rides.
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.
This is the second in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.
Sorry for the late notice, but I'm afraid this news caught me a bit off guard.
But of course the Frappuccino has its own verified Facebook page!
This is the first in a series of five Elizabeth Arden reviews.
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.
Not only are there a bunch of free things happening this weekend, but I found enough bargain shopping events to warrant a special roundup.
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).
How could I have lived in the Roanoke Valley for almost 30 years and never heard of the Golden Shoestring?
Country Cookin, the Roanoke-based restaurant chain, is cooking up a "Little Deductions Eat Free on Tax Day" deal.
Considering a trip to the mall to freshen up your spring wardrobe?
Have you price-checked your prescription drugs lately?
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm on Twitter, too: @smogilvie.
Edward Henry (Pete) Shaw Jr., 71, of Narrows, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2015.
Glenville Dawson "Glenny" Johnson, 74, of Salem, passed away peacefully Friday, May 22, 2015.
Leonard Allen (Squack) Smith, 72, of Covington, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Arritt Funeral Home Chapel.
Leonard (Bud) Morris Jr., 88, of Bassett, died Friday, May 22, 2015. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2015, at Southwest Virginia Veteran Cemetery, Dublin, Va. Arrangements by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory.