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Tuesday 11/24/2015
Posted: November 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Show your love for Roanoke with these experience gift ideas

I love Roanoke.

Monday 11/23/2015
Posted: November 23, 2015 - 12:27 pm
A reader asks: Who will fry my turkey? We have an answer ...

You still have time to pay someone else to fry your Thanksgiving turkey.

Thursday 11/19/2015
Posted: November 19, 2015 - 12:15 pm
Shoptimist: My finds at the Aldi opening

Curious about what you'll find at Aldi? Roanoke's newest grocery store opened Thursday, Nov. 19, in the former Books-A-Million space on Hershberger Road. The German chain is known for its lo…

Wednesday 11/18/2015
Posted: November 18, 2015 - 6:15 pm
Aldi opening, RIOT Rooster among weekend shopping events

Shopping is the story this weekend.

Posted: November 18, 2015 - 10:55 am
Coldwater Creek closeout sale coming to Roanoke hotel

The stores are gone, but you can still buy Coldwater Creek fashion at a special sale in Roanoke County this weekend.

Tuesday 11/17/2015
Posted: November 17, 2015 - 11:50 am
YMCA members: Ready for your (free) underwater photo?

It's always a good sign when I scream "COOL!" in the newsroom.

Monday 11/16/2015
Posted: November 16, 2015 - 12:45 pm
This homemade gift idea is so cute you could EAT IT UP!

How to make gingerbread house kits.

Posted: November 16, 2015 - 11:15 am
Baby on board? Fly more gracefully with these 5 essentials

Stuff you can buy or borrow to help make your air travels easier.

Friday 11/13/2015
Posted: November 13, 2015 - 4:23 pm
Photos: My finds at The Stocked Market

It took me about three hours to shop my way through The Stocked Market, the 27th annual fundraiser for the Junior League of Roanoke Valley. You'll find some of my favorite finds from the 2015…

Thursday 11/12/2015
Posted: November 12, 2015 - 2:15 pm
Best places to buy Thanksgiving take-out

To some, the idea of catering Thanksgiving is blasphemy.

Posted: November 12, 2015 - 1:05 pm
5 shopping events you should consider this weekend

The holiday shopping season has officially begun.

Posted: November 12, 2015 - 7:45 am
Hooo, yeah! A flock of free things to do this weekend

Can you spot all the birdies in my list of free events?

Wednesday 11/11/2015
Posted: November 11, 2015 - 1:50 pm
BOGO Starbucks holiday drinks return this weekend

Don't let the red cups distract you from the real news: BOGO holiday drinks return this weekend.

Updated: November 11, 2015 - 10:53 am
Free food (and more) to honor Veterans Day

We could all do more to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces, but every little perk counts ... especially if it's a free meal at your favorite restaurant.

Posted: November 11, 2015 - 7:45 am
What to expect at Aldi's grand opening in Roanoke

If Aldi was trying to conjure Willy Wonka memories, it's working.

Tuesday 11/10/2015
Posted: November 10, 2015 - 1:15 pm
What should be in our downtown Roanoke restaurant crawl?

I can have strong opinions and big ideas ... except when I'm asked where I want to eat.

Posted: November 10, 2015 - 11:55 am
How to taste Deschutes and save 20% on Roanoke craft beer tour

After hearing all the buzz about Deschutes Brewery, you might be curious about what this Oregon beer actually tastes like.

Monday 11/09/2015
Posted: November 09, 2015 - 1:05 pm
J.Crew warehouse sale returns to Charlottesville

The J.Crew sample sales just keep coming.

Posted: November 09, 2015 - 11:15 am
2 furniture sales you should know about this weekend

Consider a trip to Smith Mountain Lake or Martinsville to decorate your house ... and benefit charity.

Posted: November 09, 2015 - 7:45 am
Stocked Market: 5 things you need to know about this shopping benefit

The holiday shopping season is closer than you think.

Friday 11/06/2015
Posted: November 06, 2015 - 11:10 am
Hurry! Save $20 on Wild Kratts Live tickets at Berglund Center

The deal expires at midnight Friday.

Posted: November 06, 2015 - 7:45 am
Stock up report: Soup at Kroger, Food Lion and Target

Stockpiling your most-used groceries at the lowest prices is one of the best ways to save money.

Wednesday 11/04/2015
Posted: November 04, 2015 - 11:05 am
Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale dates for November 2015

Let the holiday shopping season begin. We have the November dates for the Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale in Salem.

Tuesday 11/03/2015
Posted: November 03, 2015 - 11:15 am
When to pick up a free breakfast at Taco Bell

You can thank Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals for your free breakfast.

Monday 11/02/2015
Posted: November 02, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Subway offers BOGO sandwiches Tuesday

Subway is celebrating National Sandwich Day with a "buy one, give one" offer.

Posted: November 02, 2015 - 8:15 am
My hairdresser's Christmas wish for downtown Roanoke

Rachel cracks me up.

Friday 10/30/2015
Updated: October 30, 2015 - 11:20 am
Stock up report: Michelina's at Kroger and Food Lion

We had some trouble with the Betty Crocker coupons mentioned by Living Rich With Coupons last week, so I'm freestylin' this time around.

Thursday 10/29/2015
Posted: October 29, 2015 - 1:45 pm
Holiday road trip? Amy Schumer is coming to Charlotte

This calls for a party bus.

Posted: October 29, 2015 - 7:45 am
You're in for a treat: Free things to do Halloween weekend

This Halloween weekend, we have plenty of free trick-or-treating options for the kids ... and a  "Thriller" of an event for the big kids.

Wednesday 10/28/2015
Posted: October 28, 2015 - 3:25 pm
J.Crew warehouse sale returns to Lynchburg in November

We have the dates for the next J.Crew warehouse sale (aka sample sale) in Lynchburg.

Posted: October 28, 2015 - 11:16 am
Take your pick: 2 Sam's Club deals from Groupon

The Sam's Club membership deals just keep coming.

Tuesday 10/27/2015
Posted: October 27, 2015 - 3:15 pm
5 takeaways from my 1st trip to Farmer Auctions in Salem

I attended my first live auction as part of the Antiquing 101 class offered through Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Posted: October 27, 2015 - 10:35 am
Kids eat for $1 at Olive Garden with this coupon

We have an excuse to indulge in those Olive Garden breadsticks.

Monday 10/26/2015
Posted: October 26, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Free Scary Face Pancakes return to IHOP

Playing with your food is highly encouraged at IHOP these days.

Posted: October 26, 2015 - 12:20 pm
Vant to try a new Halloween Frappuccino flavor at Starbucks?

As you might have guessed, the new Halloween Frappuccino flavor at Starbucks has a vampire theme.

Friday 10/23/2015
Posted: October 23, 2015 - 7:45 am
Stock up report: Betty Crocker mixes at Kroger

Even if you don't use coupons very often (like me), stockpiling your most-used groceries at the lowest prices is one of the best ways to save money.

Thursday 10/22/2015
Posted: October 22, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Get excited: 6 free things to do around Roanoke this weekend

The Salem Red Sox host their first trick-or-treat event, which features a free screening of "Hotel Transylvania" on the stadium videoboard.

Posted: October 22, 2015 - 8:15 am
How to take your Halloween lighting to the next level

I'm so into Halloween that I'm actually a member of a Facebook haunters group.

Wednesday 10/21/2015
Posted: October 21, 2015 - 3:05 pm
How to get a $3 Chipotle burrito on Halloween

Add a "Boorito" to the list of Halloween treats.

Tuesday 10/20/2015
Posted: October 20, 2015 - 8:15 am
Enjoy this free dozen of tips from my 1st year as Shoptimist

While I can't give you anything sweet or fattening to mark the occasion, I can box up a dozen of my favorite money-saving lessons.

Monday 10/19/2015
Posted: October 19, 2015 - 11:53 am
Your Monday needs this Krispy Kreme news

Three things to know if you're addicted to Krispy Kreme doughnuts:

Friday 10/16/2015
Posted: October 16, 2015 - 8:15 am
Stock up report: Coffee creamer at Kroger and Food Lion

Even if you don't use coupons very often (like me), stockpiling your most-used groceries at the lowest prices is one of the best ways to save money.

Thursday 10/15/2015
Posted: October 15, 2015 - 11:15 am
GO Fest among 5 free things to do around Roanoke this weekend

Fall is about to get real ...

Posted: October 15, 2015 - 10:05 am
Fill a box with books for only $3 today

Apologies for the last-minute alert, but the fall book sale at South County Library sneaked up on me.

Posted: October 15, 2015 - 8:15 am
What have been your favorite, most-used wedding gifts?

What would you recommend other couples put on their gift registries?

Wednesday 10/14/2015
Posted: October 14, 2015 - 2:50 pm
How to get 4x the fuel points at Kroger

Now's the time to stock up on a particular kind of gift card at Kroger.

Posted: October 14, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Half-price wings ready for takeoff at Sonic

Forget beer and brats ... Sonic wants to celebrate Wingtoberfest.

Posted: October 14, 2015 - 12:05 pm
Sam's Club extends membership deal through Friday

For reasons unknown, Sam's Club has extended its latest membership deal, which you must buy through the link below.

Posted: October 14, 2015 - 8:15 am
What to do with a cheap bag of spiderwebs

"Lay off the cobwebs" was one of the biting tips I remember from Roanoke County zombie haunter Jason Becker, who also said the easiest trick to upgrade your Halloween decorating is the li...

Tuesday 10/13/2015
Posted: October 13, 2015 - 11:25 am
Save extra 20% on 2 haunted road trips through Groupon

The 20-percent sale is back on Groupon, and two regional haunted attractions caught my eye.

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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