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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.

Wednesday 06/24/2015
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 12:33 pm
This is child's play for adults ... and it's all free

Sorry for the last-minute notice, but I thought you should know about a few *free* events for folks interested in children's literature, movies and illustration.

Posted: June 24, 2015 - 7:30 am
Don't be lazy ... return that shopping cart!

I've always liked that dating tip about noticing how your dining partner treats (or mistreats) the wait staff.

Tuesday 06/23/2015
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 7:30 am
You have 2 ways to get *free* Chick-fil-A food in 3 weeks

Those Chick-fil-A nuggets and waffle fries are even tastier when you get them for free.

Monday 06/22/2015
Posted: June 22, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Free this week: Life-size chess at the Taubman Museum

Does anyone else immediately think of that Harry Potter scene when hearing the words "life-size chess"?

Posted: June 22, 2015 - 11:15 am
Find latest Sam's Club membership deals on Zulily

You'll have to share your email with the Zulily deals site if you want to take advantage of the latest Sam's Club membership deals.

Posted: June 22, 2015 - 7:30 am
How to get the cheapest Salem Fair ride deals

Prepare your wallets (and your stomachs): The Salem Fair returns to the Salem Civic Center July 1 through 12.

Saturday 06/20/2015
Posted: June 20, 2015 - 7:45 am
5 coupons worth digging out of Sunday's newspaper

Look for up to two coupon booklets (RedPlum and SmartSource) in the Sunday, June 21, Roanoke Times.

Friday 06/19/2015
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 12:15 pm
5 deals you should know about this weekend

Just wanted to remind you of a few sales and other deals before you start your weekend.

Posted: June 19, 2015 - 11:17 am
Kings Dominion BOGO deal on Groupon

Couple of good things to note from Groupon today.

Posted: June 19, 2015 - 7:30 am
Where to hear *free* live music this weekend

Besides 3 Minute Lovin' on Henderson Lawn Square in Blacksburg Friday evening ... and the Summer Solstice Fest in Blacksburg on Saturday, here's the best *free* live music happening this weekend, thanks to Tad Dickens and his weekly list of Top Tickets.

Thursday 06/18/2015
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 10:55 am
Cool off with half-price shakes at Sonic

All day Thursday, June 18, Sonic drive-ins are serving half-price milkshakes.

Posted: June 18, 2015 - 7:30 am
Hey, Daddy-O: Ready for all the free this weekend?

This weekend, we celebrate Father's Day and the summer solstice, which means we have plenty of daylight to enjoy all of the free things to do.

Wednesday 06/17/2015
Updated: June 18, 2015 - 6:26 pm
Cheap burger specials in Roanoke

Way back when I asked for happy hour recommendations, I learned about all of the daily specials at Martin’s, which includes half-price hamburgers on Mondays.

Tuesday 06/16/2015
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 7:30 am
How did you survive the J.Crew sample sale?

That's me, five hours after I eagerly stepped into the first line at the J.Crew warehouse sale last Friday.

Monday 06/15/2015
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 3:10 pm
Kroger offers 4x fuel points on Father's Day gift cards

You know the drill, Kroger customers.

Posted: June 15, 2015 - 1:05 pm
How to get a free Papa John's pizza (specialties included)

Last week, the most popular post on this blog was about that Domino's baseball deal (which didn't quite deliver due to overwhelming demand).

Posted: June 15, 2015 - 11:25 am
Sweet as pie: Folks line up for the Pie Lady in Salem

I happened to be in downtown Salem on Saturday morning, the final appearance for the Pie Lady on the Salem Farmers Market.

Posted: June 15, 2015 - 7:30 am
Meat novices like me: Learn how to buy local beef, pork and lamb

Update (June 30, 2015): The most important takeaway from the 'buying local meat' class

Friday 06/12/2015
Posted: June 12, 2015 - 1:05 pm
This weekend's *free* live music roundup

Thanks to Tad Dickens, we have a list of the best (free) live music.

Posted: June 12, 2015 - 7:30 am
5 shopping events to consider this weekend

We have popular warehouse sales and lots of artisan wares to shop this weekend.

Thursday 06/11/2015
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 7:05 pm
10 free things to do around Roanoke this weekend

This weekend's free options include plenty of outdoor events, including children's theater, patriotic music and a gospel concert, and even some classic film screenings if you'd prefer to stay indoors.

Posted: June 11, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Save money on whitewater rafting just in time for Father's Day

I love when I stumble onto a deal for exactly what I was willing to pay full price.

Wednesday 06/10/2015
Updated: June 10, 2015 - 3:20 pm
How to score a free Domino's pizza (but you must act quickly)

Update (3:17 p.m.): We're hearing reports on our Facebook page that those free pizzas were swooped up within minutes. However, Melissa Lester says instead of a code for a free pizza, she was emailed one that will get her 50 percent off a menu-priced pizza. 

Posted: June 10, 2015 - 7:30 am
Where to get business cards for $9.99

I was so excited to find this Staples deal last week: Pay only $9.99 for 500 custom business cards.

Tuesday 06/09/2015
Updated: June 12, 2015 - 6:32 pm
Where do you splurge for steaks?

Update (June 12, 2015): Thanks for all of your meaty suggestions! I've added our reader responses from Facebook and Twitter at the bottom of this post. Who did I miss? -- Stephanie

Posted: June 09, 2015 - 7:30 am
Sam's Club offers free men's health screenings (no membership required)

The latest free health screening at Sam's Club is all about men's health.

Monday 06/08/2015
Posted: June 08, 2015 - 10:45 am
Old Navy’s $1 flip-flop sale is coming soon

We have a date for the crazy popular $1 flip-flop sale at Old Navy stores.

Posted: June 08, 2015 - 7:30 am
J.Crew sample sale moves to new Lynchburg location

Some exciting news to share, J.Crew fans.

Friday 06/05/2015
Posted: June 05, 2015 - 3:05 pm
Coupons worth digging out of Sunday's newspaper

Look for up to two coupon booklets in the Sunday, June 7, Roanoke Times.

Posted: June 05, 2015 - 7:30 am
5 shopping events you should know about this weekend

In the mood to bargain shop?

Thursday 06/04/2015
Posted: June 04, 2015 - 5:15 pm
Don't forget: Free doughnuts today!

Your Friday just got sweeter.

Posted: June 04, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Where to hear free live music this weekend

Besides the free Zydeco-a-Go-Go concert at Virginia Tech's Henderson Lawn Square at 6 p.m. Friday ... and the free jazz at Chateau Morrisette on Sunday, below you'll find the best free live music happening this weekend, thanks to Tad Dickens and his list of Top Tickets.

Posted: June 04, 2015 - 7:30 am
12 free things to do this weekend

There's plenty of free fun to choose from this weekend, and thankfully, the sunshine should be returning just in time!

Wednesday 06/03/2015
Posted: June 03, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale dates for June 2015

We have the June dates for the Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale in Salem.

Posted: June 03, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Free yoga in Elmwood Park this summer

Look what just popped up on Yoga for the People.

Posted: June 03, 2015 - 7:30 am
The Entenmann's Bakery Outlet in Roanoke is closing

Yep, the sign on the door confirmed an anonymous voicemail: The Entenmann's Bakery Outlet at the corner of Peters Creek and Brandon in Roanoke is closing soon.

Tuesday 06/02/2015
Posted: June 02, 2015 - 1:10 pm
I'm toying with the idea of joining Amazon Mom

After months of hearing about the benefits of Amazon Mom for diaper savings (a former colleague swears by it), I'm still trying to decide if I should try the service.

Posted: June 02, 2015 - 7:30 am
Say goodbye to the chicken Pie Lady

Here's another gut punch from those Norfolk Southern job transfers.

Monday 06/01/2015
Posted: June 01, 2015 - 11:55 am
Here's the deal: Shopping, tubing and fishing in Buchanan

The whole family might enjoy this road trip idea for Saturday, June 6.

Updated: June 01, 2015 - 12:27 pm
Coming Friday: Free Krispy Kremes and Dunkin' Donuts

Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts yet again, this time to celebrate National Doughnut Day.

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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