The best things in life truly are free, including sharing good times with loved ones.
Bimbo Bakeries USA of Pennsylvania has voluntarily recalled bread products in several states (including Virginia) due to possible broken glass in the products.
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.
I've updated the list with deals at Target and Sonic.
In the past year, I've learned some valuable lessons about attending events at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, including:
I've spent the morning catching up on a bunch of retail news from the weekend, and I zeroed in on nuggets especially for bargain hunters.
The 20th annual Fall Home Show is coming to the Salem Civic Center September 26-27, and the hosts are offering buy-one-get-one-free tickets for a limited time.
It’s prep rally time, Hokies!
Months ago, I learned about a cool website called Living Rich with Coupons, which matches up coupons with weekly specials at a slew of stores.
Though I consider myself a lifelong bargain hunter, I'm still learning from my favorite bloggers.
We have a playful medley of free entertainment for the young and young at heart this weekend, starting with a real version of Angry Birds and coloring book sessions for adults.
Our crime reporter Amy Friedenberger is on top of breaking news of all kinds, including the latest deal from Sonic.
Perhaps I'm not invited to enough parties, but this train town could be doing more with wooden train whistles.
Update (Aug. 21, 11:25 a.m.): The PSL will be available nationwide Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to NBC News.
Returning from my first J.Crew sample sale in June had me feeling like I just got back from a long day at Busch Gardens.
Update (Aug. 17, 2015; 2:20 p.m.): Yep, the latest promo code for additional Groupon discounts is here, and it works on this Homestead deal. Use code EXTRA to get an extra 10 percent off getaways and goods deals and an extra 20 percent off local deals. You'll get up to a $50 discount per deal, and you can use the code three times for each category per customer. The code is valid through Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Is this the time to join Sam's Club?
Here's the latest AP story for bargain shoppers. I especially like the 24-hour refund tip.
Thanks to the Rescue Mission tweet, I learned about its $1 bag sale happening Thursday and Friday at its thrift store on Fourth Street in southeast Roanoke.
As you may know, the Entenmann's Bakery Outlet at Brandon and Peters Creek roads closed in June.
Those lazy, schoolless days are slipping away — if they haven't already.
If Elmo or the Wild Kratts brothers are rock stars in your child's world, you'll want to pay attention.
An update to Monday's post about the changes coming to Verizon this week. — Stephanie Ogilvie
Along with the funky dorm accessories and the souped-up laptop, let's not forget to send our students off without a serious money talk.
Update (Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.): Good news for existing Verizon customers: You'll still be able to get discounted phones for $100 or $200 by renewing a two-year service contract.
If you've ever wondered why I post monthly notices about the Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale in Salem, it's because "when is the next sale?" is the most frequent question I get.
The summer is winding down, but there's still plenty of *free* entertainment happening across the Roanoke and New River valleys this weekend (most of it outdoors).
You might have heard about the upcoming Noke Codes civic hackathon on Aug. 14-15 that aims to help area nonprofits.
In case you hadn't heard: You'll get a tax break Friday through Sunday (Aug. 7-9) on a bunch of items in Virginia, and not just on back-to-school supplies.
How can technology help improve your health?
After driving between Fairfax and Roanoke during my years at George Mason University, I became familiar with the stretch of I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley.
The only reason I planned a trip to Wizard World Comic Con Richmond (July 31-Aug. 2) was to get a photo with actor Sean Astin.
Update (Aug. 10, 2015; 11 a.m.): Kelly Collins, the CEO of the State Fair of West Virginia, emailed an update: This year, you can buy your concert tickets at the ticket booth in the free parking lot (even the day of the show). The ticket will include gate admission. This story has been updated.
I was getting my nails painted 1940s red when the email hit my inbox Friday afternoon:
Whaaaaaat? One of my favorite comedians can't sell out the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke?
Updated (July 30, 2015): Thanks to everyone who shared more birthday party ideas. I've added them to the list below. — Stephanie
This weekend's free entertainment includes two of my mini-obsessions: Chihuahuas and Harry Potter (but, unfortunately, not together).
Kroger is courting back-to-school shoppers with its latest fuel promotion.
A No. 2 with mustard is sounding really good right about now.
The price is right at Mountain View Humane.
This is why I can't leave the office for lunch very often: I end up impulse-buying $100 chairs.
Check your cabinets. Kroger is recalling four store-brand seasonings due to possible contamination from salmonella.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia is holding a "Christmas in July" sale.
Crushing update (July 31, 2015; 3 p.m.): Sean Astin has canceled his appearance at Wizard World Richmond.
Cheers to another national food holiday, which happens to fall on a warm Friday: Perfect margarita weather.
You know that thrill you get when you travel to new places, and you come home refreshed and committed to doing more of it in the future?
You can thank my Roanoke Times colleague Karen for alerting me to the latest food freebie.
Soak up the sun this weekend with my favorite outdoor freebies.
Happy National Hot Dog Day!
Did you know you can still shop outside Happy's Flea Market?
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.
Joyce Ann Crider, 76, of Gretna, died Thursday, August 27, 2015. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Gretna Christian Church. Arrangements by Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna.
Jerry Wayne Dailey, 63, of Kernersville, N.C., formerly of Roanoke, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015. Arrangements by Oakey's East Chapel, 540-977-3909.
Gary Lee Heath, 59, of Moneta, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015. Graveside Service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Heath Family Cemetery. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston 540-297-4966.
Gloria F. Campbell, 74, of Axton, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount, 540-483-3835.