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Friday 09/04/2015
Posted: September 04, 2015 - 3:05 pm
Yeah, baby, yeah! 5 kids shopping events you should know about

Labor Day weekend seems an appropriate time to round up some upcoming sales for babies and children, so here goes:

Posted: September 04, 2015 - 8:15 am
Stock up report: Maximize savings during Kroger Mega Event

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 09/03/2015
Posted: September 03, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Free weekend events include Brad Paisley concert at Virginia Tech

How will you say goodbye to summer this holiday weekend? 

Wednesday 09/02/2015
Posted: September 02, 2015 - 2:28 pm
Updated: How to get meet-and-greet tickets to Wild Kratts Live, Sesame Street

Update (Sept. 2, 2:25 p.m.): The Berglund Center has just announced ticket information for the Wild Kratts show, which is happening Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre.

Posted: September 02, 2015 - 1:50 pm
Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale dates for September 2015

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

Posted: September 02, 2015 - 8:15 am
Learn how to shop for old in *new* Antiquing 101 class

I love to shop for home furnishings with character, but I know next to nothing about the history of furniture design.

Tuesday 09/01/2015
Posted: September 01, 2015 - 5:25 pm
Amazon to let Prime members download videos

Would downloadable videos (on phones and tablets) lure you to the $99 annual program? I joined Amazon Mom earlier this summer for diaper savings and free shipping. — Stephanie Ogilvie

Posted: September 01, 2015 - 2:45 pm
How to cook a $1 steak from Dollar Tree

Have you seen the ribeye steaks at Dollar Tree?

Monday 08/31/2015
Posted: August 31, 2015 - 1:05 pm
10 ways to share your Hokies love with cake and chocolate

That's my father-in-law, Lem.

Thursday 08/27/2015
Posted: August 27, 2015 - 2:05 pm
Free things to do around Roanoke, NRV this weekend

The best things in life truly are free, including sharing good times with loved ones.

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 12:35 pm
Sara Lee, Great Value, Kroger bread recalled due to possible glass fragments

Bimbo Bakeries USA of Pennsylvania has voluntarily recalled bread products in several states (including Virginia) due to possible broken glass in the products.

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 8:15 am
Stock up report: Yogurt at Kroger, cookies at Walmart

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.

Tuesday 08/25/2015
Posted: August 25, 2015 - 2:13 pm
This week's free and cheap food: IHOP, Sonic, Olive Garden

I've updated the list with deals at Target and Sonic.

Posted: August 25, 2015 - 12:15 pm
Latest Berglund Center lesson: Prepare for $5 parking

In the past year, I've learned some valuable lessons about attending events at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, including:

Monday 08/24/2015
Posted: August 24, 2015 - 1:15 pm
ICYMI: Largest antique mall in the country in our back yard?

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.

Posted: August 24, 2015 - 11:15 am
How to get BOGO tickets to Fall Home Show (and a 'grand' coupon)

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.

Posted: August 24, 2015 - 8:15 am
J.Crew warehouse sale coming to Blacksburg

It’s prep rally time, Hokies!

Thursday 08/20/2015
Posted: August 20, 2015 - 3:47 pm
Stock up report: Pop-Tarts at Food Lion, Eggos at Kroger

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.

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 12:12 pm
Good idea: Save cheap crayons for stocking stuffers

Though I consider myself a lifelong bargain hunter, I'm still learning from my favorite bloggers.

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 8:15 am
Your weekend of *free* events is cleared for takeoff

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.

Wednesday 08/19/2015
Posted: August 19, 2015 - 10:55 am
Sonic serves slushes for 79 cents on Wednesday

Our crime reporter Amy Friedenberger is on top of breaking news of all kinds, including the latest deal from Sonic.

Posted: August 19, 2015 - 8:10 am
Roanoke needs more train whistle

Perhaps I'm not invited to enough parties, but this train town could be doing more with wooden train whistles.

Tuesday 08/18/2015
Updated: August 21, 2015 - 11:27 am
Real pumpkin still won't make me drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Update (Aug. 21, 11:25 a.m.): The PSL will be available nationwide Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to NBC News.

Posted: August 18, 2015 - 8:05 am
How to survive the J.Crew sample sale in Lynchburg

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.

Monday 08/17/2015
Posted: August 17, 2015 - 2:25 pm
Update: Save extra 10% on Omni Homestead deal through Groupon

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.

Posted: August 17, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Living Social offers latest Sam's Club membership deal

Is this the time to join Sam's Club?

Friday 08/14/2015
Posted: August 14, 2015 - 8:05 am
When's the best time to buy airline tickets?

Here's the latest AP story for bargain shoppers. I especially like the 24-hour refund tip. 

Thursday 08/13/2015
Posted: August 13, 2015 - 4:15 pm
Rescue Mission holds $1 bag sale to empty 4th Street Thrift Store

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.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Reader question: Any bakery outlets in Roanoke?

As you may know, the Entenmann's Bakery Outlet at Brandon and Peters Creek roads closed in June.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 8:05 am
Savor the summer with 5 free events this weekend

Those lazy, schoolless days are slipping away — if they haven't already.

Tuesday 08/11/2015
Posted: August 11, 2015 - 5:24 pm
Verizon update: Existing customers eligible for discounted phones

An update to Monday's post about the changes coming to Verizon this week. — Stephanie Ogilvie

Posted: August 11, 2015 - 2:15 pm
What would you tell a college student about money? I'll start with credit cards

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.

Monday 08/10/2015
Updated: August 11, 2015 - 5:35 pm
What you need to know about Verizon contract changes

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.

Posted: August 10, 2015 - 12:05 pm
My latest Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale question

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.

Thursday 08/06/2015
Posted: August 06, 2015 - 8:15 am
5 free events to get you steppin' out this weekend

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).

Wednesday 08/05/2015
Posted: August 05, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Noke Codes will teach your kids computer coding ... for free

You might have heard about the upcoming Noke Codes civic hackathon on Aug. 14-15 that aims to help area nonprofits.

Posted: August 05, 2015 - 8:15 am
Which items are included in Virginia's sales tax holiday?

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.

Tuesday 08/04/2015
Posted: August 04, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Free health screenings at Sam's Club Saturday (no membership required)

How can technology help improve your health?

Posted: August 04, 2015 - 8:15 am
Road trip? Route 11 Yard Crawl returns Saturday

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.

Monday 08/03/2015
Posted: August 03, 2015 - 1:55 pm
3 bittersweet lessons from Wizard World Comic Con Richmond (+ costume photos)

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.

Updated: August 10, 2015 - 10:58 am
How to save on West Virginia state fair tickets

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.

Friday 07/31/2015
Posted: July 31, 2015 - 2:59 pm
Noooooo! Sean Astin canceled Wizard World Richmond

I was getting my nails painted 1940s red when the email hit my inbox Friday afternoon:

Posted: July 31, 2015 - 7:30 am
How to get half-price Bill Maher tickets

Whaaaaaat? One of my favorite comedians can't sell out the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke?

Thursday 07/30/2015
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 1:50 pm
Updated: Best (inexpensive) places for children's birthday parties?

Updated (July 30, 2015): Thanks to everyone who shared more birthday party ideas. I've added them to the list below. — Stephanie

Posted: July 30, 2015 - 8:15 am
5 free things to do this weekend

This weekend's free entertainment includes two of my mini-obsessions: Chihuahuas and Harry Potter (but, unfortunately, not together).

Wednesday 07/29/2015
Posted: July 29, 2015 - 2:05 pm
4x fuel points back at Kroger, which just opened Salem gas center

Kroger is courting back-to-school shoppers with its latest fuel promotion.

Posted: July 29, 2015 - 10:45 am
Sonic serves half-price cheeseburgers Wednesday

A No. 2 with mustard is sounding really good right about now.

Posted: July 29, 2015 - 7:30 am
Spay and neuter discounts include pit bull special at Mountain View Humane

The price is right at Mountain View Humane.

Tuesday 07/28/2015
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 2:40 pm
2nd Helpings resale shop on Williamson is expanding

This is why I can't leave the office for lunch very often: I end up impulse-buying $100 chairs.

Posted: July 28, 2015 - 12:59 pm
Kroger recalls 4 spices due to salmonella risk

Check your cabinets. Kroger is recalling four store-brand seasonings due to possible contamination from salmonella.

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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