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Friday 04/17/2015
Fist-pump time for Kroger fuel point collectors
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 12:45 pm

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.

5 bargain shopping events you should know about this weekend
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 7:30 am

Not only are there a bunch of free things happening this weekend, but I found enough bargain shopping events to warrant a special roundup.

Thursday 04/16/2015
We're showered with free things to do this weekend
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 1:15 pm

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).

5 things to know about Golden Shoestring upscale consignment shop
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 7:30 am

How could I have lived in the Roanoke Valley for almost 30 years and never heard of the Golden Shoestring?

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Tax Day perk: Kids eat free at Country Cookin
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 7:30 am

Country Cookin, the Roanoke-based restaurant chain, is cooking up a "Little Deductions Eat Free on Tax Day" deal.

Monday 04/13/2015
Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day returns Tuesday
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 11:05 am

Considering a trip to the mall to freshen up your spring wardrobe?

Sam's Club offers free generics, extra prescription discounts for Plus members
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 7:30 am

Have you price-checked your prescription drugs lately?

Friday 04/10/2015
How to save money at Salem Red Sox baseball games
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 7:30 am

Plan ahead.

Thursday 04/09/2015
Hope you're not allergic to all the free fun this weekend
Updated: April 10, 2015 - 10:29 am

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!

Wednesday 04/08/2015
Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale dates for April 2015
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 7:30 am

Get a jump on Mother's Day gifts with the next Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale.

Tuesday 04/07/2015
Monster Indoor Flea Market returns to Berglund Center in May
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 11:15 am

Shoppers, mark your calendars: The Monster Indoor Flea Market returns to the Berglund Special Events Center in Roanoke on Saturday, May 9.

BOGO at Starbucks this week: Oprah's chai tea latte
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 7:30 am

What would Oprah order at Starbucks?

Monday 04/06/2015
Looking for *free* spring break ideas?
Posted: April 06, 2015 - 11:20 am

I'm gazing outside my sunny office window, wishing I was on spring break with Roanoke Valley schools this week.

Saturday 04/04/2015
One day in Roanoke (on the cheap)
Posted: April 04, 2015 - 12:15 am

Traveling is one of my favorite ways to recharge my creative batteries. It also helps me look at Roanoke like an outsider.

Friday 04/03/2015
Cox customers: Binge-watch popular TV shows with 'Spring Freeview'
Posted: April 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

Just in time for spring break, Cox Communications is offering its customers the opportunity to catch up on buzzy shows like "Game of Thrones," "Outlander" and "The Walking Dead" for free.

Thursday 04/02/2015
Explore all of the free things to do this Easter weekend
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 7:30 am

Walk, walk, walk.

Wednesday 04/01/2015
You'll need this coupon to earn 4x fuel points at Kroger
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 12:15 pm

I'm back from vacation and spent the entire morning digging through piled-up emails.

Monday 03/30/2015
A couple of good tips for creative, entrepreneur types
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Count me as one of the people who think creating a fertile environment for entrepreneurs is key to our region's economic success. It makes for more exciting shopping opportunities, too.

Half-price Frappuccinos for Starbucks members today
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 7:30 am

The March Happy Monday deals for Starbucks members end today with half-price Frappuccino drinks from 2 to 5 p.m.

Thursday 03/26/2015
Weekend shopping includes LFA Kids Consignment Sale, North Cross Big Flea
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 7:30 am


Wednesday 03/25/2015
Hunting for free things to do this weekend?
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm

You're in luck, starting with a big egg hunt.

Tuesday 03/24/2015
Struggling to save? Acorns, Digit mobile apps will help stash cash automatically
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 7:30 am

I'm out of the office this week, so I won't be ready to pounce on the latest deals. But I've done some spring inbox cleaning and found a few stories from the Associated Press that will help save you money.

Monday 03/23/2015
Can you really save money by cutting the cord?
Posted: March 23, 2015 - 1:15 pm

First, the bad news: I'll be out of the office this week, so I can't pounce on the latest deals.

How to get a free pastry at Starbucks today
Posted: March 23, 2015 - 7:30 am

Starbucks continues to offer Happy Monday deals throughout March to its rewards members.

Friday 03/20/2015
Parents (and baby shower guests) will want to see this Sunday coupon
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 7:30 am

Based on the latest gift card offer, it's pretty obvious Target wants its baby deals to get our attention.

Thursday 03/19/2015
How to get half-price Domino's pizzas this weekend
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 11:15 am

I didn't realize Domino's offered a "Brooklyn-style" crust, which is described as thin and "perfectly foldable."

J.Crew sample sale returns to Lynchburg this weekend
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 7:30 am

After a snowed-out February sale, the J.Crew sample sale returns to the Lynchburg warehouse this weekend (March 21 and 22).

Wednesday 03/18/2015
Spring off the sofa with free things to do this weekend
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 3:15 pm

This might seem counterintuitive, but perhaps beer would lure you to a running club?

Use your buying power for good with Junior League's Shop, Save & Serve card
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 1:05 pm

If you're reading this, you probably love to shop.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
More bargain shopping blooms this weekend
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Keeping up with toys, clothes and other randomness for one 18-month-old seems hard enough.

Monday 03/16/2015
Can you really tie-dye an Easter egg?
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 1:00 pm

The quick answer is no, not really.

Today: Free cones at Dairy Queen and BOGO tea at Starbucks
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 7:30 am

Don't forget about today's sweet freebies.

Friday 03/13/2015
Sunday insert preview: Coupons worth digging out of March 15 Roanoke Times
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 7:30 am

How big is the pot of coupon gold this week?

Thursday 03/12/2015
Save some green with free things to do this weekend
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 12:24 pm

The big story this weekend, of course, is the McDonald’s St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Roanoke -- which was among USA Today's roundup of noteworthy St. Paddy's Day celebrations.

Wednesday 03/11/2015
March madness for bargain shoppers
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Forget basketball and brackets.

Sam's Club offers free health screenings Saturday
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 7:30 am

Here's your chance to get about $150 worth of health testing done for free.

Tuesday 03/10/2015
Today only: Get extra 20% off Living Social deals
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Living Social doesn't feature as many local deals as Groupon, but you should know that the site is offering an extra 20 percent off today (Tuesday, March 10).

I found some deals at Back on the Rack children's consignment sale
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 7:30 am


Monday 03/09/2015
Starbucks rewards members with Happy Monday deals in March
Posted: March 09, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Have you joined the My Starbucks Rewards program yet?

Dairy Queen celebrates 75 years with Free Cone Day
Posted: March 09, 2015 - 7:30 am

Mark your calendars: Dairy Queen is giving away ice cream on Monday, March 16.

Friday 03/06/2015
Sonic serves half-price milkshakes after 8 p.m.
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 1:15 pm

I try to avoid drinking my calories -- especially late at night! -- so I doubt I'll be partaking in Sonic's milkshake deal.

Roanoke pet owners: How to get your dog or cat fixed for only $5
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 11:12 am

If you're a pet owner living in two specific Roanoke ZIP codes, you're in luck.

Coupons worth digging out of Sunday's Roanoke Times
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 7:45 am

Target wins my love this week, with a couple of specific deals:

Thursday 03/05/2015
Ends today: Get an extra 20% off Groupon deals
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 2:30 pm

I’m a big fan of Groupon deals (especially for massage), so I definitely take advantage of its occasional flash sales.

Free things to do around Roanoke this weekend
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 9:45 am

Update (March 5, 9:45 a.m.): Performances of "Song of Mark" at Our Lady of Nazareth Church have been canceled due to illness. I've removed them from the list below.

Wednesday 03/04/2015
What are you wearing to Roanoke's St. Patrick's Day Parade?
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 4:30 pm

When we picture going to Roanoke's St. Patrick's Day Parade, we think green, right?

What to buy in March
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 7:30 am

Think screens.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Free kids workshops at Lowe's and Home Depot in March
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Libraries aren't the only places to find free events for children.

Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale dates for March 2015
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 11:15 am

We have the Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale dates for March.

What's your favorite bagged tortilla chip?
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 7:30 am

If only bagged tortilla chips tasted as good as those warm baskets of chips at Mexican restaurants.

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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