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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.

Monday 03/02/2015
IHOP serves free pancakes Tuesday to benefit children's hospitals
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 6:05 pm

I'd say go to IHOP Tuesday to enjoy free pancakes, but the whole point of this National Pancake Day promotion is to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Craving Italian? Carrabba's and Olive Garden serve up some deals
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 1:15 pm

You'll have to share your info to get these deals at two popular Italian restaurants near Valley View Mall.

Sam's Club offers latest deal to new and renewing members
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 11:40 am

This is definitely not as good as past Sam's Club deals (see here and here), but you might be interested in the Wal-Mart warehouse chain's latest lure.

My 1st trip to Walmart Neighborhood Market involves BBQ and camo cake
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 7:45 am

First, you should know I committed two grocery shopping no-nos on my first visit to a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market:

Thursday 02/26/2015
Attention, Big Lots shoppers: Get 20% off this weekend
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Just in time to stock up on St. Patrick’s Day parade garb ... Big Lots is bringing back its Friends and Family sale this weekend, when you can get 20 percent off your entire purchase.

Free things to do this weekend (besides 'House of Cards')
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Update Feb. 27 (4:44 p.m.): The Try a 2K event originally scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to the weather

Wednesday 02/25/2015
March right up: Your monthly guide to free events around Roanoke
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 7:30 am

You don't need a pot of gold to have fun in March.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Sheetz serves free drinks Tuesday to celebrate 500th store
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 7:58 am

Today is a popular day to give away food.

Monday 02/23/2015
Updated: Free Krispy Kremes only the start of Tuesday food freebies
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 7:50 am

Updated (Feb. 24, 7:45 a.m.): All Sheetz locations are giving away free coffee and fountain drinks on Tuesday, too. 

Parents: Stressed about saving enough for college?
Posted: February 23, 2015 - 8:00 am

I'm already thinking about higher education expenses for my little one, and she's only 18 months old.

Friday 02/20/2015
3 Sunday coupons that got my attention
Posted: February 20, 2015 - 3:24 pm

There's only one coupon booklet touting over $35 in savings in the Sunday, Feb. 22, newspaper, but there are a few coupons worth digging out:

Thursday 02/19/2015
Best Roanoke happy hour specials ... Go!
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Maybe it's this weekend's Big Lick Cocktail Classic ... or the $5.95 premium margarita special at Abuelo's this Sunday ... or this ridiculous cold.

Free events to help cure your cabin fever this weekend
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

Ready to get out of the house?

Wednesday 02/18/2015
What to expect at Roanoke's first LGBTQ wedding show
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 7:30 am

Update (Feb. 20; 1 p.m.): The showcase has been postponed until Sunday, March 22.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Why you'll get a free Krispy Kreme on Feb. 24
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 8:50 am

Yep, that’s right, Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Monday 02/16/2015
Presidents’ Day deals to consider while we get buried in snow
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 11:21 am

This post comes with my own kind of winter storm warning:

How to save on tickets to Harlem Globetrotters, Opera Roanoke’s ‘Cinderella’
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 9:56 am

Suffering from cabin fever already?

Thursday 02/12/2015
I got more than I bargained for while thrift shopping in Bedford
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 2:30 pm

This was no ordinary hug.

Free things to do for lovers this Valentine's Day weekend
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 7:30 am

Hello, luvvahs.

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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