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I love Christmas shopping. Seeing kids dressed in cozy sweaters for photos with Santa and finding the perfect gift fill me with that holiday cheer people sing about in Christmas carols. However, sometimes it's nice to do some shopping from my own living room. Online shopping is not only convenient, but occasionally it's necessary in order to purchase some hard-to-find items or pricey products. This week, Daily Finance reported that
This is an exciting time for bargain shoppers. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all within our sights — and if that’s not enough, many stores will be opening on Thanksgiving. Even though there will be an abundance of special offers beginning Thursday, it’s easy to go over budget or waste a lot of time. If you start planning your shopping strategy now, it’s possible to avoid
As the holidays approach, people will open their wallets to give to their favorite charities and drop donations in those familiar red kettles. This year, the typhoon in the Philippines provides added inspiration to give . Unfortunately, the holiday season and natural disasters bring out scam artists who try to take advantage of the public during emotional times. Before doling out aid, put some thought into who’s getting your contributions.
Veterans Day is rolling around again, and many businesses and organizations are saying “thanks” by offering specials and freebies for active and retired military members. Here’s a roundup of some opportunities for veterans . It’s important to note that not all locations may be participating and some offers may vary. Be aware that most businesses will require proper proof of service to receive the special deals. Know of any offers
We’re approximately one month into flu season, and the sounds of coughs, sniffles and sneezes are growing louder. Prevent ive measures don’t have to carry a high price. Though they’re not fail-safe, you can take some simple steps to avoid getting sick. According to Stephanie Harper , director of the Roanoke and Alleghany health department districts, the best protection against the flu is the vaccine. The vaccine became available in
We haven’t yet reached Halloween, but winter holiday displays and advertisements are already popping up. For those shoppers who don’t like to wait until the last minute, November is a great time to get a jump start on holiday shopping. Stocked Market The Junior League of the Roanoke Valley is celebrating the Stocked Market’s 25th anniversary this year. The popular event features merchants and vendors from all over the country,
Mid-October is a great time to start thinking about Halloween shopping. It's not too early, products are already on sale, and the shelves have not yet been cleaned out. It's easy to forget how expensive the holiday can be. By the time pumpkins, costumes and loads of candy are purchased, the spookiest night of the year can leave cobwebs in your wallet. If you live in a large neighborhood, candy
Okay bargain shoppers, it’s time again to call your attention to some money-saving items that have been on the blog, as well as a few upcoming events. Elizabeth Arden Warehouse Sale Today is the final day of the Elizabeth Arden End of Summer Warehouse Sale. This is the final sale of the season and future sale dates have not been announced, so if you’re in need of cosmetics, fragrances, cosmetic
School has been in session a few weeks now, which means fliers from the PTA about upcoming fundraisers will soon be in your child's backpack - if they haven't made an appearance already. I can recall transforming into a mini-salesgirl each year in grade school to sell items like wrapping paper and scented candles. Earning money for the school isn't always on the forefront of each student's mind (earning the
Having some clutter around the house is unavoidable. Lives are busy, so we often throw items in a junk drawer instead of putting them away, or we move boxes of old toys and clothes to the basement instead of finding them a new home. However, taking some time to de clutter and get organized not only improves the space where you live but could also put some money in your
In last Sunday’s Retail Roundup column, Amanda Codispoti reported that CVS Pharmacy will be opening six Minute Clinics — walk-in clinics inside the drugstore — in Southwest Virginia. In addition to Minute Clinics accepting various insurance providers and offering evening and weekend hours, there are some other perks shoppers could take advantage of once these locations open. I have been signed up for Minute Clinic email alerts for months. As
Last year, we launched our first Best of Holiday Shopping poll to great success. We asked readers to vote online for their favorite places to shop, to eat, to buy “Only in Roanoke” souvenirs so we can share the results to help others navigate the holiday shopping terrain. Through the poll, we discovered several unique businesses in our region — and we hope to find more of them this year. In our second
Have you noticed any changes to your coupons? Whether you have or not, the way you spend and save is evolving. NCH Marketing Services Inc., a subsidiary of Valassis, the multimedia company that distributes many print and digital promotions (like Redplum coupon booklets, for example), recently released a report on the state of coupons after the first half of 2013. Avid couponers may be surprised at some of the findings.
Just because the kids have gone back to school doesn’t mean the fun is over. Plenty of affordable, family-friendly activities are just gearing up, and many will continue through the fall. Many venues will be lowering their prices or offering discounts now that school is back in session. Splash Valley at Green Ridge Recreation Center is only open a couple more weeks, so consider stopping by between noon and 6
I’ve warned readers many times about deals that sound too good to be true . So when I learned about Money Mondays, free financial seminars held at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, I was sure there had to be a catch. Are they trying to sell something? Where are the hidden fees? But I’m happy to report that this is one freebie with no strings attached. Money Mondays is a
Online shoppers are accustomed to receipts showing up in their inbox, but soon you could be receiving a lot more receipts via email. Brick- and-mortar stores and restaurants are offering digital receipts more often these days, and shoppers have found pros and cons to the system. So far, shoppers have the opportunity to receive digital receipts at stores such as Gap, Old Navy, Macy’s, Sears, Toys R Us and Kmart.
Spotlights, high fashion, models strolling the runway — you’ll find all these things at the upcoming Second Runway event hosted by Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. The fourth annual fundraiser for the nonprofit will be held in Fitzpatrick Hall of Roanoke’s Jefferson Center on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. The show will feature 66 outfits selected from local Goodwill stores. The theme: The people and clothing that have received
Virginians are in the midst of a back-to-school tax holiday weekend. School and office supplies have been deeply discounted, and fall clothing is taking the place of swimsuits on the racks. But these aren’t the only bargains to keep an eye out for this time of year. I spoke to Brett Billick, senior director of Deals2Buy (www.deals2buy.com), a website that seeks out the best deals for shoppers, and he provided
Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing will take place Aug. 2 through 4. During this time period, shoppers can purchase eligible school supplies priced $20 or less per item and clothing priced $100 or less per item without paying sales tax. Though the timing of this holiday is to help parents prepare and save money for the upcoming school year, anyone can take advantage and save
Consumers are constantly being bombarded with information about the products we buy. Ads promoting products are everywhere and it seems new warnings about the dangers of other products are popping up all the time. It’s easy to become desensitized to it all, but that can be unsafe when it comes to product recalls. Patty Davis, spokeswoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the government agency charged with protecting the
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