Category: Gas & Groceries

September 13th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Several businesses in the new Carytown Place shopping area (remember “Don’t Big Box Carytown”?) are opening this week and next.

fresh market carytown

The Fresh Market – 10 N. Nansemond Street:

Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19, and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store, and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A reusable shopping bag and sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee will be free to the first 1,000 customers.

(Press release)

Petco’s grand opening is this Friday through Sunday (Sept 14-16), and the first 100 PALS reward customers on Saturday will receive a $10 gift card. (More info about grand opening) Thr ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 8:55am Saturday.

A Panera is already open.

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July 2nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

flagstop fourth of july

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Flagstop Car Wash & Quick Lube will be offering a FREE exterior car wash all day on Wednesday, July 4.

We will be open from 8 AM to 4 PM at our full service locations, and our $5 Express Wash locations will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM… You can upgrade to any other package and receive a $6.99 discount at the full serves and a $5 disount at the express washes

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May 24th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

While hurricane season officially begins June 1, Tropical Storm Alberto already grazed the coast of South Carolina last weekend. If that’s got you thinking about your emergency preparedness, you can shop for needed supplies sales-tax-free this week, beginning tomorrow:

May Sales Tax Holiday: Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment
When: Friday, May 25, 2012 through Thursday, May 31, 2012

What’s Exempt: During this seven-day period, purchases of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane preparedness will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation

What’s exempt? Flashlights, batteries, radios, bottled water, fire extinguishers, etc. (under $60), in addition to portable generators (under $1000).

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April 3rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Source: via Alison on Pinterest

Spotted this notice in the Sunday Times-Dispatch:

Used bricks, cinderblocks and similar inert materials are available at the U.S. 301 transfer station for Hanover County residents to remove for their own uses. The material is free to those who can load it into their vehicle without help. If the county loader is needed to dump the material into the vehicle bed, the cost is $2 per cubic yard, with a minimum of five cubic yards.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for holidays. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (804) 365-6181.”

I have no idea what kind of condition the materials are in, but used bricks might add a lot of character to a (free) DIY home improvement project! I pinned a couple brick project ideas here.

The info caught my eye because I had just read a useful article in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens about Jim Keefe, a gentleman in Boston who created a gorgeous garden mostly utilizing salvaged materials. He had some tips for finding free or cheap gardening materials:

    Hardscape: Get in touch with builders/contractors that might have leftover items removed from project sites and save them a trip to the landfill. Likewise, check local building permits to find sites where teardown of existing structures might be happening
    Plants: Construction projects might also involve the removal of plant materials, so the suggestions above apply. Look for plant swaps in your area. And let friends and family know you’re hunting for plants, in case they are planning to remove any. (I see offers of free plants pop up on Freecycle and Craigslist!)

Another BHG article about using salvaged materials in the garden

Do you guys have any tips, or success stories, about salvaged or otherwise free landscaping materials?

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March 7th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

A nice bottle of wine.

My husband has observed that “nice” is invariably the adjective of choice for good, lower-priced wines. Tragically for those of us who love a “nice” bottle of wine with our spaghetti, the consensus among experts and wine stores seem to be that nice bottles start at eight bucks a bottle.

That’s too high a price point for our generic weeknight dinner drinking, so I am always on the hunt for cheap quaffable (a la Sideways) wine! My husband and I both love full-bodied Californian cabernets or zins, and finding those for $5 or less is a worthy challenge. The contenders are usually weak, overripe, or with an icky finish.

My pre-pregnancy pick was a $5 Sonoma cabernet from Trader Joe’s (whose name escapes me), but when I returned for more after my son was born of course they no longer carried it. So the search began again.

Here’s its replacement: California Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 by Beringer. I first picked up a bottle for $5.47 at Walmart because the Parham Road Walmart wine selection is very limited. It turned out to be quite good. Plenty of fruit with some tannins for balance, and a finish that leaves me wanting more.

And this month, California Collection wines are on sale for $4.99 at Kroger (“regular” price is $8.99, though I’m not sure Kroger sells any bottle of wine for regular price). When buying any six bottles of wine, Kroger offers an additional 10% discount, making these a very affordable $4.49 a bottle.

What’s your bargain wine of choice these days?

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February 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

I’ve read several news stories in the past year about food deserts in Richmond, which are areas of town where there are no major grocery stores nearby/in walking distance. This forces residents without reliable transportation to suffer high prices, small selection, and poor nutrition of convenience stores.

On Wednesday, Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced the launch of a “Shoppers’ Shuttle” pilot program – four GRTC shuttle routes that will run on the first Saturdays and Tuesdays of each month, and will transport shoppers to grocery stores with an hour to shop. The service is free.

Areas served include Hillside Court, Fay Tower, Creighton Court, Fairfield, Mosby and Whitcomb. View the complete schedule here.

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January 28th, 2012 by RichmondBargains


We wrapped up the latest frugal challenge this week, collecting toiletries to donate to Freedom House on a $10 budget.

All in all, there were five of us participating – Me, Ann, Tiffany, Eleanor, and Zoe – and we collected a total of $260.01 worth spending $44.61!

My total was $52.63. This round’s winner was Ann; she took advantage of Martin’s fuelperks, among other strategies, to pick up $82.94 while spending less than $7! Tiffany came in second with $66.35.

As the sales played out this year, we picked up lots of cheap Old Spice body wash and deodorant ($.49 each with coupons during Kroger’s P&G sale) but almost no toothpaste. The small Suave deodorants and Carefree liners were less than ten cents each at Kroger after doubled $.50 coupons.

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January 24th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

food lion

Food Lion isn’t wasting time getting inventory out of its stores scheduled to close –

Starting tomorrow 1/25, store-wide discounts at the two closing Food Lion stores in Richmond will go to 50% off (from 25%). Excludes alcohol and tobacco.

According to a post I saw on Food Lion’s Facebook page, manufacturer’s coupons will still be accepted.

Thanks Jessica!

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January 17th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

food lion closing sale

Beginning tomorrow, 1/18, everything at the two West End Food Lion grocery stores slated to close will be 25% off (Thanks Whitney!). Excludes alcohol and cigarettes.

    8910 Quioccasin Road
    10470 Ridgefield Parkway

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January 12th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

food lion

Update: My friend Whitney was told that everything will be 25% off starting January 18 (Quioccasin store).

As part of a nationwide sweep of 100+ stores shutting their doors, Food Lion will be closing the grocery store locations at 8910 Quioccasin Road and 10470 Ridgefield Parkway. (CBS 6 story). According to the Food Lion press release, affected stores will be closed within 30 days; according to Food Lion’s Facebook page, closing sales/item markdowns will begin immediately.

There’s no love lost between me and Food Lion (mainly due to the epic checkout waits I’ve had to endure), but I often shopped with my mom at the Quioccasin location as a kid and will be sorry to see it go, and my sympathies are with anyone whose job is affected.

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