rva rummage sale
March 21st, 2017 by RichmondBargains

The “RVA Rummage Sale” will be held this Friday and Saturday at the Richmond Int’l Raceway Complex Colonial Building (600 E Laburnum Avenue) to benefit local non-profits and refugee relief. Cash and Debit/Credit Cards accepted.

Join us as the faith community comes together to fight back against poverty. Our desire is to be one community that works towards alleviating poverty both locally and abroad. Half of all proceeds will go to local organizations in RVA and the rest to provide refugee relief. We believe that not only will the profits of the sale be beneficial to those around us, but also the sale itself. We hope all the surrounding neighborhoods can benefit from purchasing donated items at low and affordable costs.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 – 5:00 – 8:30 PM

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 – 9:00 AM – 1 PM

If you’d like to donate, donations will be accepted March 20 – 22 from 6 – 8 PM at The Colonial Building located at the Richmond Raceway (600 E Laburnum Avenue).

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February 25th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

spca wendys frosty

UPDATE: this deal is over, but Wendy’s are selling these $1 key tags that are valid until 8/31/14.

Wendy’s is partnering with the Richmond SPCA again to offer $1 Frosty Key Tags. Key tags good for a free chocolate or vanilla Jr. Frosty with every food purchase at a greater Richmond area Wendy’s through the end of 2014.

Tag sales benefit the SPCA. The tags are available for purchase at area Wendy’s restaurants, or from the Richmond SPCA gift shop.

According to the Richmond SPCA on Twitter, these are only available until the end of February.

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February 25th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

cinderella dreams

The Cinderella Dreams Dress Shopping Event will be held in the middle of March again this year – for a requested $5 donation, girls can shop for a formal gown from a wide selection of donated dresses. There are also accessories and makeup available. The event is organized by the Midlothian Junior Women’s Club.

    Friday, March 15: 4:30 to 9:30pm
    Saturday, March 16: 9 to 12:00pm
    Saturday, March 23: 9 to 12:00pm

Timed entry shopping vouchers will be distributed one hour before the shop opens. One female guest per shopper.

There will also be a Little Black Dress sale on March 25 from 6 to 9pm.

Location: Westchester Commons in Midlothian, storefront between Regal Cinemas and Petco

cinderella dreams donation

If you’re past that phase of life and have items you could donate to the cause, collection of donations (dresses, jewelry, evening bags, and cosmetics) for the Cinderella Dreams Project will run through February 28th at any Richmond area YMCA, Puritan Cleaners, VCU campuses, Monkee’s, It’s Chic Again!, and Impressions Consignment and Boutique!

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November 1st, 2012 by RichmondBargains

boy scouts scouting for food

The Central Virginia Food Bank needs donations!

This Saturday, November 3rd, the Boy Scouts will be Scouting for Food – Fill your paper bag (dropped off by the scouts last week) with canned/non-perishable items and leave it on your doorstep for pick up.

(Another option for helping: Chick-fil-A at Willow Lawn will be giving away a free chicken biscuit with the donation of four canned goods on Saturday morning Nov 3, 7:30-11am!)

Want to help? Here are a few items at good prices during Kroger’s 10-item Mega Event this week and next – save $5 for every 10 participating items you buy. After that additional $.50 per item savings, the prices are:

    Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken soups $.69/can (Use “$.40 off 3″ coupon from Coupons.com or $.40 off 4 from the 10/7 SmartSource insert to get them for as low as $.42 per can)

    Hormel canned chili $.87/can. I found a “$1 off 2” coupon in an aisle dispenser next to the cans, making them just $.37/can! (look for a $1 off 2 coupon in the 9/9 SmartSource insert too)

    Green Giant canned vegetables $.49/can

    Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese $.69/box

    Reach toothbrushes $1.49 each. Print “$2 off 2” coupon from Coupons.com to make them $.49 each, plus you’ll get a $2 off your next purchase Catalina coupon printed at the register (a $1 moneymaker!) (I realize you can’t eat toothbrushes, but you can use or donate them, and maybe use the overage savings for a few more cans of chili!)

(A few more Kroger deals in this week’s RVA Deals post)

Have you spotted any bargains that would be perfect for donations??

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September 13th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

amazing raise 2012

So this has little to do with bargains, but a lot to do with Richmond, and supporting the local organizations that provide wonderful ministries, programs, and events from which our city benefits!

Next Wednesday, September 19, the Amazing Raise kicks off at 6am and runs for 36 hours.

Over $100,000 will be awarded to local non-profits through Give Richmond, and the funds are distributed on the basis of each non-profit mobilizing donors to its cause.

What does it mean to you?

Basically, your donation during the Amazing Raise time period can help your chosen organization(s) receive even more money.

Three Grand Prizes ($20,000, $15,000, and $10,000) will be awarded to organizations that receive the highest number of unique gifts of $50 or more.

Groups are also eligible for the “50/50 Early Bird Challenge” – The first 15 organizations to receive 50 unique gifts of $50 or more will receive a grant prize of $2,500.

There are also NUMEROUS smaller bonus prizes, for categories such as donation made closest to midnight or organization that receives the 10,000th gift in the event. A donation of $25 or more counts for Bonus prize purposes (See all prizes)

In 2011 (the first year) 6,453 gifts totaling $491,245 were given.

This year, it looks like approximately 400 non-profits are registered to participate – see the full list here. I know, that makes it tough! If torn between a few groups, my only thought is to check their Facebook pages or websites to see which ones are actively promoting the Amazing Raise to supporters – they are the ones with a better shot at earning the prizes.

Is there $50 that can be spared from your budget this month for a Richmond organization you think worthwhile? If you normally give around the holidays, could you re-allocate those resources to this time, when your donation has the potential to go even farther for your favorite charity? (I guess that’s my bargain spin on this topic – if you’re going to give, give when you can get the most bang for your buck 🙂 )

I’m not affiliated with the Amazing Raise, Give Richmond, or any participating organization; I just think it’s a great idea!

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August 16th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Curious about the final results from the $10 School Supply Challenge?

Altogether, 10 people participated and collected a total of $933.17 worth of school supplies for the Henrico Education Foundation! The total amount of money spent for that haul was $93.79 – a 90% savings rate!

The top shopper was Ann, who purchased $178.97 worth with her $10 budget. Her six-year-old daughter Natalie participated as well, and the other frugal ladies who contributed were Jennifer, Kim, Stephanie, Julie, Noelle, Eleanor, and Tiffany.

Many thanks to Kroger, KidsDineFree.net, and ILikeToSave.com for providing prizes for this year’s participants!

For my part, I spent $9.86 and collected $122.19 worth of supplies.

(My son wanted to be in the picture since he helped)

It’s funny, during last year’s challenge I didn’t set foot in Staples, and this year, the majority of my haul comes from there. Altogether I made 4 Staples runs, plus one trip each to Target, Office Max, and Kroger. To get past the $5 minimum required for some of Staples cheap prices, I took advantage of the free-after-rebate items – I have submitted 5 Easy rebates for $23.98 back. I also used a couple of manufacturer’s coupons for Bic and RoseArt items.

So where is all this bounty headed?

Working with the Henrico Education Foundation, we’ve divided it into high school supplies destined for Henrico High School and elementary supplies for students at Donahoe Elementary.

Hopefully, this inspires you about the potential of bargain shopping, particularly as a means of blessing others even if you don’t have a lot of cash to spare!

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February 2nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

world book night

Want to encourage reading in Richmond?

World Book Night 2012 will be held on April 23apply online to receive 20 copies of a paperback (your choice from a list of 30 titles) to hand out to non- or light-readers in the community!

Deadline to apply is Monday, February 6. I can’t find a list of Richmond pick-up spots, but Fountain Bookstore and bbgb tale for kids are participating.

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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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April 3rd, 2011 by RichmondBargains

spca frosty wendy's

SPCA Frosty key tags are available at local Wendy’s restaurants again for the price of $1 – The tags are good for a free Jr Frosty with every Wendy’s purchase through the end of 2011, and proceeds from key tag sales benefit the Richmond SPCA!

(If you’ve never ordered a Jr Frosty before, just know they are tiny 😉 But tasty!)

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December 3rd, 2010 by Alison

The deal bloggers of Richmond strike again, this time collecting donations for the Food Bank on $10 budgets. In this round, there were five of us storming the stores: Eleanor at Saving Our Way, Tiffany at Young and Frugal in Virginia, Stephanie at Coupon Clippin Mommy, Kim at Day by Day Savings, and myself.

I’ll tell you straight off, I did not bring my A-game to this challenge. Maybe a solid B. I’m not really sure what happened, but I didn’t budget my time and money properly. So when I went to tally up my totals at the end of the challenge period, I discovered I had only spent $5.22.


So this week I rushed out and spent the rest of my budget. Before this week, my total value was $62.60. Ultimately, I collected $85.17 worth of food – 49 items – with my $10. Not bad, but I fell a little short of my goal of $100 value. Here is what I got:
my food

The superstar winner of this challenge round was the new competitor, Kim from Day by Day Savings. She clocked in with $115.75 worth of groceries.

And altogether, the five of us collected $377.78 worth of food with $48.16 in spending. We all agreed the food drive was more challenging than the school supply one in August and September, plus November was just a busier time for everyone.

But we got a TON of food (I’m surprised Stephanie’s table didn’t collapse!) Here’s what $377.78 in groceries looks like:



Oodles of soup (50+ cans!), boxed potatoes, cereal, and condensed milk. The bulk of items came from Kroger sales, with a little Target, MARTIN’S, and CVS thrown in.

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