Dear Franny the Shopaholic: A crossword-puzzle fan would like a laptop desk (not for computer) that opens for storing puzzle books and pencils. - Jena T., Mays Landing

Dear Jena: Bed Bath & Beyond sells the My Place Cozy Mega Lap Desk with a lamp and a zipper compartment to store the books and pencils for $19.99. Use the 20 percent off coupon from a past Sunday Press, making your cost $15.99.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Where can we purchase a gadget to aerate red wine. - Dan and Maryann R., Linwood

Dear Dan & Maryann: The best deal I could find was at They sell a Vinturi Essential Red Wine Aerator regularly $40 on sale for $29.95 with free shipping.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Where can I find an affordable, freestanding indoor plant stand that holds more than one hanging plant? - Eunice C.

Dear Eunice: A friend of mine bought a multi-pole light at Target; they are on sale often for about $20, regularly $25. She used plant light bulbs and hung four plants from it. Miles Kimball sells a four-arm plant pole for $18.99. Call 800-546-2255 or visit

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I found an old-fashioned pay telephone in red. It was the type that was in an old phone booth. It was in a catalog. Any chance you could find it for me again? I looked everywhere. - Sylvia G., Margate

Dear Sylvia: Seventh Avenue has a Retro Phone and Bank. It is mountable to the wall. It has a dial. It works as a phone. It is also a bank. You put the money in as if you were making a phone call. It comes in red, silver and black and is $99. Call 800-356-9090 or visit

Can you help?

Franny The Shopaholic needs your help, readers. I've received mail from a reader looking for:

Rosalee is looking for any store that sells Tavener's Hard Candy. It came in colors and was coated with sugar in a nice tin can.

Reader tip

Marge wrote to let Carm, of Hammonton, know she has ordered delicious Springerli cookies from Heidelberg Haus. Call 317-547-1230 or visit

Steals of the week


Kellogg's cereal (limited assortment): $1.88.

Kleenex facial tissues: $1. Buy five, use the $1 coupon from a past Sunday Press, making your cost 80 cents per box.

Jumbo raw shrimp 16 to 20 count: $5.88 per pound.

Acme 8-ounce cream cheese: $1.


Pint of strawberries: $1.99.

N.Y. Strip Steak: $3.99 per pound.

Marie Callenders and Healthy Choice entrees: Half price.


Scott or Cottonelle double-roll bath tissue six-pack: $5.99. Use the $1 coupon from Sunday's Press, making your cost $4.99.

ShopRite 50-count ibuprofen: $1.

Knorr soup and dip mix: 99 cents.

ShopRite 100-count aspirin: 99 cents.


Family pack of 75 percent lean ground beef: $1.39 per pound.

America's Choice Italian sausage family packs: $1.87 per pound.

Fabreeze Air Effects: $2.

All Gorton's seafood: Half price.


Pier 1 Imports has a selection of fabric covered dining room chairs on sale for $119.99.

Rite Aid has Samy or Finesse hair care products buy one, get one free.

Big Lots has mens or womens fashion watches on sale for $5. Decorative drape rods are on sale for $5

Target has a Casio 61-key portable keyboard with stand on sale for $69.

CVS has a five-piece lined wicker storage set or a four-drawer rolling storage cart for $9.99.

Boscov's has a Weight Watcher's portable precision electronic scale on sale for $16.99. Sterling and fashion jewelry, regularly $9.99 to $29.99, is on sale for $4.99

Sears has all athletic socks half price.

Best Buy has a Compaq desktop computer and monitor on sale for $349.99.

Staples has a 100-count pack of DVDs regularly $49.98, on sale for $19.98. A 500-count sheet of copy paper is $1 after a mail-in rebate.

Radio Shack has a Mio 4.3-inch GPS on sale for $99.99. A 4 GB flash drive regularly $29.99, is on sale for $12.99.

Kmart has a 32-inch Sylvania LCD HDTV on sale for $299.99.

Michaels has its Bead Gallery collection half price. Marbles, gems and river rocks regularly $2.49, are on sale for $1.

A.C. Moore has 40 percent off its entire stock of packaged paper and/or stickers.

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