Dear Franny the Shopa-holic:Where can I purchase a good easy camera that has about 10 mega pixels and at least 5X to 10X zoom. I don't want to spend more than $200. -Sandy R.

Dear Sandy:A GE X400 15X zoom and 14mp camera is on sale for $99.99 at Kmart.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic:Please find a beige or brown sofa slipcover for me. Not too expensive. -Joanne

Dear Joanne:Target has a one-piece stretch sofa slipcover on sale for $65 in brown, black or beige.

Dear Franny the Shopa-holic:We need to replace our clothes washer, which is 12 years old. The dryer is still working. Looking for a 4.0 washer, no need for all the bells and whistles, i.e. steam cleaning, etc. -Carmela & Bill

Dear Carmela & Bill:Today, Home Depot has a GE 3.9-cubic foot washer $539, plus free delivery and haul away. If a 3.6-cubic foot will work, you can get a Whirl-pool 12-cycle high efficiency washer at Best Buy for $449.99, again with free delivery and haul away.

Dear Franny the Shopa-holic:My friend advised me to ask you to find a dust ruffle for a full-size bed that goes on with elastic. I am in my 80s and can not lift the mattress to use a traditional type. She said she heard they sold that type somewhere. -Lois

Dear Lois:The Vermont Country Store has solid or eyelet Wraparound Dust ruffles for $19.95 or the eyelet for $24.95, both in a few colors. Call 800-564-4623 or

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Carolyn, of Egg Harbor Township, is trying to find out where the old Fish Hut on the corner of Ocean Heights and Zion Road bought its cole slaw from.

Steals of the week


•Porterhouse steak family pack: $5.99 per pound.

•Hatfield bacon: $3.99 per pound.

•Chef's Requested bacon wrapped 10-ounce filet: Four for $19.99.


•Celenatano frozen pasta: Half price.

•Dannon yogurt: 60 cents.

•Philly Gourmet sandwich steaks: Half price.


•Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals: $2. Save an additional $1 with the 60-cent coupon from Sunday's Press.

•Fab or Dynamo 50-ounce bottles: $1.79.

•Scotties facial tissues: 77 cents.

•Pepperidge Farm Jingos: $2.50. Save an additional $1 with the coupon from Sunday's Press.


•Family pack of 85-percent lean ground beef: $2.99 per pound.

•Weight Watchers Smart Ones: $2.

•Fresh Express salad bags: $2.


•Christmas Tree Shops has window valances for $3.99.

•Vanderwall curved shower rod is $19.99 at Aldi.

•Kellogg's cereal or Nature Valley bars are $2 at Walgreens.

•Chobani four-pack of Greek yogurt is $2.68 at Walmart.

•RCA 32-inch LED HDTV is $228 at Kmart.

•All garden decor is half price at RiteAid.

•Liquitex artist paint is half price at A.C. Moore.

•Sears has a complete bed set in any size for $39.99.

•Vizio 55-inch SMART LED HDTV is $849.99 at Target.

•Staples has a seven-pack of Zebra-Grip retractable ballpoint pens, regularly $4.49, on sale for $1.

•Ironing board covers are $4.99 at Boscov's.

•CVS has Coke 12-pack cans for $2.50. Plus spend $30 and get a $10 CVS cash card.

•Best Buy has a SanDisk 8GB Cruzer USB 2.0 flash drive, regularly $17.99, on sale for $5.99.

•Frigidaire stainless-steel dishwasher is $319.99 at hhgregg.

•Fitness DVDs are $3 at Big Lots.

•Jump-It car starter is $7.99 at Ollie's Bargain Outlet.

•Wireless indoor/outdoor digital thermometer is half price for $9.99 at Ace Hardware.

•Buy an Amazing Concealer in the .2-ounce size for $28, and get one free at Ulta.

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