Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Where can I get the Santa chair covers for my kids' Christmas party? I need eight, so please find a good deal. - Marti

Dear Marti: Christmas Tree Shops has Santa chair covers for $3.99 each. If you sign up for their email, they will email you a $10-off-$50-purchase coupon you can print out and take to the store.

Dear Franny the Shopa-holic: I would like to get my twin grandsons, who are 4, children's laptops - more like a toy that is educational. My sister said to ask you. No more than $50 each. - Paul

Dear Paul: Big Lots has a Vtech Junior Laptop with 40 activities on sale for $19.88 each.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Where can I purchase one of those electric donut makers, reasonably? - Helena

Dear Helena: Bed Bath & Beyond has a Babycakes Donut maker for $19.99. Save an additional 20 percent off with the coupon from Sunday's Press.

Dear Franny The Shopaholic: I have been searching for a store that sells needlepoints. Since moving to Toms River, I have been unsuccessful finding a store. Could you please help me? - Mydayisgood

Dear Mydayisgood: Both A.C. Moore in Brick, and Michaels Craft Store in Toms River sell them.

Readers' tips

Nancy, of Sea Isle City, wrote to let Fay, of Egg Harbor Township, know she can get her brass polished by Stephen D. Bradway-Coppersmith, LLC, at Edwin's Barn, 3143 Rt. 9 South in Rio Grande or call 609-465-5051.

Another Nancy wrote to say Linwood Clock on Shore Road in Linwood can polish brass. Call 609-653-4420.

Can you help?

• Joy B., of Egg Harbor Township, is looking to buy one steno pad. Staples sells them by the dozen.

• Dottie H. is looking for someone who can fix her lawn umbrella that she really likes.

• Rosalie would like to find, locally in a store, not online, Zenobia Pistachios from the Antep region of Turkey.

Steals of the week


•Rosa extra virgin 101-ounce olive oil: $9.99. Limit two.

•Lay's potato chips: Buy one, get one free.

•Gulden's mustard: 88 cents.

•Hunt's barbecue sauce or ketchup: 88 cents.


•Ground beef 80 percent lean or pork country style ribs: Buy one, get one free.

•Barilla pasta: $1.


•Entenmann's full line: $2.49.

•Boneless chicken breast: $1.99 per pound.

•Whole boneless pork loin: $1.99 per pound.


•Hotel, Breakstone's or Keller's 1-pound butter quarters: $1.98.

•Canada Dry 12-pack cans: Four for $8 with the coupon on page A9 of Sunday's Press.

•Axe shower gel: $3.99. Save an additional $2 with the coupon from Sunday's Press.

•Domino 4-pound bag of sugar: $1.99.


•Campbells condensed soups: Four for $3. Save an additional 80 cents with the 40-cents coupon in Sunday's Press.

•Doritos or Utz potato chips: Half price.

•16-ounce Penn Maid sour cream: 99 cents


•18-inch rolling duffle bags are $9.99 at Christmas Tree Shops.

•Prelit, 18-foot garland is $8 at Big Lots.

•Save 20 percent off all soccer, hockey and lacrosse goals at Sports Authority.

•Aldi has a Crofton electric stove that looks like a black-metal, wood-burning stove, on sale for $69.99.

•Bed Bath & Beyond has a Pugz Dog Coat and Pugz set of four boots for dogs (UGG-look) for $19.99 each. Save an additional 20 percent with the coupon from Sunday's Press.

•Joann Fabric has 70 percent off Home Inspirations pottery and containers.

•Memory foam bath mats are $7.99 at Ollie's Bargain Outlet.

•Today at Macy's One Day Sale, between

•8 a.m. and 1 p.m., get a five-piece set of spinner luggage from Skyway for $79.99. K Kups are 30 percent off all day, plus use the 15-percent off coupon from Sunday's Press.

•Acer laptop is $198 at Walmart. Two pack of 10-ounce lobster tails are $13.98.

•All Timeless frames are half price at A.C. Moore.

•50-inch Insignia LCD 1080p HDTV is $499.99 at Best Buy.

•Smart Touch gloves are $3 at Five Below.

•15- to 18.25-ounce Gold Emblem mixed nuts or cashews are $6.99 at CVS. Limit three.

•Boys and girls bubble ski jackets are $17 at JCPenney.

•Celebrate It Christmas ornaments are 60 percent off at Michaels.

•16-ounce Blue Diamond almonds are $4.99 at Walgreens.

•Men's Levi jeans are $39.99 at Sears. Velour and Activewear for her are half price.

•Staples Photo Supreme 8.5- by 11-inch

•50-pack photo paper is $1 after a mail-in rebate.

•Rite Aid has selected Russell Stover, Whitman's, Maxfield, Andes and Queen Anne candies buy one, get one free.

•Lowes has fresh-cut Fraser Fir Christmas trees for $19.99.

•Pelonis portable fan heater, regularly $19.99, is $8.99 at Boscov's. Limit one.

•LG 47-inch 3D 1080p Thin LED Smart HDTV is $899.99 at hhgregg.

•Jeans and cords for adults are $19 and for kids and toddlers are $15 at Old Navy. Spend $50 and save $10 or spend $50 and get $15 off with your Old Navy card by using the coupons in the store flyer from Sunday's Press.

•Kids' and baby outerwear is half price at Kmart.

•Gateway Intel Pentium laptop is $259 at Target.

•Dick's Sporting Goods has 40 percent off Reebok fleece and cold weather compression apparel for the family.

•Save-a-Lot has a 10-pound bag of Idaho potatoes for $2.79 and 48-ounce bottle of Wesson oil for $2.49.

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