Franny the Shopaholic, by Franny d'Angelo

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Trying to get a bargain, self-propelled lawn mower. Can you help? - Chris

Dear Chris: Sears has a Craftsman 190cc 22-inch high-wheel front drive self-propelled Smooth Start Plus lawn mower on sale for $299.99. Save an additional 5 percent if you use your Sears charge. Walmart has a Brute 3-in-1 self-propelled mower for $217.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I am looking for a dish drainer. I bought my last one at Corning and the store has since moved out of the area. It is of clear plastic (looks like Lucite) and fits over the counter and curves into the sink. It measures 14 1/2 by 18 1/2 inches. It can be used on either side and you can also cut on it. - Lorraine L.

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Dear Lorraine: I found what you are looking for on Amazon for $31.60 with free shipping. Visit for acrylic plastic drain board five-in one. I sent you the link.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Please find a deal on a portable ice maker. Tired of always lugging home bags of ice. - Grace T.

Dear Grace: An Emerson portable ice maker that makes ice in less than 10 minutes is on sale for $109 at Target.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I cannot find a store around here that sells Postum cereal beverage. I think it came out during World War II due to a coffee shortage. With appreciation. - Bill

Dear Bill: The Vermont Country store sells an 8-ounce Postum for $16.95. Call 800-547-7849 or visit

Can you help?

Dellie is looking for an orange dish drainer and drain board.

Reader's tip

Calista wrote to let Margie know all the ShopRites sell Splenda Brown sugar and to let you know Walmart sells their own brand which is even cheaper.

Steals of the week


•Yoplait 100-calorie Greek cups: $1. Save an additional $1 off two with the 50-cent coupon from Sunday's Press.

•Lancaster Brand shank portion smoked ham: 78 cents per pound.

•Philadelphia 8-ounce cream cheese: $1.25.


•Smithfield ham shank portion: 89 cents per pound.

•Extra large cantaloupe: 99 cents. Limit two.

•Extra large 26 to 30 count shrimp: $6.99 per pound.


•Shick Hydro Silk Razor: $8.99. Save $4 with coupon from Sunday's Press.

•Kleenex facial tissues: Three for $4. Save an additional $1 off three with the 50-cent coupon from a past Sunday Press.

•Scotties facial tissues: Five for $5.


•Charmin Basic bath tissue 12-doubles: $5.

•Bounty Basic print paper towels: $5 for pack of 8.

•Smithfield spiral sliced ham: 99 cents per pound with coupon in the store circular and an additional $25 purchase.



•Buy one pair of shoes, get one 50 percent off all the shoes at Target.

•TaylorMade R11 S Driver is half price for $199.98 at Dick's Sporting Goods. Limit one.

•Three-pack of Sylvania flood lights are half price for $6.49 at Sears.

•Grommet drapery panels in five colors, regularly $25 to $39.99, are on sale for $9.99 at Boscov's.

•12- by 12-foot outdoor canopy is $54.99 at Kmart.

•Control Max bathing suits are on sale for $34 at Old Navy. Save an additional $10 off a $50 purchase with the coupon in the store circular from Sunday's Press.

•Maxwell House 30.6-ounce coffee is $6.99 at Walgreens.

•Today only, get a Code One 10-year Lithium-Ion battery smoke alarm for $19.97 at Home Depot.

•Two and a half dozen large eggs are $3.98 at Walmart.

•All Easter tabletop or wall decor is half price at A.C. Moore.

•All Garden decor is half price at Rite Aid.

•CVS allergy medicine is buy one. get one free.

Franny The Shopaholic answers questions of general interest. Email


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