Franny the Shopaholic, by Franny d'Angelo

Franny the Shopaholic, by Franny d'Angelo

Dear Franny The Shop-aholic: I have a ReynoldS "Handi-vac Vacuum Sealer." I cannot find where to get replacement bags, The Handi-vac came with only three 1-quart bags. I would like to purchase any and all sizes. - Dolores, Egg Harbor Township

Dear Dolores: Go to, they have all sizes and quantities to purchase some with free shipping. However, this product was discountinued. I did send you a link how to convert Ziploc bags to use for the sealer.

Dear Franny The Shop-aholic: Could you find a Disney Princess or any princess-looking toy box. I will need one after Christmas! - Anna

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Dear Anna: Christmas Tree Shops has a Disney Princess toy storage bin that is three-tiered with the top two tiers having bins and a big box on the bottom for $24.99.

Dear Franny The Shop-aholic: Where can I purchase a queen-size air bed with a pump? Nothing fancy - cheap! - Ava

Dear Ava: Sports Authority has an Alpine Design queen-size air bed with a pump regularly $49.99 on sale for $29.99.

Dear Franny The Shop-aholic: I have seen a few homes decorated for Christ-mas with dripping icicle sets. They are lighted and give the appearance the icicle is dripping. I know this is too late for Christmas but I would still buy them (hopefully on sale) for next year. - John P.

Dear John: Ace Hardware has advertised in their circular Shooting Star LED icicle light set for $29.99 for 10. Hopefully, today they are on sale.

Steals of the Week


•Ribeye roast: $4.99 per pound. Limit one.

•Essential Everyday 1-pound butter quarters: $2.50.

•Quaker Maid sandwich steaks: Buy one, get one free.


•A Smithfield smoked ham shank portion: 99 cents per pound.

•Lay's Classic potato chips: Half price.

•Polly-O mozzarella cheese: $1.99 per pound.


•Cherries: $1.99 per pound with the coupon from A11 of Sunday's Press.

•Entenmann's donuts: Half price.

•Smart Ones Classic Favorites: $1.77.

•Eddy's or Breyer's 48-ounce ice cream: $2.50.


•Maggio mozzarella cheese: $2 per pound.

• 59 ounce Minute Maid premium orange juice: $2.

•Hatfield 1-pound bacon: $2.99.

Reader's tips

•Cemccullough wrote to let Shelia know you can purchase angel hair at the Ben Franklin store in Absecon.


•Ace Hardware has auto/scraper/shovel combos for $9.99

•Lion Brand Homespun Yarn, regularly $6.49, $3.99 at Joann Fabrics.

•Ajax dish detergent is 77 cents at CVS. Limit three.

•A 72-count pack of 9-inch paper plates is 99 cents at Walgreens.

•Memory foam bath mats are $5 at Big Lots.

•New Year's Eve paper goods are $1 at The Christmas Tree Shops.

•The Ninja Master Prep is $39.92 at Walmart.

•All reading glasses and sunglasses are half price at Rite Aid.

•A Crofton fan heater is $12.99 at Aldi.

•Sears has a table tennis table, regularly $199.77, on sale for $97.77.

•Arizona thermals are half price at JCPenney.

•A 100-piece Creatology set, regularly $6.99, is $2.50 at Michaels.

•Craft gift bags in small and medium are three for $1 at A.C. Moore.

(Franny The Shopaholic answers questions of general interest. e-mail

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