Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Where can I purchase some fancy thermostat for your home you can control with your iPhone? It's for someone who has everything. - Denny

Dear Denny:Lowe's has a Nest Learning Thermostat 2nd Generation for $249. Save an additional 5 percent with Lowe's charge.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Can you help me find inexpensive soy-based scented candles? I am looking for 100 percent soy, and not partial soy blend. The regular petroleum-based candles give off toxic fumes. - Pete, Mays Landing

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Dear Pete:Just this week I saw soy candles at Ross, TJMaxx, Burlington Coat Factory and Marshalls. All were very reasonably priced. Check their clearance racks first.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: A few years ago I was able to buy something called "angel hair" (not the pasta) to decorate my Christmas tree. I've looked all over for it this year and can't find it anywhere. Many of the store clerks have never even heard of it. Can you help? - Sheila D., Galloway Township

Dear Shelia:You can purchase Ornamental Vintage Glass Spun Angel Hair for $23.99 at

Steals of the week


•Del Monte Golden pineapple: $1.99.

•Snapple 12-pack ice tea glass bottles: $5.99.

•Breakstone 16-ounce sour cream: $1.50.


•Smithfield shank portion ham: 99 cents per pound.

•Lays Classic potato chips: Half price.

•50-ounce Purex laundry detergent: $1.99. Limit three.

•Philly Gourmet sandwich steaks: Half price.


•Cook's Spiral Ham: 99 cents per pound with a $10 purchase and the coupon on page A5 of Sunday's Press.

•Prime Rib Roast: $4.99 per pound.

•Coke (assorted varieties) 12-pack cans: Four for $11. Must buy four.

•Westinghouse 32-inch LED HDTV: $179.99 with the coupon on A5 of Sunday's Press.

•18-gallon Sterlite storage tote: $3.99 with the coupon on A5 of Sunday's Press.


•Smithfield spiral sliced ham: $1.69 per pound.

• 8-ounce Philadelphia cream cheese: 99 cents.

•5-pound bag Granny Smith apples: $5.99.


•Snow tubes are $8.99 and $9.99 at Christmas Tree Shops.

•Pepperidge Farm cookies are $1.99 at Rite Aid.

•All baskets are half price at A.C. Moore. A kid's 3-in-1 easel is half price for $34.99.

•Patriot candles are buy one, get one free at Walgreens.

•Lowe's has a two-piece brushed steel lamp set, regularly $59, on sale for $39.

•Samsung 15.6-inch laptop is $348 at Walmart.

•Carter's coveralls and infant sets are half price at Kohls.

•Gold Emblem nuts are buy one, get one free at CVS.

•Mr. Beer home beer brewing kit is on sale for $34.99 at Sears. Save an additional 10 percent with the saving pass in the store circular from Sunday's Press.

•Lil' Kawasaki or Barbie Sport Quad are $40 off at Toys R Us for $59.99.

•Creatology 130-piece art set, regularly $12.99, is on sale for $4.99 at Michaels.

•Canon PowerShot 16mp with 5x zoom camera is $69.99 at hhgregg.

•JBL micro speaker for iPhone 5 is $99.99 at Best Buy.

•Presto griddle, regularly $49.99, is on sale for $17.99 Friday and Saturday at Macy's.

•Justin Bieber Backstage Pass board game is $5 at Five Below.

•Men's Cross & Winsor jeans are $8.99 at Boscov's. Limit two.

•Women's and kids sherpa hoodies are $15 at Old Navy. Save an additional $10 off a $50 purchase with the coupon in the store circular from Sunday's Press.

•All women's sleep sets are half price at Target.

•Kmart has a 48-inch Foosball table half price for $39.99

•Aldi has six 5-pound firelogs for $12.99.

•Eureka stick vacuum is $24.84 at Walmart.

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