Dear Franny the Shopaholic: You probably don't get much call for sewing machine carryall bags, but can you find me one? - Lois

Dear Lois: Michaels has them for 40 percent off this week, along with all the store's entire stock of craft storage.

Dear Franny the Shop-aholic: I'm looking for a nice deal on a resume holder/portfolio. I want something professional looking (leather or leather-like) but costing no more than $20. I'm hoping to take this on interviews, so I guess black would be the best color. - Kay

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Dear Kay: The best deals on real leather would be at Ross, Marshalls or TJ Maxx. You always can purchase a leather-like one at any office store.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Can you tell me where to find the best selection of lamp shades in the Atlantic City/Egg Harbor Township area. I hate going store to store. - Nancy, Atlantic City

Dear Nancy: Two places, across the street from each other, are Home Depot and Lowes on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Two other places, in the same shopping center, are Target and Christmas Tree Shops at Consumer Square in Mays Landing. All four stores have a great selection.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: My mom has been looking for wonton wrappers. She doesn't want to go out to the Asian Market in Pleasantville. She has looked in ShopRite. - Melanie

Dear Melanie: ShopRite sells wonton wrappers in the produce aisle. I have bought them myself in the Somers Point store.

Steals of the week


•Utz pretzels: Buy one, get one free.

•Hellman's 30-ounce mayonnaise: $2.99.

•Entenmann's pastries or cakes: Half price.


•Bananas: 50 cents per pound.

•Fresh Express salads: $1.

•Aqua Fresh toothpaste: 99 cents.


•Large pumpkins: $4.99.

•Plantains: 25 cents.

•Prilosec 14-count: $9.99. Save an additional $1 with the coupon from Sunday's Press.


•Frito variety packs: $5.99. Save an additional $1 with the coupon from Sunday's Press.

•Capatriti 101-ounce olive oil: $6.99.

•ShopRite bacon: $3.49 per pound.

•Palmolive 25-ounce dish detergent: $1.88.

•Men's three-pack Hanes T-shirts: $4.99.

•Simply Potatoes 20- to 24-ounce packs: 99 cents.


•Electric wood stove-looking fireplace with heater is $99.99 at Christmas Tree Shops.

•34- to 45-inch witch or hanging Grim Reaper is half price for $10 at A.C. Moore.

•Amana washer and dryer are $679.99 for the pair at hhgregg.

•40-inch Westinghouse LCD HDTV 1080p is $319.99 at Best Buy.

•Halloween costumes and mask are half price at Rite Aid.

•Artist stapled-back canvas and easels are 40 percent off at Michaels, plus get an additional 20 percent off on the canvas with the coupon in the store circular from Sunday's Press.

•Microsoft wireless mouse is half price at Staples for $14.99.

•7-inch Android dual-function netbook/

•tablet is $99.99 at CVS.

•Toshiba 32-inch LCD HDTV is $249.99 at Sears.

•Save $20 off all Disney, Power Rangers and Nerf kids' bikes at Toys R Us.

•Pet costumes are $10 at Big Lots.

•Green Mountain 12-pack Kcups are $6.99 at Walgreens. Save an additional $1 off with the coupon from Sunday's Press, if you buy two boxes. Starbucks 10-pack Kcups are $6.99.

•Folding step stools are half price at Boscov's for $4.99.

•Babycakes cake pop maker is on sale at Kohl's for $19.99, plus an additional 15 percent off with the pass from the store circular in Sunday's Press.

•Singer Promise full-size sewing machine is $69 at Target.

Franny The Shopaholic answers questions of general interest. Email

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