Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Please find an inexpensive ottoman for my Mom who is in a nursing home with swollen ankles. - Donna K., Howell
Dear Donna: Christmas Tree Shops has a storage ottoman fin faux leather or microfiber or $29.99. There is a store near you in Brick Township.
Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Please help me find a small, white electric fireplace for less than $500. Big Lots and Home Depot only have black or brown. I really would appreciate it. - Terri
Dear Terri: I found one made by Hampton Bay at Home Depot online for $299.99. I emailed it to you.
Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I am looking for the following item and would appreciate if you can find it - Blackburn's peach jelly. I used to get it at the Wonder Bread outlet store, but that has recently closed. - Shelia
Dear Shelia: You can purchase Blackbum's peach jelly for $1.59 at jeffersonimages.com or by calling 800-657-5073. I am sure if our readers see it locally they will email me.
Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I went to a house show last year at the Philadelphia Convention Center and bought a spice packet that you add sour cream and mayo to and it made a great guacamole dip. Because of health reasons, I can't get to the show this year. Can you find me those packets? The name had "spice" in it. - Amanda
Dear Amanda: A Spice Above is a company that is at that show. They have exactly what you are describing. The dip is called Gringo Guacamole. They are $5 a packet, but if you order five use the code 5dips and save $5. If you order 10 use the code 10dips and save $15. Visit partydipz.com.
Steals of the week
•Eye round roast: $2.99 per pound.
•Cantaloupes: 99 cents.
•Extra laundry detergent: $1.88 for 75 ounces.
•Bananas: 49 cents per pound.
•Entenmann's full line: Half price.
•Tilapia filet: $4.99 per pound.
•Yoplait yogurt: 50 cents
•Breyer's ice cream 48-ounce: $2.50.
•Sylvania soft white four-pack light bulbs: 88 cents.
•Mrs. Paul's full line: Half price.
•Fresh salmon filets: $6.99 per pound.
•Buy one six-pack of Thomas English Muffins: $1.99 and get two free.
•Get a 36-inch metal bunny for your yard at Big Lots for $10.
•Damask tablecloths, in all sizes, and a pack of four napkins range in price from $4.99 up to $10.99 at Christmas Tree Shops.
•Element 40 LCD HDTV 1080p is $289.99 at Target.
•Sony 16mp digital camera is $89.99 at hhgregg.
•10- by 10-foot gazebo, with netting, is $99.99 at Big Lots.
•Physicians Formula cosmetics are 40 percent off at Rite Aid.
•At CVS, buy a Long Distance International $25 or $30 calling card and get a $25 or $30 phone calling card free.
•Photo boxes are half price for $1.99 at Michaels.
•Three-piece set of luggage by Southfield is $39.99 at Sears.
Franny The Shopaholic answers questions of general interest. Email FrannyShopaholic@aol.com