Franny the Shopaholic, by Franny d'Angelo

Franny the Shopaholic, by Franny d’Angelo

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Please find a decent-quality air mattress with a pump for two older adults who will be visiting me next month. — Karen L.

Dear Karen: This week, save $20 at Target on a Coleman Double High Queen airbed with a pump. It is on sale for $59.99.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: In your column last week, you suggested Nancy C. use leather glue for fixing her pocketbook. I have a leather carpenter’s work belt that apparently is too thick for our local shoe-repair people to sew. It sounds like this leather glue is just what I need to let me keep using this belt that I’ve had and grown accustomed to — the fabric ones they make today just aren’t the same — for over 40 years. The only problem is I don’t know of any such glue. Can you help with a name brand I can buy? —John D.

Dear John: When my husband fixed mine, he used Five Minute Epoxy. However, there is Gorilla Glue, which advertises it will hold leather. Either can be bought at a hardware store, Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Any chance you can find a meat smoker on sale? —Michael R.

Dear Michael: This week at Aldi, you can get a Range Master Electric Smoker for $99.99.

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I am in need of a tilting umbrella. Nothing fancy, no $50 ones. — Harmony

Dear Harmony: A 7.5-foot crank/tilt market umbrella is on sale at Christmas Tree Shops for $19.99. A 9-foot one is $34.99.

Steals of the week


• Langer’s or Adam & Eve 64-ounce cranberry juice: $1.88.

• Poppy’s pierogies: $1.

• Italian Village pasta: half price.

• Barilla pasta: $1.


• Tide Simply Clean & Fresh detergent: $1.99.

• Chock Full O’Nuts coffee: $2.99.

• Filippo Berio 50.7-ounce extra virgin olive oil: $6.99.

• Sylvania LED A19 soft white four-pack light bulbs: $4.99.

• Store-baked lemon, lemon crumb, mango, strawberry rhubarb, lemon blueberry, triple berry, pineapple or blueberry pies: half price.


• Room Essential string lights are on sale for $8 at Target.

• All cards and premium stationery are 40 percent off at Walgreens.

• All garden tools or chemicals are half price at Rite Aid.

• Mangoes are 49 cents at Aldi. Vidalia onions are 99 cents for a 2-pound bag.

• Pineapples or cantaloupes are 99 cents at Save-A-Lot.

• Honey Bunches of Oats, Great Grains, Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles are $1.99 each at CVS.

• Tractor Supply Co. has 20 percent off decor, planters, windchimes, windmills and furniture.

• JR’s Fresh Market has center-cut pork loin chops for $1.69 per pound. A pound of strawberries is $1.99, and Foodtown 1-pound butter quarters are $2.99.

• Broccoli crowns are $2 per 2-pound bag at M&S Produce. Celery is 99 cents.

• A quart of McLure’s Grade A maple syrup is $9.99 at Christmas Tree Shops.

• Miraclesuits bathing suits at Boscov’s are $49.99, which is less than half price.

• Folgers 21.06-ounce coffee is $5.50 at Dollar General.

Reader tips

Jimmcelderry wrote in to let Kathy, of Mays Landing, know there is a product called Rust Stain Remover that any hardware store or supermarket sells for about $7. Just squirt it on and within 30 seconds the rust is gone; works great on clothes, too.

Beverly wrote in to let Nancy know the Friendly Cobbler, Dominick, at the Tilton Shopping Center in front of Ace Hardware in Northfield, will also do a great job fixing your handbag handle.

Franny The Shopaholic answers questions of general interest. Email

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