Back to school is here for college students, and K-12 kids will all be back within a few weeks. While many of you have likely done much of your shopping, here’s a good reason to make one more visit to The Wyoming Valley Mall. Go to: http://btsthrillofthefind.com/register.php to enter to win a $2,500 shopping spree and one of the other prizes.
While you’re at the mall, try to visit on a Tuesday or Thursday to take advantage of Auntie Anne’s limited time Happy Hour promotion. The hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise aims to raise $500,000 in eight weeks for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and is asking guests to join in the fight against childhood cancer by visiting the local store to purchase a $1 lemon icon. In appreciation of the donation, Auntie Anne’s will provide a coupon for $1 off the next purchase of any pretzel product and drink. The fundraising campaign runs through Oct. 15. But through Sept. 26, guest that buy a lemon and a 21-ounce soda or lemonade between 2 and 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays will get a free pretzel plus the $1 off coupon.
Take the kids to see the final Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game at PNC Field of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday. All kids, 12 and under, will get a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and soda for the game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Congrats go out to Irene Pileggi, of Kingston. The mother of five won a free Plum Kids organic snack pack for correctly answering the trivia question in last week’s column. She, and two dozen others, correctly answered that “Back to School” was the 1986 comedy movie starring Rodney Dangerfield and Burt Young.
Irene’s name was drawn at random from all the correct responses and should receive her prize pack just in time for the school year.
OK, here are some more back to school sales you should take advantage of this week:
• Staples has quite a few one-cent items when you spend $5 at the store, which isn’t hard to do at all in this day and age. Get index cards, pencils, erasers and pocket folders, but read the small print for the quantity limits. You can also get a 12-pack of Bic ultra round stic grip ballpoint pens for free after easy rebate. See store for details. And check out the circular found inside today’s Times Leader for plenty of deals on Sharpie.
Scotch will be offering free samples of its Expressions Washi Tape on its Facebook page sometime on Monday to the first 10,000 who request it. Go to https://www.facebook.com/scotch/app_144567149074560 bright and early and keep checking in for the giveaway to post.
• Rite Aid has lots of school supplies for 29 cents each when you use your Wellness+ Card. Included in the offer: glue, scissors, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, crayons and pencil cases.
With the kids back at school, that means the germs will be free flowing in your home once more. Stock up today only at Bath and Body Works on anti-bacterial hand soaps. Get five for $15 or seven for $20 at your local store today only.
Andrew M. Seder, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7269. If you know of any steals or deals, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @TLAndrewSeder for deals and news throughout the rest of the week.