We're all watching our family budgets these days; whether shopping with coupons or looking for two-for-one deals, we're taking advantage of all sorts of offers and savings that help us stretch our dollars.
This column is dedicated to finding you five local deals each week and since we do the scouting, you can save time and money.
Let us hear about the bargains you've seen, add them to our comment box, then come back each week and see what we've uncovered.
This week, FF scoured our local sources to find a diverse group of deals, including vitamins, winter coats, and a free wine tasting.
Deal: Enjoy free wine tastings from 5-8 p.m. every Friday at Farfalle. Hungry customers can also order one of two Friday dinner specials (entrée, fresh bread and a side salad of mixed greens - a good deal starting at $12) made with local ingredients when available.
Good Through: indefinitely
Deal: All winter apparel at this West Concord outdoor clothier is now 40 percent off (up from 25 percent last week), including jackets by Ibex, Patagonia and Horny Toad.
Good through: mid-April
Deal: This active lifestyle outfitter in West Concord has a winter clearance bin full of items marked down to $10, including wool socks, gloves, scarves and Pistil and Mountain Hardware hats. All other winter merchandise is marked down 40 percent including down jackets, fleece, wool sweaters, base layers and x-country apparel.
Good through: until the clearance bin is empty and winter wear is sold out
Deal: The basement level rooms at The Cottage are filled with home furnishings and accents at serious bargain prices, including big-ticket items marked down 30-80 percent from their original prices.
Good through: indefinitely
Deal: Feeling under the weather this week? Debra’s is offering specials on items to treat all sorts of ailments, including any two boxes of Yogi Cold Season, Echinacea, Breathe or Throat Teas for $5.99 (reg. $5.19/box), Knudsen Organic Cranberry Juice for $8.99 (reg. $12.49), and 25 percent off all Garden of Life multi-vitamins.
Good through: end of March