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Vacation In September To Save Money

Here's a bargain tip for thrifty travelers. Plan a vacation between Labor Day and fall foliage season.

That's the advice from travel experts at Travelzoo.com, who say the off-season travel period offers "a different kind of back-to-school sale."

"As summer vacations end, a window of opportunity pops up at this time each year," says Gabe Saglie, senior editor at Travelzoo.com.

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Historical Flea Market In Old Lyme

Find bargain-priced treasures and take free tours at the East Lyme Society's Labor Day weekend flea market Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6. The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Thomas Lee House, Route 156, features crafts and collectibles vendors, along with free tours of the Thomas Lee House and the Little Boston School. Information: www.eastlymehistoricalsociety.org.

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Waiting List Only Chance To Get Tickets For 'Rear Window' With Kevin Bacon

If you want to see Kevin Bacon in "Rear Window" at Hartford Stage, you're going to have to get lucky. Tickets are completely sold out and Hartford Stage has set up a waiting list for those who missed out.

As of Aug. 28, the theater had sold out of all single tickets.

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Ruffino Prosecco Flutes Perfect for Late Summer Picnics

Labor Day is just ahead, but there's plenty of patio weather in September and these cute - and bargain-priced - flutes are a fun choice for outdoor dining. A set of four of the Ruffino Prosecco Al Fresco flutes by govino, is just $20, and the colorful flutes are shatterproof.

Pair them with a bottle of Ruffino Prosecco, (under $15), for a great hostess gift.

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Labor Day Sales Starting Early

Summer's last long holiday weekend is just a week away and stores will be slashing prices on seasonal stock. Look for Labor Day sales to start as soon as Monday, Aug. 31, at major chains and smaller shops — and be sure to check store websites and the Sunday circulars for additional discount coupons.

>>Chester merchants hold their sidewalk sales on Saturday, Aug. 29, starting at 9 a.m.

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Olive Garden BOGO To Go

Olive Garden has a “Buy One, Take One” promotion. Eat in at an Olive Garden restaurant and choose one of seven entrees served with unlimited salad and breadsticks, starting at $12.99, and you'll get a second entrée, packaged to go, at no additional charge.

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