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Savvy Shopper Tips and deals for Connecticut shoppers
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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Beat The Big Crowds: Lakes, Ponds and Parks Perfect For End Of Summer

As far as I'm concerned, a true Labor Day experience demands a sandy beach, a picnic — eaten at an old-fashioned picnic table — and a stop for ice cream cones on the way home. (Last week's Shopping Around column offered suggestions for some of the state's best ice cream emporiums.)

But summer's last long holiday weekend means hoards of sunbathers at the state's Long Island Sound beaches.

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Ways To Save On Big-E Tickets

The Big E, with its entertainment, midway rides and wild foods, is a hot ticket. It can also be an expensive one.

Sample some deep-fried-treats-on-a-stick or buy a few souvenirs and, suddenly, your budget is melting away faster than a Big E Cake Ball (ice cream rolled in cake crumbs).

But there are ways to save.

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Christmas In August? Walmart Launches Holiday Layaway Early

Forget about summer vacation. Want to know the hottest toys for this year's holiday season?

No, me neither.

But for those who do like to start thinking about Christmas before Labor Day, there's good news.

Walmart is kicking off "Toy Week" on Friday, Aug. 28, with a sneak peek at some of the top toys and other holiday trends.

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Summer's Last Roar at Peabody

Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. in New Haven, holds its annual Summer’s Last Roar celebration on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and activities include special kids’ programs, door prizes and exhibits, along with puppet shows at 11 a.m. and noon. peabody.yale.edu.

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Free Wraps at Muscle Maker Grill

Muscle Maker Grill celebrates the one year anniversary of its Hamden location at 2300 Dixwell Ave., with a free wrap giveaway. From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday customers can choose from four different grilled chicken wraps at no charge; no purchase necessary. (One per customer.) Festivities also include a D.J. and local vendors. Information: www.musclemakergrill.com.

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