Nearly every thrifter (thrift store shopper) knows of the 50 percent off sales on most holidays. Check your favorite store, but the big ones such as Unique, Savers and Arc's Value Village offer 50 percent off most items except new merchandise on Labor Day.

One of the best deals at the State Fair is the low price on Angie's List memberships. Get one year for $15, regularly $39. Multi-year memberships are $28 for two years, three years for $41 and four years for $54. I have yet to see a better deal during the year. The deal is offered through Labor Day at booth #51 in the Grandstand.

Cooks of Crocus Hill is having a storewide 20 percent off everything sale on Saturday and Sunday in St. Paul and Edina and Saturday through Monday in Stillwater. Exceptions: sale items, classes, electrics and cropshares.

Get 30 percent off online at Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy through Monday. Use discount code FALLCALLS.