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Samantha Christmann

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I cover retail for the Buffalo News and write the Discount Diva column each Monday.

I am the Discount Diva. I should not be wasting food. Yet I do. A lot. And whether it’s slimy turkey or mealy tomatoes, nothing makes me feel guiltier than putting food in the garbage. Turns out, I’m just a small contributor to a $165 billion food waste problem in this country. Growing food and getting it to your fridge takes 10 percent of the country’s tota…

Several products were recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Thursday.  Vecaro LifeStyle recalled its self-balancing scooters and hoverboards due to a fire hazard. Its battery packs can catch fire or explode. Consumers should contact the company for a repair or replacement. Call 1-855-637-4061. LectroFan sound machine power adapters, sold…

Trendy women's clothing retailer Bebe may be closing all 170 of its stores, according to a recent Bloomberg report. Bebe's only location in Western New York is at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Another Bebe location, on the lower level across from Bravo at Walden Galleria, closed in 2014. There is a location over the border at the Outlet Collection at Niagara i…

A new franchise hopes to welcome as many as 30 new health and beauty micro-companies to Williamsville next month. Franchise owners and Orchard Park residents Shel and Lisa Schenkler are putting the finishing touches on a beauty complex called MY SALON Suite. It consists of 25 to 30 small units to be rented individually by  professionals such as hair stylists, makeup …

A new floor covering showroom will open on Grand Island next month. Nickel City Hardwood will open its showroom by appointment only, but will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. April 1. The store sells custom and engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl, porcelain, glass, travertine, marble tile and carpet. The showroom is open to contractors and the general public. The…

Polaris has recalled Sportsman 850 and 1000 All-Terrain Vehicles due to burn and fire hazards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The problem has to do with the right-side panel heat shield, which can melt. Also, the exhaust system in the 2015 Sportsman 1000 is prone to problems that can cause exhaust leaks and pose burn and fire hazards. There ha…

Radio Shack will close 187 stores across the country, seven of which are in Western New York. The Texas-based electronics retailer has filed bankruptcy for the second time in two years and will close 12 percent of its 1,500 locations. The stores in Western New York are: Martin’s Plaza, 3953 Vinyard Drive in Dunkirk Mid-City Plaza, 1029 Payne Ave. in North Tona…

What better way to kiss winter goodbye than with a free ice cream cone? Sure, it would be nice if the weather were a bit warmer, but free ice cream is free ice cream, right? To celebrate the first day of spring, participating Dairy Queen locations are giving away one free small vanilla soft-serve cone per customer. The deal is valid while supplies last. Stores wi…

Remember the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love” from 1987? It’s a classic. It stars Patrick Dempsey as nerdy lawn boy Ronald and Amanda Peterson as popular cheerleader Cindy. Ronald saves all his hard-earned landscaping money and offers Amanda $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. His plan is to be seen with Amanda, elevate his social capital and cease being a…

A Buffalo company will combine partying with pedaling this summer and put them both on the water near Canalside. Buffalo CycleBoats will introduce a pedal-powered watercraft where up to 14 patrons can drink in the sights while sipping their favorite beverages. The "floating pedal pub" is similar to the Buffalo Pedal Tours' Pedal Bus Party Bike that can be spotted …

A Dunkirk J.C. Penney is one of 138 locations the department store chain will close across the country as it restructures in the face of changing shopping trends. The Dunkirk store is the only local J.C. Penney store on list of closures released Friday. Stores at Walden Galleria, Batavia City Centre, and at the Eastern, McKinley and Boulevard Malls will remain op…

Talking Leaves Books is closing a chapter at its University Heights store. The independent bookstore will close its location at 3158 Main St., founder Jonathon Welch confirmed Thursday. The store is liquidating much of its inventory and will consolidate at the 951 Elmwood Ave. location, which will remain open. The goal is to complete the consolidation within the next thre…

Texas Roadhouse will open a new location at 3755 Union Road in Cheektowaga at 4 p.m. Monday. The Kentucky-headquartered restaurant chain is known for its fresh, hand-cut steaks, free buckets of peanuts and its Western theme. Its only other local store is at 900 Young St. in North Tonawanda. The new location will employ 178 people. Texas Roadhouse has more than 500…

And you thought it was just your "Halo" skills that were hot. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and video game accessories maker PDP have issued a recall for more than 120,000 game controller chargers. PDP's Energizer Xbox One 2X Smart Charger have been found to overheat, melting their plastic casing, damaging the controller and posing a burn hazard. Only chargers …

NOCO Express has some of the best customer service in the country, according to a survey by gas price aggregator GasBuddy. The store chain was ranked No. 5 for the category of "Best Customer Service" according to data pulled from more than 7 million ratings via the rating and review feature of GasBuddy's mobile app. More than 800,000 respondents participated. Kwik …