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Samantha Christmann

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


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Forget Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. Do you know what will really have you hiding under the covers? These money statistics from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. They’ll have you sleeping with the lights on.One in three adults don’t have an emergency fund. Think about the last two people you got roped into a group text message with. Chances…

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Dale Wettlaufer was a rocket scientist, which made him perfectly suited for a job building military defense equipment. But the aerospace engineer was uneasy about contributing to the war industry and wanted to devote his talents to something more positive.So, in 1976, he walked away from his stable, well-paying career and retreated to his home in the woods of East Aurora. …

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A class-action lawsuit against the owners of Sherkston Shores Resort and Campground has been dismissed.The suit was brought by more than 120 homeowners against the owners of the Ontario property, Arizona-based Carefree Communities. It was dismissed by the Landlord and Tenant Board in a ruling announced this week.The lawsuit hinged on whether the Residential Tenancies Act o…

A Fredonia-based catering service is expanding into Erie County with a new facility in Hamburg on Nov. 14.The Catering Company will open its fifth location at 43 Buffalo Street in the former Jimmie’s Pizza Co. It has three in sites in Fredonia and one in Dunkirk. The full-service caterer will also take over food operations for the Braymiller Lanes bowling alley next door.T…

It may be a discount movie theater, but the accommodations are anything but second rate.Dipson Theatres has completed renovations at its McKinley Mall location, and the traditional, folding, crushed-velvet seats are gone. All seats in the six-screen theater have been upgraded to reclining armchairs, complete with footrests and cupholders.Ticket prices for the second-run th…

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If czarnina is the only Polish soup you can name, a trip to Zupapalooza may be in order.The second annual Zupapalooza Polish Soup festival will offer up a dozen fresh, ethnic soups as prepared by some of Western New York’s premier Polish cultural groups.On the menu are:• Ogorkowa, a dill pickle soup traditionally made with potatoes and sour, salted cucumbers. It will be se…

If czarnina is the only Polish soup you can name, a trip to Zupapalooza may be in order.The second annual Zupapalooza Polish Soup festival will offer up a dozen fresh, ethnic soups as prepared by some of Western New York’s premier Polish cultural groups.On the menu are:• Ogorkowa, a dill pickle soup traditionally made with potatoes and sour, salted cucumbers. It will be se…

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Monday’s election brought a big shake-up to Canada’s federal government, and Western New York could feel the tremors.Canadians elected Justin Trudeau as prime minister, putting a member of the Liberal Party in the country’s highest office for the first time in nearly 10 years.Trudeau’s plans cut a sharp contrast to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s austerity mea…

Verizon Wireless will open a new store at Quaker Crossing Saturday.The store at 3500 Amelia Drive is modeled in the company’s latest design concept, referred to as a “SMART Store.” They incorporate various interactive “lifestyle zones” that let consumers play with devices and accessories before purchase. For example, the Amplify It zone shows consumers how to sync music wi…

The Walden Galleria will host its annual holiday job fair this month.Several of the mall’s retailers will solicit applications for seasonal holiday work as well as some full-time positions. Employers in attendance will include Aeropostale, American Eagle, PINK, Lord & Taylor, Pandora, Coach and Starbucks. A full list of retailers is available at WaldenGalleria.com.The fair…

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Some very specific price increases are getting ready to sucker punch your wallet. Here are a few strategies to soften the blow, from Kinoli Inc.ATM fees. I’m sure you avoid using out-of-network ATMs like I avoid wearing pants without a stretchy waist. But sometimes it’s unavoidable. ATM surcharges have jumped more than 20 percent in the last five years, to an average of $4…

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Lexy Wood of Grand Island can’t believe there was ever a time when comic book conventions were not considered cool.At the 16th annual Buffalo Comicon on Saturday, she was proudly dressed as Castiel, her favorite character from the TV show “Supernatural.” At 17, the aspiring special-effects makeup artist has never had to hide her hobby. She’s never had to worry about being …

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Mary Wilson presented the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County on Saturday with $2 million from her late husband’s foundation, and the money will be used to fund the sports program she started for girls in the region.It is the second-largest gift the local United Way chapter has ever received and will fund the program in perpetuity.WNY Girls in Sports was founded by Mary Wi…

Two new retailers are headed for the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA.Mountain Warehouse will open Saturday in the new wing across from the Helly Hansen outlet. The United Kingdom-based sporting goods store sells hiking, skiing, cycling, yoga, camping and travel clothing, equipment and accessories.It’s the first Mountain Warehouse location in Western New York, though t…

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The not-yet completed, mixed-use building on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, with apartments above and retail space below, has three tenants for its ground-floor storefronts and so far a dozen tenants already have moved into its residential units. Construction on the $3.5 million, three-story building, located at 770 Elmwood Ave. between Cleveland and Auburn avenues, began last…