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January 30, 2009

Ikea offers queen mattress for $400 Saturday only

If you're in need of a mattress tomorrow, Ikea's one-day sale of its queen mattress may be for you.

Saturday, Jan. 31, Ikea is offering its Sulton Hasselback mattress set -- a pillowtop mattress and boxspring -- for $400 as long as supplies last. A nice price for a mattress for that guest room or returning college student.

Plus Friday, Saturday and Sunday, anyone at Ikea before 10:30 a.m. gets a free breakfast with this coupon Ikea mattress sale. Ikea is located on NW 136th in Sunrise, not far from Sawgrass Mall. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Update on Aretha's Church Lady Hat


Are you one of those folks who just had to have a hat like Aretha Franklin wore to the inauguration?

The news isn't good. Luke Song, the milliner who designed the controversial chapeau, told the Houston Chronicle he got so many orders from around the world that he has exhausted his supply. The wait will be at least a month for a similar hat that costs $150-$250.

"I’d thought I would just get a mention in the local newspaper, but I never imagined this,” said Song, who runs his family business, Mr. Song Millinery. “I knew it was going to be a momentous occasion, but this is mind-boggling.”

Hm...Can't wait to get one? Do what my friend, Gail, did for me. Photoshop the hat onto your photo. What do you think? Is it me? I don't think I want to get into a contest of "Who Wears It Better" -- Aretha or Char. Sorry, it's a little fuzzy, but so am I on a Friday afternoon.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Confessions of a Shopoholic -- movie

I'll admit I used to be more of a Shopoholic when I was single.

When I had had nothing to do, I went shopping. When work became a hassle, I went shopping. When I had a fight with my boyfriend, I went shopping.

Shopping gave me a thrill. I'll admit it. It's more in perspective now. I may be in recovery, but I can't wait to see Confessions of a Shopoholic. Rebecca Bloomwood seems like my kind of gal in her Zac Posen dress, Todd Oldham vintage belt and Gucci bag. I can't afford these things in this economy, but I can dream. It's on my list and I'm marking my calendar for the Feb. 14 opening. My husband and I are going out to dinner Valentine's Day, but Feb. 15 is open. See you there!

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Sexy Valentine's Day gifts and bargains at Old Navy



Old Navy has always been a fab destination for cool casual clothing at a good price.

But it can also be a place to get sexy lingerie and hot shoes -- for Valentine's Day or any day.

Check out some of the following items we found at Old Navy bargains

Black and floral satin camis that were $24.50 are now $3.99.

An on on-line only bargain on women's satin ankle strap wedges that were $39.50 for $9.99.

Floral lace bikini panties that were $7 to $9 are now $4.99.

You can also find bracelets that were $10.50 for $2.99.

Sounds like great buys to check out. Better do it soon. Old Navy's parent has it on a respirator. It may soon be another casulty of the sick economy.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl.

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January 29, 2009

$25 rebate on $50 Oil of Olay ProX purchase

Here's a good chance to try Oil of Olay's new ProX line: A $25 rebate on a $50 purchase by March 8.

Oil of Olay ProX coupon

The ProX line is guaranteed by maker Procter & Gamble to make your skin look younger or your money back -- quite a claim. But then, I already like what Oil of Olay does for me, so I think I'll take the gamble.

More good tidings from P&G: Buy $50 worth of its products and receive $120 worth of coupons for more P&G products. If you don't buy any P&G products, I'd be surprised: they include Crest, Tide, Puffs, Gain, Charmin, Prilosec, Cascase, Joy, Swiffer and, of course, Oil of Olay. Proof of purchase needs to be mailed in by Jan. 31, 2009, so get shopping.

See the offer at Oil of
. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Buy One Get One Free - All HP photo paper at Staples

hp.jpgIf you do a lot of your own printing, then you know photo paper can be expensive. This is a great time to stock up.

Staples has a BOGO offer on all their HP photo and business communication paper...but act fast, it's only good through Saturday January 31st.

By the way, if you are new to printing photos, it's best to use HP paper with an HP printer, not something you want to mix-n-match.

Staples HP paper offer

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Free stuff and discounts at Gardens Mall


Have you figured out what to buy your sweetie for Valentine's Day next? I'm still debating.

Here are some ideas of free and discounted items at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

Things Remembered: Want to show how much you care? Pick out an item at this shop, such as this etched photo locket ($65), and they will engrave the word “Love” for free.

Hamilton Jewelers: Mark you calendar for Feb. 13 and 14 and check out the Charles Krypell jewelry show with custom designs, special pricing offers and refreshments.

Eileen Fisher: Shop on Valentine’s Day to get free treats from Godiva and hand massages and aromatherapy from Aveda. If you buy, you get a free gift. This offer makes taking a personal day off from work a distinct possibility.

Tourneau: Buy a watch for him and get one yourself for free. This 2 for 1 special applies to selected styles.

The Gardens Mall is located one mile east of I-95 on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens.
For more information, see

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Boca Bargoons fabrics 40% off

Boca Bargoons used to be among my favorite haunts with my friend Lynn. She was an artist and could turn a plain living room into lush landscape of fabric and decor in a day. Twice, she recovered my dining room chairs and my patio furniture.

I asked her once to show me how and I would do it myself. "I don't have the patience," she said. Anyway, I benefited from her flair and expertise.

If you want unique fabric to make curtains, cover a couch or make some throw pillows, Boca Bargoons is the place to go. Get there by Saturday to take advantage of their 40 percent off sale the lowest ticketed item.

Boca Bargoons is in Boca Raton, of course, at 190 N.W. 20th St. (Take the Glades Road exit east to N.W. 2nd Avenue, go north to 20th Street.)

But, unless you have a good friend like Lynn., you better learn to sew. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 28, 2009

40% off select Skechers boots

Is it my imagination, or do Skechers boots look a lot like UGS? But a lot less pricey.

They also look awfully comfy and warm. If you are planning a trip to the cold country, take advantage of this 40% off offer. Just type in 09BOOTS at checkout at


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Sex & the City - Complete TV series 66% off at Amazon

If you didn't get enough of Carrie, Samantha, Mr Big and the gang from the movie, you're in luck...

You can watch when you want if you own the series on DVD. Buy all 6 television seasons of Sex & the City for 66% off at Amazon.

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Domino magazine is closing


I hate to break the news to all you shopoholics: The rumors were true.

Domino magazine, the shopping guide for all of us who love to decorate our homes, will print its last issue in March.

I loved the great finds, the tips from Nick Olsen's blog (The Deal Hunter) and editor Deborah Needleman's quirky point of view.

"This decision to cease publication of the magazine and its website is driven entirely by the economy,” Charles H. Townsend, President and CEO of Condé Nast said in a press release e-mail this morning. “Although readership and advertising response was encouraging in the early years, we have concluded that this economic market will not support our business expectations.”

When I contacted the magazine to see what will happen to those folks with subscriptions to the magazine, the spokeswoman said that is "still to be determined." In the past, subscribers were given replacement subscriptions to other magazines. In this economy, it seems unlikely.

It has been survival to the fittest in the design mag business recently. House & Garden is gone. So is O at Home. And now Domino.

This is one domino I didn't want to see fall. How about you? Did you like it? Or doesn't it matter?

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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25% off coupon for Coldwater Creek


Coldwater Creek offers this 25% coupon, even off its winter items marked down 70%:

Coldwater Creek coupon

You may find even better deals at such as this mulberry wrap top, marked down from $49.99 to $17.99. Many more tops, jeans and pants for only $9.99.

It's a good time of year to stock up on basics -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 27, 2009

Closet organizing 101

Martha Stewart suggests that you clean your closet every month to keep up with it. Ha ha, once a month!?! How 'bout once every 5 years? And her wonderful clean closet photos! Get real, Martha! Who has only 8 shirts?

The professional organizers agree the best way to clean your closet is to empty it completely, then have at ready 3 boxes labeled 'toss' 'keep' 'donate'. This weekend, when I tackled my own closet, I added a 4th and 5th box for 'seamstress' and 'consignment.'

I had my daughter there to critique my stuff, nothing gets past her evil eye. We only did one side, we would have never finished a whole closet project, and I would have been dressing out of a mound of clothing piled high on my bed for who knows how long!.

She's brutal, the line of the day was 'toss it.' I kept sneaking things from the toss box to the donate box. "Mom, you don't have time to drive these things around town, just throw them out." It's a generation gap thing...can you throw things away?

There were plenty of things that got a thumbs up, but as we found items that fit ( know those dumb dry cleaners, they shrink everything...wink, wink) I made a list of things I need to complete outfits or pieces to replace.

If I have inspired a few of you to tackle your own closets, before you start, buy yourself a few packs of your favorite hangers. It's nice to toss out the cracked or broken ones as you go. Have fun!

14 great ideas from professional organizers

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Ann Taylor tops: Buy 2 for 30 percent off

Ann Taylor sale spotted on


Buy one top for 20 percent off; two tops for 30 percent off. There are some nice choices for spring, such as this crisp lace-trim top.

This top and another at $49.99 would cost you about $69 for two at a 20 percent discount.

Not exactly "cheap," but not bad for a quality top. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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How to Get Clean and Clear Discount Coupons

You don't have to be a teenager to struggle with acne or breakout problems.

Here's a good deal for anyone of any age who needs a little help with their complexion. You can find discount coupons for $3 to $5 on www.cleanand Click here for Coupons

Check it out.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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EXPO Design Centers Closing in South Florida



When I learned that The Home Depot was laying off 7,000 workers and closing 40 stores, I never imagined that it would mean they were closing the three Expo Design Centers in South Florida.

Our stores in Boynton Beach, Davie and Miami are among the five closing statewide.

If you have ever shopped or gone to one of the EXPO centers to dream about what your home could look like, you'll agree with me that this is sad news.

The EXPO folks told The Associated Press that the EXPO stores were underperformers even during the housing boom. Now, with the stock market losses hitting the high-end shopper, sales have declined even more.

The only things I ever bought there were throw pillows and ceiling fans, but I loved to dream about how my bathroom or kitchen could look with the best fo everything that they sold. I loved the way it gave average folks access to the best of home furnishings without having to hire a designer and paying the designer fees.

But one thing may have led to its demise. I checked out some plantation shutters and didn't buy them there because they required full payment when the product was ordered. I think a lot of folks were uncomfortable paying it all up front.

Rest in peace, EXPO.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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January 26, 2009

Get free crape myrtle trees


Free is the magic word these days.

So how would you like to get five free crape myrtle trees like the one at left that matches the Adirondack chairs?

Florida residents just have to join the Arbor Day Foundation before Jan. 31, and the trees will be shipped between Feb. 1 and April 30 with planting instructions.

Send $10 membership fee to Five Crapemyrtles, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Create your own Valentines

Don't like the drippy sentiments or bawdy greetings on Valentine's Day cards? Create your own through Stories By Everyone

The Web site offers six free Valentine's cards until Feb. 1. Move fast - that's Sunday.

Now all you have to do is write a poem, or something clever or sweet. Gee, maybe it's easier to buy a card. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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The SAG Best and Worst Dressed Awards

Does a one shoulder white gown ring a bell with you?

If we thought Michelle Obama's inaugural gown had a lot going on, then get a load of the one shoulder Monique Lhuillier white number Teri Hatcher wore to the SAG awards.

She was chosen as one of the worst dressed in the Yahoo poll. What do you think?

To have a look at some of Yahoo's choices for best and worst dresses click link below:

Yahoo Movies: SAG Best and Worst Dressed

For more pictures and descriptions of the dresses and SAG award celebrity gossip, have a look at

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Great deals at Pier 1

While I was in Miami Beach this past weekend, I stopped in Pier 1 to see what the 75 percent off signs on the window were all about.


We did find some good buys like the martini glasses that were $6 for $2.98 and the Veranda floor screen that was $149.98 for only $36.95. They still had a ton of Christmas stuff for 75 percent off. I know Christmas seems like so 2008, but now is the time to buy for next year.

Check for good buys under "Clearance" such as the Ron 4-drawer chest that was $349 for $199.98 and the Crinkle Pillows that were $22 for $5.48.

When I checked out, the salesclerk asked for my e-mail so I could get sneak peaks at special offers, new arrivals and store events. He said there also would be 20 percent off coupons. Can't wait. You should sign up. We should save money everywhere we can these days.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Shopping at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach

Have you been to the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach yet? I missed the star-studded preview party, but my husband and I went down this weekend to check it out.

Shopping is quite pricey, but Morris & Co. does stock a few affordable items, such as T-shirts with the now iconic FB logo that you have been seeing all over SoFla on billboards. It was only $25 and it makes you look as if you are "in the know" even if you can't afford the room rates. Maybe this is the new cool -- just snatching an affordable bit of the glam. The sleek, modern store also has cigar accessories, frames and children's toys. Name brands include cigar accessories, frames and children's toys. You will find it adjacent to LIV nightclub.

If you want to splurge, there's the embroidered Moon Over Miami pillow with a retro motif for $185.

Other shops have designer duds at designer prices, but if you can't afford them the experience is worth the tab. We went for drinks and two mojitos set us back $33.03, including tip. And valet parking is $18 plus tip.

Jeffrey Beers, president and CEO of Jeffrey Beers International, did a marvelous job of reinterpreting Morris Lapidus' design of the Fontainebeau for 21st century. If you are a fan of design and architecture, it's worth the price of admission.

The hotel is located at 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000.

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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January 25, 2009

Here's Ellen talking about Aretha's hat

For all you folks out there who joined the discussion on Aretha Franklin's inauguration hat, here's the clip featuring Ellen DeGeneres.

It's really cute and not a slap at the Queen of Soul. Love Ellen's quip: If she would have gone to the inauguration, she and Aretha would have wound up in Us Weekly with the Headline "Who wore it better?" So who did? I vote for the Queen of Soul, not the Queen of Comedy.

Thanks everyone for joining the discussion!

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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January 24, 2009

You too can wear Michelle Obama's inauguration gown


It didn't take long!

The LATimes reports in 'All the Rage' that will be ready to ship their version of the one shoulder white gowns as of March 15th. They are available for pre-order and will be $320.

Okay, now, you have to tell us what you think!!

Would you wear a copy of such a recognizable dress? or better yet...what would you think if someone else did?

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Try a small sideboard in the entry for more storage

Fellow blogger Marcia and I are are both working on our closets and organizing...our 2009 New Year's resolutions. I've just 'hired' my daughter to go through my clothes with me Sunday. She is brutally honest with her opinions, always has been (lets not spare Mom's feelings Sunday, kiddo, it's cleaning time!)

Remember the scene in Sex and the City, where Sarah Jessica tries on all her clothes and her friends give her the thumbs up or down? The scene will be a bit different at my house on Sunday...SJP had some pretty outlandish fashions, mine are NOT!

If you have wonderful big walk-in closets, then just go away...oops, no, I mean, you don't need to read this. If you struggle for space, let's share ideas.

One thing I did when I moved to my small condo from a nice roomy house was trade my decorative tables for storage pieces. The delicate antique foyer table is gone, switched to a narrow sideboard, similar to those shown here, from Ballard Designs.

Mine is also from Ballard, one of my favorite catalogs, only it's from the Ballard outlet in Atlanta. I actually bought three big storage cabinets at the outlet (one is now a bathroom vanity) so it made the mover's charges more palatable.

Your turn....where do you hide half finished projects in your house?


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January 23, 2009

Shop sales for your Super Bowl party menu

You can spend a lot of money feeding the hoards during a Super Bowl party. If you watch the sales, there are a lot of ways to cut corners.

Why not take advantage of the BOGOs (Buy one get one free) this week? Both Publix and Winn-Dixie have BOGO offers on Doritos. How appropriate since Doritos usually has the best Super Bowl ads....sometimes the ads get more attention than the game.

Publix also has BOGO offers on Emerald nuts, Hershey's candy, and Solo plastic cups and plates. Winn-Dixie has Breyers ice cream, Ocean Spray cranberry juice and Chex Mix. If you clip coupons and combine with a BOGO, you can s-t-r-e-t-c-h that dollar.

Have a look at the sales booklets before you plan your menu. You can have fun and feed your friends without breaking the bank. Offers good thru 1/29 (Winn-Dixie)-1/28 (Publix).

What is BOGO at Albertsons this week? Have you seen any good deals you can share with us? Suggestions for good eats on a dime?


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Michelle Obama not happy with Sasha and Malia Dolls


The creative folks who made Beanie Babies have created “Sweet Sasha” and “Marvelous Malia” dolls. They may be cute, but the First Lady is ticked off about the dark-skinned dolls that bear the names of the Obama girls. Maybe they have gotten too creative this time.

"We believe it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes," her spokeswoman told Crain's Chicago Business.

Ty Inc. released the dolls this month just in time for the Inauguration. The 12-inch plush dolls are part of the company's TyGirlz Collection. Pigtailed Sasha is wearing a white and pink dress with hearts. Malia sports a side ponytail and a long-sleeve shirt with capri pants. Suggested retail price is $9.99.

The manufacturer first admitted to Crain's that they were created with the First Daughters in mind, but later said they weren't created with anyone in mind. Hm....Looks like back pedaling to us. How about you?

Is this an invasion of the First Family's privacy or should the First Lady chill out? You tell us.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Lunch challenge update: the 1st week


My friend E. challenged me to feed my shopping habit by cutting my lunch bill. This week went well: I brought my brownbag three times, had one free lunch, and grabbed a quick bite for under $10 one day.

The free lunch was courtesy of E., who had an inaguration party on Tuesday. I had some delicious egg white quiche.

My lunches have been healthier, too: turkey or ham sandwich on whole wheat bread and an apple. I added low-fat chips and pretzels to make my lunches more interesting.

So far, I have $31 for my shopping kitty, based on $10 for each lunch I brought to work and $1 for the Starbucks lunch, which cost me about $9 (with coffee).

I'm still a long way from a shopping spree at Sawgrass Mall, but it's a start. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Save 20 percent on Victoria's Secret's Sexy Lingerie


Give yourself or your mate a present for Valentine's Day.

Print the coupon at Coupon and get 20 percent off your purchase at Victoria Secret through Feb. 9.

Make yourself look as sexy as this Victoria's Secret model in the new vintage push-up bra.

Love it. Don't you. Nothing says romance like Victoria!

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Good deals on designer furniture


Your home doesn’t have to look shabby (without the chic) during these tough economic times.

Even if you can afford a splurge these days, it seems in bad taste to overspend.
So how can you keep your home decorated tastefully without overspending? Consignment and thrift shops are always a great source. Now there’s another option — Lauren David Home Design in Dania Beach.

The 7,000-square-foot showroom offers up to 60 percent discounts on contemporary, transitional and traditional floor samples from domestic and foreign manufacturers and showrooms at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach and from High Point, N.C., where the fall and spring furniture markets take place.

Furnishings are shown in vignettes so you can imagine how the item will look in a room. Examples include the Zaria cherry arm chair with apricot-suede upholstery ($1,180 list price; $590 on sale), a country French commode/nightstand in cherry wood from Lexington Home Brands ($845 list price; $252.50 on sale), the Wassily chair with black leather straps with heavy chrome and stainless steel supports ($920 list; $460 on sale), and a French-style hall chest by Liz Claiborne for Lexington ($1,065 list price; $639 sale).

“You don’t have to spend a fortune on fine home furnishings, especially during this downturn,” said licensed interior designer Lynne Herman, who operates the showroom with investor and financier Joshua Schrager. “Even if the economy was healthy, many consumers would still enjoy hunting for a bargain. It’s very fashionable –— and smart –— to do so.”

Lauren David Home Design is at 1925 Tigertail Road in Dania Beach. Call 954-927-9998 or see

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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Who made Aretha's Franklin's inauguration hat?



Now that we have dissected Michelle Obama's clothing, how about the other important fashion moment of the inauguration -- Aretha Franklin's hat?

You probably had as much conversation in your office or with your friends as we did. What was she thinking? I love Aretha. Always have. Always will. But she must have gotten her invitations mixed up and thought she was going to a Coronation of the Queen of England. Remember how the Brits love crazy hats? One of my co-workers said it was a "Church Lady" hat. I've seen plenty of "Church Lady" hats, but none like this.

So where did the Queen of Soul get her chapeaux?

Franklin apparently found the gray pillbox with the mega bow at Mr. Song Millinery in Detroit. Luke Song, the store owner and a South Korean immigrant, told that he was unprepared for the hundreds of calls requesting the hat with a Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow.

Aretha's hat was made with a hand mold and would cost more than $500 if it were for sale. He won't sell an exact copy, but he is selling one with a satin ribbon for $179.

The Queen of Soul was responsible for the design -- she picked the bow from one hat and the base from another.

Check it out. Ellen DeGeneres wore a mock-up of Aretha's hat on her Jan. 21 show.

So what do you think of her hat? Let's start a discussion.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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January 21, 2009

What do you think of the hot new style in shoes?

It seems all the shoe designers are showing these high strappy shoes lately. This particular pair is called Kentaro by Nine West.

The good thing is, I'll be saving money on shoes. I hate them. Can you even imagine?? My LA friend says her 21 year old daughter looks really cute in them, and that Florida is just three years behind California.

Usually she's right, it takes us awhile to adjust. But I can promise, I will NOT be wearing these shoes, even in three years.

And you? What do you think? Do you like this style?

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It was bold red and strapless for Jill Biden by Lebanese designer Reem Acra

Jill Biden's strapless flowing red Inaugural gown was designed by Lebanese designer Reem Acra.

Her daytime red coat and black boots (which I liked) drew a comment on our blog that it was too short, not age appropriate, so I can't wait to hear what you think of her choice for the Inaugural ball. She is certainly in shape and there's no doubt that she looks beautiful in this dress.

It reminds me of many ongoing conversations with my cherished group of gal pals. Those kids we 'raised together' are starting to get married and we moms are having a hard time finding age appropriate mother-of-the-bride dresses.

Do you want to look like Queen Elizabeth or Madonna? There's not much in between. One friend gave up the hunt early enough to design her own mother-of-the-bride dress, using a favorite classic design as inspiration.

E Online
did a great comparison of the Inaugural choices of Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. It's clear that there are mixed feelings. What do you think?

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Michelle Obama's Inaugural gown was designed by Jason Wu

We'd love to hear what you think about Michelle's choice of Inaugural gown, designed by 26 year old Taipei native Jason Wu, a relative newcomer to the fashion scene.

During the campaign her clothes and jewelry were simple, almost plain. Nothing plain about her choices for Inauguration Day.

We don't seem to agree on her style choices, but I am sure we will all agree that Michelle Obama is going to be a fabulous role model for American youth.


Whoopi Goldberg said, “Michelle, you in danger, girl–” because she thought the fashionistas were going to rip her to shreds once they got a look at this gown.

It looks like she had a bit of a struggle enjoying her dance with hubby in this long full gown.

What do you think. Did you like it?


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$5 Petco coupon for $25 purchase


Probably influenced by my brush with fame in Marley & Me, I actually bought pet treats this past holiday for two friends' dogs. The Paul Newman brand peanut butter treats were a big hit with Casey, the border collie.

Buy your pet a treat or more with this Petco coupon:
Petco Coupon

You need to present your P.A.L.S. club card with the coupon so you may have to sign up for that first. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Buy one, get one free at J.C. Penney's

J.C. Penney's is offering a buy one, get one free deal on clearance items. Preview is today and Thursday with advertised sale Friday through Sunday, Jan. 25. So the time to go is today or Thursday before items are picked over.

The buy one, get one is a great time to pick up staples: exercise clothes, underwear, tops that go with everything.

Bring a relative or friend to a clearance sale. It's great fun. I remember one J.C. Penney sale with my Aunt J. from New York, one of the ultimate bargain hunters of the family, and when an item on a sale rack wasn't marked down, she talked them into dropping the price.

I'm betting Aunt J. will be at J.C. Penney's this week. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 20, 2009

Out with the old, in with the new

Did you ever notice when you try too hard, sometimes you overdo things? I think maybe Michelle Obama suffered from trying too hard on inauguration day. I actually prefer Jill Biden's outfit. Very perky, fitted and youthful. And appropriate for daytime, no rhinestone embellishments.

I am an admirer of Lynne Cheney, she is intelligent and accomplished, so I won't criticize her appearance or fashion sense. She has more interesting things going for her than her clothing. But I did get a kick out of this photo and wanted to share. No comments necessary.

Since folks are calling Michelle Obama a style icon, I'd like to cast my style vote for Jill Biden, if inauguration day is any indication. I, personally, wouldn't wear the gold number that from some angles looks like a snowsuit (I know it's cold!) but I wish I had that sharp tailored red coat, that looks super with the high black suede boots.

Which one do you prefer?

(If you watch late night TV, you heard Jay Leno joke that 'the guys' should only talk about football in front of Jill, when she leaves the room they can whisper about matters of state. Apparently she is not to be trusted with confidential information, like she might spew it out when being interviewed on Oprah! Oops! Apparently she slipped with the confidential back office info that Obama gave Biden his choice between VP or Secretary of State.)

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Who made Michelle Obama's inauguration shoes?


Ok, I know you have been blinded by the gold of Michelle Obama's inauguration outfit by one of her fave designers Isabel Toledo. The pale-gold embossed coat had a matching shift dress with a blingy geometric, diamanté neckline.

But how about the shoes? Carrie Bradshaw alert. She was wearing Jimmy Choos 'Glacier' leather pumps in a striking shade of green, according to the Telegraph in the U.K . They are $695 on

So what do you thnk of the outfit? And is Michelle the "New Jackie Kennedy" or not? I agree with fellow blogger Kathy. She's tall and attractive but she isn't Jackie. Come on, let's start a discussion.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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The Inauguration, Barack Obama and you


You may not have been able to go to Washington to see Barack Obama installed as President of the United States, but I bet you did listen to his speech for remaking America.

Keep that feeling after this day. You can still get your own piece of history thanks to

You make your own "Obamicon" by putting your face, your child, your spouse or even your pet in a style inspired by Shepard Fairey's iconic poster. Add you own name or slogan.

Just take your photo with a webcam or upload a photo, choose your own message, and submit to the gallery. It can be serious or wacky. Check out the possibilities at If you don't already have it, you will have to install Adobe Flash Player 10.

You can save it to the site so all your friends can see it.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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January 19, 2009

Get Borders discount coupons every week

My book club is reading 'White Tiger' by Aravind Adiga. Of course, I waited too late to buy it online, so I ran over to Borders to pick up a copy. I have a free Borders Rewards card, so I was armed with a 30% off coupon that was emailed to members. The $14 book cost just over $10. Borders Reward members get an email offer weekly...and did you 'hear' me say it's free?

As I was driving away, basking in the afterglow of being in one of my favorite places, a bookstore, I got to thinking that I would have been a traitor for buying that book online. A gently used copy on Amazon costs over $7, but don't forget the $4 shipping charge.

If you don't want to wait for a Borders Reward coupon to be emailed, then here's a 20% coupon you can print and use now. Good until January 29th.

I digress, but years ago I sold my house after the kids left the nest, and bought a condo. I looked at condos near Point of the Americas, and on Galt Ocean Mile, but I settled on one downtown, because it was close to work, and right around the corner from Liberties bookstore. What a treat to be able to walk to a bookstore! (My own little Notting Hill, now where is Hugh Grant?)

Now Liberties is gone, replaced by Levinson's Jewelers, just not the same for hanging out on a Sunday morning. But I can and do spend time at Borders, and would be so disappointed if it was no longer available, nestled so nicely near the bridge on the New River, with it's comfortable coffee shop in the rear. Remember the days when there were two bookstores in each mall, and one on Las Olas, one in Mizner Park?

I know we are all into saving during these difficult times, but lets band together and start a movement, "Support your local bookstore." We need to, and NOW!

So you may save a dollar or two online, maybe, but can you have a coffee while you enjoy the books?

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Sopranos DVD bargain -- Save 63 percent


I'm having Tony Soprano withdrawal. How about you?

The reruns just don't make it. I want the whole series, and the chance to see my fave scenes when I want. But my pocketbook can't take the hit (Please pardon that bad pun.)

Check out for a 63 percent savings! The regular price is $249.99 and it's on sale for only $149.99.

I'll race you to the checkout!

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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The lunch challenge

So you know I have a shopping habit. I also have a lunch habit. I like to go out to lunch, especially during the workweek.

But it's expensive. A cheap lunch on Las Olas Boulevard is $10; it's easy to spend $15 to $18 at the nice restaurants.

So my friend E. issued me a challenge: Bring my lunch a few times a week and put the saved money aside for a trip to Sawgrass Mall.

I'm on Day 1 bringing my lunch today. It's even healthy. What do you do to put money aside for your shopping habit? -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 17, 2009

Circuit City closeout starts this weekend

Circuit City is going out of business and the closeout sale begins this weekend. If you've been eyeing that flat screen TV but resisted it over Christmas, now may be the time to look.

The nation's second-largest retailer said it would close its 567 stores. Circuit City expects to complete its liquidation by March.

If Circuit City follows the path of other bankrupt retailers, the best sales may be yet to come. But the best choice is now, so don't wait until there's nearly an empty store. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Hyundai's "best warranty" an idea for our time


Hyundai is offering customers who buy or lease their new cars an interesting deal: If you lose your income within the year, you can return the car. No more payments; no hit to your credit.

I first heard about this on a TV commercial and I have to hand it to Hyundai: They're in tune with the times. Are other car dealers paying attention? People are afraid to lay down money or commit to a long-term lease or car payment right now; too many of us are losing jobs.

Hyundai takes away the fear with its "American's Best Warranty Program." Is there a catch? I don't see one yet. But read the fine print for yourself:

Hyundai's Best Warranty

Worth checking out if you really need a car but not sure your job is going to stick around. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Filene's clearance sale plus 20% coupon 'til Monday

Now that the brides are gone (what a crazy scene!), I may just be near Aventura today so why not swing by Filene's Basement's clearance sale.

Items are 25 to 70% off with this 20% coupon for any one item:
Filene's coupon

What do you think of Filene's Basement? I love the Boston store, but haven't yet fallen head over heals for Aventura -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 16, 2009

Free make-up starting January 20th

There are rumors swirling about free make-up on January 20th, not just vague rumors, but emails, website postings, news articles. The messages are mixed as to who or what, but the truth is...there will be free make-up.

Here's the nitty gritty: There was a class action lawsuit against stores and manufacturers for price fixing, apparently there was a conspiracy to hold some products to drive up the prices, so the companies are court ordered to give away $175 million in products, starting on Jan. 20th, until supplies run out.

I called Dillards at the Galleria and was told customers must have a card, or piece of paper, to prove they were part of the lawsuit, to get the products. But all over the web, there are postings that say the stores are going to take your word for it.

Have a look at the class action suit website. There are only some products that will be free. The rampant rumor mill has women worked up for free make-up...the truth is, there is only one Chanel product and very specific items in other lines. I suspect we will find out who gives away what starting tomorrow. It can't hurt to swing by Macy's or Dillards to see what's up.

Cosmetics settlement website

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Look for deals at Circuit City i.e. Guitar Hero

I almost hate to report good deals and sales at Circuit city under the circumstances...I'm sure you've seen it on the news, or read it in the Sun-Sentinel, that Circuit City is closing its stores. Not a good time for 34,000 people to be out looking for jobs, my heart goes out to them.

If you have a Circuit City gift card, use it immediately. It is good during the liquidation, but once the stores close, it will be useless. The rule of thumb in this economy is not to stockpile any gift cards from any stores, no matter how healthy you might think they are.

The markdowns are starting immediately, and the savings will increase as time goes on. For instance, the sale price for the wii Guitar Hero is $39.95 down from $69.95.

Circuit City message

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Ann Taylor Loft having an "insane" sale

Hot off the presses...just got an email from a co-worker who knows we love a good sale. I don't have time to go myself, boo hoo, I'm working the night shift until midnight, but I'm happy to share the good news with you. Exactly as I got it:

"I went to Ann Taylor Loft today during my lunch break and got a dress for $7 and a purse for $10. They're having an insane sale. Wanted to give you a heads up in case any of you are Loft fans."

Are you a Loft fan? Better head on over.....


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Airfare wars from South Florida through April

News from TravelZoo, one of a number of websites that find good travel deals for us while we are busy working. I love to travel, lately my destinations are all about deals. I can't always go where I want, when I want, but I CAN go when and where the price is right. Here's the latest message from I'm going to a wedding in Ohio in April....looks like I should book now.

"American, United, JetBlue, AirTran and other major airlines have cut prices on flights all the way through April!

We've found great deals departing out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and other nearby airports.

Tips for finding the lowest fare:
- Be flexible and try a few different itineraries
- Try multiple sites to ensure you get absolute best deal
- Be sure not to check "Prefer nonstop"

But hurry, some sales end in the next few days, and the most sought-after dates will sell out fast. Flying on slower travel days, like Tuesdays and Wednesdays, will give you the best chance of finding a sale fare.

Travelzoo's SuperSearch helps you find the best deals.
Click here:

SuperSearch uses more than 2.5 million consumer ratings and Travelzoo's years of expertise to help you find the best fares. Plus, you can easily compare multiple sites without entering your information over and over."

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Michael Smith: White House Decorator for the Obamas



By now, you've probably heard Michael S. Smith has been given the honor of decorating the White House for the Obamas. So who is this guy anyway? His high-profile clients include Steven Spielberg, Rupert Murdoch and Cindy Crawford. Want to mimic Smith's look without his big ticket fee?

Check out his book, Michael S. Smith Houses (Rizzoli, $50), which shows his collection of unprententious interiors. The book is also full of advice and inspiration. (It's only $31.50 on

You can also buy his look through his licensed products. He has designed three lines for Kohler's Kallista brand and a collection for Ann Sacks Tile. His other licensing agreements include Visual Comfort Lighting, Mansour Modern Rugs, Patterson, Flynn and Martin Carpeting, Samuel and Sons Passementrie and Agaria Home Fragrances.

It will be interesting to see what he does with his $100,000 fee -- chicken feed in his world of high design. Some folks speculate he may give the Obamas a taste of Ikea and Crate & Barrel. Isn't that a little too populist for the First Family?

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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Sexy bras for Valentine's Day


Having big boobs isn't always an asset to be coveted. Just ask anyone larger than a 36C.

Everyone -- no matter what their size -- wants to look like a hot chick, especially on Valentine's Day. But often bras that support you look like they were made for a nunnery.

Some of the prettiest underthings for busty broads can be found at They not only have pretty bras (sizes 30C to 44DDD), they also sell body shapers, panties and "cha cha cheeky shorts."

This bra comes in After Mighnight and Sheer Stocking for $95. They aren't cheap, but they are sexy.

Say Happy Valentine's Day to someone special.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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January 15, 2009

Could you go 21 days without shopping?

Could you go 21 days without shopping? Wow, why would I?

A Hartford Courant reporter, and fellow shopaholic, was given the assignment to go 21 days without shopping, and then write about the experience.

Hartford Courant unshopping story

I'm not sure I could do it...nor would I want to. I admit I'm a shopaholic, but not a big spender. For me it's a sport...called bargain hunting. No harm done...just the thrill of the hunt. Some folks read books, play video games, go to the gym. I do outlet malls, consignment stores, flea markets, garage sales. It's fun to find $90 pants for $15, no?

On occasion, I even make money with my uncontrollable habit. I once bought a beautiful old art book for $1 at an estate sale, and turned around and sold it at auction on eBay, thrilled to see the final bid go up to $111.

I couldn't resist a new Waterford crystal mantle clock, still in the box, for $5 at a community garage sale. But I had a change of heart when I got it home. A large mantle clock? I don't even have a fireplace! Someone in Wisconsin was thrilled to buy that from me for $40. Still a deal, and they probably DO have a fireplace.

I won't say my habit is harmless, because I live in a small condo, and I have waaaayyyy too much stuff. My New Years resolution is to get control of the piles, which should involve curtailing the shopping, but can I do it?

Could you?

I have a friend who would rather pay double than dig through picked over sale racks. She gets creeped out at flea markets. We went to Renningers Flea Market in central Florida, acres of stands and goods displayed on blankets on the ground. She turned sheet white and I could read her mind, "What am I doing here? This is my worst nightmare."

Tell us about your shopping habits. Are you a retailer or a bargain hunter? Could you go 21 days without shopping?

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REMINDER - Friday's the big day - Filene's Bridal gown Sale - Aventura

We wrote about the 'Running of the Brides' last week, but in case you missed our post, it's worth a reminder. The infamous wedding dress sale starts at 8am Friday morning at the new Filenes at 17651 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura Florida.

Brides will come from all over the state, and probably NY, NJ, even the island of Jamaica, in hopes to find the dress of their dreams at a fraction of the price. There will be 1400 gowns, sizes 2-26, from designers and famous name bridal houses. They will be priced at $249, $499, and $699. At retail these dresses would cost between $900 and $10,000.

The doors open at 8am, expect a rush to the racks, so bring a friend, and grab what you can. You can trade later. Chaos reigns, followed by shrieks of excitement, and finally tears and applause as each bride finds THE ONE.

Best wishes to you.

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Pumps for work: Should they be sexy?


I like these DKNYC leopard calf pumps, $89.99, from But are they appropriate for work? Guess it depends on your line of work.

I saw someone in my office building wearing similar pumps. Then I began observing many more women wearing their Sex and the City type pumps to work: silver metallic ballet shoes with a big black bow at a legal seminar; spike heels on the streets of Las Olas Boulevard. They were wearing dark suits or other appropriate workwear. Their shoes must be their rebellion.

I can't see wearing these shoes to work, but neither do I like clunky types.

Does anyone have any comfortable yet stylish dress shoe brands they like (but don't cost too much)? -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Bargains at the Gap


The Gap has cut its already low prices in stores and on line.

Women's and men's T's are 2 for $22. Gapbody bras are 2 for $40, Kids Graphic T's are 2 for $20 and Baby bodysuits are 2 for $22.

They are calling it a "stock up and save event." Better do so now, it looks as if the Gap stores and its sibling, Old Navy, are on a respirator .

Better check out because some of the deals are not available in stores. And, if you apply for a Gap credit card, you can get 20 percent off until Feb. 8. Shipping is free on orders of $100 or more.

Also, check the other deals like this V-neck T -- $3.99 to $10 depending on the color.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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January 14, 2009

What will Michelle Obama wear Inauguration Day and Night

The last time I blogged about election clothing, it was about the brouhaha over Cindy McCain's gazillion dollar outfit at the Republican Convention.

Now, there's an even bigger brouhaha surrounding the buzz about Michelle Obama's Inaugural ball gown. Women's Wear Daily posted a feature showing what various designers sketched for her for the Inaugural Ball. The post has had nearly six million hits, and climbing.

WWD's What should Michelle wear?

I, for one, have been surprised that Michelle Obama is constantly called a style icon and compared to Jacqueline Kennedy. Most of her dresses are so plain, no spunk, and what were the red blobs on the election night dress all about? What do you think? Will Michelle Obama be the next Jackie O or Lady Di, the style icon of our time?

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Boynton Beach Mall Super Sale weekend - Jan 16-18th

Beginning Friday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 18th, Boynton Beach Mall will host its premier Super Sale Weekend with many retailers offering the best deals ever.

As part of Super Sale Weekend, Boynton Beach Mall will create a sidewalk sale atmosphere. Many retailers such as Spencers, Mrs. Fields, Yankee Candle Co, Underground Station, Rack Room Shoes, Game Stop, Fits ‘R’ Us and more will feature their special offers just outside their storefront, with more great merchandise priced to sell inside each store.

Boynton Beach Mall is located at 801 N. Congress Ave. The mall features Macy*s, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears, along with over 135 specialty stores and eateries, all set in a freshly renovated Florida garden setting. There’s something for everyone, from shopping and eating to entertainment and events.

Let us hear from you. I will be working at the Sun-Sentinel this weekend, but if you get up there, post a comment so we know if the sales are worth the trip. I can go on Sunday!


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January 13, 2009

Macy's Sale~Extra 40%-50% off clearance~15% more with Macy's credit card

My favorite signs are going up in Macy's January 14-19th... the Extra 40%-50% off clearance signs. I love these sales!!!

I usually shop Macy's at the Galleria, but I know the sale racks there too well. When the red 'Extra' signs go up, I like to shop a new store, with a different selection of sale merchandise.

If you use your Macy's credit card, there will be an additional 15% off sale and regular priced items. I can't afford NOT to shop this one.

Macy's ad

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SanDisk 4GB SDHC Media Card 9.77 with free shipping at


As you can imagine, the Sun-Sentinel Photography staff needs reliable equipment, and this can get expensive. We are always looking for the best prices to keep the staff adequately supplied.

The weekly specials are worth watching. This week they have a great deal on SanDisk 4GB SDHC cards (SanDisk 4GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card - SDSDB-4096-A11.) They are usually $39.99...this week they are $9.77 with free shipping.

A word of caution: older digital cameras do not support higher capacity cards, they require SD cards, not SDHC. Make sure your camera is SDHC compliant before you order one. I made this mistake when I went to Italy last fall. I wanted to be able to shoot unlimited pictures, so I stocked up on media cards before I left. (It's time consuming, and wears on your battery to keep deleting the bad pictures to free up card space, I prefer to do that when I get home.) When I inserted the 4GB SDHC card, the camera blinked a flashing message of rejection, the card, not me!! Thank goodness I had others!

A second word of caution: With, as with any online free shipping deals, be very careful as you check out, that you select the free shipping option. Often the order form defaults to a higher shipping price, and if you don't take the extra step to find the free shipping option, you will be in for an unpleasant surprise when you get the invoice.

Has that happened to you? Do you get that 'ripped off' feeling, when a website advertises free shipping, then charges for it because you didn't know to select that option? weekly specials

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Romantic Valentine's dinner at home


It's not too early to plan a romantic Valentine's dinner. Whether your romance is new or needs some rekindling of the fire, start with the right stuff.

Crate & Barrel has some cool items that won't break your budget. I love this Valentine plate with pink and red hearts around the white porcelain plate. It's perfect for a romantic dessert and is only $5.95.

Team it with a five heart candleholders down the center of the table or in a circle if the table is round. They are only $1.95 each.

Happy romantic evening and don't forget the champagne.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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WallPops cheap wall decor for kids

We have told you about WallPops before, but we can’t resist telling you again. The new ZooWallogy collection of farm and safari animals can make even the most jaded adult say awww.


What’s cool about WallPops is you can satisfy the whims of your kids with very little money and very little time. The peel-and-stick wall art, which is repositionable and removable, allows you to mix and match designs and change whenever the whim hits.

My favorite is Antoinne the Monkey, available in red, blue, green and yellow. Team him with the Fundango Tree for a real SoFla look.

The animals are packaged with one 26-by-39-inch sheet that includes a variety of art ranging from 10 to 25 pieces. Fun facts are included about each animal, such as how many toes pigs have on each foot. (The answer: four.) They sell for $24.99 each.

See to get ideas on how to create a design and where to buy.

xoxo- Shopper Girl

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January 12, 2009

Fix that bracelet before you lose it!

For my birthday I received this lovely Brighton bracelet. I wore the bracelet to a Christmas party and all of a sudden it fell off my arm. I didn't think much of it, but then an hour or so later it fell off again.

Then I got worried: I certainly didn't want to lose this bracelet.

I took my bracelet to a Brighton store. One associate told me to buy a jewelry guard. I went to the nearby jewelry repair kiosk where I was told a guard would help. I went back to Brighton to see if they could send the bracelet into Brighton for repair. No go. "Brighton doesn't modify its bracelets," I was told.

But this associate did make a helpful suggestion: Go to a jeweler and replace to toggle closure with a lobster claw closure.

I remembered an art and custom jewelry store I had visited in Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach and decided to bring my bracelet there. Stacey, the jewelry designer at Spotted on 2nd, chose a lobster claw that matched my bracelet and replaced the toggle in 5 minutes.

The best surprise: Only cost me $4 plus tax. What a deal! Stacey also restrings necklaces and modernizes old jewelry.

Has anyone else had the problem I described with Brighton bracelets?

BTW, Spotted on 2nd gallery is having a 20 percent sale on it jewelry, art and crafts during Art & Jazz on Thursday, Jan. 29. So just don't spend your time on Atlantic Avenue; take a short walk down 2nd to visit Stacey. Well worth your while. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Free Revlon items at Walgreens

Did that get your attention?

Use the Revlon coupons in the Smart Source coupon booklet that came in Sunday's Sun-Sentinel (1/11) at Walgreens for Revlon Matte Collection Lipstick, Pencil, or Blush...and they will be FREE after mail In rebate (rebate limit $10.00.)

If you're like me, you'll lose the paperwork for the rebate. I'm getting better though, I have a special pocket in a new wallet that holds just my active receipts, like the$5 off $25 CVS register receipts or active rebate receipts.

How do you keep track of important receipts?

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January 10, 2009

Diane Von Furstenburg Spring Line at Neiman Marcus

At Shop-O-Matic, we like to save money but still get great things. But every once in awhile don't you just want to admire the new and fresh, for once escape the land of the picked over and shopworn? We can fantacize about ignoring price tags, just buying what we love when we see it. I've been budgeting so long, I really don't think I could do it, pay straight retail, can you?

Neiman Marcus has unveiled Diane Von Furstenburg's new Spring line. Very pretty, very fresh. I have a thing for black and white, so this one really caught my eye. Too short for my 'not-18-anymore' legs, but she met my needs with the 3/4 length sleeves.

I'm so glad the Spring clothes are out. Winter is a long dry spell for Florida shopaholics.

Here's how you can call it a bargain...if you spend $200 or more online, shipping is free.

Diane Von Furstenburg at Neiman Marcus

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January 9, 2009

Watches for dog lovers


Did you go see Marley & Me and testify that it's a three tissue movie? Is your dog a family member? Or do you know someone who fits these descriptions?

I just learned about a company that can do custom, handcrafted watches with your pet's name,and photo. Whimsical Watches has 700 designs to chose from in a variety of categories -- such as hobby, holidays, professions, music. Most include minatures in the watch face.

This is not the present for the person who is a label lover. They are somewhat kitschy, but perfect for the person who likes this sort of thing. The price is reasonable at $44.95. Buy two and get $5 off, three gets you a $15 discount and four saves you $25. See

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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Save $15 on Olay Definity

Oil of Olay fans, buy any two Olay Definity products and get a $15 gift card with this rebate form:

Olay Definity rebate form

The offer is valid for purchases made through Jan. 28; rebate form must be postmarked by Feb. 11. Remember to keep your sales receipts to send in with the form. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 8, 2009

Bloomingdale's towels on sale


It might be time to freshen up your bathroom with new towels and rugs. If so, Bloomingdale's has put many of its designer towels on sale for 20% to 50% off. These Charisma towels are on sale for $6.39 to $35.99. Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren towels also are included in the sale.

More select items are on marked down 25% to 40% on But I'd stick the the towels unless you must have Juicy Couture sweatpants. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 7, 2009

'Running of the Brides' wedding dress sale in Filene's Basement Aventura~January 16th


It's that time of year, all you blushing brides.....ready to fight for that bargain wedding dress from the infamous Filene's Basement sale...coming to Aventura January 16th. The sale has come to be know as 'The Running of the Brides', a take off on Pamplona Spain's annual Running of the Bulls.

I'm not a bride, been there done that, but curiosity might get the best of me. I've never seen the bridal sale at Filene's. Have you? What's it like? A madhouse? Did anyone get their wedding dress there? Do tell.....

Click here for Filene's Bridal Sale Schedule

There's a real science to shopping the wedding dress sale at Filene's Basement. It's not for the timid.

Arrive early, expect a line. I'm not sure what it will be like in Aventura, because this is the first one, since the store is new. But these sales are famous, so I'd imagine brides will flock to it, new or not.

I've heard the racks empty within the first few minutes. Just take what you can, as much as you can, and sort it out later. The dresses are bulky, so try to recruit a friend to help.

Keep in mind you might be changing in the aisles, so dress accordingly. No holes in your granny panties, girls!

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Enter to win a $10,000 room makeover


Marcia and I are both coincidentally blogging about new closets....that was not planned, but as they say, great minds think alike, right? After some research, we have both discovered that a really good component system for an attractive and organized closet is expensive.

I know, if I win the $10,000 room makeover, I can do a number on the closet, and get a few new shoes to put in it as well. Don't make fun, I can dream, no?

A $10,000 prize would sure help finish a project or two!

Enter room makeover contest

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Up to 75 percent off Williams-Sonoma items


I've been eyeing this Williams-Sonoma berry wreath for awhile, but it was too expensive for my taste at $49.99. Now, with Williams-Sonoma's winter sale of up to 75 percent holiday and other items, the wreath has fallen to the buyable price of $19.99.

My Christmas wreath, live evergreens that I decorated, is sadly awaiting garbage pickup and my door just seems, well, bare. This wreath of natural looking fall foliage really could be used year-round.

Other Williams-Sonoma buys include a chocolate fondue pot for $14.99 and fluted glassware for $14.99-$16.99. Love these after-holiday sales! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 6, 2009

Talbots Outlet~75% off already reduced merchandise

Did you know there is only one Talbots Outlet in the whole state of Florida, and it is right here in Plantation?

You just don't know what kind of deals are lurking there for you right now, as they have just added an additional 75% savings to the already reduced merchandise.

Find the outlet at The Shops at Broward Mall at 8160 W Broward Blvd, just west of the Broward mall.

Click here for Talbots sale ad


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Closet organizing: How much should it cost?


If anyone needs her closet organized, it's me. I have literally lost items in my closet. Clothes or shoes I know I have vanish into the far reaches of my closet never to be found again.

Well, that's at least until I clean it. Guess it's time to wade through, weeding out my old clothes. No use hanging on to any piece of clothing I haven't worn in six months, maybe less. And, no, I won't ever fit into certain outfits again.

So I'm investigating closet organization systems, but I don't want to pay the price.

The Container Store in Hallandale Beach and Kendall is having a 30 percent sale on its Elfa system, but that closet system rangers in price from around $400 upwards to nearly $2,000 -- and that's on sale!

Ikea's closet system is another alternative, but also not inexpensive.

I'm going to start slow: throw items out first and then see where I'm at and what I need. Wish me luck. Meanwhile, if you have any great closet organizing ideas, post them. I suspect others have lost shoes in their closets as well. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Soji solar lanterns for the garden

Spending more time eating at home? Love to eat in your garden, but worried about it's lack of ambience?

Me, too. I'm getting my garden into shape and came across something I just had to share. The folks at Allsop Home & Garden just sent me a postcard on their new Soji Modern Lanterns. They are so elegant that I just have to have three of them. (Remember, it's always better to use these things in odd numbers.)

Anyhow, they are created in a wave like pattern and, because they are solar, you will never see unsightly cords. They turn themselves on at dusk and emit a beautiful glow. Check them out in three patterns: Pure White, Pearl Motif (white with white floral patterns) and Mineral (white with grey flordal patterns).

They are available at Flamingo Road Nursery. I called and confirmed they have them. The nursery is located at 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie. Call 954 476-7878.

Happy entertaining.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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January 5, 2009

Chico's travels well


When my sister had a business trip to India last year, she turned to Chico's travel collection for clothes that would cover tall frame, not wrinkle and look professional.

Besides being wary about travel conditions and restrictions, women need to be careful not to offend the culture they are visiting. Often that means covering up.

Chico's is having its winter sale, up to 75 percent, off on many items: sweaters, buttoned shirts, pants, jackets, and its travel collection. The store's jewelry is also discounted, with some 50 percent off if you buy one item at full price.

The Chico's bright colors and leisure look is not for everyone, but its store on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale has plenty of choices for the more conservative dresser as well. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 4, 2009

Athletic shoes on sale at Kohl's


If kids wear through anything, it's shoes. They wear that favorite pair constantly and they're running, jumping and doing what kids do.

So if you need to reshoe your children or yourself for active play, check out Kohl's sale on athletic shoes. Sneakers, as I call them, are marked down 20% to 50%, depending on the brand and style. These Fila Sport Durango skate shoes for boys, for example, are $24.99.

Kohl's, a relatively new store to South Florida, is located in Boynton Beach off Gateway Boulevard exit off 95. Just in case you didn't know. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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January 3, 2009

Everything 30% off in Cole Haan stores

If you go to the Galleria, the classy Cole Haan store on the corner by Neiman Marcus has a discrete 30% off sign in the window.

I thought maybe there were a few items that were 30% off, so I popped in to see what was up. Everything in the store is 30% off. And sale items are an additional 30%.

My kind of shopping. No messy sale racks, no mismatched shoes. Just their regular beautifully displayed merchandise, and very professional employees. Now, this was a nice shopping experience.

It was tempting, Cole Haan bags are to-die-for, but I only bought one pair of shoes.

But hurry, sale ends Sunday January 4th. There are also sales at the Cole Haan stores in the Boca Town Center, the Aventura Mall, and Merrick Park in Coral Gables.

Also available online, just enter coupon code sale30.


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50-75% off at Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn employees were busy New Years Eve working on the markdowns to take effect when the stores reopened after the holiday. Starting January 2nd, lots of items have further reductions, for even more after Christmas savings.

It worked to my advantage, as I saw some outdoor chairs I liked at the Lincoln Road Pottery Barn in South Beach last weekend. They were half off already, so I bought and paid for them, but had to go back with a truck to pick them up.

I got there just before closing on New Years Eve...the employees were busy marking items with the further reductions for the January 2nd sale. There they were, my chairs, in the 75% off section!! Don't you love when that happens??

But I didn't save any money because I left with 4 chairs instead of the two I originally bought. They only had red ones, which I intend to paint dark charcoal grey, or maybe forest green, but now I'm not sure, the red sure is fun!

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Tell us about your New Years resolutions

Did you make a New Years resolution? Is it the same one you make every year?

I switched gears this year. I have to accept the ten pounds and get on with my life. But I don't have to live with the overcrowded condo anymore. Years ago I moved from a 4 bedroom house to small condo, and have been struggling with my possessions ever since. I have too much furniture, crystal, china, art, clothes, shoes, you name it.....I have it. Slowly but surely I'm whittling away at it...some to my kids as they set up their households, sold stuff on eBay, donated some to charity.

It's like Sophie's do you decide what to keep and what to discard? I need an intervention!

Did I mention Martha Stewart? I know, enough of her already, but she does have great space saving/organizing ideas on her website. I love the corkboard inside the bookshelves in the picture on the right. Isn't this great? I just gave my double bookshelves to my daughter for her 2 little might catch me at Home Depot this weekend getting some corkboard and glue. And this might be the reason MY house isn't getting it adult onset ADD?

Please share with us your New Years resolutions. Is anyone else working on simplifying your life? Any ideas for great space saving products?

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January 2, 2009

Staples dollar days are back

I don't have a Staples store near my home or office, so I forget to look out for the dollar item sales. It's worth a stop if Staples is convenient for you. Did you know Staples has dollar items? Different items every week?

This week, good from Jan 4th-10th, you can get a dry-erase board for $1, and 4 dry erase markers, also $1, limit 2. There are other $1 items as well. Check out the Staples ad, click on the link below.

$1 items at Staples

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We hope that your 2009 is full of health and happiness!

And prosperity. Here's hoping the economy improves this year. But even if it does, we have had to implement money saving tips that should stick with us through good times and bad. I have found paring down liberating.

If you haven't seen Uncle Jay's recap of 2008 on YouTube, you might get a kick out of it. I know I did! What a year! Anyone else glad it's over?


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$5 off $25~CVS coupon good until Sunday 1/4/09

Did you get your email from CVS with a $5 off $25 coupon attached? This is when I stock up on items I need anyway, like paper towels or Olay cleanser. And until Saturday midnight my favorite cereal is BOGO, and so is Maxwell House coffee. (BOGO is buy-one-get-one-free. New sale items start on Sundays, so check for other BOGO and sale items in the CVS Sunday ad before the coupon expires.)

I wish I could attach the coupon to this blog, but I contacted CVS, and they insist the only way to get the coupons is via registration in the Extra Care program. (The coupon I got in the email only works with my personal Extra Care number.) You must register your email address with them, as well, to get the coupons.

I know we all hate spam, but as far as I'm concerned, a $5 coupon is good spam!!

You can register your email address with CVS online.

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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