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April 30, 2009

Printable coupons for $1 off Kelloggs cereal, Kashi, Fresh Express and more

kelloggs.gifI mentioned the California Pizza Kitchen coupon, and figured you would find the cereal coupons when you clicked on the site. Then I realized not everyone will click for pizza, and I don't want you to miss these other great deals.

Click here for coupons on Kelloggs cereal, Kashi, Fresh Express and more. Print two while they are available, use your back button, they change frequently. And get more from the Kelloggs website.

Remember to use coupons when the items are on sale, or better still, use two when they are BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free.) If you are a strategic shopper, you won't pay over $2 for a box of cereal, EVER! Here's a deal coming from Target, buy 5 Special K items, get a $5 Target gift card, using 5 of these coupons the cereal will be $.39 per box. Read all about it here at Money Saving Mom.

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Target printable coupon: $1 off apples, and more Target sales

Strawberry season was fun with the great sales a few weeks ago, wasn't it? We can save so much with coupons and BOGOs, but not with fruit. Have you noticed how small the $3 blueberry containers are lately?

There's some good news for fruit lovers this week on the coupon front. Super Target has a printable coupon for $1 off bulk apples, and apples are on sale there this week for .99/lb. I bought 2 2-pound bags of red and green apples that came to $1 a bag. Deal Seeking Mom suggests buying 1 pound bags and getting them free.

Deal Seeking Mom had some other Target coupon combos on her website, adding up to lots of savings there this week. To have a look, click here.

Click here for Target printable coupons.

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Michelle Obama clothing controversy: Sneakers at food bank


Michelle Obama is making headlines, or should we say bloglines, about her choice of shoes.

This time has "outed" the First Lady on Sneakergate. The Web site says Obama was wearing a pair of $540 sneakers by Lanvin when she volunteered to fill bags with non-perishable food at the Capitol Area Food Bank for Feeding America.

So here's the controversy: Should the First Lady wear such pricey footwear in this case? Or should the press and the bloggers give her a rest already?

Weigh in. We want to know what you think.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Over $575 in coupons in Sundays Sun Sentinel, May 3rd~See lists here for Smart Source, Red Plum, P&G

Wow! Its a big week for couponing! Over $575 in coupon savings in this Sunday's Sun Sentinel. There are three coupon inserts, Smart Source, Red Plum and the P&G brand SAVER.

With Mother's Day right around the corner, you'll be happy to find a Honeybaked Ham coupon insert too. There's a coupon for a 19.99 Mini-Ham, a free pie or side item with purchase of any Bone-in Ham 7 lbs or more, and a coupon for a $4.99 lunch combo.

Click here to see the lists of Sundays coupons in advance. I don't know about you, but I'm going to make sure to get a few papers this Sunday, so I can double up coupons for those BOGOs.

P.S. Click here for printable coupons on Kelloggs cereal, Kashi, Fresh Express and more. Print two while they are available, they change frequently.

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April 29, 2009

Printable coupon: Save $2 off California Pizza Kitchen pizza

cpkpizza.gifDo you remember the first time you went to California Pizza Kitchen...when they first opened down here? I went in alone, sat at the counter and asked the chef, "What's that one?" every time he delivered a new order. I still go there, sit at the counter, but now I order half a salad instead of a pizza. Like Emily in The Devil Wears Prada, "I don't do carbs." (Right!)

If you 'do' carbs, you'll be happy to know there's a printable coupon for $2 off Califonia Pizza Kitchen pizzas from your grocer. Click here for coupon. Print two while they are available, they change frequently.

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Double coupons at Kmart again week of May 3rd.

Double coupons at Kmart, starts Sunday May 3rd thru the 9th. The brochure in Sunday's paper says up to .75, but we've gotten word that's a misprint. Calls to Kmart do not get answers, it seems the Kmart employees are the last to know about these promotions.

Shoppers, please post in the comments during the week as you discover which locations are doubling. Last time I didn't hear about any that weren't, did you?

Okay strategic shoppers...tell us what coupons will be good to use this week at Kmart. Here are some suggested savings scenarios from HotCouponWorld. Please add yours in the comments section below.

Don't forget to enter Coupon Chaos for this week. Tomorrow (Friday) we'll be posting the lists of the coupons that will be in Sunday's paper. Over $575 in coupon savings.

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Pottery Barn online sale 25% off


Buy your favorite items from Pottery Barn at 25 percent off until May 5 online only at

I spotted these citrus print towels on sale for $39 -- yet another great Mother's Day idea. Lots of other choices in bedding, mirrors, lighting, rugs and more.

Plus, in the Town Center at Boca Raton store, catch a botanical arranging class on May 3. Call the store at 561-750-3949 for more information. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Pink Sony Cyber-Shot just in time for Mother's Day

Sony Style is having a pretty neat sale on their pink 12.1 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot camera. Just in time for Mother's Day!

The deal includes: The camera, a 2 gigabyte memory stick and a matching case for a grand total of (drum roll) $149.99, plus tax, of course. Did I mention that this deal includes free shipping? Here's a chance to get mom a pretty swanky camera. And it's pink! You can't beat that.

The deal is good through May 9.

See the deal here.


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April 28, 2009

Mother's Day ideas from Crate & Barrel


Crate & Barrel has some affordable ideas for Mother's Day, especially if your mom lives in another state like mine.

This Flora teapot is only $6.95 and morning tea mugs $4.95, for example. My mother's a big fan of tea and everytime I go home, I give up my Starbucks for a cup of tea in my mom's kitchen. Nothing makes you feel more like you're home.

For other affordable Mother's Day gifts, go to Crate & Barrel. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Bargain shoes: Save big bucks at Ann Taylor


These days many of us don't want to buy anything that will look dated or too trendy, but when the price is right it is far less of a gamble.

I just love the Petra Peeptoe Cut-Out Wedge in patent leather. Check out the stylish cut-out wrapped wedge heel. It has a ridged leather sole and 3 1/4-inch heel.

The original price was $129. Most folks see the $39.99 on the Website, but if you enter the code FRIENDS at checkout, you can get them for only $27.99. To order, Click here.

Better hurry at this price!

-- Shopper Girl


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April 27, 2009

The Coupon Queen gets $66 in groceries for $12 in Publix

I'm getting anxious because a lot of my coupons are expiring on 4/30. So I went shopping! Have I truly lost it?

The grandkids love Crustables, the frozen PB&J sandwiches, usually $2.79 a box, on sale at Publix for $2, the .55 coupon expires 4/30. Now, I know, I'm nuts to pay even $1.50 for 4 PB&Js, but for some reason they like them better than the ones we make. Go figure!

Thanks to Andrea's reminder, I bought 4 of the StarKist SeaSations, frozen fish entrees, which are BOGO thru Wednesday, and with 4 $3 off coupons, FREE! Has anyone tried them...are they edible? There were 4 flavors, is one better than the others?

Fresh Express Salad Mixes are on sale for $2.50, and there's a $1 off coupon in the yellow Publix flyer at the front of the store.

My favorite Ocean Spray Cranberry 100% Juice, is BOGO use two $1 coupons. I know we've had reports of folks having trouble with this coupon. Sorry. I used it tonight again. I find if you just buy a few they will take it. The day I tried to buy 8 bottles at one time, they wouldn't.

So, in a nutshell, I got $66 worth of groceries for $12. When I checked out, the sweet cashier said, "You are the Coupon Queen of the night." If she only knew!

P.S. Dont forget to enter to win Coupon Chaos by leaving your favorite shopping tips in the comments section. Enter all week as you see great sales. And use it to connect with couponers in your neighborhood for a swap.

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Coupon Chaos Tuesday: Enter to win free coupons from Shop-O-Matic

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where you share your best money saving shopping tips to win free coupons from Shop-O-Matic.

Couponing is a real science, it's not just 30 cents off an item. It's combining 2 coupons with a buy-one-get-one-free deal. Finding special promotions, getting Extra Care Bucks, Target Gift Cards, Register Rewards... There are so many offers out there, tell us what you find.

I was so happy to see repeat posters for the last few weeks. We are due two winners because I missed last week, too much partying at my niece's wedding! Trish, Jan and Andrea have been back several times, so nice to see them, I think we'll have three winners this week! Kind of like American Idol, I'll change the rules as I go. Congratulations T, J, and A.

It's a new Coupon Chaos week, enter your comments below.

BTW: Remember, it's the end of the month. Be sure to print two of each of these coupons before they arent available anymore. Click here for $1 off Colgate Total and $1.50 off Huggies, DiGiorno, Chuck E Cheese's, California Pizza Kitchen and more..

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Printable coupon: Bath & Body Works $10 off $30 just in time for Mothers Day

bath.jpgThe gals in the office were talking about the great sale at Bath & Body Works going on through Mothers Day. Several of them were raving about the great bargains they got this past weekend.

Should I tell them about the coupon that came in my email today? After they already bought a ton of stuff. Hmmmmm....I don't think so. Would you?

But I'll share with you. Click here for $10 off $30 or more, good through May 11th.

They didn't like Moonlight Path. What's your favorite B&BW scent?

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Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons can save big

Once again I learned the importance of saving the newspaper and mailer coupons from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

This weekend my husband, Carter, and I went to BBB in Delray Beach with a fistfull of coupons. We bought two bathroom rugs and a new shower head and saved $29!

What is great about the folks at BBB is the following:

The salesclerk will figure out which of your coupons -- 20 percent off, $10 off or $5 off -- gives you the best deal.

They will accept out-of-date coupons.

And, if you buy more stuff than coupons, you can bring the sales recipet and the coupon back and you will get the discount.

At left, is my new showerhead a BBB exclusive -- Waterpik Aqua Fall Combo Shower Head.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Rainy day bargain: Nine West tote at 43 percent off


Are you prepared for when the rains come in June? Not if you are carrying a leather briefcase that can be spotted with our crazy weather.

Ann Taylor Loft has a fab alternative -- this spacious Nine West tote with magnetic closure. The manmade material is water repellent and it has a magnetic closure.

And the price is really right. Orginally $85, it is now $48.35 -- for a savings of 43 percent.

To get it, Click here.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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April 24, 2009

Blue Bell Ice Cream on sale at Albertsons

bluebell1.jpgEver since we wrote about Blue Bell Ice Cream in the Sun Sentinel, I've been wanting to try it. Now that I'm couponing, it's hard to pay $5.98 for a half gallon of ice cream when I can get sales and BOGOs on other brands.

So I have avoided buying it, until tonight. I was getting other things in Albertsons, walked by the ice cream freezer, which of course they put right near the check-out line, and lo and behold, a Blue Bell sale! Sale lasts thru Tuesday, April 28th.

No coupons, but it was 2 half gallons for $7, enough savings to get me to cheat again on the old diet. Was it worth it? I have to say yes, the ice cream is very creamy and the Pralines were sooooo crunchy. Mmmmm...I might have to try the Cookies and Cream next. Super Saver Kathy

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Publix sales and BOGOs good until 4/29

This is a good week to go to Publix with your coupon stash. Remember, strategic shoppers, you can use two coupons with buy-one-get-one-free items.

Maybe it's just because some of my favorite items are on the BOGO list. Always the mother, I told my grown daughter I would help her with groceries if she finished school, so I am buying for a family of 6. (The good news, she finished Friday, now maybe a job is in her future.)

The kids love Post Honey Bunches of Oats, Pop-tarts, Teddy Grahams, Cheez-its and Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice printable coupon, new exp date 5/22), which are all BOGO this week.

There are not so many coupons in Smart Source and Red Plum for these items though, let us know if you find printables!! See you at Publix.

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Sunday April 26th, over $250 in coupons in the Sun-Sentinel

Here's your advance list of the coupons that will be in Sunday's Sun-Sentinel. I am typing these at midnight on Thursday night so they will make it online as promised by Friday.

Please let us know if you benefit from the list in advance!!! (Or I might not type until midnight next week.)

And don't forget to enter Coupon Chaos to win free coupons from the Shop-O-Matic bloggers. Give us your best shopping tips, tell us where the deals are. We love to hear from you.

Sorry, I went to a wedding out of town last weekend and came back to a whirlwind week, it's all a blur. I just realized I didn't post Tuesday when I got back. So enter the Coupon Choas in the link above and I'll pick 2 winners this Tuesday, one for each week.

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April 23, 2009

Printable coupon: 20% off at Stein Mart good through April 26th

Coupons good for 20% off at Stein Mart, today through Sunday. Finally!
We love those Stein Mart coupons! Click here to print.

Also, during the weekend, take a friend to Stein Mart, get them to sign up for email or preferred customer account and you both will get a $10 off $50 Smart Money coupon.

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50% off one book for Mother's Day


Barnes & Noble is having a four-day online sale through April 26 for Mother's Day. Buy Mom, or yourself, one book at half off with this coupon code: E8K9F8R.

You need to choose from the books they have selected for Mother's Day (Sunday, May 10), but there are 200. I chose Suzie Welch's 10-10-10 for myself. Not sure what Mom's getting yet.

This Italian favorites cookbook by Giada de Laurentis is a nice selection for the Mom who likes to cook. What I wouldn't pick for Mom is anything about losing weight or her age. C'mon. It's her day! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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April 22, 2009

Free book: Confessions of a Shopoholic


We know you loved the movie. We sure did. Now you can get the book --- free.

All you have to do is fill out the info Click here and Random House will send you a FREE book while supplies last. Random House promises that they will not share your info with third parties or use the info for future promotions.

So, send one for your friend and ask her to send one for you.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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Sexy lingerie: Save $10 on Victoria's Secret


Anytime we can tell you about saving money on sexy lingerie from Victoria's Secret, we are there.

You can save $10 on any item on the Victoria's Secret website, inluding sale mechandise. Just pick your sexy stuff and add the code FA810465 at checkout.

Here's a great option: This push-up bra with gel curve for $45. Use the code and it's $35.

Other deals:
$10 off and free panty with any full-priced bra purchase.
25 percent off certain swimwear

To see what's hot and sexy now, Click here.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Free reusable shopping bag at Walgreens on Earth Day April 22nd

walgreens.gifOne day only, get a free reusable tote bag with any purchase at Walgreens on Earth Day, April 22nd.

There's also a 15% discount on eligible items, see the fine print on the coupon. This might be a great day to go to Walgreens with your list and manufacturers coupons, strategic shoppers. Give this coupon to the cashier at checkout.

Click here for coupon. Super Saver Kathy

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April 21, 2009

Win entire Olay line in contest


Allure magazine is offering the entire Olay Regenerist line in a sweepstakes this April.

The women's magazine says Olay's Microsculpting cream was named its Reader's Choice winner in two categories.

Enter the contest at Allure magazine to win the entire line including the Eye Lifting Serum, the Detoxifying Pore Scrub, and the 14-Day Skin Intervention—plus several of Olay's Definity products, all worth more than $300.

No ProX here, but a pretty darn good deal. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Watch deal on Yugster has a nice looking Invicta men's watch on sale as their daily deal.

The Invicta Men's Speedway S 200 meter chronograph stainless steel watch is on sale, until midnight, for $89.99, which includes free shipping with the order. Not too shabby.

Upon doing some research, I found that most sites are selling the watch for $139.99. So, if you're inclined to buy a watch before midnight, and you happen to like this one, go for it.


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April 20, 2009

Printable coupon: 20% off at Bloomingdales starts Wednesday April 22nd

So many sales, so little time...

Click here for a coupon for 20% off in store and online at Bloomingdales. Use coupon code SPRINGFF online at

Sale starts Wednesday, April 22, good through April 26th.

Super Saver Kathy

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Free personal shopper at Filene's

Can't decide how to accessorize an outfit? Don't know what really works for your body type?

Try the free personal shopping service at Filene's Basement, 17651 Biscayne Boulevard
in Aventura. Filene's says it is offering a "budget-friendly" makeover to shoppers with fashion expert Maysa Barrial, the store's new personal shopper.

Maysa holds a degree in fashion design and is member of the Image Consultants of America.

"Looking great has nothing to do with the amount of money you spend. It's about being creative, finding deals, and styling them well," Maysa says. "This year it's about reviving what you already have and building upon it with bold, versatile, feel good pieces."

All of us can use a little help, especially when it's free. For an appointment, call

Schedule your free session Monday- Saturday at Filene's Basement in Aventura by e-mailing her at or calling 305-936-2497. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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National Volunteer Week: Shop Ralph Lauren and Save


Don't we all need an excuse these days to spend money that we feel we don't have? Well, here's a good cause. Shop and you can save 15 percent off all purchases between now and April 25. And your fave charity wins, too. Ralph will donate 15 percent to one of seven charities.

You don't have to buy one of Lauren's pricey goods. This Island crewneck tee is a sexy look -- with its long, lean and ruched down the sides alternative to a traditional T-shirt. Yes, it's a slim fit so you have to have a great bod. Regularly $125, it is on sale for $89 and is reduced to $85.65 with the promotional codes.

Here are the codes for the charities:

Autism Speaks: Code AUSNVW
NYC Habitat for Humanity: Code HHNVW
Robin Hood: RHRVW
Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention: Code RLCCNVW
God's Love We Deliver: Code GLWDNVW
Riverkeeper: RKNVW
Waterkeeper: WKNVW

Check out this one and others at:

--Shopper Girl


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April 19, 2009

CDs, DVDs 50% off at Borders

Just through Monday, April 20, find CDs and DVDs 50 percent off at Borders' clearance sale -- stores only.

In South Florida, there are stores in Boca Raton, Wellington, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura and Coral Gables.

At 50% off, you can really add to your movie collection or replace scratched CDs.-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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April 17, 2009

HGTV: Win a Green home in Port St. Lucie


Your dream of an eco-friendly abode may come true if you win HGTV’s Green Home Giveaway.

The 2,430-square-foot furnished home, located Port St. Lucie’s Tradition, comes with a GMC Sierra Hybrid for a total value of $750,000.

The home’s hydroponic garden is irrigated by rainwater collected in barrels. It has a solar water pump. And the wall paint is low in volatile organic compounds, solvents that off-gas and harm the ozone layer.

To enter, Click here and fill out the form. You can enter once a day. Or send your entry to HGTV Green Home Giveaway, P.O. Box 52903, Knoxville, Tenn., 37950. Deadline is June 5.

The home is open for tours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through June 6. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased at the Tradition Welcome Center, located just west of Interstate 95 Exit 118 off Tradition Parkway.

-- Shopper Girl

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Michelle Obama look: Save up to 45 percent off at


Talbots has a great online deal right now. You can get 25 percent off selected items on the Web site.

And, according to an email I got from the company, you can get an extra 20 percent off if you add the code 026970183. One caveat: I wasn't buying and I couldn't check through the site without making a purchase. Try it and let me know if it works.

I fell in love with this sexy sleevless dress with zip. It was $169 and is $126.75 with the first discount of 25 percent. It comes in Espresso or Safari Tan in sizes 4 to 20. It's fully lined in a mixed fabric of polyester/cotton/metallic.

I'd buy one -- but you need Michelle Obama arms to look good. Alas, those days are gone.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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CVS $4 off $20 in store coupon

I really need to get on a plane in the morning...why am I still blogging after midnight? This is my last post, I probably should pack something, ya think?

This coupon is good thru the 19th, and is good on any beauty products....but who's to say what makes you beautiful? Ice cream make my cheeks glow!

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April 16, 2009

Over $350 in coupons will be in Sunday's 4/19 Sun-Sentinel, see the list inside

Here it is. A list in advance...which coupons will be in Sunday's Sun-Sentinel. We hope it will give you a heads up as to how many papers you need to scrounge up this week. Call your neighbors, cruise the recyclers in your local coffee shop, or if you are going to save $50, then you might just buy a few extra papers.

Remember, a strategic shopper uses two coupons with a buy-one-get-one-free offer, or finds a good sale to combine with a coupon. I honestly can't remember the last time I paid $4 for a box of cereal! Can you?

This week April 19th, there are two coupon inserts, Smart Source and Red Plum. Click here for the lists. I may have missed a few, I have to catch a flight in a few hours, I'm typing as fast as I can!!

Super Saver Kathy

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Double coupons at some Kmarts the week of April 19th

Thanks to Andrea for this tip. Kmart will be doubling coupons, up to $2, at some stores this week.

I'm leaving for my niece's wedding in Ohio in the morning, I should be packing and getting some sleep, but I couldn't let this date get by without sharing with you.

Double coupons are the biggest news in the couponing community, and it's a rare occasion. I don't have time to follow up, because I have an early morning flight, so you will have to do your homework, to see if your store, or which stores, are participating.

Go to and type in your zipcode.

Super Saver Kathy

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Pottery Barn's bed and bath on sale

Cheer yourself up with a fresh look for your bed or bath from Pottery Barn, such as this cornflower blue duvet ($149 queen; $169 king) and matching shams ($29).

Pottery Barn has marked down 100 items by 50 percent and more are on sale. Here's an even better price for a vintage striped duvet, $79, but only King or California King sizes are available.

Sweet dreams. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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HomeGoods: Price cuts on home furnishings


If you're like me and love home furnishings bargains, you already are a fan of HomeGoods. You can typically find price cuts of 20 to 60 percent on everything from pillows to furniture.

But today through this weekend, you can save even more at the April Value Event. HomeGoods isn't allowed to advertise the names of the companies. They include bedding from the top teen surf brand, cookware from leading gourmet brands and accent furniture.

Accent seating and leather ottomans are $99.99. (Compare at $200-$300)
Table Lamps: $29.99-$39.99 (Compare at $60-80)
Medium Size Wall Art : $39.99 - $59.99 (Compare at: $80-$120)
Spring Patterned Quilt Sets with Shams Full/Queen: $49.99 (Compare at $100)

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

Here are some of the deals:

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April 15, 2009

Sherwin-Williams $10 off $50 coupon or BOGO on paint samples

Bed Bath and Beyond is offering Sherwin Williams coupons on their website. Go figure?

Don't ask questions....just save $10 off $50 at the paint store by clicking here. There's also a coupon for a buy-one-get-one-free paint sample. Now that's a good one, those little buggers can mount up if you are indecisive (like I am.)


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$9 off Huggies diapers at Costco with purchase of Huggies wipes

huggies.jpgI told my daughter if she went back to school, I'd help her with groceries, hence my coupon-mania. With two toddlers, the expensive diapers are breaking me!!!

That wonderful Huggies $5 coupon / Walgreens Reward deal was huge, but sadly it's over. When there are no deals out there, I get them at Costco, where they cost 23 cents each. Stopped in today to stock up, and the nice cashier told me about the Costco $9 diaper coupon in the Costco savings book. You had to buy both Huggies diapers and wipes to get $9 off the total purchase.

1000 wipes, $23.99 and 176 diapers, $40.49. Minus the $9. Okay folks, this is where you should join in and tell us where to get a better deal. Anyone?

If you need diapers in a hurry, or are not a Costco member, click here for a $1.50 off Huggies coupon.

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Filene's 20% off coupons through April 20

Spring cleaning, I mean, spring sale at Filene's Basement in Aventura. Here are two 20 percent off coupons good through April 20:

Filene's Basement coupons

Do your own spring closet cleaning and then head to Filene's. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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April 14, 2009

Printable coupon: 25% off at Saks Fifth Avenue

If you have any money left after you finish paying your taxes, here's a good deal for a shopping spree.

Print this Saks Fifth Avenue Friends and Family 25% off discount coupon. It's good from April 16th to the 19th. Online use coupon code SFAFAM2. Read the fine print for exclusions.

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Printable coupons for Huggies, Colgate Total & more

In case you haven't noticed, I'm the grocery coupon freak of the Shop-O-Matic bloggers. Last week I spent $50 at Publix and saved $77. I know some of you are even better, one of our readers said her friend got $112 worth of groceries for a few dollars. We need to use Shop-O-Matic to share our savings ideas.

We found some printable coupons to share with you. Click here for $1 off Colgate Total and $1.50 off Huggies, and more. The first time you use this coupon site, you have to download a coupon printer. It's best to just select one coupon, go to print it, and you will be walked through downloading the printer. You may have to restart your computer after the download to get the printer to work.

A strategic shopper does not use the coupon on a retail item. There's more to it than that, wait until there is a BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) use two coupons and get the toothpaste for free. CVS has a BOGO on Colgate Total this week, not exactly this one though. We'll keep looking.

Super Saver Kathy

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Free 60 Day Membership to BJs


Have you been considering joining a warehouse club? Or do you want to compare your club with another?

Here's your chance, You can get a FREE 60-Day Pass with full member benefits for BJ’s Wholesale Club. Just print it out, take it to any BJ’s club and utilize the free pass for all member benefits. And you don't have to pay a subcharge.

Another bonus: BJ’s accepts manufacturer’s coupons -- a rarity for warehouse clubs.

To download your free pass, Click here.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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DVDs for $4.99 at Best Buy


Batman Begins, Robots, The 40-year-old Virgin -- even classics like Rain Main are on sale at Best Buy.

From the fun (School of Rock) to disaster (Independence Day) to kids (Nancy Drew), now seems the time to pick up a movie from Best Buy.

Here are the $4.99 DVDs on sale:

Best Buy DVD sale

Pop that corn and put your feet up. It's movie night. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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April 13, 2009

Freebies: Free Mothers Day card from Kodak

We saw it in one of our sister papers, the Orlando Sentinel, that KODAK Gallery ( is giving away one million free personalized Photo Cards* as part of Mom-a-Thon 2009.

Simply visit, create a one-of-a-kind personalized printed Photo Card featuring a photo and message and share it with someone you love on Mother’s Day.

Although the card (which normally sells for $2.49) is free, there will be a shipping charge. As usual, the free online stuff is never free, but you'd pay a couple bucks for an impersonal card from Hallmark, this one will be from your heart.

Read more about it here.


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Coupon Chaos Tuesday: Enter to win free coupons from Shop-O-Matic

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos Tuesday. If you share your best money saving shopping tips in this post, which starts new each Tuesday, you are entered to win free coupons from Shop-O-Matic.

Couponing is a real science, it's not just 30 cents off an item. It's combining 2 coupons with a buy-one-get-one-free deal, and getting the $4 item for $1. Or if you are really good at it, free!

We had some good tips last week. Our winner is Holly, with her great tips from Albertsons. I am a spoiled couponer...I rely so much on the shopping websites with their sale lists and coupon match-ups. I haven't learned a good site for our Florida Albertsons yet. Anyone know of one? Let's make Coupon Chaos the go-to place to learn of these deals!

We had a great post last week from Andrea, suggesting we have a coupon meet-up to share ideas and trade coupons. What do you think? We'd love to meet our readers.

Click here for printable coupons.

Let's hear your weekly shopping tips. Where are the best deals?

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Free 60-day shopping pass to BJ's Wholesale Club

I've been a member of Costco for years, and enjoy the benefits of shopping at a wholesale club. I used to drive out there when I was in the mood for flowers, they have beautiful roses, but I haven't done that since I've been saving for my hurricane windows. Don't you just hate budgeting?!

Now that I have embraced couponing, I am considering switching to BJ's. BJ's accepts all manufacturer's coupons, Costco does not. With this free 60-day shopping pass, you can be sure I'm going to give it a try! Pass must be activated by July 6, 2009. Click here to print pass.

Let's get a discussion going: BJ's, Sam's or Costco? Discuss the pros and cons, we'd love to hear what you think? Where are the best deals? Are they worth the membership fee?

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Buy two Nine West sandals, get 20% off

Nine%20west%20sandals.jpg I've been resisting the dominatrix-style sandals.

But these Nine West "Jessica" sandals caught my eye. They're marked down 25 percent to $49 and if I buy another pair, I get the whole purchase 20 percent off.

Is it time for some sexy sandals? Is it always? -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Penguin goes fish shopping for the family

We haven't posted a shopping video in a long time, but I know we all need a good chuckle during these grim times.

Check out Lala, a 14-year-old King penguin who was rescued from a fisherman's line 10 years ago in Japan. When she was healed, she refused to leave.

Watch her go fish shopping with her penguin backpack. It's a hoot.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Consumer Beware: Don't waste money on impatiens, vegetable plants


We may not have extra money to buy a lot of personal things these days, but there also seems to be enough left in the budget to buy a plant or two. They make us feel good without costing a lot.

This weekend I went to Lowe's in Boynton Beach to buy a few plants and was horrified at what I saw -- a prominent display right in front of the garden center promoting vegetable gardening. And, yes, and they are also still selling impatiens.

Not a bad promotion, if you are selling plants in North Carolina or New Jersey, where the vegetable growing season is just beginning and impatiens flourish now. But we plant our veggies and impatiens in October/November because the heat kills them by April.

This is why smart shoppers have to be careful about shopping at national chains for garden supplies. If you are new to South Florida or don't know what you are doing in the garden, go to a nursery where the folks are trained in Florida gardening. Otherwise, you waste your money.

The problem with the national stores is they have central buying offices, which do not take regional differences into account. What can you do? When you see this kind of thing, complain to the local store and the national headquarters.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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Get SanDisk 1GB media card for $5 at Walgreens

I recently took a picture of blogging buddy 'Bargain Hunter Marcia' for her Facebook and Twitter accounts. We found a spot with good light so I said let's just keep shooting until we get a good one.

Well, her camera was loaded with precious pictures of her trip to Europe with her son, as well as other sentimental journeys. She had to find some to delete so we could keep shooting.

Here it is Marcia! A 1GB card, at Walgreens, of all places, for $10, but get $5 in Register Rewards, like cash at Walgreens, making the card $5. Offer good all week, through April 18th.

Only one to a customer, but of course, you can just stop at the next Walgreens and buy another one. Don't try to roll your Register Rewards on a second card, you won't get the rewards if you pay with rewards...there's a lot to learn in Walgreens 101.

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Walgreens deals of the week April 12-18th

Strategic shoppers are going to have a big week in Walgreens this week. If you are into using your manufacturer's coupons when things are on sale, you can save big.

There are so many websites that help us strategic shop, it's almost mindless these days. No more fumbling around with little clippings. Just print your sale list (one for each retail store) from your favorite strategic shipping website and clip the coupons from your files, which should be carefully put away by publication date. I use for my lists, but I also scope out others for saving scenarios.

I made a quick stop yesterday on my way home from dinner at Mom's. Not a big shopping spree, just stocked up on a few buy-one-get-one free Lysol cleaning products. Combined with coupons, they were soooo cheap!

Check out the Walgreens deals on MoneySavingMom. com.

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Printable coupon: $25 off $100 at Coldwater Creek

I often find accessories I like at Coldwater Creek, especially when they are on sale and I have a coupon! The last time I shopped there I got $72 worth of 'jewelery' for $18.

This one requires a bigger expenditure. Get $25 off $100. Good until 5/3/09. You can print the coupon for in store shopping, or online use coupon code WKH3251.

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April 11, 2009

TravelSmith dress on sale for $69


I was chatting with friends yesterday evening about traveling. Oh, how I love to travel. I have wonderful memories of trips with my son and friends to Spain, France, Italy and England.

If you're planning a trip this spring or summer, one necessity for the suitcase is a basic travel dress. This is the dress that you can roll up and it doesn't wrinkle. It looks good for the leisurely walk around town in an afternoon as well as for dinner in the evening, dressed up with a scarf or jewelry.

TravelSmith is a great source for such clothing and it's travel dress is marked down from regular $79 to $69. Color choices include black, garnet, poppy red, sage, french roast (brown) and midnight navy. Hey, go crazy, and buy two. And send me a postcard. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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April 10, 2009

Save Money Part II: Discount shopper cards


The info from the May 2009 issue of ShopSmart was too long for one post so here are the other five:

PetSmart – PetPerks

Perks: Coupons; monthly exclusive online offers; discounts on some in-store items.
How To Sign Up: Go to

Regal Cinemas – Regal Crown Club

Perks: Get one point for every dollar spent on tickets and extra credit for concessions; redeem 50 points for a small popcorn or 150 points for one free admission.
How To Sign Up: Ask at the theater or go to

Staples – Staples Rewards

Perks: 10% back on ink, toner, paper, and copy and print services; rebate is redeemable for future purchases.
How To Sign Up: Ask at Staples or go to

Toys “R” Us – Rewards “R” Us

Perks: $5 gift certificate for every $150 spent during select promotional periods, plus discounts on diapers and other items.
How To Sign Up: Go to

Walgreens – EasySaver

Perks: Rebates on featured items; you must save receipts and submit them by mail or online.
How To Sign Up: Go to

-- Shopper Girl

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Save money: Discount cards save you big bucks


We love discount cards and so do the folks who edit ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports.

Here are the first 5 frequent-shopper programs that can save you money:

AMC Theatres – AMC MovieWatcher

Perks: Earn two points for every movie ticket you buy; redeem 10 points for a small popcorn or 30 points for a free movie ticket.
How To Sign Up: Go to

BORDERS – Borders Rewards

Perks: For every $150 you spend, you get $5 toward another purchase within a month; you also get special discounts and offers.
How To Sign Up: Sign up in the store or at

CVS Pharmacy – ExtraCare

Perks: 2% rebate on every in-store and online purchase; $1 “Extra Buck” for every two prescriptions filled; discounts on items featured in weekly circulars.
How To Sign Up: Go to or ask for an application in any CVS store.

Office Depot – Worklife Rewards

Perks: 10% back on ink, toner, paper, design, print, and shipping services; 1% back on all other items; rebate is redeemable for future purchases.
How To Sign Up: Ask at Office Depot or go to

PETCO – PALS (Petco Animal Lovers Save)\

Perks: One free bag of food for every 10 bags of natural or premium food you buy within a 12-month period; one free grooming, bath, or wash for every eight you buy within a 12-month period.
How To Sign Up: Sign up at your local store.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Great Tote: Discount on tote from Ann Taylor


I have been looking for a handbag in this color that wasn't over-the-top expensive. What do you guys think of this one? Dare I do it?

It's an oval handle tote from Ann Taylor in chick neon made out of shiny patent. And there's a pocket for your cell. Not so brave? It also comes in cyclamen, black and silver metallic. It was $89 for $49.99.

One of my fave tipsters,, says you can get 20 percent more off with this code 104023207 at checkout. These should go fast. Love it? Click here.

Shopper Girl

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April 9, 2009

Dry Idea deodorant free at Target with printable coupon

Thanks to MoneySavingMom for telling us about the free Dry Idea deodorant.

Well, it will be free if you are a strategic shopper and you combine coupons with sales. It's on sale at Target this week for $2...then use this $2/1 printable coupon and get it free!

See other great Target deals here. And here are the current Target printable coupons.

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Free Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean


We Shop-o-Matic bloggers love free products and we know you do, too.

Here's the latest: You can get a free 2-pack of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($2.50 in the store) by clicking here. And there is no shipping charge.

If you haven't tried the Magic Eraser, you will love it. It works beautifully. I have used it to remove tough dirt stains on walls and counters.

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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DSW 30 percent off clearance shoes online


I can always find great shoe deals at DSW. I especially like their clearance racks. But you can improve your savings through DSW's offer of 30 percent off online. Click here for the offer, good just through Monday, April 13:

DSW Clearance. Enter code SPRING30 to get the 30% discount.

I spotted these Nicole Miller silver sandals for $59.96, for example. Just in time for your Easter finery, if you do that kind of thing. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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April 8, 2009

BJs Wholesale Club teams with Zip Express to install TVs

BJ’s Wholesale Club is taking away the worry about who will hang the new big-screen TV. Members who buy televisions at BJ’s now can have them conveniently installed too.

BJ’s has teamed up with Zip Express Installation to provide installation of tabletop or wall-mounted TVs and Home Theater systems of any brand or size.

Zip, which has installers nationwide, provides a one-hour arrival window, will recycle the old TV for free (a $70 value) and can install on brick surfaces.


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Obama Chia Pet: Walgreens pulls Chias off store shelves


Those of you who commented on our blog that it was terrible to do a Chia pet with the head of President Obama, rejoice!

Walgreens has felt your pain and is pulling the pet from its stores, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The newspaper says this leaves about 200,000 of the pottery plant kits in a West Side Chicago warehouse.

Weigh in again, folks. Was this justified or over reacting?

XOXO-- Shopper Girl


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Ralph Lauren coupon for 30 percent off


It's spring and time for outdoor activities including softball, soccer and rugby.

If looking fashionable is important to you, check out the rugby line at Ralph Lauren. Better yet, get it 30% off with this coupon online and in stores: Ralph Lauren coupon.

The 30% discount is available at Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Stores, Ralph Lauren, RRL and Rugby stores in the U.S. and online at and from March 31 through April 14, 2009. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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April 7, 2009

Printable coupon: $7 off Honey Baked Ham just in time for Easter

The $5 printable Honey Baked Ham coupon we ran a few days ago has been a huge hit on the blog this week.

Now, there's an even better deal. The new coupon is $7 off!

Click here for coupon.

Added Friday: Sorry folks, I read the fine print about not good in Kansas City stores, but my tired eyes couldn't even see the fine fine print listing the states AZ, KY, MD, MN, OH, PA, and VA. I just spoke to the FL Honeybaked folks, instead of a ham coupon, they lowered the price from $6.99/lb to $5.99 for the holiday. Here's a coupon good in Florida. Print this one good in Florida for a free pie or side dish.


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Southwest to fly to LaGuardia, $99 one way


It figures. Just as my son gets ready to graduate from college in New York, Southwest Airlines announced $99 fares from Fort Lauderdale into LaGuardia Airport.

Southwest begins flying into LaGuardia on June 28, but book now if you're planning a trip this summer. Southwest fares go fast.

Southwest already flew into the airport on Long Island, but that is just a hassle if you're going into the city. LaGuardia is the preferred airport for my trips to Manhattan.

The airline, known for its service, will be taking on JetBlue Airways, which is usually the airline I take to the Big Apple, and the Miramar-based Spirit Airlines. Competition is always good for consumers. Let the flying begin! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Macy's: $10 coupon off $25 purchase

You can't say stores aren't trying to entice us to buy.

Macy's is offering a $10 coupon if you spend $25 on regular, sale or even clearance merchandise. That can add up to great savings for savvy shoppers.

Of course, you have to read the fine print for the exceptions -- such as cosmetics, fragrances, watches, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein. All the usual suspects....You recognize them if you have used these kind of coupons before.

Better hurry. It's only valid today or tomorrow until 1 p.m. Click here for coupon.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Florida State Parks yearly admission pass, buy now get 13 months admission

Thanks to my friend Don for telling us he buys an individual pass to Florida's State Parks every year. Individual Entrance passes are $43.40 each, and Family Entrance oasses are $85.80 each. He just bought one April 1st at John U. Lloyd and it is good through all of April next year. So if you buy now, you are getting almost 13 months for the price of 12. You can call the state at 352-628-1002 to confirm.

They are good at more than 100 state parks. If you like biking or roller blading, and do it often, this can be a great deal. Website was down when I wrote this, hopefully will come back up. Click here for more info.

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Flamingo Gardens will be half price Easter weekend


Thanks to KCK, we know that Flamingo Gardens has half price admissions this week-end, April 11 & 12. If you haven't been to Flamingo Gardens, treat yourself.

Every year Easter weekend, April 11 & 12, brings the Orchid/Bromeliad Display & Sale to Flamingo Gardens from 9:30-4:30. Superb orchids and bromeliads are available at fantastic prices direct from the growers along with supplies, expert advice and tips to make caring for the splendid blooms easy. If you are new to orchids, a special presentation "Orchids for Beginners" in both English and Spanish will be at at 3 pm each day.

The Bunny visits, with treats while supplies last, from 9:30-12 for a photo opportunity with the children, so bring your camera for a keepsake photo.

Admission is 1/2 price, $8.50 for ages 12 and up, $4.25 for children 4-11. Children under 4 are free. The event is included in admission, as well as the botanical gardens

Visit the gardens at 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, just 2 miles south of I-596 on Flamingo Road. For more information call 954-473-2955 or visit> target="_blank" rel="nofollow".

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Coupon Chaos: Share your favorite savings tips here, enter to win free coupons

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos Tuesday. If you share your best current money saving shopping tips in this post, which starts new each Tuesday, you are entered to win free coupons from Shop-O-Matic.

Did you know there was a shortcut to find the Shop-O-Matic blog? Just type in, or better yet...bookmark us.

We had a great post last week from Andrea, suggesting we use Shop-O-Matic to trade coupons. I hope more of you think that way, we've been suggesting it, hopefully it will catch on. Feel free to post your coupon needs in the comments section below.

We are in this together, lets help each other SAVE SAVE SAVE!


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April 6, 2009

Save $30 off first order at Bluefly


This purple ruched jersey one shoulder dress by Envi is so hot it sears the blog. Who could resist you in this?

The retail value is supposely $164, but it is $98 at -- a great price for a fab look. I looked for shoes to go with, but they were too pricey.

But if you are a first time customer and spend $150, you can save $30, according to Use the coupon code AFF30 before April 30.

Click here for Bluefly.

-- Shopper Girl

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Crate & Barrel: Good buy on wine glasses


Our everyday wine glasses were looking pretty shabby because of the residue collected from the old dishwasher. We had been fighting it, but it was time to buy new.

The inspiration came in the mail with the new Crate & Barrel "Best Buys" catalog. Carter went to Crate & Barrel in Boca Town Center and bought six of the Elite burgundy glasses each just in time for my cousin, Barry, to come for dinner last weekend. They are made in Slovakia and look like they cost more than $5.99 a glass.

They worked beautifully, highlighting the nose of the French red wine (2003 Chateau de Bordeaux) that he brought. But, unfortunately, when Barry was helping me bring the dishes to the kitchen he knocked one of the glasses to the tile floor. The shattered glass flew everywhere. No problem. it was only $5.99 a glass, not $50 a glass.

One other thought: Carter learned a trick for removing price tags from the salesman. Turn the glass upsidedown, squirt the label thoroughly with glass cleaner and allow to sit 30 minutes. The labels will slip off with a touch of your finger and leave no glue residue.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

P.S. If you spend $250 or more through May 31 at Crate & Barrel, you can get 15 percent off your next shopping trip. Click for details.

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April 5, 2009

Get Olay ProX rebate

There's a $25 rebate on Oil of Olay's latest product line, Olay Professional Pro-X, if you purchase $50 worth by May 5, 2009. Mail the UPC and original receipt to the address at

$1 to $3 coupons on other Oil of Olay products, cleansers and moisterizers, are available in the Sun Sentinel today in the P&B Brand Saver.

I'm going to follow the lead of super saver Kathy, my Shop-o-matic colleague, by taking a $4 extra bucks coupon from CVS and applying it to the Pro-X. With the rebate, I'll save nearly $30. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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April 3, 2009

Printable coupon: Buy one Seattles Best Mocha or Latte get one free! Good at Borders!

coffee.jpgI always encourage you to go to Borders to buy your books, stimulate the economy in our favorite bookstore...we've gotta hang on to the last remaining few.

Maybe this will entice you. Good until April 28th, here's a printable coupon for a buy-one-get-one-free on a medium or large Mocha or Latte.

Click here to print coupon.


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Pep Boys: Save $10 on any retail purchase


OK, it isn't a lot, but 10 bucks can take some of the sting out of car repairs.

This Pep Boys coupon limits you to one coupon per customer and you must spend at least $30. And it's not available on the $24.99 Cornell tire.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Sun Sentinel Sunday coupons in advance - April 5th

coupons1.JPGHey there, strategic shoppers! You'll be happy to know there's a P&G brand SAVER in Sunday's coupon stash, so there will be three inserts this weekend.

(Added Sunday: There was an extra Smart Source in my paper this morning that I wasn't told about in advance. So there were 4 inserts in the paper, Sunday April 5th. Great news for our readers.)

From now on....check Shop-O-Matic on Fridays to see which coupons will be in Sunday's paper. By the way, there won't be any coupons next weekend, so don't look for our list next week. And let me know if this will be useful to you, please. It took lots of my precious time, so you'd better let me know it's worthwhile.

I'd hog the whole Shop-O-Matic space listing them out front, there are a lot this week, so click on the links to see the lists. The biggest news in Smart Source is the repeat performance of the $5 off Science Diet, for all you dog lovers. Then there's the old favorites: Pampers, Olay, Gillette. Which coupons do you look forward to?

Click here for Smart Source. Here for Red Plum, and here for P&G.

Remember that a strategic shopper waits to use a coupon with a sale or BOGO (buy-one-get-one) offer, when you can use two. Ask a neighbor for their inserts, or get two Sunday papers, so you will be ready for the deals!

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April 2, 2009

Printable $5 Honey Baked Ham coupons

Just in time for Easter, a new printable Honey-Baked Ham coupon. You have to register to print them, I know some of our readers don't like to do that. Not sure what they might send you, from the registration, but if it's more coupons, bring them on!!

Click here for coupon.

Added Friday: Sorry folks, I read the fine print about not good in Kansas City stores, but my tired old eyes couldn't even see the fine fine print listing the states. I just spoke to the FL Honeybaked folks, instead of a ham coupon, they lowered the price from $6.99/lb to $5.99 for the holiday. Here's a coupon good in Florida. Print this one good in Florida for a free pie or side dish.

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Cocktail Party in a Box


OK, this isn't a how-to cocktail party primer for those who don't know a mojito from a martini, but it can help break the ice.

The questions in this game from are fun such as: Who should make the first move? Do you have any frenemies? Would you intentionally let a date beat you in sports or games?

It comes in a gift box (at left) with a snug top and 52 glossy cards. Playful, original illustrations with clever, engaging and entertaining questions. The price is $19.95, but Shop-o-Matic fans can get a 10 percent discount if they order from the Website and add the code SUN10in the coupon code box in the bottom left of the shopping cart page. The discount is good through May 1.Click here to order.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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Cole Haan: 60 percent off on Hobo Bag


Most of the time we ignore high-end items on this blog, but I couldn't resist sharing this one.

If you still are willing to spend more than $100 on a handbag, check out the sale on the Cole Haan 'Kyle Medium' Hobo Bag. The silver nylon hobo styled bag with glossy patent leather trim was $325 and is now only $129.90. It is advertised a sbeing able to hold at least a magazine, water bottle, full-size wallet and sweater. Click here.

Better hurry. This one should go fast.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Cheap Toys: $1, $2 and $3 at Toys "R" Us


We know everyone is on a tight budget, but here's a way to teach your kids that toys don't have to be expensive.

Toys “R” Us now has $1-$2-$3 Fun! feature shops in the front of its stores. You can choose from about 100 items for $1, $2 or $3. Here are some of the current offerings:

Dinosaurs – dinosaur eggs, glow-in-the-dark figures, stickers and key chains.

Fun Toys – Tic-tac-toe, puzzles, foam darts, a wind-up fishing game and other toys.

Princess Dress Up – mirrors, “diamond” rings, necklaces and tiaras, purses, wands and shoes.

Musical Instruments – recorders, tambourines, kazoos, harmonicas, bells, saxophones, horns and maracas.

Art Tools – coloring books, scratch cards, paintbrushes, paint by number sets and scissors.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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April 1, 2009

Where to buy Marley & Me DVD


I'm a bad, bad shopper.

I saw the Marley & Me DVD, released Tuesday, at Publix last night and I just added it to my groceries. No comparison shopping.

My fellow shopping blogger Kathy Haines and I were extras in the movie, you see, so it is our first chance to pick out the "background artists." I was anxious also to see the deleted scenes and gag reel. The gag reel is the best, especially a hilarious comment by actress Kathleen Turner, who played the dog trainer in the movie.

So if you're Marley fan (and you should be. After all, the writer of the book John Grogan once was the Sun Sentinel's Palm Beach County columnist), where do you buy the DVD?

Target is the winner so far, with a price of $16.99 for the single disc version. I paid $19.99 at Publix, silly me. Target also has a 2-disc "Bad Dog" version for $22.99 and a Blu-Ray disc package for $26.99.

Wal-Mart prices has an exclusive: the single disc version with a photo book for $19.96, if you're really a Marley fan or you just want photos of Owen Wilson or Jennifer Aniston.

For couch potatoes, there's, which offers the single disc for $16.99 with free shipping.

Incidentally, I'm typing this at the very desk I sit in during the Sun Sentinel newsroom scene. Unfortunately, Owen is no longer sitting next to me. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Free champagne and hors d'oeuvres


Celebrate spring this Saturday, April 4, at Blue Martini at CityPlace in West Palm.

Every woman who arrives from 6 to 9 p.m. wearing a spring dress or spring hat will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Yum. Sounds like a deal.

Blue Martini is located on the Upper level on the Muvico IMAX Plaza, call 561- 835-8601.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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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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