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May 31, 2009

Printable coupon: $10 off $25 or more at J C Penney

penney.jpgEntire stock of Okie Dokie and Arizona babies and toddlers shorts and tops are 50% off at J C Penney.

Here's a coupon for $10 off $25 or more as well. Click here to print. Better hurry, it's good through June 2nd, 2009.

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Free Campbells soup!!

tomato.jpgFree food! Campbells chicken noodle and tomato soups are 2 for $1 at CVS this week. With the Campbell's coupon for $1 off 2 cans, it's free! Limit 8. Click here for printable coupon. You have to register, takes a few seconds. I could only print one coupon off my computer.

With all this rain, maybe a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich are in order. Mmm Mmm good. --Super Saver Kathy

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May 29, 2009

Pamper yourself without guilt: Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale is on now


Pamper yourself with Bath & Body Works' deals on yummy scented soaps, body splashes and lotions during "The Big Semi-Annual Sale."

At a time when swine flu's still on our radars-- and other germs abound-- stock up on anti-bacterial hand soaps with 3 for $10 and anti-bacterial hand gels with 5 for $5.

Other select items are also 50 percent off. My fave's are the Black Currant Vanilla and Eucalyptus Spearmint lotions from the Aromatherapy collection. Those are buy 2, get 2 free.

Go ahead, treat yourself. I know I will.

The online offers are on now through July 5. Click here for the deals. The sale begins in stores on Monday, June 1.

--Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes

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May 28, 2009

Over $400 in coupons will be in Sunday's Sun Sentinel - May 31st 2009

caucas_STx.jpgThere will be some sweet coupons in the paper on Sunday! In the Staples insert...a $10 off $75 coupon...endless possibilities here..printer ink and paper for Internet coupons comes to mind!

You'll find one Smart Source and one Red Plum insert. There's $1 off Marie's dressing, $2 off Cutter's insect repellent and lots more, so a few papers are a must. Beg some up from neighbors, scour the coffee shop recyclers or buy a few papers, but get at least two sets so you can do some BOGO deals.

Click here for lists of coupons. I'm sure it won't be long before you come up with savings scenarios to share with us on Coupon Chaos. --Super Saver Kathy

Tell us how you get extra coupons in the comments below. Buy papers? How many? Trade with friends? Buy on eBay? Search recyclers? Do you know of any coupon trading meet-ups?

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Free coffee at Borders and other Borders coupons

Oh how I love those RARE occasions when I have a window of free time and can just hang out in my favorite bookstore, get a coffee, and browse my favorite decorator magazines.

If you can steal a window of time, tell us about it...we can enjoy vicariously. While you are there, use this coupon for a free coffee. Actually there are several coupons in the link, $10 off DVD boxed set, and more, have a look.

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Free food: French's mustard BOGO at Publix, with coupons it's free!

french%27s.jpgIf you are a couponer, then all I have to say is that French's 8-oz Yellow Mustard is BOGO at Publix this week, and there are coupons for .75 off in the 5/10 Smart Source insert. Use two coupons and get 2 mustards ($1.45) better than free. No Smart Source? Print .50 coupon here.

If you are not a couponer, but are thinking about starting, this is the way it's done. Collect more than one set of coupon inserts each week, save them for a sale, or BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free.) That way you get more bang for your buck.

More great Publix deals at Thanks to Andrea for sharing these tips. --Super Saver Kathy

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Coupon clippers! 40 percent off Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th

To the lucky ones who can afford to stimulate the economy: Enjoy a 40 percent off coupon for one item at Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.

You can use it now through Tuesday, June 2. One drawback: can't use it on clearance items. Sorry, no double dipping.

Get your coupon here.

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25,000 free Burt's Bees lip balm giveaway

Check out what the buzz is about: Be one of 25,000 people to pamper your bee-autiful pout with free Burt's Bees lip balm.

The company is giving away 1,000 lip balms a day for 25 days (through June 22) to celebrate Burt's Bees 25th birthday. The giveaway takes place anytime between 9 a.m. and noon daily.

Remember: Early bee gets the balm. Register for a chance to win here without even leaving your hive.

-- Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes

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May 27, 2009

Printable coupon: $1.50 off Starbucks coffee in your grocery store

starbucks.gifI don't know about you...but coffee just doesn't taste the same when I make it at home. My theory is that my little plastic Braun drip coffee maker just can't get hot enough.

There just isn't enough time in the I suffer through my own homemade coffee, lukewarm as it is. Can I say this in a Starbucks post...I've been buying the 4 bag special for $19.99 at Dunkin Donuts. (That's okay, this is a shopping blog, not a Starbucks ad!)

You can save $1.50 on Starbucks brand by using this printable coupon. Coupon is not good in a Starbucks, just in your grocery store.

Have you found any secrets to making great coffee at home?

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May 26, 2009

Printable coupon: $1 off fresh strawberries and other Target deals week of 5/24/09

berries1.jpgThe Target coupons this week include one for $1 off fresh Driscoll's strawberries. Click here to print. They are good until 6/20, so print a bunch now, they will change on Sunday. The small container is $2.49, so with the coupon $1.49. Time for strawberry shortcake again!

I like to keep Wet Ones singles in my car for after I touch those nasty pump handles at the gas station. Individually wrapped packs of 25 are on sale for $1.87 this week. Click here for $1 off Wet Ones coupon.

The sale is ongoing for free Kraft Mayonaise and Kraft barbeque sauce. Check out how and more Target deals at Stretching a Buck. --Super Saver Kathy

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Coupon Chaos: Enter your best savings tips to win free coupons

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where you can leave your best savings tips and be entered to win free coupons from Shop-O-Matic. Last week you left tips all over the blog, not just on Coupon Chaos. It's exciting for us to see our community growing, you all are the best. Click here to see last week's entries.

Strategic shopping is a science, and can take hours of preparation to find the great deals and free food out there. If we post the local deals here, we can help each other save time and money. It takes a village.

Thanks for your entries. We had some great tips: how to get 3 cereals and a gallon of milk for $3 from Jan, a frozen yogurt rebate from Ashley, and a nice Target shopping/savings scenario from Nan. Nan is the winner of the coupons this week!

Okay, it's a new week, leave your savings tips in the comments below and you too could win some coupons from Shop-O-Matic. --Super Saver Kathy

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May 24, 2009

Printable coupon: $1 off Coppertone Suncare products

waterbabies.jpgWow! A hot coupon! If you or your kids spend lots of time outdoors, you're going to love this one! You only need to get one really bad sunburn to learn to use sunscreen in the Florida sun.

There's a printable $1 coupon on the Coppertone website right now. Print a few, because you never know how long these will be available. It expires 6/21/09. Sorry, it was $3, I hope you printed a bunch before they changed it to $1. But $1 is still generous, let's see our glasses as half full, right?.

--Super Saver Kathy

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Memorial Day sale: Stein Mart printable coupons

The last coupons SteinMart sent us printed out so large you couldn't get the last one, 50% off Home clearance merchandise, to print. So here they are again.

Click here for coupons. Good through May 25th, 2009.

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May 23, 2009

Albertsons sales - good through May 26, 2009

Albertsons.jpgStop by Albertsons this weekend if you have time, there are some great deals, as usual. Prices good through Tuesday May 26th. Some of the Florida stores closed, but the one at Commercial Blvd and Dixie Hwy in Ft Lauderdale is still in business. See other locations in the comments below or search the store locator here

BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) on Blue Bell Ice Cream ($6.59 for 2.)

Bush's Baked Beans are 4 for $5. This would be nice with a coupon but I can't find one anywhere

Oscar Mayer bacon is BOGO @ $5.59

Kraft BBQ sauce is .69. Combine that with the 5/3 Smart Source coupon. Or click here for $1 coupon.

Kraft salad dressing is BOGO @ $3.49. Use (2) $1.50 coupons from the 5/10 Smart Source.

Zephyrhills 28-ct water is $3.99

Strawberries are $1.98

Oreo fun Stix are 2/$5 (I picked up some $1 off coupons on a display in Publix)

Cool Whip is 10 / $10. Click here for $1/2 coupon.

Tombstone pizza is BOGO. Click here for $1/2 coupon.

Albertsons had some Kraft coupons on their website. You have to register, click here to get coupons.

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May 22, 2009

More about eBay from Super Saver Kathy

flyingcloud8x.jpgSpeaking of eBay...a few posts ago I mentioned that there are good deals to be had right now.

It's also a great place to get rid of clutter in your house and pick up some pocket change. Do you have Aunt Clara's teapot gathering dust on your sideboard or a series of children's books that your college age child never read? Guess what, chances are he's not going to read them now, and 'like new' are magic words.

If you read my bio, you know that I have a pesky little car that won't let me drive by a yard sale. Should I be embarassed to admit that the file cabinets I can finally organize my coupons in came from a spec house sale...she was asking $15 each, honestly. Half kidding I offered two for $25 and she took it...she was ready to go home. They look brand new and side by side could pass for a sideboard in my dining room. I covered them with a raffia runner from Pottery Barn that cost more than the file cabinets!

What do you think of the Wedgwood china I bought at a moving sale last weekend? Handsome isn't it? I loved it, but got buyers remorse when I tried to put it away at home. Can't pass up a deal, but what was I thinking? It's already on eBay, getting bids, and if I make any money on it, I might get that iPod I've been considering.

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Coupon: 40% off one item at Borders bookstores good until 5/23/09

borders.jpgGreat coupon! Get 40% off the list price of one book at Borders bookstore through May 23rd. Click here for coupon.

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Charcoal is buy one get one free at Lowes for Memorial Day

Just in time for your Memorial Day festivities, if it stops raining long enough to cook out, Lowes is offering a buy one bag of Kingsford Charcoal Briquettes, get one free. Valid on Kingsford item #97389.

Hey, the good news is, it's a sale, no coupons to print out and clutter your life! Limit two free bags per customer. In-store only. This offer is valid 5/20/09 - 5/25/09.

Does anybody still use charcoal?? --Super Saver Kathy

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May 21, 2009

Printable coupon: $2 off Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants

pullups1.jpgClick here for a $2 coupon for Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants.

You have to register to get to the coupon, unless you already have a password on the Huggies website. You can use your back button to print two.

Don't forget to add your money saving shopping tips to Coupon Chaos, you might win free coupons from the shopping bloggers. Winners announced every Tuesday.


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Get a bang for your buck: $1 flip-flops from Old Navy



This deal is so good, it’ll have you doing flips.

Summer's almost here, so glam up and primp up those toes and show them off with $1 flip-flops from Old Navy.

It's such a steal, you won't feel guilty filling your whole shoe rack with flip-flops to match your outfits… and your nail polish. But you’ve just one day to do it: Saturday, May 23.

With the extra money in your pocket you may even get to “splurge” some on these cute, square-toed sandals. They come in fun zebra and flower prints for just $7.50.

-- Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes

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Celebrate Memorial Day with SteinMart coupons

Great coupons for SteinMart this Memorial Day weekend: 20% off any one sale or regular priced item; 20% off red dot and clearance merchandise; and 50% off home clearance!

Click here:
SteinMart coupons

Happy Memorial Day and happy shopping. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Printable coupons on Organic Valley products

organic.gifThere are a number of generous coupons for Organic Valley products on their website right now. Click here to print them.

Even though I'm a sale shopper, I often buy Organic Valley milk, at my health-nut son's recommendation. He'd pretend he didn't know me if he saw me in the grocery store with my coupons. I guess it's healthy, but I buy it because it lasts longer than regular milk.

I live alone, so the $3.89 Publix gallon goes bad waaayyy before I can finish it. How much cereal and coffee can I consume?

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May 20, 2009

Look out for steals on eBay in this economy

jar.JPGAfter months of discussing shopping deals on this blog, do I dare bring up one of my favorite haunts...eBay? There's not a day that goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars that I live in the Internet Age.

In my teaching days (love those summers), I spent many a summer in London, antiquing at Portobello Road, Bermundsey Market, etc. Found some great sterling and crystal vanity jars and amassed quite a collection before the prices went sky high in the 1990s.

The timing is right if you can buy in this economy. Savvy sellers start their eBay auctions high, but occasionally you'll find the seller who tries to psyche you into bidding with a low starting price. Look out for these, there are deals to be had. A friend recently bought more jars than she meant to because she placed some lowball bids and won!

Other items to watch, if you still enjoy your sterling flatware, this could be a good time to add to your set. Or old crystal stemware patterns. No hurry, just type in the eBay search bar your pattern name, and look for a good deal every now and then. Don't think of it as taking advantage of someone suffering from the bad economy, think of it as helping someone get through the hard times.

Have you bought or sold anything on eBay recently? What good deals have you seen?

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Fellow blogger shows how to use $5 Walgreen's coupon

Ashley, a reader of this blog and writer of her own ShoppingFrugal blog, shows you how to make the most of the Walgreen's $5 coupon posted here -- a deal good only today and Thursday (May 20 and 21).

ShoppingFrugal blog

Good stuff! Thanks, Ashley. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Walgreen's coupon $5 off $25 purchase

Today and Thursday, Walgreen's is offering $5 off with a $25 purchase with this coupon:

Walgreen's coupon

The coupon can be used either online or in the store. It's not hard to spend $25 on cosmetics, shampoo, toiletries and other drug-store items. Might as well get it $5 off.

Walgreen's offer excludes alcohol, postage stamps and tobacco. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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May 19, 2009

Goodbye, blog readers

Forgive me for referring to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, but "parting is such sweet sorrow."

It's been a great run, loyal blog fans. I have had a good time finding you deals and sharing sexy finds with you, but it's time to go. The blog will continue with Marcia, Kathy and a new blogger, Erika. And they will continue to bring you great ideas.

Wednesday, May 20, is my last day at the Sun Sentinel, and when I walk out the door my blogging on Shop-O-Matic ends.

I am taking a break, but you will find me in a few months on my own Website and with another blog of my own.

Good shopping and happy bargain hunting!

Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub aka Shopper Girl


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Palm Beach spa girls get-away for $299

Have you had a stressful week? The cure is a girls' get-away.

The Chesterfield Hotel on Palm Beach is offering a $299 package that includes 1 night in a queen superior room, three-course dinner, manicure and pedicure, cocktail in the Leopard Lounge and $100 gift certificate for The Gardens Mall. Oh, and they throw in champagne somewhere, too.

Price is based on single occupancy; for double, it's $454. Offer valid through Oct. 30, 2009.

For more information, call 561-659-5800 or visit Chesterfield Hotel.

So grab your girlfriends and prepare to luxuriate. You only live once. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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May 18, 2009

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

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where you share your best money saving shopping tips to win free coupons from your Sun-Sentinel shopping bloggers.

You all were great last week, we had lots of entries and so many good tips. I learned a new word in the blogosphere, "troll," in Coupons in Advance. Thanks Jan. Click here to see entries. Jan, Ashley, Andrea, Sue, Christina and Teresa all had viable entries, we had to draw a winner and it's (drum roll...please) Teresa! Congratulations!. just reloaded some very generous $1 coupons for items such as Nabisco 100 calorie packs, Ritz Bits, Kraft mayoniase, Triscuits and Honey Grahams. Click here for coupons. Print two each while they are available, use your back button.

Enter your money saving tips below. How about giving us some ideas on how to use these new coupons. And the $600 worth we got in last week's Sunday paper. We'll combine them with BOGOs, Target coupons, sales, you name it, we want to hear your strategies.

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$10 off Olay ProX new wrinkle repair

What else can Olay come out with? Now it's ProX Intensive Wrinkle Protocol. They know they've got a good thing going since the original ProX line sold out in minutes.

This latest wrinkle repair is especially for around the eye, which can be a telltale sign of age.

The Wrinkle Protocol is $10 off at selected retailers, but you get your maximum savings in a pre-buy at Target or Wal-mart. Still $51 with the $10 off. Go to Olay Professional.

Is it worth it? Time and wrinkles will tell. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Green Day 21st Century for $4.99

greenday.jpg has a great deal on Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown CD.

It's only $4.99 compared to $13.82 for buying all the songs.

To get the deal, Click here.

-- Shopper Girl


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Thomasville promises to pay if you get laid off


Afraid to buy new furniture because you may lose your job?

The folks at Thomasville, like Hyundai, are making it easier to buy that new entertainment center or sofa. If you lose your job, the "Thomasville Promise" pledges to make payments up to six months. One caveat: You must use a Thomasville credit card.

Here are the terms:

1. Purchase Thomasville furniture or accessories of at least $2,500 with your Thomasville Credit Card (subject to normal credit approval and terms below) between 4/30/09 and 6/15/09 at participating Thomasville stores, and take advantage of our special no-interest financing if paid in full by January 2011 offer.
2. Should you lose your job, simply complete and submit the Enrollment Claim Form.
3. Thomasville will pay the monthly payment due on your Thomasville Credit Card account based on monthly receipt of required documentation for up to six months.
4. At the end of the six-month term or when your employment status changes, you will be responsible for resuming monthly payments for the balance on your account.

Kudos to businesses like Thomasville that are attempting to make it easier for us during these difficult times.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Free one-day pass to Sam's Club good through May 25th

A few weeks ago we had a discussion about which shopping club you all liked the best. Since then we've had a free 60-day membership to BJs, and now there's a free one-day pass to Sam's Club. You can try them out and see which is your fave!

Click here for Sam's one-day pass, good through May 25th, 2009.

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May 15, 2009

Printable coupons for Kashi cereal and Kashi TLC snack bars

kashi.jpgBetween shopping, couponing, blogging, eBaying, and working, I sort of blur through life trying to keep up. I eat what's in the house, usually bought because it was a good deal somewhere. On the other hand, my very disciplined son would probably be mortified to use a coupon, buys healthy foods and pays close attention to ingredients. He recommends Kashi cereals.

In case you missed these, there are lots of printable coupons for Kashi items in the website.

Click here for coupons. Print two while they are available, use your back button, they change frequently.

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Sun-Sentinel Sunday coupons in advance for week of 5/17/09

It's that time again! Here's your list of coupons in advance for Sunday's paper. There are $600 worth of coupons in this Sunday's paper, May 17th. There are 2 Smart Sources and one Red Plum coupon inserts.

However you get your extra papers, make sure you get at least 2 this week, so you can use 2 coupons when stores have BOGO sales. The $1 Reynolds Wrap and $1 Hefty Tall Kitchen Bags coupons alone will pay for your paper. Have a look, I suspect you will want to make sure you stock up this Sunday.

Click here for lists. And here to enter your best savings tips to win free coupons at Coupon Chaos.

Sorry the Coupon Queen (me!) hasn't been posting much lately. I had a big birthday (yes Andrea, it ended in an '0') and had 7 college friends in town for three days. We never stopped talking, all at once most of the time. My longtime Ft Lauderdale friends had the nicest dinner party, I'm so touched...all those sweet 'girlfriends' emails that circulate apply here! --Super Saver Kathy

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JC Penney biggest sale of season


I'm about to visit my aunt and no doubt we'll end up at JC Penney's or some other fantastic sale. Bargain hunting is in our blood starting with my grandmother. My mother, aunt and I definitely have the genes.

JC Penney is advertising it's "biggest sale of the season," and from a look online, there are some great prices, such as $17.99 for this chocolate brown St. John's Bay top.

Doorbusters 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. That's where you can find the best deals.

If you shop online, take 40 percent off of regular prices and 10 percent off sale prices. But the stores might be worth perusing as well; my aunt and I have found some gems on the clearance racks. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Shorts 25% off at The Gap


Gotta have shorts in South Florida. Fortunately, shorts come in all styles and lengths these days. I like shorts that are comfortable and not too short.

The Gap has all varieties and they're on sale, marked down 25%, through Sunday, May 17. Stock up! It has already hit 90 degrees. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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May 12, 2009

15% off big ticket items at Crate & Barrel


In a fit after the last hurricane that destroyed my porch, I threw away my Weber grill. I got tired of dragging the thing, along with porch furniture, inside my house or garage everytime the winds started blowing our way.

So with some trepidation, I'm thinking about buying a new grill, this time a gas grill that will actually be useful after a hurricane.

I spied this great-looking Weber Performance gas grill at Crate & Barrel, regularly $325, but now 15% off. Anybody got some steaks?

Any item over $250 is now 15 percent off at Crate & Barrel stores and online. Better yet, check the Crate & Barrel outlet at Sawgrass Mall at the end of the summer. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Great buy on patent tote


When I see a bargain, I have to share it with you. Found this on

Don't you just love this large patent tote? It has pockets inside -- zip, flat and one for your cell phone. It has a detachable shoulder strap, too. Cool.

I hate to sound like Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopoholic, but how can you resist a bargain?

The best news? It was $169 and is now $59. Click here for Ann Taylor

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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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 your Sun-Sentinel shopping bloggers.

There is always great shopping news out there, if you take the time to keep up. Last week we had double coupons at Kmart, this week we have $600 worth of coupons to look forward to in Sunday's paper. Yes, that's right, $600! Sunday papers are a good investment. Look for the list in advance in Friday's Shop-O-Matic.

We had some new posters to last week's Coupon Chaos. Thanks for joining us shoppingfrugal and Ashley. I have to say the best tips were from Andrea again! The Electrasol Publix tip was the winner! Is this the third time you've won?

Okay shoppers. It's a new week! Enter your shopping tips here to win free coupons from the Sun-Sentinel. -Super Saver Kathy

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May 11, 2009

WOW! Use your $2.50 Electrasol coupon at Publix with BOGO, you'll be glad you did

fnsh-qntm-85x85.jpgThanks Andrea for the news about the Publix BOGO on Electrasol dishwasher detergent. I've been looking for just the right time and place to use that generous $2.50 coupon from the 4/19 insert.

Hopefully you will have two coupons. Did you know when you buy-one-get-one-free, you can use a coupon for each item? The small 20-pk boxes are not marked BOGO, but they ring up that way. So buy one at $3.99 and get one free, then use two coupons at $2.50 each, and you make $1. If you only have one coupon, team up with a friend.

Just remember, you won't get money back on coupons, so you have to buy something else. I bought 4 Electrasols, and 2 Duncan HInes BOGO Brownie Mixes. Seriously, my receipt says I spent $3 and saved $23.


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Save up to 80 percent on Karim Rashid


If you love modern and love avant garde, Karim Rashid could be your man.

This Egyptian-born industrial designer has created more than 800 products, won a multitude of design awards and has been asked to lecture everywhere from Miami to Moscow. I interviewed him a few years ago at the Design Center of Americas in Dania Beach and was amazed at how he expressed his creative style.

His designs, which range from simple soap containers to upscale European furniture, are used in homes all over the world. Some are pricey, others are affordable. And now, with this sale of up to 80 percent off, anyone can have his stuff.


A great example of his work is this Triptik Lamp, a medium-size table lamp made in plastic and steel with touch sensitivity. It's a limited edition, available exclusively at the Karim Rashid Shop online. It looks blue in the photo, but it's available in pink only. Orginally $90, it's on sale for $59.

Click here to see what's on sale.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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May 9, 2009

Women's pants extra 40% off at the Gap


If this summer is as hot as today in South Florida, you better get your wardrobe ready.

Lightweight pants and capris at Gap can help get you through these sweaty months. I bought a pair of dress capris today at CityPlace's Gap for only $17. They were marked down to $27 and then another 40 percent off!

I left lots of choices for you in pinstripe, tan, black and other basics. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Nine West coupon: 30% off regular priced items and 20% off sale items

turquoise.jpgI was hoping these turquoise slip-on sandals from Nine West were going to become part of my summer uniform: a jeans skirt and washable t-shirt with slip-on flats. Alas, they don't come in narrow. What's your errand-running summer outfit, do you have one?

The sandals are MYPLAN, $69.99 on sale for $49.99. They also come in white but I can't quite get over the aversion to white shoes we had in high school. We didn't wear pointy high heels with jeans then either. Oh, my, prom shoes with jeans? Does anyone else still carry 'fashion baggage'? Do tell...

Click here for a Nine West coupon for a further 20% off that sale price. Or 30% off regular price items. Does anyone out there buy at full price anymore? Fellow blogger Shopper Girl tells me when she was in retail they called sale items "buyer's mistakes." Oh woe, I have a closet full of buyers mistakes! -Super Saver Kathy


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Visit Borders bookstore for Mothers Day with this coupon for 30% off

Reader Robin commented on my last Borders post that she heard rumors that Borders was closing. Rather than answer in the comments I will post it here. You are right, Robin, Borders is in trouble.

The Borders chain has been having financial difficulties, as you may imagine, due to the faltering economy and Internet competition. I hate to imagine life without my favorite hangout, the Borders on Sunrise Blvd, nestled so comfortably on the river, just west of the Galleria.

Borders has closed some of it's stores, and the rest of the chain is for sale. To read the Huffington Post article click here.

I am probably as frugal as the rest of you...have been a good shopper all my life. But when it comes to buying books, I support my local Borders! There are good deals online, but not the ambience, and you can't touch and feel all the beautiful books. The home and design picture books are my faves!

Click here for a Borders 30% off one item coupon and rush on over to get Mom a book or gift for Mothers Day.

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May 8, 2009

Over $250 worth of coupons in Sunday's Sun-Sentinel, see list here

There will be over $250 worth of coupons in the Sun-Sentinel on Sunday. There is one Smart Source insert and one Red Plum.

Oh boy, there's the $1.50 off Kraft dressing, perfect companion for the Target $1 Kraft coupon. Let's look for sales on Woolite, the $1 coupon is generous. Have a look at this list, then put your ideas and shopping scenarios on Coupon Chaos to win free coupons.

See the lists of the individual coupons here.

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May 7, 2009

Buy one style, get another 50% off at New York & Company


Everything is up for grabs on New York & Company's "buy one, get second style 50% off" online sale. See New York & Company.

Here's a snazzy swimsuit for only $19.95. The second style you choose needs to be at or under that price or the higher price applies.

There are also tops, pants, dresses, jackets and accessories. Great time to stock up before that summer vacation! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Sexy beach shoes: High tide high heels for the beach


Our resident fashionista, Rod Hagwood, sent me a message with these shoes that look like they could be a fashion find for our fave girls in Sex and the City. describes them as combining "the elegance of stiletto heeels with the swimming speed of flippers."

But any beach-going Floridian will tell you that you would never get to the water with these. Hm...Calling all lifeguards. Carrie has her stiletto stuck in the sand.

Even if you did want them, you couldn't buy them. They are the creation of Belgian artists Paul Schietekat for a 2006 exhibition.

Hope you got a chuckle. We did.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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I know what you're thinking: "This economy is a real downer on the amount of disposable income I can devote to entertainment." I feel your pain. And going to the movies, among one of the more popular excursions that folks go for, truly takes a lot of resources, such as time, energy and, yeah, money.

Well, thankfully, has heard your cries. The company is having a pretty big DVD sale with some movies going for as low $5. We're not talking about titles you've never heard of, either. Some movies include: Rudy, Music and Lyrics, Apollo 13, The Blues Brothers and Spider-Man 3.

Go here for happy movie buying.


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May 6, 2009

Flowers for Mom: Tips for a budget and out of town


Moms love flowers whether they live nearby or far away.

Fields of Flowers offers these money-savings tips for buying flowers for Mother's Day when you're on a tight budget:

Skip the vase and the professional designer. (Mom probably has some lovely vases and enjoys arranging her own flowers anyway.) You can do that with Fields of Flowers' "Simply Flowers" service. You choose the type and number of bunches of flowers to send, from among 35 varieties.

Field of Flowers packages them in a special way so that they travel upright in flower food solution and arrive fresh. You pay only for the flowers plus a packaging fee and normal delivery charge. A dozen long roses in Simply Flowers packaging is $12.59 plus delivery.

For information on sending flowers to moms who live out of town, check out Field of Flowers tips: Sending Flowers Out of Town. Still, it's always good to shop around, as mom would tell you!

You also can contribute to National Public Radio and send flowers to mom with a $120 donation. See Support WLRN with gift to Mom for more information. !-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Print free photo for Mom at Walgreen's


Hurry, get to Walgreen's tonight! You can print a free 8-by-10 photo of yourself or the family for Mom on Wednesday (May 6) only.

Here's the coupon:
Walgreen's photo coupon

Photos are a great gift for Mother's Day, which is this Sunday, May 10. Take a favorite photo from a recent family outing, print it, choose a nice frame and you have a personalized gift.

You can find nice photo frames at Target, Pier One and home decor stores. I noticed last weekend that Hand's Office and Art Supply in downtown Delray Beach had some particularly nice photo frames on sale.

Then all you need is the card and wrapping paper, also available at Walgreen's, Target or Hand's. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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20 percent coupon from


Our sources at are offering a 20 percent discount for readers of the Shop-O-Matic blog.
The Website has a lot of cool pieces of art --from landscapes to photography and children's art. They typically ship in 24 hours.

Here is the legal stuff they asked us to tell you:

Promotion applies to order total before shipping and sales tax. Offer cannot be applied to previous or pending purchases. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Offer not valid on Thomas Kinkade Limited Editions. reserves the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of discount. Offer is good to June, 6, 2009.

Add the promotion coe SUN09 at checkout to get the discount. Click here to order.

-- Shopper Girl

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May 5, 2009

30% off one item at Borders though Mother's Day

Just in time for Mother's Day, get 30% off at Borders Books. You have to be a Borders Rewards Member to get the discount, but membership is free, sign up at checkout.

Click here for coupon.

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New find for women's clothing, jewelry at Mizner Park


If you visit Mizner Park in Boca Raton tonight for its Cinco de Mayo celebration, stop by the Francesca's boutique near Starbucks. I recently discovered this store, unusual for Mizner Park, in that the clothing and jewelry in the store is different and isn't expensive.

I liked many of the colorful tops, such as the one above, and dresses, as well as $12 belts and two for $20 earrings. Dresses are $34-$44 and tops around $30-$35. The shop has lots of fun gifts as well. I spied a bride-to-be picking up some fun items for her bridesmaids for wedding shower fun.

If you're not drinking $5 Margaritas tonight offered at Mizner's Cinco de Mayo celebration, then check out their clothing online at Francesca's Collections. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Sun Sentinel Shop-O-Matic Coupon Chaos

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

There is a real sense of satisfaction when you learn to manage your expenses by shopping with coupons. It's the one place where you can really cut corners if you invest some time. I know, time is a precious commodity, but so is money, in my case! We have to weigh our priorities. This is a site where we share our money saving ideas, and help each other. It's a real science, strategic shopping.

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

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Sexy shoes on sale from Nine West


Don't we all love sexy sandals? They're so-ooo Sex in the City.

It's even better when you can get them at a discount price. has a great buy on Nine West Dayglow Sandal. List price is $78.95. It's on sale for $33. I just love the look, don't you?

The strappy sandal is made of leather with a satin upper. The sexy stilleto is 3 1/4 inches high. It comes in black, bronze, light pink and pink.

To buy a pair, Click here.

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Great deal on Kellogg's cereal at CVS with printable coupons - less than $1 per box

kelloggs.gifThere are lots of great grocery deals out there this week for strategic shoppers.One of my favorites is the CVS promotion on Kelloggs cereal. Buy 3 for $10 and get $5 back in Extra Care Bucks (like cash to spend at CVS.) Use your $1 off coupons on the cereal and they wind up costing .67 each.

Click here for coupons on Kelloggs cereal. And get more from the Kelloggs website.

Super Saver Kathy

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Target deals week of May 3rd~5/3/09

I was out of dishwasher detergent, and had four of the $2.50 coupons from the Sunday paper (Smart Source 4/19) burning a hole in my purse. I bought them at Kmart on sale for $4, so I got them for $1.50 after the coupon. Now I see I could have gotten them for .50 at Target. It's time to stock up, strategic shoppers.

I'm fumbling around to find the Eggo deal I saw for .75. (Fumbling, for me, is the bad part of couponing.) Apples are still on sale and one pound free with Target coupon.

Click here to see the list of Target deals on Money Saving Mom.

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May 4, 2009

Printable coupon: $30 off $100 at Coldwater Creek

I prefer the 25% off coupons myself, don't like to have to spend $100 to get the discount. If you shop at Coldwater Creek, and are in need of a few things, then it doesn't take long to gather $100 in fresh new summer styles.

Click here for Coldwater Creek Coupon.

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Free gift at Sephora with $25 Mother's Day purchase

Sephora is luring in the Moms and daughters with a free gift, Philosophy Amazing Grace body firming lotion, with a $25 purchase for Mother's Day. The gift could be for Mom or you!

Put MDAYGRACE in online checkout or take this printable coupon to a Sephora store:

Sephora Coupon

I haven't tried this product, have you? Let us know how you like it by posting here. --
-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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May 3, 2009

Saturday night fashion on Las Olas - short shorts and long dresses

We were out on the town Saturday night to check out the scene at the Las Olas Wine and Food Street Festival to benefit the American Lung Association. A sold out event, it brought the beautiful people downtown.

We snagged a great table on the boulevard and enjoyed the fashion parade strolling by. After a few minutes we had determined there was a definite trend in the South Florida fashion scene. The ladies were wearing either sexy short shorts with high heels or long summery dresses.

Heather Keir, left, of Plantation wears a long dress from Inc purchased at Macy's. Cynthia Pappas, right, is in a blue and white print Michael Kors top from Macy's. Cynthia is a smart shopper, she paired the Michael Kors top with more economical Old Navy shorts. Who would know? Her shoes are by Marc Fisher, also from Macy's.

fashion1.jpgHigh fashion all the way, Dianna Vontroll, left, wears Catherine Malandrino top and shorts with Christian Louboutin shoes, all from Neiman Marcus. More Catherine Malandrino designs can be found at ShopStyle.

Lisa Marcello, right, wears Theory with Stuart Weitzman shoes.


fashion4.jpgDenise Li of Miami is a savvy shopper. She got her white to pink variegated long dress from Saks Off Fifth. She buys what she likes and had no idea who designed it. We checked the label, it said Payton. Cute dress...does anyone know this designer?

The shoes are not visible with the long dresses, a good excuse for stretching the budget. No need for Manolo Blaniks here.


Hope Simmons of Fort Lauderdale wears a long dress, brown on top and floral on the bottom, by Love, from Macy's. Britt Platt of Parkland wears a cute long dress from T J Maxx, our kind of shopper.

Super Saver Kathy and Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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May 2, 2009

Wedge sandals perfect for summer festivals


This spring and early summer is the time of South Florida's outdoor festivals, with SunFest in West Palm Beach and the Las Olas Wine Festival both tonight.

Dressing properly for a festival is key to enjoyment: The weather is hot so no jeans unless you're going late evening. Cotton sun dresses and light-weight clothes are best. And flat or cushioned shoes comfortable for lots of walking and standing are a must.

That's why wedge sandals at DSW caught my eye. The store and online have several varieties, in the $40-$50 range, both fashionable and easy on the feet.

So have some fun in the sunshine, hear some great music, drink some fine wine, but spare yourself blisters. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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May 1, 2009

Printable coupon: $10 off $50 at SteinMart

stein.jpgJust in time for Mother's Day, get $10 off $50 at SteinMart. There's also a coupon for an additional 20% off clearance...let the treasure hunt begin.

We love those SteinMart coupons, don't we? Click here to print coupon.

Have you got a good idea for Mothers Day you can share with us? Either a gift, or a gift of your time?

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Mermaids Purse is moving


If you have been in downtown Delray lately, you may have noticed that the Mermaids Purse has disappeared.

No, it's not downsizing. It's actually upsizing.

Cut 432, the trendy steak restaurant, is expanding into the Mermaid Purse's old space. The new location for Mermaid's Purse is 424 E. Atlantic Ave., just next door to Lemongrass restaurant. It's three times the size of the old place so the owners have been traveling to find merhcnadise to fill up the place.

Not only are they changing location, they are also changing the name to Posh!. The store will still carry fashion jewelry and hard-to-find handbags like Mary Frances. The ambiance will also be the same. Yes, as always, expect to hear Cher's voice blasting in the background and customers dancing while they stroll through the store.

The Grand Opening will be Thursday, May 7, in time for Jazz on the Avenue. A ribbon cutting event will be hosted and emceed at 8 p.m. by Latrice Royale. Complementary hors d' oeuvres and wine will be served. There will also be sales and door prizes.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

Cher on the red carpet at the 1998 Academy Awards. CREDIT: Los Angeles Times photo by Wally Skalij.

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Coupon: 40% off one book at Borders May 1st and 2nd

Two days only, get 40% off the list price of one book at Borders. Offer good May 1st and 2nd, 2009.
Click here for coupon.

While you are there, have a free coffee with this Seattle's Best coffee coupon good for a free 12-oz beverage until May 6th.

If you sign up for our RSS feed, then you'll get emails from us when there's a new savings idea posted here. Click in the column on the right, where it says 'RSS feed: Subscribe to Shop-O-Matic.'


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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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