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July 31, 2009

Coupons in Advance: Preview over $525 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel

Sunday's coupon stash is exceptional!! If you have a big family, I recommend you beg borrow or steal (no, don't steal, it's just an expression) at least 4 sets of coupon inserts!!! Buy 4 papers, or share with neighbors and friends, check the recyclers in coffee shops, however you get extras, this is the week to do it!

There will be over $525 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel. (Your friends will love you if you forward this post to them.) The five inserts include: 2 Smart Sources, a Red Plum/Unilever, a P&G Saver and a Fuel for School from Kellogg's and Keebler. In there you'll find a deal for a $10 rebate check from Kelloggs and a $70 coupon code from Dell when you send 10 proofs of purchase and store receipt (purchased in single transaction.)

I know this list will set some of our brains in motion. Where are the BOGOs? Where are the sales? What coupons can we match with these sales and BOGOs? It's best not to use coupons with an item at a straight retail price, leverage them to the max with strategic shopping.

Be sure to share your savings tips in our Tuesday Coupon Chaos blog. All over the blog for that matter. Don't be shy, ask questions, share tips. We love hearing from you. Click here for a full looonnggg list.

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July 30, 2009

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese printable coupons

We got spoiled last month will all the Kraft coupons floating around. There are a few more on the website right now, click here for $1.50 off (2) Kraft macaroni & cheese and Velveeta shells and cheese coupons.

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Walgreens Friends and Family coupon: 15% off July 31st only

Thanks Walgreens, we love these coupons! Click here for 15% off eligible store purchases on July 31st, and 20% off Walgreens brand items.

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30% discount on products that fight the frizzies

Frizzy hair is the price many of us pay for living in paradise.

But take comfort: Robert Allen Salon & Spa on Galt Ocean Mile is offering a 30% discount on hair conditioners, blow dryers, styling aids, brushes and other products that fight the frizzies.

The offer follows a recent "Fight the Frizzies" event held at the salon by Sun Sentinel fashion columnist Rod Stafford Hagwood. The salon is at 3334 N.E. 32nd Street in
Fort Lauderdale; call 954-566-4116 for more information.

If we accomplish nothing else in this economy, let's ban the frizzies! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Printable coupon: $2 off the new Post cereal Honey Bunches of Oats with Pecans

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This coupon will surely do it's job, getting you to try the new Post cereal, Honey Bunches of Oats with Pecans. I love Honey Bunches with almonds, can't wait to try the pecans. Especially with this $2 off coupon.

Thanks KCK for the reminder on the Post Trail Mix $2 coupon as well. Just click on the Trail Mix box in the same website to get to that coupon.

It's best if you can find another computer to print two, then wait for a BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) sale. Pay for one, get two, use two coupons, they will be practically free! --Super Saver Kathy

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July 29, 2009

Dillard's discounts big time

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You can see the ad on this Web site: 40 percent off permanently reduced merchandise at Dillard's stores and online.

But the proof is in the product and how big the sale. So I did a run through Dillards for some potential deals. Here's what I found:

Guess Crystal logo sunglasses, regularly $65, on sale for $19.50. My kind of price for shades!

BCBGirls "Ariel" open-toe patent pumps, in red or black, regularly $89, now $35.77. Very sexy.

NightAway ruffle party dress, in red, regularly $99, now $35.54. Super cute!

You have to search, but the booty is there. The sale on some items is only until Saturday, Aug. 1, so get shopping! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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MORE Target web coupons just released!

I am not believing this! Didn't Target just release new coupons? There are more! And my favorite, the bulk apple coupon! How often do we get coupons for fresh fruit? Also Baked Lays, soy milk, and more.

Click here for the newest Target coupons. And here for the ones released earlier in the week.

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Printable coupon: 20% off at Coach Factory stores

There's another Coach coupon, good until August 2nd. Did anyone use the last one? There are too many coupons floating around out there. Who has time?

Click here for coupon. --Super Saver Kathy

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July 28, 2009

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

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where you can leave your best savings tips and be entered to win free coupons.

A lot of current coupons are expiring on 7/31, I'm going to make a quick run tonight to Winn-Dixie before the sale changes on Wednesday. And the Publix sale items change on Thursday. You can catch me in Publix on Wednesday nights, often until the store closes.

Still lots of great school supply deals this week. Combine the sales at Staples with the $5 off coupon (in a previous post) for some bigger savings.

Where are you finding deals this week? --Super Saver Kathy

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July 27, 2009

Printable coupon: $5 off $30 at Staples

Until August 1st, get $5 off when you spend $30 or more at Staples. Click here for coupon.

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Nine West sweet shoe sale

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I have a weak spot for shoes, despite the dozens and dozens of pairs I own that I've no closet space for. But I still couldn't resist Nine West's sweet shoe sale when I swung by to return another pair (due to buyer's remorse).

So, drop by a store and check it out for yourself. I found a pair of black rounded-toe pumps marked down as low as $29.99. Other shoes were similarly low in price with an additional 30 percent off at the register.

These coral peep-toe platform pumps are on special for $39.99. And I'm very tempted to return to the store for these metallic pumps that really spice up an outfit for just $29.99.

Start shopping here.

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Foot Locker and Office Depot offer back-to-school discounts

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Office Depot and Foot Locker are teaming up to provide discounts on school supplies, footwear and apparel. Here's a kid's size Nike Hustle for $41.99.

With this team effort, parents can buy their kids new sneakers for school and get a $10 coupon off school supplies of $30 or more at Office Depot. Offer is good through Sept. 5.

It works the other way, too:

Shoppers that make a back-to-school purchase from Office Depot will receive a 20 percent off coupon to use at any participating Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker or Kids Foot Locker retail locations. That might be the better deal, considering the cost of kids' shoes these days.

The offer also is valid for online purchases at www.footlocker.com, www.ladyfootlocker.com, www.kidsfootlocker.com. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Deals of the week at CVS: Week of July 26th

Some readers (that would be you , Bill) have been asking about learning to use coupons for the really big savings. There was a good post for newbies on lifeasmom.com for new CVS shoppers. Click here to read.

Sometimes I tease that you have to have a Masters Degree in CVS and Walgreens to understand all the rules of sale shopping there. Look at it as a game, like Soduku, and learn to play. You will be rewarded.

Some of the biggest bargains at CVS only last through Tuesday, so head on over soon. Free (after ECBs) erasers, push pins, binder clips, free pencils and index card cases, free 2 pack pens, free 2 pack sticky notes and tot staplers, free composition books. Read more about CVS deals at MoneySavingMom.

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Friends & Family Coupon: 30% off Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy

Four days of savings! July 30th to August 2nd, get 30% off at Old Navy, Banana Republic and Gap, including Banana Republic and Gap outlet stores, with this coupon. If that doesn't work, try this one.

When my daughter was in high school she worked at Banana Republic, and twice a year her family could shop on Friends & Family Day. She laughs at me because I still have, and still wear, a sweater I got in those days. And I still like it!

In this economy, all of us get to be Friends & Family! Let's see, what day of the week is the 30th? Thursday...hmmmm...I have to work on Thursday...but I'll be there Friday for sure. Maybe I'll find another 'infinity sweater.'

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July 26, 2009

Sephora weekend makeup kit only $15

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Every girl needs a get-away once in a while. Sephora makes a weekend escape easy with its new mini palette to go.

The kit features eight eye shadows, four lip glosses and blush in one easy-to-travel kit for $15. Throw in some mascara and eyeliner and your face is ready to travel. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Like old times: Get a Starbucks Frappucino for a quarter

starbucks_frappuccino-123x300.jpgThe new Walgreens ad has a coupon for Starbucks Frappuccino (9.5 oz) making them 4 for $5. If you are unorganized and don't like to keep track of coupons, you can pick up the in ad coupon booklet in any Walgreens store by the front door.

If you still have your Smart Source from June 21st, stack the $1 coupon from there with the Walgreens coupon and the yummy drinks are only a quarter. Limit 4.

I bought the Mocha flavor, they also have Vanilla and Coffee. --Super Saver Kathy

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Printable coupon: $1 off Arm & Hammer detergent

Print this coupon to get $1 off Arm & Hammer laundry detergent. You can print two, use the back button. Click here to print. There's an Extra Bucks deal at CVS this week (week of 7/26) with the ECB and the coupon Arm & Hammer detergent will be $1.49 each.

I used to be brand loyal to Tide, but now that I'm couponing, I buy the good deals. It makes me wonder, why was I brand loyal to Tide? Was it the smell, the bright colored bottle? Was it because my Mom used it...like mother like daughter? My niece tells me she will only use 'All,' that her clothes are too expensive to buy another detergent, no matter what the cost. Where did she get that idea?

Are you brand loyal to a particular detergent? Which one? And why? --Super Saver Kathy

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50% off at Elements for Creative Interiors in Weston

candice.bmpElements For Creative Interiors, 4575 Weston Road, Weston is having a 50% off floor sample sale to make room for the new Candice Olson furniture line.

If you haven't seen Canadian Interior Designer Candice Olson working magic on her show 'Divine Design' on HGTV then treat yourself....she can transform the most mundane of rooms into fabulous ones. Her quirky personality can get a little corny at times, the attempts at humor with her co-workers, but it's so worth putting up with to see the end results.

If you can't wait to see the line, then you can get an online preview here.

--Super Saver Kathy

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Ann Taylor white jeans on sale

jeans1.jpgMy favorite summer wardrobe basic is a nice bright new pair of white jeans. The good thng about classic styles, you can buy them on sale at the end of the season and be ready for summer the next year.

Ann Taylor has its classic white jeans marked down from $79 to $24.99. If you know your Ann Taylor jeans size, you can order them online. Click here to read more.

--Super Saver Kathy

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Next Kmart super double week of August 16-22

We had collectively decided that Kmart had put too many restrictions on their super double coupon event, but when I finally went to check it out there were some great deals to make the trip worthwhile.

The next double coupon event will be from August 16-22. There are some generous coupons available right now. Lets put our heads together and come up with some lists! Put your suggestions in the comments below.

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July 25, 2009

Free Bic at Target & Kelloggs Pop Tarts 8-pk 22 cents with coupons

poptarts.jpgTarget just released some great new coupons, one is for .75 off Kelloggs Pop Tarts. If you saved your Red Plum from June 7th, there is a .55 coupon in there. Combine the two coupons, get the $1.52 8-ct Pop Tarts for 22 cents.

Now that's a cheap snack.

Combine the $1 off Bic Target coupon with the $1 off (2) printable coupon here and I'm sure you can find some free Bic items just in time for school to start.

Click here for Target's new printable coupons. And here for some other Target shopping sale suggestions from Hip2Save.

--Super Saver Kathy

BTW-Click here to print last week's Target coupons. Not sure how long they will be available and those Kashi deals were great.

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Free computer tune-up at Staples plus $5 coupon

Staples is offering a free computer tune-up, a $29.99 value, until 9/19.

My home computer was running really slow...the frozen hourglass had become a semi-permanent fixture, causing me to reboot so much I couldn't finish anything. I took it to CompUSA, bought some more memory, and asked them what they offered in the way of diagnosing the problem. The answer was $130 for an evaluation and clean-up.

Needless to say, I took it to Staples. Free vs. $130? A no-brainer. Rob, the computer tech there, had learned more about computers in his 17 years than I will ever hope to know. They ran a program that took about 2 1/2 hours, don't ask me what they did, but let's just call it the 'hourglass terminator.' YAYYYY...it worked!!

My day off turned out to be the 'day of the computer.' I stopped at the Dollar Tree and bought velcro cord wraps ($8.99 at Staples, $1 at Dollar Tree) and spent a few hours under my desk organizing the spaghetti bowl of wires and cords. I bought a large handsome square basket at T J Maxx, and put all the neatly wrapped cords in there. I won't say it looks nice under the computer desk, but it sure looks better.

BTW- Look for a $5 off $30 Staples coupon in the ad in your Sunday paper.

--Super Saver Kathy

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July 24, 2009

Be a beach bum in a $15 bikini

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It's summer. It's Florida. A girl can't have too many bikinis.

And this $15 offer from Victoria's Secret is especially tempting. Who can turn down that kind of deal?

Until Sunday, July 26, the regularly priced $24 basic triangle bikini is on sale for $15 using offer code 15BEACH. One bikini is allowed per order.

The colors: bright pink, grape, spice red, turquoise, jade, tan, white and black.

Buy one, or more, here.

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Loehmann's coupons: Buy one clearance item get the next one 20% off the already reduced price

Here's a Loehmann's coupon good until July 25th. I'm off today, so this'll be a quick post. (I'll be careful not to spell Sentinel wrong before I transmit.)

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July 23, 2009

Coupons in Advance: Over $325 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel - July 26th

You will be quite pleased with the Sunday coupon inserts this week. It'll more than make up for last week's weak coupon showing. Two inserts: Smart Source and Red Plum are chock full of deals for the savvy shopper.

There are lots of generous $1 off coupons included, as you will see. Lots of readers have asked questions about learning to save big with coupons. Saving with coupons is an ongoing learning process. My best tip is to save your coupons for sales, especially BOGOs (buy-one-get-one-free sales.) For example: a $4 box of cereal is $3 using one $1 off coupon, but if you wait for a BOGO, you get two boxes for $4, and can use (2) $1 off coupons, two cereals then cost just $1 each.

Other more experienced couponers are happy to share their savings tips in our Tuesday Coupon Chaos blog. All over the blog for that matter. Don't be shy, ask questions, share tips. We love hearing from you.

Click here for a full list.

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Special offers at Pottery Barn

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I've been wanting a small, decorative rug to go in my living room, but -- like everything else -- I don't want to pay a lot of it.

Pottery Barn has rugs such as this colorful one on sale starting at $79 and going up from there, depending on the size.

The store also has limited-time offers on pillow covers, candles, chairs and other home decor.

Pottery Barn also offers a class on Sunday, July 26: "Decorating with Color & Pattern." Any merchandise featured in the class is 10% off. Check your favorite store to see if the class being offered there. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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July 22, 2009

These aren't Obama's "mom jeans"

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President Barack Obama got some flack for supposedly wearing "mom jeans" last week when he threw the first pitch at an All-Star baseball game.

Personally, I'm not looking for the President to be my fashion icon. And, true, his jeans weren't edgy or stylish, but they were simply comfy, he said.

For those who want to steer clear from the "mom jeans," Express is having a denim sale. Buy one pair of jeans, get the second pair 50% off. For both him and her in a variety of styles and fits.

Get some cool jeans for him and her here.


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Get freebies at new Disney store at Aventura

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A new Disney store opens 10 a.m. July 29 in Aventura Mall in North Miami.

The first 200 guests will get a free Mickey Mouse lollipop. When Mom or Dad make a purchase, kids get a free pair of Mickey Mouse ears (while supplies last).

Other specials at the Disney store include a free lunch tote when you buy a backpack. This Disney Princess backpack is only $19.50, with matching lunch box. Get it personalized with your princess' name. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Think 'charity' with these great prices on school supplies

Today I got 24-pks of Crayola crayons (3) for $1 at Publix. How can you not...33 cents each!? Then I bought Papermate pens at Walgreens for $0.19 a 10-pk. Filler paper and notebooks were free with 'Extra bucks' at CVS. Staples has some incredible sales on school supplies right now.

Why not fill a few of the $5 backpacks everyone is raving about (see how to get them free at Staples here) and put them away for the holidays. Then when you run into an opportunity to donate to needy children, you will be prepared, without breaking the bank.

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July 21, 2009

Whimsical designer Kleenex boxes exclusive to Target

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Target never ceases to amaze us with their innovative merchandising.

This summer they introduced limited edition Kleenex boxes created for Target by L A-based artist Hiroko Sanders. Colorful watermelon, lime and orange slices...so whimsical....aren't these just too cute?

Okay, coupon queens...tell us...can you do it? Can you buy the $2.99 adorable designer Kleenex fruit wedges?

Or will you wait for a sale? The old fashioned rectangular (boring) Kleenex box is on sale this week at Walgreens for $0.89 minus coupon savings, making them $0.73 each? Just how addicted to saving are you? Well..... ??

--Super Saver Kathy

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Coupon Chaos: Share your shopping / saving tips here

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where you can leave your best savings tips and be entered to win free coupons.

There are some great school supply deals out there this week. It's a new sale week at Albertsons today, Winn-Dixie starting tomorrow and Publix on Thursday. I'm going to do a quick stop at Winn-Dixie on my way home from work for the BOGOs. Been too busy to pull many coupons. Where does the time go?

Where are you finding deals this week? --Super Saver Kathy

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Printable coupons: 40-50% off at The Limited

I can't find enough time to shop all these good deals! This sounds like a good one, girls. Get 40-50% off at The Limited with these coupons, click here to print. The good news is they are good through August 16th. Whew! A reprieve...don't you hate the ones that are only good for one or two days?

Thanks Hip2Save for sharing. --Super Saver Kathy

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July 20, 2009

Shoe lovers save at DSW

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Attention shoe lovers: Get up to $25 off your next DSW online purchase.

This offer's good through July 27 with promotion code SAVEMORE upon checkout. You can save $10 when you spend $49; save $15 when you spend $74 and save $25 when you spend $99 or more.

And with any of these purchases you get free shipping (or with any purchase of $35 or more, actually). Use promotion code SHIP623 to get that freebie and check out www.dsw.com to start shopping.

Get ready for happy feet!


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$20 rebate on $50 Olay purchase

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Pay attention now, because there has been some confusion about Oil of Olay offers mentioned in this blog.

This is the form for a $20 rebate, not a coupon, when you purchase $50 of Olay cleansers or moisterizers. You need to make the purchase by Aug. 8 and mail in the original sales receipt with this rebate form by Aug. 23. Here's the rebate form:

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Super Saver Kathy and I both have gotten these rebates so it does work. So print out this rebate form now and get a stamped envelope ready for that next Olay purchase. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Mercury glass candlesticks on sale at Grandin Road

candlesticks.jpgThese mercury glass candlesticks are marked down from $29 to $9 at the Grandin Road outlet online. Sounds like a good deal to me, what do you think?

I've seen them in displays at other stores and they are really striking with the different sizes arranged in a grouping.

They are in the Grandin Road website under sale items from the holiday decorations, but I don't think of mercury glass as holiday decor. It's so 'in' right now, you see it in Pottery Barn and Z Gallerie, etc. Which reminds me, I haven't been to Z Gallerie lately...I usually have traditional taste, not modern, but I really enjoy browsing in that store. I go to the one at Mizner Park in Boca, but check the website for other locations.

To have a look at the Grandin Road outlet, click here.


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Printable coupon: $20 off at Coldwater Creek.

Need to refresh your summer wardrobe. I know I do! Here's a coupon for $20 off of an $80 purchase at Coldwater Creek. Click here to print.

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July 19, 2009

Great deals and freebies on school supplies at CVS, Walgreens & Staples

CVS deals are GREAT this week, lots of freebies (especially on school supplies) during the three day sale Sunday through Tuesday! Check out the list at Hip2Save.com.

Walgreens has great school supply sales as well. Check out the list at DealSeekingMom.com.

As long as we're talking school supply deals, have a look at Staples as well, click here for a nice list from Hip2Save. I can't believe we are talking back to school already, but, of course, I don't have youngsters at home anymore. Has it been a short summer for you moms out there?

--Super Saver Kathy

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Bridal Show at The Gardens Mall July 26th noon to 6 p.m.

The Gardens mall on PGA Blvd in Palm Beach Gardens is hosting 'The Start of Something Beautiful' wedding show on Sunday July 26th from noon to 6 p.m.

It's been a long time since I was a bride, but this show sounds like great fun and not for wedding planners only. There will be luxurious china tabletop displays from Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn, bridal exhibits from Bloomingdale's showcasing its registry, Lilly Pulitzer displaying gift ideas, and Godiva showing off its delectible flavors.

Fabulous makeovers: Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Aveda and Sephora will be set up in the Grand Court throughout the show. Don't forget to sample food and drinks offered by Brio Tuscan Grille, PF Chang's and Publix Greenwise, who will provide specialty bridal cake sampling from 2pm-4pm.

Several retailers will provide informal modeling from 2pm-4pm, including Eileen Fisher, Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Marmi, Jessica McClintock, Swarovski, Cache Lux and White House Black Market.

And while you're there, don't forget to get a raffle ticket for great prizes from all participating retailers. The grand prize will be a weekend stay and spa treatment at the Brazilian Court in Palm Beach - winners need not be present to win. --Super Saver Kathy

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Bath & Body Works coupon: Free lip product with purchase.

Today only! July 19th, 2009. Get a free lip product, value up to $12 with any purchase with coupon. Click here for coupon.

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July 17, 2009

$9 off Huggies Diapers and Baby Wipes and Costco

huggies.jpgThere's $9 off coupon in the Costco flyer this month, good if you buy both Huggies Diapers and Baby Wipes. If you didn't get your flyer in the mail, they usually have extras at customer service. Good through August 2nd.

Diapers are so darned expensive! I keep my Costco membership just because they have the cheapest diapers in town. Unless of course there's a store sale I can match with coupons, but it seems when they are a good price the sizes get picked over pretty quickly.

We still have a couple years to go. Have you found a cheaper way to buy diapers?

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$10 off $50 at Office Depot

If you are needing office supplies, there are coupons for Office Depot and Staples this week. Office Depot is $10 off $50, good thorught July 25th. Click here for coupon.

And if you don't need to spend $50, here's a $5 off $20 coupon good at Staples until 7/18. I might get a new stack of DVDs with this one.

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Over $175 in coupons will be in Sunday's Sun Sentinel

Sunday July 19th there will be $175 in coupons in the Sun Sentinel. As far as grocery coupons, there will be one Smart Source insert. Sorry guys, no Red Plum this week.

The Smart Source has some good coupons. Get 2 papers, and use the $1 off (3) Meuller's pastas on 6 packs when it's BOGO (get 6 packs, pay for 3, get $2 off) the papers will pay for themselves on that one deal. Then there's $.50 off on Spray n' Wash and the ever-popular $2 off Bic shavers that we love, especially when CVS has an Extra Bucks deal.

Click here for list of coupons.

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Printable coupon: $15 off $30 at Express

This one is too good to be true!. Get $15 off a $30 purchase or $30 off $75 at Express, good until July 19th. I've been traveling so much, I'm ready for some retail therapy. See you at Express?

Click here for coupon. --Super Saver Kathy

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July 16, 2009

Free mocha Mondays!

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This week's wrapping up. But here's a tip on how to muster up the energy to start off next week.

McDonald's is offering a free sample of their iced or hot mocha every Monday through Aug. 3. Participating restaurants offer a sample-sized 8 oz. mocha or 7 oz. iced mocha per person, per visit.

You've got three McDonald's mocha Mondays left, so drink up. You can claim your free sample between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.


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Bride alert: Learn how to make frugal flower arrangements

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The Frugal Florist will be giving a presentation on making frugal flower arrangements at 2 p.m. Saturday (July 18) at Field of Flowers in Davie. To save money, you'll have to spend: $25 for the event. Seating is limited, so call ahead to reserve a space: 800-96-FRESH.

John Klingel, director of the South Florida Center for Floral Studies in West Palm Beach
gel, is the author of The Frugal Florist: Do-it-Yourself Flowers on a Budget.

Budget brides should check out his Web site, Frugal Florist, which gives tips on affordable bridal arrangements.

At the event, Klingel will demonstrate different ways to create bouquets, centerpieces and aisle trimming for the big day.

Field of Flowers' Davie store is at 5101 South University Drive, 2.5 Miles south of I-595, between Griffin and Stirling Road.

Even if you don't go to the event, Field of Flowers is worth a visit -- absolutely gorgeous! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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July 15, 2009

CVS $10 'Extra Bucks' for $20 Olay purchase

Need some mascara this morning and I found myself in the Olay aisle at CVS. Not only were all the Olay products discounted, but CVS also was offering $10 "bucks" for a $20 purchase of Olay products.

Well, a girl can always use the pre-moistened wipes to get rid of left-over mascara and make-up, so I picked up a pack of those and then one more product to get the "bucks." If you're not a CVS customer, when you use their red "Extra Care" card, you occasionally get a buck, or $3 or even a $10 discount on new purchases.

The bucks systems is great if you're a frequent CVS shopper as I am. I bought my Olay purchases then returned to the counter to buy one more item, using my $10 in bucks. Got that $15 item for only $6.

And as Super Saver Kathy would tell you: Use your coupons first, then your extra bucks. That makes the discount go even further. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Printable coupon: $5 off $25 at Walgreens - 2 days only!!!

One of our favorite coupons is here again! $5 off $25 at Walgreens, click here to print. Valid Thursday July 16th and Friday July 17th.

Here are some Walgreens deals from MoneySavingMom. Last time you sent in all kinds of suggestions for using this one. The good thing about the Walgreens coupon is that you can print multiples...and use multiples...one at a time of course.

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Printable coupon: $5 off $20 at Staples

Wow, the coupons are flying! Here's a $5 off $20 coupon good at Staples until 7/18.

If you found us through an Internet search, you may have missed the $10 off $50 printable coupon at Office Depot, good until 7/25/09.

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Coupons in Advance: $175 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel

Sunday July 19th there will be $175 in coupons in the Sun Sentinel. As far as grocery coupons, there will be one Smart Source insert. Sorry guys, no Red Plum this week.

The Smart Source has some good coupons. Get 2 papers, and use the $1 off (3) Meuller's pastas on 6 packs when it's BOGO (get 6 packs, pay for 3, get $2 off) the papers will pay for themselves on that one deal. Then there's $.50 off on Spray n' Wash and the ever-popular $2 off Bic shavers that we love, especially when CVS has an Extra Bucks deal.

Click here for list of coupons.

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25% off Red Dot at Stein Mart, coupon good through 7/19/09

Another Stein mart coupon good for 25% off Red Dot merchandise, good thru July 19th. click here for coupon.

We've run a few of these coupon in the last week or so. Is there any Red Dot merchandise left?

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Two Xbox 360 games for $30

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Do you have video game addicted teenagers? Do they spend a lot of your money on said video games? Want to try and mitigate the hit your pocketbook takes? Well, Wal-Mart is offering a great deal on Xbox games: two for $30. Granted, it's out of a select list, but there's something in there for everybody. Take a look!

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Harry Potter 1-5 DVD set is the deal of the day at Amazon

potter1.jpgIf you are in the market for the Harry Potter 1-5 DVD set, this might be your lucky day. Just today, Wednesday, it's on sale at Amazon for $56.99. Sounds like a good price to me, marked down from the retail of $119.97.

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Lord of the Rings? What's your all-time favorite movie?

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$10 Office Depot coupon

Here's a printable coupon for $10 off $50 at Office Depot. I had more fun with last week's $20 off $75....used it 3 times!

It's a good way to stock up on printer ink, which rarely goes on sale. I've heard the refills leak on occasion, and an ink leak in my printer might just put me over the edge. Tell us how you save on printer ink.

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20% off at Coach factory stores

coach.jpgI usually write about saving a dollar on groceries...a big difference from getting 20% off on a Coach purse. Ya think?! Every once in a while I splurge on something I will wear or use often, like a good quality purse in a versatile color.

If you are in the mood for a splurge, you can at least save 20%....how's that for rationalizing? But don't delay, good only until July 19th. Click here for coupon.

P.S. There's a Coach Factory Outlet at Sawgrass Mills in the new part, is it called the Colonnade, across from the Grand Lux Cafe.

--Super Saver Kathy

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July 14, 2009

Coupon Chaos - Savings for the week of July 14-20th

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where you can leave your best savings tips and be entered to win free coupons.

I've been out of town, glad to see that didn't stop you from posting. We even had a few trolls this week. We aren't snobs, we even welcome trolls!!

I had fun at the double coupon event at Kmart last week. With the 10 coupon limit, I didn't buy a large quantity, but my daughter and I have all new Zip-lock containers..and I suspect we will be protected from mosquitos for the summer. It was better than I expected...

I'm staying home until October now, so I'll be back on my regular schedule. Sorry I missed the Friday coupon in advance post. Theresa, who delivers my inserts was on vacation. She left some out for me, but a little Gremlin pilfered the coupons from the plastic bags before I got to them.

Where are the deals this week? --Super Saver Kathy

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40% off DVD or Blu-Ray disc at Borders

Get 40% off DVD or Blu-Ray disc at Borders, good through Wednesday July 15th. Limit 2. Click here for coupon. You must be a borders Reward member to get the discount, but its free, sign up at check-out.

Also, buy one book, get another 50% off. Click here for Borders site for coupon.

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July 13, 2009

Tell us about your best deal ever

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One of our favorite deal sites, WalletPop.com, has started asking readers for the best deal they'ever received.

Acknowledging that imitation is the best form of flattery, we've decided to ask readers of the SunSentinel the same question.

There aren't any prizes, just bragging rights.

So tell us all about that trip to the grocery store, that deal on a car or how you managed to pay next to nothing for the house you live in.

We can't wait to see what you come up with.

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July 11, 2009

Even Prada's on sale

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When I was a teenager, my father took me to the big city, which was Chicago for us, and bought me a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue.

I felt quite sophisticated in my Saks dress, which was probably a little too old for me. But the experience of shopping with Dad -- not his favorite pastime -- was one I'll always treasure.

Saks is not a place I normally shop because, on a journalist's salary, I can't afford to be spending $300 to $1,000 on a item of clothing. But in this recession, everything is on sale.

At Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center at Boca Raton, many designer fashions right now are up to 70 percent off. You'll see signs saying "50% off ticketed prices" all over the store -- on items that already have been marked down!

The Elijah strapless dress pictured, for example, is on sale for $99, regularly $300.

It's also a pleasure to shop where the sale clothing isn't in a pile or jammed on racks. At Saks, even the clearance items are neatly hung.

You've got until Sunday, July 12, to get designer fashions at a discount at Saks. You might just find Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and Prada on sale. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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July 10, 2009

Free sample of Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair


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Get a free 7-day sample of a Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex at “America’s Night to Repair” event from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Estee Lauder counters.

Estee Lauder products can be found at major department stores including Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's in South Florida.

A 1 oz. bottle of Advanced Night Repair is normally $47.50.

For more information on the serum, to go Estee Lauder. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Bras 40% off at Macy's Saturday sale

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Macy's having a one-day sale on Saturday, July 11, (with preview on Friday) and one of the better deals is 40 percent off its bras. The sale is in stores and online at Macy's.

This Maidenform satin demi bra is marked down to $19 from $33, for example.

Lots of other sales on bed and bath, women's swimwear, jewelry (a $59 diamond bracelet?) and more. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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July 9, 2009

30% coupon off NY & Company purchase

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Take 30 percent off any in-store purchase at NY and Company or 30% off a $75 purchase online.

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Get this little black dress for only $19.97!
Looks like the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Printable coupon: $1.50 off Blue Bell ice cream

This is going to be quick...no pretty pictures on this post. I'm packing for trip # 3...in a row. But I saw the $1.50 off Blue Bell coupon, and couldn't resist sharing. We know our readers LOVE Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Click here if you use Internet Explorer. And here if you use Firefox. You can print two from each computer, use the back button to print the second one.

Now, if you are new to the world of couponing, let me give you a strategic shopping tip. Save these coupons, and use them when Blue Bell is buy-one-get-one free or on a good sale. That will maximize your savings.

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July 8, 2009

Back to school with LL Bean: $23 book packs

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August is approaching and with that, the start of a new school year for most children.

What they always need is a backpack, shoulder or rolling, to carry their books. LL Bean, which calls them book packs, offers its original junior shoulder-strap for $23.95. Larger ones are $27.95.

Rolling varietes are nearly twice as much: $59.95. But kids' backs are priceless! So it might be worth more to invest in the rolling variety, as long as your child doesn't think it's uncool.

Get them monogrammed (I'd check with the child on that) if you want. Large variety of colors and pattterns available, including Army green. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Coupon Chaos: Enter your shopping deals and steals here

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where you can leave your best savings tips and be entered to win free coupons.

You all are leaving great shopping tips all over the blog, we love it!!! Thanks. But as Trish reminded me, it's nice to have an obvious place to go when you have a tip to share. I'm a day late, but if you saw my schedule you'd understand. Keep the great tips coming.

What are you finding at Super Double week at Kmart? Did you get good deals with the Office Depot coupon? (Don't tell anyone I got my wireless keyboard and mouse.) What's new, we love to hear from you.

Check us out on Fridays for a list in advance of the coupons that will be in Sunday's paper. Next week, over $175. --Super Saver Kathy

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10% off plants through Home Depot Garden Club

Get 10% off ALL bulbs, plants, flowers, trees, houseplants and shrubs at Home Dept through the Home Depot Garden Club. They sent me a coupon, which I would love to share with you, but it says it can only be used by the recipient. Join the Garden club to get your 10% off coupon.

If you are not a Garden Club member, click here to register.

Fine print off the coupon: This offer cannot be combined with any other discount, offer, promotion or special incentive program and is not valid on: (a) the purchase of The Home Depot Gift Cards or Certificates or (b) prior purchases. Present to cashier at time of purchase to receive your discount. This offer is valid July 8, 2009 through July 22, 2009.

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July 7, 2009

Stein Mart coupon: 20% off Red Dot clearance good though July 7th and 8th

Another Stein Mart coupon! If you didn't have a chance to go this weekend, this is another coupon for 20% off Red Dot merchandise. Click here to print coupon. --Super Saver Kathy


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Update on Office Depot $20 off $75 coupon

I used my $20 off $75 coupon to buy my Epson printer ink and it worked like a charm. (There was a question, since it didn't work on technology, would it work on printer ink.) At first the cashier said no technology, but I told him Office Depot customer service said it would work. I ran that total as close as I could to $75, the percentage of savings is best if you stay right at $75. It was fun seeing the $20 come off the total.

Attention all you eBayers!!! Don't spend all your profits on packing materials, Office Depot packing tape is on clearance, (6) 50m rolls for $7.41. I am scared to buy off-brand tape, you know how it shreds as you're using it? (Don't you hate when cheap tape unwinds in skinny strips and you can't get a whole piece off the roll?) I bought one pack to test it. It's thin, but with a tape dispenser, it's okay. It sure beats the brand name Scotch packing tape that costs almost $5 for one 50m roll.

I've already printed another $20 off $75 coupon for my return trip.

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July 6, 2009

Kashi deals: Stack manufacturers coupons with Target coupons for great deals

If you love Kashi products, this is a good week for you. Target has Kashi coupons that can be stacked with manufacturers coupons for double savings. We'll thank MoneySavingMom for sharing the list, click here.

See how the Krazy Coupon Lady gets $20 worth of Kashi products for $4 here.

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New 'Home Made Simple' coupon booklet with $30 in coupons

Sign up here to get $30 in coupons from Home Made Simple. Even if you already have the coupons from an earlier promotion, it has been reset, so sign up again.

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July 5, 2009

Super Double coupons at Kmart this week - July 5th - 11th

Just a reminder, we mentioned this last week, that it's Super Double coupons at Kmart this week. While you're there, if you spend $50, you can get $5 off with this coupon. Make sure you give them the coupon first, before any manufacturers coupons, while your total is at least $50. The rules for Super Double coupons below:

* Manufacturer Coupons up to $2
* Does not include Kmart Store/Pharmacy Coupons
* No copies of manufacturer coupons
* You may only purchase 4 of the same item using double coupons
* Limit 10 total coupons per customer / day
* Doubled up to current retail price of a single item

As we've discussed, sometimes double coupons at Kmart are still not the best deal. Let us know what you've found that is worth buying there this week.

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July 4, 2009

Acer laptop mystery continues

I wrote on Thursday about a $300 laptop that Staples was advertising in its weekly ad. On Friday, Staples sent out e-mails saying the 15.6-inch Acer notebook wasn't available in South Florida.

For those still looking for that laptop, check out today's (Saturday, July 4th) Brandsmart ad in the Sun Sentinel. The store is advertising the 15.6" screen laptop with 2GB for $348.88 and a smaller Acer notebook, with an 8.9-inch screen and 1 GB ram for $248.88.

Again, shop and compare, and make sure the laptop is going to fit your needs or those of the high school or college student who needs it for class in the fall.

The hunt goes on for the inexpensive laptop. Let me know what you find out there! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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July 3, 2009

Stein Mart coupon: 25% off Red Dot clearance good though July 5th

If you are not out partying, and I hope you are....but hey, what's the next best thing to partying with friends and family? (There are a few good answers to that question, but shopping is one of them.)

Head to Steinmart to save 25% on red dot clearance items with this coupon. You never know what you might find if you have the patience to pick through those racks, practically free. Are you a good sale shopper? You have to shop with Bargain Hunter Marcia. She has a talent for this. Click here for coupon.

What do I do when I'm waiting for clothes in the dryer so I can head out on my roadtrip? Blog, of course. Be back Monday. Have a safe weekend.

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Staples apologizes: Acer notebook not available

Sorry folks! Staples sent out an e-mail today saying its previous e-mail and weekly ad featuring a $300 Acer notebook is "not available in your area."

Does that mean all of South Florida? Hard to say.

The Staples e-mail says to check out its other great deals. Hmmm...do I smell a bait and switch?

Let Shop-o-matic know if you find this $300 Acer notebook anywhere. I don't see it online, either. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Do you know about Swagbucks?

I keep hearing about Swagbucks and how you can earn bucks to spend by using the swagbucks site to do Internet searches through Google and Ask.com.

I should be packing and sleeping for my roadtrip tomorrow, but instead I'm surfing around trying to understand Swagbucks. I'll give you the link, dear readers, and when I get back Sunday, I hope you can explain it to me.

Click on the link below if you are curious and have time to figure it out. Then explain it to us in the comments below. Pleeeassee! I have to get some sleep!!


Search & Win

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July 2, 2009

Coupons in Advance: Over $275 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel (7/5/09)

It's a holiday weekend, as usual for holidays, no Smart Source or Red Plum inserts, but you'll be happy to hear there's a very generous P & G Saver. Lots of $1 and $2 coupons to keep us happy...life's simple pleasures!

P&G has some of the all time favorites this month. $1 off Tide (think travel size) $1 off Cascade, and $1 off Pampers, $0.50 off Pampers wipes. (If you don't need diapers, clip the whole Pampers page and give it to someone, or leave it in the break room at work. Diapers are expensive.)

There are several good Olay coupons. Have a look at the list, and remember, it's double coupons at Kmart this upcoming week. Let us know what you find. There are other coupons scattered thoughout the ValPak, totalling over $275. Toys R Us, Books A Million and more.

Click here to see my list of the P&GbrandSAVER coupons. Can you tell I had to type mine in a hurry when my new co-workers weren't looking? Just ignore the typos. I'm going to a mini-college reunion and I have to pack.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!!

--Super Saver Kathy (the midnight blogger)

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July 1, 2009

$20 off $75 at Office Depot

Keep those coupons flying, retailers, we love them. Just got a notice about $20 off $75 at Office Depot. Warning, it's huge, an ink guzzler! Click here to print the monster, good until 7/11.

I was going to use it for a wireless keyboard and mouse, but thanks to Pauline's post below, I won't have to go out in the rain. It's not good for technology products. Bummer. I need some more patience to read the fine print.

The coupon won't work with HP printer ink, but I called Office Depot and they tell me it is good for other brands. Might be a good time to stock up on ink so you can print more money saving (ink guzzling) coupons.

--Super Saver Kathy

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Extra 30% off DSW shoes online

I usually like to try on shoes, rather than buy them online. But if you know the designer and style that fits you best, shop DSW online clearance sale beginning today, July 1, through July 9.

Tahari%20sandals.jpgThese black strappy sandals by Tahari are tempting me.

When buying online, type in the code SUMMER7 to get the discount. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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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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