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September 30, 2009

35% off Monday Night Football Jets vs. Dolphins tickets

TravelZoo is offering a special deal for Dolphins (and Jets) fans. Catch the October 12 Monday night matchup at 35% off the stardard ticket price. The discounted tickets offered are in the upper sidelines and upper endzones areas.

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September 29, 2009

Art liquidation sale in Boynton on Friday


Been wanting to decorate or re-decorate? Art Explosion of South Florida's warehouse sale in Boynton Beach on Friday, Oct. 2, may be your ticket to a more colorful home -- especially if you like flowers and underwater sealife.

Art Explosion is liquidating its warehouse of art and art objects. The sale is in the evening only, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. The warehouse is at 816 SE 1st Avenue, which is one block east of Seacrest between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Woolbright Road.

Original paintings, canvas art, furniture, marine signs are available. For more information, go to Art Explosion

Could be worth a look. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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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. This is a great week for sales and savings, so when you find a good one, please share with us below.

I'm going on a much needed vacation. Maybe you remember, last year I wrote about going with a group of college friends to a housewarming party in Tuscany. We had sooo much fun, we said we were going somewhere every year. This year it's not so exotic, we are heading for North Carolina. I'll be checking in.

For help finding savings with coupon match-ups, check out CouponMom, DealSeekingMom, MoneySavingMom and Hip2Save for savings scenarios. Andrea likes HotCouponWorld, but I'm too busy to learn my way around that site, so we are counting on her to weed out the good stuff and share it with us here. Where are you saving this week?

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September 27, 2009

$5 off $25 printable coupon for Walgreens: Good Tuesday & Wednesday

Thanks Sandy for giving me the heads up on the $5 off $25 coupon at Walgreens. I love these because you can print as many as you want and use them all, one at a time, of course. No one's counting! Click here for coupon.

Warning, this coupons says in the fine print 'must be at $25 after all Walgreens and manufacturer's coupons.' I've never had anyone enforce that, have you? Normally, your total must be at $25 when you give them this coupon, so hand it to the cashier first, then use any manufacturer's coupons after the $5 coupon. Also, Walgreens computers will not take more coupons than you have items, so if you have lots of coupons, you'll need to buy a filler item...this is when I get something that rarely has coupon offers, like milk.

Click here to see Hip2Save savings scenarios that will only get better combined with the $5 coupon. --Super Saver Kathy

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Kmart super doubles week of 9/27-10/5

I wish I could answer all your questions about double coupons at Kmart this week. My 'new' department is so busy, I barely have time to come up for air. I need a bumper sticker, "I'd rather be blogging!"

But our readers are the best, so dear readers, as you check with your local Kmart, please post here what each store is doing. Apparently it's quite a variety. Some are doubling, some are only doubling Proctor & Gamble coupons, and some are not participating.

Hip 2 Save had some good saving scenarios on their site this week. Click here for Kmart savings suggestions.

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September 25, 2009

Take flu test and get $5 coupon at CVS


Seasonal flu shots are available at CVS, Walgreens and other retail stores. To take the sting out of the shot, take CVS' flu test online and get a $5 coupon on a $25 purchase.

It's an easy test -- you don't need a medical degree. But it is informative and you can pick up that shampoo, makeup and other sundries for $5 less when you get your flu shot at their Minute Clinic locations (check online before you go).

There's also a $3 coupon on cold medicines at CVS.

But if you're going "ah-choo!," please stay away! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 24, 2009

Coupons in Advance: Preview over $375 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel 9/27

Happy Friday! This Sunday will be one of those days that serious strategic shoppers will stock up on coupons. There will be 4 inserts this week, chock full of coupons, over $375 worth.

If you stockpile, meaning you buy nonperishables when the price is right rather than when you need them, you'll want to have enough coupons to buy 6-8 at a time. A serious couponer will have a closet full of detergents, toothpaste, canned goods, cereals, etc, that they've purchased at rock bottom prices during a good sale matched with coupons.

Every week we hear from readers who want to learn to save with coupons. Check with us frequently, we will let you know about local sales and savings, especially in the reader comments...our readers are so generous about sharing their great finds. You can sign up for an RSS feed or email notifications when we post a new tip by clicking here.

Click here to see the list of coupons that will be in Sunday's paper. --Super Saver Kathy

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Print lots of Borders coupons: Good until September 28th

If you visit Shop-O-Matic often then you already know my favorite hangout is the Borders nestled on the river on Sunrise Blvd, near the Galleria. Every time I get a whim to spruce up my place, I go there for inspiration. They have the best stash of decorating books and magazines.

You can have a preview while you sip a latte in the coffee shop. Click here for a variety of discount coupons, and also for $1 off that latte.

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Francesca's Collections 30% off sale


Francesca's Collections at CityPlace in West Palm Beach holds a 30% off sale on its dresses, tunics and outerwear this week through Sunday, Sept. 27.

If you haven't been to the store before, it's worth a trip (one also at Mizner Park in Boca Raton). Though younger styles, the boutique has lightweight clothing from around the world that's perfect for South Florida. This colorful dress is $26.60 at Francescas Collections


It also has fun knicknacks and jewelry including two necklaces for $40; two bracelets for $30 and two rings for $25. These earrings are only $9.99 online.-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Ann Taylor Factory Store up to 70% off


This weekend might be a good one to head to Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise or the Dolphin Mall in Miami. You'll find blouses, sweaters, dresses and pants up to 70% off at the Ann Taylor Factory Store.

Ann Taylor is a great place to refreshen or fill in your wardrobe for work or everyday. This blouse is on sale for $29.99 online, but you probably can find deeper discounts at the outlet malls.

I feel Sawgrass calling.... -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 23, 2009

12th Annual Book Sale at Nova Southeastern starts Thursday Sept 24th

Deals on pre-owned textbooks, fiction and nonfiction hardcover and paperbacks, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, and video cassettes will be available at the 12th Semi-Annual Used Book Sale, hosted at Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center on the university’s main campus at 3301 College Ave. in Davie.

Come find a new favorite, with prices to satisfy any budget. Remember, the sale only happens twice a year, so arrive early for the best selection. Sale items will be on display in the Atrium and in Room 2053 during the following times:

* Thursday, Sept. 24 from 12 to 6 p.m.
* Friday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Accepted payment will be cash and checks only. An ATM is located near the library café, on the first floor. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Alvin Sherman Library.

If you are interested in donating items to the library, please send them to the Collection Development Department at the Alvin Sherman Library or drop them off at the Circulation Department on the first floor.

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Boots No. 7 on sale at Target


I've been keeping a secret: I'm been cheating on Oil of Olay.

I still like my Oil of Olay, but I have a new passion for Boots No. 7, the skin and makeup product line that's all the rage in England.

Boots No. 7 wet cleansing cloths are on sale for $4.99 at Target. Other products are on sale for $19.99, though that's the recommended price on the Boots Web site.

I've been impressed with Boots No. 7 serum and night cream. Now I'm trying the other products. Let me know what you think.

I like the price. It's half the price of Olay's ProX products. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 22, 2009

Coupon Chaos: Share your best savings tips, be entered to win free coupons

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

Last week's Coupon Chaos had a lively conversation going. KCK had me laughing out loud, seriously belly-laughing, with her responses to anti-couponer "Just Me." KCK, you win hands down this week. You know what they say, "Laughter is the best medicine." We are all a bit healthier this week, thanks to you. Click here for last weeks thread on Coupon Chaos for a good laugh.

KCK also gave us that great tip on free Crest Whitestrips, stacking the Publix $7 coupon with the manufacturer's $10 coupon, making the 14-ct box on sale for $16.99 free!! It worked. If your store is out, remember to get a rain check. The Publix coupon is on a pink breast cancer designed flyer found in the pharmacy area.

We had some great tips last week, thanks for sharing. Whether you win the coupons or not, we are all benefiting from your posts. There was another good list of comments on this thread too. Tell us where you are saving this week.

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September 21, 2009

Catch neon look at T.J. Maxx Miami Beach opening


It's back to the '80s at T.J. Maxx with neon.

T.J. Maxx opens a new store in Miami Beach this Thursday, Sept. 24. Located at Fifth and Alton, the new T.J. Maxx will be customized for the Miami consumer featuring fashion trends.

The off-price retailer points out that celebs like Alicia Keys and Blake Lively have been spotted in the high wattage trend in dresses and jackets. And designer Michael Kors featured pops of hot pink from bags to dresses in his fall collection.

T.J. Maxx's grand opening hours are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Regular store hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Doubtful if you'll find Blake's dress at T.J. Maxx, but the store's neon look is bound to be more affordable. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 20, 2009

Free food: Printable coupon for Free Cheerios

We all like free stuff! Click here for coupon for $1 off Cheerios. Then take your freshly printed coupon to CVS where they have the individual size cups of Cheerios for $1...and voila! Free Cheerios!

I knew 'free' would get your attention, but I wouldn't want to drive to CVS for one cup of Cheerios, so while I was there I would pick up 2 boxes of Post Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, using two $2 off coupons, making that cereal .79 for 2 boxes. Not free but close to it! Click here for that printable coupon.

Click here for other CVS savings scenarios from DealSeekingMom. --Super Saver Kathy

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September 18, 2009

Get $10-$50 off prices at Last Call

Last Call, Neiman Marcus' clearance center, is offering $10 to $50 off purchases $50 to $250 -- bigger the purchase, the bigger the discount.

The extra discounts are good through Monday, Sept. 21.

Last Call is at Sunrise's Sawgrass Mills and Miami's Dolphin Mall in South Florida. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 17, 2009

Coupons in Advance: Over $250 in coupons in Sunday's 9/20 Sun Sentinel

coupons1.JPGFriday...the day you all get to see the coupons that will be in Sunday's Sun Sentinel. There's one Smart Source and one Red Plum this week, with over $250 in coupons.

Although the coupon inserts look similar from paper to paper, there are variations. If you see a list on an Internet shopping site, it may not be exactly like ours. This list is specific to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, all zones.

If you are learning to shop with coupons (we just had this discussion) it's a good idea to date the insert and save it intact. Did you know the inserts are dated in teensy letters on the fold? If you only clip your favorite brand's coupons, you might be disappointed when you hear something is free or a moneymaker. (Like free Kleenex when you only clip Puffs coupons.)

Check the'll help you decide how many papers you need to get on Sunday. The magic number for a serious stockpiler is 8 papers, but get at least two so you can take advantage of BOGO sales.

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Name our blog!

Shop-O-Matic fans: Please help us think of a new name for this blog.

We inherited this blog name and, well, it sounds like one of those inventions on a late-night commercial.

We'd like a blog name that's snappy and fun that reflects what we do: shop and find bargains!

One requirement: It must have "shop" in the title for search-engine reasons.

Have a great name? Post it here. Thanks! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Paul Mitchell & Redken products at J C Penney

We've learned to wait for sales to stock up on our favorite beauty products, but some things just don't often go on sale. Like Paul Mitchell products you ever see them on sale?

I use Paul Mitchell Sculpting Sprays to try to fool my fine frizzy hair into thinking it's nice and thick. It works until I step out in the South Florida humidity. Have you ever noticed how often you have a good hair day in Colorado?

J C Penny has a buy one get one 50% off sale on Paul Mitchell and Redken products through September 29th. The first item is regular price, the 50% off item must be of equal or lesser value. Limit of 8 items, no more than 3 of the same product. --Super Saver Kathy

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$100 off $400 purchase at Restoration Hardware


Time to spruce up your home? Restoration is offering $100 off on any $400 or more purchase either in stores, catalogs or online for its fall collection.

The offer is good for purchases Sept. 17 to 21, 2009. Present this at time of purchase or use code RSAV909 to redeem your discount when ordering from the catalog or online.

Restoration Hardware offer

Of course, your $100 may not go far at Restoration Hardware. This bench, for example, is priced on sale at $834 to $1,030. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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September 16, 2009

Free 60-day trial membership at BJs Wholesale Club

Thanks to Common Sense with Money for telling us about a free 60-day trial membership to BJs Wholesale club. Click here for coupon.

We've had some interesting discussions on this blog about which wholesale club we prefer. Now that I'm couponing, and watching sales like a hawk, I find I can usually do better in the chain stores with sales and coupon match ups, but not on meats and produce. What do you like to buy at your wholesale club?

Let's have another discussion about which wholesale club is your favorite and why. I'm sure we have some new readers with an opinion, or some new readers interested in your opinions.

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Learning to shop with coupons? Get some tips from Shop-O-Matic

all.jpgWe get emails periodically from readers asking how they can learn to save big $$ with coupons. It's quite a science, but if you are shopping for a family, it is worth a few hours a week of your time. You'd be surprised how much you can trim off your household expenses.

I have a co-worker who said, "There might have been 5 coupon books in Sunday's paper, but there really weren't many good ones." My reply, "That's because you are brand loyal. You only look for coupons on your favorite brands, and throw the rest away."

A strategic shopper is not brand loyal. They will stockpile a good nonperishable sale item and then have enough to use for months, or even years, for pennies.

Reader, Irishgirl, left a comment on Coupon Chaos about All detergent being BOGO at Publix this week. She bought 6 at $2.97, only paid for 3 because it was buy-one-get-one-free, she used 6 $1 off coupons, got 6 bottles of laundry detergent for less than the regular price of one.

Frequent visitor and 'super saver', Andrea, tipped us off to a BOGO on Electrasol dishwasher detergent that was a moneymaker at Publix. BOGO at $4, she used 2 of the $2.50 off coupons, and made $1 on every two boxes. She bought enough that she has not had to buy dishwasher detergent all year. And thanks to her tip, I still have a few boxes left in my pantry as well. BTW, you don't actually 'make' money on a coupon, stores don't give you cash back, but the 'made' $1 comes off your total bill.

Another reader, Broward Mom, shared with us her good experience buying coupons on eBay so she could take advantage of a moneymaker on razors at Target.

Now that's strategic shopping! What are you stockpiling this week? --Super Saver Kathy

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Couple pays debt clipping coupons

A couple pays $50,000 in non-mortgage debt and saves for a six-month emergency fund by pinching pennies and clipping coupons. Read the story at

Does penny pinching pay off?

Clipping coupons, yes. But give up my latte? Can't do it. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 15, 2009

Got old eyeglasses? Make a charitable donation and get $25


Trade in an old pair of out-of-date eyeglasses for $25 towards a new pair at Hollywood Eyes.

It's the store's version of "Cash for Clunkers" and the campaign begins Thursday and ends Oct. 31.

The old eyewear is donated to a local Lions Club, which recycles the used glasses for people in need in Central America.

Hollywood Eyes is located at 2011 Harrison Street in Hollywood. For more information call 954-923-5367.

The For Eyes chain has a similar program, according to its website. Bring in a worn prescription eyeglass pair and receive $25 off a new set of eyeglasses. The trade-ins are also donated to charity.

This is good for a purchase of $129 or more and is not to be combined with other discounts, coupons, vision insurance plans or prior orders. The For Eyes offer expires Sept. 30.

These are good deals. I've been growing tired of my tortoise-shell rhinestone speckled glasses (pictured on the left). They were a hefty investment and it doesn't make sense to ditch them after two years. I'm still debating.

Do any of you wear eyeglasses as a fashion statement or are they just a necessary evil?


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Coupon Chaos: Leave your best savings tips and be entered to win free coupons

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

There are so many great deals out there this week. When you find one, please tell us about it in the comments below. We are all in this together.

Tell us where you are going to save this week. Maybe you'll get an envelope full of coupons from Shop-O-Matic!

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September 14, 2009

Buy from survivors and help a cause


Beautiful and unique jewelry, bags and wallets and other reasonably-priced gifts are available through Made By Survivors, an organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Besides helping the international organization, you can find some gems for gifts or yourself. Here are two samples of the survivors' hand-crafted jewelry: Susan Six Strand Stone necklace for $60 and pearl earrings for $22.survivor%20earrings.jpeg

Made By Survivors is a non-profit that works to prevent slavery in at-risk and refugee communities by creating jobs for adults.

Of course, you should check out any organization before you buy its products or give money. But Made By Surivors says in its press release that artisans receive full-market value for their products and are paid up front. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Loved the DaVinci Code? Get 40% Dan Brown's newest, The Lost Symbol, at Borders

Da Vinci Code fans have been waiting for the release of Dan Brown's new book The Lost Symbol, a sequel featuring the DaVinci code hero, Robert Langdon. The DaVinci code sold 81 million copies worldwide. The Lost Symbol goes on sale September 15th...some stores will open at midnight tonight.

I don't know about you, but the books I want to read are piled on my nightstand, waiting for me. It won't matter if I buy it at midnight tonight or noon tomorrow, it'll still go on the pile. We covered some of the Harry Potter midnight releases, they looked like fun. Have any of you ever gone to the midnight book release parties?

Click here for a coupon for 40% off The Lost Symbol at Borders. While you are at the Border's site, if you aren't a Borders Reward Member you can sign up online. --Super Saver Kathy

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Free taco from Baja Fresh with coupon

Want a free taco? Just "friend" Baja Fresh on Facebook. There they have a coupon that you can print and redeem for a free taco between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. today.

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September 11, 2009

Free Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller

olay.jpgBuy any (2) Regenerist Facial Moisturizers and/or Facial Cleansers, send in the receipt with the rebate form from, and receive a coupon for a free Regenerist anti-Aging eye roller.

Don't forget, there's going to be a $1 off coupon for Olay Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser in Sunday's Sun Sentinel.

Offer valid 9/11/09 to 10/11/09, must be postmarked by 10/25/09. --Super Saver Kathy

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Coupons in Advance: Over $400 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel

If you need to replenish your stash from no coupons over Labor Day weekend, you will be thrilled to hear there are five, yes, you heard me, FIVE coupon inserts in Sunday's paper. (9/13/09)

There are over $400 in coupons, and there are some good ones, check out the list. I recommend getting at least two papers, to take advantage of the buy-one-get-one deals out there. Did you know you can use two coupons with a BOGO at most stores?

Just to tease you, there's a $5 off any size bag Science diet dry dog or cat food, $1 off Lysol wipes, $1 off Hershey's Kisses, $2 off 2 Crystal Light drink mixes. There are some Publix coupons, $2 off Huggies, $1 off Scrubbing Bubbles, etc, which can be combined with manufacturers coupons. We'll be sharing ideas on how best to combine these coupons with store sales on this blog as well.

Click here for the complete list of coupons in advance. This should help you do the math, figure out how many papers you need to beg, borrow or steal...or find in the recycler...or get at the dollar store. Tell us how you get extra coupons.

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$10 off coupon for Macy's


Don't go to Macy's today or Saturday without your $10 off coupon from the Sun Sentinel. It's good on purchases of $25 or more.

It's not good on the store's morning specials, but I'm sure you'll find something else you just have to have -- why not get it $10 cheaper?

Here's a nice Cable & Gauge three-quarter sleeve top for transition into fall. With the coupon, it would cost $24.99. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 10, 2009

$25 off coupon for Last Call Neiman Marcus

This coupon's a biggie. Get $25 off any regularly priced item $75 and up at any Neiman Marcus Last Call clearance center.

It's valid today through Sept. 14. There are two of these clearance stores in South Florida. One is at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise and another is at Dolphin Mall in West Miami-Dade County.

Might be worth the trek if you're planning on a big purchase. Here's the coupon. Happy shopping!

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September 9, 2009

$10 off $20 at Express through 9/13

86_632_1913_013.jpgWe can thank DealSeekingMom for sharing this $10 off $20 coupon (or $20 off $60) for Express. You know, if you have money to spend in this economy, you are able to get some great deals.

Click here to print the coupon. It's a PDF so you should be able to print as many as you think you can use. Bargain Hunter Marcia got a really cute sundress there this summer.

This leopard v-neck top sells for $29.50, buy one, get one 50% off. --Super Saver Kathy

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Printable coupon: $5 off Enfamil Premium baby formula

1216EnfamilPremium_Large.pngIf you have babies, then you know how expensive formula and diapers are. A $5 coupon is worth shouting from the rooftops. (And you new Mommies will be thrilled to hear there's going to be a $2 Huggies coupon in Sunday's Sun Sentinel.)

Click here to print the Enfamil coupon. You should be able to print two, use your back button. Then forward this post to your friends and ask them to print you a few as well.

You'll get really lucky if they have a $5 off $25 promotion at Walgreens before this coupon expires so you can combine the two coupons. Just remember, with Walgreens, you'll have to buy a filler, because you can't use more coupons than the number of items you are buying. This is when I usually buy something that rarely has coupons, like milk.

Winn-Dixie has been generous with the $10 off $50 coupons as well. CVS often mails out the $4 off $20 coupons. If you are learning strategic shopping, an important thing to remember is to combine coupons when you can.

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Get bridal jewelry at a discount


Shop-o-matic fan Lisa points us to Glam For Less, an online bridal jewelry store that she used to help plan her November wedding.

"I found some great deals on jewelry sets for me and my bridesmaids," says Lisa, of Miami.

"The site helped me save money on my bridal jewelry and tiara. I purchased the Vine Headband, Studded Rhinestone Collar Jewelry Set (for myself) and Crystal Rosette Pear Drop Jewelry Sets (for my 5 bridesmaids). And my bridesmaids and I were very happy with the quality of all the products we ordered."

Thanks Lisa!

Do you have a fav shopping site that saved you money (besides this one, of course!)? Post it here for all to save. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Comfort Inn near Disney, $29 per night

Now that the kids are back in school the rates near Disney should get really competitive. Here's a link to a Comfort Inn near Disney World that has discounted its rooms 50% to $29 per night. Click here for more information.

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September 8, 2009

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

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

Broward Mom was thrilled to get an envelope full of coupons in the mail this week. Especially since we didn't get any coupons in Sunday's newspapers due to the holiday. Andrea, thanks for all the responding (to other readers) you did this week, I've been really busy adjusting to my 'new' job in circulation. You win, hands down this week.

It's been quiet. I suspect back to school is keeping folks busy. We'd like to hear from you. Are the majority of our readers stay-at-home-moms? If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, please tell us a little about yourself. What is it you want to get out of a shopping blog? Deals? Ideas? More about groceries? Less about groceries?

Tell us where you are going to save this week. Maybe you'll get an envelope full of coupons from Shop-O-Matic!

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September 7, 2009

Beating the department store price

Spent Sunday shopping with my friend E. who needed a dress for an event, something she could take from event to after-party.

We started at Macy's at the Broward Mall, to check out its Labor Day sales and she was pleased to find a teal Evan Piccone dress that looked fantastic on her. She bought it and then we went to check out the nearby Ross Dress for Less.

At Ross, we were shocked to find the same dress, only in red, for $50 less! The teal version also was there, though a halter design, for the same price.

We're not talking a $10 difference, but $50! My outraged friend is returning the over-priced dress to Macy's.

Just a reminder that it always pays to shop around, especially the discount stores like Ross and Marshall's. Do you have similar stories? -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 4, 2009

Coupons in advance: Happy Labor Day weekend

As is usually the case on a holiday weekend, there will be no grocery inserts in the paper on Sunday. There are, however some generous non-grocery coupons included.

Last night, I ate my last stockpiled can of Progresso soup from that incredible campaign they had last year, with the $1.10 coupon. Remember that one? It set my mind to wandering, remembering some of the great deals we've had since I've been blogging.

Do any of you remember the $5 Huggies coupon that was current at the same time Walgreens had a Register Reward offer on Huggies? Or the Garnier Fructis hair products that were free with the coupon? My daughter still has every Garnier product known to man, and then some.

What's in your stockpile? Tell us about your favorite deals over the years.

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Labor Day specials everywhere!

Labor Day looks to be a big shopping weekend. With expected rainy weather, what else is there to do but stroll the mall?

Besides, there are clearance sales going on everywhere. Here are some samples:

J.C. Penney is offering 40% to 60% off its furniture.

Ann Taylor has a fall preview: Buy one, get second item at 50% off.

New York & Company: Take 20% off purchases of $50 or more with this coupon or promotion code 3556 online:

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Lots more out there? What have you found so far? Post the specials for everyone here. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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September 3, 2009

Free Starbucks Frappuccino and ice cream with coupons

starbucks_frappuccino-123x300.jpgDo you still have your Smart Source from 6/21 with the coupons for $1 off Starbucks drinks, and $2 off Starbucks ice cream? Those coupons are expiring on 9/13, so this is a good time to use them.

At the double coupon Kmart event tonight, I bought the large single bottles of Starbucks Frappuccino on sale for $1.99, so with the $1 coupon doubled, it is free. Only two days left to do this deal, so hurry, double coupon event ends Saturday. (Rumor has it it's the last one.)

My cashier was soooo sweet and helpful, I gave her my $2 off Starbucks ice cream coupons. We've had way too many good deals on ice cream lately...Blue Bell, Starbucks...yummy, but the jeans are getting tight.

If you still have your $2 Starbucks ice cream coupons, head on over to Albertsons where Starbucks ice cream is buy-one-get-one-free. Click here for Albertsons store locator. If you don't have the $2 newspaper coupons, click here to print one for $1 off. Use your back button to print 2, then use both with the BOGO. Still a great deal!


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TLC's What Not To Wear wants you


Oh, what a dream for a woman to go on an all-expense paid trip to New York City for a $5,000 shopping spree!

It can be your reality... if you desperately need some fashion intervention. To celebrate its 250th episode, the hit TLC show, What Not To Wear, is holding a casting call for ladies only.

One lucky lady will be crowned The Worst Dressed American and get a hair and makeup overhaul from experts and tips from fabulous fashion duo Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.

Nominate yourself or a friend here.

The deadline is Sept. 25.

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Bed Bath & Beyond storewide semi-annual clearance sale starts 9/4

This is the weekend for sales! Bed Bath & Beyond is having their semi-annual clearance sale, with savings up to 50%. Click here for store locator.

--Super Saver Kathy

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20% off kitchen sinks at Home Depot

We can't use the old expression 'everything but the kitchen sink' this weekend at Home Depot.
Through September 9th, get 20% off on in-stock countertops, in-stock cabinets and in-stock and special order kitchen sinks.

Click here to read more. --Super Saver Kathy

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Printable coupon for Kelloggs Pop Tarts

Just share your favorite flavors with the folks at Kelloggs to get free coupons for Pop Tarts. Click here to get started.

--Super Saver Kathy

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Extra 20% off sale items at Cole Haan online

haan.jpgI am loving these Cole Haan bags....there are several I would have bought, in a minute, in the old days. The one pictured is the Genevieve Square Hobo, regularly $495, on sale for $249.50, with an additional 20% off this weekend.

Right now, the $200 I would love to spend on this bag is going into my hurricane window fund. I think I'm the last holdout at my condo building. I'm going to bite the bullet and have them installed when hurricane season is over. A shopoholic on a budget...what could be worse?!

Click here to check out the other great Cole Haan sale items. Use LABORDAY20 at checkout for the extra 20% off, good though September 7th.

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$10 off $50 with coupon at Filene's Basement until 9/7

Are you a Filene's shopper? Then you'll be happy know there is a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase good thorugh September 7th. Click here to print.

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Labor Day sale at Dade & Broward Salvation Army stores

Great news for bargain hunters. Forget the beach and that barbeque this Labor Day…Go Shopping! On Monday, September 7, the Salvation Army Family Stores will be holding a Labor Day Sale offering shoppers even greater discounts on their already low prices. You'll never know what treasures are lurking there unless you venture in!

In Broward County, clothing is an additional 25%-50% off. Furniture is reduced an additional 10%-25%. In the Miami Dade stores items are reduced anywhere from 20%-50% off

100% of the proceeds from sales at the Salvation Army Family Super Store go directly to the operation of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers.

BROWARD LOCATIONS: 1791 W Broward Blvd; 310 N State Rd. 7/Margate; 2300 SW 56th Ave/Hollywood; 451 E Copans Rd/Pompano Beach; 7707 W Commercial Blvd/Tamarac; 888 North University Drive/Pembroke Pines

MIAMI DADE LOCATIONS: 90 NW 23 St/Miami; 14701 W Dixie Highway/N. Miami; 9790 Bird Rd/Miami; 8001 NW 27 Ave/Miami

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Get 40% off one book at Borders (and a free coffee) through September 7th

twilightcover.jpgMy old Tivo quit working, and it's taken my antique 200 pound television hostage. I can't watch recorded shows OR live TV. It's so heavy I can't get to the wiring by myself to remove the broken Tivo.

So guess what!? I'm reading again! One of my estate sale finds was the whole Twilight series...I'm just getting started. What do you think? Am I going to like it? This'll keep me busy for awhile, but if you're ready for a new book, get 40% off with this coupon at Borders, good until 9/7/09. YOu must be a Borders Rewards member, but it's free, so why not?

While you are there, have a free cup of coffee with this coupon. --Super Saver Kathy

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September 2, 2009

Sign up to get coupons by mail from Swiffer, Dawn, Mr Clean, etc

Did you like the Home Made Simple coupon booklet?. Sign up here to get another booklet of over $35 in similar coupons from brands like Cascade®, Dawn®, Febreze®, Mr. Clean® and Swiffer®.

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Labor Day sale at Epson: Buy one get one free on Epson paper

PremPhotoPaperGlossy216x144.jpgIf you use a lot of photo paper, you know it can be if you have an Epson printer, this is a good time to stock up. Use code 9PAPER6 at checkout. Click here for

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Spa Chic week is back!


Ahhhh...It's that time of year for Spa Chic, when regional spas offer $99 specials. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, sponsor of the event, says these treatments are half price on

It's an opportunity to try some of the area's ritziest spas (including the Ritz!). Offers are good now through Sept. 30.

Here are some sample treatments:

Bliss at the W Hotel, Fort Lauderdale: Rapid Rub Massage TM: Thirty minutes of intensive massage and Oxygen BlastTM: Includes a quick fruit acid wash, massage with micellated vitamins, a hydrating hot-towel and enzyme pack, and a five minute oxygen spray in a customized activating solution.

Heavenly Spa at the Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale: "Rollerssage / 80-minutes: "Heated crystalline spheres, selected for their energy enhancing qualities, are rolled over the body, melting away tension and relaxing tight muscles, while restoring balance to ones energy source."

Planet Massage, Fort Lauderdale: "Deluxe stress and pain relief massage package: Deep tissue, Swedish, neuromuscular or sports massage; reflexology and active isolated stretching if desired. Therapy includes a Chi Massage session, moist heat therapy and Medi-Rub foot massage. Also included is gift bag with an assortment of personal massager's and Biofreeze pain relief gel."

Spa 66 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale Wine therapy scrub exfoliates while French Chardonnay grape seed extract, shea butter and fine oils purify, soften and protect the skin. A douse of velvety shower bath gel with a refreshing bouquet of pomegranate tones and conditions the skin. Finally an application of the rich emollient of Chardonnay Body Butter with a hint of grapefruit provides the ultimate in skin hydration."

The Spa at Ocean Sands Resort, Pompano Beach: "Welcome cocktail upon arrival, choice of any 50-minute massage along with a manicure and pedicure and spa lunch."

The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale: "The Ritz-Carlton Signature Massage / 50-minutes"

There are lots more! Go to for the full list and to book an appointment. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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September 1, 2009

Another Borders coupon: 30% off one item

eat.jpgBorders has been generous with their coupons lately. Here's another one for 30% off one item, in the store and/or online. Click here for coupon. You have to be a Borders Rewards member, but it's free, so why not?

I'm listening to an audio of 'Eat Pray Love' on my drive to Deerfield every morning. I read the book last year and loved it, so now I'm listening. It's read by the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, and she's a great storyteller.

I skimmed through the India chapters when I read the book, too dysfunctional for me. I have enough dysfunction in my life already. But somehow I'm enjoying the audio more, as a captive audience.

What are you reading?

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

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

Last night I started making my list and pulling coupons for a Publix run at 8pm, and by the time I finished checkout at Publix it was 10:30pm. I spent $52 and saved $102, so it was gratifying. But, given a choice, I would have loved to be in my easy chair reading a good book.

How about you, have you found ways to speed up the process?

Tell us where you are going to save this week. Maybe you'll get an envelope full of coupons from 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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