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November 30, 2009

Cyber-Monday free shipping for Avon

Avon%20holiday%20kit.gifGet free shipping on Avon products with this code, WOW2009, today only -- Cyper Monday, named for the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Spend $10 and get Avon's Holiday Luxuries Gift Set for $24.99. Lots of great stocking stuffer items as well. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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November 28, 2009

Keeping to the holiday budget

It's not easy to keep to a holiday budget with all the Black Friday excitement, pent-up demand from recession non-spending, and shiny new toys and trinkets beckoninig in every store.

But, this year, I'm determined. So far, I'm doing OK. I've spent an average of $25 each on gifts I've purchased so far. I buy for my entire family: parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nephews and niece, so it can add up fast. I also like to get my good friends token gifts. Then there's my hairdresser and manicurist who I must reward this time of year.

It's also fun to get new Christmas tree and other decorations. I still buy a real tree, so that's at least $30. Suddenly, I'm in the hole for more than $500!

So I'm trying to keep to a budget with Bankrate.com's holiday spending calculator. It includes everything, from gifts to that special outfit for Christmas day.

Go to www.bankrate.com and search for the "holiday calculator."

Good luck! Report in here and let me know how you're doing on your holiday budget shopping. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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November 27, 2009

Printable coupon: 20% off at Coach Factory Stores through 11/29/09

For your shopping pleasure another 20% off coupon from Coach, good at their factory stores. Anyone heading out to Sawgrass? Oh woe, that parking lot gets sooooo full!!

Not all Coach items have to be extravagantly expensive. Check out the wallets and wristlets, for example. Click here for coupon. --Super Saver Kathy

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$19.99 silver sterling necklaces at Kohl's

Kohls%20necklace.jpgShhhhh..don't tell Mom: I found a $19.99 silver sterling necklace with a diamond chip, regularly $90, at Kohl's this morning. Pendants include a snowflake, cross, heart and others.

Just checked on Kohls.com and the same necklaces cost more, $24.99, so it's worth your gas to the store.

Spend $50 at Kohl's and you get $10 in Kohl's cash to spend after the holidays. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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November 26, 2009

Michelle Obama's dress at the Obama White House first state dinner

michelle_barack-obama_full-length.jpgDoes anyone miss the fashion hoopla revolving around the election? I miss Char's fun coverage on our blog...she was a master at finding the fun story in the mix, inspiring reader interaction...the fun part of blogging.

We got a taste of it once again with the recent State dinner at the Obama White House. Since the dinner was in honor of the Indian PM Manmohan Singh, the First Lady Michelle Obama wore a custom designed gown made by Indian American designer Naeem Khan. Read more here.

As I surfed around for a good picture to share with you, I kept thinking "Who the heck is this very bleached blonde bimbo who has managed to get herself in all the pictures?" OMG, no way, a party crasher!!! Wannabe reality stars slipped through the Secret Service security and rubbed shoulders with the invited guests. Read all about it here.

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November 25, 2009

Coupons in Advance: Preview coupons from Sunday's Sun Sentinel 11/29/09

It's a holiday weekend, so that usually means no coupons, but the folks at Procter & Gamble are going to make us happy and include the December P&GbrandSAVER this weekend, with over $90 worth of coupons in it. Thanks P&G, we hate those 'no-coupon' holiday weekends.

You may want to get a few copies of the paper. Have a look at the list just to make sure, click here for the list. For example, included in the P&G is a $7 coupon for Crest Whitestrips, then there's another one in the Publix flyer (also in Sunday's paper) for $5 off Whitestrips. These two will combine for a good deal, especially if there's a sale....we'll all have glistening white teeth for the holidays!

Also look for Olay coupons, Pampers, Gillette and more. I feel some freebies coming on!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! Stay safe and don't eat too much!!

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Sears and Kmart Black Friday deals

This just in for Black Friday:

Kmart Thanksgiving Day Deals (Nov. 26; select stores on Nov. 25):
50-inch Samsung Plasma TV on sale for $699.99 (reg. price $899.99)
*While supplies last, limit four per store, no rainchecks
Vivitar 8.1MP Digital Camera with free bag on sale for $49.99 (reg. price $69.99)
*While supplies last, limit five per store, no rainchecks

Sears Black Friday Deals (Nov. 27):
Samsung 40-inch Class 1080p LCD HDTV on sale for $599.99 (reg. price $949.99)
*While supplies last, limit three per store, no rainchecks
Kenmore 3.5-cu ft High Efficiency washer and 5.8-cu ft. dryer pair on sale for $579.98 (reg. price $1079.98)
*While supplies last, limit four per store, no rainchecks

Kmart Blue Friday Deals (Nov. 27):
Sony 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV on sale for $379.99 (reg. price $499.99)
*While supplies last, limit four per store, no rainchecks
Razor Ripster - $34.99 (reg. price $59.99)

Kmart Blue Light Specials (will be announced throughout the day on Nov. 27)
50 percent off Fallout 3 video games for Xbox 360 and PS3 on sale for $19.99 (reg. price $39.99)

Head to Sears.com and Kmart.com now to take advantage of online only doorbuster deals on some of the latest GPS models.

Sears.com GPS Deal
Magellan RoadMate 1220 on sale for $89.99 (reg. price $149.99)
*While supplies last, no rainchecks, http://tinyurl.com/yafww9p

Kmart.com GPS Deal
Magellan RoadMate 1210 on sale for $79.99 (reg. price $129.99)
*While supplies last, no rainchecks, http://tinyurl.com/yce3crn

-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Flat panel specials at BrandsMart today

A day-before-Black Friday deal:

Get a 12-inch flat panel TV for the kitchen or bathroom for $88.88 or a 19-inch flat panel for $128.88 at BrandsMart USA stores today. Stores open until 9:30 p.m. tonight and reopen midnight Thanksgiving. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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November 24, 2009

Get organized! Install a gift wrap station in your home

stewart.jpgMartha Stewart recommends building a gift wrap station in a convenient space in your home, keeping everything close at hand. The one pictured is behind a pantry door. Hang your paper and ribbons on rods, scissors and tape on hooks, and your birthday date calendar above.

Now if I could just resist buying every paper I see on sale! Who has just one gift wrap paper?

Click here to read more at marthastewart.com. How do you store your gift wrap stash?

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November 23, 2009

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

coupons1.JPGWith Black Friday looming, the comments section in Coupon Chaos ought to be full. Are you too busy planning your strategies to share your ideas with us?

Thanks to those of you who came to our meet up. Francesca and the crew at FG Salon worked hard to make sure we had the ultimate girls night out!

The chatter in the office has been all about Black Friday. Who is saving where...where to go first? I have most of my Christmas shopping done, but there are a few items on my own wish list I might attempt to get on Black Friday. I've been in the Daily Press live chat today and they helped me with my GPS dilemma. Have a visit, they have experts standing by to answer your questions, both technology related and Black Friday too.

I know many of you are happily staying home on Friday. But you shoppers....tell us where you will be saving this week, the best tips will get an envelope full of coupons from Shop-O-Matic. --Super Saver Kathy

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Disney Parks vacation sweepstakes at Pier I Imports

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Visit a Pier I Imports store to register for a chance to win a Disney Parks vacation during Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-29.

Prize includes: a 5-night vacation for a family of four to the winner’s choice of either Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort. The vacation package includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, four tickets for five days with "park hopper" option at Disney World Resort or four park hopper passes at Disneyland. Complimentary transportation is included.

Pier I Imports has assorted merchandise up to 50 percent off on Thanksgiving weekend, including the Carmen Sofa for $599.99 (originally $799.98), the Mei Wei Flat Screen TV Stand for $359.99 (originally $449.95), and the Alayna Jewelry Armoire for $149.99 (originally $229.95).

Holiday décor and entertaining items also are up to 25% off. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Live chat for bargain hunting tips on Tuesday

Want to get a sneak peek at the Black Friday ads? Need help finding the best deals this season?

The Sun Sentinel's sister paper The Daily Press in Virginia (also owned by the Tribune Co.) and our shopping blogger colleague Nicole Paitsel has teamed with bargain hunters at crazytowndeals.com for a 12-hour Internet chat on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to help you answers such questions. Bargain hunters will be online from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Find answers to gadget questions:
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Daily Press photo editor Dennis Tennant helps you pick out a digital camera or camcorder and PCMag.com editor helps you will cell phone choices.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Get answers to your home theater questions, including TVs, sound systems and accessories.
6 p.m.: Talk to a local systems engineer about what computer you should buy.

To log into the live chat, go to:

Live Chat

If you like this, let us know here at Shop-o-matic. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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L'Occitane gifts under $30

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I like retailers that understand our economy. L'Occitane is offering a great selection of gifts under $30 -- my kind of price.

This Shea travel kit for $26 would be perfect for the family member or friend who travels or is planning to take a cruise this season. The Savon en Provence soaps are a great hostess gift if you're going to someone's house for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Only $22. Provence%20soaps.gif

There is a wide variety of L'Occitane scents -- vanilla is one of my favorites. See more at L'Occitane. Find L'Occitane stores at Town Center at Boca Raton, The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, and The Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Printable coupon: 25% off at Coldwater Creek through Nov 30th

Get a whole week of savings with this coupon for 25% off at Coldwater Creek.

Click here to print. And here for store locator. --Super Saver Kathy

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November 22, 2009

Great deal on Scotch bubble mailers with coupon

scotch.jpgThe nice sturdy Scotch bubble mailers are on sale this week at Walgreens 2 for $1. You have to use the in ad coupon to get the sale price...you can find them in the booklet at the entrance to the store.

If you have the Winter Saver coupon book from Publix, there is a $1 off 2 Scotch mailers coupon in there. Even though it says Publix on it, it's a manufacturer's coupon.

I tried this on several occasions buying a quantity of mailers, it accepted all the coupons except the last one each time. So they weren't free, but still a great deal.

And you still have one more day to use the $5 off $25 coupon, good through 11/23. Makes every deal sweeter!

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Holiday Decor on the cheap

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As I began my holiday present scouting this weekend, I found lots of great ideas for holiday decor at stores like Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

Fill up a glass jar or vase with holiday bells, pinecones (natural or covered with glitter), or any other item that is bright and cheery.

You can buy ready-made products at home decor stores such as these at Pottery Barn. But if you have your own glass jars or vases, you'll spend less by buying the filler at Michaels or another arts and crafts store.

Here's a similar idea below from MichaelsMichaels%20holiday%20decor.jpg

I bought silver pinecones for a little over $5 at Michaels and plan to put them in a large decorative glass bowl -- instant holiday home decor!

I also spotted a hand-made wreath for 50 percent off. I considered making my own, but then realized I would spend much more than $24.95 price if I bought the materials separately at Michaels.

Don't tell anyone I didn't make it!-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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November 20, 2009

Printable coupon: 20% off at Coach Factory stores

Here's a coupon for 20% off at the Coach Factory stores, good thru November 22nd. We want to hear about all the good deals you find.

Click here for factory store locator. Click here for coupon. --Super Saver Kathy

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Black Friday is a week early

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The biggest shopping day of the year hasn't been Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, for many years.

This Friday, a full week before Black Friday, may have as many deals as next week. "Early bird" deals continue through Saturday at Kohls, Macy's, and many other South Florida retailers.

The deals may only get better next week and as we march toward Christmas, but there's more selection now than there will likely be closer to the holidays.

I spotted this pearl necklace for only $23, marked down from $90, on Kohls.com, which has a sale until midnight tonight and then again from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. in stores and 12 a.m to 4 p.m. online on Saturday. Use the coupon code "SHOPEARLY," to get another 20% off, according to BlackFriday.gottadeal.com. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds



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November 19, 2009

Coupons in Advance: Preview the coupon inserts in Sunday's Sun Sentinel 11/22/09

Last week was the week to buy 8 papers, the savings potential was amazing. This week with the holiday looming, as usual during holiday week, the coupons are lighter, but there are still good ones.

Don't recycle the paper before you pull out the single sheet from SteinMart with two coupons, one for 20% off two regular or sale priced items, and one for 25% off Red Dot & Clearance items. We can never get enough SteinMart coupons!

There's also a Smart Source insert with some generous coupons inside: $1 off Science Diet dog food, $1 Florida's Natural Juice, $1 off Chinet plates, and more. Click here to see the list.

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JetBlue one day sale from South Florida - flights from $29 each way

This morning JetBlue launched a one-day sale with fares from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach starting at $29 each way. As you can see by the comments below, there may be some added taxes and fees, so approach this with care, as you always should with these 'sale' announcements.

The announced sale is good for Monday-Thursday flights, Dec. 2-16 and Jan. 6-28. All tickets must be booked by tonight at 11:59PM MST.

Sample fares (each way):
- Fort Lauderdale-Nassau ... $29
- Fort Lauderdale-Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ... $29
- Fort Lauderdale-Richmond ... $49
- West Palm Beach-New York ... $59
- Fort Lauderdale-Washington, D.C. ... $59
- Fort Lauderdale-Long Beach ... $89


To book directly through JetBlue, click here.

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And a good time was had by all!!

The first Shop-O-Matic tweet-up hosted by Chima and FG Salon & Spa was held on Wednesday evening. We so enjoyed meeting those of you who were there, thanks for coming out. If you didn't make it, you missed a fun night. Our hosts treated guests to a fabulous party and lots of free treats.

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

Thanks to the folks at FG Salon for staying late to make sure each guest got their treatments. We were getting hot parafin treatments, make-up demos and chair massages until the wee hours. The mini massages were in the courtyard under the stars. It was every woman's dream girls night out and more.

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November 18, 2009

Vintage Show and Sale this weekend!

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If you're an old soul and love all things vintage from the 1930's through 1970's, don't miss out on the Vintage Show and Sale this weekend.

There will be jewelry, clothes, handbags, furniture and more from those eras. And there will be exhibits, fashion shows, lectures and book signings.

Those authors include Anne Gilbert, "Antiques Detective": Designs & Memorabilia 40s & 50s and Designs; Memorabilia 60s & 70s; Carole Tanenbaum, Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for Vintage -100 years of Costume Jewelry and Judith Gura, Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the 21st Century and New York Interior Design, 1935-1985.

It's happening Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22, at the Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach.

For more information about the show and lectures call 561-483-4047 or visit the website.


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$20 off Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dresses; $100 off bridal gowns

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March and June are the most popular months for weddings and right about now-- yes, now!-- is the time to place orders on bridesmaid dresses for these special occasions. I should know-- my sister's wedding is at the end of March.

I've done my research and opted to go with Alfred Angelo gowns. They've got dozens of fabulous styles in dozens of beautiful colors.

And imagine my ear to ear smile when we coincidentally found a coupon for $20 off any bridesmaid dress. There's also one for $100 off bridal gowns.

The sale will take place Saturday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 29th to promote the company's 2010 collections.

Now, if you've got a wedding over the summer or later in 2010, you may want to check out www.houseofbrides.com. The website offers dresses from various designers that are available at rock-bottom prices. The only drawback is that it takes even longer than the already lengthy wait time on ordering these special dresses.

It may be too late for me, but if you've got time, give it a whirl.

Here's to happily ever after for all!

-Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes

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Mini pumpkin Thanksgiving centerpieces from Martha Stewart

PUMPKINS.jpgMartha Stewart had a great suggestion for an inexpensive centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

"Anchor candles inside mini pumpkins to make centerpieces. Cut a hole inside each pumpkin with a utility knife, and then carve out space for candles with a melon baller. If desired, stack 2 and secure from inside hole with straight pins. With adhesive putty, affix candles inside gourds and pumpkins to leaves that cover overturned pie plates."

If you like the look, a few mini pumpkins are much cheaper than flowers. Click here for more directions at MarthaStewart.com/

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November 17, 2009

Horchow Friends & Family sale Nov 19-20 - 30% off entire site

file1.jpgThe folks at Horchow are making an offer we can't refuse....a Friends and Family sale, 30% off the entire site November 19 and 20th only.

When I decorated my wonderful old house in Rio Vista I purchased a few unique items from the Horchow catalog. In those days we shopped from catalogs only. Imagine?!

You might want to have a look at their travel accessories for the road warrior in your life. Pictured is the Trendquest File N Go Organizer, $40 before discounts are applied. The faux-leather organizer with handle has 21 pockets to hold 8.5" x 11" documents. Or....are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Click here for more info. Use code word FRIENDS.

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

coupons1.JPGIt was a great week for sales last week, I'll bet I made 15 runs through Walgreens with the $5 off $25 coupon! Can you believe they had them readily accessible at the door? Thanks Walgreens!

Please come to our Meet Up Wednesday night. We are sooo looking forward to meeting some of our readers. It's just for fun, don't worry about bringing shopping tips, just bring yourself.

Chimas Brazilian Steakhouse will be serving appetizers and half price drinks, and FG Salon will have Sangria and lots of goodies, chair massages and make-up demonstrations. Click here to read about it, and to register.

Dont forget about the $10 Honeybaked Ham coupon, good until the end of the year. Click here to register.

Where are you saving this week? Leave your shopping/saving tips in the comments below. --Super Saver Kathy

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Some good deals at Publix this week ending 11/18

Only a few days left to take advantage of this week's BOGOs at Publix: Glade candles, Progresso soup, Cheerios, and more. KCK sent in some good deal ideas but couldn't get them to post, so I'm cutting and pasting her email here. (Sorry you had trouble KCK.)

"These are all basically free at Publix this week, but you can never post these links.

Chinet napkins BOGO
$1 off any, IE link click here

Progresso soup BOGO
$1.10/1 Progresso High Fiber, IE link click here
(Hope you got one, I think this campaign ran out of coupons.)

Zantac OTC, purchase the 8 count size.
Use the $2.00 coupon, fill out info.
http://www.zantacotc.com/
Use the $3.00 Publix coupon from the green Adv. flyer

Kelloggs Rice Krispies or Krispix BOGO
$1.00 coupon 11/8 Red Plum
$1/1 Target coupon"

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November 16, 2009

Get 4-for-2 Yankee candles

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Buy two large Yankee candles, $24.95 apiece, and get two more for free with this coupon:

Yankee Candle Coupon


Or, buy one large candle and get a second 50 percent off at Yankee Candles

This Balsam Cedar candle can bring the smell of Christmas trees into your home, if you'd rather do without the real thing.

Don't want to bake? Buy a Christmas Cookie candle. Of course, the kids or grandkids will be disappointed so you better have at least store-bought on hand! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Free appetizers and drink specials at Tweet-Up Wednesday

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Do you have a holiday shopping strategy? Let's trade ideas at the Sun Sentinel's shopping blog Tweet-up on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Chima Brazilian Steak House, 2400 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Chima's Meet Market and then continues into the evening at FG Lifestyle Salon next door for complimentary chair massages and mini-makeovers. Enjoy light appetizers with special 1/2 price well drinks and $4 select martinis and wine specials.

I will be there along with my shopping blogger colleagues, Kathy "Super Saver" Haines and Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes.

We all deserve a little pampering before the holiday shopping season. At FG Lifestyle Salon, owner Francesca Guerrera will show you how to get the look you want for this years’ holiday parties. Boca Leche clothing boutique will be displaying seasonal fashions, and offering special pricing to our guests.

Each guest will go home with special gift bags with treats from Chima, Boca Leche and FG Lifestyle Salon. And don’t miss the free raffle for hair, pedicure, manicure, facial, spinning, yoga and Pilates classes!

So stop shopping for just a minute, and reserve your spot at the exclusive event at Shop-O-Matic Tweet-up

See you there! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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November 15, 2009

Free Bloomin' Onion from Outback for AAA members

outback.jpgOutback Steakhouse and AAA have a marketing deal that can put a few pounds on AAA members. Get a free Bloomin' Onion with purchase when you show your AAA card.

Thanks Janis for sharing. Click here to print coupon.

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November 13, 2009

Printable coupon: $1 off Pillsbury Grands

grands.aspWe get lots of Pillsbury coupons, but not usually in big increments, so this one is exciting. Get $1 off one Pillsbury Grands! biscuits. I rarely bake, so its the only way my family is getting fresh from the oven warm bread.

Click here for coupon. Use your back button to print two. Then wait for a sale, you can probably get them for free or nearly so! --Super Saver Kathy

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Printable coupon: $2 off Huggies diapers

huggies1.JPGHere's a printable coupon for $2 off one pack of Huggies diapers. Click here for Firefox and here for Internet Explorer. The coupons.com Huggies $2 coupon has reset and you can print 2 more from there as well.

Huggies are on sale at Walgreens through Saturday, so combined with the $5 off $25 coupon on the front of their weekly sale brochure, it's a good time to stock up on a few jumbo packs.

To use the $5 coupon, buy three packs of diapers on sale at $8.99 each (from $11.99), then give the cashier the $5 off $25 coupon first, next hand over three $2 off coupons. Your total must be over $25 (not including tax) when he/she rings the $5 coupon. The diapers will be $5.32 per jumbo pack.

--Super Saver Kathy

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November 12, 2009

Organic Valley $10 coupon booklet and $8 in printables

Organic-Valley-Coupons.gifSign up at Organic Valley to get a $10 coupon booklet in the mail. Click here to register.

In the meantime, thanks to a heads up from Deal Seeking Mom we can print $8 worth of coupons to use while we wait. Click here to print.

My son, the health nut, turned me on to Organic Valley milk...of course, it costs more, but it lasts longer as well. Nothing worse than a nice fresh cup of coffee and a big old bottle of sour milk!

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Coupons in Advance: Over $375 in savings in Sunday's Sun Sentinel

The Smart Source and Red Plum inserts in Sunday's paper are thick and chock full of great coupons. There's also a separate G saver and a separate sheet with $1 off Mrs Smith's pies. Stock up to use with future sales and BOGOs.

Lots of generous $1 coupons! There are Advil coupons too...it'll be interesting to see if anyone uses them after the free Tylenol frenzy this week. Check out the list...I can't wait to hear your savings scenarios.

Click here for the complete list. Remember, this list is specific to the Sun Sentinel. The coupon inserts vary from paper to paper.

I keep a running list on the coupon page, because you may read about a deal on one of the many online savings blogs, but the coupons mentioned may not have been in our paper, just as we may have coupons that other papers didn't get.

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Printable coupon: 20% off at Filene's Basement

Here's a printable coupon for 20% off at Filene's Basement good through November 15th. Click here to print.

Click here for store locator..

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Coupon: 30% off at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy

If you start your holiday shopping early, things will be a lot less stressful when the time comes. And the bills will be a lot smaller if you use this coupon. Click here for 30% off at Banana Republic, Old Navy and Gap.

My motto when I'm shopping, "One for them...one for me....one for them....one for me."

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November 11, 2009

Win a $500 Bath & Body Works gift card and shop sales!

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I hate to rush it, but it's inevitable. The holidays will be here before we know it.

So, in the spirit of giving during this special season, how about entering a sweepstakes for a $500 gift card at Bath & Body Works?

Just write a short essay, no more than 800 characters long, or about 100 words, answering this: "What's your best gift ever?"

Tell the story of your best gift given or received for a chance at winning. Check out the sweepstakes here. (Feel free to share with us here on the blog, too, by commenting about your favorite gift!)

And while you're at it, check out all in-store sales here.

My favorite scents from Bath & Body Works come from the Aromatherapy collection, which is on sale at 2 for $20 here.

The Black Currant Vanilla scent is simply divine. I recommend the massage oil, lotion and candle.

And with the holiday season calling for a lot of shopping why not do yourselves-- and the Earth-- a favor and use a reusable tote. Bath & Body Works sells them for $2 apiece. The bags roll up and have a clasp to keep them from unfolding while you keep them in your purse.

I'm showing you a holiday-themed one with the reindeer print, but they come in all sorts of fun patterns and colors.

Happy Shopping!

--Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes

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50 percent off Nine West riding boots: 5 days only!

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Interested in a fall fling with this boot beauty? So many prospects, so few cool days in South Florida. No matter, here's a deal that can't be missed.

Nine West is offering its "Fiddle" riding boot from its Vintage American Collection at 50 percent off for just $84.50. These knee-high leather boots come in brown, black and natural. The offer's good through Sunday, Nov. 15.

To get your boots click here.

Also enjoy 30 percent off Nine West's Fall Specials collection and 20 percent off select handbags.

And there's free shipping on any purchase for a limited time... to boot.

Happy shopping!

--Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes

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Bloomingdales Friends and Family Sale - 20% off thru Nov. 15th

Bloomingdales is encouraging us to shop with a Friends and Family Sale, now through November 15th. Get 20% off regular and sale priced merchandise, click here for more information.

I need a new dress for our Shop-O-Matic 'Meet Market' at Chimas. You'd better come! We planned it so we could meet our readers, you all are the best!

Just kidding about the new dress, it was way to lead in to remind you about our party! It's at Chimas Brazilian Steakhouse at 2400 E Las Olas, Wednesday November 18th, starting at 5:50pm until 7 at Chimas, and from 7-8 next door at FG Salon and Spa.

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7 For All Mankind at Aventura Mall Holiday event - Nov 14th 4-7pm

3203_nostalgic_luxury_b.jpgThis Saturday, Nov. 14th, from 4 to 7pm, 7 For All Mankind at Aventura Mall invites customers to view the new Holiday 2009 collection.

Guests can enjoy cocktails, small bites and music by a local DJ Faux Real. While shoppers enjoy the music and the Holiday Collection, they can also catch a sneak peek of exclusive artwork created by local NADA (The New Art Dealers Alliance) artist Bhakti Baxter.

Shoppers attending the event will receive 40% off purchases for the evening! (There are a few items excluded.) No admission fee required. For additional info, please call the store at 305.932.2297.

7 For All Mankind jeans are super expensive...reminds me of the day I decided that every woman should have one GREAT pair of jeans, some that she can wear out, with that perfect fit. I set a few hours aside, and tried on jeans at Saks, Bloomies, Neimans, all the high end brands. I told myself this was going to be splurge, but a treat.

Long story short, all the $100+ jeans were the hyper-lo-rise models, the zippers were about an inch long. Very uncomfortable, not to mention unattractive on a woman over, what, 21? I gave up on the designer jeans...wound up at the Gap.

Tell us about your favorite jeans. Is there a brand you love? Why?


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Veteran's Day deals for military personnel and families

Here are some deals for service men and women to honor them today:

Merchandise:
Home Depot: 10% off for active-duty and retired military

Lowe's: 10% off for active-duty and retired military

Brides Across America: Free gowns from participating shops on first come, first serve basis, for brides-to-be with deployed fiancées

Fashion Bug: 20% regular prices off with a Military ID (November 7)

Steinmart: 10% off with Military ID

Dollar General:10% discount for all veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families. The Dollar General Veterans Day coupon can be found in the Nov. 1 Dollar General advertising circular in stores or by asking a Dollar General sales associate for the coupon.

Food:
Outback Steakhouse: All Veterans will receive a free drink and Bloomin' Onion

KrispyKreme: Free donut at participating locations

Applebees: Free meal for Veterans on Veterans Day. See available menu on Applebees promo site.

Golden Corral: Free meal for veterans from 5 to 9pm on Monday, November 16th

Find more at Militaryavenue.com Do you know of any special deals for Vets or military today? Share them in the comments!

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November 10, 2009

Apples are 50 cents a pound at Target with printable coupon

apples.jpgTarget has apples on sale for .99 per pound, so with the Target web coupon for $1 off 2 pounds of apples, it makes for a sweet deal.

The coupons can be printed off Target's website, but I like this one (click here) better for printing Target coupons, because you can print multiples.

You save more if you keep the weight of your apples right at two pounds. If you need more, you can make a few runs through the line with more coupons, or if you are nervy (like me) just ask the cashier to ring each two pound bag separately so your coupons will work. --Super Saver Kathy

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

coupons1.JPGI usually get Coupon Chaos posted first thing Tuesday morning, but I'm late today, still basking in the afterglow of free Tylenol at Publix. Thanks Andrea, for that suggestion. And to DP for asking if anyone else gets a "high" from seeing a huge savings on their cash register receipt. (Only a fellow couponer would understand.) KCK, you have outdone yourself this week, so many good suggestions! Thanks to all of you, and all our readers who let us know you are out there.

I'm way behind in mailing prizes, so why don't all three of you send your addresses. I'll get some in the mail to you. Everyone else, post your best savings tips here, you may be the winner next week.

P.S. The free Tylenol at Publix is good through Wed. Use the $3 coupon from the Publix "Fall Savings" insert with the $1 manufacturers coupon from the 11/8 Red Plum. Buy the Tylenol that's on sale for $3.99, and voila...FREE!


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Black Friday deals at Walmart

Guitar%20Hero.jpgThe Black Friday deals have begun leaking out on the Internet. Here are two from Walmart's "amazing online deals":

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Guitar Hero World Kit Band Tour for $79, price-cut from $99, and two Wii video games for $25 at Walmart.com-- always great gifts for the kids or grandkids.

Visit Black Friday deals for more Friday-after-Thanksgiving deals.-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Sephora clutch free with $50 purchase

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Get a Sephora "flower" clutch free containing eight samples with any $50 purchase. This is only available online at Sephora.com with code CLUTCH4U.

This is the kind of holiday gift package that can work two ways: buy the clutch for a friend when you need to buy something for yourself, or keep the clutch when you buy a $50 gift.

The cosmetic counters are full of such deals for the holidays, so shop around for the best makeup samples and give-aways. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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November 8, 2009

$5 off $25 Walgreens coupon

Just your reminder not to throw out the Walgreens ad from Sunday's paper. There's a $5 off $25 coupon on the cover. Make sure it doesn't go in the recycle bin.

If you didn't get the paper today, you might want to grab at least one. There are some good sales at Walgreens this week, the $5 coupon makes them even sweeter!

I haven't made my $25 shopping list yet, but check out some Walgreens shopping scenarios at DealSeekingMom.com. And more suggestions at Hip2Save.com, and here at MoneySavingMom.com.

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November 6, 2009

Share your tips, meet your bloggers and score savings at Meet Market!

shopbanner.gifAre you ready for the holiday shopping season? Get in gear and join your Sun Sentinel shopping bloggers for a Meet Market/Tweet-up at Chima Brazillian Steak House.

Enjoy light appetizers with special 1/2 price well drinks and $4 select martinis and wine specials.

Discuss your shopping strategies, the latest trends and the best deals with SunSentinel shopping bloggers Kathy "Super Saver" Haines, Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds and Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes, just in time for Black Friday!

Tour FG Lifestyle Salon and enjoy complimentary chair massages and mini-makeovers to help you feel your best. Celebrity cosmetics innovator, stylist and beauty expert to the stars, Francesca Guerrera, will show you how to hit the look you want for this years’ holiday parties. And don’t miss the raffle for hair, pedicure, manicure, facial, spinning, yoga and Pilates classes!

Boca Leche clothing boutique will also be displaying the hottest seasonal fashions, and offering special pricing to our guests.

Each guest will receive special gift bags with special treats from Chima, Boca Leche and FG Lifestyle Salon.

Only 60 readers will get to participate in this exclusive event, so reserve your spot today at http://meetmarket1118.eventbrite.com.

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November 5, 2009

Coupons in Advance: Over $850 in coupons for Sunday November 8th

Be on the look out for over $850 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel. It's that time of year again....the holiday promotions have started!

The Walgreens insert has a $5 off $25 coupon in it, so that'll cover the cost of 4 papers right there. Walgreens doesn't track those coupon uses, so if you get 4 papers, you can use all four $5 coupons, good until November 14th. The Walgreens sale next week: Zephyrhills water $3.49; BOGO Club, CheezIt crackers, Keebler cookies; BOGO Scotch tape; Progresso soup 4/$5, and more, this $5 coupon is 'the bomb'!!

Remember, Donna counts all the coupons in the paper to come up with the $850, I only list what's in the grocery inserts. There is a Target ad book with toy coupons, these will not be on my list. Click here to see what's in your Smart Source and Red Plum inserts.

--Super Saver Kathy

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Win a $100 giftcard from Barnes & Noble!

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Enter the Barnes & Noble Inspiration Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 gift card from the store.

There's a winner every day through Dec. 16. Enter the sweepstakes here. What books are you reading? And what's next on your list?

I just finished reading Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut. Wonderful story about the demise of the world as we know it and the evolution of humans into far simpler creatures...1,000,000 years from now. Thumbs up!

Happy reading.. and shopping!

--Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes

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Walmart sale: Xbox Arcade $99 11/7 only

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Black Friday is coming early at Walmart. My co-workers are buzzing with excitement about being in line at the crack of dawn on Saturday to take advantage of sale prices.

You can get an Xbox Arcade for $199 with a $100 eGift card, a 42" 1080 Sharp LCD television for $498, an HP laptop for $298, etc.

Thanks to Deal Seeking Mom for the heads up. Click here to read more.

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November 4, 2009

Get $5 off $20 at CVS with Extra Care card

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Get $5 off $20 at CVS with this printable coupon if you are an Extra Care card holder. Isn't everybody? If not, just ask for an Extra Care card at check out. It's free, and entitles you to bigger savings.

Click here for coupon. You must peel off the 'stickies' to get to it. Thanks Money Saving Mom for the heads up. (BTW, she had at least a dozen 'thank yous' in her comments. Bloggers like to hear you're out there!!!)

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UGG boots on sale 50% + 20% off

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A great sale on UGG boots, perfect for that winter ski excursion. Can you just see these with a pair of jeans and a sheerling jacket? Sitting in front of the fire at Little Nells in Aspen? (A gal can dream...can't she?)

Regularly $349, UGG Tess from the Nolita Collection, now 50% off and with promo code FALL20, another 20%...making them less than $150. A knee issue ended my skiing days long ago, but I love the snow and the mountains and am happy to hang out apres ski. Click here for shoesteal.com.

P.S. I know pointy boots are sexy and stylish, but I've lived long enough to know that trendy clothes don't last, and a few more wearings might be all we Floridians will get out of those gorgeous hyper-pointy Manolo boots. I prefer this toe, a better chance of getting my money's worth.


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Old Navy Item of the week: $7 shirts

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I just stumbled upon a great find today. Old Navy's item of the week: $7 three-quarter-sleeved shirts in the most comfortably baby soft cotton and in eye-catching colors. Other shirts, most of them striped, also go for $7. They're perfect for our mild "winters."

It's fall, but I couldn't resist the springtime coral, lime and lavender tones. The sale ends Friday, Nov. 6. So, don't miss out on the great bargains. If you plan on ordering any of the shirts online, be mindful that although the style is meant to be loose and flowy, the shirts do run big. You may want to go one size down from what you normally wear.

Also, keep in mind that Old Navy stores are giving you 10 percent off your purchase if you purchase a $5 winter hat for the needy. If your purchase is more than $50, it's awash! Otherwise, it's still for a good cause.

Happy shopping!

Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes

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Last minute Publix deals - Cheez its, Breyers, Glass Plus

I've been known to do my last minute coupon run at 10:30 in Publix on Wednesday nights...knowing the new sale will start on Thursdays. It's Wednesday, so if you haven't done a Publix run this week, there are a few deals you should take advantage of.

Breyers ice cream is BOGO with (2) .75 coupons from the 10/18 Red Plum, makes the $5.13 ice cream cost only $1.82. Glass Plus, also BOGO with coupons from 8/23 Smart Source becomes .75. And of course, the Cheez-it deal, with the $1.50 off 2 from the 10/4 Red Plum, makes the $4.10 crackers cost $1.30.

Time to stock up!!!

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November 3, 2009

Military men and women get special Steinmart discount

Steinmart wants to thank military men and women with a store discount on Veteran's Day.

Those who are serving or have served our country will enjoy 10 percent off their entire purchase with a valid military ID during Steinmart's Military Appreciation event, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 10 and 11.

For those of you who are not in the military, but also want to save, here are some store coupons for up to 25 percent off select merchandise.

Happy shopping!

- Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes


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Printable coupon: 30% off at Borders 11/3-11/4/09 only

Sometimes I feel like a broken record, Borders is being so generous with their coupons. At some point one of you is going to say "Enough with the Borders coupons!"

If they send them, I'm going to share. I hope some of you use them, and spend lots of money to keep my favorite bookstore afloat. I want them to still be there when I finally have time to go!!!

Here's a coupon for 30% off the list price of one item, for Rewards members. Membership is free. Click here to print.

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Printable coupon for 20% off at Coach Factory Stores

The Coach folks are sharing another coupon with us. We love those coupons!!

The last time I had one of these I got my daughter a 'birthday purse.' I don't usually spend so much, but you may remember, her beloved Coach purse was stolen at the beach a few months ago. I bought a similar $450 Coach purse at the outlet price, and on sale, so with the additional 20% coupon savings the purse was $160. Split with Grandma, it was painful, but I could swing it. And the look on her face was priceless, worth every penny!!

Click here for coupon. (The link is down at the moment...keep checking back.)

--Super Saver Kathy

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Coupon Chaos: Enter your best savings tips to win coupons

coupons1.JPGIt's Coupon Chaos time again...enter your best savings tips to win free coupons from the Sun Sentinel.

I'll get back to you on the winner this week....just wanted to get this up, look for updates later.

Where are you saving this week?


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Holiday decor 50% off at Kohl's online

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It's not even Black Friday yet, and this holiday season is promising to be the discount deal of the decade.

Here's one example: Kohl's already has its holiday decor and Christmas decorations 50% off on Kohls.com only, with 99-cent per item shipping. Find candles, pre-lit trees, holiday door decorations and much more for half off plus another 15% discount through Nov. 5. Enter code "Holiday Home" in the online checkout.

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I'm partial to snowman since we can't have them in reality in South Florida. Here's a snowman pillar candle for $9.99 and a snowman door ringer for only $7.99. Cute, huh? I can hear that jing-jing-jingle right now! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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November 2, 2009

Sun Sentinel News in Education Handbag Sale Event - November 7th

handbag.jpgDon't miss the Sun Sentinel NIE handbag sale this Saturday, November 7th, where over 1,000 handbags will be sold to benefit charity. The event will benefit News in Education and Women in Distress.

The busy gals in NIE (News in Education) have been collecting new and used handbags for months. We've seen a parade of beautiful bags going up and down the aisles at the Deerfield offices.

The event will be held at Westfield Broward, formerly known as the Broward Mall, at Broward Blvd and University Drive. Look for them in the Center Court from 10am to 3pm, but get there early because the good ones will go fast. Now's your chance to get that brand name bag at a fraction of its retail price. The prices are going to be great.

For more information (954) 425-1354
email: gferguson@sunsentinel.com

--Super Saver Kathy

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Black Friday deals are heating up

The web is already abuzz with Black Friday deal news. Here are several sites to get your shopping lists started:

http://www.theblackfriday.com/
http://www.black-friday.net/
http://www.blackfriday.fm/
http://bfads.net/
http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/
http://www.2009blackfridayads.com/

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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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