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April 30, 2010

Mother's Day coupons to The Limited, Macy's, JC Penney and Stein Mart


Ready for some retail therapy? If you're shopping for Mother's Day on May 9th, these coupons will help subsidize that much-deserved Mother's Day gift to yourself!

For you: The Limited is showing adorable strapless and off-the-shoulder rompers, right, and shorts for spring and summer. Click here to get 25 percent off or enter coupon code 300 at checkout. The coupon is good through Sunday, May 2 in stores and online.

For Mom: Get 25 percent off at Macy's through Monday, May 3. Click here for the coupon.

Definitely for Mom: Here's multiple coupons to JCPenney's, good though Saturday, May 1.

It's a toss-up: Here's two 20 percent off coupons to one of my fave stores, Stein Mart, good through May 9.

-- Doreen Christensen

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April 29, 2010

Coupons in Advance: Preview coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel 5/2/2010

coupons1.JPGYou will be pleasantly surprised this weekend, with a Smart Source, a Red Plum and a P&GbrandSAVER in Sunday's Sun Sentinel.

I feel 10 pounds coming long has it been since there was a $1 Starbucks Frappucino coupon? Other than the few printables, we haven't had one of those in awhile. Remember when Walgreens had them for $1.25, so with the coupon you got the regularly $1.99 yummy drink for a quarter? Let's hope for another sale like that one.

Lots of Pet food coupons this week too. Oh, listen to this one, $1 off Nestle Drumstick Lil Drums! Are the kids going to love those? Adults too, I'll bet.

I know I told you last week I visited my brother and his wife who are remodeling a house in Chattanooga, what a nice town. Anyway, I bring that up because they are doing an organic rendition of the South Beach diet, and replaced all their butter with Olivio. (Brother Bob has lost 30 pounds on this diet, way to go!) Maybe I'll send them some of this week's .55 off Olivio coupons as a thank you for their hospitality.

Look for sales on Garnier Fructis in the coming weeks and be sure to post what you find, there are generous $1+ coupons for a variety of their hair products.

Red Plum has a $7 off Honeybaked bone-in Half Ham just in time for Mother's Day. Or if you want to really spoil Mom, use the other coupon for a $39.99 Boneless Ham dinner for 6 coupon so she doesn't have to fuss in the kitchen on her special day.

This is a good week for coupons, I recommend figuring out a way to get at least two sets of inserts to take advantage of those BOGO deals. Buy two papers, rummage the recyclers, hit up the neighbors, but get two. Click here to preview the list.

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Garden fun with Mom


Dads, are you looking for a unique gift for Mom who has young children? Check out these organic gardening kits, children's garden tools and accessories at Imagine Childhood.

The garden tools are only $5.99; thrown in an organic gardening kit for $3.71 each, and you should have plenty left offer to buy the mother of your children something for her -- think jewelry or certificate for services at her favorite spa.

Remember, Father's Day is only a little over a month after Mother's Day, so don't blow it! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Cheap books, movies and music at Nova Library starting Thursday

A used book sale is like crack to my husband Dan. Luckily, he can get his fix starting Thursday at the Nova Southeastern University Library's 13th Semi-Annual Used Book Sale.
The three-day sale will offer used hardback and paperback fiction and nonfiction, CDs and DVDs and even textbooks. Hours are 1-6 p.m, Thursday, April 29; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 30 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Atrium on the first floor at Nova's Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie; 954-262-5477. Also, you can donate stuff to the library (spring cleaning!). Just bring the goods to the Collection Development Department at the library or drop them off at the Circulation Department on the first floor.
- Doreen Christensen

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April 28, 2010

Coupon: $25 off $100 at Bloomingdale's just in time for Mothers Day

Just in time for Mothers Day, here's a coupon for $25 off $100 at Bloomingdale's. I'm almost afraid to share this one, there are sooooo many exclusions in the fine there anything left?

If you have your eye on something and can't wait for it to go on sale, then this will come in handy. Click here to print coupon, good April 28th to May 9th. There are Bloomingdale's stores at the Aventura Mall and the Boca Town Center.

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Free photo cards for military families

Office%20Depot%20photo%20cards.gifIn recognition of the mothers and fathers serving in the armed forces, Office Depot is providing military families with free photo cards to send to their loved ones this Mother's and Father's Day.

Through June 20, military families will be able to bring in a photo to any nationwide Office Depot Copy & Print Depot, select from one of five patriotic card designs, upload a greeting, and the custom card will be printed in minutes - free of charge.

Cards are nice to receive when you're a Mom or a Dad, but cards with your children's smiling faces can really make someone far away feel at home. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Baskin-Robbins 31-cent scoop night

Tonight is 31-cent scoop night at Baskin-Robbins from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. From

"Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® and help us honor America's firefighters. The Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation™ (NFFF).

Participating stores will reduce prices of ice cream
scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have
an opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities."


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H&M is (finally) coming to South Florida

The Palm Beach Post Malled blog reports that discount fashion retailer H&M is finally opening a South Florida Location! The new store will be in The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Malled! reports:

"The Gardens Mall location will be a two-story flagship store, meaning that when designers team with H&M for specials lines, this store will carry them. In the past, designers Jimmy Choo, Sonya Rykiel and others have created lines specifically to be sold in H&M stores.

The store is slated to open around Thanksgiving, and will be near the Brookstone in the mall."

Find out more about the new store over at Malled!

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Get $25 gift certificates for $2 at

Step right up for your cheap eats! is offering 80 percent off restaurant gift certificates. Through April 30, the site is selling $25 gift certificates for $2 and $10 gift certficates for .80 cents. Normally $25 and $10 certificates are $10 and $2 respectively.

To get the deal, go to and type coupon code MEAL at check out. But hurry, the offer expires on April 30.

Some of the restaurants participating in Fort Lauderdale are Bistro17, 3030 Ocean, America's Backyard and Trina; in Palm Beach there's Jake's Stonecrab and Tempted Thai and Sushi in Boca Raton and Quaterdeck in Boynton Beach. In all, the site has 15,000 participating restaurants.

(To see how a restaurant rates, click here for the Sun Sentinel's gallery of restaurant reviews.)

At, if there are restrictions they are clearly listed. Most require that 18 percent be added to the check for tipping and that is applied to the total bill before the gift certificate is applied. Some also require a minimum purchase.

-- Doreen Christensen

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April 27, 2010

Huggies diaper deal at Target this week

All day everyday I get emails from every couponing website out there. You may call this spam, but I call it savings. Thanks to dealseekingmom for telling us about the following diaper deal at Target.

"Jumbo Packs of Huggies are on sale for $8.99 at Target this week. You'll also get a $5 gift card at checkout when you buy three packages. Combined with the $1.50 coupons in the 4/18 SmartSource, you'll get a great deal on Huggies!"

Sun Sentinel readers, don't waste your time looking for these Huggies coupons on 4/18, we didn't have them, but you can pick them up for a minimal service charge on eBay. Or check your printables stash, there was one for $2 off on recently.

Not the best diaper deal I've seen, certainly, but one I found current this week. Since I have three toddler grandchildren, I am all ears for better deals. Please post in the comments below.

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Summer resort deals in South Florida

Summer is fast approaching, and Florida resorts are offering new specials to lure visitors and locals alike in the warmer months.

Here are some offers just unveiled:

The luxury Breakers resort on Palm Beach offers summer rates starting at $249 a night, plus extras for guests staying weekday nights, including free breakfast, free spa access, free children's camp and free overnight parking. Summer rates also include unlimited fitness classes and free Internet all days.
For details, check

The luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts of Florida are offering an extra night free when guests stay at least three consecutive nights between May 1 and June 30. Stay three nights and get a fourth free at six of the seven Waldorf of Florida properties, including the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton. Stay six nights and get a seventh free at the Edgewater Beach in Naples, the group said.
For details, check

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is offering a summer golf membership at its Hallandale Beach course from May 1 through Oct. 31. Members pay $340 a month and get unlimited play, with cart fees of $25 before 2pm and $15 after. They also get free valet service, discounts at the golf shop and food, plus other perks.
For details on golf membership, call 954-883-4404.

Doreen Hemlock can be reached at or 305-810-5009.

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April 26, 2010

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

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos! I've been on vacation, so I need your shopping advice to get back in the groove.

I was touched by your sentiment in my absence, DP. Thanks for encouraging posts in last week's Coupon Chaos while I was gone.

Where are the good deals this week? Please post in the comments below.

Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;; WildForWags

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Get $25 off a $50 purchase at Chicos


The weather is warming up! Stock up on breezy summer looks at Chicos and save $25 off a $50 purchase. Enter coupon code 6845 at checkout. The offer expires on May 16 and is good on all purchases, even sale items.
The catalog is showing hot summer trends in turquoise and white, with styles in cascading hemlines and cool, romantic Bohemian peasant blouses and tunics.

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April 22, 2010

Enter contests for free travel!

Looking to save money on travel this year? Try entering contests for free trips.

A series of destinations worldwide, including Copenhagen in Demark to San Antonio in Texas, are offering free trips as a way to entice guests in today’s tight economic times. The contests provide their tourism agencies a chance to develop databases of emails and other information from the potential visitors.

For travelers interested in Denmark, tourism group Visit Denmark and the BoConcept store are offering a free trip for two to Copenhagen. The visit includes roundtrip economy airfare for two on SAS Scandinavian Airlines; three nights at the Clarion Collection Hotel Twenty-Seven; and Copenhagen City Passes for admission to Tivoli Gardens and other popular sites and attractions. Travel is subject to availability and must be completed by May 31 next year.

To enter the Copenhagen contest, check out Entry forms must be received by May 31.

The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering three chances to win trips to that Texan city, either with a three-night stay at the Emily Morgan Hotel near the legendary Alamo, at the Westin La Cantera Resort in Hill Country or at the Hotel Contessa by the River Walk. All trips include some meals, entry to attractions and other perks and must be completed this year.

To enter the San Antonio contest, check Enter by May 31.

Reach Doreen Hemlock at or 305-810-5009.

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Free DSW beach towel and tote with $24.95 purchase

Hey, you were going to buy shoes anyway. You may even have a DSW rewards certificate for $10 off -- become a member and get rewards points each time you make a purchase.

Now DSW has a summer treat: A free DSW beach towel and tote with any $24.95 purchase in store or online. Find the item 203390 online and put BEACH1 code in the checkout at

Just in time for South Florida's warmer temperatures. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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April 21, 2010

Five ways to go green for Earth Day (and everyday)


Today is Earth Day’s 40th anniversary and we offer a few fun and easy ways to go green, from energy- and money-saving tips from Florida Power and Light to local Earth Day celebrations to buying and making eco-friendly cleaning and beauty products. Save the planet (and money) man!

Home: Energy costs take a huge bite out of our budgets and our super-consumption harms the planet. Florida Power & Light offers these ideas and links for rebates and incentives to upgrade to more energy efficient appliances with home insulation; leaky air ducts; air conditioner; and major appliances (*Florida program only available through Sunday, April 25th).

Celebrations: There are family-friendly eco-events in Broward and Palm Beach counties on Saturday and Sunday.

Release ladybugs, see live marine animal shows and take a guided boardwalk tour at Earth Day 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Daggerwing Nature Center in the South County Regional Park, 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton; 561-629-8760. Click here for more info.

Learn how to live more green and meet the recycling robot as the Broward County Waste and Recycling Division throws and Earth Day Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane. 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation

Free trees: Coconut Creek residents can get a free tree and two plants per household on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Government Center, 4800 W. Copans Road, Coconut Creek; 954-973-6756. Choose from seven different tree species. Click here for more info.

Chemical-free cleaning: Eco-Me Kits are a great holistic way to take care of your family, pets, home and body without the nasty chemicals. The kits contain everything you need to make your own cleaning products with common household items like baking soda, vinegar and essential oils. There are five starter kits: Eco –Me Body, Eco-Me Baby, Eco-Me Home, Eco-Me Dog and Eco-Me Cat. The kits range in price from $16.99-$36 at

Beauty: Cargo’s PlantLove line will really grow on you. This brand is serious about its Earth-friendly mission. The organic Natural Origin Collection includes lipsticks, foundations, eye shadows, blushers and bronzers, and they're all free of parabens, phthalates, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes and fragrances. PlantLove’s colorful, groovy bio-plastic containers made are from corn so it won't take 100 years for these to return to Mother Earth once you toss them in the trash. The awesome Botanical Lipstick comes in 20 shades and the box is infused with wildflower seeds. Just wet it, plant it and watch 'em grow. Now that's truly green. Get 'em at at through May 9 and get 20 percent off on all beauty purchases.

Books: “Just Green It: The Ultimate Consumer Shopping Guide” by healthy-home experts Lisa and Ron Beres is the black book on being green. The guide offers tips and advice on making eco-friendly choices and compares brand-name products side-by-side to help you make good environmentally-friendly purchases on everything from mattresses to baby food. Get it here.

Online resources: Visit the EcoMall. According to its website, EcoMall provides educational articles, a comprehensive list of environmental companies, products and services. The site offers listings of hundreds of sites on the Internet with green products. Find everything you could possibly need from A-Z.

When we recycle and reuse, we all win. As the Native American proverb goes: "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

Share you're favorite green tip with us. Best one gets an Eco-Me Body Kit!

-- Doreen Christensen


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blissmobile rolls into Fort Lauderdale with free product samples


Here’s a special offer especially for Sun Sentinel Shop-O-Matic readers!

The blissmobile is making a special appearance on Thursday afternoon at the Sun Sentinel’s downtown Fort Lauderdale office building to give out free deluxe samples of soapy sap and bliss facial toner along with 20 percent discounts on waxing treatments at bliss spas in Fort Lauderdale in the W Hotel (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, 877-862-5477) and in South Beach (2201 Collins Ave, 877-862-5477).

The blissmobile is a groovy looking vintage 1966 Volkswagen bus that has been making the rounds all over Miami this week celebrating the opening of the new bliss spa in South Beach (2201 Collins Ave; 877-862-5477). The van has adorable eyelash-adorned headlights and witty sayings emblazoned on its sides proclaiming “honk if you need exfoliation” and “give pores a chance.” If you're not familiar with this fun brand (or the spas), it has a witty sense of humor but the products are serious about skincare.

Come check it out and get your free samples at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sun Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The bus and all her admirerers will be in the paper’s south parking lot along the New River on the northwest side of the Third Avenue Bride.
If you like the goods, you can order full-sized products at and get free shipping.

-- Doreen Christensen-


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April 20, 2010

Olay ProX $20 rebate on $50 purchase


Oil of Olay fans: Another rebate is available when you buy $50 worth of Olay Professional ProX facial cleansers and moisterizers. And as you know, it's not hard to spend $50 on pricey ProX products.

Get the rebate here:
Olay Professional ProX rebate

But remember, this is not a coupon. You need to buy the products, fill out the form with the UPS code, and mail it in with the dated receipt.

The rebate is for ProX products purchased by May 14, but you have until May 28 to mail in for the money back. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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April 19, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Post your best strategic shopping savings tips here

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos! This is the place to post any great sales you find this week, share your strategic shopping tips with fellow 'couponers.'

I'm on vacation, so you are in charge of keeping up with the local deals. Please be sure to share the best ones here, in the comments below.

And there probably won't be a Coupons in Advance this Friday either....but I'll add the list when I get back, because I know we rely on it for reference. I'll be back on Sunday and then on jury duty. As my friend Betsy says "my merry-go-round is on Mach 10." How do I slow it down?

Super Saver Kathy;;;;

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Free exterior paint for Broward, Palm Beach county residents


Seeing as it's Earth Day on Thursday, here's how recycling can pay off: Broward and Palm Beach county residents can get free exterior house paint.

Broward County residents and non-profit organizations can get free high-quality exterior paint through the county’s “Paint it Broward” recycling program. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection program offers residents up to 20 gallons of the re-blended latex paint, which comes in beige, gray, turquoise or terra cotta colors. The paint comes in five-gallon buckets.
This is a great way to save some serious dollars since five-gallon buckets of paint can cost $90 each at the local home improvement store.

Collected through the paint recycling program, Broward County offers the free paint to 26 municipalities whose public works departments in turn distribute paint to residents. Cities offering the paint include Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Coral Springs, Oakland Park, Plantation, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Pompano and Deerfield Beach.
Click here for a list of participating cities and phone number to get the paint.

Broward County recycles and distributes an average of 70,000 gallons of latex paint per year to residents, according to the county’s website.

Broward residents can drop off unwanted paint and other hazardous chemicals and goods at two permanent Hazardous Waste Disposal drop-off locations: 2780 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach and at 5601 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd, West Park.

Palm Beach County also offers free paint to residents in need through its Solid Waste Authority Recycled Paint Donation Program. Offered in 10 colors (click here to see color swatches) such as beige, off-white, brown, blue and yellow, the Palm Beach County goes a step further and also offers volunteer painters in a program called Paint Your Heart Out. Residents must fill out an application for the paint. The SWA office then calculates the amount needed based on square footage. It typically offers 10 gallons of paint for walls and two gallons for trim for a 1,000-square-foot home, said Joanna Aiken, community services coordinator for the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority. For information on the program, call 561-697-2700, ext. 4701; or click here.

Also, Palm Beach residents can drop off hazardous waste and paint Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon at the South County Transfer Station,1901 SW 4th Ave., Delray Beach and at the Central County Transfer Station, 1810 Lantana Road, Lantana and at the West Palm Beach Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 6161 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach. Click here for locations and times.

Isn't it easy being green when you save some green?

-- Doreen Christensen

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Coupon: $10 off $30 at Bath & Body Works

If you plan on shopping at Bath & Body Works, then print this coupon for a nice savings. Click here for at $10 off $30 coupon good until May 9th.

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April 16, 2010

Visit the Nivea Happiness Tent and get free stuff

The Nivea AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour kicks off on Fort Lauderdale beach Saturday and Sunday. Nivea is sponsoring a "Happiness Tent" all weekend long in the sponsor village on the sand. Stop by the tent and cool off with free smoothies, chair massages and products samples of Nivea's new orange-scented Happy Sensation Body Lotion, Touch of Happiness Body Wash and, for the guys, Men Active 3 Body Wash.

The tent is on the sand on Fort Lauderdale's north beach at 1140 Seabreeze Blvd.

To buy tickets to see the volleyball matches, click here.

To check out my interview with two-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor and her volleyball partner Nicole Branagh, click on the video link below.
-- Doreen Christensen


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April 15, 2010

Coupons in Advance: Preview the Sun Sentinel's Sunday coupons for 4/18/10

coupons1.JPGLook for a Smart Source and a Red Plum in Sunday's Sun Sentinel, chock full of generous coupons for our saving pleasure.

I'm going on vacation, might not be able to access the blog much, so I'm counting on you, readers, to find the good deals and post them in the comments. We have some high value coupons active out there, so find the BOGOs and double up for big savings!

Re: My vacation! First it's a weekend girls trip to St Augustine, some college friends I have reconnected and meet a couple times a year. I am so looking forward to a long weekend at my friend Karen's beach house.

Then, a very special week with family celebrating my mother's VERY big birthday. She would kill me if I posted how big...hard to believe she still hides her age after a certain number, but she doesn't announce I won't either.
Maybe when she reaches 100 she'll let me tell.

I'll be back the week of the 26th, so no Coupons in Advance next week. Believe me, I'd do it if I could get to the coupons. Have a good week!

Click here for the April 18th coupon list. Don't forget to post your deals...I'm counting on you!

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Save big at huge kids' consignment sale in Coral Springs

990102680_012_0001.jpgAttention thrifty-minded moms!

Get ready to score some serious bargains on cribs, nursery gear, baby equipment, clothes, books, toys, and more at a massive consignment sale being held Coral Springs on Friday and Saturday.

The sale, put on by the traveling children’s and maternity consignment franchise called Just Between Friends, allows you to sell your stuff or shop for stuff and save. Or both! It’s too late to sell items at this event (darn!), but the organization will be back in the fall if you’re interested in selling your goods. You can learn more about the concept and shop till you drop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Coral Springs Gymnasium at 2501 Coral Springs Drive.

Here’s how JBF events generally work: If you want to sell your stuff, bring new or gently-used kids and/or maternity wear to the selling venue set up by JBF. You set your own prices, tag your wares, drop them off at the sale site and Just Between Friends does the rest. You earn money (just like at a regular consigment store) on unwanted stuff you had lying around the house and/or you can shop for things you need for your family at super cheap prices. It’s a fantastic idea that helps families make and save bucks in these tough times.

Here’s a link to the sale.

Has anyone out there ever heard of Just Between Friends sales? We'd love to hear what you thought (and bought)!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Foursquare Day: Check-in for savings

If it’s April 16, or rather 4/16 - It’s FourSquare Day, or rather 4sqday.

Bring your phone to this gig. Actually, it’s essential you bring it – it’s your invitation to participate in Foursquare Day, the next big social media party.

Local businesses, mostly eateries and bars, will cash in on the next personal global positioning trend , 4sqday, or Four Square Day.

initiated by a cell phone application of the same name, it allows people to communicate through texts mapping, on where to meet or dine –at a store, a mall, restaurant or a bar – with an event tie-in or just to hang with friends. And like a moving target – the group can move en-mass or simply co-mingle and move about to other venues. People who visit venues repeatedly and more than others in t heir group get designated as “mayors”

However you write it, it spells a trend in face-to-face gatherings. Last year’s Foursquare drew fewer than a million participants. But with people using Twitter and Facebook to detail their every move and activity, 4sqday is expected to grow in venue and consumer participation.

It’s kind of like good-old-fashioned bar-hopping. Except now, the businesses aren’t just passively standing by. They can actively promote their products and services though the same application consumers are using to gather. They can broadcast their 2-4-1 drink deals, freebies or discounts.

Read this article about how Nathan Bonilla-Warford, a Tampa optometrist who is geeky over numbers, came up with the idea of designating 4/16 as 4sqday.

Check out real-time activity and local participating businesses by searching @4sqday #4sqday #4sqdaymiami or #4sqdaysfl on

-- Follow Cindy Kent on @mindingyourbiz

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April 14, 2010

Money maker Biore deal at Walgreens

biore-300x300.jpgThanks to Wild for Wags for the heads up on the Biore money maker (with rolling Register Rewards) at Walgreens this week. Click here to read all about it.

For those of you new to Register Rewards at Walgreens, they are like cash to spend at Walgreens. Normally, you can spend it on most anything in the store, but if you use it toward more of the same product, you won't get another Register Reward. So when we say rolling Reward, it means you can turn around and buy more Biore with it, and still get another RR.

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Jet Blue Spring Sale: Fares as low as $29 from FLL

Jet Blue is holding a spring sale with fares as low as $29 from Fort Lauderdale. Book through April 21 for travel between April 22 and June 16.

From Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

* $29* to Nassau, BS (NAS)
* $59* to Santo Domingo, DR (SDQ)
* $68* to Washington, DC (IAD)
* $69* to Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)
* $79* to Richmond, VA (RIC)
* $84* to Newark, NJ (EWR)
* $89* to Buffalo, NY (BUF)
* $79/$89* to White Plains, NY (HPN)
* $119/$139* to Long Beach, CA (LGB)
* $119/$139* to San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Check for more flights and details.


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Last day for 25% Gap online sale

Gap%20shirt.jpgToday is the last day to get 25% off online on sale items at

This can be a good opportunity to stock up on everyday T-shirts and other casual wear to freshen your wardrobe this spring and summer.

This classic stretchy T is available for only $7.50 in navy with the 25% discount (code is GAPSALE25 at checkout). But add on the $7 in shipping and you've paid double for it. So you either need to order enough to make the shipping worth it or, if you have a Gap, Old Navy, or Banana Republic card, you get shipping free.

Good sale to stock up for the guys in your life as well, especially those teens who insist on wearing the same old sloppy T-shirts.-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Save $10 off $50 purchase at's Prom Shop

Searching for that perfect dress for prom?
Check out’s Prom Shop Sale. Through May 6, the site is offering $10 off when you spend $50 on hot looks by designers like XOXO, Teeze Me, Jessica Simpson, Rampage and others.
Many dresses ship for free, too. You get the 10 bucks off at checkout.
Click here for to go to the Amazon Prom Shop.

Also, check out Sun Sentinel fashion guru Rod Hagwood’s prom primer on the top 10 trends inspired by Hollywood’s red carpets. Click here to read Rod's piece.
In the meantime, just for laughs and giggles, click here to see what NOT to wear! A few are risque, so be warned!
-- Doreen Christensen

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April 13, 2010

$1 coupon for Scotch Brite sponges: Tell us where they are free!

Thanks to Money Saving Mom for the heads up on the Scotch Brite $1 off coupon. It's a PDF so you can print multiples, we love those kind of coupons, don't we?

If you are new to couponing, when you get deal like this, you buy enough sponges to last you until the next good deal. This is a good time to stock up, so you don't wind up paying straight retail for a new sponge after the kids wash the car with your pot scrubber.

Click here to print, on the Money Saving Mom post.

Single sponges are often less than a dollar at stores. Let us know where you find freebies, please!

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Coupon Chaos: Enter your best savings tips here

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos! Like saving with sales and coupons? So do we! Share your best savings tips here.

What are your favorite coupon sites? Where are you saving this week?;;;;

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Starbucks will fill your mug for free on April 15

starbucks2.jpgIf you're short of sleep from scrambling to finish your tax return or if you just need a daily caffeine buzz, Starbucks has you covered. Just bring in a reusable mug, and your neighborhood barista will fill it up for free.

The giveaway is part of Starbucks' Big Picture project, which encourages customers to use reusable mugs rather than paper cups. Find out more about saving trees, and pledge to switch to reusable mugs at


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April 12, 2010

Rebates are a just click away

ebates.jpgIf you make a lot of online purchases, you should check out the cash-back online website

The free service rebates a percentage of your purchases at more than 1,200 online stores and collects your savings into an account and then sends you a "Big Fat Check" in the mail. It's super convenient and easy. After using the site for several purchases, I got a check for $52.75 for buying things I was going to buy anyway.

Here's how it works: Register with an e-mail address, browse the 1,200 online retailers (like iTunes, Orbits, Sears, Barnes & Noble, Target, QVC). When you make a purchase, a percentage of it is posted into your EBates account after you pay for the item. After the money collects, you decided when to request a check. The site also offers deals of the day and coupons and sometimes can be combined with the rebate offered.

I recently was interested in buying an 80-hour iPhone battery for $79.95 from First, I logged into EBates, clicked on Brookstone, made the buy and received 6 percent cash back on the purchase. $4.79 was deposited into my account. Plus shipping was free.

There are more ways to get bucks, too. If you refer friends, gives you and your friends $5. There also are “Featured Coupons.” Today, offers 15 percent of your entire order and 8 percent cash back on your purchase. (As if I needed a reason to buy more shoes!)
-- Doreen Christensen

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April 9, 2010

Swoozie's closeout sale: 10-30% off

I always liked Swoozie's, the upscale stationary and party store in Boca Raton, but I also wondered how it stayed in business.

Mystery solved: the store's closing, according to sale signs in its windows. So far the biggest savings is on Christmas cards and stationery: 50% off. Other items range from 10% off cards to 30 percent off party-themed items -- gotta a family member's birthday coming up?

It's a good place, too, to pick up anything initialed: "M" cards, for moi, for example.

Swoozie's is in the shopping center on Glades Road across from Florida Atlantic University. There's also a Swoozie's at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens.

Get the deals while the goin' is good. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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If you're into online deals, then checking should be definitely be a part of your daily routine.The site is ad-free and offers deals hand-picked and ranked by other bargain hunters like you. Deals are researched and assured to be from reputable retailers, so you can shop with confidence.

Slickdeals' recent redesign makes the experience even better. The front page now highlights the best offers each day on the front page in an expandable format. (The previous iteration required a lot more searching around.) You can still subscribe to the site's RSS feed or check it out throughout the day on the lower right side of our Bargains page.

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Coupons in Advance: Preview coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel 4/11/2010

coupons1.JPGWhew! That was a lot of work and I'm worn out. A big Smart Source and Red Plum this week. Check out what time this posted!

For your saving pleasure, may I present the Sun Sentinel's Sunday coupon list, for April 11th. Click here to see the list.

Michelle and Andrea, you two were awesome these last couple of weeks, posting great tips for our readers. Michelle, the news about Walmart accepting competitors coupons is great. I haven't have time to check it out, Walmart is sooooo far from me, but I'm going to try it soon.

Andrea, you gave us great tips about stockpiling that are worth mentioning periodically, we get newbies here all the time. Thanks. Email your addresses to, you're winners!

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April 6, 2010

Coupon: 40% off one item at Neiman Marcus Last Call

Have your eye on something at Neiman Marcus Last Call but just can't justify the expense? Well, now's your chance! Use this printable coupon to get 40% off one item on April 7th and 8th. Click here for coupon.

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Payless shoes: BOGO plus 20% off your order

We've got a hot deal from Payless Shoes for you today. Selected styles are Buy One Get One half price, and we've got a coupon for 20% off your entire order. Just enter code 31491 at checkout.

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

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos! Tell us where you are saving this week...where are the best deals, with what coupons, etc. We want to know!

Thanks for sharing your favorite coupon sites. I've compiled your suggestions and will continue to add to the list. Just click on the links when you have a spare minute, weed thru the fluff, and share the STOCKPILE ideas here.;;;;

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April 5, 2010

Airfares from West Palm & Miami to Chicago $66 each way

I just got an email from Travelzoo with great fares from Miami to Chicago, available at this posting on many dates in April and May. With taxes and fees, $153 each way. Not sure how long they will last, but have a look.

Click here for available dates Miami to Chicago, here for West Palm to Chicago.

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Free XBox 360 "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2"

Free Xbox 360 -- bet that got your attention.

Here's how to get it: Join It's a cool new way to save bucks on the latest movies, books, music and video games.

This unique website takes your used stuff and matches it with something you want for the price of shipping, a cost of $2.79 (the site provides the shipping label). It's sort of like e-bay without the bidding. Best part: No PayPal!

Here's how it works: First, take "8 seconds to join. Next you add items your "have list" by inputting ISNB and UPC codes on the back of your unwanted books, DVDs, video games and CDs.

Once you create your "have list" (you must list the condition of the item) you can create your "want list" and the site sets up a trade for something specific you'd like to have or it lets you browse a list of thousands of titles you can choose to receive in exchange. Swaptree recommends you put at least 10 items on each list.

I recently offered to trade the popular XBox 360 title "Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2." In return, I was offered "COD 4: Modern Warfare" or "Halo 3: ODST" or a choice of 137,638 other items. After I entered the "COD" game, the site let me know what I entered was valuable: "This is a high value item. To be fair, you will only be offered trades where you are receiving a high value item in return." A new game lists for $59.99.

This is a great way to keep up with the latest titles for pocket change. Plus if you use your Facebook and e-mail address books to tell your friends about SwapTree, the site offers free shipping in return.

Some of the titles offered in books: "Push" by Sapphire and, Harlan Coben's "Caught", DVD films "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "The Blind Side" as well as CDs like Taylor Swift's "Fearless" and Owl City's "Ocean Eyes."

See you around at the virtual swap meet. -- Doreen Christensen


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April 2, 2010

Spring sales at Old Navy


It's spring and the colors of cardigans available at Old Navy are as varied as Easter eggs in a child's basket.

Many lightweight cardigans regularly $26.50 are on sale for $15. Right now, Old Navy's online only spring sale offers up to 40 percent discounts on a variety of clothes. Check it out.

In stores, this week through Sunday, April 4, get $12 linen shirts for women and men and $5 and $6 graphic tees for toddlers and children. Check out more of this week's sales here.


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Coupons in Advance: Preview coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel 4/04/2010

coupons1.JPGHard to believe, when I typed that date, it' April already! And this weather! Is it glorious or what? I'm off today, so this will be short, wow, am I going to get outside!

Sunday's Sun Sentinel will have a P& insert. It's a holiday weekend, we usually don't have coupons on holidays, so this is a treat.

Click here to see lit.

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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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