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May 31, 2010

Malibu Solar Powered Mosquito Blocker for $16

If the skeeters are eating you alive outside, check out the Malibu Solar Powered Mosquito Blocker with two free filters at for $15.98. (Target has this listed for $39.99.) A two-pack of refills costs $9.99.

Just charge the device in the sun and enjoy mosquito-free evenings at home or when camping. The blocker promises to keep bugs away up to 100 feet thanks to the chemical Linalool, an inhibitor developed with the USDA that blocks the mosquito's ability to track human scent. The chemical is supposed to be more effective than DEET. The blocker also acts as a lantern.

Click here.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Borders 40% coupon plus 10% off for military families

I've seen more and more stores offering discounts to the military and their families, and I applaud that idea.

This Memorial Day, Borders is offering 10% off to the military and dependents. Bring your military ID. For the 40% coupon on one item good today only, use code "BYW7772A."

New York & Co also offers discounts for the military on its clothing. If you know of other retailers that give a break to the military, post them here:

Have a great Memorial Day! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Nintendo Wii console for $149.99 (was $199)

8008559_sb.jpg is offering Nintendo Wii gaming consoles for $149.99, a $50 savings.

The console comes with a "Wii Sports" game of tennis, baseball, golf, bowling and boxing, a Wii-mote and a nunchuk.

Click here for the deal. Click "Add to Cart" to see the price. Elect to pick-up at the store and save $9.99 shipping.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 30, 2010

Does anyone else think thrift store shopping is an adventure?

I love the treasure hunt of thrift store shopping, but my friend 'L' says she'd rather pay double than dig through the piles. What do you think? Do you have a favorite thrift store?

On East Sunrise Blvd lately, you'll see a construction site with a banner that says "Coming soon - Out of the Closet Thrift Store." The 7,000 square foot store is scheduled to open near the end of 2010, click here for details.

Then our coupon expert, Andrea, posted that she finds great camp clothes for the kids at thrift stores. Every time I drive by the Wacky Wednesday sign at the Salvation Army, I'm disappointed that I'm on my way to work and can't stop. Clothes are half price on Wednesdays.

Do you have a favorite thrift store? Tell us which ones you like, and where are they? I bought a British name-brand trench coat at Salvation Army once, it was absolutely like new for $10...I had no use for a man's coat, but how could I pass on it? I bought it, immediately took a few photos, posted it on eBay and had the best time watching the auction climb to $125.

What was the best deal you ever got at a thrift store?

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May 29, 2010

Free Martha Stewart Living Summer Grilling Cookbook


Get great recipes for your Monday Memorial Day barbeque with a free download of "Martha Stewart Living Summer Cookbook" from XM radio. I just downloaded it thanks to

Click here for the cookbook.

- Doreen Christensen

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Free Griffin iPad case! Was $49.99. Hurry!


Get this Griffin Elan Passport case for your iPad for free! The black one is $49.99 but click "buy it now" and the cream-colored one is offered for free. Shipping is $5.

Click here.


-- Doreen Christensen

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Buy 3, get 3 free Bath & Body Works collection + free shipping


Here's a deal: Buy three and get three free Bath & Body Works Signature and Classic Collections of shower gels, body lotions and body mists in cool summer fragrances like Deep Aqua and Berry Vanilla. Most items are $10.50 each. Plus there's free shipping.

Delicious fragrances are 50 percent off, selling for $13.25. I adore the Coconut Lime Verbena.

I noticed there were FitFlops on sale for $39.75 (web only). They were $49.99

Click here to shop the sale and type in FREESHIP40 at checkout.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 28, 2010

Kohl's swimsuits 50-55% off


Women and juniors swimsuits are 50 to 55 percent off at Kohl's this Memorial Day weekend.

Kohl'shelps us women out by recommending suits best for body types. They have suits that are "tummy trimmers," "bust enhancers," "hip trimmers" and for a long torso.

These Elle separates in hot pink with a ruffled top are $18.99 each.

This weekend Kohl's also is offering $10 of "Kohl's cash" for every $50 purchase.

So like me, you might want to check out Kohl's swimsuit sale before you hit the pool this weekend. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Memorial Day sale - 25% off at Gap - 30% with Gap credit card

All day May 31, get 25% off all purchases, and 30% if you use a Gap credit card. If you are stocking up for comfortable summer camp clothes, this might be a good day to shop.

My daughter just got a job (YAYYYYY! Hallelujah) so I'm helping her get her three toddlers ready for day care. Last year I fell into a clearance sale at Target where their little knit t-shirts and shorts were all $1-$1.25. I'm looking for another one of those.

Is it too early in the season to find another sale like that? Lets share our camp shopping ideas here.

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May 27, 2010

Polliwalk sandals for toddlers and kids for $7.95 (was $26)

10757-833102-d.jpg has Polliwalks, cute little Croc-type kids sandals, on sale for $7.95. They were $26. These are perfect for a day at the beach or pool and will give kids something to smile about: the "fish lips" change color in the sun!


Choose from several colors of Fish Lips. There are Pink Hippos and Purple Frogs too.

Click here to see the selection.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Coupons in Advance: Only $12 in coupons this Sunday Memorial Day weekend

caftan.jpgAs per usual on holiday weekends, there will not be a big stash of grocery coupons this weekend, but there's a HUGE stash of store sale flyers instead. Have a look at the weekend papers for flyers for some big Memorial Day sales!

Fellow blogger 'Bargain Hunter Marcia' let the cat out of the bag earlier this week that we are doing a fun girls night out to see the new Sex and the City movie. I vividly remember Char's postings on the blog when the first movie came out, all the rage over Carrie's new NYC apartment.

In Sex & The City 2 the girls head off for the Middle East. We're already seeing the influence in the stores, like this caftan from NY & Co. I don't generally shop trends, but this was on sale from $39.99 to $23.97 and there was a $15 off coupon floating around, so I couldn't resist.

You know how I got the coupon? At checkout the salesgirl asked me if I had any coupons...I said "No, do you have any?" What a great cashier..she's my new best friend.

Can we fantasize that we're having our cosmos in Abu Dhabi, instead of at Muvico?

Added Friday night: (after the fact)

Any excuse for girls night out, the Sex and the city movies are a happening!


Randi Marstein and Tammy Brandl were part of a two table party at Muvico Thursday night. About 15 girls and one very brave guy, they came prepared with pink boas. And of course, were drinking the necessary drink for the occasion, Cosmopolitans.


Our group made a special effort to dig out some high heeled shoes: Connie wore vintage from the 1980s, Marcia "Bargain Hunter" found the center beauties on the clearance rack at her favorite store, DSW, and Bobby had fun red pumps.

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May 26, 2010

40 percent off shorts, crops at Lane Bryant + bonus sexy skeleton video!

Stock up for summer with Lane Bryant's Memorial Day sale. Get 40 percent off shorts and crop pants, as well as 50 percent off activewear, 30 percent off swimwear and $15 camis, tanks and tees. Sister company Calique is offering buy-one-get-one-50 percent off on all bras.

Speaking of bras, the plus-size retailer is showing some serious curvy-girl spunk. Lane Bryant made news last month after Fox and ABC refused to run its hilarious "not for chubbies" lingerie ad spoofing Victoria Secret. The ad shows a blonde skeleton wearing a bra and panties sprawled seductively across a bed. Fox eventually ran the ad during a recent airing of "American Idol." ABC never did.

Meanwhile, the company posted the ad on its blog, Inside Curve, saying, "Millions of supporters have expressed their views in a variety of ways and following is a poignant, albeit humorous work, that speaks to the cause of accepting beauty in all sizes. Share your thoughts and ideas for support!"

OK, back to shopping. Don't forget you can opt to pick up the goods at the store for free, or get $7 flat-rate shipping. No bones about it.

-- Doreen Christensen


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1-year domain registrations for $1.17 (was $10.69) at


Attention, entrepreneurs! Get one-year domain registrations from for $1.17. They were $10.69. The sale applies to .com, .org, .net. .mobi, .biz., .ca. Plus, you get a free .info registration as a bonus.

Click here for the deal and type in INDY2010 at checkout.

Speaking of domain registrations, did you see the recent story on the domain auctions? sold for $1.75 million. Read about it here and put on your thinking cap!

-- Doreen Christensen

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40% off Ann Taylor Factory stores Memorial weekend

Take 40 percent off any item at Ann Taylor Factory stores on Memorial Day weekend.

In South Florida, the Ann Taylor Factory stores are at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise and Dolphin Mall in Miami.

Memorial Day weekend no doubt will be a bonanza for deal shoppers. What deals are you seeing out there? Please post them here so everyone can take advantage.
-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Free thong from American Apparel with newsletter signup


The sweat-shop free retailer American Apparel is offering a a free thong when you sign up for its newsletter. Also, you'll get up to 15 percent off your online purchase.

While you're at it, check out this cute little organic cotton number, right, that comes in blue, black, purple and pink for $39.99. There are stores at Boca Town Center and Sawgrass Mills and five Miami locations. Find a store here.

This retailer is know for its racy fashion photograpy and awesome cotton T-shirts. Here's a link to its "2010 Best Bottoms Contest." Bottoms up!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Dick's Sporting Goods coming to Boynton Beach

Agree Realty Corporation announced in April that Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. will lease the former Circuit City space in Boynton Beach, Florida. Agree Realty will expand the store by 11,000 square feet to 44,000 square feet.

"Dick's Sporting Goods is an excellent addition to this asset. We are extremely pleased to add them to our expanding roster of national retailers," said Joey Agree, President and Chief Operating Officer of Agree Realty. "Despite the challenging environment, our asset management team leased our only significant vacancy to the industry leader in sporting goods and apparel."

SOURCE: PRNewswire, Agree Realty Corporation

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Beach bag beauty: Save on 5 must-have sun protection products

Heading outdoors for some Memorial Day fun in the sun? Now's a good time to think about sun protection. This is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, after all. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 1 million cases diagnosed annually, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, according to the foundation. For a wealth of information on sun protection, click here.

Also, up to 90 percent of the aging you see on your face and body are caused by the sun.
With this in mind, here are some cool products to protect you and your family. Most of these cost $25 or less. A face-lift costs about $10,000.

The Sephora Sun Safety Kit provides a great way to try a variety of products to see what you like. Includes 12 trial sizes of sunscreens from famous makers, a pink makeup bag and two UVSunSense bracelets (see below). Plus, 100 percent of net profits go to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Get it for $25 at Sephora stores or

UVSunSense Wristbands help take the guesswork out of when to apply more sunscreen. The band changes color to reflect your level of exposure to the sun. As your sunscreen power starts to fade, the band will change color to let you know it's time to re-apply -- or to get out of the sun altogether. A seven-pack is $6.99 at


Coppertone Sport with Replenishing Antioxidants is sweatproof and won't sting eyes. Comes in SPF 30, 50 and 80. Testers especially liked the Continuous Spray, which made it easy to hit a moving target (read: squirmy kids). Get a $2 off Coppertone coupon here.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Powerful Sun Protection SPF 30 Sunscreen
Packettes are individually wrapped towelettes. They're perfect to toss in your purse or beach bag for protection any time, anywhere. Get 20 packets for $16 at SkinCareRX. Save 20 percent through May 31 with the code SunSmart20 at checkout.

I love, love, love Philosophy's Shelter Broadspectrum SPF 30. This lightweight, nongreasy formula is easy to wear and works equally well for use every day under makeup Best of all, it didn't cause me to break out. A 4-ounce tube is $25 at Be sure to sign up for your free gift with an e-mail address while you're at it.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 25, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Where we share our savings tips with each other

coupons1.JPGIt's time for Coupon Chaos, where we share our best savings ideas with each other. There were some great deals last week, thanks for posting them.

I loved the little banter between DP and Andrea. Don't you just hate when you find a good deal and then someone tells you there was a BETTER deal that you didn't catch? Andrea is the best deal finder. We should all go to the stores with her.

Also there was some coupon trading going on behind the cool. I've encouraged you all to use this site for coupon trades. I have sooo many coupons I don't need, I'm sure we all do, no? Lets get them out there. Does anyone want to have a coupon trade meet up?

Where are you finding great sales? Please post in the comments below.

Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;; WildForWags

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Cargo PlantLove lipsticks for $5 at Sephora (were $20)

Get Earth-friendly Cargo PlantLove Botanical Lipsticks for $5 at They were $20.

I wrote about these for Earth Day. This awesome preservative-free brand comes in 20 shades packaged in biodegradable corn containers. Best of all, the box is infused with wildflower seeds. Just plant it, water it and watch 'em grow. Oh, and pucker up, too.

Here's a link to loads of clearance items selling for under $5. Click here for more sales and free stuff.

Now I've given you several reasons to qualify for free shipping, which you get with orders over $50! Don't forget to choose your three free samples with you order! ;)

-- Doreen Christensen

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Sex & The City 2: What to wear?

Sex%20and%20city.jpgShopping blogger "Coupon Kathy" and I are, of course, going to the premiere of Sex & The City 2. The "Mr. Big" question is "what to wear?"

Well, our sexiest shoes, of course, is a start. Kathy is leaning toward the Moroccan look from the well-publicized movie scene of the girls on the camel. I'm going with my little black dress.

What are you wearing? Where are you going to party? Post it here.

The movie opens Thursday, but the Carrie-style celebrations are mostly on Saturday:

Mi-VI at Gulfstream Park & Casino, 901 S. Federal Highway, in Hollywood is hosting a Sex and The City 2 event on Saturday, May 29. For reservations, call 954-457-6464.

Blue Martini at CityPlace in West Palm Beach is hosting a "New York State of Mind" party at 7 p.m. Saturday, just before the 8:45 p.m. movie at the nearby Muvico. Profits go to Susan G. Komen For The Cure to aid in breast cancer treatment and research. Visit for more information.

Ruth Chris Steakhouse at Mizner Park in Boca Raton is hosting a $65 girls night out in coordination with the movie on Saturday. Call 561-392-6746 for reservations and information.

Moi? I'll be drinking Cosmos with my girlfriends at the movie theater. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Buy an Apple Mac for students, get a free 8 GB iPod Touch


This completes my trifecta of Apple posts today!

Buy your student (any grade level) a new Mac thorugh Apple education pricing and get a $199 8 GB iPod Touch for free. The promotion runs from May 25 through September 7.

If you've been thinking about buying a Mac (for students and educators), this sweetens the deal considerably. Pricing of a MacBook starts at $949.

Click here for the deal.

As I always say, once you go Mac, you never go back!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Apple 13.3-inch MacBook for $799 + free shipping (was $999)

%21BoufGDQBWk~%24%28KGrHqUH-C8EuZlkM5UMBLomIO4iTw~~_35%5B1%5D.jpg has this brand new 13.3 Apple MacBook (model MC207LL/A) for $799 with free shipping from an authorized Apple retailer.That's a $200 savings.

It's described this way: "2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 2GB DDR3 memory; 250GB hard drive; 8x double-layer SuperDrive; Built-in 7-hour battery." Comes with Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard and iLife '09.

It's available in limited quantity. Click here for the deal.

While you're at it, sign up for the $1 Mystery Deal which offers premium items like digital camcorders and iPods for a buck. The deals are revealed daily between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. You have to have an eBay account to sign up. Click here to sign up. Get details on how to win a summer vacation to Montego Bay, Jamaica at the link.

-- Doreen Christensen

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16 GB iPhone 3GS for $97 at Walmart (was $197)


Walmart is selling 16GB 3GS iPhones for $97 with new-line activation or eligible upgrade with 2-year contract. It was $197. The phones are only available for purchase in the store.

This is the latest generation iPhone that has a GPS compass (which is it's most awesome feature in my opinion), shoots and edits video, has a three-megapixel camera and a voice control feature which lets you call contacts by using your voice. Click here to review the smart phone's features.

It's rumored that Apple will release a new iPhone 4G sometime in June. Apple hasn't confirmed the release date. Click here to see a leaked version of the new iPhone at Gizmodo.

Check out this incredible deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 24, 2010

8 ways to save at Macy's: Coupons and codes


Here are eight coupons to Macy's:

$10 off $50
$20 off $100
$30 off $150
$50 off $200
Coupons expire May 25.

Free shipping for $75 women's clothes or accessories.
Use Coupon code Dresses. Expires May 25.

Get an extra 25 percent off lingerie and free shipping with $60 lingerie purchase. Use code Rightfit at checkout. Expires May 31.

Free shipping with any $50 juniors purhase. Use coupon code Hotfree. Expires June 6.

See all the coupons here.

-- Doreen Christensen

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American Tourister 7-piece luggage set for $69.99


Sears has an American Tourister 7-piece luggage set for $69.99 with coupon code. It was $239.99. Just click add to cart and $165 will be deducted from the price. Verify it's $74.99 before you purchase. Enter Sears5off50 coupon code to get the price down to $69.99. Shipping is $13.95.

Click here. The deal expieres today, May 24.

-- Doreen Christensen


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Avatar two-disc Blu-Ray DVD Combo set for $16.99

Amazon has Avatar two-disc Blu-Ray DVD Combo set for $16.99. It was $39.99.

James Cameron's highest-grossing film of all time was nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture. It won for best visual effects. But you knew that.

Click here.

-- Doreen Christensen


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Oil & filter change with free tire rotation for $18.99

If you're hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend, you might want to get the oil changed and tired checked. Here are a few options to save.

Firestone offers a standard oil change & filter and includes a free tire rotation for $18.99. There are Firestone Service Centers in nearly every South Florida city. Click here for locations. Click here for the printable coupon. It's good through June 23.

Jiffy Lube offers a $5 off coupon. Click here.

Sears Automotive Centers offer an oil change for $16.50 but doesn't include the oil filter. Click here.

Pep Boys offers a coupon for 10 percent off merchandise or service. Click here. It expires May 31.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 23, 2010

Free downloads of PandaMania app and Smashing Pumpkins album


Here's a couple of free downloads:

Get the "PandaMania Bow Defense!" app for iPod, iPad or iPhones free. The game was featured in "New and Noteworthy" and "What's Hot" by Apple. It normally costs $1.99. Click here.

On May 25, Smashing Pumpkins offers the first installment of 11 albums with the four-song MP3 download of "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor."
Right now, you can get "Astral Planes," "A Stitch in Time," "Window Wake My Mind" and "Song for a Son." Check back Tuesday for the four new songs.
Click here.

-- Doreen Christensen

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46-inch Sharp Aquos LCD HDTV for $829.99 + free shipping

Best Buy has a Sharp Aquos 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $829.99 with free shipping. You can also opt to for pick-up at the store. has this model listed for $1,114.

The website describes it this way: "Enjoy a true cinematic experience with this HDTV that features 450 cd/m² brightness, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4 ms response time and two 15-watt speakers for brilliant images and amazing sound."

Click here, but better click fast.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 22, 2010

Free ice cream sundae at Walmart on Saturday, May 22

Cool off with a sweet treat at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday while supplies last.

The free ice cream sundae is made with Breyers, Blue Bunny ice cream or new All Natural Frozen Yogurt topped with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Reddi-wip and fresh strawberries.

Click here for more info.

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Get farm-fresh fruit and veggies at South Florida green markets


Visit a local farmer's market this weekend, May 22-23. To find green markets, visit

Fort Lauderdale:

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 1401 SW First Ave. 954-713-6441
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays on Riverwalk at Esplanade Park, along New River; 954-468-1541;
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, 1201 E. Las Olas Blvd.; 954-426-8436

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd. 954-797-2293.

West Palm Beach:
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday along Second Street and Narcissus Avenue; 561-822-1515 or visit

P.S. Publix has sweet Florida corn on sale this week, 8 ears for $2. It was so good I had to go back midweek and buy more for my kids. It was fantastic!

Do you know of a great spot selling farm-fresh goods? Tell us where in the comments!

-- Doreen Christensen


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May 21, 2010

Coupons in Advance: Preview Sunday's coupons now

coupons1.JPGSorry the list is so late, I try to post it at midnight on Thursday, but I had a series of fiascos this week. Long story, won't bore you with it, but the happy ending is that the coupons were hidden under some mail in my kitchen, so since I couldn't find them, I thought I had forgotten them at the office. I don't work Fridays...I'd do almost anything for our readers but drive to Deerfield on my day off.

It was serious deja vu typing out the coupon list this week..lots of old favorites. When you get your new coupons, do they make you think of other deals you got with these same coupons in the past?

The Unilever coupons in the Red Plum this week remind me of a Walgreens sale where you had to buy 8 Ragus to get a really fabulous price with Register Rewards. Remember it? Try finding 8 Ragus in one Walgreens! When I finally did, they were meat flavored. EEEwwww. I have nothing against eating meat, but sitting on a shelf in a jar, no thanks.

And do Starbucks Ice Cream coupons bring back memories? These are generous too folks. $1.50 off Non-coffee flavored Starbucks ice Cream. Wait for a BOGO and use two coupons, that's worth the price of a few Sunday papers alone.

Have a look at the list, click here, and then tell us some of the savings tales you remember. And don't forget to post any current savings you see using these coupons.

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The Yoga Joint - Grand Opening !

yoga-joint-blue-logo.jpgI just came from the grand opening of The Yoga Joint at 6131 N. Federal Highway in Pompano. If you are into yoga, you must check this out. Even if you are not into yoga, maybe it's time to spoil yourself a little.

Sparkling clean and new, with beautiful wood floors and nice amenities, The Yoga Joint has a full schedule of instructors to suit a variety of yoga preferences. Great news for you moms out there, they have child care, with a big child care room chock full of colorful toys to keep your little ones busy while you treat yourself.

Click here for the schedule and membership fees.


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Kick off your shoes and give them to charity on Sunday

The Marriott Harbor Beach Resort is hosting an acoustic performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23, to raise awareness for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit group that provides shoes for those in need.
Marriott Harbor Beach is at 3030 Holiday Dr. in Fort Lauderdale.

Guests who attend are encouraged to kick off their shoes doing the concert and donate them to the shoe charity. The performance is by the Carter Twins, kicking off the country duo’s upcoming trip to the impoverished communities of Haiti.

Cole Haan is hosting an after-party reception at 6:30 p.m at their Galleria Mall Fort Lauderdale location and will be offering a 20% discount off an entire purchase with the donation of a gently worn pair of shoes.

Soles4Souls has donated more than 8.7 million pairs of shoes worldwide, and most recently committed more than 1.3 million pairs to the victims of the Haitian earthquake.

So go get those gently worn shoes out of your closet. Probably something comfortable, not four-inch heels, would be best. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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40 percent off everything at Coldwater Creek + spa deal in Pembroke Pines

Coldwater Creek is having a sitewide 40 percent off sale for 2 days.

Click here and use code WHH5711.

Also get $20 off any 50 or 80 minute service at Coldwater Creek Spa at the Shops of Pembroke Gardens through June 20. Use code SPAMAY20 Here's a list of services and pricing.

-- Doreen Christensen


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May 20, 2010

BOGO Starbucks Frappuccino at Barnes & Noble + 8 other coupons


Barnes & Noble offers nine printable coupons for use at stores through May 24: Get a Starbucks for you and a pal and then browse for these titles for yourself and the kids:

* Buy-one-get-one-free Starbucks Frappuccino
* 30 percent off "Storm Prey" by John Sandford
* 30 percent off "61 Hours" by Lee Child
* 30 percent off "The Promise: President Obama, Year One" by Jonathan Alter
* 30 percent off "Blood Oath: The President's Vampire" by Christopher Farnsworth
* 30 percent off "Supreme Justice" by Phillip Margolin
* Buy one teen bestseller and get the second for 50 percent off
* 30 percent off "Books for Little Grads" like "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
* 20 percent off "Glee" music collections

Click here for the coupons.

-- Doreen Christensen

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$1 flip-flops at Old Navy on Saturday


Old Navy stores are selling all classic flip-flops for a buck each on Saturday, May 22. They usually sell for $3.50 each.

There's a limit of five pairs per customer. Stores are opening early so get yours to be sure you don't step on a pop-top this summer!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Brookstone expandable carry-on suitcase for $59.99 + free shipping


Get ready to roll for that Memorial Day weekend getaway with this Brookstone 21-inch expandable carry-on rolling suitcase for $59.99 with free shipping. It listed at Brookstone for $179.00.

There are limited quantities, so act fast if you're interested.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 19, 2010

Learn to sing like an American Idol for $8.99 + free shipping

204714744.jpg is offering "American Idol Singer's Advantage: The Ultimate Voice Training Program (Male Version)" for $8.99 with free shipping. It was $34. Click here.

This DVD and 7-CD boxed set is like a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for your voice. The package has a patented voice evaluation system that helps identify your vocal problems and fixes them immediately. It promises you'll hear noticeable improvement in your voice after the first lesson, and teaches the five secrets to mastering any song. Works for all styles of music including pop, hip-hop, rock, country, gospel, jazz and opera.

Opera? That'll get Simon going.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Drugstore clinical deodorants: Never let them see you sweat


Ken Kaye over at the Storm Center says it's going to be hot and steamy through Sunday. So now's a good time to talk about sweat, or more accurately, how not to sweat.

Dry out with clinical strength antiperspirants. Costing about $10 at drugstores, these products promise the same wetness protection as prescription-only versions.

Sun Sentinel beauty testers liked Secret Clinical Strength, Dove Clinical Protection, Degree Clinical Protection for Men and Women. (Click here to sign up to get a free Secret Clinical Strength.)

Here's how they work: These antiperspirants have a higher concentration of metallic salts than regular versions. You apply them at night when your body temp is at its lowest, and while you sleep, they plug up those sweaty pores under your arms.

The International Hyperhidrosis Society, at, says many find relief with these products. According to the website: "The key is learning to use them correctly. A recent study found that applying over-the-counter antiperspirants in the morning and evening, or just in the evening, was significantly more effective than applying them in the morning alone." It's also recommended that you apply the products to completely dry skin.

If you find that the drugstore offerings don't do the trick, talk try a prescription-strength antiperspirants, such as Drysol. It contains 20 percent aluminum chloride and costs $21.98 a bottle. It really works.

Remember, the true trick is applying at night before you go to bed. No sweat.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Delicious appetizer plates from CB2

Look at these cute and playful little Oliver Appetizer Plates from CB2, the hipper, sleeker sister of Crate & Barrel. A new store just opened in South Beach at the Lincoln Road Mall.

These tiny glazed white porcelain plates (6.5 by 5 inches) are perfect for serving up summer snacks while having drinks by the pool. There are six to choose from and they're $2.95 each. They go great with the Oliver Martini glasses, which are $4.95 each. The store has other super cool stuff like furniture and home accessories for bed, bath and office.

If you happen to go to the store, you can enter to win a $250 gift card each week now through July 31. Click here for details. The store is located at 1661 Jefferson Ave.; 305-672-5155.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 18, 2010

Portable iPod speakers system for $8.99 + free shipping (was $59)


Take your tunes to the beach for not a lot of bucks with this Sonic Impact iPax iPod Speaker System at It's $8.99 with free shipping. It's made for a second generaion iPod Shuffle but it's compatible with all MP3 players with the included audio cable. It runs on batteries.

Click here.

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Buy one pair shorts, second is $10

shorts.jpgNew York & Company is offering a sweet shorts deal: Buy one for $26.95 to $34.95 and the second is $10.

Of course, your best deal are two of the least expensive shorts. I bought the $26.95 purple striped shorts and got a second pair in a different pattern for $10. The offer is good online at New York & Company or in the store. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Free Victoria Secret limited-edition panty ($10.50 value)


Get this adorable limited-edition panty for free, worth $10.50, from Victoria Secret with any purchase at VS stores starting today until supplies last.

Click here for the printable coupon.


-- Doreen Christensen

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$75 off XBOX 360 Elite Console ($324.99 + free shipping)


Dell knocked off $75 off the XBOX 360 Elite Splinter Cell console, offering it for $324.99 with free shipping.

It's got a massive 250 gig hard drive packaged in a premium black finish.

Click here.


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Coupon Chaos: Share your strategic shopping tips here

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where our readers share their best savings tips to win free coupons!

There have been some high value printable coupons online lately, like the $3 Huggies at I know there will be some great deals using these coupons with a sale or a BOGO. Did you know in most stores you can use two coupons with buy-one-get-one-free items? Our regular readers are experts at this, but if you are new to couponing, this will be exciting news.

Let us know where you are saving this week. Leave your tips in the comments below.

Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;; WildForWags;

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South Florida women create temporary tattoos with lasting impressions


Jodi Greenberg and Michelle Smith want to get something off their chests — and onto yours.

The two South Florida women have invented a sexy new twist in temporary tattoos. Their creation, Ta-Ta-Toos, deliver sexy messages like “Lucky You” and “Happy Anniversary” applied to your, um, cleavage. Apply them on “your ta-tas,” as the website says, then enjoy the fireworks at the big reveal of your oh-so personal greeting.

“They're temporary fun, permanent memories. They have a great element of surprise,” said Smith, 42, of Hollywood. Greenberg, who came up with the idea while laying on the beach, lives in Coconut Grove.

The pair created the flirty little letters to be used for special occasions, such as birthdays and wedding nights. They're made with FDA-approved ingredients, and other messages coming soon include: “Dangerous Curves,” “Guess what? I'm Pregnant,” and “Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

But the best-seller by far is “Lucky You,” Smith said.

Our tester said “Lucky You” stayed put for about a week. The smile on her face lasted a lot longer.

They're $9.99 each at GBS the Beauty Store,; $12.95 at

Special for Sun Sentinel readers: Mention this blog at the GBS The Beauty Store when you buy Ta-Ta-Toos and get a summer bag with a sample of Hollywood Fashion Tape.

For more on temporary body art, like Temptu's Adorn Kits and sparkle and henna tattoos from, visit my Pretty Good Idea beauty gallery. Click here.

-- Doreen Christesen

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May 17, 2010

Custom made bikinis in Pompano Beach


Summer's on the horizon, and who doesn't want to hit the waves with this, well, heat wave... and in fashionable swimwear. Ready to make your beach debut?

I found Pango Pango Swimwear at 1909 East Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach where you can get your bikini custom made. You can choose from a variety of fabrics and top and bottom coverage: tube top, triangle, halter, hipster, thong, Brazilian, boy shorts.

The prices vary per piece. Design your own suit. Check out the shop's website here.

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Organic Valley milk coupons-- they do the wallet good


I recently gave organic milk from Organic Valley a shot and just one sip made me a convert. I typically buy run-of-the mill Publix brand 2 percent milk, but the organic milk really did taste better, creamier.

Give it a try and taste for yourself.

Click here for coupons on a variety of products from Organic Valley.

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Wii Wario Land: Shake It! for $19.99 + free shipping (was $49.99)



Two deals in the gaming department at Target:

First up is "Wario Land: Shake It!" for Nintendo Wii for $19.99 + free shipping. It was $49.99.

Second, get this DreamGear 18-in-1 Starter Kit for Nintendo DSi for $18.99 + free shipping. It was $34.99.
The kit includes charger, wrist strap, headphones, screen protectors, car charger, case, carrying case and two styluses.

-- Doreen Christensen


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$5 off coupon for Supercuts


Save $5 off a haircut at Supercuts.
Click here for the printable coupon.

Click here to find a South Florida salon near you.

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May 16, 2010

Free Lena Horne, Muddy Waters MP3s + 100 albums for $5 each


Looking for a cheap way to boost your music library? Check out's free MP3 music downloads and 100 albums for $5 each.

Get a free downlown of "X5 Free Sampler: Blues and Country Legends" featuring songs from Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters and Woodie Guthrie. There's also an "X5 Free Sampler: Legends of Jazz" with songs by Lena Horne and Peggy Lee.

Some of the 100 albums offered for a Lincoln: "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock," (We love you Bret!) "Pat Benetar's Greatest Hits," Megadeth's "Countdown to Extinction," "The Best of Snoop Dogg" (fo shizzle my dizzle!), CCR's "Live in Europe," and the soundtrack to "Up." LPs by Keith Urban, Nora Jones, Frank Sinatra and Ricky Nelson are in there too.

Click here to browse the albums.

Rock on!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Tiffany-style key necklace in sterling and diamonds for $19 + free shipping


Szul has this Tiffany-style clover key necklace in sterling silver and diamonds for $19 with free shipping.

The clover-key pendant is on an 18-inch chain. The necklace was on sale for $59. The deal expires at 11 p.m.

Click here.

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Free Scarface Last Stand game at the Apple store


Get a free "Scarface Last Stand" game at the Apple App store for iPod, iPhone of iPad. The game is a third-person shooting game themed after the final scene of the 1983 cult classic movie "Scarface" starring Al Pacino.

It's normally $7 and the free download is good today only.

Note: You must be 17 or older to download. The game's pretty bloody, just like the movie. Ratings info: Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence; Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence; Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor; Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes. Pretty much what every male in the 18-34 demographic is after!

Get it here.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 15, 2010

Local sales, things to do around South Florida


Save some dough doing fun things around South Florida this weekend. For more ideas, check out the Bulletin Board that runs daily on Page 2B of the Sun Sentinel.

Saturday, May 15:

Model Steam Train Rides: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $1. Call 954-978-1134. After the train pulls into the station, take a farm tour between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $2. Call 954-491-4605 or click on Tradewinds Park.

Check out Buckler’s 15th Annual Craft Fair and Food Drive, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Americraft Expo, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach; $8, children 12 and under free, click here or call 386-860-0092. Click here for a buy 1-get-1 coupon with a donated canned good.

Get discounts of up to 60 percent off at the Boca Raton Historical Society Gift Shop Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Boca Raton Town Hall, 71 North Federal Highway, click here or call 561-395-6766, ext. 100.

Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, soaps, specialty items, flowers and more at the Delray Beach Green Market, Southeast Fourth Avenue just south of Atlantic Avenue.

Sunday, May 16:

Save a bundle and chow down at the Elks Lodge's Sunday Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon at 700 NE 10th St., Pompano Beach. $5 adults; $2.50 children. Call 954-596-4333

Get free admission at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St. noon to 4 p.m. Call 954-921-3274.

The Rare Fruit and Vegetable Council is having its Spring Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5105 SW 208 Lane, Southwest Ranches. Call 954-252-9216.

Get free admission at International Museum Day at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Click here or call 561-392-2500.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 14, 2010

Coupons in Advance: Preview Sunday's 5/16/10 coupons

coupons1.JPGLook for one Smart Source in Sunday's paper this week, 5/16/10.

The coupon websites are going to tell you there were Huggies coupons, but we don't have diaper coupons this weekend. This granny is disappointed! But they are out there, so this is when you traders get busy or you can pick up a nice supply for a service charge on eBay.

I smiled as I typed this list, remembering some of the great deals we got in the past with some of these great coupons. For example $1 off Marzetti's dressing. Have you tried their ginger flavor? Its a new fave-flave at our house.

Now I ask you...would you clip a 20 cent coupon? I might if I am buying the item anyway, but would it get you to try a new brand?

A generous $1 off Frito-Lay variety pack, I suspect this might bring some deals. And I'm thrilled to see the $1 off Athenos Feta cheese. Can you freeze feta? I feel some Greek salads coming on.

I bought my daughter some Lean Cuisine individual size pizzas last time there was a sale/coupon combo. She said I didn't get her enough, the kids loved them, and they were small enough that there wasn't any waste. Don't let me confuse you, no Lean Cuisine coupons this week, I only thought of that because there is a generous DiGiorno pizza coupon, got to see if they have individual sizes.

Click here to see the list of coupons in advance.

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Madden Girl sandals 2-for-$49 at DSW


Madden Girl sandal designs, the "Whoopie" and "Whisperr," on sale two for $49 at DSW stores or online at DSW.

Free shipping for members for orders over $35. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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May 13, 2010

Donna Karan pantyhose $10


I don't like to wear them, but sometimes you just have to put on pantyhose.

If you've got to do it -- perhaps for a job interview or fancy event -- Donna Karan sheer control top pantyhose are a good way to go.

You can get them for only $10 at Neiman Marcus online: Neiman Marcus

So, stock up. You never know when you might have an important event. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Free entrance to all Florida state parks on Sunday


Visit one of our incredible state parks and get in for free on Sunday, May 16, in honor of National Military Appreciation Month. The Florida park service is offering free day-use at all 160 state parks to recognize and celebrate the men and women who protect our country.

You don't have to be a member of the military to get free admission. It's for everyone.

Frolic in the sand at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne or John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania. Or how about biking or Rollerblading on the 1.9-mile road at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale? Or have a picnic or rent a canoe or go on a hike. Also, at 4 p.m. Sunday, check out Nathan Rich & Friends playing bluegrass music at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach.

Here's a link to all the state parks in South Florida, along with addresses and hours.

Have fun and don't forget the sunscreen!

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 12, 2010

Air Tran offers fares starting at $77

Air Tran is offering fights from Fort Lauderdale starting at $77 each way.
OK, granted that's to Columbus, Ohio. But Fort Lauderdale to New York is $99. It's $85 to Boston. West Palm Beach to New York is $94.

Click here and book by May 13 for travel through Nov. 17.

I'm outta here!

-- Doreen Christensen

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30% off jewelry Thursday only Last Call


Accessorize that spring outfit with a new necklace, bracelet or earrings. Bargain shoppers have a one-day opportunity Thursday, May 13, for a 30-percent discount on jewelry at Neiman Marcus' Last Call.

NM's Last Call is at Sawgrass International Mall in Sunrise and Dolphin Mall in Miami. What are you waiting for?

-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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2010 Entertainment Book for $12 + free shipping


Save a bundle on the South Florida edition of "2010 Entertainment Book" for only $12 with free shipping. It's normally $35.

The savings book is loaded with $16,500 worth of coupons and discounts to restaurants, stores and attractions. There are movie and travel discounts, too. With summer fast approaching, you can save some serious bucks on some fun things to do.

Also, if you're planning on traveling this summer, check and see if there's a book printed for your destination. That's also a great way to save. Click here to see the list.

There are coupon offers for free sandwiches at Arby's, 2-for-1 at Auntie Anne's Pretzels at the mall (love those!), free food from Domino's Pizza and others. Cick here to see the deals offered by participating South Florida merchants. There are coupons for free admission to Butterfly World in Coconut Creek and 2-for-1 admission to Morikami Museum in Delray. Click here for an attractions list.

Click here to get the book. The link is only good for the next 12 hours (or so it says).

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 11, 2010

Courtyard by Marriott, Disney offer summer rates


If you're making summer travel plans, Courtyard by Marriott is offering 15 percent off weekend rates. The sale applies to reservations booked by May 16 for Thursday through Sunday stays from May 20 through Sept. 6. Click here to book a room.

Also, Walt Disney World has a special offer of up to 40 percent off select Disney resorts through Oct. 2. Upcoming events include Star Wars Weekend at Hollywood Studios, May 21 through June 13 and Summer Nightastic! with Disney's awesome Main Street Electrical Parade, the nightly fireworks, from June 6 through Aug. 14.
Click here.

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Deal of the day: Razor scooter for under $22

0084542300264_215X215.jpg has this Razor scooter on sale for $21.54. Also with the site-to-store shipping option, you can order it and then pick it up at your local store.
Click here for the deal.
-- Doreen Christensen

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Welcome to Coupon Chaos: Share your best savings tips to win free coupons

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where our readers share their best savings tips to win free coupons!

I'm still adding to the list of online sites (below) where you go to research your deals, or do you do your own research with the store flliers and your personal stash of coupons?

Let us know where you are saving this week.

Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;; WildForWags;


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Painfully amusing items from Fred & Friends


I've been searching for that perfect gift for my friend who is getting divorced this month. Then I came across painfully amusing items from Fred & Friends and

This stuff is so wacky and warped, it's hard to choose: How about the "I'm Not Your Doormat" doormat? Or the Ouch Voodoo Doll Toothpick Holder? Or the truly disturbing Ex 5-piece Knife Set. Maybe the Dead Fred Pen Holder for when you have to write out that check every month.

I settled on the Ouch Voodoo Toothpick Holder for $14.

Most items are available at

There are other, less twisted items in the line. I especially liked the Brain Freeze and Gin and Titonic Ice Cube Trays.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 10, 2010

30 percent off Calvin Klein Underwear + video!


Calvin Klein Underwear is having a 30 percent off sale. At this site, it's just as much fun to look at the hot models in their skivvies as it is to get the goods at 30 percent off. Click here for the sale and enter promo code UFFMAY through May 17. Get free shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Just for fun, click here to watch the Spring 2010 Calvin Klein X Underwear campaign featuring Kellan Lutz, Mehcad Brooks, Fernando Verdasco,and Hidetoshi Nakata. Then go take a shower to cool off.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Chanel leather bag for $188


Warning: This post could be a danger to your bank account.

I just stumbled on this Chanel black leather bag with chain handles for $188 at This online retailer sells luxury fashion brands like Christian Louboutin pumps for $238 and Gucci dresses for $118. The site offers goods from all the top designers, like Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Prada... the list goes on and on.

You can get free shipping on purchases of $160 or more. Plus, register for an account and get a $20 e-mail coupon.

-- Doreen Christensen

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50 percent off at Chadwicks


Catalog retailer Chadwicks is offering 50 percent off any one item, like this ingenious four-in-one convertible dress. Wear it as a halter dress, a tube dress, as a cross front or skirt. It's machine washable, made from poly/spandex and comes in blue, green and black. It's $24.99 with coupon code CH2ND. The deal's good on clearance, too. The offer expires May 16.

-- Doreen Christensen

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May 9, 2010

Get up to 77 percent off Cole Haan shoes


Talk about a happy Mother's Day! The website is having an incredible sale on shoes by luxury-brand Cole Haan. More than 750 styles for men and women are on sale for 40 percent to 77 percent off. Snap up sandals for summer like these ivory stunners, right. They listed at $195, now on sale for $60.03 with $6.95 shipping. Click here and get your credit card out. Sale ends today.
This mother is happy indeed. :)
-- Doreen Christensen


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May 8, 2010

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer for $200 + free shipping + bonus

41gLtNa5f0L._AA300_.jpg has KitchenAid 5-quart Artisan Stand Mixers in red, white or black on sale for $200 with free shipping. The mixer retails for $349.00. Plus, if you purchases through May 29, you get a bonus shredder/slicer or grinder attachment as a bonus gift by mail.

This is a real steal. I recently purchased a red mixer at Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20 percent off coupon and got it for $249.99 after an exhaustive Internet search for the best deal.

Click here for the deal.
Click here for bonus gift info.

-- Doreen Christensen


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May 7, 2010

Flip-type digital video camcorder for $49.99


Check out this Aluratek Cinecam Digital Video Camcorder and Camera for $49.99 with free shipping from B&H Photo Video. That's a lot cheaper than the Flip.

Here's the features as described from the B&H site:
"The Aluratek Cinecam Digital Video Camcorder - ADVC01F is an economical and easy to use video camera. Designed to capture video or stills for Internet sharing, the Cinecam features a fixed focus lens, an uncomplicated interface, and quick uploading using the built-in USB arm. You can capture VGA 640 x 480 or QVGA 320 x 240 AVI videos and 5Mp photos to the camera's 16MB built-in flash memory or to optional SD/SDHC cards up to 8GB using the expansion slot. When it comes time to play back your videos you can watch them on the 2 inch LCD, on your TV via the included AV cable, or on the Internet, after upload using the USB arm."

Click here for the deal and get ready for your close-up.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free 8 X 10 photo collage for Mother's Day


Make a free 8 X 10 photo collage for Mom from Walgreens.
If you're not a Walgreen's photo customer, you needs to make a quick photo account. Click here to register. If you already have an account, click here. Then start uploading up to 20 photos, give the work of art a title, choose your color scheme and background. You can opt to pick up the collage at your local store.
Get the deal by entering the code GOODTHOUGHTS at checkout. Offer's good through Saturday, May 8.

You also can get 33 percent off other personalized photo gifts for Mom like travel mugs, coffee cups, posters, blankets and calendars. Enter LASTMINUTE at checkout by Saturday.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Coupons in Advance: Preview Sun Sentinel Sunday coupons 5/9/10

coupons1.JPGLook for one Smart Source in Sunday's paper, and a Publix 'Grilling Favorites' insert.

We love when we can stack those Publix coupons with manufacturers coupons for additional savings. And, we especially love those special moments when the stars align perfectly and there's a BOGO (buy one get one free) item with a store coupon AND a manufacturers coupon!

Click here for coupon list.

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May 6, 2010

Buy flowers for Mother's Day and give to NPR


Flowers for Mother's Day are not an inexpensive proposition. But if you're going to give flowers, why not a tax-deductible donation to National Public Radio station WLRN?

For $120, Field of Flowers will deliver a basket of assorted flowers to Mom -- plus you get to write it off!

Go to Mother's Day flowers or call 866-247-9576.

Note that says the flowers will be delivered between 5/7 and 5/9, but doesn't guarantee the exact delivery date. But if you're a risk-taker, you mother will just be happy you remembered. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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65 percent off + free shipping at Coldwater Creek Outlet


Get 40 percent off the lowest marked price + 25 percent off with a coupon code and free shipping at Coldwater Creek outlet. The catalog and mall giant sells high-quality clothes, accessories and home goods. This white tee, right, originally sold for $44.95 and ends up costing $11.91. A gorgeous $59.99 turquoise throw now costs $28.61.
Click here to visit the outlet and enter coupon code WHP2633 for the extra 25 percent and free shipping. As always, make sure the extra discount and free shipping are applied BEFORE you pay.

-- Doreen Christensen


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May 5, 2010

Honeybaked Ham coupons just in time to pamper Mom

2010-mothersday2-hero.jpgDon't forget Mothers Day is Sunday May 9th. If you don't want Mom to spend all day in the kitchen, why not pick up take out from her favorite restaurant. No muss, no fuss.

My mom doesn't like going out when the restaurants are crowded, and I have to work Sunday morning, so I'm not even going to pretend I'm cooking dinner. Its hard to be like Martha Stewart with three toddler boys tearing up the house. My Mothers Day gift to myself will be a Honeybaked Ham take-out dinner.

Click here for a coupon to get the dinner for 6 for $39.99. (These ran in Sunday's paper too, but I'm posting these online just in case you missed them.) There are also coupons for $5 off a Bone-In Half Ham and $3 off a Mini Ham.

Happy Mothers Day all you moms out there! --Super Saver Kathy

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Great last-minute gift ideas for Mother's Day


Here are a few Web deals for Mother's Day, which is Sunday, May 9. Better hurry. Time is running out! I'll be updating this all week, so check back daily.

Give her a lovely sterling silver Tiffany-style bracelet with a personalized heart-charm and toggle clasp for $59.99 from Boca-based Click here.

Set cherished photos to music with this fantastic price on a refurbished 8.4-inch Smartparts Digital Photo Frame & MP3 Player with remote for $29.95. Click here. Comes with a 90-day warranty.

Here's another great deal on a brand-new Kodak EasyShare 7-inch digital picture frame for $59.99 with free shipping. It normally sells for $89.95. Click here and click the "Add to Cart" button to get the price. is offering 70 percent off Mother's Day meals. $25 gift certificates are just $3. I'd be happy with a meal at Pa DeGennaro's in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Remember to read the fine print. Some offers are only good on minimum purchase of two entrees totaling $35 and includes 18 percent tip. Use coupon code MOM at checkout and get a $15 credit toward a $29.99 arrangement at (see next entry for links). Deal expires on May 9.

ProFlowers is offering one dozen assorted roses for $19.99. There's also an option for 20 stems of blue iris, or one for 15 tulips. Vases cost extra (starting at $6.99) and standard shipping for Friday delivery is $4.99. Click here to order. Scroll down to see the different $19.99 options in the first column.

Mom will love this sterling silver and pearl Eternal Love Mother and Child necklace. You'll love it because it's $22.99 with guaranteed delivery by May 8. Click here.

This lovely Tiffany-inspired key pendant is crafted of sterling silver with diamonds for $24.99 with free shipping. Of course, you can always buy her the real deal at It's $250.

Here's a gift idea with with a high-tech twist: Turn weekly phone calls into live video chats using the free service Skype. First, get her this Creative Labs Live! HD Webcam for$34.99 with free shipping. Then download Skype. Of course, if you don't have a Webcam, you'll have to buy one too. This is a great way for Mom to visit with the grandkids too.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free tank top at Lane Bryant (19.50 value)


Print this coupon and bring it in to any Lane Bryant store for any free tank-top up to $19.50. The offer is good through May 10 or until supplies last.

While you're at it, the store also is offering 50 percent off all pants, so you can grab something to go with your cool new top.

The fashionable plus-size retailer has stores in Pembroke Pines, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach, Boynton Beach and West Palm. Here's a list of locations in South Florida.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free songs from Disney on iTunes


Get a free daily song from Disney by becoming a Disney Music fan on Facebook. Each day, Walt Disney Records will offer a free song download through iTunes. The promotion started Monday so you can still get 48 songs for free. Today's song is a track from "Hannah Montana 3. Monday's freebie was Phineas & Ferb's "Squirrels in my Pants." The link expires at the end of each day.

Click here to "like" the 50 Days of Disney Music fan page on Facebook and follow the link when it's posted around 11 a.m. daily.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free $165 Sage Peachtree Pro Accounting 2010


Attention bean counters and penny-pinchers!

Staples is offering a full rebate on $165 "Sage Peachtree Pro Accounting 2010" software package with free shipping, too. Click here for the deal.

You have to buy the $165 software, mail in the form and then Staples sends you a check for the full purchase price. The offer's good until May 8. Click here for rebate info. Mail-in for rebate must be postmarked by June 8.

Don't need a fancy accounting program to know that's a good deal!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Happy Hour at Starbucks: Half price Frappucinos

happyhour-1.jpgStarbucks is having a happy hour! For ten days, May 7th to the 16th, from 3-5pm, Frappucino custom blended drinks will be half price.

Good thing I work until 6pm, even with 2% milk, these could be dangerous!

Super Saver Kathy

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May 4, 2010

40% off one item at Nieman Marcus Last Call

If you shop at Nieman Marcus Last Call on May 5th and 6th, you can get 40% off one item with this coupon. Click here for store locator and here to print coupon.

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15% off Mother's Day gifts at Kilwin's

Kilwins.gifKilwin's store in Pembroke Pines is offering 15% off all its specially made Mother's Day gift baskets, $20 to $48, and caramel apples for $7.25 a piece for all mothers and teachers.

If a customer wants to make up a box for a Mother's Day gift, the store says it would apply the 15% off as well. Good just until this Sunday, May 9. Kilwins is at I-75 and Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines; call 954-441-4977 for more information.

Kilwins reminds us that many women are mothers: sisters, grandmothers, aunts, friends, colleagues and teachers. Oh, and your Mom, too. Son, I'm partial to dark chocolate. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Coupon Chaos: Enter you best shopping tips here to win free coupons

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos! When you are researching your sales online or in the paper, or if you see a great sale while you are out and about, share your findings here in the comments below. Lets make this our local 'go-to' site for savings.

Andrea did a bang up job sharing Publix deals with us last week. She can make her way through hotcouponworld like a pro. And DP tried to keep the banter going while I was on vacation last week. Thanks to you both. You know the drill...send your addresses and you will get some coupons. Congratulations!

I like to pick new winners too...don't be afraid to post. We'd love to hear from you. Where are the good deals this week? Any good coupon match ups? What about freebies?

Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;; WildForWags

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Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse for $9.99 + free shipping


This mouse is missing its tail. is offering this Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 for $9.99 with free shipping. It's usually $24.99. Mouse over this link for the deal.

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May 3, 2010

Deal of the day: Pottery Barn Kids lunch totes for $5.99 (were $19)


These Pottery Barn Kids lunch bags were selling for $19 and are now on sale for $5.99 with free shipping. Stock up for camp or for next school year.
These durable lunch boxes come in three styles (classic, retro and rolltop) in blue, orange or green. You can personalize them for an additional $6.50.

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Good for Mom, good for you, good for charity


Check out the site It’s an online mall that partners with more than 1,400 stores (1-800-Flowers, Sephora, Zales, Bloomingdales, etc.) and gives a percentage of each sale to the charity of your choice (or your Mom's favorite organization). Up to 30 percent of each purchase could go to your favorite cause.

Here’s how it works: Go to the site, choose your cause, enter the store you want to shop at, buy an item and the site donates to your cause.

There are 90,000 non-profits signed up to the site so far. According to the site, the ASPCA has earned $32,000 so far and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital has earned $11,800. Here’s a list of donations to organizations.

There are also coupons and deals of the day to make the experience even sweeter if you browse Here’s one coupon I found from 1-800-Flowers, which will give 7 percent back to your favorite charity: 10 percent off your purchase if you use the coupon code GOODSEARCH.

GIVE it a try!
-- Doreen Christensen

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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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