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July 31, 2010

Great back-to-school gear and expert tips on buying it

You don’t’ have a spend a fortune to outfit your kid with back-to-school gear. But smart shoppers know it’s a better value to pay a little more for a quality items that can stand up to a beating all year long. With the huge selection of goods in stores now, we offer the goods that go from ABCs to SATs. Note: Florida’s tax holiday is Aug. 13-15.
There’s nothing worse than a backpack that drops out of school before the end of the year. Land’s End backpacks and lunch sacks get straight As in style, quality and durability. There are loads of configurations and colors for boys and girls, big and small. Backpack prices start at $24.50; lunch sacks are $9.50. Get them at Sears stores, or order at and get free monogramming.

Toys R Us is offering a free lunch kit worth $7.99 with the purchase of any backpack $12.99 or over. The whole cast of characters is here, from Toy Story 3 to Pokemon to Strawberry Shortcake. Get them at Toys R Us stores or

Middle and high schoolers are going to need flash drives for easy transfer of homework from home to school. Your ‘tween or teen will appreciate these cool, sporty 4GB USB drives disguised as Santa Cruz Surfboards, Tony Hawk Skateboards and Burton Snowboards. You’ll appreciate the price: $13.99 at Target and
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Old Navy’s adorable backpacks got great goods for girls, from Hello Kitty to groovy peace signs for $9. For boys, there's roomy messenger bags in three styles that will hold everything from textbooks to laptops to smelly gym clothes. Made of sturdy nylon, they’re a steal at $14.50. They pair well with a matching lunch kit for $7.50. At Old Navy stores and

Tips on buying backpacks, lunch boxes

The 2010 back-to-school survey conducted by Parent’s magazine and Land’s End showed that 68 percent of moms said durability was the most important thing when buying a backpack. And 27 percent of girls and 33 percent of boys said backpacks were the most important item to buy. Here’s a few tips on what to look for.

Size: Fit the pack to the kid. Don’t put a giant backpack on a kindergartener. A backpack should weigh less than 10 percent of a child’s body weight when fully loaded.

Comfort: Look for padded c-shaped shoulder straps and lumbar panels to help protect young backs, necks and shoulders from strain.

Construction: Look for heavy, easy-slide zippers and strong bottoms to hold heavy books.

Safety: Keep kids visible when walking to and from school by choosing a pack with reflective materials.

— Doreen Christensen

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July 30, 2010

Restoration Hardware sale on bath and bed products

Italian%20chocolate%20bedding.jpgSave up to 60 percent on bath and bedding products at Restoration Hardware. Items such as towels, bathroom rugs, faucets, and bed linens are on sale for up to 50 percent off; take another 10 percent off onliine with code RHCID17. The sale continues through Aug. 22.

This Italian Chocolate Edged Sateen bed linens, 300 thread count, are marked down to $9.99 to $54.99. Unfortunately, the matching comforter is not on sale, but perhaps you can find one somewhere else for less. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Cheescake Factory: 50% off one slice TODAY only

cheesecakefactory.jpgIn honor of National Cheesecake Day, slices of the yummy cheescake at The Cheesecake Factory are half price on Friday July 30th.

There's a new flavor, Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake. I went with a coupon last night, of course, and had the hardest time selecting which flavor I wanted. The Mango Key Lime won...I'm going to savor it a few bites at a time for a few days!

Which is your favorite?

--Super Saver Kathy

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July 29, 2010

Cute backpacks for little ones

2009_09_Skip_hop_Backpack_Monkey.jpgAren't these animal-inspired backpacks too cute? And a bargain, too!

Crate & Barrel's Land of Nod is featuring these backpacks for only $20. There's a bee, penguin, mouse, monkey and dog designs. For the older kid, there are eco or green backpacks.

Lots of choices and other back-to-school items at Land of Nod

Make it fun to go to school! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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$2 v-neck layering camis at Old Navy with coupon

Old Navy is having a secret cami sale, and we're here to let you in on the secret!
Use this coupon to score up to 5 camis for just $2!


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July 28, 2010

The Cheesecake Factory has $1.50 cheesecake TODAY

CheesecakeFactoryFBPromo7-29-b.pngClick on the “Like” button on the Cheesecake Factory Facebook page and you’ll be able to print a coupon to get a piece of cheesecake for only $1.50 on Thursday.

I printed my coupon, but we'll see which voice in my head wins, it's getting to sound like a real argument in there. "Don't go, you don't need cheesecake, Chubby" and "Go ahead, Kathy, how often do you get Cheesecake Factory coupons?" Sort of like the free Starbucks ice cream dilemma.

Try the new flavor: Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake. How does that sound to you? Thanks, to Happy Clippings via Money Saving Mom! --Super Saver Kathy

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Buy tarpon T-shirt, contribute to oil spill cleanup

Support the oil spill cleanup on Florida's Panhandle beaches with a tarpon T-shirt and others painted by South Florida artist Pat Anderson.

The shirts, featuring marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and others, are on sale for $39.99 with a portion of the proceeds going to food for volunteers in the beach cleanup effort.

A boat name or logo can be added to the shirt for $4.90. The shirts come in medium to XXXL.

Call 954-785-7980 to order or visit Anderson's store, My Own Cruising Journal, at 2424 N. Federal Hwy., Lighthouse Point.

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July 27, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Enter your best weekly savings tips here

coupons1.JPGIt's time for Coupon Chaos, where we share our savings ideas with each used to be a weekly contest, but there's not enough time in the day, so now I even send coupons to the shopper with the best suggestions when time permits.

There are soooo many back-to-school sales right now. I'm still using free pens and markers from last year's sales. Please post your ideas for free or highly discounted items in the comments below.

Where are you saving this week? --Super Saver Kathy

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Expanded Big Lots to open Thursday

big%20lots.pngBig Lots will reopen its newly expanded Fort Lauderdale store on Thursday, July 29. The closeout retailer, which closed for renovation in March, will reopen in the Southland Shopping Center at 1003 State Road 84.

Find groceries, electronics, home decor and housewares, toys, seasonal products, furniture and Serta mattresses at the store. Here's a Char-Broil gas grill for only $119, for example. gas%20brill%20big%20lots.jpg

I'm a fan of Big Lots, which offers great deals on everyday and specialty items, in a well-kept store. I like to shop bargains, but not in messy or dirty stores.

There are other discount stores that could learn a thing or two from the Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots chain. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Save up to 50% on Dockers at

pants.jpg has a great deal going in their Dockers store. Men and women's pants are up to 50% off the retail price. There are many styles and colors to choose from. These flat-front men's rousers, normally $55, are just $32.99. This could be a great way for teachers and students to save on a back-to-school staple that will last all year.

Check out the Amazon Dockers store for details and more options.

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Free cruise for military personnel


Discovery Cruise Lines is offering a free one-day cruise to the Bahamas for all military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan in the past year. According to their site:

We are inviting all Military who have served or are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan during the last year on a complimentary one day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Bahama Island valid until December 31, 2010. Discovery will provide the free one day Bahamas Cruise, including the cost of all buffet meals, all service charges, taxes and Bahamian Departure Fees. There are no additional costs involved.

Visit for more information, and to fill out the form to claim a cruise.

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July 25, 2010

Free Right Guard deodorant this week at Publix

rightgurad.jpgEvery once in awhile the stars align just right, and we'll get a BOGO coupon when there is a BOGO sale in a store. Guess what this means?!

Oh yes! It means you should get it FREE! This week, Publix has Right Guard Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant, 2.8-oz and 3-oz packages, buy one get one free. And in the Sunday Sun Sentinel 7/25/10 Red Plum coupon insert, there is a BOGO coupon for Right Guard. Publix sales are good through Wednesday.

This is an offer that all serious strategic shoppers are waiting for! Just be expecting that sometimes these offers take your poor cashiers by surprise. I always make sure to buy something else with these free offers, it seems to ruffle less feathers as long as you owe money at checkout. If the store is out of Right Guard, remember to get a rain check.

Thanks Andrea and Katiria for bringing this to my attention. --Super Saver Kathy

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Free "Kidz Bop" four-song download


Get a free four-song "Kidz Bop" download from Macy's.

The songs include "Let It Rock," "Party Like a Rockstar," "All the Right Moves" and "Say Hey."

You also can enter to win a trip to New York City, meet the Kitz Bop stars and win a $500 Macy's shopping spree in the Kitz Bop FANtasy Sweepstakes.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 23, 2010

Coupons in Advance: Preview list of Sunday's coupons

coupons1.JPGHere's your chance to check out the coupon inserts that will be in Sunday's Sun Sentinel. This list might help you decide if a few papers would be worth your investment...especially to take advantage of using two coupons with buy-one-get-one sales.

There are two thick inserts in the paper this week, a Smart Source and a Red Plum, chock full of coupons for our savings pleasure. I can't wait to see what you make of these...strategic shoppers unite. Leave your savings tips below.

You will be happy to hear there's a new generous Smoky Bones offer in the SunPack as well. Fellow blogger Marcia and I have been discussing hitting Smoky Bones on a girls night out, and would you believe the night we were in the area, we didn't have the coupon on us...don't you HATE when that happens? Click here for list.

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July 22, 2010

Students and teachers save 25% at Old Navy from 7/23 to 7/25


Students and teachers can save big on Old Navy purchases this weekend. Simply present your school ID at checkout (teachers can show a pay stub), to get 25% off of your purchase.
Visit Old Navy's Facebook page for more details.


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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim melt-proof makeup

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach recently was all about swimwear looks for spring/summer 2011. But the fashions models were wearing went beyond bikinis. We’re talking beauty. Many of the melt-proof products used by the pros should be put to work for us here in hot and humid South Florida.
The official makeup sponsor was Make Up For Ever, and its team of artists backstage at the Raleigh hotel were using the line’s awesome waterproof products. Here’s a roundup of what should find its way into your makeup bag, now and in 2011:

Make Up For Ever's Aqua Cream ($22) is an amazing collection of waterproof colors that can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks. The highly-pigmented formula comes in 22 shades and won’t crease or run. Pros mixed them to make custom shades. Our testers loved #21 Turquoise for eyes and #17 Plum on cheeks and lips. During the watershed event in the pool, both gals came up lookin’ like cover girls.


Big lashes were the rage on all the models and Aqua Smokey Lash Kit ($22) delivered. It will make your lashes look fat, long and full while standing up to smudges, sweat and swimming. It comes with Sens'Eyes makeup remover, too. The mascara's made with micronized iron oxide mineral pigments and testers were amazed at the depth of blackness it produced.

Get Make Up For Ever at Sephora stores and

Miami Beach-based TINte Cosmetics got the glow on at the Red Carter show Sunday at the Bass Museum with Shimmering Face Pearls ($14). Inside these little vials are a super multitaskers that can be used wet or dry as eye shadow, liner, highlighter, blush, bronzer or body dust. It comes in eight colors, but artists mostly used the bronzy Sun Kissed and Vanilla Sky to get the Red Carter girls’ shine on.

The Painted Lady Kit ($32) offers three lip colors and three glosses, from nude to not, in one slim compact. Artists mixed Face Pearls with the sheer Cream Soda gloss to create perfect pouts. Our testers at home said the glosses tasted great, but loved Peachie Sheen most.

TINte Cosmetics are available at several South Florida retail locations and at TINteCosmeticscom.

For makeup tips from the pros at the Swim Week shows, check out my beauty column in Sunday's Lifestyle section of the Sun Sentinel.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 21, 2010

Build a better wardrobe sale at Macy's

Alfani%20dress.jpgMacy's is offering 15% and more off on items in its "Build a Better Wardrobe" sale featuring work dresses, blouses and other pieces to improve your work and social wardrobe.

This sleeveless, wrap Alfani dress for $54.99 is one example. From July 21-25, 2010, save an extra 10-20% on your online purchase. There's an extra 20 percent off regular, sale or clearance clothing, jewelry and accessories for the sale .

See more at Macy's. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Save up to 40% on Converse sale items + free shipping!

If you're working on a back-to-school wardrobe, check out the sale area at

You can save up to 40% on unique and classic Converse styles. These Gingham Chuck Taylors, normally $60 are only $35.99. Plus, shipping is free through the end of July.


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Free Queso at Moe's, and a video contest


If you like burritos, then you probably know Moe's. The chain is celebrating its 10th anniversary today by offering customers a free queso, no coupon needed.

If that one serving just isn't enough for you, they're also giving away $1,000 and free queso for a year to the customer who creates the best video about how much they love queso. Check it out at

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July 20, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Share your best strategic shopping tips here

coupons1.JPGIt's time for Coupon Chaos, where our readers come to share their big strategic shopping scores for the week!

Be on the lookout for back-to-school savings now....even if you don't have back-to-schoolers, its a good time to stock up on office supplies. I'm still using free pens, markers and highlighters at work from last year's sales.

Speaking of back to school, I had fun getting the kiddies some new clothes with the $10 off $20 Kohls coupon that was on the front of your Sun Sentinel last week. I shopped the 75% off racks, used a 30% off coupon mailed to credit card holders, and I checked out each time my little stash totaled just over $20 before tax. It was fun seeing "you saved $85" on the bottom of my $11 receipt!!

Please share your ideas in the comments below. --Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;;; WildForWags;;;

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July 19, 2010

Save with daily deals from

Have you tried

It's a great way to save on things to eat, do or buy. There's a new Groupon deal offered each day for Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and cities all across the United States. Here's how it works:

Check out the day's deal. If you like it, click "buy" before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people sign up for the deal, Groupon charges your credit card and sends you a link to print your Groupon. If not enough people join, no one gets the deal. If you do get the deal, there is an expieration date and it doesn't have to be used immediately.

Today's deal is $20 for $40 worth of lingerie at Oh La La Cheri in Miami.

Here's a link to some past deals.

-- Doreen Christensen

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$10 off $40 at (online coupon)

m1702003_8701_10Off40_Banner_932.jpg is offering $10 off $40 orders.
Enter coupon code JULYTEN at checkout. It's good through July 24.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 18, 2010

Free Apple iPhone 4 bumpers, iPod Touches and how to make your own bumper


Apple is giving away free $29 iPhone 4 bumpers in all colors with the purchase of the new smart phone and will also reimburse those, (like me!) who paid $29 for the Apple-manufactured protective skin. If you purchased an iPhone 4 phone, but didn't get a bumper, you can get one free too. The Apple offer is good through Sept. 30.

The bumpers help solve antenna reception problems in the latest smart phone. Click here to learn more from Apple and get a full "Antenneagate" update from our Consumer Talk blog.

In the meantime, while you're waiting for your free bumper, the iPhone Guru shows how to make your own bumper with a Lance Armstrong Livestrong bracelet or similar knockoff. I tried it and it fits perfect!

Another Apple freebie: If you buy a Mac for college, you can get a free 8 GB iPod Touch. Click here for details. The offer is good for college students, teachers, administrators and staff through Sept. 7.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 17, 2010

Coupons in Advance: Preview Sun Sentinel's Sunday coupons 7/18/2010

coupons1.JPGHi promised, later than usual....your list of coupons that are going to be in Sunday's Sun Sentinel.

I usually post this at midnight on Thursday...this week I was totally asleep at midnight on Thursday...can you EVEN imagine?! I think this moonlighting is finally catching up with me. I went to a few yard sales very early this morning, and I must confess...I would really enjoy a little nap right now. This is dedication, on my day off, typing the coupon list instead of a nap.

This week you will have a Smart Source insert with grocery coupons, also one insert from Publix. And don't miss the free McDonalds 12-oz Smoothie /Frappe coupon in the USA Weekend Magazine. I'd hate for you to toss that one by accident!

Click here for list.

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July 16, 2010

Marlins at Tommy Bahamas shopping event Sunday

Meet Florida Marlins baseball players Jeff Conine and Rich Waltz at Tommy Bahamas shopping event at its 1002 Las Olas Boulevard store from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 18.

All of the local Tommy Bahamas stores are offering 10 percent off purchases for the Marlins Community Foundation, which supports children.

Receive an autographed baseball when you spend $100 or more at the stores, including the two Las Olas stores, the Relax store across from the Cheesecake Factory and 1002 Las Olas Blvd., near Mango's restaurant .

Other stores giving a discount for the Marlins Foundation are located in Mizner Park in Boca Raton and The Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Buy fresh, organic produce at Marando Farms Farmers Market in Fort Lauderdale

marandofarms.JPG I recently discovered one of the best-kept secrets in Fort Lauderdale: Marando Farms Farmers Market. This fantastic find offers fresh, organic produce and baked goods on Saturdays and Sundays right in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Owned and operated by Chelsea and Fred Marando, the market and nursery sells fresh-from-the-farm fruit and veggies, fresh eggs, potted herbs, wonderful fresh hummus, pies, breads, pizzas and frozen soups. Or grab a bag of freshly-popped heirloom popcorn (from 270-year-old seeds!) or fresh roasted peanuts. New Jersey Beefsteak Tomatoes are expected to arrive in a week or so.

The Marandos, whose mission is to produce and enhance the sustainability of farming, get the produce from organic, conventional, and transitional farms located in Florida. During Florida’s Marandobread.jpg growing season in fall and winter, the couple travel up to 800 miles around the state in their truck and bring the fresh food to back to the market.

Upping the cool factor is the U-pick, hydroponic garden where you can harvest lettuce, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers and green beans. Can’t get it fresher than that!

Further adding to the charm of the place is the chickens, rabbits and resident pigs, Templeton and Rumplestiltskin, who just welcomed two piglets into the Marando menagerie on Monday.

On Sunday nights, the Marandos donate leftover produce and goods to the grandparents raising grandchildren program at The Pantry of Broward.

“Our mission is simple: Think globally. Eat locally,” Chelsea Marando said.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays Marando%20pigs.jpgand Sundays. It is located at 1401 S.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-713-6441;

Don't forget your reusable grocery bags! After you visit the market, be sure to stop in across the street at the Eastside Antique Market & Architectural Depot at 99 SW 14th Street; 954-523-3202.

-- Doreen Christensen

Courtesy photos, Marando Farms, Cal Deal

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July 14, 2010

Labor Day airfare sale! Fly from cities across Florida for as little as $53

In response to a huge new sale, many major airlines have scrambled to match new low fares for travel over Labor Day weekend.

Fly from cities across Florida for as little as $53 each way. Many of these routes are up to $200 OFF typical holiday-weekend prices. Click here to see the sales and more info.

Book by Thursday for travel Sept. 2-6.

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Attention bargain hunters! Frugal Force sniffs out savings


Hey Shop-O-Matic readers, we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Frugal Force, our sister blog at the Orlando Sentinel.

Frugal Force consumer bloggers Coupon Queen, Cheap Kate, Inspector Inexpensive, Money Mama, Penny Lane and Bargain Betty are hard at work, protecting your pocketbook and sniffing out savings so you can live better and cheaper.

Check out this deal offered today by Inspector Inexpensive: Students with an .edu e-mail address can get free and upgraded shipping for a year from That's a $79 value! Click here to learn how to get this great Amazon Student deal and browse other Frugal Force money-saving posts.

-- Doreen Christensen

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$1-off coupon for McDonalds smoothie or frappe


Here's a $1 off printable coupon for a new McDonald's McCafe real fruit smoothie or frappe.

Click here. You must enter your name to print the coupon. It expires Aug. 15

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 13, 2010

Clip coupons? Sun Sentinel's biggest savers can earn $500

Did you check out the link DP left in the comments about the contest we are having for coupon clippers? The Sun Sentinel wants to reward you for being a smart shopper.

Who better to win than our Coupon Chaos regulars? You guys are the BEST coupon shoppers! Just tell us how much money you saved, and how you used the newspaper to do it.

Sun Sentinel's biggest savers will earn $500 and appear in our new ad campaign. Andrea, you have your savings documented weekly...I know YOU can do it. DP? Katiria? Jan? Michelle? Hey, even you KCK...what happened to you? Bill? AND this is a good time for you thousands of quiet readers to come forward....

Click here to enter.

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Travel dress on sale for $69

Travel%20dress.jpgSummer is a time of travel, so it's important to have clothes you can roll up and throw in a suitcase or carry-on bag.

Travelsmith's "indispensible" dress made of non-wrinkle supplex is on sale for $69.The sleeveless dress comes in plum (my favorite color this summer), red pepper, slate blue, mint or black. You can get the same design with short, half and full sleeves.

If you have a summer trip coming up, this could be the dress for you. Travelsmith, which has a catalog and is online, also has more than 300 items under $50 in its summer clearance sale. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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July 12, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Enter your weekly savings tips here!

coupons1.JPGIt's time for Coupon Chaos, where our readers come to share their big savings scores for the week! When you find a great sale, or better yet a sale combined with coupons, please let us know.

Check out the Publix and Winn-Dixie BOGOS, the Albertsons and Doris Market fliers, Walmart sales, Target, CVS, Walgreens, there are too many sales to keep up with!

A big disappointment: California Pizza Kitchen Pizzas are on sale 2 for $10 this week at Publix, but I can't find a current coupon. I had tons of them when there were no sales! We love that BBQ Chicken pizza.

Please post your savings tips for the week in the comments below. Where are you saving this week? --Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;;; WildForWags;;;

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Save on groceries

A new guide in the September 2010 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, shares cutting-edge tips and tools to get the best deals on everyday groceries.

Slash your grocery bills by visiting these websites and clubs:

MyGroceryDeals: Find and compare current circular specials, then create printable grocery lists with one click and print coupons.

MamboSprouts: Check here for healthful recipes and coupons for organic and natural products.

Sam’s Club/Click ‘n’ pull: Members of the warehouse club can place orders online, then head to the store the next day to pay and pick up.

Use these mobile tools to make saving at the store easy:

CompareMe; Unit Price Compare: Available on the iPhone and Android respectively, these apps help you figure out which product and which size package offer the best deal.

Get mobile coupons even if you don’t have a smart phone. Sign up for text messages with coupon info for A&P network stores. To redeem a coupon, just respond to the text, and the coupon will be added to your loyalty-program card.

Grocery iQ: Powered by, it creates grocery lists that instantly integrate the week’s deals and finds related coupons. Bookmark frequently purchased items to automatically add them to future lists.

Get groceries delivered to your door, just be wary of extra costs for the convenience:

Netgrocer and Amazon for organic food retailers. At Shop Organic you can choose vegan, raw, gluten-free or kosher among other categories.

eFoodDepot for foods from other countries. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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July 9, 2010

See Diane von Furstenberg's new dresses at Saks

Von%20Furstenberg%20dress.jpgSometime in my life, I want to own a Diane von Furstenberg dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes.

See Diane von Furstenberg's new dress arrivals at Sak Fifth Avenue. This draped jersey dress is priced at $345 -- not exactly a bargain hunter price, but so nice.

Saks has many of its designer labels on sale, however, including this sundress by Caroline Herrera for $197, marked down from $495. Carolina%20Herrera%20sundress.jpg

I can dream, can't I? -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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July 8, 2010

Coupons in Advance: Preview the coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel 7/11/10

coupons1.JPGYour paper this weekend will say $1400 in coupons on it. Be sure to have a look through all the inserts so you don't miss a good one. I'm leaving town this afternoon, so I whipped up the grocery coupon lists late last night, but there are plenty of big ticket coupons that didn't make my list. If you see a good one we should note, please post a heads up in the comments below.

Oh boy, this weekend starts the 'back to school' price wars! The Staples insert is full of penny items and a $5 off $30 coupon. How has a year gone by so fast? I still have supplies left from stockpiling during last year's sales!

As far as groceries go, look for a Smart Source and a Red Plum in Sunday's paper. Click here to see the list of coupons in these inserts.

I'm glad I don't have a Steak n Shake near me, I'd be enjoying those buy-one-get-one-free milk shake coupons! I'm just now getting rid of the weight I gained on the free Starbucks ice cream sale last year. (Remind me NOT to get a dozen pints of ice creams when I live alone!)

When you see good sales using our coupons, please post them in the comments below. We savvy shoppers have to stick together. There are some great coupons out there, like the $2.50 off Electrasol from last week, so keep your eyes peeled for sales, and let us know asap. --Super Saver Kathy

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July 7, 2010

Donate $3 to RIF and get a $10 Macy's Coupon


It’s fun to shop, but it’s even more fun to shop, save and do good at the same time.
Here’s a great way to help children discover the joys of reading by supporting a wonderful literacy cause while you shop at Macy's.

Macy’s and Reading Is Fundamental have joined forces to support children’s literacy with the Book a Brighter Future program. Now, though July 31, you can can donate $3 to the program at any Macy’s store and receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more (some exclusions apply; store has details). Macy’s will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to RIF.

Reading Is Fundamental provides books and resources to millions of underpriviledged children in the United States. According to, the organization was founded in 1966 and is the oldest and largest children's and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. "RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provided 4.4 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources last year," according to the website.

Macy's Book a Brigther Future program has raised more than $13 million, providing more than 2 million free books to kids. For every $3 donated, $1 will support local RIF programs here in our community; $1 goes to RIF's Multiculutral Literacy Campaign and a $1 will go to RIF's ongoing programs, which also includes volunteer program of 450,000 people. The Multicultural Literacy Campaign supports early childhood literacy in African American, Hispanic and American Indian communities.

You can also win a $1,000 Macy's shopping spree by telling three friends about the program. Click here to enter.

-- Doreen Christensen

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City Market in Hollywood opens Thursday

What a great idea Hollywood has! It is opening an indoor market called The City Market, in the Harrison Court Retail building, at 2028 Harrison St., #105. The grand opening is at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 8.

The market will offer organic, hand-made and fresh items. And, thankfully with this summer heat, it's all inside in cool air conditioning!

Entrepreneurs Becki Stewart and Ann Kiliona are behind the complex that provides
an opportunity for market vendors to promote and sell their goods in a retail environment as well as participate in the City Market online retail website.

The cost to participate as a vendor is $100 per month plus 10% of sales. Checks for vendor goods sold will be issued on a weekly basis. Vendors have the opportunity to receive one free month of retail participation per every 10 vendors that they refer who commit and pay to participate.

The market will be open six days a week, for a minimum of eight hours a day.
The following vendors will be participating:

• Ms. V’s Organics - Produce
• The Key West Soap Factory – Handmade soaps and herbal bath salts
• Garden Foods – Nutritional herbal condiment
• Flowers R Us – Fresh flowers, orchids, bamboo and plants
• Auggie’s Doggies Handmade Gourmet Dog Biscuits
• Good Vibe Organics – Teas and other organic products
• Jole’s D’Lites – Organic Baker
• Weltonart – hand spun yarns and handmade goods
• World’s Finest Raw Honey - Local Honey
• Made By the Sea – Beach Stones
• Just Be – Cards and note cards
• Maria De Feudis – Handmade key chains
• “Famous” Lemon Lime Ade

At the Grand Opening, shoppers will be treated to a fresh fruit bar, fresh-squeezed Lemon Lime Ade and music by local guitarist Jim Welton.

For more information on the The City Market, call 954-483-0930 or email

-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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July 6, 2010

Free Starlight Musicals Concert series - Holiday Park

Sunday I took a walk down the Riverfront to the Jazz Brunch. The crowd was lively, music was great, the ambience festive...until the scorching noontime heat almost did me in. It's a wonderful event, but folks, tie your hair up off your neck, wear loose cotton clothing, and bring plenty of ice water.

The Starlight Musicals concert series is also FREE, on Fridays from 7 to 10 pm on the football field at Holiday Park, which is located at East Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway in Ft Lauderdale. If you haven't been, do yourself a favor and head on over. Bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers, I've seen some very whimsical and imaginative table settings at past concerts. Please leave Fido home, pets are not permitted in the park.

Entertainment schedule:

July 9 - CURBSTONE (50s, 60s, 70s & Beyond)

July 16 - BRASS EVOLUTION (10-piece Show Band)


July 30 - VIVA CLASSIC ROCK ‘n' ROLL (Classic Rock)

August 6 - JIMMY STOWE & THE STOWAWAYS (Tropical Rock/Jimmy Buffet)

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July 5, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Where are you saving this week?

coupons1.JPGIt's time for Coupon Chaos, where our readers come to share their big savings scores for the week!

Typically we share coupon sale combinations, but any good deals are appreciated. I just saw in Money Saving Mom's latest email, she credits 'for the mommas', 50 prints for 50 cents at Snapfish.

If I can organized and upload 50 prints by July 11th, I'm going to take advantage of this one. Use coupon code JULY4PENNY at checkout. I've used Snapfish and Shutterfly for printing and have been very happy with the photos....and I love the photo books, have you ever made one of those? It's time consuming, but WOW, the results are worth it!

Please post your savings tips for the week in the comments below. Where are you saving this week? --Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;;; WildForWags;;;

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Buy one, get another Avon skincare for $10

Avon%20skincare.jpgAvon's July 4 weekend sale ends midnight Monday, so get online or call your representative to take advantage of some great deals.

If you like the Avon Renew skincare line, now's your chance to buy one at full price and get another item for $10.

You'll also find lots of other items along the way:

8-hour lipgloss for $4.99
Big Color eye pencil: shadow and liner in one: $3.99
Super Extend mascara: $3.99
Speed dry nail enamel: $2.99

Find your own favorites at Avon sale -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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July 2, 2010

Salvation Army holds 4th of July sale


Is the American thing to do save or spend? That's debatable.

But if you're trying to save, the Salvation Army Family Stores' July 4th sale in Broward County may be for you. Plus, proceeds go to a good cause.

The sale begins today and goes through Monday, July 5.

It includes 25%-50% off selected furniture items and 50% off blue and green ticketed clothing.

There also will be giveaways at all 6 stores for skim boards and re-usable shopping bags

All of the proceeds from sales at the Salvation Army Family Super Store go directly to the operation of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Coupons in Advance: Preview coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel 7/4/10

coupons1.JPGOn holiday weekends, we don't usually get our 'beloved' coupon inserts, but the last few holidays we've gotten a P&GbrandSAVER. This weekend is no exception.

Look for over $80 in coupon savings in this week's P&GbrandSAVER. Click here for list of coupons.

You'll also find there an ongoing list of the coupons that have run in the Sun Sentinel in weeks past, for your reference. I like to file my coupons by the date they ran, rather than clipping. Then I can see what I have, using this list, rather than rummaging through my coupon stash.

If you see any good savings tips, combining store sales with our coupons, please leave them in the comments below. --Super Saver Kathy

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July 1, 2010

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Twilight Eclipse merchandise


"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" has opened and here's your guide to must-have merch:

Pucker up with DuWop's Twilight Venom, a shimmering, blood-red lip stain suspended in a super stingy, venom-laced liquid lip conditioner. Get it for $16 at

Create and customize Team Edward or Team Jacob T-shirts, water bottles, dog tags and more. Cross Bella off and add your own name to the "Edward Loves" T-shirt for $20 at


You can get Cullinized with a custom vampire photo manipulation by TwiMom at You provide the photo of yourself and she turns you into a drop-dead gorgeous, golden-eyed vampire for $12. Click here. You must register to be a member of to order.

Get real with a life-sized standup poster of Edward, Jacob and Bella. This Twilight Trio poster is $31.95 from

Get your Bella glow on with Luna Twilight 'Mortal Glow' Blushing Crème for $22 at

Dazzle and sparkle in the sun with the moisturizing Volturi Immortal Liquid Body Shimmer for $19 at

There's something ironic about Twilight Saga Eclipse Adhesive Bandages -- Edward or Jacob -- for $4.99 with free shipping at All Twilight merchandise ships for free.

Let's see how well you know your Twilight trivia with the Eclipse Board Game. Get it for $14 at

BTW, I'm on Team Edward. Which team are you on?

-- Doreen Christensen

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$2 iced grande Starbucks with receipt

starbucks%20iced.jpgIt's my favorite time of the year again when Starbucks offers its "treat receipt" special.

Buy a coffee in the morning, keep your receipt and show it for a $2 iced grande coffee to cool you off after 2 p.m. You can get any cold beverage of your choice for $2, not just a plain iced coffee.

So treat yourself this summer. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Eat, drink and be more merry with a Happy Hour Joker card


Receive extended happy hours, get special discounts on food and drink as well as birthday gifts at restaurants and bars in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with a Happy Hour Joker membership card. The card also is valid for discounts in 13 other Florida cities, including Orlando and the Keys, as well as New York and New Orleans.

Here's how it works: You pay a $35 annual membership fee good for two people (get it for $25 with promo code 10686), flash your card at participating bars and restaurants and get longer happy hours, free appetizers, complementary glasses of wine with dinner and freebies like free dessert on your birthday at participating establishments.

Example: At Smokey Bones in Plantation, members get a free appetizer and 2-for-1 drinks from 11 a.m. to closing daily. In Palm Beach, there are appetizer and drink specials at Don Ramon Cuban Cuisine and Mambo Italiano's on Clematis Street. You get a free bottle of wine or one drink per person at areacode55 Brazilian Steakhouse in North Miami.

Click here to see the the list of cities and all the restaurants and bars.

You can also get Facebook and Twitter updates as new places sign up.

-- 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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