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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.
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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, Sears.com or order at LandsEnd.com and get free monogramming.

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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 ToysRUs.com.

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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 Target.com.
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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 OldNavy.com.


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

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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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Free 3-day membership to Sam's Club

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Sam's Club is having an open house, offering a free 3-day membership on Aug. 6 through Aug. 8. During the offer, you won't be required to pay the non-member 10 percent service fee. The timing is good on this deal since many of us are doing back-to-school shopping. Visit the service desk to activate the free shopping pass.
Annual memberships start at $40.

Also, you can get a $15 gift card when you buy a college-bound student membership.

There are locations in Coral Springs, Sunrise, Miramar and Lantana.

Click here for more details.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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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Free backpack from Staples after rebate (up to $129.99)

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Staples is offering a great back-to-school deal! Buy any backpack or messenger bag and get 100 percent back in a Staples gift card after rebate. The offer is good in stores or online. You can only get one per customer.

I just bought the black Jansport Big Student Backpack, right, for my son for $59.99. The last Jansport I bought for him lasted two years, so I know it's a quality bag.

This offer is good on gear up to $129.99.

Click here for the deal. The offer is good through July 31 and includes free shipping for online orders over $49.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Make a claim for up to $10 from Wrigley's gum

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You can get up to $10 back from Wrigley's Eclipse gum in a proposed court settlement reached in a class action lawsuit on July 6.

The suit claimed that Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company falsely advertised the "germ kill" benefit for its Eclipse gum and mints brand with Magnolia Bark Extract sold in the United States after June 1, 2008. Wrigley stands by its advertising and denies it did anything wrong.

Under the terms of the settlement, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company has created a fund of $7 million to settle the matter. Class members may seek reimbursement of up to $10 of the price of the gum and mints purchased.

Click here to see how to make a claim if you purchased this gum. Here's a link to a Frequently Asked Questions.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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 other...it 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 Amazon.com

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Amazon.com 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

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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 http://www.discoverycruiseline.com/specials/military 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

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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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Buy one, get one free ice cream cone from Baskin Robbins

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Beat the heat at Baskin Robbins with a printable coupon for a free soft-serve ice cream cone when you buy one.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Aug. 8.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 24, 2010

Life-sized Darth Vader wall graphic for $18.66 (was $99.99)

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For all my geeky ''Star Wars' pals out there: Get a gigantic 4-by -6.5-foot Darth Vader Fathead wall graphic for $18.66. It was $99.99.

Fatheads are over-sized wall graphics you stick on any smooth surface. They're easily removeable, too. Designs come in every shape and size, from sports logos and players to superheros and Disney characters. You can even make your own custom designs. They're a great way to decorate a kid's room or for a special event or party.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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4-piece Waterford Crystal drink sets for $39.99 (was $100) + free shipping

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Waterford Crystal is having a Christmas in July sale and knocks 60 percent off its 4-piece Marquis barware sets, offering them for $39.99 with free shipping. The sets originally were $100. That's a steal at $10 a glass.

Choose from champagne flutes, wine, water and juice sets in two patterns, Omega, right, and Brookside.

Click here for the deal. Enter promo code CHRISTMAS at checkout for free shipping, which expires on July 31.

These would look lovely on your holiday table or make fantastic wedding or Christmas presents.

-- Doreen Christesen

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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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Sephora Sun Safety Kit for $10 (was $25)

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Sephora puts its $25 Sun Safety Kit on clearance for $10. The collection is made up of 13 travel-sized skin care and sun protection products tucked in a nice pink makeup bag.

The kit is a great way to try a bunch of premium products and see if you like them.

Inside the makeup bag:
- 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15
- 0.23 oz DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew UV Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.10 oz Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Lemon and Chamomile
- 0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30
- 0.16 oz Kate Somerville Protect SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen
- 0.27 oz Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse SPF 15
- 0.16 oz Cover FX BritePrep FX Brightening Foundation Primer & Photo-Aging Defense SPF 50
- 0.34 oz Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.23 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 60 PA+++
- 0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15
- 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15
- 0.02 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Multi-tasking Face SPF 20 in Summer Bisque
- 2 x single-use UVSunSense UV monitoring bracelets

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 22, 2010

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

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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.
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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.

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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 Sephora.com.

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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!

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

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

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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 ilovequeso.com.

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Free 10-day sample Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

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The clock is ticking! Stop by any Estee Lauder counter from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 22 to pick up a free 10-day supply of EL’s new Advanced Night Repair Eye Syncronized Complex or Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex. The company's beauty advisors will hand out 360,000 deluxe samples this year.

These skin creams have lots of science behind them. The serums use what the company calls "exclusive Chronolux Technology," and claims to sync your out-of-whack "clock genes," which are responsible for repairing damaged DNA skin cells, according to a release.

The new eye gel/serum promises to helps combat fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles and targets this delicate area with the same cutting-edge technology as the Night Repair serum. .5 oz. bottle of this super juice is $49.50. A 1 oz. bottle of the Night Repair is $49.50.

For more info, go to EsteeLauder.com/ANR

-- Doreen Christensen

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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

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3-piece yoga kit for $20.98 (was $59.99)

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Target.com puts this Gaiam Flower Power Yoga Kit on clearance for $20.98. It was selling for $59.99. The store is offering yoga mats by Gaiam for $19.99 and $24.99, so this is a steal.

This pretty, pink three-piece set includes a giant balance ball, floor mat and water bottle.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Razor E100 Electric Scooter for $89.99

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Sears.com knocks $45 off a Razor E100 Electric Scooter, selling it for $89.99. Toys RUS has it listed for $129. It comes in pink or red.

The electric scooter, for ages 8 and up, goes about 10 mph for riders weighing up to 120 pounds.

My 11-year-old son has one and we paid quite a bit more for it. He loves it.

Click here for the deal. Shipping is $15.50 or free if you use ship-to-store.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Bagel, schmear & coffee for $2 before 11 a.m. Tuesdays at Einstein Bros.

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Get a bagel, schmear and coffee for $2 before 11 am. on Tuesdays and get a free bagel on Fridays before 11 a.m. at Einstein Bros.

Click here to print the coupon with both offers. They can be reused through July 30.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 19, 2010

$1 off any Wendy's hamburger


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Enjoy a buck off any Wendy's hamburger or chicken sandwich with this printable coupon.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Save with daily deals from Groupon.com

Have you tried Groupon.com?

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 Groupon.com deals.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Hamilton Beach 3-quart slow cooker for $9.99

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BestBuy.com is selling a 3-quart Slow Cooker by Hamilton Beach for $9.99! Shipping is $3.99, but if you opt for in-store pick-up, you're just in for the 10 spot. I've seen this deal before and it's a good one. Act now!

Visit Slow&Simple.com for great work-night recipe ideas. It's wonderful to throw the stuff in the pot in the morning, plug it in, go to work, and come home to a ready-to-eat meal without ever turning on the stove.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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$10 off $40 at Walgreens.com (online coupon)

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Walgreens.com 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

Sunbeam box fan and oscillating table fan for $20

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Cool off two ways with a Sunbeam box fan and a table fan for $20 at Walmart.com.

The bundle includes a 20-inch box fan in your choice of blue, red or pink and a two-speed oscillating table fan in red, pink, blue or green.

Click here for the deal. Shipping is .97 cents or ship-to-store for free.

-- Doreen Christensen

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

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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!
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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 all...as 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; www.marandofarms.com.

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 15, 2010

Free bikini bra worth $8 from American Apparel

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First you got the free panties. Now you can get a free bikini bra from sexy-racy retailer American Apparel. The bras retail for $8. The best part is, when you put it on, you look just like her. No? Oh, well. You get the free bra as a booby prize!

Click here for the deal. They come in sizes 1, 2 and 3 and the colors and styles vary.

If you like free samples, check out our awesome list of free stuff. Click here.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free ticket to Disney Sorcerer's Apprentice through Twitter

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Here's a tweet deal: You can buy one and get one free movie ticket to Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" opening Friday starring Nicolas Cage if you follow Twitter's new promotional account @Earlybird.

It seems that Twitter is moving beyond just 140 character talk for the birds. According to the Wall Street Journal Venture Capital Dispatch blog, the popular social networking site has signed up Disney as it first partner on its new account where you'll find links to Twitter deals in entertainament, travel, technology, fashion and beauty that will be worth chirping about.

According to a Twitter post, the site has an amazing lineup of upcoming deals and it's first one ain't bad.

OK, OK, you don't have Twitter and want the free movie ticket? Click here to go to Fandango to get the deal, but just this one time. You're gonna have to sign up for your own Twitter account.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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 fly.com sales and more info.

Book by Thursday for travel Sept. 2-6.

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Attention bargain hunters! Frugal Force sniffs out savings

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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 Amazon.com. 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

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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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15.6-inch LCD TV with DVD player for $139.99 + free shipping

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Amazon.com has a Toshiba 15.6-inch widescreen LCD TV with a built-in DVD player for $139.99 with free shipping. It was $299.99. This would make a great addition to the dorm room if you have student heading off to college.

Here's the spex: 720p HD resolution w/ 800:1 contrast; built-in slot-loading DVD player; WMA, MP3 and JPEG playback; DIVX playback and Dolby Digital and DTS compatible output.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 13, 2010

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

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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

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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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$30 of food, drink for $15 at Wild East Asian Bistro in Fort Lauderdale

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LivingSocial.com has launched a new deal of the day for Fort Lauderdale and the first one offered is a 50-percent-off bargain offering $30 worth of food and drink for $15 at Wild East Asian Bistro on Las Olas Boulevard.

You can buy as many coupons as you like but can only use one per table per visit and they're good for dining-in only. Coupons expire on January 14, 2011.

Here's how it works: According to the site, LivingSocial "offers one fantastic deal every day with discounts of up to 90% at local restaurants, bars, spas, theaters, and more." Plus, after you buy the deal, if you get three of your friends to buy it, you get yours free.

Click here for the deal. This deal's good until 5 a.m. July 14, then a new one goes up.

There also is a Miami deal but not one for Palm Beach (yet). There are quite a few other cities, too. Click here to browse the offers.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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

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$7.99 clearance dresses at Macy's with .99-cent shipping

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Macy's is having an online-only summer clearance sale, offering junior dresses for $7.99 with .99-cent shipping. Now is a great time to grab a cute look or two for back to school and save big.

This cotton Planet Gold Dress, right, with spaghetti straps, originally retailed for $29.99. It's on sale now for only $7.99. It comes in four patterns. There are also cute floral-patterned racerback styles and maxi dresses for $9.99. There are tops, jeans, shorts, skirts and more.

Click here to see the stuff. Use code 99CENTS for shipping. (There are items on clearance for women, men and kids too!)

-- Doreen Christensen

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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 coupons.com, 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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Bissell 3-in-1 Vac for $15 + free shipping

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Forget about dragging out the big, heavy vacuum to clean a mess on the floor or couch with the Bissell 3-in-1 Vac. Walmart.com is offering this versatile and light quicker-picker-upper for $15 with free shipping.

It's a stick vacuum for floors and carpets and quickly converts to a hand vacuum with the press of a button. It even comes with a crevice tool to get into tight corners.

It's bagless, weighs just 4 pounds and at 15 bucks with free shipping, its a super value.

Click here for the deal. It comes in Lime Popsicle and Fearless Red.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 11, 2010

Free $40 Neutrogena Clinical skin care products with rebate

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Neutrogena says it is so confident you'll see younger looking skin with its Neutrogena Clinical line, the company wants you to try it for free with a rebate of up to $40 on one of three products.

Here's how to get it and other free stuff with free shipping, too:

Choose Neutrogena Clinical Facial Lifting Wrinkle Treatment Day SPF 30, Eye Lift Contouring Treatment or Face Lifting Wrinkle Treatment Night between July 11 through July 18. Print and fill out the rebate form, include the UPC code from the box along with the dated sales receipt and get your money back. You can only get one rebate per household address.

Where to buy: They're on sale now for $34.99 at Ulta.com. (The buyer reviews rate the products pretty highly.) Get free shipping with coupon code 59031 and get three free samples with your order, too.
Don't forget to sign up for Ulta Beautiful Rewards program while you're at it to save even more.

Click here to get the rebate form. It must be postmarked by July 31 to get your money back.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 10, 2010

Deal of the Day: Free downloads 1.5 million eBooks, eReader App from Borders

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Borders.com has launched a new free eReader App for your PC, Mac, iPod or smart phone and is offering more than 1.5 million free eBooks for download. You don't need an iPad! You don't need a Kindle!

Here's what you do:

1. Download the free Border's eReader App for your computer, iPod, iPad, or smart phone.

2. Choose from over 1.5 million free eBook titles and download your picks. Some of the choices: "The Novels of Jane Austen," Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," and Bram Stokers' "Dracula." These are all titles that are in the public domain. (You need to open a Borders account to get the eBooks.)

3. Start reading.

You can also buy and download all the hottest bestsellers, some for as little as .79 cents. You don't need a special reading device or anything. Of course, it's hard to pack your desktop PC in a suitcase, so you can also purchase a portable eReader.

Here's some general information on eBooks.

Keep in mind that some of these are physical scans of book pages and quality varies. Try it out and let me know what you think.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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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Miami Heat Dwyane Wade Adidas Jersey for $40 (was $80)

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The Miami Heat store has Adidas Dwyane Wade Adult Silver Swingman Jerseys for $40. They were selling for $80. They're offered in Extra Large and 2XL.

If you want LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat gear for cheap, click here. You'll find links to great $10 Miami Heat gear on clearance and find out how to pre-order your LeBron Heat jersey.

-- Doreen Christensen

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat gear for cheap

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Now that LeBron picked Miami, get your Nike LeBron James gear right here and save. (And no, I'm not pushing any King James Cleveland Cav goods either, but, hey, they're going cheap!)

LeBron sneakers and T-shirts

Forget spending $160 for the hottest LeBron shoes. Choose from three styles of Nike LeBron James sneakers for $49.99.

Get your LeBron Nike swoosh T-shirt on sale for $17.99

Grab the awesome Nike Behind the Mic LeBron tee for boys on sale for $11.99 from DicksSportingGoods.com. Get it for men for $30 at Nike.com.

LeBron, Wade, Bosh Miami Heat gear

PACIADFABAGFDBIK_blk_lg.jpg There's some great $10 Miami Heat gear on clearance. Check out 2010 playoff tees and a nice silver-logo Wade County T-shirt for kids. Check out the Heat's 50 percent-off summer deals.

You can also pre-order Miami Heat LeBron and Chris Bosh jerseys. They're running $45 for kids to $170 for adults. Order now, and after the players pick their numbers, you can e-mail MHG@Heat.com or call 786-777-3004 to let them know which player jersey you want.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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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Apple iWork '09 for $24.99 (was $79.99)

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1SaleaDay.com is offering Apple iWork '09 for $24.99. It sells for $79 at Apple.com.(I paid $80 for this at the Apple store!)

This Mac-only suite lets you easily create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations the Mac way. It's also compatible with Microsoft Office.

What you get:
Pages ’09, Numbers ’09, and Keynote ‘09
Streamlined word processing
Advanced writing tools
Powerful page layout
Create perfect spreadsheets in minutes
Easy ways to write formulas
Intelligent tables
Impressive charts
Create stunning presentations
Powerful graphics tools
Add amazing effects with easy-to-use tools
Share your work on the web
Open Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in iWork
Save your iWork documents as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files

Click here for the deal. Shipping is $4.99. Sale's good for another nine hours only.

Are you a PC or a Mac? I'm a Mac.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Deal of the Day: Yankee Tee for under $10

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Get ready for the July 13 All-Star Game. Kohl's has this Majestic Yankee T-shirt on sale for $10 with .99 cent shipping. It retailed for $25. (After all, six Yankees are on the American League team roster!)

All Major League Baseball team logo tees by Majestic for men, women and kids are on sale, some for as little as $7.50. (Red Sox fans have to pay tripe for a shirt.)

There also is some other cool Yankee gear, like the No. 7 Mantle T-shirt on sale for $20. They also have Ruth and DiMaggio, but no Gehrig.

Click here for the deal and save an additional 10 percent with coupon code NEW4298.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 7, 2010

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

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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 RIF.org, 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.
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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 becki@citymarket33020.com.

-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Deal of the Day: Twilight Eclipse Soundtrack for $10.98 + free shipping

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Buy.com is offering the soundtrack to "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" for $10.98 with free shipping.

"Eclipse" was tops at the box office this weekend, raking in more than $83.6 million.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free $7 Beauty Rush Lip Gloss at Victoria's Secret stores

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Get a free Beauty Rush Lip Gloss worth $7 with any purchase at Victoria's Secret store. Choose from 25 lip-smackin' good flavors. This gloss passed my yummy test (there's nuthin' worse than a bad-tastin' gloss) and it tastes twice as good when its FREE!

Click here to print out the coupon. The offer's good in stores through July 21.

Now, whatcha gonna do with that 7 bucks you saved? Mine's going into my Loubi savings account.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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 23 - MARY WASHINGTON BROOKS (Blues)

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

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

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1080p Blu-ray disc players for $70 and $90

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Here's a pair of Blu-ray offers:

Sears.com is offering a Sylvania Blu-ray Disc Player for $69.97. That's 10 bucks cheaper than the $79.97 deal offered last week. Amazon.com has it listed for $98.99 Click here to see the deal. Get the ship-to-store option and save even more. Otherwise, shipping is $8.20.

H75-2000-08.jpgOr how about TigerDirect.com's HP Blue-ray player for $89.96 (it was $169.99). It's got more features like BD-Live technology for an extra $20. Shipping's $5.96. Click here to check it out.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free music download: Graduation Day by Chris Isaak

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Amazon.com offers a free MP3 download of Chris Isaaks' "Graduation Day" from his "Live at the Fillmore" album.

I love that song (studio version is better) and it sounds even better when it's free. But but my favorite Chris Isaak song is "Wicked Game." What's yours?

Click here and enjoy. (While you're at it, here's a link to browse all the free music offered on Amazon today.)

-- Doreen Christensen

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Deal of the day: 52-inch Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan for $29.97

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Keep your cool and some cash with this deal from HomeDepot.com. Get a white Hampton Bay 52-inch Farmington Ceiling Fan for $29.97.

The Energy Star Rated fan has a 3-speed reversible control, promises quiet operation and comes with a 15 year motor warranty.

Did you know a constantly running ceiling fan can cost you up to $7 a month on your electric bill? Florida Power & Light recommends you shut ceiling fans off when you leave the room.

Click here for the deal. This online offer ends on July 7.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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


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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 3, 2010

Free $12.50 Lacie panty from Victoria's Secret with purchase

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Through Monday, Victoria's Secret is offering a free Lacy panty with the purchase of a bra. Buy a qualifying push-up bra and get a Lacie or a Perfect Pink thong for free with code FREELACIE at checkout.

The site also is having its Semi-Annual Swim Sale & Clearance, offering 50 percent off suits, dresses and taking an extra 30 percent off clearance tops.

Click here. The sale ends Monday, July 5.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 2, 2010

Salvation Army holds 4th of July sale

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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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$5 entry to Miami Metro Zoo Saturday-Monday

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Go wild over the long holiday weekend as Miami Metro Zoo celebrates its 30th birthday with $5 admissions from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, through Monday, July 5. Admission usually runs $15.95 + tax for adults and $11.95 + tax for kids.

The zoo also will celebrate with concerts, DJ music, T-shirt, cupcake and ice cream giveaways and offer meal specials with free sodas.

On July 4, tenjoy free concerts with '80's acts Freestyle Evolution, Erotic Exotic and Voice in Fashion and discounted BBQ meals and free scoops of Blue Bell Ice Cream to the first 1,000 people.

Click here for more info.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for PS3 or XBox 360 for $19.99

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1SaleaDay.com has "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" for PS3 or XBox 360 for $19.99. The cheapest I found it was on Amazon.com for $79.99

Jam on the wireless Gibson Les Paul guitar to classics like Heart's "Barracuda" or "Rock and Roll All Night" with Kiss. The game has over 70 of the "Greatest Rock Songs Ever Recorded." Here's a set list. You also get a bonus guitar bag.

Click here for the deal. Betty hurry.

-- Doreen Christensen

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July 1, 2010

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Twilight Eclipse merchandise

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"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 Sephora.com.

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 CafePress.com.

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You can get Cullinized with a custom vampire photo manipulation by TwiMom at Esty.com. 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 Esty.com to order.

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

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

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

There's something ironic about Twilight Saga Eclipse Adhesive Bandages -- Edward or Jacob -- for $4.99 with free shipping at ToysrUs.com. 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 Amazon.com.

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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Deal of the Day: Farberware Premium Nonstick Skillet set for $12.99

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Sears.com knocks 50 percent off its Farberware Premium Nonstick Skillets set, offering it for $12.99. It was $24.99.

The twin-pack includes 8-inch and 10-inch pans with platinum colored nonstick interiors with stainless steel handles.

Since they don't last forever, now's a good time to replace your scratched, grungy old nonstick pans.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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

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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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