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August 31, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Share your best savings tips here!

coupons1.JPGHi strategic shoppers! It's time for Coupon Chaos, where we share our best deals with each other. When you find a great sale, and even better, one that can be combined with coupons, share it in the comments below.

What are your plans for Labor Day? Cooking? If you don't feel like the muss and fuss, use this 50% off coupon for a Boston Market Family Meal. Offer good September 6th only.

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

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August 30, 2010

Landau earrings 50% off

Landau%20earrings.jpgThe 80% off sign caught my eye at Landau Jewelry, located in the Town Center mall at Boca Raton.

The best deal, though, is the 50% off the "Diamondess" collection: the jewelry is sterling silver and platinum plated. These aren't real diamonds, but you could fool me -- gorgeous sparkle and color.

Moreover, you get a $100 gift certificate for the store for every 50% purchase you make. If you have a special friend's birthday coming up or starting early for Christmas, this is a great deal.

At 50% off, 2-carat studs are $74.50, for example.


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August 29, 2010

Printable coupon: $2 off Quiznos sub

When you need to refuel from the exertion of all your bargain shopping, here's a discount that will entice you to get a nice fresh-out-of-the-toaster sub from Quiznos. Click here to print a coupon for $1 off a regular sub and $2 off a large one. Coupon good though 9/12/10.

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August 27, 2010

Office Depot offers back-to-school dollar deals


The kids are back to school (yeahhh!) , but you may still be missing some supplies. So check out these dollar (or less) deals at Office Depot from Sunday, August 29 through Saturday, September 4:

True Penny Specials:
$0.10 Office Depot Value Eraser Caps (12-pk)
$0.25 Scholastic Glue Sticks (4-pk)
$0.25 25 cent Office Depot Brand Ballpoint Stick Pens (10-pk)

Dollar Deals:
$1 Sharpie Permanent Markers (5-pk)
$1 Paper Mate Ballpoint Pens and Mechanical Pencils (5-pk)

Other Savings:
Save 50% on backpacks
Buy 1 Get 1 Free Wilson Jones 1” Poly Folders

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Netflix offers one-month free trial


Netflix introduced its new app on iTunes Thursday. If you want to check it out on your iPhone or iPod but aren't a Netflix member, try the service out for one month with a free trial.

I just signed up, downloaded the app to my iPhone 4 and ordered "Julia & Julia" (gotta love this job!). It works great. Now I wonder if I can plug in my Apple Component AV Cable and watch movies on my HDTV at home...

Click here to sign up for the free trial. You have to cough up your credit card info. After the trial's over, it's $8.99 a month. You can cancel any time. I have a feeling I'm going to keep it.

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Save up to 70 percent at

LEAH_3leda.jpg is having an end of season sale, marking down sandals and leather accessories more than 70 percent in some instances.

Every sandal is on sale for $49 (some were priced $325). Handbags, pouches and coin bags all have been marked down, too.

ICON prints awesome images on supple leather shoes, bags and small goods from up-and-coming artists and Masters like Monet and Van Gogh. It made its bones in the fashion world by putting Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup image on leather sneakers.

Click here to browse the sale. Sale-priced items are nonrefundable

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August 26, 2010

Print out Walgreens coupon policy

We've had some interesting discussions on this blog about store policies for shopping with coupons. Thanks to Common Sense with Money, I'm posting the Walgreens coupon policy here.

The liveliest discussions always revolve around buy one get one free items and coupons. Here's what they say about those, "When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased."

Where's Alexander when we need him? Oh Aleeexxx??? Where are you....????

Click here to read and/or print the coupon policy for Walgreens. --Super Saver Kathy

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Printable coupon: Additional 25% off Nine West sale sandals

We savers learn to differentiate between a deal and a GOOD deal. 25% off is okay, but 25% off the already reduced price is better!

Here's a coupon for 25% off the sale prices of sandals at Nine West. The low heeled Cardone sandals on the left are regularly $59, but are now on sale for $24.99. With this coupon you get 25% off the sale price, making the $59 sandals $18.75.

Good throught August 30th, click here to print coupon.

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$9.99 exotic flowers at Whole Foods Market

Exotic flowers including birds of paradise and ginger are on sale for $9.99 at Whole Foods Market. What a great way to brighten your home, and for so little!

Birds of paradise were always my grandmother's favorite flowers. I loved sending her tropical bouquets with the brightly colored orange flowers, often with pink or red ginger.more%20birds%20of%20paradise.jpg

My mission was lunch at the Boca Raton store when I spotted the sale, but I may be going back this evening. These gorgeous flowers are hard to resist.


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August 25, 2010

Fight the frizz at free hair event on Friday


If your hairdo's a hot mess, help is here.

Our fabulous Fashion Dude Rod Stafford Hagwood and the Sun Sentinel have teamed with expert stylists at Robert Allen Salon & Day Spa, Keratin Complex by Coppola, Goldwell and J.F. Lazartigue for a day of live demonstrations, one-on-one consultations and multi-media presentations on how to tame your mane. While you're smoothing things out, enjoy a glass of wine and light bites and get a gift bag, too!

Hair's the deal:

What: Fight the Frizzies
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27
Where: Robert Allen Salon & Day Spa, 3334 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-566-4116
RSVP: You MUST register at

See you there!

P.S.: Be sure to read Rod's report on "Ten tips for keeping the stress out of your tresses" on his Fashion blog.

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Printable coupon: 40% off at Neiman Marcus last Call

Every once in awhile do you just want to throw caution to the wind and do a shopping spree like in the old days? All the beautiful new things on display front and center, yet we are picking through the 75% off rack (armed with coupons) in the back of the store.

Well, maybe a nice visit to Neiman Marcus Last Call will be the shopping pick-me-up you need, and it won't break the bank. Especially with a 40% off coupon to use on the already marked down stock. Let us know what you find!

Click here to print the coupon.

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August 24, 2010

20% off boots with two purchases at DSW

blowfish%20willis%20bootie.jpgOK, 20% off with two purchases doesn't sound that great.

But with the large choice of shoes on clearance at the moment at DSW, you could pick up a pair of sandals, pumps and a new pair of boots, for 20% to 50% off.

These Blowfish Willis Booties are on sale for $49.94.

I recently bought some sandals on clearance, with another 20 percent off, for under $50 including tax. I wasn't quite ready for boots.

If you are, use code SAVE20 to get the 20% off deal online at DSWuntil Aug. 30.

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Coupon Chaos: Share your savings tips here

coupons1.JPGHi strategic shoppers! It's time for Coupon Chaos, where we share our best deals with each other. When you find a great sale, and even better, one that can be combined with coupons, share it in the comments below.

Let's wrap up Clarisse's shopping for her care package to Afghanistan. Any sales on the following, let us know: "Gillette Razors, Shaving Cream, toothpaste, mouthwash, Palmers Coco Butter, Dove Body Wash, Old Spice Deodorant, baby wipes, baby powder, tropical trail mix, and fig newtons." Maybe we can get that mailed this weekend!

Where else are you saving? --Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;;; WildForWags;;;

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Sherwin-Williams printable $10 coupon

logo.gifBack to school is behind us...before you know it, the holidays will be here! Maybe it's time to freshen up the house?

I love the little paint samples that stores are selling these days. Remember the old days when you had to buy a quart to test a color? I tried to get a gray blue one time, and a garage full of baby blue quarts later, I finally realized the secret was to start with gray and only add the blue one drop at a time.

Sherwin-Williams has a BOGO (buy one get one free) on the color samples, and another coupon for $10 off $50. Click here to print coupons.

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August 23, 2010

Huge bridal gown sale in Deerfield Beach Saturday and Sunday


Attention bargain-hunting brides!

The Brides Against Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gowns is coming to Deerfield Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29. Prices are 35 percent to 75 percent below retail, ranging from $199 to $700 and up. There also will be discounted tiaras, crinolines, veils and other accessories.

Get all the details from my pal Rod Stafford Hagwood's Fashion blog.


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August 21, 2010

Coupons in Advance: Preview Sunday's coupon inserts 8/22/10

coupons1.JPGNow's your chance to preview the coupons that will be in Sunday's paper. This week we are getting a nice fat Smart Source insert.

There are some generous coupons in this week's paper, if you are a serious couponer, I would figure out a way to get at least two papers on Sunday. Go to recyclers or get them from neighbors who don't shop with coupons, or pick up an extra paper at the Dollar Store. Did you know that in most stores you can use two coupons with a BOGO?

Click here for the list. Where are you saving this week?

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August 18, 2010

Back-to-school supplies: Makeup + get a free lipgloss


Everyone's shopping for pens, pencils and pads, but what about the real back-to-school supplies? A girl needs lip gloss, eye shadows and other absolute essentials for the first day of school. Maybe Mom needs a few things too! Here's a few deals: (E.L.F.) has a fantastic offer: Spend $20 and get 10 Eye Brightening Eye quads for free! That's 40 colors FREE! Click here for the deal. is having a Stila clearance sale. Check out the Award Winning Kitten Set, originally $30, selling for $12. Kitten eyeshadow is the best! Actually, Stila anything is the best. The Stila Pretty in Paris Travel Palette, originally $64, now $10, is worth ordering too.


Get a free 15-piece Ulta gift in Plum or Green Goddess with any $17.50 purchase. Ulta's having an awesome clearance sale so it won't be hard to spend $17.50. Click here to browse.

zeno.jpgZap those zits with the Zeno Hot Spot. This Food and Drug Administration-approved device is placed over the pimple and heats up to kill acne-causing bacteria. The treatments last for 2.5 minutes, and the pocket-sized zapper runs on two AA batteries. The product claims to start working in one hour, but our 14-year-old tester saw improvement in 24. She also liked how the compact design was great for girls on-the-go. Click here to get it from for $39.99 with free shipping or grab one at drugstores and mass retailers like Walmart and Target.

Here's the best deal: Tell us what fave lip gloss you'll be wearing on the first day of school on our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook and you could win a new MAC Dare to Wear Lipglass. I've got three to give away!

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August 17, 2010

Free pants and coupon at NY & Co.


I already told you about the buy one, get one free pants offer at New York & Company. Now they're adding a coupon to it: $20 off when you spend $75 or more (code 4749) and $50 off when you spend $150 or more (code 4750).

Or print out the coupon from here:

New York and Company coupon.

I favor these cropped pants for summer, $34.95. Of course, I would have to buy a top or two as well to get the $20 coupon.

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Register to get a $4 CVS coupon

You can get a CVS Extra Care card in any CVS store. After you pick it up, then go online and register your email address with the card number.

If you are not registered for emails with your CVS Extra Care card, go to and register to get a $4 off $20 CVS coupon. I love these $4 off coupons! They used to print periodically on the register receipt, now I get them periodically in the form of an an email from CVS.

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Coupon Chaos or Couponing 101

coupons1.JPGLast week Clarisse wrote to ask for help getting supplies for her brother stationed in Afghanistan. Grateful to our sons and daughters for serving our country, my first reaction might be to take up a collection and send him the items on his list.

Second reaction: Lets make this a coupon lesson, and teach Clarisse how to shop with coupons. This will be a lesson for all of you wishing to learn, "What is all the hype about coupon shopping?"

First, Clarisse, start saving two of each coupon insert from your Sunday papers. I happen to know you work, so you probably won't have time to clip and organize, just file them away by the date they ran in the paper.

Next, register at all the stores in your shopping area. Get a CVS Extra Care Card, register at Winn-Dixie, get on Albertson's mailing list. These memberships make you eligible for extra savings, as well as coupons and offers by mail or email. Anytime you see store coupons, grab two copies, to combine with your manufacturers coupons. Always visit the coupon kiosks to look for anything new, they go fast.

Your list is mostly basic items that are often on sale and often have coupon match-ups. Here is your list: "Gillette Razors, Shaving Cream, toothpaste, mouthwash, Palmers Coco Butter, Dove Body Wash, Old Spice Deoderant, baby wipes, baby powder, tropical trail mix, and fig newtons." You also said, "I looked up these items online at Walmart and I estimated that it would cost me about 73 dollars, and that does not include shipping.... Help Please."

Now, just remember that sales change often so after you do your research, you must act fast. Publix sales start Thursday, Winn-Dixie's Wednesday, and CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Albertsons and Target sales start Sunday and last the week.

Since this post is already long enough, it will take forever to post each item and the available sales, so I'm going to ask our readers, our dear readers, to help us find the sales and coupon match ups for these items. We will look for store sales, BOGOs (buy one get one free), store coupons combined with manufacturer coupons, etc. Below you will see some of the online sites you can use for research.

Clarisse, I'll get a few coupons to you to get you started. --Super Saver Kathy;;;;;;;; WildForWags;;;

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August 14, 2010

Buy one Starbucks Doubleshot Energy+Coffee and get one free

Wake up and smell the savings! Buy one Starbucks Doubleshot Energy+Coffee and get one free with a coupon.

Click here for the coupon and get free business cards too. I don't get the business cards either, but free's free.

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August 13, 2010

Go to school in Star Wars style

Star%20Wars%20sandwich.jpg What retro kid wouldn't want a Star Wars lunch box? Not only that, but Mom can make sandwiches in the form of the Millennium Falcon and Darth Vader’s TIE fighter.

The set is an exclusive at Williams-Sonoma for $29.95.

So while you're shopping for clothes and school supplies this weekend for your children's return to school, treat yourself to a trip to the William-Sonoma store. Even if you pass on the lunch box and sandwich cutters, the store always has some tasty treat for customers.

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August 12, 2010

School supply deals comparison chart

Thanks to Stay at Home Mommy for her work on a school supplies comparison chart, telling us about where the best deals on school supplies are this week. What a good idea. I've been wanting to do a post on the great deals we have right now, the best way to save on supplies is to stock up for the year now.

Click here to see her chart. If I had more blogging time at the office (hint, hint) I would make this a local to South Florida chart, as we don't have all the stores she included here, but I hope it is still helpful.

Where are you finding good deals on school supplies? --Super Saver Kathy

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Buy two bras, get one free at Macy's


Macy's is having a summer lingerie sale: Buy two bras, get one free. Here are multi-colored choices from Maidenform.

But wait, there's more: Buy two pieces of shapewear and get one free. Panties are three for $17.99.

Free shipping with $50 purchase and code LINGERIE at Macy's.

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August 11, 2010

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


Every once in awhile I like to treat myself to something special, forget about the darned budget, and Neiman Marcus is a good place to do this...especially at the outlet with a coupon. August 11th and 12th get 40% off one item with this coupon.

Click here to print.

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HOT!!! Free Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick samples

The first 5,000 to "Like" Clarins on Facebook gets a FREE Rouge Prodige Palette lipstick sample with 4 shades.

Log into Facebook and click here or search CLARINS in Facebook. Be sure to fill out both address field. HURRY!

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August 10, 2010

$10 off boots at

bootie.jpgBoots apparently are always in fashion, whether it's 100 degrees or 60 degrees.

Get your latest style boots for $10 off at DSW, online only with code GET10. These SM Hipstr Booties would be $39.95 with the $10 offer.

I was visiting my hometown of Springfield, Ill., recently (not exactly Milan) and short boots were all the rage among teen girls at the mall, even though it was 113 degrees outside. I couldn't quite see it, but I do like boots in the fall. And $10 off is always welcome.

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Coupon Chaos: Enter your best savings tips here

coupons1.JPGIt's time for Coupon Chaos, where we share our savings ideas with each other. There are so many sales and coupon match ups in the stores, we can keep up better if we put our heads together.

The back-to-school sales are the big thing right now. Tell us where you are stocking up on school and office supplies, some of them are even free. And school clothes for the kiddies?

Click here for the list of coupons from the Sun Sentinel. Where are you saving this week? --Super Saver Kathy

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Jamba Juice honors all McDonald's fruit smoothie coupons


Jamba Juice it taking McDonald's entry into the smoothie business personally.

Through Aug. 15, the smoothie chain is honoring all Mickey D's fruit smoothie coupons, even the free ones. Click here for a McDonald's coupon.

Click here to watch the video of JJ's new Cheeseburger Chill smoothie. Looks delish.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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August 9, 2010

Rightcliq by Visa gets it wrong

A big, fancy press release announcing Rightcliq by Visa came across my desk today. The new service by the credit-card giant proclaims "Web shopping finally pulls itself together."


So, I take the time to go to the site. I am a shopping blogger, after all. I watch the slick video. And then I press the big yellow ENROLL NOW button.

The self-proclaimed "personal shopping assistant" helps me by giving me a big, fat "SORRY!" message saying "Rightcliq doesn't support your browser." (Safari.) It then begins making alternate browser suggestions. Seriously? I'm going to install a new Visa can help me shop smarter and better?

Lots of bucks were spent on telling me (and you) how this new, free, online shopping tool is going to "revolutionize the shopping experience from browse, to buy to delivery on your doorstep." But Visa's "Smarter Online Shopping" service's failure to launch, literally, left me underwhelmed.

So, see ya Rightcliq. Maybe you'll get it right, next time.

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50 percent off Pulse News Reader for iPad, iPhone, Android


This just in from Twitter@earlybird: Get 50 percent off the slick news-aggregator app Pluse News Reader for iPhone, iPad and Android. This top-rated iPad app usually runs $3.99 and the other two $1.99.

Watch a video about how the Pluse News Reader works.

Click here for the deal. It's good until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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25 free 4X6 photos from Walgreens

You can get 25 free 4x6 photos from Walgreens when you create a photo account.

It's been ages since we've had prints made of some of our favorite family shots, so I'm taking this opportunity to get some made.

Walgreens makes it easy. Create an account and follow the steps to upload your photos and order prints. You also can make photo books (starting at $6.99), posters, calendars, collages, mouse pads, mugs, ties and more. Then you can pick them up at the store in about an hour in some instances.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Aug. 21.

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August 8, 2010

Comic Latin plant markers grow on you


Add a little humor to the soil with these hilarious and witty Comic Latin plant markers. I ran across them recently in a shop while vacationing in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Made in Canada, the stoneware markers come in 12 funny sayings. My faves: "Peakus Lastweekus" and "Costa Fortunii." Other fun sayings: "Weedis Victorious," "Weeda Non Grata," "Insectum Devorum" and "Itsa Whatsit."

I bought two for $11 each in the shop, but found them online for $7.50 each at

Plantum Enjoyus!

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August 7, 2010

Free Sundays at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden


Enjoy a day amid flowering trees, exotic flora, live music and yoga each Sunday in August free of charge at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables.

Plant vendors will also be on site at the garden at 10901 Old Cutler Road selling bromeliads, orchids, bougainvilleas and other tropical and native plants.

Yoga classes will be held at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday morning and a guitarist and barbershop quartet will play from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information go here or call 305-667-1651.

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August 6, 2010

10% off roses at Field of Flowers summer sale


Need to say "I love you" or perhaps "I'm sorry" to your partner in romance? Buy a hand-tied dozen rose bouquet for only $14.80 from Field of Flowers during its summer sale, Saturday, Aug, 7, through Sunday, Aug. 29.

The sale offers free seminars, demonstrations, samples and raffles:

At Field of Flowers store in Davie this Saturday, Aug. 7, Rio Roses newer, most fashionable roses will be featured in a runway event. Singles roses will be handed out to the crowd.

The summer sale also offers 20% off designer rose arrangements.

On Saturday, Aug. 21, Rio Roses will provide Field of Flowers with varieties that are not even for sale commercially yet. Field of Flowers designers will use the roses to show customers to make simple floral arrangements.


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Bowl for free on Saturday with coupon


Strike! is offering a coupon for a free bowling game good on Saturday, Aug. 7, in order to set a new world record as part of National Bowling Week.

Put in your e-mail address to get the free-game coupon. There's no limit on the number, so print out a few spares. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

They're good at lanes from South Florida to Orlando and all across America.

Click here to get your coupon and find a participating bowling alley.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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Free Jonas Brothers calendar


Get a free Jonas Brothers calendar when you enter the OfficeMax "Winning the Dream Sweepstakes." Enter and you could win a trip to see them perform on Sept. 18 in San Francisco, an autographed guitar or a $50 OfficeMax gift card.

Click here to enter and get your free calendar.

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Fair-trade goods from around the world from $2 + free shipping


Go on an international shopping trip with fair trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages. The nonprofit is having a clearance sale on handmade jewelry and decorative items that improve the lives of thousands of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. You can read about the artisan groups in 38 countries who make the items and the regions they come from and how local materials are gathered and used in the crafting of products.

This lovely handcrafted beaded chokerr from India is $4. The Rice Story Pot ($21) from Bangladesh also caught my eye.

Click here to see the clearance items. Enter coupon code ELEGANCE to get free shipping.

The organization is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization. (Read more about Ten Thousands Village's vision and mission.

This site's been added to my Favorites list.

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August 5, 2010

Free Oreo or Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar


Cool off with a free Good Humor Oreo or Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar from RaceTrac with locations from South Florida to Orlando.

Click here to print the coupon. It's good once a month through Sept. 7.

Join RaceTrac Insider to get other great offers.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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Free $6.99 Triaminic Pain Reliever with rebate

Just in time for back-to-school colds and fevers! Get a free four-ounce bottle of Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever in Bubble Gum or Grape flavor worth $6.99 with rebate when your purchase by Aug. 8.

Click here for details. You must mail the completed rebate form, dated sales receipt and UPC code in by Aug. 31. While you're at it, print out a $1-off coupon too.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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MLB, NCAA Majestic T-shirts, hats and more for $5


Kohl's is having a clearance sale in the Team Shop for men and women, offering up to 80 percent off. Get Majestic T-shirts, flip-flops, hats, shorts and jerseys for the your favorite team, from MLB to NCAA, for a little as $5.

I just ordered this Florida Marlins Base Stealer Tee for $8 for my teen for back to school.

Click here to see the full lineup. Use coupon code NEW8874 to get an additional 10 percent off. Get free shipping when you spend $75 or more with code GR8SHIP.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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August 4, 2010

NY& Co.: Buy one, 75% off jeans, leggings

Buy one pair of jeans or leggings, and get another for 75% off at New York & Company.
NY%20jeans.jpgHere's a five-pocket jegging -- yes, that's what they call a legging made of stretch jean material -- for $34.95, get a second pair for $8.

New York & Co. has several styles including denim flares for prices up to $69.95 in its "buy one, get one 75%" offer. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Get your Groupon Deal!

Join the collective power of deal lovers like yourself! is a website that offers daily deals in your city on things to do and places to eat. If enough people buy into the daily special, it's official.

Groupon takes advantage of the collective buying power of all to seal the deal.

Today, the offer is $20 for $40 worth of dining and drinks at one of three Miami restaurants: D. Rodriguez Cuba, OLA and Ocean Restaurant & Lounge. Daily specials are available until midnight. Check it out (and make sure to set your city to Miami or Fort Lauderdale, because the site tends to choose Baltimore by default).

And if you pass up on this deal it's still worth signing up for just to be in on any new upcoming specials.

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August 3, 2010

Light your dorm room with an iPod lamp

iPod%20lamp.jpgGive your or your kid's dorm room style and music with the iHome lamp that recharges an iPod and provides the essential reading light.

The iHome lamp comes in Legally Blonde pink, blue and red. It has a 6-watt speaker output, clock and a charger for your iPod, which, of course, is not included.

This dorm room accessory costs $49.99 at Dillard's. Find other Back-to-School ideas at Dillard's. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Get free legal advice on Wednesday


Talk to a lawyer for free from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month on the Legal Line, a Pro-Bono service offered by the Dade County Bar Association. Volunteer attorneys will answer your legal questions, give advice or refer you to an appropriate social service agency.

South Florida residents can call 305-371-2220 or if you live in Miami-Dade call 888-596-0399.

Click here to learn more.

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Coupon Chaos: Share your coupon/sale match ups here

coupons1.JPGHi all- It's time for Coupon Chaos, where we share our savings ideas with each other.

There were four coupon inserts in the paper this weekend, did you see anything great? Sorry I didn't get Coupons in Advance up...somehow 'life' is getting in the way of my moonlighting.

I'm glad to have the $1 Rimmel coupons. My hairdresser told me she likes their mascara...I never would have tried it otherwise. Wait for Walgreens or CVS to have a buy-one-get-one sale on Rimmel make up, and stock up on mascara for next to nothing.

Click here for the ongoing list of Sun Sentinel coupons. Tell us where you are saving this week?

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August 2, 2010

Ann Taylor Loft capris, tops, dresses on clearance

Ann%20Taylor%20pants.jpgOne of my favorite spots in Sawgrass Mall in Sunrise is the back room of the Ann Taylor Loft store. When the store has a clearance sale, it really has a clearance sale.

"It has been marked down four times," a store associate told me.

And yet, there items worth buying. My friend E and I did a little retail therapy on Saturday and walked away with quite a few items for little money. I bought two pairs of capris, both dressy enough to wear to work, and a ruffled top for less than $80.

You could find a few items online at Ann Taylor Loft, but there's a much better selection at the outlet store at Sawgrass Mall. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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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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