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September 30, 2010

Kids' books, games: buy 1, get 1 50% off

BN%20kids%20books.jpgStock up for the holidays: Children's books, games and toys are "buy 1, get 1 50% off" at Barnes and Noble online, BN.com.

Books and games are the best gifts you can buy children, in my opinion.

Barnes and Noble's website takes the guessing out of buying the right book by categorizing them according to age. Have a young grandchild? Now you don't have to guess. Want to buy for a teen? They have suggestions.

This sale is only online, so you'll have to browse the books in the store or "look inside" on line, before choosing that right book for your child or grandchild.

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40-percent off sale at Ulta.com

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Ulta is having a 40-percent-off sale on all cosmetics from Maybelline, Revlon, NYX and Physicians Formula.

Many of the items are selling for about $3.

Click here for the deal. Use code 47057 to get $3.50 off any purchase or 52363 to get $10 off a $60 purchase. Plus you get three free samples with any order.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Free ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery on Thursday

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Cold Stone Creamery is giving out free scoops of ice cream from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, as part of a Make-a-Wish Foundation fundraiser.

Called Kate's Creation, it's carmel-apple ice cream mixed with chocolate, graham crackers and apple pie filling.

The frozen treat was dreamed up by Kate, an 11-year-old Tampa girl with a spinal-cord condition. Her wish was to create the flavor for Cold Stone's 9th Annual World's Largest Ice Cream Social. Make-a-Wish tells Kate's story on its website.

While you're at the store, you can donate a $1 to the foundation. About 85 percent of all donations this month benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Click here for the deal. There are locations all over Central and South Florida.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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September 29, 2010

L'Occitane one-day sale: 50% off

Ultra%20rich%20body%20cream.gifL'Occitane en Provence, one of my fav product lines, has up to 50% off today on select products until 5 p.m.

Get the vanilla Ultra Rich Body Cream for $12.50, regularly $21. Have a friend or family member going on a cruise? The Shea Butter Voyage Kit is $18.20. Have guests coming to visit? Try the Lavender Hand Wash and Lotion for $29.40

Visit L'Occitane for more products on sale, online only.

I can smell the lavender in Provence right now. Takes me back to the land of purple.

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Coupon: $5 off $15 at T.G.I. Friday's

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T.G.I. Friday's is offering a coupon for $5 off $15 purchase.

Get more perks when you join Friday's recognition program "Give Me More Stripes."

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires Oct. 9.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Free Kobari Beef at Panda Express on Wednesday

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Who said there's no free lunch? "Like" Panda Express on Facebook and get your paws on a coupon for a free order of Kobari Beef good on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The dish is strips of marinated beef with wok-seared peppers, mushrooms and leeks tossed in a sweet and spicy Kobari Sauce. Sounds pretty good.

Click here for the deal. Be sure you're logged into Facebook. There are locations all over South and Central Florida. Click on the "locations" tab to find one near you.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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September 28, 2010

Budweiser's National Happy Hour on Wednesday is officially a National Mystery

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Budweiser has declared Wednesday, Sept. 29, "National Happy Hour" and has said it will be giving out free beer at bars to those 21 and older. But it seems the King of Beers is now the King of Mum.

After spending a better part of the day making phone calls to headquarters at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, I received a polite e-mail explaining that "some states restrict the pre-promotion of these events, so some wholesalers will be able to share more details than others." The e-mail then helpfully provided the names, addresses and phone numbers of local distributors and then thanked me for "helping spread the word about the Budweiser National Happy Hour."

I called and left messages twice at each of the three A-B wholesalers in South Florida (Double Eagle Distributing in Deerfield Beach, Brown Distributing in West Palm Beach and Eagle Brands Sales in Miami) asking when and where you can get a free Bud on Wednesday. No calls back yet, and now it's...happy hour. Perhaps I'll hear something tomorrow!

Next, I called the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to find out if the Bud promotion and giveaway violates Florida law. They didn't think so, but they're checking.

Some states, such as Illinois, prohibit sampling and promoting free booze, so that is affecting how the brewer can offer the freebie. So far, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission had a problem with with promotion as reported by Pantagraph.com.

Budweiser announced the promotion on its website and directs consumers to its fan page on Facebook, where you can watch the new ad (of course) and an application allows you to invite your friends to the party at a place you pick. You select five pals and send an invitation. Whether or not free Bud shows up seems to be the big question by the looks of all the comments.

Now, you know there's a tropical depression out there threatening South Florida. (You didn't? Well, neither did I until 4 p.m. because I was very focused on getting a free beer.) You're most likely not going to head out to your local tavern to get a free beer on Wednesday with the bad weather and all. But I'd still like to know where you can score this free pour.

Stay tuned. I promise I'll spread the word.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Coupon Chaos: Leave your best savings tips here

coupons1.JPGStrategic shopping is finding the best price, a great sale, and combining it with the best available coupons. We love when we can combine a BOGO (buy one get one free) with two coupons. Throw in a store coupon or two and the deals get even sweeter.

These deals take time to find, so we like to share our finds in the comments below...you know what they say, "two heads are better than one." We need to put all our heads together to save save save. A few weeks ago I missed a really good money-maker with free paper towels and I'm still trying to get over it.

Thanks for all of your input, you keep Coupon Chaos alive. --Super Saver Kathy

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MAC Cosmetic's wickedly fun Disney Venomous Villains collection

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Magic Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

You will be with MAC Cosmetic's new fabulously fun makeup collections fashioned after Disney's glamorous dark ladies and gents.

The Venomous Villians collection for eyes, lips and face will help you channel your inner evil beauty. Are you Cruella de Vil, Snow White’s Evil Queen, Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent or Dr. Facilier from the Princess and the Frog?

As the Evil Queen, go from sinister to vile in the blink of an violet eye shadow for $15.50.

Look smokin' hot as Cruella de Vil with one sweep of shocking-pink Lipglass for $15.50.

We're lovin' Maleficent's pink and purple Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in My Dark Magic for $21.

Dr. Facilier's I'm so Vain mirror for $12 is awesome. Let's just hope it doesn't talk back.

The products range from $15 to $25 and are available online now or at MAC counters and stores beginning Thursday, Sept. 30.

BTW, I'm the Evil Queen. Who are you?

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Deals at Boca's new Rack store

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Yes, there are deals at the new Nordstrom's Rack store in Boca Raton: $2.97 for women's lace and nylon underwear, $24.97 for Armani Exchange sunglasses, and designer purses for under $100.

On Sunday afternoon, it seemed like nearly everyone in Boca was at The Rack at the University Mall across from Florida Atlantic University on Glades Road. Even the men were shopping! I didn't spend much time in that part of the store, but if you're looking for a manly laptop case, you can snag one for $40 at The Rack.

Nordstrom's is all about shoes, of course, and you can find those as well at The Rack at a significantly lower price than the parent store. The Rack is a great place to find career clothes as well: lots of dresses, skirts, jackets. Much of it is a bit heavy and warm for South Florida, unfortunately, but there's also leftover summer merchandise.

With its mixed bag of prices, Nordstrom's Rack is a welcome addition to Boca Raton.

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Get a dozen eggs free from The Good Egg Project

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Get a coupon good for a free dozen eggs when you buy a dozen from TheGoodEggProject.org.

Join America's egg farmers and take the pledge against hunger and then get a BOGO coupon with an e-mail signup. For every pledge, the egg farmers will donate an egg to FeedingAmerica.org, up to million eggs.

Click here to take the pledge and get your coupon. It expires on Nov. 30.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Coupons: $5 off $15 purchase at Pier 1 + free reed diffuser with purchase

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Here's a coupon for $5 off a $15 purchase at Pier 1 Imports. There's also a bonus coupon for a free reed diffuser (up to $12 value) with a $30 purchase. I love Pier 1's Cilantro Lime scented oil.

Click here for the coupons. They expire on Oct. 11.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Free $24 Aveda styling product on your birthday + 3 free samples

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Get a free 3-piece Aveda Smooth Infusion styling kit now and join the birthday club and get a free full-sized styling product valued at $24 on your birthday.

Get your pals to join (five) and you'll get a free travel sized Aveda Hand Relief cream worth $7.50, too. The three-piece kit contains the frizz-fighting shampoo, conditioner and pre-style smoother.

Click here for the deals. Redeem the b-day coupon at any "Aveda Experience Center" (c'mon, seriously?) to receive your free gift. No purchase necessary. The offer expires on Dec. 31.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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September 27, 2010

Free full-sized John Frieda hair care product (worth $6.99)

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"Like" John Frieda US on Facebook and get a coupon good for a free full-sized Root Awakening hair care product good at Ulta Beauty stores. That's a $6.99 value.

Click here for the deal. Be sure you're logged into Facebook. The offer expires Oct. 2 or while supplies last. Better hurry!

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Get $10 off a $40 purchase at Walgreens.com

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Walgreens.com is turning 10 and is celebrating with coupon code for $10 off a $40 purchase.

The chain also is celebrating with buy-one-get-one-50-percent off Roc Skincare and Gillette Venus razors. All vitamins are BOGO, too.

Click here to go to Walgreens.com and enter coupon code ANNIVERSARY through Oct. 2.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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September 26, 2010

Score bargains at Habitat for Humanity's South Florida ReStores

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Wouldn't it be great if there were a home-improvement thrift store where you could score bargains up to 60 percent off? Well there is! The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers great deals on building materials, tools, appliances, furniture, lighting fixtures and designer decor.

The four ReStores in South Florida have everything you need -- both new and used -- to build and decorate a house.

Plus, purchases come with an added bonus: What you buy helps build a South Florida home for someone who needs one.

“We cover the needs of everyone, from someone who needs a $10 table to designers who want $3,000 chandeliers for $400,” says Nancy Daly, the volunteer chairwoman of the Fort Lauderdale ReStore on Broward Boulevard

ReStore merchandise turns over quickly, so if you don't see much one day, stop back on another. Also, if you see a great deal, buy it. The item may not be there when you return.
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Here are a few examples of what was for sale on recent visits:

Fort Lauderdale, 505 W. Broward Blvd., 954-763-7771: Designer chandeliers and outdoor lighting fixtures for 40 to 60 percent off retail; new three-light halogen cable lighting kits ($20); new five-light monorail lighting kits ($40); new 60-inch contemporary glass-top table with four chairs ($250); new tan leather recliner by Natuzzi ($300); used Sub-Zero refrigerator ($750); new scratched and dented washers and dryer sets ($275); used GE Profile double-wall ovens ($100).

Boca Raton, 272 S. Dixie Highway, 561-362-7284: New cabinet hardware (99 cents each); tumbled marble subway tiles (40 cents each); new, boxed solid brass towel bars ($14.99); Canon copy machine ($299.99); Lexington wall unit ($1,199); Lexington wrought-iron and glass-top dining table with four chairs ($899); Jacuzzi tub ($1,499); new IKEA microwave ($179).

Liberty City, 2299 NW 77 Terrace, 305-637-4913: Roofing tiles (75 cents-$1 each); Mexican, porcelain and ceramic floor tiles (starting at 20 cents each); 3-by-3-foot marble tiles ($8 each).

West Palm Beach, 6831 N. Military Trail,561- 253-2290. (We didn't visit this store.)

Hurricane shutters: All the ReStores carry up-to-code shutters in corrugated steel, aluminum and plastic for $2 a foot.

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR: Click here to watch a video, meet the volunteers and see a photo gallery and read more about the Fort Lauderdale Restore.

The Fort Lauderdale ReStore, top, and Nancy Daly, left, shows Sheketha Lowery how to use a power drill in the furniture workshop. Photos by Sarah Dussault/Sun Sentinel.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Free breakfast at IHOP (worth $7.99)

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Get a coupon for a free breakfast at IHOP when you sign up for e-mails. The offer's good for an order of Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity pancakes or any breakfast on the menu up to $7.99.

Join the "Pancake Revolution," and get a free breakfast now, one on your birthday and another on the anniversary of signing up. Also, kids eat free every day from 4 to 10 p.m.

Click here for the deal. IHOP will e-mail you a coupon. It expires on Oct. 9.

P.S. We we go to breakfast there, my son always asks our waitresses "What's the pole vaulter's favorite place to eat?"

They ALWAYS know the answer: IHOP.

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September 25, 2010

Free admission to Florida National Parks Saturday, Sept. 25

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Get in free at one of five National Parks in Florida as part of the park system's free entrance days program on Saturday, Sept. 25. The park service is offering free entrance to over 100 parks around the country.

On the Florida list: Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Here's a link to all the parks you can visit for free.

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September 23, 2010

Free Sutter Home "Night of Hope" pink party kit

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"Like" Sutter Home on Facebook and get a free "Night of Hope" party pack for Breast Cancer Awareness in Octoer. The Sutter Home for Hope pink Chico goodie bag is filled with pink ribbon bracelets, a pink corkscrew, wine tasting skirts, recipes and more.

Order yours and then get ready to host a pink party with your pink posse to honor thoseyou know who are fighting or have fought this horrible disease.

Click here for the deal. Be sure to be logged into Facebook first. The offer's good while supplies last, so better hurry!

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Spooktacular savings on Halloween decorations

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I was working in the lab late one night and I came across an eerie sight...

Walmart.com's doing the monster mash with some cute and inexpensive Halloween decorations on sale at un-boo-lievable prices.

Add some scary curb appeal to your home with a giant inflatable characters like a ghost, witch or giant stack 'o pumpkins for $35. The Frankenmonster's pretty cute too, at $30.

Check out the 24-piece light-up Tombstone set for $15.

Mom might like her own personalized "Broom Parking Sign" for $19.72 (where do they come up with these prices?) or wipe your feet on a personalized Halloween Door Mat. Most sell for under $20.

Shipping adds 97 cents.

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Free scoop of Swiss Miss ice cream at Carvel on Thursday

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Carvel is offering a free scoop of Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate ice cream on Thursday, Sept. 23.

This cool treat is Carvel's premium ice cream swirled with Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix and a creamy marshmallow ribbon.

Click here to find a location.

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Win shopping spree this morning at Nordstrom Rack

Get, ready, set, go! at Nordstrom's new Rack store in Boca Raton. Be there by 8:45 a.m. this morning (Thursday, Sept. 23) and you could have won a 90-second shopping spree of up to $2,000 worth of merchandise. Only one early-bird customer will be chosen.

The new store is in the University Commons shopping center, off 95 and Glades east, across from Florida Atlantic University, near Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Rack stores offer Nordstrom merchandise, often at a 50% discount. So that $300 designer dress you might have spied at Nordstrom in Boca Raton could be "on the rack" for $150 or less. It's a Boca bargain hunter's dream.

The first 1,000 customers also typically receive a free Nordstrom Rack tote bag with their purchase, according to the retailer's website. See more details, in Business:

Nordstrom Rack story


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September 22, 2010

Budweiser to give away free beer on Wednesday, Sept. 29

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Budweiser has declared Wednesday, Sept. 29, "National Happy Hour" and will be giving out free beer at bars to those 21 and older.

Suffering from flat sales of the suds, Bud will give away half a million free brews at bars to boost the brand, which is suffering from sales down 9 percent a year for the last two years, according to a USA Today report.

The promotion is part of a new, hipper ad campaign that Anheuser-Busch will roll out beginning Monday. Think football could be involved?

I'll report on where and what time you can get one when I find out. Stay tuned and stay thirsty, my friends.

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Buxom Babes lip gloss set for $7.60 (was $28)

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BareEscentuals.com has the Buxom Babes Flower Girls lip gloss set on sale for $9.50 and you get another $1.90 off with a coupon code! It was $28.

If you haven't tried Buxom Lips, it's the bomb! The glosses are gorgeous, tasty and slightly stingy for a plump pout. Buxom is one of my faves and it will be yours, too.

This set has four pinky hues.

Click here for the deal. Coupon code GLAMOUR gets 20 percent off your total purchase.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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September 21, 2010

Create an Internet domain name for just 99 cents

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GoDaddy.com is having a sale on domain names for under a dollar with a coupon code.

Now's your chance to launch that Internet start-up on the World Wide Web! Or, create that catchy dot com handle and sell it for millions at auction! Just type in the name and see if it's available.

Click here for the deal. Enter code FALL99 at checkout.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Save up to 80 percent with Florida vacation auctions

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Save up to 80 percent on attractions and vacation packages at resorts and hotels around Florida at FloridaVacationAuctions.com, an official partner of the state's travel planning site, VisitFlorida.com.

The free site works like e-Bay. Deals are listed at an opening bid price and there is a "buy direct" price if you don't want to wait and bid. Either way, you save.

Browse current and upcoming deals as well as completed auctions. Search deals by region or city, category (beach, luxury, golf, etc.), arrival date or price.

It's free to register. Starting bids open at 20 percent of the retail value of the offer. Bids are placed in $5 increments. The auction period typically begins on Sunday and ends the following Sunday. Listing clearly spell out the terms of the offer and when it must be redeemed (many by Dec. 31). Blackout dates also are listed. Several packages include rounds of golf and breakfast. Read more about how it works.

A sample of current hotel offers you can bid on, ending Sept. 26:

Historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables
Package includes 5 days/4 nights in a junior suite
Opening Bid: $225; Buy Direct for: $956; Retail Value: $1,116

The Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete
3 nights in a superior guest room with a $100 resort credit
Opening Bid: $285; Buy Direct for: $787; Retail Value: $1,405

The Royal Plaza in the Walt Disney World Resort
3 days/2 nights in a traditional guest room
Opening Bid: $80; Buy Direct for: $316; Retail Value: $396

A few recent winning bids on attractions and hotels:

$40 for admission for 2 adults/2 kids at Gatorland in Orlando ($76 retail value)
$35 for 4 admissions to Jungle Island in Miami ($112 value)
$55 for 4 admissions to Florida Aquarium in Tampa ($80 value)
$25 for 2 adults/2 kids to Orlando Airboat Adventure ($100 value)
$195 for 2 nights at Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort in the Keys ($498 value)
$55 for 2 nights in a 3-bedroom house that sleeps 8 through American Vacation Homes in Orlando. ($82 cleaning fee additional)

Click here to check out the deals and start packing!

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Rebate: Get up to $15 cash back on Anco Wiper Blades

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Buy a pair of Anco Windshield Wiper Blades and get up to $15 in cash back with a rebate. Anco blades are sold at Amazon.com and Sears stores and Sears.com. Our weather is brutal on rubber blades and they always seem to wear out so quickly.

Get $15 back on pairs of Anco Contour or Profile blades; $10 back on AeroVantage blades and $5 back on 31-series, Winter Blade or Rear Blade.

Click here to find a blade that fits your car on Amazon.com (select any blade and scroll down to the box that says "Make Sure It Fits" and put in your make and model; purchase two from Amazon.com. Click the rebate icon to get the form. Also, get free two-day shipping when you sign up for Amazon Mom (you don't have to be a mom; men can sign up too!).

Purchase by Oct. 31; mail the rebate in by Nov. 30 to get your money back.

Click here for the rebate form if you purchase elsewhere. There are rebates on brake pads and spark plugs at this link, too.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Free 'Biggest Loser' 12-song MP3 download with Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Rihanna

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In honor of the season return of the "The Biggest Loser," airing at 8 p.m. tonight on NBC, get a free download of the 12-track "The Biggest Loser and Subway Workout Mix Vol. 2" with an e-mail submission. It normally sells for $9.99.

Some of the pop tracks include: "Telephone " by Lady Gaga, "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z, Feat. and Alicia Keys, "Hard" by Rihanna, "Whataya Want From Me" by Adam Lambert and "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum.

Click here for the download and get groovin' & movin'!

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September 20, 2010

Free 'Icky Bands' bracelets teach kids the art of hand washing

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Hey, teachers and moms! Have some good clean fun with your class and kids and get up to 32 free "Icky Bands" bracelets to help teach the importance of hand washing from TheArtofWashingHands.com.

Similar to Silly Bandz, these rubber bracelets are sure to be a hit with the germy-hand crowd. The four bands are Mr. Me-yucky, Dirt McGirt, Octogunk and Master Mo. The site also lists hygiene tips, correct hand-washing techniques. fun class activities and sing-along songs.

Click here for the deal. You can request up to four eight-packs of bracelets. Allow four to six weeks for delivery.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Save 50 percent on a FLIFF season pass

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Unspool some serious savings with Groupon.com's offer of a season pass to the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival for $237. That's half of its $475 value. The festival is celebrating its 25th year with a host of special events.

The FLIFF pass entitles you to enjoy 150 films, events with celebs and filmmakers and the Opening Night Film and Gala and the Chairman's Cruise and Brunch. The fest runs Oct. 22–Nov. 11 at Cinema Paradiso.

Click here to get Groupon's deal. It's good today only.

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Blue Bell Ice Cream BOGO

blue.jpgOne of Shop-O-Matic's most popular posts was a Blue Bell BOGO. What is it about this ice cream? Folks love it!

It's buy one get one free this week at Winn-Dixie, but hurry, sale good through Tuesday. Buy one 64-oz frozen yogurt or ice cream for $6.79, get one free.

Blue Bell mailed me a coupon when I registered at bluebell.com. If one of you finds a printable let us know in the comments below. Maybe friend Blue Bell on facebook? Two coupons would make this deal even SWEETER. Pardon the pun.

Other Winn-Dixie BOGOs good though 9/21: Dole salads, Stonyfield organic yogurt, Hunts tomato sauce, various Cover Girl items, Pepperidge Farm cakes, Hefty CinchSak trash bags, Hershey's Kit Kat or Reese's candy bars, Ben & Jerry's or Starbucks ice cream, Aunt Jemima waffles, Ocean Spray cranberry juice,etc.

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September 19, 2010

Free jar of Tostitos Salsa at RaceTrac convenience stores

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Tailgate time! Kick off football season with a free jar of salsa from RaceTrac. Buy a bag of XXL-size Tostitos cornchips and get a free jar of Tostitos salsa with a coupon from the convenience stores.

Click here for the printable coupon. It expires Oct. 4.

Go Dolphins!

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September 18, 2010

Free pet seminar at Nova Southeastern University on Sunday

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If you're considering getting a dog or already have one, Nova Southeastern University is having a free seminar entitled "How to Get (and Keep) a Furry Best Friend" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Alvin Sherman Library in the second floor conference room in Davie.

The seminar offers tips on training and correcting unwanted behaviors as well as information on purchasing from pet stores vs. breeders. There will freebies, too.
Reservations are required.

The library is located at 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. in Davie; 954-262-4613

Click here for more information or call 954-262-4513 to reserve a spot and get directions.

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$10 off $25 at Office Depot

The Bargain Babe, Doreen, posted a $10 off $25 at Office Dept in the gargantuan Freebie Friday list. I thought I'd give it its own searchable headline, since it's a great coupon and it just worked for me! Love those coupons! Thanks Doreen, keep 'em coming!

Click here for Freebie Friday and look down about 12 lines on the list for Office Depot. (I'm home, on my day off, I have no clue how to link to a PDF from here.)

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$5 admission to the Museum of Discovery and Science on Saturday

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Visit Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Discovery and Science on Saturday for $5 as part of a deal between the museum and Walmart. Admission usually runs $11 for adults and $9 for kids.

There are more than 200 fascinating things to touch and see, like the Minerals Rock exhibit, Runways to Rockets and the Great Gravity Clock. There's also bats, sharks and alligators, turtles and iguanas! You can also visit Mars or take a FA-18 for a spin in a fighter jet simulator.

"Arabia 3D," "Hubble" and "Dinosaurs" are showing at the IMAX Theater. The movies are not included in the special admission.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is located at 401 SW Second Street in Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637.

Click here to go to the MODS website.

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September 17, 2010

Delray boutique has original fitness wear

omybod.gifTired of wearing a T-shirt to the gym? Step it up with Oh My Bod's original fitness and yoga wear.

Oh My Bod is a long-time Delray Beach boutique, 1128 E. Atlantic Avenue (east side of the Intracoastal bridge). It not only features the shop owner's designs, she also has the most unique dresses-meant-for-dancing and accessories around.

I recently stopped in and found she had new designs on shrugs, light enough for South Florida's sticky weather and just enough to cover your shoulders for that bare-all dress.

If you want something different, sexy and fun, make a weekend stop near the beach at Oh My Bod.

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Everything's free at BigDog.com (just pay shipping)

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BigDogs.com is having a liquidation sale, offering everything on its site for free. You pay shipping at $3.50 per item with a four item minimum.

Some sporty options for boys include sassy shirts for baseball, basketball and soccer. For girls, "Talk to the Paw" is pretty doggone cute.

Click here for the deal.

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Consumers pick Top 50 online stores

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The National Retail Federation's September issue of Stores magazine features its annual survey of the Top 50 online stores consumers like best.

No big surprises here. The Top 3: Amazon.com, Walmart.com and eBay.com.

Rounding out the Top 10 are BestBuy.com, JCPenney.com, Target.com, Kohls.com, Google.com (huh?), Overstock.com and Sears.com.

The survey, in its fourth year, collected responses from 8,486 consumers who provided their top two preferred online merchants and ranked three factors in importance: Price, free shipping, flexible return policies.

Click here to see the full list and read the article.

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September 16, 2010

Doggie Snuggie for under $8! Shiver me timbers!

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Winter's commin'! Get ready now and order Fido a Snuggie of his own from TaylorGifts.com for only $7.98 with coupon code before that first big cold spell hits!

It was a pretty cold last winter (just ask my tomatoe plant) and our Insane Jack Russel Terrier Buster kept digging his way under my pink Snuggie to get warm. Now, he'll have his own. Look how cute it is!

(Save 20 percent on all the pet items with the coupon code listed below.)

Click here for the deal. Use couon code AFT91410 to get 20 percent off. Shipping adds $5.

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$10.99 admission to Lion Country Safari for government, hospitality workers

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Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach is offering $10.99 admission to government and hospitality employees through Nov. 21. That's a pretty good deal since adult admission is $25.50 and kids cost $18.50. (If you're not eligible, click here to print an $8-off coupon.)

Employees for local, state and federal governments and restaurant and hotel workers can enjoy the discount for up to four people in one vehicle when they present a valid ID or paycheck stub.

Lion Country safari offers two parks: A drive-through safari and a walk-through amusement park. The drive-through safari is home to over 900 animals roaming free just inches from your car. In the walk-through park, there are animal exhibits and encounters, rides, games, food and shopping.

Visit LionCountrySafari.com for hours and more information or call 561-793-1084.

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September 15, 2010

September is National Coupon Month

coupons1.JPGIn honor of National Coupon Month, Red Plum did a study to get insights from over 16,000 shoppers. The results show that today's frugality has become second nature to most Americans.

The majority of responders didn't feel the need to conceal the fact that they were using a coupon, even on a first date. To see more of what Red Plum is doing for National Coupon Month, check out Dash-4-Deals at www.redplum.com/dash.

On a personal level, I've noticed that fellow shoppers have more patience when they are behind me in line. Remember in the old days when folks used to groan and noisily change checkout lines when they saw the coupon stash.

Lately, I've noticed, there is more curiosity than annoyance. Last night, as I bought ten Febreeze $6.99 candles @ 2 for $5 and used two $2 coupons (thanks to DP) making them fifty cents each, EVERYONE wanted to know how I did that. The cashier even ran to get an old Sunday paper to find the coupon. BTW, it was in the 8/29 P&G insert. (Late addition: be sure to read Andrea's comment below.)

Couponing is fun for me. Some folks do Sudoku, some crosswords, I have a friend that enters contests. I have less and less spare time these days, but I still enjoy finding the deal...most of them lately right here in our Coupon Chaos comments.

Lets have a chat. How many of you coupon for fun? Necessity? The Red Plum study showed nowadays most folks used the money saved to pay down debt or buy necessities.

How many hours a week do you spend digging for deals? How much do you think you save every week? What do you do with the money saved? We'd love to hear from you. Don't be shy, we know you're out there. --Super Saver Kathy

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Amazon Mom offers free two-day shipping + 30 percent off

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Join the Amazon Mom club and get 30 percent off diapers and wipes and free 2-day shipping for three months on other things moms need and love like clothes, shoes, purses and makeup! Can't beat free two-day shipping! Thousands of goods qualify, not just baby and kid items.

Two-day shipping is basically a free trial of an Amazon Prime account with added benefits. Amazon Prime costs $79 per year.

(Note to Dads: I'm pretty sure the Internet can't tell if you're not a mom!)

Click here for the deal. You have to sign up for an Amazon.com account if you don't already have one.

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Free Artisan Breakfast Sandwich at Starbucks

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Sign up for My Starbucks Rewards and get a coupon for a free Artisan Breakfast Sandwich, which is egg, cheese, ham or bacon on a crispy roll.

First, you need a Starbucks card (load it with cash online or in stores if you don't already have one); register it at the link below and Starbucks will send a coupon in the mail for your free sandwich.

The reward program offers other benefits, too, like a free drink on your birthday and free coffee and tea refills (love that one!).

Click here for the deal. Sign up for rewards by Sept. 28. The coupon expires on Nov. 30.

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September 14, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Enter your best savings tips here

coupons1.JPGAloha strategic shoppers. I'm back from a glorious week in Maui, I traveled light, didn't take my laptop, so I missed you all! A week without a computer? I won't do that again.

Was I tickled to see your savings tips just kept coming in my absence, you all are the best! I had fun coupon shopping at Winn Dixie and Publix yesterday when I got back The kids were out of food without Super Saver Kathy to stock the cupboards.

I haven't had time yet to really study this week's sales, but one that stands out is the Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie deal at CVS. They are on sale for $1, use the $.75 off coupon from the 8/1 Smart Source, get the yummy cookies for 25 cents. I haven't gone for mine yet, so I hesitate to write this....oh well, it'll be good for the waistline if they are sold out.

Please put your favorite current savings tips in the comments below. --Super Saver Kathy

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Free with rebate: By Nature pet food ($12.99 value)

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By Nature Pet Foods is offering up to a six-pound bag of dog or cat food for free with rebate. It's a $12.99 value.

The company specializes in natural, corn- wheat- and soy-free pet foods. You can purchase the brand at Pet Supermarket.

The offer's good on:
Puppy Formula (6-lb)
Adult Dog Formula (6-lb)
Active Dog Formula (6-lb)
Pork & Sweet Potato Formula (6-lb
Duck & Sweet Peas Formula (6-lb)
Salmon, Ocean Fish & Yogurt Formula (6-lb)
Kitten Formula (4-lb), Adult Cat Formula (4-lb)
Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entree Formula (3.5-lb)
Grain-free Cat Formula (3.5-lb)
Seven Seafood Platter Formula (3.5-lb)

Click here to get the rebate form. The offer expires Nov. 10.

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September 13, 2010

Walmart to offer no-contract unlimited cell phone plans for $45 a month

Walmart is planning on offering its own cell phone plan on Sept. 20, the retailer announced in a press release on its corporate website.

Called Family Mobile, the new no-contract plan will offer unlimited calling and texting for $45 per month. Additional lines will cost $25 per month. The service will be powered by T-Mobile and will be sold at 2,500 stores on Monday.

The retailer offers a new concept in data plans as well. Phones will come with Internet access in the form of preloaded 100 megabyte "WebPakTM," which is a refillable card that can be used to browse the Internet, make international calls and purchase apps, ringtones and games. Additional WebPaks, price to be announced, can be purchased in stores or online. Unused time (as if!) never expires.

This should be welcome news for families struggling to control data costs. When you run out of time, you have to buy more, so there will be no overage fees. That should offer an easier way to manage and control monthly cell-phone expenses.

The plan can be used on a wide range of phones made by Nokia, Motorola and Samsung, including smart phones running the Android Operating System.

This is great news for consumers. The move by the world's largest retailer will likely put pressure on other large cell phone carriers like AT&T and Verizon to offer similar plans, ultimately driving down costs.

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Pandora jewelry store to open at Galleria

Pandora%20bracelet.jpgPandora jewelry store will open at The Galleria in November, the shopping mall announced on Monday.

The contemporary jewelry designer will open on the main level next to the Coach store.

Pandora offers earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry for sale as well as allowing shoppers to create their own jewelry. This bracelet is from the retailer's "Moments" collection.

See more Pandora jewelry at Pandora jewelry.

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Buy one, get one free on Lysol Wipes at Staples ($6.29 value)

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Staples.com has a buy one, get one free deal on Lysol Disinfecting Wipes. That's a $6.29 value. With cold and flu season coming up, these are an easy, convenient way to kill germs.

Add two 80-count tubs of Waterfall Scent wipes to your cart and pay for only one.

Click here for the deal. Buy online and ship to your local store for free. The offer expires Sept .18.

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Cute Kate Spade bag for $59.25 + free shipping (was $165)

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Kate Spade is having a fall sale, offering an additional 25 percent off clearance items with free shipping.

Pick up this super-cute black Gramercy Park Gerry Shoulder bag, right, for $59.25. It was $165. The Westbury Sofia, in brown or black, is $91.50 (was $245).

Over in the clearance jewelry, make a statement with the It Takes All Sorts ring for $27.75. It was $75.

Click here to browse the sale. The 25-percent off is deducted when you add items to cart. Shipping is free. Clearance items are final sale.

You also can download a free 10-song MP3 playlist as part of a promotion introducing Kate Spade's new fragrance, Twirl.

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Free MP3 download: Josh Groban's 'Hidden Away'

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Get Josh Groban's latest single "Hidden Away" free with an e-mail sign up. It's the opening track off his latest album, "Illuminations," due out in November.

Click here for the deal.

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Buy one smoothie and get one free at Jamba Juice

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Banana Berry Smoothie here I come! Buy one Jamba Juice smoothie (or any drink on the menu) and get one free with this coupon.

Become a Jamba Juice Insider to get more great offers.

Click here to print the coupon. It's good through Sept. 22.

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September 12, 2010

Conair Ionic Blowdryer or Ceramic Flat Iron for $15 (was $29.99)

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Walmart.com has a great deal on your choice of a Conair blowdryer or flat iron for $15. They normally run $29.99.

The lightweight, 1875-watt Ionic Turbo hair dryer comes in choice of four colors.

The one-inch ceramic flat iron comes in three color choices. If you don't own a flat iron, now's the time to pick one up for cheap. As on of my editors likes to say, "The flat iron changed my life."

Click here for the deal. Shipping is .97 cents. They're also available in stores. Check the website to find a location.

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Rent one DVD, get one free at Blockbuster Exress

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Rent one DVD movie and get one free from Blockbuster Express kiosks. You have to have two DVDs in your cart to get the freebie.

Blockbuster Express machines are located inside Publix markets.

Visit BlockbusterExpress.com to get the deal. Use promo code DVDFUN2. The offer's expires at midnight on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Don't forget, Redbox is offering a free movie rental, too through Sept. 30.

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Free Pancake Puppies from Denny's

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"Like" Denny's on Facebook and get a coupon good for a free order of Cookies 'n Cream Pancake Puppies when you buy one of five new menu items. Click on the tab "Coupon" and print it out. The coupon is at the bottom.

Click here for the coupon. It expires on Sept. 27. Be sure you're logged into Facebook.

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September 11, 2010

Coupon: $10 off a $25 purchase at Macy's (good Sept. 11 only)

Here's a $10 off a $25 in-store purchase at Macy's. It's good before 1 p.m. Sept. 11 only.

Click here to print.

I'm heading over there to get a Martha Stewart Enameled Cast Iron Casserole, if they have them in the store! That will make it $19.99!

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Broward County offers low-cost rabies clinic on Saturday

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Broward County Animal Care and Regulation is holding a rabies clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Collins Community Center in Oakland Park.

The vaccination and pet license costs $15 per pet (cash only). Dogs must be leashed and cats need to be in a carrier. You must prove you're a Broward County resident with a driver's license or utility bill.

Residents also can register pets to be spayed or neutered for $10 through the county's SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Together) program.

The Collins Community Center is at 3900 N.E. Third Ave., Oakland Park.

Click here for more information.

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Free 60-day membership at BJ's Wholesale Club

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BJ's Wholesale Club, with locations in Miami, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Parkland and Boynton Beach, is offering a free 60-day trial membership with full benefits for up to two people per household. There is no surcharge at checkout with this offer. Print the pass and take it to the service desk before you begin shopping. A 12-month membership to the club costs $45.

Shopping at a wholesale club can save money by buying in bulk. Plus, the club offers its own coupons and takes manufacturers coupons to save even more money. I shop there and LOVE the produce. Plus, you can't beat the prices on meat, chicken and fish. A gallon of milk is only $2.49.

Click here for the deal. It must be activated by Dec. 31.

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Martha Stewart enameled cast-iron casserole for $29.99 (was $99.99)

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Macys.com has a white Martha Stewart Collection enameled cast-iron 5.5-quart casserole on closeout for $29.99. It was $99.99. Other colors are on sale too.

This is a fantastic deal on a well-made heavy-duty pot that you'll use again and again. It goes from stove to oven (up to 450 degrees) and cleans up like a dream. Stewart's cast-iron collection gets five-star ratings from customers. Just to compare, a Le Creuset enameled cast-iron round 4.5-quart French oven costs $209.99.

Click here for the deal. Shipping adds $9.99.

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September 10, 2010

2 for $5 new books at Boynton store

Started your holiday shopping yet? Boynton's Book Rack may be a good place to start.

The Book Rack, which has been operating in Boynton Beach for 16 years, is planning to close its doors soon and its inventory is on sale until it's gone.

Owner Carole Moss says she has lost her lease so it's time to sell the store's collection of 87,000 books. Some are new books, many are paperbacks. There are children's books, art books and cookbooks, marked down 60%-75% off list, she says.

The store is located on the corner of Woolbright and Military Trail. For more information, call The Book Rack at 561-734-2767.

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"Grandparents Celebration 2010" in Hollywood on Sept. 15

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Comfort Zone Studio & Spa in Hollywood is hosting a "Grandparents Celebration 2010," offering free events and food for anyone 60 and over from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 on Harrison Street.

Enjoy free massages, facials, a fresh-baked breakfast, dancing lessons and prizes and raffles.

Click here for more information. You have to RSVP to reserve a spot at 954-967-4236 by Friday, Sept. 10.

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2-for-1 admission to Rapids Water Park (save $35.95)

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"Like" Rapids Water Park on Facebook and get a coupon for 2-for-1 admission through Oct. 17. Entry costs $35.95 plus tax per person.

The West Palm Beach park, open on weekends only now that summer's over, features 25 wet and wild water slides, a lazy river and a gigantic wave pool. My boys sure do love that place.

Click here to get the deal. Make sure you're logged into Facebook. The offer expires Oct. 17.

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September 9, 2010

Skype.com offers 30 minutes credit for free

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Skype.com is offering 30 minutes of credit for free as part of a "Happy Eid" promotion.

The service allows you to text and make video and voice calls from computers and mobile phones to anyone in the world for just pennies a minute.

Click here for the deal. You can download Skype on your computer and mobile phone for free.

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Get a free $10 iTunes gift card with purchase

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Visit a Coinstar Center, cash in $40 (or more) in coins onto an iTunes e-certificate and get a bonus $10 iTunes gift card in the mail.

If you have a jar of coins sitting around the house collecting dust, this is a great way to turn spare change into music and get something extra while you're at it. Visit the Coinstar machine near you (there's one at the Albertson's grocery store near my house) and dump in the change. The machine sorts and counts it and then gives you options to use the money for e-certificates or to cash out for bills at the store cashier.

Click here for the deal. The offer's good through Sept. 30.

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September 8, 2010

Free 2011 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Poster

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Attention Easy Riders! Harley-Davidson Motorcycles is offering a free poster with e-mail sign-up.

You get to pick one of 32 new 2011 models. I picked the 2011 Wide Glide, right.

Click here for the deal.

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Two free bowling games for kids

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KidsBowlFree.com offers kids two free games every day at 50 bowling centers in Florida. The program started in May and has been extended through Sept. 19. This would be a great thing to do on Thursday, Sept. 9, if you're not observing Rosh Hashana.

Participating South Floirda and Orlando centers include AMF Lanes in Davie, Pembroke Pines and Boynton Beach as well as Sawgrass Lanes in Sunrise; Orlando centers include AMF Semoran, Kissimmee and Sky as well as Colonial and Orange Lanes. Children 15 and under can participate.

Visit a KidsBowlFree.com participating bowling center near you; complete the form to register your kids. You will receive an e-mail with the passes. For more information on how the program works, click here.

You have to pay for shoe rental. Some centers also offer a $2.99 Kids Club meal. You also can sign up for a family pass for $24.95 that will allow up to four adults to bowl two games per day, too.

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Support women's health with Vera Wang

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Kohl's is offering specially designed Vera Wang items to support women's health and breast cancer awareness. The collection is only available online (and its Wisconsin stores).

The pink items, all $5 to $10, include a sequined change purse, jeweled ribbon pin, and a selection of baby and girl clothing items. Look at these Vera Wang baby slippers -- who could resist?

Net profits of any of the Vera Wang special collection go to the fight against breast cancer.
The collection is available only on online, but shipping is free with code SEND4FREE.

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Refurbished Philips 1080p DVD player for $29.99 + free shipping

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Buy.com offers a refurbished Philips 1080p U converting DVD player with DIVX for $29.99 and throws in free shipping. It was priced $99.95.

The player has loads of features, but here's highlights: Plays CD, (S)VCD, DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW as well as DivX, MP3, WMA and JPEG digital camera photos.

Click here for the deal. Shipping's free. Limit five per customer.

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Free DVD movie rental from Redbox

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To celebrate its billionth rental, Redbox is offering a rent-one-get-one free DVD movie night. Redbox kiosks are located at Walgreens, Walmart, Albertsons, 7-Elevens and other retail locations.

The "Thanks a Billion" promotion also offers a chance to win 50 prizes valued at $500 and a trip to the People's Choice Awards or a Sony Home Entertainment System as the grand prize. No purchase is necessary to enter.

To get the free movie, rent a Redbox DVD, then go the website, enter the code on the disk and a free rental code will be e-mailed to you. It expires in seven days. You also are automatically entered in the sweepstakes.

Click here to get the deal. The offer's good through Sept. 30.

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September 7, 2010

14-piece Cuisinart grill set with $20 Omaha Steak gift card for $24.99

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Buy.com has 50-percent off a 14-piece Cuisinart Stainless Steel Grill set with a bonus $20 Omaha Steak gift card for $24.99 with free shipping.

Summer might officially be over in other parts of the country, but we're just gettin' the patio party started here in South Florida!

Click here for the deal. Shipping's free.

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Two dozen Wilson golf balls for $10

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My pal Steve told me about this deal today. Walmart has two dozen golf balls in a mesh bag for $10. If you prefer, you can get a dozen Wilson Maximums for $5.

Click here for the deal. Ship to store for free.

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99 classical songs (mostly Mozart) for $1.99

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Amazon.com is offering "The 99 Most Essential Classical Pieces for Your Mind" for $1.99.

Boost your spatial reasoning (and your iTunes library) for under two bucks! You get 99 songs, (10 hours) of classical compositions, mostly Mozart, performed by some of the world's most accomplished symphonies.

While you're at it, download several 2010 "Autumn Jazz Sampler" albums for free.

Click here for the deal.

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September 6, 2010

Godiva chocolates up to 50% off

Godiva.jpgChocolate solves all problems. Dark chocolate, especially, which is good for your health.

So don't feel guilty stocking up on Godiva chocolates during its summer sale: up to 50 percent off on select items.

This 27-piece dark chocolate assortment is $23.99, regularly $32. For a something-different Labor Day treat, try Godiva's mint chocolate chip ice cream truffles, only $4.99 on sale.

Get over the "long-weekend-over" blues on Tuesday, by bringing this Tower of Indulgence to the office to share -- regulary $80, now on sale for $39.99. You'll be everyone's friend for at least a week. Tower.jpg



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$1 jeans for baby at Target stores with coupon

Target is having a $3 sale on baby jeans and with a $2 off coupon, you can get 'em for a buck!

The $3 sale is on Newborn Circo mix & match bodysuits, pants and jackets in Sundays circular. (Click here to go to Page 5 of the circular online.)

The sale is good through Sept. 11.

Click here to go to the Target.com coupon center; click on "Apparel" and print the $2-off coupon on kids jeans.

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Coupon: Buy-one-get-one free meal at Sweet Tomatoes

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Here's a buy-one-get-one meal free coupon and a $5.99 lunch coupon good at Sweet Tomatoes. I love the salad and soup bar and the warm blueberry muffins slathered with butter are my favorite!

Click here to print the coupons. They expire on Sept. 9 and 10. Join Cub Veg to get more offers.

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Doggone good deals on pet costumes for Halloween

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Amazon.com is having a pet costume sale, offering some adorable looks for $3.99. Only 55 days to Halloween! Oh, the indignities pets suffer at the hands of their owners!

Some of the cute options include Mighty Mutt with a cape in two sizes for $3.99, the Utterly Adorable Cow costume for $4.99, a Fairy Princess look (modeled by a bored-looking Yorkie), Hot Diggity Dog Mustard ($5.75) or Ketchup ($6.05). I liked the Taco costume, which would be cute on a chihuahua. My Insane Jack Russell, Buster, is going to be thrilled with his Super Dog look, at right.

There's loads of other looks going for under $10.

Click here to browse.

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Labor Day Coupon: 50 percent off at Boston Market

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

The offer's good today, Sept. 6, only.

-- Super Saver Kathy

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September 5, 2010

Style report: Fall/Winter beauty + lesson from Bobbi Brown

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Purple reigns supreme for eyes and lips this season in varying shades, from subtle to sooty, with some showing up nearly black.

But dark doesn't equal disaster. Don't let these colors intimidate you. Makeup expert Bobbi Brown, right, says anyone can wear these sultry shades.

"Try eye shadows and lip colors in plum, cherry and maple that have been infused with sheer black sparkles, which will be a little bit more translucent and wearable," Brown says. "Try wearing the darker colors on just one part of the face. If you wear a darker lip, pair it with a more subtle eye and vice versa."
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Brown says it's simple to get a dramatic, smoky eye.

"Apply a Kohl Eye Liner to the upper and lower lash line and smudge with your finger for a look that's sophisticated but also a little bit edgy. Compliment your smoky eye with a less intense lip - try a sheer lip gloss in a dark tone."

Check out these products for a fall look. They look great on everyone. Plus, they're just plum pretty.

From Bobbi Brown's Black Velvet Collection, shine on with the juicy and delicious Metallic Eye Shadow in Black Berry. Or grab a Kohl Eye Liner in Black Plum and start smudging. Top it off with Bobbi's Lip Gloss in Black Chocolate; $20 each; Bobbi Brown counters and BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

Other picks that were tops with our testers:

Rimmel London Max Volume Flash Curves Mascara promises 14 times the volume. We like how it plumps up your wallet, too, with its budget price tag; $5.50 at CVS.com
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Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick is an ultra-rich, super-pigmented formula that comes in 50 shades of matte, pearly and satin finishes. Wear one alone or combined. Our tester said this lipstick had super staying power, rating it a perfect 10; $19; Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Lancome Paris Color Design Eye Shadow Quad in French Touch, part of the French Coquettes fall collection, features a gorgeous, rich shade of eggplant. Our tester liked the way the silky shadows slipped on, blended and lasted;
$42; Macys.com and get a gift with any $32.50 purchase

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Smooth out uneven skin tones with Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. This pearly prep can be worn alone or underneath foundation. Plus, it's packed with powerful antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C. Our tester liked the nongreasy texture and loved the glow it gave. She gave this product a 9 rating; $28; Target stores, Target.com and PixiBeauty.com

Glide on a tasty treat with Napoleon Perdis' NP Set Luscious Lip Shine in Bermuda or Berlin. These glosses are infused with shea butter and jojoba seed oil and smell delish. Our testers also liked this product's consistency and slanted applicator, rating it a solid 7; $15; Target stores and Target.com

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"That's What She Said." T-Shirt for $5.99 (was $19.99)

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If you're a fan of NBC's "The Office" Tanga.com has a shirt for you. "That's What She Said." is $5.99. It was $19.99.

The Navy blue shirt comes in all sizes. XXL and XXXL sizes cost a buck more. (Tanga also has a cute Facebook "You Like This" T-shirt for $6.99.)

Click here for the deal. Shipping is $1.99.

Just for fun, click here to watch Michael Scott deliver his signature line in a variety of clips from the hit series.

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Savings Pass offers 4 South Florida attractions for $44.95

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Here's a way to save during the long Labor Day weekend. Get an extra $10 off the Summer Savings Pass. It was $54.95. The pass offers unlimited visits to Zoo Miami, Miami Seaquarium, Lion Country Safari and a one-day visit to Wanadoo City for $44.95 plus tax. The pass is good through Sept. 30. Also, kids are off from school Thursday, Sept. 9, so if you're not observing Rosh Hashanah you can do something fun for free.

This is a fantastic deal since a day at the zoo is $15.95; Wanado City is $35; Lion Country Safari is $25.50 and entrance to the Seaquarium costs $37.95. That's $114.40 for one day admissions only.

If you've already purchased an annual pass to any of these attractions, you can upgrade to this deal for $19.95.

Click here for info on the pass. Click here for the information form to fill out to get the deal at each attraction.

While you're at the zoo, be sure to visit the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. It's right next to the zoo and is worth a visit if you have any kiddies who like trains.

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Get a free "Man Day" T-shirt from Early Times Whiskey

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Earl Times Kentucky Whiskey offers a free "Man Day" T-shirt if you make a manyly declaration at EarlyTimes.com. Please respond responsibly.

Your declaration can be about what you do (hangin' with pals in the Man Cave), or even about what you don't do (antiquing, eating tofu). Discover if you're a man with the site's helpful questionnaire: Are you capable of changing your own oil? Have you ever knowingly consumed a wine cooler? Have you ever mentioned the color "mauve"?

Click here to get the deal. The offer expiers Oct. 31. You gotta be over 21 to enter the site.

I signed up for one. I'll wear it when I clean the bathroom.

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September 4, 2010

Get a free waffle at the Waffle House

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Kick off Labor Day weekend with a free waffle from Waffle House. The coupon's good for any variety, including the tasty new Apple Cinnamon Oat waffle.

Click here to print the coupon. It expires on Sept. 17.

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September 3, 2010

Free drink with popcorn purchase at AMC theaters

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Good today only, get a free drink of any size with any size popcorn purchase at AMC theaters.

Click here for the printable coupon. There's also a $2 large candy offer with the purchase of a combo. Click here to check it out.

What are you gonna see tonight? Click here to see what's playing.

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Free Twitter app for iPad and iPhone now on iTunes

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Here's something to tweet about: Twitter has a slick new free app for iPhone and iPad available on iTunes. Read about the app's features on the Twitter blog. Now you can dump EchoFon on your iPhone!

The social-networking service is also announcing changes to improve security. Click here to read the announcement. Twitter also sent an e-mail to users explaining upcoming changes.

Click here to get the new app.

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Coupons in Advance: Up to $2528 in coupons in Sunday's Sun Sentinel

Wow! Did that get your attention? The coupons in Sunday's paper get counted and recounted before that number goes on the masthead each week. This week that number will be $2528.

There is some variety from zone to zone, which is why we say 'up to $2528.' Let's say the Palm edition might have a coupon for a local restaurant, but that coupon doesn't appear in the Broward edition. There could be a slight variety in the counts from zone to zone, therefore we say 'up to $$,' rather than an exact number.

Most of our 'Coupons in Advance' readers want to know about the grocery coupon inserts. It's a holiday weekend, and like many holiday weekends, there will be no inserts this week. But there are plenty of current coupons from weeks past, and plenty of sales, so please share your savings tips in the comments below.

--Super Saver Kathy

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Target.com offers new iPod Touch, Nano, Shuffle with free shipping

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Target.com has the new Apple 4th generation iPod Touch, 6th gen iPod Nano and the 4th gen Shuffle in stock in all sizes and colors with free shipping. They are not available at Target stores yet.

The newly offered devices range in price from $399 for the 64-gig Touch to $179 for a 16 gig Nano to $49 for a 2 gig Shuffle.

The new Touch has FaceTime, Retina display, HD video recording and a game center.

You can also pick up a 160 gig iPods at 30 percent off for $219. They were $249.

Click here to browse. Shipping's free.

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September 2, 2010

Banana Republic gives you a chance to win your salary Labor Day weekend

You may want to walk into a Banana Republic store this weekend, even if you don' t need to buy a thing.

Banana Republic is offering anyone who walks through their doors Sept. 3-6 a chance to win his or her annual salary, up to $100,000, for Labor Day weekend. Now, that's worth the minimal effort it takes to make the drive to the mall.

Everyone receives 15, 25 or 50% off their entire purchase.

Good luck!

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Duracell Mobile Charger with four rechargeable batteries for $14.99 (was $49.99)

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Shnoop.com has a terrific deal on a Duracell Mobile Charger with four AA rechargeable batteries for $14.99 with free shipping. The charger usually runs $49.99.

This is a versatile smart charger that does double duty. It works an AA/AAA NiMH battery charger or as a USB charger for USB-powered deviceslike iPods, iPhones and hand-held electronic games. You can even operate it from a car's cigarette lighter adapter. Best part: You can use regular alkaline cells to power the USB charger, so you can charge up your cell phone battery. It does loads of other stuff listed at Shnoop.com.

With multiple hurricanes out there swirling, now's a good time to grab one of these babies so you can keep all your devices working and have a set of precharged batteries on hand, too, in case of an emergency.

Click here for the deal. Shipping's free. The offer expiers at 9 p.m., so don't wait if you want it.

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Personalized banner for a penny (worth $14.79)

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Shindigz.com offers personalized vinyl banners for just a penny. They normally cost $14.79.

Create a personalized 18-by-54 inch vinyl banner for parties, birthdays, showers or just about anything. There are thousands of themes to choose from and you decide on a font and what name gets added. These would be great for teachers, too! And don't forget, Halloween's coming up!

Click here for the deal. Use coupon code VSEH7H. Shipping adds $7.95.

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50 percent off CBS fantasy football league service (was $179)

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Hey, sports fans, CBSSports.com is slashing 50 percent off its premiere Commissioner League service, offering it for $89.99. It was $179.

The service claims to have the fastest instant live-scoring on game days; four award-winning Draft format options, including auctions; real-time smack talk with Live Chat/IM features; mobile phone and iPhone app management.

The service comes witha 14-day free trial and full money-back guarantee.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Sept. 30.

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September 1, 2010

Printable coupon: $5 off Honeybaked Ham

2010-mothersday2-hero.jpgLabor Day weekend is all about the end of summer and barbecues, but if you don't feel like fussing, a Honeybaked Ham is always a treat.

Have folks coming over? Have a pot luck and this can be the centerpiece. How's that for easy? Click here to print a $5 off coupon for a bone-in ham, $3 off a boneless half ham. Offer good thru 9/19/10.

I'll be on vacation so I won't be posting for a week, but I'll be checking in. Tell us, what are your Labor Day plans? Cooking? Going to a friend's...or a restaurant?

--Super Saver Kathy

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Groupon.com launches deals in Fort Lauderdale

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Groupon.com has officially launched deals in Fort Lauderdale. Now you can get a daily dose of savings on dining and entertainment in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Today's deal is $79 for a five-play flex ticket at Mosaic Theatre in Plantation. 20 people need to buy the deal to get the offer.

If you're not already familiar with Groupon, here's how it works:

Check out the day's offer. 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 expiration date and it doesn't have to be used immediately. If you refer a friend, you get $10, too.

Click here to see today's offer. Be sure to sign up for e-mail alerts for both Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

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Free chicken wings with drink purchase at 7-Eleven

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7-Eleven has three new flavors of chicken wings and is offering to let you try them for free with a drink purchase.

The new flavors are Asian Dragon, Spicy Wing Zings and BBQ. They're available for purchase .50 each at select stores with a "Wing Master."

Click here to get the coupon and find a participating location. The coupon expires on Sept. 30.

BTW, SunSentinel.com is now accepting nominations for the best wings in South Florida. Click here to enter your picks!

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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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