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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,

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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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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September 28, 2010

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 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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Deals at Boca's new Rack store


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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September 23, 2010

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 20, 2010

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 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 18, 2010

$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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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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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

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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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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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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September 11, 2010

Broward County offers low-cost rabies clinic on Saturday


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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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

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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September 8, 2010

Support women's health with Vera Wang


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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September 7, 2010

Two dozen Wilson golf balls for $10


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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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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Labor Day Coupon: 50 percent off at Boston Market

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


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."

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

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

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

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; and get a gift with any $32.50 purchase

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, and

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

Follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas.

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Savings Pass offers 4 South Florida attractions for $44.95


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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September 3, 2010

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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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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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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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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