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October 31, 2010

Free Conan O'Brien T-Shirts

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Conan O'Brien is giving out 10,000 free "Team Coco" T-shirts leading up to the launch of his new talk show on TBS. They're giving out 1,000 day until the show debuts on Nov. 8.

You have to follow @TeamCoco on Twitter and each day they will tweet a special code and link and then you can enter it online to get the shirt.

Click here for the deal.

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Free movie ticket with cereal purchase

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Get a free movie ticket from General Mills when you guy to boxes of cereal. We've found a $1-off coupon, too.

Enter two codes from specially marked boxes of GM's Reeses Puffs, Lucky Charms Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Tricks and Cheerios. Enter them online and the ticket will be e-mailed to you.

Click here for the deal. The offer's good through August 2011.

Click here to get a $1 off three boxes of cereal. Click on page 5.

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October 30, 2010

Printable coupon: Free small Quiznos sub

5013_LeftSide.jpgThe downtown Sun Sentinel employees are going to like this coupon, since there is a Quiznos on the next block! Hi, newsroom friends, greetings from Deerfield, this one's for you! And for you, dear readers.

Join the Quiznos Club and get a free small sub, with the purchase of a regular drink and regular price chips. Click here to join. Don't tell anybody, but it let me print a few coupons, not just one.

I thought there might be a catch, so I tested it tonight, in a Plantation store. Got a tasty toasted Mesquite Chicken sub, chips and a drink for $2.43. Being on the world's tightest budget, this was a real treat, since the first thing I let go in this economy were fountain drinks, or any 'restaurant-bought' drinks, for that matter.

How about you, how many of you still pay $2 for a soft drink with a sandwich? Am I the only one who suffers through iced tap water with lunches? Do tell.....

--Super Saver Kathy

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Win three free AXE shampoos in our giveaway!

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Sign up for DEALS text alerts and win three free full-sized AXE Shampoos for men! We're giving them out to five lucky winners who $ign up to $ave with text alerts by Sunday.

Here's how to win: Sign up for alerts by texting DEALS to 23539 by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. (If you've already signed up, you're automatically elligible.) On Monday, Nov. 1, we'll randomly draw five winners and send you a text so we can find out where to send the suds. See official rules, listed below.

Here's what you'll win:
AXE Downpour Refreshing Mint Shampoo with peppermint leaf extract
AXE Heat Igniting Citrus 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner with warming spices and citrus
AXE Zen Soothing Tea Tree Shampoo with real tea tree extract

Good luck!

Official rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Giveway begins on 10/27/10 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 10/31/10. Standard text message rates apply to entries via text message. Other restrictions may apply. Void where prohibited. Text STOP 2quit. HELP 4info. Odds depend on number of eligible entries. Sponsor: Sun Sentinel, 200 E Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33301.

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Free kids' character toothbrush from Colgate

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Here's a appropriate deal for Halloween Eve: Colgate is giving away free kids' character toothbrushes when they participate in the Healthy Habits for a Lifetime program.

Colgate's program, a partnership with RIF (Reading Is Fundamental), aims to help parents and kids make washing hands, brushing teeth and reading part of their bedtime routine.

Here's how it works: Sign up for the program, use an online log to help kids keep track of their progress of washing, brushing and reading and then Colgate will send along the free toothbrush to all kids in the household who participate.

The site also has fun online games and puzzles and you can even create a storybook starring your child. That should make reading that nightly book a snap!

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Dec. 31.

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October 29, 2010

Holiday gifts from Macy's celebrity designers

macy%27s%20xmas%20tie.jpgMacy has announced its "gifts from its stars," meaning Martha Stewart, Donald Trump, Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein and others you see in their TV commercials.

What I like about this is that many of these gifts are under $50. Even Trump's ties are $49.50.

I especially like Betsey Johnson's snowflake bracelet, only $35. macy%27s%20snowflake.jpg


A nice holiday gift when visiting friends and family would be Martha Stewart Collection Mitt Christmas Stocking Set, $14.99. macy%27s%20martha.jpg


If you collect Christmas tree ornaments, you might want to buy Tommy Hilfiger's set of four boxed glass ornaments, $29.95. macy%27s%20tommy%20ornaments.jpg

See more at Macy's Holiday Gifts

Affordable gifts for the holidays -- now that's a magical holiday strategy. Let's hope other retailers follow suit!

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Dress up as Col. Sanders and win KFC chicken sandwiches for life

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Here's a tasty costume idea: Dress up as Col. Harlan Sanders and you could win KFC Doublicious sandwiches for life in the fast-food restaurant's Halloween contest.

Here's what you do: Break out the white suit, black bowtie and goatee and dress up as Colonel Sanders. Take your photo and send it to KFCDoubliciousDouble@gmail.com along with your name and phone number.

One "Doublicious Double" will win the free sandwiches.

Click here for the deal and contest rules. You must send in your photo by 10 p.m. Nov. 4. Pets are can enter, 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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BOGO coupon for Gap Outlet good on Saturday

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Here's a coupon for a buy-one, get one free item at Gap Outlet good on Saturday, Oct. 30 only.

Click here for the deal.

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October 28, 2010

Free 16-track 'Experience Halloween' album

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As we inch closer to Oct. 31, here's a free 16-track MP3 download "Experience Halloween: A Tunecore Music Sampler" from Amazon.com

I previewed a few songs, and the compilation covers the bases, from pop to hip-hop from various artists. A few were pretty decent.

Click here for the deal. You must have an Amazon.com account.

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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October 27, 2010

Coupon: Macy's WOW Pass: 20 percent off good through Saturday

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Macy's is having a birthday say and offering extra savings with its WOW pass.

Highlights include: Extra 20 percent off select sale, and clearance apparel for him, her and kids; extra 15 percent off all sale and clearance on jewelry, shoes, coats, suits, dresses, foundations, men's fashions and home items; 10 percent off sale and clearance watches, electrics and electronics.

Click here for the coupon.

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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Day-to-night dresses at Bloomie's

wrap%20dress.jpgBloomingdale's is pitching a dress line as those that can go from "day to night." I don't quite see sequins, poofy short skirts, and such for the workplace, but those are the pricey dresses, anyway.

Here's an Aqua Faux Wrap dress for only $88 that could be used for daywear and dressed up with a long chain of pearls or beads for nighttime. There are other Bloomingdale's selections as well that work well with fall's tights or high boots (even in South Florida -- maybe next week.)

See Bloomingdale's Day-to-Night dresses.

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Shop, save and earn a free AAA membership

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Become an American Automobile Association member and save on shopping, dining and travel and get other valuable benefits, too.

Besides counting on roadside assistance, Auto Club South members (Florida, Georgia and west and middle Tennessee) who shop online through AAA.com can earn virtual dollars toward free memberships in the auto club. Just a few participating merchants: Walmart, Best Buy, Macy's, iTunes, Starbucks, Staples, Office Depot, Petco. As we head into the holiday shopping season, now's your chance to rack 'em up.

Here's how the program works: Visit the AAA Dollars page at AAA.com/Discounts and register your card. Select a store and make your purchase. A percentage of your total purchase (from 1 percent to 7 percent) will be applied to your next renewal bill. Annual AAA club dues range from $17 to $80 per year.

Members also can flash their cards and get instant discounts at 160,000 stores, restaurants, theaters, pharmacies, entertainment venues, shops and hotels. Save 10 percent to 15 percent at Target, McDonald's, Payless, Dairy Queen, Denny's, Hard Rock Cafe and Miami Subs as well as Florida Panthers Hockey, Galaxy Skateways, Disney, Universal Orlando, Central Florida Zoo and SeaWorld. Try it! (We recently used our card to get free Bloomin' Onions at Outback Steakhouses until the chain recently discontinued the deal.)

The not-for-profit club has 51 million members and 1,100 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

We've been members for more than 20 years. Besides the obvious benefits of assistance for distressed motorists, AAA pays for itself with travel discounts, maps and savings on tickets to Disney World and other Florida attractions when you visit their offices.

In this case, membership truly does have its privileges.

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 FitnessBuilder app for iPhone, iPad, iPod ($9.99 value)

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We want to pump you up with the highly-rated FitnessBuilder app from the Apple store available for free for the next few days. It usually costs $9.99.

The app offers more than 650 workouts, 5,600 videos and images and gives you access to a set of calculators, tracking and progress features and a complete set of workout-building fitness tools. You get access to a live personal trainer, too.

MacWorld gave the app 4.5 out of five mice in a 2009 review.

Click here for the deal.

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Free 10X13 photo portrait at Walmart ($29.99 value)

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Get a free 10X13 portrait from Picture Me Portrait Studio inside Walmart stores when you sign up with an e-mail address. It's a $29.99 value.

After you sign up, the coupon will pop up and then you can print it out. What a fantastic holiday gift this would make for Grandma!

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Dec. 31. Say cheese!

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October 26, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Tell us where you are saving this week

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where you guys give us the best ideas for saving on our weekly shopping! Thanks to all our wonderful readers who leave comments when they find a great sale and/or coupon match up.

For you new moms, this week Walgreens has a Register Reward for $1 on Huggies diapers, use the printable coupon at coupons.com, making this a sweet deal. But hurry and print, these coupons change at the end of the month.

There are lots of great BOGOs at Publix this week, some with coupon match ups: Arnold bread, Oscar Meyer Wieners (coupon 9/26 SS) and Nestle Toll House cookies (10/3 Red Plum) for example. Okay, now its your turn, what are you finding?

Happy shopping. --Super Saver Kathy

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Free 2011 calendar from Oriental Trading

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Get a free 2011 wall calendar from Oriental Trading.

The end of the year is fast approaching and you can always use an extra calendar to keep track of important dates -- like vacation!

Click here for the deal.

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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October 25, 2010

Heading north? Bundle up at Bj's

Live in South Florida but heading north for the holidays? You'll need a warm jacket or coat, but probably don't want to spend much.

BJ's Wholesale Club has some affordable jacket and coat choices.

Big Chill outerwear faux leather jacket has exposed seam details with mandarin-style collar and side pockets with zip detail. Available in gold dusted indigo, gold dusted black, cognac and plum. Sizes S to XL. $29.99

Giacca faux leather and fur-trimmed Jacket is available in chocolate and tan with faux fur lined collar. Sizes S to XL. $39.99

Anne Klein Pea Coat: Double breasted, hooded, waist length wool in black, charcoal purple, charcoal tweed and red tweed. Sizes S to XL. $49.99

Larry Levine Walker – Long single-breasted triple button-down wool in textures like bouclé and tweed and patterns like plaid. Sizes S to XL. $49.99

Kenneth Cole hooded down jacket: long length in gray, black and champagne. Detachable faux fur trimmed hood. Sizes S to XL. $49.99

Kenneth Cole short down jacket: Quilted down with a stand collar and detachable hood, zipper closure with hidden snaps, allover seam detailing and zipper pockets at the waist. Available in black, brown, amethyst, white and poppy. Sizes S-XL. $39.99 ($10 off on Black Friday)

Visit BJ's to find a location near you.

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Free ebook: 'Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" for Kindle

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Amazon.com is offering Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" as a free download for Kindle readers.

Click here for the deal. It's elementary.

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Free GoldToe Underwear for men (with $2.50 shipping)

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Get a free pair of men's briefs or T-shirt from GoldToe with a $2.50 shipping fee. Considering two pairs of briefs cost $19, it's a pretty good deal. The company, known for its socks, is moving up in the world of men's undergarments.

Choose from 100 percent cotton briefs, boxer briefs or T-shirts in crew or v-necks in sizes medium to XXL.

Click here for the deal. Shipping is $2.50; the offer expires on Nov. 2.

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October 24, 2010

Free jewelry from DarcusTori.com (you pay shipping)

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DarcusTori.com is offering up to three pieces of free jewelry with coupon codes. You pay for shipping.

Choose from:
Earrings: square, heart-shaped and round studs in sterling silver set with a variety of simulated stones like peridot, aquamarine, amethyst and sapphire, priced at $59.95; use code 0801

Turquoise heart or cross necklaces on 20-inch black cord (was $26.99) use code 0704

Click here for the deal. The earring codes work on a variety of studs, so click around. Limit three per order. Shipping varies by zip code.

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October 23, 2010

Free Perlabella Anti-Aging Facial Serium at Walgreens ($20 value)

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Get a free full-sized Perlabella Anti-Aging Facial Serium at Walgreens stores with a coupon. The products, normally $19.99, is on sale for $9.99. Print out the $10 off coupon, bring it to your local Walgreens and score it for 59 cents tax! Print an extra coupon in case you like it and want to buy it again.

Click here to print the $10-off coupon. It expires on Dec. 31.

Click here to find the product in stock at a Walgreens near you.

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'Rolling Stones: Biggest Bang' DVD for $5.99 (was $29.99)

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This will get you rockin: BestBuy.com has the "Rolling Stones: Biggest Bang" DVD on sale for $5.99. It was $29.99.

The four-disc set follows the band around the world and includes loads of bonus material, too.

Click here for the deal.

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South Florida Women's Expo coming to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, Sunday

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Learn secrets to permanent weight loss, how to protect yourself with self defense and get tips on how to balance your hormones naturally at the free South Florida Women's Expo coming to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24 at the Coral Ridge Mall.

The expo will offer hourly demonstrations, wine tastings and prize giveaways-- and loads of vendors -- beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Here's the lineup:

Saturday
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Ballroom dance demonstration and lesson (with group participation)
Noon and 5 p.m.: "Women's Self Defense Demo"
1 p.m.: "What's the Deal With Social Media?"
2 p.m.: "Five Secretes to Permanent Weight Loss"

Sunday
1 p.m. "How to Maximize Social Media to Promote Your Organization"
2 p.m.: Dance demo and lesson
3 p.m. "Balancing Your Hormones Naturally"
4 p.m.: Women's Self Defense Demo

There will be a host of vendors selling jewelry, skincare, nutrition, wellness, home improvement and family services.

Click here for more information from Inspired Productions. The Coral Ridge Mall is located on the northeast corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Federal Highway.

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Free 8X10 photo collage from Walgreens

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Walgreens photo center is offering a free 8X10 photo collage through Saturday, Oct. 23.

Click here for the deal. Enter coupon code 8X10TREAT to get the freebie.

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Free Oneida salad plates, mugs, vegetable bowls

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Oneida is offering for free mugs and vegetable bowls in the crisscross Picnic pattern and salad plates in the Athena pattern. You just pay for shipping.

The pieces are made of stoneware and are dishwasher safe. If you need salad plates for the holidays, you can't beat the price!

Click here to order mugs.
Click here to order vegetable bowls.
Click here to order salad plates.

DealTaker.com had a coupon code to save another 10 percent: TTE10; not sure if it will help with shipping, but give it a try.

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Free 'Pookie Bear' ringtone from Wendy's

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Wendy's is offering it's snappy "Pookie Bear" ringtone for free through Facebook.com. The catchy 30-second tune is featured in the fast-food chain's latest commercial.

Click here for the deal. Be sure you're logged into Facebook, Pookie.

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October 22, 2010

Free dirt from old Yankee Stadium for $3.99 shipping (was $29.99)

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Don't despair, Yankee fans! We're not winning the pennant this year, but we've got a dirt-cheap deal for you as a consolation prize.

SteinerSports.com has New York Yankee Authentic Game Used Dirt Capsules from Old Yankee Stadium for free (it was $29.99). You just pay the $3.99 UPS 2-day ground shipping.

Just think, your vial will contain the turf once treaded upon by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle...and Bernie Williams.

Click here for the deal. When you add to cart, the price drops from $29.99 to $0.00. We'll get 'em next year.

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Some good deals at Macy's one-day sale

hoops.jpgMacy's is having one of its famous one-day sales on Saturday, Oct. 23, with a preview day today, Friday, Oct. 22.

I hopped online this morning and spied the perfect gift for a certain sister's birthday. With Christmas just around the corner, there are plenty of gift ideas for yourself or others in jewelry, handbags, clothing, and bed and bath.

How about these diamond and sterling silver hoops (that's not what I got you, sis) for $89?

The one-day sale is good in stores and online at Macy's.

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Groupon: Half off at Copper Canyon Grill in Boca Raton

boca.jpgHere's another restaurant deal from Groupon. Buy $40 worth of food and drink for $20 at the Copper Canyon Grill. Good only at the Boca Raton location, 2006 NW Executive Center Circle. Buy today only, but its good until April 11, 2011.

Click here for details.

The Miami Groupon deal of the day is for $25 worth of Halloween accessories for $12 at the Miami Halloween store, 63 E Flagler St.. Use the same link, search for Miami in the location bar. --Super Saver Kathy

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October 21, 2010

Get 50 percent off Coach shoes

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Get 50 percent off Coach shoes. Score fantastic bargains on heels, boots, sneakers, wedges and more. I LOVE savings on designer goods.

Check out this goegeous Coach Astor Heel for $89. They were $178. They come in black, natural or rosegold. There are plenty of other styles to choose from, too. You can score adorable sneakers for $49, too.

Click here for the deal.

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6-foot, pre-lit Christmas trees for $25

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Walmart.com has 6-foot, pre-lit, artificial Christmas trees for $25.

I know it's early and Halloween hasn't even arrived, but still...$25!

You can choose a tree with white or colored lights. These are great, because you just plug 'em in and start decorating.

Click here for the deal. Use the new ship to store service and you won't have to pay for shipping.

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Coupons: $10 off a $30 purchase + free tote at Pier 1 Imports

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Here' a the latest printable coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase at Pier 1 Imports. There's also another good for a free reusable bag with any $25 purchase.

There's still lots of cute Halloween and fall decor in the store last time I was there.

Click here to get the coupons. They expire on Nov. 7.

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100 happy campers get year of free food as Chick-fil-A opens in Davie today

 

UPDATE: More than 200 people lined up Wednesday morning in Davie hoping to get one of 100 spots to win free meals for a year on Thursday for Chick-fil-A's grand opening. A lottery was held to determine the who got to camp and win 52 meal tickets. Five extra spots also were reserved in case someone chickened out. The prizes were to be awarded around 6:10 a.m. Thursday.

The hours are 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m. Restaurants are closed on Sundays.


Don't be chicken! Break out the lawn chairs, tents and coolers and camp out in the parking lot of the new Chick-fil-A in Davie to win free food for a year when the store opens at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

The first 100 people in line today at 1900 S. University Drive in Davie will "Eat Mor Chikin" for a year when the company awards 52 certificates each for free meals. If there are more than 100 people waiting this morning, spots will be determined by raffle.

When the Chick-fil-A in Pompano Beach opened in December 2009, nearly 150 people were waiting to collect the free meals.

The new nearly 4,300-square-foot location will seat 100 and also will have a play area for kids. Hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday with breakfast served until 10:30 a.m. The restaurants are closed on Sundays.

Click here for the official rules. You must be at least 18 years old to win.

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October 20, 2010

Match your coupons to sales at SavingsAngel

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We just got a press release from SavingsAngel.com with some interesting statistics. SavingsAngel is a West Michigan based company that uses technology to match store sales to coupons. I was surprised by some of the statistics, so I thought I'd share them with you.

The gist of the information is that couponers tend to be more wealthy than non-couponers. "According to Neilsen, 38 percent of the "super heavy" couponers and 41 percent of coupon "enthusiasts" come from households with incomes greater than $70,000. Usage among those earning $100,000 and up were the primary drivers of coupon growth in 2009.

According to Neilsen, 83 percent of products purchased with manufacturers' coupons in 2009 were done by just 22 percent of households.

Are you surprised? -- Super Saver Kathy

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Buy two, get two free Yankee Candles

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Get four large or medium jars of Yankee Candles for the price two with a pair of coupon codes.

Fill your home with festive fall and winter fragrances with this wonderful deal. There are so many great scents, it's hard to pick. Prices start at $21.99 for mediums and $24.99 for large.

Click here for the deal. Use coupon codes CRM011L to get two free large jars; CRM011M gets two free medium jars.

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Sun Sentinel's Biggest Saver Contest update

Many of you have asked us about the 'biggest saver' contest....which had nothing to do with the shopping blog, but I did encourage our readers to enter. I'm sure you are the best savers out there!

Since I don't work in Marketing, I don't know who won yet. But I've asked around, and found out that you did not miss the announcement. It's yet to be made. I have my fingers crossed that it's one of you!

--Super Saver Kathy

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October 19, 2010

J.C. Penney offers lowest prices of fall

pea%20coat.jpgI was in New York City last weekend and the weather was in that in-between stage: My leather jacket wasn't quite warm enough some days while a sweater was plenty on a sunny day.

What I needed was a wool-cashmere blend pea coat like this one on sale for $79.99 at J.C. Penney's. It may be too late for me, but if you're planning a trip north for Thanksgiving, such a coat could come in handy. It comes in a variety of colors: blue, red, boysenberry, green and black.

It is among J.C. Penney's "lowest prices of the fall" sale. Many items are in the stores -- even this coat in South Florida -- but there's free shipping online of $49 or more. Go to www.jcpenney.com to check out the deals.

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Free Orange 'n Creme Swirl Frutista Freeze from Taco Bell

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Taco Bell is offering a coupon for a free Orange 'n Creme Swirl Frutisa Freeze (say that three times fast!).

If you love Creamsicles, this is the drink for you.

Click here for the coupon. It expires on Nov. 25 or when half a million are given out.

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Coupon Chaos: Share your strategic shopping scenarios here

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where we share our best savings tips with each other.

I'm totally time-challenged these days...blogging after hours, when I have a million other things to do, like tackle the paperwork piles on the kitchen counter. Did I say piles? Maybe I should say mountains! Do you ever get the feeling that everything in your life needs a part of you?

I'm sorry I haven't gotten 'Coupons in Advance' up lately. I've heard from enough of you to know it is missed, I appreciate your kind words...it's nice to know my efforts were appreciated. I love our readers, that's why I'm still blogging at 1am.

Andrea, Katiria, and DP, you've kept our coupon presence alive with your savings tips each week. Thanks for that. Lets hear from more of our savvy shoppers. We know you are out there.

Quick tip: Last day for a few good deals at Winn Dixie. McCormick Vanilla Extract is BOGO using two coupons from 10/3 Red Plum makes this a sweet deal. Tampax BOGO, use 2 coupons from 9/28 P&G, wow, the 10-20 pack is fifty cents! Stock up. But act fast, sale ends when the store closes on Tuesday.

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October 18, 2010

Today's Groupon is for Sukhothai Thai restaurant at Gateway

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I haven't tried a Groupon before, but there's a first time for everything. It's new in our area, there is a Groupon deal every day, register at Groupon.com to participate.

I love Sukhothai at the Gateway Shopping Center at 1930 E Sunrise Blvd, so I'm going to jump on the bandwagon, as they say. I love love love their whole snapper with red chili sauce. I'll bet you like the pad thai?!

Today only, Monday, 10/18, get $30 worth of food and drink for $15 at Sukhothai. Today only, tomorrow there will be a new deal. Click here to take advantage of this deal.

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Coupon: Free CVS/pharmacy hand sanitizer pen

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Get a free CVS/pharmacy brand hand sanitizer pen with your ExtraCare card number and an e-mail address. If you're not an ExtraCare member, you can sign up at the store.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends Wednesday, Oct. 20. Limit one per customer.

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Spooktacular list of free printable pumpkin-carving stencils

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We always carve a big pumpkin on Halloween night at our house before we head out trick 'r treating, so when I came across several sources of free downloadable pumpkin-carving stencils, I wanted to scare, I mean, share them.

Print out a PDF of your fave pattern, tape the stencil to your pumpkin and poke the outline of the pattern with a push pin and start carving. You also can shrink or enlarge them on a copy machine to get just the right scale.

Mickey, Minnie, Tinkerbell, Jack Skellington, Goofy, Pooh, Cinderella, Tigger and all your favorite characters are available from DisneyFamily.com.

From the American flag to John Wayne to Comedy & Tragedy masks, PumpkinGlow.com has it all. The site also offers helpful carving tips.

10 fun spooky designs from Mars M&Ms Candy

Flamingos, bats, cats, stars and more from Celebrating-Halloween.com

Text Me "LOL," dog-breeds, spider, googly eyes, haunted tree and many more stencils and tips and ideas on carving from Better Homes and Gardens (you must register with an e-mail address).

Scary, traditional and momograms from eHow.com

Witches, cats, spiders and more at Hershey's fun Halloween site, which also has other fun coloring and craft ideas for kids.

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Free $199 GPS system with purchase of iPod Touch

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BestBuy.com is offering a free $199 Insignia GPS system with the purchase an Apple iPod Touch. The offer's only good online.

The offer's good on 3rd- and 4th-generation 8GB, 32GB and 64GB models. Prices start at $179 and to go $399. Additionally, when you purchase an 8GB or 32GB model, get $45 off a Belkin accessory pack which includes two Grip Grove cases, headphones, a car/home charging pack and earbuds. You also can get 10 percent off a Napster music card too with purchase of all models.

There are also $20-off incentives on accessories for 6th-gen iPod Nanos as well.

Add each item to your cart and the prices should automatically be adjusted. Confirm the GPS comes up free before you buy!

Click here for the deal. You have to pay for shipping on the free GPS.

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Free after rebates: Choice of 10 Berlitz language programs ($30 value)

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Want to learn French, Italian or Spanish? If so, oui found a fantastico deal that will cost you nada.

Frys.com is offering free after rebates "Berlitz Premiere" learning system software in
Spanish, Italian, French, German, English and Chinese & Japanese, for both PC and Mac, free with rebates. They normally sell for $30.

The supercool thing about the software is that it works on your computer, in the car or on your mobile device. These particular Berlitz systems have been helping people learn foreign languages for more than a decade and promises to make learning, fast, fun and effective.
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To get the deal, you must file two rebates; one for $10 and another for $20, but you can do it electronically as well as by mail. The offer is for one per household and your title must be purchased by Oct. 21 to get it totally free. Wunderbar!

Click here for the deals. The $10 rebate expires on Dec. 31; the $20 rebate expires on Thursday, Oct. 21.

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October 17, 2010

Box of chocolate-dipped fruit from Edible Arrangements for $10 (was $25)

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Edible Arrangements is again offering a box of 12 pieces of gourmet chocolate-dipped fruit for $10 through Oct. 24 for "National Dipped Fruit Week" (um...OK). The box usually sells for $25. They make a lovely gift.

Here's how to get it: Call or order online and stop by the store to pick it up. There are locations all over Central and South Florida. There is no limit on the number of boxes you can order. Fruit selection will vary and orders placed during the promotion period must be picked up no later than Wednesday, Oct. 27.

I ordered two boxes last month when this promotion was offered and chocolate-dipped strawberries were devine! You'll love them.

Click here for the deal or call 1-877-363-7848. The offers ends Sunday, Oct. 24.

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30 percent off XBox 360 4GB bundle for $249 + free shipping

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The Microsoft store is offering a fantastic deal on an XBox 360 bundle. (Please don't mention this to my 15-year-old son.)

Here's what you get for $249 with free shipping:

XBox 360 4-gig console (black)
Extra 2.4 GHz wireless controller
12-month XBox Live Gold subscription
4,000 XBox Live points

Click here for the deal. UPS Ground shipping is free.

Also, Game Stop is offering great deals on used video games through Sunday. Click here to read yesterday's post.

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Free Suduko, Mine Sweep, Every Word games for Amazon Kindle

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Amazon.com is offering several free games for its popular Kindle reader.

Suduko: Fill in a 9x9 grid with numbers 1 through 9.
Mine Sweeper: Race the clock to find the hidden bombs.
Every Word: Test your vocabulary with scrambled letters.
Shuffled Row: See how many words you can make from 60 lettered tiles.
Word Morph: Transform a starting word a letter at a time to spell the ending word.
Periodic Table of Chemical Elements: This isn't a game, but I threw it in as a bonus!

Click here for the deal. You must have an Amazon.com account.

BUT WAIT! If you click right now, you'll also get "25 Language Phrasebook" at no extra charge. Learn how to say "Hello," "How are you," "Please," "Thank you" and much, much more in 25 languages! Hurry! No operators are standing by!

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Six free children's books from Pacific Learning

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PacificLearning.com is offering six free children's books with an e-mail signup.

Just click the link, register and an e-mail will be sent to you. Then log in, fill out the form and select your book packet, from Pre K to Grade 12. You should receive the books in 10-14 business days.

Click here for the deal.

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October 16, 2010

Buy two, get one free on used video games at Game Stop + extra trade-in credit

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Game Stop is offering a two great deals on used video games through Sunday.

1. Buy two used video games and get one free in stores and online.

2. Trade in at least three titles in stores and get bonus trade-in credit of 20 percent and an additional 10 percent if you have an Edge card.

Click here for the deal. Use code B2G1FREE when ording online to get the free game.

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Get 20 percent off at Macy's Shop for a Cause charity event

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Macy's is having its "Shop for a Cause" annual charity event in stores and online today.

The chain has raised $34 million for local charitable causes since it stared the event in 2006. This is a great way to support worthy causes in your community (you get to pick which one) and get some great bargains for yourself at the same time.

Here's how it works: Buy a $5 Shop for a Cause ticket and get a 20-percent savings pass good all day on clothes, accessories, jewelry and home items, valid on all regular, sale and clearance items. (I saw plenty of "additional-50-percent off" signs in the store this week.) In addition, the pass gets you 10 percent off all furniture, mattresses, rugs, electrics and electronics.

In stores, $5 goes to a South Florida non-profit of your choice. Online, the $5 goes to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, Wounded Warrior Project and Feeding America.

Click here for the deal.

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Download a free 10-song country music playlist

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Download a free 10-song country music playlist from People magazine through iTunes.com.

Two on the list: The Charlie Daniels Band's "A Few More Rednecks" and Ty Herndon's "Journey On."

Click here for the deal. Us code WJJFKJJ9FYLL to get the songs. The offer expires on Nov. 15.

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October 15, 2010

Williams Sonoma: Free cooking classes with 10% off same-day purchases

hero.jpgI'm pining away for the good old days when I was a 'stay-at-home' mom with some free time during the day. When the kids were at school, I would sneak up to FAU to take history and art history classes for fun. You wouldn't know it, but I even took a few cooking classes.

Maybe you have time to attend a complimentary cooking class at Williams Sonoma? Click here for the October class schedule. Classes are free and if you attend one you'll get 10% off same day purchases in the store.

Call your local store for times, questions and to make reservations, space is limited. Click here for store locator.

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70-piece Godiva Chocolate Ballotin for $15

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Amazon.com is offering an amazing, scrumptious deal: A 70-piece Christmas Ballotin of Godiva chocolates for -- get ready -- $15.

The 1-pound 14 ounce box of premium chocolates includes
dark, milk, and white chocolate favorites including pralines, buttery caramels, intense ganaches, and fruits and nuts.

Click here for the deal. Get free shipping if you're an Amazon Prime member.

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Create a 20-page hardcover photo book for free (worth $39.99)

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Picaboo.com is again offering a free 20-page hardcover Large Classic, Classic Custom or Classic Leather photo book worth $39.99 to new customers. They offered this deal in August and a friend created a lovely keepsake gift for her husband. The she was delighted with the quality -- and price.

As I said in August, this is scrapbooking on digital steroids. Picaboo walks you through how to create customized hardcover memory books with your digital photos to give as gifts or to keep for yourself. This is a fantastic way to commemorate weddings, births and graduations. You can even create a family cookbook!

Add additional pages for $1.99 each, up to 160 total pages. You also can order and ship additional copies to other addresses (did someone say Grandma?).

Click here for the deal. Enter your e-mail address to get the code FALLBK and get started. Shipping is $8.99. The offer expires Oct. 25.

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October 14, 2010

Get a free pack of Extra Dessert Delights gum

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Extra is giving away a quarter million free packs of its new Extra Dessert Delights chewing gum to celebrate "National Dessert Day" when you "like" Extra Gum on Facebook.com

After you fill in your info, choose from three flavors: Key Lime Pie, Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Shortcake and it will be mailed to you within 2-4 weeks.

Click here for the deal. Be sure you're logged into Facebook.

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How to get free and reduced-price prescriptions at South Florida pharmacies

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Get free diabetes and antibiotic prescriptions and save with $4-a-month prescriptions on hundreds of drugs offered by many South Florida pharmacies. Plus, a handy web tool from the state helps you comparison shop for the best price before you fill prescriptions at your favorite local drug store.

Here are a few ways to save on the high cost of drugs:

Free prescriptions
Publix offers free diabetes medicine. Diabetics can get generic immediate-release metformin (500, 850, 1000 mg) for free, up to a 30-day supply of 90 tablets. There's no limit to the number of refills of free diabetes medication you can receive. Click here to learn more. Publix also offers free antibiotics such as amoxicillin, ampicillin and erythromycin, along with five others drugs. Click here to see the list.

The Prescription Assistant Program at PPARX.org or 888-477-2669, helps qualifying patients without insurance get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. The service offers access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies, which give away more than $200 million in prescription medication to those in need each year.

Compare prices
Florida has a handy website where you can compare prices on medicines and save. Type in the name of the medication and the county where you live and the site offers a list of pharmacies and prices for that drug. MyFloridaRX.com

Reduced-priced prescriptions
Walmart has a pharmacy program where you can get a 30-day supply of drugs for $4 or a 90-day supply for $10. There are hundreds of prescription medications on the list. Click here to see the list. There also is a $4 Over-the-Counter $4 list, too.

Target also offers 300 generic drugs for $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply. Click here for the list.

Albertsons' Rx-tra Savings program, which costs a one-time fee of $10, offers 30-days of generic drugs for $4.99 and 90-days for $10.99 on 500 generic medicines. Click here to learn more about the program.

CVS's Health Savings Pass gets you 90-days of medicine for $9.99. Click here to view the 400 generic prescriptions on its list.

Walgreen's has a Prescription Savings Club, offering 400 meds for $12 for a 90-day supply. Click here to review its list.

Educate yourself
Read Consumer Report's excellent guide on how to get the best price on prescription drugs.

What are your strategies to save on drugs? Share your money-saving tips with us.

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Bring the boss to T.G.I. Friday's, get a free $10 meal, $7.99 steaks

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Here's your chance to earn some brownie points with the Big Cheese by springing for lunch for National Boss' Day -- for free!

T.G.I. Friday's is celebrating the "holiday" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15, with coupons for a free entree for any boss in your life up to $10 with the purchase of an entree. "Subordinates" can get a special Petite Sirloin for just $7.99 with the second coupon, good at participating restaurants.

The offer's available for "anybody who calls the shots" in your life, from real-life supervisors in the workplace to bossy girlfriends, wives and husbands at home. Even moms! Even your best friend! The offer's good for anyone who wears the pants in your life.

Click here to print the coupons.

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October 13, 2010

Walmart sells Apple iPads, tests new 'Pick Up Today' service in South Florida

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Walmart is now selling Apple iPads and is testing a new "Pick Up Today" service in South Florida stores.

The mega-retailer is carrying all six models on its website and in stores, offering 16- and 32-gigabyte models with Wi-Fi for $499 and $599 and 3G models starting at $629. They will be available at Sam's Club, too, a Walmart spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

The Coral Springs store, at 3801 Turtle Creek Drive, and the Boynton Beach location, at 3200 Old Boynton Road, both had five of each model, electronics department employees confirmed. Employees said they came in on Tuesday morning.

Walmart expects to sell the popular touch-screen device in more than 2,300 stores by mid-November, the most of any retailer, a spokesperson said.

Previously, Apple's tablet was only available through Apple,Target and Best Buy.

In addition, Walmart is testing a new, free same-day pickup service called "Pick Up Today" in 21 South Florida stores as well as in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., a spokesperson confirmed. (Unfortunately, the Pick Up Today service is not available for iPads.)

The service allows you to order online and drop by the store later to pick up your item within four hours. Orders placed after 6 p.m. will be ready by 10 a.m. the next day. Click here to learn more about how the service works.

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Redbox kiosks to offer video-game rentals

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Coming to a Redbox rental kiosk near you: Popular video games for $2 a day.

In the coming months, the company, which offers DVD rentals for $1 a day, will begin offering Nintendo DS, XBox 360, PS2, PS3 and Wii video game rentals at its red kiosks located at Walgreens, Walmart, Albertsons, 7-Elevens, McDonalds and now, CVS drugstores. Competitors Netflix and Blockbuster Express kiosks don't offer game rentals.

Gaming rentals are not available in Central or South Florida yet.

A Redbox spokesperson told Mashable on Tuesday that the company began testing game rentals in August of last year. “Redbox will be expanding its video game rental test to include additional markets in the West, Midwest and Atlantic coast” as “part of an ongoing test designed to gauge consumer interest in video game rentals,” the spokesperson said in Mashable's post.

Popular titles currently listed on the RedBox.com website include "Medal of Honor," "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West," "NBA 2K11" and "New Carnival Games," among others.

The company celebrated its billionth rental in September with a free DVD rental.

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Groupon.com launches deals in Palm Beach County

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Groupon.com has officially launched deals in Palm Beach.

Now you can get a daily dose of savings on dining and entertainment in the tri-county area in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

Today's deal is $20 for a Men's Haircut and Style ($40 Value) or $40 for a Women's Haircut, Blow Dry, and Conditioning Treatment ($80 Value) at Dorjon Salon in Boca Raton. 30 people need to buy the deal to get the offer.

If you're not 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 Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade.

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Free LED Aluminum Flashlight from Harbor Freight Tools (worth $7.99)

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As Hurricane Paula swirls out there, now's a good time to think about being prepared.

Get a free 4-inch Super Bright Nine LED Aluminum Flashlight from Harbor Freight Tools with this coupon. It's a $7.99 value.

There is no purchase necessary to get your flashlight.

Click here for the coupon. It expires on Oct. 23. There are locations all over Central and South Florida.

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October 12, 2010

Coupon Chaos: Share your weekly savings tips here

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where we share our best savings tips with each other.

You all inspired me this week with your great tips (still current thru Sunday. For the first time in weeks, I did a serious CVS shopping spree. I owe you big time for those suggestions, DP and Katiria. I had a $5 off $15 coupon and a $5 off $30, and I spent them both. Good sales at CVS this week.

Sometimes its just that little boost we need to get the energy to dig thru the coupon stash and make that list.

Tell us where you are finding the good deals this week in the comments below. --Super Saver Kathy

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vocalpoint.com; freeflys.com hotcouponworld.com;
clipnsavegreen.com; afullcup.com; WildForWags iheartpublix.com
iheartcvs.com totallytarget.com

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15% off Halloween items at Williams Sonoma

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Halloween candy totes, cookies, cupcakes and other trick or treat items are 15% off only through Friday, Oct. 15, at Williams Sonoma stores and online.

These reflective candy totes are regularly $16 and personalized giant pumpkin cookies $26.95. If personalizing, the items need to be ordered online at www.williamssonoma.com.

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Christmas comes early as Walmart slashes prices on 2010's hottest toys

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Christmas is comin' early this year down at your local Walmart.

The mega-retailer said today that it's kicking off the holiday shopping season early by slashing prices -- from $5 to $15 -- on all hot toys to help families cope with budget issues during the tough economy, according to a press release.

Some of the deals on hot-listed toys in stores and online now:

Barbie Potty Training Pups: $10; was $17.97
FurReal Gogo Walking Puppy: $49; was $54
Nerf N-Strike Stampede gun: $44; was $49.97
Zoobles Starter Pack: $5; new
Tonka Light and Sound Truck: $10; was $14.97
Bakugan Brawler Pack: $15; was $21.76
Hot Wheels Mega Air Jumper: $15; was $19.97
Loopz: $25; was $29.98

Check out Toy Insider's Top 20 hottest toys list for 2010.

Gee, I haven't even bought my Halloween costume yet. Maybe it's a good idea to jump on holiday shopping early and save yourself some time and more importantly, money. Early shoppers always get the best prices and selection.

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Free food at new Dunkin' Donuts in Sunrise

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Dunkin’ Donuts opened a new location on Monday, Oct. 4, in Sunrise and is celebrating with giveaways.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 15 Sunrise city workers, school board employees, health care workers and Sunrise Lakes residents can get a free donut or Egg and Cheese Wake-up Wrap with the purchse of a medium or large beverage and proof of ID.

Here's the schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 12: City of Sunrise workers
Wednesday, Oct. 13: Teachers and other school board personnel
Thursday, Oct. 14: Health-care workers
Friday, Oct. 15: Residents of Sunrise Lakes

On Saturday, Oct. 16, from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., any child under 13 who visits the store or drive-thru wearing pajamas (accompanied by an adult who purchases a medium or larger beverage) will receive a free Kiddie Coolatta and three Munchkin donuts.

The new shop is located at 10019 Sunset Strip at Nob Hill Place in Sunrise.

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Free Light-up UFO Keychain for Halloween

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COAST Products is giving away free UFO Keychain Lights for Halloween through Facebook.com.

The Oregon company is making safety its theme for October and it wants you to have a fun and be safe so it's giving away a cute little UFO Keychain to light the way while trick 'r treating.

Click here for the deal. Be sure to be logged into Facebook and then click on the tab "Signup Form" before Oct. 24 so you'll get it before the Great Pumpkin arrives.

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Coupon: 2-for-1 Arby's Beef 'n Cheddar Sandwich

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Grab your best pal for lunch today and head to Arby's and enjoy a buy one, get one free Beef 'n Cheddar Sandwich.

Click here to print the coupon. It expires on Oct. 18.

BTW, Join Arby's Extras and get coupons sent directly to your inbox. I got a coupon for a free Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich with a drink purchase within in a few hours of signing up.

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October 11, 2010

Get pampered at 26 South Florida salons for $50 during Spa Week

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Get a 50-minute massage, laser-hair treatments or hour-long facials and pedicures for $50 during Spa Week, going on through Sunday, Oct. 17. There are 26 participating salons in South Florida.

Some of places that pamper include the Sleek MedSpas in Aventura and Boca Raton, Clarins Skin Spa at Bloomingdales in Aventura, The Cold Water Creek Spa in Pembroke Pines, The Eden Day Spa in Boca Raton, The Bella Reina Spa in Delray Beach as well as both Red Door Spas in Weston and Fort Lauderdale, among others.

Click here for the deal. You have to sign up with an e-mail address to get onto the site to book services. Treatments vary by salon.

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50% off at trendy Bella Boutique in Boca Raton

You can always find something cutting-edge and different at Bella Boutique, at Shops at Boca Center, off Military Trail near Town Center Circle.

Everything in the store is currently 50 percent off. Bella has club and other dresses for the younger set, sexy tops, skinny and other jeans, and accessories.

I found one element of my Halloween costume on the $20 rack (not saying what it was, but it is not something I would wear other than Halloween.) There were also sleek outfits for the well-toned and long summer dresses that would make good cruise wear.

Drop in on Bella. You never know what you'll find.

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$20 Rebate on Olay Pro-X products

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Buy $50 in Olay Pro-X products between now and 11/5 and get a $20 rebate from Olay. Bargain Hunter Marcia and I have both taken advantage of this offer in the past, so we can happily recommend it.

There's a $5 off Pro-X coupon on the Olay website, click here, and Olay coupons in the 9/26 and 10/10 P&G Savers that came in your Sunday papers. Let's watch for sales on the Olay products, to make this deal even sweeter. This week CVS has a $5 ECB deal on Pro-X, let us know if you find something even better.

Click here for rebate form.

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Free 4-pack of Starbuck's VIA Ready Brew

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The coffee wars continue! Since Taster's Choice is giving away free samples of its instant coffee, Starbucks has decided to follow suit.

The Seattle-based coffee giant is giving away four-pack samples of its VIA Ready Brew in Carmel, Mocha, Vanilla and Cinnamon Spice flavors when you play a matching game and then sign up with an e-mail address. The chain was passing out free hot brewed samples at Starbucks stores today, too.

Click here for the deal.

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Put on the pink and show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Since just about everyone is getting in on the pink-product act for Breast Cancer Awareness month, we decided to round up several products from South Florida companies that are supporting research, detection and recovery.

These offerings are a great way to support local businesses and show your support. Plus, you'll look perfectly pretty in pink.

Tattoo you: Surprise someone special with the "Think Pink" Ta-TaToo, a temporary tattoo you apply to your "ta-tas." The company, based in South Florida, will donate 30 percent of proceeds to the non-profit charity Think Pink Rocks (ThinkPinkRocks.com).

Available: $12.95 at GBS The Beauty Stores and TaTaToos.com

Pink Tinte: Miami Beach-based Tinte Cosmetics' charity lineup is glamorous and gorgeous. The Match Book Kit in Blushed Beauty is an all-in-one palette of silky eye shadows, eyeliner, blush, lip glosses and applicator brushes ($28). The Shimmering Face Pearls in Nikki Pink ($15) goes on eyes, lips, cheeks, body and even nails (paint clear on top). But our testers really flipped for the Double Bubble Flavored Lip Shine ($18) and the tin of Bubble Gum Flavored Lip Color ($14). Tinte will donate 30 percent of sales from these products to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Available: Various South Florida stores listed at TinteCosmetics.com

Smooth it out: Soften up with Aveda Hand Relief cream. This rich cream helps smooth hands and $4 a tube goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation BCRFCure.org). We love how the package reminds you to get your annual beast exam, too.

Available: $21 at Retreat Aveda Salon at Macy's in Fort Lauderdale or Aveda.com.

Rock the cause: Pink-themed merchandise, from bandanas to leather vests, rounds out the Hard Rock's 2010 Pinktober offerings. There are T-shirts, robes, bed linens and a hot-lookin' rhinestone guitar pin, too. Seventy-five percent of sales benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRFCure.org). We like the sparkly $20 charm bracelet.

Available: $10-$130 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood and HardRock.com.

Arm yourself: Strap on a Pink Armpocket for a secure place to tuck phones, keys and cash for gals on the run. It even has a handy audio port at the bottom for earphones. Great for travel, too. Our tester found the cushioned, memory-foam padding very comfy against her arm. The Miramar-based company will donate 10 percent of sales to the Breast Cancer Fund.

Available: Three sizes, $22.95-$29.95 at South Florida's Runner's Depot in Davie and ArmPocket.com

Get a lift: Hollywood dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden's Instant Face Lift is packed with powerful anti-oxidants like hyaluronic acid, Seaweed Extract Red Tea Extract, Iron Oxideseaweed extract and organic red tea, it's sure to give you a lift. Goldfaden will donate 20 percent of proceeds from this product to CEW's Cancer & Careers Organization (CEW.org).

Available: $75 at Goldfaden.com

Charming: This isn't from South Florida, but it is too cute not to mention! Clinique's Great Lips, Great Cause is a key ring with serious charms, namely the adorable mini-sized lip-lickin' pink treats of Long Last Glosswear, Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss and the cutest-ever Different Lipstick. $4 from each sale goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Perfect for gals on the go.

Available: $16 at Clinique counters and Clinique.com

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Free with rebate: World's Best Cat Litter ($12.99 value)

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Get a free full-sized bag of World's Best Cat Litter, worth $12.99, with a rebate.

The offer's good on 7- or 8-pound bags of Clumping or Multiple Cat Clumping Formula purchased between Oct. 10 and Dec. 8. Made from corn, the litter is available at Publix, Petco and Pet Supermarket stores.

Click here for the deal. The rebate form, UPC and register receipt must be mailed by Jan. 7 to get your money back.

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October 10, 2010

Free download of 'AVG Internet Security 2011' ($40 value)

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AVG is offering a free download of "AVG Internet Security 2011" good for 12 months.
It's a $40 value.

Protect your computer with full premium protection of the award-winning security software. It promises to keep your identity safe while you're online surfing, shopping and banking as well as social networking.

Click the link, fill out the form and download the software. Once activated, it's good for 30 days. AVG will then e-mail you a license code good for a year.

We've been using an AVG Free version for years on our laptop and desktops and it works great. This version offers even more protection.

Click here for the deal.

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October 9, 2010

Free sample of Viva La Juicy fragrance

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Get a free sample of Viva la Juicy fragrance sample with a coupon good at Sephora Inside JC Penney.

The yummy fragrance is a mix of vanilla, berry and orange topped with praline. Mmmmm....sounds good enough to eat!

Click here for the coupon. It expires on Nov. 15.

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Free appetizer at T.G.I. Friday's

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Get a free appetizer at T.G.I. Friday's.

There are a few restrictions, like it can't be combined with Friday's Pick Three-For-All deals.

Click here for the coupon. It expires on Nov. 30.

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October 8, 2010

Kids' Halloween costumes under $30 at TJ Maxx

TJ%20Maxx%20costumes.jpgA red-and-black-winged ladybug. A green fairy princess outfit. A fireman uniform with hat.

Cute costumes for kids can be found at TJ Maxx this weekend (Oct. 16-17) for $19.99 to $29.99. The costumes are for little kids, perhaps toddlers to 5 year olds.

I don't get many children saying "Trick or Treat" at my door anymore, but I do like to see the parade of young costumed children at the mall.

"Spiderman" was a favorite costume when my son was that age. Good memories.

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COD mission: Procure a free one-month XBox Live membership

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Go on a "Call of Duty" secret mission and get a free one-month XBox Live membership out of the deal from GameStop.com.

Here's the map on how to score:

Visit the "Surprize Attack: Black Ops Sweepstakes" page and click "enter to win prizes."
1. Select your console.
2. Select "online" under "where did you purchase"
3. Type Amazon under "enter online confirmation code"
4. Fill out the form.
5. Hit "Enter to Win."

You should receive an e-mail with your code for the free month. "Call of Duty: Black Ops" will be released on Nov. 9.

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Pamper yourself, help Women in Distress at Lauderhill's Empire Beauty School on Saturday

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Save some beauty bucks on spa and hair services and benefit abused women and children at Empire Beauty School's "National Day of Beauty" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the school in Lauderhill is offering terrific deals on services performed by cosmetology students with all proceeds benefitting Women in Distress of Broward County.

Treat yourself to a shampoo, cut and blow dry for $8; color is $17; foil highlights are $37; manicures are $10; pedicures are $15 and facials go for $15, too.

The annual fundraising event of the chain's 100 beauty schools has raised $250,000 for local shelters in their communities, according to a press release.

Empire Beauty School is located at 4806 N. University Drive in Lauderhill; 954-742-4111. A new school in West Palm Beach (4258 Okeechobee Blvd.; 561-615-4265) will open its salon in December.

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October 7, 2010

HOT! Apple iPod Shuffle for $29.99

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1SaleADay.com is offering third-generation Apple iPod shuffles for $29.99. The device retailed for $59.99.

The reconditioned, new, two gigabyte model has a VoiceOver feature and comes in five colors. It comes with a 90-day warranty.

Click here for the deal. Shipping adds $4.99. Better hurry! The offer expires in 14 hours.

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Coupon: 20 percent off entire purchase at Big Lots!

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Big Lots! is offering a coupon for 20 percent off your entire purchase.

The retailer offers deep discounts on everything from groceries to furniture. Join the BuzzClub Rewards program to get more savings offers.

Click here for the coupon. It expires on Saturday, Oct. 9. There are Bit Lots! locations all over Central and South Florida.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: It's a 10 Hair Care reciprocates for Christina Applegate

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Emmy-winning actress Christina Applegate told "People" magazine how much she loved a hair product called It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product in 2008.

Now, the Deerfield Beach company that makes it is loving the actress back with a special, limited-edition pink product to benefit her breast cancer foundation, Right Action for Women.

"We decided to make a pink bottle and I reached out to her and explained that we wanted the proceeds to go to her foundation, and she was thrilled," said Carolyn Plummer, CEO of It's a 10 Hair Care.

The actress, who starred in ABC's "Samantha Who?" and Fox's "Married…With Children," had a double- mastectomy in 2008. She founded Right Action for Women to help provide magnetic resonance imaging breast screenings to women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer but can't afford the cost. The screening caught Applegate's cancer.

"This product is truly a miracle and I am so grateful to It's a 10 for supporting Right Action for Women," Applegate says on the company's website, ItsA10HairCare.com.

Plummer, who lives in Boca Raton, said at least $200,000 will go to the foundation. "We designed the bottle together and her logo is right on the front. All proceeds go to her foundation," she said.

Plummer said she created 500,000 pink bottles to express appreciation to the actress for her support of her company.

"Christina Applegate was featured in People and In Style magazines and she listed her 10 favorite things in life and both times she mentioned the Miracle Leave-In product," Plummer said.

Plummer said the pink bottles will be available until they sell out. "They are flying off the shelves. We're very pleased to see how excited people are about supporting this great cause," she said.

The Miracle Leave-In Product, which retails for $18, launched the company in 2005. The instant deep conditioner, part of an eight-product line, enjoys a cult following among celebrities and stylists alike.

It works on all hair types and promises to do 10 things, such as detangling, adding shine and offering thermal protection. It's available at salons (Regis, Hair Cuttery) and retail outlets (GBS The Beauty Store) or at ItsA10Haircare.com.

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Free Starbucks, Taster's Choice coffee

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Take a baker's dozen of free coffee breaks!

Nescafé is giving away six-pack samples of its Taster's Choice instant coffee sticks (up to two per household) and Starbucks is offering a free 12-ounce (tall) beverage of your choice at stores when your purchase Via, its brand of instant coffee.

It's an instant coffee war and you win!

Starbucks: Through Oct. 9, customers can get a free tall (12 oz.) beverage of their choice when they purchase Vanilla, Mocha, Caramel, or Cinnamon Spice Via Ready Brew at a participating store.

Taster's Choice: You can get one six-pack sample pack per person and two per household (you have to use two different e-mail addresses.) Similar to Starbucks Via, the gourmet single-serve packs come in Gourmet Roast, 100% Colombian, Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut and Decaffeinated. Just add them to hot water and they're ready. The company is markting the brand against Starbucks Via as costing a quarter of the price. TastersChoice.com even has a "Bottom Line" calculator so you can see what your weekly coffee habit is costing.

Click here for the Taster's Choice deal. The sample comes with a $1-off coupon, too.

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October 6, 2010

Watch every Division and World Series game on PostSeason.TV for $9.95

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For about the price of a beer at the ballpark, keep up with all the postseason action with Major League Baseball's new PostSeason.TV.

For $9.95, you can watch every ALCS, NLCS and World Series game live online with no blackouts. Really cool part is MLB's mobile app, At Bat, is included, so you can watch the action live on your mobile device. So, if you're on the go, working or out to dinner, you won't miss a play. Pretty awesome.

The service, a new partnership between TBS, Fox Sports and MLB, allows you to choose eight different camera angels and watch in quad mode. Player stats are updated almost instantly and you can weight in with a Twitter feed, too. Watch a demo to see what it offers.

Click here for the deal. Go Yanks!

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Free MP3 download of Bob Dylan new "old" song

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Bob Dylan's playing Nova Southeastern University in Davie at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Prime the musical pump with a free MP3 download of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Demo)" from Amazon.com. It normally sells for 99 cents.

The song, from "The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964" is from demo tapes seeing their commercial release on Oct. 19, nearly five decades after they were initially recorded.

Click here for the deal. You must have an Amazon.com account.

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VistaPrint.com offers 10 free personalized photo items -- again

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It's baaaack! Online print shop VistaPrint.com is celebrating its 10th anniversary -- again -- by giving away 10 of its most popular customizable photo products free. You pay for shipping. If you like what you create, you can order additional items, too. The company first made this offer in September.

Choose one of 10 freebies you can customize with text and photos:
2011 Calendar in two styles ($15.99 vlaue)
250 business cards (worth $9.99)
140 self-stick address labels ($7.99 value)
100 postcards (worth $24.99)
rubber address stamp (worth $12.99)
vinyl banner ($10.99 value)
ceramic photo mug ($7.99 value)
photo ball-point pen ($4.99 value)
custom-printed sticky notes ($4.99 value)
photo T-shirt ($8.99 value)
canvas tote bag (worth $6.99)
mouse pad ($7.99 value)

Click here for the deal. You pay shipping. (Note: At checkout, there may be a partner offer which looks free but may not be. Don't "Add to Order" or you may be charged later.)

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Get a free 20-ounce bottle of Coke at Murphy Express

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"Like" Murphy USA on Facebook.com and get a coupon for a free 20-ounce Coca-Cola product. After you like the fan page, you'll be asked to sign up with your e-mail address and the coupon will be sent to you.

Click here for the deal (while supplies last). Be sure you're logged into Facebook first. Murphy Express gas stations and convenience stores are located all over Central and South Florida.

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October 5, 2010

Jeans on sale at Nordstrom Rack

jeans.jpgI just picked up a pair of jeans at the new Nordstrom Rack in Boca Raton for $39.99. That's more than I usually pay, but they fit just right.

For those who are willing to pay a bit more, 7 for All Mankind denim for men and women is on sale for $99.97 to $119.97 starting 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. That compares with "normal" prices of $149-$218. You also can find William Rast women's skinny jeans for $49.97 (usually $155) and MEK denim for men and women for $69.97 (compared with $125-$155.)

Other deals starting Thursday include Kensie women's cozy cardigans for $39.97 and Vicarious by nature men's long-sleeve knit shirts for $39.97. At 73 degrees this morning, it;s starting to feel like fall in South Florida!

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Free deluxe sample of Buxom Lash Mascara at Sephora inside JC Penney

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Get a free deluxe sample of Buxom Lash Mascara good at Sephora inside JC Penney with a coupon.

Bare Escentuals' well-loved mascara gets rave reviews from our testers for fattening up your lashes. You'll love it.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Oct. 22 or while supplies last.

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Coupon Chaos: Enter your best savings tips here

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I just saw a rare and exciting coupon! It's for $1 off produce at Target! You know how we all complain that so many of the good deals are on processed foods...well, have fun with this one. Click here for coupon.

Tell us where you are finding the good deals this week in the comments below.

P.S. Hey folks, I think I finally met Alex! As you know, my home computers are driving me crazy, the 'cable guy' came out, while he was there he saw some of my coupons and said "I go to Dunkin' Donuts every morning. This morning the cashier gave me a coupon to use. I tore it up right in front of her, what does she think, that I can't afford to pay for my coffee?"

I really needed to get my Internet connection fixed, so I tried hard to keep my mouth shut. Anyway, what could I say? What would you have said? --Super Saver Kathy

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October 4, 2010

Free full-sized bottle of Advil Ibuprofen tablets ($4.50 value)

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Pfizer is giving away 500,000 free, full-sized, bottles of Advil Ibuprofen pain reliever.

Register and get a coupon in one to three weeks for a free bottle of 24-count tablets or 20-count Liqui-gels, which cost about $4.50 in drugstores.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Jan. 31, but they won't be around long. Better hurry!

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Coupon: $10 off $20 at Smokey Bones restaurant

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Smokey Bones is offering a coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase.

Besides the ribs, we love those little fresh donuts served hot in the bag with cinnamon sugar and strawberry dipping sauce. Yum!

Click here to get the coupon. It expires on Oct. 9. There are locations all over Central and South Florida.

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October 3, 2010

Coupon: Free Levitra for men with doctor's prescription

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Schering-Plough and GlaxoSmithKline are offering a voucher for three free tablets of Levitra, a prescription to treat erectile dysfunction in men. You must have a doctor's prescription to get the pills.

Either print the voucher, ask for an e-mail or the company will send the voucher in the mail. Then bring it to your doctor and get the three free tablets if your doctor agrees it's right for you.

Click here for the deal.

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Free 10-day supply of Estee Lauder foundation during October

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Estee Lauder is giving away free 10-day supplies of foundation through the end of October.

Visit any Estee Lauder counter and consultants will take the guesswork out of finding your perfect shade and formula with EL's iMatch System. Then you can take home a free 10-day supply of that foundaiton.

Click here to read the event invitation on Estee Lauder's Facebook page. The offer's good while supplies last.

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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October 2, 2010

Saturday only: New York & Co. sale: $50 off a $100 purchase

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Today only, New York & Co. is offering $50 off a $100 purchase in stores and online.

Shop the latest trends or score with the $9.99 sale (coupon and code works for those purchases, too).

Click here to shop online. Enter code 2244 at checkout. Here's the coupon if you want to shop at one of several SoFla stores.

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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Stitch Rock Indie Craft Fair & Bazaar in Delray Beach on Saturday

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If you're looking for some fun and funky shopping, check out the Stitch Rock Indie Craft Fair & Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 2, from noon to 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at Old School Square in Delray Beach.

The fair features 70 vendors offering handmade crafts and unique products such as fashions, home decor items, natural bath and body products, paintings and photography.

The first 100 people get a free swag bag. There also will be prizes, food, cupcakes and drinks.

Click here for more info. Admission is $5; kids under 12 are free. Old School Square is located at 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.

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Broward Humane Society offers low-cost vaccination clinics Saturday and Sunday

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The Broward County Humane Society is offering two low-cost pet vaccination clinics on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3.

The cat clinic will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2; dogs will be seen 7 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3. Appointments are not necessary. Two more clinics will be offered on Nov. 20-21.

The $25 package for cats (if spayed or neuetred) includes rabies with tag, FVRCP, Revolution (1 dose). It's $50 if they're not fixed. The kitten package is $15.

The $35 package for dogs (if spayed or neutered) includes rabies with tag, a 5-in-1 booster and bordetella. It's $50 if the dog is not fixed. The puppy package is $25.

There are other low-cost individual services offered, such as spaying and neutering, micro chip and registration and heartworm tests, among others.

The clinics will be held in the back parking lot of the Humane Society located at 2070 Griffin Road in Fort Lauderdale.
Visit HumaneBroward.com or call 954-989-3988 for more info.

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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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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