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Score deals through Facebook Places application


Facebook wants to help you hunt bargains just in time for the holiday shopping season.

The popular social networking service is rolling out deals through its Places application, the service announced today on its blog. The new concept is a way for local businesses to offer you specials when you check-in using the Facebook geotagging application, which was introduced in August.

The first deal up is Gap, offering 10,000 pairs of free jeans or a 40 percent discount on Friday when you check in at U.S. stores.

Other offers planned in the coming weeks:
American Eagle Outfitters: Offering 20 percent off.
Chipotle: Giving its Facebook guests two entrees for the price of one.
H&M: Offering 20 percent off.
JCPenney: Giving $10 off any $50 purchase.
Macy's: Offering 20 percent off select merchandise.
McDonald's: Giving $1 per customer to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Starbucks: Donating $1 per guest to Conservation International.

Places, used on your mobile device allows you to share where you are with friends and also see who's nearby. With deals, you also can see special offers from retailers nearby your check-in spot.

Click here to learn more about Facebook Places feature.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas

Categories: Deals & Steals (475), Facebook (115)

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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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