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December 28, 2010

New Year is time to buy shoes

Hey, it's almost a new year, and that means you need those fun, sexy shoes for New Year's Eve. You also can find some great deals on practical shoes like boots, which I never thought I'd wear in South Florida on a regular basis.

After much searching, I found some party shoes on sale at Nine West. They look a bit like these Audrey Brooke Estella pumps now on sale at DSW, for $49.95. (I paid even less.)

There are many enticing heels on sale at DSW, Macy's, Dillards, Nine West and other stores, but remember: You need to be able to walk, stand and dance in them on New Year's Eve.

So choose wisely, and maybe pick up some boots that don't hurt your feet either, for 50 percent off.

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December 20, 2010

Crate & Barrel Outlet to close at Sawgrass

Say it ain't so! Crate & Barrel Outlet is one of my favorite stores at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, and it has announced it is closing on Jan. 9.

Over the years, I've bought wine glasses, tableware, some cute snowmen salt and pepper shakers, and other items for myself and as gifts at the outlet store. There are bound to be great bargains before the store closes, so I'll try to make a final visit .

You can continue to shop the regular stores at Boca Town Center and Gulfstream Village, but you won't find the prices you did at the outlet. You can still shop the outlet online at Crate and Barrel Outlet.

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December 16, 2010

Find unique gifts at giant flea market in Miami Beach

Gotta love a flea market. You never know what you'll find.

If you're looking for that unique holiday gift, take a trip to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Dec. 16 to Dec. 19 (today through Sunday).

Mitch and Mikey's World's Greatest Indoor Flea Market will host international exhibitors in two conventoinc center halls. There is apparel, jewelry, giftware, toys, home goods and accessories, electronics, specialty food items, travel accessories, pet items, stock stuffers and more.

The event is from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16; noon to 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. The Miami Beach Convention Center is at 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Halls B & C.

For more information, visit World's Greatest Indoor Flea Market.

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December 14, 2010

Groupon: 81 percent off Florida Panthers tickets

Florida-Panthers-3.jpgI'm off this week, but when I see a deal I have to share. I couldn't resist sharing today's Miami Groupon.

This one is for hockey fans! Get a ticket valued at $90 for $17. Hard to beat that one. Choose from three games and 4 seating options. Click here for details.

One of the Lauderdale deals sounds good to me too, get $20 worth of Skyline Chili for $10. Good only at the University Dr restaurant in Sunrise. Click the same place, just change the city to Ft Lauderdale at the link at the top.
--Super Saver Kathy

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December 13, 2010

Staples $10 coupon off printer ink

I'm always out of ink, whether it's looking for a pen or filling my home printer. And printer cartridges are expensive. That's why coupons such as this $10 from Staples are so valuable:

Staples coupon.

This coupon, for use when you spend $40 on Brother, Canon, Lexmark or Epson cartridges, is only valid until Saturday, Dec. 18. Just in time to print those last-minute holiday cards!

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December 9, 2010

Ivanka Trump gift to support Girl Up


Ivanka Trump Jewelry, a high-end jewelry line by The Donald's daughter and a successful businesswoman in her own right, is offering a bracelet design for $35 to support Girl Up. It's a cute bracelet with two charms.

I bought it for a friend, and much to my surprise, received a $100 gift card as a bonus, to buy anything I might want. Of course, her jewelry is too pricey for me, but it was a generous gesture all the same.

Trump's $30 Girl Up Bracelet benefits the United Nation Foundation's Girl Up Campaign, which raises awareness and funds for several U.N. programs that help in-need adolescent girls, preparing them for the next generation of leadership.

Girl Up bracelet.

If you missed it, also see my story about the South Florida woman who spent $6 on all her Christmas presents; she's an avid reader and poster on Shop-o-matic:

Gift Card Shopper.

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Today's Groupon: 50% off at Sublime

Sublime2.jpgFor $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary vegan cuisine at Sublime, located at 1431 North Federal Highway just north of Sunrise Boulevard in Ft Lauderdale.

Whether you are a vegan or not, the food at Sublime is as good as it gets..nice ambience too. Sometimes it's fun just to try it, who knew you could get such flavors with no animal products?

There is a Groupon deal every day, register at to participate.

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December 8, 2010

"The best" hot chocolate, $19.99, at Williams-Sonoma

hot%20chocolate.jpgI don't know if it's the best, but now that South Florida's weather has turned "cold," people are getting in the spirit of all things North. So why not hot chocolate?

Williams-Sonoma, which has all kind of holiday delicacies, is selling a 12-oz tub of hot chocolate for $19.99. Peppermint hot chocolate also is available. And you can pick up handcrafted (really?) marshmallows to go with it ($16.50)!

All fun aside, the description really does sound appealing: "Inspired by the famed Café Angélina in Paris, where steaming pots of velvety hot chocolate are served with bowls of whipped cream alongside, ours is intensely chocolatey, rich and smooth. Made from shavings of premium chocolate rather than cocoa powder to yield a well-rounded body, rich taste, smooth texture and exquisite aroma. We've chosen an artisanal bittersweet chocolate by Guittard, San Francisco chocolate makers since the 19th century."

Could make a nice gift for a chocolate lover. Maybe Williams-Sonoma will let you try some in one of its stores before buying. On a cold day, like this one.

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December 7, 2010

Get up to $30 back in Clorox court settlement


A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach (CATBC) and Clorox’s claim that the product does not harm plumbing.

Clorox has agreed to create a fund of up to $8 million to pay class members' claims. Click here to see if you are a Class member. (You are a member of the class if you purchased, used or have suffered property damage from the use of the product.)

If you purchased Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner With Bleach from December 13, 2002 to September 15, 2010, you are eligible for up to $30 from Clorox with no proof and more if you have damage to your toilet.

Click here for the claim forms. Forms must be submitted by Jan. 28.

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Coupon Chaos: Share your best savings tips here

coupons1.JPGWelcome to Coupon Chaos, where our readers share their best ideas for saving on shopping!

Whew! Anyone else worn out trying to keep up? Soo many sales, so little time! Who is couponing? I remember this time last year, we all fell by the wayside for a few weeks. And now? Let's see who the real troopers are.

Last week reader and frequent poster Katiria knocked our socks off with the completion of her Christmas shopping for a grand total of $7. And in all the mad rush of the season, she stopped to share the details with us on Coupon Chaos. We owe you Katiria, thanks. Check out her post in the comments here.

Happy shopping. --Super Saver Kathy

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December 2, 2010

Fun and pampering at Wednesday's Shop-O-Matic Jingle Mingle


A special thank you to everyone who came out to Wednesday night's Shop-O-Matic Jingle Mingle at Origins at Boca Town Center.

Shop-O-Matic readers received free relaxing chair massages, facials and makeovers from the lovely and talented Origins staff while enjoying sweet treats, green tea and drinks. Everyone left with a swag bag filled with fantastic Origins samples and Sun Sentinel gifts. Two beautiful Origins gift baskets were raffled too!

Click here to see photos from the event and to check out before and after makeovers!

The Shop-O-Matic team wishes you and your family all the joys of the season.

Happy holidays!

Pictured: A Shop-O-Matic reader gets a facial.

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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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