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April 28, 2011

What to get for Mom? Try Macy's 25 percent off sale

Macys%20satin%20wrap.jpgMother's Day is May 8, and that's just around the corner (one shopping weekend if Mom is out of state.) Macy's has some gift ideas for that perfect Mother's Day gift, plus get 25 percent off this weekend (through May 2) online and in stores through the store's "friends and family" program.

Click here for the savings pass (hit "print" on the right side):
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Unless you know she wants it, I would steer away from any gift that is kitchen or house related. Mom doesn't ask for much, so get something to make her feel special or pretty for her big day.
Here are some affordable ideas from Macy's: This Jones New York chemise is on sale for $25, matching robe, $35. This pearl set is on sale for $53. Too much? You can buy just the pearl bracelet for only $25.

Whatever you do, even if it's a card or phone call, don't forget Mom.

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April 22, 2011

Take extra 15% or more off at Kohl's

Easter%20dress.jpgEnter code SAVEME15 on www.kohls.com to get an extra 15% off any item at Kohl's t his weekend.

If you spend $100 or more, use code SAVEME20 to get a 20% discount.

Still need an Easter dress for you little one? Get this Blueberi Boulevard floral dress for only $10, before your 15% discount.

Take this coupon to any Kohls store: Kohl's coupon

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Share Earth Day tips and win an Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum

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Earlier this week, we asked you to share an Earth Day tip on how to live greener on our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook.com to win a full-sized Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum valued at $55.

Well, we're doing it again! We have 10 more to give away, compliments of Origins! (Click here to see how to get your free cleanser today!)

Here's how to win:

Visit our Sentinel Deals fan page, share your green tip by 11:59 on Friday, April 22, and then we'll make a random drawing to see who gets the prizes.

Click here to share your Earth Day tip. Good luck!

OFFICIAL RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Giveway begins on 04/17/11 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 04/21/11. Sponsor: Sun Sentinel, 200 E Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33301.

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April 19, 2011

 

 

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April 17, 2011

Share Earth Day tips and win an Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum

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Share an Earth Day tip on how to live greener on our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook.com and you could win a full-sized Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum valued at $55. We have 10 to give away compliments of Origins!

Here's how to win:

Visit our Sentinel Deals fan page, click the "Questions" tab, share your green tip by 11:59 on Thursday, April 21, and then we'll make a random drawing to see who gets a prize.

Click here to share your Earth Day tip.

OFFICIAL RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Giveway begins on 04/17/11 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 04/21/11. Sponsor: Sun Sentinel, 200 E Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33301.

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April 15, 2011

Dress for prom at Bloomingdale's event Saturday

bloomies%20dress%20prom.jpgBloomingdale's at Town Center in Boca Raton will hold a "pre-prom party" event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

The event includes a prom fashion show at 2 p.m., 20 percent off selected prom dresses, and help with accessories and beauty "essentials" for the big evening.

This prom season features lavendar, aqua and other pretty colors -- no black. Get colorful -- there will be plenty of time to wear black.

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April 7, 2011

Anthropologie sundress 46% off

Anthropologie%20sundress.jpgShop It To Me, a shopping website you must register for to get deals, is offering an Anthropologie sundress for $79, discounted from $148.

The Paraiso dress is made of cotton with horizontal stripes of blue and yellow. Dress it up with the matching silk sash for a Sunday brunch.

For other Shop It To Me deals, go to www.shopittome.com or directly to:
Anthropologie sundress.

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April 5, 2011

Behind the scenes with Spike TV's 'Auction Hunters' filming in South Florida

In February, I got to spend a morning down in Miami hanging out with Allen Haff and Ton Jones of Spike TV's Auction Hunters, during filming of the second season of the reality show, which debuts tonight at 10 p.m.

The pair make a living bidding on and selling the contents of abandoned storage units that go up for auction. There are 50,000 abandoned storage units in America holding about $1 billion worth of goods, according to the show's press materials. There are loads of people who go to these auctions. On this Thursday morning in Miami, there were about 30 people -- mostly men -- waiting to bid on three rooms.

Haff and Jones get really excited about their finds and enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Over the years, Haff and Jones said they have scored lots of money; stacks of cash in safes, $2,000 in old coins and bills stashed inside of books. "After we discovered that, we check every book now," said Haff. They were giving away the books when they discovered there were bills stashed inside nearly every one of them in the abandoned unit.

What's the weirdest thing they ever found?

"Human remains," says Haff. "Part of our job is 'CSI: Miami.' We do some forensics," Haff said. When they discovered the bones, they immediately called authorities and their storage room turned into a crime scene.

The video above was shot at Extra Storage Space on Coral Way in Miami. The pair won the auction of room #7058 for $350 and it was packed with ladders, paints, tools and construction equipment. They pulled out a circular saw worth about $100, a nail gun, Milwaukee Hammer Drill in the box (this excited Ton quite a bit), a Husky Paint Sprayer, levels, extension cords. There also were clothes and assorted other household and personal items that made you wonder about who once owned them and what happened to him.

As Haff checked inside the drawers of the furniture stored in the back of the unit, he came across a 30 GB iPod, a negative HIV test, a letter from a parole officer, the remnants of a Meth kit and a Alcoholics Anonymous book.

"We find lots of drugs and paraphernalia," Jones said."We're unpacking the sad story of someone's life."


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April 4, 2011

40% off spring wear at Old Navy

Old%20Navy%20sundress.jpgIt's that time of the year when South Florida's weather starts to become humid, and the best thing to wear is cotton. But where does a shopper find clothes that are not polyester or rayon?

Surprisingly, at Old Navy. This weekend, at 40% off, I snagged a cotton skirt and sundress -- both perfect to stay cool at upcoming spring art and music festivals. The sundress, for less than $19, is cotton jersey so it stretches a bit for a nice fit.

I did buy one rayon top because it was too cute to pass up. Ah well, nobody's perfect.

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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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