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May 31, 2011

Register for tickets to final space shuttle Atlantis launch on July 8

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Kennedy Space Center is holding a lottery for ticket purchases to the final launch of space shuttle Atlantis, scheduled to blast off at 11:40 a.m. on July 8.

If you want to see the historic final lift-off of a U.S.-launched spacecraft, register now through 5 p.m. June 5 for your chance to score tickets.

According to NASA, mission STS-135 is scheduled to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts and the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to the International Space Station.

Click here for the deal.

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Coupon: $1 off Diet Coke through Facebook

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Visit the Diet Coke fan page on Facebook.com and get a coupon for $1 off any 16- or 20-ounce bottle. Click the back button and print another! The coupons make bottles nearly free.

The promotion celebrates Diet Coke's 1 million fans on Facebook.

Click here for the deal.

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May 30, 2011

VIDEO: 'The True Meaning of Memorial Day'

I came across this awesome video "The True Meaning of Memorial Day" and I thought it would be prefect to share today, Memorial Day. The holiday was created as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. As we fire up the grills and get ready to relax and have fun, take a minute to reflect on the sacrifices our brave men and women, and their families, are making for our country.

Another thing I wanted to share was how you can send a free postcard with a note you write to a service member stationed far away from home through the Xerox-sponsored website LetsSayThanks.com.

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The site lists offers more than 80 postcards drawn by kids (the one at right was created by Hannah, 13, of Melbourne). Select a card, add a prewritten note or write your own (click "Other" at the end of the list) and hit the send button. LetsSayThanks, through many generous printing partners, mails the card for you.

The site also lists other ways you can help, by sending care packages through Give2TheTroops.org or Operation Gratitude.

Also, click here for a list of free events around South Florida commemorating Memorial Day.

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May 29, 2011

$10 for kids when they read 10 books from TD Bank

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TD Bank has kicked off a summer reading program, offering kids $10 for free when they read 10 books.

Kids read the books, add the titles to the Summer Reading Form and then bring it to any TD Bank to get $10 deposited into a Younger Saver account, which requires no minimum initial deposit to open the account.

This is a great way to teach kids the importance of savings and give them an incentive to keep reading over the summer.

Click here for the deal. The program ends on Sept. 30.

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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May 28, 2011

Savings passes to Macy's, Bealls, Kohn's, JC Penney, Old Navy and more

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Shopping on Memorial Day weekend is right up there with hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill. Here's a roundup of savings passes and coupons:

Macy's: 15 percent off sale and clearance; expires May 30.

Kohl's: 15 percent off everything; expires May 30

JC Penney: $10 off $50 purchase; expires June 10

Beall's: $10 off $50 purchase; expires May 30

Aeropostale: $10 off $50 purchase; expires June 5.

Stein Mart: 20 percent off sale items; expires May 30

Bath & Body Works: Free Signature Body Item with $10 purchase; expires June 9; free travel sized product with any purchase; expires June 1

Old Navy: $10 off $50 purchase; through Facebook

Payless: 20 percent off purchase; expires June 8

SuperCuts $5 off a haircut; expires July 31

New York & Company: $40 off $100 purchase; $60 off $140; expires May 30

Michael's: 40 percent off any single item; expires May 28

Harbor Freight: 25 percent off any single item good on Monday, May 30 only.

Publix: Links to competitor coupons to supersize your savings.

BJ's Wholesale Clubfree 60-day membership; expires July 5

Sam's Club: Join for 10 weeks for $10; expires June 5


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Free Martha Stewart 'Summer Grilling Cookbook 2011'

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Kick off the summer grilling season with the free downloadable cookbook "Martha Stewart Living Radio's Summer Grilling Cookbook 2011."

The beautiful 50-page PDF cookbook offers more than 35 fabulous recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides, salads and desserts created by celebrity chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Elizabeth Karmel, Chris Lilly and Melissa Cookston.

Fire up that grill and wow guests at your cookout with Blood Orange Chipotle Glazed Shrimp or Peach Glazed Pork Loin. Finish it all off with Barbequed Ice Cream.

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May 27, 2011

$2 off gas at Murphy USA through Tuesday

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Murphy USA is offering $2 off a $25 purchase of gasoline good through May 31.

Click on the coupon and log-in to download the one-time access coupon.

Click here for the deal. There are locations all over Florida.

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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Shop and save at BJ's, Sam's Club for Memorial Day

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Planning a cookout for Memorial Day weekend? You can save up to 30 percent by shopping at a wholesale club such as BJ's or Sam's Club.

You usually have to pay for a yearly membership to shop at those stores, but we have a way for you to get in free or for a deep discount over the summer.

Click here for a free 60-day pass at BJ's Wholesale Club. It must be activated by July 4.

Click here for a 10 week for $10 deal at Sam's Club; sign up through June 5.

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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Coupon: Buy one, get one free Caramel Chicken at Pei Wei

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Sign up for e-mails from Pei Wei before Tuesday, June 1, and get a buy one, get one free coupon for caramel chicken that can be redeemed on June 2-6.

A new location just opened in Fort Lauderdale, so I can't wait to try it.

Click here for the deal.
There are locations all over Central and South Florida.

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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May 26, 2011

Free Circulon Contempo skillet for iPad owners with free app download

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If you have an iPad, download the free "Circulon Cooks" app and get a free
Circulon Contempo 9-inch French Skillet for a limited time.

Click here for the deal. Don't wait!

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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Lady Gaga "Born This Way" album for 99 cents at Amazon.com

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UPDATE: This is live again on Amazon if you missed it Monay!

Amazon.com is offering a download of Lady Gaga's entire "Born This Way" album along with a digital booklet for under buck. That's right, get all 14 songs for one dollar. It normally costs $12.87.

Meanwhile, at Starbucks today, the star is taking over the Starbucks Digital Netowork, where you can win free downloads of Gaga's new single "The Edge of Glory," listen to a special edition of "Born This Way" and watch an exclusive video of her singing an acapella rendition of “Born This Way."

Click here for the Amazon 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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Free shipping on $10 Avon order this weekend

Avon%20summer.jpgAvon's getting in on the Memorial Day weekend sales by offering free shipping with any $10 order.

Other specials include Avon's Anew skin care products, a two-week supply for $25 -- a $30 savings. Smooth minerals blush, eyeshadow and lip gloss are all half off; all three total less than $15 on sale.

Go to http://shop.avon.com. Avon.

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$2 off admission to Fort Lauderdale Home Show

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Enjoy $2 off admission along with links to coupons to many exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show on Friday through Monday, May 27-30, at the Broward County Convention Center.

The show featurs vendors selling thousands of products and services. And HGTV star Kelly Edwards of "Design on a Dime," will give free design seminars on Sunday and Monday.

Show hours are 4 to 9:30 p.m. Fridya, Browse Friday: Noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and noon to 7:30 pm. Monday.

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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 1-year subscription to Suze Orman's 'The Money Navigator' ($63 value)

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Get useful investment advice from Suze Orman with a free one-year subscription to her newsletter "The Money Navigator” newsletter, which normally costs $63.

The easy-to-understand format covers the economy, stock and real estate and bond markets along with information about the job market, tax law and policy changes.

After you enter the coupon code, you have to provide your mailing address and confirm you e-mail address to activate the subscription.

Click here for the deal. Enter code WENDY in the “Gift Code” box.

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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May 25, 2011

50% off sale items at Anthropologie

tunic.jpgMemorial Day weekend is a time for sales. When pricey stores like Anthropologie hold a sale, that's time for celebration.

Go online now at Anthropologie.

to see tops, pants, dresses and other items on sale over the three-day weekend, May 28-30. (Get the prices now online.)

I like this summery tunic, on sale for $49.95, marked down from $98 (which I would never pay!).

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How to score freebies and high-value coupons

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My mailbox is stuffed with freebies almost daily because I vet everything I write about to ensure you're not going to get a bum deal. Already this week, I had received two sets of six Taster's Choice instant coffee sticks with $1 off coupons; a free Gillette Fusion Razor with coupon; six flower and vegetables seed packets; a coupon for full-sized Cottonelle wipes and a free subscriptions to Lego, Popular Science and Gardening at Home magazines.

Good places to score freebies and coupons! are from Walmart, Kmart and Target Sample Centers, Facebook and sample programs from manufacturers.

Walmart: Free Alpo dog food, Tena Ultra Thins, Carefree liners, and RevitaLens Disinfecting Solution for contacts.

Kmart: Score free Atkins bars (3), Brez snore relief strips, Dove Conditioner, Zantac, Prilosec, Lanacane, Purex, Shout, Mircale Whip and Carefree liners.

Target: Out of samples now, but check back.

Facebook.com: This is truly the land of freebies, coupons and deals. Most major companies are very generous with freebies on the social network giant. If you don't have an account because you're nervous about privacy issues, create a special e-mail address at Yahoo.com, AOL.com or Gmail.com and then create a Facebook account with the new e-mail address using a pen name and enjoy total ananimity. Sign up for goods by sending to an office address. I have a "freebie" Facebook account that has no friends, no pictures or other info so Facebook applications can't extract any info from me.

KraftFirstTaste.com: Join for free. Members get to try new Kraft Foods products and programs. I get free full-sized product coupons in the mail all the time through this program.

Freebie Friday: Get your fill every day of the week with Shop-O-Matic's nearly never-ending list of free samples and coupons.

Also, if you use a product regularly, e-mail the company that you like and use its product and you'll get coupons! Try it with your favorite brands and save!

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Coupon: Jamba Juice Fruit Refreshers for $2

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Jamba Juice has created a new concoction called Fruit Refreshers made with coconut water. Try a 16-ounce for $2 with a coupon good a participating locations.

Pick from Purely Pineapple, Strawberry Lemonade or Tropical Mango.

While you're at it, save 20 percent at Jamba by texting Jamba656 to 411247. You'll instantly get an e-coupon which will save you a buck or more off purchases. Just show the text to the cashier to get the discount. You can use it over and over.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on June 8.

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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May 24, 2011

Coupon Chaos: Share your savings deals!

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It's time for Coupon Chaos where Shop-O-Matic Super Savers offer "extreme coupon" deals. Share your best savings tips with us.

Here's my deal:

Walmart has Nexcare Comfort Fabric One Size Bandages (35 count) on sale for $1.
Use this coupon for a $1 off any Nexcare product and they're free! This is a great coupon since it's a PDF and you can print it all you want. Plus, it doesn't expire until Dec. 31.

What's your deal? Tell us how and where are you saving this week in the comments.

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South Florida extreme couponers share savings secrets

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I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing several South Florida shoppers yesterday for a Sun Sentinel story in today's paper about the new Publix coupon policy and how they save big bucks on groceries and gas. Here are their tips:

Dana Potgieter of Coral Springs says you can supersize your savings at the grocery store by doing these five things:

1. Subscribe to at least two newspapers to take advantage of buy-one-get-one (BOGO) sale items and stacking two coupons for the items.
2. Know your local store’s policies.
3. Follow a good coupon and savings website such as IHeartPublix.com and TotallyTarget.com. “Let them do the research for you.”
4. Print online coupons from SmartSource.com, RedPlum.com and Coupons.com.
5. Take advantage of competitor coupons online and through the mail that are accepted at your local store.


Andrea Mass, of Boca Raton, racks up similar savings on groceries and gas with these tips:

1. Get 2 copies of the paper on Sunday (and get inserts from friends and family too) and save the inserts. I don't even bother clipping anymore, I just file by date and then
wait for the sales and the coupons to line up (there is usually a good sale on a product within a month after the coupon comes out).
2. I try to only shop at one or two stores. The sale cycle is about 12 weeks so don't worry about getting every deal, they'll come back around. Also, with regard to the 12 week sale cycle, I only buy what my family needs to last those 12 weeks, that way when I need cereal (or whatever) I already bought it at the best price ad don't need to run out and buy it at full price. By the same token I don't shelf clear or buy things we don't need (like 70 jars of mustard).
3. Whenever Publix runs the sale of $10 off the $50 gas card [offered in early May], I buy the Shell card and then redeem it at the pump using Winn-Dixie fuelperks!.
4. The new coupon policy at Publix: It’s nothing I wasn’t already doing, but now the cashiers and I are on the same page. My budget is $200 a month and I feed a family of five on that. I get about $1,000 worth of food a month. We eat healthy, organic and mostly kosher. I keep an Excel spreadsheet to track savings.”

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Free food: Breakfast, lunch, appetizer and dinners

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Chili's: Kids eat free at Chili’s on Tuesday with the purchase of any adult entree. The offer, available at participating locations, is for kids 12 and under and has a limit of two with multiple redemptions per table allowed.

Here's a roundup of a few other options:

Breakfast: Waffle House, Denny's: Coupons for free waffle at Waffle House; expires May 31; or a free order of bacon at Denny's; expires June 6.

Lunch: Arby's: Coupon for a free Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Sandwich with purchase of a medium fry and drink; expires June 13.

Appetizer: Romano's Macaroni Grill: Coupon for free tapas in the bar at participating locations; expires May 27.

Dinner: Smokey Bones: Coupon for buy one entree, get one free good Monday-Thursday; expires June 2.

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May 23, 2011

Cast your vote in the 2011 NBA Playoff Pulse on Facebook

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Vote in the 2011 NBA Playoff Pulse on Facebook and see video clips of playoffs, from interviews and stories about your favorite players. Check out the photos of Game 3.

Not surprisingly, the Heat's Chris Bosh is the frontrunner trending right now. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade trail.

Click here for the deal.

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How to save big bucks at Publix using competitor coupons

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Publix's new coupon policy goes into effect today and stores have posted a list of competitors' coupons they will accept: Doris Italian Market, Target, Whole Foods Market and Winn-Dixie. The new policy is posted on Publix.com. We have a handy list of links below where you can get $5-off coupons and more to stack up the savings. (This week, I saved more than $102 on my grocery bill using coupons from the Sunday Sun Sentinel and prints from the Internet.)

In addition to the posted signs in stores, each Publix also will accept coupons from nearby competitors. Individual stores will decide what nearby competitor coupons also will be accepted, so be sure to stop at the service desk to ask what additional coupons will be accepted (and then share them with us in the comments!).

You can really stack up the savings by using up to two coupons now: A manufacturer coupon, a Publix coupon or a competitor coupon.

Here's are links to Publix and some accepted competitor coupons:
Publix
Doris Italian Market (Sign up and get a $5 off a $50 purchase coupon good for a month.)
Target.com (store coupons)
Whole Foods Market (store coupons)
Winn-Dixie (manufacturer coupons)
GFS.com Gordon Food Service Marketplace; register for coupons
Coupons.com (Internet coupons)

What competitor coupons is your store accepting? Please post in the comments section (along with the location) and I'll add links to the list.

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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May 22, 2011

Free waffle at Waffle House; free bacon at Denny's

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Kick off Sunday morning with coupons for a free waffle from Waffle House or a free order of bacon at Denny's.

Click here for the waffle deal. The coupon expires on May 31.

Click here for the Denny's deal. The coupon expires on June 6.

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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May 21, 2011

Save 23 percent on iPads, iPhones, other Apple products on Saturday

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Save up to 23 percent on Apple products, including iPhone and iPad, on Saturday, May 21 and every Saturday in June when you click through UPromise.com to the online Apple store using its Turbosave toolbar and a UPromise credit card. UPromise.com is an online college-savings service with 10 million members that you can join online for free.

This is a complicated scenario, so if you have any questions BEFORE you buy on Saturday, call UPromise Customer Care at 1-800-UPromise. I spoke to representative Nick Hajan who was extremely helpful in explaining how to get the savings offer, which was broadcast by UPromise President David Coppins on Twitter @dcoppins.

This week, UPromise.com is offering 10 percent back at Apple.com when you click through its site to shop. On Saturday, you can get an additional 10 percent off at Apple.com if you have the UPromise Turbosave toolbar installed on your browser and use it to click through to Apple.com to make your purchase.
Save another 3 percent when you pay with a UPromise credit card.
If you don't have the credit card, you can still save 20 percent.

The sale is at 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

Doing the deal:

Click here to sign up for a UPromise.com account if you don't have one.

1. Download UPromise TurboSaver
2. Then register for Super Site Days promo
3. Once registered, make purchases at Apple Store Online from the UPromise website on Saturday for 20 percent cash back
4. Pay with your Upromise credit card for an extra 3 percent back
5. It takes 10-45 days for contributions to be deposited in your account.
6. Choose to leave the money in the high-yield account or request a check using a withdrawal form

Woo hoo! I ordered an iPad2 on Saturday and $162.81 will be deposited into my account (hopefully). Happy shopping.

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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May 20, 2011

$5 and $20 rebates on paint at Home Depot through May 30

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The Home Depot is having a Memorial Day paint sale, offering savings of $5 on gallon cans and $20 on five-gallon buckets with a rebate offered through the home improvement chain.

The deal is good on ƒpaints, stains and primers made by Behr, Martha Stewart Living, Glidden, Gripper, Flood and Zinsser products as outlined on the rebate form. You must purchase goods by May 30.

Mail the form along with a copy of your original Home Depot receipt and the original UPC number cut from the paper label of each gallon and/or five gallon
product purchased (for printed cans, write the UPC number in the space provided on the form). Rebates must be postmarked by June 29 to get your money.

Click here for details and mail-in and online rebate forms.

Of course, you can save even more by opting to get free exterior house paint from the recycled paint programs offered by Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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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Coupon: $5-off at Doris Italian Market (accepted at Publix Monday)

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Sign up for Doris Italian Market e-mail list for updates and special offers and get a welcome $5 off a $50 purchase coupon that you can use at Doris or Publix beginning Monday if it's on your store's list of accepted competitor coupons. After you sign up, the coupon will be e-mailed to you.

The coupon is good for 30 days, so you can use it multiple times. Just print a few extra copies.

Click here for the deal. The e-mail sign up spot is listed in the lower, left-hand corner, underneath the button "Click Here for Weekly Ad."

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May 19, 2011

Win prizes in Starbucks' Lady Gaga SRCH scavenger hunt game

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Win prizes, like a $10 gift cards, in Starbucks' new scavenger hunt game caled SRCH featuring Lady Gaga.

Use your smart phone to scan the QR code, right, to play the game, which is a series of clues over seven rounds that you must solve to win prizes. The code takes you to a YouTube video of Lady Gaga giving the clue to the $10 gift card prize.

On Monday, May 23, for the global release of the new album "Born This Way," you could win free downloads of Gaga's new single "The Edge of Glory" when the star takes over the Starbucks Digital Network, which you can only access in stores. The channel also will steam a special edition of "Born This Way" and you can watch
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Click here to read more on the Starbucks blog.

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 T-shirt from Bacardi Rum

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Bacardi Rum is again giving away free V-neck T-shirts on Facebook.

Like the fan page and then click the "Bacardi Together" tab and sign up for the freebie, which is offered in both men's and women's sizes.

Click here for the deal. Rum! Don't walk! This deal won't last (until the next time it's offered)!

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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Cole Haan and other new stores coming to Dolphin Mall

Miami's Dolphin Mall is adding three new stores in the coming months: U.S. Polo Association, Cole Haan and Ed Hardy.

Cole Haan, which offers men's and women's footwear, accessories and outerwear, is opening May 20.

By fall, U.S. Polo Association is scheduled to open. The store, which is the first in Miami, The offers products officially sanctioned by the U.S. Polo Association.

Ed Hardy, which features vintage fashions and accessories inspired by the art and original tattoos of San Francisco artist Don Ed Hardy, also is scheduled to open in the fall.

Dolphin Mall is located five miles west of Miami International Airport, where the Dolphin Expressway and the Florida Turnpike intersect. Take Exit 27 off the Florida Turnpike. The mall is open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, go to Dolphin Mall

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May 18, 2011

Coupon: $1.50 off Wholly Guacamole

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Wholly Guacamole is offering a $1.50 off coupon on Facebook.com.

Like the fan page and click the "Coupon" tab to get it. You can only print one and it takes a few minutes.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on June 4.

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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List of competitor coupons accepted at Publix on Monday

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Pulbix has posted a sign in its stores and is handing out flyers with the new coupon policy and a list of competitors' coupons it will accept beginning Monday, May 23: Doris Italian Market, Target, Whole Foods Market and Winn-Dixie. The new policy was posted on Publix.com on Tuesday.

In addition to the posted signs, each Publix will also accept coupons from nearby competitors. The Publix I shop at on Commercial Boulevard and Dixie Highway in Oakland Park will be accepting Albertson's $5 off coupons because that store is l right across the street. I get an Albertson's mailer with a $5 off $50 purchase coupons nearly every Wednesday. These can be stacked with Publix coupons.

Publix has said that individual stores will decide what nearby competitor coupons also will be accepted, so be sure to stop at the service desk to ask what additional coupons will be accepted (and then share them with us in the comments!).

Here's are handy links to Publix and some accepted competitor coupons:
Publix
Doris Italian Market (Sign up for e-mail and get a $5 off a $50 purchase coupon good for a month.)
Whole Foods Market (store coupons)
Winn-Dixie (manufacturer coupons)
GFC.com Gordon Food Service Marketplace; register for flyers and e-mails for coupons

What competitor coupons is your store accepting? Please post in the comments section along with the location.

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Free Arby's Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Sandwich

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Arby's is again offering a coupon for a free Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Sandwich with purchase of a medium fry and drink.

Click here for the deal. It expires on June 13.

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Coupon: Free pint of Benjamin Moore paint ($6.99 value)

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This must be free paint week. On Monday, Glidden gave away free paint. Now, Benjamin Moore is offering coupons through Facebook.com for a free pints of paint in any color, a $6.99 value.

"Like" the fan page, click the "Pint Sample Coupon" tab and print the coupon. Redeem at any Benjamin Moore retailer, such at Ace Hardware.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on June 30. Also, click here for a coupon for a free pint of Benjmin Moore's Arborcoat Waterborne Exterior Stain.

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May 17, 2011

New coupon policy posted on Publix.com

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UPDATE: Publix has published its new coupon policy on its website at Publix.com. The policy is effective on Monday. Find it listed under the "Coupons" tab. It's identical to the policy the company announced via e-mail on May 18.
Click here to read it.

-- Doreen Christensen

Publix has adopted a written coupon policy effective May 23 at more than 1,000 stores, the company announced Wednesday.

Publix Coupon Policy - effective May 23:
"Publix accepts manufacturers’ coupons (limit one per item), Publix coupons (originals only—no copies), valid Internet coupons, and coupons from nearby competitors identified by each Publix store. (Competitor names are posted at each Publix store.) We will accept coupons from competing pharmacies for prescriptions only. We will not accept percent-off-items or percent-off-total-order coupons. We will only accept coupons for identical merchandise we sell. Acceptance is subject to any restrictions on the coupon and we reserve the right to limit quantities. Manager approval is needed for individual coupons above $5.00. For a buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) offer, each item is considered a separate sale. We will accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor coupon on the same item. Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor coupon per order. The order total must be equal to or greater than the total purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented.‬"

The move is designed to reduce customer frustration and create consistency among stores.

“For some time now, customers have been asking us what our coupon policy is,” said Kimberly Jaeger, media and community relations manager for the Lakeland-based grocery chain. They have asked for consistency among stores and guidelines for general coupon usage. However, the changes really should be minimal for our South Florida customers.”

For years, Publix has accepted $5-off coupons from competitors such as Winn-Dixie and Albertson’s (Publix purchased 49 Albertson's stores in Florida in 2008), but was not widely known to customers or uniformly accepted by all stores.

Beginning Saturday, stores will post a list of competitor-accepted coupons, which will vary by stores, Jaeger said. Now, customers will be able to use one competitor and one Publix dollar-off-total-order coupons of the combined purchase, Jaeger said. If you have coupons for an Albertson's $5 off a $50 purchase and a Publix $5 off $30 purchase, you would have to spend $80 to get $10 off.

Typically, Target and Walmart coupons are not accepted. The written policy will be available at Publix.com on Monday, Jaeger said.

Publix also is testing a new coupon scanning system designed to reduce check-out times.

“Our main priority is to take care of our customer by providing the best service, which includes shorter wait times at the register. The system is being tested in select markets. Its success will determine future roll-out,” Jaeger said.

The chain has 1,034 markets in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

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Free entrance to South Florida museums on Wednesday

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Enjoy a free day at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, The Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami Beach and Miami Art Museum in downtown Miami, among others, during 2011 International Art Museum Day on Wednesday, May 18.

There are more than 100 U.S. museums participating. The Association of Art Museum Directors Art Museum Day was created "to encourage public focus on the museum as “an institution in the service of society and of its development," according to AAMD.org.

Click here to see the list.

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Coupon Chaos: Share your super savings scenarios!

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Hey, Shop-O-Matic Super Savers! It's time for Coupon Chaos!

We're bringing back this popular feature and sharing "extreme coupon" deals and hope you'll share your best savings tips with us, too.

After I wrote about the Publix coupon policy last week, so many of you had fantastic savings tips, a reader DP suggested we bring back Coupon Chaos, and that's exactly what we're doing!

Here's my deal:

Get three rolls of Scotch Magic Tape at Walgreens for FREE:
This week, Walgreens has a coupon on Page 5 of it's weekly ad for buy one roll at $1.99, get two for free. If you print out two Scott's coupons (link below) for a $1-off one roll and stack with the Walgreen's coupon (link below) and you'll get three rolls for free.
Click here for four $1- off Scotch Magic Tape (they expire on June 30).
Click here for Walgreen's coupon on Page 5 of this week's flyer or grab one in the store; (it expires on May 21)

What's your deal? Tell us how and where are you saving this week!

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Coupon: $5 off $20 purchase at Walgreens for AARP members

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If you have an AARP membership, flash your card at Walgreens and get a coupon good for $5 off a $20 purchase.

A $16-per-year membership also gets you discounts on dining, travel, entertainment, shopping, prescriptions and more. I joined for the discounts and I'm not retired. Anyone can join. Our family routinely saves 10 percent off hotel rooms at check-in using the card.

Click here for the Walgreen's deal, which expires on May 28.

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Free subscription to Slacker Premium Radio

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Get a free one-month premium subscription to Slacker Radio through Facebook, which normally costs $9.99 a month. Slacker just launched the premium on-demand service that lets you select and play music that you don't have to pay for.

Stream ad-free music on your computer or smart phone and listen to more than 100 pre-programmed stations or create your own station with the music you like.

Like the Slacker's Facebook fan page and get the promo code, visit the site, create an account and enter you code. After I got in, I typed in Bob Seger and "Main Street" started playing. Then it created a play list, similar to Apple's Genius service, with tunes from Dire Straits, REO Speedwagon and other artists.

It's pretty sweet. Give it a try.

Click here for the deal.

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May 16, 2011

Sony PlayStation Network offers two free games after massive security breach

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Sony PlayStation Network is offering two free video games for PS3 as a “Welcome Back” customer appreciation program for registered users after hackers obtained sensitive personal info, and possibly credit-card numbers, of its 77 million members. Network services in Florida have been restored.

PSN customers can choose titles from Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD and Wipeout HD + Fury.

PSP owners also will get to pick two free games: LittleBigPlanet (PSP), ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation.

Customers also will receive free rental movies, an additional 30 days of free PlayStation Plus membership for subscribers, free 30 days for nonsubscribers, among other freebies.

Click here for the deal.

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Blast your Face in Space on space shuttle Endeavour

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Get a free commemorative flight certificate through midnight on Monday, May 16, compliments of NASA's "Face in Space" program.

Space shuttle Endeavor blasted off Monday morning for the International Space Station. NASA will carry your name and uploaded photograph on its historic final mission STS-134. In a few days, check back and you'll get a commemorative flight certificate signed by Mark Kelly, right, husband of wounded Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who will command the mission. Rep. Giffords, who is recovering after being shot in January. Giffords watched the launch.

The shuttle is carrying the $2 billion, seven-ton Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) which will help scientists study "dark matter." The device will be installed outside the International Space Station and will analyze high-energy cosmic rays. Scientists are hoping it will shed light on how the universe was formed, according to NASA.

After you upload your photo, it appears in the shuttle's window and then a countown begins and an animated liftoff occurs. After the "launch" a certificate appears that you can print with the link to check back later to get the signed flight certificate.

While on the site, check on misssion status, view photographs, space out watching NASA TV, even follow the commander and crews on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here for the deal.

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Free quart of Glidden Paint on Monday

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Glidden is giving away 200,000 free quarts of paint on Monday in its "97% Paint Quart Giveaway."

Choose from hundreds of colors, type in your name and address and Glidden will mail you a coupon for the free quart in 8 to 10 weeks. The paint is sold at The Home Depot and Walmart.

Click here for the deal.

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May 15, 2011

Join Sam's Club for 10 weeks for $10 for small business owners

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Sam's Club is giving a helping hand to small business owners by offering a 10 week business membership to the warehouse club for $10 to celebrate "National Small Business Week."

Get all the savings benefits of a business membership, which offers exclusive early shopping hours from 7 to 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, through June 5 with no surcharges. You can also order ahead by fax or only by 5 p.m. and pickup the next day.

An annual business membership costs $35.

Click here for the deal and to find a club near you.

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May 14, 2011

Savings passes to Macy's, JC Penney, Old Navy, BJ's and more

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If you're heading out shopping today, here's a few savings passes:

Macy's: Extra 15 percent off sale and clearance apparel for him, her and kids; expires March 14

JC Penney: $10 of a $50 purchae or $15 off $75; expires May 14
Old Navy: 50 percent off one regular-priced item; expires May 15

BJ's Wholesale Club: Free 60-day pass; expires July 4.

New York & Company: $40 off a $100 purchase; expires May 15

Express: $15 off $30 or $30 off $75 purchases; expires May 23

Michael's: 40 percent off any one regular priced item; expires May 14; 20 percent off entire purchase including sale items; expires May 14

Bath & Body Works: Free travel sized item with any purchase; expies May 18

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Free Suave Body Wash or Lotion through Facebook

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Suave is giving away 100,000 free full-sized Suave Naturals Body Wash and Body Lotions through Facebook.com

Like the Suave Beauty fan page and click "Splurge Contest" tab to enter. Type in a few words about how you "splurge smartly after a long day at work (in 250 words or less) and you'll be entered to win luxe loungewear and cozy slippers to help you unwind" and then you get a confirmation for the coupon for the freebie in the mail.

Click here for the deal.

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May 13, 2011

Free 10-count package of Tide Stain Release (again) on Friday

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Tide is giving away 20,000 free 10-count packages of Tide Stain Release beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, May 13, every day for a week on is Facebook fan page under "The Challenge" tab.

You also can win weekly prizes of a year's worth of free Tide and 10 winners will get a Maytag washer and dryer.

I got one in April with Tide gave away 150,000 packages of laundry additive. I really like it, too and will probably purchase it. It removes tough stains really well and also smells great, which is a real plus with two sports-playing, sweaty boys.

Click here for the deal.

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Ask the dermatologist skin cancer questions in our live Health Chat at 1 p.m.

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I'll be moderating the live Sun Sentinel Health Chat at 1 p.m. Friday, May 13, on how best to protect yourself and family from the damaging rays of the South Florida sun with noted dermatologist and best-selling author Dr. Leslie Baumann.

Since May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month, we asked the experts what's new in skin protection in a Sun Safety Q&A with Dr. Baumann and Dr. Quang Le of Dermatology Consultants of Broward. We also offer a helpful roundup of top sun-protection products.

Dr. Baumann, is a board certified dermatologist and founder of the Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami Beach and former Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami. She also is the author of "Skin Type Solutions," which helps take the guesswork out of skin care and shopping for products. She also writes The Skin Guru blog.

If you can't make the chat, e-mail question in advance to healthchats@SunSentinel.com.

Join in and ask Dr. Baumann all your questions about preventing premature aging and skin cancer live at 1 p.m. on Friday!

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Free Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color through Facebook on Friday

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Clairol is giving away 75,000 boxes though Sunday of its new Natural Instincts Vibrant or Natural Instincts hair color at noon on Friday, May 12, on Facebook.

Visit the Clairol fan page and click the "Natural Instincts" tab to get the coupon.

Click here for the deal.

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May 12, 2011

Designer shoe sale at Loehmann's today

Designer shoes are on sale at Loehmann's sample sale, on Thursday, May 12, only at its Palm Beach Gardens store.

Also, smaller feet will prevail: mostly sizes 6 and 7 are available.

Charles Jourden, Mark & James, Kate Spade, Daniblack, Delman, Badgley Mischka, Pour La Victoire, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lamb, 7 for All Mankind, and Bruno Magli are among the designer shoes on sale for $39.99 to $89,99.

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Coupons: $1 popcorn, $1 drink at Regal Theaters

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Going to the movies this weekend? Regal is offering two coupons this week for a $1 small popcorn OR a $1 small soft drink good Friday through Sunday, May 13-15. You have to print it before 6 p.m. Friday.

Click here for the deal.

Bonus: Click here to sign up for a free popcorn from Muvico Theaters.

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Free plug-and-play speaker from Pringles

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Blast your favorite tunes around the pool or at the beach with a free plug-and-play speaker from Pringles with a mail-in offer.

Buy four cans of Pringles Super Stacks, print out the form and mail it with the receipt to get the cute speaker that looks just like a Pringles can. Purchases must be made by Oct. 31 and postmarked by Nov. 30.

Click here for the deal.

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May 11, 2011

Last day to get $10 off $50 gas card from Publix

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Today is the last day to take advantage of the Publix coupon for $10 off a $50 gas card with any $25 grocery purchase.

The coupon is on Page 14 of this week's flyer. Grab one in the store or print one out from the link below. If Publix runs out of a certain brand of card, ask for a raincheck at the service desk and you can get the offer when they get more in.

One great tip a reader shared was to buy a Shell gas card and combine it with Winn Dixie Fuel Perks.

Are you driving less with the cost of gas?

Click here for the deal. The coupon is good through May 11.

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Free dessert from The Cheesecake Factory with purchase

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Sign up for The Cheesecake Factory's eNewletter and get a coupon good for free cheesecake with food purchases.

Spend $30 and get a free slice of cheesecake or layer cake; spend $60 to $89.99 and get two slices; spend $90 to $199.99 and get three. The coupon is valid Sunday through Thursday through June 28.

My fave is the Key Lime Cheesecake, but the Red Velvet, right, is looking pretty tempting.

Click here for the deal.

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$1 off Frozen Strawberry Lemonade at McDonald's

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McDonald's is offering a $1 off coupon for a new Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, Frappe or Real Fruit Smoothie. I'm lovin' it.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires June 15.

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May 10, 2011

Buy 2 bras, get one free at Macy's

Bali%20bra.jpgBuy two Maidenform, Wonderbra, Bali, Playtex or Vanity Fair bras and get one free, for $34 or less at Macy's. The offer is good through Thursday, May 12.

You might find other items at Macy's lingerie sale: Underwear also are buy two, get one free, and sleepwear is 40 percent to 50 percent off.

Buy online at Macy's lingerie or in stores.

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Free box of Zantac at Target with coupons

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Got heartburn? Here's free relief. Get a free 24-count box of Zantac at Target by stacking a $5 manufacturer coupon with a $2-off Target coupon.

Click here for the $5 off from Zantac.com. (You can also request a free sample, too.)

Click here for $2-off Zantac Target coupon; click on the "Healthcare" tab to find the coupon.

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Free Swiffer Duster Starter Kits through Facebook on Tuesday

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Swiffer is giving away 100,000 Swiffer Duster Starter Kits through its fan page on Facebook.com.

Beginning at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, the company will give out 12,500 freebies twice a week through the end of the month.

Click here for the deal.

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Free case of Valvoline motor oil with mail-in rebate ($50 value)

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Get a free case of Valvoline VR1 Racing synthetic motor oil with a mail-in rebate valued at up to $50.

Purchase a case or six quarts of VR1 Racing Oil and mail the rebate form along with the dated sales receipt and the UPC from the case or a tamper-proof ring from quart by May 31. Rebates requests must be postmarked by June 30.

You must enter your name and address to get a rebate form with a special bar code with your name and address printed on it to take advantage of the offer.

Click here to get the rebate form.

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May 9, 2011

Free tickets to South Florida 'X-Factor' auditions in June

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Simon Cowell, and now Paula Abdul, are looking for South Florida music fans in to be audience members during four "The X-Factor" live auditions being held in Miami in June.

There are 4,000 tickets available per audition, which are being held at 1 and 6 p.m. on June 14 and June 15 at The BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Los Angeles auditions start at 1 p.m. today. The new reality singing competition is set to debut on Fox in September.

Click here to select one of four audition dates and register for tickets.

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Find cheap gas on your mobile phone and computer

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With gas prices nearing $4 a gallon, it makes sense to find a station with the cheapest gas prices. Try using the Sun Sentinel Mobile Gas Finder tool. This is a handy way to save at the pump. Just type in the city or zip code and get a list of filling stations and prices per gallon.

Also, check our Gas Calculator on your computer before you leave home.

BJ's Wholesale Club on Powerline Road in Fort Lauderdale usually has the cheapest prices for members. Don't have a BJ's membership? Click here for a free 60-day pass. It must be activated by July 4.

Print out two and that will cover you through September. That'll get you through the summer!

Also, don't forget you can get $10 off a $50 gas card at Publix through Wednesday.

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May 7, 2011

Men's leather Skechers for $2.10 with free shipping ($56 value)

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UPDATE: This deal has expired.

Yep, you read it right: Score Men's leather Skechers for $2.10 with free shipping. They retail for $56.

Skechers.com has the brown leather Men's Arcade Refer retro sneakers in sizes 6.5 to 14 for $3; the price drops to $2.10 with a coupon code.

I just ordered a pair for my son. What a steal!

Click here for the deal. Enter code EXTWWB536N at checkout.

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May 6, 2011

Coupon: $10 off $25 purchase at Macy's

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Macy's is offering a coupon for $10 off a $25 purchase on sale, clearance and select home items.

Hey Mom! This is a perfect excuse to buy yourself something nice for Mother's Day.

Click here for the deal. It's good through 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

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May 5, 2011

Free gas: $10 off $50 fuel card at Publix

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Publix is offering a coupon for $10 off a $50 gas card with any $25 grocery purchase.

The coupon is on Page 14 of this week's flyer. Grab one in the store or print one out from the link below.

This was popular when it was offered in March, so visit the store sooner than later. If Publix runs out of a certain brand of card, ask for a raincheck at the service desk and you can get the offer when they get more in.

Click here for the deal. The coupon is good through May 11.

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Cinco de Mayo deal: Order 10 burritos, get five free at Chipotle's

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All Florida Chipotle Mexican Grills are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a yummy offer on Thursday, May 5: Order 10 or more burritos in the "Burritos by the Box" program and you'll get half for free. This could be a fun (and cheap) way to celebrate at the office for lunch today or for dinner tonight!

With your order, you also get a bag of chips and a side of sour cream for every two burritos and an assortment of guacamole and medium tomatillo-green chili salsa for dipping. Just add margaritas!

There's no limit on the number of free burritos you can get, but the minimum order is 10.

Click here for the deal to find a store and download the order form. There are locations all over Central and South Florida. Ole!

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May 4, 2011

Sterling and gemstone jewelry gifts for Mother's Day for $15 or less

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Amazon.com has hundreds of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry gifts to give to Mom for $15 or less with free shipping with guaranteed delivery before Sunday.

We really liked Sterling Silver Peridot, Amethyst and Blue Topaz Trillion-Cut Pendants, right, on delicate 18-inch sterling chains (individually boxed) for $12.22. Yes, you get all three pendants on chains for that price. Amazing!

There are thousands of other options, too.

Click here to browse. Of couse, if you spend more than $15, no one's going to argue with you, least of all Mom.

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Take photos with LeBron, D. Wade, other stars with NBA FanCam app for iPhone, iPad

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Take a photo with a favorite basketball stars with NBA FanCam for iPod, iPhone and iPad. This free, cool little app lets you "take a shot" with nearly 100 players from all 30 NBA teams.

Players available for photo ops include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Derrick Rose, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and so many more. The gallery has three players from each team.

You also can add caps, headbands, foam fingers, basketballs, backboards, trophies and nets to your photo for free. Add numbered player jerseys for 99 cents.

After you create your "shot," share it on Facebook on your wall or on the NBA Official Facebook Fan Page.

You could have some fun with your friends with this one.

Click here for the deal. Go Heat!

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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May 3, 2011

Mother's Day deal: Save 80 percent on meals with bonus $15 flower gift at Restaurant.com

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Take Mom out to dinner for Mother's Day and send her an extra gift with flowers with a deal from Restaurant.com. The site is offering 80 percent off gift certificates to more than 1,200 Florida eateries with a coupon code good through Sunday, May 8. Plus, with your order, you'll also get a code good for a $15 gift from ProFlowers.

Get $25 certificates for two dollars $2 with some restrictions like added gratuity and a minimum purchase. It's important to read the fine print BEFORE you purchase as offers vary, with some being better values than others. The best deals are noted with a "Best Value" flag so search for those.

Pick from nearly 400 restaurants participating in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and more than 400 in Central Florida.

Click here for the deal. Add code MOM at checkout. It expires on May 8.

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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Appreciate mom with Macy's Facebook message

Macy's is offering $5 to the charity of your choice for a "message to mom" on Macy's Facebook page.

Write a message "to your favorite mom" and Macy's will donate to your choice of charity including: American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), Make-A-Wish Foundation, National Park Foundation and Reading Is Fundamental.

Go to Macy's Facebook page
and click on the "Thanks to Mom" tab on the left. It does allow access your Facebook information. If that concerns you, make a donation in mom's name separately and send your own card.

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Buy one, get one free Chicken and Biscuits at Popeyes

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If you love the chicken at Popeyes, you'll love it twice as much now.

The chain is offering a fantastic deal for the limited time: Buy a three-piece Bonafide fried chicken dinner with side and biscuit and get for free a free two-piece fried chicken with a side and biscuit.

Click here for the deal. There are locations all over Central and South Florida.

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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May 2, 2011

Free Febreze Flameless Luminary and Wooden Wick Candle

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UPDATE: I just received my box in the mail and it's fantastic! Sign up for yours today before the deadline on Friday, May 6! It's a $17 value.

Febreze is offering to send you two freebies, a Flameless Luminary and Wooden Wick Candle, in a new giveaway on Facebook in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week held May 2-6.

Like the Febreze fan page, click the "Teacher Appreciation Contest" link and nominate a favorite teacher in the contest and he or she could win the $5,000 grand prize. In 10 to 14 days, Febreze will send you two room-freshening freebies; one to keep and one to give to the teacher in May.

Click here for the deal. Enter by May 6.

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Xbox 360 4GB console with $50 Amazon gift card and 1,600 Xbox Live points for $199

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Score an Xbox 360 4GB console for $199 from Amazon.com and get a bonus $50 Amazon gift card and 1,600 Xbox Live points valued at $19.75.

This is the best bonus deal I've ever seen on an Xbox console.

Click here for the deal to add the console and the Live points card to your cart. You should get your $50 credit within two busness days.

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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Get nine freebies from new Kmart Sample Center

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Kmart has launched a new Sample Center.

Score freebies from Tasters Choice coffee, Zantac, Prilosec, Lanacane, Purex, Shout, Mircale Whip, Dove and Carefree liners.

Kmart's program joins discount retailers Walmart and Target in offering free sample on their websites.

Of course, you can always get your fill with Shop-O-Matic's Freebie Friday, our nearly never-ending list of free samples and coupons.

Click here for the deal.

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Make free, personalized Mother's Day cards online (was 99 cents)

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Make beautiful Mother's Day cards online from Real Simple. They usually costs 99 cents each to make.

Select florals, patterns or upload your own image for the cover, add text, address the virtual envelopes and seal with a kiss.

If you can't think of what to write, there is a gallery quotes and poems.

This is a wonderful way to create something special for all the Moms on your list.

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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May 1, 2011

Free Cottonelle Moist Wipes for you and a friend

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Kimberly-Clark is giving away free, full-sized Cottonelle Fresh Flusable Moist Wipes after you take a short survey.

Answer seven quick questions and then opt to share the offer with a friend so they can get the freebie, too. Coupons should arrive in 3-4 weeks.

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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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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