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July 26, 2011

New York & Company: Buy one pair jeans, get second 75 percent off

bootcut%20jeans.jpgNew York & Company is offering a jeans promotion: buy one, get a second pair 75 percent off.

These curvy bootcut jeans are $49.95 for the first pair; the second pair would cost about $12.

Buying jeans can be confusing these days because there are so many different styles: dark denim, washed and worn denim, bootcut legs, skinny legs. Preview the styles at
New York & Company

POSTED IN: Women's Clothing (131)

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July 20, 2011

Italian designer event at Saks through Thursday

Italian%20designers.jpgItalians do everything better: food, fashion, fun. But that's just my opinion.

Get Italian designer fashion for 70 percent off at a special Saks Fifth Avenue's online event, "Fashion Fix," -- starting at noon today, Wednesday, July 20, through noon Thursday, July 21.

Speed your Ferrari, or your minivan, to: Italian Designer Event


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July 12, 2011

Take advantage of "appliance wars" in South Florida

washer%20fridge.jpgIf you're in need of a new refrigerator, washer/dryer or TV this summer, you're in luck. South Florida retailers are turning up the heat on competition.

Sears has a 15 percent sale on its Kenmore-brand refrigerators, washers and dryers -- plus 10 percent of Whirlpool and KitchenAid appliances, through Saturday, July 16. Sears also is planning a "big price drop" promotion, targeting South Florida stores, through Labor Day weekend, according to an email from Euro RSCG Worldwide PR.

Meanwhile, newcomer hhgregg is holding "grand openings" of its nine South Florida stores at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Hhgregg is opening stores in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Boca Raton, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Aventura, Hialeah and Miami.

A visitor to hhgregg's Boca Raton store, at 20841 State Rd. 7, tells me the store is offering special opening prices.

Best Buy has Frigidare refrigerators on sale and offering 15 percent on washer/dryer pairs.

And you always want to check BrandsMart USA, which is currently holding its "Christmas in July" sale on items including appliances.

Remember to shop around, especially before investing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in an appliance. And some competitors will match prices so if you find a model you like at one store, but the price is better at another -- that's worth a try.


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July 11, 2011

40 percent off Ann Taylor shorts

Ann%20Taylor%20shorts.jpgBe comfortable, yet stylish this summer with 40 percent off shorts at Ann Taylor Stores. No code is needed online.

We can never have enough shorts in South Florida, where it is currently hot, hot, hot! But there's no reason to pay full price with so many retailers and sales around.

I like these dressy, silky shorts, but there are more casual styles available. You'll also find 50 percent off already-reduced items online and in stores at Ann Taylor.

POSTED IN: Women's Clothing (131)

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July 7, 2011

Pumps: big platforms or smaller heels?

Platform pumps are back, according to shoe seller DSW, but who can wear those things?
What's your preference?

I like high heels, but increasingly, they're not liking me. Still, pretty pairs like these JS by Jessica Oscar printed pumps, at a price of $59.95 are hard to pass up: DSW%20pumps.jpg

See other pumps and heels at DSW Shoes or local stores in Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Aventura and Miami.

POSTED IN: Shoes (53)

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July 5, 2011

Free Nintendo Wii remote controller jackets


Nintendo is offering free Wii remote video controller jackets to customers who own the popular video game console. The jackets cost $3.25 each in the Nintendo store.

Nintendo includes the jackets in boxes of new hardware but will give them to Wii owners who purchased systems prior to this addition.

Provide the serial number located on the back of your Wii console and Nintendo will send you the goods.

Click here for the deal.

"Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook and learn how you can win a Shop-O-Matic VIP Day of Beauty and $350 Sue Devitt Gift Basket!

POSTED IN: Deal of the Day (7), Free (60), Video Games (5)

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July 4, 2011

Dillard's Boynton Beach store on sale

Kate%20Landry%20clutch.jpgDillard's in Boynton Beach has everything in the store on sale this July 4th weekend, with most items 20 percent or 30 percent off. This includes aisles and aisles of shoes; jewelry, handbags, women's clothing and many other items.

"Everything must go," one sign says, referring to an "inventory clearance." Here's a Kate Landry clutch for only $22.75.

Check it out, but also watch for deeper discounts in coming weeks. Of course, there will be less of a selection as bargain shoppers discover the entire store is on sale.


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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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