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August 23, 2011

Danny Santiago headlines Aventura Mall's Fashion's Night Out

Celebrity stylist Danny Santiago headlines Aventura Mall’s Fashion’s Night Out, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.

With the theme, "Decades of Passion for Fashion, Santiago's runway show will feature past styles that influence today’s fashion. The runway show will begin in Aventura Mall’s Center Court at 7 p.m.

Santiago has collaborated on movies including "Sex and the City,” “Sex and the City 2” and “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” He is currently working on “Burn Notice.”

The mall will also have a vintage fashion exhibit, and more than 75 events at stores including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Anthropologie, Charles David, AX Armani Exchange, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Cole Haan, Guess, Herve Leger by Max Azria, J.Crew, Michael Kors, ZINGARA, Ted Baker and Tommy Hilfiger. To see special deals, go to
Aventura Mall.

Aventura Mall will be giving away exclusive shopping totes to the first 150 shoppers that show same day receipts for purchases of $150 or more at the MasterCard Concierge Center. The tote features an illustration by Melanie Figueroa Nieves, fashion design student at the Ai Miami International University of Art & Design, and winner of the 2011 Fashion’s Night Out Fashion Illustration Competition hosted by Aventura Mall.

For more information, call 305-935-1110. Fashion’s Night Out is free to the public.

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August 10, 2011

Join our live coupon chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday and learn how to supersize your savings


Want to learn how to supersize your savings using coupons?

Then join our live coupon chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday with savings expert and couponing teacher Mary Pat Pankoke, right, and learn easy tips and tricks that will significantly slash your monthly grocery bills. I saved more than $100 at Publix on my last grocery trip and you can, too, with a little know-how and effort.

Bring your all your couponing questions and learn the basic principals of couponing. Some of the topics we'll cover today:

Clipping: How to combine manufacturer, store and competitor coupons to score items for free, especially on buy-one-get-one free sales (BOGOs); using competitor coupons to make money; how to find the best deals and match-up; the best sources for finding coupons.

Organizing: Binder or box? Discussion on the different systems used to file and find your coupons and how to file and find them quickly.

Buying: How to organize your coupons and purchases at the register; how to play the drugstore rewards game and make money.

Pankoke is co-owner of, a South Florida business specializing in teaching families how to stretch their grocery budget by using coupons.

We featured some of Pankoke's saving strategies in our Back to School Sun Sentinel Super Shopper Challenge. She scored nearly $600 in school supples for under $10.

Visit to join the chat. You can sign up for an e-mail reminder so you don't miss out on this money-saving opportunity.

See you at 1 p.m.!

Photo: Carey Wagner, Sun Sentinel

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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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