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September 30, 2011

Free steaks from Outback at Cooper City High football game on Friday

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Outback Steakhouse will be giving away free steak dinners at the Cooper City High School football game on Friday, Sept. 30.

Get a coupon from 7 to 10 p.m. when the Plantation Colonels take the field against the Cowboys.

The "Outback Gives Back" program is to promote the chain's new wood-fired grill. The coupons are good for a free steak dinner and one side. Plus, for every certificate redeemed, Outback will donate $5 to the school, up to $2,000.

The school is located at 9401 Stirling Road, Cooper City.

RSVP on the Outback events page on Facebook.com if you're planning on attending so they'll know how many coupons to bring!

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Free "Madden NFL 12" for Verizon Android ($6.99 value)

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Verizon Android customers can download EA Game's "Madden NFL 12" for free on Saturday, Oct. 1 through Monday, Oct. 3. The game costs $6.99 in the Android App store.

Call **MADDEN and follow the directions to get the free download.

Click here for the deal.

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Snap and save with new Old Navy app for iPhone; $5-off coupon

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Old Navy has introduced the "Snap Appy" app for iPhone.

Download the app, snap a picture of any Old Navy logo (on a bag, in stores, on TV, on this blog post, wherev) and then deals and coupons magically appear.

No iPhone? Then here's a bonus coupon for $5 off $25 purchase at Old Navy through Facebook.com.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Oct. 6.

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September 29, 2011

Coupon: Free box of diabetes TrueTest Strips at Publix Pharmacy

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Get a free 25-count box of diabetes TrueTest Strips at Publix Pharmacy with purchase of a 50-count box and a coupon.

The coupon is on Page 15 of this week's Publix flyer. Grab one in the store or print out the coupon from the link below.

You also can get free metformin, lisinopril and antibiotics at Publix Pharmacy.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Oct. 5.

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Free coffee at 7-Eleven, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for National Coffee Day on Thursday

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It's National Coffee Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, and there's a latte free coffee to be had:

Wake up to free medium hot coffees, cappuccinos or lattes at participating 7-Eleven stores from 7 to 11 a.m.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is celebrating by offering free 12-ounce cups of its newly launched Signature House Blend coffee. You know It will be nearly impossible to resist a dozen (or two!) hot glazed doughnuts.

Do you know of any local spots offering free coffee? Share them with us!

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September 28, 2011

Free gas at Miami Shell station on Wednesday morning

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Shell is giving away free gasoline from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Southwest Miami.

Visit the Shell station at 10690 SW 8 Street in Miami and get up to 15 gallon of free regular-grade Shell Nitrogen Enriched gas. No purchase is necessary.

The giveaway is to promote the Winn-Dixie fuelperks! program, where you can save on Shell gasoline when you purchase eligible products at the grocery chain. The giveaways are also being offered in Houston, Seattle and San Francisco.

If you can't make it to the Shell station today, check out today's Daily Deal: $50 in free gas from Kellogg's cereal.

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September 27, 2011

Appliance rebates: Apply for waiting list in Broward; Miami-Dade still has $40K

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UPDATE: In Broward County, roughly 1,500 pre-registration slots for appliance rebates were snapped up by 3 p.m. Monday, but the county is encouraging residents still interested in getting money back to get on the rebate waiting list. "Just because all the slots are filled doesn't mean those who pre-registered are going to make a purchase and then make an application," said Mital Hall, natural resources specialist for Broward County's Energy and Sustainability Program. "Funds could still open up, so it is worthwhile to get on the waiting list." Hall said some of the $100,000 rebate money for small business is still available and that the county will decide what to do with that money if it has not been requested by the deadline. It may be reallocated to residents, she said.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Miami-Dade County still had $40,000 in funds available, said Maribel Balbin, assistant sustainability program manager for Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade will also be putting names on a waiting list when pre-registration closes, she said.

Get hundreds of dollars back in rebates when you purchase qualified Energy Star home appliances beginning Monday, Sept. 26, for Broward and Miami-Dade County residents. You must pre-register online to qualify on a first-come, first-served basis.

Broward County's Energy Sense Appliance Rebate Program is offering $300,000 in rebates for residents and $100,000 for small businesses when upgrading to qualified energy-efficient refrigerators, freezers or washing machines.

Residents can received up to $250 in rebates on refrigerators and up to $150 on clothes washers.

How to get the rebate: Pre-register online beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday through Oct. 10. Rebates will be available on a first-come, first–serve basis for appliances purchased on or after the pre-registration dates, which was Sept. 7 for businesses and on Monday, Sept. 26 for residents. Then mail an application to the county postmarked by Nov. 4. Forms also are available in Spanish.

For more information, call 954-357-7328 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or e-mail EnergySense@broward.org.

Miami-Dade County's Residential Appliance Rebate Program is offering $500,000 in rebates. Pre-registration opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Oct. 10. Residents can get $200 in rebates on refrigerators and $150 on washers. Forms also are available in Spanish.

In Palm Beach County: Call 561-355-2754 to find out about rebate programs.

Appliance and electronic retailer HHGregg is opening South Florida stores at 6 a.m. Monday, offering special pricing and assisting with the rebate program, according to a news release.

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Free subscription to Sporting News Fantasy Source Football ($24.99 value)

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Gain an edge in your NFL fantasy league with free online access to Sporting News Fantasy Source Football, which normally costs $24.99 through a promotion through Dodge Ram.

The free subscription will help you expertly manage your team with statistical analysis tools, in-depth player and data analysis, weekly and yearly player projections. Plus, keep up with e-mail reports and player alerts. Also, the Fantasy Source Trade Machine will help with trades, giving you a graphic picture of player strengths and weaknesses before you make deals.

Click here for the deal. The subscription runs through Feb. 6.

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Free ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery on Tuesday

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Cold Stone Creamery is giving out free scoops of ice cream from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, for its 10th annual Make-a-Wish Foundation fundraiser.

This year's creation is called "Sprinkled With Wishes," which is Sweet Cream Ice Cream mixed with brownies, topped with fudge and rainbow sprinkles.

While your at the store, consider donating a $1 or more to the foundation. About 85 percent of all donations this month benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Click here for the deal.

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September 26, 2011

Free John Frieda Frizz-Ease Product with purchase at Walgreens

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Get a free John Frieda Frizz-Ease hair product of your choice when you purchase a Frieda Frizz-Ease serum at Walgreens with a coupon on Facebook.com.

Visit the John Frieda fan page, click the "Special Offers" tab and answer a few questions to get the coupon, good at Walgreens drug stores.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Oct. 23.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Allure and P&G give away 50,000 beauty products

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Allure magazine and Procter & Gamble are giving away 10,000 full-sized beauty products at noon daily through Friday.

Here's the schedule for the Pop-Up Shop beauty giveaway:

Monday: Pantene Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Damage Repair Ampoules
Tuesday: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara
Wednesday: Secret Natural Mineral Deodorant
Thursday: Olay Collections Luscious Embrace Body Bar
Friday: Olay Essential Complete All-Day UV Moisturizer

Click here at 12 p.m. sharp daily for the deal.

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September 25, 2011

Coupon: Buy one, get one free entree at Ruby Tuesday

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Buy one entree and get one free at Ruby Tuesday's with a coupon offered through Facebook.com.

"Like" the page, enter your info and the coupon will be e-mailed to you.

Click here for the deal.

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September 24, 2011

Free EA Game's "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12' for iPhone, iPad

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Get EA Game's "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12" for iPhone and iPad for free. The games were $4.99 and $6.99, respectively, for each device.

It's a fun way to play 18 holes and not work up a sweat.

Click here for the iPhone version. Click here for iPad.

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September 23, 2011

Last day to get free tickets to South Florida shows for "Free Night of Theater 2011"

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Enter to get up to five free pairs of tickets to South Florida stage productions in October through the "Free Night of Theater 2011" and the Theatre League of South Florida.

Create a profile and then pick your top three performances you'd like to see ranked in order from 1-3 (with 1 being your top choice). You can enter to win up to five pairs of tickets to October shows.

Some of the shows you can pick from:

"After the Revolution" at Caldwell Theater Company in Boca Raton
"Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them" at New Theare in Coral Gables
"Hairspray" at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables
"Little Shop of Horrors" at the Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth
"The Rocky Horror Show" at Slow Burn Theatre Company in Boca Raton
"The Sunshine Boys" at Delray Beach Playhouse in Delray Beach
"Women Drivers" at the Women's Theatre Project in Fort Lauderdale

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Sept. 23.

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Free download of Mick Jagger's "SuperHeavy" album for American Express cardholders

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American Express is offering cardmembers a free 12-song download of "SuperHeavy," the new Mick Jagger collaboration with Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman. The new super group creatively blends reggae, blues, soul, rock, pop and Indian music.

Am-Ex is offering the group's debut ablum for free as part of its "Link, Like, Love" program on Facebook.com. Select the offer and you'll get a code you redeem online to download the 12 songs.

If you have an American Express card, link it to offers on the credit card company's fan page and get shopping, dining and travel savings deals when you use the card for purchases. Select the paperless coupons you like and when you use your card at those merchants, you get a credit on your monthly statement.

Click here for the deal. There is no purchase necessary; the offer expires on Sept. 30.

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Free entrance to Everglades National Park and 15 South Florida museums on Saturday

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Today should be sunny and mostly clear with a high of 92 degrees. We're also forecasting fun for free on Saturday.

If you’re in the mood to enjoy the great outdoors, gain free entrance to more than 100 national parks in honor of National Public Lands Day and Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, which encourages kids to put down the clickers and controllers and get active.

See how many gators you can count at Everglades National Park, the 1.5 million acre playground in South Florida’s backyard. Options include cycling or taking a tram tour through Shark Valley, hoofing it with a ranger along the Anhinga Trail or paddling through Florida Bay, Whitewater Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands. You also can drive 38 miles from the Ernest Coe Visitor Center to Flamingo, where there are campgrounds, a marina and hiking and canoeing trails. Other parks on the Florida list: Dry Tortugas National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Click here for the free parks deal.

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If staying indoors is more your style, then up to two people can get in free at 15 South Florida museums and cultural venues as part of Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day 2001. Go ape at Zoo Miami, chug over to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum or take in the little-known Cason Cottage House Museum in Delray Beach. Run by the city’s historical society, teleport back in time to 1915 and see how South Florida pioneers lived.

Other South Florida museums participating:
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
International Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
Young at Art Museum in Davie
Coral Springs Museum of Art
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Armory Art Center in West Palm beach
Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami Beach
HistoryMiami in Miami
Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables
Miami Science Museum in Miami
The Wolfsonian in Miami Beach

Click here to get your free tickets. You have to pick the museum you intend to visit and the passes will be e-mailed to you.

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September 22, 2011

Walmart offering low-cost flu shot clinics in stores

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Walmart is offering flu shot clinics in stores with no co-pay or out-of-pocket expenses if you have Medicare Part B as your primary insurer or for certain insurance plans.

If you're uncertain if you should get vaccinated or have questions, ask your health care professional for advice.

In addition to influenza immunizations, vaccinations for pneumonia, tetanus, diptheria, pertussis, hepatitis A and B, human papillomavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, and menningitis are also available at certain locations.

The shots are being provided by Arizona-based Mollen Immunization Clinics, which conducts seasonal clinics at thousands of Walmart locations each year.

Click here to find a store and date when the clinics are being offered.

Note: HMO plans and primary medical insurance through employers are not eligible.

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Free entrance to national parks on Saturday

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Get in free at U.S. National Parks in Florida on Saturday, Sept. 24, as part of the park system's free entrance program. The park service is waiving fees to over 100 parks around the country in honor of National Public Lands Day. The free entrance day also coinsides with Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, which encourages kids to put down the clickers and controllers and get active.

Parks on the Florida list: Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Click here for the deal.

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September 21, 2011

Free Dave's Hot 'N Juicy Single from Wendy's

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Wendy's is giving away free Dave's Hot 'N Juicy Singles with the purchase of a fry and a drink with a coupon good at participating restaurants. The coupon is offered through Facebook.com.

Wendy's just redesigned its burger, offering "juicier, thicker beef" with premium toppings and a new, buttered bun.

Click the link on Facebook and scroll down to the lower, left-hand corner and you'll see the orange square saying "FREE Dave's Hot "n Juicy Single" coupon. Click it to print your coupon.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Oct. 21.

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September 20, 2011

Free 'Angry Birds RIO' game for Windows ($4.99 value)

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Get a free download of the addictive game "Angry Birds Rio" for Windows XP or 7 with an install of the Intel AppUp Center onto your PC. The game normally costs $4.99.

The Intel AppUp center, similar to Apple's app store, sells applications and games for Windows PCs and netbooks.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Sept. 29.

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Free candy or drink from CVS ($2 value)

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CVS/Pharmacy is celebrating fall by offering a coupon for a free package of candy or an individual beverage, valued up to $2, when you sign up for or register your ExtraCare card number through Facebook.com.

Visit the CVS fan page, click the “Special Offers Tab” and register your card and the coupon will be e-mailed to you.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Thursday, Sept. 22.

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September 19, 2011

Free Clinique Eye Shadow Trio at Nordstrom through Saturday

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Clinique is giving away free, limited-edition Shape Shop Eye Shadow Trios at Nordstrom through Saturday, Sept. 24. The event is listed on Clinique's Facebook fan page.

Stop in at the Clinique counter at the department store for the free event and get a lesson from Clinique consultants on how to "contour with confidence" and get the best look for your eye shape. After the consultation, you'll take home the free eye shadow compact as a gift.

Click here for the deal. The offer is one per customer, while supplies last.

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Publix Pharmacy offers free high blood pressure medicine lisinopril

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Publix pharmacies are now offering free, 30-day supplies of the high blood pressure medicine lisinopril with a doctor's prescription as part of its free medication program.

Lisinopril joins the offering of seven types of generic oral antibiotics and the generic diabetes medicine metformin offered for free. "It doesn't matter who your prescription insurance provider is or the number of prescriptions you need filled. There's no limit to the number of refills and no forms to fill out," according to the Publix.com website.

Here's the expanded lineup offered in the free medication program:

Lisinopril: Free 30-day supply of ACE inhibitor lisinopril, used to treat high blood pressure, diabetes and some heart conditions and chronic kidney conditions. Get up to 60 tablets per month.

Antibiotics: Free 14-day supply of Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Cephalexin (capsules or suspension), Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP), Ciprofloxacin (excluding Ciprofloxacin XR), Penicillin VK and Doxycycline Hyclate (capsules).

Metformin: Free 30-day supply of 500 mg, 850 mg or 1000 mg immediate-release tablets. Get up to 90 per month.

Click here for the deal.

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Free three-piece Aveda Damage Remedy hair care kit

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Get a free, three-piece Damage Remedy kit from Aveda with a coupon. The kit contains Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo, Restructing Conditioner and Daily Hair Repair.

Print the coupon and redeem at any participating location and also receive a free Botanical Therapy Hair Treatment, valued at $15, on a return visit to the salon.

Also, sign up for the Aveda birthday program and get a gift of customized blended perfume or a body card product in the aroma of your choice valued at $25.

Click here for the deal. The offer is good at particpating locations.

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September 18, 2011

Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti collars coupon crooks using Facebook.com

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Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti is no "friend" to coupon-clipping criminals.

The social-networking-savvy sheriff collars crooks a with computer mouse in one hand, and a gun and badge in the other.

Sheriff Lamberti used his personal Facebook page to catch a Davie couple clipping coupons in the extreme, admitting to deputies they stole 25 Sunday coupon inserts from SunSentinel and Miami Herald vending machines in three different locations.

"I got the initial complaint on my Facebook page," Lamberti said. "Someone sent me a message and said “I can’t believe this. I spent $1.25 for the paper and got home to find that I had been ripped off and the coupons were gone. Can you do something about this?"

So Lamberti, above right in his Facebook profile picture, sprung into action, putting this message out to nearly 5,000 friends on Aug. 21 at 6:23 a.m.:

"Al Lamberti has received a number of private messages about coupon theft from the Sunday paper. I didn't realize this is becoming a major problem in a tough economy. An Internet search reveals that this "quality of life" crime has been sparked by extreme couponing and the very slim possibility of arrest for stealing. Thoughts anyone? Have a great day."

The sheriff said he got quite a few responses within the hour. "That alerted me that this was a bigger problem than what anybody thought. In this stage we don’t know what the person who stole them was using this for. For individual benefit or was it part of a larger conspiracy to commit coupon fraud."

Adolfo Rodriguez, 43, and Wilmian Milian, 27, returned the inserts, BSO said, and were issued notices to appear in court to answer misdemeanor charges of retail theft. (We're pretty sure they're not on Lamberti's friend list.)

Several of the 15 commenters disagreed with the sheriff that this was a big deal. (Miami Herald and SunSentinel Circulation directors said on the record they haven't seen a widespread problem, saying it was more of a nuisance to customers).

Citizens agreed. "There are far worse crimes going on. Coupon stealing investigation should be low/no priority," said one friend. "Pants on the ground is a much bigger crime. Start a "Fruit of the Loom" patrol," said another.

Finally, the person Lamberti was trying to protect weighed in: "If you happen to be a coupon cutter/collector, there is nothing worse than getting your paper and having all of the coupons missing. Theft is theft; and this one is on the rise BIG time. It definitely needs to be nipped in the bud somehow. I only wish I had an idea of how to do that," said the couponing-clipping citizen.

"This is quality of life crime," Lamberti said. "In these tough economic times, a single mother with kids spends $1.50 for the newspaper, for the coupon inserts in the hopes of saving $30 to $40 a week to feed her family. She gets home and finds out she’s been ripped off. That is despicable. That’s who those thiefs are hurting, the mom who is trying to scape by."

Another commenter asked: "Really...coupon theft...what is the crime? Shouldn't the merchants be responsible for getting a handle of that, or am I missing something?"

Lamberti says it hard to tell. It could be a case of hard-core couponers or hard-core criminals. "We can’t discriminate what crimes to enforce because this is petty. This is like graffiti, a blight on the neighborhood. This is a blight on our citizens."

CALL TO ACTION! Fight the blight with this coupon for 50-cents off the Sunday SunSentinel. Redeem it at Publix (or any merchant) and you'll be sure to get your coupon pack, saving Sheriff Lamberti some grief.

In addition to his personal account the sheriff also has the Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti fan page on Facebook, too. He frequently puts this message in his morning status updates: "Al Lamberti would like to remind each of you that I spend my own time and my own dime being on Facebook. Either before work or after work but not during work. Some people think I sit at work playing on the computer all day."

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Free Verizon cellphones, $100 off Android smartphones, $50 off Apple iPhones at RadioShack

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RadioShack is welcoming Verizon with deals for free cellphones, savings of $100 on hot new Android smartphones and $50 off 16 GB Apple iPhones 4s as part of a special launch to celebrate the new partnership.

Save even more by trading in your old device with the Trade & Save Program.

Here's the deals:

ANDROID: Save $100 with a new two-year service agreement with select service and data plans and score the slick Droid Bionic 4G by Motorola for $199.
Or pick from nine other smart devices running on Verizon's 4G LTE Network: HTC Droid Incredible 2; Samsung Droid Charge 4G LTE; HTC Thunderbold 4G LTE; Motorola Droid X2; Mororola Droid 3; LG Revolution 4G LTE; Sony Ericsson Xperia Play; DLG Enlighten and Pantech Breakout 4G LTE.

There are dozens of Verizon Android phones being offered for free, too, such as the BlackBerry Curve 3G, with a two-year agreements. Plus, save 25 percent of select phone cases and screen protectors.

APPLE IPHONE: Each store has a limited number of 16 GB Apple iPhone 4s for $50 off with a two-year agreement. A RadioShack rep. confirmed the iPhone offer, but it's not listed on the website. Call your store to confirm before you go and don't forget to sync your current iPhone to make a smooth transfer if you trade for credit.

Click here for the deal. The offer runs through Oct. 15. Call the RadioShack Wireless Department at 800-866-720-4181 with questions and to confirm if your store has the phones before you make the trip.

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September 17, 2011

Free $15 tote and candles at Bath & Body Works on Saturday

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Get a free tote with three yummy-smelling bake shop candles valued at $15 with any home fragrance purchase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bath & Body Works in stores, and all day online, Saturday, Sept. 17. They're cute as a cupcake!

The BBW "Sweetest Home Fragrance Event" lets you sample the new home fragrance "Bake Shop Collection" for fall, offers tips and tricks on using fragrance in your home and let's you vote on new scents developed from the My Candle Recipe Contest winners.

Also, don't forget to use this coupon for a free mini candle (valued at $3.50) with any $10 purchase; it expires on Oct. 2. (You can show it on your phone or tell them it's authorization code 4798.)

Click here for the deal. The offer is one per customers, while supplies last. If you don't make it to the store, get the deal online by using code SWEETGIFT at checkout. Get $1 shipping with order of $25.

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Free popcorn at Regal Theaters through Sept. 30

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Yahoo and Regal Theaters is still giving away bags of free popcorn when you use your smartphone to check in at the cinema through the Facebook.com Places feature.

Here's how to get the tasty -- and free -- treat using your mobile phone:

At Regal Theater, go to Popcorn.Yahoo.net on your phone and check in to get the instant coupon. Or scan the QR code at the concession stand and it will take you right to the page.

You can also sign up for a text alert (this is what I did) and the link will be sent to your phone with instructions on how to get the instant coupon when you get to the theater. Read Yahoo's Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Click here for the deal. You must have a Facebook.com account. The coupon expires seven days after it's activated. The program ends on Sept. 30. Upgrade to a medium for $1.

P.S. You also can get free popcorn at Muvico Theaters. Click here for that deal.

Also, AMC is offering free ICEE's on Fridays through Oct. 7.

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September 16, 2011

Coupon for popcorn chicken from KFC on Monday

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Get a coupon for savings on popcorn chicken from KFC on Monday, Sept. 19, when you sign up for e-mail from the fast-food restaurant.

Sign up now for the Colonel's E-Mail Club and a coupon will be sent to you on Monday for the tasty, finger-lickin' treats, according to the KFC fan page on Facebook.com.

Click here for the deal.

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September 15, 2011

Free Fandango movie ticket ($14.50 value) with $5.99 Big Fish game purchase

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Buy any Big Fish video game for $5.99 and get a free Fandango movie ticket valued at $14.50 on Thursday only.

Use the coupon code FAN599 to get standards games for $5.99 and then you'll get a free Fandango promotional code via e-mail in two or three days that you can redeem for a show of your choice at Fandango.com.

Choose from fun, puzzle, adventure, word strategy, arcade games and more for PC, Mac, and iPhone and iPad. Choose titles from loads of titles, including the top-rated "Awakening: The Goblin Kingdom Collector's Edition," right.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires at midnight Thursday, Sept. 15.

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September 14, 2011

Video: South Florida shoppers on mad search for Missoni at Target stores, crashes website























South Florida shoppers are in a fashionista frenzy trying to snap up the uber-hot new Missoni collection introduced Tuesday at Target stores and online at Target.com.

Demand for the new 400-piece Italian-designed collection with the colorful zig zag pattern is high as shoppers continue to flock to stores on Wednesday looking for anything they can grab.

"I love the colors," said Pamela Kalnitzky, 49, of Fort Lauderdale, as she tried on a too-large Missoni jacket for $69.99. The lime-green jacket was one of the few pieces of women's clothing left on racks. "We are going to Italy in a few weeks and from what I understand, you can't tell the difference between the original the Target brand." Kalnitzky and her husband Phil were next heading to Target stores in Miami-Dade County in the hopes getting apparel to wear on their trip abroad.

Deman has been extraordinary high online, as well. Shoppers have been expriencing site crashes since Tuesday, getting this message: "Woof!" We are suddenly extremely popular. There is no need to refresh your browser. Please stay here and we'll get you in as soon as we can! Thank you and our apologies for the inconvenience" message at Target.com.

"The Missoni for Target collection has been an unprecedented success. We are thrilled at the overwhelmingly positive response to yesterday’s launch," Target spokesperson Jessica Deede said. "Yesterday, Target.com did experience an overwhelming amount of traffic to the site as a result of the Missoni for Target launch, which made our website inaccessible throughout portions of the day. The site is back up and running. Guests who are still interested in product are encouraged to check back with their local store to see if any products have been restocked in the coming days, as well as continuing to visit Target.com," she said.

Missoni madness begain before stores opened on Tuesday.

Employees at the Fort Lauderdale store said there were at least 30 people lined up on Tuesday morning before the store opened and nearly everything was gone in 30 minutes. "It was like Black Friday. It was just crazy," said an employee in the women's department on Wednesday morning.

"I went to the Plantation and Fort Lauderdale Target stores Tuesday to get a Missoni sweater. I got there at 11:30 a.m. and everything was gone," said Carolyn Burns of Plantation. "The entire line was gone, including all the clothes, the shoes, the luggage. There were just empy racks with a Missoni sign." On Wednesday, there were a few items, mostly from returns.

A fight even broke out on Tuesday between to women over an abandoned cart filled with Missoni merchandise. "I came at 9:30 a.m. yesterday," said Toure Evelyn, 28, of Oakland Park. "People were everywhere in the aisles, with Missoni bikes, luggage, clothes, carts were packed to the brim with the stuff. People were going crazy. Two ladies got into a fight over an abandoned cart filled with Missoni stuff."

On Tuesday, people were lining up in Palm Beach County, too. An employee reported that about 50 people waited at 6 a.m. and all the merchandise was gone in 10 minutes, many shoppers purchasing in bulk. The Delray store still has few pairs of shoes and some infant clothes on Wednesday morning.

Burns said clerks told her on Tuesday that customers were fighting over the stock and some were buying in bulk to put on eBay.com. There are nearly 30,000 listings on eBay.com for Missoni for Target merchandise.

The collection for women, men, girls and baby along with housewares and furniture, will be sold through Oct. 22. The limited-time collection, Target's largest to date, includes sweaters, shoes, clothes, accessories, stationery housewares, patio furniture and more. Pieces start at $2.99 to $599.99. The real stuff can run up to $1,500. Select pieces from the collection will be available for an extended run through early December at Target.com, according to a Target press release.

“This was Missoni mayhem,” said Joshua Thomas, a Target spokesman told the Associated Press. “This is unprecedented.”

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September 12, 2011

Apple welcomes Bob Seger with free six-song download of greatest hits

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Bob Seger wants you to just take those old records off the shelf and put 'em on your iPod.

At last, the hard-rockin, multi-platinum artist joins the digital music world with MP# downloads on Apple and Amazon and announces a new U.S. tour with stops in Orlando in November.

Apple welcomes Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band to its iTunes catalog with a free six-song download of greatest hits through iTunes.com. Amazon.com is now carrying the digital song catalog as well.

Score for free, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man (Live)," "Get Out of Denver," "Mainstreet," "Beautiful Loser," "Feel Like a Number" and "Hollywood Nights (Live)."

You also can now purchase individual songs and albums "Nine Tonight," "Live Bullet" and "Early Seger."

The Michigan rocker also announced a new tour kicking off on Nov. 2 at Eastern Michigan University on his website. He'll play Citrus Bowl Park on Nov. 13 for the Orlando Calling Fest in Orlando. Other rockers scheduled to peroform at the two-day music fest kicking off on Nov. 12 include the Killers, the Raconteurs and Kid Rock.

Click here for the deal.

Seger's the bomb and "Mainstreet" is my absolutely fave song by him. What's your fave Seger tune?

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Free will, revocable trust and power of attorney document kit from Suze Orman ($59 value)

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Personal finance expert Suze Orman is offering a free "Must Have Document" kit valued at $59 as part of a Sept. 11 rememberance. The free offer is valid through Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Use a coupon code to get an activation number for the free document kit, which contains a will, revocable trust, financial power of attorney and a durable power of attorney for health care. Orman reduces confusion and walks you through the steps to create the documents with a helpful, optional audio track.

Orman considers these douments to be the "most vital steps in making sure that your financial future is absolutely safe and sound. But it’s not just about your financial future, it’s also about protecting those that you love, including yourself," according to her website SuzeOrman.com.

Click here for the deal and click the orange GIFT CODE link and enter CNBC to get an activation code to sign up. The offer expires at midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

NOTE: You must sign up by Tuesday to get the activation code, but once you have the 15-number activation code you can then execute the document program at your convenience. You must get your activation code by midnight Tuesday.

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Free calls from a Disney princess from Target

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Target is offering your little princess a free call from a Disney princess.

Visit the site, enter an adult’s birthday and phone number, pick a princess (Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Tiana, Bell or Aurora), one of two messages ("Great Job" or "Great Helper") and the time and date when Disney Royalty should phone.

Click here for the deal. The offer is for two calls per phone number.

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September 11, 2011

Free entry to Florida state parks on Sunday

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Show a library card or donate a family-friendly book and get in free at one of our incredible state parks on Sunday, Sept. 11, in honor Literacy Month. The Florida park service is offering free day-use at all 160 state parks except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

Frolic in the sand at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, right, or John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania. Or how about Rollerblading on the 1.9-mile road at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale? Enjoy the quiety beauty of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach.

Click here for the deal and to see a list of state parks with addresses and hours.

Don't forget the sunscreen!

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Free preview of NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV on Sunday

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DIRECTV customers can kick off football season right with a free preview of NFL Sunday Ticket.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, customers of the satellite service can watch every game, play, punt and tackle in HD with the free preview. If you're not a customer, sign up to subscribe to a DIRECTV Choice Extra package and you'll get the whole season of NFL Sunday ticket for free.

Also, on Monday, Sept. 12, Sirius XM customers can listen to a free preview of NFL Radio.

Click here for the deal.

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September 9, 2011

CVS/Pharmacy releases new written coupon policy

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CVS/Pharmacy today released a new written coupon policy and has added a new frequently asked questions section on coupon use to its website.

The new published guidelines aim to clarify redemption of CVS/Pharmacy ExtraBucks and ExtraCare coupons and which third-party manufacturer coupons, including Internet coupons, will be accepted. Anything not covered in the policy is left to the
discretion of CVS management.

Print out a copy and take it with you when you shop and use as a reference should a dispute arise at the register.

Here's the new policy:

CVS/pharmacy Coupon Policy

The use of ExtraBucks®, CVS/pharmacy and third-party manufacturer coupons is
accepted in our retail stores in accordance with the following guidelines.
General guidelines to further understand the application of CVS/pharmacy coupons
(ExtraBucks and ExtraCare® Coupons) and third-party manufacturer coupons:
• CVS/pharmacy does not accept expired coupons.
• Coupons and their face value cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards.
• Competitor coupons are not accepted at CVS/pharmacy.
• CVS/pharmacy does not accept coupons for items not carried in our stores.
• CVS/pharmacy does not currently accept coupon bar code images displayed on
a smartphone, iPhone, Droid etc.
• The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction.
Sales tax must be paid if required by state law.
• Certain CVS/pharmacy coupons may be subject to state sales tax rules similar to
third-party manufacturer coupons and sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon
price
o Third-party manufacturer coupons are coupons issued by a third party and
sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon price.
• Language at the bottom of CVS/pharmacy coupons provides specific coupon
acceptance rules.
• Any coupon offer not covered in these guidelines will be accepted at the
discretion of CVS/pharmacy management.
Sale Items
• CVS/pharmacy will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale.
• CVS/pharmacy will not accept percent off coupons for sale and promotional
items.
• In the event that any item’s price is less than the value of the coupon,
CVS/pharmacy will accept the coupon only to the price of the item.
CVS/pharmacy does not provide cash back in exchange for any coupons.
Multiple Coupons
• CVS/pharmacy accepts one third-party manufacturer coupon and applicable
CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by
either coupon offer.
• The number of third-party manufacturer coupons used in a transaction may not
exceed the number of items in the transaction.
• The coupon amount will be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other
discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item
will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
• CVS/pharmacy accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as
long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is
specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased.
• CVS/pharmacy reserves the right to process coupons in any order.
Internet/Print at Home Coupons
• CVS/pharmacy accepts valid internet/print at home coupons containing a
barcode.
• CVS/pharmacy will not accept reproductions or rebates.

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September 8, 2011

Free Cheese Quesadilla from Denny's for you and a friend

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Send a friend a silly "cheesy" electronic greeting card and you'll both get a coupon for a free Cheese Quesadilla at Denny's.

Choose from four cute, punny e-cards, like "You're Grate!" or "One Day You'll Be the Big Cheese!" The promotion celebrates the restaurant chain's new "Let's Get Cheesy" menu. Enter your friend's e-mail, your e-mail along with a note and crazy card and coupon will be delivered to in-boxes.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Nov. 7.

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September 7, 2011

Free $10 Publix gift card with $50 purchase with coupon in Wednesday's Sun Sentinel

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It's back! Get a free $10 Publix gift card when you spend $50 or more with a coupon in Wednesday's Sun Sentinel. The coupon is on page 5A.

This is just one more way the SunSentinel saves you money and pays for itself with plenty of change to spare!

The coupon is good through Sept. 20.

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Free flower bouquets from FTD for Good Neighbor Day on Wednesday

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FTD florists are giving away free bouquets of flowers for "FTD Good Neighbor Day" on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Stop in at a particpating South Florida florists (listed below) to get the free bouquet. Then, keep one flower and give the rest away to inspire friendship and goodwill. This is the 17th year FTD has distributed the free flowers.

Particpating florists:
Accents & Flowers in Miami
Omel Flowers & Wholesaler Inc. in Hialeah
Floral Portraits By Caren in Delray Beach
Flower Kingdom in Royal Palm Beach

Click here for the deal. The offer is good on Wednesday only while supplies last. Best to call first to make sure they still have them.

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Free 10-pack of AA batteries for CVS/Pharmacy ExtraCare members

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CVS/Pharmacy is offering a coupon for a free 10-pack of AA batteries with a $15 purchase using your ExtraCare card. The batteris are valued at $4.99.

If you are a CVS ExtraCare member, check your e-mail for the free battery coupon. The offer is good on Wednesday, Sept. 7, only.

If you haven't done it already, sign up for ExtraCare e-mail and get a $4 off $20 purchase coupon instantly. You can now elect to send CVS coupons directly to your card for use in the store or you can still print them out.

Click here to become an ExtraCare member.

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September 6, 2011

Free 'Arthritis Today 2011 Drug Guide' from Arthritis Foundation

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The Arthritis Foundation is offering a free edition of "Arthritis Today 2011 Drug Guide" by mail.

This 26-page reference offers information on medications, new drugs and also provides pain-management information to help ease symptoms of this painful disease.

Click here for the deal.

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Free pumpkin muffin at Einstein Bros. Bagels

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Start your workweek off right with a free pumpkin muffin with purchase of any coffee beverage at participating Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Sept. 14.

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September 5, 2011

Labor-free food deals from Firehouse Subs, Boston Market

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We have two great Labor Day food offers. You know, so you don’t have to labor in a hot kitchen today.

First, Firehouse subs is offering a free medium sub with purchase of a sub, chips and a drink. Click here for the deal.

Second, Boston Market is offering a coupon for 25 percent off any family meal. Click here for that deal.

Both deals are good on Monday, Sept. 5, only.

Click here for other labor-free food offers from Bone Fish Grill, Lonestar, Macaroni Grill, Baskin-Robbins, T.G.I. Friday's and more.

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September 4, 2011

Join us for the Shop-O-Matic Fall Beauty Bash on Thursday

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UPDATE: All the tickets might be gone, but that doesn't mean you still can't join us for the Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash. You won't get a goodie bag (those go to the first 200 with a ticket) but you can still sample and shop for this season's hot looks in cosmetics and enjoy the other fun festivities we have planned. Hope to see you there! -- Doreen Christensen

Join SunSentinel/City & Shore Magazine Shop-O-Matic shopping blogger Doreen Christensen for an exclusive preview of the season's hot makeup collections from all your favorite brands at the Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash.

The fun gets started at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Bloomingdale's at Town Center, 5840 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

Test out all the hot new fall beauty collections, get free makeovers and mini facials along with makeup lessons from experts all while enjoying cocktails and light refreshments catered by the Capital Grille.

There will be great raffle prizes and the first 200 to arrive with a ticket will take home a free gift bag of goodies, too, compliments of Bloomies.

Participating cosmetic counters include Estee Lauder, Shiseido, Space-NK, Sue Devitt, Bobbi Brown, Guerlain, Dior, Laura Mercier, Clinique, Borghese, Ellis Saab, Chanel, MAC, Alexandra Demarkoff, Clarins, Thierry Mugler Fragrances, Narks, Burberry Body, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Strivectin. Indulge in new luxury bath and body collections from Sei-Sai and Laura Mercier, preview new eye looks from Shiseido, Lancome, Bobbi Brown and Nars. Plus, try the new Icelandic-inspired skincare with a mini facial at Sue Devitt. Also, Sue Devitt and Clinique are offering special Beauty Bash gifts-with-purchase!

RSVP to SunSentinel.com/BeautyBash. Space is limited so get your ticket today.

See you Thursday!

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Beauty report: Red-hot looks for fall for lips, tips and pulse points

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Fall’s red-hot trend is red-hot red.

Yep. You read it right. Ruby-tinted hues in every shade — from bright to burnt to cherry to scarlet — have marched right off New York runways and onto lips, tips and toes.
So ditch those bright, light looks of spring and summer and get your drama on. We’ve got the 411 on fall and winter beauty looks for prefect pouts and flawless faces, and what’s fresh in sensuous scents and serious skin care. Also, check out all the hot, new looks at the Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Bloomingdales.

Lancôme Paris
We’re mad for Lancôme Paris’ L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor, rigt, in Hold Up Red ($29) and Mini Le Vernis nail polish in Bang Bang Red ($15). But oui went absolutely insane for the Blush Multilumiére in Maison Lancome ($40). This multi-colored blush and highlighter is embossed with a Parisian city scene complete with an Eiffel Tower. It will leave you glowing, just like a lover’s kiss on the banks of the Seine.

Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color Sensuous Rouge ($28) offers a luminous finish in 12 fabulous shades. The long-lasting color surrounds a lip-loving soft core of moisturizing fruit extracts and shea butter. Testers were partial to Rose Exposed and raved about its delicious vanilla scent.

Chanel
Chanel has reimagined its iconic eau de parfum with No. 19 Poudré ($85). This new, musky variation on the classic scent, which was introduced in 1970, has crisp, green notes blended with powdery iris and white musk. Trivia: No. 19 got its name from Mademoiselle Coco Chanel’s birthday (Aug. 19). Whatever the numerology, it adds up to one delicious fragrance.

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Space NK
Soak and soothe the soul with Sai-Sei, right, the Japanese-inspired luxury bathing collection now at Space NK, inside Bloomingdale’s. This new line, inspired by ancient bathing rituals, is packed with essential minerals. Mineral Relax Bath Milk ($35) has soy milk protein to calm and comfort. Soften up with Mineral Deep Moisture Body Cream ($38), which has Uji green tea and rice bran to lock in moisture. The line is a sensory joy as well.

Kiehl’s
If you spy with your little eye a few lines and wrinkles around that most delicate area, then try a late-night rendezvous with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye ($36). Applied before bed, this cream is packed with powerful, natural botanicals squalane and evening primrose oil to plump and smooth fine lines, while butcher’s broom extract is meant to sweep away puffiness.

Sue Devitt
Sue Devitt Microquatic Marine Crystal Collagen Masque ($125) is the latest addition to the brand’s superb Crystal Collagen collection. This medical-grade formulation is infused with marine collagen, hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract. It was developed for use after laser treatments, chemical peels, injectables and microdermabrasion. Testers reported firmer faces and felt an intense cooling effect as soon as it was applied.

MAC
Get flawless and create an optical illusion with MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($23). This colorless powder — available in loose or compact form — sets makeup, reduces shine while magically minimizing pores, fine lines and imperfections. Works wonders over Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer ($30), a tinted primer that evens skin tone and brightens dull complexions.
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September 3, 2011

Free food: Cheap eats at Bone Fish Grill, Lonestar, Macaroni Grill, Baskin-Robbins, T.G.I. Friday's and more

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It's the holiday and we've got a menu full of free food to keep you labor-free and out of the kitchen. Here's a roundup of fresh and tasty deals for free or cheap dining options that will keep your stomach -- and wallet -- full through Monday:

Sweet Tomatoes: Buy one, get one free breakfast; expires Sept. 5

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Free pumpkin muffin with purchase of any coffee; expires Sept. 14.

Romano's Macaroni Grill: Buy one entree, get one free (coupon code #42) with printed or mobile coupon; expires Sept. 5.

Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang Shrimp, right, with $15 food purchase with Facebook coupon; expires Sept. 9.

Lonestar Steakhouse: Free appetizer with entree purchase coupon through Facebook; expires Sept. 18.

Firehouse Subs: Free medium sub with purchase of sub, chips and drink on Labor Day, Sept. 5, only.

Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzera & Bar: Free pizza slices on Monday, Sept. 5; Boca Raton location.

Baskin-Robbins: Buy one cone, get one free; expires Monday, Sept. 5.

Coldstone Creamery: Buy one creation, get a second creation free; expires Sept. 8.

Chick-fil-A: Reserve a free breakfast at your favorite location on Tuesday-Saturday.

IKEA: Kids eat free through Monday, Sept. 5.

T.G.I. Friday's: 15 percent off your total check; expires Sept. 7.

Old Navy: Get a free, large 2-topping Domino's pizza from Old Navy with purchase; expires Sept. 5.

Panda Express: Free entree item when you buy a 2- or 3-item plate; Free 22-ounce drink with 2- or 3-item entree purchase; expires Sept. 10.

California Pizza Kitchen: $5 off your next visit when you register for e-mail.

Quiznos: 50 percent off Choose 2 Menu items after 5 p.m. and on weekends with purchase of a drink; Buy one, get one free sub with purchase of regular drink and three other deals; expires Sept. 25.

Chevy's: Buy one combo, get one free; Buy one entree, get a second for $3.99; locations in Miami and Orlando; expires Sept. 3

Papa John's: Free medium pizza from with e-mail or text alert sign-up.

IHOP: Free meals valued at $7.99 when you join Pancake Revolution e-mail club.

Arby's: Free small drink and curly fries with purchase of Angus Cool deli sandwich or wrap. Or text "YUM" to 27297 for free food coupons on your smart phone.

Friendly's: Free three-scoop sundae with e-mail signup.

Champs: Free cheeseburger or appetizer with e-mail signup.

Maggie Moo's: Buy one, get one free regular or large ice-cream cone.


Outback: Get $5 off two entrees when you "like" Outback on Facebook and sign up for e-mails. Get $10 off $25 purchase through American Express Facebook program.

Macaroni Grill: $5 off when you join the e-club.

Boston Market: Free Blockbuster Express movie rental with $5 entree purchase; expires Sept. 30.

Olive Garden: $2 off two Paninis; exires Oct. 7Unlimited pasta bowl for $8.95.

California Pizza Kitchen: $5 off $15 purchase when you join the e-club.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

POSTED IN: FOOD SPECIALS (135), Free (593)

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September 2, 2011

Free large, 2-topping Dominos pizza from Old Navy with purchase

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Old Navy is giving away coupons for a free 2-topping Domino's pizza when you spend $30 on Superfan Nation Gear in stores through Monday.

Get your game on with the free pizza offer, which is good on carry-out orders; there is a minimum purchase with fee on delivery orders.

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 sign up for Deals text alerts.

POSTED IN: Free With Purchase (97)

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September 1, 2011

Free 'Video Time Machine' app for iPhone and iPad

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For a limited time, download for free the "Video Time Machine" app for iPhone and iPad. It normally costs 99 cents.

This top-rated, addictive and fun application lets you cruise through 10,000 video clips of famous moments in movies, sports, television, music, commericals and more from 1860 through 2011.

Watch iconic and historic videos of great moments in history, from the 1963 broadcast by Walter Cronkite announcing John F. Kennedy had been shot to Babe Ruth dancing and singing on the radio in 1937. Watch immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in 1906 or see Howard Cosell interviewJohn Lennon on "Monday Night Football" in 1974. Or attend the funerals of Queen Victorial in 1901 or Josef Stalin's in 1953; tune in a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots commercial in 1967.

When you find a clip you love (most of them!) tweet it or share it Facebook with the press of a button.

Click here for the deal. It won't be free fo long, so don't wait. Oh, and get out your charging cord.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

POSTED IN: Free downloads (107), Smart Phones & Accessories (54)

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Free 1,000 Rollover Minutes from AT&T

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AT&T again is offering 1,000 free Rollover Minutes when you text YES to 11113020.

I sent the SMS message and recevied this in return: "Thank you for responding to our free 1000 bonus Rollover Minute offer. You will receive a confirmation message upon validation of this mobile account."

A similar offer ended in March. An AT&T rep said the company offered that deal as a thank you to customers.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

POSTED IN: Smart Phones & Accessories (54)

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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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