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October 31, 2011

JC Penney giving away $1 million in clothes to veterans

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JC Penney is giving away $1 million in gift cards to 6,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to jump start their civilian wardrobes.

The promotion is part of Penney's "Welcome Heroes" promotion in conjunction with the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA.org).

Those who served in all branches of the U.S. military in Iraq or Afghanistan can go to TheRuckSack.org through Nov. 20 to sign up for a free membership with IAVA and register for the giveaway. Then, more than 6,000 qualified entries will be randomly selected to receive a $200 gift certificates good on men and women’s clothing items at JC Penney stores or online.

IAVA is the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The group has more than 200,000 member veterans and civilian supporters nationwide.

Visit JCPenney.com/WelcomeHeroes to sign up.

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Free scary eats & treats at Chipotle, Chili's, Sweet Tomatoes and more

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The weather's been a fright, but that doesn't mean it has to take the tricks out of the treats today. Here's a roundup of free events and free food for kids, young and old.

FREE CANDY: My pal Ben Crandell on the Go Guide has your 411 on where to trick or treat and stay dry in South Florida.

FREE SCARY EATS & TREATS:
Applebee's: Two free kids meals per adult entree; no costume necessary.
CiCi's Pizza: Coupon: Free kids buffet for kids in costume with purchase of an adult buffet; exires Oct. 31
Dave and Busters: Spin and win $10 or $20 in free game play or a free entree; expires Oct. 31
Buca di Beppo: $10 off $20 dine in; $10 off $30 take out; expires Oct. 31
Chili's: Coupon: Free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree; expires Oct. 31
Chipotle Mexican Grill: $2 burrito, bowl, tacos or salad for kids and adults dressed in costume inspired the family farm from 6 to 10 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Free espresso with purchase of a breakfast sandwich; expires Nov. 10
Krispy Kreme: Free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice doughnut for anyone in costume; expires Oct. 31; Click here to print out a doughnut pumpkin mask.
McCormick & Schmick's: $10 off $50 check; expires Nov. 20; Free happy hour appetizer when you vote on cocktail recipe on Facebook; expires Nov. 13
Pizza Hut: Free breadsticks or cinnamon sticks from with e-mail signup
Steak 'N Shake: Half-priced milkshakes from 6 to 10 p.m.; exires Oct. 31
Tijuana Flats: Kids in costume get a free children's meal with purchase of adult entree.
Ruby Tuesday: Buy one entree, get one free; through Facebook; expires Nov. 6
Smokey Bones: $10 off $20 purchase; expires Oct. 30
Sweet Tomatoes: Free meal for kids 12 and under in costume with purchase of adult entree; expires Oct. 31
T.G.I. Friday: Free appetizer for anyone wearing a costume Saturday-Monday; Free entree with purchase of entree and two beverages; expires Nov. 1
Waffle House: Free waffle, any variety, through Nov. 11

FREE EVENTS:
Bass Pro Shop: Free photos, reflector necklaces and more at kiddie Halloween events through Monday
Brunswick Lanes: Coupons: Free games of bowling for kids; good Oct. 31-Nov. 23

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Free Krispy Kreme doughtnut with costume on Halloween

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Get a free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice doughnut with a costume at Krispy Kreme on Monday. The treats are for kids (or anyone) in costume.

If you don't have a costume, click here to print out this handy pumpkin doughtnut mask. (You are what you eat, right?)

Click here for the deal.

Click here for more free scary eats & treats at Applebee's, Chipotle, Chili's, Sweet Tomatoes and more.

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October 30, 2011

Expiring: $10 rebate and $10 pink donation on Olay, Pantene, Clairol and more

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You only have two more days to get a $10 rebate from Procter & Gamble when you purchase $50 in eligible beauty products and as a bonus, P&G also will donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Plus, really stack the savings with high-value coupons in the Oct. 30 Sun Sentinel.

Purchase $50 in any combination of Venus, Olay, Secret, CoverGirl, Clairol, Pantene, Safeguard, Ivory, Aussie and Herbal Essences products by Oct. 31, fill out the rebate form with UPC codes, send in the dated sales receipts with items and prices circled and mail by Nov. 30. Follow the directions EXACTLY to get your money back.

SAVINGS TIP: Use coupons from the Oct. 30 P&G BrandSaver inside the Sunday Sun Sentinel. There is a $3-off two Pantene products; a buy one, get one free Olay coupon, $4 Venus and great savings on CoverGirl, Clairol, and more. Coupons savings do not count against your rebate!

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Oct .31; mail by Nov. 30. Limit one rebate per name, address, or envelope.

Also, check out another $10 rebate with $30 Olay purchase that expires Dec. 31.

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Free entree at Ruby Tuesday

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Ruby Tuesday again is giving away coupons for buy one, get one free entrees through Facebook.com.

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

Click here for the deal. Don't wait! They're going fast!

Click here for more free food at T.G.I. Friday's, McCormick & Schmick's, Smokey Bones and more.


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October 29, 2011

Free $14 bareMinerals Big & Bright Eyeliner at Bare Escentuals Boutiques

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Stop in a Bare Escentuals Boutique and get a free full-sized bareMinerals Big & Bright Eyeliner valued at $14. No purchase is necessary. Just bring in the coupon or mention the free offer.

Choose from Granite or Midnight shades. Also, make any purchse and you'll get a full-sized bareMinerals Eyecolor along with a free sample of bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation.

Bare Escentuals Boutiques are located in Aventura, Boca Raton, Wellington and Orlando.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The offer is valid on at Bare Escentuals Boutiques, not at any other retail locations.

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October 28, 2011

Buy two, get one free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with accessories

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Buy two BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and get one free through Dec. 31. PlayBooks retail from $499 to $699, depending on the model.

Research in Motion is offering the deal to BlackBerry business customers who purchase the tablet from the company's list of authorized vendors, listed at the link below.

BlackBerry also will throw in your choice of accessory for each tablet purchased. Choose from a leather sleeve, charging pod or high-speed HDMI cable.

Click here for the deal and to find a retailer and read the fine print.

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Walgreens Wellness Tour: Free $100 health tests, AARP memberships in Lauderhill and Weston

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Get six free health screening tests valued at $100 and score a free one-year membership to AARP when the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour rolls into South Florida through Monday.

Adults 18 and older can climb aboard the custom-equipped red bus parked outside select Walgreen's stores and get free tests for bone density, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass analysis performed by trained medical professionals.

After the tests, a pharmacist or staff member will review results and then patients can visit their doctors for follow-up. Visitors also can get free health and wellness information in English and Spanish. Then, visitors will get a free one-year membership or extension to AARP, valued at $16. Those under 50 can pass the free membership on to an eligible adult.

Here's the schedule of stops outside South Florida Walgreens:
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7229 W Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill
Monday: 12 to 6 p.m., 1751 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston

The 10-month tour is part of a $14 million program to provide adults with a critical foundation for early disease detection and prevention, according to a Walgreen's press release.

"I’ve seen how these free tests can be a life-saving resource,” said Greg Wasson, Walgreens President and CEO. “This campaign will help a tremendous number of people improve their lives through greater access to health resources, particularly for those most in need," according to the release.

Click here to see the list of stops on the U.S. tour.

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$10 off $50 Christmas goods at Big Lots

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Save $10 off $50 purchases in the Christmas Department at Big Lots when you use the discount chain's Buzz Club Rewards Card.

I know it's now Halloween yet, but 10 bucks is 10 bucks! Plus, you get the best selection on the cute stuff before everyone else starts thinking about the holidays.

Use the Buzz Club card at the register to save $10 on all holiday goods, from trees to wreaths to wrapping paper and other trimmings. The offer excludes Christmas textiles, tablewear, candles and holders, DVDs, candy and pet products. If you're not a rewards card member, sign up at the store or online and save 20 percent on purchases with the first use.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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Toys R Us offering 10 percent back on purchases through Christmas Eve

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Toys R Us will be offering 10 percent back on purchases made using its loyalty rewards program this holiday season, according to a news release.

Starting Sunday, Oct. 30 through Dec. 24, Toys R Us Rewards R Us members can earn 10 percent back in store gift certificates for every dollar spent on qualifying purchases. To participate in the promotion, present the loyalty card at any Toys R Us or Babies R Us store or enter the loyalty number from the card online.

Sign up for the program at any store or online.

Toys R Us Dollars earned will be sent to members through e-mail in January and can be used toward future in-store purchases. Toys R Us gift cards, shipping and handling, diapers, formula and greeting cards are not eligible for the program.

A Super Savers Pass is also available to Toys R Us customers that spend $200 or more in stores from Sunday through Dec. 24. The pass offers members more than $100 in savings, including exclusive coupons sent through e-mail each month in 2012.

Customers using the toy retailer layaway program also are eligible for the the 10 percent-back promotion.

Last year, nearly two million customers joined the Rewards R Us program, the news release said. Toys R Us began offering the loyalty program in 2008.

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October 27, 2011

Free Frederic Fekkai conditioner valued at $25 at Saks on Thursday

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Get a free, full-sized Fekkai Advanced conditioner valued at $25 at Saks Fifth Avenue at the "Calling All Conditioner Event" on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Trade in any any bottle of your current conditioner at the Fekkai counter at Saks and get a choice of a free 8-ounce bottle of Brilliant Glossing, Salon Technician Color-Care or Full Blown Volume conditioners.

Fekkai's salon-quality products are amazing and have been top-rated by Sun Sentinel beauty testers.

Saks Fifth Avenue stores are located in Bal Harbor, Dadeland and Dolphin Mall in Miami, Town Center in Boca Raton, on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens and Florida Mall in Orlando.

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

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October 26, 2011

Last chance to enter to win a free L'Oreal Voluminious False Lashes mascara

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The midnight deadline is approaching! It's your last chance to like us on Facebook to win a free L'Oreal Voluminious False Lashes mascara, valued at $8.95

Visit our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook.com and click the "Free L'Oreal Mascara" tab, enter your name an e-mail address so we'll know where to send this hot, new mascara in Black Brown. If you're already a fan, just click the tab and enter your information.

L'Oreal's newest mascara features nylon and rayon fibers that surround and coat for incredibly long and sexy lashes. Our Sun Sentinel Pretty Good Ideas beauty tester loved it mascara, rating it a 9 on our 1-10 beauty scale and said it didn't clump or smudge and removed easily with cleanser (she wears contacts). This sums it up: "I looked like Kim Kardashian after I put it on!"

Shop-O-Matic will be giving away Facebook freebies each week as a thank you to our loyal fans, so if you don't win this week, there will be plenty of chances coming up!

Click here to enter. The contest ends at 12 midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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Free e-book "Handmade Halloween: Make-It-Yourself Tricks and Treats"

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Get nifty recipes and craft ideas for Halloween parties in the free e-book "Handmade Halloween: Make-It-Yourself Tricks and Treats" from HP Creative Stuido. The ideas are so cute, they scary!

The 12-page e-book is packed with cute ideas on how to create A Feast Fit for Beasts, make bewitching cards and invitations (using an HP printer, of course) along with pointers on pumpkin carving and other creapy crafts.

We loved the recipe for "Bat Bites." These scary cheeseballs are made of goat and cream cheese and take flight with blue corn-chip wings. There is also a lovely recipe for Roasted squash soup with sage. Equally adorable is the simple idea for kids to make '"Tricked-Out Treats:" Cover lollipops with white fabric (tissues would work, too), tie with black ribbon and add ghostly faces with a pen.

Click here for the deal.

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Best Buy to offer free shipping on everything through Dec. 27

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Best Buy is offering an early stocking stuffer to online shoppers this holiday season: Free shipping on everything.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Dec. 27, the big box retailer is offering free shipping on more than 400,000 items with no minimum purchase required, according to a news release.

The offer makes good sense for the retailer. Typically, more than 60 percent of consumers will likely cancel their purchase if free shipping is not offered, according to a May survey by comScore, which tracks digital retail spending. Also, 49 percent of online transactions included free shipping, comScore said.

Online shoppers can easily find free shipping offers and codes at FreeShipping.org.

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Free car, golf or motivation calendars for 2012

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Get a free 2012 calendar from Precision Plus Parts.

Choose from "Street Thunder" featuring 12 months of muscle cars, "Golf" with scenes from famous courses or "Motivation."

Click here for the deal.

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October 25, 2011

Free photo shoot and $30 portrait package at Sears

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Get a photo shoot and $30 portrait package for free at Sears with a coupon.

If you're planning on having holiday portraits taken, this is a generous deal. Choose from an 8-by-10, a 5-by-7 and four wallets; a 10-by-13 wall portrait; an 8-by-10 multi-image print.

Make an appointment at Sears Portrait Studios, located throughout Central and South Florida.

Click here for the deal. The offer is for one per family and ends on Nov. 15.

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October 24, 2011

Walmart offering price match guarantee through Christmas

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This year Walmart is offering a Christmas price guarantee on all merchandise purchased at Walmart stores between Nov. 1 through Dec. 25.

Here’s how it works: If a customer buys an eligible item at Walmart in November or December and then finds the same product advertised for less at another store, Walmart will give the customer a gift card for the difference in price. The gift cards will be valid through Dec. 25, according to a news release.

Walmart’s Christmas Price Guarantee is valid on purchases made Nov. 1 through Dec. 25 on identical items, which means the same brand, size, color, quantity, grade and model number listed at a competitor’s store. To apply for the guarantee, shoppers need to bring the original Walmart receipt and the local competitor’s current printed ad to the customer service desk and once validated, a gift card for the difference will be issued. Items placed on layaway also will be eligible for the guarantee.

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Free download of new Chris Isaak song 'Live it Up'

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Amazon.com is offering a free download of Chris Isaak's latest tune "Live it Up." The song is selling for $1.29 in iTunes.

The single is the title track from Isaak's newly released 25-song deluxe album "Beyond the Sun," recoreded in the fabled Sun Studio in Memphis. Fittingly, the album features Isaak reviving '50s hits from Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire," to Elvis' "It's Now or Never" to Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line," along with original compositions.

Click here for the deal. You must have an Amazon.com account.

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October 22, 2011

Free John Frieda Precision Foam Colour valued at $12

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Score a free box of John Frieda's new Precision Foam Colour when you take a short survey. A box retails for $12.

Take a short survey for John Frieda and then you'll get a coupon good for your free box of the new, no-drip permanent color that comes in 20 shades. Hint: I picked four John Frieda products in the second question and got my free box.

Click here for the deal. Don't wait! It won't be around long.

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Spin-N-Win $10 or $20 in free game play or free entree at Dave & Busters

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Play Dave & Buster's Spin-N-Win Spooktacular to get one of three valuable savings coupons.

Spin the wheel by pulling the handle to score coupons for $10 or $20 in free game play or a free entree when you buy one. Keep playing to get the coupon you want.

Enter an e-mail address, print it out and present at the front desk. There are some age restrictions so check the house policy.

Click here for the deal. There are locations in Hollywood and Orlando.

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October 21, 2011

$1 popcorn with drink purchase at AMC Theatres

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What are you seeing this weekend? Options include "Johnny English Reborn," "Paranormal Activity 3" and "Three Musketeers", which got panned.

Whatever you pick, here's a coupon to save at the concession stand at AMC Theatres: Buy a large Coke Zero and get a large popcorn for $1.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Nov. 3

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October 20, 2011

Coupon: $10 gift card with $100 purchase at Doris Italian Market (good at Publix)

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Get Doris Italian Market coupons good for a $10 gift card with a $100 purchase or a $2 off $25 purchase from GreatDealsInMyCity.com.

The Doris coupons can also be redeemed at Publix markets in Broward County that accept Doris as a competitor. There also is a $2 off $25 purchase coupon, too. Ask at the service desk to see if Doris coupons are accepted at your favorite Publix store.

GreatDealsInMyCity.com has some fabulous coupons for terrific savings at hundreds of South Florida retailers, from restaurants to entertainment venues to clothing stores. The site was recently acquired by Forum Publishing Group, which is owned by the SunSentinel.

Click here for the Doris coupons.

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Boo your neighbors for Halloween!

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Have you been Booed for Halloween? We recently returned home to find a cute sign on our front door and a bag of candy hanging from the knob.

The instructions on the sign said to enjoy the treats, hang the "We've Been Booed" sign in a window or on the door and then return the favor to two neighbors within two days.

This is a wonderful tradition to start in your neighborhood. The kids will love getting and giving these fun treats.

Print out the spooktacular sign at SunSentinel.com/YouBoo.

Through Wednesday, Publix has buy-one-get-one-free bags of Hershey's and Nestle fun size candy on sale along with 25 percent off all Halloween decorations. Don't forget to use coupons!

Happy Halloween!

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Credit: Artwork designed by Jessalyn Santos, SunSentinel


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October 19, 2011

JC Penney Outlet at Sawgrass Mills to be rebranded

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The JCPenney Outlet store in the Sawgrass Mills shopping center has been sold as a part of an acquisition of 15 JC Penney locations to a Columbus, Ohio-based investment firm.

The stores will not immediately close, but will be rebranded as JC's 5 Star Outlet Stores over the next 21 months, according to a news release. JC Penney will continue to supply the outlet stores with end-of-season merchandise and current staff and management . All 1,600 employees from the outlet stores nationwide were offered positions under the new brand JC's 5 Star Outlet.

The JC Penney Outlet Store in Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise is the only Florida store included in the sale.

In May, JC Penney officials announced that the store at Sawgrass Mills would close this month and lay of 121 employees. In July, company officials said the store would remain open until officials had the time to evaluate the options for the outlet stores nationwide.

JC Penney had 19 outlet stores nationwide, said company spokesman, Tim Lyons. Stores in Philadelphia, Pa., and Woodbridge, Va., will be converted back into JC Penney department stores. Two stores in Plaineview, Texas and Springfield, Mass., have closed. The rest were sold.

Glen Gammons, the former head of JC Penney's Outlet Store Division, will be the CEO of JC's 5 Star Outlet. Gammons worked for JC Penney Company for 40 years.

SB Capital Group, a, is a investment firm, have businesses and investments in retail, consumer products, franchising, licensing and the real property sectors.

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Coupon: Buy one, get one free Starburst candy

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Just in time for Halloween, get two coupons for free Starburst candy when you watch a short video on the CVS/Pharmacy Website.

Watch a 14-second video introducing Starburst Flavor Morph candy and then get a link to the buy one, get one free coupon valued at $1.19. Hit back button and print another!

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Nov.18.

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Free $100 in apps, technical support from BlackBerry after service interruptions

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If you have a BlackBerry device, get more than $100 in free premium app downloads and 30 days of free technical support.

The freebies are being offered as compensation to customers who suffered through the global three-day service disruption on Oct. 12 according to a Research in Motion press release.

The free apps are available in the BlackBerry App World:
"SIMS 3" and "Bejeweled" from Electronic Arts
"Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant" from Vlingo
"N.O.V.A.," "Texas HOld'em" and "Bubble Bash 2" from Gameloft
"Photo Editor Ultimate" from Ice Cold Apps
"DriveSafe.ly Pro," "iSpeech Translator Pro" and "Drive Safe.ly Enterprise" from iSpeech.org
"Nobex Radio Premium" from Nobex
"Shazam Encore" from Shazam

More free apps will be offered over the next few weeks, RIM said.

Click here to get info on the free apps. The offer expires on Dec. 31.

Click here to register for free technical support.

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October 18, 2011

Save-a-Lot giving away free groceries in Hollwyood; offers $5-off coupon

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Knock-knock. Who’s there? Free food!

Save-a-Lot Food Stores is opening its seventh South Florida location, its second in Hollywood, and employees are takin’ the goods to the streets.

Monday through Wednesday, employees are going door-to-door in Hollywood, giving away 3,000 bags of groceries. The discount grocer also is throwing a party at the new store from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday with music, free samples and giveaways ahead of its Thursday opening at 2420 N. Dixie Highway, Hollywood, off of Sheridan Street.

The chain also is offering a $5-off coupon good at all its stores on its Save-a-Lot Facebook fan page. It expires on Oct. 29 and may be accepted as a competitor at your Publix. Check at the service desk to see if it's accepted.

Save-A-Lot also is donating $5,000 to Feeding South Florida, a local chapter of Feeding America and estimates that the new store will bring 25 new jobs to Hollywood, according to a press release.

“At its core, Save-A-Lot is committed to helping families by offering wholesome food at affordable prices,” said Chon Tomlin, external communications manager for Save-A-Lot, in a press release. “We are excited to expand our offerings in this area and look forward to furthering our service in the Hollywood community. Further, we are honored to support the efforts of Feeding South Florida with a contribution of fresh quality produce to help round out meals provided by pantries throughout the area.”

The discount neighborhood grocer has 1,200 U.S. stores and features bargains on name-brade products. It's 10 for $10 sales offer savings on eggs, veggies, cold cuts, bath tissue and more. You can mix and match products and you don't have to buy 10 things to get the deals.

Save-a-Lot stores are located in Miami, Hollywood, Plantation, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale Lakes, Riviera Beach and Orlando.

Click here for more information and to find a location. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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Kodak offers 20 free 4X6 prints at CVS/Pharmacy

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Turn your favorite Facebook photos into lasting memories with a coupon for 20 free 4X6 photo prints from Kodak and CVS/Pharmacy.

Visit the CVS fan page on Facebook.com, click the "Special Offers" tab to sign up and a coupon will be e-mailed to you. Then, visit the Kodak Picture Kiosk inside CVS, connect to your Facebook account and start printing your favorite pictures for free. You also can turn them into books, cards and other photo gifts.

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

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October 17, 2011

SunSentinel retail reporter Justine Griffin joins Shop-O-Matic

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We're delighted to welcome SunSentinel business news reporter Justine Griffin to the Shop-O-Matic blog.

Griffin, right, is a multimedia reporter covering retail, marine and restaurant news online and in print for the SunSentinel Money section. Griffin will deepen the bench on shopping news, offering Shop-O-Matic readers useful information on the South Florida shopping scene, from store openings and closings to scoops on what's hot and happening at area malls.

"I’m excited to join the Shop-O-Matic team. I hope to add a fresh perspective on store openings and closings and what that can mean deal-wise for our readers," Griffin says. "Keep a lookout for more video and photo gallery postings related to our stories here on the blog."

Griffin will be blogging with SunSentinel senior reporter Doreen Christensen and workplace columnist Marcia Pounds.

A Tampa Bay native and graduate of the University of Central Florida, Griffin previously covered crime in St. Augustine prior to joining the SunSentinel in early 2011. When she’s not digging up shopping news, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Follow Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and on Facebook.com.

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Win a free ticket to a South Florida coupon class in our Shop-O-Matic sweepstakes

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Shop-O-Matic is giving away tickets to 10 lucky winners to attend a South Florida coupon class compliments of CouponClasses.com through Facebook.com.

Visit Shop-O-Matic's Sentinel Deals fan pageon Facebook, click the "Coupon Class Contest" tab and enter to win a ticket, valued at $20, in the Sentinel Deals CLICK, CLIP & SAVE Sweepstakes.

At the class, you'll learn valuable tips, tricks and extreme savings techniques from CouponClasses.com's savings expert Mary Pat Pankoke. Then you can start supersizing your savings using coupons in the weekend SunSentinel.

The sweepstakes celebrate the sales flyers and coupons moving to Saturdays for home delivery subscribers, which began on Oct. 15! Getting your "SunPack" delivered on Saturdays will give you more time to plan weekend shopping trips.

HOW TO WIN: Visit our Sentinel Deals fan page at the link below and enter your name and e-mail address by midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 19. We will randomly draw 10 lucky winners and let you know via your entered e-mail address if you've won. Classes are held throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER! Good luck, everyone!

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October 16, 2011

Free Be Enchanted Signature Body Lotion at Bath & Body Works

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Get a free travel-sized Be Enchanted Signature Body Lotion valued at $3.50 with a coupon from Bath & Body Works.

The fresh, new fragranced lotion has jojoba oil, shea butter and Vitamin E.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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October 15, 2011

Video: SunSentinel Sunday coupons move to Saturdays on Oct. 15



































As you may have discovered by now if you get home delivery of the Sun Sentinel, your Sunday coupon package, known as the SunPack, was delivered in your Saturday paper to give you extra time to plan your weekend shopping trips. Watch the video to find out all the details.

To celebrate the move, Shop-O-Matic is having a sweepstakes! Enter our Sentinel Deals CLICK, CLIP & SAVE Sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win one of 10 tickets to attend a South Florida CouponClasses.com coupon class.

The early delivery of the coupons is fabulous news, since good planning equals good savings. I'm super excited about this, because now I'll have an extra day to organized my grocery coupons and plan my trip to Publix! Plus, how many times have you made a purchase on Saturday only to discover in the Sunday circular that the item is on sale?

If you get Sunday-only delivery of the SunSentinel, you’ll still get your coupons on Sunday like always. But if you want an early look, call 1-800-548-NEWS to upgrade your service. If you buy your paper at the newsstand, the coupons will still be inside Sunday's newspaper.

NOTE: Just remember, always double check sales dates on coupons and sales flyers, as many prices go into effect on Sunday.

Get more information at SunSentinel.com/SaturdayCoupons.

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October 13, 2011

Free plug-and-play speaker from Pringles

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This promotion is ending soon and I wanted to remind you about it:

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. We got ours and its awesome!

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

Click here for the deal.

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Send free, animated 'Monster Rap' Halloween e-cards from JibJab.com

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Send a fun, free animated Halloween "Monster Rap" e-card featuring your friends and family from JibJab.com.

Personalize the silly video by uploading your photos and then watch with ghoulish delight as your "monsters" come to life. Then share your monster masherpiece on Faceobok, e-mail, or upload to YouTube.com.

Click here for the deal. Enjoy!

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Free set of 'Nightflower' art postcards from David Leaser ($37.50 value)

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Sign up to get for free seven art postcards from the "Nightflower Collection" by renowned photographic artist David Leaser valued at $37.50.

Leaser is a critically acclaimed nature photographer and artist. His 2011 "Nightflowers" series features stunning closeups of botanicals that have been isolated on a black backgrounds, allowing you to fully focus on their beauty without surrounding distractions. View a slide show of the flowers on DavidLeaser.com.

The postcards are culled from the 25 images in the collection. You can also send free e-cards, of Leaser's images, too.

Click here for the deal.

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October 12, 2011

Walmart launches local deals on Facebook.com

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has launched local shopping offers in a deal with Facebook.com, the retailer announced Tuesday.

The world's largest retailer has created more than 3,500 Facebook pages using the new "My Local Walmart" Facebook application that will redirect Walmart's 9.4 million friends on the popular social-networking site to deals at shoppers' favorite stores. The new Facebook pages will offer bargains on new products, price cuts and local events. The offers will be updated twice a week, Walmart said.

“From the checkout line to our Facebook wall, Walmart continues to engage with and listen to its customers,” said Stephen Quinn, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Walmart U.S. “Our innovative approach with Facebook allows us to bridge the gap between local and social, giving millions of customers the personalized shopping experience they expect from Walmart,” according to the press release.

Walmart's 9.4 million fans can click on the "My Local Walmart" tab and select their favorite stores. Fans then are directed to a page featuring with sale items and local event information. Customers also can report problems and ask questions.

“People on Facebook want to connect with the brands that they love,” said Carolyn Everson, vice president of global marketing solutions, Facebook. “Walmart’s new app offers enhanced local interaction at an unprecedented scale to their customers. Walmart continues to put people at the center of their marketing, in this case by bringing relationships to life locally," according to the press release.

Over time, Walmart hopes to personalize deals and offers based on what its fans "like" on Facebook.

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October 11, 2011

$1 clothing clearance on Walmart.com

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Walmart.com is having a $1 clearance sale on clothes.

Get fantastic deals at better than 50 percent off on clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women, kids and babies for just a buck.

Score Panama Jack women's flip-flops and a LeBron James lunch box both listed for $1.50.

Click here for the deal.

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October 10, 2011

Facebook offers slick new iPad app

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Facebook.com has finally introduced an iPad app.

Everything is bigger and better on the new app: Photos, games, messages and more.

If you've been using the puny iPhone app on your tablet, or using Facebook on Safari, now you can take advantage of Apple's awesome functionality by tapping, sliding and pinching your way to social networking nirvana. It's pretty slick.

Click here for the deal.

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Free download of Hank Williams Jr.'s 'Keep the Change'

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Hank Williams Jr. is offering his Rowdy Friends a free download of his new song "Keep the Change." for the next 48 hours.

Williams recorded the new song Friday, and says "Fox & Friends" twisted his words in an interview on Fox News show. ESPN pulled his "Are you ready for some football?" , long a theme song on Monday Night Football.

Click here for the deal.

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Free flu shots at CVS/Pharmacy with voucher from health clinics

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If you don't have medical insurance you can get a free flu shot at CVS/Pharmacy with a voucher from local health centers through a $6 million joint program offered by the nonprofit Direct Relief USA and CVS/Caremark. Shots cost $29.99.

Central and South Florida clinics offering the vouchers: Broward Community & Family Health Centers in Hollywood, Care Resource Miami, University of Miami, Good News Care Center in Miami, Community Health Center in West Palm Beach, Shepherd's Hope in Orlando, Central Florida Health in Sanford and Lakeland and Hpe Medical Clinic in Destin.

Clinics will screen and provide the vouchers to uninsured patients who can then redeem them at CVS/Pharmacys and MinuteClinics inside CVS stores.

Direct Relief USA works with 1,100 clinics and health centers in all 50 states, providing them with free medications and supplies for their low-income and uninsured patients. Most of the facilities in Direct Relief's network are affiliated with either the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) or the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC), according to the press release.

Click here to find a health clinic location. Get more info on the program at CVS.com/flu.

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October 9, 2011

Free haircuts with donations at SoFla salons benefit cancer charities

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Get free haircuts and styling at South Florida salons on Sunday, Oct. 16, with donations to benefit breast cancer charities.

At the Ulta Salon Cut-a-Thon, get a free shapoo, cut and style with a $10 (or more) donation from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at South Florida Ulta Beauty Salons. No appointments will be accepted; cuts are on a first-come, first-served basis. All proceeds benefit the breast Cancer Research Foundation. Also, get 25 percent off color through Oct. 22. Click here to find a location.

The Sixth Annual Cut for the Cure is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at A. Rossi Salon in Boca Raton. Get a designer haircuts for a $20 donation; add $10 and get a blowdry. No appointments will be accepted; services are on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be $15 manicures, eyebrow waxes or pink feather extension, too. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year's event raised $23,000. While you're there, pre-register for the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event being held at 8:3 a.m. on Oct. 22, at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre.

A. Rossi Salon is at 1200 Yamato Road, #A2, in Boca Raton; 561-995-0677.


NOTE: No appointments will be accepted at either event and all services are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Photo: 2010 Cut for the Cure at A. Rossi Salon in Boca Raton.

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October 7, 2011

Spend less on Halloween with these tips

Halloweenplanekid.jpgFrom overspending on Halloween treats to renting a costume, the Oct. 31 event and weekend parties can get expensive.

Here are some ideas from non-profit debt management firm GreenPath to make your Halloween costs less scary:

Buy candy you don't like. Americans spent nearly $6 billion on Halloween, including an average of $20 on candy in 2010, according to the National Retail Federation. Buy your least favorite before the holiday, so you won't be tempted to eat it and then running back to the store to get more -- maybe not on sale.

Make or borrow a costume. It's fun to dress up for trick-or-treat or parties, but buying or renting a costume can be pricey. Put together your own, accessorizing with less expensive party-store items or borrow a costume for your child from family or friends.

“It’s a good habit to share your costumes, as the ones that aren’t handed down, likely are only worn once,” says Dorothy Barrick, a GreenPath counselor.

Avoid using a credit card to make purchases. New credit cards are often offered during the holidays. Excessive inquiries for new lines of credit, higher balances compared to credit limits, and large amounts of debt can all be harmful to a consumer's credit health, GreenPath says.

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October 6, 2011

Developers offer free apps for iPhone, iPad in memory of Steve Jobs

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Many developers are offering top-rated apps for iPhone and iPad for free on Thursday on iTunes.com in memory of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs.

Here's a list with links:

iPhone:
Picture Trivia; normally $1.99
Flashlight for iPhone; normally 99 cents
iGibbets game; normally 99 cents
Eliss; game; free for few days; normally $4.99
iPhone Racer; game; normally 99 cents
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter; game; normally 99 cents
Carnivores: Ice Age game; normally $2.99
RoboSockets: Link Me Upgame; normally 99 cents;

iPad:
Real Piano HD Pro; normally $1.99
Real Piano PRO; normally $1.99
"GoodNotes: Handwriting, PDF Annotation & Notetaking w/ Dropbox"; normally $2.99
My Grandma Reads Me Books - GreenLabel; normally $2.99
Twin Calc; calculators; free for three days; normally

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Free haircuts at Supercuts in Fort Lauderdale on Friday

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Get free haircuts from Supercuts Studio in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, Oct. 7.

Get a free cut from licensed stylists from 9:15 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Supercuts Training Studio in Fort Lauderdale, said Jamie Wates, the studiuo's artistic director.

The free cuts are offered as part of the chain's advanced education training for employees who are currently working in Supercut stores. All services are performed by licenced hairdressers; they are not students.

"We're in the IHOP Plaza. Park and enter in the back and ask for Jamie," said Wates. "The training area is in the back of the regular salon. It's like two salons in one here." Wates said Supercuts offers the freebies one a month. Sign up for e-mails at SupercutsStudioFTLauderdale@gmail.com to be notified when free cuts will be offered.

The studio is located 1127 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-566-7264.

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Free 'SAT Connect' app for for iPod, iPhone, iPad (was $24.99)

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Get for free the "SAT Connect" app for iPod, iPhone and iPad. This top-rated application normally costs $24.99 in iTunes.com.

The app will help college-bound high school students prepare for this vital test with reviews, practice exercises and simulated tests right on their iPods and phones. In May, The New York Times rated this app tops in a roundup of tutorials aimed at helping students prepare for SATs.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Oct. 10.

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Join Sam's Club for $15

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Sam's Club is offering a deal to get you through the holidays. Get a 15-week membership for $15. A yearly membership costs $40.

The timing is great on this deal considering Costco will be raising membership fees by 10 percent beginning Nov. 1.

You can save serious dollars shopping at wholesale clubs like Sam's, BJ's and Costco.
Consumer Reports says you can score serious savings on luxury items, which you are more likely to buy during the holidays.

Click here for the deal. There are clubs located throughout Central and South Florida. The offer expires on Monday, Oct. 10.

Also, shop at BJ's Wholesale Club for free with a coupon for 60-day trial membership. It expires on Dec. 31.

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Free Apple iPhone 3GS with two year contract from AT&T

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Get a free Apple iPhone 3GS wit a two-year service agreement with AT&T.

Apple made the offer on the black, 8-gig version on Tuesday when it unveiled the iPhone 4S for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, available on Oct. 14 with pre-orders starting Friday, Oct. 7. On Wednesday, Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs died.

Apple also is selling AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 8GB models for $99 with two-year contracts. Apple dropped prices on iPod Touch, selling the 8 GB for $199; 8GB Nanos will now sell for $129 and 16 GB are $149.

Click here for the deal.

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October 5, 2011

Google Offers in Miami: Amazing $69 Joe's Stone Crab, including beer, wine

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UPDATE: The Miami Google.com/Offers deal for a special Monday, Oct. 10, dinner at Joe's Stone Crab is live. For $69, you get a guaranteed table (no waiting!), a signature meal for one (choice of stone crab, steak, chicken or salmon), open beer and wine service, sides and dessert. The deal is valued at $135.

Google Offers has launched in Miami with a deal for $5 Fandango movie tickets valued at $13. On Wednesday, it will offer a Joe's Stone Crab deal for $69.

Monday's Fandango offer offer was for up to two movie vouchers, which are valid at Fandango-partnered theaters. Google sold 50,000 deals.

Wednesday's Joe's Stone Crab deal will be $69 for $135 Joe's Signature Meal at an exclusive Oct. 10 event at the restaurant, located in Miami Beach, according to Google's Commerce blog. The iconic Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant will open for its 99th season on Oct 14.

"We are launching the Google Offers beta in Miami because we want to offer shoppers great deals and offer businesses a way to find more customers,” said Eric Rosenblum, director of product management for Google Offers. “We look for areas that have strong cultures around leisure and going out and Miami and South Florida has that character to it.” The Mountainview, Calif., company has launched tests in nine other markets, including New York and San Francisco.

The search engine behemoth is late to the crowded daily-deal arena, joining well-established Chicago-based Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com, which is backed by Amazon.com. There also are a plethora of South Florida-based deal sites, including HotDealsSouthFlorida.com, which is owned by SunSentinel parent company Tribune, based in Chicago.

Rosenbaum says Google plans on improving the art of the deal, making offers based on user interests.

“We are running these experiments on how to get the deal to the right person at the right time, which, we think, is the key differentiator in this business. People are tired of getting things that are not relevant to them. Merchants want to get the right customer. We think there is a lot of improvement to be made in this industry,” Rosenblum said.

Google.com/Offers also is testing deals in Austin, Boston, Denver, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Dallas and Portland, Ore.

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October 4, 2011

Apple unveils new iPhone 4S; offers free AT&T 3GS models

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Tuesday, Apple unveiled its new iPhone 4S for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, available on Oct. 14 with preorder starting on Oct. 7. Prices: 16 GB is $199; 32 is $299; 64 GB is $399 with two-year contracts. The new phone features a duel-core processor and and 8-megapixel camera, among other upgrades.

Apple also will offer AT&T 3GS models for free and AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 8GB models for $99 with two-year contracts.

Apple also is lowering prices on iPod Touch, selling the 8 GB for $199; 8GB Nanos will now sell for $129 and 16 GB are $149.

The Apple iOS 5 has more than 200 new features, which includes the super cool new Siri virtual personal assistant that lets you speak and get answers.

Now that's a smartphone!

Click here for the deal.

Want a new iPhone 4S? You can get up to $345 trade or cash for your old iPhone.

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Want a new iPhone 4S? Get up to $345 trade or cash for your old iPhone

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NextWorth.com is offering $200 in cash for AT&T Apple iPhone 4 16GB and 32 GB models. You also can get up to $345 in trade-in credit from Amazon.com.

If you're considering an upgrade to the newest Apple iPhone, and your current phone (any iPhone model) is in good shape with no scratches or cracks, this could be a great way to fund the purchase your new device, which are expected to sell for $199.

Here's what you can get:
iPhone 4s 32 GB: $215
iPhone 4s 16 GB: $200
iPhone 3GS 16GB: $135
iPhone 3, 3GS 8 GB: $121
iPhone 3G 16 GB: $71
iPhone 1st Gen: $50

Answer a few questions about the phone's condition, mail in the phone and the company will check it over and issue you a check within 7 to 10 days.

Click here for the deal.

Also, Amazon.com offers trade-in credit for iPhones. Get up to $345 to $32 in Amazon.com credit for iPhones, depending on condition. Each individual trade-in shipment is limited to $750.

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T-Mobile to offer no-contract $30 monthly unlimited 4G plans at Walmart stores

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T-Mobile will offer a $30 per month unlimited 4G web and text cellphone plan with no annual contract at Walmart stores beginning Oct. 16.

T-Mobile's prepaid plan will offer unlimited Web and texting on its 4G network for $30 per month. The plan will be offered at 2,200 Walmart stores, on Walmart.com and T-Mobile.com. The world's largest retailer will sell six T-Mobile phones, including a new 4G prepaid handset.

The deal buys 100 minutes of talk, unlimited Web (first 5 GB on 4G; after that it switches to 2G) and unlimited text. It's 10 cents a minute after the first 100 are used.

Click here for the deal.

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October 3, 2011

Best Buy selling new Amazon Kindle devices

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Best Buy stores are taking pre-orders for the full line of Amazon Kindle e-readers and tablets.

Best Buy said it expects Kindle to be a hot seller for Christmas, so if you're in the market, reserve Kindle ($79), Kindle Touch ($99), Kindle Touch 3G ( $149) and Kindle Fire ($199) at all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores now.

Also, as a deal sweetener, you can now check out more than 16,000 library books, including bestsellers, for free on Kindle e-readers and devices, Amazon announced on Sept. 21.

Click here to preview the offerings; pre-order in stores only.

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Free Lysol Dual Action Wipes with rebate valued at up to $5

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Get Lysol Dual Action Wipes for free with a mail in rebate valued at up to $5.

Purchase Lysol Dual Action Wipes (a 35- or 80-count) by Nov. 30 and send in your cash register receipt with the rebate form by Dec. 31 to get your money. Be sure to follow the directions on the form exactly to get your money back.

As we enter flu season, Lysol Wipes are a great way to quickly sanitize germy surfaces at work, school and home.

Tip: Use a coupon and save even more because you will be reimbursed the full retail price. Coupon savings go right in your pocket!

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Dec. 31.

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October 2, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness: Hot pink products are a girl's breast friend

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In October, keep abreast of what's hot in pink products with portions of purchases going to support cancer research. We’ve rounded up a few fabulous finds from South Florida companies that help the cause and make you look and feel great, too.

Hot hair
Deerfield Beach-based It’s a 10 Haircare is again offering a hot-pink, limited-edition Miracle Leave-In Product to support actress Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women foundation. The Emmy-winning star, whose comedy “Up All Night” recently debuted on NBC, is a breast cancer survivor and a big fan of the product. Last year, It’s a 10 donated $200,000 the foundation, said CEO Carolyn Plummer, of Boca Raton.
Available: $17.96 for 4-ounce bottle; go to Itsa10Haircare.com for retailers and salons

Hot foot
We love jewelry and we love shoes. Combine the two and you’ve really got something to flip for! FlipOut Sandals, based in North Miami, are adorable pink jelly sandals with a removable pink flower. (The sandals come in clear and smoke colors, too.) Add an optional dazzling pink crystal daisy and really step out in style. In October, the company will donate 25 percent of proceeds from pink jellies and pink daisies to the American Cancer Society.
Available: Jelly sandals $59.99; flip-flops $24.99; crystal daisies $16.99; go to FlipOutSandals.com

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Hot type
Have some temporary fun but create permanent memories with “Think Pink” Ta-Ta-Toos. These are temporary tattoos you wear on your “ta-tas.” The South Florida-based company will donate 30 percent of proceeds to breast cancer research when you purchase this special greeting. Other messages, which promise to steam things up during your big reveal, include “Lucky You,” “Naughty/Nice,” “Happy Birthday” and “Feeling Lucky.”
Available: $9.95; in stores and online at GBSBeauty.com, TaTaToos.com

Hot lips
See the light with Beauty for Real’s Illuminating Lip Gloss. This plumping gloss has a mirror on the bottle and an LED light inside the cap. What a bright idea! The gloss, infused with green tea and marine collagen, comes in 13 satin shades. You’ll instantly see a plumping effect, sans sting. The Miami Beach beauty brand is donating 25 percent of online sales in October to the Save Our Sisters breast cancer foundation.
Available: $22; BeautyForReal.com

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Hot box
The Pink Shimmer & Shine Box from Miami Beach’s TINte Cosmetics has everything you need tucked into a satin-lined gift box. The limited-edition, grab-and-go set has TINte’s top sellers: tasty bubble-gum Flavored Lip Shine, a Flavored Lip Color, and (best for last) Nikki Pink Shimmering Face Pearl with brush. This hard-working multitasker can be used on lips, eyes, cheeks and body. There’s a even a two-sided brush. This month, TINte will donate 40 percent of proceeds of the box, along with other select products, to BCA charities.
Available: $39; TinteCosmetics.com

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Read bestsellers for free on Amazon Kindle from the library

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Download best-selling books to Amazon Kindle for free from the county library.

Catch up with hot reads like “New York to Dallas” by J.D. Robb or George R.R. Martin’s “A Dance With Dragons,” along with thousands of other titles available in the electronic book collections of Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Orlando public libraries.

With a library card and a few easy steps, check out up to 10 titles for up to 21 days.

“We have nearly 16,000 e-book titles you can download along with 8,600 audio books. The majority of e-books are compatible for Kindle,” said Kathy Olsen, collection management coordinator at the Broward County Main Library. No credit card or purchase is required to download Kindle books from the library, Olsen said. You access the books through the e-library and then you are directed to Amazon.com for the download.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can still check out books from the virtual library on virtually any device, incuding Sony and Barnes & Noble e-readers, laptops, desktops, Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods, smart phones and MP3 players. Take digital media tour of the Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Orlando county libraries.

Check out books immediately and create a wish list for other titles. If you don't have a library card, apply for one at any branch or online. Books are automatically removed from your cart when they're due back in 21 days so the next person in line can use them. No late fees!

Downloading books from the library makes Amazon's new $79 Kindle and $199 Kindle Fire look pretty attractive.

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October 1, 2011

Free entrance to museums; $10 admission to Zoo Miami

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We have pleasant weekend ahead with goes great with free and cheap things to do, indoors and out:

Free entry to South Florida museums on Saturday and Sunday
It's the first weekend of the month on Saturday and Sunday, which means you can visit for free one of nine South Florida museums. You can get in free at 150 U.S. venues with a Bank of America credit or debit card. Click here to see the list of museums.

$10 admission at Zoo Miami when you wear pink
Zoo Miami kicks off Beast Cancer Awareness month by hosting "Pink Days" on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 1-2, offering $10 admission to anyone wearing pink on those days. (Regular admission for adults 13 and over is $15.95; kid 3 to 12 are $11.95.) Check in with the cool Komoto Dragon, above. There are freebies for the first 1,000 guests this weekend, too.

Photo by Arlene Satchell, SunSentinel

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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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