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December 31, 2011

AAA offers free 'tipsy tow' service on New Year's Eve

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If you have too much holiday cheer, don't get behind the wheel and drive drunk. Get a free tow home on New Year's Eve from the American Automobile Association's Tow to Go program. The offer is open to everyone, no membership required.

Call 1-800-AAA-Help and a tow truck will deliver you and your vehicle home safely, no charge and no questions asked. The free service, a partnership between AAA and Budweiser, is 100 percent confidential.

Tow to Go is offered from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day and at various times throughout the year, like Super Bowl and St. Patrick's Day.

In 2010, AAA received 2,400 calls; nearly 14,000 intoxicated drivers have used Tow to Go since the program began in 1998, according to a press release.

Free Tow to Go coverage is offered in Florida, Georgia and parts of Tennessee.

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Buy one, get one free Apple iPhone 4 at Best Best

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Buy one, get one free Apple iPhone 4 at Best Buy in stores on Saturday.

The big-box retailer is offering the deal on 32 gig models from AT&T or Verizon with 2-year plan activation. The phone sells for $199.99. Stores are open until 7 p.m. tonight.

Click here for the deal.

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December 30, 2011

25-cent champagne flutes at IKEA on Friday, plus kids eat free through Sunday

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Kids eat free at IKEA through Sunday, Jan. 1.

Shop while kids enjoy the Småland play place and later have lunch upstairs where children under 12 can pick a combo meal valued at $2.49. No purchase necessary, but the limit is one meal per child.

On Friday, IKEA is offering a daily deal: daily deals through Friday. 25 cent champagne flutes. They normally sell for 99 cents. Stock up for your New Year’s Eve bash on Saturday night. The limit is 12 per customer.

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

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Free $10 from American Express with Foursquare check-in

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American Express again is offering free $10 statement credits on $10 purchases when you check-in at local businesses using the social networking app Foursquare. I found one for a local bagel shop that we love. There are offers at a local butcher shop, hair salons, restaurants, printing companies and more.

To get the free money, securely link an eligible Am Ex card to your Foursquare account. Then, launch Foursquare on your smartphone, click the "Explore" button and then click the orange "Specials" icon. A long list of American Express Check-in Specials comes up.

Find a deal you like, and when you arrive at the business, check-in on Foursquare to unlock the offer then pay with your card to get a statement credit.

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Free Victoria's Secret 'Cheers to New Year's' panty on Friday

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Victoria's Secret is saying "Bottoms Up!" by giving away a cute 2012 New Year's Eve panty free with any purchase on Friday.

Print the coupon and redeem it in stores for the black and pink undies that say "Cheers to New Year's."

Click here for the deal. The offer is good on Dec. 30 only.

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December 29, 2011

Sears, Kmart to close in Pompano and West Palm Beach

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A Pompano Beach Kmart and West Palm Beach Sears are among the 120 stores set to close after Sears Holding Corp.. reported a slump in holiday sales this year.

The company announced that it will close up to 120 full-line Kmart and Sears stores across the country in order to generate up to $170 million in cash, according to a news release. Sears Holding Company released an initial list of 79 stores that are scheduled to close.

Among those slated to close is a Kmart at 2421 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach and a Sears Essentials store at 4560 Forest Hill Blvd in West Palm Beach. Eleven Sears and Kmart stores in Florida will close.

Sears Essentials are converted discount Sears stores that began as branches in 2005. The mid-sized stores are commonly found in shopping plazas and strip malls and are similar to discount clothing outlets.

Sales at Sears Holding stores have declined every year since 2005, when Sears and Kmart merged in an $11 billion deal. The company likely will face more closings to cut expenses and remain competitive against rival retailers, such as Walmart and Amazon, analysts said.

Lawrence Zolnowski, president of the Broward County Chamber of Commerce, estimated 30-100 employees could be impacted by the Pompano store’s closing.

“Job loss is never a good thing, and I’m sure we’re going to feel the damages because of that,” he said.

On Thursday, Sears could not give the number of employees affected by the closings.

Kmart and Sears combined have 2,177 stores nationwide. Kmart stores in Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Davie, Boca Raton and North Miami will remain open.

Among the Sears stores that will remain open are those at the Westfield Broward, Coral Square Mall and Town Center in Boca Raton.

It is unclear when the 79 stores will close. Sears did not announce whether there would be liquidation sales.

On Tuesday, Sears' shares fell 27.2 percent to close at $33.38, the lowest since December 2008. On Thursday, the stock finished up 43 cents, or 1.3 percent, at $32.90.

Sears Holdings Corp. is home to Craftsman tools and Kenmore appliances. On Thursday, the stock was valued at $3.57 billion.

Company sales were down 5.2 percent during the 2011 holiday shopping season, compared to the same period a year ago.

The closings follow Sears' announcement last quarter that it would shut 10 stores nationwide.

Sears' problems also hit shares of appliance maker Whirlpool Corp., which last year derived 8 percent of sales through the retailer. Whirlpool shares fell 8.9 percent to close at $46.62.

The drop in share price was a big blow for investors.

Fairholme Capital, Sears' second-biggest shareholder with 15.2 percent, saw the value of its stake drop to about $570 million on Tuesday, a potential loss of almost $180 million since the end of the third quarter.

Information from Reuters news service was used to supplement this article.


To see the full list of store closings, click here.


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Download 11 free songs from NPR's favorite artists of 2011

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On the best-loved list: The Alabama Shakes' "I Found You," "Old Friend" by Caveman, Delay Trees' "Gold," along with tunes by EMA, right, Fabian Almazan, rapper SDX and several other up-and-coming young musicians. There also is a short feature about each band or artist, making the case for why it made the list.

Click here for the deal. Download all the tracks or just individual songs.

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December 28, 2011

Toys R Us sales continue through December

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The savings don’t necessarily stop now that the holidays are over.

Toys R Us stores will continue to offer sales throughout the rest of December, according to a new release. Shoppers can find deals on toys like Moshi Monsters, LEGO construction sets, Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure action figures and more that were must have items of the Christmas lists this year.

The after holiday sale is going on at Toys R Us stores now through Saturday, Dec. 31 until 7 p.m. or while supplies last.

Toys R Us stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 31.

Sale items include a free $50 Toys R Us gift card with the purchase of any tablet over $250; Free Hasbro toys with any Hasbro purchase of more tha $20; Buy two, get a third free on Playskool, Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Poney, Star Wars, NERF and more Hasbro brands; Buy one, get one 50 percent off all LeapFrog Leapster, Explorer and Vtech InnoTab software; Buy one, get one 50 percent of all Mega Bloks construction sets.


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December 27, 2011

Amazon's Top 100 free e-books for Kindle

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If you just scored a Kindle Fire or other Amazon e-reader for Christmas, then check out Amazon.com's list of Top 100 free downloads of e-books and games. You also can see the Top 100 paid list, too.

Plus, Kindle owners can borrow more than 100 New York Times best sellers online from South Florida libraries through the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, too. That service launched in November.

Click here for the deal.

Also, you don't need an expensive e-book reader. Just download Kindle for PC and read books on your computer. Click here to download.

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December 26, 2011

Save up to $100 on open-box Apple laptops, iPads and more at Best Buy

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Best Buy is offering $25, $50 and $100 coupons good on open-box computer items including Apple iPads and laptops in stores through Jan. 28.

In addition to a 10 percent discount for open packaging, the coupon deducts an additional $25 off all open-box tablets, $50 off all open-box laptops, netbooks, desktops, and all-in-one computers priced under $600 and score $100 off all open-box MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, laptops, netbooks, desktops, and all-in-one computers currently priced $600 or more.

The coupon will come in handy after Christmas when the flood of returns come into stores (if you don't mind that a product has been opened).
Click here to see what each store has for open-box inventory.

Also save 20 percent on all open-box appliances, too. You don't even need a coupon.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Jan. 28.

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South Florida store and mall hours for the day of retail returns

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The presents have been unwrapped and the excitement is over. Planning to hit the malls Monday morning to return that sweater from Aunt Judith? Here are a list of South Florida store and mall hours for the day after Christmas.

STORE HOURS:

BrandsMart USA stores are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Best Buy stores are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Target stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Walmart stores are open 24 hours.

MALL HOURS:

Aventura Mall is open Dec. 26 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Boynton Beach Mall is open 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach is open 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pembroke Pines Mall is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Promenade at Coconut Creek is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in Sunrise will be open 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton is open 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Westfield Broward Mall is open 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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December 25, 2011

Free download of The Holy Bible with bonus video: "The Digital Story of the Nativity"

Merry Christmas! Today, we have three gifts:

First, we hope you enjoyed the clever YouTube video "The Digital Story of the Nativity," above. It tells the story of Christmas through social networking on Facebook and Twitter.

Next is an offering for a free download of the Holy Bible English Standard Version from Amazon.com for Kindle. It usually costs $19.99. If you received a Kindle for Christmas, grab it! If you didn't get one, you can still enjoy it. Download Kindle reading apps for PC, Mac and mobile devices.

Third, Blockbuster stores are giving away two packs of AA or AAA batteries on Christmas Day. Stores will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Score additional battery packs for 99 cents.

From all of us at the Sun Sentinel, please accept our best wishes for a very merry Christmas.

-- Marcia, Justine and Doreen


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December 24, 2011

Shopping on Christmas Eve? Save with retail coupons from Kohl's, Penney's, Sears and more

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If you're hitting the mall today to grab last-minute gifts, we're here to help you save with retail coupons. Also, we have a handy list of store and mall hours on Christmas Eve through Monday.

Bath & Body Works Free $13 gift with purchase; expires Dec. 24
Beall's:$5 off $25, $10 off $50, $20 off $100, $30 off $150 at ; expires Dec. 24
Bebe:$25 off $125; expires Jan. 2
Best Buy: $25, $50 or $100 off on open-box Apple laptops, iPads and more
Bj's Wholesale ClubFree 60-day trial membership; expires Dec. 31; $10 off a Smithfield Spiral Ham at BJ's
Famous Footwear: 20 percent off; expires Dec. 25
Hallmark Gold Crown$10 off Recordable Book; expires Dec. 24
Hallmark Gold Crown$5 off $10 purchase at ; expires Dec. 24
JC Penney:$10 off $50, $15 of f$75, $20 off $100; expires Jan 1
Honeybaked Ham: $5 off; expires Dec. 31
Kohl's:20 percent; expires Dec. 24
Office Depot:$10 off $50; expires Dec. 26
Office Depot:20 off $100; expires Dec. 31
Old Navy: $15 off $75 purchase; expires Dec. 29; through Facebook
Sears:$10 off any $40 shoe purchase; expires Jan. 16
Sports Authority:$10 off $50; expires Feb. 29,
Stein Mart:30 percent off clearance ; expires Dec. 24
Ulta Beauty:20 percent off; expires Dec. 24
Yankee Candle:$15 off $45; BOGO reed diffusers, electric plug-ins; expires Dec. 24

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South Florida store and mall hours on Christmas Eve through Monday

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Hanukkah is here and Christmas is looming. The time to shop is quickly running out.

Last minute shoppers, have no fear. Toys R Us, Brandsmart, Target, Macy's and Best Buy will be open late, some even 24-hours, as Sunday approaches. We've got store hours, sale infomation and retail coupons to help you save:

STORE HOURS:

Toys R Us stores will remain open for 112 hours beginning 6 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, according to a news release. This is the second year Toys R Us has offered marathon holiday hours. Toys R Us is offering last minute savings on Saturday, Dec. 24. Shoppers can take advantage buy one, get one 50 percent off deals, free gifts with purchase and other discounts while shelves are restocked with popular toy brands.

Walmart superstores are open 24 hours.

BrandsMart USA stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Best Buy stores across South Florida will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26.

Target most stores will be open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 26, stores will be open at 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Macy’s stores will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

JC Penney department stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Kohls stores are open Christmas Eve: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Dec. 25:
Remember, CVS Pharmacyand Walgreens and
Festival Flea Market are open on Christmas Day.


MALL HOURS:

Aventura Mall will be open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and reopen on Dec. 26 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Boynton Beach Mall hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and stores reopen on Monday, Dec. 26 from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and the mall will reopen from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26.

Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach is open 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Saturday. The flea market will be open on Christmas Day from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. hours return the day after Christmas.

Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens will be open on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stores will reopen from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. the day after Christmas

Pembroke Pines Mall is open Saturday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the mall will reopen Monday, Dec. 26, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Promenade at Coconut Creek will keep regular store hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday.

Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in Sunrise will be open on Christams Eve from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Shops at Pembroke Gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


Town Center at Boca Raton will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26.

Westfield Broward Mall will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 26 from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Each mall is offering photo sessions with Santa. Contact your specific mall for hours.

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Track Santa Claus on his trek around the world

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It's a countdown to Christmas. But before visions of sugar plums dance in their heads, boys and girls can track Santa Claus' journey around the world using the North American Defense Command's NORAD Santa Tracker. Watch in amazement as cameras capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make that magical trip around the world.

There is some fun stuff to explore on the site. You can visit the North Pole and listen to the famous letter written in 1897 by a little girl named Virginia O'Hanlon asking a New York newspaper editor if Santa Claus was real. You can hear his famous response, too. Indeed, how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus!

For more fun, Mom and Dad can download the plugin for 3D Google Earth and keep track of St. Nick's progress in real time, too. Also, don't forget to get hourly updates on the Jolly One's whereabouts from the Weather Channel.

Click here to see him for yourself. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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December 23, 2011

6 last-minute holiday gifts

Yup, you waited until the last minute. So now what?

There's still time to get a gift that's personal, but won't break the bank. Try these crunch-time gift ideas for friends or family:

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Jewelry: Go with something classic. Sterling silver earrings, bracelets, necklace and pendant. Most department stores have sales on fine jewelry right now, so you'll get a bargain and please your lady, too.

Activity coupon: Find an activity your loved one likes or wants to try, such as a cooking or wine-and-painting class.

Local deals can be found on this shopping blog, Groupon, LivingSocial and other online shopping sites. It's as close as your computer or iPhone.

Movie gift certificates: Not sure what to get a teen-ager? Get them out of the house and to the movies with a coupon book. Local choices include Cinemark, Muvico and Regal.

2012 calendar : Find one in your local bookstore or mall that reflects the person. I bought a daily shoe calendar, for example, for a girlfriend who is a shoe aficionado.

Filled stocking: Buy a plain stocking and use a glitter pen to write your loved one's name on it. Fill it with small toys, holiday chocolates or other goodies, and something practical, like a toothbrush.

Bottle of wine: Not sure what to buy? Here are my recommendations for some better-than average wines under $20. For red-wine lovers: Joel Gott cabernet sauvignon, Cain Cuvee Meritage, Aymura Carmenere. For the white-wine preference: Clare Hills Riesling or Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc.

Or ask your friendly wine store owner for a recommendation. Slap on a bow or buy a wine gift bag, and you're done.

So don't sweat these last two days of Christmas shopping. And Happy Holidays!

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Two free packs of batteries at Blockbuster on Christmas Day

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Get two free packs of batteries at Blockbuster video stores, what's left of them, on Christmas Day.

Stop in a get two free packs of AA or AAA batteries. Stores will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Score additional battery packs for 99 cents.

Click here for the deal. The offer is on Dec. 25 while supplies last.

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$15 off $45 purchase, BOGO reed diffusers at Yankee Candle

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We have a four great Yankee Candle coupons that expires on Christmas eve:

$15 off a $45 purchase
Buy one, get one free reed diffusers valued at $19.99
Buy one, get one free novelty electric fragrancer
Two for $20 small candle tumblers

Nothing warms the house for the holidays like a yummy, scented Yankee Candle. Plus, the holiday accessories are adorable, too. Since Yankee Candle goods can be pricey, this coupon makes good scents...er...cents! OK, enough with the bad puns!

Yankee Candles also make great gifts, too. I love the Mistletoe and Sparking Snow fragrances.

All the coupons expires on Dec. 24

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Send free holiday e-cards from your smartphone with iPhone, Android apps

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Go high-tech and send free holiday greeting cards by delivering them via email right from your smartphone with the "Jiffygram" app in iTunes.com and the "Holiday Cards by Sincerely Ink" app in the Android Market.

The five-star app for iPhone, iPod and iPad allows you to select dozens of cute holiday designs, customize them with a message and then send the greetings right from your contact list. It's pretty slick and quick.

Click here for the deal.

If you have Android, try the highly-rated "Holiday Cards by Sincerely Ink" app. It has 30 cute designs to choose from.

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December 22, 2011

Last-minute shipping options from UPS, FedEx and USPS

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If you still need to ship presents, we've got the 411 on how to get them under the tree by Christmas morning using UPS, FedEx and the postal service. But waiting until the last minute is going to cost you some big bucks.

Most shipping websites, like UPS and FedEx offer quick quotes and estimated delivery functions so you can get an idea of when your package will arrive and how much it will cost before placing an order.

UPS doesn’t guarantee timely deliveries for UPS ground delivery services through Dec. 24. However, the company will reimburse for shipped items' value and the full price paid for packaging if the package is lost or damaged in transit. Restrictions apply. Click here for more information.

FedEx Ground and Smart Post options will be closed on Christmas Eve. However, FedEx home delivery and express options are still available. All four FedEx shipping options are closed on Christmas Day and Monday, Dec. 26. The U.S. Postal Service will still ship express packages through Dec. 22.

Most online retailers will accept orders to ship on Dec. 22 for deliveries by Christmas. Amazon will take orders through Dec. 23. For a full list of online retailer shipping deadlines, click here.

FedEx prices to ship packages across the state, say from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa, can run as much as $80 to ensure gifts will make it before Christmas Eve. UPS will ship the same 10-pound package for $77 for next-day arrival. Prices hover in the $30-40 range to deliver the gift by Christmas Eve. Prices vary depending on the weight of package and the distance in travel.

Here are some tips from UPS on how to ensure your package gets where it needs to in the most timely fashion:

Use companies that provide package-tracking numbers. That way you can see where packages as they travel. No need to call and check on arrival.

Take batteries out of toys and electronics inside packages before shipping them.

Ship wrapped gifts before you travel so that perfectly crafted bow that took so much time to create will look just as great when it arrives as when you made it.

Don't wrap boxes in brown paper or tie them with string. Paper and string can be torn off during transit; if a shipping label is torn off, expect delays.

Don’t use duct tape, masking tape or cellophane to seal boxes before shipping. Packing tape is the way to go.

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Still searching for that perfect gift? Give her a $950 haircut by Ted Gibson

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Guys, if you're still searching for what to get your special lady for Christmas -- or if you're hangin' in the doghouse looking for quick escape -- give her the most expensive haircut in the world with renowned celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson.

A wash, cut and blow dry by Gibson at his new Fort Lauderdale salon costs nearly a grand, tip not included. But she might step out lookin' like Angelina Jolie.

Gibson is the resident hair guru who stars on TLC's "What Not to Wear" and has a long roster of celebrity clients like Jolie and Ashley Greene. He told us in an exclusive interview that he's now taking eight VIP appointments on Jan. 7, ahead of the Jan. 17 opening of the Ted Gibson Salon in the posh W hotel on Fort Lauderdale beach.

"Yes, my haircuts are the most expensive in the world, but for $950, I bring that same sensibility as when I work with Anglina Jolie, Debra Messing, Ashley Greene and Christina Ricci to name a few."

Essentially, $950 buys a transformative beauty sesson with Gibson similar to what you see happen on the fashion reality show "What Not to Wear." The TLC show features Stacy, Clinton, Carmindy and Gibson teaming to give fashion and beauty makeovers to women who need serious styling interventions.

"I spend about an hour and 15 minutes with each guest giving them a stress-relieving experience," Gibson said from his salon in New York. "I do my own shampoos, haircuts, finishes and blow dries, curling and flat ironing to take that haircut to the next level."

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Gibson said he will be doing hair at the Fort Lauderdale salon, right, for a few days once a month. The next eight appointments will be available for the Jan. 17 opening.

"What I have done for Angelina and on the set of “What Not to Wear” every week is create beauty with the sensibility that is luxurious and sexy. It's an attainable luxury."

Attainable for some perhaps, but for most to spend a grand on a haircut, Gibson better have Brad Pitt waiting for an after party upstairs in the hotel.

"If you can’t see me, I have an amazing and talented staff that will give you the very best service. They’re all trained by me. Those haircuts start at $100 and up."

Call Gibson's New York salon 212-633-6333 to book an appointment or go to TedGibsonBeauty.com.

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December 21, 2011

Last day to enter to win one of three Origins Limited-Edition Gift Sets valued at $55 each

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It's your last day to enter for a chance to win one of three $55 limited-edition Gift Sets from Origins in our weekly Sentinel Deals Beauty Bonanza on Facebook. We've got a Ginger To Go & Stay Set, a Famous Favorites Superset Bath and Body Set and a Brightening Bests Skin Care Set. This will be our last giveaway of the year.

Congratulations to last week's winners of the Sentinel Deals Beauty Bonanza! Naomi Levine, Geanine Comaianni and Cristy Camacho won the golden Make Up For Ever Metal Powder, Aqua Liner or Aqua Cream, valued at up to $23.

To enter this week's giveaway, like our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook.com, click the "Free Origin Gift Sets" tab and enter your name and email address. That way, we'll know where to send one of these awesome Origins gift collections made by one of our favorite brands for its Earth-loving ways and amazing plant-based antioxidants.

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Visit Origins' fan page on Facebook and get tips on eco-experts how to be eco-chic for the holidays. The videos offer tips and tricks on beauty, health, gift-giving and more. Also, at the end of each video, get a code word to get a special offers on Origins.com. Check out the video starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday offering beauty tips and trends for the holidays from Michelle Tyree of Fashion Trends Daily.

But back to the prizes!

First up is the Famous Favorites Superset, $55, top. It has Origin's most popular products: Plantscription Anti-aging serum, Starting Over Age-Erasing Moisturizer With Mimosa, Starting Over Age-Erasing Eye Cream, Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion, Incredible Spreadable Scrub Ginger Body Smoother and a Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream.

Next is the deliciously scented Ginger To Go & Stay Set, $55, center. It includes
Ginger Souffle Whipped body cream, an Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub, Ginger Burst Savory Body Wash along with the same products in handy travel sizes with a cute pouch for girls on the go.
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Last we have a Brightening Bests Skin Care Set, $55. Tucked inside a beautiful green cosmetic bag is a Brighter By Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum, Brighter By Nature High Potency Brightening Peel With Fruit Acid, Brighter By Nature SPF 35 Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer and a Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash.

Click here to enter to win by midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Good luck!

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Send fun, free personalized calls from Santa Claus and leave him messages

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Have a little fun and send a call from Santa Claus to boys and girls, young and old, good and bad, compliments of Google Voice.

Fill out some personalized info and you're on your way to delighting someone special. For the big kids and your best pals, there are some fun and crazy things you can get Santa to say. You enter your phone number so it looks like the call coming in is from you!

The jolly guy only makes phone calls between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. When you're finished creating that the perfect Santa sound byte, send the call as an e-mail and share it on Facebook.

Also, Santa is really busy right now, but if you know anyone who needs to tell him something important, they can leave him a message at 855-34-SANTA. Call him! It's really cute!

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December 20, 2011

Download three free Michael Buble 'Christmas' songs

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Download three free holiday tunes from Michael Buble "Christmas" from Beringer wine.

Get a super-snappy version of "Jingle Bells" along with "Silent Night" and "Ave Maria."

If you don't have a bottle tag code from the wine, skip it by entering New York as your state. Enter your email address and use zip code 10615 to get the link sent to you.

Click here for the deal.

Click here to get more free holiday music, from Tony Bennett to Mannheim Steamroller to Tim McGraw and more.

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Free Essence of Beauty Hand Cream from CVS

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Get a Free Essence of Beauty Hand Cream as a holiday gift from CVS/Pharmacy's MinuteClinic on Facebook.

Like the MinuteClinic fan page by Monday, Dec. 26, click the "Other" tab, enter your email address and you'll get coupon to redeem in CVS stores by Dec. 30.

Click here for the deal. The offer is one per household.

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December 19, 2011

Groupon offers free $10 credit

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Get for free $10 in Groupon Bucks when you register and buy a local deal before Dec. 24.

Sign up and the $10 will be put in your account by Dec. 31 after you buy a deal at a local business.

Click here for the deal. The offer is open to the first 150,000 to sign up.

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Free Snowflake Wallflower or 2 refills valued at $16 at Bath & Body Works on Monday

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Get a free holiday Wallflower or two free scent refills valued at $16 with any full-size Signature Collection product at Bath & Body Works' Wrap Up party from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday.

Choose a free plug-in snowflake Wallflower room diffuser with one scent bulb or two refill bulbs if you already have the unit. Plus, we have a coupon for you to score a free item valued at up to $13 with any $10 purchase.

Bath & Body Works offers some yummy seasonal scents and the products make great gifts. We got totally tipsy over the 3 Cheers Signature Collection fragrances. Our fave is the Jingle Bellini, but Vanillatini and Strawberry Sparkler are nice, too.

Click here for the deal.

Click here for the free product coupon. It expires on Dec. 24.

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Free Paula Deen Holiday Hosting Guide with recipes

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Find holiday inspiration in the pages of "Paula Deen Holiday Hosting Guide," free from Smithfield Ham.

The 36-page PDF booklet from Food Network's Southern belle offers inventive entertaining ideas along with yummy recipes to make your holiday feast merry and bright.

The easy-to-make centerpieces ideas will help you create gorgeous tablescapes. Plus, there are craft projects for the kids and great recipes to make as gifts or to put on your holiday table. We liked "Paula's Christmas Morning Casserole" that you can make ahead and just pop in the oven.

After you download the guide, you better add an extra pound of butter to your grocery list!

Click here for the deal.

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December 18, 2011

Save $10 on $50 Apple iTunes e-Gift cards at Walmart.com

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Walmart.com is offering $50 Apple iTunes e-cards for $40.

Purchase the card online and get free electronic delivery after your purchase. You will get a confirmation email from Walmart after your order. Then, a second email from walmartonline@e-deliverygroup.com will come with a PIN number within 60 minutes. Then, you can send your eCard as a gift if you wish.

Note: There are no returns or refunds on electronically fulfilled PIN numbers for iTunes cards.

Click here for the deal. Don't wait. This is a limited-time offer that would be around long!

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Free 94-page Pillsbury Holiday e-cookbook

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We're baking today and were searching for cookie recipes when we came across a free, downloadable copy of "Pillsbury's Holiday" cookbook from 2008.

The 94-page electronic cookbook contains Pillsbury's most requested recipes. It has appetizers, desserts, side dishes, entrees and also offers helpful tips on gift-giving and entertaining, too.

It's a little clunky to use at first, but it's searcheable, which is a big plus. The Santa Claus Cookies on Page 15 are adorable.

Click here for the deal.

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Send a letter to Santa, get a free kids meal at Denny's

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Kids can send a letter to Santa and in return get a present for a free kids' meal at Denny's valued at $2.50.

The offer is a promotion for the holiday movie "Arthur Christmas." Good boys and girls can visit the site and create the letter by filling in blanks from a list of multiple-choice answers. Hit the send button and they'll transmit the letter to the North Pole and also get an option to print out the letter and coupon. They can play fun games, too.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Dec. 31.

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December 17, 2011

Free $10 gift card with purchase at Target through noon Saturday

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Target is saying happy holidays -- again -- by giving away free $10 gift cards when you spend $75 through noon on Saturday. The promotion is listed on Target's fan page on Facebook, but doesn't link to a coupon, as in past weeks. Just spend $75 on qualifying items and get a free $10 gift card at checkout.

A more generous promotion offering $10 gift cards with $50 purchases was first offered the first two weeks in December. Still, the latest offer is free money.

Click here to see the offer on Facebook. The deal is good for one guest per transaction.

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Free 30-day Xbox Live Gold subscription from Bing

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Microsoft's search engine Bing is offering a free one-month trial subscription of Xbox Live Gold through Facebook as part of its Bing Magical Holiday Calendar. Each day a different "gift" is revealed.

To get today's free Xbox offer, you must activate the deal with a credit card; after the free month, you will be billed $9.99 a month unless you cancel. You can call 1-800-4MY-XBOX or cancel through www.xbox.com/live/accounts. You must be at least 18 to participate.

If you're buying or giving an Xbox 360 Console for Christmas, this is a great way to get a free month. Besides gaming, you can watch movies and TV shows and on-demande sports in HD with a Microsoft Gold subscription.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires at 11:59 on Saturday, Dec. 17. The offer must be redeemed by Thursday, Dec. 22.

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Hard Rock Cafe offers $4 Legendary Burger meal deal ($17 value)

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Sign up to get a coupon for a Legendary Burger, fries and a drink for $4 from Hard Rock Cafes in South Florida and Orlando.The burger and fries normally cost $14.75 and a drink is $2.99.

Hard Rock is giving away 400,000 coupons to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Once you sign up, the coupon is emailed within seconds. Use your real name, because you must present an ID to redeem it.

The Legendary Burger is a 10-ounce patty with topped with two slices of Cheddar cheese, bacon, a fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles.

Click here for the deal. The coupon's valid until Dec. 21 at all Hard Rock Cafe locations except Tampa.

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December 16, 2011

Free Shipping Day from more than 2,500 stores on Friday

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Get free shipping on Friday, Dec. 16, from nearly 2,600 merchants participating in Free Shipping Day 2011 with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery on purchases.

Some of the stores participating: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macys, Sears, Kmart, Nordstrom, Disney Store, Overstock.com, Sephora, Apple Store and so many others. Over 60 percent will offer free shipping on all orders.

Click here for the deal.

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December 15, 2011

Coupons: $10 off $25 purchase at JCPenney and Macy's through Saturday

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Get $10 off a $25 purchase at JC Penney and Macy's through Saturday with coupons.

The Penny's coupon is good on everything with no exclusions, from accessories, shoes and clothes for everyone in the family as well as jewelry and home goods through Dec. 17.

The Macy's coupon is good for $10 off a $25 purchase on sale, clearance apparel and select home items.
Click here for JC Penney coupon. Or, text SEND to JCP365 to get a mobile coupon on your phone that you show at the register, no printing necessary.

Click here for the Macy's coupon; it expires at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Holiday shopping online? Tips on protecting yourself using public Wi-Fi

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With only nine days to go before Christmas, most American shoppers have more than half of their shopping left to do, according to a National Retail Federation survey conducted BIGresearch.

“For consumers, the holiday season is more of a marathon than a sprint – typically starting the season strong, pace themselves in the middle and gearing up again in the final stretch, a trend retailers expect every year,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a news release. “As the hours tick toward Christmas, retailers still have a few tricks up their sleeves to entice even the most extreme procrastinators looking to cross the final names off their lists.”

Nearly 37 million people had not even started holiday shopping as of late last week and less than 8 percent said they’ve finished their shopping.

Almost half of those will finish shopping online, said the NRF survey.

If you plan to shop on the web (2011 Free Shipping Day is Friday) take steps to protect yourself when making purchases on public Wi-Fi networks. If you surt and buy while hanging at coffee shops, restaurants or other store, might be at risk of being scammed or having your credit card information stolen, according to Green Armor Solutions, an information security software provider.

“Criminals can set up phony access points with names identical to legitimate ones, and use any one of several hacking techniques to steal data and money from users,” said Green Armor Solutions’ CEO, Joseph Steinberg.

Here are four tips from Microsoft on how to protect your privacy on public Wi-Fi networks:

Use a firewall: Some computers that run Windows Vista or XP have a built-in firewall that’s turned on by default. You can configure a firewall to better protect against viruses and outsiders trying to gain access to your information. For more information, see Windows Firewall.

Hide files: When you use a public Wi-Fi, network encryption is often out of your control. Check the privacy statement on the network's website to learn about the type of encryption used. If there is no privacy statement, it might be better not to use the network at all.
If you keep personal or financial information on your computer, consider investing in an operating system that includes the tools to protect your information through encryption.
To learn more, see Encrypt or decrypt a folder or file.

Don't risk it: If you’re not sure if the network is secure, don't type in credit card numbers or passwords. These measures provide some protection against casual hackers and identity thieves who prey on wireless networks. But if criminals are determined enough, they will eventually find a way to get around any security system.

Avoid typing sensitive information, such as your credit card number or other financial information, while using public wireless networks.

Tip: If you absolutely must enter credit card numbers while on public Wi-Fi, make sure there is a locked padlock icon at the bottom right corner of the browser window, and make sure the web address begins with "https:" (the "s" stands for secure).

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Save 20 percent on everything at GBS Beauty Stores on Thursday

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Get 20 percent off everything at GBS The Beauty Store's holiday sale on Thursday.

This is a great time to stock up on all your fave beauty brands offered at the South Florida chain and grab a last-minute gift or two. One of the things I love at GBS is the knowledgeable staff, great customer service and the rows and rows of fabulous products! If you need it, they have it. There is a full salon, too. Be sure to sign up for a GBS loyalty card!

In addition to the 20 percent off sale, there are great gifts with purchase being offered, too. Quantities are limited and vary by store.

Free with purchase:
Free mini lip gloss with any GloMinerals or GloTherapeutics purchase of $50 or more
Free gift set with any $50 Nuxe purchase
Free Rescue Sponge with purchase of two Miss Oop Boob Tubes,
Free train case with any $35 Roger & Gallet purchase
Free Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Illuminating Mousse or Illuminating Hairspray with any Barex purchase

Special offers:
FHI Platform 1” Flat Iron for $88.88; regular price is $159.99
HAI Convertible Flat Iron for $88.88; regular price is $119.99
Liter bottles of MOP (Mixed Greens and Glisten) and ABBA (Moisture, Color Protect and Basic) for $8.88

GBS The Beauty Store has six South Florida locations in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Boca, Aventura, Coral Gables and Pinecrest.

Visit the online store at GBSBeauty.com.

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Free ice cream cupcake from Maggie Moo's and Marble Slab Creamery on Thursday

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Get a free ice cream cupcake from Maggie Moo's and Marble Slab Creamery on Thursday to celebrate National Cupcake Day.

Get the free cupcake you eat with a spoon from 4 to 7 p.m. at Maggie Moo's in Davie and Fort Lauderdale and at Marble Slab Creamery locations in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Orlando.

The offer is for one per customer.

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December 14, 2011

Last day to enter to win Make Up For Ever Metal Powder, Aqua Liner or Aqua Cream

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Wednesday is the last day to enter for a chance to win a full-sized Make Up For Ever Gold Metal Powder, Gold Aqua Cream and Gold Aqua Liner (up to $23 values) in our weekly Sentinel Deals Beauty Bonanza on Facebook.

Congratulations to this week's winners of the Sentinel Deals Beauty Bonanza! Donna Kerkhoff and Sarah Bailey of Miami won the the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin and Miracle Shine Spray, both $20 values!

To enter this week's giveaway, like our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook.com, click the "Free Make Up For Ever" tab and enter your name and e-mail address so we'll know where to send the the awesome French brand's eye products in glittery, golden shades, products, which are one of the hottest colors happening this season.

Make Up For Ever's metallics, sold at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com, will give you the golden glow you're after this party season.

Metal Powder, in Sunflower Gold, $19, is a loose, metallic mineral powder that you can use many ways: On eyes, cheeks and lips. Use it wet to get a super-shiny, metal-looking eyeliner or layer it on top of shadows to give shimmery, golden depth and shine.

Aqua Liner, $23, in Diamond Gold, was created specially for the the 2011 Mercedes Benz Miami Swim shows this summer. This fantastic waterproof liner won’t run or smudge when wet and contains special polymers that create a flexible film to lock out water, tears and sweat. Our testers raved about this product. Click here for a video lesson from a Make Up For Ever's artistic guru on how to get the perfect cat eye using liquid liner.

Aqua Cream Eyeshadow, in gold, $22, has the same waterproof qualities as the Aqua Liner, and is ultra-pigmented and works on eyes, lips and cheeks. (It also comes in silver and 21 other shades.)

Sun Sentinel Pretty Good Ideas beauty testers have consistently top-rated Make Up For Ever's line. I use Make Up For Ever's HD Foundation and the HD Microfinish Power, which is my all-time favorite beauty product.

Click here to enter to win by midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Good luck!

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Free Art of Shaving four-piece kit ($25 value)

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Get a free four-piece Art of Shaving Starter Kit valued at $25 through Facebook.com.

Score a free 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave kit, which contains travel-sized Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, After-Shave Balm and a trial size Badger Shaving Brush.

Like the Art of Shaving fan page on Facebook, click "The Brotherhood" tab, watch a short movie and fill out the info to get a coupon.

Redeem it in stores in Miami, Aventura, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Orlando or order it online and pay $5 shipping.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Jan. 14.

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Save at the grocery store with 50 percent off 'Enjoy the City' coupon books

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Buy "Enjoy the City" coupons books and save 50 percent on three or more with free shipping by using a coupon code. These would make fabulous gifts, too!

Buy one or two books for $15 each or score three for $30. They normally cost $20 each. The coupons do not expire until Dec. 2012.

People always ask me where I get the $5-off Winn-Dixie coupons that are honored at Publix and this is it! I just ordered three books for $30 and will save $60 at the grocery store alone.

The books offer terrific coupon savings at grocery store, dining, retail and entertainment. They pay for themselves in just one use. You can preview the books before you buy.


Grocery coupons: Get four $5 off $30 purchase coupons good at Winn-Dixie; these are accepted at many Publix markets as a competitor coupon. (Check with your store to see if they are accepted.) The coupons come in very handy when purchasing discount gas cards when Publix offers its $10-off coupon.

There also is one page of $5-off GFS Market coupons (Orlando and Broward editions only) and $5-off at Joseph's Classic Market (Palm Beach edition) which also might be accepted at some Publix markets as well.

Dining: Buy-one-get-one free coupons at Chick-fil-A (Broward Couny edition only), savings at Wendy's, McDonald's, Jamba Juice, Carvel, Baskin-Robbins, Arby's, T.G.I. Friday's, Sal's, Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts and many mom and pop restaurants in your neighborhood.

Entertainment and retail: Regal Cinemas, Boomer's, Striker's, Sports Authority, Dick's, car rentals and many more.

Click here for the deal. Enter coupon code Holiday to save 25 percent off one or two books; enter code 50Santa to save 50 percent off three or more. The offer ends on Dec. 16.

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Video: Free holiday music downloads from Tony Bennett, Twisted Sister, Tim McGraw and more

It's a countdown to Christmas and we wanted to share this fun video of Preston Leatherman "Dancing With An iPod in Public - Christmas Edition" that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Then, help yourself to a roundup of free holiday music downloads that will get you in the spirit of the season, too.

"The First Noel" by Tony Bennett and Plácido Domingo in iTunes

"25 days of Free Holiday Music" from Amazon.com includes "Jingle Bells (Robbie Hardkiss Remix)" by Duke Ellington, "Deck the Halls" by Twisted Sister, "Wexford Carol" by Michael McDonald, "Greensleeves" by Mannheim Steamroller, "A Change at Christmas (Say it Isn't So)" by Flaming Lips, "Ave Maria" by Celtic Woman, among others.

"Deck the Halls" by by Mannheim Steamroller from Office Max with text alert sign up.

"Christmas All Over the World" by Tim McGraw

"O Holy Night" by Randy Travis and nine other country music songs from People magazine.

"Eight Days of Hanukkah" From Sen. Orrin Hatch (swear!) on Amazon.com

Sugo Music Free Holiday Sampler from Amazon.com

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December 13, 2011

Upscale grocer Fresh Market opening Fort Lauderdale store in February

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The wait for Fort Lauderdale's Fresh Market is almost over.

A sign at the 20,000-square-foot grocery store's construction site at 400 Federal Highway, south of Sunrise Boulevard, says it will open on Feb. 1.

Fresh Market is a chain of upscale specialty food stores with South Florida locations in Avenutra, Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Wellington and across the eastern U.S.

Fresh Market purchased the property in May from taxi mogul Jesse Gaddis. The $10 million project will include a corner bank and restaurant. Each store has a butcher shop and fish market, bakery, produce, floral stands and delicatessen.

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Free overnight shipping for life from Zappos.com VIP program

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Join the Zappos.com VIP membership program and get free overnight shipping for life for a limited time.

The site is America's leading online shoe retailer, but it also sells clothes for men, women and children, handbags, jewelry, beauty products, housewares and more. The company is noted for its top-notch customer service, too.

Click here for the deal.

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Coupon: $5 off Honeybaked Ham

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Have you ordered your Honeybaked Ham for Christmas dinner?

Reserve online and use this coupon for $5 off any bone-in half ham. There also are coupons for $3 off a boneless mini ham and an offer for a turkey breast for $21.99 with purchase of a ham along with two other offers for sides and desserts.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Dec. 31.

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December 12, 2011

Zona Fresca opens third restaurant in Pompano Beach

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Zona Fresca, a casual quick service Mexican restaurant, opened it’s third South Florida location in Pompano Beach earlier this month.

The 3,400-square-foot restaurant, at 800 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, has indoor seating for 94 guests and will soon open an outdoor patio.

The new Pompano store will serve the same signature menu items as the two other locations, which are in Plantation and Fort Lauderdale.

The Zona Fresca chain started in South Florida in 2000, opening at 1635 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. A second restaurant opened at 1095 S. University Drive in Plantation in 2008.

Hours at all three restaurants are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Free with rebate: Renuzit Crystal Elements Air Freshening Crystals ($5.60 value)

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Try Renuzit Crystal Elements Air Freshening Crystals for free with a rebate valued at up to $5.60.

Buy a 9-ounce bag and get back $2.99 or an 18-ounce bag and get back $5.60.

The scented air freshener is made from sea salt and comes in five fragrances: Holiday Cookie, Amber Vanilla, Sapphire Waters, Ruby Berries and Garnet Spice. Add the crystals to a decorate glass.

Print and fill out the rebate form, circle your purchase on an original dated receipt, and mail them off by March 31 to get your refund. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly to get your money back!

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on March 31. The offer is for one per household. Allow six to eight weeks after mailing to get your check.

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December 11, 2011

Reports: HP selling $99 TouchPads on eBay on Sunday

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Word around the Interwebs is that Hewlett Packard will be selling refurbished TouchPad Tablets for $99 in its eBay store listed under "laptops" starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, (6 p.m. Central time) according to Gizmodo.com.

Gizmodo reports that HP will sell the refurbished 16GB and 32GB versions for $99 and $149 each, along with three-piece accessory sets (case, charging dock and wireless keyboard) for $79, according to the post. No word on how many of the now-discontinued tables will be on sale.

TechCrunch has more details on the sale, citing an HP internal memo. The memo says you will only be able to purchase the tablets using a PayPal account, so if you don't have PayPal, better set one up to be ready to buy. Also, there will be a limit of two tablets per eBay member and all sales are final with no returns unless there is a defect, according to the memo.

The sale on eBay seems plausible since HP announced Friday it was contributing its webOS software which runs HP's tablet, to the open source community. That means there is no real worry about updates and improvements to the operating software if you buy, or already have, a TouchPad.

Click here for the deal then click "Laptops."

Good luck! Let us know if you score.

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BOGO free Whoppers at Burger King through Sunday

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Burger King has a Whopper of an offer for the holidays that ends Sunday!

Buy one Whopper sandwich and get one free at participating restaurants through Sunday, Dec. 9-11. Just order a Whopper and you'll get another for free. No coupon necessary.

Click here for the deal.

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December 10, 2011

Free download of Tim McGraw's 'Christmas All Over the World'

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Country superstar Tim McGraw's got a Christmas present for you.

The country crooner is offering free downloads of his newly released single "Chrismas All Over the World."

Visit his site, click the download button, confirm your e-mail address and get the happy holiday ditty.

Click here for the deal.

Also, get more free hot holiday tunes with Amazon's 25 Days of Free Music promotion.

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Buy three, get one free movie ticket deal at AMC Theatres

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Beginning Friday, buy three movie ticket at participating AMC Theatres to see family-friendly family movies and get one ticket free with a Facebook coupon.

Print the coupon for the free admission on the AMC fan page on Facebook and present at the box office when you buy three admissions to see "Arthur Christmas," "Happy Feet Two," "The Muppets," or "Puss in Boots."

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Thursday, Dec. 15.

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Free $10 Target gift card with purchase; big savings on toys, electronics

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Target is saying happy holidays -- again -- by giving away free $10 gift cards when you spend $50 with a coupon. The promotion was first offered on Dec. 1-3.

Print out the coupon and redeem in stores by Saturday during Target's 3-day Sale

Electronics: Use the coupon to get more free money: Buy a Nintendo 3DS game system for $169.99 and get a bonus $50 gift card; buy an 8 GB Apple iPod Touch for $195 and get a free $25 Target gift card; buy a $99 Kindle reader and get a bonus $10 gift card; Quantities are limited.

Toys: Buy one, get one for 50 percent off Barbie, Disney Princess, Nerf, Cars 2, Thomas and Friends, Lego City and Fischer-Price Little People.

Click here for the coupon. The coupon expires on Saturday, Dec. 11, and is good for one guest per transaction.

Special thanks to our loyal Sentinel Deals reader Linda for the heads-up on this deal!

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December 9, 2011

Italian watchmaker opens two boutiques in South Florida

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Officine Panerai, a leading Italian luxury watchmaker, opened two South Florida locations this month in Bal Harbour Shops and on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.

This makes three Panerai locations in South Florida, including a boutique in Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Both boutiques offer a selection of limited edition watches. There are only five locations in the U.S., with stores in Los Angeles and New York City.

The new boutiques are located at 9700 Collins Ave., in Bal Harbour and 150 Worth Ave. in Palm Beach. There are 25 Officine Panerai boutiques worldwide.

The company was founded in 1860 in Florence by Giovanni Panerai. It later became the official supplier to the Royal Italian Navy. The company is famous for its Radiomir and Luminor wristwatches, which soldiers used on naval vessels in World War II.

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Pac Sun closing 200 stores nationwide

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Young adult clothing retailer Pacific Sunwear of California announced it will close up to 200 under performing stores after reporting a third-quarter loss on Wednesday.

Stores across the country will begin closing over the next 14 months .PacSun plans to close 90 stores by next month and more than 100 more by January 2013, said Michael Kaplan
Chief Financial Officers, for the clothing retailer.

It is unclear which stores will close at this time.

There are 16 PacSun retail and outlet stores in South Florida. The company has 819 stores across the U.S.

The company, which sells surf and skate-inspired clothing, posted a loss of $17.6 million, or 26 cents per share, for the fiscal quarter.

All PacSun gift cards can be redeemed at any store or online with no restrictions.

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December 7, 2011

Gift cards: Do's and don'ts and how to save

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Gift cards are the most requested holiday gift by American shoppers again this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.

Thanks to the ease of electronic purchasing, instant delivery through social media like Facebook and mobile options, gift cards retain their perch at the top of shoppers' lists for the fifth year in a row, according to the federation’s 2011 holiday survey.

But despite their popularity, roughly a quarter of all gift cards purchased go unused every year. An estimated $2.5 billion in gift-card value was never redeemed in 2010, according to TowerGroup, a financial services firm.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of gift certificates:

1. Gift card exchanges: Card Hub, Plastic Jungle and Swapagift allow you to buy, sell and exchange gift cards. Save up to 20 percent on purchases from leading retailers and restaurant chains like Home Depot, Sear's, Macy's, Macaroni Grill and more.

2. Know the law: “Closed loop” gift cards, which are cards good at individual stores, restaurants or other businesses, are governed by state law, whereas “open loop” cards, which can be used any different retailers and usually carried by well known credit card brands like VISA and MasterCard, are governed by federal law. Florida law prohibits gift cards from charging fees and cards cannot expire. Federal law states that gift card may expire after 5 years.

3. Understand fees: Florida prohibits gift cards from charging fees on closed loop cards, or within the first year of open loop cards. After that, there are no limits. Federal law states that all fees must be clearly disclosed on the card or card’s packaging. Fees can only be imposed if the card has not been used for a full year, and then fees may only be charged once per month. Fees only usually apply to bank issued cards, like reusable VISA or MasterCard gift cards. Be sure to read the fine print before deciding on which gift card to buy.

4. Buy one, get one: Time time of year, many chain's offer bonus cards with purchase. There’s no hurt in purchasing a gift card for yourself. Outback is offering free $20 gift cards with purchase of a $100 gift card before Dec. 31. The bonus card is valid from Jan. 1 through Feb. 10. If you eat at Outback, it might be worth snagging this deal for yourself. Or if you buy $30 or more in gift cards at Chipotle before Dec. 31, bring in your receipt on your next store visit and get a free burrito, bowl, tacos or salad. Cheesecake Factory is offering a complimentary slice of Cheesecake with every $25 card purcahsed through Dec. 25.

5. Educate yourself: Consumer Reports offers tips on how to avoid gift card snags and pitfalls.

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2 and 5 p.m. Wednesday: Free $40 Gift Card with $100 California Pizza Kitchen gift card order

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California Pizza Kitchen tweeted a spectacular deal being offered online for two hours Wednesday only:

Order online $100 California Pizza Kitchen gift cards and get free $40 gift card with as a bonus between 2 to 3 p.m. and again at 5 to 6 p.m. today only. E-cards are included.

Here's the tweet from @calpizzakitchen:

"TOMORROW ONLY,12/7, for every $100 in CPK Gift Cards (egift cards included) that are purchased ONLINE ONLY @ http://cpk.com, between 11am-12pm PT & 2pm-3pm PT you will receive Double Rewards Cards. Tomorrow is the day to give the most tasteful gift of the year!"

Click here to order.

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December 6, 2011

Enter to win It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin or Miracle Shine Spray ($20 values)

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Like us on Facebook to enter for a chance to win a full-sized It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Conditioner With Keratin or It's a 10 Miracle Shine Spray, valued at $20 each, in our weekly Sentinel Deals Beauty Bonanza.

Congratulations to this week's winners of the Sentinel Deals Beauty Bonanza! Doreen Shipe of Coral Springs and Lillian Phelps won the Beauty for Real Beauty Boxes!

To enter this week's giveaway, like our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook.com, click the "Free It's a 10" tab and enter your name and e-mail address so we'll know where to send the highly-rated hair styling product.

Tame your mane and fight frizz with these Deerfield Beach-based multitaskers: It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product Plus Keratin and It's a 10 Miracle Shine Spray.

Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin does 10 hair chores in one spray bottle: Repairs dry, damaged hair; adds shine; smooths and controls frizz; seals and protects hair color; detangles; prevents split ends; stops hair breakage; creates silkiness; enhances natural body and gives flat iron thermal protection.

It's a 10 Miracle Shine Spray add the finishing touch for a salon-quality look. Use this amazing dry oil on wet or dry hair to give instant luster, body and shine and stop frizz dead in its tracks. It's FABULOUS for brittle and damaged hair. Spritz once in your hand, rub them together and then sweep hands through your hair for super, healthy-looking hair. You'd think it would leave hair oily, but the only thing left behind is shiny, salon-worthy results. It's incredible.

Sun Sentinel Pretty Good Ideas beauty testers have rated It's a 10 products tops! Once you use the Miracle Leave-In product you will be hooked for life. I use both of these styling products, including the It's a 10 Styling Serum, and cannot recommend the products enough.

Purchase It's a 10 Hair Care Hair Care products at GBS Beauty Stores or online at GBSBeauty.com and in South Florida salons.

Click here to enter to win by midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Good luck!

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IKEA to install solar energy panels at Sunrise, Orlando, Tampa stores

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IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer, will install solar energy panels at its Sunrise, Orlando and Tampa stores and in seven other locations in the southeast.

Once completed, the rooftop solar panels are expected to generate enough power to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1,000 tons per store, according to a news release. Installion of the panels will begin this winter and is expected to be completed by summer. It's estimated the 293,000-square-footIKEA store in Sunrise will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 134 homes, the news release said. The Broward County store opened in 2007.

IKEA currently has 12 solar energy systems set up in the U.S., and has 11 more underway. Once the 10 locations in the southeast have solar panels, more than 75 percent of the company’s stores will have sustainable rooftops.

"IKEA believes we can be a good business while doing good business," said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president in a news release. "This investment extends our solar presence to the Southern U.S., further reducing our carbon footprint and the intensity of the electrical grid."

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American Express offers credits on Best Buy purchases, Foursquare check-in

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Membership certainly does have its privileges. American Express is offering various statement credits with registration of eligible cards.

Check your email to see if you received an invitation to get a $50 American Express statement credit on $400 purchases at Best Buy. Register for your card to qualify for the credit on purchases made at the store or on BestBuy.com through Dec. 31.

Anyone with a card can get a $10 statement credit on a minimum $10 purchase at a small business when you securely link an eligible card to your Foursquare account. Then, check-in on Foursquare to unlock specials and paperless coupons that will automatically be applied to your statement when you use the card.

American Express Link, Like, Love app on Facebook allows you to save using paperless coupons that also show up as statement credits. Link your card and select the offers you like and the savings will show up on your monthly statement.

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December 5, 2011

New Publix opening in Town of Palm Beach

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A new Publix grocery store is set to open at 135 Bradley Place in Palm Beach at 7 a.m. on Dec. 15.

The newly rebuilt, 44,000-square-foot store replaced the long-time Publix market that closed in April on the same site. The larger store will feature an expanded selection of natural and organic food options as well as a bigger deli, salad and soup bar offering Pan Asian entrees.

The original 33,000-square-foot store opened in 1971 and closed on April 23, according to a news release.

The first 1,500 customers on grand opening day will receive a free Publix reusable bag.

The new store is the only Publix market in the Town of Palm Beach. Publix has 1,046 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

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Free new Brian Wilson, Mannheim Steamroller tunes from Amazon's '25 days of Free Holiday Music'

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Get in the spirit of the season with 25 days of free holiday music from Amazon.com. The site will offer a new song each day until Dec. 25.

Amazon kicked things off Thursday with Celtic Woman's "Ave Maria" from group's the forthcoming "Believe." Friday's offering was "Peace on Earth" by Brian Wilson and Monday's offering is "Greensleeves" by Mannheim Steamroller from "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony."

Daily songs will be available for download through Dec. 25.

Click here for the deal.

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Smokin' hot deals at Best Buy, JC Penney, Kohl's, Toys R Us and more

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There are lots of great bargains and deals in stores and online. Here's a roundup of the top ones we found on Monday:

Best Buy: Free $50 gift card with purchase of Nintendo 3DS for $169.99

Coach Factory: Additional 30 percent off markdowns through Dec. 11.

Crocs: Buy one pair, get one for 50 percent off sitewide.

JC Penney: Coupon for 20 percent off everything INCLUDING SEPHORA in stores Monday beginning at 9 a.m.

Kohl's: 15-20 percent off everything with savings pass in stores; 70 percent off online clearance.

Toys R Us: All video games and accessories: Buy one, get one 50 percent off

Woot.com: Woot-Off going on; hot deals on electronics; When one deal sells out, another replaces it: As of 6:30 a.m.: Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard for $59.99.

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Victoria's Secret giving away 100,000 free gift cards through Facebook

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Victoria's Secret is giving away 100,000 free gift cards daily through Dec. 15 on Facebook.com.

Visit the Victoria's Secret fan page on Facebook at 9 a.m. daily, click the "VS Reward Card' tab to enter for your chance to win a $10, $50, $100 or $500.

Here's the odds: 97,445 $10 cards; 1,648 $50 cards; 824 $100 cards; and 82 $500 cards.

Click here for the deal. The offer is for one card per person. Cards must be redeemed in stores by Dec. 21.

BUT WAIT! There's more!!! Click here for free music from the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion show of Maroon 5, Beyonce, Nikki Minaj, Lady Gaga and the Black Eye Peas.

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December 4, 2011

Create free personalized video from Santa Claus

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Share the joy of Christmas with good boys and girls by creating a free, personalized video from Santa Claus in the North Pole.

Brought to you by the Lifestyle website Sympatico.ca., you create the video in three easy steps. Upload a few details about naughty or nice boys and girls along with a few photos then enter your e-mail address. You can preview the video and if you're happy with it, a link will be sent to you. You also can share it on Facebook and Twitter.

Santa uses the details you share about the child and even checks his book featuring the pictures and information you provided. It's pretty slick.

Click here for the deal. You also can download a Magic Santa app from iTunes. Magical!

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December 3, 2011

Report: TJ Maxx selling Apple iPad 2 for $399 on Saturday?

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HOT RUMOR: Some TJ Maxx stores may be selling Apple iPad 2 tablets for $399 on Saturday, reports The Verge.com. The news techy site was unable to confirm the rumor and suggests you call ahead before you go to the store.

According to the Friday night post, The Verge got a tip that each location could have up to 15 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2s available for doorbuster sales today. TJ Maxx has a similar sale last year, offering iPads for the same price, which is a a $100 savings on the hot-selling device.

Call TJ Maxx to confirm the deal before you make the trip. Hey, gas is expensive!

Let us know if you score the deal!

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December 2, 2011

Organic milk shortage expected to last until April

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South Florida shoppers looking for organic milk in local grocery stores may be out of luck until after the holiday season.

A shortage in the organic milk supply has caused empty shelves at grocery stores across the country.

“An increased demand for organic milk coupled with the fact that some organic milk producers are only producing traditional milk due to higher organic grain costs has contributed to the limited supply,” said Kimberly Jaeger, spokeswoman for Publix stores.

Jaeger said that all Publix stores have limited to no supplies of the Lakeland-based company's Greenwise organic milk at this time. Other organic brands, like Horizon and Organic Valley, may be limited through the holiday season too.

"This is an issue that affects organic farmers nationwide," said Louise Hemstead, the Chief Operating Officer for Organic Valley in LaFarge, Wis. "Because of the push for ethanol, grain prices have really gone up."

Publix milk suppliers are located in the Midwest and Northeast, although farmers across the country are being affected. There are no milk producing farms in Florida.

“Extreme summer heat, fires and flooding contributed to higher organic grain prices,” Jaeger said.

It is likely that organic milk supplies will not improve until the early spring time around April, Hemstead said.

Whole Foods stores in Florida are in full supply of organic milk and have not reported any issues. Winn Dixie could not be reached for comment.


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Free sample packs of Nescafé Peppermint Mocha coffee

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Nescafé is giving away free sample packs of its new, limited-edition Peppermint Mocha instant coffee through Facebook. The offer is for one per person, two per household.

Nescafé's last giveaway was a six-pack of instant coffee sticks with coupons, so perhaps this will be the same.

Like Nescafé's fan page, click the "Nescafé Free Sample" tab and enter your information. The samples should arrive in six to eight weeks.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Renuzit Holiday Accents Air Freshener with rebate

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Get a free Renuzit Holiday Accents Air Freshener valued at $2.29 with a rebate.

The cute holiday-themed room fresheners come in Winter Berry and Festive Snow scents.

Buy one by Dec. 31, print out the rebate form, circle the purchase price on the receipt and mail everything by January 31 to get your money back. Don't forget to keep an eye out for coupons for this product. You add more money in your pocket when you use coupons for products with rebates.

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

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December 1, 2011

Free bareMinerals travel size Prime Time Foundation Primer

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Get a free bareMinerals travel size tube of Prime Time Foundation Primer at Bare Escentuals Boutique through Sunday with a coupon.

Print the coupon to get your freebie. No purchase is necessary. Also, get a free eye defining brush with any $60 purchase. The primer will help you get a flawless finish when you apply your foundation over it.

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

Click here for the deal. The coupon is valid only at Bare Escentuals Boutiques, not at any other retail locations. The offers expire on Sunday, Dec. 4.

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Meet Kat Von D in Miami Beach at 'American Beauty Art Show'

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Tattoo artist and reality TV star Kat Von D is in Miami Beach Thursday, unveiling eight original prints for her "New American Beauty Art Show" at Sephora South Beach.

Coinciding with Art Basel, Von D will make a personal appearance from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Sephora South Beach, 721 Collins Avenue. The first 100 clients to purchase a print will get wristbands to attend VIP premiere party hosted by the heavily-inked artist.

Fifty prints of the eight drawings in "The New American Beauty" collection will be on sale with proceeds benefitting The Art of Elysium, a non-profit charity Von D founded to help critically ill children.

Best known for the TLC reality TV show "LA Ink," Von D in July split with financee Jesse James, the former husband of Sandra Bullock. Von D, known for her no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor, recently posted a note entitled "Thank You, Jesse James." on the Kat Von D Facebook fan page: "Today I encountered the 19th girl to add to the list of people Jesse cheated on me with during this last year." The post had more than 16,000 likes and 4,500 comments.

In addition to owning High Voltage Tattoo in Hollywood, Calif., Von D also has a successful line of cosmetics at Sephora. The beauty company comissioned her to do the limited-edition works. The show will be exhibited at the beauty stores throughout 2012.

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Photo: Jesse James and Kat Von D at Art of Elysium gala in Los Angeles In January. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

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Upscale shopping/entertainment complex coming to Delray in 2012

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By this time next year, South Palm Beach County residents will be able to do their holiday shopping at a new 275,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex scheduled to open in late 2012.

Construction crews broke ground this week on Delray Marketplace, an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment center set to open in mid-November.

Confirmed tenants include Frank Theaters, a 12-screen movie theater and 16-lane bowling alley, Publix grocery store, Max’s Grille, White House Black Market, JoS. A. Bank, Verizon Wireless and a family entertainment amphitheater.

“We saw a need in the area for a sizable shopping center,” said Jason Samreny, vice president of leasing of Kite Realty Group, the Indianapolis-based owner and developer of Delray Marketplace.

The outdoor shopping complex is located at 9025 W. Atlantic Ave., on the corner of Lyons Road and Atlantic Avenue. The shopping and entertainment center is nestled in between neighborhood communities and aims to attract shoppers from Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

Restaurants and retailers expected to be in the Delray Marketplace include: Chico's, Max’s Grille; Famous Famiglia Pizza; Terra Fiamma; Japango Sushi Thai Asian Cuisine; Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt; Shula Burger; The Grind Coffee; Sababa Lounge; The Olive Tap; Apricot Lane; Bobby Chan Apparel; Aroma Fragrance; Charming Charlie; Venetian Spa, Chase Bank and Ted Todd Insurance.

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Photo: Artist's rendering of Delray Marketplace.

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Free song download from 10 hot 2011 Latin Grammy nominees from Dunkin' Donuts

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Dunkin' Donuts is giving away a free song download the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards nominees through Facebook.

Visit the fan page, click on the "DD Free Music" tab and choose one of 10 hot hits, from Enrique Iglesias "No Me Digas Quo No," to "Tito El Bambino's "Llueve el Amor," to Belanova's "No Me Voy a Morir," among others.

Click here for the deal. The offer is for one free download per person.

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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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