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January 31, 2012

Miami Marlin and Drake concert giveaways at AT&T store openings

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AT&T stores are popping up across South Florida this month.

Two new stores will open in Pembroke Pines and Miami, just after AT&T opened a new store in the Town Center at Boca Raton on Jan. 28.

The new 5,700-square-foot AT&T store in the Pembroke Plaza, at 11380 Pines Blvd., will hold a grand opening celebration on Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers will have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the sold out Drake concert in Miami on Feb. 14 and tickets to the April 2 Miami Marlins home opener game inside the new stadium.

WEDR 99 Jamz radion station disc jockey, Lorenzo Thomas and WAMR Armor 107.5 d.j. Javier Romero will be on site for the grand opening with additional giveaways.

The new electronics and cell phone retail stores feature touch screens and a “live bar” of devices and services for shoppers to try before they buy.

This is the company’s third store in Pembroke Pines and the 12th in Broward County.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the store at 954-430-7052.

A new AT&T store in the Mall of the Americas in Miami will open on Feb. 11 from noon to 2 p.m.

Customers who visit the new 4,500-square-foor store will have the chance to win an opening day prize package complete with a pair of home opener Miami Marlins baseball tickets, a new Miami baseball jersey and cap, a $100 gas card and a $100 Visa gift card.

Power 96 FM will be broadcasting live from the store and giving away a baseball prize pack every 30 minutes over a two hour span. The prize pack includes two more tickets for the opening day Miami Marlins baseball game.
This is the 16th store in Miami-Dade County.

Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

AT&T currently has 16 company-owned stores in Miami-Dade County.

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Free bottle of 5 Hour Energy ($2.99 value)

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Try 5 Hour Energy for free. A bottle retails for $2.99.

The company is offering the free sample for a limited time so sign up quick if you want to try this energy booster in a bottle. Get them at drugstores and Target and Walmart.

Click here for the deal. The offer is for one per person. Samples should arrive in about 4 weeks.

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Get your federal taxes prepared for free at Walmart

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Get your federal taxes prepared for free using a 1040EZ form done for free by Jackson Hewitt at Walmart stores. For everyone else, we have a $25 off coupon through Facebook.

Visit a Jackson Hewitt tax specialist inside participating Walmart stores and get a 1040EZ form prepared and filed for free. The offer covers up to two W-2s for single or married taxpayers.

If you have a complicated return with deductions, you'll have to pay to have your taxes prepared by Jackson Hewitt. The company is offering a $25 off coupon on the Jackson Hewitt fan page on Facebook.

Click here for the deal and to find a store.

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January 30, 2012

Free Red Gold Tomatoes ($1.25 value)

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Get a coupon for a free can of Red Gold Tomatoes valued at $1.25 through Facebook.

Like Red Gold's fan page on Facebook and sign up to get the coupon sent via email.

South Florida commuters may have noticed Red Gold's 3-D billboard featuring gigantic tomatoes on I-95 south of the Commercial Boulevard exit. Red Gold products are carried at Publix markets.

Click here for the deal.

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Broward, Miami-Dade counties offer $500,000 in appliance rebates for 2012

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Broward and Miami-Dade County residents can get up to $250 in rebates on the purchase of qualified Energy Star home appliances in 2012. You must pre-register online to qualify for the money, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis through March.

Many appliance retailers can simplify and help walk you through the process.

Broward County's Energy Sense Appliance Rebate Program is offering $159,000 in rebates for 2012 to residents who upgrade to qualified energy-efficient refrigerators, freezers or washing machines.

Get up to $250 in rebates on refrigerators and up to $150 on clothes washers. Online purchases are not eligible for rebates.

How to get the rebate: Rebates will be available on a first-come, first–served basis for appliances purchased between Dec. 17 through March 16. Check online to see what funds are available before buying appliances. Then, mail an application to the county postmarked by March 16. Forms also are available in Spanish.

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

Miami-Dade County's Residential Appliance Rebate Program is offering $350,000 in rebates for 2012. Residents can get $200 back on refrigerators and $150 on washers. Forms also are available in Spanish.

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

In 2011, Broward County sent $180,000 in rebate checks to residents; Miami-Dade County mailed out more than $140,000 in checks.

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Watch free feature-length movies on YouTube

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Watch feature-length films for free on YouTube.com.

Some of the free flicks offered: "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" starring Will Ferrell and Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day" (see that before?) and family fare like "The Velveteen Rabbit."

There are loads of comedies, dramas, action adventures, sci-fi, mysteries and more.

Click here for the deal.

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January 29, 2012

Win free coffee for a year at Corner Bakery in Boca on Monday morning

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Early risers can get a year of free coffee at Corner Baker Cafe on Monday morning.

The first 100 in line at 6:30 a.m. Monday at Corner Bakery Cafe in Boca Raton will get a free mug and free daily coffee refills for a year to celebrate the restaurant's grand opening. For late risers, we have a way for you to get a free meal through Facebook, outlined below.

Also, check your Sunday Sun Sentinel and you might find coupons! Save $2 on breakfast, $3 off a lunch or dinner entree and $10 off a catering order of $75 at the new neighborhood eatery.

One awesome menu feature is 100under600. Get a hundreds meals that come in under 600 calories. Take the chain's "Turn the Corner" pledge on its fan page on Facebook and get a coupon mailed for a free corner combo.

Click here for the deal. The Facebook offer is for the first 10,000 to participate.

Corner Bakery is located at 2240 NW 19th Street near Town Center mall in Boca Raton. The chain plans on opening 14 more locations in South Florida.

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January 28, 2012

Time to redeem Old Navy Super Cash and get up to $30 off

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It's time to redeem that Old Navy Super Cash.

Starting in December, the retailer offered $10 in "Super Cash" for every $20 spent through Jan. 22.

Now, redeem it to get up to $30 deducted from what you buy through Feb. 8.

Click here for the deal and to read the fine print.

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Tablet, gift card giveaways at new AT&T, Forever 21 at Town Center in Boca

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The Town Center at Boca Raton is celebrating two new store openings on Saturday.

AT&T is the newest retailer to join the mall and Forever 21 will be expanding into a new location this week.

A grand opening celebration will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the new AT&T store. Pantech Element tablets will be given away every 20 minutes for two hours, food will be served and Deena Lang from the WRMF 97.9 radio stallion will be giving away additional prizes.

The new 3,000-square-foot AT&T electronic and cell phone store will feature touch screens and a “live bar” of devices and services for shoppers to try before they buy. This is AT&T’s third company-owned store in Boca Raton.

“The opening of the AT&T store is another example of our ability to provide our customers with an assortment of retail offerings,” said Brian Nelson, general manager of Town Center at Boca Raton in a news release. “Our shoppers will now have the ease, convenience and selection of AT &T service and products.”

Forever 21, a popular women’s clothing line known for its affordable wear and accessories, will be moving into a 19,000-square-foot location in the Cafes at Boca section in the mall. The Cafes at Boca is a newly renovated dining and shopping space for Town Center at Boca Raton shoppers.

The upgraded store will offer the retailer’s popular women clothing brands like Heritage 1981 and Love21, a specialty men's line, 21MEN, and a cosmetics line, Love & Beauty.

The clothing store also sells lingerie, shoes and accessories. The new store will also offer a Style Lounge, where shoppers can sign up for a private styling session with a Forever 21 stylist in the store.

“This expansion solidifies Town Center at Boca Raton’s reputation as Palm Beach County’s leading fashionable address,” Nelson said.

Forever 21 will host a grand opening celebration at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. The first 400 people in line will receive free $10, $20, $50 or $100 gift cards. One shopper will win a $210 gift card. Customers can enter to win a $125 outfit for men or women, hand selected by a company stylist on Saturday only.

All shoppers will receive 10 percent off when spending $40 or more on grand opening day purchases.

Photo by Mark Randall, Sun Sentinel.

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January 27, 2012

Last day to enter to win one of eight Sue Devitt Eye Defining Pencils valued at $20

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Enter for a chance to win one of eight Sue Devitt Eye Defining Pencils valued at $20 each in our Sentinel Deals Beauty Bonanza.

Like our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook and click the "Free Sue Devitt Eyeliner" tab. Then, enter your name and e-mail address so we'll know where to send this amazing eye pencil in Hvita, a dazzling silver shade.

Congratulations to Andrea Morganstein of Fort Lauderdale. She won the the Michelle Phan Lancôme Glamour Eyes Kit valued at $59.50.

Celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt's new Defining Eyeliner comes in silver, black and brown and glides on like a dream, letting you create a precise line. Sun Sentinel Pretty Good Ideas beauty testers said it had real staying power and was ultra waterproof. Plus, both liked its twist-up design. No fumbling with sharpeners.

Devitt is an Australian-born makeup artist who regularly scours the planet searching for exotic ingredients like marine and flower extracts, minerals, vitamins and nutrients to add to her skin-care and cosmetics lines. Devitt shares eye-care tips to help take years off your look.

Sue Devitt Beauty is available at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton, Impulse Beauty at Macy's and online at SueDevittBeauty.com.

CLICK HERE to enter to win a Sue Devitt Beauty Defining Eyeliner. Entry deadline is midnight, Friday, Jan. 27.

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New Walmart open in Pembroke Pines

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Pembroke Pines is the latest South Florida area to get a new Walmart, which opened it’s doors on Wednesday.

The store, located at 12800 Pines Blvd., opened on Jan. 25. Much like the new Walmart that opened on the same day in Palm Springs, the Pembroke Pines store has updated features that the company is implementing in other stores nationwide.

The pharmacy is now located next to the food shopping area, making it easier for customers to pick up prescriptions while shopping for groceries. The site-to-store pick up location and photo lab are also in one area near the front entrance.

“The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,” said Frank Sealy, the new Pembroke Pines store manager. “By grouping the products that our customers most often purchase, including health and beauty and pet supplies, we are making one-stop shopping even easier.”

Shelves are placed lower than before to help improve sight line for customers as they browse the aisles.

The Pembroke Pines Walmart brought 300 jobs to the area, according to the news release.

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Free Maroon 5 tunes for Android from Google Music

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Get two free Maroon 5 songs from Google Music in the Android Marketplace.

Score "How" and "Moves Like Jagger (Studio Recording From 'The Voice' Performance)" off the band's "Hands All Over" LP.

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January 26, 2012

Women making more shopping decisions, study shows

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Women are stepping up to hold more influence over the purchasing decisions they make for themselves and their family and friends’ purchases as well, according to a study conducted by Fleishman-Hillard International and Hearst Magazines.

According to the "Women, Power & Money" study, 54 percent of American women think they’re responsible for helping friends and family make smart buying decisions. Women said they also influence friends and family to buy or not to buy a certain product or service.

About 33 percent of women have recommended a product or service in the past six months, the study said. Only19 percent of women involved in the study said they recommended that a friend or family member should not buy a particular product or service.

When the study was first conducted in 2008, only 31 percent of women felt they really influenced those shopping decisions.

Nearly 86 percent of American women included in the study this year said that they are a smarter shopper now than ever before.

More women are exerting their shopping influence through social media as well. The number of brands a woman follows on Facebook has increased by 12 percent this year, the study shows.

About 65 percent of women are a friend or a fan of a company, compared to 52 percent for men on Facebook. Only 65 percent of men used Facebook in 2010, compared to the 73 percent of women on the social network.

The Women, Power & Money study explores the lives and lifestyles of American women and is set out to understand successful women and their habits. The study found that nearly all women consider themselves successful.

Photo by Carline Jean, South Florida SunSentinel

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Score pre-sale tickets to NBA All-Star Jams from American Express on Friday

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Score hot tickets to NBA All-Star Events in Orlando in an American Express advance ticket sale on Friday on Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the general public go on sale Tuesday.

Starting at 10 a.m., get your pick of tickets to Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 2012 NBA All-Star Jam Sessions at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Just pay with your American Express card.

A $23.05 ticket gets you wall-to-wall b-ball action. Fans can shoot, slam, dribble and drive all day, compete in skills challenges and get free autographs from NBA players past and present.

Tickets cost $23.05.

Click here for the deal. Tickets cost $23.05.

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Save $10 on $50 check at The Cheesecake Factory

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Get $10 back on a $50 purchase at The Cheesecake Factory through Foursquare.com and American Express.

To get the free money, securely link an eligible Amex card to your Foursquare account. Then, launch the social networking app on your smartphone, click the "Explore" and orange "Specials" buttons. Select The Cheesecake Factory special and check in when you dine. Use your synced Amex card to pay the check of $50 or more and you'll automatically get a $10 statement credit.

The special is unlocked each time you check in. You must sync your card BEFORE you dine to get the credit.

While on the subject of Foursquare, you can save and get freebies using the social networking app even if you don't have an Amex card. It pays to have an account. Local merchants, from restaurants to bars and department and specialty stores, offer treats and deals that are unlocked when you check in. There are offers at Neiman Marcus, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A and so many others. Try it and see!

Click here for the deal. The Cheesecake Factory offer expires on March 31.

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January 25, 2012

Starbucks expands beer and wine locations

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More Starbucks stores will offer beer and wine in hopes of attracting an evening crowd, according to a news release.

A handful of stores in the Atlanta and Southern California areas will serve adult beverages by the end of the year, Starbucks announced. These stores, along with several others in the Chicago area, are the first extensions of the coffee company’s “evening day-part concept” outside of it’s headquarters in Seattle.

Starbucks representatives were not able to comment on if or when South Florida stores will sell beer and wine.

Starbucks first introduced selling beer and wine in stores at a Seattle location in October 2010. Five stores in the Seattle area and one in Portland, Ore., now sell beer, wine and offer an extended evening meal menu. Last year, Starbucks announced that it plans to bring the beer and wine concept to up to seven stores in the Chicago area by the end of 2012.

Atlanta and Southern California are the newest additions to the list, and each area will offer beer and wine in four to six stores by the end of the year.

“As our customers transition from work to home, many are looking for a warm and inviting place to unwind and connect with the people they care about,” said Clarice Turner, senior vice president, U.S. Operations in a news release. “At select stores where it is relevant for the neighborhood, we are focused on creating an atmosphere where our customers can relax with a friend, a small bite to eat and a cup of coffee or glass of wine.”

Aside from beer and wine, the extended menu will include small plate food options like hot flat breads. The wine and beer list will reflect local customer tastes and will vary from store to store.

Reader’s poll: Do you think a Starbucks that sold beer and wine would do well in South Florida? Which Starbucks, in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade or Broward counties, do you think should be the first to sell beer and wine?

Leave a comment on this story to tell us what you think.

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Hess gas cards on the way out at Publix

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Wednesday was the last day to save $10 on gas cards at Publix and it might have been the last day to save on Hess fuel cards -- if you can find a store that has them in stock.

Publix stores will no longer be selling Hess fuel cards after current supplies are exhausted in its stores, according to a spokesperson.

"Hess no longer wishes to participate in the program," said Kimberly Reynolds, media relations manager for Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets, Inc. "For this reason, we'll be discontinuing Hess cards as soon as the stock in the warehouse is depleted. We're working with our supplier to contract other gas companies to expand our selection."

Shell and BP cards are plentiful and currently available in stores.

"We are committed to offering Hess customers great products and everyday value, and were pleased to be able to participate in the Publix gas card program in 2011," said Lorrie Heckler, director of communication at Hess Corporation. "For 2012, we're looking at new ways to deliver great value to customers. In the meantime, we encourage customers to visit HessExpress.com for coupons and information on deals and specials at Hess locations."

Some customers are disappointed in the selection of cards.

"I get mostly Hess cards because I find their gas to be cheaper than other stations," said Jean Hague-Stille, 54, of North Lauderdale. I guess I'll be buying BP now instead. I'm out of work right now, so $10 saved is $10 saved. I use coupons to save even more when I buy the gas cards."

Some stores are out of Hess cards, other still have them, so if you like Hess, call ahead to see if your favorite store has any in stock.

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Half off at Dairy Queen for Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday and Saturday

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There could be a Blizzard on Wednesday or even Saturday!

Of ice cream, of course. Dairy Queen is having Customer Appreciation Days on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 28.

Get half-off everything or select items at participating Central and South Florida locaitons; participation and deals vary by store, so click the link to see what each one has going and on what day.

Click here for the deal.

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Free 1-pound box of Fannie May Chocolates with purchase ($24.99 value)

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Fannie May Chocolates is offering a coupon code through Facebook for a free 1-pound box of assorted chocolates valued at $24.99 with any $20 purchase.

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so this is a well-timed deal!

Visit the fan page and click the "Exclusive Fan Offer" tab to get the code and redeem it at checkout at FannieMay.com.

Click here for the deal. The coupon code (18307) expires on June 1.

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January 24, 2012

Free box of Kleenex Tissues for you and a friend

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Send a free box of Kleenex Tissues to a friend or loved one and get one for yourself.

Tissues always come in handy, especially during cold and flu season and these colorful little boxes are adorable and are terrific for the car.

When you register, be sure to have both addresses handy if you're sending one. Kleenex has offered this freebie in the past; my mom loved the one I sent her.

Click here for the deal.

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January 23, 2012

New Walmart opening in Palm Beach

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Palm Beach residents are getting a new Walmart which opens this month.

A Walmart at 2765 10th Ave., in Palm Springs, will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana will join Walmart associates for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. outside the store.

The new Walmart has updated features that the company is implementing in other stores nationwide. For example, the pharmacy is now located next to the food shopping area, making it easier for customers to pick up prescriptions while shopping for groceries. The site-to-store pick up location and photo lab are also in one area near the front entrance.

“The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,” said Walmart store manager, Jim Kelege. “By grouping the products that our customers most often purchase, including health and beauty and pet supplies, we are making one-stop shopping even easier.”

The opening of the Palm Springs store will create 300 new jobs in Palm Beach County, according to a news release.

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Crepes restaurant expanding in South Florida

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BannaStrow's, a Miami-based crepes concept, is looking to expand in South Florida in a unique way.

The restaurant, which specializes in crepes of every kind, is looking to add 25 new locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties this year, said BannaStrow's CEO, Mauricio Acevedo.

The newest store opened inside the Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation last week.
Those interested in owning a franchise of the BannaStrow's name have options to choose from.

BannaStrow's can be a fast casual restaurant concept, a kiosk in a mall, an in-line quick service spot, a catering business or even a food truck.

“When we started this concept in 2002, we asked ourselves what does a successful food concept need to have,” Acevedo said. “It needs to be easy to operate.”

Out of the seven BannaStrow's locations open today, two are mall kiosks and five are in food court settings.

A location in Wellington on Forest Hill Boulevard opened this month and another is set to open in Tampa Bay.

Crepes are a French food concept, which look like a thin pancake and are made of wheat flour. Crepes are served with a variety of fillings, usually fruit.

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Buy one, get one at 50 percent off everything at New York & Company

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New York & Company is having a fab sale in stores and online: Buy one and get one for 50 percent off everything.

Add in coupon savings and give your wardrobe a nice winter boost. Get $25 off a $60 purchase or $50 off $120 purchase.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends Jan. 26.

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Free entree with purchase at Panda Express

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Panda Express celebrates the Chinese New Year with a coupon for a free entree of your choice (excludes shrimp) with purchase of any two-entree plate.

There also is a coupon for 10 percent off any purchase..

Click here for the deal. Both coupons expire on Feb. 14.

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January 22, 2012

Celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt shares eye-care tips

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I spy with my little eye...bags, dark circles and wrinkles.
Get rid of 'em and take years off your look in a wink with expert tips from celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt.

The same techniques and tricks she uses to get A-list clients like Eva Longoria and Sandra Bullock red-carpet ready will have you looking like a star, too.

Sue Devitt's Microquatic Luxury Skin Care and makeup collection contains powerful antioxidants to keep you looking your best.

The Australian native regularly scours the planet, searching for exotic ingredients like marine and flower extracts, minerals, vitamins and nutrients to add to her skin-care and cosmetics lines. Sue Devitt Beauty is available at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton, Impulse Beauty at Macy's and online at SueDevittBeauty.com.

If your eyes need some TLC, Devitt offers these tips:

Cleanse and prepare
"First, start with an anti-aging cleanser to hydrate and purify." Devitt says to look for an oil-free product that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which hydrates. Also look for soothing ingredients, such as aloe, sea heather, marine collagen and camomile extract. "Cleansing removes impurities, dirt and oil, and prepares the skin to accept an eye cream or whatever preparation you will be using."

Nourish and protect
"You really need to begin taking care of your eyes in your 20s. Prevention is the cure," Devitt says. If you've got lines and puffiness, you can use her latest product, the Microquatic Marine Crystal Collagen Eye Masque ($60). Apply these jellies under each eye for 10 to 20 minutes. "They increase the hydration level around the delicate eye area by 67 percent in 20 minutes. Wrinkles appear mainly because the skin is dehydrated. The swirls fight puffiness because of their cooling nature and algae extract." Testers were amazed how the swirls cooled and plumped up lines. "They decrease skin temperature by 10 percent in one minute." Next, use good eye cream every night before you go to bed. "I actually use my eye cream around my mouth and on my forehead, too. An eye cream is very powerful and concentrated, so you get the most active ingredients to the areas that need it most and show the signs of aging first." Her go-to product: Microquatic Marine Crystal Collagen Eye Concentrate ($110). It contains marine collagen, ceramides and hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and licorice root extract to fight redness.

Cover it up
Conceal dark circles by using a peach-toned under-eye concealer to counteract the blue and green in dark circles, such as the Bermuda Triangle Undereye Corrector ($22). "Apply over foundation and powder and blend with your fingertips. My celebrity clients call it the Magic Wand because it makes dark circles magically disappear." In the long term, Devitt suggests limiting caffeine, soda and cigarettes. "Those cause dark circles, along with lack of sleep."

Top it off
Finish the look by keeping eye makeup light. "Use an eye-defining pencil around the lash line to create emphasis around the eye. Then, add highlighter under the brow bone to draw attention away from the under-eye area. Select shadows that compliment your eye color. Add two or three coats of mascara. That opens the eye up." The objective is to create emphasis on eye color, not makeup. "Focus on your natural beauty. Your eye color and shape are your stars, not the makeup application. It just plays a supporting role."

Arch support
Don't forget brows. "They frame the face and finish the look. Be sure they are tweezed and shaped. Then, use a pencil with little feathering strokes to fill and elongate the brows. Comb into shape so they are natural-looking. Taper them outward toward the hairline for a sexy, professional finish."

Doreen Christensen can be reached at 954-356-4807 or dchristensen@tribune.com. Read her Shop-O-Matic shopping blog at SunSentinel.com/Shop.

Gift with purchase
With any $75 purchase of Sue Devitt products at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton, receive a full-sized Bioluminescence Concealer, lipstick, mini lip gloss, travel-size Oxygen Infusion Masque and Fortifying Primer, a $70 value.

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January 21, 2012

Free popcorn with 'Red Tails' ticket, concession purchase at AMC Theatres

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If you're seeing "Red Tails," about the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, get a free popcorn with a coupon at AMC Theatres with any concession purchase.

Buy a ticket to see the new George Lucas flick and get a free small popcorn when buy something at the concession stand. You can upgrade to a larger size popcorn, too, for a payment.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Sunday, Jan. 22.

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Free 10-day supply of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

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Get a free 10-day supply of Advanced Night Repair at Estee Lauder counters through Sunday, no purchase necessary.

Stop in to get your free deluxe sample of this miracle-working serum. EL's Advanced Night Repair has lots of science and cutting-edge technology behind it. The serum uses what the company calls "exclusive Chronolux Technology," and claims to sync your out-of-whack "clock genes," which are responsible for repairing damaged DNA skin cells. A 1 oz. bottle of the Night Repair is $52.

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

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Free lotion, lip gloss, foundation and Estee Lauder skincare at the mall

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If you're hitting the mall today, we've got freebies for beauty products!

First, get a free travel size Pink Chiffon lotion valued at $3.50. The coupon expires Sunday. We also have a coupon to save 20 percent on any purchase. It expires on Jan. 29. Don't forget, you an show these coupons on your phone, so you won't even need to print them out.

Stop in at any Estee Lauder counter and grab a free 10-day supply of Advanced Night Repair through Sunday. The offer is one per customer while supplies last.


Next, we have a coupon for a free Beauty Rush Lip Gloss when you make any purchase at Victoria's Secret. It's a $7 value and the coupon expires on Feb. 2

Get a free 10-day supply of Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Matte Foundation with a baby buki brush at Sephora Inside JC Penney. The offer is not valid only at JC Penney, not at regular stand-alone Sephora stores.


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January 20, 2012

3-D tomato vine billboard first in Florida

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Have you noticed the billboard wrapped in a bright green vine with dangling tomatoes on Interstate 95 in Fort Lauderdale?

By the end of the month, two large soup cans will be added to the vine and tomatoes.

Red Gold Inc., a Elmwood, Ind.-based company of tomato products, is introducing its first three dimensional billboard to the Florida market in Fort Lauderdale. The company’s canned tomato products are now being sold in Publix stores, said Greg Metzger, the director of marketing for Red Gold Inc.

“It’s definitely an attention grabber,” Metzger said. “We’re always looking for creative ways to break through the clutter and announce our brand.”

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This is the first 3-D tomato vine outdoor billboard Red Gold has run in Florida. There are no plans for more at this time. The billboard will be complete, with vines, tomatoes and soup cans, by Jan. 26.

Red Gold has run similar 3-D billboards in other states, mainly in the Midwest, Metzger said.

The billboard is west of the southbound lanes of I-95 in between the Oakland Park and Commercial boulevards exits.

Photos by Amy Beth Bennett, Sun Sentinel

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Coupon: $10 off a $40 purchase at Pier 1 Imports

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Get a coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase at Pier 1 Imports through Facebook.com.

Like Pier 1's fan page and then click the "Daily Dealy" tab to get your coupon. Pier 1 is offering one deal a day through Jan. 29. Be sure to print the coupon even if you aren't going to use it today; once the deal changes, it's gone!

Click here for Friday's deal. The coupon expires on Jan. 22.

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January 19, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tablets for $199 from CowBoom.com

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Firesale! Score a pre-owned Samsung Galaxy Tablets for $199.99 from CowBoom.com. New tablets usually sell for $429. The deals on tablets change as items sell out.

It's tough to beat these deals of the day on highly-rated Android and Sprint 3G tablets. The units have minor scratches and scuffs but are otherwise in good condition. Another offer is on an Archos 7 8GB Home Android 7-inch Tablet for $89.99. It lists for $269.99.

CowBoom is the scratch-and-dent outlet for Best Buy.

Click here for the deal. Shipping adds $5.

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Free Kindle book: "How to Unspoil Your Child Fast" ($14.99 value)

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Need Supernanny help?

If so, then download a free copy of "How to Unspoil Your Child Fast: A Speedy, Complete Guide to Contented Children and Happy Parents" for Kindle from Amazon. The book ususally costs $14.99.

The well-reviewed 248-page parenting guide "offers tips and strategies and easy action steps for reversing the effects almost immediately. Feel more confident, competent, and parent more consistently while instilling character and self-reliance in your children today."

Click here for the deal.


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Send a free Coke and fun greetings to Facebook friends

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Send a friend a fun, animated greeting along with a coupon for a free Coke through Facebook.

The Coca-Cola Ahh Giver application lets you send one of two personalized messages along with a 99-cent coupon good on a 14- 16- or 20-ounce bottle of soda.

Pick from the "Polar-Pick-Me-Up," with tidings from the virtual bear or choose an imaginative greeting from the inventor of Coke with "Dr. John Pemberton's Woe Remedies." That message offers to cheer a pal on everything from cell-phone problems to love troubles.

After you send the animated greeting the option to print the coupon appears at the end.

Click here for the deal.

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January 18, 2012

How to use Wikipedia during the SOPA blackout

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If you absolutely need to search Wikipedia during the SOPA blackout, visit the simple version of free encyclopedia at Simple.Wikipedia.org or by using its mobile site at en.wikipedia.org on your mobile device.

Other ideas are listed at Mashable.com.

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Publix upgrading and expanding all deli sections

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South Florida Publix deli sections are getting a face lift.

Publix stores will be expanding specialty cheese sections to offer more gourmet snack options with helpful signs and meal tip displays.

New signs will call attention to specially priced items, new products and also offer helpful information on pairing wine and cheese, said Kimberly Reynolds, Publix spokeswoman.

New products being sold include olive oil, crackers and gourmet cookies, which will be stocked in wood grain cabinets near the expanded selection of specialty cheeses.

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“The changes are designed to enhance our deli customers' shopping experiences through new products and an improved shopping environment,” Reynolds said. “Customers will appreciate the look, simple navigation and amount of product we will be able to provide.”

The Lakeland-based grocer hopes to update all deli sections by 2013, Reynolds said. About 35 South Florida Publix stores, including the Harbor Shops Publix on Cordova Road near 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale, already have updated delis.

The section has been popular among South Florida shoppers already, said Harbor Shops Publix employees.

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“Each store is getting a makeover to some extent,” Reynolds said. “Several stores each week are starting to make the changes.”

The company debuted its specialty cheese line about a year ago.

Publix isn’t the first grocer to add a specialty cheese section. Upscale markets like The Fresh Market and Whole Foods have specialty cheese areas inside stores. Some upgraded Winn-Dixie stores also have gourmet cheese shops.

Photo top of unidentified shopper. Photos by Justine Griffin, Sun Sentinel.

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Coupon: 20 percent off entire check at Denny's

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Denny's is offering a coupon for 20 percent off your entire check with entree purchase.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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Free Physicians Formula products (4) with rebates ($14.95 value)

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Physicians Formula is offering to let you try one of four products valued at up to $14.95 for free with a rebate.

Pick from four Physicians Formula products: Eye Booster Lash Boosting Felt-Tip Eyeliner Marker + Serum ($10.95); Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Foundation ($14.95); Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Concealer ($12.95) or Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara ($9.95).

Purchase your choise of product labeled with the "Try Me Free," sticker, which will need to be mailed with the completed rebate form and receipt by the dates specified.

Physicians Formula is a high-quality, affordable line that has received high marks from our Pretty Good Idea beauty testers. Find the Physicians Formula line at Target, Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Albertson's and Ulta stores.

Click here for the deal. The offers expire on Dec. 31 with the exception of the mascara rebate, which expires on Oct. 31.

Another freebie: Also, get a free Beauty Rush Lip Gloss with any purchase at Victoria's Secret through Feb. 2.

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January 17, 2012

Miami's The Webster to be sold in The Shops at Target

Target is partnering with boutique designer shop owners, including The Webster in Miami, to sell affordable, limited edition collections to everyday shoppers.

The first flight of The Shops at Target, which features five different collections, will make it’s debut on May 6 at all Target stores across the country and on Target’s website.

“One of the reasons our guests love shopping at Target is our design partnerships. They create excitement and leave even the most loyal Target shoppers wondering what we’ll do next,” said Brian Robinson, director of fashion and design partnerships at Target in a news release. “With The Shops at Target, we’re building on that sense of discovery by offering our guests a chance to experience one-of-a-kind specialty stores and boutiques through collections that have been specifically tailored to their wants and needs.”

The shops included in the program are The Candy Store, Cos Bar, Polka Dog Bakery, Privet House and Miami’s own The Webster.

The Webster is a high-end clothing, shoes, accessory and home furnishings boutique for men and women with a shop at 1220 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Prices range $100 to several thousand for women's dresses and shoes.

Prices for the designer lines at Target will range from $1 to $159, depending on the item. There will be more than 400 clothing, accessory, pet product and more products offered through The Shops at Target.

Target introduced its first design partnership in 1999 with architect Michael Graves. In 2006, Target partnered with GO International, bringing affordable fashion options from runway designers to Target stores. In 2010, Target worked with Liberty of London to create its first limited-edition designer collection which spans over multiple departments.
Today, the retailer has worked with more than 80 design partners.

Target’s design partnership is similar to other retailers that offer private designer lines and brands. Kohl’s offers a Vera Wang line, Princess Vera Wang, exclusively inside stores. Macy’s offers Madonna’s private label and JC Penney works exclusively with Liz Claiborne.

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12 chocolate-dipped strawberries for $10 from Edible Arrangements (was $25)

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Edible Arrangements is offering a box of 12 pieces of gourmet chocolate-dipped fruit for $10 through Jan. 22. The box usually sells for $25.

Here's how to get it: Call or order online and stop by the store to pick up your order. There's no limit to the number of boxes you can order. Fruit selection will vary and orders must be picked up no later than Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Click here for the deal. The offers ends Sunday, Jan. 22. There are locations all over Central and South Florida.

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January 16, 2012

Zappos hacked: 24 million customers affected

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Zappos customers got a rude awakening Sunday.

Emails sent to customers and employees by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh warned that personal information may be in the hands of hackers who were able to gain access to the company’s internal network.

The online shoe retailer’s database that stores customer’s credit card and other payment data was not affected or accessed, security emails stated. However, customers’ names, e-mail addresses, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, the last four digits of credit card numbers and the cryptographically scrambled passwords, (although not the actual password) may have been tapped into.

To protect customers, Zappos expired and reset passwords to all online accounts. Current customers will be prompted to create new passwords when they access their online accounts.

“The most important focus for us right now is the safety and security of our customers' information,” Hsieh said in an email sent to employees. “We will begin the process of notifying the 24-plus million customer accounts in our database about the incident and help step them through the process of choosing a new password for their accounts.”

The company recommends that customers change their passwords on any other webite where that same or a similar phrase is used, the email said. Zappos.com never asks customers for personal or account information in an e-mail, so customers should be cautious if they receive an e-mail or phone call that asks for personal information.

Zappos has temporarily turned off all phones and are directing customers to contact support teams through email due to the large volume of inquiries expected. “If 5 percent of our customers call, that would be over one million phone calls, most of which would not even make it into our phone system in the first place,” the email said.

“We've spent over 12 years building our reputation, brand, and trust with our customers. It's painful to see us take so many steps back due to a single incident. I suppose the one saving grace is that the database that stores our customers' critical credit card and other payment data was not affected or accessed,” Hsieh said in an email.


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Coupon: $10 off $25 purchase at Bealls

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Bealls is offering a $10 off $25 purchase coupon good on regular, sale and clearance items.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Monday, Jan. 16.

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Enter to win 'Jersey Boys' tickets and more in Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk trivia contest

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Answer fun trivia questions and win prizes in the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District’s “Cultural Cheer Trivia Week” contest on Facebook beginning Monday.

Like the Riverwalk A&E District’s fan page at Facebook.com/RiverWalkAE to correctly answer the day's trivia and enter to win the prizes. The questions aren't tough.

Prizes include two free ticket to see "Jersey Boys" at the Broward Center, free admission to see "Offering of the Angels: Old Master Paintings and Tapestries" at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and a spooky ghost tour at the Stranahan House, among other fun things to do around town.

Monday: Four admissions to the Fort Lauderdale History Center with a photograph of historic old Fort Lauderdale.

Tuesday: Four admissions to "Offering of the Angels: Old Master Paintings and Tapestries" from the Uffizi Gallery, on view at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. You also get a special exhibition catalog. "Angels" features tapestries and paintings by masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Wednesday: Two tickets to "Jersey Boys," at Broward Center for the Performing Arts and two drink tickets.

Thursday: Four tickets to the Stranahan House Ghost Tour, an hour-long spooky adventure, including a visit inside the historic house and a “ghostly” boat ride on the New River, plus a $25 gift certificate to the Stranahan House Museum gift shop.

Friday: Two tickets to Florida Grand Opera’s "Romeo and Juliet" on May 12 with two drink tickets.

Click here for the deal starting Monday.

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Free Best Buy, AMC Theatre, Gap gift cards from Musselman's Apple Sauce

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Get up to seven free gift cards good at Best Buy, AMC Theatres, Staples and Dunkin' Donuts, and other retailers and restaurants from Musselman's Apple Sauce.

Save UPCs from the Musselman's products, fill out a form and mail them to get the freebies.

Here's the lineup of what you can get:

5 UPCs gets a free exercise ball or coupon book;
10 UPCs gets you a Musselman's T-shirt;
12 UPCs gets a $5 Best Buy gift card;
20 UPCs gets choice of $10 Darden gift card (good at Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Seasons 52 Restaurants); $10 Options gift card (good at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic), $10 Staples, Pizza Hut or Dunkin Donuts gift cards;
40 UPCs gets you a $25 AMC Theatres gift card.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on March 31.

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January 15, 2012

Video: 'What Not to Wear's' Ted Gibson gives South Florida grandma a sexy, new look






















Ginny Kallin, of Oakland Park, won a free Ted Gibson hair makeover in our Sun Sentinel Shop-O-Matic contest at Facebook.com/SentinelDeals.

Kallin and her husband, Ken, met Gibson on a recent Sunday at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale where the TLC "What Not to Wear" hair-do guru was putting the finishing touches on his new salon, scheduled to open on Jan. 19. Gibson gets an astonishing $950 for his services!

Click here read all about it.


Credit: Video by Sun Sentinel videographer and editor Joe Cavaretta.

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January 14, 2012

Free tours of Cold War Nike Missile Base at Everglades National Park

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Since the weather’s going to be a bit chilly, it’s appropriate to learn more about South Florida’s fascinating Cold War history with a free tour of the HM 69 Nike Missile Base inside Everglades National Park.

The park service is waiving fees at more than 100 U.S. parks Saturday through Monday in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Entry fees are usually $10.

Explore the some of the 22 buildings and structures of the A Battery site which is located 160 miles from Cuba. It was one of four built in Florida, where the U.S. Army defended against the tense Cuban Missile Crisis during the 1960s. The 1.5 hour, ranger-led expeditions through this well-preserved relic start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The three other Nike Hercules missile sites were operated in Key Largo Hammocks State Park; C Battery in Miramar and D Battery, which is now the Krome Detention Center, according to the NPS.org site.

Other fun things to do in the 1.5-million-acre park include taking a bike or tram tour through Shark Valley or strolling down the Anhinga Trail. Both are teaming with gators and millions of migratory birds.

Click here the list of Royal Palm ranger-led tours.

Other parks you can visit for free on the Florida list: Dry Tortugas National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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January 13, 2012

Corner Bakery to open first of 15 locations in Boca

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Boca Raton residents will be the first to try Corner Bakery, a café concept coming to South Florida later this month.

Corner Bakery will open it’s first Florida location near the Town Center at Boca Raton, at 2240 NW 19th St., on Jan. 30. This the first of 15 planned restaurants Corner Bakery will open in Florida over the next five years.

The café is a fast casual concept eatery that offers made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Most locations offer free Wi-Fi.

The company plans to open bakery locations near The Falls shopping center Miami, in Pembroke Pines by the Cobblestone shopping center and near the Palms at Town and Country shopping area in Kendall this year.

“Malls are higher traffic area where people can stop on their way to work for breakfast,” said Joe DiGangi, area director for Corner Bakery.

Corner Bakery has 120 locations around the country, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Washington D.C.

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Free good luck on Friday the 13th with 'Superstitions' app

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It's Friday the13th, so to ward off bad luck, download the free "Superstitions" app for iOS.

The silly and fun applications lets you read superstitions to your heart's content with the press of a button. The app's helpful stream will get you safely through today: If you see a sailor, touch his collar to bring good luck. Ensure more good tidings and carry a rabbit's foot or pop an acorn in your pocket. Never sing before breakfast and don't kill any sea gulls.

Should you happen to break a mirror today, ward off seven years bad luck by burying the pieces. Maybe you'll find a four-leaf clover while you're digging.

Click here for the deal.

Trivia: Any month starting on a Sunday will have Friday the 13th. Prepare now for April and July.

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January 12, 2012

The Fresh Market in Fort Lauderdale opens Feb. 1

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The first The Fresh Market grocery store in Fort Lauderdale will open Feb. 1, according to a news release.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 and grand opening festivities will last throughout the day. Chef demonstrations, food sampling and drawings for Fresh Market gift cards will take place throughout the store at 424 North Federal Highway, in between Sunrise and Broward boulevards.

The first 1,000 customers at the grand opening will receive a reusable The Fresh Market shopping bag and sample bag of The Fresh Market’s gourmet coffee.

“We are excited to open our store in Fort Lauderdale and to further expand our reach in Florida,” said Craig Carlock, the company’s president and chief executive officer.

The 22,800-square-foot building is the 28th The Fresh Market store in Florida. There are The Fresh Market grocery stores in Aventura, Boca Raton, Coconut Grove, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines and Miami.

The Fresh Market includes a bakery that produces 30 baked breads and 14 different pie varieties daily, a full service meat counter, selections of ready-to-serve entrees, more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses and it’s own organic food brands section.

For The Fresh Market deals, alerts and recipes, customers can sign up for the company’s weekly e-mail newsletter at the Fresh Market website.


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Free coffee tasting with free gift at Starbucks through Saturday

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Try three new premium coffee blends at Starbucks' free tasting event at stores through Saturday. After you taste "vote for the roast you love move, you'll get a little something as a thank you," according to Starbucks.com.

The coffee house chain lightens up, introducing Blonde Roast, in mellow Veranda and Willow Blends. There is a decaf option, too. They join the chain's medium-bodied Pike Place Roast and the full-bodied dark Italian Roast. Sample each one and then vote for your favorite on Facebook.com.

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January 11, 2012

New stores opening in Sawgrass Mills

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Sawgrass Mills is home to four new retail stores, including the largest LEGO store in South Florida.

The first Misaki Outlet in the U.S., Swarovski Crystal, Eyebrow Designer 21 and the LEGO Store, are the newest additions to join the 350 other retailers at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, the largest outlet shopping center in the U.S.

“Our unique and growing retail mix continues to draw shoppers from around the world looking to take advantage of Sawgrass Mills’ more stores, more brands, more savings and more fun,” said Luanne Lenberg, Vice President & General Manager of Sawgrass Mills.

The LEGO Store, located near the Nike Factory Store in the mall, offers a wide selection of the educational building kits. Families can enjoy friendly play areas inside the store.

Misaki Outlet, a brand name jewelry line known for pearl designs, is opening it’s first U.S. location inside Sawgrass Mills. The jewelry retailer based in Monte Carlo, sells it’s product line in department stores throughout the world. The new store is now open near the Burlington Coat Factory.

Swarovski Crystal, a leading manufacturer of cut crystal, is open near the Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store inside the mall. The store will sell the brand’s crystal jewelry, watches, accessories, giftware and home decor pieces.

Eyebrow Designer 21, an upscale boutique specializing in eyebrow threading, is now open in the mall near Marshalls. Trained designers offer quick eyebrow sculpting using a piece of thread instead of wax or tweezers.

These are the first retailers to open in Sawgrass Mills this year. In 2011, the mall brought in the Betsey Johnson Outlet, Applemint, G by Guess, Crocs, Bijoux Terner, Express, Tory Burch and Coach Men’s Factory.

For information about Sawgrass Mills or a complete list of retailers, visit the Sawgrass Mills website..

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Last day to enter to win a Lancôme Glamour Eyes by Michelle Phan


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Enter for a chance to win a Lancôme Glamour Eyes set created by Lancôme's video makeup artist and YouTube star Michelle Phan.

Like our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook and click the "Free Lancôme Set" tab. Then, enter your name and e-mail address so we'll know where to send this fabulous three-piece kit if you win.

Phan, best known for her terrific how-to beauty videos on YouTube, was at Sephora at Aventura Mall promoting the new, limited-edition Lancôme Glamour Eyes set that she created exclusively for the beauty chain. Stop in to test it out.

The kit, $59.50, has a drop-dead gorgeous Color Design Eye-Brightening All in-One 5 Shadow and Liner Palette, a Hypnose Drama Mascara in Excessive Black and an Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir. Hello sexy eyes!

Our Sun Sentinel beauty tester adored the shadows and said they glide on like silk (we've head this before about Lancôme eye shadows). But she really went nuts over the saturated color in the royal purple and super-sparkly silver. The mascara got raves, too. You can test out the kit for free at the event on Saturday as makeup artist will give you hot, smoldering eyes for Saturday night out on the town!

CLICK HERE to enter to win the Glamour Eyes kit. Entry deadline is midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 11.

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Sears Holdings to lay off 81 employees in West Palm Beach

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More than 80 West Palm Beach Sears Essentials employees were given notice on Monday that layoffs will come as early as April, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The closing of Sears Essentials at 4560 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach will leave 81 employees without jobs on April 12, said a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification on the FDEO website.

A Sears Holdings Corp. spokeswoman said liquidation sales would begin in February for a Kmart in Pompano Beach and the West Palm Beach Sears Essential store that are among dozens of locations set to close after Sears reported a slump in 2010 holiday sales

The company announced 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.

Sears Holdings Corporation released an initial list of 79 stores scheduled to close in December. More closings are expected to be announced.

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 Mall, Coral Square Mall and Town Center in Boca Raton.

It is unclear how many Kmart employees at 2421 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach will be lose their jobs. The actual closing dates of the stores has not been announced.

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Spin Groupon 'Clicky' wheel to win up to $100 in credits

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Groupon is playing games on Facebook.

The Chicago-based daily deal site has introduced a new spin-to-win game called Clicky the Clickable Value-Wheel. Registered users can connect to the new promotion through a Facebook game application and then spin to score $5, $10, $50 or $100 discounts on special "Game Bank Deals" offered to winners. The codes must be redeemed within 24 hours and you can only hold one win at a time.

Groupon account holders get to spin once a day. If you "like" the game on Facebook, you'll earn five additional bonus spins.

The odds favor Groupon. Your chances of winning $100 is one in 100,000; $50 is 1 in 10,000; $10 is 1 in 100; $5 is 1 in 20.

"We want to let users know that the chances of winning are slim, but not impossible," says a post on the Groupon blog. "As with many online computer games, the win ratio was determined to ensure that the lifetime value of the new customers attracted to Groupon by Clicky, the Clickable Value-Wheel will be greater than the total cost of the program, thus making the program a practical and sustainable investment for Groupon."

Before you jump in with both feet on Facebook, read the rules and terms of the game.

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Score a Tim Tebow 'Tebowing' Fathead for $57

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Here's a divine deal: Score a gigantic Tim Tebow Fathead wall graphic for $56.80. It usually sells for $99.

The 4'5"-by-4'8" high peal-and-stick wall decoration shows the Denver Broncos quarterback Tebowing on the sidelines. You've probably heard about Tebowing at least 316 times his week.

Click here for the deal. The offer won't last long.

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$10 rebate from Neutrogena skin care

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Get a $10 rebate from Neutrogena when you purchase $30 in eligible facial moisturizers, cleansing products or treatments. Purchases must be made by Feb. 8

Buy the eligible products, fill out the rebate form, include the original sales receipt with the purchase prices circled and mail by March 8. Be sure to follow the directions exactly on the rebate form to get your money back in six to eight weeks.

There is a long list of eligible products. The offer excludes Neutrogena Clinical, Neutrogena Men, cosmetics, Neutrogena Naturals and Neutrogena Acne products.

Click here for the deal. Click here to get coupons so you can save even more.

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January 10, 2012

New salad concept coming to Town Center at Boca Raton

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A new fresh and healthy restaurant option is coming to Boca Raton.

Tossed, a salad, wraps and sandwich restaurant, will open inside the Town Center at Boca Raton Tuesday.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. with Tossed executives and members of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

The restaurant offers made-to-order salads with more than 50 topping choices, pressed paninis, wraps and crepes. Tossed’s menu includes gluten-free options.

Tossed is a nationwide franchise chain headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. This is the first South Florida location, although there are other Tossed restaurants in Boston, New York City, Houston, Morrisville, N.C., and Vancouver, B.C. in Canada.

“South Florida is renowned across America for its commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. Tossed is a perfect fit for local tastes,” said Boca Raton franchisee, Tom Valeo.

The restaurant is located inside the Cafes at Boca inside the mall.

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New IKEA Family rewards program offers merchandise discounts, freebies

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Get discounts on merchandise, free coffee and tea and other benefits with a new IKEA Famiy reward card.

Sign up for free for the Swedish retailer's new customer loyalty program. Then, swipe your card for automatic discounts at the register on select home goods and furnishings and get free coffee or tea at the restaurant. Other membership benefits include an extra 30 minutes for kids in the Småland play area, a chance to win a monthly $100 gift card and access to a personal web portal filled with shopping lists and other features.

Some of the January discounts being offered to members include a Nasum storage basket for $12.99, regularly $14.99, a $20 discount on Expedit shelving units in three colors and a $60 discount on Ektorp sofas. The discounts offered will change monthly and vary from store to store.

Scan the membership card at the in-store kiosks or at checkout. The reward card cannot be used for online purchases at this time.

Click here to sign up. The program is offered in stores in Sunrise and Orlando.

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January 9, 2012

Robb & Stucky revival begins in Fort Myers

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Robb & Stucky is making a come back.

The longstanding upscale home furnishings line will open a new 60,000-square-foot design studio and showroom in Fort Myers on Jan. 12. Although no new studios are set to open in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties just yet, the revival of the brand is good news to loyal Robb & Stucky customers.

“This is a new beginning for a great retail brand,” said Steven Lush, President of Robb & Stucky International in a news release. “We are reinventing Robb & Stucky with a great team and smart strategies that are relevant for today’s consumers.”

The brand has been focusing on restoring the Robb & Stucky name since it was acquired by Chinese manufacturer, Samuel Kuo, founder and CEO of Samson Holding and owner of Universal Furniture, in March.

The new Fort Myers store is the first to open since the sale of the company last year. The new store will offer interior design assistance for customers, which the brand hopes to bring to all new stores in the future.

The company has been selling furniture in South Florida for nearly 100 years, according to a news release. The retail chain had more than 750 employees and operated 20 stores in four states, most in Florida. In South Florida, Robb & Stucky has two showrooms at Mizner Park in Boca Raton and in Palm Beach Gardens.

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Free coffee at RaceTrac daily through Saturday

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RaceTrac is giving away free coffee through Saturday.

Stop in any RaceTrac gasoline convenience store, make a purchase (gas counts!) and you'll get a coupon for free hot coffee, redeemable on your next visit.

The freebies are being offered to promote the chain's lineup of six new blends: Regular, Dark Roast, Decaf, Extra Caffeinated, 100 percent Colombian and Hazelnut. You can jazz up your java by adding a variety of free flavorings, from creamers to syrups to cinnamon and chocolate toppings.

Also, for a limited time, purchase the RaceTrac 2012 calendar for $4.99. It's packed with 12-months of money-saving coupons valued at $42.

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

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Free Hill's Science Diet dog food with rebate ($12.99 value)

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Let your best friend try Hill's Science Diet Ideal Balance dry pet food for free with a rebate valued at $12.99.

The new premium dog food comes in three formulas for adult dogs and puppies and contains chicken, fruits and veggies and has no fillers or artificial colorings.

Purchase the bag of food by March 31, fill out the rebate form and enclose the dated sales receipt with the UPC from the package and mail by April 30. Follow the directions exactly and you'll get your money back in six to eight weeks.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on March. 31. One rebate per household.

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January 8, 2012

$5 Target gift card with purchase of 10 Lean Cuisine or Smart Ones entrees

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Purchase 10 Lean Cuisine or Smart Ones frozen entrees at Target and a get a free $5 Target gift card. Thi deal will help you stick to the healthy diet resolution you made a week ago!

The offer is only for certain Market Entrees on sale for $2 each, while supplies last. The Lean Cuisine deal is listed on Page 3 of th online flyer, not in the newspaper insert which lists the Weight Warcher's Smart Ones. They're on sale for $1.89 an entree.

Also, Lean Cuisine is offering a free insulated lunch tote when you collect codes listed inside speicially marked packages of the convenient frozen entrees.

Click here for the deal. The sale ends Saturday.

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January 7, 2012

Winner of VIP hair consultation with celeb stylist Ted Gibson

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UPDATE: We have a winner!!!!

I'm delighted to announce that Shop-O-Matic reader Ginny Kallin has won the free, private, VIP hair consultation with celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson at his new Fort Lauderdale salon at noon on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Stay tuned to see more on this exciting promotion!


To enter, like our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook.com, click the "Ted Gibson Time" tab and enter your name and e-mail address for a chance to win time in the chair with the celeb hair master who regularly styles Angelina Jolie, "Twilight" star Ashley Greene and other Hollywood beauties.

Gibson, who charges an astonishing $950 for a hair makeover session, is in South Florida on Saturday and Sunday, doing VIP appointments (there are one or two slots left!) and interviewing potential staff ahead of the Jan. 17 opening of Ted Gibson Salon at the swank W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

The TLC hair guru has kindly offered to do a private hair consultation with one lucky Shop-O-Matic reader for a Sun Sentinel video to be featured in print and online at SunSentinel.com. Expect similar discussions to wat you see on the fashion reality show "What Not to Wear," which features Stacy, Clinton, Carmindy and Gibson giving fashion and beauty makeovers to women who need serious styling interventions.

Click here to enter. Entry deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Good luck!

Also, if you want to book an appointment or apply at the salon, call Gibson's New York salon 212-633-6333 or go to TedGibsonBeauty.com.

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January 6, 2012

Free pizzas every 46 seconds from Papa John's through Feb. 4

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Papa John's is giving away more than 15,000 free pizzas every 46 seconds leading up to the Super Bowl.

Enter to win the free pizzas from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 4.

Click here for the deal.

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January 5, 2012

Get free meals and treats on your birthday

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Happy birthday to you!

It's not your birthday, you say? But we have gifts for you anyway!

Sign up to get free meals and other yummy treats to celebrate your trip around the sun. Sign up with a valid email address and be truthful about your birthday. A valid ID is required to get the goods.

We've found some great deals so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and a few treats on your special day.

BREAKFAST: Get a free breakfast valued at $7.99 at IHOP when you join the chain's Pancake Revolution e-mail club. You'll get two additional free meals on your birthday and on the anniversary of when you sign up.

Get a free Grand Slam Beakfast when you join Denny's Rewards at Denny.com.

LUNCH: Get a free burrito on your birthday from Moe's Southwest Grill. Plus, you'll get a coupon for free queso when you sign up at Moes.com.

Sign up at Hooter's and get 10 free hot wings on the house to celebrate your birthday.

DINNER: Get a free birthday dinner from the award-winning Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach. Add your spouces' birthday and an annniversary date and you'll eat for free three times times year. .

Get a free $30 dining certificate when you join the Chef's Table at Benihana. There are many Florida locations. Click here to join for those 13 and older.

Get a free dinner from Bio Tuscan Grill with locations in Hallandale, Pembroke Pines, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Orlando when you become a member of the Italian china's "Posta Roscano. Plus, get a complimentary Bruschetta Quattro as soon as you sign up.

DESSERT: Get a free dessert from T.G.I. Friday’s Give Me More Stripes club.

SNACKS AND TREATS: Sign up to become a V.I.P. (Very Important Pretzel Lover) at Auntie Anne's and get a coupon for buy one, get one free pretzels.

Join Baskin-Robbin's birthday club and get a free scoop on your birthday.

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January 4, 2012

Free shipping from Staples.com through January

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Office supply retailer, Staples, wants to help small businesses start off the new year the right way.

So, Staples will be offering free shipping on any size order from Staples.com Jan. 1 through Jan. 28, according to a news release.

Orders placed any time after Jan. 1 and before Jan. 28 apply. No minimum purchase is required.

Staples sells an assortment of office supply products, like ink and toner, copy and print supplies, computer technology and cleaning supplies.

“Small businesses are critical to our economy and Staples is committed to helping them succeed,” said Steve Bussberg, Senior Vice President of Staples.com in a news release. “We’re doing our part by offering free shipping in January, to help small businesses get a great start in the New Year.”

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January 3, 2012

Free 20 4X6 photo prints from Target

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Target is offering a coupon for $2 off the purchase of 20 4X6 photo prints and since they're on sale this week for 10 for a $1, you'll get them for free.

The offer makes it a great time to upload those holiday shots and get them printed up for free.

Target's also offering coupons for $5 off photo books, calendars and photo DVDs as well as a free 8X10 portrait in the studio.

Click here for the deal. The 10 for $1 sale ends on Saturday.

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Free Italian recipes from Olive Garden's Institute of Tuscany

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Get free, authentic Italian recipes from the Olive Garden's Culinary Institute of Tuscany in Italy.

The popular restaurant chain offers scores of free recipes for drinks, appetizers, pizzas, sauces, main courses, side dishes, desserts. The recipes are used at the institute which is nestled in an 11th century Tuscan village where 1,200 of the chain's chefs and managers have been trained.

In addition to the recipes, follow along as Olive Garden's chef Paolo prepares the dishes in helpful videos, too. We're intrigued by the Baked Stuffed Artichokes with Foccacia, right.

Click here for the deal. Buon appetito!

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January 2, 2012

Free fashionable lunch tote from Lean Cuisine

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Lean Cuisine is offering a free insulated lunch tote when you collect codes listed inside speicially marked packages of the convenient frozen entrees.

Register for Delicious Rewards and collect 25 codes listed inside the lids, enter them online and you'll get a cute, fashionable little lunch tote for free. Choose from three styles. Also, visit the Lean Cuisine fan page on Facebook and get a free code to get started.

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

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Free tracks from new Mary J. Blige album

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American Express is offering free downloads of three live tracks from Mary J. Blige's new album "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)" on Facebook.

Download live versions of "25/8," "My Life" and "You Bring Me Joy" from the recent American Express show Unstaged Live from Los Angeles when you like the American Express fan page on Facebook. Click the "Amex Entertainment" tab to go to the download page where you enter amexunstaged (all lowercase) to get the free songs.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Jan. 22.

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January 1, 2012

Free 7-day pass to 24-Hour Fitness

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If your New Year's resolution includes getting more fit in 2012, then this deal's for you. 24 Hour Fitness is offering a free 7-day pass to try out its health clubs.

The pass gives you one-week access to free group exercise classes along with access to any club to workout. No appointment is necessary.

Click here for the deal. There are locations throughout Central and South Florida.

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Free calorie counting, fitness apps for Apple and Android

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If you're thinking about starting that diet and getting fit on Jan. 1, we have a couple of free iOS and Android apps that can help:

"Food Fight! Nutrition Comparison" for iOS is free. It normally costs $1.99. The app lets you compare nutrition on 100,000 products to see how they stack up on calories, carbs, fats, protein and cholesterol to help you make better dietary choices.

"My Fitness Pal" for Android is a free, top-rated calorie counter and has the largest food database of any Android app with more than a million foods.

"Fast Food Calories" also is free. It offers calories and nutritional info on fast food meals, from McDonald's to Chick-fil-A to Starbucks.

"Heart Fitness" for iOS and Android, free, uses the camera in your phone to measure your heart rate.

The trick to losing weight and getting in shape is to move your mouth less and move your feet more!

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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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