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February 28, 2012

Navarro Discount Pharmacy opens first store in Broward

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Navarro Discount Pharmacy will open its first Broward County store in Pembroke Pines next week.

The new 16,000-square-foot store is located at 15825 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines. The store will open Thursday, March 8 at 8 a.m.

“This is an area in West Broward where Navarro hopes to target Puerto Rican and Venezuelan Hispanics living in the area,” said Jeanne Becker, spokeswoman with Becker Public Relations.

The South Florida-based pharmacy brand has 30 locations in Miami-Dade County. The pharmacy will offer it’s own private label brand called Vida Mia inside the Pembroke Pines store.

Each store sells pharmacy supplies, personal care and household products, limited grocery selections, some electronics and has a fragrance counter. Navarro Discount Pharmacy stores also offer photo processing services and sell cell phones from a select few major service providers.

Navarro Discount Pharmacy holds a 17 percent market share in South Florida with reported annual sales near $320 million, according to a press release.

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Free pancakes at IHOP for National Pancake Day on Tuesday

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You'll flip for this freebie! Get free pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday in honor of National Pancake Day.

Stop in from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to get your free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. The restaurant chain is giving away the free flapjacks to encourage you to donate to the Children's Miracle Network, which, in Central and South Florida, will benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Miami Children's Hospital.

This year, IHOP is hoping to raise $2.7 million. The program has raised more than $8 million since 2006, according to IHOP.

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February 27, 2012

Ulysse Nardin opens second U.S. store in Aventura

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Ulysse Nardin, a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer, opened its second store in the United States inside the Aventura Mall earlier this month.

The 775-square-foot boutique sells more than 100 types of the brand’s timepieces, including three limited edition models sold only inside the Aventura Mall store.

This is the second store in the U.S. for the Switzerland-based watch retailer. The company’s U.S. flagship store is inside the Town Center at Boca Raton. The Boca location houses the company’s only service center in the U.S. and six Swiss-trained watchmakers.

“We are pleased to expand our 166 year-old brand even further into the South Florida market,” said Patrik Hoffmann, CEO of Ulysse Nardin in a press release. “South Florida timepiece aficionados show great enthusiasm for our unique pieces, and we are thrilled to provide them with another destination where they can find limited edition timepieces.”

The watches are sold inside the two South Florida stores, online and through 65 authorized retailers nationwide.

Ulysse Nardin produces nearly 20,000 watches in Switzerland annually. The company was founded in 1846.

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Free or $2 off Academy Award-nominated films from Amazon

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Download and watch 2012 Academy Award-nominated films for free or less than $2 from Amazon.com. "The Artist" was the big winner on Sunday.

Get $2 off 24-hour downloads for Kindle using Amazon Instant Video. That makes it pretty easy to catch up the blockbusters.

Most films costs $3.99 for 24-hour rental for "Moneyball," "The Help," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," "The Ides of March," among 10 others onto Kindle (or any device) and save $2. "The Help" is listed at $1.99, so it looks like that would be free. Can't beat that.

If you don't have a Kindle, watch on just about any device by downloading a free Kindle app for your Mac, PC or mobile device.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on March 26.

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Root for NASCAR's Ryan Newman in Daytona 500 to get a free Outback Bloomin' Onion

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Note: The Daytona 500 was rescheduled for noon Monday because of a rain delay, so sign up now!

Root for NASCAR's No. 39 Ryan Newman in the Daytona 500 on Sunday and get a free Bloomin' Onion on Monday compliments of Outback Steakhouse.

Outback is one of the Rocketman's 2012 sponsors. If Newman and his souped-up Chevy place in the Top 10 in any 2012 Sprint Cup race, you'll get the free appetizer on the Monday after each race. Sign up to get notified via e-mail or mobile text alert to get your coupon for the freebie.

Your chances are good since Newman won the 2008 Daytona 500.

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February 25, 2012

Coupons: Five ways to save at Chuck E. Cheese's

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Save five ways at Chuck E. Cheese with coupons.

The best deals: For $19.99, get a large pizza, 3 soft drinks and 50 tokens; moms will like the couon for all-you-can-eat salad bar for $4.99.

Click here for the deal. The coupons expire on March 28.

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Free Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax' reading event and goody bag at Target on Saturday

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Dr. Seuss will be on the loose at Target stores on Saturday for a reading event to celebrate the National Education Association’s Read Across America program.

From to 9 to 11 a.m., kids can read with trees, please, as Target employees share Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" in the reading nook and give out reusable Target bags filled with fun activities.

The event is in partnership with the National Education Association's Read Across America day on March 2, which just happens to be Dr. Seuss' birthday. Visit the NEA website for tools for teachers and parents to help kids become better readers. There also are links to articles on how to raise early readers and five ways to make reading more fun, among other resources.

Click here for the deal and to watch free videos and download fun activities too.

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February 24, 2012

Sears in Central Florida sold to General Growth

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A Sears department store in Ocoee is the only Florida store out of 11 others that the struggling retailer will sell for $270 million to General Growth, which owns malls around the country, including West Oaks in the Central Florida area.

It is not clear what General Growth will do with the properties, which will operate as Sears stores into 2013. Exact closing dates will be determined later this year.

More than 80 West Palm Beach Sears Essentials employees will be laid off in April as apart of the Sears Holding Corp. downsize, 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.

More store closings are expected to be announced.

Sandra Pedicini from the Orlando Sentinel contributed to this report.

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Abercrombie & Fitch plans to close 180 stores

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Men's and women’s fashion retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch, will close 180 stores in the United States by 2015, according to a fourth quarter company report.

The company, which also owns the teen Hollister Co. clothing brand, closed 68 stores in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone. It is uncertain which stores, if any in South Florida, will be included in the list of closures.

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries said the numbers were “below expectations,” although “on the right track” in the long term in a quarterly report conference call.

Despite the plans to close 180 under performing stores in the United States, the company plans to open five Abercrombie & Fitch flagship stores abroad in Hamburg, Hong Kong, Munich, Dublin and Amsterdam this year.

There are Abercrombie & Fitch stores in the Mall at Wellington Green, Gardens Mall in Palm Beach, the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale, the Falls and Dadeland malls in Miami, Aventura Mall and the Town Center at Boca Raton.

The New Albany, Ohio-based company’s total net sales for the quarter reached $1.3 billion, which was 16 percent higher than the same quarter last year.

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Free $10 in game play when you join Dave & Buster's Rewards

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Get $10 in free game play when you Join Dave & Buster's rewards program.

After you sign up for a Power Card, you'll also get $10 in game play for every $100 you spend on games, food and beverages. You'll also get savings offers in addition to other benefits.

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Free pie at Waffle House

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Get a free slice of pie at Waffle House, no purchae necessary.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires March 9.


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February 23, 2012

Hedge against high gas prices with expanded Winn-Dixie Fuelperks! program

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Winn-Dixie is again expanding its Fuelperks! program, in which customers can save unlimited amounts on gasoline purchases at Shell stations by expanding "Bonus Reward" items.

Winn-Dixie's program, introduced in February 2011, at 112 grocery stores in South Florida, offers 5-cents off for every $50 in qualified purchases made when you sign up for a the chain's Customer Reward Card. The expanded the program in April by allowing shoppers to stack up more savings by purchasing unlimited amounts of "bonus" items worth beteen 5 and 50 cents each. The grocery chain announced today that it is again expanding the bonus program to include hundreds of items each week, according to a release.

"Our goal is to make the lives of our guests a little more simple — and this is exactly what Fuelperks! does. You can turn your everyday grocery purchases into significant savings at the pump. It’s a smart solution for saving through the items you already buy. What’s not to love?” said Mary Kellmanson, marketing group vice president for Winn-Dixie. “The more bonus items you purchase, the more you save. With Fuelperks! you may never have to pay for gas again.”

For instance, liquor is one of the bonus items this week. Purchase a bottle of rum or tequila and save an additional 15 cents a gallon; buy two bottles and save 30 cents a gallon, etc. The more you buy, the more you cave on gas at Shell.

Click here for more information on how the program works. Click here to see the weekly circular, or pick one up in the store.

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Survey ranks Publix as top grocer in customer satisfaction

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Publix continues its reign over other grocers in a widely-watched national shopper satisfaction survey released this week.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index surveys nearly 70,000 customers nationwide quarterly and uses their input to rank more than 225 companies in 47 industries. The index ranks food retailers once a year.

Lakeland-based Publix is the top grocer out of 12 major retailers ranked, based on a score of 84 out of 100. The Southeast regional supermarket chain has been rated the top grocery chain since 1995, according ACSI, an affiliate of the University of Michigan.

Whole Foods, an upscale organic grocery chain, ranked second with a score of 80. It was first measured by the index in 2007. Walmart dropped 3 percent this year in the rankings with a score of 69 in the supermarket category, the release said. It remains dead last among all grocery retailers.

Supermarket News, an industry publication, ranked Walmart as No. 1 on its list of the top 75 grocery retailers and wholesalers for 2012, based on annual sales. Walmart’s sales were $311 billion in 2011.

Publix is ranked 8th with sales at $29.9 billion and Whole Foods was 20th with $10.1 billion.
Customer satisfaction at a national level across all industries was up to 75.8 on a scale of 0 to 100, the release said, which is a “mild improvement with a very slowly recovering U.S. economy.”

“The good news is that customer satisfaction continues to climb, which has a positive effect on consumer demand and growth,” said Claes Fornell, ACSI founder. “Still, the ACSI improvement is tepid, and much of the fourth quarter gain comes from positive consumer reaction to lower gas prices. With gas prices already on the rise, customers obviously are going to be less pleased.”

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Free $100 in Twitter advertising for small businesses through AMEX

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Here's a Tweet deal: Get $100 in free Twitter advertising credits for the first 10,000 eligible American Express cardmembers and merchants to sign up and register for what the companies are calling "new advertising solutions for small businesses."

The offer is open to cardmembers who Tweet for business and if you have never advertised on Twitter. Read more about the Offer Terms before you sign up. Get more info by following @OPENForum and @TwitterSmallBiz.

Click here to sign up. If your business has multiple Twitter accounts, you must register them separately. Credits must be use by Dec. 31.

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Free bag of doughnuts at Smokey Bones

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Get a free bag of doughnuts at Smokey Bones with entree purchase and a coupon.

The brown bag is delivered to your table filled with piping hot, cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and strawberry and chocolate dipping sauces. Yum!

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires Sunday, Feb. 26 and is one offer per party per visit.

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February 22, 2012

Ikea launches free online furniture assembly videos

Ever been confused, frustrated or just downright given up when trying to put together a piece of IKEA furniture?

IKEA wants to fix that. The Swedish home furnishings retailer is launching a series of assembly videos to help guide customers through the process of putting together IKEA furniture. The videos are designed to complement the printed instructions included in every assembly set, and give customers a visual reference for fitting pieces together from start to finish.

The videos are now available for free on IKEA’s YouTube channel. More videos are planned to roll out on a weekly basis.

Popular furniture items will have video instructions, including the PAX LYNGDAL wardrobe sliding doors and the GALANT corner desk.

“We understand that not everyone is a natural DIY-er at heart, so we have created this fun, easy-to-follow video series as an additional tool to lend a helping hand to our customers,” said Christine Whitehawk, external communications manager, IKEA U.S. in a press release.

Each video is short and features helpful pop-up tips as the video plays on. Viewers can rewind at their own pace and pause when needed.

The first IKEA assembly video features the MALM bedframe. View it above.

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Hollywood woman on a mission to bring Trader Joe's to South Florida

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One Broward County resident feels so passionately about having a Trader Joe’s grocery store in her county, she’s started her own petition to present to the company’s headquarters.

Nadine Whiteman, from Hollywood, launched an online petition and is encouraging South Florida residents to sign it if they too want a Trader Joe’s grocery store in Broward County.

“I saw the petition going around West Palm Beach and decided to start one here,” Whiteman said. “West Palm is at least an hour away from where I live. I want one in Broward.”

Local Palm Beach officials are petitioning to bring the popular grocer to the East Coast side of South Florida. West Palm Beach's Downtown Development Authority has begun production on a marketing film called “What would I trade for Trader Joe’s,” where city officials will give up precious items in return for a grocery store opening in downtown Palm Beach.

Whiteman’s petition had 39 signatures as of noon on Tuesday, but jumped to 471 Wednesday morning.

“I know a lot of families that want to eat organic, but the prices are too expensive at stores like The Fresh Market and Whole Foods,” she said. “Trader Joe’s is an affordable, laid back option.”

Trader Joe’s opened its first Florida store in Naples earlier this month.

Grocery stores are expanding in South Florida. Whole Foods plans to open a new Pembroke Pines store in the coming months, and The Fresh Market opened its first east Broward store in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 1.

But Trader Joe’s has no plans of expanding into Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties as of yet.

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Free Peppercorn Shrimp at Panda Express on Wednesday

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Get a free order of Peppercorn Shrimp at Panda Express on Wednesday with a coupon.

The new Thai-inspired dish is wok-tossed with marinated shrimp, asparagus, onions and red bell peppers in a spicy, bold peppercorn sauce.

Panda Express restaurants are located throughout Central and South Florida.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Wednesday.

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February 21, 2012

Free bag of Haribo Gummi Bears

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There's nothing better than a bag of Haribo Gummi Bears -- except when it's free!

If you agree, then spin to win a coupon good for a free Haribo product valued at $2 when you buy one through Facebook.

Like the Haribo USA fan page and click the "Happy Whirl" tab to spin to win a coupon good for a free Haribo product when you buy one, up to 8 ounces. Everyone's a winner. Don't forget to hit the back button to score a second coupon!

Click here to play. The coupon expires on March 22.

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Mediterranean Market on Las Olas faces closure

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The Mediterranean Market on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale plans to shut its doors for good by the end of the month.

The boutique grocer specializing in gourmet meats, seafood and wine, has been considering the option of closing since August, said the store’s general manager, Cindy Cunningham.

“Las Olas used to be such a cute and charming place but it’s changed so much,” Cunningham said. “We’re just not getting the foot traffic we used to.”

The market, which has been in business in Fort Lauderdale for years, is located at 1021 E Las Olas Blvd., adjacent to Tundra, an ice-themed restaurant that opened late last year.

The Mediterranean Market is up for sale. Cunningham said that the market will close permanently within the next two weeks if a buyer is not found. The building will then be available for rent to a new tenant, Cunningham said.

“The boulevard has lost so many of its staple shops,” she said. “These ice cream and candy stores just aren’t bringing in the traffic. No one wants to walk down this far anymore.”

Cunningham said that upscale and specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods and most recently, The Fresh Market, were never big competitors. Instead it was a lack of tourism in the area and the “bad economy” that led to the store’s possible closure.

Are you a Mediterranean Market shopper? Share your thoughts and memories with us! Email Justine Griffin, jusgriffin@sunsentinel.com


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Free sample of new Tide Pods

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Get a free sample of Tide Pods. It just takes seconds to sign up for the freebie and you'll probably get a coupon, too.

P&G is giving away half a million samples of the new all-in-one detergent, stain remover and brightener in one convenient little gel pack.

Click here for the deal. The freebie should arrive in four to six weeks.

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$8 back on name-brand liquor with rebate

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Get $8 back with the purchase of two bottles of name-brand liquor with a mail in rebate.

Buy any two 750 ml bottles of Bailey's Irish Cream (any flavor), Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum or Lime Bite, Johnnie Walker Red Whiskey, Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila (gold or silver), Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka (red label or flavored) or Tanqueray London Dry Gin and get a refund of $8 by mail.

Buy the goods by March 3, fill out the form with the original dated cash register receipt with the prices of qualifying products circled. Mailing deadline is March 18. Follow the directions exactly to get your money back.

Click here for the deal. You will receive your check within 6-8 weeks. The offer is for one rebate per household.

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February 20, 2012

Ethan Allen design center opens in Miami

2008_EALOGO1lineblack.jpgEthan Allen is revamping its look and feel inside stores, starting with a new design center in Miami.

The interactive Ethan Allen Design Center, at 9775 S. Dixie Highway, opened earlier this month. The center has a layout different from other showrooms and offers 60 percent new products from a line that debuted late last year. Flat screen monitors inside the store allows shoppers to view projections of a variety of home décor plans.

Room displays make up most of the showroom space, according to a press release, but the touch screen room planning technology is new for customers.

“Our focus on providing not only diversity of style and good value but also complimentary design service and white-glove home delivery are major differentiating attributes that set us apart, and we are very pleased to be back in the South Miami area,” said Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President and CEO of Ethan Allen.

The furniture retailer has plans to open several new design centers across the country this year. The Ethan Allen Design Center in Boca Raton, currently at 9200 W. Glades Rd., is relocating to a bigger space at 906 N. Federal Highway in October. The 19,000-square-foot new store in East Boca will mimic the technology and design of the newly opened Miami design center.

Ethan Allen has about 300 design centers nationwide.

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Seniors, kids get in free Monday at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach

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Seniors and kids can get in free from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 20, at the Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach.

In honor of Presidents' Day, seniors 65 and over and kids under 12 get in free before the clock strikes 12 o'clock. For everyone else, including military, the Ren-Fest website lists several ways to save $3 off admission.

The festival, in South Florida through April 8, celebrates its 20th year featuring more than 100 costumed performers, 12 stages with entertainment and more than 20 stage acts from around the world.

Details: Adult admission is $20; Children 6-11, $7; Children younger than six are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to sunset through March 11 at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach; 954-776-1642 or 800-373-6337.

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Coupons: Presidents' Day retail roundup to save at Macy's, Beall's and more

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If you're hitting the mall today for Presidents' Day, we're here to help you save with retail coupons.

Also use our mobile coupon list and you'll never print or leave a coupon at home again!

Bath & Body Works: Free $14 Fine Fragrance Mist with purchase; expires Feb. 29
Beall's: $10 off $25 purchase; expires Feb. 20
Carter's: 20 percent off a $40 purchase; expires Feb. 29
Coach: 25 percent off at full-price Coach stores; expires Feb. 24
Express: 15 percent your next purchase; expires Feb. 21
IKEA: Free breakfast through Monday; sign up for Family Rewards card for deals; expires Feb.20
JC Penney: Join JC Penney Rewards to earn $10 gift certificate
Lane Bryant: 30 percent off total purchase; expires Feb. 20; through Facebook
Macy's: 15 percent off sale and clearance; expires Feb. 20
Michaels: Various coupons including 50 percent off one item; expires Feb.25
Nordstrom: Free Clinique Superbalm Gloss with beauty consultation; Expires Feb. 25
Old Navy: 20 percent off one item; Expires March 1; through Facebook
Pier 1 Imports: $10 off $50 purchase; expires Feb. 20
Sports Authority:$10 off $50; expires Feb. 29
Staples: $10 off two $25 iTunes gift cards; expires Feb. 25
Stein Mart: 50 percent off clearance; expires Feb. 20
Yankee Candle: Buy two, get one free; expires Feb. 20

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February 19, 2012

Save $10 on two $25 iTunes Gift Cards at Staples

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Buy two $25 Apple iTunes gift cards for $40 at Staples.

Save $10 instantly when you buy the gift cards in stores or online. The limit is four per customer.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends of Feb. 25.

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Free Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss at Nordstrom

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Get a free Cinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss at Nordstrom through Feb. 25.

Book a consultation with a Clinique beauty advisor during the "Fall in Love With Color" event at Nordstrom stores and you'll get a free Clinique Superbalm. Choose from four yummy flavors: grapefruit, apricot, rootbeer or currant. The event is listed on Clinique's Faceobok fan page.

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

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February 18, 2012

Apple giving away $10,000 App Store gift card with 25th billion app download

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Download the 25th billion app and Apple will give you a $10,000 App Store gift card.

Apple is giving away freebie to show the love for all the apps we download. The clock is ticking away and when it gets to 24,999,999,999, the next lucky person to download in the App Store will get the prize.

You also can enter the contest without purchase or downloading an app, too.

Click here for the deal. You must be at least 13 years old to enter.

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Free breakfast at IKEA through Monday

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Get free breakfast at IKEA on Saturday through Monday.

Stop in at the IKEA restaurant between 9 and 11 a.m. and get a free order of eggs, bacon and hash browns with coffee.

Also, be sure to sign up for the IKEA Family rewards program to get special deals on merchandise along with free coffee or tea in the restaurant whenever you shop.

Click here for the deal. The offer is one per customer through Monday, Feb. 20. There are stores in Sunrise and Orlando.

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February 17, 2012

Michaels giving away 100,000 free gift cards for Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday

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Michaels craft stores are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday by handing out $100,000 in gift cards in more than 1,060 stores.

Visit any store between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. for your chance to receive a random giveaway of one of eight $5 gift cards or two $25 cards.

The chain is hoping you'll use the gift card to "craft a kinder world" and "inspire people to in turn do something kind for others, such as donating their gift cards to a school, church or hospital, or using the cards to buy supplies to make a special homemade gift for someone," according to a release.

You can also win gift cards through the Michaels Stores fan page on Facebook, where you'll find cute ideas on how to share the love, too.

Click here for the deal.

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February 16, 2012

Energy Kitchen, offering meals under 500 calories, opens in Fort Lauderdale

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There’s a new healthy food option in Fort Lauderdale for all of those calorie counters out there.

Energy Kitchen at 35 N.Federal Highway in the Palm Court Pavilion shopping center, offers a menu of food items that are grilled, baked or steamed, with the number of calories of each meal posted clearly on every menu. The fast-casual restaurant only serves low or no calorie beverages.

No menu item exceeds 500 calories.

You won’t find any greasy french fries or onion rings here. Side items at Energy Kitchen are only baked fries, steamed vegetables, mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus salad. Other menu items include made-to-order sirloin, bison, turkey and chicken burgers, grilled salmon, turkey and meatloaf.

The restaurant also serves breakfast items and smoothies.
This is the second Fort Lauderdale location to open, although the New York City-based company has plans to open 25 restaurants in Florida over the next five years, according to a press release. There are plans to open locations in Plantation, Boca Raton and Pembroke Pines in the future.

Another Energy Kitchen is open in Pinecrest.

“We want to transform the entire fast food industry by providing consumers with an alternative to the high calorie burgers, wraps, sandwiches, greasy fries and high calorie beverages they are currently being forced to purchase,” said company founder and president Anthony Leone in a press release.

Photo courtesy of Energy Kitchen.

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Play Angry Birds for free on Facebook

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Moveover, Farmville. There's a new animal game in town on Facebook: Angry Birds.

The popular Rovio video game, which lets you use slingshots to launch mad birds at dumb pigs, arrived on the social networking scene.

Play for free and get 14 free power-ups for a limited time. You can super size your birds with Super Seeds! Yay!

The game has millions of 99-cent downloads on iOS and Android.

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February 15, 2012

Send a care package to a soldier from Febreze on Facebook

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Febreze is donating care packages to U.S. soldeirs serving in combat oversees through Facebook.

Donate a package by liking the Febreze fan page and clicking the "Treat the Troops" tab. The package will containe a Febreze Set & Refresh product, toiletries, magazines and letters.

P&G will donate up to 50,000 packages sent through the nonprofit Opeation Gratitude, which mails 100,000 care packages to our troops each year.

Click here to donate.

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Two luxury iPic movie theaters coming to South Florida, along with 500 new jobs

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Imagine relaxing in a recliner with a waiter just a push of a button away, all while watching the latest blockbuster in a movie theater.

New iPic Theaters in Hallandale Beach and Boca Raton, opening this year, will offer restaurant and lounge services, electric reclining seats and a premium level seating option that comes with unlimited popcorn.

"Think of it as a better version of the W Hotel," said Hamid Hashemi, president and CEO of iPic Theaters.

Just don't think of it as cheap. Moviegoers may pay as much as $25 for weekend admission, although final prices have not been set.

Hashemi is no newcomer to the movie theater business. He founded Muvico, a national chain that started a wine and dine service inside theaters years ago. He left Muvico, which sold several of its Florida theaters to Cinemark, and launched iPic in 2007.

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iPic Theaters will compete with others cinemas that boast an extended list of amenities. The Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton offers premium seating, advance reservations and made-to-order food items from an in house cafe.

Paragon Theaters in Coconut Grove and Deerfield Beach serve food and drinks from a "back lot bar" and have reserved seating. CineBistro in Miami has similar features.

In Boca Raton, the space that used to be a Sunrise Cinemas location will be transformed into a 43,000-square-foot, two-story iPic. The eight-screen theater is expected to open in May and will include an adjacent 7,000-square-foot restaurant and bar concept called Tanzy.

The site has been vacant since January 2011, when the cinema's operator fell behind in its rent.

"It was a sad day in downtown Boca Raton when the former theater closed," said Mayor Susan Whelchel at a public unveiling of plans for the cinema Wednesday. "iPic Theater is really the answer and what Mizner Park needs."

The restaurant will have indoor and outside seating facing Federal Highway. Restaurant fare will include flatbread pizzas, sliders and more. The restaurant is connected to the theater and will allow moviegoers to dine before and after a film, or order while watching in the theater.

The Gulfstream Park location, set to open in December, will have eight screens, an ultra lounge and club called Salt, along with the same restaurant concept, Tanzy.

About 500 jobs will be created when both locations open, Hashemi said.

Moviegoers can choose between regular seating and a premium-plus option, which costs about $5 more. General admission prices allows customers to order food and drinks from Tanzy or a Tanzy Express counter and bring the items to their seats inside the theater.

Premium-plus seating offers chairside wait service buttons on each seat, and pillows and blankets. Motor-driven reclining seats are reserved for premium-plus patrons, who also get free popcorn.

Ticket prices will range between $12-$17 for films showing Monday through Thursday and $17-$25 on weekends depending on general or premium-plus seating, Hashemi said. Firm prices have not yet been set.

"I don't mind the price," said Tracy Augustin, a Boca Raton resident who attended the unveililng. "You're paying for a destination experience and its well worth avoiding the cramped seats."

Digital technology installed in each theater will allow for live broadcasting sessions from movie makers and include South Florida patrons in Q&A sessions going on at other places around the world, Hashemi said. The theaters will show a blend of Hollywood blockbuster and independent films.

To view a photo gallery of what the new theaters will look like, click here.

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Coupon: $5 off $30 purchase at Publix in today's Sun Sentinel

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There is a Publix coupon for $5 off a $30 purchase at tucked inside Wednesday's Sun Sentinel.

The Publix "Viva Italia Sale" flyer has the coupon on the back cover. Be sure to check inside your home-delivered paper or grab a copy on the newsstand today to get the coupon, which expires on Feb. 29. You can combine it with a competitor coupon and save even more!

This is just one more example of how the Sun Sentinel saves you money every day of the week.

Click here to subscribe and start Super Saving with the Sun Sentinel today!

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February 14, 2012

Five last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas

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Time to come up with a perfect Valentine’s Day gift is running out. Stuck at work and need to come up with an idea pronto? Here are some last minute options for all the procrastinators.

A picture’s worth a thousand words: Shoppers can order one-hour photos online at most CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens stores. Upload a cute photo of you and your sweetheart and pick it up on the way home. Might as well grab a photo frame while you’re there.

Last minute grocery stop: Most South Florida flower shops are no longer accepting same-day delivery orders this late in the afternoon. But grocery stores still have a selection of roses and other bouquets. Stop in after work to grab some flowers and maybe a bottle of wine too.

Gift cards: Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, most grocery stores and some gas stations sell gift cards to restaurants, iTunes, retail stores and more. Order one online or pick one up on the way home. Click here for everything you need to know about gift cards.

Romantic flicks: Order in and pick up the latest chick flick from a Redbox or Blockbuster Express at the corner of a grocery store or gas station. Subscriptions to Netflix start at $7.99 too.

Music is the way to the heart: Make your significant other a playlist of romantic songs. Send it by email, through file sharing sites like sendspace.com (for larger files) or upload it on an iPod or iPhone when you’re home.

Don’t forget to check out our list of FREE Valentine’s Day gift ideas here.

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Men to spend more on Valentine's Day

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Today is the day to express how truly, madly, deeply in love you are with that special someone.

Men will shell out the most cash on their partners to express their love this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey which states that men are expected to spend $168.74 on clothing, jewelry, cards and more. That’s nearly twice as much as women, who are expected to spend about $85.76 on their significant others.

The survey, which is conducted by BIGinsight, says that the average person will shell out $126.03, which is up over last year’s $116.21, and the highest in the survey’s 10-year history. Total spending for the holiday will reach $17.6 billion.

“As one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year, it’s encouraging that consumers are still exhibiting the desire to spend on discretionary gift items, a strong indication our economy continues to move in the right direction,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a press release.

American consumers will spend about $25.25 on their children for Valentine’s Day gifts and the average person will spend about $4.52 to show their pets some love too.

Nearly half of those celebrating Valentine’s Day this year will buy candy. About 35 percent of people will treat their partner to a nice evening out. Nineteen percent of Valentine’s Day shoppers will buy jewelry this year, which is up from the 17.3 percent last year, the survey said. Thirteen percent will buy gift cards.

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Leave us a comment below with your creative gift ideas or romantic plans.

Looking for that last minute gift? Check out the Shop-O-Matic list of Valentine’sFreebies or a list of South Florida restaurants with special holiday menus.

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Free Americone Dream ice cream scoops at Ben & Jerry's

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Get a free scoop of Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream ice cream at Ben & Jerry's shops on Tuesday.

Get the free scoop from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The chain is offering the freebies to "Get the Dough Out of Politics." It aims to take back American politics, one scoop at a time, according to BenandJerrys.com.

Ben & Jerry's is asking you to sign a petition at GetTheDoughOut.org to be send to Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment that overturns Citizens United and gets the money out of politics.

Click here for the deal an to find a location.

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Valentine's Day freebies for your sweetie, from free ecards to ice cream to cookies

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Who says you have to spend big bucks on Valentine's Day? We've got a bunch 'o ways to save -- from free ice cream to cookies and greetings cards to movie rentals -- on Tuesday, Feb. 14. You'll ♥ our our sweet list:

bemine.jpgRestaurant.com: Save 80 percent at 1,100 Florida eateries and get and $15 off FTD flower orders with a coupon code. The offer expires Feb. 14.

bemine.jpgBen & Jerry's: Get a free scoop of Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at particpaitng shops.

bemine.jpgDenny's: Send a cute greeting through Facebook and you'll both get a coupon good for a new Skillet Cookie ala Mode dessert valued at $2.50 with entree purchases. The coupon expires on March. 19.

bemine.jpgKrispy Kreme: Nothing says I Love You like free doughnuts! Get 12 Valentine Cards redeemable for free doughnuts with every dozen V-Day-themed treats purchased through Tuesday.

bemine.jpgBoston Market: Free individual dessert with purchase of any individual meal at participating locations on Valentine's Day with a coupon. The offer expires Feb. 14.

bemine.jpgDraw With Hearts: This free iOS app lets you draw animated hearts and create special effects on pictures and share them in e-mails and on Facebook and Twitter. It's free if you download before Tuesday.

bemine.jpgQuiznos: Free cookie on Tuesday at participating locations with a coupon. No purchase required. Offer expires Feb. 14.

bemine.jpgHooters: Buy 10 wings and get 10 free at 19 particpating restaurants on Tuesday.

bemine.jpgPizza Hut: Propose on Valentine's Day with the $10,010 deal gives you a $10 dinner box plus a red ruby ring, limo, flowers, a fireworks show, photographer and videographer. Fully refundable if not used by March 31.

bemine.jpgAmerican Greetings: Send free, cute, ecards. We like the Rappin' Baby but the Kitty Cupids and Talkin' Valentine Dog are fun, too.

bemine.jpgPublix: Save up to $9.99 with a coupon on the cover of this week's flyer for buy one, get one free on Hallmark Expressions cards, party supplies and gift wrap. The coupon expires Wednesday.

bemine.jpgPillsbury Doughboy: Send free, animated Valentine's e-greetings.

bemine.jpgBath & Body Works: Send a Valentine's Day greetings to your BFF through Facebook and she'll get a coupn for a free travel sized item of her choice valued at $5. You'll get one too.

bemine.jpgChuck E. Cheese: Send the little sweethearts in your life a free V-Day greetings with 10 free tokens good at participating locations; food purchase is required. The offer expires Feb. 29.

bemine.jpgStar Wars Valentines: The Force is stong with these cute, free, printable greetings from Yoda and more.

bemine.jpgAngry Birds: Send one of four free ecards and play the game for free on Facebook, starting Tuesday.

bemine.jpgRedbox: Send a free movie rental good on Tuesday through Facebook. The offer expires on Feb. 14.

bemine.jpgMr. Food: Cook up some love with the free downloadable "Treats for Your Sweetheart: 14 Valentine's Day Desserts eCookbook."

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V-Day deal: Save 80 percent at SoFla restaurants and $15 off FTD flowers

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Restaurant.com is offering a sweet deal for Valentine's Day: Get 80 percent off gift certificates to South Florida restaurants with a coupon code and also get a f$15 off a FTD flower order.

Get $25 certificates for two dollars with some restrictions like added gratuity and a minimum purchase. It's important to read the fine print BEFORE you purchase as offers vary, with some being better values than others. The best deals are noted with a "Best Value" flag so search for those.

Pick from nearly 400 restaurants participating in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and more than 200 in Central Florida. In all, there are 1,000-plus restaurants around the state participating.

Click here for the deal. Add code SWEETIE at checkout. The offer expires on Feb. 14.

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February 12, 2012

Free '2012 Consumer Action Handbook'

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Be a more savvy shopper and educate yourself with a helpful, free copy of the "2012 Consumer Action Handbook" from the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) at USA.gov.

The updated 160-page guide, which is available in English and Spanish, is due out in March. It's packed with useful consumer information on everything from home buying to banking to insurance and employment. It also tells how to file a consumer complaint, explains credit and investing and gives tips on preventing identity theft.

Perhaps most useful is the Consumer Assistance Directory. It's a valuable resource on contact information for federal and state government agencies, car manufacturers, corporate consumer offices, Better Business Bureaus, natioanl consumer organizations and trade groups.

You can download a PDF of the 2011 edition or pre-order up to 10 free copies of the 2012 guide to be mailed in March. You also can download e-reader formats (epub and mobi), too.

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February 11, 2012

Free It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner at GBS Beauty on Saturday

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This freebie is a perfect 10 -- again!

Get a free bottle of It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner valued at $10 at South Florida GBS The Beauty stores on Saturday. If you missed the free giveaway on Friday, you get a second chance! There is no purchase necessary.

Visit a store from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and flash your GBS Customer Benefit card to get the goods. If you don't have one, it's free to sign up for the card in the stores in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Aventura, Coral Gables and Pinecrest.

Deerfield Beach-based It's a 10 Hair Care is giving away 10,000 bottles of this multi-tasking miracleworker as a thank to to South Florida customers who helped make it an international super seller.

Miracle Leave-In Conditioner does 10 hair chores with a few sprays: 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.

Also, GBS is running a special now: Purchase It's a 10 Miracle Shampoo With Keratin and Miracle Conditioner With Keratin and get a free $24.95 bottle of Miracle Oil With Keratin.

Click here for the deal. Limit one bottle per customer, while supplies last.

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Free stuffed Aero Dog at Aeropostale on Saturday

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Get a free, cute stuffed dorm dog for free at Aeropostale on Saturday.

Stop in the store before noon on Saturday and get a Aero Dog stuffed toy when you say the secret password: Woof.

The offer is posted on Aeropostale's Facebook page.

Click here for the deal. No purchase necessary.

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February 10, 2012

Trader Joe's opens first Florida store in Naples

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Naples residents waited in a line this morning just to get a first glimpse of the new Trader Joe’s grocery store which opened its first Florida location in Collier County today.

The popular grocery brand is known for its smaller, boutique-styled stores and upscale products that rival other organic or smaller brand grocers like The Fresh Market or Whole Foods.

Grocery stores are expanding in South Florida. Whole Foods plans to open a new Pembroke Pines store in the coming months, and The Fresh Market opened its first east Broward store in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 1.

Trader Joe’s has no plans of expanding into Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties as of yet. But local Palm Beach officials are petitioning to bring the popular grocer to the East Coast side of South Florida.

West Palm Beach's Downtown Development Authority has begun production on a marketing film called “What would I trade for Trader Joe’s,” where city officials will give up precious items in return for a grocery store opening in downtown Palm Beach.

The Monrovia, Calif., chain has 365 stores in 31 states, the Naples store being the first in Florida.

Want to request a South Florida Trader Joe’s location?Click here to send a store request.

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Buy one, get one free Lenox, Fiesta, Noritake placesettings at Macy's

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Buy one, get one free casual dinnerware placesettings from nearly 100 famous makers in a blowout sale at Macy's.

Buy one four-piece set and get another for free in hot patterns by Fiesta Dinnerware, Lenox, Noritake, Martha Stewart, Mikasa, Dansk, Villeroy & Bosh and more. You'll also get 10 percent off your order, too.

Pick up a service for eight for less than $29.

Click here for the deal. Use code LOVE at checkout to save 10 percent.

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Free online dating at Chemistry.com through Sunday

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If you're looking for a sweetheart for Valentine's Day, check out the online dating service Chemistry.com's free communication weekend offered through Sunday, Feb. 12.

Take the free Chemistry Personality Test and then starting looking for your perfect match -- for free.

Click here for the deal. Since it's free, you've got nothing to lose!

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February 9, 2012

Free gas and meet Monster Jam Grave Digger in Miami Gardens on Friday

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Get free gasoline and free tickets to Saturday's Monster Jam from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Friday in Miami Gardens to celebrate Grave Digger's 30th anniversary. Check out out all the mondo trucks and meet the drivers, too.

Stop by the Race Trac filling station at 20696 NW 27 Avenue in Miami Gardens, across from Sun Life Stadium, and get $10 in free gas per car along with a pair of tickets to Saturday's show.

Check out America's most famous monster trucks. At the top of the list is Grave Digger with driver Dennis Anderson and Son-uva Digger's Ryan Anderson, Madusa and El Toro Loco's Lupe Souza; bring your wide-angle camera.

The Monster Jam is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.

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Video: PayPal debuts cardless checkout devices in The Home Depot

Ever wish you could pay for items in a store without having to remember your wallet? PayPal is letting customers do just that.

PayPal, the online money transfer service used most often on Ebay, has developed it’s own brand of technology for point of sale devices. The Home Depot was one of the first retailers to try out the new technology, which is available in 51 stores across the country.

Instead of having to swipe a credit or debit card, customers with PayPal accounts can just type in their mobile phone number and PayPal PIN code on the keyboard at the register to make purchases. A receipt is electronically sent to a customer’s email or cell phone.

PayPal also issues member their own cards, which can be swiped at pay stations like debit and credit cards.

The Home Depot stores in Atlanta, Omaha and the San Francisco bay area are using PayPal technology. Office Depot stores are also testing the pilot program.There are no plans to bring the PayPal service to South Florida stores just yet.

“The expanded pilot is an important step forward in delivering on PayPal’s vision for the future of commerce, anytime, anywhere, any way,” said Don Kingsborough, Vice President of Retail and Prepaid Products for PayPal.

Customers can register to use the new PayPal technology by clicking here.

PayPal is developing more ways for customers to easily keep track of their “digital wallet.” Technology is in the works that will allow shoppers to store all gift cards and loyalty points electronically and automatically apply stored money and savings right at a point of sale device.

“Imagine purchasing an oversized item from the aisle and having it shipped directly to your house in a matter of clicks,” said Carey Kolaja, Senior Director of Emerging Opportunities for PayPal.

The company opened a pop up store in New York City to showcase some of it’s new technologies and devices in October.


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Save $10 at Cheesecake Factory with American Express card

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Get $10 back on $50 purchase at The Cheesecake Factory through American Express' Link, Like, Love program on Facebook.

To get the free money, securely link your eligible Amex card through the Facebook application on American Express' fan page and select the "add to card" button to load the paperless coupon. Then, pay your check with your synced Amex card and you'll get a $10 statement credit.

You must sync your account BEFORE you dine to get the credit. You also can link your card and check in using Foursquare, too.

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

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February 8, 2012

Video: Walmart unveils new healthy food icon on products

Walmart wants to make it easier for busy South Florida moms to create more healthful meals choices as they shop for bargains.

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Walmart stores unveiled the “Great For You” icon at an event in Washington D.C. this week as a part of the company’s healthier food initiative, according to a news release. “Great For You” labels will appear on select Walmart Great Value and Marketside items and on fresh and packaged fruits and vegetables at Walmart stores nationwide by this spring.

The point of the icon, the news release said, is to help Walmart customers make smarter snack choices and build healthier diets.

Walmart plans to open up to 300 stores to help break down the amount of “food deserts,” areas without viable grocery options, in the U.S. by 2016. First Lady Michelle Obama has spoken out about the food deserts, which affect 23 million Americans, through her Let’s Move campaign. Since July, Walmart opened 23 stores in areas serving food deserts.

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Free Thai Basil Chicken entree at Pei Wei Asian Diner

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Get a free Thai Basil Chicken entree with purchase of another entree at Pei Wei Asian Diner.

Create a passport (or sign in to an existing account) and follow the directions. You'll take a video culinary tour of Thailand and get your passport stamped to get a coupon e-mailed in about 24 hours.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Feb. 17.

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February 6, 2012

Jason Wu clothing line now available at Target

Did you love Michelle Obama’s dress from the Inaugural Ball? Well here’s a chance to own a dress by it’s coveted designer, Jason Wu.

Target is partnering with Jason Wu, a celebrated women’s attire and accessories designer to offer an affordable, limited edition, collection of women’s tops, dresses, handbags and scarves. Wu’s “American girl in Paris” themed line is available for purchase in Target stores across the country and online now through March 6.

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“By working with Target I was able to create an accessible collection that reflects my sophisticated design aesthetic” Wu said in the news release. “As with my main collection, special attention has been considered into every detail and I can’t wait to see girls wearing and enjoying the collection.”

Clothing options will range in price from $19.99 to $59.99, and from $19.99 to $49.99 for handbags and other accessories, according to a Target news release.

"Jason’s collection for Target offers our guests a beautiful assortment of sophisticated apparel and stylish accessories that embody his signature aesthetic, with each priced under $60,” said Trish Adams, senior vice president of apparel and accessories for Target.

There are 53 unique pieces in the Target collection, including day and night apparel.

Photos courtesy of Target.com

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Free Redbox movie rental on Valentine's Day

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Send your sweetheart and friends a free Redbox movie rental with a Valentine's greeting through Facebook.

Send a free video valentine pals on Facebook, and Redbox will send a promo code that they can use for a free one-day DVD rental on Valentine's Day.

Redbox rental kiosks are located at Walgreens, Walmart and Winn-Dixie stores and at Albertson's in Oakland Park.

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

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February 5, 2012

AAA offers free 'tipsy tow service' on Super Bowl Sunday

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If you drink too much grog for Sunday's gridiron festivities, don't get behind the wheel and drive drunk. Get a free tow home beginning Friday through Super Bowl Sunday 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.

In 2011, AAA received 3,000 calls for the service; nearly 18,000 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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Free onion rings at Burger King on Sunday

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Note to readers: Burger King is giving away free onion rings on Saturday and Sunday, not Sunday and Monday as originally published.

Burger King is giving away free onion rings on Super Bowl Sunday.

Visit a participating restaurant for a free value order of the crunchy side anytime after breakfast.

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

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February 4, 2012

Free Anti Bac Sanitizer valued at $5.50 with purchase at Bath & Body Works

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Get a free full-sized Anti Bacterial Sanitizing Hand Gel valued at up to $5.50 with any $10 purchase at Bath & Body Works with a coupon.

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

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Free Valentine cards good for 12 free Krispy Kreme doughnuts when you buy a dozen

Nothing says “I Love You” like doughnuts! Watch the sweet video and see.

Through Feb. 14, buy a dozen cute, Krispy Kreme heart-shaped doughnuts and get 12 Valentine's Day cards redeemable for free doughnuts.

Create box of three limited-edition, heart-shaped treats topped with chocolate drizzles and red, white and pink sprinkles. Yum!

If you want to send a calorie-free greetings to your sweetie, you can email a free V-Day e-card, too.

Click here for the deal. You get one set of twelve cards per dozen purchased. While supplies last.

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February 3, 2012

Morton's The Steakhouse locations in South Florida staying open

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South Florida Morton’s The Steakhouse locations will remain open, despite the closure this week of another Florida restaurant location.

Houston-based Landry’s Restaurants took ownership of Morton’s The Steakhouse chain Wednesday. The Jacksonville restaurant was one of nearly 10 that closed in the change of ownership, the Jacksonville Times-Union is reporting.

The Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami and Miami Beach Morton’s The Steakhouse locations will remain open, even though an earlier statement released by the company that said that the West Palm Beach restaurant would close.

Employees of the West Palm Beach Morton’s The Steakhouse on Flagler Drive were sent home on Wednesday, only to be called back and have the store reopened on Thursday.

Morton’s generated about $300 million in sales last year, although the company announced in March it was considering putting itself up for sale.

Morton’s has 77 steakhouses in 64 cities across the world.

Landry’s Restaurants own other brands like the Rainforest Café and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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February 2, 2012

Free downloadable '99 Diet Foods Shopping List' from Dr. Oz

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Go grocery shopping with Dr. Oz.

The Good Doctor wants to help you eat better and more healthfully, so he's offering you a free, downloadable shopping list.

The handy, printable checklist has 99 diet foods Dr. Oz wants you to put in your cart. There are categories offering better choices for breakfast, meals, pastas, snacks, sides, desserts and beverages.

Click here for the deal.

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Free $10 Publix Gift Card with $100 grocery purchase; $10 off party platters

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Just in time for your Super Bowl party, get a free $10 Publix Gift Card with a $100 grocery purchase with a coupon on Page 6 ofthe weekly flier good through Thursday.
Only one coupon is accepted for every $100 grocery purchase.

There also is a coupon on the back page for $10 off a Publix platter priced $19.99 or more when you buy certain brands of beverages and chips.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Both coupons are one deal per coupon through Wednesday.

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February 1, 2012

Video: The Fresh Market opens with giveaways on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale






















The Fresh Market grocery store is opened the doors to its first east Broward location Wednesday.

Grand opening festivities for the Fort Lauderdale store began at 9 a.m. and lasted throughout the day. Chef demonstrations, food and wine samplings and drawings for gift cards took place throughout the store at 424 N. Federal Highway, just north of Broward Boulevard.

To see a sneak peek inside the new store, check out our photo gallery.

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

The Fresh Market was ranked No. 1 on the Top 50 small chain and independent grocery stores in the U.S. in 2011, according to Supermarket News, an industry trade publication. The Greensboro, N.C.,-based company’s rank was chosen based on annual sales.

“We offer more of a shopping experience. Where some people consider shopping a chore, our shoppers want to make a day of it,” said the Fort Lauderdale store manager, Leo Suarez.

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

Another store is set to open later this year in south Miami-Dade County.

Carol Bosen, a snowbird who lives part of the year on Fort Lauderdale Beach, arrived early to be one of the first inside the store Wednesday morning.

"We used to have to drive all the way to Boca for a nice grocery store," Bosen said. "The store is beautiful, really first class. I bought some beautiful strawberries."

Shayleigh Demers, who is originally from New Hampshire, said she's used to grocery stores more like The Fresh Market.

"We have Trader Joe's stores where I'm from. This is definitely comparable," Demers said.

On Tuesday, employees were busy making the final preparations inside and outside the store. Some workers finished landscaping projects while others stocked products on the shelves. The store will be polished and ready for customers come Wednesday morning, said Ken Towery, zone vice president for The Fresh Market.

“This is the fastest I’ve ever seen the company get a store up and running,” he said.

Specialty cheese and meat section counters make up the center of the store. An extensive wine section lines the walls close to the cheese section, and a variety of freshly baked goods are stacked along the back part of the store. Large barrels full of coffee beans are near the produce section. Coffee is brewed fresh each day for customers.

Customers are welcome to sample anything in the store before making a purchase, Suarez. said.

The Fresh Market is the newest competitor in Fort Lauderdale for Whole Foods, another upscale grocer that specializes in organic brands. The nearest Whole Foods store is on Federal Highway north of Sunrise Boulevard. The company could not be reached for comment.

“Competition helps us to continue to be the best we can be,” said Kimberly Reynolds, spokeswoman for Publix grocery stores.

Several Fort Lauderdale Publix stores are just a few miles away from The Fresh Market store.























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$5 footlongs at Subway in February

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Get $5 footlongs all month at Subway.

The chain's "FebuANY" promotion offers the $5 deal on everything, including B.M.T.s and breakfast sandwiches through Feb. 29 at participating restaurants.

Subway also is giving away 30 free $5 footlongs every day in a month-long trivia contest.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Feb. 29.

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Free 12-pack of Taster's Choice coffee

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Taster's Choice is offering up to a dozen free, single serve instant coffee sticks through Facebook.

Register (it just took a few seconds) and get two six-pack samples of Taster's Choice instant coffee sticks in assorted flavors; the offer is good for two per household.

Click here for the deal. Samples should arrive in 6-8 weeks.

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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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