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March 31, 2012

Coupon: $20 in savings at Festival Flea Market

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Get $20 in savings at Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach with a coupon.

Print the voucher and redeem at the information booth to get 20 $1 coupons good for a $1 off every $5 spent on purchases up to $50 before sales tax. The coupons can be used at multiple vendors.

The offer excludes purchases in the food court restaurants, Going Bananas and The Hillsboro Antique Mall, among other restrictions listed on the coupon. Also, PTA members can get the deal each month when by showing a membership card at the information booth.

If you haven't visited the indoor shopping mall at 2900 W. Sample Road, it's got more than 500 shops and restaurants. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 954-979-4555 for information.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on April 30.

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March 30, 2012

Meet Mike Pouncey at Coral Springs AT&T store Saturday

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Miami Dolphins fan? Well here’s your chance to meet player Mike Pouncey and some of the Dolphins cheerleaders this weekend.

Dolphins center offensive lineman, Mike Pouncey, will be signing autographs at the AT&T Store in Coral Springs on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pouncey was selected as the No. 15 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft last year by the Miami Dolphins after playing for the Florida Gators.

The store is located at 4240 N. State Road 7 in Coral Springs.

From 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. tonight, Miami Dolphins cheerleaders Candi and Ariana will be signing autographs at the AT&T Store in Boca Village. The cheerleading squad travels internationally, performing on military tours and at events in South Florida.

The store is located at 694 Yamota Rd. in Boca Raton.

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Coupons: $5 off $25, $10 off $50 at Jo-Ann Fabric

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Save $5 off $25 or $10 off $50 and $25 off $75 purchases at Jo-Ann Fabric with coupons.

Click here for the deal. The coupons expire on Saturday, March 31.

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March 29, 2012

Free skin cancer screenings in South Florida through Monday

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The Skin Cancer Foundation's Road to Health Skin Tour bus rolls into South Florida, offering free skin cancer screenings Thursday through Monday.

The free skin checks, sponsored by Aveeno and the Skin Cancer Foundation, offer full-body checks by board-certified dermatologists on the RV at the following times and locations:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Miami Beach Marina,
300 Alton Road.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road in Miami.

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Bass Pro Shop at the Dolphin Mall in Miami.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the Harbor Shops, 1815 Cordova Road in
Ft. Lauderdale.

12 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the Harbor Shops, 1815 Cordova Road in
Ft. Lauderdale.

The doctors also will show you how to do a self-exam, explain the best ways to protect against skin cancer and discuss types of treatments. Aveeno will be giving out free samples of sunscreen, too.

More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, according SkinCancer.org.

Click here to see the tour schedule and get more information about protecting your skin from sun damage.

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Free meals at IHOP when you join e-mail club

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Get free meals at IHOP when you join the chain's Pancake Revolution e-mail club.

Sign up and you'll get a coupon in about 24 hours for a free meal valued at $7.99. Also, you'll get two additional free meals on your birthday and on the anniversary of when you join.

Join today and you'll get your coupon in about 24 hours. Just in time for a free breakfast on the weekend!

Click here for the deal.

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March 28, 2012

Best Buy site down until Wednesday afternoon

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Today is not the day to try and buy a new iPad or laptop online from Best Buy.

The electronics retailer's website will be down until 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to a script on the site. The message tells web viewers that the Best Buy site is down for scheduled maintenance and routine updates.

The website has been down since 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to Mashable.com

The Weekly Ad and Store Locator sections of the website are still available for viewing.

Online orders that have already been placed will still be processed during the web update, although there is no way for customers to check on the status of the order.

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Publix to reopen in Pompano Beach Saturday





















Pompano Beach residents will soon be able to shop inside the newly rebuilt Publix store, which has been closed for renovations.

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The Publix at 2511 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach will reopen to customers Saturday, March 31, at 7 a.m.

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

The original store, which opened on August 3, 1967 and was 44,000-square-feet, closed on April 30, 2011. It was torn down and replaced with a larger 54,000-square-foot store and a new parking garage.

The shopping aisles have been expanded to allow for more products and the store will have a wide selection of natural and organic foods.

About 200 people will be employed at the new store.

Pompano Beach city officials considered the proposal of the $20 million to $30 million renovation and expansion of the Publix on East Atlantic Boulevard in 2007.

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Free Mickey Mouse ears, 25 percent off at Disney Store on Wednesday

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Get a free pair of silver Mickey Mouse ears and save 25 percent at Disney Stores to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Wednesday.

The first 250 to visit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. get the free ears. There also will be other fun activities throughout the day, from freeze dances to arts and crafts and 25 percent off your total purchase with a coupon.

There are Disney Store locations all over Central and South Florida.

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

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March 27, 2012

BurgerFi to open near Galleria in spring

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The construction of the newest BurgerFi restaurant has begun on Sunrise Boulevard across from the Galleria Mall.

Deerfield Beach-based RCC Associates General Contractors are constructing a 3,715-square-foot BurgerFi restaurant at 2477 E. Sunrise Blvd.

The locally-owned, expanding restaurant chain hopes to open the new Galleria location in the spring, according to a press release.

BurgerFi is a fast casual concept, and the burgers are of all natural angus beef. The company is connected to The Office, a gastro pub on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

This is the fourth South Florida restaurant, although franchise agreements are in the works nationwide.


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Save 25 percent on any purchase at Einstein Bros. Bagels

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Get 25 percent off at Einstein Bros. Bagels with a coupon. Hello, Tasty Turkey!

The coupon is good on your entire purchase at participating locations. It can't be used on catering orders or combined with other offers.

Join Einstein's e-club to get other money-saving offers.

Click here for the deal. Scroll down for the coupon. It expires on April 15.

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March 26, 2012

Whole Foods opening in Pembroke Pines March 28






















Whole Foods Market will open its newest Broward location in Pembroke Pines on Wednesday, March 28.

The grand opening celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m., a free continental breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and a bread breaking ceremony. The Pembroke Pines Charter High School Marching Band will also perform.

Opening day customers will be able to try samplings from every department, according to a press release.

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“We’ve been looking forward to the Pembroke Pines store opening and are thrilled to bring Whole Foods Market to the residents of Northwest Miami Dade and Southwest Broward Counties,” said Nick Ayoub, Store Team Leader of the new location, in a press release.

The new store, located in the Cobblestone Plaza at 14956 Pines Blvd., is the 11th South Florida store, and the 17th Whole Foods Market in Florida.

The company was founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas. The organic grocer will have a full time healthy eating specialist on staff in Pembroke Pines to assist customers in making healthy food choices, teach cooking demonstrations and give store tours. A specialist station will be set up in the produce section.

Click here for a photo gallery of the new store.

The Whole Foods store will accept items from local South Florida farms that are apart of the Consumer Supported Agriculture program. Farmers can use the store as a drop-point for free of charge. This service is in addition to the locally grown and produced items that will be stocked on store shelves.

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Exxon Mobil offers rebates of 15 cents per gallon

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Exxon Mobil is offering 15-cent rebates for 60 days or up to 100 gallons of gas when you register for a Speedpass.

The free device hooks onto your keychain and is linked to a credit or debit card account and allows you to quickly pay for fuel purchases. Once you register, the device is mailed to you.

Register by May 31 to get the offer, which is available at participating Exxon Mobil stations across Florida. Rebates appear as a credit on your monthly statement.

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

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Free hot breakfast at RaceTrac with drink purchase

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Let's kick off Monday morning right with a free, hot breakfast from RaceTrac. The offer is listed on RaceTrac's Facebook page.

Get a free breakfast item when you buy a coffee or fountain drink at the convenience store and gas chain from 5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily.

On the menu: Breakfast burritos, sausage and egg biscuits, croissant, quesadillas or empinadas with a purchase of hot or cold drinks.

Click here for the deal. The offer runs through April 1.

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March 24, 2012

Free appetizer at Hooters for NCAA March Madness

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If you've got Final Four basketball fever, Hooters has a prescription: A free appetizer with coupon.

The "Hooters Hooky Days" promotion offers a coupon, or prescription from Nurse Ashleigh, for a free order of cheese sticks, onion rings or fried pickles with purchase of a beverage during conference and tournament games when you dine in at participating restaurants. The offer is for one coupon per table per visit.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on April 2 or when 100,00 coupons have been claimed.

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March 23, 2012

Coral Square Mall brings in new stores this year

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Seven new retailers are coming to the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs this year.

The first Crazy 8 in Broward County, along with another children’s retailer, P.S. from
Aeropostale, recently opened. Crazy 8 is the newest brand to launch under the The Gymboree Corporation umbrella. The 2,100-square-foot store near the Old Navy inside the mall sells age apprpriate clothing for children.

P.S. from Aeoropostale specializes in children’s clothing from ages 7-12. The new 3,901-square-foot location opened near the Disney Store.

The Limited, a women’s clothing retailer, will open this summer in a 4,000-square-foot space near American Eagle. Pink by Victoria’s Secret, which sells sleepwear, lingerie and beauty products for women, opens this fall in a 5,100-square-foot store in front of Charlotte Russe.

Love Culture, a discount clothing, accessories and shoe store for women, will also open this fall in a 8,300-square-foot space in the former Gap and Gapkids stores.

Mrs. Fields Cookies and a Churromania are the newest eatery additions to the mall.

“We’re thrilled to offer these great additions to the local community and visitors,” said Xiomara Fraga, director of marketing and business development at Coral Square Mall in a press release. “Each of these concepts enhances the vibrant environment found at Coral Square."

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Target offers free shipping for online orders

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Free shipping always sweetens an online deal, so Target has expanded it's policy.

Target will now ship online orders for free when shoppers use their Red Cards, the retailer's Visa credit card. Or, score free shipping with purchase is $50 or more good on 500,000 eligible items.

No minimum purchase is required to get free shipping when using the Red Card. All Red Card purchases save shoppers 5 percent on items too.

Target updated it return policy, too. "Easy Returns" now allows the return of most online purchase to stores. The return method is listed on the product page under shipping.

For more information, click here.

There are no signs of the free shipping promotion expiring any time soon, says Target spokeswoman, Andrea McCauley.

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Free download of 'Angry Birds Space' from Amazon

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Get a free download of "Angry Brids Space" from Amazon.com for Android devices.

The new game in the highly-addictive series from Rovio was released Wednesday. iOS users will have to pay 99 cents for the game in iTunes.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Coffee-Mate creamer coupons through Facebook ($3.99 value)

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Coffee-Mate is giving out 200,000 coupons for free flavored creamers through Facebook on Friday.

Beginning noon, visit the fan page, and click on the "Free Flavor Friday" tab to sign up to get the coupon, valued at $3.99, for any flavor of creamer. You can request one per person, two per household.

Click here for the deal. Hurry! They'll go quick.

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March 22, 2012

Ann Taylor closing in CityPlace, new store opening in Gardens Mall

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One Palm Beach Ann Taylor store will close and another will open at a nearby mall shortly after.

Women’s clothing retailer, Ann Taylor, will close its doors for good at CityPlace in West Palm Beach on Saturday.

Closeout deals will be going on at the store through the week. The store is on South Rosemary Avenue.

But a new Ann Taylor concept store plans to open inside the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens in May, according to a company statement.

"This store will serve as our presence in the Palm Beach shopping area," the statement said.

The brand opened its last concept store in South Florida at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens in August. There are four other Ann Taylor concept stores in Aventura, Boca Raton and Dadeland that opened in 2010 and 2011, in addition to the seven other loft, factory and outlet stores in the region.

The stores have been redesigned in recent years to create a more boutique feel, said a company statement. "The boutiques are inspired by a stylish modern contemporary home and provide a more intimate shopping experience that is chic, warm and inviting."

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$10 in free game play at Dave & Busters

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Get $20 in game play with a $10 purchase at Dave & Busters with a coupon.

The deal is being offered as part of promotion with VH1's "Basketball Wives." Print and present the coupon at the front desk or server to redeem with a photo ID.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on April 30. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

Also, join Dave & Buster's Rewards and get $10 in free game play, too. (The offers can't be combined.)

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Free Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill

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Bonefish Grill is offering a free appetizer of Bang Bang Shrimp with any $15 purchase through Facebook.com.

The yummy starter is crispy fried shrimp tossed in a spicy sauce. Like the Bonefish Grill page, and click the "Spring's here with a BANG!" tab to get a coupon via email, while supplies last.

Click here for the deal. The offer, one per email address, ends Tuesday, March 27.

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Save $2 on admission to Palm Beach Boat Show through Sunday

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Save $2 off admission to the Palm Beach International Boat Show on Thursday through Sunday in downtown West Palm Beach.

Buy your tickets online and save time waiting in line. You'll get in for $12 for adults and $3 for kids 15-6. Children under 5 are admitted free.

The 27th annual show features $350 million in watercraft and accessories and is held on the Intracoastal Waterway along Flagler Drive betweenBanyan and Fern streets. Entrances are located at Evernia Street and Flagler Drive and North Clematis Street and Flagler Drive.

Hours: Thursday 12 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Click here for the deal. Tickets are valid for one day only and cannot be refunded or exchanged.

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March 21, 2012

Goldstar sells half off tickets to South Florida events

Looking for an affordable seat to the next Miami Heat game?

There’s a new ticket site to check in town. Much like Groupon or LivingSocial, Goldstar is a membership-based website that touts half-off prices on tickets to live entertainment like sporting events, concerts and comedy shows. The web retailer recently expanded into South Florida.

Members have access to Miami Heat, Florida Panthers, Miami Lyric Opera, and Disney on Ice tickets, as well as other events at venues that include the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, The New Theater and AmericanAirlines Arena.

How does it work? Sports teams and venues partner with Goldstar and allocate surplus tickets to sell to Goldstar members at half-price. The concept differs from sites like StubHub and eBay, which lets customers buy and sell tickets and charge fees for the transactions.

“Sometimes with so many options, it’s hard to choose what to do, and even harder to stay within budget,” said Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar in a press release.

Miami Heat tickets to the April 10 game against the Boston Celtics are for sale for $65 on Goldstar. Full price tickets start at $103. The April 10 Florida Panthers home game against the Edmonton Oilers are offered for $15. Full price tickets are $30.

There are more than 12,000 South Florida residents, from West Palm Beach to Miami, that are members on the site already. It is free to sign up.

Goldstar has more than two million members and 5,000 venue partners nationwide. The site lists up to 1,500 half-price or free live events each day.

“We hope that by bringing Goldstar to Miami we can make it easier for people to ‘go out more’ by providing fun ideas, affordable tickets, and a simple way to share those experiences with
friends,” McCarthy said.

Sign up for free at Goldstar.com and follow on Twitter at @GoldstarMiami.

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Free four-piece Chanel Le Blanc Deluxe Brightening Skincare set

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Get a free four-piece deluxe set of Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Skincare.

Sign up to receive deluxe samples of the new lightening and brightening skincare set, which includes a Fresh Brightening Foam Cleanser, Brightening Moisturizing Cream, Brightening Moisture Lotion and the Brightening Concentrate Continuous Action TXC. The line ranges in price from $60 to $195.

The collection is the latest in Chanel's line of skincare and promises to lighten dark spots, brighten and even skintone with Pearl Protein Extract and TXC — a molecule Chanel says is "the first active brightening ingredient registered in Japan as a quasi-drug by a Western company" and works to 12 hours.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Sunday, March 25, and is one per customer.

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March 20, 2012

Rate stores on Zagat for chance to win $100 gift card

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Here’s your chance to be a critic. Zagat is asking for customer input on national retail chains visited in the past year.

Those interested in participating will rate retail stores based on the quality, display, service, average cost compared to other stores and personal experience while shopping at a particular store.

The survey also include a list of shops known for value, customer loyalty, sales and promotions.

Results will be published later this year.

Zagat is known for its restaurant ratings guide and reviews for establishments across the country. The website recently expanded this year to include customer ratings on everything from high-end designer stores to mall favorites and other retail chains.

Anyone can rate their favorite or least favorite stores by clicking here.

The wittiest comments have a chance to be quoted in the official Zagat reviews, according to a press release.

Each vote entered before April 16 will also be entered into Zagat’s Witty Surveyor Contest. Participants that come up with the most clever reviews could be selected to win a $100 MasterCard gift card.

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Half off $10 Amazon.com gift cards at AmazonLocal.com on Tuesday

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Get 50 percent off a $10 Amazon.com gift card through AmazonLocal.com on Tuesday.

This deal is while supplies last, so hurry. You must sign up for the one-deal-a-day site with an email address to get the offer.

Specialized deals are offerd in Coral Gables/South Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, North Miami-Dade/South Broward, Palm Beaches and Orlando.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Bloomin' Onion at Outback on Tuesday

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Get a free Bloomin' Onion at Outback Steakhouse to celebrate the first day of spring on Tuesday.

Stop in any participating restaurant and mention the "Bloom into Spring" offer to the server to get your freebie with any purchase.

Click here for the deal to sign up. The offer is one per table and is good for dine-in or curbside takeaway.

Also, Rita's is giving out free Italian ices from noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Free Rita's Italian Ice, Outback Bloomin' Onion on Tuesday

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On Tuesday, March 20, spring has sprung and you can get two treats and eats today to celebrate the first day of spring:

Rita’s: From noon to 9 p.m., to get a free, regular-sized ice. The chain’s been giving out its signature product, which comes in more than 30 flavors, for 20 years. Last year, they gave away 1.2 million freebies on the first day of spring. There are locations in Central and South Florida.

Outback Steakhouse: Get a free Bloomin' Onion with purchase when you mention the "Bloom Into Spring" offer to your server. One per table our takeout order.

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March 19, 2012

Boynton Beach Mall adds two new stores and restaurant concept

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Three new retailers have set up shop inside the Boynton Beach Mall this mall this month.

An As Seen on TV store, Charley’s Grilled Subs and Kitchen Collection are the newest to stores to enter the Simon Mall at 801 North Congress Ave.

Kitchen Collection offers kitchen supplies and utensils for the amateur and professional chef, according to a press release. The 6,000-square-foot store sells brand name products like Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid, T-fal, Cuisinart and Progressive. The new store is located next to Wet Seal inside the mall. The retailer also sells factory refurbished products and closeout items for the deal-seeking shopper.

This is the first Kitchen Collection store to open in Palm Beach County.

As Seen on TV, the store dedicated solely to infomercial products seen in commercials on television, opened a 1,142-square-foot store next to the Sunglass Hut in the Macy’s wing of the mall. Products range from kitchen and household items to outdoors, and health and beauty products.

Charley’s Grilled Subs, the newest addition to the Boynton Beach Mall food court, sells steak, chicken and deli sub sandwiches with grilled salads, steak fries and a variety of unique lemonades. The concept began on the Ohio State University campus and opened its first store in Boynton Beach inside the mall.

“We’re thrilled to offer these great additions to the local community and visitors,” said Pamela Kluge, director of marketing and business development in a press release. “Each of these concepts enhances the vibrant environment found at Boynton Beach Mall."

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March 17, 2012

Free fries and green ketchup at Burger King on Saturday and Sunday

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It's your lucky day at Burger King twice.

Get a free order of fries with a side of green ketchup on Saturday and Sunday to celebate St. Patty's Day weekend.

Get a free order of value fries served with a side of green Heinz St. Patty's Sauce. No coupo or purchase is necessary.

Who knew the King was Irish?

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

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March 16, 2012

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South Florida residents set on being one of the first to get the new iPad released today didn't let a little early morning rain stop them.

Click here for a photo gallery of the release.

Kevin Booker, from Hollywood, staked out his No. 2 spot in line at the Apple Store in the Galleria Mall around 9 p.m. Thursday night. That means he spent 11 hours inside the mall, just to get his hands on the newest iPad.

"There is no other piece of technology that is up to par," Booker said while waiting in line in front of the store Friday morning.

He plans to get two iPads today - one for himself and one for a friend.

Maro Macieo had been at the store since 8 p.m. Thursday and was the first to walk into the Apple Store Friday morning. He was greeted by hollering and clapping Apple Store employees and got a few pats on the back and a hug as he entered the store.

Macieo flew to Fort Lauderdale from Brazil specifically to get an iPad.

"I want to be the first person in Brazil with one," Macieo said.

Others, like Mark Hollingsworth from Fort Lauderdale, got in line just 30 minutes before the 8 a.m. store opening. He was dressed in a "Windows killer" Apple fan T-shirt.

"This definitely is not my first Apple product," he said.

Apple Store employees passed out Starbucks coffee, Dunkin Donuts treats and bottled water to customers in line.

A line formed outside the Best Buy on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale before sunrise. Customers waiting in line collected inside the first set of glass doors to brave the rain. Stores open at 10 a.m.

The new iPad comes in HD and 4G, and starts at $499. Want to know more about Apple’s latest gadget, click here for Daniel Vasquez’s Consumer Talk blog.

Walmart stores started selling the iPad before anyone else at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning, according to a spokeswoman.

The new iPad went on sale at all Target stores at 8 a.m. Friday. Target is offering a trade-in offer to customers who are willing to trade in their working iPad 2. Shoppers who trade in an older iPad can receive up to $350 in store credit. Credit depends on the type of iPad traded in and can be used toward the purchase of a new iPad. Target guests who shop with a Target REDCard will receive 5 percent savings on the purchase of the new iPad.

South Florida AT&T stores opened at 9 a.m. Monthly data packages start at $14.99 and do not require a two-year term commitment. Maurice Contreras, manager of the Sunrise AT&T store near Sawgrass Mills, said there was no line at the store for iPads. However, a steady stream of customers came in after the store opened its doors.

There was a line of more than 50 people at the neighboring Best Buy, Contreras said.

BrandsMart USA stores will only have three new iPads for sale per store, according to spokeswoman, Ellen Stevens. BrandsMart USA stores will open at 9 a.m. Friday and the iPads will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Best Buy stores opened at 10 a.m. Managers began handing out tickets for available units at 8 a.m. to any customers waiting in line outside the store before opening. Managers are reporting crowds of 50-100 customers per store.

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Free Reuben sandwich with purchase at Arby's

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Celebrate St. Patty's weekend with a free Reuben sandwich when you buy one at Arby's with a coupon through Facebook.

Visit Arby's fan page and click the "BOGO Reuben" tab to get the coupon. The offer is good on a Reuben or Super Reuben sandwich and cannot be combined with any other offer.

The sandwich has thin-sliced corned beef topped with melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on toasted marble rye bread.

Click here for the deal. The offer is one coupon per customer and it expires Sunday. March 18.

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March 15, 2012

Kmart store in Davie to close

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The Kmart store in Davie will close, along with 62 additional specialty stores that Sears Holding Corp. announced will close within the first half of this year, according to an annual report.

The struggling retailer plans to shut the doors of 43 of its Hometown stores, 10 of the hardware stores and all nine of its Great Indoors stores, according to the report press release.

There are no Great Indoor stores in Florida.

The company announced in December that it will close up to 120 full-line Kmart and Sears stores across the country in order to generate up to $170 million in cash. Sears Holding Company released an initial list of 79 stores that are scheduled to close, which included the Pompano Beach Kmart and a Sears Essentials store in West Palm Beach.

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.

It is unclear how many employees there are at the Pompano Beach Kmart, located at 2421 N. Federal Highway or the store at 1901 S. University Drive in Davie.

Customers report that store closing sales are going on inside the Pompano Beach and Davie Kmart stores.

In February, Sears Holding Corp. announced that it will sell 11 stores for $270 million to General Growth, which owns malls around the country. A Sears department store in Ocoee in Central Florida was included in the sale.

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Meet New York Yankee Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson on Friday

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Start spreadin' the news! Meet New York Yankee Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson at a free event at Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek on Friday, March 16.

Mr. October will meet and greet fans from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at NYY Steak, the new restaurant at the casino. There is another location at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

No. 44 is best remembered for his electrifying, three consecutive homers in the clinching game of the 1977 World Series. He blasted 563 career home runs with 2,584 hits in a 21-year career. But you knew that. The right-fielder was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

NYY Steak is located at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th Street, Coconut Creek; 954-977-6700. Hours are Thursday-Monday 5 to 11 p.m. Reservation are recommended.

Go to NYYSteak.com for more information.

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Coupon: $10 off at Outback Steakhouse

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Get $10 off two entrees at Outback Steakhouse with a coupon through Facebook.

Visit the Outback Steakhouse fan page and click the "Get $10 Off!" tab to get the coupon emailed to you. It expires on April 3.

Also, you can score a free Bloomin' Onion with any purcahse on Mondays if Outback's NASCAR driver Ryan Newman places in the top 10 in any race this season, as he did last week. Sign up for an alert so you don't miss out on the yummy freebie.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on March 30 or while supplies last.

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Free Just for Men Touch of Gray with rebate ($9.50 value)

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Try Just for Men Touch of Gray hair color for free with a rebate valued at $9.50.

Purchase any Touch of Gray product before Dec. 31 and mail with the rebate form your original cash register receipt with the price circled along with the UPC barcode from the box to get your money back.

Click here for the deal.

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March 14, 2012

Free Hill's Light pet food with rebate ($13.99 value)

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Let your dog or cat try Hill's Science Diet Light pet food for free with a rebate valued at $13.99.

The offer is part of Hill's "Million Pound Pledge," which aims to slim down overweight pets.

Purchase a 5-pound bag or smaller of food by April 30, fill out the rebate form and enclose the dated sales receipt with the UPC from the package and mail by May 31. Follow the directions exactly and you'll get your money back in six to eight weeks.

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

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March 13, 2012

BrandsMart USA offering free shipping on Smart TVs

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Looking for the perfect flat screen to watch all 67 March Madness games this month?

BrandsMart USA is offering free delivery on all flat-panel Smart TVs that are 47-inches or larger, according to a company press release.

All 47-inch or above flat-panel Smart televisions will be delivered free within the local delivery areas. The TVs are delivered by company service technicians through the BrandsMart USA Service Center.

Basic installation includes removing the television from the packaging, placing it on the stand, hooking up to two existing video sources like cable, satellite or a DVD player, and a demonstrating how to use the remote control.

BrandsMart USA technicians also will remove old TVs at no extra charge, if requested.

Smart TVs have a built-in connection for Internet without the use of an additional box, the press release stated. To work correctly, a home must have high speed Internet access and a dual band router.

BrandsMart USA also offers free local delivery on appliances purchased for $399 or more. No expiration date for the free shipping offer has been set.

What's a Smart TV? Watch a video here.

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Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo complete merger

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The merger between grocery chains Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo was finished late last week when Winn-Dixie shareholders approved the transaction, according to a press release.

No store names will change, and none of the 480 Winn-Dixie stores will close because of the merger, said Eric Barnes, spokesman for Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie grocery stores. Winn-Dixie loyalty reward cards and fuelperks! program will carry on without interruption. Bi-Lo grocery stores also operate a fuelperks program.

South Carolina-based Bi-Lo announced it will move its headquarters to Jacksonville.

Winn-Dixie stockholders will be eligible for $9.50 in cash per share. Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. sold for $560 million.

Bi-Lo is the ninth largest supermarket chain in the U.S. with 688 grocery stores and 63,000 employees in eight states in the Southeast.

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Free Febreze Noticeables Oil Warmer with rebate

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Get a free aFebreze Noticeables Oil Warmer valued at $3.50 with a rebate.

Buy the warmer, send in the receipt and UPC code with the form to get your money.
You have plenty of time. The offer is good through June 30. The rebate must be postmarked by July 15. Follow the directions exactly to get your money back!

Click here for the deal.

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March 12, 2012

Want to fly? Jet pack experience deal offered through Living Social today

Want to know what it feels like to fly? For $149, you can strap on a water-powered jet pack and zoom across the ocean in Fort Lauderdale.

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Living Social is offering a Rocketman jet pack experience to South Florida residents today. The deal gets you a half-hour ride with a take-home, high-definition DVD of the experience, which usually costs $300. The water-fueled jet pack propels users 30 feet up in the air, does turns and dives, all on open water.

Today is the last day to purchase the deal. More than 550 people have purchased the deal already, which has been running since March 7.

Click here for the deal.

To learn more about the Rocketman Experience, click here.

Want more than a half-hour experience? The jet packs are offered for sale for nearly $100,000 by Dania Beach-based company, JetLev Technologies. Read the full story here.

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Free printable brackets from NCAA for March Madness

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The NCAA is offering a free printable bracket for March Madness for 2012 National Bracket Day.

How far will you teams go until the Final Four meet in New Orleans on March 31?

Click here to print and make those picks.

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Free coffee and breakfast at IKEA on Monday

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Wake up and smell the free coffee and breakfast at IKEA on Monday.

The Swedish store in Sunrise will give away free cups of coffee to help you wake up after losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday.

IKEA plans to give away more than 10,000 cups of free coffee as part of its Random Acts of Life Improvement campaign, according to a release.

The free coffee goes great with free breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes, offered from 9 to 11 a.m. every Monday.

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

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March 11, 2012

Free creation at Cold Stone Creamery with purchase

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Get a free Cold Stone Creamery creation when you buy one with a coupon.

The offer is valid for a free small, medium or large cup with up to four mix-ins at participating locations.

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

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Nominate a teacher for a free makeover from Jody Jack & Co. in Boca Raton

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Here's a fun spring break project: Students can nominate a teacher for a free makeover through April from Jody Jack & Co. in Boca Raton.

Middle and high-school students from South Palm Beach and North Broward counties can write a maximum 500-word essay in the "Teacher Appreciation Make-Over Contest."
Students should include details on how the teacher changed his or her life, inspired change or helped overcome an obstacle. Essays will be accepted from schools in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs and Plantation.

The winning teacher will be selected in at the end of April to receive a full color treatment with owner Jody Jack along with a haircut, make-up session, fashions from Macy's and a gift basket of beauty and hair products. Both teacher and student get to attend the make-over session.

Submit entries to: kmorgan@goodpresspublishing.com.

Jody Jack & Co. is at 21090 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-391-7545, Jodyjackandco.com

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Free sample of Gevalia Coffee from Target

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Get a free sample of gourmet Gevalia Kaffe from Target.
You'll most likely get a high-value coupon with the sample, too.

Long only available by mail, the Swedish coffeemaker is entering the mass market, offering seven flavors of its gourmet coffee in supermarkets and mass retailers.

Click here for the deal.

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March 10, 2012

Save $10 off $100 purchase at Publix with Boy Scout Camp Card

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Save $10 off $100 purchase at Publix when you buy a $5 Camp Card from the Boy Scouts. The cards let you double your money at Publix and help the boys earn their way to camp at the same time.

Look for uniformed Scouts selling the cards in front of Publix markets. The cards also offer $5 in savings at Denny's and $3 off at Pollo Tropical, savings at Super Cuts, Papa John's, and more.

I bought two because the Publix offer doesn't expires until June 30.

For more information, visit the South Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America website.

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March 9, 2012

Free download of Taylor Swift's 'Safe & Sound' from 'Hunger Games' soundtrack

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Google play is offering a free download of Taylor Swift's new single "Safe & Sound" from the "Hunger Games" soundtrack for Android devices.

Get the hot, new track, featuring the Civil Wars, after you create an account on the newly
introduced Google play The new service offers books, music, apps and games for Android devices.

Click here for the deal.

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March 8, 2012

Buy one espresso beverage, get one half off at Starbucks

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Starbucks is having a "Espresso Twice, Half the Price" promotion though Wednesday.

Buy one full-priced espresso beverage by 11 a.m. and save your receipt to get another at 50 percent off after 2 p.m.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends March 14.

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Free gold bunny at Lindt Chocolate Shops on Thursday

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Get a free Lindt Gold Bunny on Thursday to celebreate the Swiss Chocolatier's 60th anniversary

The first 500 to stop in at Lindt Chocolate Shops will get the cute, foil wrapped Easter treat. No purchase is necessary. Also, the first 500 to make a purchase at LindtUSA.com Thursday gets one, too.

Click here for the deal. There are shops at Sawgrass Mills, Dolphin Mall and Mall of Millenia.

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March 7, 2012

Aventura Mall ranked No. 2 most visited mall by Travel + Leisure

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Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked Aventura Mall the second most visited mall in the country, outranking Sawgrass Mills and the Town Center at Boca Raton.

Aventura Mall has 28 million visitors annually, according to the ranking, making it the second most popular enclosed shopping center on the list. The upscale mall in northern Miami-Dade county, which houses about 300 retailers, beat out Sawgrass Mills, which ranked No. 5 with 26 million visitors a year and the Town Center at Boca Raton, which ranked 26th with 11 million visitors.

Mall of America in Minnesota took the No. 1 spot with 40 million shoppers annually.

“Aventura Mall has become a fashion destination for not only the local community, but also the international visitor,” said Anabel Llopis, Aventura Mall’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “We attribute this to our ever-evolving retailer mix, ranging from luxury, renowned names to many of the most popular and recognized retailers.”

Aventura Mall houses retailers like Tag Heuer, Louis Vuitton, Herve Leger by MaxAzria, Burberry, Faconnable, Henri Bendel, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss.

The travel publication ranked 30 malls by using the most recent Directory of Major Malls and through data from mall owners.

“Some mall owners were glad to share their latest data; others either refused or said they don’t keep track of how many people come through their doors. In cases where we couldn’t get the data directly from the malls, we used alternative sources including chambers of commerce, newspapers, advertising agencies, and tourism websites. Given that people don’t purchase tickets to a mall, all of the annual visitation numbers are estimates no matter what the source,” the article stated.

No other Florida malls made the list.

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Tweet your way to savings at McDonald's, Whole Foods with American Express

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American Express card members can get a tweet deal with savings at McDonald's, Whole Foods, Gulf Oil and H&M and more.

The new "Sync, Tweet and Save" program offers couponless savings when you sync your American Express and Twitter accounts and then tweet using special #hashtags on the popular social media site. The savings show up as credits on your monthly Amex statement.

The offers are impressive: Get $5 off a $5 purchase at McDonald's, $20 off a $75 purchase at Whole Foods, $5 of a $25 purchase at Gulf Oil, $10 off $50 purchase at H&M and many more.
Get details on the deals on the American Express Twitter Favorites page.

First, securely sync your American Express and Twitter accounts, then Tweet your way to savings using the hashtag to get offers.

Click here for the deal.

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Coupon: $25 off tax preparation at Jackson Hewitt

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Get $25 off tax preparation fees at Jackson Hewitt with a coupon on Facebook.

Visit the Jackson Hewitt fan page and click the "Coupon" tab to get the coupon valid at participating locations. This year, federal taxes are due by midnight on Tuesday, April 17.

If you're filing a 1040EZ form, Jackson Hewitt will prepare your taxes for free at South Florida Walmart stores, too.
Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on April 30.


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March 6, 2012

Giveaways, celebrity appearances, at Dick's Sporting Goods store opening in Lauderdale

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Dick’s Sporting Goods will open its newest location in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.

The store, located in the Regions Bank Plaza at 2420 N. Federal Highway, will celebrate the grand opening over three days, beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday at 8 a.m. with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.

The first customers through the door on Friday will receive a free Reebok T-shirt while supplies last.

Giveaways and special athlete appearances will take place throughout the weekend inside the new store. On Friday, South Florida fishing legend Captain Bouncer Smith, who holds more than 50 world records in fishing, will meet customers from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Miami Marlin’s baseball legend Jeff Conine will be onsite from 1-3 p.m. There will also be a free Columbia T-shirt giveaway while supplies last.

On Sunday, Blair Wiggins, a champion angler and the host of Addictive Fishing on the Sun Sports Network, will be in the store from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The first 100 customers in line at the store on Sunday will receive unmarked Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards in varying amounts, from $5 to $500. The giveaway is limited to one per person and shoppers must be 18 years or older to participate.

Customers can register to win a $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card all weekend long. Additional grand opening sweepstakes and product demonstrations from brands like adidas, Wright & McGill, Crocs, Penn and Shimano, will be going on throughout the weekend.

The Fort Lauderdale location is the retailer's 18th store in Florida and 5th in South Florida. The store will be open from Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Free seven-day deluxe sample of Lancôme Génifique

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Get a free seven-day deluxe sample of Lancôme's Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate with a coupon.

Sign up and the coupon will be emailed to you in seconds. Then, bring it to your favorite South Florida Lancôme counter to get the sample.

Lancôme's serum promises younger-looking skin in seven days by stimulating the productio nof youth proteins as you sleep. Try it for yourself. A 1-ounce bottle is $80.

Click here for the deal. The offer is one per person and expires on March 31 or while supplies last.

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March 5, 2012

Free Spring Beauty Bag with receipt code from Target

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Get a free Spring Beauty Bag filled with samples from Target when you make an eligible purchase in March. No word yet on what constitutes an "eligible purchase" but we will update when we find out.

The pretty pink beauty bag is filled with spring goodies from Nexxus, Pantene, Nivea, L'Oreal, Simple and Neutrogena. There are coupons, too.

Here's how to get it: Make an eligible purchase at Target, then go online and enter the code at the bottom of your receipt to claim your reward. If you shopped at Target this weekend, check your receipt!

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

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Free video game rental from Redbox

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Get a free, one-day video game rental from Redbox.

Reserve a game online through Thursday, March 8, and then pick it at your favorite red kiosk. The first day's rental is free and after that it's $2 a day if you keep playing.

Pick from hot titles "Call of Duty: MW3" and "Assassins Creed Revelations" among others, on PS3, Xbox and Wii platforms.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends Thursday.

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March 4, 2012

$3 off 'Angels' exhibit at MOA when you eat at SoLita on Las Olas

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Through April 8, Save $3 off on up to four adult admissions to see "Offering of the Angels: Old Master Paintings and Tapestries From the Uffizi Gallery" exhibit at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale when you eat, drink and be merry at SoLita Italian Restaurant & The Parlor Lounge on Las Olas Boulevard.

Show your SoLita receipt at thre MOA boxoffice to get the discount.

Bonus: After you see the exhibit, bring your "Angels" ticket back to SoLita for a complimentary meatball appetizer! The offer is one per table and cannot be combined with other offers.

The exhibit features 45 works from Italian masters of Renaissance and Baroque periods, including paintings and tapestries from Botticelli, Parmigianino, Monaco, among many others. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, $10 for children 6-17 years old; The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, One E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500 or moafl.org.

Click here for the deal. SoLita is at 1032 East Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-2616 or visit www.solitaitalian.com.

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Free chips & salsa at Chipotle with Foursquare check in

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Check in at Chipotle on Foursquare and get a free order of chips & salsa with an entree purchase. The free offer is good on Saturday and Sundays in March.

Download the Foursquare app on your smartphone, sign up if you're not a member and then check in and show your phone at the register to get your freebie.

Learn more about using your expensive smartphone to get freebies and savings at stores and restaurants by using Foursquare and other shopping apps, such Shopkick and The Coupons App and mobile coupons.

Some of the offers: Coupons savings of up to 20 percent off at major retilers, free gift cards. Restaurant freebies include free premium tequila shots at Rocco's Tacos and $10 off a $50 check at Cheesecake Factory and many others.

Click here for the deals.

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March 3, 2012

Sign up and save with mobile coupons from Jo-Ann Fabric, Kohl's, Macy's, Target and more

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We love using electronic coupons on our phone so we always have them with us and never have to waste paper or printer ink to save money.

Here's a list of retailers and short codes to sign up to receive freebies, coupons and deals via text alert. Sign up and show your phone at the register and watch the savings add up. Standard messaging and data rates apply.

Babies R Us: Click here to sign up
Bath & Body Works: Text BBW to 588229
Express: Text EXPLUCKY to 397737
Famous Footwear: Text PROMO to 326687
Fashion Bug: Text BUGBYTE to 50799 ($10 off coupon)
IKEA: Click here to sign up
Kohl's: Text SAVE01 to 56457 (20 percent off)
JC Penney: Text NEW10 to 527365 ($10 off $50)
Jamba Juice: Jamba656 to 86677 (20 percent off)
KMart: Click here to sign up
Jo-Ann Fabric: Text CRAFT TO 56266 (20 percent off)
Macy's: Text CPN 62297 (15 percent off)
Michael's: Text MIKJOIN to 64686
New York & Co: Text 50 to 697895
Office Depot: Text OFFER to 33768
Office Max: Click here to sign up
Old Navy: Click here to sign up
Payless: Text SHOES to 747474
Sun Sentinel bargains: Text DEALS to 23539
Target: Text COUPONS to 827438 (Assorted monthly coupons)
Toys R Us: Click here to sign up
Victoria's Secret: Click here to sign up

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

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Free pretzel at Auntie Anne's on Saturday

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Get free free dough on Saturday!

Stop in at Auntie Anne’s and get a free original or cinnamon sugar pretzel on Saturday.

What did you think we meant?

Visit a participating location from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m .and get a hot, hand-rolled soft pretzel for free, no strings attached.

While you’re at it, sign up for Pretzel Perks and get a free pretzel on your birthday, too.

There are locations inside the malls at Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, Westfield Broward, Coral Square, Town Center in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach and Orlando Mall, among others.

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

POSTED IN: FOOD SPECIALS (140), Free (606)

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March 2, 2012

For first time, Sawgrass Mills to open on Easter Sunday

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For the first time, Sawgrass Mills will open on Easter Sunday, kicking off a month of $500 in special coupon savings through the end of April.

On April 8, the Sunrise megamall will open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to a release.

“Springtime brings an influx of friends and family visiting South Florida, and the first-time Easter holiday opening and Super Saver Sundays launch will provide these guests with more time to shop and save at Sawgrass Mills,” said Joellyn Fellmeth, director of marketing and business development at Sawgrass Mills. “This extra day translates into more savings for everyone and a perfect leisure day of shopping and dining for the entire family.”

The 350-store Simon Mall also will kick off a month-long "Super Saver Sundays" program, offering shoppers a complimentary coupon book with more than $500 in savings. Shoppers can go online to get a printable voucher redeemable at guest services for a complimentary book, which includes:

$20 off of a purchase of $100 or more at Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet Store
20% off of a purchase of $40 or more at Carter’s
20% off of a single full-priced item at Juicy Couture
15% off of a single item at Kate Spade New York
10% off of the entire check at Johnny Rockets
$5 off of your purchase of $35 or more at The LEGO Store

Visit the Sawgrass Mills fan page on Facebook for more info.

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

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Free Dr. Seuss events, games, printable activities for Read Across America Day on Friday

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

If we didn’t have birthdays,
you wouldn’t be you.
If you’d never been born,
well then what would you do?

Today is the National Education Association's "Read Across America" day. It also is the late, beloved children's author Dr. Seuss' 108 birthday. ("Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is opening today, too.)

In honor of these events, the NEA.org website has a fun "Seussville" page with games, a "Lorax" certificate, printable activities, lesson plans for teachers and the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library and more fun activities to help encourage kids to read.

Click here for the deal, Sam I Am!

Also, kids ages 3 and up can make cute Cat in the Hat booksmarks and nifty Dr. Seuss pencil cup holders with purchase from 4 to 6 pm. Friday at Michaels Craft stores.


Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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March 1, 2012

Free gallon of milk valued at $4 through Facebook

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UPDATE: As of 6:30 a.m., the 10,000 coupons for Thursday have been reloaded! Print now!

Got free milk? Get a free gallon of white milk valued at up to $4 on Facebook.

The Milk Mustache Campaign is giving away 100,000 coupons for a free gallon through Saturday, March 3 for the first 10,000 to visit the fan page each day on Facebook.

Like the fan page and click the "Free Milk Offer" tab to get your coupon for a free gallon of any brand of white milk when you buy any three breakfast items. They coupon does not specify what breakfast items, so it's up to you what you buy to go with it.

The latest Got Milk? advertising campaign features actress Salma Hayek sporting a milk moustache.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on April 3. Hurry! Also, the coupon will not print using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers, so be sure to use IE or Safari.

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

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Leap Day freebies from Einstein's, Papa John's, Quiznos still valid

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Since Leap Day was Wednesday, you got a whole extra day -- free -- and we celebrated with freebies.

Several are still valid for a few more days, including Einstein's coupon that is worth at least $7!

Papa John's: Online only: Buy a large specialty pizza and get a medium 1-topping pizza for 29 cents. Use code MED29 at checkout. Expires March 1.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Buy one, get one free lunch sandwich through Facebook. Click on the link and the coupon will be e-mailed to you. Print it or show it on your phone to get your free eats; it expires March 4.

Quiznos: Free fountain drink with any sub purchase with coupon; expires March 7.

SHOPPING:

'Enjoy the City' coupon books: Get five "Enjoy the City" coupon books for $29 with free shipping through Tuesday. Books normally cost $20 each.

Staples: 29 offers to commemmorate the extra day this year, from $10 off $29.99 box of copy paper to $16 for a case of Quilted Northern Bath Tissue (30 rolls for .54 each); sale ends March 3.

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

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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