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October 31, 2012

AT&T customers can text donations to Red Cross, Salvation Army and Humane Society

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South Florida AT&T wireless customers can make $10 donations via text to nonprofit organizations aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Wireless customers can make up to five $10 donations to the American Red Cross (text REDCROSS to 90999) Salvation Army (text STORM to 80888) and American Humane Society (text HUMANE to 80888). AT&T will donate 100 percent of proceeds to the charities.

There are no fees to make donations, which will appear on monthly bills or be deducted from prepaid wireless account balances.

Click here for more information.

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Free Halloween eats & treats at Krispy Kreme, Chipotle, Chili's and more

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We’ve scared up a spooktacular list of free eats and treats (no tricks) on Wednesday to celebrate Halloween.

These freebies and deals are being offered at participating South Florida restaurants for kids, young and old, costumes required, unless otherwise noted.

Buca di Beppo: Free large garlic break and 10 percent off Famaglia Meals; expires Wednesday.

Carrabba Italian Grill: Order any Wood-Fired Pizza online for $5 with coupon code "$5 pizza" in the special instructions box.

Chili's: Get a free appetizer of kids 12 and under get a free meal with adult entrée purchases with two coupons.

Chipotle Mexican Grill: $2 burrito, bowl, tacos or salad for kids and adults dressed in costume from 4 p.m. to closing. No coupon needed.

Krispy Kreme: Free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice doughnut for anyone in costume. No coupon or purchase is necessary.

Gloria Jean's: Free 4-ounce samples of Pumpkin Spice Chillers and Lattes from 4 to 7 p.m. at participating coffee shops.

Maggie Moo's: Get $1 off a Gummy Graveyard Sundae; expires Nov. 1.

Outback Steakhouse: Free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree. Also, look inside the beverage books on tables for a “Find the Treat” sticky note and win a free steak dinner valid Nov 1-29.

Pollo Tropical: Buy a $1 Treat Book (Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) and get four free fountain drinks and one $3-off coupon to benefit Women in Distress.

Smokey Bones: Save $5 on a $15 purchase when you dine in with a coupon that expires Nov. 4.

Sonic Drive-In: Get 50-cent corn dogs all day long, no costume necessary.

Sweet Tomatoes: Buy-one-get-one free entrees with purchase of two drinks.

Tijuana Flats: Kids in costume get a free Little Lizards meal with purchase of adult entree.

Wendy's: Buy a Halloween Frosty Coupon Book for $1 and get five coupons for free Frosty's. Proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas fondation for Adoption.

ODDS & ENDS:

Bass Pro Shop: Free 5X7 photos, crafts and more at kiddie on Halloween night.

Halloween apps: Get 16 fun and spooky sounds with the free "Halloween Sound Box" app for iOS.

Free "Plant vs. Zombies" video game: Forget the candy. Give out coupons for a free PC or Mac video game download with coupons from the American Dental Association. Offer expires Nov. 10.

Halloween Candy Buyback: South Florida dentists let kids turn Halloween candy into cash to help troops for Operation Gratitude.


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October 30, 2012

South Florida dentists let kids turn Halloween candy into cash to help troops

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Here's a treat for our troops and there's no trick: The Great Halloween Candy Buy-Back program lets kids turn candy into cash by bringing their treats to participating South Florida dentists who then buy the candy and donate it to be used in holiday care packages to our troops.

Local dentists sign up (dentists can still register to participate) and agree to buy the candy for cash, coupons, food, services, or goods and toys. Then, dentists in turn send the candy to Operation Gratitude in California or another military-support group. Those groups will assemble and ship care packages to our soldiers. This year, Operation Gratitude has a goal of collecting 100,000 toothpaste and toothbrushes to include in the care packages.

The program is run by the California National Guard. Last year, the Operation Gratitude sent 125 tons of candy overseas. This is a great way to get rid of that excess candy and make a soldier smile.

Click here to find a participating dentist or register your dental practice or to organize a community candy-collection operation.

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$2 eats at Chipotle Mexican Grill with costumes

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Before you go out fo Halloween tricks and treats, scare up some cheap eats at Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, anyone who visits the restaurant in costume will score $2 burritos, salads, tacos or bowls.

Proceeds (up to $1 million) of the “Boorito” fundraiser will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which supports family farms and programs that foster and teach sustainable food practices.

Also, snap a picture in the restaurant while in costume for a chance to win $2,500 and other great prizes.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Krispy Kreme doughtnut with costume on Halloween

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Get a free Pumpkin Spice doughnut at participating Krispy Kreme shops on Wednesday. The free treats are for anyone in costume. No coupon, or purchase, is necessary.

If you don't have a costume handy, print out a free monster mask so you can get the sweet treat.

Click here for the deal.

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$5 off $15 purchase at Smokey Bones

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Save $5 on a $15 purchase at Smokey Bones when you dine in.

Also, the restaurant chain is offering a New York Strip Steak, choice of side and either salad or soup for $15.99 for a limited time.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Sunday, Nov. 4.

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Free Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell on Tuesday

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The San Francisco Giants may have won the World Series, but you win a free taco from Taco Bell on Tuesday.

Everyone in America gets a free Doritos Locos Tacos from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at participating restaurants for the "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion after a base was stolen in the 8th inning in Game 2 on Thursday.

Click here for the steal, er deal. The offer is one per customer. No coupon or purchase will be necessary.

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AAA offers free tipsy tow service on Halloween and Nov. 1-3

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Don't be a ghoulish fool and get behind the wheel and drive drunk after that Halloween party.

Instead, arrive alive and get a free tow home from the American Automobile Association's Tow to Go program. The offer is open on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-3 to everyone, no membership required, but should only be used as a last resort. The offer is based on availability of trucks and call volumes.

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; more than 18,000 intoxicated drivers have used Tow to Go vs. 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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October 29, 2012

Free $10 e-gift card from Restaurant.com

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Restaurant.com is offering a free $10 e-gift card with a promotion through Facebook.

Like the Restaurant.com fan page and enter your name and email adress and the free gift certificate will be send to you via email.

Click here for the deal.

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Free NASA ringtones for Android and iPhone

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This freebie's out of this world.

NASA is offering free ringtones for Android and iPhone of its most famous moments, spaceflights, Mission Control transmissions and more.

Download MP3 and MP4 versions of some of the most famous words ever spoken, like "Houston, we've had a problem" or Neil Armstrong's "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Sound bytes from Mercury, Apollo, Discovery missions and beeps and bytes are also offered.

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Target picks 2012 Top Toys, offers free shipping

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Target has released its 2012 Top Toy catalog and is offering free shipping through midnight on Dec. 29.

Some of the chain's top picks: LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Kidz Bop Music Pack for $129.99, SpiderMan Mega Blaster Web Shooter With Glove for $15.99, Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster for $33.89 and Furby for $54 each.

The interactive catalog lets kids create a wish list and share it with their parents.

Click here to take a look.

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Free dessert at Boston Market, no purchase necessary

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Get a free individual dessert at Boston Market with a coupon. No purchase is necessary.


Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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October 28, 2012

Free 7-piece Estee Lauder gift valued at $165 with purchase at Bloomingdale's

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Estee Lauder is offering a free create-your-own 7-piece gift valued at $165 with purchase at Bloomingdale's stores and online.

Make any $45 purchase and pick your products from EL's lineup of best-selling skincare and makeup in shades subtle or bold for fall and winter.

The goodies are is tucked into a stylish blue snake skin carry-all.

Just out is the new Advanced Time Zone With SPF 15 Wrinkle Cream, $65, with the new Tri-HA Cell Signaling Complex that promises to helps skin boost its own natural production of line-plumping hyaluronic acid.
This science-heavy skincare would be a good choice heading into the cooler months.

Click here for the deal.

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October 27, 2012

Save $$20 on tickets, parking at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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If you're heading to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show through Monday, save $5 on gate-price admissions by purchasing tickets online with an offer from the International Game Fishing Association in Dania Beach. Plus, get the added benefit of not waiting in line.

Save another $15 by parking at Bass Pro Shops (across from the IGFA Museum at 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, 954-929-7710) and taking free shuttles to the show. They run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Monday.

The IGFA School of Sportfishing will be hosting fourteen free seminars a the Convention Center (with event tickets) featuring well-known South Florida captains Bouncer Smith, Ray Rosher and Jamie Bunn, among others. See the schedule at the link below.

Boat Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday at the Broward County Convention Center and Bahia Mar/Hall of Fame/Las Olas Marina and the Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina.

Regular Admission:
Prime Time Preview on Thursday: $31 online, $36 gate
Two-Day Ticket: is $33 online, $38
General Admission: (adults) is $15 online, $20 gate; kids ages 6-15, $3 online, $5 gate; kids under 6 are free.

Click here to save $5 on online purchase of admission from the IGFA using code IGFA12.

Get helpful tips from the Sun Sentinel's awesome Outdoors Writer Steve Waters at SunSentinel.com/BoatShow.

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BOGO admission to Seaquarium, Monkey Jungle, Zoo Miami and deals on other SoFla fun spots

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The weather is (finally) fabulous, so why not do something outdoors today? Here's a few ways to save.

The 4th annual Miami Attractions Month, sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, offers free admission when you buy one at Schnebly Redland's Winery and Brewery, Monkey Jungle, Miami Seaquarium, Deering Estate and loads of other South Florida fun spots through Tuesday.

Visit the Miami Science Museum and get 50 percent off; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is offering $3 savings on tickets.

Another fun idea is Thriller Miami Speedboat Tours. Explore the Magic City on the high-speed catamaran tour offering up-close looks Star Island, Fisher Island and Millionaire’s Row where you’ll see waterfront celeb mansions during the 45-minute cruise aboard the Thriller SuperCat 55.

Take a walk on the wild side with deals at the Dolphin Harbor and Sea Trek Reef Encounters at Miami Seaquarium an dEverglades Aligator Farm, among other cool things the kids would love.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Halloween toys and crafts at Toys R Us, Lowe's, Barnes & Noble on Saturday

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Scare up some fun the kids on Saturday at several free, fun Halloween giveaways and activities happening at South Florida stores.

Toys R Us: Get a free Monster City Mini Pack while supplies last at the "LEGO Bricktober Event" in stores at noon. For kids 5 and up.

Bass Pro Shop: Free 5X7 photo and grab-an-apple and craft events from 1 to 4 p.m.

Barnes & Noble: Halloween Storytime at 11 a.m. features "The Monsters' Monster" and other favorite stories.

Lowe's: Make a free Creepy Keeper at Build & Grow Clinic 10 a.m.; make an online reservation.

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October 26, 2012

Send free, animated 'Skeleton Dance' Halloween e-cards from JibJab.com

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

Personalize the silly video by uploading photos and then watch with ghoulish delight as the colorful dancing bones come to life. Then share your skeleton masterpiece via Faceobok, e-mail or upload to YouTube.com.

Click here for the deal. Enjoy!

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Microsoft Surface RT tablets, Windows 8 on sale at South Florida pop-up shops on Friday

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Gadget-hungry shoppers can test drive and buy Microsoft's über-hot Surface With Windows RT tablet at holiday "pop-up" shops opening Friday in South Florida malls.

The 10.8-inch Windows-based device arrived Friday at the new holiday stores open on the lower levels of Aventura and Dadeland malls, Microsoft said.

The 32GB tablet is $499, with 32GB and 64GB versions bundled with black Touch Covers selling for $599 and $699, respectively. The covers double as a keyboard and come in white, cyan, magenta and red for $119.

The Surface runs a "light" version of the new Windows 8 Operating System (also due out Oct. 26). The tablets come preloaded with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Internet Explorer 10 and Xbox apps. There are front and rear-facing HD video cameras, full-sized USB ports and an integrated kickstand.

The holiday shops also will sell accessories and premium Microsoft PCs, Ultrabook laptops, Windows 8 phones, Xbox gaming systems and software.

Microsoft opened its only Florida retail store at Florida Mall in Orlando on Aug. 15.

With only about 30 retail locations nationwide, Microsoft is launching more than 30 holiday shops so customers can preview the goods in time for the busy holiday shopping season.

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October 25, 2012

Free 29-photo holiday package from Sears Portrait Studio ($89 value)

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Get a free 29-photo holiday package valued at $89 from Sears Portrait Studios.

The offer is for 10 4X8 cards, 15 photo gift tags and 4 photo bookmarks. There is no session fee.

Or, if you prefer, Sears also is offering coupons for free 10X30 ($124 value) and 16X24 ($84 value) wall portraits, which would make lovely holiday gifts.

Click here for the deal and to find a studio location. The offer expires Nov. 6.

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Coupon: 20 percent off at Bed Bath & Beyond

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Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 20-percent off one item coupon through Facebook.

Like the Bed Bath & Beyond fan page type in your name and email address and print the offer, which is good only in stores.

Click here for the deal. The coupon can only be printed once.

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Free food for World Pasta Day on Thursday

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Celebrate World Pasta Day on Thursday with free food!

Olive Garden: Kids eat free with purchase on Thursday at Olive Garden to celebrate World Pasta Day. Buy up to two adult entree and two kids 12 and under choose free entrees on the Kid's Menu, which also includes a drink. We also have savings for lunch and dinner. The offers end Thursday.

Buca di Beppo: Get a free spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce with purchase of any large or small pasta, baked pasta or entree. The coupon expires Thursday.

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October 23, 2012

Free slice of Domino's new Handmade Pan Pizza on Tuesday

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Domino's is having a pizza party on Tuesday!

giving away free slices of its new Handmade Pan Pizza on Tuesday.

The first 200 to visit Broward and Miami-Dade County stores from noon to 4 pm. get to sample the chain's new Handmade Pan Pizza , which was introduced on Monday. The first 100 to visit Palm Beach County stores (and in the rest of the country) from noon to 2 p.m. get to sample the deep-dish treat.

Click here to find a location.

Still hungry? Check out Tasty Tuesday, our huge roundup of dining deals.

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Coupons: $4 off dozen bagels, $2 off sandwich at Einstein Bros. Bagels

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Einstein Bros. Bagels is offering two ways to save on breakfast.

Save $4 on a dozen bagel bucket and $2 off an egg sandwich.

Also, enter the chain's pumpkin carving contest on Facebook for a chance to win bagels for a year.

Click here for the deal. The coupons expire Oct. 29.

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Buy two, get one free Sriracha Chicken entree at Pei Wei Asian Diner ($9.25 valued)

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If you got the recent coupon for a free Sriracha Chicken entree at Pei Wei, check your email for a new offer for a free entree when you buy two.

Pei Wei is emailing "Fanatic Cards" with a barcode. Print it out or show on your phone and have it scanned twice over the next week weeks and get a free entree valued at up to $9.25. The coupon for the free entree will arrive via email in 24 hours.

The sweet and spicy limited-edition dish is made with shrimp, steak, chicken or veggies and tofu tossed with a sriracha sauce, garlic, ginger, basil, cilantro, lemongrass, onions, bell peppers, long beans, pineapple and tomatoes.


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October 22, 2012

Amazon kicks off Lightning Deals on popular holiday toys

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Forget Black Friday.

Amazon.com is getting a big jump on the holiday shopping season, offering up to 40 percent savings on some of 2012 hottest toys, according to a release.

The world's largest online retailer on Monday kicked off Lightning Deals on top-rated toys and will offer multiple specials daily through Nov. 18.

The deals, offering up to 40 percent savings on hot toys from Mattel, Fisher-Price, LEGO and LeapFrog and other popular makers, will be offered every hour and are available until all items are claimed or until the promotions ends. Free shipping on eligible orders $25 or more sweetens the offer.

Amazon's curated list of toys includes 2012 hot offerings like Winx Club Deluxe Fashion Doll Believix, Sesame Street LOL Elmo, 2012 Holiday Barbie, LeapPad2 Explorer and the Vtech InnoTab 2S Learning App Tablet (due out Oct. 29 and available for preorder).

Meanwhile, Target has launched an online price-match guarantee for big-box retailers Amazon, Walmart, Toys R Us and Best Buy beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 16.

Click here for the deals and to see the list.

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50 percent off tickets to Universal Halloween Horror Nights from Burger King

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Here’s a frightfully good offer for Florida residents from Burger King.

The South Florida-based fast food chain is offering savings of more than 50 percent on tickets to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Savings range from $22 to $47 off the $88.99 gate price on select nights through Oct. 31.

For a limited time, get promo codes printed on specially-marked cups of Coca-Cola at participating restaurants and redeem them online.

Click here for the deal. Enter code 201210002 and your Florida zipcode.

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Details on Target's online holiday price-match guarantee

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For the first time, Target will offer a holiday price-match guarantee that includes online big box retailers Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us, the company announced.

Beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 16, the Minneapolis-based retailer will price-match select merchandise offered online from big-box retailers. The guarantee also include purchases made on Target.com.

If you find the item for less, get the difference refunded by showing the online price on mobile devices or printed pages from competitor websites listed above at the service desk. Online pricing excludes Nov. 22-26. Also, Amazon third-party competitors are excluded, also. The offer is one online price match per identical item per customer.


Also beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, Target will offer the a low-price guarantee on items in competitor's printed ads and catalogs on identical items, brand names, quantity and model number. It also extends the offer to items already purchased at Target stores and on Target.com

Click here for the details on the new policy.

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Free call from Minnie Mouse or Finn McMissile

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Minnie Mouse or Finn McMissile calling!

Set up a free phone call from one of the Disney characters for your little one, compliments of Pull-Ups and Walmart.

Enter your phone number, time and pick a character. Then, have your little one answer the phone at the scheduled time.

The "Get This Potty Started" promotion is designed to help little ones transition from diapers. Pull-Ups is also offer free music downloads and a potty timer with purchase of specially marked boxes of training pants.

Click here for the deal.

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Free appetizer with drink purchase at Denny's

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Get a free appetizer with purchase of a beverage at Denny's.

The late-night coupon is good when you visit restaurants from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Click here for the deal. The offer is one coupon per check per visit. The offer ends on Nov. 18.

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Free $5 Office Depot gift card

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Office Depot is offering a free $5 gift card through the new social gift-giving site Wrapp.com.

Visit the link below at Wrapp.com and and sign in using your Facebook account.
The $5 gift card will be added to your Wrapp virtual wallet. Then, download Wrapp's Android or iPhone app on your smartphone and use it to redeem the gift card at the register at Office Depot.

Wrapp lets you give free and paid gift cards to friends and family using your computer or smartphone. Also, the site's partners, such as Office Depot, will offer a limited number of free gift cards each day.

Once you download the freebies, they go into your Wrapp virtual wallet. Some can be redeemed online and others in stores on your smartphone.

You also can send gift cards for redemption on smartphones to friends and family through Facebook.com.

Click here to for the deal. The offer ends on Nov. 16.

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October 21, 2012

Las Olas Art Fair celebrates silver anniversary on Saturday and Sunday

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The weather cools and the festival season heats up as the 25th annual Las Olas Art Fair takes place Saturday and Sunday.

The venerable downtown Fort Lauderdale fair will feature more than 100 artists from South Florida and 30 states, selling paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and one-of-a-kind works in every medium.

“I've been preparing for this show a year in advance,” says noted Cuban artist Humberto Benitez, 52. “Las Olas is a very nice show. The food is great, and the music is fantastic. Plus, all the restaurants around Las Olas, how could you go wrong?”

The Coral Gables-based painter says his passion for music and dance fuel his brilliantly colored original acrylics, right, and signed reproductions, which sell for $200 to $56,000.

“The bright colors come from grinding my own pigments. I use a spatula and knife to paint and rarely use a brush,” he says. “I never feature faces. I want people to focus on the movement, not the people in my paintings.”

A fair highlight is the giveaway of “Perpetual Bliss,” a resin and steel sculpture created by award-winning sculptor Todd Andrew Babb to celebrate the fair's silver anniversary.
The juried fair, ranked as a top 100 national art event by Sunshine Artist magazine, first set up on the sidewalks in 1987 with just 16 artists, according to event promoter Howard Alan. It returns in January and March.

Kevin Kichar, a Fort Lauderdale mixed-media artist who works primarily in paper, clay and glass, will be showing brightly colored, handmade paper tapestries. Pieces run $100 to $3,000.
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Kichar's colorful, glazed mosaic tiles adorn the Fourth Avenue Marshall Bridge spanning the New River, right. The 2011 public art project, dedicated in March, was commissioned by the Tarpon River and Sailboat Bend civic associations.

The bridge tiles are featured on one of several $10 commemorative posters benefiting the Las Olas Association.

“Carroll's Jewelers gives me broken pieces of china, glass and jewelry, and I create tile mosaic sculptures out of the shards,” says Kichar, 56. “I'll be exhibiting them at the show this weekend.”

Kichar's tent will be located in front of the jewelry store at 915 E. Las Olas Boulevard.

"Stop by. I'll be happy to sign the posters."


If you go
The art fair is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday between Southeast Sixth and 11th avenues, in Fort Lauderdale. Free. 561-746-6615. ArtFestival.com.

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Free candy, toys and 5X7 photos at CVS Halloween party for kids on Sunday

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Bring little ghosts and goblins to CVS/Pharmacy from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday for the fun second annual Halloween party with free candy and toys.

Kids in costume get a packet of free candy and toys and 5X7 photo with purchase. Plus, you'll get $15 in coupons for Halloween items like costumes, candy and batteries.

Click here for party details.

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October 20, 2012

Free gas! $10 off $50 fuel cards at Publix through Wednesday

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They're back! For the second time this month, you can save $10 when you buy a $50 gas card at Publix with a $50 purchase through Wednesday.

The coupon is on Page 4 of this week’s circular. Grab one as you enter the store.

Tip: If you want to buy more than one gas card in a single transaction, check with the manager at the service desk before you shop. Up to four cards may be purchased with a qualifying $200 purchase, but limits are under managers’ discretion, according to Publix customer service in Lakeland.

The printed coupon is required to receive the discount, and only one will be accepted for every $50 grocery purchase.

The offer is good through Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Also, if you buy Shell gas cards, be sure to play Shell's Spin to Win Fuel Reward Network game. The FRN card allows you to save unlimited amounts on gallons of gas at Shell stations.

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October 19, 2012

Buy-one-get-one free Whoppers at Burger King

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Burger King has a Whopper of an offer on Facebook!

Buy one Whopper sandwich and get one free at participating restaurants with a coupon on the Burger King fan page.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires Nov. 4.

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October 18, 2012

Free $65 Philosophy gift with purchase at Macy's

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Philosophy, one of our fave beauty brands, is offering a free $65 gift with purchase at Macy's Impulse Shops and online starting Thursday.

Spend $35 and get the free six-piece gift, which includes a Purity Made Simple Foaming Cleanser, Hope in a Jar Moisturizer, Love Sweet Love Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel, Love Sweet Love Firming Body Emulsion and a super yummy Sugar Sprinkles Funnel Cake Lip Shine. Best of all, they're tucked into a roomy, hot-pink satin cosmetic case.

The skin-loving brand has added Full of Promise, a new volumizing and lifting collection perfect for fall and winter skin care. The Dual-Action Restoring Cream, $65, features a unique protein recycling complex that claims to help promote visibly firmer uplifted skin. Our testers loved the feel of the cream and said it wasn't too heavy or greasy.

The line also has introduced several lovely fragrances, $42 each. We adored the clean scent of Living Grace and also liked the romantic, berry-flavored Falling in Love.

We're also loving the fab-for-fall calorie-free Homemade Pumpkin Pie, $16, a multitasking three products in one: Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath.

Macy's Impulse Shops are in the malls in Pembroke Pines, Aventura, Dadeland, Westland, International, Millenia and Florida Mall.

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October 17, 2012

Free 6-inch sandwich at Subway with purchase in October

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Wake up and smell the free sandwiches at Subway in October.

Buy any 6-inch sandwich and a drink before 9 a.m. and get one of equal or lesser value for free at participating restaurants through Oct. 31.

Start your day with a breakfast sandwich, like Bacon, Egg & Cheese, and get a lunch sub with one stop! Or get two breakfast sandwiches! Or two lunch sandwiches! Choose from the full menu.

Click here for the deal. The offer is for one per customer per visit.

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October 16, 2012

75 percent off 'Enjoy the City' books with $5 off Winn-Dixie coupons

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Save 75 percent on "Enjoy the City" coupon books with free shipping for a clearance event.

The books, normally $20 each, are $5 with a minimum order of four. Plus, orders of 20 or more will be doubled. Take full advange of this final liquidation offer by splitting an order with savings-minded friends.

The "Ultimate Florida" edition books offer terrific coupons around the state, with savings at grocery stores, restaurants, retail and entertainment venues. They pay for themselves in just one use. Coupons expire in June 2013.

Grocery coupons: Each book contains four $5 off $30 purchase coupons at Winn-Dixie; these are accepted at many Publix markets, too, as a competitor coupon. (Check with your store to see if they are accepted.) If you buy 40 books, it will cost $100, but you'll save $800 on groceries.

Attractions, entertainment and retail: Lion County Safari, Boomer's, Palm Beach Zoo, Florida Aquarium, Arabian Nights, Tampa Yankees, Sports Authority, Regal Theatres, car rentals and more.

Click here for the deal. Use code FALL at checkout. The offer ends on Oct. 22 or until all the books are gone.

Note: Doubled “bonus books” will not be reflected on the confirmation/receipt but will be fulfilled in the redemption process.

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Brooks Brothers opens at Town Center in Boca Raton

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Brooks Brothers has opened a new store at Town Center at Boca Raton.

The luxury fashion retailer's new 7,400-square-foot retail space offers classically styled casual and business apparel and accessories for men, women and children.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

This is the chain's fourth South Florida location, joining stores on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens and at Bal Harbour Shops in Miami.


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Two can dine for $9.99 at Pollo Tropical for National Boss Day

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Celebrate National Boss Day on Tuesday, Oct. 16, with "2 can dine for $9.99" at Pollo Tropical.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you and your boss will each get a choice of a small Create Your Own TropiChop or a 1/4 Chicken Platter with rice and beans, two regular size fountain drinks and a regular size order of Yuca Sticks, Cheezy Yuca Bites or Sweet Plantains.

Click for the deal.

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Kids eat free at IKEA on Tuesdays

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Kids eat free at IKEA on Tuesdays.

In the restaurant, kids under 12 can pick a combo meal valued at $2.49. No purchase necessary.

Also, on Wednesday in Sunrise, get a free slice of birthday cake with purchase of Swedish Meatballs in the restaurant to celebrate the store's 5th birthday.

On Mondays, before 11 a.m., get a free breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes.

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

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October 15, 2012

Make the run to Starbucks, get a free drink

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Make the run to Starbucks for your friends and/or colleagues and get a reward of a free drink for yourself. The offer's been extended ended through Nov. 12.

Purchase any four, full-priced handcrafted beverages and get the fifth for free from participating locations with the Starbucks Runner Reward program.

Print out the handy form to keep the orders straight and make life easy for the barista.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Nov. 12.

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Lindt Chocolate giving away a million bags of Lindor Truffles

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Update: Only 20,000 coupons remain, so if you haven't claimed yours yet, do it now!

You read it right! Lindt is giving away a million free bags of truffles valued at about $4 through Facebook starting Tuesday.

Like the Lindt Chocolate USA fan page to get you hands on a coupon good for a free 6-ounce or smaller bag of chocolates, while supplies last.

Redeem the coupon at natioal retailers and choose from nine different flavors, including classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter and stracciatella, among others.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Caffè Latte at Starbucks on Monday

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Get a free Cafeè Latte at participating Starbucks on Monday and get a free Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino or Latte with purchase at Target Starbucks stores, too.

On Monday, stop in from 4 to 6 p.m. to get a taste what's brewing with the Verismo System. The new single-cup coffee machine was introduced in late September and is intended to let you enjoy barista-quality Starbucks coffee drinks at home.

Click here for the deal. Find participating Central and South Florida stores giving away the freebies and selling the new coffee maker.

Target is offering a mobile coupon good for a free Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino or Latte when you guy one at Starbucks inside Target stores through Oct. 26.

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October 14, 2012

BOGO Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino or Latte at Target Starbucks

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Get a free Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino or Latte valued at $5.45 when you buy one at Starbucks in Target stores with a mobile coupon.

Sign up for Target mobile coupons and show it on your smartphone in the coffee shop in Target stores to get the deal. The coupons offer terrific savings and they scan right off your phone, so there's no printing or clipping. Just show and go.

Click here for the deal or text OFFERS to 827438 to sign up. The offer expires on Oct. 26. The offer is only valid in Starbucks inside Target stores.

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Clip & save: Two cut-a-thons support Breast Cancer Awareness on Sunday

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From cut-a-thons to pink styling products and tools, hair's what's hot around South Florida in support of breast cancer charities this month.

Cutting edge
Make a $10 (or more) donation at The Salon at Ulta Beauty and score a shampoo, cut and style from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. All proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. No appointments. It's first-come, first-served, so arrive early.
Find Ulta salon locations in Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Boca Raton, Aventura and Miami. We also have a $5 off a $10 purchase coupon, good through Oct. 14.

Pretty in Pink
Pink hair's a mega-hot trend. Too daring? Just add a touch of color with pink Hairdreams extensions, right, at Ted Gibson Salon at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Get six pieces bonded for a $25 donation. They'll last up to five months. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure through Oct. 31. Book at TedGibsonBeauty.com, 954-414-8343.

Clip and save
A. Rossi Salon & Spa in Boca Raton is hosting its seventh annual Cut for the Cure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. The menu: $20 and up for haircuts, plus $10 blow dry, $15 manicures and eyebrow shapings on first-come, first-served basis. No appointments. Proceeds to benefit American Cancer Society. A. Rossi Salon, 1200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561-995-0677, ARossiSalon.com

Brilliant bristles
Shine on with Boca Raton-based KeratinPerfect's Bedazzled Brush, $44 at KeratinPerfect.com. The ball-tipped paddle brush's nylon bristles gently detangle wet or dry hair. KeratinPerfect plans to donate 20 percent from each sale to Think Pink Charity, a national nonprofit

Color-protection kit
Matrix's Biolage Colorcaretherapie BCA Kit, $11.95, features four cult faves for one low price: Color Care Shampoo, Color Care Conditioner, Color Bloom Masque and Shine Shake Spray. From the sale of each kit, $1 goes to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Find locations in South Florida malls at RRegisSalons.com

Hot stuff
Paul Mitchell's limited-edition Pink Is My Color Express Ion Smooth flat iron ($160) features silicone and ceramic plates to fight frizz. Add a few shots of Pink Hot Off the Press ($16.50) thermal protection and you'll straighten right up while protecting tender tresses. Both help support the American Cancer Society's fight against breast cancer.
Available: South Florida salons listed at PaulMitchell.com

Cuts & cures
The Aveda Institute of South Florida in Davie is hosting a BCA Cut-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Get $25 cuts and $25 blowouts to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There will be raffles, prices and light bites and drinks, too. Appointmet necessary. The Aveda Institute of South Florida, 4186 S. University Drive, Davie; appointments at 954-990-0484.

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October 13, 2012

Coupons: Free lunch and $5 off dinners at Outback Steakhouse

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Get a free lunch when you buy one and $5 off two dinner entrees at Outback Steakhouse with a coupon through Facebook. Outback now is serving lunch starting at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Visit the Outback Steakhouse fan page and click the "$5 Off Dinner & Free Lunch!" tab to get the coupons via email good at participating locations within 48 hours.

Also, you can score a free Bloomin' Onion with any purchase on Mondays if Outback's NASCAR driver Ryan Newman places in the top 10 in any race this season, as he did on Sunday.

Click here for the deal. The offers ends on Oct. 25.

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Screen IMAX 'Skyfall' and sip martinis at MOD's Shaken Not Stirred event

Few things are as hot as Daniel Craig. Except, perhaps, Daniel Craig in five-story splendor at the IMAX theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale.

Attend a special screening of the new James Bond flick “Skyfall,” sip specialty martinis served by celeb bartenders enjoy yummy lite bites by American Social and enjoy a White House Black Market fashion show at the “Shaken Not Stirred” event from 6 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Tickets, benefiting the nonprofit Friends of MOD, are $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. The deadline is Nov. 9.

Click here to buy tickets or call 954-712-1159 for more info.


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Free admission for teachers at Miami Seaquarium on Saturday and Sunday

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Miami Seaquarium is offering Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County teachers free admission on Saturday and Sunday, and up to four guests get 50 percent off for "Totally Teacher's Weekend." The offer is for public and private school teachers.

There will be goodies and giveaways, too. Teachers also can stop by the Education Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enter win a free field trip.

Bring a valid school ID or pay stub and picture ID to the ticket window to get the deal.

Admission is $39.95 and children 3 to 9 are $29.95. Parking costs $8. Miami Seaquarium is at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami; for more information call the Education Department: 305-361-5705, ext. 207 or 298.

Click here for the deal.

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October 12, 2012

Freebies and fun at IKEA Sunrise birthday bash on Saturday

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IKEA in Sunrise is celebrating its 5th birthday on Saturday and you get the gifts.

Starting at 9 a.m., the first 500 visitors will get a mystery birthday present and a free photo booth memento.

The birthday bash continues throughout the day, with free face painting for kids and free birthday cake with purchase of meatball entree sin the restaurant on Saturday and Wednesday.

The Florida Grand Opera Young Artists Studio also will be giving impromptu opera performances throughout the store.

Prize giveaways include a chance to win a dream kitchen by texting IKEA to 69222 and spins on the IKEA family prize wheel to win gift cards and more.


“South Florida is our home and we want to show our appreciation to the community for five great years,” said Peter Steinweg, IKEA Sunrise store manager, in a release. “And since birthdays are all about celebrating with family, we’re inviting everyone to join IKEA FAMILY, our free loyalty program. It’s a great way for us to reward our biggest fans with big savings on our birthday… and every day!”

Since opening on October 17, 2007, the store estimates it's sold approximately 17-million cubic feet of merchandise, dished up 15 million meatballs, served 2 million frozen yogurts and hot dogs and recycled more than 6,453,649 pounds of cardboard. The store soon expects to install 4,368 solar panels on the roof, according to a press release.

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October 11, 2012

30 percent off total bill at Old Navy

Old Navy is giving away coupons for 30 percent off your total bill to celebrate 5 million fans on Facebook.

The coupon's for everyone. Print it out at the link.

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

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20 percent off total check at T.G.I. Friday's with Visa card

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Save 20 percent on your total check at T.G.I. Friday's when you pay with your Visa card and use a coupon.

Print it out the coupon and pay with the Visa card to get the savings.

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

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Free ice cream cones, Icees and scholarships from Burger King

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Make a $1 donation toward the Burger King Scholars Program and get a booklet with six yummy coupons.

Make the donation to the fall fundraiser and the Miami-based fast-food chain's will give you coupons for three free ice cream cones and three free value size soft drinks or Icee frozen drinks. Redeem at participating restaurants through Dec. 31.

In addition, U.S. high school seniors can apply for scholarships to the Burger King McLamore Foundation, which is granting $1,000 awards, 10 employee-designated $10,000 scholarships and three $50,000 James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarships starting on Nov. 15 through Jan. 10. Apply online at bkmclamorefoundation.org.

The 2013 winners will be announced in May.

The Burger King McLamore Foundation and its sponsors have given away 17.6 million in scholarships since 2000.

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October 10, 2012

Free full-sized Frederic Fekkai shampoo ($25 value) on Thursday

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Shampoo Swap time at Saks!

Get a free full-sized Frederic Fekkai shampoo valued at $25 on Thursday, Oct.11, at Sak's Fifth Avenue stores. No coupon is necessary.

Bring in any full-size shampoo and exchange it for a free, full-size 8-ounce Fekkai Advanced Shampoo. Choose from Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea, Full Blown Volume, Brilliant Glossing or Salon Technician Shampoo, while supplies last.

Click here for the deal.

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Sawgrass Mills to open at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night for Black Friday

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This gives new meaning to early bird.

Don't linger over that turkey dinner if you want to snap up Black Friday bargains at Sawgrass Mills this year.

The 350-store Sunrise outlet mall will open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night so eager holiday shoppers can start snapping up deals for Black Friday, according to a release.

The Simon property will be open for more than 24 hours. This is earliest the 350-store outlet mall has opened on the holiday. Last year, the mall opened at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.

“For great value and incredible brand selection, Sawgrass Mills can’t be beat,” said Joellyn Fellmeth, director of marketing and business development at Sawgrass Mills. “Our loyal local shoppers and out of town visitors will appreciate the additional time to shop, while our retailers can cash in on the start of another busy holiday season.”

Holiday shopping hours will be 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 9 p.m.,
10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, November 24 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 25.

For more information, call 954-846-2350 go to SawgrassMills.com.

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Spin and Save up to 25 cents a gallon on Shell gas

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Play Shell's Spin to Save game and save up to 25 cent a gallon on gas with the new Fuel Rewards Network program.

Spin to win the savings and then sign up for the new Shell Fuel Rewards Network program, which expands on the popular Winn-Dixie Fuelperks!

I won 25 cents off each gallon, got my card in the mail and used it at the pump today. I'm a believer! I pair my FRN card with the gas cards I get at Pulix to save even more at the pump.

After you play, you'll be prompted to sign up and a card will be mailed to you. Then, link to your credit card and start knocking cents-off-gallons when you make retail and dining purchases.

Click here for the deal.

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Free sample of Finish Quantum Dishwashing Tabs

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Get free samples of Finish Quantum Dishwashing Tablets through Facebook.

Like the fan page, click the "Get FREE Samples" tab to sign up to get the goods by mail. You'll also automatically be entered to win a Bosch Dishwasher or other great prizes.

Click here for the deal. The samples should arrive in 4-6 weeks. I

If you don't have a Facebook account, click here to sign up to get the freebie.

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Free L'Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream

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Get a free L'Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream valued at $5 through Facebook.com. If you signed up when we first told you about this on Oct. 1, you'll be getting a coupon for a free $10 tube on Oct. 15.

Visit the L'OCCITANE en Provence - USA fan page and click the "Free Hand Cream" tab. Then, enter your name and email address and L'Occitane will email a coupon for a free tube of it's No. 1 seller, which contains 20 percent shea butter, sweet almond extract and vitamin E.

Plus, the brand is upgrading fans to a 30 ml tube valued at $10 when it reachres 500,000 fans, which happened on Tuesday.

Redeem the coupon in stores, located all over Central and South Florida.

Click here for the deal.

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October 8, 2012

How I saved $325 on my grocery bill

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I saved more than $325 on my grocery bill on Sunday by using coupons and a little planning. I paid just $177.66 for loads of food and staples to stock my pantry.

Many ask me how I do it, so here's a quick primer to get you started on the road to super-saving:

Enjoy the City coupon books: I buy these to get the $5 off $30 purchase coupons good at Winn-Dixie. They also are accepted at many Publix markets as a competitor coupon. Enjoy the City books are on sale for 80 percent off through Tuesday. Right now, you can get 40 books with $800 in grocery coupon savings for $100.

Newspaper coupons: Buy at least two copies of the Sunday Sun Sentinel (here's a 50-cent off coupon) to take full advantage of buy-one-get-one-free sales. Use two coupons on BOGO sale items to get them for super cheap. Clip coupons for anything you use regularly and all coupons for free items. Then, hold them until the BOGO sales are held, which usually cycle every 10-12 weeks.

Store flyers: Winn-Dixie often has coupons in its flyer. Publix allows you to stack a manufacturer coupon with a Publix coupon or competitor’s coupon, but not both. (Be sure to grab at least two slick Publix flyers as you enter the store and combine them with manufacturer coupons. This is how you get items for nearly free. Learn more about Publix's coupon policy and be sure to follow the rules.

Online coupons: I regularly print at least two coupons from brands I use Coupons.com, Target.com, Whole Foods, on manufacturer websites and on Facebook.

Reward programs: Save big on on sales items with a Winn-Dixie reward card that also helps you save on gas at Shell with Fuel Rewards Network program. At Publix, which doesn't have a reward program, use Upromise e-coupons.

Match-ups: Use the weekly sales flyers which come in Wednesday's newspaper to match BOGO sales to your coupons, add in a few dollar-off coupons from Winn-Dixie, Doris Market, Whole Foods (often in the newspaper) and you're on your way to super-saving!

Coupon classes: South Florida savings expert Mary Pat Pankoke of CouponClasses.com shows you how to get started.

Let us know how much you saved!

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Free $5 Amazon MP3 credit, Blockbuster rentals from Scott Tissue

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Get a free $5 Amazon MP3 credit and free admission to South Florida venues and free Blockbuster rentals from Scott Products.

Create a Scott Shared Values account (it took one minute) and you you'll get instant access to coupons as well as freebies, deals and rewards when you buy Scott products. No purchase is necessary.

The best offer is for a free $5 promotional codes to redeem on songs and albums in Amazon.com's MP3 store. The code expires in January.

You'll also three free Blockbuster Total Access rentals and a Family Fun Pass offering free child's admissions at more than 6,600 venues such as the Schnacknow Museum of Fine Arts in Plantation, Flamingo Gardens in Davie, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, My Gym locations and Galaxy Skateway, among others.

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

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October 7, 2012

Free iOS download of "MLB.com At Bat 2012" ($3.99 value)

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Get a free download of "MLB.com At Bat 2012" iOS app valued at $3.99 compliments of Ford.

Follow all 2012 postseason play with the iOS app for iPhone and iPad. Easily keep up with playoff game action in the Wild Card, Division and Championship Series games. The app also offers news, stats and video higlights.

Ford is giving away the freebie to promote its SYNC AppLink feature that allows you to listen to games in the car by streaming the app through a media features inside newer models. The free MLB app is available to everyone, not just Ford owners.

Click here for the deal.

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October 6, 2012

Free gifts at Ulta Beauty grand opening in Boca Raton through Sunday

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The first of three new South Florida Ulta Beauty stores is opening in Boca Raton on Friday. Stores are scheduled to open in Davie and Coral Springs, too.

The new 10,000-square-foot store, at 9882 Glades Road, will hold grand opening events beginning at 9 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The store will have a 950-square-foot salon, too.

Here's the special event lineup:

The first 100 to visit the store through Sunday will receive free gift certificates worth $5 to $100 or free salon services.

The first 1,000 through the doors to sign up for Ulta Beauty's reward program will get a free swag bag with four free products inside, while supplies last.

There will be free makeovers and hair consultations in the salon, too.

Ulta Beauty has more than 460 U.S. stores Ulta Beauty has locations in Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Boca Raton, Wellington, Aventura nad Miami and more than 430 U.S. stores selling more than 20,000 beauty and hair products from prestiges and mass-market retailers.

P.S. Here's a coupon for $3.50 off a $10 purchase at Ulta good through Oct. 20.

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Stitch Rock, SoFla's largest indie craft fair, comes to Delray Beach on Saturday

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Skip the mall.

Score unique, funky handmade fashions and home decor at Stitch Rock, South Florida's largest indie bazaar at Old School Square in Delray Beach on Saturday.

The annual craft fair, from noon to 6 p.m. in the gymnasium, has more than 80 vendors selling one-of-a-kind jewelry, upcycled clothing, housewares, and natural and vegan bath & body goods and more.

"It's like a pop-up Etsy shop," says founder Amanda Linton, 33, of West Palm Beach. "We fill the entire Old School Square gym and have tents outside, too."

Linton, a third generation crafter who also owns Ink & Pistons, a tattoo shop, art gallery and boutique in West Palm Beach, created the bazaar in 2007.
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Since then, she says it's doubled in size.

"I wanted to provide a place where people could buy the best handmade items made right here in South Florida. I like to buy cool, quirky items, and I was shocked that there wasn't any kind of venue that offered a way to purchase that kind of stuff.

"It's evolved into a great community of crafters and supporters who search out handmade goods made locally in their community, instead of spending money on mass produced items made overseas."

Highlights include a 3 p.m. fashion show, raffles and door prizes. Plus, the first 100 to arrive get a swag bag filled with goodies.

"Our crafters in the show donate fun items for the gift gabs, from pins to hairclips to jewelry, magnets, stickers."

Also available for purchase are yummies from gourmet food truck BC Tacos and treats from Sugar Mamma Sweets in Lake Worth.

"Come check out some of the uncommon handmade goods," Linton says. "It's a really fun event. People look forward to all year."

Stitch Rock is at noon-6 p.m. Satruday in the Old School Square Vintage Gymnasium at 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561-635-8086 RocktheStitch.com. or Tickets are $5 and parking is free until 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Stitch Rock.

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October 3, 2012

They're back!!!! Free fall beauty bag from Target

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Update: They're back!!! Sign up NOW!!! Apparently, Target had some "technical difficulties" and shut down the promo early. Loved how it said all 498,000 were claimed yesterday on Target Style's fan page on Facebook. Perhaps the retailer should reconsider it's policy on honesty.

Get a free fall beauty bag filled with cosmetic and hair-care samples from Target through Facebook. Target says this is the "last beauty bag ever."

The leopard-print beauty bag is filled with fall goodies from Pixi, L'Oreal, Jergens, Fekkai and Clear. There are coupons, too.

Visit the Target Style fan page on Facebook and click the "Beauty Bag" tab to sign up. The generous freebie should arrive in 6-8 weeks.

Click here for the deal. Don't wait! They won't last long.

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Free Thai Cashew Chicken at Panda Express on Wednesday

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Get a free order of Thai Cashew Chicken at Panda Express on Wednesday. No purchase is necessary.

Print the coupon and get a free single serving entree at participating locations. The dish, which is back on the menu for a limited time, is white meat chicken breast, red bell peppers, onions, green onions, cashews and cilantro tossed with a mild Thai sauce.

Click here for the deal. The offer, one per customer, cannot be combined with other coupons.

Still hungry? Check out our tasty roundup of free eats, treats and dining deals.

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October 2, 2012

$5 off two entrees at Red Lobster

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Save $5 at Red Lobster with a Facebook coupon.

Visit the Red Lobster fan page to get the offer, which is good when you purchase two adult entrees and includes Endless Shrimp. The coupon will be emailed to you.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Oct. 14.

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October 1, 2012

Free haircuts for breast cancer survivors at JC Penney Salons

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Breast cancer survivors can get a free cut and style at The Salon at JC Penney through October 31.

Stop in or call to make an appointment while supplies last for the free salon services for breast cancer awareness this month. The JCP Cares charity program also will donate $1 (up to $50,000) for every haircut it gives away.

In stores, customers can round up purchases to the nearest whole dollar to be donated to the nonprofit Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which was founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993.

Click here for the deal.

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Buy one lunch, get one half off at Longhorn Steakhouse

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Grab your best pal and save 50 percent off a lunch entree when you buy one with a coupon from Longhorn Steakhouse.

Redeem the coupon and you'll save $4.50 during lunch, which is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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

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Coupon: BOGO Baskin Robbins cup or cone

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Get a free cone when you buy one at Baskin Robbins with a coupon.

The offer's good on for a free Trick Oreo Treat cone or cup with purchase of another at participating shops.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires Friday.

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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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