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November 20, 2012

Shop-O-Matic is moving to a new address

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Today, Shop-O-Matic is moving to a new address.

Click here to bookmark the new homepage so you don't miss any of my hot deals, freebies, bargains and coupons found here.

This page and all previous reports won’t disappear, but this will be the last post you’ll find in this spot.

Drop by my new address for your daily dose of savings.

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November 19, 2012

Free Starbucks beverage with new holiday tasting card

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Buy five Starbucks lattes and get a free beverage with the new holiday beverage tasting card at participating stores.

Here's how the new program works:

Grab a beverage tasting card in stores while supplies last and collect stickers through Jan. 2 when you buy a Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread or Caramel Brulée lattes. Get five stickers and score a free beverage of your choice.

Click here for the deal. Cards must be redeemed by March 4.

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Sleep in and score on Black Friday

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Guest Post: SouthFlorida.com party girl Micaela Hood says skip all the Black Friday early sales. South Florida department stores offer deals and ways to relax for ladies who lunch.

If holiday shopping on Thanksgiving makes you feel like a Grinch, we have a Black Friday plan that will let you sleep in and still score at sales.

Not only are some South Florida department stores opening at a civilized hour, they also are offering ways to relax on the busiest shopping day of the year. Many offer restaurants, bars and spa and beauty services in salons.

"It doesn't have to be a frenzy experience. Go in, shop and then have a nice ladies' lunch," says Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus, which has stores in Fort Laudredale and Boca Raton.

Following is a rundown of stores, hours and Black Friday specials and events.

Bloomingdale's: Shop and then wine and dine at Petrossian Rendez-vous Cafe and Forty Carrots from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Boca Raton, 561-394-2000; 59th and Lex Cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Aventura, 305-792-1000.

Dillard's: Find plenty of the steals at this trendy department from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-5245, and Plantation, 954-370-8182.

H&M: The on-trend stores are offering $5 sweaters and $10 pants and other deals from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., so you can buy something for everyone on your list. 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-626-9445, and 541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 855-466-7467.

JC Penney: JCP is holding its "One Big Sale of the Year" from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and giving away 80 million buttons that can be redeemed for a chance to win prizes including vacations, merchandise and gift cards.

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Neiman Marcus: Grab a friend, shop from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and then gossip over a glass (or two) of wine at the Little Mermaid Bar at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-6666. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Boca Raton, get complimentary facials and then head to Mariposa, right, for a snack and a cocktail, 561-417-5151.

Nordstrom: Forget Thanksgiving leftovers and make a reservation at Bistro N. Yummy eats include crab bisque, steak au poivre and crispy chicken frites. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-620-5555.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., this high-end department store will offer specials and complimentary makeovers at Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-393-9100.

Doreen Christensen contributed to this report.

mhood@sunsentinel.com

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Free Bloomin' Onion at Outback on Monday

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Get a free Bloomin' Onion at Outback Steakhouse with any purchase on Monday, Nov. 19, when you mention NASCAR driver Ryan Newman's name. No coupon is necessary.

Outback is one of the Rocketman's 2012 sponsors. When Newman and his souped-up Chevy place in the Top 10 in any 2012 Sprint Cup race, as he did Sunday at Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Newman placed 3rd, so you get the free appetizer on Monday.

Click here to sign up. The offer is one per table.

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Free Thanksgiving cookbook from Marta Stewart and celebrity chefs

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Find cooking inspiration for the holidays with Martha Stewart and celeb chefs.

Download the Martha Stewart Thanksgiving cookbook packed with tips and recipes to make your holiday feast memorable.

The impressive 73-page "Thanksgiving Hotline Recipes 2012" is filled with more than 40 recipes by Martha Stewart and other acclaimed chefs like Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Sunny Anderson and Sara Moulton, among others. The chefs will answer questions on Stewart's SiriusXM radio show starting at 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. If you don't have a subscription to the service, you can get a free trial for 30 days at the link below.

The cookbook has some intriguing dishes, from soups and starters to turkey entrees, side dishes, desserts and cocktails. Colin Cowie offers tips on entertaining.

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November 16, 2012

Free Seattle's Best coffee for Black Friday

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Wake up and smell the freebie!

Seattle’s Best Coffee is giving away free 10-cup samples of ground coffee by mail for Black Friday through Facebook.

Visit the fan page and click the “Black Friday Coffee Break ” tab to sign up to get a 1.75 ounce sample of Level 3 ground coffee, which is enough to make a pot. You also can print out a coupon for $2 off.

Click here for the deal. The offer runs through Nov. 22. One per household.

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It's Freebie Friday! Check our list stuffed with free stuff and coupons

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It's Freebie Friday! Let's celebrate with a Thanksgiving edition of our huge freebie free-for-all! We've stuffed our list with free samples and coupons to save your hundreds of dollars on shopping, dining and fun things to do. Use it to save all weekend.

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.

Free Thanksgiving recipe guide from Williams-Sonoma
Coupon: $15 off organic turkey at BJ's Wholesale Club with purchase
Free 60-day membership at BJ's Wholesale Club; expires Dec. 31
Shopping news: Toys R Us to open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving, offers free $30 gift bags
Black Friday deals and store openings on Thursday and Friday
Walmart guarantees deals on iPads, TVs starting 10 p.m. Thanksgiving for Black Friday
Free holiday lattes at Starbucks through Sunday
Free Motorola Android smartphones at Best Buy with service agreement
Free 2013 Miami Dolphins Swimsuit Calendar with food donations to Ed Morse dealership; expires Friday
Lauren Tannehill celebrates opening of Sawgrass Mills Fashion Row
Coupon: BOGO Starbucks Cappuccino, Espresso at Starbucks inside Target stores; expires
Free Seattle's Best Coffee for Black Friday; through Facebook; expires Nov. 22
Nov. 23
Coupon: Free $10 gift card with every $75 purchase at Toys R Us; expires Nov. 17
Coupon: $10 off at Party City; expires Nov. 30
Coupon: $7 off an entree at Romano's Macaroni Grill; expires Nov. 21
Shopping news: Target stores opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving for Black Friday
Listen to 130 channels of SiriusXM radio for free; through Nov. 27.
High-tech Bookmobile rolls into South Florida on Saturday
Free Star Wars Snowflakes for holiday decorating
Dining Deals: Roundup of free eats, treats and coupons
Free admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens for military families
Free 16-pound turkey with prescription transfer at Publix Pharmacy; expires Dec. 5
Free deluxe product for men at Nordstrom's Shave Swap event; expires Nov. 30
Shopping news: H&M opens flagship store in Miami Beach
Coupon: 30 percent off at Coach Factory Stores; expires Nov. 30
Nominate friends to win gift cards from Best Buy Gifted Sweepstakes; through Facebook; expires Jan. 5
Coupon: $15 off $75 at Macy's offering hot deals at midnight on Black Friday
Free Publix Stocking Spree booklet offers $50 in coupons
AT&T customers can text donations to Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy victims
Coupon: $10 off $30 purchase at Bath & Body Works; expires Nov. 16
Sawgrass Mills opening at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night for Black Friday
Black Friday: Sears opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Free diabetes screening at CVS Minute Clinics
Coupon: Buy two, get two free at Yankee Candle; expires Nov. 25
Target picks 2012 Top Toys, offers free shipping
Shopping news: Target stores price-matching Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and Toys R Us for holidays
Amazon kicks off Lightning Deals on popular holiday toys
Free Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist with rebate ($4.99 value) expires Feb. 13
Free sample of Finish Quantum Dishwashing Tabs
Free IRS.gov tax calendar for small businesses and self-employed
Free $5 Amazon MP3 credit from Scott Tissue

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Listen to SiriusXM radio for free through Nov. 27

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Listen to SiriusXM radio for free through Nov. 27.

Tune in all 60 channels of commercial-free music, news, comedy, andtalk radio. Listen to the full 130 channel lineup on the Internet for free, too, with a 14-day online trial.

Click here for the deal.

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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$15 off organic turkey at BJ's with purchase plus a free 60-day trial

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Save $15 on an organic turkey at BJ’s Wholesale Club when you purchase participating products for the holiday meal. The offer's good through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Purchase four items from the list below and save $15 on a 10- to 24-pound Harvestland Purely All-Natural Turkey with a coupon at the front entrance of the store.

Eligible items include:
Fresh Express Parisienne Supreme Salad Kit- 16 oz.
Wellsley Farms Signature Cheese Tray Sampler- 32 oz.
Land O’Lakes Spreadable Butter- 2 or 3 pk.
Rubbermaind TakeAlongs Serving Set- 16 piece
GoodWives Scallops Wrapped in Bacon Appetizer- 20 piece
Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia or Cookie Dough or Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino Ice Cream
Green Giant Russet Potatoes- 10 lbs.
Bounty Napkins- 600 ct. or larger
Hefty Turkey Roaster Pans with Reynolds Oven Bags- 2 ct.
Artstyle Turkey Tom 13” Napkins- 120 ct. or 10.25” Round Performa Plates- 50 ct

Also, if you're not a BJ's member, we have a free 60-day membership that's good through Dec. 31.

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Free 2013 Miami Dolphins Swimsuit Calendar with food donations

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Friday's the last day to get a free "2013 Miami Dolphins Swimsuit Calendar" valued at $14.99 with food donations at South Florida Ed Morse auto dealerships.

The free calendar would make a great holiday gift and you'll be helping feed hungry families during the holidays.

The food drive supports the nonprofit Feeding America South Florida.

“We invite everyone in South Florida to visit our dealerships and join us in this cause,” said Ted Morse, President of The Ed Morse Automotive Group in a release. “Feeding America does much throughout the year to help many in the communities we serve. This is one of the ways we show our thanks to them and give support to those in need, especially this time of year.”

Get the calendar (one per person) when you bring three or more canned goods to these collection locations:

Ed Morse Bayview Cadillac, 1240 N. Federal Highway, For Lauderdale
Ed Morse Sawgrass Auto Mall, 14401 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise
Ed Morse Cadillac Sawgrass, 14399 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise
Ed Morse Cadillac Delray Beach, 2300 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach
Ed Morse’s Delray Toyota, 2800 S; Federal Highway, Delray Beach
Ed Morse Honda, 3790 W.Blue Heron Blvd. Riviera Beach.

For more information, go to EdMorse.com.

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November 15, 2012

Free Thanksgiving recipe guide from Williams-Sonoma

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Get elegant inspiration for a memorable Thanksgiving feast with more than 15 recipe ideas from Williams-Sonoma.

"A Shared Thanksgiving 2012," holiday guide offers several tempting dishes like Autumn Spice-Brined Turkey With Pomegranate Glaze, Butternut Squash Soup With Fried Sage Croutons and Green Bean Bundles With Bacon and Brown Sugar. Several recipes offer shortcuts using prepared products from the specialty store.

Finish things off with a Pecan Pumpkin Butter Pie with Cinnamon-Caramel Sauce. Yum.

The guide even details an easy-to-make festive Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail and offers table-setting tips and ideas for leftovers.

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Lauren Tannehill celebrates opening of Sawgrass Mills Fashion Row on Thursday

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Just in time for holiday shopping, the world’s largest outlet mall gets larger.

Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise is set to celebrate the recently opened 140,000-square-foot expansion with a “Fashion So Sweet” shopping party at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The new wing at the Simon property, known as Fashion Row, is anchored by the largest Calvin Klein outlet in the country, an uber-hot Steve Madden shoe store, DKNY Company Store and a MaxStudio outlet, among other retailers.

Lauren Tannehill, wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will get the party started as a DJ spins and cocktails and nibbles are served. There will be exclusive promotions at the new stores and a coupon book offering $500 in savings will be available for a small fee. The first 150 to RSVP to Sawgrass Mills Facebook page get an exclusive gift from Calvin Klein.

Tannehill tells us all about the event and talks about life in South Florida in an exclusive SouthFlorida.com interview.

“It’s an exciting event,” Tannehill said. “They’ve added a Steve Madden, which I love. They’re also undergoing a huge expansion for Forever 21, which is a huge hit at any mall. I'll be wearing an outfit from MaxStudio."

The event benefits the nonprofit Emerge Broward, a nonprofit a Leadership Broward Foundation program.

“Fashion So Sweet is a great way for us to celebrate all of the exciting new additions enhancing Sawgrass Mills’ unique shopping experience,” said Joellyn Fellmeth, the mall’s director of marketing, in a release.

If you go
Sawgrass Mills’ “Fashion So Sweet” starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fashion Row (between Bed Bath & Beyond and the Colonnade Outlets) at 12091 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise. 954-846-2350. SawgrassMills.com.

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Free holiday lattes at Starbucks through Sunday

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Grab your BFF and head to Starbucks for buy-one-get-one free holiday beverages from 2 to 5 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 18. No coupon is necessary.

On the menu: Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread and Caramel Brulée Lattes.

Also, Starbucks is giving away free weekly gifts through Dec. 18. The first one is a four-song Holiday Playlist Collection in iTunes. Unwrap other gifts by signing up through Facebook.

Click here for the BOGO deal.

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November 14, 2012

Toys R Us opens at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving, offers free $30 gift bags

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Toys R Us will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, adding to the retail trend to push holiday shoppers out of homes well before midnight on Black Friday.

The Wayne, New Jersey retailer will offer a free $30 goodie bag stuffed with toys to the first 200 shoppers in line on Thursday, according to a release.

The first 200 shoppers in line on Thanksgiving will receive a complimentary "Great Big Goody Bag" filled with $30 in stocking stuffers. The retailer also will offer more than 200 doorbusters deals and free gifts on toys Thursday through Saturday.

Some of the offers: A free $20 Toys RUs Gift Card and $30 bonus iTunes Multipack valued at $50 with the purchase of a 4th Gen Apple 16GB iPod touch; a free Nintendo 3DS Headset ($29.99 value) with the purchase of any Nintendo 3DS Hardware and $100 savings on Samsung Galaxy 11 Tablets (was $399) and $50 off a COBY 19” LED HD TV– (was $149.99).

"With Toys“R”Us stores opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, an early stop at The World’s Greatest Toy Store will allow savvy savers across the country even more hours to shop for Black Friday values on the toys their children named in their letters to Santa," according to the press release.

Toys R Us will preview deals to its 3.2 million fans on the Facebook starting at noon on Monday.

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Coupon: $7 off any entree at Romano's Macaroni Grill

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Save $7 off any entree to celebrate the 25th anniversary at Romano's Macaroni Grill with a Facebook coupon.

Like the fan page, click on the offer and the coupon will be emailed to you. The chain also has introduced its fall menu offerings of Grilled Fillet With Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Cacciatore or Butternut Asiago Tortellaci, right. Appetizers include Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Crostini and Chianti Sausage and Crispy Potatoes.

Print the coupon or show it on your smartphone to your server to redeem.

Click here for the deal. The offer, one per party per table, expires on Nov. 21.

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November 13, 2012

It's Tasty Tuesday! Check out our roundup of free eats and treats

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It's Tasty Tuesday! Check our delicious list of coupons for free eats, treats so you can save some dough on dining this week.

Romano's Macaroni Grill: $7 off any entree with a Facebook coupon; expires Nov. 21.

Chili's: Free kids meals, appetizers or desserts with two coupons. Expires Wednesday

Olive Garden: 20 percent off entire lunch check; expires Thursday.

Waffle House: Free hashbrowns; expires in March.


Carvel: Free ice cream cone at on Thursday.

Starbucks in Target stores: Coupon for BOGO hot espresso drinks with a mobile coupon; expires Nov. 23.

Burger King: Free ice cream cones, Icees and scholarships through Oct. 31.

IKEA: Kids eat free on Tuesdays, no purchase necessary.

Denny's: Two kids eat free on Tuesdays and Saturdays with adult entree purchase. Also, get a free late-night appetizer with a beverage purchase.

Johnny Rockets: Free hamburgers with e-club signup.

T.G.I. Friday's: Free appetizer valued at $8 with mobile app download.

IHOP: Free meals when you sign up for The Pancake Revolution email club.

Champs: Get a free cheeseburger or dessert when you sign up for the chain's Fan club.

RA Sushi: Get a free $20 gift certificate good on your half-birthday when you sign up for emails.

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Free ice cream cone at Carvel on Thursday

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Get a free Carvel ice cream cone on Thursday with a twist to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

Stop in from noon to 8 p.m. to get a free junior cone. Make a $3 donation to the American Red Cross to benefit hurricane victims and get a free coupon book with $30 in savings.

Click here for the deal.

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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November 12, 2012

Target opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving for Black Friday

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Target continues the retail trend of pushing Black Friday into Thanksgiving Day.

For the first time, the Minneapolis-based retailer will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Nov. 22, according to a release.

The retailer plans to offer 9 p.m. doorbuster deals on hot electronics and toys and also will offer additional deals starting at 4 a .m. It also will offer special deals online only at Target.com on Thanksgiving Day for REDcard holders.

“We heard from our guests that they look forward to kicking off their holiday shopping with deal-hunting on Thanksgiving night. Opening at 9 p.m. gives Target’s Black Friday guests a more convenient way to create an after-dinner shopping event that the entire family can enjoy,” said Kathee Tesija, executive vice president, Merchandising, Target, said in a release.

“Guests can shop with confidence throughout the entire holiday weekend knowing that Target offers incredible value on items for decorating, entertaining and gift giving.”

Some of the 9 p.m. deals: Apex 32” LCD TV for $147, Nikon L310 digital camera for $99.99, Nook Simple Touch e-reader for $49, Beats Headphones for $179.99, Sony PS3 console with two games and a controller for $199.99 and board games for $7.ole, two games and a wireless controller)

Bonus 4 a.m. to noon Friday doorbusters deals: Spend $50 or more on apparel, accessories or home products will earn a $10 Target GiftCard to use toward a future purchase. Also at 4 a.m., Target will release four additional doorbuster deals:
·Samsung 50” 1080p LED HDTV for $699, Canon A3400 Camera Bundle for $89.99, Fisher-Price Doodlepro Classic for $10 and Leapfrog Explorer Software for $15.

Target.com-only Thanksgiving Day deals online for REDcard holders: KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer for $199, Sony Portable Dock or $39.99, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, The Black Pearl for $74.99, Barbie Furniture Set, for $35.00

Target holiday hours:
Nov. 22-23: 9 p.m. (Thursday) to 10 or 11 p.m. (Friday)
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m.


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Free kids meals, appetizers or desserts at Chili's through Wednesday

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Get a free kids' meal with entree purchase at Chili's with a Facebook coupon good through Wednesday. We also have a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert,.

Click here for the deal. The limit is two kids meals.

Click here for the free appetizer or dessert coupon.

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November 11, 2012

One-cent Big Macs and Quarter Pounders at McDonald's on Monday

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We're lovin' this deal!

Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder With Cheese and get one for a penny at McDonald's.

The Customer Appreciation Day promotion is good at participating restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach counties.

Do you remember McDonald's Big Mac song? Sing along...
♪ ♫ ♪ ♫Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun! ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

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BOGO Starbucks Cappuccino, Espresso at Target stores

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Get a free Starbucks hot espresso beverage when you buy one at coffee shops located inside Target stores with a mobile coupon.

The offer expires on Black Friday, so you can redeem this during the midnight madness so you'll be alert while on the lookout for holiday bargains!

Sign up for Target text alerts to get the coupons and then show them on your smartphone to redeem. Choose from an Americano, Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte, Macciato or Mocha.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires Nov. 23. The offer is only valid in Starbucks inside Target stores.

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EXPIRED: Free 12-month AARP membership ($16 value)

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UPDATE: This deal has expired. We'll let you know when the link goes live again.

This popular offer is back again! Get a free yearly AARP membership if you're age 50 and over from the American Association of Retired Persons. If you already have an AARP membership, it will be extended for 12 months for free, too. A yearly membership costs $16 a year. The offer good for new members or if you have renewed once before.

Enter your birthday to verify eligibility to sign up and you'll get your card in the mail in 4-8 weeks.

The card saves you money. Flash it to get terrific discounts at more than 15,000 restaurants, travel, entertainment, shopping, prescriptions and more.
Some offers: Save at 10 percent on an Amazon Kindle, get a free doughnut with coffee purchase at Dunkin' Donuts and Regal Theatre, where you can present your card and get a 32 oz. soft drink and a 64 oz. popcorn for $5.50 and get 20 percent off your check at Denny's.

Click here for the deal. Don't wait!

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Land of the Free: Veterans Day freebies around South Florida

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On Veterans Day, we honor those who have so honored us with their service and sacrifice to keep America strong and free.

Hundreds of retailers and restaurants also salute the military, offering discounts to veterans, active duty and retired U.S. military, National Guard and reservists on Sunday and Monday. In some cases, spouses and families members are included, too.

Many military discounts aren’t publicized, so be sure to ask if one available before making a purchase or dining and have your military identification so you can take advantage of the deal.

FREE EATS & TREATS:

americanflagjpg25.jpgApplebee's: Free signature entree on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgBoston's on the Beach: At 40 S. Ocean Blvd. in Delray Beach, is offering free $16 lunch or dinner entree from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday. 561-278-3364.

americanflagjpg25.jpgCalifornia Pizza Kitchen: Free pizza and a drink on Sunday and Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgChampp's: Free cheeseburger & fries on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgChili's: Chose from seven meals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday with $5 desserts.

americanflagjpg25.jpgDenny's: Free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgEinstein Bros. Bagels: Free classic or signature bagel on Sunday. Shmear not included.

americanflagjpg25.jpgFriendly's: Free breakfast and coffee until 11 a.m. Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgGolden Corral: Free meal from 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgHooters: Get 10 free wings with drink purchase at participating Central and South Florida restaurants on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgKrispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgLittle Caesars: Free Crazy Bread on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgLonestar Steakhouse: Free entree from the Stars & Stripes menu on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgLonghorn Steakhouse: Free Texas Tonion appetizer and beverage on Sunday and Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgMiller's Ale House: Save 50 percent off any entree on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgOlive Garden: Free entree on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgOutback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and Coke on Sunday and Monday. Plus, 10 percent discount Nov. 13-Dec. 1.

americanflagjpg25.jpgRed Lobster: Free appetizer on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgT.G.I. Friday's: Free lunch for vets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgTijuana Flats: Vets and active military eat free with purchase of another entree on Sunday. Plus, 10 percent off always with ID.

SHOPPING & SERVICES:

americanflagjpg25.jpgAARP Card: Free 12-month membership or renewal for everyone, not just vets.

americanflagjpg25.jpgFree car washes: GraceForVets.org lists free South Florida car washes offering freebies on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgMassage Envy: Save $60 per year on massages.

americanflagjpg25.jpgHome Depot: Veterans and immediate families can get 10 percent off purchases with a maximum discount up to $500 on Monday with some restrictions. The discount also is available to vets on Independence, Labor and Veterans Day. Active duty, career and disabled vets and reservist guards and family can get the discounts every day.

americanflagjpg25.jpgLowe’s: Same deal as Home Depot, above.

americanflagjpg25.jpgApple’s Federal Government & Military Employee Purchase Program: Get discounts from 4 percent to 9 percent on Apple products. Call 877-377-6362 for details.

americanflagjpg25.jpgGM Military Discount: General Motors offers savings of up to $500 on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles in what it claims is “the best military discount from any car company.” The offer is for active duty members, reserves and retirees and spouses.

THINGS TO DO:

americanflagjpg25.jpgButterfly World: Veterans and active-duty military with ID get in free at the Coconut Creek attraction through Monday. That's a $24.95 value.

americanflagjpg25.jpgFree park entrance: Visit U.S. National Parks for free through Monday; Florid state parks are free on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgNational Parks Pass: Active military personnel and their dependents can get a free annual pass to U.S. National Parks and Fish and Wildlife Service sites. Those 62 and older can get a lifetime Seniors Pass for free entrance to more than 2,000 parks for $10.

americanflagjpg25.jpgMiami Seaquarium: Military, veterans, first responders, city, county, state and federal employees get free admission on Sunday and Monday; guests get in for $11.

americanflagjpg25.jpgDisney's Armed Forces Salute: Walt Disney World is offering active and retired members of the U.S. military, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists and spouses may buy up to six 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for $138 each. Tickets must be purchased at U.S. military sales outlets, not at the gate. Plus, get up to 40 percent off at Disney Resorts by calling 407-939-7830.

americanflagjpg25.jpgAheuser-Busch Here's to the Heroes: Free entrance to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, for any active duty, a reservist, or National Guardsman and up to three dependents Here's to the Heroes program. Expires Dec. 31.

americanflagjpg25.jpgNPS.org's History E-Library The National Park Service honors American veterans with an amazing web list of NPS.org sites about U.S. battlefields, military parks or related themes. From the French and Indain War to the Cold War.

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Bookmobile rolls into South Florida on Wednesday and Saturday

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The Digital Bookmobile rolls into South Florida this week, offering hands-on instruction on how to download free e-books from the library.

Get onboard the 74-foot-long tricked-out truck and get hand-on lessons in the gadgets gallery, which features al lthe best-selling smartphones, tablets and e-readers using the Overdrive application for digital devices used by most libraries.

The Bookmobile will be at the Parkland Library, 6620 University Drive in Parkland from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

and at the Southwest Regional Library at 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Click here for more info.

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November 9, 2012

Free entrance at Butterfly World for veterans on Sunday and Monday

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Veterans and active-duty military get in free at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek on Sunday and Monday for Veterans Day. That's a $24.95 value.

Bring along your ID to get free entrance.

Adult admission is $24.95; children ages 3-11 are $19.95 and kids under 2 are free. Butterfly World is located inside Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road in Coconut Creek; 954-977-4400.

There is a $1.50 per person gate fee to get into Tradewinds Park.

Click here for the deal.

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Free $10 gift card at Stein Mart on Saturday

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Stein Mart is offering a free $10 gift card on Saturday for it's 14-hour sale.

Shop from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and get the free gift card.

We also have coupons for 20 percent off one sale item and 40 percent off an entire purchase of Red Dot Clearance.

Click here for the deal.

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Walmart Black Friday deals on iPads, TV start 10 p.m. Thanksgiving

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Walmart likes to roll back prices, and now the world's largest retailer also is rolling back Black Friday — into Thanksgiving Day.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer will offer "Black Friday" deals on iPads and TVs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday while introducing a new gimmick to lure shoppers away from dinner tables and family gatherings.

Walmart's "One-Hour Guarantee" promises that shoppers inside stores and in line between 10 and 11 p.m. on Nov. 22 can purchase a 16GB Apple iPad with Wi-Fi for $399 and get a $75 Walmart Gift Card. The guarantee also includes a 32-inch Emerson LCD TV for $148 and a LG Blu-ray player for $38.

If the three items sell out before 11 p.m., Walmart will offer customers a guarantee card. Items must be paid for by midnight and registered online and then they will be shipped to stores for pickup before Christmas.

"We know it's frustrating for customers to shop on Black Friday and not get the items they want," says Duncan Mac Naughton, Walmart's chief merchandising and marketing officer, in a release. "This year, for the first time ever, customers that shop during Walmart's one-hour event will be guaranteed to have three of the most popular items under their tree at a great low price."

The strategy may lure early bargain-happy shoppers in South Florida.

Christine Neely, 32, of Boca Raton, and her sister, Dawn Mathews, 30, of Deerfield Beach, plan to be in line at 7 p.m. to get the iPad and TV.

"This is an amazing deal. To get a $75 gift card is huge savings on an Apple product," says Neely.

She's been planning her Black Friday strategy with her two sisters and a friend for three weeks. Target and Toys R Us also are on their must-hit list.

"My sister and I are planning on getting there at 7 p.m. to get in line. You're not going to get this deal at Apple. You know you are guaranteed to get the items you go for. That's a big plus. But I wonder how the lines are going to work. That's the big question."

Many retailers are devising fresh ways to lure shoppers this year as holiday spending is expected to rise only 4.1 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. That's down from 5.6 percent growth in 2011.

The holiday shopping season traditionally kicks off before dawn on the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday. This year's trend is to lure midnight shoppers into stores on Thursday evening, bellies full from holiday feasts.

Sears will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open overnight until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Kmart will be open on Thanksgiving as it has been for 21 years.

Consumer electronics retailer BrandsMart U.S.A. will open its seven South Florida stores at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, says Bobby Johnson, COO.

Sawgrass Mills, the 350-store outlet mega-mall in Sunrise, has announced a 9 p.m. Thanksgiving opening and says it will leave the lights on more than 24 hours.

Some big-box retailers are keeping with tradition.

Best Buy, Macy's and Kohl's plan to open at midnight again. Target has not announced plans. Last year, the retailers were closed on Thanksgiving and kicked off Black Friday sales at midnight.

Walmart keeps stores open overnight between Thanksgiving and Black Friday after an employee was trampled to death in Long Island on Black Friday in 2008.


Reuters supplemented this report.

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Free entrance to national and state parks for Veterans Day

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Everyone can enjoy free entry at national and state parks to celebrate Veterans Day.

U.S. National Parks: Entrance fees are waived on Saturday through Monday.

Explore Everglades National Park. There are lots of fun things to do.

Shark Valley: Ride the tram or bike the 15-mile loop on and see thousands of beautiful migratory birds and countless alligators sunning themselves on the road. Call 305-221-8455 or visit Everglades Guided Tour page for bike rental and tram prices and times.

Anhinga Amble: Free 10:30 a.m. daily ranger-led 30-minute tour down the Anhinga Trail let's visitors easily view alligators, wading birds and other wildlife. Meet at Royal Palm Visitor Center benches. Call 305-242-7700 for more info.

Nike Missile Base: Explore the historic Cold War U.S. Army Nike Missile Site HM-69. Tours are offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 15. Reservations are required. Call 305-242-7700. On Monday, tTour the base from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Veterans Day Annual Open House. No reservations required.

Other parks on the Florida list include Dry Tortugas National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Florida state parks: Fees are waived on Sunday.

The Conch Stomp Band gives a bluegass concert from 2 to 4 p.m. at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in Palm Beach. Or frolic in the sand at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne and have a picnic at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania. Another run options is canoeing or Rollerblading on the 1.9-mile road at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, right, in Fort Lauderdale.

Find a South Florida state park with addresses and hours.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving some its recreational area fees on Sunday for veterans. Vets can use boat ramps and swimming beach areas in the Lake Okeechobee area for free, with only verbal confirmation of veteran status required. The freebie does not apply to campgrounds or picnic shelter.

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Free admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens for military families

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Anheuser-Busch salutes our troops by offering free admission year round to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place and Water County USA theme parks to members of the U.S. military and their families with a valid ID.

The “Here’s to the Heroes” program is good for all active-duty military personnel in all service branches, active members of a reserve or National Guard unit and up to three direct dependents. Just register and get free single-day admissions to SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego or San Antonio; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Williamsburg, Sesame Place in Pennsylvania, Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Virginia. Family members can get in free without their service member.

There are some restrictions and the deal is valid for one admission per person, per year.

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

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November 8, 2012

Coupon: $10 off $25 purchase at Macy's

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Get $10 off a $25 purchase at Macy's on Friday and Saturday with a coupon.

The coupon is good on sale and clearance apparel and home items until 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This will come in handy for the store's Biggest One-Day Sale of the Year.

Click here for the deal. There are some exclusions.

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Free deluxe product for men at Nordstrom's Shave Swap event

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Norstrom is having a Shave Swap in November, offering men a free deluxe-sized shave product from Jack Black, Kiehl's, The Art of Shaving or Lab Series.

Stop in stores with a used shave container (not from a participating product) to get a free deluxe-size sample. No purchase necessary.

There are Nordstrom stores in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Aventura and Dadeland.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Nov. 30 or while supplies last.

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November 7, 2012

Free 16-pound turkey with prescription transfer at Publix

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Get a free turkey with a deal offered through Publix Pharmacy.

Transfer any prescription or get a flu shot and get up to a 16-pound Publix turkey for free with a coupon inside the store flyer. Grab one in stores or print out the coupon online at the link below.

The offer excludes prescriptions or shots paid for in part or in full by Medicare, Medicaid or any other government program.

Click here for the deal. The offer, one per customer, expires on Dec. 5.

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Coupon: $5 off $10 purchase at Hallmark Gold Crown

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Plan ahead for the holidays and save.

Hallmark is offering some terrific savings at its annual holiday open house event on Friday through Sunday.

We're putting the best first: Save $5 off any $10 purchase with a printable coupon at the link below. It's good through Nov. 28.

The in-store event features a free $9.99 “Christmas Star” Interactive Storybook with purchase of a Interactive Story Buddy. Stores also are offering buy-one-get-one-50-percent-off holiday boxed cards and savings on candy, toys, ornaments and more.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Market Bowl at Boston Market with purchase ($6.99 value)

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Here's one post-Election Day freebie: Get a free Market Bowl valued at $6.99 with purchase at Boston Market with a coupon. The promotion is part of the chain's "Bowl Poll" where you had to vote for chicken or turkey.

Score a free new Market Bowl when you buy one and a fountain drink at participating restaurants.

The new menu items, introduced in September, feature rotisserie chicken, turkey beast or meatloaf, two sides and gravy layered in one easy-to-eat bowl.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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H&M opening flagship store in Miami Beach on Thursday

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H&M is set to open its flagship store in Miami Beach at noon on Thursday.

Hennes & Mauritz's new 24,000-square-foot space will open at 551 Lincoln Road in inside the historic art deco Lincoln Theatre.

H&M is celebrating by offering the first 500 shoppers in line a "Access to Fashion Pass" valued from $10 to $500 and also will offer steals on clothes for women and men. The two-floor space and also will carry special top designer collections and "shop-in-shop" accessories.

“We are thrilled to finally open our flagship store in Miami Beach,” says Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M, said in a release. “Opening in such a historic location will be one of our proudest U.S. expansion moments to date. We have worked closely with the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Society to protect the iconic nature of this beautiful space while adding the excitement of H&M’s high fashion and quality collections. ”

The Swedish retailer also has a store in The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens and is set to soon open a third 24,000-square-foot store in Aventura Mall.

Hours at the Miami Beach store will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

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November 6, 2012

$10 off $20 online order at Romano's Macaroni Grill on Tuesday

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Get $10 off a $20 online order at Romano's Macaroni Grill for Election Day.

Click here for the deal. Use code RMGTOGO at checkout.

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BOGO entree at Sweet Tomatoes on Election Day

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Get a free entree when you buy one with the purchase of two beverages at Sweet Tomatoes on Election Day with a coupon.

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

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Election Day freebies offered around South Florida

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You’re going to work up an appetite standing in line and voting on Tuesday.

Ballots are long -- running up to four pages front and back in some instances -- and are packed with a record 11 Constitutional amendments. So we've rounded up a list of free drinks and eats offered by South Florida business to help you celebrate voting.

Your “I Voted” sticker gets you the goods.

Aveda Institute South Florida: Get 20 percent off any service at the Davie teaching salong with sticker with Facebook coupon good on Tuesday only.

The Angler's Resort: Free beer or glass of wine with a sticker at 660 at The Angler's in South Beach.

Blockbuster: Rent one movie and get one free up to $1.99 in stores on Tuesday with coupon.

Buca Di Beppo: Buy any lunch item and get one of equal or lesser value free with coupon valid on Nov. 6 only. Locations in Davie, Wellington and Orlando.

California Pizza Kitchen: Save $5 off online orders of $30 with coupon code VOTED through Friday.

Chili's: Free appetizer with entree purchase with a Facebook coupon good through Nov. 6.

Jet Blue: Vote Democrat or Republican for a chance at a free flight in the Election Protection Sweepstakes.

Moe's Southwestern Grill: $5 nachos with sticker on Election Day at South Florida locations. (Thanks, Gina!)

Olive Garden: Free small dessert with entree purchase at Olive Garden on Tuesday with sticker. No coupon necessary.

Ovenella: Free glass of house wine and choice of salad valued at $15-$25 with entree purchase and a sticker. Located in Boca Raton.

Pei Wei Asian Diner: 20 percent off online orders up to $100 with code ELECT on Tuesday.

Quarterdeck: Show your sticker and get 50 percent off any entree with purchase of a beverage at six South Florida locations.

RA Sushi: Get a free California Roll valued at $6.50 with sticker and $10 purchase at locations in Pembroke Pines and Palm Beach Gardens.

Romano's Macaroni Grill: $10 off $20 online orders with code RMGTOGO on Tuesday.

Saveology.com: Get $3 credit from the Margate-based daily deal site after voting in its Political Poll; if your pick wins, you get an additional $3 credit. The offer expires on Nov. 5 and credits must redeemed by Dec. 31.

Schakolad Chocolate Factory: Free election-themed chocolate on Tuesday at Davie shop.

7-Eleven: Free blue Obama or red Romney coffee cup with coffee purchase.

Starbucks: Visit the coffee shop on Tuesday and get a free Indivisible wristband. No purchase is necessary.

SunSentinel.com: Free digital access on Tuesday; Sign up for 59-cents for five weeks.

Sweet Tomatoes: BOGO entree with purchase of two drinks with a coupon good on Tuesday.

Tijuana Flats: Free "Guac the Vote" offers appetizer with sticker on Tuesday. One per customer.

Zipcars: Get half off a rental Nov. 6 with the "Zip to the Polls" promotion offered from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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50 percent off entrees at Quarterdeck with 'I Voted' sticker

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Voters get 50 percent off an entree at South Florida Quarterdeck restaurants with purchase of a beverage on Tuesday.

Bring your "I Voted" sticker in and get the savings on great entrees, such as the Live Lobster Dinner, which with a drink purchase would come in well under $10. Is this a great country or what?

Click here for the deal. There are locations in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Dania Beach and Jupiter.

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Free Indivisible wristband at Starbucks on Election Day

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Get a a free Indivisible wristband at Starbucks on Election Day. No purchase is necessary.

Starbucks is giving away the freebie to celebrate the one year anniversary of its Create Jobs for the USA initiative, which has raised $15 million in donations and created 5,000 jobs after funds donated from customer were distributed to community leaders in nearly all states.

Recently, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz' foundation gave $1 million to Create Jobs for USA and is giving away the wristbands using that donation.

On July 4, Schultz gave away free coffee, wading into partisan politics on the Starbucks blog with the post ""An Open Letter: How Can America Win This Election?"

Click here to read more on the Starbucks blog.

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November 5, 2012

Macy's offering hot deals at midnight on Black Friday

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For the second year, Macy's will open at midnight on Black Friday, offering doorbuster deals on jewelry, electronics, home goods and more on Nov. 23.

Macy's is encouraging shoppers to download its mobile app for iPhone to locate deals this year and also is offering sneak peeks on its Facebook fan page.

Here's a highlight of bargains:

Half-carat t.w. diamond studs in 14k white gold for $199

Quarter-carate t.w. diamond hoops in sterling silver for $39.99

Coffee Makers, Tea Kettles and Espresso Makers for 40 percent off

Free high-definition headphones with any $75 or more men’s or women’s fragrance purchase and Macy’s will donate $2 to Make-A-Wish (up to $100,000).

Free sweater when you purchase jeans from American Rag for Juniors.

Easy Spirit, Aerosoles, Guess, White Moutain, Madden Girl, Rampage Boots for $19.99 to $39.99

Tag Fairfield 5-piece Luggage Sets for $49.99

Macy's opened at midnight last year and decided to give customers another head-start on holiday shopping this year, according to a press release.

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Free small dessert with entree purchase at Olive Garden on Tuesday

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Get a free dolicini, which are little desserts, valued at up to $3.95 with purchase on Election Day at Olive Garden.

Bring your "I Voted" sticker to the restaurant and get your freebie with purchase of an adult entree.
No coupon is necessary.

Click here for the deal. The offer is good on Tuesday, Nov. 6, only.

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Free Publix Stocking Spree booklet offers $50 in coupons

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Sign up to get a Winter edition of the Publix Stocking Spree coupon booklet with $50 in coupon savings from StockingSpree.com. Once you sign up, you will automatically receive the coupon books each season.

The booklet, which will be mailed out Dec. 1-7, will contain savings on products from Chips Ahoy, Gatorade, Tide and others that can be redeemed at Publix markets. The booklets will not be available in stores, so sign up so you don't miss out on this and future offers.

Click here for the deal. Coupons are valid until Dec. 28.

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$10 back on $25 purchase at California Pizza Kitchen from AMEX

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Get $10 statement credit on a $25 purchase at California Pizza Kitchen from American Express via Twitter.

Sync your AMEX card if you haven't already and then tweet using #AmexCPKOffer. You'll get a message back that the offer has been added to your card. Then, use the card to pay at the restaurant to get the $10 credit. Be sure to spend at least $25.

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

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November 4, 2012

Coupon: 50 cents off Sunday Sun Sentinel

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I've got 50 good reasons why you should buy the Sun Sentinel today! Get 50 cents off the Sunday edition with a coupon, compliments of Shop-O-Matic!

The Sun Sentinel newspaper pays for itself with money-saving coupons and this 50-cents off offer makes it that much sweeter. Redeem this manufacturer coupon at participating Publix markets in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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

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Free kids' haircuts at JC Penney every Sunday in November

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JC Penney salons are offering free haircuts for kids every Sunday in November.

Call now to make an appointment for children in grades K-6 can get the freebie. Walk-ins will not be accepted. The chain is bringing back the popular promotion after giving away 1.6 million free back-to-school haircuts in August.

On another note, JC Penney's CEO Ron Johnson sent out $10 gift certificates good on $10 purchases to customers via email on Oct. 11. They must be redeemed by Sunday, Nov. 4. Check your inbox for "A Letter And Gift From Our CEO" if you haven't yet.

Also, through Nov. 22, customers can round up their store purchases to the nearest dollar to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

Click here to find a salon.

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Free entry to museums on Saturday and Sunday

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It's the first full weekend of the month on Saturday and Sunday, which means you can visit nine South Florida museums for free with an ID and a Bank of America credit or debit card.

Get in free at more than 150 U.S. venues with BOA's Museum on Us program. It offers each cardholder one free general admission on the first full weekend of each month.

On the list:

South Florida museums:
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Museum in Dania Beach
The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale
Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale (open Sunday only; closed Saturday for a special event)
South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach
Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach
Miami Art Museum
Miami Children's Museum
Miami Science Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami

Central Florida venues:
Orlando Museum of Art
The Menello Museum of American Art
The Orange County Regional History Center

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November 3, 2012

Free slice of Sbarro pizza on Saturday

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Get a free slice of pizza at Sbarro with a coupon. You must have the coupon to get the freebie.

The restaurants are giving away the free NY Cheese pizza to celebrate reaching 100,000 fans on Facebook.

Click here for the deal and to find a location.

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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November 2, 2012

Black Friday Survival Guide: Top tips to plan your Nov. 23 shopping strategy






















There are just three weeks to go before the midnight madness begins on Nov. 23.

We’re talking about Black Friday, and if you want to score the best deals on holiday gifts, you’ll need to use the next few weeks to draw up a battle plan by deciding what to buy and researching where to go to get the most bang for your buck.
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“People get caught up in the hype and emotion of Black Friday and get swept away and overbuy during the frenzy and the excitement,” says Jodi Furman, right, a shopping and savings expert in Lake Worth.

“Make a plan and a list and stick to it. Do not make any impulse purchases if it’s not on your list. Not matter how good the price, it’s not a bargain if you don’t need it.”

Furman, who writes the shopping and savings blog LiveFabuLESS.com, says you can sniff out the best bargains before and after Black Friday with a little planning.

Here’s her top tips on how to score the best deals:

Set a spending limit. Focus on what you need and what you can afford. Furman suggests you figure out how much you can afford to spend, set the budget and stick to it. “The best gift you can give to your family is one of financial stability. If you can’t afford to pay cash for a present right now, perhaps you don’t really need to be buying it.”

Do your homework. Check sales fliers online (many are already posted) and get the Thanksgiving Day newspaper to see what deals are being offered at what times. “Research what you what to buy now. Visit BFAds.net or BlackFriday.fm for a good overview of upcoming sales. These sites have search functions that help you find the best offers on what you want to purchase.”

Let someone else do your homework. Check popular savings sites like TotallyTarget.com and IHeartTheMart.com. They focus on the best sales at Target and Walmart. “These sites do the legwork for you so you can relax and enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey and not stress about the sales.”

Score free gift cards. Some stores also offer free gift cards with purchase on popular electronics like iPods and video game consoles, she says. “Research those deals. They will be well advertised.”

Find shopping buddies. If you want to get items at more than one store, Furman suggests using the “divide and conquer” method. “If there are two or three of you, divide your lists between each person and one goes to each store to get the bargains for everyone.”

Use technology. Sign up for emails and text messages from your favorite retailers so you’ll automatically be notified of special offers. “Consult shopping blogs and download smartphone apps so you can get more for less. Not just less money, less stress, less time, less effort and less running around.” Furman recommends downloading apps like RedLaser.com for iPhone and ShopSavvy.com for Android smartphones. “Use the camera to scan barcodes and check prices online and brick-and-mortar stores to be sure you’re getting the best price. ShopKick also offers cash back and points for shopping at certain retailers.

Get rebates. Get cash back for online purchases by using sites like Ebates.com, FatWallet.com and Swagbucks.com. “The sites offer a percentage of your online purchases back in cash.”

Use price matching. For the first time, Target is price matching online competitors Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy and Toys R Us, Furman says. Save sales receipts in case you find a better price at a later date. “Some stores will do a price match and a price adjust so you’ll be able to get what you paid at the current advertised price. You won’t have to return the items and rebuy them. Just bring in your receipt with the ad (if you have it) to get your money back.” Saving receipts serves another purpose, too. “If you do accidentally overbuy, you can return items to keep within your budget.”

If you don’t feel like going out in the middle of the night, you’ll still find great bargains, Fuman says.

“You don’t need to run around to a bunch of different stores in the middle of the night,” Furman says. “There are great sales offered after Black Friday. There is usually another sales surge Dec. 8-10 and then again around Dec. 22-24. Just watch the newspaper ads.”

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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Fresh Market hosts "Taste of the Holidays" sampling events Friday and Saturday

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South Florida The Fresh Market stores are hosting two free Taste of the Holidays sampling events on Friday and Saturday.

Stop in from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and get in the holiday mood with free samples of prepared holiday meals.

Sampling stations will feature turkey, standing rib roast, smoked salmon, bacon, holiday pies, desserts and cheesecakes.

The Fresh Market is now taking orders for complete holiday meals and ala carte menu items too. Thanksgiving catalog, party platter brochures and holiday order forms are now available in stores.

Click here to see the holiday meal options available for preorder.

There are 10 South Florida locations. The events is being held at all 127 U.S. stores.

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$10 off $30 purchase at Bath & Body Works

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Get $10 off a $30 purchase at Bath & Body Works with a coupon.

The store's having a sale for two for $20 on three wick candles this weekend. Now's a great time to stock up on fall scents like yummy Honey Autumn Apple or Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. Use the coupon and get a new Cashmere Glow-scented body product.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Nov 18.

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Free Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving at BJ's Wholesale Club

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Get a free Butterball turkey through Nov. 14 at BJ's Wholesale Club with purchase four qualifying products using a coupon available at the entrance to the store.

Buy four from the list below to get the free bird:

Coca-Cola Product - 4 pack/2 Liters
Swanson Natural Chicken Broth - 3 pack
Any Knorr Sides - 8 pack
Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce - 6 pack
Le Sueur Early June Peas - 6 pack
Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Jonathan T’s Frozen Puff Pastry Collection - 80 count
Mama’s Frozen Jumbo Cheese Ravioli - 4 lbs.
Pillsbury Frozen Buttermilk Biscuits - 36 count
Green Giant Cubed Butternut Squash - 2 lbs.

You don't have a BJ's membership? No problem! Get a free 60-day membership with a coupon valid through Dec. 31.

Also, BJ's takes manufacturer coupons (one per item) so you can really save big with a little planning. If you buy a 3-pack, give them three coupons.

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 60-day membership at BJ's Wholesale Club

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BJ's Wholesale Club offering a free 60-day trial membership with full benefits, one per household for new members.

Try it out. The produce and meat are terrific and you can save on gas, too. Plus, the club offers its own coupons and takes manufacturer coupons so you can save even more money.

There is no surcharge at checkout with this offer. Print the pass and take it to the service desk before you begin shopping. A 12-month club membership costs $50.

Click here for the deal. There are locations in Central and South Florida. The offer ends on Dec. 31.

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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November 1, 2012

Sears to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday

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Let's just call it Black Thursday.

For the first time, Sears will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, trying to get a jump on competitors to kick off the busiest shopping day of the year, according to a release. It will retmain open until 10 p.m. on Nov. 23.

Sears will feature doorbusters at 8 p.m. on Thursday and again on Friday starting at 4 a.m.

Kmart stores will be open from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. It will reopen for Black Friday at 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 23.

“We appreciate our SHOP YOUR WAY Members and want them – and all of our customers – to shop Sears and Kmart when they want, how they want,” said Ron Boire, executive vice president, of both chains, said in a press release. “Extending our hours is the first of several announcements we’ll make this holiday season to benefit our members and provide them with valuable perks and privileges.”

Both stores will be closed on Christmas Day, according to the press release.

Sawgrass Mills is opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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Amazon.com launches Black Friday deals

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Black Friday has arrived early on Amazon.com.

The world's largest online retailer on Thursday opened its Black Friday Deals store, a pre-party if you will, offering steals on popular electronics like LED TVs, computers cameras, video game systems, toys, clothes and more through Nov. 19, according to a press release.

The retailer is planning on offering Black Friday Deals Week starting Monday, November 19,

The Seattle-based retailer's pre-Black Friday sale will offer a Deal of the Day, along with limited-time "door-buster Lightening Deals." Offers will be rolled out hourly in limited quantities.

The first offers included a great deal on Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Multi-Activity Table for $79.99. It normally sells for $109. Another offer is a Toshiba All-In-One Desktop, right, for $619. It normally sells for $1,199.

Holiday bargain hunters can sign up for email alerts so they don't miss any good buys.

Click here for the deal.

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 Grateful Dead MP3 songs every day in November

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Hey Deadheads! Get a free Grateful Dead MP3 download every day in November. Today's song download is “Sugaree."

Each day, you'll get a new Grateful Dead track from the vault. You also can play a trivia game to win sweet swag.

Enter your e-mail and you're ready to play for prizes and/or download the day's song.

Click here for the deal.

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Free $1.29 Amazon MP3 credit from Amazon.com

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Score a free $1.29 MP3 credit from Amazon.com. No purchase is necessary.

Share your favorite party song on Facebook and the credit will be deposited into your Amazon account. Use it to get a free song.

Click here for the deal. The credit must be used by midnight on Friday.

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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EA Games offers 50 free games, up to 70 percent off popular titles

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EA Games is offering 50 free popular iOS mobile titless like "Monopoly Hotels" "World Series of Yahtzee" and "The Simpson Tapped Out" games, too.

Also, EA is having a huge sale, offering up to 70 percent off popular games "Battlefield Bad Company 2," "Madden NFL 12" and "Plants vs. Zombies," among others.

Click here for the deal.

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 8-by-10 collage print from Walgreens

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Get a free 8-by-10 collage print with a coupon code at Walgreens.

If you have any nice Halloween shots, it's super easy to make. Create an account, upload up to 20 photos for the collage, choose a background, add a title and you're ready to rock 'n roll. You'll get an email telling you the photo is ready for pickup, in about an hour.

Click here for the deal. Enter code COLLAGEFREE. The offers expires on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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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