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Free entry to Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale's new "Sharks" exhibit on Friday


Take a deep dive with sharks and explore primordial demons, gods and beasts at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale for free on Friday to celebrate 2012 Art Museum Day.

The museum is waiving $10 entry fees to participate in 2012 AAMD Art Museum Day. Miami Art Museum and Orlando Museum of Art also are participating. No coupons are necessary.

Get in the swim with "Sharks," which opened May 12. Other fun activities planned include a free screening of the children’s film “Shark Riddle” as well as a 2 p.m. docent-led tour of the second floor galleries. MOA is also offering $25 off registration fees for classes and workshops at the Academy of Art + Design.

“Shark,” on view through January, contains sculptures, photographs and videos from 70 artists exploring all 400 species of the much-maligned ocean predator. A section also explores the impact of “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller still terrorizing beachgoers today.

MOA organized the exhibition, which was curated by New York-based acclaimed wildlife artist Richard Ellis, in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center in Port Everglades.

The companion film “Shark Riddles” features 20 shark species and aims to help kids develop empathy and positive feelings about the animals.

The tour will take you through the captivating and colorful glass works in “Primordial: Paintings and Sculpture by Isabel de Obaldia, 1985-2011.” The Panama City-based artists’ retrospective, on view through May 27, features demons and beasts inspired by pre-Columbian art.

Other exhibition include “Pablo Picaso Ceramics/Carlos Luna Paints,” “All in the Family: Paintings and Works on Paper by Members of the Glackens Family” as well as 6,000 works in the museum’s permanent collection.

The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500,; Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami, 305-375-3000,
Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 North Mills Ave., Orlando, 407-896-4231,

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Free seven-day deluxe sample of Lancôme Génifique


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

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

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

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

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Free Peppercorn Shrimp at Panda Express on Wednesday


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

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

Panda Express restaurants are located throughout Central and South Florida.

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

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FedEx gives away 30,000 free $25 AMEX gift cards starting at 1 p.m. on Facebook


FedEx is giving away $25 Shop Small American Express gift cards to 30,000 fans on beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.1. The shipping company also is giving away 10,000 additional cards to existing customers.

The promotion leads up to the second-annual American Express Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 in which Amercan Express cardholders get special offers and a $25 statement credit when they register (starting Tuesday) for the promotion and make purchases from a participating small business on that date.

The Nov. 26 date is no accident. Smack in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it aims to take advantage of the heaviest shopping weekend of the year. Besides FedEX, other heavy-hitting sponsors include Facebook, Google and Twitter.

Small business owners who wish (or are) participating in the Nov. 26 promotion can get free signs, e-marketing and $100 in Facebook ads from American Express.

Click here for the Fed-Ex deal. Register beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Click here to register your American Express card to get your $25 statement credit on Nov. 26.

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Free Nintendo Wii remote controller jackets


Nintendo is offering free Wii remote video controller jackets to customers who own the popular video game console. The jackets cost $3.25 each in the Nintendo store.

Nintendo includes the jackets in boxes of new hardware but will give them to Wii owners who purchased systems prior to this addition.

Provide the serial number located on the back of your Wii console and Nintendo will send you the goods.

Click here for the deal.

"Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook and learn how you can win a Shop-O-Matic VIP Day of Beauty and $350 Sue Devitt Gift Basket!

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Join us at Shop-O-Matic's Jingle Mingle on Dec.1 at Origins in Boca Raton


As you make your holiday shopping list and check it twice, take a break to join Sun Sentinel shopping bloggers for the Shop-O-Matic Jingle Mingle at Origins Town Center at Boca Raton from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1!

Get pampered and refreshed while sharing your favorite holiday shopping tips and stories with Sun Sentinel bloggers and fellow South Florida deal-hunters.

Origins will offer complimentary mini-facials and makeup applications to help you sparkle. Plus, you’ll receive free deluxe samples to keep you looking your best through the holidays. You’ll also get a free Sunday paper stuffed with savings to help you finish last-minute gift-giving.

Register today as spots are limited! We look forward to seeing you at Origins Boca Town Center on Dec. 1. Until then, visit for great gift packages, like the Grapefuit Greats set, right, and keep up with the latest holiday and Black Friday bargains at

Click here to reserve your ticket! We can't wait to meet you! We'll be the ones with bells on!

The Origins store is in Town Center mall located at 6000 Glades Road ,#1136A, Boca Raton, 561-417-3404.

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Netflix offers one-month free trial


Netflix introduced its new app on iTunes Thursday. If you want to check it out on your iPhone or iPod but aren't a Netflix member, try the service out for one month with a free trial.

I just signed up, downloaded the app to my iPhone 4 and ordered "Julia & Julia" (gotta love this job!). It works great. Now I wonder if I can plug in my Apple Component AV Cable and watch movies on my HDTV at home...

Click here to sign up for the free trial. You have to cough up your credit card info. After the trial's over, it's $8.99 a month. You can cancel any time. I have a feeling I'm going to keep it.

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Fight the frizz at free hair event on Friday


If your hairdo's a hot mess, help is here.

Our fabulous Fashion Dude Rod Stafford Hagwood and the Sun Sentinel have teamed with expert stylists at Robert Allen Salon & Day Spa, Keratin Complex by Coppola, Goldwell and J.F. Lazartigue for a day of live demonstrations, one-on-one consultations and multi-media presentations on how to tame your mane. While you're smoothing things out, enjoy a glass of wine and light bites and get a gift bag, too!

Hair's the deal:

What: Fight the Frizzies
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27
Where: Robert Allen Salon & Day Spa, 3334 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-566-4116
RSVP: You MUST register at

See you there!

P.S.: Be sure to read Rod's report on "Ten tips for keeping the stress out of your tresses" on his Fashion blog.

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HOT!!! Free Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick samples

The first 5,000 to "Like" Clarins on Facebook gets a FREE Rouge Prodige Palette lipstick sample with 4 shades.

Log into Facebook and click here or search CLARINS in Facebook. Be sure to fill out both address field. HURRY!

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25 free 4X6 photos from Walgreens

You can get 25 free 4x6 photos from Walgreens when you create a photo account.

It's been ages since we've had prints made of some of our favorite family shots, so I'm taking this opportunity to get some made.

Walgreens makes it easy. Create an account and follow the steps to upload your photos and order prints. You also can make photo books (starting at $6.99), posters, calendars, collages, mouse pads, mugs, ties and more. Then you can pick them up at the store in about an hour in some instances.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on Aug. 21.

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Bowl for free on Saturday with coupon


Strike! is offering a coupon for a free bowling game good on Saturday, Aug. 7, in order to set a new world record as part of National Bowling Week.

Put in your e-mail address to get the free-game coupon. There's no limit on the number, so print out a few spares. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

They're good at lanes from South Florida to Orlando and all across America.

Click here to get your coupon and find a participating bowling alley.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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Free Jonas Brothers calendar


Get a free Jonas Brothers calendar when you enter the OfficeMax "Winning the Dream Sweepstakes." Enter and you could win a trip to see them perform on Sept. 18 in San Francisco, an autographed guitar or a $50 OfficeMax gift card.

Click here to enter and get your free calendar.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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Free Oreo or Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar


Cool off with a free Good Humor Oreo or Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar from RaceTrac with locations from South Florida to Orlando.

Click here to print the coupon. It's good once a month through Sept. 7.

Join RaceTrac Insider to get other great offers.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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Free $6.99 Triaminic Pain Reliever with rebate

Just in time for back-to-school colds and fevers! Get a free four-ounce bottle of Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever in Bubble Gum or Grape flavor worth $6.99 with rebate when your purchase by Aug. 8.

Click here for details. You must mail the completed rebate form, dated sales receipt and UPC code in by Aug. 31. While you're at it, print out a $1-off coupon too.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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Get free legal advice on Wednesday


Talk to a lawyer for free from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month on the Legal Line, a Pro-Bono service offered by the Dade County Bar Association. Volunteer attorneys will answer your legal questions, give advice or refer you to an appropriate social service agency.

South Florida residents can call 305-371-2220 or if you live in Miami-Dade call 888-596-0399.

Click here to learn more.

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Free cruise for military personnel


Discovery Cruise Lines is offering a free one-day cruise to the Bahamas for all military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan in the past year. According to their site:

We are inviting all Military who have served or are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan during the last year on a complimentary one day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Bahama Island valid until December 31, 2010. Discovery will provide the free one day Bahamas Cruise, including the cost of all buffet meals, all service charges, taxes and Bahamian Departure Fees. There are no additional costs involved.

Visit for more information, and to fill out the form to claim a cruise.

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Free Queso at Moe's, and a video contest


If you like burritos, then you probably know Moe's. The chain is celebrating its 10th anniversary today by offering customers a free queso, no coupon needed.

If that one serving just isn't enough for you, they're also giving away $1,000 and free queso for a year to the customer who creates the best video about how much they love queso. Check it out at

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Free Apple iPhone 4 bumpers, iPod Touches and how to make your own bumper


Apple is giving away free $29 iPhone 4 bumpers in all colors with the purchase of the new smart phone and will also reimburse those, (like me!) who paid $29 for the Apple-manufactured protective skin. If you purchased an iPhone 4 phone, but didn't get a bumper, you can get one free too. The Apple offer is good through Sept. 30.

The bumpers help solve antenna reception problems in the latest smart phone. Click here to learn more from Apple and get a full "Antenneagate" update from our Consumer Talk blog.

In the meantime, while you're waiting for your free bumper, the iPhone Guru shows how to make your own bumper with a Lance Armstrong Livestrong bracelet or similar knockoff. I tried it and it fits perfect!

Another Apple freebie: If you buy a Mac for college, you can get a free 8 GB iPod Touch. Click here for details. The offer is good for college students, teachers, administrators and staff through Sept. 7.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free movies at Regal Theaters every Tuesday and Wednesday

Enjoy a free G- or PG-rated film at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday through Aug. 11 at Regal Theater's Free Family Film Festival. Some of the films screening: "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Night at the Museum II," "Hotel for Dogs" and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" just to name a few. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis at box offices before the show.

Here's a list of participating South Florida theaters:

Cypress Creek Stadium 16 in Fort Lauderdale
Westfork Stadium 13 in Pembroke Pines
Sawgrass Stadium 23 & IMAX in Sunrise
Oakwood Stadium 18 in Hollywood
Magnolia Stadium 26 in Coral Springs
Royal Palm Stadium 18 in Royal Palm Beach
Southland Mall Stadium 16 in Miami
Kendall Village Stadium 26 in Miami
Movies @ The Falls 12 in Miami

Click here to see what's playing when and where.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free movies from Blockbuster Express kiosks


Get six free movie rentals at Blockbuster Express moive rental kiosks with codes.

Just visit a kiosk, open an account with a credit card and input these codes to get your free movies: GT14A; GT15A; SSD17A1; SSD16A4; SSD16A2; SSD16A3; SSD16A4. Visit to get a printable list to take with you.

Click here to find a South Florida kiosk near you.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free DVD 'Journey to the Stars'


June 14 UPDATE: I received an e-mail from "Journey to the Stars" saying: "Due to overwhelming demand, we are temporarily closing our online request form for the Journey to the Stars DVD. Don't worry though, we do plan to resume taking orders in the future, after we have filled existing requests and burned some more disks. If you would like to be notified when the request form is active again, please enter your name and email address below. Thanks for your interest!"
Click here to sign up.
--- Doreen Christensen

Explore the Final Frontier for free. NASA is offering a free DVD "Journey to the Stars," narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

The DVD, funded by NASA's Heliophysics Division, began as a show produced and currently showing at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The DVD explores the universe, showing giant stars, dwarf stars, exploding stars, neutron stars, and the sun using data from NASA spacecraft and theoretical models of modern science. Watch a video on the science behind the show.

Teachers can order up to 50 copies to give to students and also request companion lesson plans and activity sheets.

"We want every classroom in the country to have a copy," says Lika Guhathakurta of NASA's Heliophysics Division in Washington DC, on the NASA website. "Kids of all ages from K through 12 will enjoy the show — and never look at the night sky the same way again."

Visit the NASA website to learn more. Click here to order your free copy.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free admission to Flagler Museum on Saturday


Get free admission to the Flagler Museum on Saturday, June 5, in honor of Henry Flagler and his granddaughter Jean Flagler Matthews. Admission is normally $18 for adults and $10 for children.

The 60,000 square foot, 55-room mansion was built by Flagler as a wedding gift to his bride in 1902. Used as a winter retreat, it established the Palm Beach playground for the wealthy during the Guilded Age. Jean Flagler Matthews rescued the estate from demolition and established the museum on June 5, 1959.

Visitors can view an extensive collection of original art, furniture, and historic objects related to life during the period. There also are special exhibits on Florida history and Flagler’s impact on the region with devleopment of the East Coast Railway, paving the way for tourism and agriculture as the backbone of the state’s economy. Read a biography of Henry Flagler.

The museum is located at One Whitehall Way in Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to or call 561-655-2833.

Nearly 2,700 people attended the event in 2009, according to the museum's website.

-- Doreen Christensen

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$1 frozen drinks at Panera Bread on Fridays

My Sup blogging pal John Tanasychuk reports that Panera Bread in Broward and Palm Beach counties is having a "Blender Bash," offering frozen drinks for a buck on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They usually run $3.79. He also reports you can get free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts today, too.

Click here for details and be sure to read John's posts to get the latest news on South Florida's restaurant scene.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free Martha Stewart Living Summer Grilling Cookbook


Get great recipes for your Monday Memorial Day barbeque with a free download of "Martha Stewart Living Summer Cookbook" from XM radio. I just downloaded it thanks to

Click here for the cookbook.

- Doreen Christensen

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Free Griffin iPad case! Was $49.99. Hurry!


Get this Griffin Elan Passport case for your iPad for free! The black one is $49.99 but click "buy it now" and the cream-colored one is offered for free. Shipping is $5.

Click here.


-- Doreen Christensen

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Free thong from American Apparel with newsletter signup


The sweat-shop free retailer American Apparel is offering a a free thong when you sign up for its newsletter. Also, you'll get up to 15 percent off your online purchase.

While you're at it, check out this cute little organic cotton number, right, that comes in blue, black, purple and pink for $39.99. There are stores at Boca Town Center and Sawgrass Mills and five Miami locations. Find a store here.

This retailer is know for its racy fashion photograpy and awesome cotton T-shirts. Here's a link to its "2010 Best Bottoms Contest." Bottoms up!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Buy an Apple Mac for students, get a free 8 GB iPod Touch


This completes my trifecta of Apple posts today!

Buy your student (any grade level) a new Mac thorugh Apple education pricing and get a $199 8 GB iPod Touch for free. The promotion runs from May 25 through September 7.

If you've been thinking about buying a Mac (for students and educators), this sweetens the deal considerably. Pricing of a MacBook starts at $949.

Click here for the deal.

As I always say, once you go Mac, you never go back!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free ice cream sundae at Walmart on Saturday, May 22

Cool off with a sweet treat at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday while supplies last.

The free ice cream sundae is made with Breyers, Blue Bunny ice cream or new All Natural Frozen Yogurt topped with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Reddi-wip and fresh strawberries.

Click here for more info.

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Free Victoria Secret limited-edition panty ($10.50 value)


Get this adorable limited-edition panty for free, worth $10.50, from Victoria Secret with any purchase at VS stores starting today until supplies last.

Click here for the printable coupon.


-- Doreen Christensen

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Free Lena Horne, Muddy Waters MP3s + 100 albums for $5 each


Looking for a cheap way to boost your music library? Check out's free MP3 music downloads and 100 albums for $5 each.

Get a free downlown of "X5 Free Sampler: Blues and Country Legends" featuring songs from Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters and Woodie Guthrie. There's also an "X5 Free Sampler: Legends of Jazz" with songs by Lena Horne and Peggy Lee.

Some of the 100 albums offered for a Lincoln: "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock," (We love you Bret!) "Pat Benetar's Greatest Hits," Megadeth's "Countdown to Extinction," "The Best of Snoop Dogg" (fo shizzle my dizzle!), CCR's "Live in Europe," and the soundtrack to "Up." LPs by Keith Urban, Nora Jones, Frank Sinatra and Ricky Nelson are in there too.

Click here to browse the albums.

Rock on!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free Scarface Last Stand game at the Apple store


Get a free "Scarface Last Stand" game at the Apple App store for iPod, iPhone of iPad. The game is a third-person shooting game themed after the final scene of the 1983 cult classic movie "Scarface" starring Al Pacino.

It's normally $7 and the free download is good today only.

Note: You must be 17 or older to download. The game's pretty bloody, just like the movie. Ratings info: Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence; Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence; Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor; Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes. Pretty much what every male in the 18-34 demographic is after!

Get it here.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Local sales, things to do around South Florida


Save some dough doing fun things around South Florida this weekend. For more ideas, check out the Bulletin Board that runs daily on Page 2B of the Sun Sentinel.

Saturday, May 15:

Model Steam Train Rides: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. $1. Call 954-978-1134. After the train pulls into the station, take a farm tour between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $2. Call 954-491-4605 or click on Tradewinds Park.

Check out Buckler’s 15th Annual Craft Fair and Food Drive, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Americraft Expo, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach; $8, children 12 and under free, click here or call 386-860-0092. Click here for a buy 1-get-1 coupon with a donated canned good.

Get discounts of up to 60 percent off at the Boca Raton Historical Society Gift Shop Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Boca Raton Town Hall, 71 North Federal Highway, click here or call 561-395-6766, ext. 100.

Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, soaps, specialty items, flowers and more at the Delray Beach Green Market, Southeast Fourth Avenue just south of Atlantic Avenue.

Sunday, May 16:

Save a bundle and chow down at the Elks Lodge's Sunday Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon at 700 NE 10th St., Pompano Beach. $5 adults; $2.50 children. Call 954-596-4333

Get free admission at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St. noon to 4 p.m. Call 954-921-3274.

The Rare Fruit and Vegetable Council is having its Spring Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5105 SW 208 Lane, Southwest Ranches. Call 954-252-9216.

Get free admission at International Museum Day at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Click here or call 561-392-2500.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free entrance to all Florida state parks on Sunday


Visit one of our incredible state parks and get in for free on Sunday, May 16, in honor of National Military Appreciation Month. The Florida park service is offering free day-use at all 160 state parks to recognize and celebrate the men and women who protect our country.

You don't have to be a member of the military to get free admission. It's for everyone.

Frolic in the sand at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne or John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania. Or how about biking or Rollerblading on the 1.9-mile road at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale? Or have a picnic or rent a canoe or go on a hike. Also, at 4 p.m. Sunday, check out Nathan Rich & Friends playing bluegrass music at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach.

Here's a link to all the state parks in South Florida, along with addresses and hours.

Have fun and don't forget the sunscreen!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free 8 X 10 photo collage for Mother's Day


Make a free 8 X 10 photo collage for Mom from Walgreens.
If you're not a Walgreen's photo customer, you needs to make a quick photo account. Click here to register. If you already have an account, click here. Then start uploading up to 20 photos, give the work of art a title, choose your color scheme and background. You can opt to pick up the collage at your local store.
Get the deal by entering the code GOODTHOUGHTS at checkout. Offer's good through Saturday, May 8.

You also can get 33 percent off other personalized photo gifts for Mom like travel mugs, coffee cups, posters, blankets and calendars. Enter LASTMINUTE at checkout by Saturday.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free tank top at Lane Bryant (19.50 value)


Print this coupon and bring it in to any Lane Bryant store for any free tank-top up to $19.50. The offer is good through May 10 or until supplies last.

While you're at it, the store also is offering 50 percent off all pants, so you can grab something to go with your cool new top.

The fashionable plus-size retailer has stores in Pembroke Pines, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach, Boynton Beach and West Palm. Here's a list of locations in South Florida.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free songs from Disney on iTunes


Get a free daily song from Disney by becoming a Disney Music fan on Facebook. Each day, Walt Disney Records will offer a free song download through iTunes. The promotion started Monday so you can still get 48 songs for free. Today's song is a track from "Hannah Montana 3. Monday's freebie was Phineas & Ferb's "Squirrels in my Pants." The link expires at the end of each day.

Click here to "like" the 50 Days of Disney Music fan page on Facebook and follow the link when it's posted around 11 a.m. daily.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free $165 Sage Peachtree Pro Accounting 2010


Attention bean counters and penny-pinchers!

Staples is offering a full rebate on $165 "Sage Peachtree Pro Accounting 2010" software package with free shipping, too. Click here for the deal.

You have to buy the $165 software, mail in the form and then Staples sends you a check for the full purchase price. The offer's good until May 8. Click here for rebate info. Mail-in for rebate must be postmarked by June 8.

Don't need a fancy accounting program to know that's a good deal!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free photo cards for military families

Office%20Depot%20photo%20cards.gifIn recognition of the mothers and fathers serving in the armed forces, Office Depot is providing military families with free photo cards to send to their loved ones this Mother's and Father's Day.

Through June 20, military families will be able to bring in a photo to any nationwide Office Depot Copy & Print Depot, select from one of five patriotic card designs, upload a greeting, and the custom card will be printed in minutes - free of charge.

Cards are nice to receive when you're a Mom or a Dad, but cards with your children's smiling faces can really make someone far away feel at home. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Free DSW beach towel and tote with $24.95 purchase

Hey, you were going to buy shoes anyway. You may even have a DSW rewards certificate for $10 off -- become a member and get rewards points each time you make a purchase.

Now DSW has a summer treat: A free DSW beach towel and tote with any $24.95 purchase in store or online. Find the item 203390 online and put BEACH1 code in the checkout at

Just in time for South Florida's warmer temperatures. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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blissmobile rolls into Fort Lauderdale with free product samples


Here’s a special offer especially for Sun Sentinel Shop-O-Matic readers!

The blissmobile is making a special appearance on Thursday afternoon at the Sun Sentinel’s downtown Fort Lauderdale office building to give out free deluxe samples of soapy sap and bliss facial toner along with 20 percent discounts on waxing treatments at bliss spas in Fort Lauderdale in the W Hotel (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, 877-862-5477) and in South Beach (2201 Collins Ave, 877-862-5477).

The blissmobile is a groovy looking vintage 1966 Volkswagen bus that has been making the rounds all over Miami this week celebrating the opening of the new bliss spa in South Beach (2201 Collins Ave; 877-862-5477). The van has adorable eyelash-adorned headlights and witty sayings emblazoned on its sides proclaiming “honk if you need exfoliation” and “give pores a chance.” If you're not familiar with this fun brand (or the spas), it has a witty sense of humor but the products are serious about skincare.

Come check it out and get your free samples at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sun Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The bus and all her admirerers will be in the paper’s south parking lot along the New River on the northwest side of the Third Avenue Bride.
If you like the goods, you can order full-sized products at and get free shipping.

-- Doreen Christensen-

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Free exterior paint for Broward, Palm Beach county residents


Seeing as it's Earth Day on Thursday, here's how recycling can pay off: Broward and Palm Beach county residents can get free exterior house paint.

Broward County residents and non-profit organizations can get free high-quality exterior paint through the county’s “Paint it Broward” recycling program. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection program offers residents up to 20 gallons of the re-blended latex paint, which comes in beige, gray, turquoise or terra cotta colors. The paint comes in five-gallon buckets.
This is a great way to save some serious dollars since five-gallon buckets of paint can cost $90 each at the local home improvement store.

Collected through the paint recycling program, Broward County offers the free paint to 26 municipalities whose public works departments in turn distribute paint to residents. Cities offering the paint include Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Coral Springs, Oakland Park, Plantation, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Pompano and Deerfield Beach.
Click here for a list of participating cities and phone number to get the paint.

Broward County recycles and distributes an average of 70,000 gallons of latex paint per year to residents, according to the county’s website.

Broward residents can drop off unwanted paint and other hazardous chemicals and goods at two permanent Hazardous Waste Disposal drop-off locations: 2780 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach and at 5601 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd, West Park.

Palm Beach County also offers free paint to residents in need through its Solid Waste Authority Recycled Paint Donation Program. Offered in 10 colors (click here to see color swatches) such as beige, off-white, brown, blue and yellow, the Palm Beach County goes a step further and also offers volunteer painters in a program called Paint Your Heart Out. Residents must fill out an application for the paint. The SWA office then calculates the amount needed based on square footage. It typically offers 10 gallons of paint for walls and two gallons for trim for a 1,000-square-foot home, said Joanna Aiken, community services coordinator for the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority. For information on the program, call 561-697-2700, ext. 4701; or click here.

Also, Palm Beach residents can drop off hazardous waste and paint Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon at the South County Transfer Station,1901 SW 4th Ave., Delray Beach and at the Central County Transfer Station, 1810 Lantana Road, Lantana and at the West Palm Beach Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 6161 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach. Click here for locations and times.

Isn't it easy being green when you save some green?

-- Doreen Christensen

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Foursquare Day: Check-in for savings

If it’s April 16, or rather 4/16 - It’s FourSquare Day, or rather 4sqday.

Bring your phone to this gig. Actually, it’s essential you bring it – it’s your invitation to participate in Foursquare Day, the next big social media party.

Local businesses, mostly eateries and bars, will cash in on the next personal global positioning trend , 4sqday, or Four Square Day.

initiated by a cell phone application of the same name, it allows people to communicate through texts mapping, on where to meet or dine –at a store, a mall, restaurant or a bar – with an event tie-in or just to hang with friends. And like a moving target – the group can move en-mass or simply co-mingle and move about to other venues. People who visit venues repeatedly and more than others in t heir group get designated as “mayors”

However you write it, it spells a trend in face-to-face gatherings. Last year’s Foursquare drew fewer than a million participants. But with people using Twitter and Facebook to detail their every move and activity, 4sqday is expected to grow in venue and consumer participation.

It’s kind of like good-old-fashioned bar-hopping. Except now, the businesses aren’t just passively standing by. They can actively promote their products and services though the same application consumers are using to gather. They can broadcast their 2-4-1 drink deals, freebies or discounts.

Read this article about how Nathan Bonilla-Warford, a Tampa optometrist who is geeky over numbers, came up with the idea of designating 4/16 as 4sqday.

Check out real-time activity and local participating businesses by searching @4sqday #4sqday #4sqdaymiami or #4sqdaysfl on

-- Follow Cindy Kent on @mindingyourbiz

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Free Uniball Super Ink Pen

uniball-vision-elite-rollerballs.jpgGet a free Uniball Super Ink pen later today and while supplies last. These pens use special ink that deeply bonds with paper fiber, which Uniball says helps prevent check fraud. That ink would also be great for your tax return if you're a paper filer. Become a facebook fan of the giveaway and find the form here.

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Ruby Tuesday to give away mini burgers on New Year's Day and throughout 2010

Here's a great freebie for 2010: On New Year's Day, Ruby Tuesday will give bar patrons a free Ruby Mini and fries with their first $3 drink.The restaurant will continue the free Mini offer throughout 2010 for bar patrons ordering their first $3 drink after 9 p.m.

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Take a pledge, get eggs, give an egg

Here's a way to get a dozen eggs free with your next supermarket puchase and help a good cause:

Join America’s egg farmers in a commitment to living more healthfully and giving back to the community. For every pledge made, we will donate one egg to Feeding America – up to one million eggs! That’s in addition to the 12 million eggs donated annually. Pledging is easy. Simply provide your name, email and zip code, and “sign” the pledge by checking the box. That’s it!

Just visit

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Free 60-day trial membership at BJs Wholesale Club

Thanks to Common Sense with Money for telling us about a free 60-day trial membership to BJs Wholesale club. Click here for coupon.

We've had some interesting discussions on this blog about which wholesale club we prefer. Now that I'm couponing, and watching sales like a hawk, I find I can usually do better in the chain stores with sales and coupon match ups, but not on meats and produce. What do you like to buy at your wholesale club?

Let's have another discussion about which wholesale club is your favorite and why. I'm sure we have some new readers with an opinion, or some new readers interested in your opinions.

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Free Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller

olay.jpgBuy any (2) Regenerist Facial Moisturizers and/or Facial Cleansers, send in the receipt with the rebate form from, and receive a coupon for a free Regenerist anti-Aging eye roller.

Don't forget, there's going to be a $1 off coupon for Olay Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser in Sunday's Sun Sentinel.

Offer valid 9/11/09 to 10/11/09, must be postmarked by 10/25/09. --Super Saver Kathy

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Free Sample of Honey Nut Cheerios and $1 coupon

cheerios.jpgClick here to sign up to get a free sample of Honey Nut Cheerios and a $1 coupon by mail. This will take 6-8 weeks to arrive.

As long as we are discussing Cheerios, I'll remind you that they are BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) this week at Publix, until 8/5/09. You can print these coupons, one for .55 off one, and $1 off 2 boxes, use the back button to print two.

My little ones like Cheerios so much, they carry Ziploc baggies full...for snacking. Anyone else have Cheerios behind your couch cushions?

--Super Saver Kathy

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Get freebies at new Disney store at Aventura


A new Disney store opens 10 a.m. July 29 in Aventura Mall in North Miami.

The first 200 guests will get a free Mickey Mouse lollipop. When Mom or Dad make a purchase, kids get a free pair of Mickey Mouse ears (while supplies last).

Other specials at the Disney store include a free lunch tote when you buy a backpack. This Disney Princess backpack is only $19.50, with matching lunch box. Get it personalized with your princess' name. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Free 60 Day Membership to BJs


Have you been considering joining a warehouse club? Or do you want to compare your club with another?

Here's your chance, You can get a FREE 60-Day Pass with full member benefits for BJ’s Wholesale Club. Just print it out, take it to any BJ’s club and utilize the free pass for all member benefits. And you don't have to pay a subcharge.

Another bonus: BJ’s accepts manufacturer’s coupons -- a rarity for warehouse clubs.

To download your free pass, Click here.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Free Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean


We Shop-o-Matic bloggers love free products and we know you do, too.

Here's the latest: You can get a free 2-pack of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($2.50 in the store) by clicking here. And there is no shipping charge.

If you haven't tried the Magic Eraser, you will love it. It works beautifully. I have used it to remove tough dirt stains on walls and counters.

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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Free champagne and hors d'oeuvres


Celebrate spring this Saturday, April 4, at Blue Martini at CityPlace in West Palm.

Every woman who arrives from 6 to 9 p.m. wearing a spring dress or spring hat will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Yum. Sounds like a deal.

Blue Martini is located on the Upper level on the Muvico IMAX Plaza, call 561- 835-8601.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Free for Mother's Day: Military can get free canvas for mom

No matter what you think about the war, you have to respect those courageous folks who have made sacrifices to defend our country. And it always gives me a feeling of gratitude when a company wants to give something back to them.

If you are deployed overseas in the military, Canvas on Demand has a deal for 500 of you. The company, which calls itself "the country's leading provider of photo on canvas reproductions, " will send your mom a free 16-by-20 gallery wrapped canvas with your picture on it. The canvas usually sells for $112 and will be shipped free to the recipient with a note from you.

Deadline is April 15 and it will be shipped on or before Mother's Day.
Click here to upload your photo with a message to mom.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Free sample of Betty Crocker Warm Delights Mini

miniwarmdelights.jpgEconomy got you down? Need a chocolate fix? I wish a good workout or a brisk walk would work, don't you? What is it about chocolate....

How about a chocolate fix that's only 150 calories?

To get a free sample of Betty Crocker Warm Delights Minis, click here.

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Free makeup makeover at Aventura Mall


All of us are stressed these days. Work. Money problems. Sleepless nights.

Hey, girls, what we all need now is a makeover to lift our spirits. This weekend you can get a free quick cleanse and full-face makeup application at the Aveda Experience Center at Aventura Mall. If you had to pay, the tab would be $45.

The event is 2 to 8 p.m. through Sunday, March 14. Call 305-792-9792 to book your appointment. Do it now because space is limited.

If you decide to spend $45 or more on makeup, you can get a free Abaca clutch makeup bag ($15 retail value).

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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Freebies: Free subscription to Elle Magazine

There are a lot of freebies on the airwaves these days. Free pancakes at Denny's, free bagels and Einsteins, free breakfast at Chik Filet. Now you have something free to read while you eat your free food.

Free subscription to Elle magazine

When I clicked on this first it offered me Auto Magazine, but I came back a little while later and it offered me the free Elle.

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One day only! 20 Free 4x6 prints at Walgreens

One Day only! Friday, February 20th, get 20 free 4 x 6" prints with coupon code ONEDAY.

Simple rules: Coupon code ONEDAY valid once per account on February 20, 2009. Online orders must include 20 or more 4x6 or 4x5.3 prints at time of checkout to qualify. Limit 20 free prints per customer. Code must be entered at time of checkout to apply discount. buyer must purchase 20 prints online, and only one coupon code is good per order.

Offer me a deal, and I'll jump on it. Of course, I HAD to get 20 free prints. Once I got into the picture files, I couldn't stop at 20...I wound up ordering 63. Walgreens does not offer glossy prints for in-store pick up, so there was a shipping charge. I think your best bet here, if you want a great deal, is to stick to close to 20 prints and pick them up in the store.

I had a hard time finding where to put the coupon code, it's waaaayyy down on the picture page, where you select how many of each print you want.

Click below for Walgreen's site and details.

20 free 4x6 prints

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Win free Doce Vida Fitness Outfit


Don't you want to feel great about your body no matter what your size and shape is? Don't we all? And how would you like to get a fitness outfit for free that helps you look fab?

That's the mantra of Doce Vida is giving away free stuff in a online contest. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 19. Prizes are worth $86-$136.

To get the deal, sign up on the Website.
XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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Freebies from Victoria's Secret and L'Oreal

Two free product offerings:

Free 1-oz. Victoria's Secret Pink Body lotion:

Pink Body lotion

And L'Oreal is offering a free sample of its new EverPure sulfate-free hair color:

L'Oreal EverPure

Samples are a good way to try out a product before you invest in it. You often can get similar samples at department store cosmetic counters. Ask! It doesn't hurt. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Get free crape myrtle trees


Free is the magic word these days.

So how would you like to get five free crape myrtle trees like the one at left that matches the Adirondack chairs?

Florida residents just have to join the Arbor Day Foundation before Jan. 31, and the trees will be shipped between Feb. 1 and April 30 with planting instructions.

Send $10 membership fee to Five Crapemyrtles, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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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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