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Bad Economy means Great Deals

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Thought this story may be interesting to some of my fellow parents:

The bad economy’s upside? Great coupons.

The good news about the bad economic news? Prolonged economic misery has created a heyday for bargains. Coupons are better. Maybe the best they’ll ever be.

Scouring for deals is nothing new. It’s been the American family norm for decades, and it only intensified recently as the economy nose-dived. What’s different now is that years of financial troubled times have provided the coupon industry the opportunity to grow and improve.

Free Comic Book Day is here again!

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Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day.

What Is Free Comic Book Day?

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.

 

Flip For FREE Pancakes March 1. 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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TUES 3/1 Flip For FREE Pancakes March 1. 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Visit your local IHOP on March 1st to receive one complimentary short stack. In return for the free flapjacks, they are asking for a donation that will go towards the Children’s MiracleNetworkHospitals and other designated local charities. This year’s goal is set at $2.3 million. For more information, visit ihoppancakeday.com

SweetGreen Hosts Free Yoga Sessions FTW!

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I love companies that really give back what they are ‘selling’ — SweetGreen in Reston Town Center is hosting free yoga weekend for their neighborhood at Down Dog Yoga — which happens to be super close to where I work.  What a great idea – host a free yoga session to promote healthy and fit living! SweetGreen FTW! (means For the Win!)

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We’re continuing the free yoga trend and spreading the love to our yogis by our store in Reston, VA! We partnered up with Down Dog Yoga Herndon to provide free classes to our neighbors on Friday, December 10th and Saturday, December 11th. That’s right – classes at one of the best studios in the area, entirely covered by sweetgreen!

Come join us for an OM-azing session using these easy steps:

1) “Like” us on Facebook!
2) Go to Down Dog Yoga’s website for the schedule and register for any class on the 10th or 11th (make sure to click on the Herndon tab!). Drop-in spaces are also available for those who aren’t into online commitment.
3) Get your free sweetgreen gift bag from the instructor after class and fill that post-yoga tummy with sweetgreen salad and frozen yogurt at sweetgreen Reston Town Center!

Apple Pie – Recipes For Hot Pies, Spice Mix, Topping, Crust, & Filling

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Welcome to our website, Apple Pie. Our website features an ever growing database of apple pie recipes, making it one of the largest currently online. Find recipes on our website such as Easy Swedish Apple Pie, Best Apple Pie, Apple Pie Crust, New York Apple Pie Filling, Dutch Apple Pie, and much more. Many of our delicious recipes were submitted to us by our web users, so if you yourself have a recipe that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to send it to us by email.

via Apple Pie – Recipes For Hot Pies, Spice Mix, Topping, Crust, & Filling.

Groupon Deal of the Day: Nordstrom Rack

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Have you bought anything from those Group Deal sites yet?

I have and havent been disappointed yet. Here is a good one today for Nordstrom Rack:

$25 for $50 Worth of Shoes, Apparel, and More at Nordstrom Rack

Here is the fine print:

# Limit 1 per person

# Good for $50 value of merchandise ($25 customer Paid For value plus $25 Add-On Offer value)

# Add-On Offer Value EXPIRES ON* December 31, 2010 ($25 customer Paid For value never expires)

# Add-On Offer Value is valid from November 19, 2010-December 31, 2010

# May not be redeemed for cash except as required by law.

# Valid only at Nordstrom Rack locations

# Offer may not be used as payment on account

# Will not be replaced if lost or stolen

# Must be used in a single transaction and surrendered in store at time of merchandise purchase

# May not be used to purchase Nordstrom Gift Cards

# Value of merchandise purchased must be at least $50, or remaining balance will be forfeited

# Offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts, promotions or with a Nordstrom employee discount

# Offer not valid in Nordstrom Stores, Last Chance, nordstrom.com or by phone

# No adjustments on previous purchases

# Not reloadable

via Nordstrom Rack Complete Terms and Conditions.

Gap Flash Sale 40% Today

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Today only, GAP is having a 40% off sale!

This Saturday only save 40% off the entire store, including sale merchandise. All existing Gap, BR or Old Navy card members will receive 45% off when they use their Gap, BR or Old Navy Credit Card.

To save 40% just mention FLASH40 at the register. Mention FLASH45 if you have a Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy Credit Card.

Offer valid at Gap Stores in the U.S. and Canada Only. Not valid at Outlet/Factory stores or gap.com. No adjustments on previous purchases. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy Credit Card must be used to receive 45% off. Cannot be combined with any all other promotions or MPC discounts.

Some Deals this Weekend!

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A few deals to take advantage of this weekend:

Starbucks is offering a BOGO offer through Sunday:

Buy 1 Holiday drink, get 1 free. Give it to a friend, make a new friend! 2-5pm today-Sunday.

Chipotle is offering a special as well tomorrow:

Check-in at Chipotle using Facebook Places Mobile on your smart phone on Nov 20-21, show your phone with the check-in offer on your screen, and get a BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One) burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos.
How to do it:
In order to qualify for the BOGO, you must be physically at the restaurant. Then, you’ll need to check in at that restaurant either through the Facebook Places Mobile app on your smart phone or, if that is… not possible for you, through touch.facebook.com on your smart phone’s web browser to qualify for the BOGO. This BOGO offer will pop up as a deal at the restaurant at which you check in. Show that deal to the cashier from your phone.
How not to do it:
Posting “checking in” on the wall of this particular Event, posting “checking in” on our or your Facebook page wall, changing the status on your own Facebook profile to say “checking in at Chipotle,” and other non-geo-locational check-ins, unfortunately are not acceptable check-ins. Sorry.

Here is a helpful link too, if you have further questions on how to do it: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=446183422130

Nordstrom’s Cosmetics Trend Show at Tysons

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One of my favorite stores for many different reasons – Nordstrom -  is having an event that I am told is super fun, informative and you get a ton of samples/free stuff. I bought a ticket for 15 bucks and that money can be put towards a cosmetic purchase! Deal! I also booked a makeover appointment and eyebrow shaping appt. Figured why not update my look a bit….

Cosmetics Trend Show at Tysons Corner in Northern VA
Saturday, November 13, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Join us to paint the town beautiful highlighting the newest makeup, skincare and fragrance must-haves.  Industry experts will update you on the latest beauty trends and share their secrets. Tickets are $15 and are redeemable towards your Cosmetics purchase of $15 or more on the day of the event. Plus, receive a gift for attending the show, while the supply lasts.  To purchase a ticket, please call the store and ask for your favorite cosmetics counter. *Offer valid on event date for cosmetic department purchases over $15.00 only.

Online Buyers Beware! Gap – Price Difference

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Online Shopping | Gap | Price Difference.

Online Shoppers Beware! Gap.com Has A Sneaky Online Price Mark-Up

Last week I told you all about my hunt to get my daughter this great shearling coat I saw in my local Gap store. The short version of the story is they didn’t have the coat in her size anywhere in N.Y.C. so I had my mom get it for me from a Gap store by her…two states away.

Well, you’re probably wondering why I didn’t just order it online. Here’s why:

The jacket is $59.50 if you buy it in a Gap store, but if you buy it online it’s $64.50.

I know, I know, it’s only a $5 price difference, but it infuriates me that Gap is selling the exact same coat for $5 more on their website. Add shipping to that and it’s a $12 mark-up just for shopping online. What gives?

And just to be sure it wasn’t just this coat, I did some research. I bought my daughter the cable knit hat for $16.50 in a Gap store.

If you buy it online, you’ll spend $24.50 for it. That’s an $8 difference for the exact same hat.

Of course, because I can be a little maniacal about my online shopping, I emailed Gap’s customer service to see why the jacket was more online and it they would honor the lower price offered in stores. 2 days later I got a horrible response about not being able to sell me the coat at the lower price with no explanation for why it was more expensive online. They also offered me a 10% off discount, which never came but that’s another story.

So a word to all you smart shoppers out there–go to your Gap store first! Gap.com is a total rip-off because they’re selling the exact same merchandise for $5-$10 more than in the stores. Maybe they thought no one would notice because of the whole logo controversy, but we’re smarter than you think Gap.

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