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Will you give to charity during the holidays?

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According to the AP, only 38 percent of Americans surveyed in a recent poll say they will give a charitable gift during the upcoming holiday season. Instead, many say they plan to increase their giving once the economy improves. As a result, many of the nation’s charities are planning for a disappointing season. [...] [Read More]
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Even more deals this week: AE, JC Penney, Macy’s

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American Eagle offers 20% off their holiday collection both online (89256379) and in stores. Offer valid Sunday only
Bakers: Buy a boot, get second item 25% off. This weekend only, both in stores and online.
Macy’s: 20% off + free shipping on $75+ purchase when you enter code DAZZLE online
JC Penney: SNOW75 for free shipping [...]

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Categories: online sales

Verizon ups early-termination fee for smartphones

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Beginning next week, if you own a smartphone and want to switch before your contract is up, the penalty will be $350 — up from the $175 it used to be. In addition, consumers with Verizon smartphone contracts are complaining about erroneous data charges. Read more from the New York Times.
I’m definitely not [...] [Read More]
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More deals this week

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Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic (regular stores and outlets) are offering 30% off with this coupon. It’s their give and get program
Express has $30 off $75, $15 off $30 coupon again. Online promo code 4517, or use printable coupon here. Valid through Nov 16th.
Disney store: 20% off on $89+ purchase. Enter code DISNEYFAN09 [Read More]
Categories: online sales

College helps a community

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Read this nice article about a college helping out a community going through a rough patch in the current economy.
I think it’s important to remember that you can help people out with the knowledge you have. [Read More]
Categories: in the news

Nine west deal

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Nine West is offering 50% off on their Fiddle boot thus making the price $84.50. This offer is only valid for 5 days.
In addition, they’re offering extra 30% off their fall collection, check it out here [Read More]
Categories: online sales

Safer Black Friday shopping at Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart is taking steps to ensure you don’t get trampled this year on Black Friday. According to MSN Money, they have hired crowd-control experts in preparation for the biggest shopping day of the year. This means no more lines outside at 5 am. Instead, the store will be open 24 hours, from [...] [Read More]
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Free kindle for your PC, iPhone, or iPod

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Remember Naomi’s post reviewing Kindle?
Well, now you can download Kindle software for PC (it will work on Windows 7, Windows XP, and Vista). Best of all, you can do it for free. The download is super simple – you click on this link, then click the big “Download now” button
You can also get a free [...] [Read More]
Categories: online sales

Deals today: Walgreens, Express, Kohls and more!

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Walgreens: $10 off $40 purchase online with code VITAMIN. Now through Nov 11(Wed)
Express: $30 off $90 purchase, or $20 off $60, or $10 off $30. Online promo code 4343, or use this coupon. Valid through Nov 11th
Bath and Body Works 20% Off Your Entire Online Order with code TWENTYOFF. Valid now through 11:59 p.m. EST [...] [Read More]
Categories: General, online sales

Free shipping on Buildabear.com

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Purchases must be of $30 or more. Use code 94476 at checkout through December 16. If you have a little person on your list who has a Build-A-Bear doll, this might give you a chance to surprise them with a new outfit or accessories, if accessories for a teddy bear sounds like [...] [Read More]