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Independence Day coupon codes

Here are some deals to take advantage of this Independence Day weekend, courtesy of Kendal Perez and

1. Botanic Choice
Take $30 off purchases of $100 or more through July 8 with code 4THSALE.

2. Timberland
Get 20% off any order through July 5 with promo code JULY2012.

3. Kohl's
Save 15% on your purchase of $100 or more through June 30 with code USA15OFF.

4. The Children's Place
Receive 30% off the American Collection through July 4.

5. J. Jill
Get free shipping when you spend $100 or more through July 8 with promo code 12SHIP.

6. Nautica
Take up to 40% off everything during the Buy More, Save More event through July 4 with code FIREWORKS.

7. Shutterfly
Click here to receive free shipping on orders of $30 or more through July 18.

8. Williams-Sonoma
Get free shipping on orders of $49 or more, plus take 20% off bedding and bath items through July 5 with code WHITESALE.

9. LeapFrog
Take 15% off orders of $60 or more through July 4 with code FFJULY4TH.

10. BlueFly
Grab this exclusive coupon code to get free shipping on all orders from Bluefly through July 5.

11. Patagonia
Enjoy up to 60% off 4th of July Web specials through July 5.

12. Sunglass Hut
Take up to 50% off select sunglasses through July 4 during the American Dream Sale.

13. Harry & David
Follow this link and save up to 33% on select Fourth of July Gifts through July 9.

14. Jelly Belly
Save 10% off orders of $35 or more that include a red, white and blue category item with code PATRIOT.

15. Pfaltzgraff
Get free shipping on orders of $75 or more, plus take 20% off your purchase through July 5 with code FIREWORKS.

Save some money on your wedding

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:


You can save thousands of dollars booking your wedding on a non-peak day, such as a Friday or Sunday, or in an off season, such as in the dead of winter.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

For a rainy day

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:


Have at least 10 percent of your gross income automatically deducted from your paycheck and deposited into a high-interest savings account. You'll barely miss it and it will add up quickly.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Tremendous Savings on Books


I consider it sad news any time a bookstore closes. But at least we as consumers can seek some kind of solace in their going-out-of-business sales, right?

My personal favorite book store, the Book Outlet, is closing four of its locations. Thankfully, the main location on Niagara Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda inside the majestic Wurlitzer building will remain open. But four others will be gone by January, maybe even the end of this month. Until then, they're selling their entire inventory at 80 percent off or more.

Stores are located in the Tops Plaza on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, the Northtown Plaza on Sheridan Drive in Amherst, the Southgate Plaza on Union Road & Seneca Street in West Seneca and at 2429 Military Road in Niagara Falls. Another location, on Maple Road in Williamsville, moved to Transit Road before closing this summer.

Two local Borders Express stores are closing as well. Stores at Boulevard Mall in Amherst and Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence will shutter by January. Those stores are currently trimming prices by up to 30 percent.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Guest bride blogger shares MoneySmart tips

Guest blogger Nikki Murray is getting ready to celebrate her third wedding anniversary this September. And though she's an old married pro by now, the money-saving strategies she employed on her wedding day can still be helpful to those tying the knot today. She writes from her home in Clarence.


Getting married can be one of the most exciting times in anyone’s life, but it can also be one of the most nerve-racking. In today’s economy, many brides are getting married with a firm budget in mind. I spent the year prior to my wedding in search of the best way to get the things I wanted, while saving as much money as possible. I was able to discover different ideas and interesting ways to save both time and money, just by using the Internet and local resources. 



Ø  eBay is a bride’s best friend – I can’t emphasize this enough! I chose a stunning Anne Barge dress online…and then realized it was $3000.  So I went on ebay and found a company called Blue Catalog , which makes replica dresses. The company makes dresses like the original, made to your measurements by email request. I paid $100 plus $60 shipping for my dress, and was told countless times on my wedding day how no one could believe I got it online.  There are also dresses on eBay that brides wound up not using for whatever reason, as well as at


Ø  Shoes, veils, garters, aisle runners, and centerpieces can all be bought online as well. In many cases, people running cottage industries out of their homes provide hand-tailored options costing a fraction of the retail price. I paid $35 for my veil, $5 for my hair comb (retailed for $135 at a local bridal store) and $20 for my shoes. I chose Moroccan lanterns and red votives for my centerpieces as an alternative to flowers, and have since used them to decorate my home and back patio.


Ø  Flowers - I purchased my flowers through Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale Florist on Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo For my entire wedding party, parents, grandparents and two display sprays with lilies and roses, I paid about 40% of what I would have if I had gone through a conventional florist.


Ø  Invitations – Benders Parable Christian Store on Sheridan Drive in Williamsville had the best selection of invitations, as well as the least costly printer option.


Ø  Rehearsal dinner – My caterer backed out on Wednesday, and my rehearsal dinner was Friday! Needless to say, I was frantic, but wound up contacting Wegmans Catering. They were a lifesaver! I was able to get a fantastic meal, with sides, and all of the plates, napkins and accoutrements for less than $200! They were able to have everything ready for me when I needed it, and were more than accommodating when they realized I was calling 48 hours before the event. 


Ø  Bridal party gifts – I visited for my girls’ necklaces, which cost less than $20 each.  They also have groomsman gifts, and if you sign up for their email newsletter, there are sales and codes which get you even greater savings. 


To all the prospective brides out there in Buffalo and beyond, I hope what I’ve listed is helpful and that you have a fantastic time scouring all of the amazing bargains available! Good luck hunting and happy wedding days to you all!


--Nikki Murray, Clarence

$5 Save-A-Lot Coupon

Starting July 1, Save-A-Lot is offering a free $5 printable coupon for shoppers who join the Smart Shoppers Club.


The coupon is good for $5 off any in-store purchase of $20 or more and is e-mailed to your inbox when you sign up online. It's free to join the Smart Shoppers Club.

You'll need to divulge your name, e-mail address, zip code and birthdate. Once you do, you'll be sent digital coupon and promotional alerts.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free rentals for "A" students

School's out for summer and Family Video is kicking it off right by offering one free rental for every "A" on a student's report card.

Inkheart Dragon Shopaholic  Phoebe JonasBros  Princess

Students in kindergarten through college can bring a report card to any Family Video location until July 12 to receive rental vouchers for every report card "A." The vouchers are good for a one-night rental of any game or movie in the store.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free movies this weekend

It's cable preview time again. So save yourself a few bucks at Blockbuster and settle in for some free entertainment. Verizon FiOS subscribers will have free access to HBO, Cinemax and Video On Demand from June 12 to June 16.

Cpl TV

Time Warner Cable is offering the same promotion, but not in Western New York. It offered a free preview of HBO just last month and has an upcoming preview of the Tennis Channel being scheduled soon.

To keep up on free TV previews schedules, check out or sign up for e-mail alerts.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Flights to Orlando from Pittsburgh/Buffalo, $137 R/T (incl. Taxes)

From Travelzoo:

Intense competition on nonstop flights to Orlando from Pittsburgh and Buffalo have caused several major airlines to cut prices on this popular route. Roundtrip tickets now start at $137, including taxes.

Test-booking showed the $137 fare available for travel through Aug. 6. These fares are unadvertised and may change at any time. Be flexible when searching travel dates to find the lowest fares.

Click below to view a fare calendar and search on

Pittsburgh-Orlando — $137

Buffalo-Orlando — $139

Travelzoo Tip: Numerous Orlando hotels have slashed rates for summer travel by up to 60%.

New Skin Care Line at Aldi Wins Rave Reviews

No-frills deep-discounter Aldi has finally brought its European skin care line, Lacura, to the state's. By all accounts, this stuff is amazing. It has the same ingredients as makeup counter products, but costs as little as $2.


haven't gotten my hands on any of it yet, but apparently the anti-wrinkle cream and lip balm are particularly to die for. Has anyone tried it yet? What do you think?

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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