Do you want to be my Valentine?

Valentines Day is just around the corner. Do you need to get your spouse or girl/boyfriend some lovely tokens, trinkets, or baubles to show how keen you are of them? I plan to get my wife some baseball cards (the ones with the gum in it will be a bonus), some dice, and a can of chick peas (I won’t tell her I got it for free). That will make her feel special. It’s the one day of the year to let that someone you care for how much you love them. And I do it in grand style as you can see. Make your special someone feel like they are more than just someone that snores next to you when it is dark out. Get them some of these goodies shown below.

For those just getting a relationship you may want to check a couple sites first. One is The site will show a person’s criminal record. Another is Gals post stuff about guys that are losers. Plus it has some good self-help stuff. Just like finding out a package is infested with bugs and junk, you would put it back on the shelf. Same goes with guys or gals that are infested with bugs and junk. It’s best to put them back on the shelf and run.

If you are still looking for that special someone, a dating service might help. I had a friend that got married from someone they met through the site. Plus they give you 6 months free if you don’t find that special someone after 6 months. Get three days free at: And you might find some hot dates in the clearance section.

Now the above pictures are from a site called Yes, a dating site for ugly people. There are some doozies there. Hey, a face with a lot of character might do it for someone. And nothing a one good unibrow shaving won’t fix.

Get your lady some flowers for Valentines Day. Or just send them to yourself. Why not. You know you’re special…at least that’s what I’m told.

25% off Mixed Rose Valentines Day Bouquet with Vase and FREE Chocolates. Order Early and Save, only $29.99. Other arrangements start at $19.99. While supplies last.

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Save $25 on Any Online Reservation

Find Bed & Breakfasts at a discount. We stayed at one in New York in the Fingerlakes where we got engaged. Man, did the innkeeper make some stupendous droolable breakfasts. Overlooked the lake.
Save $25 with code BBROMANCE25. Click here for more information.
Save $25 on a Romantic Getaway
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$15 OFF $100, $30 OFF $150, $75 OFF $250. Enter offer code SPRING11 at checkout. Discount will be deducted from your order after offer code is applied. Valid through February 15, 2011. Enter to win a Napa getaway on the site too.
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Gotta look good for your Valentine. Get that helmet of hair whittled down. Get a haircut – for FREE! Allstate is a Barber College located across the street from the West side market at 2546 Lorain Ave. Look for a coupon in Scene magazine for a free regular haircut valid on Tues, Wed, Thurs through 2/24.
Other specials:
Tuesday: Get a free hot lather shave or beard trim when purchasing a $4 regular haircut.
Wednesday: Ladies Day – Get a shampoo/blowdry or facial when purchasing a $4 regular haircut.
Thursday: Free facial with the purchase of a $4 regular haircut.

Get an additional 40% off clearance items. Find items up to 75% online also. Discounts are romantic.
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I saved an additional $6.30 using last week. The site ties restaurants that belong to idine with purchases to your credit card. You can get 5%, 10%, or 20% back on you full purchase including tax, tip, meal, and alcohol. So in essence, both of our meals were free!

The recent fires at Fairport Harbor brought to attention why it’s important to have home or renters insurance. I’ve known people that didn’t have insurance including one that dropped their home insurance because money was tight. Their house caught fire a few months later and they lost everything.

It’s always good to check to make sure you’re getting the best price on your insurance. The other year we shopped our insurance around and saved $800 a year on home/car/ring insurance! Make sure you have everything covered too. Some insurance policies don’t cover things that would seem standard.

I’ve also used HMS National for insurance on our appliances/electrical/plumbing/heating/central air. If everything is old and ready to go bad it’s worth a look. I paid $415 a year for it and up to $100 for a deductible. It’s best to call anything that has even a minor issue at the same time so that you can pay just the $100 for all of it instead of $100 on each issue as they go bad altogether.

Here’s a link to HMS:

10) Tell my freeloading cats to get a job.
9) Man the check-point booth at the bottom of my street even though I’ve been told incorrectly that is really a booth for kids that wait for the bus.
8) Conduct a full-body search for anything that cropped up on my person overnight such as lesions, boils, and curious leaches.
7) While I’m drinking my piping hot cup of coffee, check to see what shenanigans the Family Circus brood is up to in the Comics.
6) Check expiration dates.
5) Write all the dreams down that I can remember and then act them out during the day. Speaking of, I’m really tired of my often-dreamed running in place in slow-motion dream.
4) Make sure I get plenty of riboflavin in my morning cereal.
3) Pick fights with people still in bed.
2) After I put on my spectacles, I request that the boogeyman not grab my ankles when I get out of bed.
1) Braid my hair.

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Free shipping is now available on orders of $100 or more, no coupon needed (standard shipping is $5.99 per order).

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It’s good to see that Giant Eagle is advertising their double coupon program. It means they plan to keep it around. For those that don’t know they double coupons of 99 cents and less 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. So if you have a 75 cents off coupon it will double to $1.50 off.

Tip – UPC codes on coupons that start with a 5 will double (at Giant Eagle as long as they are 99 cents and less). Any that start with a 9 won’t and they typically state that they don’t double on the coupon. Most of the coupon that spit out of the red Catalina boxes in aisles usually start with a 9.

Get additional e-coupons on Giant Eagle’s site at (they will trigger even if you use a manufacturer’s coupon on the same item) – many of the items below have and e-coupon that will lower the price even more:

I had one of my larger purchases this past week at Giant Eagle. I bought $261.88 worth of groceries for $59.07 plus I got $11.50 off on my next shopping trip coupons.

Bounty – 50 cents after .25 coupon
Dole Fruit Bowl – 50 cents after .75 coupon
Kraft Cheese singles – 50 cents after .75 coupon
Pillsbury rolls – free after .50 coupon
Breakstone sour cream – 40 cents after .55 coupon
McCormick pepper – $1 after .75 coupon
Crest toothpaste – free after .75 coupon
Redpack tomatoes – 25 cents after .75 coupon found at:
Kikoman soy or teriyaki sauce – 90 cents after .55 coupon
Vlasic pickles – 90 cents after .55 coupon found at:
Roman Meal Bread – 50 cents after .75 coupon found at:
Kraft Mayo – 49 cents after .75 coupon
Red seedless grapes – $1/lb
Yoplait greek yogurt – 40 cents after .30 coupon
Mushrooms – $1
Zone perfect bar – free after .55 coupon

There is one store in the northern Ohio area that doubles coupons of $1 and less. It’s the Kroger store in Perrysburg near Toledo. They also will partially double coupons over $1 by doubling anything from $1.01 to $1.99 to $2 off.

A good handful of other Kroger stores double $1 and less coupons in the Michigan area. Find them on a map at:

If you’re looking for stores in your area or state that double coupons go to:

NO priceline hotel cancellation or change fees

American airlines no longer is part of the search engine for pricing on Orbitz and Expedia. They are still on Priceline though. They also check more than 100 airlines including American Airlines, Airtran Airways, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airlines, Lufthansa, Mexicana, Midwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, United, US Airways, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, and many more (Southwest doesn’t participate on travel-site aggregators). Priceline was the first to permanently eliminate booking fees on all published-price airfare tickets, both domestic and international.

Find $29 one-way fares with American Airlines at:

Up to 70% off lighting clearance sale.

Compact DVD player $9.99 after $20 rebate.

Carnegie Kitchen & Dining – Cleveland (at the old Juniper Grill location)
Beckers – Akron
Charm Wood-fire Grill – Avon Lake (at the old Bar Symon restaurant) – a catering service called Flavor the Town will open in the back of the location.
Glory Daze – Wickliffe – (at the old Seaway Lounge)
Red Plum Market – Willoughby Hills next to Gales Garden Center – some great deals there:
Bananas – 29 cents/lb
Kiwi – 6/$1
Peaches/Nectarines – 99 cents/lb
Tomatoes – 99 cents/lb

Philomenas Ristorante – Cleveland
AJ Wright – last week – up to 45% off on 1/30.

They are closing five JCPenney department stores located in Morrow, Ga.; West Dundee, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; High Point, N.C.; and Culpeper, Va.; and one JCPenney Home Store located in Duluth, Ga. Those six locations no longer met the Company’s profitability threshold. Additionally, they will be consolidating its furniture outlet business, closing one store located in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Upon the closing of this store, the Company will have two remaining furniture outlet stores to handle the disposition of surplus furniture from its retail store operations.

They will close their Call Center operations in Grand Rapids, Mich. and Albuquerque, NM and consolidating them into three existing facilities in Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.
They will close its Sacramento, Calif. Custom Decorating Fabrication facility, leaving one remaining facility in Statesville, N.C.. Additionally, they will move from managing 525 individual, in-store custom decorating studios to supporting 300 studios in key markets.

The 19 Outlet stores closing are in:
Decatur, AL
Tempe, AZ
Ontario, CA
Sunrise, FL
Forest Park, GA
Machesney Park, IL
Overland Park, KS
Louisville, KY
Springfield, MA
Florissant, MO
Sparks, NV
Columbus, OH
Akron, OH
Reading, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Grapevine, TX
Plainview, TX
Martinsville, VA
Woodbridge, VA

For a limited time get 5 cents off per gallon when you use your Speedy Rewards card at the Speedway on Route 306 next to Dino’s and Lakeland Community College. It was a Marathon gas station before converting to a Speedway.

Get 10 cents off per gallon when you purchase a Speedway gift card at Marcs. Using the card, get a total of 15 cents off if you go to the newly converted Speedway on 306!

What’s nice about ordering through them is that there are no automatic renewals!

Weekly Specials:
Additional 20% Off
$3.76 for 1 year
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Additional 20% Off
$3.76 for 1 year
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Additional 20% Off
$3.76 for 1 year
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Daily Specials:
1/31 – Parent & Child 1 Year – $4.39
2/1 – Angels on Earth 1 Year – $4.39
2/2 – Fresh Home 1 Year – $4.39
2/3 – Smart Luxury Travel 1 Year – $4.39
2/4 – Harper’s Bazaar 1 Year – $4.39
2/5 – Shape 1 Year – $4.39
2/6 – Nylon 1 Year – $4.39

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Get 80% off Gift Certificates! Pay only $2 for $25 restaurant gift certificates (normally $10)! Discount also applicable to $10, $50, $75, and $100 gift certificates. Use code MEAL at checkout now through 1/31/11. Over 15,000 restaurants! No expiration date on certificate!
TIP: If a restaurant closes or decides to stop taking the certificate (I always call the restaurant before I leave to double-check terms – do they include alcohol, do they still take it, etc.), call at 1-800-979-8985 to get issued a mega-certificate that can be used for another restaurant.
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Free cup of coffee coupon in Wednesday’s PD

Brocolli Crowns – $1.49/2 pack
Cauliflower – 99 cents
Avocados – 69 cents
Baby Carrots – 59 cents

Planters – 2/$6, Nabisco crackers – 2/$4 – use $2 coupon (purchase Planters and Nabisco item) found at beer displays. Plus get $5 in extrabucks with $15 purchase of Coke and Kraft products, including Planters and Nabisco crackers.
Coke 12 pack – 5/$10 after $5 extrabucks
Get $5 in extrabucks with $15 purchase of Unilever products – Ragu, Skippy, Lipton, Ben & Jerrys, Hellmans – most with coupons in this past Sundays paper.

Free after register rewards:
Natrol Melatonin
Blink Eye Drops – plus use $1 coupon or $4 coupon found on some packages
Arnicare Pain Relief Gel – plus use $2 coupon found at:
Icy Hot – free after $1 coupon
40% off all photo products – use code BEMINE40 at:

Coricidin – Free after $4 UP reward and $2 coupon found at: Colgate – free after $1 coupon
Buy $15 of Planters and Nabisco crackers get $5 UP reward – use $2 coupon (purchase Planters and Nabisco item) found at beer displays.
Afrin – $1 profit after $3 coupon – may find $3 coupon at: or use recent one in coupon inserts
Neuregen Gel – make $5 profit after rebate and $5 coupon
Complete contact solution – free after rebate
Edy’s – 99 cents after $2 UP reward

There were about 100 people at the Rocky River Library class this past week. They plan to bring me back in the fall in case you missed it. Great questions and all in the class. If you want to see my upcoming class schedule go to:

If you’d like to book a class, please contact me at

I’ll be teaching a class at the Spitzer Center for the Center for Lifelong Learning at Lorain Community College on Wednesday, Feb 2. The class goes from 7 to 9 PM. $10 fee. To enroll for the class call 440-366-4148.
Course Number: NCLL 119C
Section: DE01
Course Number: 3814

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