News: Best Buy's Buyback Program

Have old laptops, cell phones and more you'd like to upgrade? You can bring them into Best Buy and get cash back. Get all the info here.


$399 iPads @ TJ Maxx

I was very surprised to learn that TJ Maxx was offering $399 iPads. So if this is on your holiday list, stop in there!


News: Exclusive Black Friday Email from Walmart

I just got this email directly from Walmart. Here is the official word on Black Friday:

The Friday-After-Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Therefore, we’re excited to share the news with you that Walmart Stores will be having an all night “Open House” the Friday-After-Thanksgiving beginning at midnight* with deals on toys, apparel and home followed by a Must-Have Electronics Event beginning at 5:00 a.m. You can find the most up to date Friday-After-Thanksgiving pricing for both stores and online now by becoming a fan on Facebook at or visiting starting tomorrow.

As a sneak peek, we can confirm the following items and prices that I’m sure you’ll find to be the best savings of the season.

In-Store Electronics Savings Starting at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 while supplies last (Online times may vary):

  • 15.6" HP Laptop – $298
  • Emerson 32" LCD HDTV – $198
  • Sansui 19" LCD HDTV – $98
  • Nintendo DS Lite (in multiple colors) – $89
  • 15.6” eMachines Laptop – $198
  • Kodak C183 Digital Camera (14 megapixels) – $59
  • Tom Tom GPS XL 335 SE 4.3" GPS – $79
  • Magnavox Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player with $10 free VUDU movie credits – $69

In-Store Savings on Toys, Home and Apparel Starting at Midnight* on Friday, Nov 26 while supplies last (Online times may vary):

  • Nintendo Wii ¿ $199 with $50 Walmart Gift Card **
  • Toy Story 3 DVD ¿ $10 ** 
  • Zhu Zhu Pets – $4
  • Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker, 5-qt Oval – $9.97
  • 500 Thread Count Sheets from Beautyrest – Full, Queen, King – $19.88
  • Shark Steam Mop – $36
  • Wrangler Jeans – $9
  • Infant and Toddler 2-piece Character Sleepwear Sets – $4
  • Lego Tubs – $15
  • Power Wheels – $88 
  • Bikes – starting at $29


News: Exclusive Black Friday Info- 2010


Target fans, keep reading for all the Black Friday sales info for Target!
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 21, guests can find exclusive deals on more than 170 items including toys, electronics and movies during Target’s 4-Day Sale. Coupons will be available in Target’s Nov. 21 weekly ad to provide even greater value on holiday gifts, entertaining items and food.
Prefer to shop online? will also host an exclusive, 1-day online event on Thanksgiving Day offering online-only deals not available in the 2-Day Sale. is offering the largest free-shipping event ever. When guests spend $50 or more on from Nov. 21 to Dec. 11, they will receive free shipping directly to their home on more than 800,000 items.
Or if you prefer to shop on Friday, Target’s 2-Day Sale beginning Friday, Nov. 26, will offer guests 11 more doorbuster deals, for a grand total of 25 extraordinary bargains. In addition to the exciting doorbusters, Target’s 2-Day Sale will feature spectacular savings on apparel, electronics, entertainment, home, toys and more. For guests who spend $100 or more before 10 a.m. on Black Friday, Target will provide a $10 GiftCard for a future day of shopping. Guests can visit the MyTargetWeekly ad site on beginning Nov. 17 for more information about the 2-Day Sale and sign up for alerts.
Target will also be the place to buy toys! This year, the annual holiday toy catalog will feature 10 percent more toys than in previous years and guests will be delighted to find even more discounts featured this holiday season.  Online Oct. 31 and in homes Nov. 7, the catalog will give guests lots of great ways to save with 48 coupons, including 50 percent off top brands like Thomas & Friends, FurReal and Trio Building Systems by Fisher Price.  In addition, the catalog highlights toys that are exclusive to Target, including Nerf Clear-N-Strike Blasters, the Ultimate Disney Princess Collection and the Toy Story 3 Andy’s Toy Gift pack.


Be sure to like Target on Facebook for more updates!

And while you are on Facebook, be sure to give Savingsmania a like too. As Black Friday gets closer, we will have all the Black Friday info first!


News: Hot Holiday Toys for 2010

Wondering what the hot toys for 2010 holidays will be? Here are the most popular:

(And btw, my son has one of the LEGO games and loves them! Anyone who has a child who loves LEGOS will want to check out the LEGO games.)

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System, $59.99

LEGO Pirate Code Game, $19.97

More LEGO Games

Air Hogs XS Motors Red Moto Frenzy Stunt Bike Ch A, $24.99

Disney Princess & Me 18 inch Doll Set - Aurora, $74.99

Hot Wheels R/C Stealth Rides Racing Car - Blue, $24.99

Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS, $48.53

Paper Jamz Instant Rock Star Series 1 Guitar Air Force Flying V Style Rock 4, $44.85


If you have any trouble with the links, the toys are listed here too.


News: Garmin Recall

My husband got this in his email from Amazon and I'm passing this on to all:

We have recently learned that Garmin, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is voluntarily recalling certain Nuvi Portable Automotive GPS Products. Our records indicate that you have purchased one of the GPS Products listed in this recall through the website.

The recall involves: Nuvi 200W, 250W, 260W and Nuvi 7xx (where xx is a two-digit number)

These portable automotive GPS products were sold for use as aftermarket equipment and were also sold and installed as original equipment in certain passenger vehicles. These units contain third-party Lithium-Ion batteries manufactured in a certain date range.  In rare circumstances the batteries contained in the affected GPS units can overheat.

Owners may contact Garmin’s Nuvi Battery Recall Information Line at 1-866-957-1981.  Determine your Nuvi model number by looking at the label on the back or bottom of your Nuvi. You must provide this and other information to determine whether your Nuvi is affected by this recall. To easily and quickly determine whether your Nuvi is affected, go to

You may also find additional details about the recall in the NHTSA bulletin:


News: Great American Dine Out- Coupons, Offers, and more!  

The Great American Dine Out starts next week. Here are some of the best offers. Dine out and help out!

  • Joe's Crabshack will give you a coupon for a free slice of key lime pie if you donate $1, or a free order of crab nachos if you donate $5 anytime in September. The coupons are valid Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
  • T.G.I. Friday's will give you a $15 coupon book if you stop by and donate $5 through Sept. 27.

And more offers, just in time for the weekend!

  • Baja Fresh has coupons, too, good through Sept. 24. You can get $2 off an order of $7 or more and $5 off an order of $15 or more.


News: Hearst Magazine Subscribers: Watch Out for This Scam  

I just received this in my email:

Dear Marie Claire Reader,

We have recently learned that a sweepstakes company using the name Town & Country
(but which is not affiliated in any way to Town&Country magazine) has been calling
subscribers to inform them that they are the winners of an online sweepstakes. The caller
may leave a voice message with a call-back phone number and a claim number as winner
identification.  Those who call back are greeted with “Town&Country” and then asked to
provide credit card information in order to claim the prize.

Hearst Magazines (Country Living, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Food Network Magazine,
Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine,
Popular Mechanics, Redbook, Seventeen, Town&Country, Veranda) does not operate this way.
Sweepstakes winners are first contacted by email and no personal or financial information is
ever requested other than verification of mailing address. The names of confirmed winners are
posted online as stated in the sweepstakes official rules.

We apologize for any inconvenience this scam may have caused any of our readers.  Please be
assured we value each one of you and therefore feel it important to notify you of this situation.


Liberta Abbondante
Sr. VP, Consumer Marketing