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Promo codes and other discounts for Mother’s Day gifts and more

You have eight shopping days left until Mother’s Day, so now’s the time to start looking for the perfect item to bring a smile to your mom’s face.  It’s also a good time to take advantage of sales, promo codes and shipping specials being offered by a variety of retailers. Check out these offers:

You can get $40 worth of flowers or gifts for $20 with this FTD offer from Groupon. If your mom doesn’t like flowers, you can use it for another special occasion, because it doesn’t expire until Sept. 10. You can buy up to two of these deals. Be sure to visit the FTD website before purchasing to confirm FTD delivers to the recipient’s ZIP code.

Take an extra 20 percent off your purchase at Kohl’s online with promo code FF20MAY. You can also get 99-cent shipping per item or free shipping on purchases of $75 or more.

Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering free shipping on a variety of items, including silicone prep bowls, silver-plated photo frames, bath salts and wall art.

If your mother likes to read, take advantage of a 15 percent discount online at Barnes & Noble. Use promo code K4H4K9L.

If you’re planning a group gift for Mother’s Day or splurging on an item for mom or yourself, you can save 15 percent at Meijer.com when you spend $125 or more. Use promo code COUPON. Gift options include jewelry, clothing and electronics.

Would new window coverings make mom’s day? Get 30 percent off and free shipping through Sunday, May 6 when you shop online with Select Blinds. No coupon code is required.

Does your mom have a fondness for things that sparkle? Get $100 worth of jewelry for $50 at Blue Nile with this Living Social Deal. Act now–the offer ends Monday.

Another Living Social deal offers you a two-year subscription to a variety of women’s magazines for just $7.

Finally, get bubble bath, fragrance mists, candles and other items 20 percent off at Bath & Body Works when you use promo code BathBodyGarden.

What gift will your mom receive on Sunday, May 13?

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Groupon offering these national deals this week

In my last post, I mentioned how browsing cities other than your own on the Living Social website can help you find bargains online, and I provided a list of current national deals. Today, I will share some national deals available right now on Groupon:

Head to the Billings/Bozeman, Montana page if you’re interested in a half-price deal on digital photo collages.

If you’re interested in finance, check out the 60-percent-off deal available for “The Economist” on the Tucson. Arizona page.

You can get $70 worth of custom printing from Vistaprint for $17 by visiting the Little Rock , Arkansas page. A similar deal from Mixbook can be found on the Fort Wayne, Indiana Groupon site. Head over to the Lexington, Kentucky site for a 70-percent-off deal on keepsake photo books.

Have your favorite photo printed on metal with an Abilene, Texas Groupon deal. Vinyl-art wall decals can be had on the San Angelo, Texas Groupon site. Another wall-art option is a framed, alphabet-photography keepsake available on the Ogden, Utah page.

I’ve found the bargains so you can enjoy the savings. What’s the most recent Groupon or Living Social deal you’ve purchased?

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Customer review: Metal photos—a disappointing purchase

In a previous post, I highlighted the great deals available on Groupon. While most of my Groupon buys meet my expectations, a recent purchase of two items given as Christmas gifts ended in disappointment.

Full Metal Photos ran a special deal before Thanksgiving for its 8” x 10” prints at a 64 percent discount. As its name implies, the company prints photos on aircraft-grade aluminum instead of paper, stating that the smoother a surface is, the better the image quality will be. Full Metal Photos says its final product is vibrant with “spectacular” detail and “unbelievable” image depth. I was hoping for an image that seemed to “jump off” the printed surface, and the sample images on the company’s website looked quite promising.

Photo submitted to Full Metal Photos

As a person who has worked often with professional printing vendors, I know the images I submitted to Full Metal Photos were high-quality files. Each photo was taken with a Canon digital SLR camera, and each JPEG file I uploaded to the company’s website was at least 6.5 MB in size. One of the photos is shown here–click on the image above to enlarge and see how sharp it is. The Full Metal Photos upload tool rated my image quality at 100 percent. Unfortunately, the results I got were not vibrant or spectacular.

Photo received from Full Metal photos

Neither photo seemed sharp when printed on metal. One of the photos, taken on a sunny day with blue skies in the background, also disappointed in color quality (see Full Metal photo at right–click to enlarge). Skin tones took on a pinkish, grey tint and the entire photo was considerably darker than the original.

I found the image shown here so disappointing that I asked Full Metal to reprint the photo. While the company promptly acknowledged my reprint request on Dec. 11, they let the redo fall to the wayside, and I had to send two follow-up emails to actually get the reprint completed. It didn’t arrive at the recipient’s home until a month later, well after Christmas had passed, even though I’d emphasized that the item was a Christmas gift. I have not seen the reprint, so I can’t comment on whether it was an improvement over the original.

While the durability and potential quality of photos printed on metal is appealing, the end result of the first two prints left a lot to be desired. When Full Metal Photos runs another Groupon special, I’d recommend you let the deal pass you by.

Have you had a good or bad experience with metal photos from this company or a different one? Please share your experience.


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Get great gifts at 50 percent off or more with Groupon

Buying a nice gift for a friend or family member doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank this Christmas. For quality items at deep discounts, sign up for Groupon.

Groupon works with retailers in your area, as well as national businesses, to deliver special offers to your email inbox each day. After a certain number of members commit to the offer, Groupon displays a message saying, “The deal is on!” This means you can proceed with purchasing the item. You have a limited window of time to purchase the Groupon, and if quantities are limited, the deal may sell out early.

You can buy Groupons for yourself and/or give them as gifts. Choose the gift option, and you can print out a gift certificate for the recipients or have one emailed to them. Groupons have expiration dates, so make sure you or the recipient use the deal by the deadline. Read the fine print to see if you need to make an appointment or reservation for your Groupon service.

Examples of recent Groupon offers in my area include:

  • a paint-your-own pottery session for $12 (regular price: $25).
  • $15 for $35 worth of apparel at a local boutique.
  • $12 for an 18-inch pizza and two drinks at a local pizza chain.
  • $24 for three lessons at a dance studio (a $130 value).

In addition to local, daily deals, Groupon also sends out other offers for merchandise, vacations and services from regional and national businesses. For example, you could purchase a 16-inch by 20-inch photo reproduction on canvas online from a national vendor for $39 (a $125 value). You could also buy a one-night stay for six people at a Wisconsin water park lodge, including water park admission, a pizza meal and late checkout. The $298 value was priced at $149 and sold out.

Not sure what your gift recipients want for Christmas? Give a Groupon gift card so they can select their own deals.

When snagging Groupon deals, get the most bang for your buck by taking advantage of rewards programs that give you cash back or frequent flyer miles on your Groupon purchases. For example, Delta SkyMiles Shopping is currently offering 12 miles for every dollar spent at Groupon. Ebates is offering 6 percent cash back.

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