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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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Cash in on national deals this week with Living Social

If you’re a bargain hunter like me, you may search for deals on goods, services and activities through websites like Groupon and Living Social. While these sites typically offer discounts for local businesses, they can also be the source of deals from national retailers. Finding those national offers may require you to look outside your local area, though.

On Living Social, click the “More cities” link at the bottom of the left-side navigation menu to see deals offered across the country. Here are some national deals to check out in the next couple of days:

Visit the Greater Los Angeles page to get designer clothing and accessories for half price at Bluefly.com.

Head over to Atlanta to get a deep discount on a canvas print of your favorite photo. Go to Tucson, Arizona for a similar deal from a different company.

Shop in Louisville, Kentucky to get 80 percent savings from Vistaprint.

Need a stainless-steel water bottle? Get one for half price with this Green Bay, Wisconsin deal.

Most of these deals expire Wednesday, so act quickly if you’re interested. Later this week, I’ll post some national deals from Groupon.

Always read the terms and conditions of these deals before you buy to eliminate surprises. Pay attention to the deal’s expiration date so you don’t miss out on your bargain.

Check out my previous posts on Groupon and Living Social if you’re not familiar with these websites.

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When deal falls through, Living Social offers proactive customer service

If you’re looking for a good deal on activities, lodging or food, you can find it on Living Social. In November, I discussed a glass-blowing experience I enjoyed at a deep discount thanks to one of the website’s offers.

A few days ago, I got a glimpse of how the company handles deals that fall through, and I found its customer service impressive.

In November 2011, I purchased a voucher for smoothies at a local retail chain. At the time of purchase, Living Social required me to specify at which location I would use the voucher.

Then, last week, Living Social notified me that the location where I planned to get my smoothies was no longer in operation. I didn’t even know this because I’d been in no rush to use the voucher. Living Social offered me the choice of using my deal at one of the chain’s two remaining locations or getting a refund. I chose the latter, and the company emailed me back the same day to say it had processed my refund request. The refund showed up on my credit card within three days.

I’m impressed by Living Social’s handling of this experience. The company saved me the hassle of going to the smoothie store and finding out it was closed, and it gave me options for resolving the situation. Once I made my choice, the company acted it on it immediately. These are hallmarks of a company that cares about its customers.

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Find unique gift ideas at deep discounts with Living Social

Glass pumpkin under construction

This past weekend, my mom and I got to create beautiful, blown-glass pumpkins at a local glass gallery. Selecting the colors for our creation, observing its formation, and blowing air into the glass to round out its shape made for a fun morning. It’s an experience I probably would have missed if I would have had to pay full price for my pumpkin. Instead, I purchased my voucher and my mom’s at half price, thanks to Living Social.

Living Social is a website which partners with businesses in many cities to offer discounted experiences at restaurants, hotels, theaters, spas and other venues. By signing up on the Living Social site for your area, you receive daily emails alerting you to the featured deal. If you want it, click the “buy now” button and follow the steps to complete your purchase. Living Social accepts all major credit cards. You can usually buy one item for yourself and another to give as a gift.

Within a day or so, Living Social emails you a voucher for the service or discount deal you purchased. You take the voucher with you when going to the business to enjoy your deal. In some cases, you may need to call ahead and schedule a specific time to use the voucher—such was the case with our glass class.

As Christmas and other seasonal holidays approach, Living Social offers you a great way to give unique gifts to friends and family at sizeable discounts. You can have the gift voucher emailed to the recipient, or you can print it out and give it to her yourself. Your gift voucher won’t show the recipient how much you paid for the deal.

What if you buy a voucher but don’t have time to use it? In most cases, deals are fully transferrable, so you can give it to someone else to use. Read the fine print to be sure.

Living Social’s email service is free, and the company doesn’t send you spam, so sign up for their emails and watch the deals start rolling in.

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