Deal Online & Steal These Bargains!

On The Today Show this morning, Jill Martin, contributing host, showed 5 Terrific MarkdownDeals  offered with savings of at least 75% off.  The catch, if you can call it one, is that these deals are only good for 24 hours and you may face an overloaded server.  But even given that these are worth the effort. 

Hurry Quantities & Selections Are Limited & Only Good For Today!!!

Need More Bargains?  Check The Today Show’s Deal of the Day!

Black Friday Preview

Take a quick glance to view the ads for Black Friday and then plan out your strategy for shopping.  Click On Your Favorite Store For Preview↓


Sam’s Club

Big Lots!

Best Buy




Amazon (Cyber Monday )




Burlington Coat Factory

Radio Shack

Office Depot

MarkdownMom’s  Black Friday Picks:

Sam’s Club HP 10.1″ LED Blue Netbook, $228, HP Desktop Bundle w/20″ monitor, $499.

JCPenney® Flip waffler, 12 cup coffeemaker, 6 qt. slow cooker, griddle, 4 slice toaster $9.88 after $10 mail-in rebate.

Menards® Sansui 22′ LED TV $99 after $100 mail-in rebate, Cricut Expression Cutting Machine $148 cartridges $19.99, Cuddle Up $2.49 (great stocking stuffer.

The Home Depot® Live 6″ Poinsettia plant 99¢, Maytag®25.0 CU. Ft. Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator w/ ice maker reg.$1699, $998, LG 4.2 Cu. ft. Steamwasher™ & 7.3 Cu.ft. Steamdryer™, (pair) reg. $1998, $1198, DeWalt® 18-Volt compact Drill/Driver Kit $99.

KMart Women’s wool peacoat $19.99, Joe Boxer babies’ and kids’ 2 pcs. pajamas 5.99 & $6.99.

Best Buy Verizon Samsung® Fascinate™ FREE w/2 yr. activation (10 per store),

Dynex™ 7″ Digital Photo Frame (10 per store) $29.99, MacBook Pro5 (3 per store)$1199.99.

Hancock Fabrics Juno Serger by Janome $179.99, Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine $49.99.

Old Navy Adult jeans $15, Dance Central Kinect for Xbox 360, FREE w/$25 purchase,

Target Wii Fit Plus bundle $67, TomTom XL335T w/4.3″ screen $79,Chefmate, 2-slice toaster, 5-speed mixer, 2-slice sandwich maker $3 each, 26″ Trinity fire bowl or stainless steel fire bowl $29.99, Eyeclops night vision infrared stealth binoculars, $25

Younkers Olympus 14 Megapixel digital camera $79.97, Reversible down-alternative comforter any size $19.97, $10 coupon for an item over $10(cannot be combined).

Walmart 32″ Emerson LCD HDTV $198,HP  15.6″ Laptop250 GB, 3GB memory $298, Zhu Zhu Pets™ $4 each,  Shop-Vac® 5 gal. 2 hp $15, Oster Flip Belgian Waffle Maker $9.97, Sony 46″ Bravia LCD HDTV (available Saturday only) $698, Beyoncé “I Am” DVD (saturday only) $10, Justin Bieber “My Heart Edition” CD $10(saturday).

Kohls Chef Mat 4 colors $24.99.

Michaels® Cricut® V1 Personal Electronic cutter $69.99, Creatology™ 100-piece art set $2.79 each .

Shopko® 10-drawer Rolling Cart $27.99, Pecan Jewelry Armoire $49.99.

Keep checking back for updates!

Black Friday Comes Early (Video)

That’s right, now you know why the parking lots at the malls are filled, the retailers have pushed ahead Black FridayBest Buy has already started, and you will find terrific deals at Shopko such as the VuPont Magic Wand Portable Scanner for $99.  Expect more competition for the sales since the employees who usually work on Black Friday will be able to shop these early bargains.  Target will offer their Black Friday deals the week before Thanksgiving.   Sears and others will be open on Thanksgiving

Start checking for Free Shipping JCPenney has free shipping to store site, no minimum purchase.

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Tip Of The Week #63: Food Labels Secret Code

MarkdownMom was trying to “organize” her papers recently if that is what shuffling and trying to weed out too many mailers, articles of interests, recipes, decorating tips, filling out bags to be recycle, can be called and  still ending up with too much “stuff,” but, hey, it’s hard to toss the good stuff, right?  Well, anyway, one of the articles that was actually clipped was written in 1991 by Judith Blake of the Seattle Times to help us decipher and read food labels to make more sense of nutritional value of the products we buy at the store.

In her article, Ms. Blake gave some general tips that should help consumers in getting a healthier choice for their grocery dollar:

  • Ingredients are listed in declining order by weight.  The main ingredient in its’ composition will be listed first.
  • If you are trying to control your sugar intake, sugar can also be listed as dextrose, fructose, total invert sugar and corn syrup–all forms of sugar.
  • Salt may appear as sodium, monosodium glutamate, disodium phosphate, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrate, NaCl, etc.
  • Generic  terminology such as “artificial flavor” or “artificial coloring” can be used for a number of specific flavorings or colors.
  • “Natural” has been used with no official definition and can mean almost anything, at present it is only regulated by the FDA as to poultry and meat.
  • Choose products with a nutritional list.  Nutritional information is especially important when the producer makes a nutritional claim.

Do you know the difference of lean, extra lean, free range, fortified, rich, and ingredients that may cause unknown, potential allergies?  For more information check out the following sites: WalletPop and  the FDA Food Labeling Guide.

What You Don’t Know Can Cost You Money & More!

When Refurbished Equals Savings

Many products get returned to their manufacturer for various reasons, with electronics this may mean a serious problem or simply repackaging.  However, buying a refurbished item can calculate into real savings provided you’ve done your homework.

A refurbished product should be significantly lower in price than its’ new counterpart–a few dollars isn’t worth buying refurbushed.

“As Is” puts the buyer at greater risk.  Try to get the same warranty as a new item and be sure to read the warranty.

  • Check to see if all parts hincluded, missing parts can add up and spike the final price.
  • Check prices for new online to make sure that the stated retail and sale price are competitive.
  • Make sure that refurbished or reconditioned items are done by the manufacturer as quality controls will be followed by the factory.
  • Usually items are offered through a vendor, check their return policy also.  They should provide at least a 30 days unconditional return policy.
  • Buy a curreent model or item, not one that has been discontinued if possible.  If discontinued, especially with electronics make sure the savings are substantial and worth the risk.
  • Checksimilar new items by different manufacturers and compare prices with the refurbished price.

MarkdownMom found this Garmin Nuvi 255 3.5″GPS Navigator at ShopNBC at a  30% savings, reg. $139.99, refurbished price of $89.99 on 2 value pays of $45, 1 yr. mftr. limited warranty. 

Also, competitively priced at Sears, KMart, Radio Shack, and Amazon MarketPlace  (some with w/coupons).

MDM Says:  “Make sure that you leave no sign that you own a GPS system once you leave the vehicle unattended since these are favorite objects of thieves!”

Don’t Leave Home Without One!

3GS Apple iPhone Slashed To $97

Beginning today, WalMart will be selling the popular 3GS Apple 16 GB iPhone for a rock bottom price of $97!  There is a catch, this price is for the purchase of a new phone with a 2 year contract.  This discount is in advance of Apple introducing its’ new iPhone next month.  Experts expect Apple will reduce its’ current price of $199 to around $99 for this model matching WalMart’s price.

Available instore.


Some may remember this TV series starring Robert Culp, who recently passed away, and Bill Cosby.  However, as entertaining as this series was, for many of us who use our computers as another extension of our lives, we are not amused as we embattle daily malware, spyware, cookies, and viruses.   April 2010 issue of PC World Magazine has listed free software to download to help reduce these attacks and MarkdownMom tried a few and recommends the following:

  • Super Anti Spyware.  Impressive handle that fights malware.  Caught 9 ad cookies on MarkdownMom’s laptop.
  • Avira® AntiVir Personal.  Detection and disinfection software.  PC found it not novice friendly, but we found downloading quite easy.
  • Mywot.  Site for free download of Web Of Trust®,  a free browser plug-in, that checks out links you click on for spyware.  Green circle means GO, okay to use, red means STOP, run from site.  Different downloads for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Sunday Deal: Kindle for PC FREE Download !

Nothing good on TV?  How about the latest bestseller?  Oh, doggone it,  it’s too late to go to the bookstore!@#!  Now is the time you wish that you could afford a Kindle!  What to do?  How about turning your own PC into a Kindle with the Kindle for PC download

Simply click here to have your own library at your fingertips


Hot and Bothered!

Come on, we’ve all experienced it.  You get all set up, everything is working, all systems are go and then…well, your laptop overheats and the dang thing stops working!!!  That great idea gets lost in the expletives you utter. 

Well, MarkdownMom has experienced this indignity time and time again until she found this inexpensive ventilated, adjustable metal laptop stand by Rolodex.    Unlike its’ expensive counterparts that employ a fan(s) to cool  down the laptop, this metal  stand accomplishes the same by being made of metal mesh that creates air flow under the computer.  Rated 5 stars by owners, the stand has adjustable angles to accommodate viewing.  It  has an attachment for organizing your cords and you can purchase an additional USB hub and attach it to the stand.  At  Amazon for $16.15, best price instore at Sam’sClub under $15.

Be Cool My Baby!

Local Crime Watch On The Internet

Police scanners now have a new ally in local crime reporting.  Crime Mapping™.com has been developed by The Omega Group to help law enforcement agencies keep the public informed of recent neighborhood crimes with the idea that an informed public is another way to strengthen efforts for fighting crime.  By using an advanced mapping engine, crime data is extracted on a regular basis from each department’s records system so that the information being viewed through a Web browser is the most current available. This data is always verified for accuracy and all address information is generalized by block in order to help ensure that privacy is protected.  Not all states, counties, or cities are covered at this time.

Taking a bite out of crime, one click at a time!