Oscar Swag

This week's Giveaway is a bracelet by Jewels for Hope. (Handout)


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GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have a winner for our first SAVVY SHOPPER giveaway. We asked for your best couponing tips and got some great suggestions. Here's the winning entry, posted by Shellzy1. (Shellzy1, email your contact info to kvann@courant.com so we can send you your prize.)

Use the weekly circulars to start, then take advantage of online coupons and coupon blogs to maximize your savings.  For example, Stop & Shop had a great deal on Kellogg's cereal a couple of weeks ago -- $6 off 4.  I then did some Google searching for Kellogg's coupons and found several sites that helped me get a $4 off 4 coupon, and several $.70 off 1 box coupons which were doubled.  I ended up buying 8 boxes (in two transactions to get the $6 off each time) and paying around $1 a box.  Online coupons are great (and instant -- no worrying about clipping/saving!), as are the coupon blogs that help match up sales with recent manufacturer's coupons.

Shellzy1 wins a bracelet created by CT-based Jewels for Hope - just like the ones featured in this year's Oscar swag bags.

Stayed tuned for another giveaway and more fabulous prizes!!!

Today, March 7, is the last day kids eat free at Chili’s (with purchase of an adult entree.)

New technology, free! Microsoft is offering a free preview and download of its Windows 8 operating system.

Target's PetRX program offers generic dog & cat prescription mediations for a flat rate of $4 at Target pharmacies.

Sign up for Penzey's Spice catalogue at  for great coupons & freebies. (March offer is $5 off $10.)

New restaurant UMI Sushi & Tappas on Isham Rd. in W. Htfd. has a sushi conveyor belt and a Tuesday lunch special. Every plate on the belt is $2. Draft beers are $2 too.

Sign up for email alerts at Christmas Tree Shops and get $10 off a $50 purchase.

Mark your calendars. CT's 1st Nordstrom Rack opens on 4/26 in Farmington. (Location is near Westfarms in the TJMaxx shopping center.)

North Cove Outfitters in Old Saybrook is closing and cleaning house with a going-out-of-business sale. Right now, everything is 20-50 percent off, but expect those discounts to increase.

Want to plan next week's grocery shopping? You can check out Sunday's coupons in advance at Sunday Coupon Preview.