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Mother’s Day Memories: A Very Flowery Tradition

Every day this week, a staffer will share a story about how an item available on PennySaverUSA.com reminds him/her of mom with Mother’s Day this Sunday. This story follows and is from PennySaverUSA.com staffer Som.

The bouquet of flowers for sale at 50% off on PennySaverUSA.com’s daily deal site SaverTime.com reminds me of Mother’s Day. My mother loves flowers. In fact, she spent some of her years raising my sister and I making flower arrangements. She didn’t work at a bouquet shop, but the way she made her arrangements, you wouldn’t ever have to water them or throw them out because they would never wilt.

No, her flowers weren’t some sort of super GMO (genetically modified organism) species. My parents owned silk plant stores.Mother's Day flower discount

At one time, Mom managed four silk plant stores with Dad. I remember spending hours after preschool in the back of the store watching Mom whip up all sorts of custom-tailored flower arrangements and silk plants for customers. I don’t remember her ever complaining when working on these arrangements. She enjoyed the whole process, and had no problem working 6 days a week, each day a different location from the last.

Of course, she wasn’t all about silk plants, even though at least one was in every room of the house. She enjoyed real flowers and tending to  them in the yard whenever she got a chance. She enjoyed growing real flowers just as much, if not more, than working on silk plant arrangements.

She loved seeing her flowers bloom in her yard. She still does,  but sometimes I was a naughty kid back then, breaking the buds off the some of the flowers before they bloomed just to see inside. I know better now not to do that anymore!

But because she worked those long hours in her and Dad’s silk plant stores, she didn’t get to spend as much time growing and tending to her garden as she liked.  So on Mother’s Day; my dad, my sister, and I would get her a pot of flowers she would want to keep in her garden.

Out of all the presents we gave her on Mother’s Day over the years, a pot of flowers was her favorite. Even after they closed down the silk plant stores, her passion remained.

Just as soon as she’d get a plant, it went straight to into the garden. One of us was soon enough digging a hole so she could plant it. It was usually me.

So I think of Mother’s Day as a very flowery day, in honor of a wonderful woman who loved flower arrangements and delighted in making them for others who loved them too.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

The Original PennySaver Celebrating 50 Years of Savings

The Largest Direct Mail Shopping Publication in the U.S. Continues to be Invaluable Resource for Local Businesses and Shoppers

BREA, CA (MARCH 19, 2012) – The Original PennySaverTM, a Harte-Hanks (NYSE: HHS) company, is celebrating 50 years of helping people save money in their own neighborhoods. Since its inception in 1962, the iconic company has been the leader in servicing its local communities with classifieds, coupons, and deals for everyday needs. With more than 780 local editions and a reach of more than nine million circulation in California, The Original PennySaver is not only the largest direct mail shopping publication in the U.S., but it is also a brand whose classifieds have helped shape the lives of many.

In addition to its print shopping publications, The Original PennySaver has an impressive Web presence at PennySaverUSA.com and its associated websites. In April 2011, the company launched SaverTime.com, the hyper-localized daily deal site for California residents offering deals on everyday items, with nearly 30 local daily deal offerings.

“For 50 years, The Original PennySaver has been the expert in local classifieds, coupons and savings,” said Loren Dalton, President, Shoppers Digital and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, California Shoppers. “We continue to be an affordable and effective resource for local businesses, and shoppers look forward to the savings offered in our print and online publications each week.”

The Original PennySaver has always been the champion of the little guy, trying to level the playing field for small businesses through print and online classifieds and coupons that are tailored to a specific targeted local community.  Other small business resources from PennySaverUSA include PowerSites® and PowerClicks®.  PowerSites are websites built and hosted by PennySaverUSA to give local businesses an instant online presence. PowerClicks lets the pay-per-click advertising be handled by PennySaverUSA so that small businesses can be more readily found by users of major search engines.

“I am very happy with my company’s PowerSite powered by PennySaverUSA, and believe it is the main reason I am getting more and more calls every week,” said Matilde Gutierrez of Matildes Housecleaning in San Diego, California.  “In fact, I have been so busy that I have had to hire an additional staff person to support the business.”

Consumers have also remained loyal to PennySaverUSA advertisers, because they know that the small business offers found in print and online are not only credible, but are also valuable resources in their own communities.

“There are lots of interesting things for sale or even free,” said long-time PennySaverUSA reader Gail Powell of San Diego. “I have found roommates, purchased automobiles, clipped lots of coupons and even found jobs!”

Reading The Original PennySaver weekly is a ritual for many and often evokes nostalgic memories from the past such as buying that first car or finding a family pet.  It’s become so engrained in pop culture that movies such as Juno, books such as It Chooses You by Miranda July, and TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and Two and a Half Men have featured references to The Original PennySaver.

When reflecting on the past and looking toward the future, Dalton said, “Our mission of connecting buyers and sellers at the local level has not, and will not, change. We are grateful to our loyal advertisers, readers, site visitors, mobile users and employees who have been so critical to our success for the past 50 years, and we look forward to an even more exciting future.”

Company Origins

In 1962, Bob DeMarco launched the Huntington Beach PennySaver in California. A showcase for local businesses, customers used to go to DeMarco’s office and wait in line, cash in hand, to place their ads. Demand was so strong, that at his noon deadline at the end of each week, he would have to lock his doors. The Original PennySaver, as we know it today, follows a similar format as the original Huntington Beach PennySaver.

Company Milestones

­1962 –  Bob DeMarco launches the Huntington Beach PennySaver in California.

1973 – Harte-Hanks, a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company, purchases PennySaver from DeMarco.

1989 –  Harte-Hanks-owned PennySaver Group boasts a California shopper circulation of 3.3 million.

1996 – PennySaver launches its online presence with PennySaverUSA.com.

1997 – Harte-Hanks acquires the Vista-based PennySaver publication from ABC Inc., a subsidiary of Walt Disney Co.

2003 – PennySaverUSA breaks the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Temporary Coin Mural.

2004 – PennySaverUSA receives the Better Business Bureau Torch award in recognition of outstanding ethical business practices and commitment to service within the San Diego community.

2004 – PennySaverUSA breaks the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Permanent Coin Mural.

2005 – PennySaverUSA breaks the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Piggy Bank.

2008 – PennySaverUSA launches PowerSites product to help local businesses launch websites and connect with customers on the Internet.

2010 – PennySaverUSA launches PowerClicks product to help local businesses get found on search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo!.

2011 – PennySaverUSA launches SaverTime.com, a hyper localized daily deal site in California that offers savings on everyday expenses.

2011 –​   PennySaverUSA debuts two apps for iPhone and Android.  MOGASA helps users navigate the garage sale landscape with thousands of nationwide garage sale listings and Cha-Ching is a local coupon-finding app for those who enjoy scoring discounts and living large on less.

2012 – PennySaverUSA boasts more than 780 local editions and a reach of more than nine million circulation in California.

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PennySaverUSA.comand its Florida-based sister publication, TheFlyer.com™ are leading single print publications. The two publications reach over 11.2 million U.S. addresses every week. For fifty years, the PennySaver has helped businesses in California advertise to local communities while connecting buyers and sellers through local classifieds. Known as PennySaverUSA.com online, readers are enjoying the same local values as the publication has been trusted to deliver for decades. On the web, PennySaverUSA.com and TheFlyer.com are advertising portals bringing users local online classifieds, business listings, online coupons, and a range of business products and services like PowerSites™ that help small and medium size businesses build websites and establish a web presence to improve lead generation. For more information, visit us online at http://www.pennysaverusa.com or http://www.theflyer.com.


Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS) is a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company that provides marketing services and shopper advertising opportunities to local, regional, national and international consumer and business-to-business marketers.  Visit the Harte-Hanks® Web site at http://www.harte-hanks.com or call (800) 456-9748.


Karyn Ravin

Maletzky Media for PennySaverUSA



Rating 3.00 out of 5

Free Friday: Lots of free food and free beauty products

Give the people what they want. That’s what we try to do here at PennySaverUSA and if Free Friday is any indication, the people have spoken loud and clear: They want offers for free food and free beauty products!

We’re thrilled to give you several of them in this edition of Free Friday.

If you haven’t tried Chick-Fil-A’s breakfast yet, you don’t know what you are missing. To get it for free is a blessing indeed. From next Tuesday through next Saturday, they are allowing customers to reserve a free breakfast entrée online at select California locations. (Thanks Southern Cali Saver for the find)


Bliss is defined by getting a free Fribble from Friendly's.

From Chick-Fil-A free food to Panda Express free food; are we sure Christmas was almost four weeks ago? Kind of feels like Santa Claus

has come back for Round 2. Panda Express has an online coupon for free firecracker chicken breast on Monday, January 23. The best part – it’s not a BOGO. No purchase is necessary.

Now that you’ve gotten free food for breakfast and dinner, it’s time for a little dessert courtesy of Friendly’s. The classic American diner chain is celebrating its 76th anniversary by handing out the “Fribble” (Friendly’s version of a milkshake) to everyone that comes in between 12 p.m.-5 p.m. this Saturday (while supplies last). (Thanks Free Sample Momma for the find)

With breakfast, dinner and dessert covered, it’s time for a Free Friday offer aimed towards the baby in the family. Parent’s Choice is sending out free samples of baby formula if you sign up for their email newsletter. You can choose between three types of formula.

Don’t worry free beauty products fans, we haven’t forgotten you – and neither has Bath & Body Works. This weekend only, they are offering all of their Facebook fans a free 2 oz. body lotion sample of their new Pink Chiffon product. All you have to do is “Like” their page, if you haven’t yet. (Thanks “The” Cents’Able Shoppin for the find)

free drycleaning

Live in the San Fernando Valley? Pick up a SaverTime voucher for free dry cleaning.

LovelySkin.com is going all out, letting you pick out one freebie from 16 different beauty products. The only thing you have to do is complete the free registration for their site.

The next free beauty products offer comes from Physicians Formula. They have a free mail-in rebate form for their Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara. Simply buy an Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara product marked with the “Try me free” label, fill out the rebate form and mail it all together with the receipt to the address on the rebate form and they will send you a check for the money you spent (not including tax). (Thanks Money Saving Mindy for the find)

We hope you enjoy all of the offers for free food and free beauty products and leave you with one final freebie from our daily deal site SaverTime.com. Download a free voucher for $10 Worth of Dry Cleaning, with pick-up and delivery included in the San Fernando Valley. The voucher is only available today, but doesn’t have to be redeemed until Feb. 1, 2012.

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Steals of the Week: Kid stuff

The last Steals of the Week installment of 2011 is dedicated to all the parents or soon-to-be parents of young children out there. The focus is on discounted kid stuff.

Traditionally, we highlight five PennySaverUSA online classifieds ads in Steals of the Week, but this time around we are going to blend three amazing offers for kid stuff from our daily deal site SaverTime.com, with two online classified ads.

Leading off Steals of the Week is a truly unique and memorable SaverTime offer from a company in Tustin, CA. Bundle of Joy 3D-4D Ultrasound Services is offering a package deal that includes a 45-minute ultrasound session, 10 black and white 2D photos, 6 3D color pictures, gender determination (if you wish), baby heartbeat listening, a CD with up to 80 pictures in 2D & 3D, and 30-minute DVD set to music for only $100. That’s a 50% off discount from the regular price!


The next Steals of the Week kid stuff entry is also via SaverTime and comes from a company called Rockabye. For only $35, you can get a $100 gift certificate to use towards any of the 15 different adorable children’s rockers they have for sale. Even better: This is an online deal, so it’s available to anyone nationwide.


SaverTime’s third Steals of the Week kid stuff offer is provided by Bungalow Bebe Inc. With this SaverTime deal, you can get $60 worth of organic cotton children’s clothing for only $30. Your baby deserves only the finest materials, after all. This deal is also available nationwide.


We now transition back to PennySaverUSA online classifieds for our final two Steals of the Week kid stuff items. The first one is an Eddie Bauer Travel System  stroller and car seat set for sale in Sun City, CA for only $100 (or best offer). The seller claims it is very clean and was barely used.


Steals of the Week concludes with none other than an oversized Elmo doll. It’s soft, plush, authentic and adorable says the seller from Palmdale, CA and it can be had for only $20!


Have you seen any awesome Steals of the Week recently? Please let us know in the comments.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Free Friday: Fantastic freebies for all

Few things warm our hearts here at PennySaverUSA more than freebies. It should come as no surprise then that Free Friday is our favorite day of the week! The latest edition of our popular blog feature highlights several fantastic freebies. Take a look:

For the second straight week, Burger King has earned a Free Friday mention. Today only, you can get free fries at any participating location! No purchase is required and no coupon is necessary. Just stroll right in to your local BK and say you want your free fries.


Free Friday coincides with Free Shipping Day!

Our daily deal site SaverTime.com comes in with today’s second Free Friday offer. SaverTime is giving away a free $20 voucher to be used towards any purchase from The Enchanted Florist online. For more details please visit SaverTime’s blog.

Next up is a Free Friday offer that we can all appreciate: It’s Free Shipping Day! Over 2,500 of the largest retail chains in the United States have joined forces to offer free shipping by Christmas Eve for any online purchase. Check out the complete list of participating stores. (Thanks Free Sample Momma for this find)

While we normally try to include only freebies that are available to everyone, we figured we could make an exception for this one. Celebrating its 70th anniversary and 70-year partnership with Coca-Cola, the USO is offering all active military personnel an online coupon for a free 20 oz. Coca-Cola brand soft drink. Click here to visit the USO site and get the online coupon. NOTE: It must be redeemed on Dec. 16-17 and is only valid at military exchanges and commissaries. (Thanks Army Wife 101 for this find)

Have you ever tried a Quest Protein Bar? If not, they want you to “See what all the fuss is about,” so they are giving away two free bars! It does require a little bit of work, though. You must click through a five-page presentation in which they extol their own virtues and then you have to answer a survey at the end.


Get a free Sinus Rinse Nasal Wash.

It’s about time for a pair of healthy freebies this Free Friday. If you “Like” the Schiff MegaRed Facebook page, they will send you a free sample of their softgel supplements, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. NeliMed, meanwhile, is giving away its Sinus Rinse Bottle with two packets to those who “Like” its Facebook page. (Thanks Northern Cheapskate for this find)

Last, but most certainly not least, among this week’s freebies is an offer from Sam’s Club (you don’t have to be a member). They are sending out a free HUGGIES® Snug & Dry Diapers sample (click get a sample in the center of the page) to anyone who fills out a brief survey.

Please leave us a comment if you use any of these wonderful Free Friday offers. Happy holidays!

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PennySaverUSA.com gets you into the holiday spirit

PennySaverUSA.com is most definitely in the holiday spirit and we are delighted to alert you to a number of exciting features we have undertaken to help you get in the holiday spirit as well.

First of all, we wanted to remind you about our unique Christmas gift ideas section. Forget about dealing with the crazy crowds at the mall or spending a fortune on a shopping web site. Get an awesome vintage gifts for men, gifts for women and gifts for kids from PennySaverUSA.com!


Visit PennySaverUSA.com's Christmas Gift Ideas section.

Make sure to check out our Christmas decorations and Holiday Helpers sections as well, to assist in those last-minute preparations.

You can also post some goodies you no longer have use for, so that others can buy them and give them as gifts to people who will care for them.

BONUS: Add a holiday icon to any classified ad you publish to PennySaverUSA.com this month for only $2.50. Including an icon with your ad will really help make it pop and generate more interest from the legions of PennySaverUSA.com readers.

If you’d prefer to shop for gifts that are brand new, our daily deal site SaverTime.com is the place to go. Each week they have new holiday gifts available for up to 70% off! Check out this week’s offerings.

The PennySaver weekly print publication is also joining the fun. Tweet your friends or loved ones a holiday message @pennysaverusa with the hashtag #pennyshout and we will print it for free in your local PennySaver! (Calif. residents only)

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than creating a seasonal craft? Of course, the possibility of winning up to $300 in our Craftmas Contest provides even more incentive. Enter our online contests here.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Free Friday: Get in the holiday spirit with awesome freebies

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with another series of awesome freebies from Free Friday!?

colgate free toothpaste

Tell your kid's teacher about Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program.

We don’t usually start out Free Friday with a freebies offer for a niche audience, but this promotion from Colgate is commendable and worth the top spot. Through the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® program, they are giving away a variety of items for the classroom, including a free Colgate Kids toothbrush and toothpaste for every student in the class! That kind of charity gets our attention here at PennySaverUSA. (Thanks Madame Deals for the find!)

Now for a special Free Friday offer from our new daily deal site SaverTime.com. All new subscribers through Dec. 12 get a free $5 credit! You can use this $5 credit to save even more on SaverTime’s holiday gifts (which are already discounted by up to 70%) or to get 20 free chicken wings from Giant Pizza King in San Diego, $10 worth of free fine Mediterranean food in San Mateo, or $12 worth of vitamins or supplements in Orange County. Please visit the SaverTime blog for more details.

Alright, back to that holiday spirit thing. To really soak in the festiveness of the season, some holiday tunes are in order. Thankfully, People Magazine has made 10 holiday songs available for download for free! If those 10 songs don’t tickle your fancy, simply slip over to Amazon, which is giving away one free holiday song download a day.

free charm

Get a free Brighton Charm on Free Friday!

Brighton is taking part in the season of giving with a cool freebies offer this Free Friday. If you use Facebook’s Check In feature to check in to any store that sells Brighton Collectibles, they will give you a FREE charm! Note: Offer only valid through this weekend. (Thanks Rose Knows Coupons for the find!)

Another freebies offer only valid through this weekend comes to Free Friday from Burger King. They have an online coupon on their Facebook page for a buy one whopper, get one free.

Concluding this Free Friday full of awesome freebies are offers from Kodak and Pro Plan. Kodak is giving away a free 8×10 collage! Visit their Facebook page for full details. Pro Plan, meanwhile, is giving an online coupon for a free can of cat food to anyone who “Likes” their Facebook page.

Happy Holidays and a merry Free Friday!

Rating 4.00 out of 5

Free Friday: Freebies for everyone

After a one-week Thanksgiving weekend hiatus, Free Friday is back and better than ever! This week’s freebies include a well-rounded list of items, but before we get into them, we want to share a unique opportunity from our new daily deal site SaverTime.com.

Get a $5 SaverTime credit

Get a $5 SaverTime credit on Free Friday!

SaverTime.com is giving away a $5 credit to all new subscribers through Dec. 12! You can use this $5 credit to save even more on SaverTime’s holiday gifts (which are already discounted by up to 70%) or to get FREE Mexican food in the Bay Area or FREE burgers in Orange County. Please visit the SaverTime blog for more details.

Now back to our regularly scheduled Free Friday programming. A pair of movie theater chains are offering identical freebies. Regal Cinemas and AMC Theaters each have a coupon available for free popcorn! Just “Like” the AMC Theathers Facebook page to get their coupon, and for Regal, simply visit their Facebook page and provide them your mobile phone number – where they text you the coupon. Both are only valid today through Sunday. (Thanks Keeping Cents)

In the unlikely event that popcorn isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll be able to find something you like from the T.G.I. Friday’s menu. They have an online coupon on their Facebook page for a free appetizer! The only stipulations are that you must be with a party of three or more and be eating in the bar area.

free appetizer

T.G.I. Friday's plus Free Friday = free appetizer.

You’ve probably heard of Victorinox Swiss Army knives, but did you know they also have a men’s fragrance line? Thanks to Free Friday, you can get a sample for free just by filling out a very short survey.

It’s been a while since we had freebies from Bath & Bodyworks, so it’s about time they re-entered the Free Friday fray. They have a coupon for a free 2 oz. body lotion sample from their new Be Echanted line. The coupon is only redeemable in stores this weekend. (Thanks “The” Cents’ Able Shoppin)

It’s also been some time since we had a Free Friday freebies entry from Pink by Victoria’s Secret. If you join Pink Nation, their email list, and make a Pink purchase they will give you a free fashion show panty!

Okay, back to the food freebies. Vons grocery store is giving away a coupon for a free dozen eggs if you register for a VonsClub Card. Note: The card also provides other savings and costs nothing, so there’s really no downside.

Thanks for reading Free Friday and we hope you enjoy the freebies.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

Save Money Monday: Cyber Monday discount guide

Save Money Monday goes hand-in-hand with Cyber Monday. Here is PennySaverUSA’s guide on the best discounts of the day.

We’ll start out with the Holiday Gift Ideas from our daily deal site SaverTime.com. They’ve got some outstanding discounts on gifts ranging from flowers to cell phone accessories. Check out the new SaverTime.com holiday page today (and get a $5 credit if you are a new subscriber).

Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic are all getting into the Save Money Monday/Cyber Monday spirit with a 30% off code. Just make sure to use the coupon code: HUGECYBER at checkout. NOTE: You can toggle between which store you want to shop at by clicking the icons at the top of the page.

Hurry up and take advantage of the Cyber Monday sale online in the Esprit e-shop as well. The chic clothing store is offering a fantastic 40% discount on all items! Use the code: CYBERMON11 at checkout to make sure you get your discount.

Sally Beauty is also getting in on the Cyber Monday act this Save Money Monday. Save 25% on all orders of $50 or more by using the code 555924 at checkout.

Pacific Sunwear is also joining the Cyber Monday fun with its own incredible sale. Get 30% off purchases of $50 or more PLUS free shipping. You don’t even have to use a code at checkout.

Not wanting to be left out of the Save Money Monday mix on Cyber Monday is Guitar Center. If you use the code CYBRMN at checkout, you can save 15% on any item (up to a $500 discount).

Closing out PennySaverUSA’s Save Money Monday discounts for Cyber Monday is PetCarRX. To get 10% off orders over $50 – use coupon code MONDAY10, to get 12% off orders over $75 – use coupon code MONDAY12 and to get 15% off orders over $100 – use coupon code MONDAY15.

If you’ve found any other great Cyber Monday deals, please leave them in our comments.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Get a five dollar credit from our new daily deals site SaverTime.com

PennySaverUSA is known for its online classifieds, online coupons and online contests, but did you know we now have online daily deals?

SaverTime.com launched a few months ago in several markets throughout California and it is growing rapidly.

Get a $5 credit from SaverTime.com.

Get a $5 credit from SaverTime.com

As an added incentive to join SaverTime.com and start receiving daily deal emails with up to 90% discounts on restaurants, entertainment and more, we are giving new subscribers a $5 credit (don’t take forever to use it as it expires Dec. 18)!

And what’s more … we’ve gone national. We still have amazing deals for the pizzeria, the barber and the gym down the street throughout all of our California markets, but we now also have great weekly national deals. This week’s national deal is $25 for $50 worth of flower arrangements from the Enchanted Florist.

If you sign up for SaverTime.com today and get your $5 credit, you can get $50 worth of flower arrangements for only $20. That’s a deal you don’t want to pass up with the holidays fast approaching.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your $5 credit today!

Rating 4.00 out of 5