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By Melissa Summers

starbuckscup.gifStarbucks is hosting their 2nd annual Coffee Break on Thursday, March 15th. Between 10 and 12 noon all Starbucks stores in the US and Canada will be giving out free Tall cups of coffee. To find a store near you turn around and there it is. Or, if you want an actual answer and not just my witty exaggerations, check their website.

teacups.jpgI tried for many hours to come up with some items to go along with free coffee. Free coffee is sort of just that: coffee which doesn’t require money from you. It’s difficult to draw that out into an entire post. I don’t really drink coffee at home so I’m mostly unfamiliar with the gear you need to actually have coffee in your home. Do you need a hat or your own barista in your pantry or something? I did see these mugs a few months ago at Shelteriffic and they tickled me and might be an exception to my ‘No Coffee Mug’ gift rule. As a child, my mother had a love affair with coffee. As a result my homework was often turned in with that irritating coffee ring stain from my mother’s coffee cup. Valeria Miglioli and Barnaby Barford may have saved me many years of coffee ring irritation with these lovely stamp cups. My mother’s irritating inability to keep her coffee off my damn homework could have been artwork.

mugdelight.jpgReading about coffee mugs though is generally as boring as opening a coffee mug gift on your birthday. Getting coffee free started me thinking about bargain hunting. So I thought we’d find a few lovely things deeply discounted today. I stopped first at and are they reading my mind? Today’s deal is a….coffee mug. So that’s two coffee mugs for you. That’s all I’m finding for you because looking for coffee mugs makes me fall asleep.
flask.jpgNext I stopped at the at Restoration Hardware where I found a few nice little things. Like this key chain flask for just $8.99. It holds just one ounce of liquid so it’s perfect for the amateur drinker, someone like my mother who gets drunk from breathing the air near alcohol. Or maybe as a moderation “helper” for that alcoholic uncle who ruins every family event.

charades.jpgThis Charades game is over half off, I think it would make a nice stocking stuffer for next year or a birthday gift for an older child. The description says ages 7 and up but my 8.5 year old would never be able to guess “Girl With A Pearl Earring”, the one example stick I can read from the picture. When will the public schools stop babying our third graders and work on Vermeer? I know you can play charades without prompts but if you do that in my family you’re guessing “Sponge Bob Square Pants” All Night Long.
roadster.jpgI always wanted to buy my kids a pedal car, a nice old one they could hand down to their own kids one day. But every one we found at the local flea market was prohibitively expensive. This Roadster Classic Pedal car is still pretty pricey but at $128.99, it’s just over half off. I know a few grandparents who would like to give this present to their grandchildren. These Jumbo Circus Animals are also half off but if any of my children’s grandparents send these things into my 1200 square foot home, I will pummel someone.

anntaylorloft.jpgI stopped over at Mir’s Want Not and found a great sale on linens. Many items at Designer Linens Outlet are marked down to 65% and with Mir’s help you also have a code for 30% off. If only I needed more sheets. Need is such an ugly word. I also browsed Fishing For Deals for something wonderful and found this code for $25 off $50 at Ann Taylor Loft. I’ve decided to break my 5 year strike against shorts this summer, so guess where I’ll be looking. Finally, just to keep you shopping in case you wanted to be well aware of things you need but didn’t realize it until just this minute. There’s the deal a day sites like Woot,Delight and coming soon….OneMommieGoodie. I hope their first goodie is that key chain flask, just because the hackles would raise all across America.
(Delight’s deal from March 12th inspired me for Thursday’s buzz off.)


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Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • Pants

    March 13, 2007 at 1:05 pm
  • chris

    March 13, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Love Mir’s site. Just last week I discovered that I need to buy myself 7, or maybe more, pair of shoes. And when all was said and done I spent less than a single pair normally cost.

  • slouching mom

    March 14, 2007 at 8:27 am

    You don’t really drink coffee at home? Oh, Melissa, this makes me sad. You’re missing out on, well, coffee at home. Which has gotten me through so many long days with sick kids or kids home from school for no-snow days.

  • melissaS

    March 14, 2007 at 8:48 am

    That’s what liquor’s for. Ha ha ha.
    No I drink my body weight in diet coke everyday. It’s really ridiculous.

  • Nicole

    March 14, 2007 at 11:56 am

    first, why is the lion larger than the elephant? second, who on god’s green earth would spend $600 (reg price) for a stuffed animal? even one with a titanium frame?
    i am, however, very happy to hear about free coffee. i love coffee almost as much as i love free stuff. happy happy!

  • Lynda

    March 14, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out for We just launched this week so WE are in desperate need of lots of coffee. I had no idea about your blog and am overwhelmed with all the variety of topics and love your random yet useful posts. If you have a minute you should submit it to our sister site, Delightfulblogs where I’m sure the gals who use the directory to bookmark new blogs to read would get a kick (or more) out of your site.

  • johnrocks

    May 4, 2009 at 4:10 am

    As many of you probably know I maintain the deal shopping site called SpendFish, so I keep a close eye on other deal sites. Here’s a collection of some of the best deal sites:
    Deal Shopping Sites
    * SpendFish – Searches Amazon’s API and stores the best deals. You can subscribe to complex RSS feeds such as “coffee makers on sale for 40% off or more, and less than $100”, or try some of the gift finders such as digital camera finder or a TV Finder. Note: I have a bias here because I built this one.
    * Woot – Features one deal every day.
    * Delight Deals – this one from the delight network is for the ladies!
    * Overstock – they have a lot of good stuff, and good prices.
    * Deal News – nice site, and also features several sub sites: dealmac, dealram, dealcam, etc.
    * Fat Wallet – forums, news, and price comparison.
    * TechBargains – blog of bargains for tech stuff.
    * Ben’s Bargains – blog, a majority of it is electronics, but he also lists other things like tools, clothes, and kitchen stuff.
    * SlickDeals – deal blog with a mix of stuff.
    * DealMouse – A nice deal blog – mostly electronics.
    * DealCatcher – blog with lots of different stuff, majority is probably electronics.
    * – digg the social news site can do a good job of finding which deals are good
    * Mighty Goods – blog, not everything is on sale, but points for an elegant design, and cool name.
    * AntiRebate – like deals, but hate rebates? then this blog is for you.
    * AnandTech Forums – Hot deals forum has lots of deals for computer stuff.
    * deallog – deal blog from the 9rules network.
    Cheap Deals