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  • Morning Coffee: The USO’s On Patrol Magazine

    I’ve received several issues of the USO‘s quarterly magazine, On Patrol. It’s simply fabulous. I’m always left in awe of the courage of our country’s service members, and a strong urge to do what I can to help. I already donate money to the USO (as I mentioned before, I like to donate to Operation Phone Home). Now I’m thinking that I will start sending packages through The boys will get a kick of that, too.

    Today is the last day of Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Week(I think). Again, there are a lot of Lightning Deals, including a Dell Laptop(regularly $499.99) at 10 a.m. PST, Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Platinum Edition, CD & DVD)(regularly $14.99) at 2 p.m. PST, and many mystery deals. You can also find deals in Electronics,Video Games,DVDs,Toys,and more.

    Mommy Snacks has details on how to get free Sharpies to go with your free Duracell batteries from Staples. Don’t forget to go through Ebates or another shopping portal for cash back! (Learn more about Ebates here.)

    Coupon Saving Family has details on how to get $25 worth of free scrapbooking supplies. Note: I could not get the store site to load for me, probably because the server is so busy.

    Toys R Us has an online only Cyber Monday Sale.

    Finally, if you’re looking for something specific or want to peruse a whole bunch of deals, check out