Shopping Season!

As Thanksgiving came and passed, Christmas is creeping upon us.  That means gift-buying.  If you haven’t started purchasing your gifts yet, you might want to get on that – after you finish reading this of course!

The sales this year were unlike anything ever before.  Black Friday crept back to Thursday afternoon, and was ‘extended’ until Saturday in most stores.  Then, we thought we’d have to wait another day for “Cyber Monday”, but retailers seem to think we’re all impatient! Cyber Monday has already started for many stores… All of these sale extensions make it much easier to shop around busy schedules.

I don’t know about you, but my weekend has been packed full: a large feast with family on Thursday, late night outlet shopping to walk off all of those calories, endless Christmas decorating on Friday, and a trip to New York on Saturday to see the Rockettes (amazing)!  In fact, I’m on my way to the Tran-Siberian Orchestra show in Hartford right now – but first, let me let you in on a few tips:

You don’t have to wait until “Cyber Monday”, because it’s basically “Cyber Weekend”.  Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales already started their online sales early – as well as many others.  Nordstrom is offering an additional 25% off sale items – that certainly doesn’t happen often so it’s worth taking advantage of.  And my favorite sale today? Kate Spade is offering their best sale of the entire year – 30% off everything in stores and online (including sale items)!  You really can’t beat that.

Since I was already in NYC this morning… a late-morning trip down Madison Avenue was undoubtable before heading back to Grand Central Station.  Both my shopping experience on the 4-floor emporium of bows & polka dots, as well as my purchases were exceptional.  Lets just say I had quite a heavy bag to carry back home from the Kate Spade Flagship!  Keep an eye out for my upcoming post on all of my great finds!!

Black Friday Came Early!

It’s my favorite time of year (beside the temperature).  The holidays, friends, family, food, gifts & of course: shopping.  The hype is upon us.  Most of the flyers have been circulated already.  There’s backlash against the stores opening on Thanksgiving day.  And then there are the stores that have deals all week long – so we don’t even need to anticipate what Friday will bring.

Take today’s deal:
The Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum at 60% off!

I’ve been eyeing the Dyson Cordless Vacuums for a few months now, contemplating if they would be worth the high price tag.  I’m all about reading reviews, so when a good friend I trust told me how much she loves her cordless Dyson, I was officially convinced it was a necessary addition in my life.

I know that all Dyson products are great – I love my Dyson Upright and my Dyson Hot/Cool Fan.  But, when it comes to cordless Dyson’s (perfect for quick clean-ups, the staircase, upholstery & the car) there are 4  models to choose from, and I could not make up my mind on which model was best (mainly because there was a $300 difference between the ‘most basic’ model and the ‘best’ model).  I knew the quality of the basic model would still be great, but I knew the convenient features of the best model would definitely be even better.

I am so glad I took so much time to contemplate because this week, the prices have dropped significantly – so significantly that I purchased the newest, “most expensive” model with the most features, for LESS than the original price of the ‘most basic’ model!!

 

These are all of the stores that currently have this model on sale, but keep reading to find out which one had the BEST deal:

Bed, Bath and Beyond currently has their Dyson Manufacture event, and the $599 Model is marked down to $449.  That includes free shipping, but, you can NOT use a 20% coupon on this item.  I kept looking.

The normal HSN price is $599 – currently marked down to $449.  That also includes free shipping.  HSN recently sent me a 20% off any item code, but it unfortunately EXCLUDES Dyson.  I kept looking.
(On a side note: If you wanted to pay for the vacuum over time, HSN would be the way to go.  They are currently offering FLEX PAY of $112.49 for 4 months, which is completely interest-free!)

The normal price for the same model is a little higher at Macy’s.  Somehow, they got away with jacking up the “Original” price to $699, and “discounting” it to $599.  They are currently selling the vacuum for $449 as well.  But guess what: their savings pass EXCLUDES Dyson.
… I kept looking.

Kohl’s, like Macy’s jacked up the price of the same model to $679.99, and like all of the other stores, it was marked down to $449.99.  So why would I choose Kohl’s? I really don’t like Kohl’s.  But, they do NOT exclude Dyson in their coupons!!!! They currently have a 15% off promo that I could use.  I also decided to open a Kohl’s Credit Card, which saved me another 30% off!

Not only did I get 15+30% off, I also got $15 Kohl’s Cash back for every $50 spent.  That’s $75 Kohl’s Cash that I can use between November 30th and December 6th on anything I want at Kohl’s!
I also scanned my “Yes2You” reward card too, which earns me a $5 reward for every 100 points (1 point per dollar).
So, Ding, ding, ding – we have a winner – Kohl’s had the best deal BY FAR and I might actually like this store now (for household products)!

 

I feel bad for anyone who paid $649.99+tax for this same exact vacuum last week at Kohl’s – Because I just paid $284.74 INCLUDING TAX – a 60% savings!

  

I grabbed the one and only box they had at our store so I’m not sure any will be available by Friday – act fast!!  I’ll also add, Dyson products rarely go on sale, these prices will creep right back up very soon – and currently, Kohl’s is the only store I’m aware of that still allows you to use coupons on them – hopefully they don’t catch on!

Besides the long lines, crowds and excitement, I can’t wait to see what else Black Friday brings this year!

Free Movie Tonight at Redbox! 

Exhausted after a long day in the office?  Tonight, Redbox is offering a FREE movie tonight to everyone (they posted it on their Instagram this morning)! 


Order your movie off of Redbox.com or on the Redbox App and use code: AMERICA – when you go pick up your movie, it’ll be completely free for one night!

So sit back, relax and enjoy your free movie! ‘Till next time, keeping saving!
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Free Goodies at Origins!

The last time I “bought” something at Origins was about a year ago, when they sent me a holiday gift-card.  I got another one in the mail this past weekend, so back to Origins I went.  I found it pretty funny that the coupon labeled me a “very good customer“.  I wonder what people who actually buy stuff there get?!

IMG_3279Basically, I didn’t want to spend any money, but I also didn’t want to let $10 a gift-card go to waste.  I’m not in love with any of their products – they may claim to use natural products, but they also use way too much irritating fragrance.  Anyway, while browsing their website, I noticed they carry the line of “Ojon” hair-care.  My hair could definitely use some TLC – the colder it gets outside, the more unmanageable it becomes.  A sample size of the conditioner was exactly $10 – worth a try.

I’m not sure who could even consider spending $10 on two ounces of conditioner, but they wouldn’t keep it in stock if it didn’t sell, right?  I’ll have to see if it’s worth the high price tag (that I didn’t pay)!

IMG_3283I left the store, bag in hand, without spending a dime.  Goal achieved!
‘Till next time, shop & save!