It’s time to CLEAR THE RACKS!

Literally everyone flocked to the mall yesterday, it was worse than the week before Christmas. Maybe for the sales, maybe to warm up from the negative temperatures outside. Either way, lines were long, hands were full of shopping bags, and winter clearance items were flying off the racks.

After a trip to the mall with my mom, where I redeemed my free makeover offer at Sephora, and picked up two pairs of shoes for under $25 each (over 75% off)… it made sence to stop at Nordstrom Rack down the street.  They’re holding their “Clear the Rack” sale, which offers an additional 25% off of all red or blue clearance tags!

I’ll admit, sifting through racks was a bit difficult – the shoppers before us must have stampeded the store, and associates couldn’t bring unwanted items out from the dressing rooms as fast as they were coming in.  But, in all the chaos, my mom happened to see a Kate Spade Tropical Peplum Sheath Dress – in my size!  It’s absolutely perfect for summer – cottony and comfortable.  I can easily throw it on for work with a solid cardigan, or dress it up for a nice dinner out!

I knew the dress was pulled from the clearance rack, but I was sure in for a surprise when I actually looked at the price tag.  This $378 dress, was marked down to $34.97 – Did someone mismark it?  That was 91% off!

When the dress rang up, it was NOT $34.97 – after applying the additional
25%, it came to $26.33 – that’s 93% off of the original price!!!!

I know Nordstrom Rack can be hit-or-miss, but yesterday,
it was certainly worth the trip!

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‘Till next time, keep your eyes open for the best deals and shop in pairs for a double set of eyes!

Do NOT Settle – for High Prices!

The last time I posted about price comparisons, was when I purchased my awesome Dyson Cordless Vacuum back in November (I’m still in love with its capabilities)… so this time, lets talk style.

More often than not, a person will go to a store or go on a website, see something they like, and purchase it.  That’s great, if you don’t mind wasting money (in my case today, over $100!)  With the internet in our hands, literally, it’s more easy than not to spend a measly 3 minutes goggling that item to make sure it’s not cheaper somewhere else.

So, here’s what happened to me.  Salt has been an enemy to my favorite black leather boots, and no matter how many times I polish them, the stains keep coming back.  So, considering I’ve had them since my college days, it’s time for a new pair.  I’ve tried pair after pair this winter, not loving any that I’ve seen.  I also think that a good pair of black boots is an investment – they’re a winter staple in Connecticut between October and March.  They should be good quality and they should last winter after winter – but there’s only so much you should invest… no matter what, they wont last forever.

Yesterday, I got an e-mail from Bloomingdales announcing a great presidents day sale, and low and behold a beautiful pair of black leather Kate Spade boots, originally $398, marked down to $139.29 (this weekend only!)  That price goes up to $198.99 on February 15th.  But they did not have my size – bummer!

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A few websites later, I noticed Nordstrom DID have my size.  But the SAME EXACT boots were $238.80 (only 40% 0ff the original price).  Why on earth would I pay $99 more for the same product?!  Being savvy, and having used their price match policy before, I contacted Nordstrom customer service to ask for the price to be adjusted.  Well, there’s a catch.  They noticed that Bloomindales didn’t have my size available so they wouldn’t match the price for me.  So they just lost my sale.

I was aggravated, it was frustrating.  And I really wanted these boots!  So, this morning, I decided to check one more time – to see if Nordstrom happened to adjust their pricing online.  They didn’t, but it was definitely my lucky day.  Bloomindales magically had size 8 in stock!  I added them to my cart with the click of a button and got the boots for 65% off!!!  I also used my (free) loyalist card, which gives me automatic free shipping, and double points on my footwear purchase!
I’m pretty sure I got the last pair, because size 8 is sold out again!

‘Till next time, stay warm & stylish this winter
and COMPARE for the best deal!

Key to Coupons: Combine, Combine, Combine!

It’s been way too long since my last post.  Not because I haven’t found any deals, I just haven’t had the time to write about them!  Work, wedding planning and chores have taken over – but it’s my new goal to write more often!

While deciding which awesome deals to blog about, a few in particular come to mind: stocking up on next years Christmas cards for 70% off at Papyrus, the pants I purchased at Nordstrom Rack for more than 90% off, and the beautiful J.Crew beach cover-up I I purchsaed at TJMaxx for 92% off.  (OKAY, Maybe I’ll have to add more posts about those deals too…)  But I really wanted to tell you about my most recent deal:
A Photo Guestbook from Shutterfly. 

Weddings can be expensive, the little things add up quickly.  So, saving money where possible can be very helpful.  There are so many new guestbook alternatives on Pinterest… the family “tree”, the polaroid camera book, the pottery plate with signatures, ect.  While those ideas are great, they weren’t for me.  I wanted something classic, but not something boring.  I decided on a guestbook with photos!  I was able to incorporate my engagement photos into a beautiful hard cover book, with lay-flat pages, and plenty of lines for guests to leave notes for us! How much does something like that run? $120.99 on Shutterfly.

Shutterfly is one of the few websites that lets you combine coupons and codes – as many as you’d like!!!  Jo-Ann Fabrics had sent me a code for $20 off of ANY purchase.  Shutterfly also had a Buy-More-Save-More promotion (WithLuv).  Since my purchase was over $100, that meant I got 50% off! There was ALSO a code (SHIP39) for free shipping (that’s a $12 savings).  After applying all of my promo-codes and adding tax, my balance came to $54 and change.  Hm… time to use that CASHBACK BONUS from Discover!! I traded in $40 of my Cashback Bonus to receive a $50 E-Giftcard to Shutterfly.  So, after applying my giftcard, my total was LESS THAN $5! I am so excited to see how it comes out!

After my order, they even sent me another coupon for my next purchase!

Want a deal yourself? If you use the Shutterfly App on your phone, there is an offer for UNLIMITED free 4×6 or 4×4 prints (Just Pay Shipping)!

‘Till Next Time – Keep the Memories Alive!