Socks for 23 CENTS Each!

The holiday season is here – hustle and bustle everywhere.  The lines are long and the parking lots are full, but SOME of the stores are worth stopping at.  Take Talbots for instance: they just mailed out their $20 certificates last week to everyone on their mailing list (rewards card holders or credit card holders).  This is at least their third mailing this year! Those certificates are going to expire tomorrow – do NOT let them go to waste! As I waited in the line, every lady in front of me had their certificates out of their purses, ready to hand over to the cashier.

So here’s the thing, don’t just grab two pair of $10.00 stockings and bring them to the register – because they currently have a promotion going on: 30% off one item, or 40% off two items.  That being said, to make your coupon valid (useable & worthwhile), you’ll want to either find a single item for at least $29.00 or multiple items totaling at least $34.00.  Those totals will get you closest to the $20 mark after the % discount.

So, here’s what I grabbed: this adorable 3-pack of socks marked $29.50 (since polka dots and bows are some of my favorite things).  Once they take the 30% off, that becomes $20.65. Take off the $20… 65 CENT plus tax… 69 CENTS total!!

That comes to exactly 23 cents per pair! 

Talbots also has individual socks priced at $9.50 each, so with their current promotion and $20 certificate, you could purchase 4 pairs for about $3 including tax.

Don’t need the anything at Tablots but still have your certificate? Grab the 3-pack for under a dollar for an easy last-minute gift, or donate them to a local shelter or church.

‘Till next time!

Dress Deals (& STEALS)!

Holiday weekends are always known for having amazing deals.  Nordstrom Rack and Saks off 5th offered 25% off already-reduced clearance items. Talbots offered 70% off of already-reduced clearance items.  Ann Taylor offered 50% off already-reduced clearance items.  Lord&Taylor had 75% off all winter coats, dresses, sleepwear and more (and if you were lucky enough like me, they also mailed out a $30 bonus card – that could be used like a gift card on ANY purchase!).
I could go on and on…. Let me show you some of my favorite finds of the weekend:

Starting off, this Coral Monique Lhuillier chiffon gown retailed at $990.  It was marked all the away down to $149.99… take the extra 25% off of that: $112.49! That’s over 88% off!

Next on the list, Oscar De La Renta.  This classic day dress was originally marked $1,990.  The clearance tag marked it way down to $319.97!  After the 25% off, this dress came to $239.98: 88% off!

Third, a St. John exclusive for Saks – the best spotted deal.  This dress was originally sold for $995, and marked way, WAY down to $89.97.  With the extra discount, the price was knocked all the way down to $67.48.  93% off!

Deals didn’t end at the malls and outlets.  Marshalls and TJ Maxx have racks upon racks of clearance merchandise.  Be patients as you sift through, and keep your eyes open because there are certainly deals hiding among the masses of items.

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Badgley Mischka gown over 90% off at TJ Maxx!

Check out this Badgley Mischka gown – possibly left over from last spring, but perfect for formal events in the upcoming spring months!  The original tag was still attached to this dress, showing the $595 retail price!  TJ Maxx was selling the dress for $129.99… the drastically reduced that price in half to $59: 90% off !

Come back to read about more weekend deals – ‘Till next time!

Deals Hiding in your Mailbox!

As Christmas gets closer, stores are doing everything they can to pull you in. Clearly, they know about last minute shopping and they want to be your “go to” final stop. They’re sending e-mails and mailings galore.  Do not ignore those coupons in your mailbox – use them to your advantage!

Talbots has been sending out $15 certificates (off of a $15 purchase), to anyone who has either a Talbots credit card, or a Talbots rewards card (which is free to sign up for, and free to use)!

In addition to the $15 certificate, they also have 30% off the entire store including sale items! Well, I’ve been in need of some socks, so when I saw these styles covered in penguins, bows & polar bears, I went directly to the register. All normally $9.50 each, I ended up getting 3 pairs for only $5.25 including tax! That’s over 80% off!! Just like Express (see my previous post) Talbots took the percent discount prior to the dollar off discount which helped a lot.

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‘Till next time, use those mailbox deals to your advantage – and check back tomorrow to see two other amazing deals I scored this weekend!

Unbelievable deal!

It’s been quite a while since my last post, but this is definitely worth a share!

The Limited sent me a coupon in in the mail: $20 off your purchase of $20 or more. Plus, the whole store was 60% off! I found an incredibly comfortable pair of black pants marked $59.95.  The best part: when I went to the register, they took the % discount before the dollar discount (most stores won’t do that)!!

Conclusion – $60 pants for $4.23 WITH tax. Over 92% off!!

‘Till next time – make the most of your dollar!

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Mid-week finds!

Today I had a realization: mid-week shopping is incredibly peaceful and relaxing! Parking is easier, lines are shorter, it’s quieter, and you don’t have to fight the crowds! 

Unfortunately, I don’t get the mid-week shopping luxury often but I took a vacation day today!! 

Remember that Vince tee that I scored at TJ’s a few months back for a fraction of the normal price?  (It’s become a staple and I’ve literally worn it every week since) Well, today Marshalls was fully stocked with Vince separates for autumn.  

I got this amazing pair of pants for under $30 – that’s 90% off the original price!  Even their outlet store prices are WAY higher.  


These are certainly going to become a wardrobe staple, just like the tee.  They are extremely comfortable and feel like leggings, yet they look like trousers so I can wear them to the office!

‘Till next time.  Keep saving! 

Versatile Basics for Less:

Okay.  I’ll make this post short & sweet.  It’s been a successful week.  Besides doing a CVS run full of everyday essentials worth $78 for under $10 (9 to be exact)… I also found something I’m constantly looking for: a plain navy tee!

Throughout the past month, I’ve said “I wish I had a nice plain white [or navy] tee” more times than I could count.  So today I stopped at TJ’s (I had a gift card!) and found the perfect navy one within a matter of minutes!!

Soft, not too tight, flowy but not baggy, and not too short!! AND 80% off the original price!

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This Vince Tee is the perfect wardrobe addition.  While the $125 price tag  is outrageous$24.99 isn’t that bad for a staple! Now if they only had it available in white too!!

‘Till next time 🙂

Shop Summer Now!

Summer sales are in full swing but fading fast. Even though it’s hard to think of leaves, pumpkins and chilly nights in this heat-wave, the autumn styles will be out before you know it. Forget “Back-to-School” – the craft stores are already displaying Halloween and Thanksgiving items!! (This is actually good for all of us crafters to get a head start on the upcoming holidays!)

If you scroll back through my posts, an entire year, you’ll find out how much I love the “Red Hanger Sale” at Talbots – it’s definitely the time to stock up! Prices are completely slashed. Not only are spring and summer items redlined, they are an additional 50% off of the sale price. Want a deeper discount? Use your Talbots card for an extra 5% off everything (think of it as almost covering the tax).

In addition, this weekend, regular price styles are ALSO 50% off. That includes swimsuits and their new July collection.

Today I got to sport some of my finds for Dress Down Friday at work. The “Perfect Sleeveless Shirt” is exactly as named: Perfect. It’s iron-free and completely wearable right out of the dryer. The beautiful marigold color definitely brightens things up after a week full of classic navy and black! This was originally $69.50 – marked down to $64.50. Slice that in half and the shirt ran just over $30! That’s 55% off!

Now, if you’re patient – these prices will be discounted even further within the next few weeks but the racks clear fast!

Since it’s Friday, I was allowed to wear denim, and my new “Not Your Daughters Jeans” from Nordstrom Rack accompanied the button up shirt perfectly! Okay, okay, maybe NYDJ’s are not made for under-thirty-somethings or under-forty’s for that matter, BUT my skinny jeans just don’t cut it for the office and if you spent just one day in NYDJ’s I promise you’ll be hooked! I’ll just save my 7 for All Mankind and True Religion styles for the weekends.

Not only are these the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn, I NEVER tugged at the waistband or pulled them up the entire day. That’s pretty much unheard of for my sans-hips self. Besides that, they’re not too tight, nor too baggy and have just the right amount of stretch. PLUS, I did NOT have to get them hemmed – they were somehow the PERFECT length. Bring on a few more pairs (especially if I could find more at the price I paid)!

I stopped by Nordstrom Rack about a week ago and found these jeans on the clearance rack marked down to $17.10 – only $18.19 with tax! These were originally $114 so that’s exactly 85% off? I’ll take it!

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My entire outfit was $20 LESS than what the shirt alone would have cost me if I paid full price for it (if that were to EVER happen).

‘Till next time – stay cool and grab your summer finds before it’s too late!

75% Off The Dress of your Dreams!

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you know I love everything that’s pink and full of bows!  So here’s my story about the perfect pink bow dress.

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Have you ever seen something and knew it was just made for you – it fits your style perfectly.  It just calls your name and is pure perfection.  Back in September, I saw that “perfect” dress posted on Instagram.  I contacted the woman who posted the picture to find out where I could get it and she let me know the photo was taken at a Kate Spade outlet store – but the store she took the photo in was halfway across the country!
I looked on their website, I looked on e-bay, and I could not find the dress!

Then, Columbus day weekend rolled around.  All of the sudden, my local Kate Spade outlet had stocked the dress and I immediately grabbed it off the rack.  It fit, but not perfectly – I needed it taken in, but I figured my tailor could deal with that.  I knew the dress would have a high price tag, but it was the PERFECT color to wear to my bridal shower in April.  Thankfully, holiday weekends = SALES!  At retail stores, the dress sells for $428 – the outlet price was $345.

The promotion for Columbus Day weekend was great – 50% off each item, plus an additional 20% off your entire purchase!  That made $345 drop down to $138 – that’s a 60% total savings off the outlet price!

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You might ask – why is she posting about this dress deal five months after she bought it?  Well, I planned on posting this in April (I wouldn’t want to post the photos before wearing it) !  But that all changed this past weekend: I unfortunately (and sadly) had to return it.  My tailor regrettably could not make it fit me right – NOT cool.
And now I have less than a month to find something just as perfect!

But you on the other hand, now know about this awesome deal is still available:  I bet you wont believe they still have this dress (and rack-fulls of others) available at the outlet – and it’s now UNDER $90! That’s 75% off of the outlet price!  At that price, they certainly wont last long so hurry to get the best selection!

‘Till next time, stay stylish!

Deep into Summer, Deep into Savings

As the hours of daylight get shorter each day, and the nights get just a little bit cooler, stores need to make way for their new autumn inventory – and that’s good news for shoppers! Take Talbots for example: about a month ago, they marked down their entire summer line and added an additional 30% off sale prices soon after.  30% turned into 40% off… and now the sale has deepened even further to an additional 50% off most clothing, and an additional 60% off shoes, accessories & dresses!

Honestly, the longer you wait, the better the sale will be.  By mid August, the sale at Talbots can reach anywhere between 70-80% off the already marked-down prices – and they’ll still have plenty in stock to choose from! Unless you fall in love with an item, and it’s the last one left in your size – be patient!

I was not very patient, but I still got this great summer outfit that will take me into the beginning of autumn for UNDER $50!  Even though it’s stylish, it’s not too trendy – these are classic items that I can bring back year after year!  The shirt was 50% off the markdown at Talbots ($17.50 down from $39.50), the matching sneakers were 60% off the markdown at Talbots ($16 down from $79.50), and the chinos were 60% off the markdown at J.Crew ($16 down from $75)!  I could have paid $194 for these three items, but I ended up saving 74%!  I could have saved even more with the extra savings tip below –

Extra Savings Tip: If you have a Talbots charge card, you will save an additional 5% on top of all the other savings this weekend! Or if you open up a new card, you’ll get an even better deal – an additional 15% on top of all other savings! Be sure to sign up for a free rewards card too, so you can build up points toward rewards certificates with every purchase.

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‘Till next time, be patient … and stay stylish!