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!

Pop-Up Anticipation!

One of my favorite sales of the year is coming up in less than two weeks!
The annual 5-day Splash of Pink pop-up at the Tanger Outlets in Westbrook, CT starts on Wednesday August 16th at 9:00AM.

Some tips of advise from previous years:

*Get there early, VERY early (especially on the weekends).  The line will start forming a few hours prior to the opening time.  It’s better to be waiting at the beginning of the line and get to enter the store first, than arriving late and watching others through the window shop while you wait to be let in.  The employees will only let a certain number in at a time – but it still seems crowded once you enter!

*Come prepared.  I mean, black Friday prepared. It’s not uncommon to see women sipping on their morning coffees and eating breakfast in line.  And, I’ve seen a portable chair or two – just make sure you’re with someone who will bring it back to the car for you when it’s your turn to enter. Trust me, your boyfriend/husband will NOT be the only one dragged along (there’s a nice ledge they all sit on as they watch the shopping madness and hold mile-high piles of potential purchases)

*Grab fast.   It is First Come, First Served – and sizes & styles are very limited.   So if you see something you love, grab it.  If you turn around or walk away, it might be gone for good.  Items are re-stocked throughout the weekend, but shoppers never know which items will be re-stocked or when the re-stock takes place.  With that being said, make sure you try it on, because all sales ARE final.  Which brings me to my next tip….

*Wear “conservative” undergarments.  The dressing room consists of one giant curtain.  Basically, you find a spot right next to someone else to strip down and try on items.  You’re sharing mirrors in one massive mob of women. And it may sound far fetched now, but if someone sees you trying on an item that they LOVE, they may “stalk” you to see if you’re going to give it up as you leave the fitting room.
(And, I don’t use the term stalk lightly.  Last year, I had a teenage girl and her mom eyeing my every move as I contemplated between a size S and size M of the TuskInSun t-shirt dress.  They watched me try each size on, commenting on the fit, and trying to convince me to choose the M even though it was way too big!  Unfortunately for her, I ended up snatching the S).

*Just have fun! Pop-up sales can be hectic, but when you find an item you love, they are totally worth it! Since Lilly rarely goes on sale, this one is not to be missed!

Just in case you didn’t receive a postcard in the mail, I posted a photo of it below! Please be sure to read the details, they only take certain payment options (no checks), and remember sales are final, so make your selections wisely!

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If you’ve been to this pop-up in the past, I’d love to hear your experiences, advise & tips – please share in the comments section!

Till next time, get ready!
(And be sure to check back after the sale to get a peak at my findings!

Tiny Shiny Things

Hair barrettes. They’re tiny, they break easily, and no matter how careful I am, my favorite ones always “disappear”. So why are they so expensive?!

Fortunately, I found some great mark downs at J. Crew and it was definitely time to stock up! Their barrettes come in a wide variety of sizes, and the color choices of silver, gold, rose gold and tortoise shell make them extremely versatile for any outfit.  They also hold a GOOD amount of my super-thick hair (well enough to sweep the top part off of my face) – so that’s a plus!

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Rose Gold & Gold Barrettes

The barrettes a J.Crew normally retail for $12.50 (some are a little less or a little more).  The two I chose were marked down to $6.99 each, and then there was an additionally 50% off discount on top of the sale price! I ended up getting two different barrettes for under $8 – which was less than the original price of one! That’s over 65% off!

 

‘Till next time all!

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!

Adidas Deals!

I had an amazing weekend! My husband and I ventured through the snowy weather to a most relaxing Bed & Breakfast (and tea parlor) in Dover, New Hampshire.  Dover is incredibly peaceful, Victorian homes line the snow covered streets and the downtown area is full of small family-owned shops. Dover is also great because it’s close to Portsmouth, Kittery and Ogunquit.  Despite the cold temperatures, we took a short detour to Kittery and ran in and out of a few stores.  First up: Adidas.

Now, I’m not normally a fan of sneakers.  I would literally be barefoot 24/7 if I could.  But, since it’s impossible to wear flip flops between October and April in New England, we have no other option but to cover our feet.  I was browsing the clearance section and came across these slip-on “sneakers”.  No laces? Awesome! Extremely comfortable. More awesome! And how about the fact that they came in both black and navy, so they’ll pretty much match all of my leggings and athleisure wear.

So, let me get to the GOOD part.  The entire store was buy one item, get one 50% off.  Both pairs were marked down to $19.99.  When all was said and done, my total including tax came to $31.58 – and I was also given a coupon for a future purchase!  Curiosity got hold of me, and I began to peel away the layers and layers of orange stickers, until I discovered the original price of each pair was $89.00. Total savings of over 83% off!!

Stay tuned for more deals from my trip! ‘Till then, stay warm!

(UPDATE: 2/20/2017: I wore the black and green pair to the grocery store today and received two compliments! They are incredibly comfortable – I even still have them on my feet!)

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! 

Labor Day Sales!

Labor Day weekend was full of excitement: spent time scrapbooking, tried some amazing new restaurants (thanks, groupon), explored downtown Mystic, and celebrated “laboring” by shopping, of course!

Lets start with the Nordstom Rack “Clear the Rack” sale where all red-tag items are an additional 25% off!  This adorable $78 robe came to $14.25!

Next – even though I normally hate Kohl’s, they sent me a $5 reward card in my e-mail and I also had a 20% off coupon.  The result: 2 dish towels for $1.24 – $14.81 savings!

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Then we took a quick trip to the mall.  I had a $10 reward card to Victoria’s Secret so this turquoise $20 high-neck sports bra came to $10.63 with tax!  And my favorite deal? I had a $20 reward card for Ann Taylor and all sale items were an extra 60% off.  I got two items worth $60 for  only $5.52 including tax (super comfortable tee & classic bangle bracelet)!!

I did get one more REALLY amazing 73% off deal at BCBG, but I’ll wait to share that with you!

‘Till next time! Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day!

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 🙂