Friday Night Free Findings!

There are a few things in life that get me really excited.  Getting free stuff is on the top of that list!

Tonight I took a trip to the mall.  I entered with quite a few coupon in hand.  The best one was from Talbots. $20 off any $20+ purchase!  No, I don’t have a Talbots Credit Card.  What I do have is a FREE Talbots rewards acount, that they look up via phone number. These $20 certificates were sent out to that entire mailing list.  Can’t beat that!

Talbots didn’t have many great sales going on tonight, and I thought some of the prices were a bit steep.  That being said, I made my way to the accessory section of the store (always lower priced items).  Plus, who couldn’t use a few extra pairs of socks?! No matter how careful I am with the laundry, they still seem to disappear!  These two packages of knee highs were EXACTLY $10 each – I’ll take 2! For Free!!

I topped off my trip to the mall with a nice, hot cup of my FAVORITE tea: Buhdas Blend.  I had filled out a short survey on the DAVIDsTEA website a few weeks ago, and had earned a FREE cup! Yum…

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Delicious Buhdas Blend Tea For Free!

‘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!

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!

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!