Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
From Vera Bradley to Build-A-Bear to Jo-Ann's and Boston Market you are bound to find something that will tickle your fancy!!!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Anyways...since they are at TJ MAXX....we know what that means...they are MUCH cheaper than you will find them anywhere...except for eBay...I'll tell more about that in a sec! They will still cost you a pretty penny...like $80-110 pretty but it sure does beat their normal $150-200++ price tag!! Like I always say...you get what you pay for....expect on eBay!!
Okay...about eBay. You probably know by now that we are bargain shoppers which probably clues you in to the fact that we (at least I am) are CHEAP! I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some True Religion Jeans...you know like "7 Jeans True Religion, I say no but they keep givin"...but I don't love their big 'ol price tag. So here is what I do...I go to Nordstrom's and try them on. I figure out which style and size fits and I secretly write it down before I leave the fitting room. Then I race home and do a search on eBay for them. YES....I buy clothes on eBay...well just jeans! I'll have you know that I have bought them for $25-50 and they are NEW with tags!! I KNOW....CRAZY! But this way I can afford to own 5 pairs and not 1!! It almost feels like stealing...but it is not. Try it sometime....you will be so glad you did!!
So know you know just how cheap I am....DON'T HATE!!
OH....I almost forgot! Jenna scored Paper Denim & Cloth little girl jeans @ TJ Maxx for 10 BUCKS!!!! TALK ABOUT A STEAL....they are usually at least $75!!! GOOD JOB GIRL!!
Friday, September 18, 2009
OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH and Kmart is having their 20% off clearance toys again....YES...that means you too can snag a merry-go-round or play set like the one in our first post for CHEAP!!!!!!!
RANDOM DEALS ~
Halloween costumes for $10 and under @ buycostumes.com
BOGO on CROCS ~ Buy 1 Fall style and get a FREE Spring style...PLUS FREE ground shipping!
I was never a big fan of CROCS until I slipped a pair of black Mary Jane's on my tootsies a few years ago. Not only are the super cute but super comfy! Don't get me wrong, there is a time and a place for CROCS, but they seem to be getting cuter and I think I may incorporate a few more pairs into my collection!
Here are a few of the Fall ones....
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Oh...and I want to add that I got a tip that Old Navy had a pretty good clearance sale going on! I just love Old Navy...especially when they do 50% off clearance!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
My husband thinks I am nuts and might be suspicious of an affair. I admit it...I'm havin an affair with Target!
A question was asked about the markdown schedule....that applies ALL THE TIME!!! So print it....write it down...or burn in into your memory!!
Okay so here is the scoop as of today. At least for the Target I went to...which for the most part they all follow suit. The MAJORITY of the store is on sale. Most is 50% at this point. I did come across some 75% but not too much. I will say that EVERY isle has something on clearance. NOT KIDDING...every isle!
The Wizard and I have a system when it comes to shopping at Target. First we go down the outside isles and look at the end caps....that is where you will find MOST of the stuff on clearance. This also gives you a good view down the isles. However, I have noticed a trend, some are dedicated an entire isle to all their clearance for each department. Next we go outside to lawn and garden. Listen close gals.....we have found some AMAZING deals out there. That is where my near altercation from the last post occurred. NEVER NOT visit the lawn and garden section!!! Then we walk thru the rest of the store.
Here are some pics I snapped on my trip tonight....I was surprised no one approached me and asked me if I was paparazzi!
Now some of you may be happy with 30-50% and some of you may be happy with 75% but I prefer 90%! I hope to sneak away this evening to check it out. I'll report back if I come up with anything!!
And because I like ya'll so much...I'm sharing some VERY privileged info....
The coveted Target markdown schedule!!
Monday - Electronics, Kid's Clothing, Stationary and Gift Wrap
Tuesday - Domestics, Women's Clothing, Pet and Food items
Wednesday - Men's Clothing, Toys, Health & Beauty and Lawn & Garden
Thursday - House wares, Lingerie, Shoes, Sporting Goods, Movies, Music, Books, Decor & Luggage
Friday - Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware & Jewelry
About 2 years ago we followed this schedule and waited for their patio sets to get marked down. I scored a STEAL..a set (complete with fire pit!) that was worth about $750 and only paid $100!! You should have seen The Wizard and I! We were there about 30 minutes before they opened....and we were not alone! About 10 other ladies were also waiting. The Wizard entered thru Lawn and Garden and I raced thru the store from the main entrance. We left that day with sets for 3 other people. I even recall almost getting into an altercation with someone trying to snatch one of my pieces. NOTHING comes between me and a good DEAL!!!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Cracker Barrel is in the midst of one of their FAMOUS porch sales....and it ends TOMORROW!!
The goods are 80% off!! I haven't had a chance to swing on by the one near us but I have been to them in the past and let me tell you they are GOOD!!
For any of you that have ever eaten at Cracker Barrel, you know you have seen a handful of things in that store while you were waiting that would make a perfect gift....for you or someone else! Got a teacher that needs some buttering up to....go to Crackle Barrel! For some reason that old country charm just screams TEACHER!!!
Not sure if one is near you....all you have to do is go to their site and type in your zip code! Click HERE for the link!
Thanks Lindsay for the tip and PLEASE, if any of you bargain high seekers come across a good deal...please share! Sharing is Caring!!
Ya'll come back now....ya hear!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Did you know that MANY restaurants and retailers offer coupons and even FREE stuff if you register on their websites?! While I HATE doing this, if it will get me something FREE I'm willing to take one for the team. I thought I'd share with you a list of some of my favorite offers.
Oh...a word of advice...set-up a "sign-up" email and use it for registering. That way, if one of them turns on you and shares your email address with a third party your personal email isn't overflowing with offers to enlarge a certain body part, meet singles in your area or a letter stating you have won the lotto in Dubai and you just need to wire some money to get the collection process started or my personal fav....A prince has died and left you his millions!!! Really??? A prince?? Come on!!
These send out birthday "gifts":
WARNING - "gifts" may cause extreme weight gain!
Moe's Southwest Grill
Red Lobster ....I can taste those biscuits already
Krispy Kreme .... Did you know when the sign is lit up that means the doughnuts are hot and fresh??
Sonic ...you can upload pics of you enjoying your treat and they might put it on their site!
Firehouse Subs ....a Hook & Ladder for me PLEASE!
California Pizza Kitchen ...this one's for the kiddos
Cold Stone Creamery ...which I hold responsible for the 15 pounds I gained while my husband and I lived in Gainesville! GO GATORS!
Chuck E. Cheese's ....another for the kiddos!
Just because....coupons to use anytime:
Kirkland's ...I got a 20% off coupon that was valid for a WHOLE month!!
AMC Theatres ...expires in November
Chili's ...must be used within 48 hours of signing up
Can you tell we like food around here??
Also, most malls have a website that you can register on and receive special discounts at their retailers. My favorite is Prime Outlets...they have locations in various parts of the country. Another tip, for those of you that shop online, ALWAYS check the coupon sites because 9 times out of 10 the site you are about to order from has some kind of discount coupon available! My go to site is Retail Me Not. Add it to your favorites NOW!
Okay...one last thing. A new trend, at least in the Tampa Bay area, are sites like Tampa Bay Half Off or Half Off Depot (which has offers from all over the nation!) that offer gift certificates for half off. Keep an eye out for any restrictions like "only one certificate can be used per table".
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I think my favorite STEAL are the packs of SmoreStix. They are about 3 feet long and perfect for using with our firepit on those chilly Florida nights...all 2 of them!!!!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The Wizard was up before the sun today, no kidding...she went to a few 24 hour CVS stores at about 5am. I'm pretty sure she has hit up at least 4 at this point and she's told me that she's filled up about 2 carts at each one! This stuff is CHEAP folks....like $1 and $2 cheap! Need a birthday present for someone? Or how about starting your Christmas shopping? Christmas is only 109 days and 14 hours away....but who's counting???
Hold up...The Wizard just stopped by...going out to take pics!
OKAY...here are the STEALS!!!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I first want to recognize my good friend Jenna. She is the mom of 1 year old
Next I want to thank my mom, or as I may start calling her The Wizard. You know, like the one from OZ. Hands down she by far is THEE BEST bargain shopper around! On more than one occasion she has left a store, cart full and they have paid her.....I know...it's crazy I tell ya!! I have told her MANY times that she needs to start a website or open a store with all her finds. Being over 50, the mother of a 6 year old (and a 30 year old) and someone who works full-time she continues to tell me she has no time. So, thus her name was born. The Wizard....hiding behind the curtain but still sharing her knowledge of steals and deals.
Before I reveal our first deal I'd like to share the circumstances that lead up to me deciding I was going to start sharing our bargain highs...
I get a call from The Wizard yesterday and I can tell she has a bargain high. She's either at Kmart or has just left. She proceeds to ask if I have gotten the NUGGETS a birthday present. I tell her yes and she insists I add another to it. I tell her I don't want them to think I am some FREAK that shows up with a boat load of gifts and I'll have to pass. Not taking my NO for an answer she begins to tell me about this STEAL. The more she told me the more I thought looking like a freak may not be so bad. I hung up and tried to think of excuses I could use to run up to Kmart. By now it was about 10 'til 8 and I knew they closed at 9. I made Tessa a bottle and that is when my excuse hit me. "Tony, I need to run up to the store to get formula....since you won't be around to watch Tessa for me to do it tomorrow" I said. GENIUS! Any excuse that involves Tessa is never denied. I feed Tessa, all the while staring at the clock. She's done at about 8:15, I put her to bed and jump in the car. When I get to Kmart and grab my cart the people at the service desk are giving me "that" look...you know the one that says....DOES SHE KNOW WE ARE CLOSING IN 30 MINUTES??? At this point I am basically running to the toy department and I can't seem to find this STEAL on the shelves. I call The Wizard and she directs me to the exact spot. Of coarse it would be in the VERY top shelf. I find an associate, ask them to retrieve the STEAL from the back (YES...it is something stored in the back) and she agrees to meet me up front with it while I run back to get formula. HEY....I really did need formula! It was an excuse....not a lie!!! When I check out at the service desk the Manager and Associate were shocked when the STEAL rang up at the price it did. Two other workers had gathered around and I shared with them that another STEAL was waiting back on the shelf to be purchased. I was shocked...The Wizard knew about these STEALS and the workers didn't. SWEET! And so the blog began...
Kmart has and addition 20% off their clearance toys right now. Not sure when this expires so if you want one of these I suggest you do as I did and jump in the car RIGHT now and head to your local Kmart!
UPDATE: The additional 20% off ended 9-5-09! Still, at the clearance price we consider these a STEAL!
Drum roll please....
The Dizzy Quad Merry-Go-round:
(is there a better gift for quads?!...FYI we're saving it for their Christmas gift!)
Normally priced $399.99 is currently marked $99 and with the additional discount it is $79....YES....79 DOLLARS!
The Wizard has informed me that a national store will be marking all of their summer merchandise 90% off tomorrow. I PROMISED that I would not reveal this DEAL until she has had the opportunity to wipe them out! Stay tuned tomorrow for that one!!!
Oh....one last thing...I PROMISE the posts will NEVER be this long AGAIN!!!!