Sunday, November 21, 2010

Frugal Comfort

Have you heard of Rue La La? They are one of many online boutiques floating around with special "flash" sales, which are sales for only one to two days and include a lot of name brand merchandise with deep discounts!  I signed up about a month ago and received a FREE $20 credit from a promotion they were running, and have been waiting for something to get (or give as a gift! ;) Since joining, I missed a few good deals and got frustrated, as some cute items I wanted were sold out, but lucked up tonight! 

I got a set of two Calvin Klein king-size pillows for $6.95 thanks to following! I saw a post where Rue La La had individual pillows for $5.90 each... annnnd of course Rue La La was sold out of those individual pillows. But I peeked around and saw this pillow set for $16.90 and my $20 credit = $6.95 shipping! About $3.50 per pillow... and Calvin Klein king size to boot! That's cheaper than WalMart! Ha! I have a difficult time finding king sized pillows I like quality wise and that are in my price range, so this was a treat! We'll just see how comfy Calvin Klein Home can be! :)

So, I guess joining all of those deal boutique sites have their perks! :) It seems they all launched pretty quick... Gilt, Rue La La, One Kings Lane... and many more I've got credits floating around on... hmmm. If you're not a member, you can sign up for Rue La La here! There's not a promotion running like the one a month ago, but there is a referral program where you get $10 to spend on Rue La La when a friend you refer makes a purchase! ;) I signed up with my couponing e-mail addy, so that's probably why I wasn't the early bird with a lot of previous sales... but many blogs post the "hot" deals like these pillows when they're live!

Even if you don't have a credit, they have some cute items on there from time to time I wouldn't mind purchasing without a credit, for myself, or even as Christmas gifts! I've seen some awesome Smashbox cosmetic gift sets, unique and posh candle sets, and fun purses and accessories from fancy pancy brand all at better prices than retail value! Wee! And, I'm jazzed I got myself some pillows... looks like I could use the extra rest this holiday season! :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Can You Say Free Christmas Gifts? (or cards???)

Wooooweee! I am bouncing I am so giddy! There is an internet printable for $10 off your $10 or more purchase at Hallmark Gold Crown stores! HURRY! Print that baby! It is sure to go fast! But, you can hold on to the coupon until Christmas Eve, because that's when it expires! And even better, Hallmark is having DOORBUSTERS this year for Black Friday, so pair the coupon with that and get a great deal! Or... for folks like me, I'll keep it in my retail store coupon accordion for a last minute gift... those always seem to pop up! ;)

Read the details at Mojosavings! And don't forget about the $5 off $5 or more purchase coupons located in numerous magazines including Redbook, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Southern Living, and more! Hip2Save has the full list! The best part of all... thanks to following coupon blogs I have free subscriptions to those mags from deal posts!~

See? Freebies that just keep giving! ;)

Free Sample of Purina One

Visit for your free sample of Purina One dog or cat food! I love these samples as they come in pouches perfect for travelling for the holidays! Grab 'em and go for travelling with your pet!

Also, I love samples from! They arrive in about 2 - 4 weeks! One of the fastest turn-arounds I've seen! :) 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shabby Chic Insulated Thriftiness

I have an addiction to craft blogs. Unfortunately, sometimes I'm not as talented or patient to complete many of the projects. But, I'm super jazzed to say I made my own door draft dodger! 

I live in an ollld apartment. The outside doors can be drafty! These draft dodger things are sold at Home Depot for about $10 each, and are lame colors. I've seen some at Kirklands with long-legged reindeers that sit in front of the door for about $15 and I wonder how they even work because the reindeers body is so big it'd flop down and my OCD would be adjusting it all day.. I wanted something that would be a little bit more efficient and permanent of sorts. The thin white insulating tube you seal in the doorframe works good in the winter, but in the southern summers humidity makes the stuff attack you like a snake dropping from the doorframe. Sooooo....

Luckily, I found this instruction to make your own draft dodger! (errr... I can't find the link! but and are my favs!) Off to Wal-Mart I went, got some insulating pipe foam, headed to Hobby Lobby and got super cute clearance damask material, some Heat Bond stitch witchery, and voila! :) I spent about $6 on all the supplies, and have enough to make four! Why does this make me happy? Oh, yes, saving money on utilities. ;)

Stop! PJ Time!!!

Woo! There's a coupon for $10 off 3 Sleepwear items at Target! Lemme tell ya, I racked up! I spent a WHOPPING total ;) of $3.87 on five tees, two pajama pants, and two pajama boxers, all on clearance, and then used three (3) $10 off 3 sleepwear item coupons! That made each item about $0.43 cents each! Wee! The retail value before clearance and coupons would have been $83.95! Luckily, the clearance sale brought it down to $33.87, and three $10 off coupons made it $3.87!

And, I love PJs! Can't have enough! And cheap tees are perfect for painting, arts and crafts, etc! I even got a PJ set or two for someone on my Christmas list! Old fashioned, yes, but my family tries to do a "functional" gift Christmas! ;) I think I may have to print some more coupons and work my magic again. There was a pretty big selection of cute items from hoodies, camisoles, pj pants, tees, etc and a good range of sizes at my Target!

And another note, using Target coupons can sometimes be a pickle. I always choose male cashiers when using coupons at Target. Not because I am a female and try to use my powers. But it seems if you are using coupons to save money at Target, female cashiers get somewhat jealous at what a deal you're getting and try to make you feel guilty or attempt to incorrectly interpret Target's corporate coupon policy to their own liking. It's just a lot easier with male cashiers. ;) Instead of someone thinking "This girl can't walk out of here only paying that much for all that" I bet the male cashiers are saying "Dang, homegirl can save money."

Sears wishtogether Program: $29.99 Vivitar 10MP Camera!

I found an awesome deal on Sears wishtogether! A 10MP Vivitar digital camera for $29.99! Sears has launched a Facebook deal promotion contingent upon a set number of "likes" per deal for the deal to be unlocked and purchased!  Visit wishtogether on the Sears Facebook page and click "like" on the deals - if there is enough likes, the deals will go live! And we all know how I could use a new digital camera for my blog... wink! 

There is also a BluRay player available currently! As of right now, the camera only needs about 800 likes... and with all the blogs posting... I think it will be reached! Yipeeeee! If you want in on this deal for a family member, child, like the deal on the Sears wishtogether page! Wahoo!

Starbucks 12 Days of Sharing

 As a former barista, I know the value of coffee. Boy do I miss free coffee. ;) Luckily, Starbucks is hosting 12 Days of Sharing beginning December 1! Who knows what these special promos will be, but any discount on Starbucks is pure GOLD! ;)

Starbucks has an upcoming “12 Days of Sharing” store promotion! Text 12DAYS to 29943 to sign up for the deals! You'll receive a text message with a special offer each day beginning December 1!

(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

Monday, November 15, 2010


All or nothing thinking simply sets us up to fail from the start. :) I'm still couponing, but been frustrated with not keeping up with this blog as intended. Here's to jumping back on the horse! ;)


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