I’ll be the first to admit that I love to shop – there’s something therapeutic about the process, and the rewarding feeling I get when I score a deal totally makes my day. But just because I love to shop it doesn’t mean I have to drain my wallet each time, so here are my 7 tips on how you can become a smarter shopper and save a pretty penny while you’re at it
Unless you’re loaded like B, then by all means shop away you lucky girl. (image credit: CW)
Who doesn’t love getting cash back when they shop? There are several cash back sites out there but I recommend Ebates because they have the best selection of retailers available – Sephora, Shopbop, Nordstrom, you name it, they probably have it. They also have browser plugins and an iOs/Android app so you know you’re getting your $ back no matter where you shop. I’ve only started using this last month and I’ve already accumulated $40+ in cash back!
2. Always check for coupons first
My favorite site to use it RetailMeNot, but also try checking the retailer’s Twitter and Facebook pages – a lot of them post promo codes for their fans/followers. Or if you’re a regular shopper at a particular store, subscribe to their newsletter to make sure you never miss out on a sale.
Why limit your online shopping to only the few retailers you know? ShopStyle allows you to search across hundreds of retailers, and then refine your search by price, color, and brand. And if you see a product you like, you can add a “Sales Alert” that will notify you when your product goes on sale. Yay for more savings!
I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of paying full price for anything. That’s why I also use Hukkster to keep track of products I want and be notified when they go on sale. Slice is slightly different in that it notifies you if the price drops for anything you’ve purchased. I recently got $20 in store credit when a watch I bought dropped $20 after my order, all thanks to Slice.
5. Consider signing up for a retailer credit card
I say consider because these cards usually carry ridiculously high interest rates (20%+). Unless you’re on top of paying off your cards in full, you’ll rake up more costs in interest than in any potential savings. But if you’re diligent with your payments, the potential rewards can be great: a 10 – 15% discount on your first purchase, 10% cash back rewards in store credit, and whatever additional rewards for card holders.
6. Embrace social media
Not only are Twitter and Facebook good places to find promo codes, but they’re also good places to get the retailer’s attention. Yes, you can always email their customer service, but they seem to respond much quicker to tweets and Facebook posts. Usually that’s enough to resolve any issues you may have, but if not, read on.
I once had A&F cancel my order and ban my account for no reason and I was furious. Not soon after I submitted a complaint to the BBB, A&F apologized, reopened my account, and gave me a 40% off coupon. Not that I’m a fan of A&F now, but it just shows how BBB can help when you feel that the retailer has wronged you in any way.
Hope you found these tips helpful, and if you have any tips of your own, do share in the comments below Happy shopping!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Before I put on my loose pants and eat myself into a serious food coma, I want to share with you all some of my favorite fashion pieces from my closet. Some of these may not be the most expensive, but they’re all meaningful in their own ways
My favorite coat from Express. Warm and stylish, this is the most fitting and flattering coat I have by far.
As we’ve finalized most of the major items for our wedding planning, my fiance and I decided it’s time to pick up where we left off on the home decorating process. While we’ve purchased most of the major furniture pieces, our place still looked quite bare and lacked the right accessories and details.
My fiance has always a full-blown bar in our new home, but wanting to keep things classy, I convinced him to compromise and get a wine bar shelf instead. Now we just gotta start building our wine collection!
We found this adorable Santa jar at HomeGoods and we’re using it to keep wine corks Bonus points for the festivity!
I reorganized my dresser + drawers and added a necklace mannequin. They’re amazing for organizing and displaying your jewelry!
Finally reorganized my night table. I love the cover art on “Like I give a frock”, and it was only $3 from Marshall’s!
Velvet hangers can seriously transform your closet. I bought a bunch from Marshall’s and Ross and now my shirts actually stay on the hangers and my closet looks so much better!
I was debating whether or not I should do a video of my dresser decor and new jewelry/makeup organization, but let me know if you’re interested and I can add that to my to-do list. Have a good week!
Today, millions of us are playing online casino slots games wherever we are. As you can play casino games online, either with downloaded software or in instant play through your internet browser, or even on your mobile or tablet, there’s actually no need these days to go to a land-based casino to play.
When you’re playing online, of course, what you wear doesn’t matter a jot. You might be in your PJs for all anyone else knows!
But playing casino games online has doubtless encouraged more people to take a trip to Vegas to try out gaming in the true heart of the gambling world – where everything is done on a larger than life scale. So when you’re heading off there for a week or two’s holiday, what do you need to put in your suitcase?
Perhaps thirty or forty years ago, there might have been a few casinos that had dress codes, but today, the general form is that anything goes. You can dress it down or up when you’re going to hit the gaming tables – casino staff are more interested in what you have in your wallet than what you’re wearing on your back! Shorts and T-shirts, jeans and a jumper, even a tracksuit, will all be acceptable attire. If you want to be doubly sure, you can always call the hotel and casino that you’ll be staying in and check with them about any dress codes.
That’s not to say, though, that you shouldn’t glam it up if you feel like it. If there’s anywhere on the planet where you really can go wild with your style, it’s Las Vegas. Drag out all your gold lame, your feather boas and furs – no-one will bat an eyelid if you wear it all in Sin City, though furs might make you a little hot in the Nevada desert!
The most important thing to think about in choosing outfits for Vegas is that you are going to be comfortable. You’ll end up doing a fair bit of walking as the casinos are huge and you’ll probably want to have a good look up and down the Strip while you are there. So even if you’re style-conscious about your footwear, make sure you choose shoes that won’t give you blisters.
Don’t forget to pack your bikini or swimsuit too. Vegas has an amazing selection of hotels with pools and sunbathing areas as well as the casinos – and you’ll probably enjoy taking some time out from the gaming tables during the time you are there.
Whatever you wear in Vegas, you’re bound to have fun there – it’s what the city was built for!
It’s true what they say about a woman’s closet: we’re always missing something in there! I really could use some winter pieces to update my wardrobe, and here are some items I’d love to add to my collection:
It’s not that I don’t have a coat already, but I would prefer one that is more fitted. It’s so hard finding coats that fit well for petite sizes! Bonus points if the it’s double-breasted and has some metal details.
I love LBDs as much as any girl, but I have way too many and not enough of dresses in other colors. Metallic shades like silver and gold are perfect for the holidays (I’n thinking NYE!) – add a bit of lace and you have a piece that’s both glamorous and classy!
3. A structured black Satchel
I can’t believe that I still don’t have a black bag, it’s such a versatile piece that works with a variety of outfits! I especially love structured pieces like this Michael Kors Saffiano Leather Satchel!
I’ve got my pair of riding boots and over-the-knee boots, and now all I need are a pair of booties to make my winter shoe collection complete I’m partial to wedge heels just because they’re much more comfortable and easier to walk in.
Of all these items, I would say that the black satchel is definitely what I would like to get the most. I’m still in awe at how I still don’t have one D: What’s on your holiday fashion wish list?