Friday, December 26, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I also picked up such a beautiful classic silver round clock for the guest room for a little less than $9.00. I can't find a picture of it online but it was a great find :)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I picked up this cute little one
it's really not this bright in person... it's really a very pretty green and I don't have a picture of weird old people attacking each other or anything like that in it (my dog, Miles, is actually gracing my frame).
like it? you can snag it yourself for $6.99.
Monday, December 8, 2008
My first stop ALWAYS is the yankee candle outlet. You can always find a GREAT deal on big jar candles, many which are still selling for the big bucks in the regular store, votives, and if you're lucky, tarts. The tarts are a little hard to come by in your favorite latest greatest scents but if you dig a little you can still find a few things worth getting. But the best deal, in my opinion, is the tart burners. They discount great tart burners like crazy there. I picked up this one for a friend who loves beachy items
and a very pretty glass snowflake sort of one for me (can't find picture). They were 6 bucks a piece if you bought two.
I also love going to the bath and body works outlet. I can get great cheap wallflowers there and that's probably my favorite to pick up from there. I got one of those for a gift to give for about $5 (I believe they retail at about $12.50). I also picked up a large serving dish with a stand for about $16 for another gift.
You may be surprised at what you would find there, if you always thought it was for rejects and damaged goods.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
can you tell what those are from the picture? they are silver jingle bells, snagged at Michaels for a few bucks. Very festive yet classy.
What do you think?
Friday, December 5, 2008
I have NOT been in the Christmas spirit yet. My hubby and I decorated a little bit a few days ago and I was just NOT into it. I don't know why, and I am sad about it. However, I discovered a little bit of Christmas cheer through some retail therapy. Yes, I know that's terrible and that Christmas is about MUCH more than just things, but it really lifted my spirits to be able to get a few little things to make my house closer to the Christmas look I wanted.
We went last night and Target had a large percentage of their Christmas stuff on sale. I was looking for a cute apothecary type jar to put some Hershey kisses in for my coffee table. I saw a small one in the home decor section for $19.99... yikes. So I wander over to the Christmas items and they have several beautiful items there. and low and behold, there is a beautiful apothecary jar that is MUCH larger than that other one sitting below the ornaments. It's a few bucks cheaper and larger so I figure what the heck. I'll get it. So that was one of the things I brought up with me and I was pleasantly surprised when it rang up on sale cheaper than the list price. I got that sucker for $16. I am pretty satisfied with that price. I know if I could have waited until after Christmas I probably could have gotten it cheaper IF I had been lucky enough to find it, but I really wanted it for this season.
They also have some really adorable photo frames for sale right now. Check out that section if you go too.
Next we headed to Marshalls who actually has some cute Christmas tree skirts. I scored a beautiful one for just under $20. I highly recommend going there if you're looking for Christmas decor because they had it in an ABUNDANCE! I could have stayed and looked around for a lot longer if I didn't have my yawning and hungry husband with me.
Last but not least, people, Pottery Barn is AFFORDABLE on something!!! sound the trumpets and take me home! In other words, it's shocking but good.
Some very lovely ladies tipped me off to a great deal on stockings. Right now you can score on these
The large ones are on sale for $10 each, and the small ones are on sale for $6 each. I heard something about free shipping as well but it looks like that may have disappeared today :( they have to spoil the fun, don't they? I even heard something about free personalization but I'm not sure how they got that or if it's still around. All things worth checking out though, wouldn't you say?
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
click here to go to her etsy store and buy one today!! (and one for me, please)
Old Navy had some sweet little sales and I BADLY needed some new pajama pants (one of my pairs was literally falling apart at the waist). I picked up a few pairs for a nice discount
I also picked up an adorable vibrant red wool pea coat for HALF PRICE. It doesn't get much better than that. According to their website, it seems some of these sales MAY still be going on so get your little hiney over there if you need some new clothes. Can't get out? no biggie.. the website is having decent sales right now too AND for right now they have free shipping if you add some piperlime shoes to your order. Admittedly, those shoes can be a bit pricey, but if you are needing some anyway, head on over to the final sale section and see if anything catches your fancy. Me? I'm a bit partial to these
I had snagged a small one when they clearanced those out for SUPER cheap to put dog toys in and have been loving that. This large one seemed to be there to stay though. Stubborn little fella NEVER gets clearanced out and never goes on sale. That is, until last weekend. Oh that special yellow "price cut" sticker was gloriously sticking out from under where they sat on the shelf. Of course I had to rush over and match every single number to the tag since I have been fooled by misplacements before (some target employees don't give a hoot and give me the price it was being falsely advertised for and some just shrug and say sorry). Anyway, it matched. It truly was on sale. I snatched it up for about $17. Not as cheap as I would have liked or if they had indeed been phasing it out of the store, but at this point I had been looking at it for SO long and this was the first sale I ever saw so I jumped. It fits so perfectly into our little piece of furniture in the living room that has these squares in it. It was made to be there. Now all of our fun little wii accessories have a convenient place to be stored all while being out of sight so I don't see the clutter. Happy camper? I'd say so.
But just you wait.. now that I bought it I bet they will be phasing it out of the store any day now. sigh. Oh well, that's the risk I took. I will have to force myself to just not look anymore so I don't torture myself.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I happen to know of a pretty fall wreath at Target on clearance right now
Monday, November 3, 2008
I recently caught wind of a great deal from Victoria's Secret. I was able to purchase two bras and a pair of panties for $17.99 total, including shipping and tax. Now THAT, my friends, is a good deal. Want to know how?
1. First add two of VS cotton bras in the 2 for $40 section
2. Then add 1 cotton panty for $7.50
3. Check out. Make sure to check the box that you have promo codes
4. Enter and apply these two coupon codes:
*FA813789 for $10 off any bra
*25PTY for $25 off any two full priced bras and a free cotton panty
It works! I did it myself. The panty has to be either white, black, or pink for the code to work. If it doesn't work, try going back and changing the color of the panty.
Hope you ladies enjoy this little deal!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
On their website is is currently listed for the clearance price of $10.49 but I saw it for $6 something in our local store. It doesn't really fit with my home but I thought maybe one of you could use it.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This is the Pottery Barn Hamilton table lamp
It bore a striking resemblance that I could not ignore to my pharmacy lamp that I had picked up from Target several months before.
my Target pharmacy lamp
personally, I'm actually a little more partial to the style of mine. The Pottery Barn Hamilton lamp currently retails at $139.00. I picked up mine for approximately $20! What a huge difference in price. The quality is spectacular and the design is beautiful. I totally win, Pottery Barn.
Now I am not finding my lamp on Target's website, but I do see it occasionally in store. So if you're hoping to snag one of your own, check out your nearest store. There is a similar one on Target's website at the moment but I don't like it as much and it's a little more expensive than mine.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Okay, lets take a moment to talk about DIY (do it yourself). It's become a huge thing and people who would never attempt things like this are suddenly drawn to the possibilities. Especially with sites around like Etsy where people can DIY their own little crafts and then sell it to people who STILL think they can't do it. Okay, in some cases, these things take actual and real talent that some people just don't have.
But the best thing about DIY is how much money you can save with it. When we first moved into our house we had VERY little furniture, and basically none of it matched. I found a GREAT bed for sale at JcPenney that was iron and black (and totally cheap as these things go). So then I needed some furniture to go with it. You have seen in a previous post about my great deal on a side table, but what I've never shown you is the rest of the furniture in the room. Most of it is DIY. We had aquired an old VERY outdated dresser from the hub's parents. Not only was it ugly, but it was not in the best condition. It had scratch marks and dents all over it. Still, there was potential. it was solid wood and had a great base foundation to work with. So feeling particularly handy and with the spirit of just embarking on home ownership upon us, we treked over to Lowes and bought a sander, paint, and then headed to Target for a cheap pack of knobs.
So we set to work, we sanded the crap out of it and then slathered it with primer and painted away. It took quite a few coats but was very do-able. Even for us inexperienced DIYers. When all was said and done and dry, we threw the knobs on and the dresser was transformed.
A picture is worth a thousand words so here is the process:
starting to see it...
Don't we look like experienced DIYers here? Oh yeah.. so cool.
see our brand new dresser?? Totally transformed, wouldn't you say?
Here's a close up for the knobs we got in a money-saving pack at Target:
While we were at it we had an old coffee table the color of blonde wood that just did NOT go with my style anymore. We had aquired it for free somewhere or another. We decided to turn it into a bench for the end of the bed so we sanded and painted that sucker as well. I don't have any pictures of that process but it wasn't much different.
And here's how our little DIY projects fit in with the rest of the room:
what do you think? pretty nice room for most of the furniture in there being free, wouldn't you say? All it cost was was a sander (which can be spendy but we plan on using it in the future as well.. if you are looking at just one project you may want to look into renting or borrowing) and paint and supplies. Much cheaper than brand new furniture.
Do you have any great DIY projects you'd like to share with me? e-mail me and share it!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
anyway, I finally found some that came as a set at linens 'n things which helped with the cost a lot. Plus they were pretty much exactly what I was looking for! I was sold. Two large great looking lamps for a combined price of $49.99. I was game for that.
Turns out the bargain hunter inside me had so much more in mind for me. I got to the store and searched for them and only found two out of the box, on display. Turns out there were none in stock in the boxes. The wheels in my head began to turn and I found a sales associate and began negotiations. First I had to convince her to sell me the floor models. After slight coaxing that was sealed. Then I pressed my luck further, pointed out a few inconspicuous spots that I knew I could easily clean up when I got home and asked about a price reduction for it being the floor model. Bingo. 25% off. I then pressed my luck further and asked about using a coupon on top of that. No go on that one. 2 for 3 sure isn't bad though! So I got two lamps for about $37.50, or $18.75 per lamp.
So there is your tip of the day, folks. It doesn't hurt to negotiate. The worst they can do is say no. Try to get some bargaining chips first like finding small flaws that you don't mind living with or that can be fixed. When you find things like that you actually have room to talk and wont come off as someone who is just too cheap to pay what they are asking.
When I spotted some nightstands at Target I felt they had a very good chance of going with our bed. I'm usually way off on these hunches but I was hopeful. They were listed at $99.99 which isn't TOO bad as far as nightstands go. I still knew I could do better. I had missed out on a sale on them at one point so I waited it out, hoping it would come back around to the sale price. That day came and they were put on sale for $79.99 and I snagged two of them. So I saved $40 total on them. And YOU all know how I can stretch out $40, so that was a pretty big savings for me!
Anyway, check out my awesome reward for waiting it out:
Before, with crappy temporary nightstands:
and here we are after, with my new awesome nightstands:
as you can see, my worries were completely unfounded. It was a PERFECT match and they look like they belong together in a set. Now I just have to wait to pounce on some dressers ;)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
But for now, this is a little clothing edition for you!
I walked into Old Navy last night because I was in the area so I figured I'd drop in and see what they had to offer me. I've been waiting for them to get in a certain sweater in a certain color and certain size but no luck, once again. I did however find some gems in the clearance section. Sometimes they throw everything together that is clearance and to be honest, it's a little too much to sort through, even for the best bargain hunter. But it was neatly organized that night into sizes. I ended up finding a lounge top for sleeping in for $3.99
and some cute black capri lounge pants to go with it (no picture, sorry) for $6.99
I also picked up this fun sporty jacket for those casual fall days for $9.99
I've also had luck lately with getting some really cute shoes online at Old Navy. I ordered several things from Gap and Old Navy recently where they had a promotion going for free shipping if you order from two or more of their stores (gap, old navy, banana republic, and piperlime). If you didn't know, all of their websites have been combined into basically one, so your one shopping cart holds items from all four stores. So anyway, some great shoes I have picked up lately have been these
I also got some adorable satiny more formal looking flats but it seems they are out now.
All of these shoes mentioned and shown I bought for $5.99 each. Not bad. Not bad at all.
When did my order for free shipping, I also picked up this bag for $12.99
one of my best tips for finding great deals on great clothing is to go to these sites and find the clearance section. There are so many more cool things floating around online in these sections than there are in the stores. And a lot of times you can snag a free shipping code as well.
well that's it for this entry. Let me know how you liked the clothing edition or if I should just stick to home decor :)
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I got the green one. The sucker was originally $24.99, on sale for $11.99. Of course, if it were me I would have searched long and hard for a free shipping code, but that's okay... it was still a great sale! Guess I'm rubbing off on him, huh?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This room is for someone's office. They already had dark desks and bookcases and that chair you see is something they already had that was to be incorporated. They also already had a futon but were shopping for a new mattress. Here's the breakdown:
futon- Target: $188.99 (but that includes the frame)
pillow- Target: $24.99 (don't worry, it's new.. it'll go down.)
curtains- Target: $17.99-$19.99
vase- Target: $holycrapnevermind... um.. I didn't notice the price on this before... it's really really really overprice so just... ignore that... i am a disgrace to this blog
this particular board is for a living room. None of this is pre-existing stuff but the person wanted something to do with travel but still have something warm and inviting and cozy. It was the first room you want into.
Chair- Target: $299.99
Artwork- Allposters.com: $9.99
Couch- Target: $399.99
Vase- Target: $29.99
Lamp- Target: $165.99 (ew, I don't like that price either.. for a LAMP)
Curtains- Target: $31.99-$32.99
one of my personal favorites. this is for a living room which is open to a kitchen. The hanging light in the left corner is the choice of the person who this board is for for the kitchen.. that was my inspiration for the rest of my design. So here we go:
Table Lamp- Target: $119.99
Curtains- Target: $29.99-$34.99
Couch- Target: $189.99-$319.99
Table- Target: $79.99
Vase- Target: $7.99 (that's what I'm talkin' about!!)
Art- Target: $79.99
okay, there are more but that's all I'm doing for now. To be continued...
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I'm on my way to a more care free airy summery living space, of course for less.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
oh, also saw some pots and hammocks on sale for your outdoor needs. I BADLY want a hammock but unfortunately, that will have to wait. Hopefully I can still find a good deal though.
Monday, May 5, 2008
by the way, they have changed the picture for this desk about 4 times (at least) since they came out with it.
Anyway, it is sold in pieces and you can choose what you want. I wont give you a complete run-down of the prices (you can find that on their website), but lets just say that the SMALL corner desk top (desk top ALONE.. nothing to hold it up) is ON SALE for $219. Yikes.
JCPenney can always be counted on for a good pottery barn knock-off. Here's theirs:
It also comes in white, which I happen to prefer. Theirs is also sold as components and their corner desktop is on sale for $149 BUT they throw in a single leg ;) So if you can magically balance a desk on one leg, you wont have to buy any more of the components!
Alright.. onto the cool part. Here is my desk in my personal office (please keep in mind my office is FAR from finished and PLEASE ignore the mismatched chairs.. and yes, my office really IS orange):
Alright.. here is the run-down on our desk and the pricing.
the "legs" are cubes stacked on top of each other. They were purchased at Target but Michael's has some almost identical ones for SLIGHTLY more expensive. Ours were around the range of $25. Some were a few dollars less, some were a few dollars more so we're just going to say $25 each and make it easy. We purchased 8 of them.
The desk top was all made out of ONE large sheet of wood that cost us about $10. We had it cut at the store for us.
We purchased a long piece of wood and cut it up to make two legs for the corner part of the desk to support it there. That only cost about $2.
Then there was the paint. That was about $20.
Lastly were brackets because the longest part of the desktop is two pieces put together and then the short part was another piece. We needed to put them together to have it lay flat and stay together. That cost about $3.
so the run-down:
Cubes- $25 x 8 = $200
wood for desktop- $10
wood for legs- $2
labor- free ;)
for a total approx. cost of:
and that is for a HUGE desk that takes up an entire wall on one side and a large part of a second wall with tons of storage. For that, you can barely get one small part of a desktop at Pottery Barn.. IF it's on sale :)
So kids, what have we learned today? DIY, if you can do it (and trust me, everyone can do something like this.. it didn't take ANY carpentry skills) and you will save lots of $$ in the end.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Here's a picture of my letter:
these letters are pretty elusive and hard to find now though. I mentioned before about shopping the end caps at Target and that's where this little guy came from. I can't remember the specific price I paid, but I want to say it was around the $5 range for this one. This was on final clearance. The only other place that you can find similar items right now that I've seen is (surprise surprise) pottery barn.
these letter range from $19-$24. However, there IS a great sale going on right now on them. They are currently $9.99-$14.99. Not a terrible price if you really want one, since they are becoming increasingly harder to find and are no longer available at Target.
I'd have to say that MOST of the things are purchase are on final clearance, and thus extremely hard to find. That makes it hard if you see something you really like on this blog, but there is a valuable lesson to learn in that. Be CONSTANTLY on the look for things you like, and then if you feel you wont die if you lose out, wait. Yes, you MAY miss out, but chances are you are going to get a really great deal.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here is a picture of my set:
Similar chairs can be found at pottery barn:
These chairs are $199, $269 if you want the arm chair.
Then I found this at JCPenney:
(don't worry, it comes in other colors) for $499.99 for the table ALONE (however it is currently on sale for $249.99) with the chairs being $129.99 (on sale currently for $79.99).
Now is the time for me to tell where mine came from and what I paid for it. Okay, first off, it came as a set. So no chairs sold separately, sorry. Secondly, the entire set was purchased for $150.00. Third, it came from... *drumroll*...
k-mart. Yes, K-MART. I could hardly believe it either. Before you snub your nose at k-mart, know that I've had this dining set for three years now, and it has held up BEAUTIFULLY. We still love it just as much as when we got it. It is somewhat on the small side, but it is PERFECT for our small dining space. So if you are looking, take a look at k-mart. My specific set isn't in stock any more, but there are some very similar sets there. The sets currently in stock are way less than the options above, but still slightly more than what I got it for. But hey, then I wouldn't have paid less than you ;)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The downside of these simple human trash cans is just how darn expensive they can be. This model:
retails for up to $179.99. Lets face it, not many of us are willing to shell that out for something designed to store your waste.
So wanting that look but not for that price, I set out looking for cheap alternatives. The answer came from my in-laws who said they saw some at Sam's Club. So Matt and I ran over to check it out the day we moved into our house and found a model we could live with. I think it fits in pretty nicely. Here's a picture of ours:
Now our trash can retailed for a little under $50. You tell me; is the difference worth paying so much extra? For me, it wasn't, and we love our trash can.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This is my wall wine rack that stores bottles on top and glasses on the bottom
The most popular version of this item hails from Pottery Barn:
This pottery barn version retails $65.00 for each piece. My all in one piece is from Target, and it was about $10. This shelf, even at Target, usually costs more than that. However, whenever I am in Target I make sure to shop the end caps of the aisles. You can find all sorts of final clearance items there. That is where I found this shelf.
I found a similar option at Target online right now:
and this one retails currently for $44.99.
Next time you're in Target, make sure you shop the end caps of the aisle. They often wont have what you want/are looking for, but every so often you stumble upon an absolutely wonderful find.