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Holiday sale on!

I walked down to the PAPYRUS Store down in Grand Central to pick up a sympathy card for the boss.  How can I resist seeing 70% off screaming atop some of the more elegant (and definitely pricier when bought full price) holiday cards?  It wasn’t so much choosing the better ones but choosing the two boxes I promised to limit myself to before I end up buying a ton!

I vacillated at first because I was sort of hoping to make my holiday cards again in 2009 like I did this year.  (Although I am pinning my hopes on the possibility of spending Christmas 2009 in Manila..)   Then I told myself I can always make my own cards (still) and give these away to my sister who will definitely find good use for them.

Now is the best time to buy gift wrapping paper, holiday cards, winter coats and sweaters galore!  With most items discounted at least 50%, how can you beat that? 

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Shop, shop, shop!

$25 off $100 in-store good until Dec 17 – Print this coupon

Deferred Billing Code – Pay nothing until May2009 : 444 (Expires Feb 26, 09)
Free shipping this weekend – use code S55 (Expires 12/8)

GIFTCARDS ONLY: $25 off $100 Gift card purchase

TOYS R’ US Coupons  (Deals change from day to day)

Free Lip product with any purchase until Dec 7 (In stores only)
Free Item with any $10 purchase until Dec 24 (In stores only)

30% off $75 until Dec 24 by using CODE 1083016478766228
15% off your purchase until Jan 2 by using CODE 1083016478766232

DISNEY STORE ONLINE – this weekend only
25% off by using FF25

40% off entire purchase good until 12/16 by using code LRFINAL40
Deferred billing code (Pay nothing until after 90 days) until March 1, 2008 – LRZRDEFER

GODIVA Chocolates (In store and this weekend only)
20% off, print coupon here

20% off your $100 purchase at AnnTaylor.com until Dec. 24 – 10801352
15% off $75 or 20% off $150 or more at AnnTaylorLoft.com until Jan. 1 – 75500123

25% your purchase by using GLMR7AA9 – good until 12/17

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More discounts

* Free item with coupon with any $10 instore purchase (good until 12/24/08)
* Free shipping today and tomorrow!

HARRY AND DAVID – 25% off online until 10am Friday AM

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‘Tis the season to go shopping..

.. but it appears not everyone is ready to let go of what money they have and retailers are suffering huge losses in the light of the current economic downturn.  As a result, we are now being bombarded by sales and offers galore.. I haven’t done this in a while but have been meaning to share the following in the hopes of helping the shoppers find the best bargains, and to help the economy pick up a bit in the midst of this crisis. 

I’ve been receiving coupons and shopping codes for discounts ranging from $10 off $30, or the equivalent of 30% off a defnite amount of purchase to freebies and such.  Deferred payment codes that mean postponing the crunch until April (!) and so before they expire, here they are..


Bath & Body Works Online (Ends this weekend!)
* 20% off Friends & Family Sale – use promo code 20FRIENDS at checkout, good until 11/16/08

MACY’S Online
* Extra 15-20% off + Free Shipping – Use Promo Code EXTRAFS, requires $99 minimum qualifying purchase (exclusions apply, Expires 11/17/08)
* To receive the 15-20% off only without the free shipping, Use Promo Code EXTRAOFF (Expires 11/16/08)

Bloomingdale’s Online
* Friends and Family 20% off – Use Promo code FFEMAIL (Expires 11/16/08)

Ann Taylor Loft
* 20% off your entire purchase – Enter Code 10601440 (Expires 12/31/08)

Valid from 11/20-23/08 – 15% off – Promo Code 1083016478765868

* No payments until April 2009 – Use code 441 (expires 1/29/09)
* Signature Totes at $5 each (originally $24) with any purchase of $75 or more

BrylaneHome Home & Kitchen
* 20% off your highest priced item – Promo Code BHMore (Expires 12/27/08)
* Buy 4 or more items and you get 40% off your highest priced item using this code
* No payments until February 2009 – Use code BHFEB2

* 40% off one item – CH18575 (Expires 12/18/08)
* Deferred billing until February – CHDB609
* $25 off order of $75 or more plus $4.99 Shipping – Promo Code CH17619 (Expires 12/18/08)
* 30% off any item – Promo Code CH17866 (expires 12/18/08)
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Taking care of ourselves

Hey, all Clinique users out there, Macy’s is having it’s seasonal gift with purchase event beginning today, running until Oct 25. While this website doesn’t get paid for referring either brands, it’s something I look forward to each time.  It also makes the splurge more economical when you get all these goodies with it.  Also, if you are using any summer-related products like sunscreens or their tinted moisturizer, get them now before they get phased out for a reappearance next spring/summer. 

I read somewhere that make up advertised as having this or that SPF level is really not all that helpful unless you use an actual sunscreen.  I use UV-Response Face SPF 50 which goes well above my regular skin creams and below my foundation.  When you reach a certain age (ahem, your forties), sunscreen is really the best protection against the ravages of aging.

Since all the gift with purchase events are usually full of patrons milling about or trying products, it can be a little embarrassing at times to ask for whether or not your item makes the minimum required to get the gift.  It pays to visit the website beforehand to see the price of the items that would make up the required purchase.  It would also be good to give them your e-mail and address because Clinique makes it a point to send out a full spread of all available products and prices days before a major gift event.

Although not all products are sampled in their gift sets, it’s a good way to try their products and shades.  Their free lipsticks haven’t always been such a big hit with me because they tend to be very un-dramatic, they are good to use on days when you are trying to go for moisture rather than effect, and it gives you a sense of whether or not you want to go darker or lighter than a shade being sampled.

And of course they are always favorite pasalubongs.  Although I am not planning to go home again until Christmas 2009, this is one of those gifts that I prepare for way ahead.  I pick up one bonus gift for myself and if I get the chance, another to give away, so if I manage to do each seasonal round with the major department stores here in New York, I end up getting at least 4-6 sets, add to that whatever I don’t use in the sets I get for myself.

There are also staples in their gift sets that a regular Clinique user will find helpful, like the fact that each set almost always has a travel size tube of it’s famous Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion which should tide you through those “in between pumps” period.


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More shopping codes!

Here are more codes that could be helpful this holiday season:

Online at Victoria’s Secret valid until December 19:
- $15 off $100, $30 off $150 and $75 off $250 – enter VSGIFTS
- 40% off Beauty and frangrance gift sets (great deal!) – enter BEAUTY40

30% off Disneystore.com site wide! THIS WEEKEND ONLY – enter MAGICAL as promo code and SHIPFOR5 for $5 shipping for purchases $50 and up.

Happy shopping!

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Let’s talk “SHOP!”

It’s that time of year when we’re all going crazy trying to complete our shopping list.  It’s also the time when the stores come up with all these promotions which are often too good to resist.  To help fellow shoppers, moms, titas and friends like me who want to get the most of the bargains available, I’m starting a new category, ShopTalk, to share with you my new finds, discount codes, and other such tips and news which might help you wade through the chaos of shopping.  

Do be warned that there ARE exceptions to the promo code, so wait and see if the code takes after you click submit before finalizing the order.  These are not guaranteed but are being shared in the spirit of hoping to help others share in the break they are offering. 

  • Extra 20% off at Macy’s valid until Dec. 3 – 00033706000319368902
  • Disneystore.com or Disneyshopping.com
    • 25% valid until Dec. 2 – HOLIDAY25 
    • 15% off valid until Dec. 24 – Promo Code 2499
  • 20% off your $100 purchase at AnnTaylor.com until Dec. 24 – 10801352
  • 15% off $75 or 20% off $150 or more at AnnTaylorLoft.com until Jan. 1 – 75500123
  • Chadwicks.com
    • 50% off your most expensive item and $4.99 shipping at Chadwicks.com – CHGIVE
    • 40% off your most expensive item, valid until Dec. 20 – CH12131
    • 10% off 1st item, 20% off 2nd, 30% off 3rd and 40% off 4th valid until Jan. 10 – CH11950
    • Deferred Billing code (Pay nothing until March 2008) valid until Jan. 3 - CHDB02
    • Deferred billing code (Pay nothing until March 2008) valid until Jan. 1 with minimum purchase of $100 – 393
    • Free boot cut leggings with purchase of $100 or more (until Jan. 3 or until stocks last) – Enter product code 2xp6181for XS-XL, 2xp9363 for Petites, 2xp3477 for Tall and 2xp1306 for Women’s sizes
    • 15% discount  valid until Dec. 27 – Promo Code 113 when you order from Catalogue no. 713-945-6010, use Key 359314
  • LaRedoute.com
    • 30% off highest priced item, good until Dec. 10 – LR07040
    • Deferred billing code (Pay nothing until after 90 days) until March 1, 2008 – LRZRDEFER
    • 15% off your entire order (expiration not provided) – LRMYFAVPROMO
  • BrylaneHome.com
    • 20% off most expensive item valid until Feb. 15 – BHGIFT20
    • Deferred billing code (Pay nothing until after 90 days) valid until March 15 – BHACCEPTNOW

And for those of you who, like me, use Clinique skincare or make up, it’s gift time at Saks until the 8th of December.  Enjoy!

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