April 15, 2014

Buying Top of the Line Clothing and Accessories for up to 95% Off!

No shocker if you're a regular reader that I am a bargain shopper. I work hard to find good deals and when I am successful, there's kind of a buzz that comes from finding that deal and buying something that we need while maintaining the integrity of our budget.

So outlet malls are familiar to me. Although I have to confess that frequently the purported "savings" of outlet malls can be found - or sometimes even better savings - at the regular stores during clearance sales. But I still visit the outlets . . . I still hunt for those amazing deals - and they CAN be found.

This past weekend I was invited out to the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets to participate in their VIP Shopping Special Weekend. (You can sign up for FREE to be a part of their VIP shopping club!) I was given a $100 gift card to see how far I could make it go.

I had some additional help because there is a regular coupon booklet you get for being a VIP - from the customer service desk of the outlet mall - and it has specials like 10% off Auntie Anne's and Buy 3, Get 1 FREE at Great American Cookie.

Then there is a special VIP Weekend discount list that I have to tell you was GREAT!! Most stores had 20% off your entire purchase and it was generally stackable on top of any in-store sales or offers.

A few of the special discounts were dependent on spending a certain amount, and the tip I'll give you is that I took a friend. Together it was much easier to get to that minimum spend in order to get the additional discount without wasting money on things we really didn't want or need.

Here's a sampling of our great deals:

Yankee Candle:
Large Yankee Candle - regularly priced $27.99, Outlet pricing $13.99 each

My Purchase = 3 Large Yankee Candles (a Christmas "set" with apple cider, pumpkin and baking smells) which was 60% off because it was a Christmas item + a gift for Mother's Day + 1 Tarts Wax Melt = After discounts and extra 20% off coupon, my total was less than $26 for all of it

Boys Size 12 Lucky Jeans = regularly priced $39, Outlet pricing $19

My Purchase = After discount and extra coupon, my total was just at $12

Banana Republic:
I almost don't know where to start with this store. Everything in the store was a minimum of 50% off the lowest ticketed price, so I was able to get items for $5 - $7 and then with a $100 purchase, we got an additional 20% off.

Easter Dress (reg. price $105) = $19
Men's Dress Shirt (reg. price $89) = $12
Men's Collared Shirt (reg. price $69) = $7.50
Ladies Dress Pants (reg. price $89) = $7.50
Sunglasses (reg. price $98) = $9.99

Sak's Fifth Avenue: 
Men's Dress Shirt = regularly priced $168, outlet pricing $9.99
Can you believe that?

I did AMAZING on these offers. I can't tell you how excited I am. Or how blessed I felt since funds have been tight lately and I was able to cover all of our missing Easter pieces with these sales and the $100 gift card I was given.

I promise you we will be back out to the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets even though it's not close because some of those stores and some of those sales just can't be found anywhere else.

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April 8, 2014

What Are You Serving for Easter Dinner?

I don't know how it works at your house, but in our family Easter is a big deal. There is obviously the church service and the celebration of our Savior's resurrection . . . but then comes the meal which for us is an extension of that celebration. Followed by, of course, the Easter Egg hunt which is just plain silly fun for the kids.

We always do ham, potatoes, green bean casserole, some sort of fancy dessert .  . this meal is second probably only to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner in that order.

But I'm curious what other people do - do you have something special you serve or eat on Easter?

Recently, I received a gift card to try out HoneyBaked Ham and review it here on my blog. I visited the store on Preston in Plano. For $75, I was able to buy a ham to feed 12-15, a side and a full cheesecake. They have a ton of options including full meals with sides and ready-to-eat entrees.

I have to say the idea of having HoneyBaked Ham cook the Easter meal so we can send more time actually enjoying the people we are celebrating with seems to be a no-brainer.

Tell me this doesn't sound tempting:
"Slow-roasted and smoked, every HoneyBaked Ham is glazed by hand with the signature, sweet, crunchy glaze and has that one-of-a-kind taste that everyone looks forward to."
I don't think there is any way my foil baked ham in the oven while we're at church can compete with that.

You might be interested in some of these limited-time offers:

  • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo 
  • $22.99 Turkey Breast with any Half or Whole Ham purchase
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle including cinnamon walnut coffee cake and honey-spiced bacon
  • 2 Heat & Share Sides for $13.99 or 3 for $19.99

Or print a coupon here to get:

  • $5 off half of a Bone-In Ham
  • $3 off a Boneless Ham or a Quarter Ham
NOTE: Offers valid only at participating retailers.

The good news is you can enter to win 1 of 20 $50 HoneyBaked Ham gift cards:

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April 2, 2014

JBF Mckinney: Open to the Public, April 4 - 5b #jbfMcKinneydeals

I love consignment sales. There's just something about not wasting items and getting incredible deals and finding new things.

Thursday, April 4 the JBF McKinney sale opens up to the public. There are some incredible deals to be had there.

I found this brand new Rangers tank top for just $6.
And the best deal of the day this child-size Schmidt Classical Guitar for my boy who has requested a "real" guitar for his birthday . . . online you can buy it for $100 - $200.

I paid just $15!!

You can shop Thursday, then on Friday the half-price sale is held where you can get even more AMAZING deals. 

I'd love to know what you find . . .


February 18, 2014

A Sit-Down Restaurant with an Outside Play Area - YES!

Frequently, we find ourselves caught between eating at a sit-down restaurant and eating somewhere that has a play area where our kids can entertain themselves and not drive everyone at the table batty with their restlessness.

So I was thrilled to find a sit-down restaurant that has an outside play area this week - I must have driven by this specific Joe's Crab Shack a million times and never noticed. But when we pulled up and unloaded, my boys made a beeline for the play area even though it wasn't quite 60 degrees outside yet. They do have a porch and heat lamps, but we chose to sit inside. The kids area doesn't have a way to get out without coming into the restaurant unless you climb over the wooden railings. It's fine for slightly older children, but if you have younger kids you would need to sit within eye sight of them.

Make no mistake though when it warms up soon - we will be back. Even if it's just for drinks on the patio or dessert, if I don't have a sitter, Joe's Crab Shack will be at the top of my list of options simply because of this play area.

However, that's not all that the brought to the table - literally, ha!

They have a new buffet breakfast with beignets that were like fancy donuts. Mmmmmm!

And all of our food was good. We cleaned our plates and ate until we were so stuffed we almost rolled out.

There are a couple of specials that are especially interesting - $2 Mimosas for the breakfast buffet and every Tuesday, Joe’s is hosting $2 TWOSDAYs at all of its locations, serving up Crab Fritters and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon in a TWOSDAY Koozie, for only $2 each all day.

February 15, 2014

One of My Kid's Favorite Gifts from Christmas . . .

As parents its hard to know sometimes just what gift is going to resonate with your child the most. We all do our best to pick things that match their interests or seem to fit with their personality . . . but the truth is we all know its a crapshoot.

This Christmas I gave all four of the little boys in my house their own set of Lovable Labels with their name on them. We don't have super common names in our house - Riley, Colt, Weston and Brenton - so my kids aren't used to having anything with their names on it.

But their faces lit up when they found these in their stockings:

You can get the same kind of thing for your kids at Lovable Labels today!