Today's Printable Coupon(s) & Codes

Lord and Taylor: Various coupons. Valid June 1-13, 2006.

Adidas: Save 10% when you buy 2 or more items. Coupon code: AFF56BUY2

E.L.F.: Free beach kit with $30 or more purchase. Coupon code: SUMMER expires 6-4-06.

Avenue: Take 20% off any purchase. Expires 6-30-06.

Joann's Fabrics: $10 off $60 purchase. Expires 6-10-06.

Vanity Fair Outlet: $10 off $100 or more purchase. Expires 12-31-06.

The Vitamin Shoppe: $10 off $50 or more purchase. Expires 6-30-06.

World Kitchen Outlets: $15 off $100 or more purchase. Expires 6-22-06.

Alloy: Free shipping with $75 or more purchase. Coupon code: ACEAFF. Expires 7-31-06.

KarmaLoop: Free shipping with $45 purchase. Coupon code: SPRANG. Expires 6-4-06 HURRY!

Enjoy and keep it cheap!


Weekend Finds & Memorial Day Shopping

Candies wedges $9.99, Ross Dress for Less
"Lion and crest" tunic tank $10 (on sale), Wet Seal
Metallic gold sandals $7.50 (on sale), JC Penney
Paris Blues capri jeans $10 (on sale), Wet Seal
Belts $2.50 each (clearance), Wet Seal
Metallic gold heels $6.88, Walmart
Flip Flops $4.88, Walmart

The best thing about this Memorial Day weekend was the fact that we had a 3-day weekend off from work and the awesome sales at all the stores. I wanted to go to the beach, but it rained in Chicaville, so I went shopping. I'm trying to save my money, but it was so hard to resist all the sales. As you can see, I mostly bought shoes (I told you before I'm a shoe ho'). After this weekend, I think I'm going to chill out on shopping for a while. But, then again, I say that all the time. I just can't seem to keep my word. Keep it cheap!


Designer way vs. Cheap Chica way

Designer way....

"Risque" pump $99.95, Steve Madden


Cheap Chica way...

"Rivet" heel $18.99, GoJane.com

Of course I prefer my way, but which ones do you prefer? Holla!

Cute bags for under $30

Metro 7 buckle hobo $19.88, Walmart. Also available in white and brown.
Xhiliration appliqued tote $24.99, Target
Xhiliration tote $24.99, also from Target
I think I've featured this one before, but I still think it's cute. Reversible hobo bag $12.50, Old Navy.
"Mad Max" bag $22.00, Lulu's Fashion Lounge. Also available in white.

Under $5 Find

Ode to the nautical trend. They might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like them. They have sort of a vintage feel to them. Only $4.99 at GoJane.com. Also available in white and red.

Bargain Item of the Week 5-28-06

Cute little number I found from The 15 Dollar Store. It's time to start getting those swimsuits if you haven't already, because summer is almost here. Click here for more swimsuits at The 15 Dollar Store.


Butterfly cinch belts update

Well I won the auction for the butterfly cinch belt I'd been watching on Ebay. Can't wait 'til I receive it. I just can't seem to find them anywhere in Chicaville. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. I don't know. But I do know that Ebay has quite a few of these cute belts up for bid and sale right now, so if you're looking for one, I'd suggest you take a peek. They have really cute ones in different colors and styles, not to mention good prices (I just got mine for a grand total of $12.51-that's with shipping included!). I think it'll be a great addition to my wardrobe.

Star Style: Butterfly cinch belts

I love the belt that Remy Ma has on in this picture. I've been trying to find one remotely close to it, but so far, nowhere in Chicaville has it. I've found one on Ebay (I hope I win this auction), and I found one on GoJane.com that is kind of the same concept, but doesn't really look like it (it's $10.99 if anyone cares). Sigh. So far, I've seen a lot of them on Ebay, but I'll also comb my local thrift stores to see what I can find. I'm on a mission.


Today's Quiz: Which one of the X-Men are you?

You Are Storm

Exotic and powerful, Storm descended from a line of African priestesses.

Emotions can effect your powers, but you are generally serene.

Powers: controlling weather, creating winds that lift you into flight, generating lightning

This quiz says I'm more like Storm, but I think I'm more like Wolverine-temperamental and looking for a brawl. Just kidding. Take the quiz to see which one of the X-men you are. You know the movie opens today, X3:The Last Stand. Go see it if you're and X-Men fan like me. Enjoy!


TV Tonight 5-24-06

It's official, folks. Taylor Hicks is our American Idol (woo hoo!). I knew he was going to win. It was time for a man to win this year anyway (notice a pattern every year-boy, girl, boy, girl...). But seriously, the guy can sing. Dancing...I'm not so sure of, but he can sing. I was a member of the Soul Patrol from day one. Now, I did have my favorites like Mandisa, Paris, and Chris. But when they started getting voted off, I thought all hope was lost. Taylor kept hope alive. I'm still in doubt that this guy is 29 years old, but I could be wrong. I hope noone tries to sabotage his career by saying that he is actually 49 years old (Old Patrol, anyone?), because there are some cutthroat people out there that'll try to make a dollar off some tabloid crap. Anyway, congrats to him and I wish him well. I almost forgot. Wasn't it funny seeing that guy on stage singing a rendition of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun go Down on Me", and then having Clay Aiken join him on stage? I personally thought that was the highlight of tonight's show. Clay rocks!!! Not quite feeling the new hairstyle, but he still rocks!

I didn't really watch anything else tonight. Mr. Cheap Chica was watching his favorite show, "Pinks!" It's a neat show-if you like the concept of drag racing for pink slips. Other than that, there was nothing better to watch. I should've watched "Hillside Cannibals" before I return it, but I'm sleepy and I'm going to turn in for the night.

Hey! Can you spot me a 10?

I love peacocks. I think they're beautiful. And I'm sure that they know they're beautiful, that's why they're proud. Let me stop. I do love this tank from Old Navy. Colors like this look good on me. And $10 is looking like a good price, I must say.


Fashion and Shopping Pet Peeves

Forgive me people, for I am bored, but I was just sitting here thinking of the things that irk me when I go shopping and some of the fashion disasters that I see on the street. Here are some of the thoughts floating around in my head:

Fashion pet peeves:
  • I'm no clean freak or anything, but I hate to see people with dirty flip flops on, let alone, the dirty feet that are in them. Clean one of the two, don't walk around with both.
  • Too tight clothes. If I see one more pot belly peeking out of a crop top, I'm going to scream. Wear clothes that fit and flatter your figure. That's what looks good.
  • Anyone between the ages of 10-17 dressed like a hoochie momma. "Gee mommy, I want to be a hooker when I grow up." Your boobs aren't developed yet, stop wearing stuff that tries to "show them off". You ain't grown yet. And if I see whatever ass you haven't developed yet peeking out of a pair of too short shorts or peeking out from under your too short skirt, if your mom doesn't grab a belt and whoop your ass, I will.
  • Anyone between the ages of 45 to "very old" dressed like a hoochie momma. Yeah, you probably was a brickhouse back in the day-waaaayyyy back in the day, but those days are over. I'm not saying that you should dress like some old fogey, but something's gotta give when your breasts are hanging below the hem of your too short skirt. Not a good look.
  • Last, but not least, I know some of y'all are still rocking the $2 chinese mesh slippers-nothing wrong with that. Me personally, I don't wear them anymore, but if I see one more person wearing those things to the club-yes, the nightclub-I'm going take one of those slippers off your feet and slap you in the back of the head with it.

Shopping pet peeves:

  • Bad ass children running around, bothering other shoppers when mom/dad is buying up the whole store and is unaware that their kids are wreaking havoc. When the kids bust their little asses on the rack, don't try to go sue the store. You should've had their asses on a leash. And get off the damn cell phone while they're running around messing up everything. Whoever's on the other end can talk to you when you get done shopping.
  • While we're on the subject of cell phones...take the damn Bluetooth out of your ear. It's okay if you're using it in the car, but once you step out of the car, take that shit out. The call is not that important for you to walk around looking like a damn fool. And you know I'm right. I don't know who in the hell you're talking to when you're standing next to me looking through the racks.
  • Sales clerks with jacked up attitudes. Leave your problems at the door. Noone has time for your attitude. Ever heard that saying "fake it to make it"? Okay, maybe you haven't, but live by those words. If you're having a crappy day, don't let it show because I will get ghetto on ya'.
  • Sales clerks walking around on their cell phones-on the sales floor! I swear cell phones are going to be the death of some of you people. If I were your manager, I'd write your ass up, maybe even fire you. Talk to whoever on your BREAK TIME. The call is not that important.
  • Lastly, a messy store. It just turns my stomach to see an unkempt store. I had this issue the other day at one of my favorite stores. I stayed in that store not even ten minutes, and other times I usually stay there for over an hour. When a store is clean and organized, you can actually find things and feel confident buying something out of that store (at least I do). But when it looks like a hurricane went through there, that's not good. It's actually hurting sales (I used to work in a clothing store, so I know). When the store isn't busy, the clerks really need to stay on top of it. Then they'll keep customers like me happy.

Share some of your fashion/shopping pet peeves. I know you have some. Holla!

Today's Printable Coupon(s)

Daffy's: Take 10% off entire purchase. Valid 5-25 through 5-29-06

Circuit City: Take 10% now through May 29, 2006.

New York & Co.: $30 off $75 or $60 off $150 purchase. Now through May 29, 2006.

The Body Shop: Buy 2 full-size Body Butters, get a free shower product.



My business venture..give me your feedback

You know those cool necklaces that I always find at the fleamarket? Well, I'm seriously thinking about hooking up with a distributor and selling some of those necklaces and other accessories. I'm trying to make extra money and since long necklaces are very much in right now, I think it would be good. Give me your feedback. These are just some of the things that I may be selling. Any suggestions? Leave those, too. Holla?

By the way, these will be sold online, whether on Ebay or my own site, so I will let you guys know when.

Weekend Finds: Ross and local thrift store

Have you ever walked into a store and it looked like a damn tornado went through it? That's what happened today when I went to my local Ross Dress for Less. It was so messy in there that it completely turned me off from shopping (IT TAKES A LOT TO KEEP ME FROM SHOPPING). I didn't even look through the whole place because it was dump. But, I managed to walk out of there with something- a cute little top that I may wear out this coming Thursday night. For $6.00, I couldn't leave it in that cluttered mess. Moving on, I went to my local thrift store. I found knee-length Old Navy skirt for $3.99 and I finally found a patent leather belt that fits. Remember the other day I was telling y'all about how I am so feeling the patent leather belts from the '80s right about now? Well, I found a white skinny one for $1. Sweet! Here are the pics from my finds today (sorry for the quality, time for me to get a new camera):

  • Belt $0.99, thrift store
  • Kimono sleeved top $5.99, Ross. This top actually has gold threading in it. Of course, you can't see it because my camera is a piece of crap, but it's really cute!
  • Knee length skirt $3.99, thrift store

Cingular Customers: Take 25% off batteries and chargers

Between last year and the year before, Florida has been the vacation spot for hurricanes. When a couple of them hit Chicaville, my dumb ass didn't even bother to charge the cell phones up or at least have an extra battery handy-I couldn't call anyone for about two days. Well, I'm going to use this coupon-take 25% off chargers and batteries during Tax Free Week (May 21-June 1 for hurricane supplies), just in case. I hope this hurricane season isn't as bad as prior seasons, but it's better to be safe than sorry, so I'm going to take advantage of this Tax Free Week. Now if only we could get a break from these high gas prices....

Bargain Shoe of the Week 5-21-06

Now, let's give those wedges a break people, and slip on some cute flats from Love My Shoes.

Mademoiselle "Gladys" flats, $21.99


What I'm loving right now: patent leather belts

Remember patent leather belts from way back in the 80's? My mom had a ton of them, and I thought those were the most hideoues things in her closet-all plasticy and shiny, yuck. Well, now I wish she still had some of those belts because I'm totally feeling them now. Problem is, I'm kind of having trouble finding them around here in Chicaville. I did find one online at Forever 21 for $3.80! Sweet! I see them at my local thrift store all the time, but they are always smaller sizes. Sigh. I guess I will get that one from Forever 21. It's more within my price range anyway, lol.

Plaid About You

Check out these cute little plaid pieces from all my favorite stores:

Plaid halter dress $25.50, Wet Seal

Plaid Flip Flops $4.50, Old Navy

"Plaid is Rad" pin $1.50, Torrid. I don't know about y'all, but I kinda like this pin.

Plaid dress $40.00, Mandee. I know, it's another dress. But I really like it, so there.

Madra wedge sandals $15.00, Old Navy

Keep it cheap!


Today's Quiz: Which Victoria Secret's Angel are you?

You Are Most Like Tyra Banks

Totally smokin' with tons of attitude

Yeah right, I would be more like Tyra if I had some of her money, lol. Click on the link above to take the quiz. Enjoy!


TV Tonight

Okay, this has absolutely nothing to do with the usual Cheap Chica stuff, but my girl Danielle was crowned America's Next Top Model winner (yay!). I thought for sure that Joanie was going to win because of an internet "leak" a few weeks ago, but that "leak" was wrong. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of Joanie, though. She's very pretty and I think she will go far-in what, I don't know, but she'll go far. I wasn't surprised to see Jade get booted off, though. Her dramatizations (is that a word? Oh man, I sound like her now) have pretty much come to an end. What tripped me out is that she read her little "exit" poem before she left. I guess she didn't want anyone to forget her. She reassured us all that we WILL remember her face ( I don't know about y'all, but I choose not to). Congrats to Danielle!

I also watched Dateline NBC, part 2 of the "To Catch a Predator" series, shot right here in Chicaville-Ft. Myers, Florida. This is the second time this town has been on television (last year, American Idol finalist Vonzell Solomon represented). It excites me to see my town on t.v. and to see our local law enforcement do a great job with this operation (go Chief Daniels and team!). You know, it is so sad how these men didn't have anything better to do with their time than to try to hook up with 14-15 year old girls and boys online. If you missed this show, click here to see at least some of it. You will laugh your asses off because these men are so stupid. What's really sad is that some of these men have teenage kids and some of the men are even married. One guy stated that if his wife found out that he was doing this, she would kill him. Yeah, I would kill your dumb ass, too, not just for hooking up with teenagers online, but because you're a jackass.

Well, that's what I pretty much watched for t.v. tonight, nothing else comes on Wednesday nights. I think I'll find some kind of hobby to get into, because until the next cycle of ANTM comes on t.v. again, I'll have nothing to do on Wednesdays. Help! Keep it, uh, cheap? Peace out.

Free Shipping @ E.L.F.

2 days only people! Get free shipping on orders $25 or more. Coupon code: freeship. For those of you who are clueless about E.L.F., it is the cosmetics website where everything is $1! You heard me, $1! And they are constantly having great deals all the time, so check them out.


The Cheaper Pair

One of these cute pair of wedges are from Steve Madden and one of these are from GoJane.com. Can you tell which one is the cheaper pair? Holla!

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Today's Printable Coupon(s)

Dana Buchman Outlet (Chelsea Premium Outlets): Take 20% off any regular priced item when you spend $100 or more. Expires 6-18-06.

DKNY Outlet (Chelsea Premium Outlets only!): Take 20% off any regular priced item when you spend $50 or more. Expires 6-18-06.

Ellen Tracy Outlet (Chelsea Premium Outlets): Take 20% off any regular priced item when you spend $100 or more. Expires 6-18-06.

Liz Claiborne Outlet(Chelsea Premium Outlets): Take 20% off any regular priced item when you spend $50 or more. Expires 6-18-06.

Maurices: Take 20% off entire purchase. Expires 5-24-06.

Dots: Take $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. Valid May 15-21, 2006.

Enjoy and keep it cheap!


DIY Project: More than just a scarf

Everyone's been talking about silk scarves lately. Confessions of a Shopaholic had a post a while ago about some cool scarves that she found at Walmart (love them); Stylebytes and Punky Style also had some cool vintage silk scarves that they found at their local thrift stores. I always come across cool silk scarves when I'm at the thrift store, but I never get them. I figure they'll just get stashed away somewhere and never see the light of day again. Then I came across a comment that someone left on Punky's site on how to turn those scarves into cool handbags. Click here for the instructions on how to make one of these cute bags. I'm going to attempt to make one when I visit my store this weekend and I'll post it later to let you see how it turns out.

Weekend Finds

This weekend, I really didn't get out much as far as shopping goes. Aunt Flo came to town, if you know what I mean, and I really didn't feel like doing anything. The only places that me and Mr. Cheap Chica went were to Target and the local fleamarket, and that cheered me up a bit. I went to my favorite booth at the fleamarket, Pamlyn Variety (see post "A Trip to the Fleamarket"). I absolutely adore this place-the people are friendly, they have the coolest jewelry, and the prices are awesome (2 for $10, need I say more?). Here are a couple of necklaces that I found (sorry for the not-so-great pics, camera's not cooperating):

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Then we headed on over to Target to do some grocery shopping. Going to Target is like going to Walmart for me-I never walk out of there with just the things that I need, I somehow throw in "extras", like this top that I found:

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Asian bird tank $9.99 @ Target

I love the graphic on this tank. I've always had a thing for cool asian-inspired prints. Hopefully, when Aunt Flo leaves, I'll be back to my normal self.


Homemade beauty: Apple honey mask for my oily/acne prone skin chicas!

Week 2 of honey-based facial masks. I've yet to try this one because I hate having oily skin, especially living here in Florida. All I need is an apple and some honey and I'm good to go.

What you need:
one fine grated apple
5 tbs. honey

What to do:
Mix the apple and honey together. Smooth mixture all over your face and leave on for ten minutes. Rinse off with cool water.


Hey Ma

To all the moms out there, The Cheap Chica, Mr. Cheap Chica and Napoleon, would like to wish all of you a Happy Mother's Day. Even though you're getting showered with gifts, flowers, and candy, the best gift of all is the love that your children show you everyday. That's priceless and it will last a lifetime. Go ahead and enjoy your day. We love you!

Bargain Shoe of the Week 5-14-06

I really love these shoes. I was in Target yesterday and I don't know why I didn't grab them. Maybe it was my conscience talking to me. But for some reason, LL Cool J's song always seems to pop into my head. "It's hard for me to con-trol myself". I resisted the urge to buy them-this time. Xhiliration "Tequila" wedge sandals $19.99. Also available in black.

And for any even sweeter deal......

Xhiliration Metallic Flip Flops 2 for $15 (available at your local Target, on sale this week). Get them online for $6.99 each (2 for $15 not available online). These are similar to the J Crew version that's like $48, but these are a much, much better price. Keep it cheap!


More printable coupons and codes

Okay, I found more printables and codes for you guys. Enjoy and Happy Mother's Day to all y'all mammas out there!

Loehmann's: Take $20 off $100 or more purchase when you use your AMEX card. Expires June 30, 2006.

Gordman's: Take 20% off any item. Expires June 30, 2006.

La Redoute: $10 off $75, $15 off $100, or $25 off $150. Coupon code:1651-01639-368

Perfume.com: 10% off any order. Coupon code: SaveinMay

Today's Quiz: What kind of handbag are you?

You Are a Classic Gucci Bag

You've got style mastered - because you stick with what works

Like this Gucci Bag, you prefer classic items that stand the test of time

You're also a bit of a practical girl, who prefers function over fluff

You prefer a big bag, so that you can have your stuff with you at all times

This my result from taking this quiz (too bad I can't afford a Gucci, lol). Click the link above to see what kind of bag you are. Enjoy!


Thrift Score

I popped into my favorite thrift store today just to kill time. Didn't really have that much money to spend (like I really need a lot of money in a thrift store) and I really wasn't feeling well, so I didn't spend much time there today. I did walk out of there with something-a cute belt for only $1! Damn, I sure wish I had more cash on me because, like the majority of the thrift stores out there, this particular one only takes cash. There were so many deals I had passed up, so I guess I'll make another appearance on Saturday.


Anchors Away

I love the nautical look for this season, but I'm not quite sure if I could pull it off. My personal style is funky/trendy and nautical is kind of too preppy for me. However, I do love these anchor necklaces from Lulu's Fashion Lounge (awesome site if you haven't visited yet) and I can still get in on the trend without breaking the bank.

Rhinestone necklace $10

Gold chain necklace with anchor pendant $9.00

And since we're on the subject of nautical.......

This belt is cute. Also from Lulu's $9.00
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