Cheapalicious Deals 1-31-12


Designer Way vs. Cheapalicious Way

 Current/Elliot's "The Stiletto" leopard print jean retails for $403 at FarFetch.com.  That's eight months of my $50 shopping budget. Sheesh! Blogger buddy Eboni of the Fashionista Next Door blog, tweeted me a pic of these leopard print jeans from Tar-jay, with an oh so lovely price tag of $23!  So glad that she thought about me, because I will be adding these to my "current wants" list.  They're not available online, so it looks like I have to do some stalking at my local stores.  Thanks again, Eboni!


Cheapalicious Links of the Week

video via Glam Morena
  • Select Milani Cosmetics are 75% off at CVS.  Check out all the goodies that Rai scored! [Glam Morena]
  • An easy DIY for Jimmy Choo-inspired glitter pumps [My Thrifty Chic]
  • Bravoe Runway is giving away $50 to shop at 365Hangers! [Bravoe Runway]
  • 8 money saving tricks for 2012 [All Women Stalk]
  • I want everything that's in store at Old Navy right now...[The Budget Babe]

Have a great weekend!


Nifty under $50: What I want....

Since putting myself on a $50 per month shopping budget (see what I've bought here, here, and here, so far), I'm not spending as freely as I usually do.  I'm trying to shake the "I like it, I buy it RIGHT NOW" feeling, so I've been keeping mental notes of items I've spotted and fought the urge to buy them.  Believe me, it's been hard. I've created a little wishlist of everything I want, and hopefully in the coming months, I can squeeze them into my budget.  Here's what I want....

  • zig zag heel $27.20, Go Jane.  These are so fun, and I absolutely adore the color combo!  I hope my size is left when i do decide to order a pair.  All of the cute shoes tend to sell out fast at Go Jane.
  • sateen cropped pants $42.95, NY & Co.  I tried these on in-store the day before, and fell in love.  I was a little concerned about how the cropped length looks on me, but I think with the right shoes, I'll be able to pull them off. Penny Pincher Fashionista's post has inspired me.  
  • printed side tie top $26.94 and printed blanket wrap cardigan $38 (reg. $44.94), Old Navy.  As you can tell, I'm a sucker for prints, so when I saw these two pieces, I instantly fell in love with them- especially the cardigan.  I think it would definitely add some spice to a basic look.
  • spacedye flyaway cardigan $15 (reg. $50), JC Penney.  I own this cardigan in another color and I absolutely love it.  Now I want it in this color.  


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(Possible) Clearance Alert: Mossimo "Paisley" platform pumps @ Target

After months of stalking the Mossimo "Paisley" platform pump, and waiting for them to go on sale at Target, blogger bud, My Dressy Ways, tweeted that those bad boys were finally marked down to $8.98.  Mind you, when I was there last week, they were marked down to $20.98, but I decided to wait until they were marked down a little lower. I bought them in the taupe color, but the black and gold glitter ones are marked down as well.  Keep in mind that they may not be marked down this low (or marked down at all) at every Target location (different store, different markdown schedule), so check with your local store first.

$50 shopping challenge update:  Well, I'm down to less than $4 for the rest of the month.  Eek!  That means no more shopping for the rest of the month.  Time to shop my closet and makeup stash even more.  18 more days to go......


Cheapalicious Links of the Week

photo source:  A Dime on a Dime

  • Vee finds a $50 dupe for Prada [Dime On a Dime]
  • Ten fabulous DIY fashion ideas [All Women Stalk]
  • Get Golden Globe inspired accessories on the cheap! [Penny Chic]
  • An easy DIY manicure to try-  Zooey Deschanel's tuxedo nails mani! [The Budget Babe]
  • Win a $100 ShopBop giftcard from Budget Chic! [Budget Chic]

As of today, I am no longer doing "Freebie Friday" posts.  Reason being is because there haven't been a lot of freebies coming to my inbox lately and I don't want to waste a post on the 3-4 freebies that I do get.  I will still share them, but they will be on the Facebook page and on Twitter.  If you have freebies that you want to share, email them to me (I'll give full credit of course), share them on the Facebook page or tweet them to me and I'll retweet them. Thanks for understanding.  Have a great weekend!


A Cheapalicious Closet: Let's try this again....

I'm thinking about incorporating more outfit posts on this blog.  I tried it for a while a couple of years ago, but then it got to the point where I didn't like what I was wearing that day, or I was just too tired to take a pic. Well, I felt up to it today, although I was dead tired (can't you tell by looking at my face?), and ta da- an outfit post.  Since I've started my $50 a month shopping challenge, I've been shopping my closet a lot more.  I've moved items that still have the tags on them up to the front of my closet (more on that later), in an attempt to wear every last piece.  I have quite a few pieces. Oh boy.  This flyaway cardigan that I'm wearing is the first item I've started with.  I bought it the earlier part of last month, and it just sat in my closet.  I paired it with my favorite gray BCBG trousers and tan cutout booties for work.

  • flyaway cardigan $20 (it was on sale for $29.99, plus I had a $10 off coupon), JC Penney
  • cami (really old, so I don't remember price), Wet Seal
  • BCBGMaxAzria trousers (thrifted) $2, Goodwill
  • booties $15, Wet Seal (seen in this post)
  • belt $5, Ross
  • necklace $1.99 and bracelets $1.99, MIZ Outlet

Cheapalicious Deals 1-17-12

  • The Body Shop:  Free shipping on any order.  Expires 1-22-12
  • NY & Co.:  $25 off $75 or more purchase.  Expires 1-26-12
  • Fergie Shoes:  15% off sale items.  Coupon code: FERGIESALE.  Expires 1-18-12
  • Shoe Carnival:  25% off all men's shoes.  Coupon code: 25OFFMENS.  Expires 1-31-12
  • Walgreens:  20% off beauty products.  Coupon code:  20BEAUTY.  Expires 1-21-12
  • Aeropostale:  25% off a pair of jeans when you donate a pair.  Expires 2-12-12
  • Shoe Steal:  25% off your purchase.  Coupon code: STEAL25.  Expires 1-19-12
  • Anne Klein:  25% off shoes.  Expires 1-25-12
  • Avon:  Free shipping on orders $10 or more.  Coupon code: GARNET2012.  Expires 1-18-12


$50 a month shopping challenge: Week 1 update

Well everyone, I've gotten past the first week of my $50 a month shopping challenge!  23 more days to go!  I spent a total of $37 (see first purchase here) and I have $13 left.  Can I make it through the rest of the month?  Hmmm.  Peep what else I bought last week.

  • Mossimo "Wanda" wedges $7.48 (on clearance at my local store), and People Stylewatch magazine $3.99, Target.  I needed more shoes for work and these are perfect.  Although I said I was going to limit my spending on just clothing, shoes, accessories, and beauty products, I also tend to buy quite a few magazines a month.  Maybe I should include that in my challenge.
  • necklace $1 and belt $7.99, Payless. Yes, you read that right, $1!  It was marked down to $3, but when I got to the register, it rung up for $1. I had a 20% off coupon, so my total price for both the necklace and the belt was $7.62.

Being that I spent over half  my budget in one week, I'm thinking about limiting myself to only $10 per week.  I think that should help me get through the coming months if I decide to continue with the challenge.

For those of you who have joined the challenge, how much have you spent so far?


Cash. Check. Charge: Cutout wedge


Cheapalicious Beauty: Finger Paints nail color in "Twisted"

Finger Paints nail color in "Twisted" $5.99, Sally Beauty.  This was bought prior to the start of my $50 a month challenge.

Here's the newest nail color that I've added to my stash, Finger Paints' "Twisted" from their Special Effects Collection. Some say it could be a dupe for Sally Hansen's "Hidden Treasure", but I wasn't able to get my hands on "Hidden Treasure" (the original, not the new version), so I can't make a comparison. From what I see, "Twisted" looks a bit flakier than "Hidden Treasure.   I used two coats of L'oreal's "Owl's Night" for the base, two coats of "Twisted"- although one coat would've been enough-, and one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast topcoat for my mani.

indoors with flash

outside no flash

Do you own "Twisted" or any of the other polishes from the Special Effects collection?


Cheapalicious Links of the Week

Have a great weekend!


Designer Way vs. Cheapalicious Way

The Diane Von Furstenberg "Zia" slingback sandals retail for $280 at Jildor.com.  I couldn't find an exact match for them, but these Nine & Co. sandals from JC Penney were close enough- and they're on clearance for $24.99! Much easier on the wallet, that's for sure!


CouponSherpa.com's Top Beauty Coupons to Beat Winter Skin Blues on a Budget

I'm taking a break from posting my regular "Cheapalicious Deals" to bring you the top ten health and beauty coupons from CouponSherpa.com.  Enjoy!

1. Elizabeth Arden
Order before Feb. 2 and receive a free 9-piece deluxe gift with coupon code GIFT9, plus free shipping on orders of $40 or more.

2. FragranceNet.com
Get $10 off your order before Jan. 15, plus free shipping with coupon code WINTER10.

3. Bath and Body Works
Save $10 on orders of $40 or more by Jan. 15 with Bath and Body Works coupon code HELLOYELLOW.

4. Folica
Take 15% off orders of $75 or more by Feb. 1 with coupon code FOLICANEWYEAR.

5. Sally Beauty Supply
Get $5 off three Orly Nail Lacquers with promo code 444591 when you order by Jan. 31.

6. Ulta
Take $3.50 off any $10 purchase with an Ulta printable coupon. Good through Jan. 21.

7. Drugstore.com
Save $5 on two Nivea Lotions by Jan. 30.

8. Skin Store
Get 20% off your purchase with coupon code NEW2012 when you order before Jan. 17.

9. VitaminWorld
Take $5 off orders over $25 by Jan. 12 with coupon code TAVWNY2.

10. Yves Rocher
Enjoy free shipping on all orders of $20 or more through Jan. 30 with code YRFREESHIP


Weekend Finds: Day 1 of the $50 a month challenge....

Well, today is the official start of my $50 a month shopping challenge.  Yay!  My original plan was to go and do a little bit of thrifting, but there was a change of plans to take a little road trip to Port Charlotte.  Once there, we grabbed lunch and took a walk through the mall.  I only brought $20 with me, so if I spotted something that I liked (and could incorporate into my wardrobe), my goal was to spend way under the $20 if I could. Today I only spent $17.  Here's what I bought:

Bath and Body Works body sprays in Carried Away, Country Chic, and Japanese Cherry Blossom $1.25 each.  Bath and Body Works is having their "Hello Yellow Sale", so these sprays were 75% off, making them only $1.25 each.  With tax, this purchase was $4.01

hoop earrings $3.99 and dangling earrings $2.99.  These were purchased from a store called "Chic" (formerly known as Charmed 11).  I also bought a Nicka K lipstick in "Loud" for $2.99 and a lip pencil for $1.99 (pictured below). I've only tried the nail colors from this brand and they're pretty decent, so I'm quite sure that the quality of the lipsticks are decent as well.  The peacock ring was free.  I think if you spend over $10, you get a free ring.  Sweet!  My total purchase with tax was $12.80

Here are a few questions I've gotten about the challenge:

Q. What does the "$50 a month challenge" cover?
A.  Since this is my personal challenge, I've decided to only limit my spending on clothing, shoes, accessories, makeup, hair products, etc., because those are the things that I tend to spend my extra money on in a month.  If you're planning on joining the challenge, you can cut back spending on anything you like- whether it's eating out or cutting back on makeup, it's totally up to you.

Q.  What if you don't spend all of your $50 for the month?
A.  I will either carry the remaining balance over to the next month, or put it in my savings.

Q.  How long will you do this challenge?  A month? Six months?  A year?
A.   I haven't specified how long I'm going to do the challenge. After this first month is over, I'm going to decide whether or not I want to keep going. I will keep you updated!

I have $33 left and 29 more days to go. Wish me luck!


Designer Way vs. Cheapalicious Way

The Pierre Hardy suede colorblock wedges retail for $662.40 (down from $1380, ouch!) at Net-a-Porter.  Although not exactly alike, these colorblock wedge sandals from Urban Originals make a good dupe.  And only under $27!

Star Style under $200: Ashley Greene

I can't get enough of Ashley Greene's style.  This girl is always so put together, even when stepping off of a long flight.  Get her jet setting look for less with finds from Forever 21, Old Navy, and more....

GRAND TOTAL= $184.08


Freebie Friday 1-6-12


Andrea Woroch's top 8 shopping trends from the 2011 holiday season

Is everyone still recovering from the holidays?  What whirlwind of a season it has been! A lot of people have set resolutions to do better for the new year in terms of spending and saving money- myself included (see my upcoming $50 a month shopping challenge here).  Now that the new year is here, it's time to consider what we've learned from last year's holiday shopping season and create better spending habits for 2012.  Here's money saving expert, Andrea Woroch's list of the top 8 shopping trends seen during last year's revelries.

1. Clicks Beat Bricks
This was the year e-commerce beat the pants off brick-and-mortar retailing. Although traditional stores did better than expected -- up an estimated 3.8 percent -- online shopping surged 15 percent over 2010.

2. Free Shipping Was Everywhere
Consumers clamored for free shipping offers and often abandoned their online shopping carts when such deals weren't offered. That explains why nine out of 10 retailers provided free shipping during the holiday season. This prosperity no doubt will spill over into 2012, as websites like FreeShipping.org continue to attract bargain shoppers.

3. Free Return Shipping the Next Big Thing
Zappos and several shoe stores began offering free return shipping years ago, but this year even Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus got in on the trend. According to aMarketLive study, 73 percent of respondents named free returns as a deciding factor in their online purchasing.

4. iPads Rule
Laptop shopping is so passé! More than 18 percent of all e-commerce hits were initiated from a mobile device. That's up of 8.4 percent from Christmas Day 2010 and an astounding increase of 117.8 percent. Yes, that figure is 117.8, not 11.78.

5. Dumbbell Shopping
Americans weren't flocking to weight lifting; they were shopping early and late and avoiding the in-between, creating a dumbbell-shaped graph. As expected, buying surged on Black Friday by 6.6 percent over 2010 -- a new record. Then last-minute shoppers hunting for the best deals gave retailers a 4.5 sales uptick in the week before Christmas, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
In fact, the post-Black Friday lull was even slower than usual this year. The two weeks after Thanksgiving weekend showed the biggest percentage in sales reduction since 2000. In the last two weeks before Christmas, sales surged once again by the largest rate since the 2005 holiday season.

6. Event Shopping
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been joined in recent years by Green Monday andFree Shipping Day. There's a slew of smaller shopping holidays, but these events drew the bulk of media coverage.

7. Gift Registries
In days of old, gift registries were pretty much restricted to weddings and baby showers. This year, Christmas-specific registries flourished, with lists from Santa's Hideout andChecked Twice. Even gift cards have registries for nearly every event at Card Avenue.
According to the Harvard Business School report "Give Them What They Want," "Gift recipients are more appreciative of gifts they explicitly request than those they do not. In contrast, gift givers assume that both solicited and unsolicited gifts will be equally appreciated."

8. Dollar Store Deals
Consumers weren't too embarrassed to hit the low-end shopping outlets, like dollar stores, thrift stores and pawn shops in an effort to save as much as possible. Many saw increased sales over 2010.
In fact, the National Pawnbrokers Association estimated there are roughly 13,000 pawnshops around the country that support a rapidly growing $6.1 billion industry

For more info, visit AndreaWoroch.com


The $50 a month shopping budget challenge.....

What:  I'm going to put myself on a $50 a month shopping budget (clothes, shoes, accessories, and beauty products).  I'd like to think of it as a new year's resolution, and hopefully I'll be able to stick to this one.

Why:  I want to curb my spending and put a little bit more into my savings account.  Whenever I get a little extra money (after paying all of my bills and grocery shopping, of course), I put a little into my savings and tend to use the rest to buy myself a little somethin' somethin'- whether it's a pair of shoes, a couple pieces of jewelry, or a new nail or lip color, fashion is my weakness. Granted, I never leave home without a coupon and I comb the clearance racks for hidden gems, but those dollars add up. Plus, I want to start shopping my closet a little bit more and get more use of what I already own.

When:  I'm starting the challenge this coming Sunday (January 8th), and will see how long I can go with this $50 per month budget.  I will do an update post of all of my purchases for the month on February 9th, and determine whether I will keep going on with the challenge for another month or so.

This is a personal challenge, but you're welcome to join me if you'd like (a few fellow bloggers stated that they would like to join me on the challenge)!  I will occasionally post updates throughout the month on the Cheapalicious Facebook page and tweet about it using  hashtag #50dollarchallenge.  Wish me luck!

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