Cheapalicious Deals 5-29-12


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Enjoy your weekend and have a great Memorial Day!


"J. Crew and the Man Who Dressed America" - tomorrow night (5/24)on CNBC

via NBCUniversal:

"With more than 300 stores, nearly two billion dollars in sales, and even the first lady as a fan, J. Crew has become a fashion force. CNBC anchor David Faber tells the story of this growing retailer and explains what’s made this stylish, contemporary brand a success. From New York to Italy, CNBC goes inside the months-long process of conceiving, creating, and marketing a new line of clothing. J. Crew is led by CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler, known in the fashion world as “The King of Retail” for his intuitive sense of what the public craves and for his ability to lift troubled companies to new heights. When he joined the Gap, the company was taking in roughly 400 million dollars a year; within several years he turned it into a retail giant worth $14 billion. The Bronx-born Drexler is known for his obsessive focus on detail, unflinching candor, and trusting his instincts over market research. In an interview with CNBC, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour says, “Fashion can’t ever stand still. And that’s why Mickey is so brilliant at it.”

Check out some highlights of the documentary:


Showtimes for "J. Crew and The Man Who Dressed America" are Thursday (5/24) at 10:00 PM (not sure what time zone), and Sunday (5/27) at 10:00 PM on CNBC.

Will you watch?


Guest Post: 12 Beauty and Fashion Coupons for Memorial Day

Are you all ready for this upcoming holiday weekend?  I know I am!  Barbeques, shopping, that's on my agenda , and I'm sure it's on yours as well, right?  To help you out with your shopping, deals expert for FreeShipping.org, Kendal Perez, shares these coupons for Memorial Day.  Enjoy!


Hosting backyard barbecues and honoring our nation's military are great ways to celebrate this upcoming Memorial Day. Sales and great deals abound this weekend, too, and you can score serious savings on beauty and fashion without having to battle the crowds. Shop from the comfort of your own home with these top online coupons for Memorial Day from FreeShipping.org.

1. Ulta
Get 20% off any item through May 26 with coupon code 75802.

2. Macy's
Click here to save an additional 15% during the Memorial Day Sale through May 28 using code MEMDAY.

3. Maidenform
Take 25% off sitewide through May 29.

4. Easy Spirit
Save 20% with the purchase of two items through May 28.

5. Victoria's Secret
Get free shipping on orders of $100 or more through May 29 with code SHIPVS12.

6. Designs by Stephene
Get 20% off any purchase through May 29 with promo code DBSMEMORIAL.

7. FreshPair
Take up to 60% off top brands through May 28.

8. e.l.f. Cosmetics
Buy one, get one free from the Best Sellers category through May 28 with code BOGO.

9. Lord and Taylor
Get an additional 20% off sale items through May 28 with code MEMDAY.

10. Yoga-Clothing.com
Save 20% on any order through May 29 with coupon code YCMEMORIAL.

11. PinkMascara
Take 20% off any order through May 29 with promo code MASCARA20.

12. Ann Taylor
Save 50% on select full-price dresses, skirts and shoes through May 28. 


Cheapalicious Deals 5-22-12

  • ASOS:  Free 2 day express shipping on orders $150 or more.  Coupon code: USEXPRESS12.  Expires 4 PM PST/ 7PM EST on 5/23/12
  • Sally Beauty:  25% off $50 or more purchase.  Coupon code: 555421.  Expires 5-24-12
  • Stein Mart:  20% off any one item.  Expires 5-28-12
  • Gap:  25% off your purchase.  Coupon code: GAPLOVE.  Expires 5-22-12
  • Loft:  Everything $29 and under sale.  For a limited time
  • Nine West:  BOGO 50% off.  Expires 6-5-12
  • Kohl's:  15% off select men's apparel and shoes.  Coupon code: DAD15.  Expires 5-24-12


Designer Way vs. Cheapalicious Way

The Lanvin espadrille bow sandal retail for $575 at Barney's.  Save yourself major bucks with the "Harstein" sandal from Aldo! Originally $50, they are currently on sale for $26.24.  Score!


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Product Review: Every Drop Beauty Spatula

 Every Drop Beauty Spatula $14.99 (comes with two spatulas, zipper pouch, and three cosmetics jars)

To help me along with my now suspended $50 per month shopping challenge, I was sent the Every Drop Beauty Spatula to try out.  The Every Drop Beauty Spatula is a tool designed to get that last little bit of product out of a near empty bottle. It can be used on just about any shape or size bottle or container, and it can be used on all creams, liquids and lotions including serums, foundation, hair products, etc.  I try my best not to let my facial moisturizers and body lotions go to waste, so I kinda give the bottom of the bottle a few taps and pump out as much as I can until I'm tired.  I KNOW I'm not the only person who does this (lol).  After all of that, I go ahead and throw it out.  There's just no way that I can get the rest of that product out, so why even try.  But, this tool has made it so much easier.

Long flexible handle, and the spatula can fit through most bottle openings.

The curved bottom of the spatula really helps in getting that extra product trapped underneath the "shoulder" of the bottle. 

I used it on my bottle of moisturizer.  I was amazed at how much product was still in there, although it seemed  like there was nothing left.  After scraping as much as I could out of the bottle, I rescued about a week's worth of product that would've probably went into the garbage.


Have you ever tried the Every Drop Beauty Spatula?

FTC Disclosure:  A sample of this product was given to Cheapalicious for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Cheapalicious are the honest opinions of its author(s) and editorial samples do not, in any way, influence the outcome of product reviews.


Designer Way vs. Cheapalicious Way

The suede colorblock platform sandals from Ash retail for $235 at Saks Fifth Ave.  Although not exact, you can see where the chunky, colorblock sandals from Deb gets its inspiration- and it's almost $200 cheaper!

FTC Disclosure:  A sample of this product was given to Cheapalicious for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Cheapalicious are the honest opinions of its author(s) and editorial samples do not, in any way, influence the outcome of product reviews.

Cheapalicious Deals 5-15-12


Nifty under $50: Hi-low dresses

Another dress trend that I'm loving besides colorful striped maxi dresses this season are high low dresses. Shorter in the front, longer in the back, the high low hemline has been cropping up everywhere- and on everybody.  Looks good paired with flats for day or heels for night, I'm definitely feeling this trend.  Are you?  Here are a few finds to help you get in on the trend without breaking your budget. 


Fab Find: Candy striped maxi dress

Stripes are a big deal this season (well, for me at least) and I've been obsessed with getting my hands on a colorful striped maxi dress as of late.  I saw one that I really liked from Ross Dress for Less, but they didn't have my size.  Bummer.  I found this cute one from Walmart that will suffice.  I love the color combo and the price isn't too shabby either- only $18!

candy striped belted maxi dress $18, Walmart

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photo credit:  The Budget Fashionista


Guest Post: 11 Ways to Save at the Movies

Check out this guest post from nationally recognized consumer and money saving expert, Andrea Woroch, on ways to save money at the movie theater! 

With summer around the corner, Hollywood is about to roll out a slew of sequels, blockbusters and indie films sure to satisfy most people's craving for easy entertainment. Before making your summer selections, however, you should consider how best to spend your movie money.
According to TIME Moneyland, ticket prices are expected to increase this year thanks to lackluster sales in 2011 -- and that's not including the exorbitant cost of concessions. Don't let the inflated cost of the cinema deflate your family's desire to catch the season's best flicks on the big screen.
Follow these 11 tips to avoid blowing your movie budget.

1. Join AAA
The automobile club offers $8 tickets to Regal, United Artists and Edwards movie theaters. The catch is that you have to go to one of their offices to buy them.

2. Buy Movie Packs
This is the way to go for families. You can buy a four-pack of tickets from Costco, good for a variety of theatres, for just $34.99 and a 10-pack for $82.99. There's no expiration date and you can use the tickets seven days a week. BulkTix.comalso saves you an average of $2 to $3 off a ticket's face value for seven different chains.

3. Attend Second-Run Theatres
There are several chains that show movies a bit past their prime. If you can wait to see the latest iteration of a Marvel comic, you'll pay anywhere from $3 to $6 for the same movie.

4. Ask for Senior Rates
If you're 60 or over, you'll get a discount from select locations of AMC Theatres. And Cinemark offers Seniors Day every Monday at some locations for seniors 62 and older. Ultimately, it helps to ask the cashier or one of the theatre managers about available discounts for seniors. Just be prepared to show your ID.

5. Skip the Concession Stand
Eat before you head out to the movies so you won't be tempted by the many treats on offer. Granted this is how theaters make their money, but it's also how you double the cost of your ticket.

6. Use Discount Gift Cards
Save 10 to 30 percent by purchasing discount movie theater gift cards from such sites as GiftCardGranny. In addition to saving instantly on ticket prices, you can cut the cost of concessions if the smell of popcorn is too tempting to overcome.

7. Swipe Your Plastic
Credit card companies and banks have increased their reward perks over the last few years and some of those include free passes to the theater. Visa Signature offers their credit card holders two-for-one movie tickets via Fandango on Fridays. Deutsche Bank Debit Card users can get one free pass for every one ticket purchased through BookMyShow.com. Ask your credit card or bank about such reward perks and take advantage of the discount.

8. Be Loyal
Kerasotes Theaters has the FiveBuckClub, which sends weekly emails with a list of movies members can see for $5. AMC Theatres offers points toward discounts, concession upgrades and more if you join their Stubs Rewards Program. Check with your local theatres to see if they provide similar deals for loyal customers.

9. Daily Deal It
Though daily deals for restaurants and spa services overwhelm your inbox, you have good reason to search through the clutter. Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial have featured movie theater savings of up to 50 percent, and will likely offer similar promotions this summer. The vouchers typically expire within a couple months so make note of the date and use them up before then.

10. Early-Bird Deals
Matinees can save you anywhere from 30 to 50 percent off prime-time ticket prices, leaving more money in your wallet for warm summer evenings. [This my best method for saving money at the theater. It's a win win- cheaper and less crowded- Niki]

11. Say Something
Have you ever watched a movie where the sound system was off enough to drive you crazy? Perhaps you ended up surrounded by a swarm of teenagers who shouted at the screen throughout the film. Don't be afraid to ask for a voucher or your money back if you have a bad experience. You may be surprised how often theaters will accommodate a polite request.

Cheapalicious Deals 5-8-12

  • Old Navy:  20% off adult styles.  Coupon code:  GROWNUP20.  Expires 5-8-12
  • Shoe Carnival:  $5 off $39.98 or more purchase.  Expires 5-15-12
  • Neiman Marcus:  Free shipping on all orders.  Coupon code: MAYFS.  Expires 5-31-12
  • Anne Klein: Free shipping on orders $50 or more.  Expires 5-28-12
  • World Market:  10% off your order.  Coupon code: 2012MOM10.  Expires 5-14-12
  • The Body Shop:  30% off gift sets.  Expires 5-13-12
  • Jones New York:  30% off all regular priced styles.  Expires 5-11-12
  • Express:  30% off dresses.  Expires 5-8-12


Cheapalicious DIY: Fabric wrapped bangle

I decided to do a quick, simple little DIY on this lovely Saturday. Remember that lovely floral print skirt that I thrifted a few weeks ago from Super Thrift?  Since it didn't fit me, and I didn't really want to part with it because the print is so pretty, I decided to re-purpose it.  Hey, it was only $1, so I don't feel bad for cutting it up.

You know how much of an accessories junkie I am, so I decided to take some old bangles that I didn't wear  anymore and make them "new" for spring.

What you need:
  • Fabric
  • Bangles.  I used some old plastic bangles that I had laying around, but wooden bangles would work also.
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun.  I used E-6000 for the first bangle, but ended up using my hot glue gun on the second bangle because the E-600 got clogged up.  The hot glue gun worked better, though.

What to do:

Cut a strip of fabric long enough to wrap around the bangle.

Put a dab of glue on the inside of the bangle. Press end of fabric strip onto the glue and wrap the fabric over.   Put another dab of glue on the outside of the bangle where the fabric will overlap.  Continue this method until you're done.



Cheapalicious Links of the Week

 photo credit: FabSugar

  • Five fresh ways to wear a denim vest [Fab Sugar]
  • Are you looking for the perfect wedding dress, but trying to stick to a tight budget?  Nearly Newlywed Bridal offers affordable luxury online! [The Frugalista]
  • How to identify a vintage maxi dress by the era [Sammy Davis Vintage]
  • Stylish, road trip attire [Economy of Style]
  • See what Lindsay scored at her local Goodwill's BOGO free sale! [Thrift and Shout]

Free Old Navy flip flops through SnapAppy

I tweeted about this freebie yesterday, but I'm going to share this again.  Right now, if you have the Old Navy SnapAppy app on your smartphone (download from iTunes for iPhone or  for Android phones), just snap an Old Navy logo, and let the app do its work.  You may score this awesome flip flop freebie!

Other people have also scored coupons such as $5 off any purchase (no minimum), but I only got the flip flop freebie.  If you do score a flip flop freebie, the offer is good until 5/26.  Snap away....

Oh, by the way, these are only for the basic $3.50 solid color flip flops....


Anna Dello Russo for H&M

photos via H&M

Fashion icon Anna Dello Russo, is teaming up with H&M for an upcoming accessories collection set to debut this October.  The collection will be sold in 140 H&M stores worldwide and online, and will feature jewelry, handbags, sunglasses, and shoes.  Check out the video below where Anna discusses her upcoming collaboration with H&M, and shows her inspirations for the collection.

video via YouTube


Today's Video: Style Studio with Rebecca Minkoff

Yahoo! Screen is pleased to announce their new series "Style Studio with Rebecca Minkoff", which launched today (5/2), and will air every Wednesday.  The show follows the fashion designer as she helps stylistically challenged women find their unique sense of style. Check out the first episode below and tell me what you think in the comments!

video courtesy of Yahoo!

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