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Where Can I Start My Holiday Shopping?

This past Money Monday I shared with you My Naughty and Nice List.  So of course I want to know how is your holiday shopping going? Have you started yet? Are you almost done? If you haven’t started yet I suggest when you’re done with reading this post you stop by Monday’s post and check out how to start!  It’s making me nervous to even think about you waiting til the day before Christmas to start.  I know plenty of people who do though, so you’re not alone.

For me though I am a bit claustrophobic so I tend to make sure I’m done with my list by the first or second week of December!  Anything after that and you might get a homemade gift if I haven’t gotten to your name yet by that time.  This is actually not a bad idea if you share the same phobia of large crowds.  People tend to morph into mean monsters during the holiday shopping season.  If you do have to shop during the month of December, good luck to you!
Since I’m almost done, I thought it would be nice to share some ideas of what to get the people on your list.  This will come to you next week.  In the meantime I wanted to share an event you can look for in your neck of the woods.  It is the perfect spot to start your holiday shopping.  I love to stop at Holiday Shopping Events.  Its a great way to find some really great gifts for your loved ones and of course, yourself!  I normally have to travel all the way to NY to find a good one.  However, this year I’m in luck to have one closer to home.  In Connecticut, one of my dear friends is hosting a Holiday Shopping event in Norwalk, CT for the ladies.  If you happen to be in my neck of the woods I invite you to partake in the festivities!
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PNK Holiday tickets will be sold ahead of time for $10.00 and $15.00 at the door. Please email for more information!

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Buy your heart’s desire!

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day!  In a few hours I’ll finally get out of bed and hit the stores to catch some of the bigger deals of the year.  If you happen to miss this holiday shopping event, look forward to October when deals come out for Columbus Day.  Today also is a great day to go look at some cars, you might strike up a ridiculous deal.  In case you are, go back to the last Money Monday topic, where I let you know all I learned in my research to purchase a vehicle.  Add into the mix our affirmation focus and voila; a new/newer car.

Now if you’ve already read last Monday’s blog I told you at the very end that I would let you know how affirmations can help with your process.  So here is what I did and what you can do to.

Add the car you intend to buy to your affirmations list.  How simple is that!  I love simple and straight forward!

February 2nd of 2007, I added to my affirmations list, “I intend to buy my Volkswagen Beetle in December of 2007 with at least $3000 down.” I learned that I needed to be more specific with my affirmation.  What color was it? Did it have a tape deck or a CD player?  In July of 07 it changed to “I will be driving and buying my White Volkswagen Beetle with all the trimmings and a sunroof in December of 2007 with at least $3000 down.”  It became more specific as time went on.  In August of 07 it became “I will be driving and owning my certified Volkswagen Beetle with all the trimmings and a sunroof with at least $3000 down.”  Constant research of model year and of “trimmings” prices caused me to continuously tweak my affirmation.

How I bought the Car of My Dreams - Buy your heart's desire!

The important thing is to keep the thought of buying the car fresh in your mind.  To visualize yourself driving the vehicle.  The vehicle that is yours.  Writing and reading the words everyday creates the feeling of already having it.  Everything begins to shift and align to bring you what you want.  EVEN THE CAR.  Being focused on the purchase reminded me to put aside the pretend payment.  Changing my desktop image at work to a red Beetle and white convertible Beetle overlooking the beach, reminded me, to work, to make the money that would pay for the car.  I was saying to the universe, the car is mine, its just a matter of when and how it’ll come to be.  The more in tuned you are to that goal, the more opportunities will arise to give it to you;  You just have to be listening, pro-active and flexible.

Again, do your homework and stay focused, and you’ll get it.

Until then
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Do you ideeli? If not you should and here’s your invite!

I’ve been saving for several months now for the month of June.  My dad’s birthday is the week before father’s day and my boyfriend’s birthday is at the end of the month.  Add to it this year my niece’s graduation and I hear the sound of an adding machine as the dollars add up.  Thanks to my planning in advance and my keen antenna for sales, I’m slightly excited to spend money on my loved ones this month.  That is partly do to this amazing website I was introduced to last year.  Its an exclusive shopping site that allows you to purchase amazing name brand and designer labels at a fraction of the cost. No REALLY.  I got this beautiful Alexis Hudson bag last February, that retails for 700+ for a little under 200 after shipping.  Now yes, I know, I shouldn’t be spending that much money on a purse, at least not right now anyways, BUT did I mention how beautiful it was.

Since that purchase, I’ve picked up sandals, jewelry, and home goods.  Did I mention their amazing give aways.  A few months back I won the CHANEL Giveaway. The thing I love is that joining the site is FREE and you are under no obligation to buy anything.

Its an invitation only shopping site and lucky for you I have your invitation.

So find some awesome gifts for you and your loved ones.  Follow the link and set up a profile and just like that BAM you’re in….It can’t hurt to see the sales 🙂

Take Me To Ideeli!

Happy Shopping!

Until then
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The Perfect Gift for Him OR Her!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few years, its that MEN enjoy the SPA as much as the ladies do!  Why wouldn’t they?  A massage is a great way to loosen a body hurting from tension.  It has health and mental benefits.  Add to the list all the range of services spas provide and you are a step closer to heaven;  Even if it only lasts a few hours.

SpaFinder is a site to find deals on your local spas and give a lucky recipient a gift certificate!  Remember to add yourself to the list 🙂

Until then
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16 seconds straight…

We’re a day short of the weekend and if that makes you sad, smile for 16 seconds straight.  The studies show that smiling for that length of time sends neurotransmitters to your brain signaling that you are in a good mood.  If the 16 seconds are done and you’re still in a funk on this terrific Thursday, shoes might cheer you up.  Yes you to fellas!  Don’t shake your head, I think guys are just as crazy about clothes and shoes as us ladies.  A trip to a very far mall to acquire a pair of $90 shoes confirms my answer…for whom I went, his name will remain nameless 🙂

Shoes for less…Payless….This is by far not an official advertisement for Payless, but I figured their email to me got my attention when it featured their Summer 2010 Designer Collection.  So the shopaholic in me will tell you to wait for their B1G1 1/2 Price Sale but in the meantime pick out the ones you like 🙂

For Women these caught my eye (Clicking on the links will bring you to a visual aid):

Scalloped Peep-Toe Pump by Christian Siriano for Payless – Christian Siriano has a FIERCE sense, while keeping it simple.  I have a pair that he did during the fall for payless and they were SUPER high and SUPER cute 🙂

Anise Bow Flat by zoe&zac – These look SUPER COMFY! 

Wait for It Sandal by Montego Bay Club These look SUPER FUN! 

Rope Wedge Sandal by Dexter – These look like they’d be perfect for my feet in Mexico 🙂

Neilson Bow Flat Lela Rose for Payless –These are cute for a night out with the girls 🙂

 Fellas not sure what your taste is but here is the link to the men’s section on the Payless site AND there is a sale 🙂  Go to Men’s Shoes

If shoes do not cheer you up try the smiling thing again! Let me know if it works for you and what other things you do to get yourself in a gooooooooooood mood.

Until then
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Never pay full price if you KNOW you can get it cheaper!

The season is changing.  It’s time to change the wardrobe and buy those few pieces to keep your wardrobe up to date. As you’re pulling out what you have, take a mental note of what you need.  Try on what you have, if something no longer fits, think of who you know who might fit it or make a pile for your local donation place like Good Will or Salvation Army.  From the winter, take a look at the things you did not wear and see if you actually see yourself wearing it next winter.  If you don’t think you will give it away or donate it.  Not sure what you wore this past winter, no problem.  I read about a method you can use for next season to see what you wear and what you don’t wear.  When hanging clothes in the closet face the hook towards the back of the closet, this might be how you normally hang your clothes.  After you wear something and wash it, when you rehang it have it face the opposite way.  A few weeks into the season you will start to see what you wear and what you don’t.  I also found it to be a reminder to wear the clothes that have not been worn yet.

Here are some simple rules I apply when shopping for anything:

  1. ALWAYS SHOP WITH COUPONS! Regardless of if we’re going out to buy a pair of pants, or a TV, whatever store we’re going to buy something in, always see if there is a coupon first.  Some companies send coupons to you in the mail, email or in the Sunday paper.  I always google the company I’m looking for’s name followed by the word coupon.  Example, Ann Taylor Loft Coupons.  Another great way to get coupons via email is to visit the website of the company you’re looking to make a purchase at and sign yourself up for emails.  After you receive coupons for a while you know when to hold out for their good ones, some coupons are better than others.  Remember to always read the fine print on the coupon, sometimes there are exclusions or limits to how much you need to spend to use the coupon.
  2. DISCOUNT/REWARDS CARDS!  Many companies have rewards or discount cards for loyal customers and frequent shoppers.  Grocery stores, like Stop & Shop, save money on groceries.  Best Buy has a rewards card that accumulates points for every purchase you make.  Auto Zone and New York and Company has a rewards card that every 5 qualifying purchases gets you a gift certificate to use on your next purchase of a certain amount.  Some companies let you accumulate rewards points using their store credit card.  I am against store credit cards as the interest rate on them are always super high.  However for coupon usage or point accumulation, if you pay your balance off in full before or when you get your statement then you should be fine.  If you find yourself having a balance that carries forward for more than two months then consider not using the card for purchases.  As fees are added on each month if there is a balance,  you will pay more than what you initial thought you’d be paying for your purchases.
  3. HOLIDAY COMING UP?  Ask yourself first, is there a holiday coming up?  Mother’s day is around the corner and there are tons of sales on fine jewelry and woman’s clothing.  A few years ago I picked up a nice camera during the father’s day sales. So keep things like that in mind.  Sometimes waiting a week or two for the next holiday is worth the savings.
  4. CLEARANCE!  In almost every store I go into, I always head straight to the clearance section.  Especially in clothing stores, as most seasonal items come out before the season starts, you can find what is out now for a fraction of the price.  When I worked in retail, now many moons ago, I learned that retail marks up their merchandise by 300%.  So when it gets to clearance its probably closer to what the item is worth.  Here’s a tip: When browsing the clearance section, if you find a ton of what you want to get in your size, wait a few days longer to purchase it.  Some stores do mark downs more than once a week, so if you wait you might pay less for it.  If its not there when you get back, then you must face that fact that it was not meant to be…sigh.
  5. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR RECEIPT ON YOU!  Some stores give you seven days to come back to get price adjustments on merchandise.  If something goes on sale a few days after you’ve purchased it they will give you the difference.  All stores have different policies so check your receipt or the store postings to find out the days you have to come back for the price difference and if there are any exclusions.  Most times they can make the adjustment from your receipt alone. 
  6. OUTLETS/T J MAXX/MARSHALLS/HOME GOODS:  Shop at places that have discounted things you want.  These particular locations buy the surplus of orders and get it cheaper and sell it for less than what we would have paid for it in the store.  The clearance section in these stores is where steals are found!

The Sunday before last I found some ridiculous deals.  I won’t bore you with the details but combining any of the above mentioned will save you tons of money.  When the amount you save is double the price you paid then you’re in SHOPPING BLISS!

If you have to pay full price for something, see if that store has a price adjustment policy.  Stopping in a week later, could save you money!  It’s all about the Lincoln’s baby!

Hope you found this useful!  Feel free to share your shopping tips and secrets in the comments section below.

Until then 
djRelat7 Finds Shoes Shopping

In my search for shoes to go with my bride maid’s dress for my friend’s upcoming wedding, I came across  Here there are shoes for women, men, children, and lovely accessories.  Take a look!