Let Your Fun Flag Fly this Fourth of July with Old Navy

Old Navy’s Let Your Flag Fly sale is the perfect opportunity to stock up on $2 flip flops, $4 tanks, $6 tees, and $8 dresses & shorts for the whole family. Find last-minute 4th of July outfits, or stock up on summer essentials to last all season long. Plus, save up to 60% across the entire store until 7/5.

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Huge Sale Alert! Everything at Old Navy up to 50% Off

It’s my favorite time of year – everything at Old Navy is on sale up to 50% off, no coupon needed! I love to take this opportunity to stock up on staples for the kids and some back to school outfits at amazing prices. Of course a few things for myself always end up in the cart as well.  Don’t wait – the sale ends on 6/19!

 

Find the Perfect Backpack for Everyone at eBags

Find the Perfect Backpack for Everyone at eBags

Carrying the biggest brands in backpacks – JanSport, The North Face, Adidas, High Sierra, and more – eBags has the perfect backpack for kids of all ages.

Here are a few of our favorite picks for preschoolers, elementary schoolers, and middle schoolers.

Toddler & Preschool: Stephen Joseph Mini Sidekick Backpack

If you’re looking for a backpack with as much personality as your child, look no further! Fun and functional, this backpack is the perfect size for your little one to carry to school and hold all his or her day-to-day items.

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Elementary School: Half Pint Mini Backpack 12.3”

When the classic Jansport backpack is too big for your elementary schooler, this half pint mini backpack is perfect. Keep schoolwork, pens, and other school essentials safe and secure.

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Middle School: Striker II Backpack

With after school sports and homework, your middle schooler needs a bag that can keep up with his or her activities. This Adidas backpack has three zippered compartments to keep gear and schoolwork organized and padded shoulder straps for added comfort.

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Save Big on Luxury Items at The Real Real!

Save Big on Luxury Items at The Real Real!

Have you heard about The RealReal yet? It’s an online luxury consignment site where you can find amazing designer finds from Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Jimmy Choo and more. Everything is 100% authentic and there are so many great deals! Take $25 off your first purchase with this link and score something fabulous for a great price. I just bought this gorgeous Kate Spade New York Scatter Station necklace, that retails for $95, for just $26.55 shipped! Use your $25.00 credit to score your next Obsession.

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Tried GroopDealz Yet? Save Up To 85%!!

If you haven’t joined GroopDealz, you’re missing out on some really great savings.

GroopDealz curates daily boutique deals and delivers them to your email inbox. You can save up to 85% on clothing, home decor and children’s items. Recent deals included t-shirts for $7.99, baby rompers for $13.99 and personalized home décor prints for $6.99. There are just so many options to shop, and all items are priced to sell.

Sign up for their emails and never lose out on a deal. New deals are added daily!

 

 

Preparing for Back to School on a Tight Budget

Preparing for Back to School on a Tight Budget

Who doesn’t have a tight budget when getting ready for school? The schools expect you to whip out supplies, clothes and shoes are needed, and it all seems to add up very quickly. It is possible to prepare for school on a tight budget and here’s how you do it.

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Take Advantage of Your State’s Tax Free Shopping Days

Take Advantage of Your State’s Tax Free Shopping Days

Back to school shopping is my favorite shopping season of the year since I work on Christmas and birthday gifts all year long to make it less painful on the budget.  One of the best ways to save another 7% to 10% right off the top (depending on where you live) is to plan ahead and shop on your state’s tax free shopping days. Many states have tax-free shopping weekends in August, where customers don’t pay sales tax on items like school supplies, electronics and clothing.  Use the list below to find out if your state has a tax-free weekend and what items it exempts. Most of the information below is courtesy of TaxAdmin.org and I’d recommend verifying each state through the links provided.

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15 Summer Beauty Commandments for Every Woman

15 Summer Beauty Commandments for Every Woman

Ah, summer…Can you just hear the sound of waves crashing on the shore, smell the salty sea air, and taste of the tropical drinks? No? Are you too busy dealing with breakouts, frizzy hair and a sun burn to enjoy beach season? We all know the coveted Victoria’s Secret -swimsuit-model-look isn’t easy to achieve, but if you follow these 15 summer beauty commandments, you’ll spend more time having fun and less time worrying about the way you look (and feel). After all, confidence is the best accessory!

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6 Strategies for Shopping Consignment Sales

6 Strategies for Shopping Consignment Sales

We have a local Mom2Mom kids consignment sale that is held twice a year at the fairgrounds and I always make sure to hit each sale so I can stock up on kids’ clothes for the season. It’s such a thrill to leave each consignment sale with a load of great deals on quality used clothes, shoes and toys for my kids. At every sale I’ve been able to buy great brands of gently used and sometimes brand new items for a fraction of their retail price. Since I’ve got five kids and a limited budget consignment sales are a fabulous way to give them extended wardrobes without breaking the bank.  As an example, at this month’s sale I purchased 34 clothing items – jeans, pants, shirts, hoodies and skirts – plus a couple boxed toys for $126.  Score!

Here are some of favorite tips for finding exactly what you need and getting the best deals when shopping consignment sales:

Shop With A List

Take a list of the things you know you need with you – for example, our little boys get lots of hand me down jeans and shorts from their big brother but few of the shirts survive so I got them lots of shirts and no pants, just a few new pairs for my big boy.

Get Perfect Fitting Shoes

Draw around your children’s feet on a piece of paper and take it with you if you’re planning to shop for shoes. The shoes are never in any semblance of order at these sales and it can be hard to figure out the size. With drawings of your kids’ feet you’ll be able to quickly and easily determine if they’ll fit without having to bring your kids with you to the sale.

Leave The Kids At Home

Consignment sales are usually pretty packed with people and the displays can be pretty busy so you don’t need any other distractions.  Find somebody to watch the kids so you can concentrate on the hunt for deals without lots of begging to hit the toy aisle.

Bring A Basket

Bring something to carry the goodies! Many sales ban the use of strollers while shopping so bring a laundry basket (or maybe hubby) along to hold all the finds while you’re hunting for more. If you’ve got a rolling basket or cart then bring it along so your arms don’t get tired.

Double Check Everything!

Some clothing items look great from the front but have stains or rips on the back, missing buttons or broken zippers and you don’t want to find that out after you’ve left the sale.

Participate In The Sale

Volunteer or sell your own items at the consignment sale so you can shop early. I’ve done this before and plan to again at the next sale – if you volunteer to work a sale or if you sell your own gently used things then you typically get to shop before the sale is open to the public and you’ll have best pick!  Plus I always figure it’s a bonus if I end up making more in sales than I spend.

 

Take Advantage of Your State’s Tax Free Shopping Days

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Back to school shopping is my favorite shopping season of the year since I work on Christmas and birthday gifts all year long so it’s less painful to the budget.  One of the best ways to save another 7% to 10% right off the top (depending on where you live) is to plan ahead and shop on your state’s tax free shopping days. Many states have tax-free shopping weekends in August, where customers don’t pay sales tax on items like school supplies, electronics and clothing.  Use the list below to find out if your state has a tax-free weekend and what items it exempts. Dollar amounts in parentheses indicate the maximum cost for which an item can be tax-free. Most of the information below is courtesy of TaxAdmin.org and I’d recommend verifying each state through the links provided.

Alabama: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($750), school supplies ($50), books ($30)

Arkansas: Aug. 1-2, clothing ($100), school supplies (no limit listed)

Connecticut: Aug. 16-22, clothing and footwear ($100)

Florida: Aug. 7-16, cchool supplies (no limit listed), clothing ($100), supplies ($15), computers ($750)

Georgia: July 31 – Aug.1, school supplies (no limit listed), clothing ($100), supplies ($20), computers ($1,000)

IowaAug. 7-8, clothing ($100)

Louisiana: Aug. 7-8 All Tangible Personal Property, which usually refers to stuff that you could take with you somewhere, such as furniture, art, clothing and household items ($2,500)

Maryland: Aug. 9-15, clothing  and footwear ($100)

Mississippi: July 31 – Aug. 1, clothing and footwear ($100)

Missouri: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($3,500), school supplies ($50)

New Mexico: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($1,000), computer equipment ($500), school supplies ($30)

Ohio: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($75), school supplies ($20), instructional material ($20)

Oklahoma: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100)

South Carolina: Aug. 7-9, clothing (no limit listed), school supplies (no limit listed), computers (no limit listed)

Tennessee: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), school supplies ($100), computers ($1,500)

Texas: Aug. 7-9, clothing, backpacks and school supplies ($100)

Virginia: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), school supplies ($20), energy star products ($2,500), hurricane preparedness items ($60), generators ($1,000)

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