Monday, November 26, 2012


Since its almost December I thought it might be both fun and informative for us to share our shopping "secrets."  Here are 7 of my shopping secrets to help you save money, just in time for the holidays!

1. Check for coupons or codes for a percentage off and/or free shipping. 

2. Amazon does not charge tax nor a shipping fee if the purchase is from Amazon itself and over $25.00. 

3. Many stores offer discounts to both students and educators with a valid school I.D. (J.Crew allows 15% and Ann Taylor 20% off a full price purchase).

4. Nordstroms and Zappos offer both free shipping and free returns. 

5. is a site that allows you compare prices from vendors for a specific item. 

6. not only compares prices but will also give you the option of a general search for i.e. cardigan but also allow you to type in criteria such as size and color.

7. Bed, Bath and Beyond, Nordstroms and will match competitor's prices if you provide documentation of the lower price.
Please share your best shopping secrets in the comments!


  1. great tips!!! all good things to keep in mind when shopping around for the PERFECT gift :)

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  2. LOVE these tips! My best tip is for all those crafters out there....Michaels and Jo Anns accept competitor coupons. JoAnn's will accept a Jo Anns mailed coupon and a coupon from the paper in the same trip + a competitor's coupon! Hope you had a great weekend! SMiles, Jill

  3. Thanks for the tips, Nancy! Here are a few I've gleaned from my fiance... he's amazing for many reasons, including being a deal whiz! - If you do a lot of online shopping, this site offers rebates at a lot of retailers and shows you their current deals. For example, you get 5% cash back when you use their link to shop at Nordstrom! ( - Not necessarily just for fashion, but this is a really great site that publishes how you can combine coupons to get crazy deals on all types of products.

    Happy Holidays! :)