11 Online Shopping Hacks for Never Paying Full Price

I have been online shopping for a while and if you saw the number of packages that arrive at my house on any given day, you might even consider me an expert!  I know UPS seems to think I am.  I wrote two posts a few years back about ways to save and included different strategies both online and in stores.  I’d love to share some updated suggestions and new ways to score major deals while sitting at home, in your PJs, drinking wine.   Sounds perfect, right?   Just promise me you will never pay full retail!

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  1. Ebates – Always my first “go to” when online shopping.  You earn a % back on your purchase and get paid quarterly. You can also earn $ for referring your friends and family.  Full transparency, I have earned $743 to date.  (Please do not do the math on that one!)   New members get a $10 gift card just for signing up and making their first purchase! Don’t pass $10 up!
  2. Sign up for store emails.  I mentioned this one before.  Create a separate email account just for your store emails/coupons. That way you don’t have to delete them until the sale is over.  (My favorites: Gap, J-Crew, Loft, Carter’s, Kohl’s).  I have multiple email accounts that I use to get different coupons throughout the year.
  3. Stack your coupons.  You can do this in-store and online!  If you have a coupon that is $10 off $50 and 20% off your purchase, most stores will allow you to stack these coupons. Some will even allow you to add a free shipping code.
  4. Use your search engines for coupon codes if you don’t have one handy.  Some coupon sites will have them available for you to use (this is NOT my favorite method though).
  5. Follow other money saving blogs.  My two favorites are: Hip2Save and Pocket Your Dollars.  Hip2Save has been more on my radar lately and I love getting her daily emails with the savings roundups.
  6. Leave items in your cart.  I am SO guilty of doing this on a regular basis. I totally window shop online, then a day or two later get a friendly little reminder email that I have items in my cart. Some companies will send you a sweet little coupon to get you to come back and make that purchase.
  7. Ebay. Sometimes you can find brand new items on Ebay and not pay full retail.
  8. Amazon Prime.  Have I mentioned my love of Amazon before?  Prime baby!  You get your stuff in 2 days, free shipping on millions of items.  It’s totally worth the yearly fee.. and College students get a better deal as well!   You can try Prime for free for 30 days. Don’t use it? Don’t like it?  Cancel within the 30 days and you are not charged.
  9. Check your credit card or debit card’s website. Some credit card companies offer promotions when you make purchases through their site!  (You can’t stack this with Ebates).  I just checked mine and had a $10 credit to Stitch Fix!  Woo-hoo – Thanks Westconsin!
  10.  Price adjustments.  Some stores will honor the sale price online up to 14 days after your purchase.  I recently contacted an online store and they took care of it without any issue.  I was advised that not all stores will honor the price adjustment if you used a coupon.  (I did, of course, but they did it anyway). It never hurts to ask!
  11. Do your homework.  Different websites can offer the same item at different prices.  Google search that stuff and find your best deal. Then Ebates it, stack your coupons and come out ahead!

 

There are tons of other hacks out there for saving money, like shopping on the right day.  The list I provided above is what I currently use for shopping online.   I hope you are able to save a few bucks while online shopping.  Please don’t break my heart and pay full retail!  Honestly, don’t be afraid to try things like Ebates or simply calling customer service and asking.  Every dollar counts!

 

XOXO,

Kristen

 

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Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders

Hawaiian Ham

 

When I saw the Hawaiian Ham Sliders recipe come across my Facebook feed last year, I knew this was one I HAD to try! I’ve had a pretty busy few weeks and when I found out we had company coming last Friday, I knew this recipe was perfect for my crowd!  These are super easy and amazingly delicious!  They are great for family dinners, as an appetizer or for football Sundays.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pkg of 12 Kings Hawaiian Rolls
  • 1/2 lb of Honey Ham
  • 6 slices of Swiss Cheese
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray (or a cookie sheet works too!0
  • Melt the butter and add the onions
  • Stir in the Worcestershire Sauce, Mustard and Brown Sugar
  • Slice the rolls, set the tops aside.
    • Tip: Split the rolls into 6 and 6 and then slice the tops off
  • Place the bottom half of the rolls in your baking dish/cookie sheet
  • Add 1/2 of your butter/onion/seasoning mixture to the bottom of the rollws
  • Next, layer on the ham
  • Top the ham with the swiss cheese (coupon here!)
  • Brush on the remaining butter mixture
  • Then top with poppy seeds (I like a lot of poppy seeds!)
  • Bake 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown
  • Cut and serve the Hawaiian Ham Sliders
  • Enjoy!

 

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Stitch Fix 33: My Fix Reviewed

One of the things I absolutely love about getting my monthly Stitch Fix are the sweet notes I get from my stylist.  Tiffany is my current stylist.  The first two fixes were 0 for 2. I knew the best way to receive better fixes was to update my Pinterest Boards.  I spent some time updating my boards and the next two fixes were fabulous!  While I really liked this fix, I also stuck to my budget and only kept one item.

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a monthly service where you receive a stylist and he/she sends you “Fixes.”   Sign up, fill out the Style Profile, and then pay $20 as a styling fee. Stitch Fix sends you clothes that match up with your profile.  Within the profile there is a place to link your Pinterest account. This helps the stylist see what styles you like.  If you purchase something, the $20 is applied against your purchase. If you do not purchase anything, then the $20 is forfeited as a “styling fee.”

This month’s Stitch Fix!

CeCe by Cynthia Steffe – Mieko Dress – $128

The colors in this dress are absolutely stunning.  The teal, corals and orange simply made the dress incredible beautiful.  The dress was lightweight and very comfortable.  What I did not like about the dress was that it really hung on me and did not do a lot for my shape.  I also could not get over the price of $128. It was out of the budget. I have a lot of dresses and since I didn’t love this one, I could not keep it.  Verdict: Returned

Mieko Dress

 

41 Hawthorn – Sugar Dot Print Dress – $74

When I went on my Pinterest Pinning frenzy, this is one of the dresses I pinned for my stylist to find for me.  The gal that I pinned wore this dress so well. I unfortunately did not have the same luck.  Since I am a little bigger chested the top fit very tight on me. The polka dots were not as cute as I had hoped.  However, this dress is very versatile. I do like that it is work friendly, great for weddings or even Sunday church. Unfortunately, because of the fit it was not a keeper for me.

Verdict: Returned

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Daniel Rainn – Kurkova Crochet Detail Blouse -$64

I am an absolute sucker for anything sheer and floral. I usually get something like this top in nearly every one of my Stitch Fix boxes.  The crochet detail on the neckline is gorgeous.  The darts on the side are also crocheted and created an illusion of a smaller waist line. (Of course I LOVED that!).  The top is definitely my style and something I would wear on a daily basis. However, last month I kept a sheer floral blouse.  Plus with a $64 price tag, I gave this one back to Stitch Fix.  Verdict: Returned

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Collective Concepts – Elisa Faux Wrap Dress – $78

When I first saw this and it had a little elastic in the waist, I knew this would NEVER fit.  Then I tried it on and fell madly in love with it.  It is a little shorter dress, so I grabbed a pair of my favorite black leggings and bam!  This outfit is perfection. The colors are goregous, very fall like.  I really like the way the waist fits and how it has the “faux wrap” but also has a snap closure so I stay professional but put together.  Verdict: KEEP!

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Sweet Grey – Carlisle Mixed Material Top – $78

Confession. I peeked!  When you receive your shipping notification you can essentially “peek” to see what is in your fix. (The App is even better as it shows pictures of the clothes!).  When I saw this top, I immediately thought, no way. Tacky. Ugly. Not me at all.  Then I pulled it out of the box and started warming up to it.  Next, I put it on and felt how soft it was paired with my leggings.  I felt like I was in my PJs but entirely put together.  I immediately put this on the “maybe” list.  “Maybe” because you never know with Stitch Fix pricing.  And then I saw it. $78 for what feel like a fancy long sleeve t-shirt.  I could not justify it.   

Verdict: Returned.

Carlisle Top

I think the element of surprise (okay even if I peek) is always the most exciting part of Stitch Fix.  Someone else is picking what they think you will love and what may look great on you. It’s fun to step outside of the box and try something different.  While I may only keep one or two things each fix, I still enjoy having (new) clothes and those that are different from everyone else.  Consider giving Stitch Fix a try!!

Stitch Fix carries sizes XS-XL and 0-14 as well as both maternity and petite.  (They have shoes now too!).  It’s not age or body specific, they do try to meet your tastes and likes! If you’re interested, here is my referral link. I receive a $25 credit for you signing up and once you sign up you can have other friends sign up under your personal link. (The credit isn’t applied until the first box ships!)

XOXO

Kristen

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New Life for an Old Chair

I always imagined when I bought my first house it would have a big porch where I could relax on my rocking chair with a cold drink.  Unfortunately the first house I bought didn’t have a porch!   So my sweet little rocking chair sat out on the back patio and saw all of the elements and better days.  Our new house is rocking chair perfect except my chair was beat up and nearly falling apart.

Adam was on his usual Sunday afternoon golf outing, George was napping and I was fed up pulling weeds.  I received a coupon for a free sample of Country Chic Paint in the color Bliss and couldn’t wait to get my hands dirty with it.  I just had to be brave enough to paint my perfectly white rocking chair a new color and I was definitely feeling up to it.

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Country Chic Paint – Perfect for my Rocking Chair Project

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Supplies:

  1.  Fine grit sandpaper. I prefer the sanding sponges like this one
  2. Spray paint (this isn’t a must)  but will definitely help!
  3. Paint brush – There are special “chalk paint” brushes but you don’t necessarily need one
  4. Chalk paint – I used Country Chic Paint for this project (Bought locally at ReStyle & Co).
  5. Paint cup and liner – this is SO much easier to paint with (and dispose of with liners)
  6. Floor protection (if you want to keep your floor nice – I didn’t use this!)
  7. Something to paint! (a chair, an armoire, a hutch, a table, a picture frame…something that needs an update!)

 

My rocking chair definitely needed a little bath.   It was such a gorgeous day that I did it right in the driveway.  Of course my sweet George missed out on a perfectly good opportunity to play in the water (but it saved me the headache of having to change his clothes later!).   Important: Make sure you dry off your piece while prepping for paint. Not all projects will require this step, but you should at least consider wiping it down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust or dirt you don’t want trapped under the paint.

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Before: My sweet old rocking chair

If you have any loose paint you may want to give it a light sanding and then wipe down again to remove any dust (you don’t want this getting in your paint!).

This step is optional. Give whatever you’re painting a nice little coat of spray paint first.  In this case, I didn’t need to since my rocking chair was already white and I was going darker.  However, if you are taking a dark piece and going lighter,  save your chalk paint and buy the $4 can of spray paint to save money and several coats of paint!

I used a handy pail and liner, so I simply dumped the entire container of paint (it was a smaller sample size)  into my paint cup and I started painting.  The paint went on fairly well and dried rather fast with the breezy day.  After I finished painting my chair and gave it a fair 1-2 hours to entirely dry. I then took my sanding block and gave my rocking chair a nice sanding.  I am not a fan of overly distressed chalk painted items.  If you prefer a more distressed look, you will want to definitely sand more until you get through the paint. When sanding, sand edges on curves for more distressing.

It truly is as easy as it sounds! It only took me a few hours on a nice Sunday afternoon to complete this project from start to finish. I am SO pleased with how my rocking chair turned out!  I can now enjoy sitting outside on my chair without the bird poop and watch George play!

 

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I can’t wait to hear all the fun projects you are working on and are finishing!!  Link up if you have anything great you want to show off or share!

 

XOXO

Kristen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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