1/28/11

Friday Bargain Video Feature: "The 5 Golden Rules of Saving on Everything"

Want to know some of the key ingredients to saving money on everything? Check out this video from MoneyTalksNews:



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1/26/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 1/26-2/1

Bargain Brag Wednesday

January 26, 2011

Happy Wednesday! We're half-way through the week . . . congratulations! This morning, I woke up to a fresh, beautiful snowfall. I love snow! Yesterday was pretty dreary around here, so having a fresh coat of white stuff on the ground makes it really beautiful again. Call me crazy, but I love it! New this week . . . I've joined Twitter. I frequently tweet deals I find, so follow me and stay up to date. Also, I don't know if many of you noticed this, but I did announce the "Happy 100 Giveaways" winners a couple of weeks ago. Check and see if you're a winner, then contact me and let me know where your gift should be sent. Have a great day and happy bargain shopping, everyone!

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:






You are all so creative! I love all the different ideas/tips you share. Thank you all for linking up! There were some fabulous ideas shared last week.

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

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1/25/11

DEAL ALERT: Free Shipping at FragranceNet (no minimum purchase!)

FragranceNet.com is offering FREE SHIPPING now through 1/28, with no minimum purchase required. Get this deal by entering coupon code NMF52 at checkout.

Now, why wouldn't you want to earn an extra 12% cash back on your purchase at FragranceNet? That would be insanity! So, earn your 12% cash back by joining Ebates and following their link to FragranceNet! It's so easy, and it puts money back in your pocket. What's not to love?!

DEAL ALERT: Extra 25% off at Clearance @ OldNavy.com (ends 1/27)

For 3 days only, OldNavy.com is offering and extra 25% off their clearance prices (online only) through 1/27. Use promo code ONEXTRA25 at checkout to get the discount. And shipping is FREE every day on orders of $50 or more.

And now is the time . . . the time to break down and join Ebates! Get an extra 2% cash back on your OldNavy.com purchase, just by shopping through Ebates. It's easy, and it puts money back in your pocket. What's not to love?! Plus, you can earn $5 for each friend you refer who makes a purchase, too. It's time to join. :)

1/21/11

New Friday Bargain Video Feature: "No-Sew Cafe Curtains" from BHG

I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time. I'm starting a new features here at BSP—"Friday Bargain Video Feature!" Fridays just seem like a good day to do something like this, so I'll be featuring a new bargain-friendly, DIY, crafty, or creative video each Friday. I hope you enjoy them!

Our first one is something I stumbled onto on the Better Homes and Gardens Web site—DIY, no-sew cafe curtains. Now, that's what I'm talking about! As I've said before, I'm no seamstress, so I think I could actually do this!! I'm excited to try!


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1/19/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 1/19-1/25

Bargain Brag Wednesday

January 19, 2011

So, I've started "Tweeting." Yeah, I'm just not sure about it all, but I've started. We'll see how it goes, but if you'd like to follow me, you can! I can't guarantee that it will be at all entertaining or enlightening, but I'm there anyway. :)

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:
  • We're in the middle of a kitchen remodel (I may have mentioned that before—haha), so I'm always fascinated by other kitchen remodels. Check out this super budget-friendly kitchen remodel from Judith @ "Creating Balance":
  • This gorgeous trunk re-do from "Crafty Hearts, Warm Home" has me wanting to hit all my local Goodwills . . . TODAY! Here's the before pic:

  • And congratulations to "Thrifty Cheapskate" for the great thrift store finds! I love everything about this book . . . but, especially the re-sale value!

  • And, I'm TOTALLY in-love with this fabulous bedroom makeover from Laurie @ "House to Your Home":


You are all so creative! I love all the different ideas/tips you share. Thank you all for linking up! There were some fabulous ideas shared last week.

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

Mothers Work, Inc.

1/18/11

Bargain Shopping Product Review: CSN Lighting

Back in July, I mentioned that I'd be doing a product review from CSN Stores. Since we're doing a kitchen remodel in the house we recently purchased, I thought I would review a lighting fixture from CSN Lighting. Here is my honest, impartial review of the shopping process, product, and overall experience.

Navigating the CSN Stores sites can be a bit confusing and overwhelming at times. It's a bit difficult to find exactly what you're looking for. In my case, I was looking for directional (or track) lights in a brushed nickel, silver finish. Whittling down the options was complicated. They have SO many products, so wading through them can be a bit daunting. On the plus side, they do have SO many products, so there's a very wide selection to choose from.

Once I did figure out which lighting fixture I wanted, the ordering process was easy and seamless! That was a really simple process, and very uncomplicated. I ended up ordering the TransGlobe Lighting Modern Track Lights Semi Flush Mount. It's a really nice fixture! At the time that I ordered it, it was on sale for $59.67, but is now selling for $109.62

I really like that they have so many items that include free shipping, too. That was really nice not to have an extra charge put on to the bill for shipping. The shipping was fast and efficient, too. No complaints there.

When the light came, I immediately opened the box to check it out. Gorgeous! It was exactly what I was hoping for. No complaints there, either.

The problem is that I ordered the light back in July, and we didn't get around to testing it out or seeing if it would work in our kitchen until earlier this month (January). This was our mistake. When we went to inspect the light more closely, we found that it was not going to work in our kitchen set-up. And, we were disappointed to find out that we were outside of the CSN 30-day return policy. I just assumed the light would work, when we received it, instead of taking a closer look. So, now we are trying to figure out what to do with this light that we are not going to use. Again, this was not CSN's fault. Their return policy is clear. The light is pretty, and built well, but just not functional for us.

So, I was satisfied with the shopping experience, the ordering process, the shipping, and the item. I wish I wasn't bound by their 30-day return policy, but that's my mistake. Would I shop CSN Stores again? Probably. They run some really great sales/discounts, and have a really wide selection. It really is like a huge online shopping mall. So, I would recommend them, but be sure you're aware of the 30-day return policy. Lesson learned!

DEAL ALERT: Take extra 25% off Dick's Sporting Goods clearance (ends tomorrow)

DicksSportingGoods.com is offering an extra 25% off their clearance items, now through the 19th. Shop exercise, camping, shoes, clothes, and more. The offer ends tomorrow!

And now is the time . . . the time to break down and join Ebates! Get an extra 3% cash back on your Dick's purchase, just by shopping through Ebates. It's easy, and it puts money back in your pocket. What's not to love?! Plus, you can earn $5 for each friend you refer who makes a purchase, too. It's time to join. :)

1/14/11

Happy 100 WINNERS Announced . . . FINALLY!

Hi all! Today is an exciting day! I'm announcing the winners of the "Happy 100 Giveaways!" Woo-hoo!

A while ago, I hosted some giveaways in honor of the fact that BSP now has over 100 public Google followers. That number has actually grown to over 130 public followers, and even better . . . a total of over 200 subscribers!!! *cue applause* How exciting is that? That means that there are hundreds (yes, hundreds) of you out there who are all about saving some money! Yay!

Now, on to the REALLY good stuff . . . the WINNERS! I can just feel the electricity. :) All winners were selected at random using Random.org.

Giveaway #1, Original Lauren Alexander Artwork: COMMENT #4
LambAround said...
"My favorite is Walk You Home. That little turtle is adorable! :) Ooh, although, I just noticed the Swirl pendant with the cute blue bird...a very close second fave!"

Giveaway #2, Maylee's Garden Handmade Vegan Products: COMMENT #1
Amber said... 
"I think I'd like the coffee scented laundry detergent...how unique!"

Giveaway #3, Jewelry from Connor Inspires Amy: COMMENT #29
Natalie Jane said...
"I would get the Emma necklace for my best friend. Lovely."

Congratulations to you all! Please e-mail leslie@bargainshoppingparadise.com.

1/13/11

DEAL ALERTS: Lots of deals!

  • This is the last day to take advantage of the current 80% off promotion at Restaurant.com. Use coupon code SPOON to get the discount. Add another 15% cash back through Ebates.
  • Walgreens Photo is offering 66% off their desktop calendars, now through 1/15. Plus get free shipping on all standard photo orders with coupon code FREESHIPPING. Also get 25% off posters with coupon code STATEMENT. And don't forget, you can get 25 free 4x6 prints, when you buy 25 with coupon code DOUBLE25. Add another 4% cash back through Ebates.
  • Pottery Barn is offering an extra 15% off their clearance selections, now through Monday, the 17th—both in-store and online. Use online code SAVE15 at checkout. 
  • Snapfish is running a 50% off calendar sale, now through the 17th. Use coupon LASTCALL at checkout. Add another 10% cash back through Ebates.
  • All orders at HobbyLobby.com ship for just $2.95 through Saturday the 15th.

1/12/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 1/12-1/18

Bargain Brag Wednesday

January 12, 2011

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:




Thank you all for linking up! There were some fabulous ideas shared last week.

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

New Year New You Magazines.com, Inc.

1/5/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 1/5-1/11

Bargain Brag Wednesday

January 5, 2011

Happy 2011!! This is the very first WFW of the new year. How exciting! How were your holiday celebrations? I hope you all had a great time with your families. If you remember, we moved into our first house back in August 2010, and have been working on our kitchen ever since. It was an original 1956 kitchen, with all the laundry appliances in the kitchen, no dishwasher, and it just was not very functional. We knew we'd have to put some work into it when we bought the house, and even though the work has seemed to drag on at times, I have to keep reminding myself that we've only been in the house for four months! And now that we've turned over a New Year, I look into my kitchen to see all new cabinets (we pretty much tripled our cabinet space), beautiful granite counters, a brand new cast-iron sink, new faucet, "new" used stainless oven, over-the-stove stainless microwave, new stainless dishwasher, and a widened utility closet that now houses our stackable washer/dryer unit. It's wonderful! We still have painting to do, a backsplash to add, a few different odds/ends to get, and flooring to re-do, but we're getting there. It's all functioning, and is so nice! I'll post pics, and details at another time, but I just had to share the progress. So exciting!

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:





Thank you all for linking up! There were some fabulous ideas shared last week.

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

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