Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Never Pay Full Price


I rarely purchase anything at full-price and love the challenge of getting the best deal possible.  I'll raid the sale and clearance racks, scour the internet for deals, and ask, "Do you offer any sort of discount?"  Many restaurants, retailers and services offer discounts to teachers, students, AAA and AARP members, military, etc.  I decided to do a little research and compile a short list of discounts for you.




Teacher Discounts (with valid ID):
Ann Taylor: 15% discount on full-price items


Banana Republic: 15% off full-price purchases (In-store only) - Click here for more information.

Dress Barn: 15% off regular-priced purchases - Click here for more information. 


JCrew: 15% discount (I've also used this at the JCrew Factory store.)  Just show your valid teacher ID in the store or click here to verify your eligibility for online purchases.

Land's End: 15% discount on your purchase when you present a valid faculty or staff ID. (In-store only) - Click here for more info.

Loft: 15% off full-price purchases - just show your teacher ID.  If you want to get notified of special teacher events (they have some great ones), sign up here.

New York & Company: 15% off full-price purchases.

Sperry: 15% discount on all orders, $10 e-card after first purchase, free shipping & returns, birthday offers and so much more - Click here to join their Teacher VIP Membership for free

Tom's: 10% discount on all full-priced styles - Click here to verify eligibility.


(Remember to keep those college student ID cards as long as you can.  If you're in grad school, make sure you get a picture ID...it's worth the discounts.)


Student Discounts (with valid ID):
*Register with Student Beans, a student loyalty network, for some of the best discounts.  Once you register, you will be able to access online discount codes for hundreds of global brands.




Ted Baker: 15% student discount in-store with your valid student ID or online through Student Beans.

Hunter: 15% student discount online through Student Beans.

bebe: 25% student discount online through Student Beans.

Ann Taylor: 15% discount on full-price items.

Banana Republic: 15% off full-price purchases (In-store only) - Click here for more information.

JCrew: 15% discount (I've also used this at the JCrew Factory store.)  Just show your valid student ID in the store or click here to verify your eligibility for online purchases.

Sperry: 15% discount through ID.me.  You can also get a $10 e-card after first purchase, free shipping & returns, birthday offers and so much more - Click here to join their Student VIP Membership for free.

Tom's: 10% discount on all full-priced styles - Click here to verify eligibility.





Military Discounts
*Register with ID.me.  This site digitally stores your ID cards so that you can prove your identity to online retailers. Once you register, you will be able to access online discount codes for hundreds of global brands.




Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops: 5% discount - Click here for more information.

Home Depot: 10% discount (up to $500) for active and reserve military personnel, retired or disabled veterans and their spouses.

Lowes: 10% off eligible purchases for active military personnel and veterans.  Click here to enroll for a military discount.

Pier 1: 10% off your purchase - Click here for more details.

Pottery Barn: 15% discount on entire in-store purchase for all active and retired military personnel.

Sperry: 15% discount through ID.me.  You can also get a $10 e-card after first purchase, free shipping & returns, birthday offers and so much more - Click here to join their Military VIP Membership for free.

Tom's: 10% discount on all full-priced styles - Click here to verify eligibility.


These lists are only scratching the surface of the available discounts available out there.  Discounts are offered at book stores, restaurants, hotels, computer companies (Yes, Apple is included!), clothing stores, services, etc.

Just remember these tips:
1.  Always Ask - Don't be shy...It never hurts to ask if a certain retailer/service/location offers discounts to teachers, nurses, military, AAA members, AARP members, government officials, teachers etc.  The worst case scenario - they say no.

2.  If you purchase an item and then it goes on sale within 14 days (this is the usual time frame), you can get a price adjustment.  Simply take the receipt back to the store within 14 days and get some $$ back.  (Check the individual store for their price adjustment policy.)

3.  If you are shopping online, sign up for Ebates.  It's Free.  Click here to read all about how it works.



 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Destination Warm

It's cold...very cold.  Temperatures are in the single digits with wind chills dipping into negative numbers.  Earlier this week I needed to brave the weather and stop into my local Target.  I sprinted from the car into the store in fear that my eyeballs were going to freeze open.  Phew...I made it.  Do you know what greeted me right inside the front door?  Racks of colorful bikinis and fashionable one-piece swimwear.

Bitter sweet emotions flooded me at that moment...I was excited that bathing suit season was only a few months away, but I was also jealous of anyone planning and prepping for a tropical island getaway.

Let's think warm and sunny thoughts as we discuss the perfect vacation must-haves.

1. Sunglasses - Everyone needs a fashionable, reliable and protective pair of shades.  I was given a pair of Ray-Ban tortoise sunglasses a few years ago and I have to say that I love them.  They are not cheap...so if you are someone who always looses or breaks your glasses stick to one of these: (Click the item for more information.)

2. Sun Hat - We all know the sun is not good for our skin.  Every vacationer needs a brimmed sun hat to protect their face from harmful UV rays.  With so many options out there, you can definitely find one to pair with your favorite swimwear.  Here are a few of my picks:

3. Beach Cover-Up - I'm not one to saunter up to a beach resort bar or restaurant in just my bathing suit...a shout out to those of you that can.  I'm not saying I throw on pants and a sweater, but a cute cover-up is always one of the top items on my packing list.  Something light and comfortable is all you need.

4. Sun Dress - After basking in the sun all day, it's time for a fun and beautiful dress to wear in the evening.  After a day at the beach, I like to show off my fresh tan, or sunburn, when we grab some drinks or go to dinner.  I'm in love with this middle pick, but may need to pair it with jean shorts.



I can go on and on about items to pack...ask my husband, but since you're probably loosing interest or tired of reading, we will end here with four main items that should be at the top of your sun-seeking getaway packing list.  

What did I miss?  Let me know in the comments below.