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Luv Saving Money – Page 1003 – Life on a Budget

Got me a new Winter coat and you won’t believe what I saved!

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, I’m a frugalista. Love to save money wherever I can. I love to do the end of season clearances and stock up for the next year.

Well, I’ve been needing a new winter coat.  I’ve had the same one for about 7 years.  Each year I tell myself, I’ll get a new one next year.  It served it’s purpose.  It’s warm, ( I had got a great deal on it as well), I liked the colors and it fit.  I’ve had a hole in the Right pocket for several years but every year it gets bigger but this year the zipper started acting up. As I’m sure some of you moms out there know your kids have new shoes and coats each year but you are content with what you have lol!  So I started browsing hoping to find a good end of season clearance on a coat.  I really wanted a warm peacoat.  Preferably a neutral color I could wear for mulitple events (another way to save money, versatility).  I scoured the internet: Target, Overstock, Old Navy, BonTon, Boscovs, Sears, and then I stopped at HSN.

HSN had a lot of really nice coats on clearance.  I ended up getting myself a coat like I’ve wanted for years.  Originally $160….got it for $40…go ME!  (I also had $16 spendable K$sh left in my account from the free HSN giftcards I got from for christmas shopping).  There were other really nice coats on clearance.  Another cute one I looked at was only $30 peacoat style. But the one I got had everything I wanted: wool blend, hooded, pockets, it came in black, had a lot of good reviews and had a good price.  It had my name all over it.

Another tip: READ THE REVIEWS.  If the vast majority of the people are complaining about the product there is probably a reason. Sure there will always be 1 or 2 negatives but if the majority are negative I’d recommend staying away from the products.

So yay! I’m set for another 5 years hopefully lol! Here’s a pic of the coat on got on

And for anyone else who’s been putting off getting themselves a new winter coat, here is the HSN link.  Browse the sales people, embrace the clearance 🙂

HSN coats

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Get $10 from Ruelala has designer boutiques at low prices.  Today’s boutiques (Feb 27) include Juicy Couture, Catherine Malandrino, Whiting and Davis, Tarte cosmetics, Douglas Kirkland, The Culinary Institute of America cookware, and St. Supery Vineyards and Winery.

Just for making a free account on the site you get $10 in your account.  For each friend you refer that makes their first purchase you get another $10 in your account.  They have great items like Juicy Couture hoodies and pants for $49 ($39 with your account credit).  The Tarte cosmetics has their “Tarte Eyequatics waterproof set” for $15 (only $5 with your account credit). 

Some of the Tarte Cosmetics would have even been free with the account credit except they’re sold out.  Which brings me to another point.  These boutiques usually only last a day or two. Items sell out quickly.  I’ve been saving my account credit for a rainy day (or a great purchase to make it free or nearly free 🙂 )

Use this link:

I’ve browsed the site and they’ve had great designer stuff on different days.  You never know what exciting designer they’ll list.  I’ve seen Diesel, J and Company jeans, Invicta watches and lots of others.  Low prices compared to what you would pay retail.

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Do you know about

Surfing the web as a usually am, I come across so i decided to check it out. The have bracelets, rings, interchangeable watches, and necklaces with the great chunky style that a lot of women are wearing.

The watches were my favorite on the site. You choose the watch face and band.  You can get a couple bands and change up your style.
Interchangeable beaded watches
The have a deal right now where you get 3 of their most popular bands and a watch face for only $59.
One of my favorite bands: also has interchangeable charm necklaces made from silver.
Interchangeable Charm Necklace

Browse  And Check out all the Chunky jewelry available:
Chunky Jewelry

As I continued browsing the website I saw that they offer online jewelry parties.
Online Jewelry Parties You get your own party website, Coupon code for your guests to use for free shipping or discounts, and your online party last for a week.  You earn a free swarovski ring just for hosting a party. Here is how the rewards for your party break down:

  • FREE Swarovski Crystal Ring just for hosting a party
  • $75 in sales = 1 FREE Bracelet
  • $150 in sales = 1 FREE Watch Set (Band + Face)
  • $250 in sales = 2 FREE Watch Sets (2 Bands + 2 Faces)
  • $250+ in sales = 2 FREE Watch Sets + 15% of all sales over $250
  • $500+ in sales = 2 FREE Watch Sets + 20% of all sales over $250

This is directly from the website.  They even provide you with a party dashboard to keep track of your party sales.

I’m seriously considering holding one of these parties so if you’d like an invite you can email me: and ask for an invite.  If I get a few interested I’ll surely do it.

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Listia: Free Auctions for free stuff

It’s kind of like a free ebay. You get free credits for just signing up.  You get free credits for connecting to your facebook and twitter.  You get free credits for referring people to the site.  You get free credits for listing your first auctions.  You get the idea.

Use your credits to bid on items.  It looks like you do have to pay for shipping on some items however and some are for local pick up only.

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What do you think about the Russian ice dance last night?

I totally missed the folk dance part of the ice dancing where the Russians are getting heat for the inaccurate aboriginal dance.  I did however catch their performance last night where they had ropes attached to their costumes that they used to do their lifts. So ok, it was allowed because there is nothing in the rules. It bothered me though watching their performance. It just felt like they were cheating to me.

After their performance the commentator made a statement with something to the affect that, we would probably see a new rule regarding costumes in the next olympics due to the ropes.  I mean, all the other countries are using their hands and lifting/flipping/carrying their partners in that way.  It seems to me that’s the way it should be.  The Olympics are the best of the best.

I probably could have got over it,  until,  the Russians bumped the Americans out of 3rd place to medal. It just didn’t seem right to me.  What is your take on it?

I have a link to a story i found regarding the aboriginal performance:

And one to the costumes from last nights performance, found this on another blog and completely agree with her:

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