Hold your horses: I mean I can COUPON for thrilling deals, not sign up for a 72 day marriage! I clip coupons for groceries and shop sales, but I only recently discovered how to shop smarter via sites like RetailMeNot. A quick search recently returned a sales code for a deep discount at one of my favorite shoe stores; how did I not know about this?!
Since sharing is caring, I’m passing on a few highly recommended favorite deals and steals sites for your shopping pleasure.
1. RetailMeNot offers coupon codes and printable coupons at over 150,000 popular stores (even for groceries!). The site features an Offer Portal with top deals and coupon codes for certain popular gifting periods. The website also offers a Mac dashboard widget. I don’t think I’ll be able to ever shop again without consulting this website.
2. ShopStyle is excellent for “cross-shopping hundreds of thousands of apparel, home decorating and kids products — all in one place. Featuring products from the most popular designer brands and big name fashions, to the up and coming boutiques, ShopStyle lets users search the most stylish stores at once — by designer, brand, store, sale items, price point, and color.” Use it to set sales alerts on your favorite brands; the website sends you email blast when the item is marked down. ShopStyle also offers a free mobile app for iPhone and iPad users. Fun feature: the Community Looks section, where users can play fashion stylist and put together looks.
3. Indea L. recommends My Habit (a membership-only website, but you can sign in with your amazon.com account). MyHabit describes itself as “a private fashion sale site offering up to 60% off hand-picked selections from designer and boutique brands. Most [sales] start daily at 11 AM CT and last 72 hours. Prices are up to 60% off list prices.” There were so many to-die-for designer and boutique labels to drool over that I barely got this post written (do the names House of Harlow, Catherine Malandrino or Fendi ring a bell?)! Perks include “fast, free shipping and returns in the U.S.” The MyHabit mobile app alerts members to new designers and sales.
4. Designer Apparel is a “members-only personalized shopping experience, providing exclusive access to designer sales and customized email alerts on the top fashion brands. Designer Apparel scours the web to find the best prices and promotions so its members are the first to know when items from the most coveted designers go on sale. ” With pieces from Marchesa and Balenciaga and members-only private sales, what’s not to love?
5. Kesha T. recommends Yowza!!, a free mobile app which provides location-specific coupons to over 15,000 sellers nationwide. No more handing over tattered coupons; just show your iPhone to the cashier. Yowza!! also has a piggy bank feature which shows you how much you’ve saved.
6. Gilt City, another gem suggested by Indea L., allows you to search for deals by city. The site describes itself as “the key that unlocks the very best your city has to offer for less, [having] combed through hundreds of neighborhoods, [and] countless things to do and boiled it all down to the most sought-after experiences and services just for you.”
7. Ideeli.com is yet another members-only, designer apparel sales site that hosts a sale at 11 AM CT each day. The site and its mobile app feature “more than a dozen new sales showcase fashion for men, women and children, home décor and travel at up to 80% off.” A neat perk? Refer friends to Ideeli; if 10 become buyers you receive $250 in credits to use on the site.
8. Looking to treat your feet? Jessica C. finds super shoe deals at Heels.com. This women’s shoe mecca offers free shipping and returns, and has a loyalty program that allows you to earn points with each purchase. I also love its sales page and the fact that the site utilizes video to show you what the shoes actually look like while worn.
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