Friday, April 13, 2012

Retail Bootcamp: Save Money on Birthday Decorations, Invitations, Gifts and More

Retail Bootcamp is a series that will teach you step-by-step basics to saving money on Retail for yourself, home, gifts, holidays, etc...


There are so many great ways to save money when planning a Birthday Party. Last week, we talked about making your own Birthday Cake. Today, we'll look at more opportunities to slim the Birthday budget.




Now that the big date has been set for the Birthday Party, you're now wondering how you're going to stay under budget with your Decorations, Paper Goods and Invitations/Thank You's. Here's some easy things to consider on your road to saving money for Birthdays. 


Paper Goods: Decorations, Napkins, Plates, Cups and Tablecloths

  • Buy generic colored Paper Goods and Decorations at After Holiday Sales. Do you really need the Batman plates and matching napkins? If you plan ahead and buy these items when they're drastically discounted, you can save quite a bit of money. Find red, green and white napkins after Christmas and the Holidays. Buy red, white and pink plates, cups and table cloths after Valentine's Day, etc... Be creative. Buy solid color balloons and then only buy one or two themed balloons to mix with the bunch.
  • Use Coupons when they're available. Stores like Party City, Michael's, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby have great coupons on a regular basis. (See our weekly Retail Round Up for printable store coupons.) For JoAnn's, there's usually a coupon in the Sunday paper or you can sign up for their mailing list on their website.

Invitations and Thank You's

  • Make your own. Do have a Cricut machine? The possibilities of a cute creative card are endless with one of these machines. Or have your child make their own. It's personalized and sweet. You'll also be teaching your child to be creative, thoughtful and frugal.
  • Vistaprint is always having some type of promotion at deep discounts. Sometimes you can even get items for Free. You just pay shipping.
  • Watch for other Photo Deals. There are some companies who will offer Free cards and/or postcards. Make sure you stay posted to our websiteemail newsletter or Facebook . We'll let you know about all the frugal opportunities so you don't miss any time sensitive deals.
  • Daily Deal sites also have some deep discounts, usually 50%+ off, on stationery, photo deals, etc... Most of these deals don't expire for many months. So you can buy them now and wait until you're ready to use them. Again, watch for those deals on Your Retail Helper.





CHALLENGE 
Make sure you use cash. Plan ahead and take advantage of sales and deals now for your Birthday Party. By taking advantage of sales and hot deals before you need them, you'll be able to save a ton of money. Want to learn more ways to save on Retail? Check out our new "Retail 101" ebook.


REMINDER
Check back every Thursday afternoon for our Retail Round Up, which is a huge list of printable mall and store coupons you'll need for your weekend shopping!





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20% off Rockport Coupon


Join the Rockport Family and get updates on new Rockport products and services, exclusive Rockport email promotions, and Special Rockport offers. Sign up today and get 20% off your next footwear purchase. Click Here

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Children's Place 20% Off + 2.5% Cash Back + $10 Gift Card Exp 4/15

You can get 20% off your entire purchase at Children's Place with Coupon Code Y2H2012 Exp 4/15. You can also get  2.5% back on your purchase if you shop through Ebates, and they'll give you a $10 Gift Card for signing up.


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Free 8x10 Photo Canvas (Just Pay Shipping) or $40 Off Larger Size Canvas w/ Free Shipping Exp 4/20

Canvas People is offering a FREE 8x10 Photo Canvas (a $55 value). You only pay shipping (approximately $14.95)!

If you don't want the Free 8x10, you can get $40 off ANY larger size canvas with Free Shipping! All offers expire 4/20.


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Crocs Skylar Flats for $9.99 (Reg $49.99) + Free Shipping

Crocs has their Skylar Flats for only $9.99 (Reg $49.99). They come in 6 different colors. Plus, use Coupon Code SHIPCROCS to get Free Shipping on any size order.


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Kohl's Extra 20% Off + Free Shipping on $25+ Order - Fireplace Screen for $31.99 (Reg $199.99) Exp 4/15

Get 20% off your purchase at Kohl's with Coupon Code BLOOM20 Exp 4/15. Then, use Coupon Code FORYOU25 to get Free Shipping on $25+ orders Exp 4/25. (You may use 2 Coupon Codes per transaction.)

This San Miguel Timberland Leaf Fireplace Screen in the Clearance section would be only $31.99 after discount (Orig $199.99). Check out the more deals in the Clearance Section to stack with this sale.



Don't forget to sign up for Kohl's email alerts NOW to get a coupon for $5 off any purchase.

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Everyday with Rachel Ray Subscription for $4.50 (Reg $39.90) Exp 4/13

Today only, Tanga is offering a Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine Subscription for only $4.50 with Coupon Code COOK (Reg $39.90).

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DIY: Save Money on Decorating by Making Your Own Ottomans / Chairs

Do-It-Yourself is a great option for saving money on apparel, gifts, decorating and remodeling. Today's DIY Project is an Ottoman. Your Retail Helper



My husband and I collaborated on two Ottomans several years ago. It was an inexpensive way to add seating to our home while being able to accommodate our specific needs and decor choices. Each one cost $35 total, as opposed to $50-$100 retail.


We used MDF to build the frame and added foot pads to each leg. To save even more money, I used coupons at my favorite Fabric store for the Foam Cushion (I'd recommend at least 3 inches) and the material. I sewed the slip cover myself. If we ever get tired of this particular fabric, I can easily sew a new one.


We've used these ottomans as tables, seating at the dining room table, extra seating during parties, etc... When we remodel our basement, I plan to make several for chairs to slip under a large desk for the kids. That way, they can each have a seat, but it won't take up floor space. When they're done, they can just slide the ottomans/chairs under the desk. 

What other creative and money saving ways have you decorated your home? 



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Target Swimwear Up to 50% Off + Free Shipping Exp 4/13


Target Daily Deals
 for April 13th, 2012!

All Daily Deals Ship for Free!

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Hobby Lobby 66% Off Easter Items

Hobby Lobby has all their Easter items for 66% off (in-store only). It's a perfect time to stock up for next year's decorations, baskets, plastic eggs, kits, etc...

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Bath & Body Works Free Shower Gel and Lotion Saturday Only + B3G3 Free Sale Exp 4/14

Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm in-store or all day online, you can get a Free Full Size Shower Gel and Mini Body Lotion with any Signature Collection purchase at Bath and Body Works Exp 4/14.


Plus, they're still having their B3G3 Free Sale. If you're shopping online, use Coupon Code FRAGRANCE25 for $1 Shipping on $25+ orders.

You can save even more if you make your purchase through Ebates. Go to Ebates and find Bath & Body Works. You'll get 3% cash back. Plus, as a first time user to Ebates, you can get a $10 Gift Card for signing up.


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Pier 1 Imports 15% off In-Store Coupon - Valid Today Only April 13th

Pier 1 Imports has released a 15% off your entire purchase coupon on their Facebook Page. It's only valid today, Friday, April 13th. 


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Zulily SPANX® Sale - Footless Tights for $9.99 (Reg $22) Exp 4/15 at 6 am PDT

Zulily has some limited quantities of SPANX® on sale. These SPANX® Footless Tights in size A are only $9.99 each (Reg $22). They also have some Camisoles and Tights that are up to 60% off. The sale ends 4/15 at 6 am PDT.


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Two Silicone Cake Pop Trays for $19 (Reg $39.98) Exp 4/16

I've been really wanting to try these.

Check out this National Deal from Groupon. Pay $19 for Two Double-Sided Non-stick Silicone Cake Pop Trays (Reg $39.98). Shipping is $3.

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Sears Ironman Bike for $42.49 (Reg $84.99) + Free Shipping Exp 4/13


Check out the Sears "Real Deal"
that is good today only, April 13th.

$42.49 (Reg $84.99)

  • Get $5 off $50 with Coupon Code SEARS5OFF50 
  • You can also get FREE Shipping at Sears. Some items indicate they are available for store pick up. Buy online, wait for your confirmation email and then go to your local Sears store to pick up your item at the curb. They guarantee it will be ready in 5 minutes or they'll give you a $5 store coupon.

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