Save More at the Red Bullseye Store

25 Mar

There are ways to save more at Target than just their weekly ad.  Know about these extra savings before your next visit.

  1. Download the Target Cartwheel app.  You can search, browse or simply scan your items to check for extra discounts as you pop them into your cart.

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  2. Target populates a list of Target Coupons which covers every category in the store; from apparel to groceries to toys.  Just browse, select and print before you hit the store. The coupons don’t seem to duplicate what you find in the Cartwheel app so make sure to check both.
  3. ShopKick is an app where you can earn points simply by walking into stores like Target.  Use the points to earn gift cards for big brand names such as Target, Starbucks, Old Navy and ToysRUs; or even a Coach purse or an Apple iPad Air.  Stores featured on ShopKick will often highlight their deals; some exclusively available only on ShopKick.
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  4. Use the Target credit or debit RedCard for an extra 5% off your purchase.
  5. Bundle any or all of the above for increased savings.

What extra savings did you score at Target?

Free Cup of Joe for Your Two Cents: #Indivisible Campaign at Starbucks on the Fourth

4 Jul

Starbucks launched an #INDIVISIBLE campaign to spark positive conversations in their stores about the basics of America’s challenges.  Not just about our financial health and job growth; but really down to the non-partisan basics of what will stitch our communities together and put America back on track.  Starbucks is offering a free tall hot brewed coffee to everyone on the Fourth of July as an incentive to get folks in their stores and start chatting.

Read more about the campaign here.

The #indivisible campaign hits close to home as a supporter of community efforts from groups like Girls, Inc. and the American Cancer Society.

I plan to hit my local Starbucks today; not so much for the free coffee but for the convo. What’s your #indivisible campaign?  Happy Fourth!

Fetching Finds for the Fourth

30 Jun

As I perused throughout the countless sale alerts for the next few days there were only two that stayed in my radar. Firstly, Jeremy’s is having an additional 60% off shoes, bags, accessories, jewelry, and home this weekend only!  Last time they had this sale, I had to begrudgingly pass on the shoes because I gave up buying them for Lent.  So in spite of a busy weekend, I’ll need to pay a visit in between BBQ’s or post wedding reception. For examples of my previous finds at Jeremy’s check out my earlier post.

Now in spite of the fourth being a holiday and a busy day, I’m setting my alarm to wake up early for H&M‘s Fashion Finds from $5 one day event. The best part is that the first 100 people in line get scratch offs for up to $100. I was able to make it to their After Christmas sale and scored a $10 scratch off. Doesn’t sound like much but my bill for that event was only $35 for $109.85 worth of clothing (see my receipt below). One of my favorite finds from that event is a black faux fur sweater that is one of my favorite staples (see pic below). I’ve also highlighted some other sale finds since then.

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Which sales will you be visiting? Happy Fourth!

Half Yearly Sale at H.D. Buttercup

23 Jun

A few months ago, I was invited to a Joyus event at H.D. Buttercup. Admittedly, I thought H.D. Buttercup was a restaurant or maybe even a bakery.  It’s actually a very cool furniture store with locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco with products at very fair prices. Their tag line is “this is no ordinary furniture store” but I think they’re pretty extraordinary and best of all they’re having a Half Yearly sale that starts this weekend! 20-70% off the entire store!

I am very selective when it comes to buying furniture because I believe they should outlast any novelty or trend but without compromising quality for price. Also, I don’t have/want to spend the money just change out a piece or two every few years. To that note, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sofa and I think I’ve found it at H.D. Buttercup. I went back to the store about a month after the Joyus event because I remembered seeing a deep seated tufted sofa and found out that I can customize the upholstery. I thought the price is very fair and is dependant on the varying fabric grades, A, B & C – ranging from $1495 to $1695. I’m thinking a plush fabric in deep purple or green.  Below is the tear sheet from my visit.

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Below is my single furniture pic from the Joyus event.  Had I known I was going to write a post…much less start a blog…I would have taken more pics. Boo on me.

Which furniture piece are you on the hunt for?  What is your store of choice?

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Follow Fandango for $3 off Movie Theater Tix

14 Jun

If you like going to the movies but don’t have the time (or patience) to buy theater tickets hours in advance then you’ll like this. Fandango is a movie ticket service that allows you to purchase tickets online and thereby avoid long ticket lines…and just plain wasting time. There is a service fee – around $1 per ticket but it will save you the headache and anxiety of purchasing tickets in person.  Considering that we all value every second of our weekends – it’s worth it.  Remember opportunity costs from Econ 101?

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At any rate, Fandango is issuing $3 off codes to their new Twitter followers.  So just log in to your Twitter account, go to their profile page and follow them.  They’ll reply via direct message with a discount code.  They say to allow 24 hours but I received mine within just a few.  I’m planning to use mine for Snow White and the Huntsman.

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Happy movie time!  What movie is on your list to see?

Calvin Klein Friends and Family Discount – 6/7 to 6/10

7 Jun

As soon as the words “Friends and Family sale” is mentioned, an almost Pavlovian reaction gets triggered in my brain. So when I received an email from my buddy Jay with an invite to Calvin Klein’s F&F sale, I had to take a peek.

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Calvin Klein, the internationally recognized and revered designer, is known for classic styling that outlives season after season of trends. In my opinion, he’s a design genius who has managed to transcend women, men, home and fragrance verticals. I can think of three dresses and a pair of sandals in my closet that have withstood the test of trends including a dress for a milestone birthday.

The CK F&F has arrived just in time to update your summer wardrobe or snag the perfect outfit (or gift!) for a June graduation or summer wedding. Save an additional 30% off everything including sale items by shopping online using code FF2012 or print out the coupon and take it with you to any Calvin Klein store.

Are you in the know for a not to miss Friends and Family sale? Please share! 🙂

All Dance, No “Cover” at U-Jam Fitness

6 Jun

If you’re like me, you might appreciate a lot of the fast paced upbeat songs and dances of today. But if you’re also like me, you know better than to be disillusioned to think that it’s still cool to hang out at the club at my age.

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So how do I resolve this conundrum? Last year, I discovered U-Jam Fitness at my local 24 Hour Fitness club and I’ve been addicted ever since. U-Jam Fitness is a relatively new high energy class (launched in February 2010) that combines hip-hop, Bollywood and Latin dance moves packed into one hour (it will often go overtime if the class begs for it). You’ll learn routines choreographed to everything from the Black Eyed Peas to LMFAO to J-Lo to Bollywood hits while getting a fantastic workout. It’s been my outlet for learning dance moves while simultaneously getting my fitness on. Best of all, since I’m already a 24 Hour Fitness member, it’s tucked into my membership so there is no extra cost. It’s an awesome steal…cheaper than cover and drinks and better than dealing with unsavories at the club. The only drink you need…is a bottle of water.

Check out their Fitness Promo Video to get an idea of what to expect in class.

I normally stand at the back because I’m not the most coordinated person and I have to make some personal adjustments due to some physical limitations. But the class is loads of fun and has mass appeal to both males and females in a wide age range from the high school students to senior citizens in any sort of physical shape. Yup, all in one class. Best of all, the instructors are welcoming and everyone is just plain having fun. Nobody cares what you look like. And if they do, well maybe they should be at the club instead. Some of the instructors (like Belinda below) will include a “battle” where they split the room in half and each side will compete in dance routines led by instructors and seasoned students.

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U-Jam’s popularity is rivaling Zumba (and in my opinion more fun). In fact, they had to move the classes at my gym into one of the basketball courts…and it’s still packed! U-Jam Fitness classes are currently offered in Northern California as well in New Jersey and NYC and include other facilities besides 24 Hour Fitness (costs may vary). Check out this link for the one nearest you. Don’t fret if you don’t see one near you, at the rate they’ve been adding classes they’re bound to have one near you soon.

Check it out and hope to see you there! It’s the best party I’ve ever been to on a basketball court. 😉

What’s your favorite way to get a workout?

“Donut” Pass Up This Freebie Today

1 Jun

Today is National Donut Day! According to Wikipedia and several other sources, National Doughnut Day started in 1938 by the Salvation Army as a fundraiser to help the needy during the Great Depression and in honor of the women who served donuts to soldiers serving in World War I.  How awesome was that?

In honor of this tradition, donut shops around the country are celebrating in a number of ways.  Let’s start with a highlight of the free stuff. Apparently participating stores of national donut chains Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts are giving away free donuts today. You can get one free at Krispy Kreme with no strings attached. However, Dunkin’ Donuts is requiring a beverage purchase for a free donut. I live in California and I just happen to work within a few miles of a Krispy Kreme store so unless I can practice complete restraint, I may pay a visit to the one in the picture below.

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Psycho Donuts located in the South Bay is also worth a mention. They conceptualize novelty donuts that venture far from the traditional donut. On their home page they’re currently featuring donuts fashioned to resemble sushi and for National Donut Day, they are launching a chocolate donut topped with three crickets made out of chocolate and cheddar. Uh, ok.

I’ve had the privilege of indulging on Psycho Donuts delights only once and haven’t been to either of their locations.  But, I remember watching a feature story on TV. Apparently the stores include a dedicated area with padded walls to resemble a “psych” cell and the donuts are served by “nurses” who look and act more like patients. I have no idea if they’re giving away anything free but you can read more on their blog.

Finally, I thought I might mention that the company I work for graciously provides the whole lot of us with donuts from a local shop on the last day of the month. Two huge boxes sat in the kitchen early yesterday morning tempting us with a variety of treats including the kind blazen with sprinkles and my personal favorite – old fashioned glazed. I managed to walk in and walk right out of the kitchen with just 1/8th or so of a donut. Sigh, there goes my diet.

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What’s your donut place of choice doing for National Donut Day? Please share!

Cheap but Good Brew & Bites Happy Hour for Charity

29 May

It’s only my first day back to work after Memorial Day weekend but I’m already thinking about this Friday’s happy hour organized by my dear new co-worker Val. I’m not normally a beer drinker at all sans the very rare glass of Hefe (and that’s usually because I have no other choice) but I went to Drake’s First Friday event in San Leandro last month for the first time with my new co-workers and I actually thought it was pretty fun! Even better it was some cheap eats and sips. It runs from 4-8pm so it’s a great after work spot.

Drake’s houses their brewery in what I thought is such an odd place. First of all it’s located in their plant which is in a warehouse tucked behind a Walmart (of all places!) and adjoining strip mall in San Leandro off of the Davis Street exit of 880. It’s not even visible from the main drag so you need to park your car then literally walk to the back of Walmart before you’ll even get a peek of their building. It’s humongous – so don’t worry, you definitely won’t miss it. Plus you’ll hear music blaring out of speakers as well as the crowd building in their lot which is where the event is held. Their first Friday event is focused on raising money for local schools and non-profits so when you enter you have the option of making a $5 donation (which most people do otherwise you kinda look like a jerk). Then if you don’t already have a Drake’s glass, you need to buy one for $15 which includes three beer tokens for full pours and which can be used at any time. I joked around with my co-worker that I should just stop in at Walmart and buy a cheapie glass to bring into Drake’s but it doesn’t work like that. Each additional token is $3.50 and some of the proceeds will go to the fundraiser. Appropriately, they will normally have a local food truck or food vendor serving food (at additional cost of course).  Last month the Filipino food truck YUMsilog was there featuring silogs (different meats over eggs and rice) and sisig (a way of preparing meat) nachos for about $5-6. So all in all, it’s pretty cheap.

20120531-114934.jpgI plan to hit Drake’s again this Friday, June 1. The event will benefit Roosevelt Elementary School Dad’s Club in San Leandro and the food vendor will the The Grilled Cheese Guy. If you go, just make sure you bring cash, a sweater or light coat and of course your Drake’s beer glass if you already have one. You can also bring your own portable chair if you like but most people just stand.

Where’s your favorite inexpensive place to spend a Friday Happy Hour and why? I just might have to check it out! 😉

Discounted Department Store Merchandise in a Boutique Setting

27 May

If you haven’t heard of Jeremy’s Department Store with locations in Berkeley and San Francisco, then you must check it out. Think closeout, limited quantity Nordstrom’s Rack or Neiman Marcus’s Last Call savings but in a neighborhood boutique setting complete with hardwood floors and without the commercial feel of the traditional department store. I originally learned about them years ago from a hair stylist who bought a lot of her designer goods at the San Francisco location. The bulk of what they carry is clothing and shoes. Historically, the SF store tends to carry the higher end designer goods that you might find at Neiman’s or Nordstrom like Manolo Blahnik or Marc Jacobs while the Berkeley location tends to carry more J.Crew overflow goods (probably due to the proximity of the UC Berkeley campus). However, I visited the Berkeley location in March and noticed that they are now carrying home goods and cosmetics. I thought I would share my finds that were snagged at excellent prices.

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First, I absolutely adore products with bumble bees and dragonfly details.  I have stuff all around the house  with motifs to prove it including kate spade hairpins. So my visit in March just happened to be when they were having an extra savings deal on Home Goods and Shoes. Since I had given up shoe purchases for Lent, I went straight to the home goods area. I was delighted to find on the display table (which by the way was a rustic round wooden table) a Wallace 45 piece stainless steel flatware set for eight complete with serving utensils adorned with a bumble bee motif. At any price, I would want it but at Jeremy’s prices, I bought it. After applying their 65% additional discount on home goods, I paid only $31.15 plus tax for the whole set (original price was $89) which by the way was brand NEW in the box. Plus I found a cute little linen coaster that just happened to have my initial embroidered onto it for $1 so I ended up paying only 35 cents plus tax for it. Score!

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Second, I’m a big fan of Kate Somerville products. They’re not the most expensive products at Nordstrom or Sephora but they ain’t exactly cheap either. On the same day that I purchased the home goods, I perused through their cosmetics and found four products that I am already using but at much lower prices. I won’t go through all of them in detail (you can see all the products below) but I’ll highlight two just so you get an idea of the bargain prices. The 4 fl oz Detox Daily Cleanser is currently available at Nordstrom and Sephora for $32. However, I bought one for only $5 – granted the original price on the box’s bar code is $15. The 1 fl oz Deep Tissue Repair is currently $150 at both Nordstrom and Sephora – my price at Jeremy’s, $18. Again the original price on the box’s bar code label was $59.

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Just a caveat, products move in and out of Jeremy’s pretty quickly so don’t expect to find the exact products mentioned above. I know because I’ve paid a few visits since March and I haven’t seen any of them. If you’re not normally in the area of the Berkeley location make sure you hit Ici down the street which is an ice cream store with unique flavors like candied meyer lemon and candied coffee bean.  Just look for the long line out the door. Jeremy’s SF location is very close to Lucky Strikes and AT&T Park.

Do you have a too good to be true bargain purchase?  Care to share?  I’m always on the hunt for new places to check out.  😉

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Lots of candied & sweet goodness in addition to ice cream plus they serve Blue Bottle Coffee

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