Extra 30% Off at Kate Spade

For anyone looking to purchase a new handbag, Kate Spade is offering an extra 30% off items already on sale with the code Sparkle.  I purchased four Kate Spade bags last year when they were offering similar deals.  Luckily they do this every few months so if now is not a good time to buy, there’s still opportunity later on in the year.

I really like Kate Spade bags because they use quality leather at affordable price points, and is a well loved brand.  I’m seriously trying to resist the urge to pick up a bag because their discount is so good, which sort of brings me to their jewelry line.  Thank goodness for their sales because I’ll only buy their jewelry if there’s a discount.  Right now it’s sort of too cold to wear bracelets or necklaces so I’ll probably try some of their jewelry during the late spring or early summer months when they offer another 30% off deal.

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How Awesome is Amazon Really?

I can’t remember what blog post I read, but someone has already mentioned how great Amazon is for international skincare.  Let’s face it, we are a globalized society thanks to the internet, tourism, and international business in general.  There is this cross-pollination of products which somehow Amazon makes easy to access.  The exception is probably European luxury retailers who feel that selling through Amazon would cheapen their brand.  Other than the likes of Louis Vuitton or Chanel, Amazon sells international products that we all have access to.  That’s how I was able to buy Korean skincare through them.  More importantly, products are often cheaper on Amazon compared to retail stores or other websites like Sephora.  I bought my Tsubaki hair mist at a Japanese grocery store for $16.99, but Amazon sells it for $9.74.  The great thing is we have options.

2 Reasons Why You Should Shop On a Budget

If you’re still in debt but feel the need to buy beauty and skin products, or even new clothes, then at least make a budget for these things.

Shop on sale or look for cheaper alternatives.  There’s just no need to buy a luxury brand while still in debt.  Not that you can’t, but logically it’s impractical.  Even if you refuse this advice, then at least save for what you want and account for it in your budget.

Buy things slowly and within your means.  You’ll appreciate what you have and you’ll stop making impulse purchases.

My Go-To Budget Retailers

Back when I was shopping on a $100 per month budget, my go-to retailer was Old Navy and H&M.  They still are today, but now I have other retail brands sprinkled into my current closet.

Theses two retailers offer the best deals where you can get quite a bit of stuff for $100.  This was how I built up my wardrobe, little by little.  And because majority of my clothes are from Old Navy, there are days when I’m dressed head to toe in it.

However, over the years, there are things I’ve learned not to buy from them:

  1. Sweaters/Knits.  They tend to pill easily from Old Navy and H&M that you’d have to replace them by next season.
  2. T-Shirts.  Since I buy online, it’s often a gamble on the quality of the t-shirt.  I’ve gotten see-through shirts from both H&M and Old Navy before so I’d have to wear a tank top underneath them.  However, I’ve also bought shirts from both where I didn’t need to.

Things that I love from Old Navy:

  1. Jeans when they’re on sale for $12.
  2. Jersey Dresses.  So comfortable and super affordable.  I like my dresses to the knee so my life hack is to order dresses in Tall that way the length is longer.

Things that I love from H&M:

  1. Outerwear
  2. Jackets
  3. Blazers
  4. Sweatshirts

ThredUp to Clear Out Your Closet

So I’ve known about ThredUp for several years, but never really tried selling with them until early last year.  At the time, they were charging $9.99 to process each bag of clothes to sell.  Thankfully they’ve eliminated this fee because it didn’t make it worth it to sell with them.  If you are looking for convenience and in no rush to make money from them (because they take a really long time processing your bag and paying you out), then selling on ThredUp is the way to go.  It is super convenient and very hassle-free in my opinion.  I’ve already done three bags with them, which totaled $86.90, but for two of the bags I was charged $9.99 each for processing.  So really my total payout was $66.92.  I guess it’s not bad if you’re wanting to clear out your closet.  However, I wouldn’t try to use them as a way to earn a living.  I know other people thrift at Goodwill or Salvation Army and then re-sell their items on Ebay for a much bigger profit margin.  In going this route, you’d need to put in a little extra time to find possible items to sell and then having to package them up to take to the post office.  Whatever is your method of choice, there are alternatives out there for selling old clothes.

I do want to mention that ThredUp is very picky in what they pay for.  Don’t even think about sending pilled sweaters or used looking items because such items will not be excepted.  If you think about it this is very good to know because what they sell are pretty much new or barely worn items.

Using the Site Honey to Get Gift Cards

I’m fairly new to the site called Honey.  It was something that popped up on my Facebook feed that I decided to give a try.  Basically it’s an extension to your browser that finds promo codes when you’re shopping online.  At checkout, you click on the H icon at the top right corner of your browser (you’ll see the icon when you install it).  Honey will tell you how many promo codes are available, and it will input all of them to find the best discount.  Sometimes you won’t get a discount, however, just by using them alone will earn you points toward a gift card.  So for every 1,000 points you accumulate, you get $10 applied to a gift card of your choice.  Currently, they have 10 gift card options, which are the following: Wal-mart, Ebay, Sephora, Groupon, Nordstrom, Target, Sears, Amazon, 1-800-Flowers, and Brookstone.

It’s definitely a win-win and super convenient to use.  I think I’ve only been using this since October of last year and so far I have 2,271 points with 723 pending (takes 60 days for points to clear).  I’m excited about this because of the option for a Nordstrom or Sephora gift card!  I’ve been eyeing some beauty products, which I can’t get myself to purchase because it’s so hard to justify the price, but maybe just maybe I’ll be able to offset the cost with my $30 gift card.

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