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6 Ways to Save Big this Holiday!

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Welcome to all of the viewers from ABC Action News! I am honored to have you here at My Sweet Savings!

A little bit about me……I have been married to my husband Keith for almost 24 years. We have two boys, Drew, who will be 18 next month, and Brady who will be 12 next week. I am a part-time teacher at my youngest son’s school, and in my spare time I love to share deals, recipes, and more. I post frequently on Instagram and Facebook, and would love for you to follow me there as well!

I don’t have to tell you that the cost of living these days is at an all-time record high. Many families are struggling, so when you add in the cost of the holidays, it can be very stressful. Here are a few tips and trips that I use to help our family save just a few extra dollars during the holidays, and really all year long.

  1. Use money saving apps that earn you cash back. One of my favorite apps is Fetch Rewards. This app allow you to scan or upload your receipts for both in-store and online purchases. You will earn points that can be used to cash out for PayPal or gift cards to your favorite stores. not only is this app super easy to use, but you can also have your kids help you! Have them scan the receipts and watch the money add up! (You can use promo code K3DEH when you sign up for an extra 2,000 points)

     2. Use Buy Now Pay Later options such as Affirm, Klarna, Afterpay or Sezzle. These options allow you to pay for purchases with 3-4 payments instead of one installment. If you are making larger purchases for products, this can be very helpful for your budget. There is no interest or fees, and no impact on  your credit score.

3. Shop at discount stores like Ollies and Big Lots. I feel like these stores are hidden gems and don’t get utilized enough. You can find name brand products for a fraction of the price. You can also sign up for their rewards programs and they will mail you coupons for extra savings throughout the year. We have gotten some amazing deals at both of these stores!

4. Sign up for rewards programs to your favorite stores. Many times when you sign up, the stores will send you a coupon. Then, throughout the year, they will send you coupons and money-saving offers that allow you to save even more. I have gotten so many items for inexpensive with coupons and stacking deals at my favorite stores. As an example, I had a $10 coupon for JCPenney. These riding boots were on sale for $19.99. With my coupon they were just $9.99! These gorgeous earrings from Talbots were only $0.75 with my $20 promotional coupon! In addition, did you know that many stores also offer birthday freebies? You can check out my list of birthday freebies HERE.

5. Consider purchasing refurbished or previous generations of a product. These items come with warranties, are just as good as the latest models, and will be much cheaper. You can also purchase off-brand products for a fraction of the price of the name brand ones. Many times the quality is just as good as the name brand. Did you know that many off brand products are made by the name brand companies?

6. Purchase products after the holidays to use for the next season. I can’t begin to tell you how much that this tip has saved me! Almost all of my Christmas decorations were purchased last year or during prior years for 75% -90% off! You can also use this tip throughout the year when you see seasonal items marked down. For example, my oldest son is graduating from high school next year. I found graduation cups, plates, and napkins from this year, but they did not have a date on them. They were on sale for 90% off! I scored all of the items that we will need for his party for around $20!

I hope that some of these tips will be helpful to you as you shop this holiday season, and beyond! If you have any questions feel free to email me at: mysweetsavings@gmail.com

Have a Merry Christmas season! xoxoxox

Zulily: Save up to 70% off Finds for the Entire Family!

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Now that back to school season is officially here, many families are searching for ways to save money on clothing, shoes, and accessories. Zulily is currently offering up to 70% off finds for the entire family!

Are you famliar with Zulily? Zulily is an online shopping site that offers great prices on brands we all know and love.

You will want to check out Zulily every morning, because they offer NEW sales for you, your family, & your home. I love that you can discover unique brands and products. I can always count on them to offer the cutest and most unique items not found at my local stores. Zulily always has products to help me express my personal style at great prices!

GO HERE to start shopping at Zulily! Be sure to let me know what fun and unique items that you find!

 

Vera Bradley: Save up to 90% Off + Free Shipping!

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Wowza! Through October 17, hop on over to the Vera Bradley Online Outlet where you can save up to 90% off when you take an extra 30% off sale styles. No promo code is needed and you will score Free Shipping!

As always, be sure to look around, but here are a few deals that caught my eye:

The Vera Bradley Little Crossbody select patterns are priced as low as $10.50 (reg. $34)

With the extra 30% off they will be as low as $7.35 Shipped! These are perfect for little girls!

Vera Bradley Wristlets in select patterns are priced as low as $14.50 (reg. $48)

With the extra 30% off they will be as low as $10.15 Shipped!

+ much more!

Explore Sea Adventures at Westfield Countryside Mall Through August 26th + Enter to Win $100 AMEX Gift Card!

Disclaimer: In partnership with Westfield Shopping Centers I was provided with a $100 gift card for myself as well as a $100 gift card to give away to one reader. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy) 

The summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun is! Through August 26th, Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater is hosting an EPIC event filled with pirates, mermaids and treasures OH MY! Sea Adventures is a three-week Westfield Event featuring pirate, mermaid, and sea life activities on Friday’s and Saturday’s. This fun event has something that your entire family is sure to love! Brady and I had the opportunity to check out Sea Adventures this past Saturday and we had a blast!

On this particular Saturday, Brady and I had a chance to meet and pet animals from HorsePower for Kids, (how cute are those animals?) learn about Dolphins from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (did you know that there are over 120 varieties of dolphins?), meet Phinley, the Mascot of the Clearwater Threshers, see live sculpture paintings, meet a real live mermaid, (how cute is Brady with the mermaid?) enjoy balloon making and more! To see what activities will be going on for the remainder of the week and this weekend, you can see all of the event details and times of the Sea Adventures event HERE.

In addition to these activities, Sea Adventures includes movie nights on Friday evenings. This Friday August 24th, there will be a double feature! From 5PM – 8PM, you and your family can enjoy Dolphin Tale (2011) and Dolphin Tale 2 (2014). Complimentary popcorn, and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. Feel free to bring towels and beach chairs to sit on the shore during the movies! This event is first come, first serve. Tickets are not required for entry but, it helps for planning purposes.  You can see more details of Sea Adventures-Movie Nights HERE.

While you are at the mall, be sure to take advantage of this amazing offer if you need to do some shopping for yourself or for the family! Through August 26, you will receive a $25 Westfield Gift Card when you spend $200 or more! Now that is one sweet deal! *Limit (1) one per person per day. Limit one per receipt. Same day receipts only. Redeem receipts only during center normal operating hours. While supplies last. Other restrictions may apply. Valid only for purchases made on August 10 – August 26. Guest must present receipts to Concierge or Management office to redeem reward.

To sweeten the deal, I am giving away one lucky person a $100 AMEX Westfield gift card here on My Sweet Savings! To enter the giveaway, please follow the directions on the Rafflecopter form link below.

I will choose a winner at random via email. (Giveaway open to all US residents 18 years of age and older) The winner has 48 hours to respond, after that an alternate will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!

Free Clinique Full Size Bare Pop Lip Colour + Primer with ANY Clinique Purchase + Free Shipping! ($18.50 value)

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Wow! Through tonight only (7/29) Macy’s.com is offering a FREE Clinique Full Size Bare Pop Lip Colour + Primer with ANY Clinique Purchase + Free Shipping! ($18.50 value) One idea to note is that you can order a Clinique trial size item from HERE priced at $4.50-$5 and still receive the Free lipstick! For example, I added the Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap to my cart and was able to score the lip colour for Free! This color is so pretty!

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.

Explore the #WildWonders Exhibit at Westfield Citrus Park and Enter to Win a $100 Westfield Gift Card!

Disclaimer: In partnership with Westfield Shopping Centers I was provided with a $100 gift card for myself as well as a $100 gift card to give away to one reader. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy) 

Update: The random winner was chosen via a Random number generator and has been contacted. Congrats to Philip! Thanks to all who entered!

Tampa parents! Are you looking for more family-friendly activities to get the kids involved in this summer? Westfield Citrus Park recently unveiled their Wild Wonders event, which is an an enchanting, imaginative and interactive family experience perfect for kids of all ages! Wild Wonders at Citrus Park is a four-week Westfield event featuring product demonstrations, food sampling, a petting zoo, giveaways, character meet & greets, and more. It features Westfield’s top retailers, restaurants, and local partners. This event is happening now through August 5 so there is still plenty of time to get in on the fun! Geared towards children and families, the Wild Wonders exhibit, in partnership with Big Cat Rescue, The Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) the YMCA and more! 

The Wild Wonders exhibit emulates an enchanting zoo animal topiary garden, adorned with captivating florals to invite a sense of discovery and delight. There are topiaries of elephants, lions, bears and monkeys. I am amazed at the intricate detail that goes into each of these topiaries. It is worth a trip to the mall just to see these works of art! 

One of my favorite exhibits was the “Did You Know?” Exhibit. This is a great exhibit that really gets kids to think and teaches them about animals and nature. For example, did you know that a green iguana has a third eye? I never knew that until going through this exhibit!

My son Brady and I had the opportunity to check out the Wild Wonders event this past Saturday and we had so much fun! Learning Express was hosting a creative giraffe art class where the kids got to make their own giraffe planters. It was a lot of fun, and as you can see from the photo, Brady had quite the time!

Over the next few weeks, Wild Wonders will continue with some exciting events and activities for every kid in your family! Here are just a few of the exciting events that you will be able to experience:

Join us select Thursday evenings for Movie Night In The Park as part of Wild Wonders At Citrus Park! I love this idea! They will be playing the latest and greatest animal character movies in Macy’s Court. Complimentary Popcorn, and refreshments will be provided while supplies last by the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA. Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on the green turf during the movies! How fun is this and the entire family can enjoy this activity! 

On July 21, from 10AM – 2PM join Busch Gardens at Wild Wonders in Macy’s Court for animal activity sheets, crayons, and giveaways!

On July 21, from 1PM – 4PM, HorsePower for Kids will be bringing in a live petting zoo to the Wild Wonders area in Macy’s to the Wild Wonders area in Macy’s Court. The petting zoo will feature: goats, a pig, a tortoise, ducks, chickens, sheep and guinea pigs!

There are even more Wild Wonders events and activities that you will definitely want to check out! GO HERE for the complete list of details and times.

Jul 29 – Aug 4 you can play with a Greyhound! The greyhounds from GST’s Sun State Greyhound Adoption were at the mall this past Saturday when Brady and I were there and they are so gentle!

Don’t forget to do some shopping while you are at the mall! After all, school does start next month, and Westfield Citrus Park has got you covered! When you spend $200 or more, you will receive a $25 Westfield gift card! Now that is one sweet deal!

To sweeten the deal, I am giving away one lucky person a $100 Westfield gift card here on My Sweet Savings! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in the upper left hand corner of the reply section above this post letting me know which activity that your children would enjoy the most at the Wild Wonders event at Westfield Citrus Park. I will choose a winner at random on July 25 and the winner will be notified via email. (Giveaway open to all US residents 18 years of age and older)

Good luck everyone! Please let me know how much fun that you have at the Wild Wonders event and what your favorite activity is!

Momlife and Target Fun Tees Only $13.99!

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These tees are so cute! I just ordered the Target aisle one in the Wine Color! Hop on over to Jane where they are offering the Momlife Tees ore these adorable Target Tees for only $13.99 each. I saw a friend wearing the Target one on Instagram and it is just too cute! Shipping is $3.99 for the first item and $1.99 for additional items.

Westfield Shopping Center $100 Gift Card Giveaway! #HowDoYouHoliday

Disclaimer: In partnership with Westfield Shopping Centers I was provided with a $100 gift card to use towards early holiday shopping as well as $100 gift card to give away to one reader. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy) 
 
Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If not, it is time to get a move on! Westfield Shopping Centers are the “Place to Holiday” for everyone on your gift list! I can always count on getting fantastic deals for every person in my family at Westfield Countryside, Westfield Brandon and Westfield Citrus Park.
In addition, you can take the kiddos along with you to meet Santa! He will now be making his seasonal home at the mall through December 24. You can get a FAST pass to skip the line by purchasing photo packages in advance online. How awesome is that? The line can sometimes get long so I love this option. You will want to look at each shopping center’s hours for visiting hours with Santa HERE as they can vary by location. I plan on taking Brady next week so stay tuned for photos! He is so excited and cannot wait to tell Santa what he wants for Christmas!
I had the opportunity to visit Westfield Countryside recently and scored some amazing deals! My tree is packed with presents for everyone on my gift list this year!

Here are a few tips and tricks that can help to make your holiday shopping a fun experience for the entire family!

1. Shop Early -Not only does this reduce unwanted stress in your life, but it also allows you to spend more time with your family and friends this holiday season which is the most important priority. Shopping early also keeps you away from those crazy crowds!

2. Use the Westfield Shopping App and Westfield Holiday Gift Guide– Westfield Malls US has their own app which has proven to very helpful for my family and I. This app is like a shopping assistant with innovative features and time-saving benefits. It also features exclusive deals and events. You can even view movie times watch trailers and buy movie tickets! How awesome! You can also view the Westfield Holiday Gift Guide HERE which has some great gift ideas for everyone of all ages.

3. Use money saving coupons and offers from your favorite stores– Be sure to sign up for coupons and apps to the stores you frequent the most. They will send you coupons via the mail and email which will prove to be very beneficial during your holiday shopping experience. Using coupons really is a great way to get the most bang for your buck and to stretch those hard-earned dollars.

4. Take advantage of the Family Parking and Family Lounges at Westfield Malls- I love that Westfield Malls really cares about the family. From the Family Parking Spots to the Family Lounges, I feel like shopping at Westfield Malls really is a great family experience! If you have little ones, no worries, Westfield Malls has you covered! They even have special nursing rooms in the Family Lounge so that Moms can nurse their little ones in privacy.

5. Have fun- The holidays can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t need to be. Just slow down and be sure to enjoy every moment with your family and friends! Make a day of it, and while you are out shopping, grab lunch or dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants that Westfield Shopping Centers has to offer!

Now how about a fun giveaway to help you with your holiday shopping this year? Thanks to Westfield Shopping Centers, one lucky My Sweet Savings reader is going to Win a $100 Westfield Gift Card! This gift card is valid at any Westfield Shopping Center in the U.S.

Entering this giveaway is simple. The first entry is mandatory while you may gain additional entries with the other options.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! 🎄

Chadwicks.com :: $15 off $15 Coupon Code (valid until 6/24)

If you love Chadwicks.com, then you will be so happy to know that there is a coupon code available for $15 off a purchase of $15 or more when you use coupon code CHFORYOU15 at checkout!

Please note that shipping is $6.99 and cannot be applied towards the discount; however, you can still get a super sweet deal on clothes, jewelry, or shoes!

The cute dress above is on clearance for $16.99, so only $8.99 after coupon code and shipping!

*coupon code is only valid until the end of the day tomorrow, June 24*

(thanks, Savvy Spending!)

The Limited :: $10 Free Fashion Cash

Wow! I received this offer in my email and thought you would love it too!

Head on over to The Limited today, and they will hand you $10 in Fashion Cash to use in the store! You will have until Monday, June 21 to use your FREE Fashion Cash!

There is no coupon required for this sweet deal! I am sure that you can get something for very little with this great coupon!

***Fashion Cash valid through June 21, 2010 in-store only for $10 off a purchase. Minimum purchase must be equal to or greater than $10. Limit one per customer. Cannot be combined with Virtual Dollars, other coupons or redeemed for cash. Not valid on markdown prices, previous purchases, purchase of gift cards, or as payment on The Limited Card. No cash or credit will be rewarded if merchandise is returned. No reproductions will be accepted. Associates not eligible. Card must be surrendered at time of purchase to receive discount