I’ll take free shipping for… um, free

I cannot tell a lie: When TJ Maxx first opened up a storefront online, I wasn’t thrilled. What could possibly rival the endcaps in the store itself? What about that time I found a winter coat missing a button that had been marked down multiple times, and I ended up getting it for $3? Online couldn’t compare.

Well, eventually their online clearance caught up—maybe not quite to the $3 winter coat level, but you know—and I began quietly stalking them. And then every now and then they offer free shipping, and then it’s on. Like today! That’s right, today (Tuesday, September 17th) only, get automatic free shipping on any size order at TJ Maxx online. There’s tons of clearance. Um, maybe a little less since I went shopping just now. But hey, did I knock out some Christmas gifts? I sure did. (Listen, I’m not passing up $50 shoes for my kid for $15, or Under Armour gear at about two-thirds off retail.)

Did I also put a wide variety of dog-decorated bed linens into my cart before reminding myself that even if a pair of pillowcases is only $5, that doesn’t mean I have to buy them? Maybe.

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A sneaky little sale at Amazon

I found this one completely by accident; I realized I was almost out of Nivea cocoa butter in-shower body lotion, which is something I picked up on a deal at some point and then absolutely ended up adoring. (I am not a morning person. Putting on lotion while I’m still in the shower saves me time and brain cells, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover this stuff keeps your skin soft and smooth all day long.) Anyway, I went to buy some more and there was a little bit of fine print saying that if you buy three, you get another $5 off.

I was already planning to get it on Subscribe & Save—meaning I would save another 15% because I always have at least 5 items in my monthly order—and so by the time I was done, I got this lotion that normally costs me around $5 each for a grand total of $7 shipped for three of them. That’s my kind of deal.

Don’t want that lotion? That’s okay; it turns out there’s over 80 items eligible for the buy 3, get an extra $5 off promotion (mostly skin and baby stuff). And unlike a lot of other Amazon deals like this, you can use it more than once! I went back for some face wash, later.

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Because we spoil our furbabies

We have an entire basket of toys for our dogs, by which I mean a whole basket of toys for Licorice. Duncan is content to throw a toy around or just sit and chew on a corner of it. Licorice, on the other hand, must perform emergency squeakerectomies and fluff extractions on every toy she encounters. And this is why our basket of dog toys lives on the counter instead of on the floor.

Anyway! There is no toy truly safe from Licorice no matter the claims of durability, but I do like the goDog toys with Chew Guard. And today Amazon has the goDog small pink alligator on sale for just $2.62 shipped if you have Prime. I’ve already ordered two, because… well, you know why.

If you have a cat, may I suggest that you instead opt to drive them crazy with this SmartyKat Electronic Motion Cruisin’ Critter for $2.74? If I didn’t think Licorice would eat it, I’d get her one of those, too.

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Happy birthday, Soma!

If you, like me, are both 1) constantly on the hunt for the perfect, comfortable bra and 2) constantly aghast at the cost of the average bra and all the online articles telling you a bra should be tossed after a year (a year!!?), get yourself and your ladies over to Soma today, pronto. To celebrate their 15th birthday, they’re offering any Soma brand bra for just $15, while supplies last. Limit one per customer, but apply coupon code 38010 at checkout for the deal.

I was skeptical of the “while supplies last” bit because are they going to run out of their own stuff?, but I suspect they have a limited number set aside for this promotion, because the first three bras I tried to get were all “sold out” in my size. Go now, before there’s nothing left.

[Edited to add: The site is getting slammed and so it is slow and/or unavailable quite a bit. Keep trying! Also, if you happen to have ShopRunner, they offer free shipping at $25+, so you may want to check out the Clearance or other things you need to avoid the shipping charge.]

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The Want Not Review: Stitch Fix

Listen, I know. I am way late to the party. Everyone and their cousins have already tried Stitch Fix and I am the last person on earth to try them. I’m aware. There are some good reasons for my hesitation, though.

1) I am cheap. Like, hello, I am super, super cheap. I knew I wasn’t going to want to pay full retail. And while I knew that keeping the whole box meant a 25% discount, I thought it unlikely that even a ninja stylist could knock it out of the park on five whole pieces.

2) I actually love to shop. Some people don’t, and Stitch Fix is a good idea for them, but I don’t mind. And now that I’m Poshmarking in earnest, I shop regularly and I find plenty of stuff I love.

3) I have a pretty good idea of how to dress myself. Again, some people don’t, and again, Stitch Fix is an awesome option for those folks who need style help.

So clearly, Stitch Fix was not for me. Still, I remained intrigued. And while the normal bonus you can pass to your friends is $25, one of my pals had a limited-time $50 bonus to share, so I decided to go for it. (more…)

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Can you see me now?

Helloooooo! It’s been a while. I’ve been doing outside-the-computer things, like going on vacation with my family and discovering that I need either much longer arms or significantly stronger reading glasses. (Getting older is fun!) I have lots to fill you in on, but let’s start with the glasses.

So: We have vision insurance. Great, right? Except of course it doesn’t cover much of what we need (hello, family of four in varying configurations of glasses and contacts). When I went for my recent eye exam, I knew that 1) I was going to need new glasses and 2) I was unlikely to get them at the optical place we use because our insurance is mediocre and they are expensive. What I ended up doing was using the insurance at that shop to get new sunglasses (which still cost me a bunch…), and then I went online to get my new reading glasses. For less than I paid after insurance for one pair of glasses, I got two new pairs of readers online. And they’re cute! (Also, pro tip: Spring for the “blue blockers” if you work on the computer a lot. It has made a huge difference for me in terms of eye strain and fatigue.)

I know I sang the praises of Zenni for a long time, here—and I do still love them!—but I think my new favorite is Firmoo. One of my regular daily pairs is from there, and my new readers are, too. And they recently started a referral program that lets me pass on exclusive coupons to you! So! If you need glasses, you can pop on over to Firmoo (for some reason coupons apply to the frames on this page only) and use coupon code Miriam946 to get 50% off your first order. They’re also running a BOGO, but I think that only covers frames, while this is half off your entire order.

Anyway, now that I can see again, I think I’ll be back here more often.

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Prime Day, all day (tomorrow, too)

Oh my goodness, I’ve been so busy I almost forgot all about Prime Day! It means that today and tomorrow the Amazon Gold Box is stuffed full to bursting with crazy deals exclusively available to Prime members.

The goodies are too numerous to count (plus new ones are popping up all the time), but I’ve already gone and snagged a few daily deals. Some of you who have given me a hard time about my addiction to cleaning wipes (ha!) should be pleased to know I’ve finally switched to these Green Works compostable wipes, which are available at an all-time-low price today of $8.60/shipped (that’s a nickel a wipe!). Also I know Licorice will still spit out her meds, but whatever, I grabbed these Greenies pill pockets for $10.84 (half off). (In case you’re wondering, Duncan doesn’t require pill pockets. Duncan eats everything. Duncan will eat rocks if you let him. Duncan is cute, but not very smart.)

Anyway, deals deals deals, you know the drill. Happy hunting!

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I’m humming it right now

Hello! I have been doing Real Life Thingsā„¢ and have been neglecting you. I am sorry.

To make it up to you, I got you a Woot-Off (complete with catchy theme song, which you should definitely listen to on the site if you haven’t before, because it’s nifty)! I mean, maybe they’re doing it for their 15th birthday, but whatever. Details.

It’s not the entire site, but I’m seeing some great deals on Clearance.Woot, Gourmet.Woot, and Shirt.Woot. You know the drill: deals rotate through, lasting as long as half an hour or going as quickly as just a minute or two. You have to pay attention and cross your fingers.

Don’t forget that if you have Amazon Prime, logging in with your account gets you free shipping on every Woot purchase!

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If you wanna get your geeky on

Dangit, I knew something was up with that last sale (but oh man, did giant boxes arrive here for days? yep!), but it’s finally official: ThinkGeek is shutting its doors. Now, the good news is that you’ll still be able to find some of their stuff at GameStop, but still. That only covers various gaming and TV/movie fandom stuff, I bet. I’m sad about this. But also coupon code MOVINGDAY takes 50% off of everything (even stuff already on sale), so that’s helping a little. Items are selling out fast, but who knows—you might find something you need. (Shipping is free on $50+ after coupon.)

But if you just need some cool t-shirts and accessories, maybe head on over to Threadless, instead. Today they’ve got all their t-shirts marked down to $11.99, plus they’re offering up to half off everything else. And on top of that, you can sign up for a 25% off coupon if you’re new, or you might get a pop-up to spin the wheel of savings to get a coupon code or free shipping! (Percent off coupons can’t be used to stack savings, unfortunately.)

Anyway, I just needed to share that with my fellow nerds. (It’s not too early to start Christmas shopping, right? Asking for a friend. Who is me.)

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Get all your beauty bits

Ooooh, what’s better than free shipping on every order at Ulta? Free shipping at Ulta and lots of deals and a coupon code!

Shop today and code 702445 will take an additional $3.50 off your qualifying purchase of $15+.

This is the perfect time to pick up all those little face masques and such for stocking stuffers or girls’ night. (Um, hopefully my kid isn’t reading this post.) Or splurge on some larger items. Whatever. I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

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