Basics and more, with markdowns and free shipping

Do you know about UNIQLO? They’re sort of like what would happen if H&M and Zara had a baby. So the (regular) prices are already good, the quality is excellent, and the sales are unbeatable.

Today they’re offering free shipping on every single order, and there’s tons of items in the clearance to peruse. This would be a great time to stock up on outerwear and other cold-weather items, for example.

If you’re a new customer, you’ll also have the option to sign up for their mailing list to get a code for $10 off your first $75+ order. If you’re buying a lot, that’s definitely worth doing. But, heck, on these free shipping days, I’ve been known to just grab a pair of socks. (It’s my own little version of carpe diem.)

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Heads up, contact-wearers!

Hello, my name is Mir, and I am a very delicate flower. If you know me in real life, you know that I wear glasses 95% of the time. I do wear contacts for certain things (stage, dressing up, outdoor activities where my face will get sweaty and/or my glasses might get smacked), but I never became a full-time contact lens wearer because I have really sensitive eyes. The last time there was a coupon on this contact solution I bought some purely because it was a good deal, and was delighted to discover it really was better than anything I’d ever used before. The last show I was in, instead of coming home and ripping out my contacts immediately, I often forgot I was wearing my contacts altogether. Magic.

So here you go: Today Amazon has this Bausch + Lomb Triple Disinfectant Multipurpose Solution Twin Pack available for $13.49, which is typical. If you wanted to save a little more, you could order it on Subscribe & Save, which would save you either 5% or 20% (yep, not 15%, because this counts as a Family item), depending on how many S&S items you have. What is not typical is that right now there’s also a clippable $4 coupon! So that’s a maximum of $9.49 delivered, or as little as $6.79 if you get the full discount. That’s less than you’d normally pay for one bottle of solution, much less two dropped off at your doorstep.

I could tell you I’ll be wearing contacts more often, but that would be a lie. No matter how great this stuff is—pretty darn great—I am still lazy. (However, I am lazy with well-moisturized eyeballs.)

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A little something for everyone

They’ve just gone and restocked the clearance section at Pier1, and this is one of my favorite places to get actual useful household items as well as ridiculous things no one really needs. I feel like a store like that cannot be overvalued in terms of entertainment, you know? Full disclosure: Our dining room set was purchased at Pier1 forever ago, and I adore it. But also I’m not sure who is buying a lot of the other stuff they sell there.

Anyway, clearance deals abound, as I said, and shipping is free on your $49+ order with coupon code FREESHIP49, otherwise shipping started at $5, or—on some items–you can opt for local store pick-up for free.

Listen, I’m not saying I need these owl Moscow mule copper mugs, I’m just saying they’re 75% off and I love them even though they’re ridiculous. Okay? Okay.

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More clearanced clearance

Looking for more crazy clothing deals? Right now all of the clearance merchandise at Express is an additional 50% off when you add it to your cart! Everything else is 40% off, too.

I forget, sometimes, that Express also carries men’s clothes. If you’ve got a hip guy in your life (or a fast-growing teen), check out the clearance suit separates. This is the perfect way to get those fancy duds without breaking the bank, especially if the guy who’ll wear ’em is just going to grow out of them in a month.

Shipping is free on $50+, otherwise it’s a flat $8. Happy hunting!

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While you’re Kondo-ing…

Everyone I know seems to be cleaning out their houses and closets with wild abandon. Does it spark joy? No? Out it goes! (Sorry, utility companies. Your bills did not spark any joy for me so I threw them away.)

I am not doing this, on account of 1) I am not that ambitious and 2) I am perfectly happy to live in the moderate level of clutter in my house. However, at the beginning of each year I do tend to take a fearless moral inventory of my sock and underwear drawers. Otherwise I keep stuff forever, and apparently you’re not supposed to do that.

Anyway! This brings me to all of the awesome clearance happening right now at American Eagle, and more specifically, the 10 panties for $30 section, which is pretty much the only place I get underwear anymore. (Ladies, if you haven’t bought from AE/Aerie before, be aware that their sizing tends more to the Juniors side of the spectrum. In other words, size up if you are a Woman Of A Certain Age, like me.) You must buy 10 pairs for the special pricing, but that’s not hard, and their underwear is pretty great.

Of course, there’s lots of other clearance, too, plus all of their swimwear is 40% off, and American Eagle uses real people as models and doesn’t airbrush, so I love them and I hope you do, too.

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New year, new savings?

After weeks of an endless news cycle about the government shutdown and how many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, the neurotic money squirrel in me (you know, the one that gathers pennies instead of nuts…) was compelled to review our banking choices, savings, etc.

You know, once upon a time there was basically just one Big Online Bank, and we used them for our savings for years. Then interest rates plummeted and other banks came along and eventually we ended up switching. So here’s the good news, if you have some money to save (I know not everyone does, though even a few dollars a month is a good goal if you can manage it): Right now CIT Bank is offering a Savings Builder account with up to 2.45% APY, which is the highest I’ve been able to find. The other good news was that I already had an account at CIT, so I was stoked!

The bad news is that my account was a regular Money Market one and when I inquired, I was directed to open a new account, transfer funds, and close the old one, rather than something more straightforward and customer-friendly, because yes, part of how they make money is by not having the best customer service in the world. Anyway.

Want that rate? Open an account with at least $100 and either put in at least $100 each month or maintain a minimum daily balance of $25,000 (yes, I realize the first option is probably a lot more doable than the second one). It’s easy enough to link to your “everyday” bank account(s) (that’s how I fund mine) and a great way to sock away a little nest egg with the highest earnings currently available.

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Epic (if slightly confused) clearance

Listen, I don’t know what’s going on over at Old Navy, exactly, and apparently neither do they. I mean, the site clearly states that you’ll get an automatic additional 40% off Clearance items in your cart, and yet those same items are marked “25% off taken at checkout” like maybe 25 is more than 40.

Well, they may be a little confused (or possibly bad at math?), but regardless: All Clearance is, indeed, another 40% off at checkout, and there’s a huge assortment of markdowns from which to choose. If Clearance doesn’t do it for you (seems impossible, but okay), everything else on the site is at least 25% off, too.

They’ve also got a coupon on the site you can print out and take to the store, but that requires putting on pants, soooo….

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A little of this, a little of that

You know those stores you tend to walk into needing just one thing and $100 later you walk out…? No? Just me? Oh. Cool.

Uh, anyway, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods is definitely one of those places for me, so I was both happy and wary when they started their online store. But some days—like today!—they offer free shipping on any size order, and that makes it a lot easier to grab just a couple of things. Say, for the gift closet, or because you need socks. Whatever.

I’ll even make it easy for you: here’s their clearance items, sorted by price. There’s some nice little body/beauty product gems in there! And whatever you order, today it ships for free.

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A tabletop gamer’s game deal

Love strategy games for the family? Been looking for something in the flavor of Mice & Mystics for your next gaming adventure, but at a great price?

Today Amazon has Stuffed Fables available for just $36.62 shipped. (For reference: Its MSRP is $70, and its historical average price is around $55.) This particular game has been out for about a year to critical acclaim, and although it’s hardly cheap, this is a great price and the lowest it’s ever gone.

Plus the little figurines included are amazing. Just sayin’.

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You’re gonna want it

Love LOFT? You’ll love it even more, today, because coupon code WANT will take 60% off already-reduced sale styles, plus every order gets free shipping. Deeply-discounted items are selling out fast, but there’s quite a lot of goodies from which to choose. Don’t wait if you’re wanting to shop, though.

Regular-price items are also half off, but I’d definitely start with the sale items.

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