Aeropostale Friends and Family 30% off Coupon is Back!

Shop in store or online between August 6 and August 9, 2009 and get 30% off of your entire purchase! In store use this printable coupon.   Online use Coupon Code FRIEND8689.

The holidays aren’t that far away.  Perfect time to scour the clearance racks and pick up a great deal for someone you love!

Deal of the Day December 12, 2008

Just in time for the holidays American Eagle has a great new offer of Buy One, Get One 50% off their entire Collection. Load your cart with hoodies, sweaters, graphic T’s, jeans, outerwear and tops during this sale, the best BOGO sale I’ve seen from them. Offer ends 12/23/2008.

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Last Minute Deal – 40% off at Old Navy

Going to Old Navy today?  Print this coupon for 40% off one item.  Good today only, and you can only use it in-store.

Happy shopping!

Hand-Me-Downs Aren’t Just Frugal

When I was a child I’m sure I got hand-me-downs from my sister, two years older.  Well, at least until I got taller than her – which happened by the sixth grade.  The fact that I don’t remember wearing her hand-me-downs tells me that I really didn’t care one way or the other.  I’ve never been a clothes horse, so as long as I was dressed in something reasonably comfortable that fit reasonably well and looked reasonably presentable (which didn’t matter until about age thirteen), I was a happy girl.

I hardly ever got new clothes.  We’d do a shopping trip before school started and I’d get a few outfits, one pair of shoes and one pair of sneakers to last me, well, as long as they lasted.  I’d get a few more outfits for Christmas, and every now and again my Dad would buy an item or two, but that was pretty much it.

True, I wasn’t really interested in fashion, so it didn’t bother me.  In retrospect, though, I can see that our limited wardrobes were partly because almost everyone had limited wardrobes in those days, and partly as a result of finances.

Perhaps I was oblivious, but it seemed to me only the really rich girls had huge wardrobes.  I don’t recall any of my friends having more than one pair of “school shoes”, sneakers and perhaps sandals and flip-flops for the summer.  I had enough outfits to not have to wear the same clothes to school twice in about a week and a half, and it seemed to me that many of my friends had similar wardrobes.  We had play clothes for after school – clothes that were stained or torn or slightly too short – fine for around the house.

Even so, my Mom was notoriously terrible with money.  Or she had holes in her hands.  If given a choice between spending money on clothes and spending it on daily trips to Carvel, we shivered our way through soft chocolate on a sugar cone with chocolate sprinkles.  But it wasn’t a conscious choice for my Mom; she just never prioritized.  Never gave it a thought.  Always lived in the present and the past – not a thought for the future.  I’m sure that she dressed me in my sister’s outgrown clothing, and I’m equally sure that helped us keep our electricity running.

Today’s kids seem to have huge wardrobes no matter how much money their parents have.  Sure, some parents spend hundreds of dollars on sneakers and designer jeans and $30 Abercrombie tee shirts (I hope that the parents that buy this way are handing them down from one child to another, but perhaps not, at least if they care about what season’s fashions their children are sporting).

But even on our limited income my own son’s wardrobe is rather large.  He has about forty shirts of varying sleeve length,  ten pair of shorts (we do live in Florida), four pair of jeans and two other pairs of pants, plus an array of sweaters, sweatpants and sweatshirts.  He has one pair of sneakers that fit, and two pair of Crocs (both gifts).  And that doesn’t count the items in larger sizes, held in reserve.

Why so large?  Well, I do admit to a weakness for clothes off the Gymboree clearance rack, and the clearance racks of some of my other favorite stores.  And Grandpa hardly ever meets us for breakfast without a stop at Bealls outlet to see what’s on their clearance rack.  But one of the biggest reasons Son’s wardrobe is so large is that we are the recipient of hand-me-downs from Son’s older cousins.

And they are, without a doubt, his favorites.  He proudly wears A’s Hawaiian shirt, and J’s orange T-shirt is  almost always the first worn when it’s freshly laundered.  And Son tells people that he’s wearing A’s shirt, or J’s tee.  He loves his cousins so much, and gets to see them so seldom.  Wearing their old clothes makes him feel closer to them, and as cool as them, and his happiness makes me smile.

In these uncertain times I’m cutting down on my spending – even clearance rack spending.  It’s good to know that I can count on Son getting more clothes from his cousins.  And I look forward to handing Son’s clothes down to someone else, as more cousins make their appearances…

Deal of the Day December 1, 2008

Here’sanother store I’ve never seen do a deal…

Visit White House Black Market on Cyber Monday. You can save 25% on absolutely every item with coupon code 8775. Whether your style is trendy or classic, you can shop for sumptuous sweaters, beautiful blousons, holiday dresses, stunning accessories and much more. Sale starts 12/01/2008 and ends 12/02/2008.

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Deal of the Day November 29, 2008

Going on now at Lane Bryant, merchandise storewide is now on sale at buy one, get one free. The free item being the least expensive item in your cart. After stuffing your virtual shopping bag, apply coupon code 000159517 to save an additional 15% on total purchases. Shipping is free on any order of $75 or more. Expires 11/30/2008.

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Deal of the Day Thanksgiving Day 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

American Eagle has a Thanksgiving treat for everyone today. Use coupon code 47596384 to cut 25% off all purchases, and score free shipping. This coupon works in conjunction with their current sale of all tops buy one, get one free, and possibly along with the PayPal offer , which gives $20 cash back on orders of $125 or more when you pay for your order with PayPal. Coupon valid 11/27/2008 only, BOGO 50% off shirt sale ends 12/02/2008, PayPal offer ends 12/22/2008.

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Deal of the Day November 21, 2008

Put some Disney magic under the tree this year with savings of 25% off sitewide at Disney Shopping. Apply coupon code HOLIDAY25 at checkout to save on everything from character apparel to toys. While there be sure to check out the ten exclusive to Disney gifts. They include the Disney Princess Magical Talking Throne, Cars Lightning McQueen Race Track Play Set, Limited Edition Mickey Mouse Train Set, Giant Mickey Mouse Plush Toy, Deluxe Disney Princess Cinderella Costume, and some apparel. Some exclusions may apply. Offer ends 11/21/2008.

Deal of the Day November 20, 2008

Aeropostale kicks off the holiday shopping a little early with their Friends & Family Sale that saves 30% on total purchases via this printable coupon. This is a great coupon savings, but if I remember correctly they had a 50% off sitewide sale closer to Christmas last year, and I’ll bet they’ll do it again!   Valid 11/20/2008 – 11/23/2008.

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Deal of the Day November 15, 2008

Does anyone still shop at Lerner’s?

Restock your closet with all the necessities from Lerner’s, aka  New York & Co.,  while saving $20 on purchases totaling $75 or more. Simply apply coupon code 1312 at checkout to save on the hottest styles in apparel and accessories. They’re also offering $5 standard shipping with code 4659, although coupons may not stack. Expires 11/30/2008.

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