Stock up now for next Halloween–for CHEAP!

This might seem like a no-brainer, but just like Black Friday is a great time to shop for the holidays, and after-Christmas sales are the best time to stock up on things like wrapping paper and decorations–today and the next few days are the best time to score Halloween goodies on the cheap.

No, I don’t mean buy candy and save it for next year, lol. And it’s certainly hard to think ahead as to what you want to be for next year’s office party. 

But if you’re in need of things like costumes, decorations, party supplies, or those smaller accessories like Halloween makeup, wigs, or hats–now’s the time to shop!  Stores usually discount their leftover Halloween items at 50-75% off, right after Halloween is over. Although there’s not always a lot left, you can always find something at a deeply discounted price. Places like Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costo– even Walgreens and CVS (or whoever your local drugstore is) are great places to find deals.

And for me, now’s the time to replenish what I hand out to the trick-or-treaters. I don’t give out candy–I prefer to give out little toys, as it’s better for the kids’ health. Last year I found amazing treasures at my Walmart Neighborhood Store (grocery store). I found Halloween themed activity books, bracelets, bubbles, erasers–all in packs of 20. I think I paid no more than $1.00 for each, possibly only 50 cents for each pack of 20. I also got a huge package of 90 Lisa Frank Halloween items at BJ’s for about $5.00.  So I’ll definitely be stopping in

Halloween treats from Oriental Trading

today to see what’s on sale!  (Because those kids completely cleaned me out last night. I had probably 60 little ones stop by, it was awesome!)

And if you don’t have time to scour the sales at your local brick and mortar stores, Oriental Trading Company is a fantastic online company with a great variety of Halloween itemsand they’re 70% off right now! 

But don’t wait too long. Usually the best of what’s left has been picked over by the end of the week. I know I’ll be heading to Target this evening, and checking out Oriental Trading’s sale sometime today.

Plan ahead, and save, save, save…

Target jumps on the Daily Deal bandwagon

I love Target almost as much as I love…and now there’s even more to love. I just found out that Target offers a daily deal, always with free shipping (even better!). Today’s deal is Women’s Mossimo Supply Co. Katherine Leather Engineer Boots for $39.99 (normally $49.99), and though I’m not tempted to buy those being that I live in steamy South Florida, I will definitely check back for more Daily Deals.

I’m guessing I’ll have to pay tax since Target exists as brick and mortar in Florida, which is a bummer, and it doesn’t seem like the discount is as deep as other Daily Deal websites. But it’s worth keeping an eye on to see what they offer down the line.

Here’s a little more info on their program. And you won’t find these deals in their stores:

  • Now you see it, tomorrow you won’t. But you will find more must-haves at amazing prices. Make a big deal about stopping back daily so you don’t miss a thing. (Silly wabbits. I personally think they need to change this by having folks sign up for an email each day. I don’t know that I’ll remember to check their website each day). UPDATE TO THIS POST 9/24/2010 – Thanks to reader Deb for letting me know that if you click on FOLLOW at the top of the Daily Deal, you can subscribe to get daily emails. To me, FOLLOW means Facebook or Twitter, they need to make that more intuitive. But I just signed up!
  • New Everyday Find fresh, cool and fabulous deals. No rummage sales here.
  • Super Low Prices The savings are huge. We’re not talking pocket change.
  • One Day Only At midnight (PST), today’s deals will be gone. Act fast.
  • Free Shipping Standard delivery is always no charge. No kidding.
  • Limited Quantity Share the savings; just five of each item per guest.

Have you purchased any of Target’s Daily Deals yet? Tell me what you scored!

Save 50-90% on restaurants, spas and more daily deals with sites like Groupon and LivingSocial

A few weeks ago, I came across a website called, that offers up a daily deal in your local area, usually at 50% off, sometimes more. Since I love a deal, I of course had to check this out further.

 The way it works is, they offer a deal with a minimum number that has to be purchased (the tipping point) in order for everyone to get the deal. Once the deal is “on” then it’s available for purchase for only that day.  You basically sign up to receive an email every day for your local area, and it changes each day. They have harnessed the power of “collective buying”, and it’s all the rage these days, with competitors popping up left and right–which is fine by me, I’ll take all the deals someone is willing to offer! And although some of the deals tend to be similar, I’ve seen very little overlap so far.

This is fantastic for people like me who hate paying full price, and fantastic for local businesses to get exposure, to get some new folks trying out their services or restaurant, and hopefully gain some repeat customers along the way. I do know Groupon takes half of the money generated from the daily deal, which earned them a pretty penny a few weeks ago when they sold about $11 million dollars worth of Groupons and crashed their servers during a promotion.

The first Groupon I purchased (play on the words “group” and “coupon”) was for a site called, a local service that prepares fresh and healthy lunches and dinners daily.  I snagged 3 lunches and 3 dinners delivered to me fresh for only $20.00. I bought the max amount of Groupons (there is usually a limit, most likely to prevent “scalpers, I imagine”) for that deal, which was five. And for the past five weeks, I’ve been enjoying having my lunch and dinner prepared for me and delivered to me at work.

Normally it would cost about $50 or $60 a week for what I received, so it’s been fabulous. The food has been delicious, and although I did indulge in one extra week (my Groupon also included 15% off my next purchase), I most likely won’t continue because it’s not in my budget to spend that kind of money on lunches–sadly, it’ll be back to brown-bagging it next week.

However, I’ve also gotten many other awesome deals from Groupon–like a Shutterfly photobook for only $10.00 ($30.00 value), $150 worth of services from Canvas on Demand, and $30.00 worth of credit at for only 15.00. I have to admit, I look forward each day to see what’s waiting for me in my email inbox!

I also signed up for, which is just like Groupon (and their biggest competitor, if I’m not mistaken) but they offer a bit of a twist. If you refer three friends to the daily deal and they buy it, yours is free. I haven’t gotten my freebie yet, but hopefully soon!  Groupon does offer “Groupon Bucks” as a referral incentive; you get $10.00 in Groupon Bucks when someone you invite gets their first Groupon, which can be used toward future purchases.

There are also two new similar sites in the South Florida area: and  I purchased $25.00 worth of credit for food/drink at Bru’s Room for $5.90, as well as a 50-minute hot stone massage for $35.00 (for the hubby’s upcoming birthday) at the Diamante Day Spa from GottaHalfIt.  I got a 50 minute deep tissue massage for $25.00 at Spatopia in Ft. Lauderdale from Crazy Good Deal about a week ago.

One thing that differentiates GottaHalfIt is that the deal is on for more than one day–sometimes it’s available for4 or 5 days. I don’t know if that’s because they recently launched, but I do like the ability to find out more from a venue if need be, before purchasing. Though I wonder if it’s hurting their sales? Groupon has a really helpful feature where you can join in a discussion with questions about the daily deal, and that helps alleviate the need for a phone call. This also sets them apart from some of the other sites.

The last daily deal website I signed up for is (strange name), where I purchased $300 worth of services at Hair Venture Salon for only $29.99 (includes a mini-facial, manicure, hair cut-style-blowdry, and eyebrow wax). Just for the mini-facial alone it was worth the money.

However, what I don’t like about Adility is instead of offering your voucher via .pdf right away like the other sites, you have to pay for shipping and handling and they mail it to you. Very old school and we of the instant gratification generation prefer to be able to get our paws on our deals immediately. Not to mention, I hate to pay any more than need be and to pay for shipping is kind of silly in this highly technical day and age.

These websites certainly offer a great way to be able to get your champagne fix on a beer budget!  Be sure to check them out in your local area today and start getting the most bang for your buck, and I’d love to hear if you have any more Daily Deal sites that you recommend or enjoy.