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Sheer Top ($25) / Kenneth Cole Cigarette Pants ($100)  / Lace Camisole ($8) /
Cole Haan Talia Pumps ($198) / Resin Necklace ($28) / Gold Link Bracelet ($125) /
Wet Seal Earrings ($6)
I basically own this outfit. With the exception of the necklace, I have each of these pieces in my wardrobe. So why create a post about it? Discounts. That’s why.
When I purchased each of the items from this set, they were all on sale. Major sale. For example: the Cole Haan shoes. They are originally $200, which is way out of my price range (plus my mom would murder me if she ever found out I spent that much on shoes.) I researched black pumps that would be comfortable to work in for several weeks, and everyone said these Cole Haan’s were the best. I searched for them every couple of weeks waiting for the price to drop, and about a month ago I found them for $70. I snapped them up with an additional coupon I had from Swagbucks.com, and got them for $40. The gold bracelet? From a J.Crew clearance store for $20. Cigarette pants? Semi-annual sale at Nordstrom, $55. People always ask me how I can afford such great pieces on a teacher’s salary. The truth is that I constantly check items to see if they’ve been reduced or try to find a coupon for a discount. There are several great resources to find deals on the internet, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites.
Swagbucks: Swagbucks is a website that gives you points for everyday things: clicking on links, watching videos, searching the internet… the list goes on. You earn points that you can eventually trade in for gift cards to all kinds of different retailers. I have used this for myself as well as to buy Christmas gifts. Everyone loves free money!
http://www.shopstyle.com: This website is amazing. You simply type in what you’re looking for (i.e. Black Cole Haan pumps) and every possible option comes up, gives a price, and links directly to the website where you can purchase it. This tool is great to use when searching for broad items, like a pencil skirt, or for very specific items to compare prices.
Ideeli: This website is similar to many discount websites that have 48-hour sales but often has plus size designer clothing for sale.
Nordstrom & Saks: Both of these sites have amazing plus size clothing but they are usually out of my price range. I signed up for their e-mails to see when their big sales are and can often find great items for half the price.
Google! If you find an item that you feel like you must have right away, check Google and see if you can find a coupon code for the retailer that’s selling it. Sometimes you can find awesome codes that will save you up to 30%. I also hardly ever pay shipping because those coupon codes are often easy to come by.
Sometimes it just takes a little bit of work to find a good deal. If you have patience, you can save a ton and still look amazing. What are some of your favorite ways to save money online?