Shopping Spree for Free

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I mentioned in a recent blog post, I had $50 in Banana Republic rewards that were set to expire on July 31st–just one day before my “6 month no shopping challenge” ends. I did not let them go to waste! And let me tell you. I even surprised myself at the amazing deals I got! I am really bursting with excitement for two reasons.

1. I knocked off a couple of coveted items from my wish list (that I will soon be posting).

2. I blew my own mind with the deals I got!!

Let me cut to the chase. I got nearly $400 in merchandise for….wait for it… wait for it…. ok, no more waiting… FREE!! Yes. I’ll repeat: nearly $400 in merchandise for FREE! Full disclosure here, it was really $388 in merchandise, but $400 sounds so much better…and what’s $12, right?!

Here’s how: Clearance items + coupon code + $90 Banana Republic rewards=$0 balance. (I still have $30 in unused rewards, mind you. But they don’t expire until later this year, so I’m going to exercise patience and use them post-challenge.)

Now, let me share what I bought.

I have been wanting some kind of animal print shoe for some time now. I was just perusing, trying to see what might catch my eye…. And I saw them. Schutz Irma animal print, ankle-strap pumps. I am flipping. They retail for $200. They were marked down to $69.99 And I found a 25% coupon code online.


I’ve also wanted more statement jewelry. While I did some jewelry stocking before my challenge, I still didn’t have a nice, blingy piece. So, I saw this statement Egyptian collar by Sabine on clearance and had to have it! Retail $98. Marked down to $29.97. And the additional 25%.

Sabine - Egyptian collar

And, why not throw in some tan gladiators for good measure. Only because I needed to use up my full $90 in rewards, so I was just searching items that would help me maximize my “dollar.” I also realized I don’t own any brown flat sandals, so all the more reason to add them to my shopping list. These Report gladiator sandals retail for $90. Marked down to $14.97!! and then the additional 25%.

Report - Luckie

And there’s good news for you!! A 30% discount is now available until July 9, 2:59 ET with discount code EXTRASALE. And if you’re making a purchase after that time, you can still save 20% by using the code SUMMER20, which is good until July 13th!
Also, I have to throw this in as a bonus: J.Crew has additional 40% sale online and in store with code SHOPMORE.
Hope you’re able to score some great deals as well! Happy bargain shopping!!



5 thoughts on “Shopping Spree for Free

    acroom90 said:
    July 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Yes shoes!! Did you shop online or in the store?


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      July 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      I got the shoes from and they’re even cheaper now than a couple of weeks ago! They are super high heels but I love them! Thanks for reading! Xoxo


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 4:37 am

      know what? i just assumed you meant the heels. if you meant the gladiators, they’re still the same price, I believe! but both are from online! 🙂


    Islara said:
    July 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Wow! Great job! LOVE that necklace!


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