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Shop Save and Share + 24 hour giveaway

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It’s that time of year again–Shop Save and Share coupon time! I’ve blogged about this for the past two years because it’s a great opportunity to save money while helping a worthy cause.


The Junior League of Birmingham is behind this awesome deal. Because of it, they’ve been able to put $475,000 back into community programs like Meals on Wheels and support for moms at UABs NICU.

Here is the deal: purchase a coupon book for $40 and save 20% at hundreds of restaurants and retailers in Birmingham. The coupon is good from October 19th through October 30th.

It’s the perfect time to get pampered at a local salon, try new places to eat or get that long-coveted item that rarely goes on sale!

To buy a coupon book and see a list of participating businesses, click here.

Because I love you all so much and because the Junior Leage of Birmingham is so generous, we’re giving you a chance to win a free coupon book! Just leave a comment with your name and email address below! This is a quick giveaway, so the winner will be chosen and announced in 24 hours!

Good luck and, as always, thanks for reading!!

Vanessa

**this giveaway is now closed**

Noel, Noel (and a Giveaway!)

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I’m not one to do my Christmas shopping ahead of time. Never have been. I’m usually scrambling the weekend before Christmas (sometimes even Christmas EVE!), trying to cram all of the shopping in at one time. It’s not exactly the best strategy. So,  maybe I should try a different strategy this year!
And the Junior League of Birmingham’s 25th Annual Market Noel may be enough incentive to break the old habits. I’ve partnered with them for this post.

Market Noel features more than 100 vendors from all across the country. That’s right–100 vendors in one place! You can find something for almost everyone on your Christmas list and have it all done before the Black Friday rush!

Here’s the general admission shopping schedule:

  • Thursday, November 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 20 – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m
  • Saturday, November 21 – 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12/day or $24/all days.

Or…you can go for FREE!

The Junior League of Birmingham is sharing two tickets to give to two readers! Just leave a comment below and let me know if you’re a Christmas shopping planner or procrastinator! I’ll pick a random winner at 7p.m. November 18.

There are also other fun events going on besides shopping. For more details on a Girls’ Night Out and Fashion Show, click here.

Market Noel will be held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham. All proceeds will benefit the 34 community projects of the Junior League of Birmingham.

Good Luck with all of your holiday shopping!! And as always, thanks for reading!

 

 

“Saving” is the Name of My Game

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I love spreading the word about great deals I come across. It’s part of the reason I started blogging.

For example, I recently posted on Facebook and Instagram these great deals:

–at Banana Republic, I used a store coupon (not credit card-related) and also got an additional 40% off markdowns to get two sweaters and two semi-precious stone necklaces for $46! The necklaces retail for $98.50 each and the sweaters retail at $69.50. $336 value for…that’s about 86% off! Pat on the back, please!

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–online at Forever 21. I utilized a promotion for free shipping and 50% off markdowns to score these two necklaces and two bracelets for $13! I know it’s not Tiffany & Co. but come on, I’m on a budget!

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And now, there’s an amazing deal going on in the Birmingham-area to keep those savings coming! A local organization, the Junior League of Birmingham, is selling a Shop Save & Share coupon. The $40 price tag allows coupon holders to save 20% at hundreds of participating establishments until November 2nd. They offered to let me give the coupon a “test run.” It took me less than 24 hours to put it to use.

I scored these pieces at one of my fave new boutiques, fab’rik in Homewood.

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Those fierce, red caged sandals were marked down to $24. I got the tank as well because they were having a Buy One, Get One Free promo on sale items! So, with the Shop Save & Share coupon, both purchases were under $24!

I’ve also used the coupon at Old Navy for children’s clothes and for gifts. Yes, it can be used at major chains locally, like Old Navy, Gap and Belk.

It can also be used at luxury retailers that recently opened up at the Summit shopping center in the Birmingham area: Kate Spade, Calypso St. Barth, Kendra Scott and Lilly Pulitzer ! They were featured at a special kick-off event for the Shop Save & Share coupon. The 20% off could add up really quickly at these stores! Here are a few highlights from that event I attended on behalf of B-Metro Magazine!

beautiful event!
beautiful event!
I wore my dress from Calypso St. Barth and jewelry from Kendra Scott
I wore my dress from Calypso St. Barth and jewelry from Kendra Scott
beautiful cuff at Kendra Scott!
beautiful cuff at Kendra Scott!
a customer tries to decide which of these hot new ring sets to buy at Kendra Scott!
a customer tries to decide which of these hot new ring sets to buy at Kendra Scott!

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dress I fell in love with at Calypso St. Barth!
dress I fell in love with at Calypso St. Barth!
trying on faux fur for fun at Calypso St. Barth
trying on faux fur for fun at Calypso St. Barth
how fun is this chicken cardigan from Calypso St. Barth?! I love it!!
how fun is this chicken cardigan from Calypso St. Barth?! I love it!!
Not everything at Lilly Pulitzer is pink, floral and preppy! I loved this chic shirtdress!
Not everything at Lilly Pulitzer is pink, floral and preppy! I loved this chic shirtdress!
sparkle tank at Lilly Pulitzer is perfect for the upcoming holidays!
sparkle tank at Lilly Pulitzer is perfect for the upcoming holidays!
Lilly Pulitzer jewelry
Lilly Pulitzer jewelry
classic bags from Kate Spade!
classic bags from Kate Spade!
bows are everywhere! always a big hit for Kate Spade
bows are everywhere! always a big hit for Kate Spade

Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to make a small investment to get a big return! If you’re in the Birmingham area, there is still time to get a Shop Save & Share coupon and take advantage! It expires November 2nd. A bonus, the proceeds from the coupon go toward projects that benefit women and children in the community. You can shop with a good conscious, knowing you’re helping others in need!