Post-Holiday Clearance!

Clearance tags are my tractor beams. After-holiday clearance is my all time favorite when items can be up to 90% off! This is when I stock up on decor items like lights, garland, ornaments and wrappings.

Packages, boxes and bags!

A.C Moore, Michaels, Target, Kohls and Kmart have amazing clearance on ribbons and wrappings. I’ve seen 90% off at Kmart and Target for holiday items. I like to stock up on ribbon or items that can be for any holiday.

Decor!

Lowes, Kmart, Homegoods (including TJ Maxx and Marshalls) and Target have really pretty decor. Lowes, I think, has some of the nicest quality faux garland I’ve found. Decor won’t last long so get up early and hit the clearance section a few days after Christmas. I went today and Target was pretty much picked through except for a lot of stockings.

A few days ago Homegoods had a TON of stuff all for 50% off but just piled on the shelves. So dig in! For quality pieces, they won’t last long enough to hit the really deep discounts but you can get some amazing stuff for 30-50% off right now.

My Walmart didn’t have too much – bows, white boxes and stockings. Larger Walmarts might have holiday colored storage bins which are a great deal. I also went to a few grocery stores today and they had carts lined up full of treats, packaging and decor.

Food!

Tons of food still left over. If you’re needing to bake for parties or need sweets for any reason, go pick through those shelves.

There are mountains of candy, baking kits and packaged cookies but also savory gift packages as well like salt sets, mixer sets and gourmet food items.

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I snagged this giant from Homegoods for 50% off. Homegoods also had quite a bit of chocolate truffle tins left as well as a variety of spice, oil and pasta kits. Your grocery store will also have gift sets of chocolates and cookies on clearance right now.

BEAUTY!!!!

All those sets are on sale now!!! Sephora, Ulta, Target and Kohls have some great makeup, hair, and skincare sets on sale. Those bareMinerals value sizes were a crazy deal before this sale!

Ulta Sale

 

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I like the bath kits to replenish my guest baskets after I’ve had holiday guests for a few days.

Sephora Sale

Also check out drugstores, department stores and online shops.

Odds & Ends

It’s not just holiday items that are on sale right now. Plenty of other seasonal items are on clearance as well. I saw some good clearance items at Target today like toys, bedding, home decor and kitchen cupboard stuffers. I really wanted that flannel bedding but we rarely use the 3 sets we have now… We’re not in Vermont anymore! I picked up a giant deck of cards for 50% off ($4.98) to start aging for my Alice Halloween party. I also saw a great slow cooker two set for $14.98 (30% off) if you entertain a lot!

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That’s all the shopping I did this week but comment and/or link your favorite places to shop for clearance! I’m always up for a good bargain hunt!

Keep up with beauty deals

Nouveau Cheap posts deals and upcoming sales. Much easier than sifting through all of your subscription emails! 

Philanthropy Friday

There are many ways you can incorporate philanthropy in your every day life and even your not so everyday life when vacationing. I’m known for researching something a lot before any of my purchases big or small. If something costs a little more and an organization will benefit from it, I usually end up going with that option. One Friday a month, I will post a list of 5 organizations for Philanthropy Friday. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to purchase with your heart! See you next Friday.

Crayon Collection

 

 

 

 

 

Their Mission:

“Our mission is simple: to collect as many crayons as possible and donate them to kids in need. Billions of crayons are produced in the U.S. each year, and much of that ends up in our landfills. These petroleum-derived crayons can take years – even decades- to decompose. Meanwhile, U.S. teachers in underfunded public schools are spending an average of $750 of their own income per year on supplies for their classrooms.”

Visit www.crayoncollection.org

Out of Print Tote Bag

Purchase of this bag sends one book to a community in need. Buy at www.outofprintclothing.com for $18

 

Trash Bags to Travel Bags

“ASCF, Inc. provides foster care children with a suitcase/duffle bag to be filled with crayons, coloring and reading books and/or teddy bears, replacing the current common practice of youth transporting belongings in trash bags when changing homes.  With the support of donors and Community partners, Trash Bags to Travel Bags works to eliminate this negative message to children that they, and their belongings, are trash which can seriously affect the long term self-esteem of youth in this vulnerable population. Bags have been distributed at Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) court hearings, to group homes and directly to foster care youth throughout the State of Maryland.”

Visit astepcloser.org for more information. There are many organizations that do this so you could google “trash bags to travel bags” to find something you can visit locally.

9 Million Meals

Rachel Ray is sponsoring this challenge to raise enough money to fund 9 million meals for those struggling with hunger around the country. Visit Feeding America and Share our Strength for more information.

Chantecaille Makeup

Tiger in the Wild PaletteSave the Bees PaletteSave the Sharks PalettePapillons Eye Shade

Chantecaille Makeup has a variety of beautifully designed palettes and compacts that benefit different organizations. Save tigers, bees, sharks or monarchs with these options above.

Wedding Day Essentials

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Makeup Forever HD Foundation – no SPF, buildable coverage, long lasting, and lightweight. Simply flawless in photos.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Pallette – such a sheer glow. It’s glowing – no shine, glitter or sheen. Just a perfect glow. Use on top of cheek color.

Custom Rubber Stamps

I needed a stamp of myself as a zombie. I Googled “custom rubber stamp” and clicked on the first site linked. When I uploaded the picture I wanted on the stamp, I wasn’t sure how detailed it would come out. The preview was the exact picture I uploaded. I was also skeptical since I hadn’t researched custom stamps much (only the top 5 sites in the search) but this was the best site I had found for what I was looking for regarding size, production time and cost. Rubberstamps.net exceeded my expectations and I will be using them for all of my custom stamp needs!

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To edit my image, I used pixlr.com and used the PIXLR EDITOR (the option on the left). These are the instructions I found on how to make on of my pictures look like a coloring page: How To Make a Coloring Book

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Make Your Shopping Count.

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Top left: Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Beginner’s Luck ($8). $1 of each purchase will go to the EIF Revlon Walk for Women.  Available at Rite Aid.

Top right: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Dollface($25). $5 of each purchase goes to Cancer and Careers. http://www.shiseido.com
http://www.cancerandcareers.org

Bottom left: Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Power With Pink($16). $3 of each purchase will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
http://www.clinique.com
http://www.bcrfcure.org

Bottom right: Avon Anew Vitale Day Cream($28). $5 from each purchase will go to Avon Foundation’s Breast Cancer Crusade.
http://www.avon.com
http://www.avonfoundation.org

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Top left: Estee Lauder Modern Muse Solid Perfume ($49.50)
http://www.macys.com
Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campain

Top right: QVC FFNAY Shoes. 80% of purchase will go to cancer research and education.
http://www.qvc.com/ffnay

Bottom left: EOS Awarenedd Collection ($7.99)
http://www.ulta.com

Bottom right: Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Brush Set ($15.99). Target will donate 15% of purchase price to BCRF.
http://www.target.com
http://www.bcrfcure.org