Be A Frugal Fashionista ~ Never Waste A Coupon!

I don't know about you but I'm just not in the mood for clothes shopping lately. I live in a town with a Tanger Outlet and I know that this is the time of year that all the winter fashions go on deep clearance. But honestly this has been such a brutal winter that I just don't even want to think about buying another sweater. It feels like I'm giving in to the prolonging of the bitter cold. On the other hand I also don't want to buy Spring fashions yet because it would just feel like torture seeing it hanging in the closet just waiting for it to warm up!

But I have a problem . . . I'm a frugal fashionista! Several of my favorite shops have sent me some amazing coupons that I just can't waste. A coupon is like money to me and I would never throw money out the window so why would I throw a great coupon out?!! What's a girl to do? I say gather those coupons up and hit the stores with a new mindset.

The first coupon I received was from Lane Bryant and it was sent to my smartphone. (My favorite type of coupon!) It was a SAVE $10 on your entire in store purchase. I read the details and it didn't exclude sale items or clearance. Once in the store I made a beeline for the clearance jewelry selection.

Check out this adorable matching bracelet and earrings that were marked down to $5 each. Remember my coupon was for $10 off of a $10 purchase. Can you say FREE?!! After digging a bit more I even found the matching necklace that was also marked down to $5, so a complete set would have only cost me $5.

They even had some really cute and fun pieces that included this over-sized costume ring. Wouldn't that be fun to wear on a night out? It was also marked down to $5.

Now just let me insert a word of caution here. DON'T FALL FOR TACKY! No matter how funny you think it would be to give to someone, tacky is still tacky, restrain yourself!

My second coupon was from Bath and Body Works. It was a coupon for a free full size hand soap and no additional purchase was required. I used to feel bad about just getting the free item and nothing else but then I realized that they are the ones that printed and sent the coupon out, so why the guilt on my part?!!

I chose the Fresh Picked Lemon Mint Leaf which is one of their new formulas for hand soap. When I took it to the checkout line they gave me a new coupon code that I will receive a $10 off my purchase when I take their survey about this new formula. Now that's a double bonus to me!

My final stop for the day was at Christopher and Banks. For this store I received a coupon for $15 off of my purchase. When I read the fine print it said that it did not include clearance. I guess I was in an accessory mood so I headed to the scarves and found some really cute ones that caught my eye.

When all was said and done, I finally decided on this cute v-neck t-shirt. On a funny side note, the coupon says WE MISS YOU! When you read the fine print the $15 off of a $15 purchase is only for in store purchases. If you shop online it was $15 off of  a $50 purchase. Guess they didn't miss me as much from my computer. Moral of the story . . . read the fine print. Happy Shopping!


  1. How do you get coupons like this? It seems like the ones in my email always say amount off a 30-100$ purchase.

    1. Hi Katie!
      The best coupons that I get lately are sent to my smartphone. If you have unlimited texting or at least a high texting plan it would be worth it to sign up for your favorite stores. My caution is that you usually get around 6 texts a month from each store. I do get ones that you mentioned above, but I just skip over them. Having said that the key to receiving great coupons is to use coupons. For instance I always get Bath and Body Works coupons for free items. The motto with them is 'use it or lose it'. I now always go get the free item even if I don't need anything else. When you are checking out there always give them your email again even if you are already on their list. Something about that also gets you better coupons.Another thing that seems to work is to be in on the store's loyalty program. I don't shop terribly often at Christopher and Banks but I have one of their Friendship Rewards cards and I think that is what gets me some good coupons from there. (It is free to sign up for it in the store.) Finally if the store offers a mailing list, get on it. Hope some of this helps . . . if not ask me more!

  2. This is great! So glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours!
    I joined Lane Bryant text alerts and the very first one I got was a $10 off coupon, can't wait to use it! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Awesome! My mom and I went together and we both used the code in the text for our purchases. The text came to her smartphone and she used it when she checked out and then handed me the phone and I gave the cashier the code when I checked out. So make it a fun afternoon and take a friend along!!!


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