Saturday, July 10, 2010

New URL/Blog Home

Hi Folks,

I'm finally giving in to my unnatural obsession with birds and am moving this blog over to its new home nest:

The Frugal Nest

Please stop by and follow me there!

Love, Zeus' Mom

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board for $75 + free shipping

One of the worst things about being a professional shopper* is buying something that you see for less later. has the Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board on sale for $74.99. That's $25 off the regular Dell price of $99.99.** Plus, they have free shipping on orders over $49.***

My only consolation is that tax in California will bring the price up to more than what I bought it for. Scratch that. I just checked. Tax would be $6-7 so that's exactly what I paid for it. What a relief. Enjoy the deal, folks. Don't mind me and my rambling!

Sub Total $74.99
Shipping & Handling $14.99
Shipping Discount -$14.99
Tax $6.56 (Note, you won't be charged tax in every state.)
Total $81.55

Don't you want one of these things? Really you haven't lived until you've done mildly kung fu moves while standing on a plastic step. And there's a game where you just sit there on the balance board and try not to move. That's my kind of fitness, people. Although the Wii Fit does nasty things like calculate your age based on some random memory, coordination and balance tests. Oh yeah, and it calculates your weight and your BMI. So really it's a fancy scale that scolds you for not having perfect balance. Awesome, right?****

Three more things:
(1) You can get 10% cash back on your purchase through bing. I wasn't able to find the Dell store on the bing cashback page but if you do a search for the word "vizio" you can find a Dell link on the right panel. I've tried to get cash back with bing on the Dell site before and it didn't work but that was because I was using a promo code. I think this should work.

(2) Ok, so this is weird but I'll just tell you what happened. I had trouble finding the Wii Fit on the Dell site and that annoying prompt came up asking me if I wanted to chat with a representative. I always say yes when that happens. I don't have a lot of friends. Aaaanyway, the chat-woman found me the Wii Fit and then asked me if I'm thinking of purchasing it today. I said yes, I'm thinking about it. She said if you purchase it today, I can offer you free shipping on it. Apparently, she needs to read this blog because Dell has free shipping on orders over $49. I'm just relating this so you know that there's some wheeling and dealing to be done on the Dell chat rooms.

(3) You can not only make cartoon icons of yourself on the Wii, but you can make them of your pets. And you can weigh them. So every time I sign on the kittens are there with me on the screen and they show up in the games. I. die. It's so cute.

*I'm not a professional shopper, just very very committed.

** Discount Details
Dell Home Customers: Save $25 off this item!
Expires Monday, July 12, 2010
Prices, specifications, availability and terms of offer may change without notice. Taxes, fees, shipping, handling and any applicable restocking charges are extra, and vary. Offer maybe combined with select other offers. Valid for new U.S. online purchases through the Dell Home Systems Electronics & Accessories site only. Offer does not apply to and is not available with systems or items purchased through the online systems configurator, refurbished items or spare parts. Purchase limit of 10 same items per order, but any applicable discounts apply to only the first 5 same items per order. Dell cannot be responsible for pricing or other errors, and reserves the right to cancel orders arising from such errors.

*** Discount Details
Dell Home Customers: Free ground shipping on orders over $49 (before tax)!
Expires Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Prices, availability and terms of offer may change without notice. Taxes and shipping charges are extra, vary and are not subject to discount. May be combined with other select offers or discounts. Valid for new U.S. online purchases through the Dell Home Systems Software and Peripherals site only. Offer does not apply to and is not available with systems or items purchased through the online systems configurator, refurbished items or spare parts. Purchase limit of 10 same items per order, but any applicable discounts apply to only the first 5 same items per order. Dell cannot be responsible for errors in typography or photography.

**** No really, it's a lot of fun! You'll like it.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Banana Republic: 30% off, 25% off, 20% off over the next three days

Banana Republic!

Save 30% off your entire order today, July 7. Expires midnight Eastern, 9 p.m. Pacific.

Save 25% off your order tomorrow, July 8.

Save 20% off your order on Friday, July 9.

Use code BRJULY.*

Free shipping when you spend $150 or more. Whatever, BR. That's lame.

They have such awesome jewelry right now.

Bonfire ring

Original price $39.50
promo –$11.85
Sale price $27.65

Summary of charges
Merchandise $27.65
Shipping $7.00
Estimated tax $3.03
Total $37.68

Leonine ring

Original price $39.50
After promo with shipping and tax: $37.68

Be still my heart....

Eros stackable rings

Select Color: Gold
Original price $35.00
Promo –$10.50
Sale price $24.50

Summary of charges
Merchandise $24.50
Shipping $7.00
Estimated tax $2.76
Total $34.26

Bella Donna ring
(available only in size 5. Yay me.)

Select Color: White
Original price $39.50
On sale for $19.99
Promo –$6.00
New price $13.99

Summary of charges
Merchandise $13.99
Shipping $7.00
Estimated tax: $1.84
Total $22.83

Bing cashback is at 4%.
Ebates is at 2%.

*Offers valid on Banana Republic merchandise purchased online only between July 7, 2010 at 12:00 AM ET through July 9, 2010 at 11:59 PM ET. Not valid at Banana Republic Stores, Edition by Banana Republic, or Banana Republic Factory Store. The 30% Off offer expires at 11:59pm ET on July 7, 2010. The 25% Off offer expires at 11:59 pm ET on July 8, 2010. The 20% Off offer expires at 11:59 pm ET on July 9, 2010. Qualifying amount applies to merchandise only, not value of gift cards purchased, packaging, applicable taxes or shipping & handling charges. Free shipping on $150 or more offer valid only on standard shipping to your order's first 'ship to' address anywhere in the US (including Puerto Rico). If you choose express or next day shipping options additional charges will apply. No adjustments on previous purchases. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts including Gap Inc. employee discount. Gap Inc. is not responsible for lost or stolen coupons.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Chadwicks -- 50% off one item

Chadwicks is offering 50% off any one item with code CHJULY4 -- expires TOMORROW JULY 4. A rare great deal from Chadwicks -- and it works on their clearance too.

Discount applies to your highest priced item, excluding shipping and handling, and exclusive of Skechers® Shape-Ups® Sneaker. Valid on and Chadwicks catalog purchases only. Not valid on prior purchases, charges or purchase of gift cards. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 7/4/10. PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY USE ONE PROMOTION CODE AND ONE DEFERRED BILLING CODE PER ORDER.

I've had my eye on this henley for a while:

Merchandise Subtotal $10.99
Promotional Savings ($5.50)
Shipping & Handling $6.99
Estimated Sales Tax $0.00
Your Subtotal $12.48

Not too bad, right?

On second thought, "leggy," "thin," and "blonde" are the last words one would use to describe me. Maybe this is a mistake?

Snapfish: 25 prints for $1

Snapfish has 25 prints for $1 with code JUL4PRINTS. Sounds like you've got to pick them up at Walmart though, which is great if you've got one near you.

"Must use coupon code JUL4PRINTS to get 25 4" x 6" prints for $1 at Walmart. Offer good for first 25 prints only. Additional prints will be billed at regular price. Must order online and choose in-store pick-up at Walmart. All taxes apply. Offer applies to U.S. customers only. Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer expires 7/05/10."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Extra 30% off sale at + Free Shipping

TODAY ONLY has an extra 30% off its sale items and free shipping with code 30off.

Jessica Simpson Women's Dadia

Order Subtotal: $28.80 (60% off original price, which was $71.99)
30% off: -$8.64
Free Shipping and Handling
Order Total: $20.16

Not too bad, right? The sale is on shoes for women, men, girls, boys and juniors.

I almost forgot.... don't forget to bing! is at 10% cashback on bing right now. If it works (bing doesn't always work if you're using a code), you can get an additional 10% off!

For a little bing tutorial go back to this post. Sadly, bing is ending its cashback program soon but you will still get any money you collect before they pull the plug.

Everyday with Rachel Ray for $3.69

Best Deal Magazines has a one-year subscription (10 issues) to Every Day With Rachael Ray for $4.39.

Use code RENEW16 to bring the price down to $3.69.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

AE & Aerie -- 30% off clearance items and free shipping on 3 or more purchases

American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie currently have 30% off in their clearance sections: AE clearance; Aerie clearance. You get free shipping when you buy at least three items.

The discount and free shipping appear automatically in your cart.

Don't forget to bing cashback. AE is at 4%.

30% off details:
Offer valid on Clearance items only beginning at 12:01 A.M. EDT on June 30, 2010 through 11:59 P.M. PDT on July 6, 2010 at ae and aerie stores, and 30% off discount is automatically applied once a Clearance item(s) is added to the or shopping bag or at checkout at an ae or aerie store. This 30% off offer can be combined with other discount offers. No discount code is required at the or shopping bag. This discount is not redeemable for cash, nor is it valid toward any previously purchased merchandise or the purchase of merchandise certificates, gift cards or e-gift cards. Discount applies to merchandise costs only, not tax and shipping & handling costs.

Free shipping details:
Automatic free shipping valid for orders placed beginning June 30, 2010 at 12:00 am EDT through July 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm PDT and shipping to U.S. & Canadian addresses only. Shopping Bag must contain at least three (3) items, including regularly priced and clearance merchandise, to qualify for free shipping. Offer not valid on international orders. This offer is good for U.S. standard shipping within 3 to 7 business days pending credit approval and authorization. Orders to Canadian addresses will be shipped via Canada post within 6 to 10 business days to urban areas and 15 to 22 business days to rural areas. This offer can be combined with other discount offers. Not applicable toward previously purchased merchandise. All deliveries are pending credit approval, merchandise availability, delivery and weather conditions. Free shipping promotion and associated terms and conditions subject to change at AE's sole discretion.

40% off Loft and Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor and Loft both have 40% off sale items. Use code JULY40 for Ann Taylor and code FIX40 for Loft.

The problem with shopping online is they charge $8.95 to start. Loft, at least, has free shipping when you spend over $125. I don't know about you but I never spend that much in one sitting.

The moral of the story is check out their stores this weekend for the best deals.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Metrostyle -- $15 off $15

What do you do when it's 1 a.m., you wake up for unknown reasons, and your cat refuses to spend any time with you?

1. Make The Big Fella's breakfast.
2. Make The Big Fella's lunch.
3. Refrain from making yet another dinner until The Big Fella eats through the (a) chicken and rice, (b) chicken parmesan, (3) corned beef and potatoes, (4) enchiladas with spanish rice, and (5) shepherd's pie. Did I mention it's only two of us humans in the house and that I don't eat meat?
4. Tell you about this Metrostyle code for $15 off a $15 purchase.

If you guessed all of the above, you win a prize.*

I know what you're thinking. What the !@#$% is Metrostyle? But, underneath all that skanky clothes and accessories are some cute items.

This is my fave on their site. I didn't buy it because





If you buy it, don't tell me about how cute it is.

Look how unbelievably happy the model is. I could have been this happy.

Cuteness runners up include:

Does this not look magical? I believe it has healing powers.

Stretch Lace Turtleneck
Available in Black, Ivory, Silver Metallic and True Red.

Yes, I still want to look like Stevie Nicks circa 1972...

...because, God help me, she is still my fashion idol for 27 years running.

Speaking of Bella Donna, I have a theory that whatever cultural influences you're exposed to by the age of 10 become a part of your identity so when you see them again as adults it's like finding a lost piece of you. That's why I don't blame a lot of 20 year olds for liking Green Day. If you're in your 30s though, you're on your own.

What were we talking about again?

Oh yes.

The code works on clearance items and shipping and handling starts at $6.99. That means you can get out of there for a total of eight bucks if you shop strategically. Yes, upon hearing the code was $15 off 15, I had to find something as close to $15 as I could. It's an illness.

Filigree Sandals
Available in Gold Metallic, Black, and Mauve Berry.

Ruched Slingbacks
Available in Black and Graphite.

Cabled Kabuki Sleeve Sweater
Available in Bright Green and Bright Rose.

Zipper Clutch
Available in Black, White, Yellow and True Red.

Braid Clutch
Available, in Sunkiss, Posy, White and Black.

What do you do when you can't sleep?

*The prize is the leftover shepherd's pie. Sorry. Someone has to eat it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kitchenaid mixers on sale

You wait all year and get two sales on the same day.

RueLaLa has the 5qt. mixers on sale for $219 down from $279 for two days only.

Pro 500 Series Mixer
325-watts, 120 volts, 60 Hz

Available in Empire Red, Blue Willow, Buttercup Yellow, Onyx Black,
Almond Cream and Cinnamon.

Here's your invite to RueLaLa.

Lowe's also has the 5 qt. mixer on sale here for $220 down from $299.99.

Model #: KSM150PS
Available in Metallic Chrome, Onyx Black, Empire Red,
Green Apple (super cute!), Pink and Cobalt Blue.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Giveaway: Murval Moc Croc Parisian Tote at T Minus T Plus

Tina over at T Minus T Plus is having another purse giveaway. I'm still mourning my loss of her last purse giveaway -- that was one heck of a beauty. This one's not too shabby either:

The Murval Moc Croc Parisian Tote from csn stores:


To enter the giveaway, check out Tina's blog.