Thursday, November 29, 2007
After plenty of search and debate Mr. Bargainista was faced with the face that i simply cannot make decisions and the idea was put on hold.
Our favorites until that point were the Nantucket from World Market (the original dish that started the debate), Emma from Pottery Barn, Buffalo China from Williams-Sonoma, and Everyday White from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
Until (oh until!) my darling Bargainista Friend S found the most perfect dish ever at the Pottery Barn Outlet. It is a version of the Emma dish, only made for the outlet. I've decided to call it Ella. Ella was a true white, unlike Emma's creamy color which was the great cause for debate over it. It was also less expensive than Emma. Oh, and it was also discounted 40%. And oh my goodness as if it couldn't get any better she had a coupon and the total price for 12 place settings including 2 serving bowls was only $140!
For that price I've decided I'll probably need extra place settings, you know, for back-up. But shhh!, don't tell Mr. Bargainista!
Here they are, feel free to drool on them, I have a napkin.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I'm a big fan of KitchenAid. I have the same stand mixer in onyx black and I love it. Really, I love it. No really, I love it! I have several attachments and accessories for it as well and hope to get the ice cream maker next. Oh, and an extra bowl, I really need that.
In addition to the stand mixer I also have the the seven cup (with three cup mini bowl) food processor (in black) which is fabulous. It's great as an extra mixer if necessary and makes it easy to whip up great little salad like chicken salad or coleslaw. You can get great accessories for the food processor to make it so much more than a food processor! I hope to collect the dough blade and some more discs. Can you tell I like to be in the kitchen?
Other KitchenAid accessories include my knives and utensils (again, all in black.) KitchenAid makes for a great product so if you can ever find a sale, it's very much worth it. The sales will probably be more expensive than other brands, but the quality you get is far better and will last longer.
On a side note, KitchenAid did not pay me to virtually make-out with them, I just really love the stuff!
(Thanks Kassie for being a Bargainista!)
Friday, November 23, 2007
Scrapbook totes for 50% off--as low as $35 at AC Moore and Jo-Ann. I didn't purchase since I don't really travel to scrapbook, but putting all the goods in a tote would clear up desk drawers.
Tool Bags at The Home Depot for $10. Also a 3-pack of LED flashlights for $5. Several power tools on sale for a good deal, all of which Mr. Bargainista already owns so no scores there.
Old Navy had women's jeans for only $15. The nice dark washed kind too. All sorts of sweaters and things were rather cute and $30 or less.
Belk had an amazing home selection that everyone needs to check out. Lots of good deals available and a coupon in the ad for an extra $25 off of a $75 purchase--including sale items!
Target had these shirts for $6--shelves and shelves of them. Also there were way cute sweaters (the layering kind) for $15, cute and cuddly pajama sets for $12, faux pashmina wraps for $8, and fuzzy fleece robes for $10. Go buy those and then let me monogram them for you for a great gift!
There are an abundance of deals on outerwear everywhere you go. Whether you're looking for store brand products for labels such as The North Face and Columbia, you can find great sales. However, I'm not sure you can't wait and get those later either as they'll be more of a sale after Christmas if you can hold out with gift cards.
Email me to tell me all about your goodies and we'll do a Black Friday Shopping Extravaganza post for all to relish in. Pictures would be great as well.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Friday, November 16, 2007
The gift came at a great time as I needed liquid foundation, concealer, loose powder, and touch base. Even after my bunco winnings I only have one lonely little dollar in my wallet. However, I did get this fabulous free gift in addition to my needed necessities:
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
First and foremost The Bargainista believes in and preaches responsible pet ownership. Even the kindest and most gentle animal may still react negatively or defensively in certain situations. Basic classes to instruct the humans on how to best interact with the animal and guide the animal during such situations are a must.
As an added bonus, the animal responding to and obeying commands simply makes your life easier and less frustrating when dealing with the animal. If your pet knows manners and obedience and how to properly respond to his human and in his environment, then he will feel more comfortable outside of his environment by following instructions from his human. Animals will feel safer hearing common commands and knowing the expected behavior.
Ok, enough with the jargon, but case in point I have a lovely little pooch. He is attending Pooch Prep Academy for a six week course totalling $110. I checked all of the schools and training classes in our area and found this to be the best deal. I was prepared with a list of questions to ask and felt that Pooch Prep offered the most extensive and best training and especially for the price. The instructor answered above and beyond my questions which gave me the best feeling about her classes.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I made a quick run there after my meeting and found this darling little Isaac Mizrahi dress for only $9.98! They were too big for me (that's fun to say) but I plan on scoping out a few other area Targets to find my size. This is so cute as a party dress with strappy sandals, as a dressed-up frock with boots and a cardigan, or even as a ladies-who-lunch dress with ballet flats and a tote. Retail is $39.99 and I had a friend who (shutter!) paid that last summer.
Target also has an entire collection of long sleeve shirts discounted 3o% to $6.98. They had several different colors and styles such as crew neck, v-neck, or scoop neck (shown). I think I'll go back for the orange and the berry. I'm partial to Gap brand favorite t's, but these seem to be great quality. Precious little polos for (get this!) $2.98! Yes, I said $2.98. This chocolate brown was my favorite. Could be cute with long sleeve tee under it and these shoes. Unfortunately I don't really care for how I look in polos, so I did not purchase. However for $2.98, the debate is still out.
There was also a variety of trousers, pants, sweats, and workout and lounge type clothing but I didn't have time to go through all of it. There were several rounders 30%-75% discounted.
So Go! RUN, don't walk to your nearest Target now. Now, now, now!
Monday, November 12, 2007
I'm not one to get caught up in trends and prefer a classic look, and these bags fit the bill. They're cute, roomy, stylish, and I get tons of compliments about them.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
J and I had ogled this kitchen cart at Home Depot for awhile now. We wanted a small island type cart for extra storage and prep work. This weekend it was on clearance for 30% off. (To me thirty percent isn't clearance, it's a sale. But it was also the next to last one left). J quickly snatched it up for the bargain price of $70. Not too shabby, all things considered. The drawer pulls out to be a tray. A cutting board slides in the top as well, it has wheels that lock, and my JL cookbooks look oh-so-cute on the shelf. I'm also thinking a big bowl of fruit to make it pretty on the top when we have guests or as a cheese station for entertaining.
To add to the great bargain, we didn't pay anything for it because we still have wedding gift cards (nearly 2 years later). We hadn't used them since the summer when we added to our wrought iron patio furniture by getting a glider and chaise lounger.
A bargain and a gift card--that's a good day!