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What Has Been Your Biggest Online Shopping Mistake? Win a $250 in Merchandise and/or Gift Cards From American Express Membership Rewards

What Has Been Your Biggest Online Shopping Mistake? Win a $250 in Merchandise and/or Gift Cards From American Express Membership Rewards

As you all know, online shopping is very much my *thing*, and being savvy is a big part of it — I see it as almost a type of Olympic sport! American Express contacted me about a fun savvy online shopping series that culminates in a reader giveaway, and I couldn’t resist — especially since the program is intended to educate online shoppers on how they can stay smart online. And, lets face it, in a lot of areas online, many of us are not very smart! I’ve made my share of mistakes: From ordering wrong sizes to overpaying to buying from sites where items never arrived, I’ve done it all. I’ve ordered K-cups on eBay that have arrived tasting oddly…stale. And clothing that didn’t fit that I realized too late was final...

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Are Daily Deals Sites on Borrowed Time?

Are Daily Deals Sites on Borrowed Time?

Every morning, I scour my various daily deals emails — and I’ve found some amazing deals on things I didn’t even know I wanted (and probably didn’t need). But is the bubble about to burst? Forrester Research recently released a report, U.S. Interactive Marketing Forecast, 2011 to 2016, that predicts the end of the daily deal craze. The report says growth in spending by businesses in other categories will “kill off” the daily deals category. I don’t know much about finance (a look at my bank account would prove that) – but isn’t a recession such as ours the best time for such deals to prosper? I don’t understand! Forrester Research analyst Shar VanBoskirk says in the report, “Consumers will grow so...

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Save the Date: Botkier Exclusive Sale on HauteLook’s Facebook Page

Save the Date: Botkier Exclusive Sale on HauteLook’s Facebook Page

Need a new bag for summer? This just in: HauteLook has teamed up with the scrumptious Botkier brand for an exclusive Facebook-only sale this Monday-Tuesday (6/27-6/28). In order to shop, go to HauteLook‘s Facebook page for 50-75% off Botkier handbags and shoes. I just love it when brands make it extra easy for me to spend the money I don’t have.

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Steals and Deals on Summer Sandals

Steals and Deals on Summer Sandals

Strappy, simple, tall, short — sandals of all sizes and styles are the shoe of choice for summer. Get your family outfitted in fresh footwear for the season without overspending. These steals and deals on sandals for the whole family will leave you with plenty of money for other important clothing and accessories. Piperlime – Dozens of sandals are marked down at Piperlime. Whether you need dressy or casual, flats or heels, you’ll find a good deal on just about any style. (Shown at right: Ciao Bella Haute) GoJane.com – Save 25% site-wide at GoJane.com with coupon code JANE25. That includes hundreds of sandals for women. The great thing about the site is that most of the shoes are already less than $30. PlanetShoes.com – For a wide...

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Learn to Shop Smarter: CVS ExtraCare Program

Learn to Shop Smarter: CVS ExtraCare Program

I’ve been doing a whole lot of travel lately, and some of it is to unexpected places. For instance, earlier this week I visited the CVS Headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island to learn more about the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards program and Beauty Club. These programs were created to reward loyal CVS customers with discounts: Every time ExtraCare members make a purchase, either online or in-store, they earn ExtraCare customer rewards, or Extra Bucks. In addition, members also receive special offers printed on their in store receipts throughout the year. Members can spend their Extra Bucks at any CVS/pharmacy location, or online. CVS’ rewards program, Extra Bucks, is pretty amazing. The program is instant savings, but every quarter customers...

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‘Hair’ I Am…

‘Hair’ I Am…

Welcome to Aly-tude…my own personal Sex and the City. Except, well, I don’t own any $400 shoes. (Yet). And don’t tend to have one-night-stands with men I met at martini bars while sipping cosmos. Though, I do indeed appreciate a good martini. And a good man. However, such is not what is on my mind at the moment. Today’s welcome topic though is one of Nirvana. (Not the band.) For years, I’ve been a little bit of a hair-care aficionado. I had my first hair straightening when I was in grade school. My mom brought home this pink box of something called “Curl Free”, which smelled terrible and resulted in red, bleeding scars on my scalp. It made my hair straight though, something I wanted so terribly. I had been cursed with...

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