free shopping resource & $250 RetailMeNot giveaway

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, clothing & style, Holiday289 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by RetailMeNot.  All opinions and experiences shared are, as always, honest and my own.

It’s that time of year.  Along with the decorating and baking and parties, there is shopping.  (And wouldn’t it be nice to win an extra $250 VISA gift card to spend on some of those expenses?  Scroll down to enter the giveaway.)

And not just present shopping, but the-boys-have-a-Christmas-concert-and-need-black-pants-and-a-white-dress-shirt shopping and Calvin-needs-a-new-pair-of-of-winter-gloves shopping and the-heel-on-my-favorite-pair-of-boots-is-flapping-so-it’s-time-to-look-for-a-new-pair shopping.  (I am planning on getting them repaired as well, but they have worked hard for many years and they are looking tired.)

Believe it or not, I don’t particularly enjoy months with lots of shopping.  Drop me in the middle of an antique market and shopping is my favorite, but drop me in the middle of a busy mall during the holidays and it’s definitely not.  I also get a little stressed trying to fit it all into our budget.

I shared a few years ago that we worked through Dave Ramsey’s baby steps and paid off ALL of our non-mortgage debt (including cars and student loans) and now we live by a set, cash-only budget, so we can continue to work towards our financial goals and not wonder where our money went all the time.

A part of sticking to that budget, is stretching our dollars by shopping smart.  For me, that means buying most of my furniture second-hand, buying things with potential that others might overlook, shopping sales, and using coupon codes.

A site I’ve been using for quite a while as a coupon code/sale resource is RetailMeNot. (And before we get too far into this and you feel like I’m trying to sell you something, let me just get this out of the way – this is a FREE site to use.  So, this is just about saving money.  Read on…)

As I shared at the beginning, one of our expenses this month was Christmas concert clothes for the boys.  That means white button-down shirts, black pants, and black shoes.  So, I hopped over to RetailMeNot to see what kind of sales and coupon codes were available.  I zeroed in on GAP pretty quickly, since they make the uniform pants and shirts the boys wear to school and there was an active Old Navy/GAP coupon code for 20% off sitewide (including sales).

I popped over to GAP, picked out the clothes they needed, along with some new uniform clothes, and comfy sweatpants for Marshall (his were looking like capri pants).  I ended up saving $31.93 with the coupon code.

As I’ve been exploring RetailMeNot more for this post, I learned about the “Genie“.  It’s an extension you can add to your internet browser and when you check out online, click it, and it will automatically find the best coupon code for you and even stack ones that can be used together.  You can even earn cash back on those purchases.  And it’s not pennies on the dollar, but more like dimes on the dollar AND they are actual dollars that get deposited in your PayPal account.  I earned $20 cash back for a purchase at Macy’s that was under $200.

Here’s what the Genie looks like in action.  I put the items in my cart (a new pair of boots and some cosmetics), clicked the Genie button, and saved $73.65 off my purchase, plus earned $20 cash back.


And here is how the total was broken down…

I picked these Rockport Boots from Macy’s

And, if you’re one of those people who love milling around in a mall, there is a RetailMeNot App that will alert you to deals and coupons that can be scanned at checkout.

Now, for the giveaway…

RetailMeNot is offering a $250 VISA gift card to one lucky winner.  To enter the giveaway, click HERE to sign up for RetailMeNot (again, it’s completely free), browse their website for today’s deals, and comment back on this post with the deal you’re excited to use for holiday shopping this year!  (I spotted 20% off at World Market and 20% off one item at Best Buy!)  

The giveaway will end Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at midnight PST, and a winner will be chosen and announced by Thursday, December 21.

Good luck and happy bargain shopping!


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289 Comments on “free shopping resource & $250 RetailMeNot giveaway”

  1. The Amazon deal is amazing! Every year my boss gives me a really nice Amazon gift certificate and it just about holds me over for the entire year for all sorts of necessity items. It’s run out early this year, so I’d like to get some of my necessity items using the Amazon deal (shampoo/conditioner, some skin care stuff, supplements for me and my kitty!). I did not know about the Genie app, that is wonderful and I’ll be downloading that once I get to my home computer! Thanks Marian!

  2. Amazon has quickly become very convenient for me…also someone who does NOT like shopping malls and large crowds. World Market is also a favorite.

  3. I was introduced to Retailmenot about six months ago by a sales associate at Bath and Body Work. Last night I introduced it to my husband when I saved 20% at Old Navy as we were Christmas shopping!

  4. Amazon is such a great help to me with shopping all year long! I love World Market, too. Merry Christmas!

  5. I’d use the 20% off at Barnes & Noble. Thanks for the info on RetailMeNot and Genie. I will definitely use it!

  6. Wow, I just signed up and added the app to my phone – i cant decide between the Old Navy, Micheal’s or Amazon deals. We’re Dave Ramsey people too, so extra cash and savings is always welcome!

  7. Etsy– 90% discount at one shop on certain items! I’ll be using that and browsing around. Thanks!

  8. What a wonderful time of the year…I love Macy’s for a great buy on luggage. And Kate Spade for the cutest handbags ever!!! Thanks for the chance to add to the holidays….MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  9. I LOVE to save money, so I will for sure be using the Kohl’s and Macys. Thanks for the tip!!!

  10. JoS A Banks suit sale. My son in law has accepted a call at a church and I’m on the look out for some suits for him!

  11. Like you, this Christmas is not just about buying gifts. Hoping to help my daughter outfit her new apartment with some good “scores”. Amazon, World Market, Target…. the list goes on! I would also like to buy a few items for a local toy drive in my town. That would really put a smile on my face– providing for those that cannot provide for themselves.

  12. I have been a fan of retail me not for a few years! Going to look in to the Lands End deal & Kohls as well. Love those boots!!! Thank you!

  13. So many deals! Love the Forever 21 deal for my teen and 30% of Legos at Toys R Us for my little guy.

  14. I love all the extra savings with Retail Me Not! I was in the Gap Outlet on Black Friday and they had great deals plus a Retail Me Not coupon!!! I bought 1 pair of jeans, 3 long sleeve shirts, a sweater, a puffy vest, and 3 pair of fingerless gloves for $62.00! Not kidding. I let everyone know in line to pull up the app and grab the extra discount. Some people knew about it and others didn’t!

  15. Thanks for sharing this site, Marion. I have never used it before! I’m having a grand baby in a few months, so shopping at Babies R Us will be great!! I also use Amazon a lot!

  16. Thank you for this giveaway. Since most of my shopping is done on Amazon, this was an easy choice for me!

  17. I love! I have used it for years. I never finish an online purchase without checking their site for discount or free shipping codes. I had no idea about the Genie. I am intrigued by your boots, so that’s one vote for Macy’s. And I have a phone to buy at best buy or Amazon, so I’m interested in those too. Thanks for the chance.
    The Other Marian

  18. Hi Marian, Merry Christmas, thanks for this post. I like the cash back deal for, up to $10 if you spend $80. I signed up with them too.

  19. Wow, never heard of this site, thank you for the wonderful tip! I spotted deals for Hobby Lobby that I am anxious to check out!

  20. Signed up and Love the 30% off at Toys R Us on LEGO construction toys. Will definitely be using that.

  21. Amazon and Macy’s! My birthday is next month and I have my eye on a coat at Macy’s and a couple of books on Amazon. Such a great site, love Retail me Not!

  22. My hisband & I are doing Dave Ramsey’s financial peace univercity right now and living it! We already see an improvement in our finances by doing the cash envelope system. I would shop at Amazon or Kohls.

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