Gone but Not Forgotten!

Cosmetic companies discontinue products in order to replace them with better ones to continuously improve their product ranges, this can cause much frustration to consumers who are fans of certain products that get removed from stores and become very hard to find.

Have you ever bought an eye shadow or perfume/cologne that you completely fell in love with, try to buy it again and find out it’s been discontinued?! It sucks right? If you like some cosmetic products that have been discontinued and you are having a hard time trying to find them again, don’t freak out just yet! Luckily there are some options out there for you.  Here are my top places to find discontinued cosmetics:

  1. Ebay – You should check regularly, as products are being added and sold all the time, but this is a great tool for finding rare things for sale, and that obviously includes discontinued cosmetics. Since the quantities available will be most likely limited, it’s a good idea to stock up on the product when you finally find it.
  2. Discount Stores – Either online or traditional brick-and-mortar, these stores tend to receive the surplus of discontinued products from manufacturers or retailers, and then sell them at a low price. Some examples of discount stores are DirectCosmetics, BuyMeBeauty or BeautyEncounter.
  3. Contacting the Manufacturer – You may be given the contact details of a company outlet that still has the discontinued product. Companies are usually aware of the consumers’ frustration over past products they can no longer find.
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Happy Birthday to YOU!

July is a big birthday month for me. Mine, two of my closest friends, and my fathers birthdays are all in July. And for me, my birthday is synonymous with free stuff! Getting tons of freebies and deals on your birthday makes the day even better. Here’s a list of some stuff you can get to make your special day even better! Some require you to sign up on their website/newsletters and are only valid in certain locations. Remember that some places will want you to show proof, so bring along an id. Another heads up, you can usually get one free drink on your birthday at most clubs or bars with an ID, of course only if you’re 21 & up! 😉

Food:

  • Applebee’s – Free dessert and song on your birthday.
  • Baskin Robbins – Baskin Robbins will send you a coupon for a free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream on your birthday plus other special promotions when you join the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Get a coupon for a free dessert to celebrate your birthday at Buffalo Wild Wings.
  • Carrows – Join the Carrows E-Club to get a free dessert on your birthday as well as one for joining.
  • Chevys – Join Chevys Compadres Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
  • Claim Jumper Restaurant – Join the CJ E-Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
  • Cold Stone Creamery – Cold Stone Creamery will send you an email with a coupon for a free ice cream creation to enjoy on your birthday. All ages are welcome!
  • Dairy Queen – Join the Dairy Queen Blizzard Fan Club and get a free ice cream cone on your birthday as well as a coupon for a blizzard when you join.
  • Denny’s – Come in and get a free Grand Slam on your birthday.
  • Fuddruckers – Join the Fudds Club and gett a free burger on your birthday.
  • Grimaldi’s – Sign up for the birthday club at Grimaldi’s and get a free pizza.
  • Keva Juice – Free 24 oz. regular blend smoothie.
  • IHOP – Come on into IHOP and get a free meal (a sundae at some locations) on your birthday.
  • Macaroni Grill – Come on into Macaroni Grill on your birthday and get a free dessert plus a song.
  • Marie Callender’s – Join Marie Callender’s E-Club and get a coupon for $5 off your meal and piece of pie when you visit during the month of your birthday.
  • On the Border – Get a free appetizer on your birthday when you join On the Border’s Club Cantina. When you initially join you will get an instant coupon for a free bowl of queso or empanadas.
  • Outback – Get a free dessert and a song when you go to Outback on your birthday.
  • P.F. Changs – Come in and get a free dessert on your birthday.
  • Red Lobster – Join the Overboard Club and they will email you a suprise for your birthday.
  • Red Robin – Join the Red Robin eClub and get a coupon for a fee burger on your birthday. This is for all ages!
  • Round Table – Get a free personal pizza when you visit on your birthday.
  • Ruby Tuesday – Join the So Connected club and you’ll get an email for a free burger on your birthday.
  • Sonic – Free regular creamslush, free medium tator tots, or a free medium drink!
  • Wingstop – Free large fresh cut seasoned fries.

Other:

  • American Eagle – Coupon for 15% off.
  • Aveda – Free gift up to $24 in value.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s – 20 free tokens.
  • Cost Plus World Market – Sign up to their explorer club and get $10 free to spend in store or online.
  • Hot Topic – $5 off coupon on a purchase of $30.
  • Old Navy – $10 off coupon on a purchase of $50.
  • Sephora – Sign up as a Beauty Insider and get a free gift from Sephora on your birthday.

Hello Blogosphere!!

It took me a while to think of what to write this blog about for my management class. I kept on thinking I should write something very career oriented or serious, then it hit me, I should write about something I do every day, something I love and am passionate about… saving money!

I’ve always liked to save money since I can recall. I can remember going to grocery stores with my mom when I was younger, and trying to find a cheaper alternative to everything.. even candy! I always wanted the best deal. People may think I’m too frugal, thrifty, or even…eek cheap, but to me, I see it as smart, all that money you save can be spent on the fun things in life.

The funny thing is that no one in my family cuts coupons. They think it’s too much of a hassle to have to find them all, cut them, and always have them on hand. But that’s where I come in! They may not like doing the work, but they like the reward! They always call me up or ask me if I have a coupon for that product, or for this place… 9 times out of 10 I usually do. And I always have tons of freebies or samples on me, which I gladly love to give out. Every day I love checking the mail box to find packages of free stuff or things I bought online that I got a crazy deal for. I want everyone to feel like that!

It’s so true that when you get something for free or really cheap, it always looks, feels, or taste better than if you would have bought it at full price. I never accept any 1st offer or stated price, I know somewhere out there, is a coupon, discount code, certificate, or offer that will save me some dinero! I want to share all the tips and advice I’ve learned over the years. Whether it’s new shoes on sale, a great deal on books, or a free sandwich, saving money gives you a sense of accomplishment. That is what I want to give to my readers.

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