Order Update: Wish.com, Hollar.com, Shopmissa.com

Hey Gang,

So, about a week ago, I made a few small online orders from Wish.com, Hollar.com, and Shopmissa.com – these are large online discount/dollar stores that have become fairy popular with frugal folks. So, I thought heck! I may as well see what all the hype is about! Though I will share an unboxing when the packages arrive, I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned so far about these retailers.

Let’s start with Wish.com. The most important thing I’d like to mention about Wish.com is the fact that they do not ship all your items together. In fact, every single item comes from it’s own retailer (so far, all from Asia), and is shipped directly from them. If you make a large order, you will get a package for each item and will have to track each separately which can be kind of a pain. If you look closely at your cart (checkout), you’ll realize each item has it’s own shipping fee as well. Even if you pick up a bunch of $1 items, your shipping will double the total cost of your order if the shipping cost is $1 each – Yikes. The bright side? I notice retailers will ship out your items fairly quickly – usually within 48 hours.

Hollar.com: Like I mentioned in my other article, Hollar.com carries many of your favorite brand named products at great prices. However, they take some time to ship out your order. I did not get a shipping confirmation until 9pm tonight – that’s nearly a week after I placed my order.

Last, but not least, Shopmissa.com has been phenomenal. Not only is this a true dollar store where every item is actually $1, they have free shipping with orders over $25 and ship locally. This will more than likely be the first order I’ll receive in the mail.

When I do, I will be sure to provide an unboxing as well as a Shop Miss A look w/ ELF cosmetics! I will also provide a review of the other products I’ve received (I’ve got some hand cream, as well as a lip scrub coming my way, among many other products). I know a lot of you folks have purchased cosmetics from Shop Miss A, and I’m really interested to hear what your favorite products are!

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thredUP – $10 credit + 20% off + FREE GIFT from us!

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I can’t express how excited I am to share coupons, a free gift, and a $10 credit for my favorite online thrift store – thredUP! with you guys! Squeal*

thredUP is an  a-m-a-z-i-n-g-l-y HUGE online thrift store that specializes in high quality department store brands for up to 90% off retail price. These are like-new, lightly worn clothing, shoes, accessories, and more with prices starting at just $4.99!!! 

Best part? Minimalist in Manhattan is offering a limited time $10 off coupon and a FREE GIFT! ! Click here <– to claim this offer. Is this your first time shopping with thredUP? Take an additional 20% off your order with coupon code: 21DGEFX1

…Or use another e-mail address, and make a new account…

You didn’t hear this from me, of course, because I would NEVER do something like that…ever… 😉

Have fun shopping! <3

 

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A Budget Babe’s Guide To Quality & Affordability: My Top 5 Online Shopping Picks (Plus Sizes Too!)

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When it comes to fashion frugality, piece selection is crucial. This is where minimalism comes in! A minimalist generally will not buy anything they don’t absolutely love. I don’t buy anything that I can’t envision pairing with a lot of clothes I already have.

I’m no fashion expert, but I tend to stick to items that layer well. I also buy a lot of basics because they’re cost effective and easy to pair with something a little more colorful or wild. Most of my 2-go picks are basic tee’s/tanks, tunics, short dresses, skater skirts, and cardigans. I also own over 15+ pairs of leggings which I wear for every occasion, whether lounging at home, or layered under my clothing to go out. I wear booties and flats with everything!

Most of my wardrobe is comprised from these top 5 shops (these shops offer an extensive variety of straight and plus sizes) Why are these my top 5? Because they always offer in-season, contemporary, chic, and trendy options with fairly good quality fabrics that last. And they’re affordable!!

  1. http://oldnavy.gap.com/ Let’s start with basics. I buy most of my basic tee’s and tanks from Old Navy. When it comes to price, Old Navy is your best bet both online and in store. Their holiday clearance and sales are always phenomenal and I often can find many pieces for under $5. I wear straight sizes at Old Navy – their XL and XXL sometimes run 1-2 sizes larger than other stores (if you wear 1-3x in other stores, you may fit into straight sizes at Old Navy).
  2. http://www.forever21.com/ I get majority of my skater skirts and dresses from F21. This is also a great option for accessories and cosmetics on the cheap. F21 also offers trendy children’s clothing for both boys and girls.
  3. http://www.charlotterusse.com/ CR is very similar to F21. They’re running a $5 sale on plus size leggings right now! There is also tons of knit scarves in clearance within the $3-5 range! Grab it while you can.
  4. http://www.rue21.com/ Rue21 offers affordable Junior’s clothing in both straight and plus sizes. It is definitely a bit younger in style/fashion sense – quite a bit of character and graphic tee’s. They have a really cute selection! Right now, they’re running an additional 50% of clearance sale! You can find nail polish, lip gloss, and hair accessories in the $1-$1.50 range right now!
  5. http://www.newlook.com/ This is currently my favorite online store. New Look offers styles similar to ASOS, without the huge price tag. It is comparable to H&M, with a larger selection for Plus Sizes. Alike H&M, they’re an international store, with over 600 stores worldwide, however, online prices are listed in euro. They offer next day delivery to anywhere in the UK. Standard shopping to the U.S. is under $10, and arrives promptly in under a week!

 

I suggest subscribing to all of these stores (email), so you are immediately alerted of any big sale they’re having – especially those that take off an additional 25-50% off already marked down clearance!

What is your favorite online store? Share in the comments!

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Wish.com, Shopmissa.com, & Hollar.com: The Review

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The nature of online shopping is evolving into this very flexible and very convenient way of being a consumer. I think as people move further into the digital age, we will be doing virtually everything online, and almost everything will be accessible online as well.

The idea of an online dollar store is an interesting new trend that I am very eager to learn more about. The two main websites that dabble in this concept is Shopmissa.com and Wish.com. Miss A is a literal dollar store where everything is actually $1. According to my knowledge, there is currently no other website like this out right now. If you do know of another online dollar store, please let me know in the comments because I would love to know about it! Shop Miss A specialize in cosmetics and accessories. If you really dig and take your time, you’ll run into a few gems. Their collection is huge, and I really mean it when I say huge. They probably have hundreds of each type of cosmetic item, as well as accessories. They also sell some of your favorite drug store bands such as E.L.F (Eyes, Lips & Face). It would take you hours to get through looking at everything.

Wish.com has been around for a while. In fact, Wish.com was incredibly popular many years ago. Did you know that you couldn’t actually purchase anything from this website when it first launched? It was more of a We Heart It type of app. However, today, that is not the case – it is much more like Groupon.

My advice? Don’t be afraid to buy from foreign discount stores such as these – that sell very low-priced merchandise. (aliexpress.com is another fairly popular discount store) Though keep in mind: you will wait quite a while to receive your items in the mail. Your packages will more than likely be shipped overseas from China via Chinapost and take a few weeks to get here, if not more. Also, quality of the product is a total hit or mess.

Hollar.com is a new discovery for me! This website, in my opinion, is a best-kept secret, that isn’t really a secret – just new to the market.

Hollar is a discount store that sells well-known brand merchandise – not generic or “bootleg”. Prices start at $2 and almost everything in the store is under $5. They have almost anything you can think of! It is a small-scale department store with an impressive variety of products. Just to give you an idea of what you can buy: I purchased Tupperware, a cat collar, glitter gel pens, earrings, a box of brown rice tea, and a scarf, just to name a few!

Do you have a favorite online store than you frequent? I’ll love to hear about it!

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Thrifty Tips: 25 BEST Dollar Store Items

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  1. Ziploc bags
  2. Foil
  3. Hair accessories (hair elastics and bobby pin galore!)
  4. School supplies and stationary (pens, pencils, crayons, markers and notebooks!)
  5. Greeting cards
  6. Gift bags
  7. Activity books (crossword and coloring books)
  8. Tupperware
  9. Batteries
  10. Toothpaste
  11. Tableware, silverware, glassware, and mugs.
  12. Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, and facial tissue)
  13. Baby wipes
  14. Bath products (shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, and shower gel)
  15. **Pregnancy tests!** (these dollar store pregnancy tests are no less accurate than your big brands – in fact, did you know that many of the pregnancy strips you find at a dollar store are the same ones used in pharmacies and doctor’s offices?)
  16. **First aid!** (bandages and antibiotic cream)
  17. Soy, almond, and coconut milk
  18. Dry beans
  19. Oatmeal
  20. Rice
  21. Pancake, cake, and brownie mix
  22. Maple syrup
  23. Peanut Butter and Jelly
  24. Crackers and Cookies
  25. Candy

 

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Thrifty Tips: Top 30 Foods To Buy When You’re Broke

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Here is a list of pantry items, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats that are generally always affordable (even when not on sale)! I cook with most of these foods on a weekly basis because their prices are generally stable, as well as low everywhere. Without these particular foods, I probably wouldn’t be able to stick to my grocery budget every single week!

  1. Rice
  2. Pasta noodles
  3. Dry beans
  4. Lentils
  5. Oatmeal
  6. Variety of canned tomatoes (tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes)
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Pasta sauce
  9. Frozen vegetables
  10. Bananas
  11. Apples
  12. Oranges
  13. Onions
  14. Garlic
  15. Carrots
  16. Cabbage
  17. Potatoes
  18. Lettuce
  19. Tomatoes
  20. Eggs
  21. Canned tuna
  22. Chicken thighs
  23. Chicken quartered legs
  24. Whole chicken
  25. Pack of 100 generic black tea
  26. Sugar
  27. Flour
  28. Bread
  29. Crackers
  30. Powdered Milk

 

 

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Thrifty Tips: Honey Browser Extension

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Honey (app) is no more of a savvy shopper’s dream than it is a couponer’s dream! Me? I’m both – I love online shopping and I love coupons.

Honey is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that searches for the best coupons to apply to your shopping cart. Instead of digging on every single coupon website, this app does all that work for you and applies the coupons directly to your online order! How cool is that?!

Download the Honey app to your browser now by clicking right here.

When it comes to striking up an awesome deal, you can sometimes do a better job at home. For starters, you can take your time. There is no hectic, crowded, and anxiety-filled trip to the mall.

Secondly, you can really think about how much you want a product before you buy it and only buy what you REALLY love (which is a huge minimalist motto, by the way).

You don’t need to get in that long line – you don’t even need to buy it right now, or even today! You can leave your items in the cart and sleep on it. In fact, some suggest doing just that – did you know that leaving items in your shopping cart often results in receiving another coupon? According to this LifeHacker article, that is indeed true!

Wondering which online retailers support the Honey app? Here’s a list right here!

1800contacts.com
1800flowers.com
1800petmeds.com
6pm.com
abebooks.com
accorhotels.com
acehardware.com
ae.com
aeropostale.com
alibris.com
alloy.com
alloyapparel.com
alssports.com
amazon.com
amazon.ca
amazon.co.uk
americanapparel.com
americangirl.com
amyadele.com
angieslist.com
anntaylor.com
apple.com
armaniexchange.com
ashford.com
asianfoodgrocer.com
asos.com
athleta.com
avenue.com
avon.com
backyardocean.com
ballarddesigns.com
bambeco.com
bananarepublic.com
barnesandnoble.com
baronbob.com
bathandbodyworks.com
bcbg.com
beauty.com
bensherman.com
bestbuy.com
bestwestern.com
beyondblossoms.com
bloomingdales.com
bluenile.com
bodenusa.com
bodybuilding.com
bonton.com
bookit.com
bookrenter.com
brookstone.com
buildabear.com
butterflyphoto.com
buydig.com
cabelas.com
cache.com
cafepress.com
calvinklein.com
campusbookrentals.com
campusspecial.com
carsons.com
carters.com
casa.com
champssports.com
charlotterusse.com
cheaptickets.com
chegg.com
childrensplace.com
claires.com
clinique.com
coastal.com
coldwatercreek.com
compuvest.com
cookieskids.com
cosabella.com
costco.com
cowboom.com
crateandbarrel.com
crocs.com
cubavera.com
cvs.com
delias.com
dell.com
designsbystephene.com
destinationmaternity.com
diapers.com
dickssportinggoods.com
dockers.com
dominos.com
dormify.com
drugstore.com
dsw.com
eat24.com
ebags.com
ecampus.com
ediblearrangements.com
efurnituremart.com
eharmony.com
ems.com
espow.com
etoys.com
expedia.com
express.com
eyeslipsface.com
fandango.com
fao.com
finejewelers.com
fingerhut.com
finishline.com
forever21.com
fossil.com
frenchconnection.com
frontgate.com
ftd.com
funslurp.com
gamestop.com
gap.com
garden.com
giggle.com
glassesusa.com
gnc.com
godaddy.com
godiva.com
gohastings.com
gojane.com
groupon.com
grubhub.com
guitarcenter.com
gymboree.com
gypsywarrior.com
hayneedle.com
hm.com
homedepot.com
hostgator.com
hotels.com
hottopic.com
hp.com
hsn.com
ice.com
isabellaoliver.com
istockphoto.com
jcpenney.com
jcrew.com
jewelry.com
jjill.com
joann.com
jomadeals.com
juicycouture.com
justdeals.com
karmaloop.com
kennethcole.com
kikkerland.com
kirklands.com
kmart.com
kohls.com
konasports.com
lanebryant.com
lastcall.com
lego.com
lenovo.com
livingsocial.com
llbean.com
loehmanns.com
loft.com
logitech.com
lowes.com
lulus.com
macconnection.com
maccosmetics.com
macys.com
magazines.com
makari.com
mattel.com
maurices.com
menswearhouse.com
metrostyle.com
michaels.com
monoprice.com
musiciansfriend.com
myhosting.com
namecheap.com
nashbar.com
nastygal.com
naturalskinshop.com
nautica.com
neimanmarcus.com
newegg.com
nike.com
nordstrom.com
obaz.com
officedepot.com
officemax.com
oldnavy.com
onestopplus.com
orbitz.com
orientaltrading.com
origin.com
osh.com
otterbox.com
ouidad.com
overstock.com
pacsun.com
panasonic.com
papajohns.com
partycity.com
paulayoung.com
perfumania.com
perryellis.com
petsmart.com
pier1.com
piperlime.com
pizzahut.com
potterybarn.com
potterybarnkids.com
priceline.com
puma.com
puritan.com
radioshack.com
ralphlauren.com
reebok.com
restaurant.com
restorationhardware.com
rosettastone.com
saksfifthavenue.com
sallybeauty.com
scarves.com
seamless.com
sears.com
sears.ca
searsoutlet.com
sephora.com
sharkstores.com
shoemall.com
shoes.com
shopbop.com
shopcasio.com
shopjustice.com
shutterfly.com
skullcandy.com
snapfish.com
soap.com
spafinder.com
sperrytopsider.com
sportsauthority.com
squarespace.com
stamps.com
stauer.com
stevemadden.com
superdry.com
supershuttle.com
tanga.com
target.com
teleflora.com
thelimited.com
thenorthface.com
thinkgeek.com
threadless.com
threadsence.com
ties.com
tigerdirect.com
tillys.com
tobi.com
tommy.com
toms.com
toshibadirect.com
toysrus.com
travelocity.com
ulta.com
urbanoutfitters.com
vans.com
venus.com
victoriassecret.com
virgin-atlantic.com
visiondirect.com
vistaprint.com
vitacost.com
vitaminshoppe.com
wag.com
walgreens.com
wayfair.com
westelm.com
wetseal.com
whitehouseblackmarket.com
wilsonsleather.com
windsorstore.com
wolfcamera.com
womanwithin.com
woot.com
yoox.com
younkers.com
zales.com
zappos.com
zazzle.com
zulily.com

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2.17-2.24 Meal Planning & Grocery Haul

Right now I’m slow roasting 3 massive chicken breasts in green chili verde sauce. It’s going to go into our burrito bowls tonight, on top of fully-loaded nachos tomorrow night, and it’s going to make the gawd-dang best enchiladas everrr on Friday night!

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Chicken breasts in chili verde sauce.

While the chicken is doing it’s thang, I’ve got pre-broiled brown rice on the stove to make a “novice” version of lime and cilantro pilaf. We’re getting fancy up in here. Well – not that fancy. I’m literally just going to mix some chopped cilantro in the rice and squeeze a lime on it. LOL #topchef

I’m super excited about this week’s meal plan. Not only did I come under budget, spending a mere $31 bucks, I also have groceries left over from last week’s haul ($41 spent last week)! Can you believe that? So, we basically didn’t even need to buy any groceries for our lunches – though, I am sure we’ll have more than enough leftovers because we’re making SEVEN whole dinners this week (in comparison to the FIVE last week). We also purchased 2 big boxes of generic cereal from the bodega across the street. We have a quite a bit of eggs, black beans and tortillas to play around with for breakfast.

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Here are the details for this week’s meal plan & grocery haul:

-MEALS-

Breakfasts: Lots of cereal! Egg sandwiches, egg wraps, omelets – basically anything you can do with eggs, we can do for breakfast this week.

Lunches: Leftovers. Mac & cheese (box). Hot dogs.

Dinners:

Burrito Bowls

Enchiladas

Nachos

Shoyu chicken (recipe linked)

Teriyaki meatballs (recipe linked)

Sloppy Joes

Meatloaf

I will definitely update mid-week to let you know how well we’re sticking to our meal plan!

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Frugal Foods: Spinach & Mozzarella Pasta Bake

Last night, we originally planned to make a cheaper and simpler version of Chicken Parmesan called Mom’s Mozzarella Chicken. If you’re interested in this original recipe, go ahead and click that link. We ended up omitting chicken all together and going for an easy and nutritious veggie pasta. This not only saved up at least $3, but it also reduced cooking times and encouraged us to add more vegetables to our meal.

Spinach & Mozzarella Pasta Bake

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite pasta sauce. I recommend a sweet pepper or garden vegetable sauce.
  • Sweet onion
  • Frozen or fresh spinach
  • Roasted garlic (roast in pan before peeling)
  • Your favorite pasta noodle. I recommend a veggie pasta or whole wheat variety.

Directions:

  • Start by roasting the garlic in the pan with the skin on. Next, chop the garlic, along with your onion, and brown it in a pan with a little bit of olive oil.
  • Pour your favorite sauce in. Let that come to a boil.
  • Add your spinach, and any other vegetables you have on hand. Mushrooms would also work great in this as well!
  • Let this simmer on low – medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • In the mean time, start cooking your pasta noodles according to the box directions.
  • Serve with sauce over pasta, then add a little shredded mozzarella on top.
  • Pasta Bake? Mix your pasta and sauce together then pour it into a baking dish. Sprinkle fresh mozzarella on top and bake in the oven for an extra 10 minutes.

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