Bridesmaid (or Wedding Guest) Dress Option – Under $30!

Kohl’s is offering an enormous discount on this full length evening dress, available in two colors with most sizes available (note that size 2 is at the end of the list, but available.)

Kohl's Bridesmaid Dress

Don’t forget to stack the savings!

  • Use code “BBQ30” for 30% off if you’re a Kohl’s charge holder. Else, the site is promoting 20% off with “BUYNOW” through the 19th.
    • As long as part of the purchase goes on your Kohl’s charge, you can pay with any discounted gift cards you may have or choose to purchase (I like raise.com-they seem to have the fastest turn-around.)
  • You’ll also receive $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, so get the gals together and combine into one order.
  • Unless you’re a Kohl’s MVC and can use “JUNESHIP” for free shipping, spend $75+ to avoid the shipping charge. You can always return whatever you purchased beyond the $75, so don’t hesitate to order two sizes if you’re unsure  and your credit situation allows.
  • Be sure to start at cashbackmonitor.com; the Ebates 6% back offer seems to be the current best deal.
    • When you join Ebates, you can refer your bridesmaids with your own link, which will earn you a $50 bonus when they complete their first $25+ purchase. In other words…somebody is getting a free dress, am I right? If you want to use my link, I certainly appreciate the support.

Here’s the final tally:

Purchase price: $42.00

30% Discount: -$12.60

6% Ebates Cashback on $29.40: $1.76

Final price: $42 – 12.60 – 1.76 = $27.64 for a discount off 80% off retail!

Will you purchase this dress?

Maybe this isn’t perfect for your bridal party, but hopefully it is another good example of stacking savings. It would be perfect for a guest, too – at this price, you won’t feel bad buying a gown you might only wear once.

If you find a great dress offer at Kohl’s, please let me know!

Why rent? Buy a tuxedo for the same price!

Assuming your tux rental (we’re just talking jacket and pants) is $200 at Men’s Warehouse or other retailers, I am definitely an advocate for having the groom, fathers, and groomsmen purchase a tuxedo rather than renting. If you’re going to choose the economy options that are under $100 with tailoring and accessories, you are probably better off renting. However, buying is especially valuable if it’s inconvenient or implausible to pick up the tuxedos on the day of the wedding – for example, there weren’t any options in Kauai that seemed reliable for our wedding – or if the shop charges a daily fee if you can’t return them the next day. Most of us weren’t returning for an additional three or four days, which would have been an extra $80! There are also fewer opportunities for last minute crises when the guys own, pick up, and tailor their tuxedos in advance. Plus…if you ever need to wear it again (who doesn’t?) it has paid for itself and is ready at a moment’s notice!

There are a handful of places that have outstanding sales throughout the year. Here’s a great option that pops up on a regular basis: Express is offering 50% off everything. That makes a standard tuxedo only $238!

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Of COURSE we can do better by stacking promotions! Take a look at these offers via cashbackmonitor.com:

EXPRESS

If you’re a Discover card holder taking advantage of the Double offer (if not, you should be!) that means you’ll get a whopping 20% back on each tuxedo, for a total of $23.80*2 = $47.60 off, or $190.40.

Done! Less than the typical cost to rent.

 

Don’t have a Discover card? Let’s try another deal. Buying a discount gift card will save us up to 20% off, too. Note that you won’t earn Discover cash back if you pay with a gift card, but that isn’t the rule with most of the other programs. So, you could buy an Express gift card at 20% off and use it to purchase your tuxedo via Ebates, Rapid Rewards, etc, and earn yourself some free loyalty miles.

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What about the shirts, shoes, tie, etc…

Express has those, too. So does Kohl’s, among an endless list of other stores. I have a handful of ideas to help you save some cash on those purchases. Since that “stuff” tends to be custom for each event, I think it’s reasonable to put $30-$50 into the accessories and worth buying a comfortable pair of dress shoes that will get some use.

What do you think?

Are you renting or buying? Where did you pick up your accessories?

My Grandmother’s Advice: Color-Coordinated Everything for $2

Technically, this was my mother’s idea…but we had to talk to my grandmother to get the process straight. Apparently, home-dyed “everything” was popular in generations past! Just think of whatever wedding accessory or item you’re looking for in your colors – here’s how to get it in your colors for around $2.

Even though orange wasn’t our wedding color, I had my mind set on Clemson-orange shoes. Do you know how difficult it is to find a quality pair of formal shoes in ORANGE? Despite my expertise in shopping (har har), I struck out in the shoe department. It was my mother who suggested, on a whim, we buy a pair of cream designer heels and dye them…on her kitchen floor, with a couple sponge brushes and zero experience. I included in the photo my Apple red shoes, dyed by David’s Bridal. I think we did a darn good job in comparison, wouldn’t you say?

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Our job on the left; David’s Bridal on the right.

Ever heard of Rit? Probably not, unless you tye-dyed tshirts at summer camp.

It comes in two forms – powder or liquid – and costs about $2/box or bottle at most craft stores. Use a coupon and it’s even cheaper, but let’s be real…

They’ve done the legwork and published the formulas for hundreds of shades…because you just had to pick some special shade of purple, huh?

The shoes took a couple coats, and maybe could have gone for another, but I got my orange shoes! I was able to choose a comfortable style rather than limit myself to the options in orange (extremely slim…and I didn’t find clubbing shoes with spikes to be wedding appropriate.) You might also consider a long list of other products you could buy in white and dye til your heart’s content (handbags, shawls, hair accessories, sashes, tableclothes and decor). You’ll probably want to put anything that can be washed through a cycle or so to avoid a wedding-day run, or seal in the colors with a product like Scotchguard or Rit’s version.

What do you think? There are dozens of sites with detailed directions, based on what you’re dying. Is there a particular item you haven’t been able to find in “your colors?” Will you try and do it yourself? Please share your story and photos!

Bridesmaid Dresses, Up to 85% Off!

One of my favorite places for wedding-guest-dress shopping is none other than David’s Bridal. The store runs continuous sales, and when you only need to find a dress in your size…it’s a great option!

Big discounts at David's Bridal!

The recommendation for those of you actively planning a wedding is to collect your bridesmaids’ sizes and be ready to jump on a sale when it comes up. Ask your gals to visit David’s Bridal and try on a long and short dress, maybe in two different fabrics, to make sure you have the right size – bridal sizing often differs from regular sizing. Consider whether you want everyone to match or if you like variety – it will give you a better chance of finding all the sizes in one particular style. Lastly, make sure you have the credit to cover all the dress purchases at once; you might miss out if you wait on everyone to purchase their own dresses, and what a disaster that could turn into!

Also, keep an eye out for “Final Sale” items, as these cannot be returned or exchanged.

I was unable to find any additional coupons, portal bonuses, or discounted gift cards for David’s Bridal. But that doesn’t mean they’re not out there…do let me know if you find something!

 

 

So, did you find a great deal at David’s Bridal? Never pay retail!

 

Free Photo Gifts for Bridal Party and Family

While a heart-felt thank you note is an absolute must…isn’t it that much better accompanied with a gift?

The days of hand made photo albums are long gone, replaced by snazzy and customized photo books. Thing is, you’re looking at a $30 book for 20 color pages. If you have a big family or wedding party, a small ‘thank you’ quickly becomes costly. Enter Shutterfly.

Every time I find a Shutterfly promo code, I order another book and pay the $8-10 shipping/tax to a family or friend that I’m sure would get a kick out of it.

New code? Rinse and repeat.

Some times, the sales are 50% off plus free shipping, and it makes more sense to buy ’em all at once, but why pay $38-40 when you can pay $8-10?

Check your email (or subscribe if you’re on the hunt) for promotions from Jo-Ann’s Fabric, Hawaiian Airlines, and more. RetailMeNot and SlickDeals are also great resources.

I’ll share regular sale code as I find them, but the repository seems to live here.

Free Photo Book Codes

My favorites are the book codes, and I’ll post them all.

Expiring 10/27/2015, for new members only:

  • Head over to shutterfly.com/hawaiianmiles,  enter your member number and code HW2U-36T0-FS63-7TFXUS…I don’t think it’s single use, but please comment if you’re unable to use this one. You’ll even get a 500 mile bonus!

Want 101 free prints?

New to Shutterfly? Please join via my link – you’ll get 101 free prints and I’ll get a $10 voucher. Thanks!