Macy's Home Sale 2012 Begins Wednesday!

It’s finally here!  Macy’s Home Sale begins with 5 Days of Specials on Wednesday, January 25-Sunday, January 29, 2012. 

Save an extra 15% off With Macy’s Card or Savings Pass on select sales and clearance.  Text CPN or 62297 (valid through January 31, 2012).  Plus this weekend in store MarkdownMom found sales of up to 70%+ off on apparel and shoes including boots.

Shopko Merger

It was announced today that Shopko will takeover the Pamida chain. Shopko will keep its’ current stores and rename its’ acqisition of Pamida to Shopko Hometown.  The changeover will occur over the next year.  HQ will be in GreenBay Wisconsin with a combined retail entity of nearly 350 locations in 22 states.  At present,  Shopko  has 149 stores in 13 states and Pamida operates 193 stores in 17 states. Pamida previously had been part of Shopko for 6 years prior to 2005.

At The Last Minute–Go Hollywood!

You are down to the wire, but don’t dismay, there are great gifts out there, even at bargain prices.  MarkdownMom found this hot designer fragrance set from Michael Kors at WalMart.

You won’t find a better deal on Very Hollywood anywhere.

1.0 oz. of eau de parfum, 1.7 oz. body lotion, and 1.7 oz. body wash and it’s all for $29.84. Flying out of the stores, so check ahead of time to locate the store that still has it in stock or order it online for belated gifts or to stock up your on hand gift box, but hurry supplies won’t last long!

How Sweet It Is!!!

Super Saturday!

Retailers are pulling out all stops this weekend to bolster flagging sales.  Expect 50% off and more like the sale at Younkers where you can get bargains on name brand products like kitchen tools and gadgets from Rachael Ray® including her garbage bowl and EVOO dispensers.

Get 50% off then use promo code: ONEDAY25D11 and get an extra 25% off (offer good through tomorrow)!

Plus if your purchases are $99 or more, get free shipping.

Best Deal, Best Buy

No  matter how the holidays go, it is always followed with a general clean-up.  Gift wrapping, food crumbs, salt and dirt dragged in by guests, and who knows what your pet got into and coughed up on the white carpet!  For all your cleaning needs, always use the best and at BestBuy get the best deal on a handheld Dyson vacuum with an extra 20% off the lowest internet price of $219.99, this week’s price of $175.99, new not refurbished, is a steal!

Black Friday Prices Not Always The Lowest

According to Consumer the best deals on electronics such as laptops, tv’s, and cameras may come after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Oftentimes the advertised door busters involve no name brand items and quality is dubious, prices  for better brands will go down during the holiday season and prices are affected by Wall Street and other financial indicators; if they remain volatile, expect retailers to take deeper cuts.

This year many retailers have already begun discounting items and are opening their doors Thursday night to boost their sale numbers over last year.  Unless you are willing to forego Thanksgiving altogether by standing in line for 7-10  hours to be the first 10-15  to get a very limited number of the best deals, forget about it.  Whatever you choose to do, be sure  to do your homework on prices and quality–knowledge is the best guide for the bargain hunter~

End of Summer Fun! Hmong International Market of St. Paul

Frog Town in St. Paul, Minnesota has one of the largest immigrant Hmong populations in the United States.   MDM’s new FIND is the Hmong International Market, hidden across from Scheffer Playground on Como Avenue.

Hmong International Market offers traditional foods from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and other Asian countries in their West Building.  MDM’s recommendations are the traditional Hmong sausage (slightly spicy, but delicious!),  bubble tea (various flavors), and jelly drink (Nab Vam).  Other indoor buildings and outside tents you will find clothing (modern and traditional), shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, arts and crafts, plants and herbs, traditional medicines, music, and more!  Vendors and patrons are extremely friendly.  Your senses will definitely be on overload with all the wonderful sights, smells, and sounds!

Location:  Slideshow
217 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103 (map)

FYI: Take it easy in the parking lot!  Potholes galore!


A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

THINKING ABOUT FINALLY GETTING ORGANIZED THIS FALL? Need ideas for creating a new and improved bedroom closet, office space, laundry room, kitchen pantry, living room entertainment center, mud room, or garage?  Check out THE CONTAINER STORE for your one-stop service.  Let The Container Store team help you design a custom-made closet for as little as $300-Just bring in your measurements, a photo of the space, a description of items you have and store in your space and any obstacles such as doors or small hallways.  Associates will also show you how to assemble their products in-store or you can have someone install them in your home for 30% of the total cost of your closet system.

Their ELFA CLOSET SYSTEMS come in white or chrome metal, oak or dark wood.  Linen, plastic, cardboard, cloth, or weave boxes are also available to organize your clothes, shoes, hats, and other accessories.  You’ll find space-saving belt, scarf, purse, jewelry hooks and hangers as well as PVC-free plastic and cloth containers to stowe linens, sweaters, blankets and pillows under your bed.  Long dress/gown, coat, and blazer covers help to keep dry-clean only clothes fresh.  Scented sashes and cedar planks help to keep stored clothing and bedding smelling fresh while keeping items dry and preventing moths from wreaking havoc.


The Container Store

3825 Gallagher Drive

Edina, MN 55435

(Click Here for Other Locations)

P.S.  Looking for markdowns, check left side of store in the back, most have flaws or missing an item, but usually 50% off.

I Spy Daily Deals At The Mall

Malls are getting into the act of enticing customers to shop with their Deal of the Day.  At Rosedale in Roseville, Minnesota, customers can find a listing for deals that day at the Mall.  Although not all listings are “deals,” this does provide the Mall bargain hunters not only with coupons, but information on bogo and other sales.

Today, the Rosedale Mall has a coupon for Carter’s children apparel for 20%off and 50% off holiday apparel, Bogo offering on jeans from Vanity, 25% off Men’s purchases of $100 at Macy’s, 20% off entire purchase coupon at Children’s Place and more.

Check online for deals by malls located near you–you may be surprised!

Falsies Just Got Better!

These falsies feel like they’re real!  I know, MarkdownMom is being a tease again; however, playing up your eyes is an essential cosmetic routine and MarkdownMom loves any new product that makes that easier and more dramatic.  Maybelline, noted for their mascara for that runway look, came out in  August with a new line of mascara called The Falsies Volume Express Mascara with a curved wand.  This mascara contains Keratin,  fibers that increase the thickness and length of your lashes, and comes in black, brown, and waterproof.

  Their latest version The Falsies Black Drama Volume Express Washable, adds 300% more volume corner to corner of your lashes, with their spoon shaped flexible wand.  MarkdownMom likes the way that it doesn’t clump the lashes, but separates them–even the lower ones.  

MarkdownMom has added this mascara as her 3rd favorite to create that runway look.  Here’s MarkdownMom’s lineup of favorites:

              and now

These falsies look like the real thing!