Being Resourceful

A Savvy Shopper's Guide to Bargains, Deals, & Freebies

Additional 20% OFF! Friends & Family Sale @ JC Penney! July 31, 2009

Perfect for back-to-school, JC Penney is having a Friends & Family sale, offering an additional 20% off almost everything in their stores, on their website, and in their catalog.  And this isn’t just a back-to-school thing! Just think… Football season is about to start, and they sell TVs. Your foyer could use some pizazz, and they sell rugs. Mom’s birthday is coming up, and they sell jewelry. Soon it will be cool enough to enjoy your patio, and they sell furniture. Time to finally drop that last 5lb? They sell fitness equipment! The possibilities are endless!

Print this coupon to use in the store, or use code SAVE20 when shopping at or through their catalog (1-800-222-6161).

Find a JC Penney near you!

Good in the stores on August 9, and good online August 9-10.  I think the catalog is just August 9.

Thanks, Brown Sugar!


BOGO Jamba Juice Smoothies July 30, 2009

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Beat the heat (or at least tame it momentarily) with a smoothie from Jamba Juice. Bring a friend and this coupon, and you’ll get one free when you buy one! Enjoy!

Find a Jamba Juice near you.

Expires: August 9, 2009


$5 off @ Edible Arrangements July 29, 2009

Filed under: Gifts — Meg @ 6:00 am
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Flowers are awesome, but they die. Plants are thoughtful, but they need to be cared for.  Balloons are amusing, but they pop and deflate. Chocolate is yummy, but the last thing a new mom wants is to pack on more lbs! Send an Edible Arrangement instead!

I received my first Edible Arrangement as a gift from dear friends when our first child was born, and we so VERY much appreciated all of the amazingly fresh fruit in the hospital. Since then, this is my go-to gift to send for occasions both happy and sad, at the hospital, at home, or at the office. It says, “I’m thinking of you and want you to know I care, and I thought you’d love something fabulously yummy to enjoy that takes no prep work whatsoever!” (Oh, and if chocolate is a must-have, you MUST order their chocolate-covered strawberries… Sinfully good!)

Get $5 off your next order at Edible Arrangements using code USVS0809 at!

Expires: August 15, 2009


FREE shipping @ July 28, 2009

Filed under: Children's,Shoes — Meg @ 6:00 am
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Yikes! The start of the school year is just around the corner. Rather than dragging your kids to the store, place your order for their new footwear on

Shipping is FREE when you order 2 or more pairs on, which is perfect because, let’s face it, kids are tough on shoes! No code needed!

Expires: August 12, 2009


HAPPY HOUR 3-5pm @ Seattle’s Best Coffee Cafe (in Borders) July 27, 2009

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Now this kind of happy hour will let you get back to the office and actually get some work done after having a drink or two!

Happy Hour
Get Happy This Summer!
Join us for Happy Hour
$1.50 off a medium or large blended beverage*
Monday – Thursday
3 – 5 p.m.

Find a Seattle’s Best Coffee Cafe (in Borders) near you.


CLOSING SALE: Smith and Hawken is liquidating NOW July 26, 2009

Filed under: Furniture,Gifts,Home improvement — Meg @ 8:44 pm
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This is another sign of the times… Smith and Hawken is closing its doors. Well-known since 1979 for “all of your outdoor living needs” from furniture to lighting to fountains to pots and decor, this high-end gardening store is saying goodbye. Sad, yes, but now’s the chance to get those items you’ve been eyeing at a nice discount! Their website says the sales are currently at 20-30% off, but surely they’ll start slashing more off as days go by.  Lace up your sneakers and get down to one of their retail stores — their online store has been closed already.

Find a Smith and Hawken store near you — while they last.

Expires: Unknown

Thanks to Seychelle for the tip!


10% off @ P.F. Chang’s for the rest of the year!

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PF Changs Warrior Card

Even if you only dine at P.F. Chang’s occasionally, you need to get this card! They’re giving away their Warrior Cards — all you have to do is sign up. Present it every time you dine at P.F. Chang’s for the rest of the year and get 10% off each time. Sa-weet!

Find a P.F. Chang’s near you.

Expires: December 31, 2009

Thanks, Jodi!


Shoe therapy! Promo codes for!! July 25, 2009

Filed under: Accessories,Shoes — Meg @ 6:00 am
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Ahhh… Shoe therapy. Cheaper than seeing the shrink, and the shoes are most likely cuter! Throw in a sassy purse and you’ll be cured for life!

And did you know DSW sells both women’s and men’s shoes? and purses? (If your name is Connie, I’m preaching to the choir, I know!)

Here are some handy-dandy codes for you to use on

  • $10 off your first purchase at of $50 or more by using promo code FIRSTTIME (expiration unknown)
  • FREE shipping with $35 purchase by using promo code SHIP623 (exp 8/3/09)
  • $10 off $49 or more, $15 off $74 or more, or $25 off $99 or more by using promo code SAVEMORE (exp 7/27/09)

Thanks to Jen for the tip!


Bean Fridays – FREE medium beverage @ Seattle’s Best Cafes (in Borders) July 24, 2009

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I just stumbled upon “Bean Fridays” at the Seattle’s Best Cafes in Borders… When you purchase a bag of [coffee] beans on Fridays, you’ll get a FREE medium beverage!

Stop by today and you can say, “Bean there. Done that!”

Find a Seattle’s Best Cafe (in a Borders) near you.

Expires: Unknown


Today! FREE sweet tea @ McAlister’s Deli July 23, 2009

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C’mon! Get your drink on!

TODAY only, McAlister’s Deli is serving FREE iced tea all day, one per guest.

Find a McAlister’s Deli near you.

Good only TODAY, July 23, 2009

Thanks to Kelly!