Wednesday, January 7, 2009

shopping on a budget after the holidays

You made it! The holidays are over, parties were attended, gifts were purchased and opened. But the question remains: Did you get everything you wanted this holiday season? If today's economy and the thoughts of holiday bills have you singing the blues - look no further. Leading off-price retailer Marshalls is sure to be able to help beat any post holiday blues! I love Marshalls because Marshalls knows trends. They have designer brands and all the season's trendiest looks all in one store! Marshalls provides the same quality merchandise for 20-60% less than department stores and high end boutiques. These excellent prices just don't happen during the holidays. You can experience these great low prices every day. Even on famous designers, like one of my favorites:

If you know Jessica, you know that her beautiful designs and dresses come at a steep price. On my last excursion to Marshalls I stumbled across a very sassy black JMC jacket.

When I saw who the designer was I almost kept walking. Boy am I glad I didn't! Can you believe this was the price tag?! Yes that's right - I got a $155.00 jacket for $15.00. That is over 96% off suggested retail! The jacket is beautiful and I am planning on wearing it to BlissDom in February. Though I will admit, I did wear it to a Christmas party already! It just proves that anyone can splurge on something fun, even on a strict budget.

Since I scored such bargains at Marshalls, I decided to head next door to T.J. Maxx for something to spruce up the house after the holidays. Once again, I was pleased with the wide variety of designer name brands. I headed to the back of the store to the home decor section. Since I had just redone the bathroom I was looking for some funky new art work to decorate the walls. This is what I found. Now, I will share that this artwork was originally $50, but can you guess how much I actually paid? I'll wait while you ponder the possibilities...... ready yet? Good. Well you be happy to know that you were way off with your guess. This lassie only paid $10 for this amazing piece of artwork. And it looks absolutely fabulous in my bathroom!

So, whether you are looking for the perfect black dress or the latest trends, TJ MAxx and Marshalls will have what you need. I guarentee that you will find all the designer brands you love without the designer prices. Think of them as the solutions to your resolutions!!