Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Free Shipping Friday!

If you are desperately searching for some deals today, let me point you to a few of my favorite websites.

Diapers.com - I rely on this site to get through every week. Free two-day shipping on any order over $50 (and that includes all your products from soap.com and beauty.com as well). This is my lifeline. I may never have to make a Costco trip again. Also, did I mention the coupons?

MaryKay.com - Yes, I still wear Mary Kay make-up; it's incredibly high-quality, customized, and inexpensive compared to the department store goodies. Plus, I get to order from my best friend in high school, and there is always free shipping and returns, and most of the time, a free gift too.

JCrew.com - Okay, first I'll point out the negative - I hate the sale merchandise on J Crew's website. I would much rather shop for steep discounts in store. That said, I do love a coupon, and J Crew online often has great ones. I even got a $90 price adjustment - yes, ninety bucks! - on my last order when a coupon popped up two days later.  Score!

ContainerStore.com - A foodie must. My kitchen is stocked with purchases from here. I often buy online, and pick up at the Clarendon store, to maximize free shipping and parking. And did I mention the gift-wrapping instructional videos?

RedDoorSpas.com - When you are in need of a treatment, it's always great to make an appointment online. (I will note that I also like the blissworld.com reservation site, but you cannot cancel an appointment within 24 hours at Bliss). Plus, lots of goodies and gift cards for last minute ideas.

WashingtonsGreenGrocer.com - This is more of a delivery service than a one-time shopping destination, but what about buying someone a subscription for produce delivery? I cannot get enough of their local (when available) and organic goodness.

LLBean.com or LandsEnd.com - Both have lots of comfy winter warmth, very high quality stuff, and comparably inexpensive prices. Plus, both have bricks and mortar locations in the area. You can return LL Bean goods to the Tyson's store, and Lands End goods to any Sears.

Amazon.com - I have a love/hate relationship with Amazon. Certain things are great - wish lists, the ability to link to other sites, and of course, their prices. Oh, and don't let me forget all things Kindle. But, often, free shipping (or prime shipping, if you want something fast) involves navigating just the right purchases. Coupons are the same way - often I find that items are priced ever-so-precisely as to make it impossible to take advantage. All of that said, I keep coming back, so I have to count Amazon amongst my favorites too.

 If you still are looking, even after perusing all of these sites, might I suggest another celebration of Small Business Saturday this weekend? For my Michigan peeps, I adore Kitchen Connection in Niles. Arlingtonians - try Kinder Haus Toys for kids, or ShoeFly for adults, both with locations in Clarendon.

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