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Shortcut to Fabulous Deals…Filene’s Basement and SYMS going out of business

saving moneyFilene’s Basement and SYMS filed bankrupsty and a ton of their stores are closing. There is over 100 million dollars of merchandise that will be liquidated and that means you can get some incredible deals. Both SYMS and Filene’s Basement gift cards will be honored throughout the sale.A large selection of accessories, toys, gifts and more is also offered at savings up to 30%.  In conjunction with the inventory sale, SYMS and Filene’s Basement will be selling all store furniture, fixtures and equipment, including shelving, apparel racks, lighting, chairs, tables and more. All sales made on or after November 16 are final. Returns made on any merchandise purchased prior to November 16, 2011 will be handled in compliance with existing return policy for SYMS and Filene’s Basement.Here are the stores with sales:

Store Name

Address

City

ST

SYMS

5300 Powerline

Ft. Lauderdale

FL

SYMS

4615 NW 77th Avenue

Miami

FL

SYMS

Kendall Lakes Plaza
13899 SW 88th Street

Miami

FL

SYMS

3251 Hillsborough Avenue

Tampa

FL

SYMS

Strawberry Fields Shopping Center
4400 Forest Hill Blvd

West Palm Beach

FL

SYMS

1803 Roswell Road

Marietta

GA

SYMS

5775 Jimmy Carter Boulevard

Norcross

GA

SYMS

280 West North Avenue

Addison

IL

SYMS

1900 Chapman Avenue

Rockville

MD

SYMS

21700 Telegraph Road

Southfield

MI

SYMS

1865 E. Marlton Pike

Cherry Hill

NJ

SYMS

330 Route 17 North

Paramus

NJ

SYMS

One Syms Way

Secaucus

NJ

SYMS

555 King Georges Rd

Woodbridge

NJ

SYMS

42 Trinity Place

New York

NY

SYMS

8075 Sheridan Drive

Williamsville

NY

SYMS

1340 Swedesford Rd

Berwyn

PA

SYMS

10770 Westheimer

Houston

TX

SYMS

1000 E. Broad St

Falls Church

VA

Filene’s Basement

1133 Connecticut Ave

Washington

DC

Filene’s Basement

Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave

Washington

DC

Filene’s Basement

529 14th St NW

Washington

DC

Filene’s Basement

17651 Biscayne Blvd

North Miami Beach

FL

Filene’s Basement

Lenox Marketplace
3535 Peachtree Rd

Atlanta

GA

Filene’s Basement

1 North State St

Chicago

IL

Filene’s Basement

830 N Michigan Ave

Chicago

IL

Filene’s Basement

497 Boylston St

Boston

MA

Filene’s Basement

215-227 Needham St

Newton Upper Falls

MA

Filene’s Basement

Lockwood Place
600 East Pratt St

Baltimore

MD

Filene’s Basement

1400 Northern Blvd

Manhasset

NY

Filene’s Basement

Union Square
40 East 14th St

New York

NY

Filene’s Basement

Fresh Meadows
187-04 Horace Harding

Queens

NY

Filene’s Basement

Harvard Park Shopping Center
4045 Richmond Rd

Warrensville Heights

OH

Filene’s Basement/ SYMS

652 Commerce Drive

Fairfield

CT

Filene’s Basement/ SYMS

267 Berlin Turnpike

Hartford

CT

Filene’s Basement/ SYMS

560 Boston Providence Highway

Norwood

MA

Filene’s Basement/ SYMS

295 Tarrytown Road

Elmsford

NY

Filene’s Basement/ SYMS

2220-2226 Broadway

New York

NY

Filene’s Basement/ SYMS

695 Merrick Avenue

Westbury

NY

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Shortcut to Fabulous Clean Winter Coats…on a budget

dailycandyDaily Candy started creating videos awhile ago and I cam across a video created with Laundress co-founder, Lindsey Wieber Boyd, demonstrates how to machine wash a winter coat using her vintage Chanel coat. Before you get started, here are the products you will need for this project:

Click here to check out the video. Finally, a cheaper and seemingly cleaner alternative to expensive dry cleaning for your winter coats!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Gift Giving…Members Only Sale Sites

saving moneyIt is time to start getting ready for this year’s holiday season. S2F will be tracking all of the best deals and brining them to you, so check back often for the latest and greatest in gift giving ideas!

A great place to start making your list and checking it twice is member’s only sale sites. You can get a great gifts for everyone on your list at a fraction of the price in department stores. Tips for buying:

  • Start clicking early! Member’s only sale sites such as Rue La La and Gilt have start times for each boutique. Pay close attention to boutique start times and make sure you enter the store right on time to get the best selection and avoid disappointment. If you are on the fence about an item, add it to your cart to avoid having it snatched out from under you by someone else in cyber space. You can always remove the item later.
  • Pay attention to the fine print. Before you buy, check out the return policy. Some sales are final sale, while others allow for returns. Some sample sale sites like Rue La La even provide you with free return shipping if you are willing to return for store credit rather than a traditional refund.
  • Know your prices. You can get some amazing deals on Member’s Only sample sale sites, but don’t assume you are getting the best price on the market. I like to add items to my shopping cart and then quickly search online to make sure I am getting a good deal. I copy the item description and paste it into google to see if the item is being sold somewhere else. Sometimes even if the price is lower by a few dollars, the return policy of another online retailer is more generous. Also, don’t forget local discount stores like Loehmann’s, Marshalls, Neiman Marcus Last Call, etc.
  • Don’t fall into the Get it before its Gone trap. I recently went to a Gilt warehouse sale in Miami. I paid $5 for entry to the sale and when I arrived at the location there was a line out the door. When I stepped inside the warehouse, there was the same madness that ensues at any NYC designer sample sale. Women were franticly grabbing for dresses, shirts, skirts, etc and trying on clothes in the middle of the store. I felt the desperate “I have to get something now…look at all of these amazing deals” feeling creeping over me. I picked out a few dresses and took them to the make-shift fitting room. I tried on a Zac Posen dress on sale for $250 that was actually really cute but a little tight. I was in the middle of telling myself that I could lose a few more pounds and fit into the dress, when the seasoned and disillusioned sample sale shopper in me emerged and reality set in. I didn’t need this dress and it did not fit properly. If I bought it, “the amazing deal” would sit in my closet and serve as another object to promote the self-loathing that comes when a woman has a closet with clothes that don’t fit. The lesson: don’t buy it if there is any chance that it wont work for you or the recipient.
  • So, now that you know the rules of the road, become a member of the following member’s only sale sites and start the Christmas rush shopping:

    • Rue La La. High end designer men’s and women’s Clothes, shoes, accessories, home goods, kids and “experiences,” including travel. Click here to become a member.
    • Gilt Group. High end designer men’s and women’s Clothes, shoes, accessories, home goods, kids, travel and city specific experiences. Click here to become a member.
    • Ideeli. Clothes, shoes, accessories. Click here to become a member.
    • Billion Dollar Babes. Clothes, shoes, accessories. Click here to become a member.
    • Hautelook. Women, Beauty, Kids, living, men and getaways. Click here to become a member.
    • The Top Secret/Beyond the Rack. Click here to become a member.
    • Home goods including candles. Click here to become a member.

    So, sign up for the members only sale websites and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous, flash sale shopping.

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    Shortcut to Fabulous Fall Sale…at Anthropologie

    anthroholicWe are stalker-level obsessed with Anthropologie and some little blogger birdies told us that they were having a fabulous Labor Day sale. Kim Baker from Anthroholic and Roxy from Effortless Anthropologie have the sale run-down on their blogs….check them out and rush to your favorite Anthro to get some great deals on fabulous clothes. Oh and BTW…from now until Labor Day Anthro card holders get free shipping in the US!!!!

    So, break out the credit card and enjoy this shortcut to the best stuff on sale at Anthropologie.

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    Shortcut to Fabulous Botkier Bags

    Rue-La-La1Rue La La is having a Botkier sample sale tomorrow, June 15, 2010 starting at 11 am. Click here to become a member and get access to this sale.

    So, sign up to become a member of Rue La La, set your alarm clock to 10:59 am and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous designer duds!

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    Shortcut to Fabulous Memorial Day Savings at Anthropologie

    shoppingAnyone who loves the clothes at Anthropologie knows that sales don’t come around too often. This weekend in honor of Memorial Day, Anthro is breaking out the red sale banners. If you want to snag the best stuff, you have to visit one of the websites that report on the sales. My two favorites are Effortless Anthropologie and Anthroholic. Effortless already has a listing of Memorial Day sale items and is predicting the ever elusive free shipping will return for the weekend! Click here to see the listing of items on sale now. Kim at Anthroholic has a listing as well and will likely post an update on her finds later on today. Click here to check out her blog.

    So, happy shopping and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous Anthropologie bliss.

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    Shortcut to Fabulous Ways to Save Money this Weekend and Beyond

    saving moneyWe thought we would bring you some ways to save money this weekend and beyond, so here are the deals and steals we rounded up:

    • Today on Rue La La at 11 am, they are having a sample sale on Seven for All Man Kind Jeans for both men and women. Click here to become a member of Rue La La and score a pair of discount premium jeans.
    • Today on Woot, they are selling a TOM, TOM GPS system with live support for $129.99. Click here to get the deal.
    • Today’s daily deal on Amazon is a Toshiba Recordable DVD Player for $89.99. You can record your favorite shows or movies on tv to a DVD with this cool gadget! Click here to get it.
    • Have you signed up for Groupon yet? Groupon is a website that sells discount certificates to all kinds of fun stuff from local restaurants, bakeries and organic grocers to theater tickets, gym memberships dances classes and so much more. A specified number of people have to buy into the deal for everyone to get it…think collective bargaining! You can sign up for daily emails and receive updates when new Groupon deals are available for your city. Click here to sign up and get some great deals.
    • P.F. Changs is probably my  favorite chain restaurant. I love the Garlic Noodles with Chicken, Wonton Soup and newly discovered Hot Fish. I get 10% knocked off my bill every time I go with my “Warrior Card.” It is so simple to save with P.F. Changs. You go to their website, give them your physical address and they send you this cute little card with your name on it. You stick it in your wallet and whip it out whenever you got to P.F.’s. Hint: If you are going with a group of friends don’t ask for separate checks and divide the bill at the end so everyone can save (also they will only apply one card per table). Click here to get yours now.
    • When is the last time you called the major insurance auto carriers and got a quote? A phone call to the major carriers every six months could save you hundreds of dollars. Rates change from year-to-year as does your underwriting risk level. So, take half an hour today and call the major carriers and get a quote. I would stick to getting quotes from companies who have been rated well by J.D. Power and Associates…click here for the list. Click here for Clark Howard’s guide to having the right coverage. We are partial to GEICO, but there is a bias cause the Gecko puts food on my table :) Oh and of course we have the number for you to get a GEICO quote:1-800-861-8380. This sounds boring and mundane, but I bet you will save money if you spend some time this weekend to shop around…imagine more shopping money!
    • Get coupons sent to your cell phone…it’s called digital couponing. A site we love is called CellFire. You just enter your cell phone, year of birth, zip code and email address. You can browse the offers online or on your phone and save them to your phone. They you show the cashier the offer on your phone and get the savings! Another site offering digital savings is called Qponomics. You just go to the website and click on the type of smart phone you have to download the App.

    So, start clicking your way to savings and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous finances!

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