Posts Tagged ‘smart shopping’

ABL TIP : Shop at T.J. Maxx on Wednesdays

May 13, 2015

tjmaxx-for-print-and-digitalABL Shopping Tip – T.J. Maxx marks down merchandise on Wednesdays!

If you’re looking for new items and a good deal, check out your local T.J. Maxx on mark down day.

You can also go online to check out deals and save yourself a trip.


ABL Report : After Easter Sale

April 10, 2015


After Easter Sale!

If you’re looking for chocolates, bakeware, spring themed items, or pastel colored party favors, head over to various retail stores like Target or Walmart and check out after Easter Deals!

Don’t forget, smart shop, don’t buy unless you really need it.

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Target : Price Match and Red Card

October 6, 2014


Target Red Card Benefits:
5% off total purchase
Free Shipping at
30 Days Extra Return
Price Match Rules:

The original Target receipt must be brought in when requesting the price match by.
The item must be the identical item, brand name, size, weight, color, quantity and model number.
For matching competitor ads, including catalogs, the retail price must be shown in the competitor’s advertisement and must be valid the day the price match is requested. For matching, the retail price must be shown on the website and must be valid at the time the price match is requested. pricing must be validated by a Target team member.
Online competitor matching is limited to items sold on,,,, and by the site owner
For matching or online competitors, the retail price must be shown on your mobile device or by bringing in a printed page showing the current price. Online competitor pricing must be validated by a Target team member. Competitor catalogs can be matched as long as the catalog displays a current date and retail price and meets all other competitor ad match qualifications.
We reserve the right to verify a competitor’s advertised price and the availability of the item.
Competitor online items must be in stock at the time price match is requested.
Limit of one competitor online price match per identical item per guest.

For more information check out : Price Match FAQ

Smart Shopping!

Victoria Secret : Free Panty

September 22, 2014


Sign up to for the Angel Card or be on the Victoria Secret Mailing list and receive Free underwear and discounts!


ABL has an ANGEL CARD and gets FREE PANTY coupons in the mail.


Trick is – walk in with your coupon and walk out.  Only make additional purchases if you need to.

Smart shopping!

Stores Open on Labor Day

September 1, 2014


If you’re wondering which stores are open on Labor Day, here’s a list.  Double up on discounts with your mobile coupons.  It’s a great time to shop if you’ve been holding off on buying something on your list.

Clothing & accessories

Health & beauty


Home, office & garden

Smart shopping!

List source : CSM

Fandango and Visa Buy 1 get 1 Free Fridays

May 30, 2014


Every Friday at Fandango, till mid August, Visa Signature cardholders receive a free movie ticket (Buy One Get 1 Free Promo).

TGIF, bring a friend of family member and watch something awesome!

ABL’s top pics…

ABL is gonna bring Nomo.

Smart shopping and enjoy the show!

Source Image : Movie marquee

Lessons Learned from IKEA Online Shopping

May 27, 2014

ivar-shelving-unit__0217791_PE375074_S4In preparation for the Memorial Day Break, ABL went ahead and ordered the IVAR on the IKEA website.

The unit itself was $95, plus tax and everything else it totaled close to $130.

Lo and behold, the items arrived the Thursday before the Memorial Day weekend.  It was damaged and missing parts.


Bad idea, ABL basically had to lug everything back into the store since customer service was closed.

When ABL got to IKEA, they refused to give her the full refund.

NOTE: when returning items to IKEA they scan each item and consider the return “modular” so they don’t credit you the missing parts in store.  You basically have to call in to state your case.  Plus the customer service person working that day was not that nice either.

ABL was not a happy shopper.

It was a horrible experience.  However, there was a silver lining…

After ABL got her refund, she headed over to look for the IVAR shelf on the floor. There was a very helpful customer service who found all the parts for ABL.  Before checking out, ABL headed over to the bargain bin and found this already assembled for $45 (MSRP online $64.99 not including tax and delivery). Something she had been thinking about for quite some time but was putting off due to price and the thought of having to assemble it.

kallax-shelving-unit__0243982_PE383241_S4She got her replacement IVAR and a found the Kallax shelving unit already built.

It was great and it all worked out because ABL also happened to have a truck to bring back all these items home.

1. Online may not always be the best solution when shopping for IKEA furniture.
2. Cheap may result to expensive.
3. Not all shopping experiences are horrible, if you keep your cool and manage to look on the bright side, you’d be amazed of the other possibilities that lay before you.
4. Patience is a virtue.
5. It is convenient if you have a vehicle that can lug big items.
6. When shopping for furniture, it’s great to go shopping with family or friends because you have someone to help you out.
7. Sometimes it is worth buying an item already assembled.
8. Always pass by the bargain bin, you’ll never know what gems you’ll find laying around.
9. When driving with furniture on your truck, it’s safer to avoid the freeway to keep the items stable on the truck bed.
10. Always keep your cool even if the customer service rep is in a bad mood.


Happy Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2014

051114Happy Mother’s Day to all the smart shoppers!

If you’re looking for a perfect gift, check out the ABL reusable smart shopper bag.

How are you spending Mother’s Day?

Last Minute Halloween Shopping

October 26, 2013

Last minute Halloween shopping!  If you do it online you may end up having to pay for extra shipping just to get it on time.

Amazon Prime folks, you still have time!

Stores have been dropping prices a bit just to get rid of inventory so it may not be so bad to come in late after all.

Smart shopping everyone!

Halloween Greeting Cards

September 14, 2013

Halloween is creeping up and greeting cards are now available!

Some people may think, greeting cards?  Why?  Well if Halloween is a special occasion you share with a friend of family who is miles away.  It would be pretty cool if you send them something in the mail.  Nothing beats snail mail.

ABL suggests, send them a Halloween card and package it up with a piece of their favorite candy.

If you’re planning on getting more than 4, Target is throwing in a free plush toy which you can use as a Halloween decor or gift to someone else.


They also have Unicorn Card Humor….IMG_2304Enjoy!