Susan Yoo-Lee

The Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Money

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

Halloween is the greatest. It is both scary and full of candy, two unrelated themes that somehow work perfectly together. But Halloween can get expensive quickly. In addition to costume expenses, you also have to shell out for candy, which, according to the National Retail Federation, will cost Americans $2.2 billion this year. No one […]

The 17 Best Trick-or-Treat Spots in Los Angeles

17 Best Trick-Or-Treat Spots in Los Angeles
Written By:Author Susan Susan

Los Angeles is objectively the best city in the world, but it’s also sprawling and full of nightmarish traffic. If you’re going to shell out money for your kids’ costumes (and possibly your own costume), you want to make sure you’re optimizing your trick-or-treat route. So we’ve put together the definitive map of all the […]

Top Ten Party Tips From #EviteParty And Sandra Lee

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to get down and party! Crazy as it sounds, I’m invited to at least 1 to 3 parties per week in the summertime. Whether it’s someone’s birthday party, a Fourth of July shindig, a graduation celebration, a girls get-together, World Cup 2014 viewing party, there’s always a reason to party and if you don’t have any, just create one!

While throwing a party can be lots of fun, it can also be super stressful. The planning process is no walk in the park and it’s the little things that truly make or break your party. If you’re new to hosting parties or you need a few pointers to get you through your next one, here are the top ten party tips from Evite and Sandra Lee.

Note: Don’t forget to enter the Great Party Giveaway Sweepstakes to get a chance at winning $2500 worth of party supplies, food and more.

This Week In Deals: 5 Valentine’s Day Deals for You and Your Lover

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

 Now that Super Bowl 2014 has come and gone, let’s direct our focus on another special event that’s happening next week, Valentine’s Day 2014. If you’re a hopeless romantic, a lover, this day was made especially for you.

Traditionally, you would give a nice assortment of chocolates in a heart shaped box, a dozen of red roses and a white teddy bear with a red heart on it, but there is so much more you can get for that special person in your life and we’re here to help.

Here are this week’s sexiest five deals:

Deal #1: Your one stop shop, Macy’s is offering an additional 10-15% off most departments. You can choose from jewelry to their favorite undies. Expires 02/10/2014.

This Week in Deals: Save 40% Off Your Entire Orders at Carter’s, Plus More

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

If you haven’t already heard, we’ve been working really hard at curating deals for More, Ladies Home Journal, Parents Goodyblog and Woman’s Day. Make sure you head on over to their respective sites to see all the spectacular deals that we’ve handpicked for their readers.

And this week, we have the best of the best clothing offers around the web for you. Retailers are trying to push their inventory out to make room for new arrivals and to make things more interesting, they’re slashing prices on new inventory. A big win for us all around!

With additional savings up to 50% on top of already low sale prices, this is your week to go on a shopping splurge:

Deal #1: Time to stock up on my daughter’s basics at Carter’s because they are offering 40% off the entire purchase. Expires 01/30/2014.

This Week in Deals: Save $20 on Any LEGO Purchase of $75 at Toys “R” Us

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

How are your new year’s resolutions coming along? If having a shopping budget is one of your new resolutions, it’s not too late to start now. Even though most of you probably don’t want to see another sales ad or go shopping because of the holiday madness you just endured, if you start planning now, you can exceed your 2013 savings.

To get you started with your 2014 shopping savings, here are this week’s top 5 deals:

Deal #1: If your kids are fans of Legos, head on over to Toys “R” Us and save $20 off your purchase over $75, plus get free shipping. Expires 01/25/2014.

This week in deals: Save 40% on your entire purchase at Nautica

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

Whether you’re just a little chilly or freezing in negative degree weather, you can stock up on your winter wear right now.

Historically, December has been the month to stock up on clothes for almost next to nothing. However, if you didn’t get the chance to stock up then, you can do it now with some amazing deals.

Here are some incredible discounts for your whole family:

Deal #1: For all your winter wear, head on over to Nautica to save 40% off your entire purchase. You can also save 50% on men’s outerwear and sweaters. Expires 01/21/2014.

This week in deals: 50% off any regular priced item at Joann.com

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

While most of the country is dealing with the winter chills and the Nor’easter, I’m sitting pretty in mid 70 degree weather. Although I’m not trying to rub in the face of those that are stressing over freezing temperature, I want to point out the fact that it’s similar to shopping. It’s kind of like when everyone pays full-price and you nab the last amazing deal. The feeling of accomplishment and excitement is incomparable.

In order for you to score those amazing deals, I’ve curated the top 5 deals on our site that will also have you sittin’ pretty:

Deal #1: Whether you need to get new fabric or a pair of nice scissors, use this coupon from Joann.com to save 50% on any one regular priced item. Expires 01/11/2014.

This week in deals: Up to 70% off at Urban Outfitters and more

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

We meet again in this New Year! We wish everyone a joyful, healthy and prosperous New Year.

The best part of the New Year is that if we made some poor decisions in different areas of our lives last year, we can keep those in the past and start off with a clean slate this year.

If you weren’t able to save as much as you wanted or wanted to make better shopping decisions, we are always here to help you become a smart shopper.

With the New Year, comes new shopping deals. So here are this week’s top 5 deals:

Deal #1: Want to be a little hip, vintage, eccentric, edgy with your wardrobe? Save up to 75% off your purchase sitewide with this coupon from Urban Outfitters. Expires 01/06/2014.

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: 12 gifts for $120 and less

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

From clothing to electronics, there are tons of holiday gift options. The downside of having lots of choices is that people get lost and ultimately buy something that’s just “okay”.

In order to cut the research time for you, I found 12 excellent gift choices that you’ll be confident in giving and on top of that, they all come in at under $120.

(All items were hand selected. Some were sent by stores for final review and others I purchased).

1. Blush Mystery Beauty Box. I recently wrote about The untraditional holiday gift? A guide to your top snack, beauty and kid’s subscription boxes and one thing that was missing from the guide was this subscription box.

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The box is a mix of full and travel-size products worth at least $100. It is filled with a variety of high quality products for your skin and nail. The selections change from month to month, so if you order this month, you’ll get the December box. From the choices, I completely fell in love the Deborah Lippmann nail polish. Price: $34.95 for one-time purchase or as low as $24.95 with subscription. With this coupon from Blush.com, you can save $5 off the December Blush Mystery Beauty Box and get free shipping.

Savings.com mobile app will help holiday shoppers save money

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

As you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner. To make holiday shopping easier, today Savings.com launched the mobile app, Savings.com – Top Coupon Codes & Deals which can be downloaded for free on iTunes.

With this app, you can search for the best online deals from your favorite stores. You also have the option to see the most popular deals from over 100,000 deals which ultimately saves you precious time. Finally, you can save your favorite deals in the app or email it for later use.

The untraditional holiday gift? A guide to your top snack, beauty and kid’s subscription boxes

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

The holiday season is right around the corner. We always say plan ahead with holiday gifts because you’ll save time, energy and money in the long run. But, what if you need to give a gift to a family member, friend or even a client that has almost everything?

While on the hunt to finding the perfect gift for these type of people, I came to the conclusion that subscription boxes were the answer to my gift buying prayers. If you’re not familiar with subscription boxes, they’re kind of like your magazine subscription, but instead of a good read, you get a sampling of snacks, beauty products, kids crafting items and more.

Depending on the subscription box, you’ll either get a handpicked selection of goodies sent to your doorstep or with some, you can even customize according to your taste. The excitement of coming home to a mystery box filled with goodies can never get old. It sure made me smile, every single time.

In order to weed out the good from the bad and yes, not all subscription boxes are created equal, I asked various subscription box companies to send their current month’s box for review (all were complimentary). From snack boxes to beauty and even kid focused boxes, I have the 411 for you. No more stressing over holiday gifts this year!

Snack Boxes

Most of us enjoy snacking, whether it’s to pass time or just to veg in front of the TV. If you like to sample things at the market or even at Costco, this is right down your alley. With these snack subscription boxes, you get to try a little bit of everything. From potato chips to chocolate, you’re covered. Plus, they make the perfect little gift as I’m sure you’ve heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach (I can say it applies to women as well).

1. Healthy Surprise. Just like the name, you’ll get many healthy surprises. By far, this was the biggest subscription box that I received and included 11 different full-size snacks to try.

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I got to enjoy everything from dehydrated tomatoes to strawberry macaroons. I loved most of the snacks, but there were some that I didn’t as well. The point was to try out different things.

Everything is healthy and some are even raw. The box only included natural, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free products. So if you’re trying to find a gift for someone who has allergies or vegan, this would be perfect for them. Price: Starts at $33, plus $6.99 shipping for Starter Box.

Kmart Christmas Layaway Commercial: Shame on you or Thank you very much?

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

Kmart just released their Christmas layaway commercial featuring a gingerbread man and a lady working behind an office desk. So what’s so special? It’s getting some major attention and heat from the public.

Some people think that Kmart went overboard by releasing a Christmas commercial in September, but others that have benefited from Kmart’s layaway plan are praising them. Just read some of the comments from customers on the Kmart Facebook page.

At Savings.com, we’re always encouraging our readers to plan early because having a game plan leads to maximizing your savings. So while this is not a shocker for us, what are you thoughts? Do you think that Kmart made the wrong move by releasing a Christmas commercial so early or did they do the right thing to help customers start planning for the holidays that are right around the corner? Take a look at the commercial and please comment below.

Infographic: Best times to buy holiday gifts

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

The holidays are fast approaching and shopping is a huge part of it.  Not only do retailers make it more enticing to shop during the holidays but because Christmas, Hanukkah and other celebrations are lined up back to back, you really feel like you have no other choice (unless you did some early shopping which most people don’t).

With Black Friday just around the corner, you get the feeling that the best deals only occur in that small time frame, but in actuality you’re not doomed if you don’t score anything that day.

In order to be an educated shopper, you want to know when to buy certain items to get the most bang for your buck and when not to.  From clothing to toys, we’ll show you when and when not to spend your hard earned dollars.

Planning for Future College Tuition Costs: Getting a Higher Education for Free?

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Written By:Author Susan Susan

If you have children or you yourself are planning on receiving a higher level of education at a university, then I’m sure you’re seeing dollar signs.

When I was in high school, the constant question was if I would attend a public or private institution and if it was in-state or out-of-state.  If I went to an in-state public school, it would be a lot cheaper than the in-state private school and the in-state private school would be cheaper than the out-of-state private school, primarily because of room & board.

Now with children, I constantly worry about saving enough money for their education.  If it’s $50,000 a year to attend a private university now (including room & board), how much will it be when my 5 and 2 year-old attend college?

Surprisingly, your child may be able to attend a top tier private university for FREE.  

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