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Tweaking the formula

Tweaking the formula

H&M Cardigan - 2009 - $30 (similar) / Ann Taylor outlet top - 2011 - $20 (similar) / Old Navy trousers - 2006 - $6 (similar) / Calvin Klein pumps via Off Broadway - 2007 - $70 (similar) / Boys belt - 2010 - swapped (similar) / American Eagle outlet necklace - 2011 - $4 (similar) / Nordstrom stud earrings - 2010 - gift card ( Read More

Dressbarn to offer 30 percent off this weekend!

Dressbarn to offer 30 percent off this weekend!

ELK GROVE - Clothing retailer Dressbarn will host its Spring 2011 Friends & Family event this Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1. All shoppers will receive 30 percent off their entire regular priced purchase, by simply printing out the coupon above.

Dressbarn offers stylish clothes, accessories and jewelry for all shapes and sizes. The store is located at 9630 Bruceville Road. For more information, call (916) 685-0887.

Working with what you've got | Shoe edition

Working with what you've got | Shoe edition

Months and months ago, I talked about how to care for your clothes and help them last longer.  It's one thing to keep a pair of slacks for five years, wearing them just a few times a month, but what about shoes?

Packing by the numbers

Packing by the numbers

If y'all don't already know by now, I love to travel. I don't go to exotic places, but I do like to go normal places pretty often. And as you may have heard, one of the things I take a lot of pride in (in a good way, I think), is my ability to pack lightly.  I've been meaning to get some photos of my packing process, but usually it only takes me about 15 minutes (and includes K's clothes), but I lucked out last week!

Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you be my neighbor?

LOFT cardigan - 2010 - gift (similar) / J.Crew blouse - 2009 - $20 ( Read More

How I shop for cheap

How I shop for cheap

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I was born to be a shopper. And much more than that, I was born to be a budget shopper*. My mother is the master of shopping for a great deal (as in $400 down to $14 great deal). While I have not yet reached her level in deal-hunting, I've learned a few tricks of my own, and thought I'd share.

  • Timing. Shopping only takes as short or long as you want it to. If you have 30 minutes, you have time to shop. Sometimes the quickest decisions force you to make a good one (if not, look below on returning).
  • Be patient. If it's not perfect, or not on sale (and you want it to be), don't buy it.

'Think, Shop, Live Elk Grove' launches new online directories

'Think, Shop, Live Elk Grove' launches new online directories

ELK GROVE - The "Think, Shop, Live Elk Grove" committee Thursday launched new online directories that will make it more convenient to shop, dine and have fun in Elk Grove. Every month, new categories will be introduced to make local spending easier and more convenient. Easter and Spring Cleaning are the categories featured this month.

Dozens of local churches, restaurants, gourmet and apparel shops, and recreational opportunities are highlighted for Easter shopping. Elk Grove’s housecleaning and window washing services, recycling programs and donation sites are included in the Spring Cleaning category.

"From shopping and services to restaurants and recreation, all you need is right here in Elk Grove," said Mayor Steven Detrick. "Support your local economy and spend your dollars here.