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Metaphor + Deals! January 17, 2012

Filed under: Hot Deals,Sharing and Caring — clappingonthedownbeat @ 2:00 PM

Hot deals first.  Lighter topic to start with!

I got my January BirchBox!  It had a full size stilla waterproof smudge eyeliner that I am IN LOVE with!  DO you like makeup?  This is a great way to try top of the line products.  For $10 a month (you can cancel anytime) you get a box shipped free to your door with customize products for you.  I have gotten Elizabeth Arden’s youth serum capsules, nail polish, lip gloss, lip plumper, powder foundation, lotions, perfume….just to name a few.  Soem are sample size some are full size.  Then you you give feedback on products, order on line or refer friends you earn points.  For every 100 points it’s $10 credit.  I ordered the lip plumper and body lotion and got free shipping, used my credits and paid only $12.  Check it out!

Save up to 70% off at Winter Sale! These Kids Hover Sneaks are down to only $14.99 and have great reviews! Use code fallship during checkout to score FREE shipping! Sale ends 1/19/12.

Head on over here and fill out the simple form to score a FREE JIFFY Mix Recipe Booklet!

Have you joined Godiva Rewards yet?! If not, you are missing out on some sweet deals… literally! The rewards club is FREE to join and offers many yummy perks like a FREE piece of chocolate every month, free standard shipping for one online order and more.

Wow! Eversave is offering up a pretty sweet deal today. Currently, you can head on over here to score $40 worth of shapewear, leggings, camis, bras, stockings (and more!) from for only $20! MukLuks ( UGS like boots) only $22!  Even sweeter, FREE shipping is included! And, if you are new to Eversave, when you purchase this deal you’ll have the option to sign up for email updates – which will score you an additional $2 off, bringing your final cost down to as low as $18 for $40 worth of items!

 Here is yet another FREE book download for ya on Amazon! Head on over here where you can download How to Unspoil Your Child Fast: A Speedy, Complete Guide to Contented Children and Happy Parents for FREE for your Kindle (a $14.99 value!). If you don’t have a Kindle, keep in mind that you can still read books on your computer or other mobile devices with the FREE Kindle Reading Apps found here.

Are you in need of some new panties?! Then head on over to where they are currently hosting a Panty Raid Sale where all panties are marked at 50% off (today only!). That means you can snag a variety of different thongs, bikini or hipster panties for as low as $2.50 each (keep in mind that the 50% discount will be automatically taken off once you add the item to your cart and then head to checkout).

Even better, you can use the promo code SLICKFREESHIP to snag FREE shipping (no minimum purchase required!). In addition to browsing the Panty Raid Sale, be sure to check out the other sale section where you can save as much as 75% off bras, camis and tops.

Wow!  Currently, is having a great online only sale on select Nintendo DS games!  Several Nintendo DS games (just go here and search “Nintendo DS games” and click on View All games) are marked down 50% off AND are also on sale Buy 1 Get 1 50% off.  Plus, you can choose to pick up the games for FREE at your local Toys R Us store to bypass any shipping or handling fees.

If you want to score some sweet savings at and/, use the coupon code NEWYOU during checkout and you’ll save a whopping 30%… works on sale and clearance items, too! You can also save 20% with the same code. Keep in mind that this code is only valid through January 19th. Plus, spend $50 or more (before the code is applied) and you’ll score yourself FREE shipping or purchase at least one item from Piperlime and your entire order will ship FREE!

Valentine photo cards!

Head over to where you can snatch up 24 photo cards with envelopes for ONLY $2.49 shipped! All you need to do is sign up for a new account on (look to the right and click on the “Sign Up Now” link), create a 4×8 single flat photo card, add 24 cards to your cart, start the checkout process, and enter coupon code 25cards. Your final cost should come to $2.49 shipped!

 The Jill’s Steals and Deals segment contains great deals offered by retailers to TODAY viewers.Please click on the following website links to be directed to the offers from the companies we featured, and be sure to read the details. Conditions and restrictions may apply.

Kathy Kaehler Fitness Package
Retail price: $202.99
Discount price: $18
Percent discount: 91%
Discount code: TODAYFITNESS
(To purchase the fitness package, click on one of the two links above. Enter the promo code on the landing page and click, “Submit.” On the following page, click “Add to cart” next to the desired product. Then click “Checkout” and complete the checkout process.)

The Kathy Kaehler fitness bundle includes two fitness DVD, an ebook and membership in the Sunday Set Up Club. The fitness DVDs include sections for all levels, from beginner to advanced. The ebook has the very latest information on women’s health and offers a completely natural way to look and feel healthy and sensational for years to come. The Sunday Set Up Club offers new recipes, weekly meal plans, a shopping list for what to have in your fridge, exclusive workouts designed by Kathy that you can do right in the comfort of your home and much more.

Kathy Kaehler says the estimated shipping for the Kathy Kaehler Fitness Package is $6 and it will take up to three weeks to arrive. For more information and to buy the $202.99 product for $18,click here.

Image: Hayleyy Starr Wrap Dress

Hayley Starr Wrap Dresses
Retail price: $335
Discount price: $59
Percent discount: 82% off!
Discount code: TODAYDRESS
(To purchase the dresses, click on one of the two links above. Enter the promo code on the landing page and click, “Enter.” On the following page, select the desired style and click “Buy now.” Select the desired size and quantity and click “Add to cart.” Then complete the checkout process).

The Hayley Starr wrap dress is a convertible wrap dress that can be worn in more than 30 different ways. Check out the website to learn all the ways you can wear it. The dress is available both in long sleeve and sleeveless forms in colors black and red.

Hayley Starr says the estimated shipping for the Hayley Starr Wrap Dress is $10 and it will take up to four weeks to arrive. For more information and to buy the $335 product for $59, click here.

Image: Number 4 Hair Care collection

Number 4 Hair Care Collection
Retail price: $129
Discount price: $29
Percent discount: 77% off!
Case-sensitive coupon code: N4TODAY
(To purchase the hair care collection, click on one of the two links above. Enter the coupon code on the landing page and click “Go!” On the next page, click “Add to cart” at the bottom of the page. Click “View Cart” either on the top-right part of the page or in the green bar that appears on the page. On the checkout page, the coupon is already applied — no need to apply it again. Then complete the checkout process.)

Number 4 is offering a hair care collection at deep discounts for TODAY viewers.

The deal includes a hydrating shampoo, hydrating conditioner, blow dry lotion and a retail carrier. They are all 100 percent vegan, sulfate free, gluten-free and paraben free.

Number 4 Hair says the estimated shipping for Number 4 Hair Care Hydrate/Styling Collection is $6.50 and it will take up to three weeks to arrive. For more information and to buy the $129 product for $29, click here.

Image: Nina Nguyen bracelets

Nina Nguyen Natural Stone Bracelets
Retail price: Between $145 and $198
Discount price: Between $38 and $58
Percent discount: Up to 74% off!
Discount code: TODAYNINA
(To purchase the bracelets, click on one of the two links above. On the landing page, enter the promo code and click, “Submit.” On the next page, click “More info” next to the desired bracelet. After reading the details of the product, click “Add to cart” and complete the checkout process.)

Nina Nguyen is offering three different types of bracelets to TODAY viewers at steep discounts. They are the cotton cord, the double-wrap leather and triple-wrap leather bracelets. Each bracelet is embellished with a signature stone.

Nina Nguyen says the estimated shipping for the Natural Stone Bracelets is $9.50 and it will take up to eight weeks to arrive. For more information and to buy the bracelets for a 74 percent discount, click here.

Image: Cuore & Pelle satchels

Cuore & Pelle’s Mirella Satchel
Retail price: $385
Discount price: $75
Percent discount: 81% off!
Discount code: TODAYBAG 
(To purchase the satchel, click one of the two links above. On the landing page, enter the promo code and click “Submit.” Click on the bag at the top of the page. On the next page, select the desired color and click, “Add to cart.” Then complete the checkout process).

The Mirella Satchel is part of Cuore & Pelle’s upcoming spring collection. They are offering it at a deep discount to TODAY viewers. It’s made of genuine leather and comes in three colors: tan, black, and white.

Cuore & Pelle says the estimated shipping for the satchel is $9.95 and it will take up to five weeks to arrive. For more information and to buy the $385 product for $75, click here.


Head over here to sign up for a FREE edition of H&R Block At Home

Head over here to sign up for a FREE edition of Turbo Tax (you’ll be able to prepare, print and electronically file your federal tax return for free). If you need a more customizable version, consider purchasing Turbo Tax from Costco or an office supply store where there is often a coupon or special promo offer available.

* Consider using, or (all have been highly recommended by Hip2Save readers in the past!)

Head over to to file your federal taxes for free.

* Check the daily deal sites…Groupon has offered up significantly reduced vouchers for online tax preparation products in the past and will likely have similar offers over the next few months.

* Check with your local college. One reader reported that the accounting students at her local college will do her tax returns for free and they are then reviewed by the professor to ensure that they are correct.

* AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help for older taxpayers and people with limited incomes. Find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in your community by clicking here.

* If you are in the military, you can snag a FREE customized version of basic H&R Block at Home electronic tax filing product. This customized product allows for FREE federal filing and FREE state filing (up to three states). In addition, free telephonic tax consultations are available to help with tax- related issues. Check out Military One Source for more information. Active Duty Military can file for free with


I was just thinking about yesterdays post and it is so metaphorical.  When life deals out lemons (cancer, MS, financial crisis, stress, whatever) make lemon curd and refocus on something else.

Last night was the beginning of another chemo week for Brian.  He is over 1/2 way and has 5 more treatments after this week.  Usually he comes home from the doctors office and he looks bad.  When you have been with someone over 14 years, you know when they don’t look right.  Everytime has been a little different.  Sometimes he comes home and just goes to bed.  Sometimes he gets sick and curls up in bed with a bucket.  Sometimes its chills, he feet and hands actually feel really cold or he gets hot flashes and he sweats.  Sometimes he just curls into a ball on the bed because he feels aches and feels bad.  It’s hard to watch someone who has rarely been sick go through chemo.

Well, he actually had one of the best nights I have seen.  He came home and did sit down and read for a while, but we talked a lot last night.  His color was good, and he didn’t get sick.  It was a small pleasure to spend time together on a usually terrible night.  Again, lemon curd.

One of the things we talked about was when you go through a struggle, particularly a health struggle, it is really hard for others to relate to you because its hard to explain how you feel and it’s hard for them to understand what it is like in your skin.  We talked about how we both have more empathy and compassion for those that are sick/ill.  I think one has a different mind frame and reference point when they are sick/ill.  In the doctors office, one of the other chemo patients in there was a high school age boy.  He said it was hard to watch him sit in the chair with his girlfriend next to him holding his hand.  It was only his second treatment.  Not that cancer is easy at any particular age, but how I feel for those who are younger.  My prayers go out to all those fighting cancer today.


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