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Cyber Monday Offers Variety of Deals In St. Louis And Beyond

You’ve survived Black Friday. Now gear up for Cyber Monday when many merchants will be offering online deals for the season.

To get the lowdown on the best deals on Monday, consult CyberMonday 2012.

JC Penney, Sears, Kohl’s, Home Depot and Macy’s are some of the large retailers with Cyber Monday deals. Many stores are even offering free shipping on qualified purchase amounts.

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Save 30-50 Percent At REI's End Of Season Sale And Clearance

 

Need new gear for a fall camping trip? A trip to warm places over the winter? Then check out the deals at REI’s Labor Day Sale and clearance where you can save up to 30 percent on outdoor gear and clothing.

You can also get up to 50 percent off summer gear, sandals and clothing when you shop online or in the store.

The company says you can save 50 percent or more on “Mega Deals” at REI-outlet.com (and get free shipping on orders of $50 or more). Quantities are limited, though.

The Labor Day Sale and clearances end Sept. 3, 2012.

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Great Giveaways: There's Still Time To Enter To Win

Our new sister site, Living on the Cheap, is celebrating its grand opening with some great giveaways–and there’s still time to  enter to win some cool prizes, including $50 in Groupon credits and a $25 Target gift card. Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 17.

Living on the Cheap, a national website created by the editors of all the On the Cheap sites around the country, is chockful of savvy consumer advice. The editors are pooling their collective wisdom to give you the best advice on how to live well without feeling deprived.

You can still find local deals here, but you can also subscribe to our free daily newsletter at Living on the Cheap to hear about how to save money on everything from cruises to car repairs.

Check out our story on what it’s really like to be a mystery shopper. Plus, you’ll want to share Living on the Cheap with your friends who aren’t lucky enough to live in a city with a local On the Cheap site.

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Great Giveaways: 'Living On The Cheap' Celebrates Grand Opening Today

Our new sister site, Living on the Cheap, is celebrating its grand opening today with some great giveaways. You may want to drop by not just for our savvy consumer advice, but to enter to win some cool prizes, including $50 in Groupon credits and a $25 Target gift card. Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 17.

Living on the Cheap is the smart new national website created by the editors of all the On the Cheap sites around the country, who are pooling their collective wisdom to give you the best advice on how to live well without feeling deprived. We’ll continue to share all the local deals with you here, but you’ll want to subscribe to our free daily newsletter at Living on the Cheap to hear about how to save money on everything from cruises to car repairs.

Today, we’ve got a story on what it’s really like to be a mystery shopper. Plus, you’ll want to share Living on the Cheap with your friends who aren’t lucky enough to live in a city with a local On the Cheap site.

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Discount: St. Louis Family Attractions Card Helps You Save at Local Attractions

Yes, it’s a new year but you can still save money with the St. Louis Family Attractions card.

While many of the specials expired at the end of 2011, some of the deals are still good through the end of this month.

Just go to the site and print out the free coupons.

Among the deals you can still get:

  • A free child’s Omnimax® at the St. Louis Science Center with the purchase of an adult ticket.
  • One free admission to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House with the purchase of another admission of equal or greater value.
  • A free boat ride at Meramec Caverns when you purchase another boat ride
  • A free child’s admission to the Magic House with the purchase of an adult ticket
  • A free admssion to the Missouri Botanical Garden with the purchase of another admission of equal or greater value (not good for special events)
  • 10 percent off your purchase at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
  • 20 percent off one item at Kimmswick Specialty Shops

 

 

 

  • Missouri History Museum: $2 off per person on special exhibition admission price.Fine print: Limit two per coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. Expires Dec. 31, 2012
  • Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House of the Missouri Botanical Garden: Buy one admission and get a second admission of equal or lesser value free.Fine print: Not valid for special admission rate events. Not valid for groups or with any other discount or offer. One coupon per customer. Expires Jan. 31, 2012.
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Receive 50 percent off select seats to any Wednesday home game during the 2011 regular season. To redeem, visit cardinals.com/family. Fine print: Offer not valid for Party Suite tickets.  Offer based on availability. Additional blackout dates may apply. Expires Sept. 21, 2012.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Buy one admission and receive a second admission of equal or lesser value free. Not valid for special admission rate events. Fine prints: Not valid for groups or with any other discount or offer. One coupon per customer. Expires Jan. 31, 2012.
  • Grant’s Farm: Save 15 percent on a total merchandise purchase. Fine print: Offer good one time only and may not be used with any other discount. Valid for 2011 operating season.

For more deals click here.

 

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Free: St. Louis Family Attractions Card That Helps You Save Up To $1,000 In Fun

As 2011 begins to wind down in its final weeks, there’s still time to save money with the St. Louis Family Attractions card.

One of St. Louis’ best kept secrets, the Family Attractions Card can save you up to $1,000 in entrance fees, meals and lodging. All you have to do is go to the site and print out the free coupons. If you can’t or don’t want to print them, just go to any Dierbergs, Shop ‘n Save or Schnucks and pick up the Family Attractions Card brochure at the customer service counter.

Here’s just a sample of the savings you’ll find at the following attractions:

  • Missouri History Museum: $2 off per person on special exhibition admission price.Fine print: Limit two per coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. Expires Dec. 31, 2012
  • Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House of the Missouri Botanical Garden: Buy one admission and get a second admission of equal or lesser value free.Fine print: Not valid for special admission rate events. Not valid for groups or with any other discount or offer. One coupon per customer. Expires Jan. 31, 2012.
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Receive 50 percent off select seats to any Wednesday home game during the 2011 regular season. To redeem, visit cardinals.com/family. Fine print: Offer not valid for Party Suite tickets.  Offer based on availability. Additional blackout dates may apply. Expires Sept. 21, 2012.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Buy one admission and receive a second admission of equal or lesser value free. Not valid for special admission rate events. Fine prints: Not valid for groups or with any other discount or offer. One coupon per customer. Expires Jan. 31, 2012.
  • Grant’s Farm: Save 15 percent on a total merchandise purchase. Fine print: Offer good one time only and may not be used with any other discount. Valid for 2011 operating season.

For the coupons and more deals click here.

 

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More Cyber Monday Deals, Savings

The following is a guest post by Carolyn Erickson of Wichita On The Cheap:

Amazon.com is extending Cyber Monday to a whole week of online deals and savings.

Walmart.com is offering a whole week of Cyber deals, so be sure to check them out. Plus, you get free shipping on most items (some cost .97 cents to ship).

Starbucks has a Monday only deal that gets you free shipping for all online orders with this code: CYMONFS11

Save Up to 80% Off Name Brand Shoes at Shoe Metro, and right now, take advantage of the Cyber Monday AND Tuesday deal. Shoe Metro is offering aCyber Monday Deal! Save 25% Off Site Wide with code CYBERSHOES exclusively at ShoeMetro.com!! Offer good 11/28-11/29 ONLY

 

Aeropostale
Online Only Cyber Monday Web Busters
Everything 50-70% Off

Barnes & Noble
Cyber Monday Sale! Save up to 50% off 1 Item at BN.com – Use coupon code D7E4M3E at Checkout!
Get a $25 BN gift card with the purchase of any NOOK online.
Up to 50% off many different categories

BH Cosmetics
Cyber Monday: Save up to 50% on Eye Shadow, Eye Liner, Brushes, & More-only at BH Cosmetics. Today Only
Take an extra $2.00 off your purchase any Bronzing Powder with the promo code BRONZ

Catherines
40% Off Sitewide

Christopher and Banks Cyber Monday Sale! Entire Site Up To 70% off + Free Shipping

Discovery Store
Cyber Monday/Week, Up to 80% off, plus flat rate shipping of $4.99, just use coupon code FLATSHIP
Discovery Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 75% off DVDs, Toys, and more! Use code AFFSHIP75 to get Free Shipping on your order of $75 or more!

E.L.F.
50% off sitewide
Shipping for $1.95 with promo code GAN195
Or free shipping on orders over $25 with code SHIP25

Express
30% off Everything + Free Shipping Online Only Today at Express.com

Famous Footwear
Buy One, Get One half off + 20% off + Free Standard Shipping with promo CYBER11 *Exclusions apply. Free standard shipping is not available for customers in Alaska or Hawaii.

FansEdge
Thanksgiving Day Weekend Only! FansEdge.com is Offering Free Same Day Shipping On All Orders!
Cyber Monday Only at FansEdge.com! Sitewide Sale! Includes NFL Jerseys! Shop Now!
Get $5, $15 and 10% off Coupons for FansEdge.com!

Fashion Bug
$50 off $100! Use code CYBER50FB
40% off sitewide! Use code HOLIDAY40FB 
FREE shipping on all orders.

Hancock Fabrics
50% and 60% off, plus deals throughout the online store, like $79.99 for a Janome 3128 Sewing Machine

Kobo
Cyber Monday discounts on ebooks
Any customer who purchases an eBook from Kobo between Nov 18th and Nov 30th is entered to win a trip for two to one of five extraordinary locations; Paris, London, Italy, California or the Galapagos Islands.

Kohls
20% off with code  CYBER20
Redeem Kohls cash!

Lane Bryant
Extended! 50% Off Sitewide
FREE shipping on all orders

Mixbook
Save up to 50% off at Mixbook.com with the promo code CYBERSALE11 11/28-11/30

New York & Company
50% Off Everything Plus Free Shipping with code: 2129

NFL Shop
20% Off Your Order at NFLShop.com! – Ends 11.28.11

Old Navy
30% off with code HUGECYBER

Philosophy
FREE Shipping – No promo code needed
receive a free gift of holiday joy + free shipping with purchase of $85+. shop philosophy now! 11/28 – 11/30

Target Cyber Sale – It’s Like Cyber Monday All Week Long at Target.com – 11/27-12/3 ONLY!

Timberland
$20 Off purchase of $125+ or $50 off purchase of $200+. Code: PRESENT11 Also get FREE ground shipping sitewide with no minimum purchase at timberland.com (Valid 11/28 – 11/29)
30% off with code TBLGIFT
You might want to sign up for and shop through EBATES to get cash back on your online purchases. The money will accrue in your EBATES account and you can redeem it for gift cards.

Wichita on the Cheap relies on commissions from referral links to bring you great deals every day. Thanks!

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Cyber Monday Deals: Save Time, Money With CouponSherpa.com

Trying to cash in on all the Cyber Monday deals?

Don’t waste your time on long Internet searches. Instead, check out CouponSherpa’s Cyber Monday page. It’ll save you time and find you tons of deals. Here are some examples:

1. Dockers
Get 30 percent  off when you spend $100 using coupon code GOBBLE.

2. Gap Stores
Take 30 percent off any order at Gap, Athleta, Old Navy and Banana Republic with coupon code HUGECYBER.

3. Chico’s
Receive 30 percent off any order.

4. Macy’s
Enjoy free shipping on orders of $75 or more using Macy’s promo code CYBER.

5. SnapFish
Get free shipping on orders of $25 or more using coupon code FSNOV25.

6. Footlocker
Take 15 percent  off all orders with coupon code LKS13VN6.

7. Avon
Enjoy free shipping on all orders using promo code CYBER2011.

8. New York & Company
Get 50 percent  off all orders plus free shipping with code 2129.

9. Kohl’s
Receive 20 percent off any order using Kohl’s coupon code CYBER20.

10. American Eagle
Get free shipping plus 25 percent off your order using promo code 49827101.

CouponSherpa.com is dedicated to helping consumers save money and live more frugally.

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Get Ready For Cyber Monday Shopping Deals

If getting out in the wee hours of the a.m. and fighting monstrous crowds isn’t your M.O., this day’s for you.

Today, Cyber Monday, you can get lots of exciting prices right there in front of your computer in the comfort of your own home–with coffee cup in hand.

And now, thanks to online shopping guru Michelle Madhok, you won’t have to spend a lot of time looking for the best deals. Just check out Madhok’s top websites for Cyber Monday shopping.

Madhok’s been featured on The Today Show, Martha Stewart, MSNBC, Rachael Ray and Fox & Friends and is sharing here expertise to help you navigate the web to get the biggest bang for their buck this holiday season.

Michelle’s top picks for online saving:

  1. ShopRunner: A shopping solution that offers members fast, free shipping and special discounts to its network of partners, including FAO Schwarz, Lord & Taylor, Toys“R”Us, Sports Authority, American Eagle, PetSmart and Newegg.com.
  2. Retailmenot.com: An innovator in collaborative coupon and deal hunting and sharing. Every coupon on the site is rated and ordered by its usefulness, and every store featured is categorized and ordered by its popularity within that category.
  3. BFads.net: A Black Friday deals site that also catalogs Cyber Monday promotions.
  4. CyberMonday.com: A top source for Cyber Monday deals from more than 700 retailers. The site’s home page features links to Cyber Monday pages for major online stores such as Apple, Nordstrom and Home Depot.
  5. Pricegrabber.com and Shopstyle.com: These search engines can be used to verify that you’re getting the best price on purchases.
  6. Facebook: Many retailers will post special coupon codes and updates on inventory on their Facebook pages.
  7. Shefinds.com and Momfinds.com: The website’s shopaholic editors will curate sales for readers and post a list of the best deals to be had on Cyber Monday.
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Save: Find The Best Black Friday Deals Here

Thanks to Teresa at Miami FL on the Cheap for the following Black Friday guest post:

Remember the old days of Black Friday shopping?

You’d wait for the ads to come out in the Thanksgiving Day newspaper and line up at the store before dawn Friday morning to score one of the deeply discounted “door busters.”

That was your mother’s Black Friday. Along with the rest of shopping, Black Friday has changed.

Ads are leaked days or weeks ahead of time, and shopping online, either all weekend or Cyber Monday, is now part of the experience.

Rather than try to analyze all the deals ourselves, we’re going to point you to a few of the masters:

Is your local business offering Black Friday deals? Leave a comment with the details and a link to your store website. Comments are moderated, so will not appear immediately.

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