I talk budgeting, promote budgeting, and shop with budgeting on my brain. So as one of 10 bloggers who had the opportunity to shop with a Marshalls' $100 gift card (in order to show how far we can stretch it while scoring hot finds), I am totally ecstatic to show you what I found. And yay -- my pieces are also featured on Marshalls' "Ten Best Finds" site, where you can vote for me (Just click on "Diary of a Personal Shopper" below, and then click on "vote for this blogger.")
Cost info about each item:
“Madden Girl” shoes – grey peep-toe heels (combination of leather and patent leather)
Marshalls price: $24.99
Regular price: $45
“Kenar” Blue blouse – spaghetti straps, frilled, with long strands to be tied in back
Marshalls price: $15
Regular price: $42
“Max Studio” Embroidered sun dress – dark and light grey combination of colors/ spaghetti straps and criss-cross back
Marshalls price: $29.99
Regular price: $98
“Jones New York” green scarf/shawl – 100% viscose/fringes
Marshalls price: $12.99
Regular price: $36
Total cost (w/tax – 8.75%): $90.91
Total cost of prices if regular priced (w/ tax – 8.75%): $240.34
Total savings: $149.43!!!!
My three-hour shopping trip was definitely an adventure, considering Marshalls carries many one-of-a-kind pieces. Because I was in search of versatile clothing, shoes, and/or accessories, I took my time and shopped smart, predominantly browsing through sale and clearance racks. I hit two locations actually -- both the Upland La Verne, CA shops. If I had a list of exactly what I needed, I would have saved some time, yes, but this experience was about exploring and seeing all that Marshalls has to offer. And my goodness, there are FABULOUS items worth trying on. I tried on about 20 pieces before I decided that these four were good to go. Each being comfortable, versatile, and unique, they naturally fit into the style of my wardrobe.
And guess what? I am proud to open up a contest to you as well! Please comment here and let me know which of my items is your favorite and what you would wear with that piece. I will choose the winner based on who offers the most creative idea! The prize: a $50 Marshalls gift card so YOU can get your shop on!
My contest will run through March 16th, the same day that the "10 Best Finds" contest I am in ends. (You can vote for me every day if you'd like! Please spread the word to your friends!)