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We’re in the process of furnishing a new home, so let me assure you, Labor Day could not come at a better time! I’ve been scouring newspapers and the internet to find the best deals on everything from flooring to furniture to curtains – everything a new home could need.

Here’s a list of some great deals for Labor Day:

  • Grills and Patio Furniture – since summer is coming to a close, many retailers will be offloading outdoor cooking accessories and furniture. Just yesterday I saw a beautiful chair at Home Depot marked down to $300 from $799! Lowe’s is offering up to 75% off some furniture as well!
  • Mattresses - Sears is currently running a sale of 60% off all mattresses, Sleepy’s is offering up to half off, and many other retailers will follow suit. As luck would have it, we’re in the market for a brand new set, but if you’ve been looking to upgrade, now is a great time to do so.
  • Cars - I’m not personally in the market for a new car (still absolutely adore my Kia Optima!) but if you are, now is a great time to check out your local dealership. I recently saw a commercial that Chevrolet is offering 0% financing for 6 years for qualified buyers. Pretty amazing.
  • Furniture - I don’t know if it’s just locally here in Maryland, but I’ve seen a TON of ads for furniture clearances. We’re planning to check out Marlo, Gavigan’s, IKEA, Overstock.com, and a bunch more.
  • Summer Clothing - I’m currently on a spending hiatus, but now is a great time to stock up on summer clothing. I’ve seen sales from all the big retailers, so be sure to check around online for coupon codes before you shop. My favorite place for codes is RetailMeNot.

Don’t forget if you shop online, use Cash Back sites to get the best bang for your buck. My personal favorite is BigCrumbs – sign up and refer your friends to get the best benefit! Here’s a great resource for why you should join BigCrumbs today!

What other sales have jumped out at you? Where are you planning to shop this Labor Day weekend? Please share in the comments!

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Shoppers – here’s a great way to get some Amazon bucks and flex your creative muscles on Instagram! I recently received an email regarding a context being sponsored by the Slice app - all you need to do is share your most creative bubble photos on Instagram for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card! The contest is free to participate and will be open until August 1, 2014.

More info below:

The #Bubblegram giveaway celebrates the bubble-rific SLICE & DICE feature in the new redesigned app – it’s a fun, interactive display of the individual user’s spending data broken down by retailer and purchase type, as seen by year, month, week and day.

To enter: 

  • Follow @HelloSlice on Instagram
  • Post your best, most creative bubble photos on Instagram, tagging #Bubblegram and @HelloSlice 
  • Winner will be selected by Slice and awarded a $500 Amazon gift card!
  • Winner will be notified the week of August 4 and posted on the Slice Blog. Best photos will be featured on Slice’s Facebook and Twitter cover photos!
  • Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older, resident of the US

Good luck! We’ll be sure to follow along with the amazing #Bubblegram entries! (And don’t forget to follow @ShopHappens on Instagram while you’re at it!)

 

I’m so excited to announce this giveaway – this is definitely one of those prizes I wish I could win myself! To celebrate the launch of her new website DaniqueJewelry.com, the lovely and talented Irina has generously sponsored a giveaway just for ShopHappens readers! Today’s giveaway is for  a beautiful custom Danique Jewelry birthstone necklace. The necklace is completely customizable: the lucky winner will have his or her choice of metal (Vermeil Gold, Sterling Silver or Oxidized Silver), initial, and gemstone. All birthstones are available!

Danique Jewelry Custom Birthstone Necklace

Danique Jewelry Custom Birthstone Necklace

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The only required entry is “What birthstone would you choose and why?” but you can get lots of extra entries too. This giveaway is open internationally and there is only one winner. Your chance at winning will be determined by the number of entries received :) The giveaway will be open from 4/15 through 4/27, so get your entries in now!

Thank you Irina for sponsoring this giveaway! Readers, please be sure to follow Danique Jewelry on Facebook for new product info and lots of exclusive deals! And check out Irina’s store at DaniqueJewelry.com for a ton of beautiful handmade jewelry and the Danique Jewelry Etsy Store as well!

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The fine print:

  • No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited.
  • Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date.
  • Sweepstakes begins April 15, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. ET, and closes on April 28, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. ET.
  • Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within three (3) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

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