Memorial Day Weekend’s Black Friday: Score 1,000 Walk-in Kicks and SnipSnap Serious Mobile Coupons

Are you using shopkick to rack up shopping incentives you can trade for mobile gift cards? You should be! Because then you can stack your shopkick mobile gift cards with your SnipSnap mobile coupons. Today, 5/24, you can earn 200 walk-in kicks at 5 stores in the shopkick app: Target, American Eagle, Old Navy, Best Buy, and Macy’s. That’s 1,000 kicks in total, enough to immediately trade in for a $2 gift card to Target and (almost) enough for a $5 gift card to Macy’s.

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Headed out to shop and collect some kicks this evening? Make sure you SnipSnap some store coupons to take with you. Check out this coupon I snipped today for 40% off everything in-store and online at American Eagle:

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And this deal for an extra 15% off at Macy’s:

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I love collecting kick while I’m out and about shopping. On days like today, I can earn enough to score a free drink at Starbucks and fuel my shopping spree for free! And you can’t beat 40% off at American Eagle. Summer Wardrobe: you’re about to get a whole lot bigger!

Prom 2013: Top Ten Ways to Look More Beautiful for Less Money

I want to tell you a story about my senior prom:

I had senior AP science lab with a girl who bragged for weeks about the $700 prom dress her father had bought her from a very popular store in the mall. Daily, she chronicled the whole expensive dress-shopping experience for everyone at our cat-dissection table and, by the time the bell rang each day, I was the one feeling a little shredded. I did not have $700 to spend on a prom dress. I had about 100 bucks saved up from my after school job to pay for my entire prom ensemble.

I decided I’d look just as good as $700 Dress Girl by refocusing my priorities. I started running and worked my butt off for a few weeks. I recycled a very beautiful ($100) gown and matching shoes I’d worn to a cotillion a few years before. My mother performed some alterations on the dress so it fit like a glove. I booked an appointment at a hair school for an inexpensive, professional hairdo. I bought a lot of cheap makeup at the drug store with coupons I’d clipped from the Sunday paper and read a few Internet tutorials about how to create a flawless face. I painted my own nails and bought $5 faux diamond accessories at Claire’s.

The end-result? I felt like a million bucks and received a ton of compliments on my look. $700 Dress Girl was mortified when 3 other students (who did not sit at our science lab table) showed up to prom wearing her exact, same, $700 gown.

Please, don’t make the same mistake as $700 Dress Girl. If you want to look like Cinderella at your prom, but you’re also on a Cinderella budget, you’re totally in luck. In fact, you’re in the position to do much better than I did, because you’re living in the age of mobile couponing. Check out my top ten tips for looking fantastic at prom on a teenager’s budget:Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 3.26.26 PM

1. Stay Away from Dress Boutiques: When I started shopping for prom dresses, I made the mistake of going to all the same, over-priced, designer boutiques everyone else was shopping at. You do not need to spend hundreds of dollars on a prom dress! You can find much prettier, trendier dresses at stores like Forever 21 and H&M. Check out this dress I wore to a wedding recently; it cost $15 at Forever 21!

2. You Probably Don’t Need New Shoes: Here’s the thing about your prom shoes: you’re not going to wear them. You’re going to take them off as soon as you hit the dance floor. Chances are, you have a pair of black pumps in your closet that are perfectly suited to whatever dress you’ve picked out. Wear them! (They’ll look great; I promise!) Don’t waste money on shoes you’re only going to wear for 15 minutes.

3. Get Your Makeup Routine Down: Look, you should have a fabulous dress for prom, but, let’s be honest: it’s all about the face. Nail your makeup, because your friends will be taking pictures of you, not your dress. Set aside a pre-prom hour to do your makeup well and jazz it up! Nothing says prom like a fabulous red lip.Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 3.30.17 PM

4. Take Care of Your Hair: Find a beauty school near you and book an appointment with a stylist-in-training. There are tons of naturally talented men and women who can do an amazing up-do even when they’re still in school. You’ll get your hair done for half the cost and your styllist will shower lots of attention on you, because you’ll be one of his or her first clients.

5. DIY: Paint your own nails. Make your own jewelry. Need a coverup for a chilly night? Head to the craft store and buy a beautiful piece of fabric for a fraction of the cost a shawl will set you back at the department store.

6. Recycle: What do you own that you can repurpose for prom? Now’s a great time to see if Mom will lend you her diamond earrings or her string of pearls. Costume jewelry can get ridiculously expensive; see what friends and relatives will let you borrow that’s the real deal. (Hey, it’s what celebrities do for the red carpet!)

7. Work up a Sweat: Trust me, you’re going to feel the best in your prom dress (whatever it costs) when you feel the best about you! Find an online workout routine and get on those crunches for a few weeks. Ditch the junk food and try some healthy snacks like fruits and nuts. The stronger, fitter, and more well nourished you are, the more beautiful you’re going to look and the more confident you’re going to feel. And taking better care of yourself doesn’t cost a thing.Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 3.34.25 PM

8. But Don’t Spazz: Take your time getting ready but don’t freak out about every little detail. If you’re not enjoying yourself, you’re defeating the entire purpose of prom. You’re absolutely going to look your best when you’re relaxed and happy. (You’ll take much better pictures, too.)

9. Go Natural: Want to whiten your teeth? All you need is a little hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Want to exfoliate? Simply mix some granulated sugar with olive oil and scrub. Want extra-shiny hair? Coconut oil conditioner will do the trick. Don’t waste money on spa treatments when it’s practically free and way more fun to do them yourself with a group of girlfriends at home.Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 3.34.13 PM

10. Mobile Coupon! Prom shopping presents so many opportunities to save with your smart phone. If you’re buying a new dress or new shoes, make sure you SnipSnap some deals before you hit the stores. There are tons of fashion and beauty coupons in the SnipSnap app right now, so it’s impossible not to save on every part of your look, from head to toe. Going out to eat with your friends afterwards? Make sure you snip a restaurant deal and you could collectively save a ton of money at your table.

Want more ways to save? Follow me in the SnipSnap app and subscribe to my Prom 2013 coupon bundle, where I’ve hand-snipped dozens of deals to help you do prom on a budget and have one, unforgettable night.



SnipSnap SuperStar: Jocelynn from Boricua on a Budget

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a great week, because I’ve had the privilege of chatting with lots of wonderful SnipSnap users from across the country. Yesterday I talked with Lyndsey from Haddock, Georgia about how she uses her SnipSnap app to save almost 50% every time she visits the pet store. Today, I got to learn how Jocelynn from Southern California saves with SnipSnap. I got to know Jocelynn from her coupon blog Boricua on a Budget, where she keep meticulous track of hot coupons and offer codes to share with her readers. I find lots of great deals on Jocelynn’s site; I just uploaded this pretty sweet bebe offer to SnipSnap from her blog. Jocelynn is mom to an eleven-year-old, and loves to shop and visit Las Vegas for fun. She believes that anyone can live the good life with coupons, even if you’re supporting a large family, or you’re in between jobs.
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Hey, Jocelynn! Tell us how you started couponing. How has couponing changed your life? I started almost 7 years ago. It was about the time when all the foreclosures were happening and refinancing your home was very difficult to do (I ended up losing my house). I remembered reading an article in Better Homes and Gardens about a wife and mother of two who made it on less than $30k a year. The number one thing she said made it work was couponing. When I started couponing, my life changed in ways I never anticipated; I could do almost everything I did before, except with a discount or for free! I take the time to look for deals or coupons and, in the beginning, it was a little time consuming, but now, several years later, I feel like I’m almost a pro at it .
How did you learn about SnipSnap? What has your experience with the app been like? I found SnipSnap about 2 months ago. I was doing a Google search for the best apps to save money with and SnipSnap popped up. My experience has been really good so far!
How does traditional couponing compare to couponing with SnipSnap? Traditional couponing is way more time consuming than using SnipSnap!
Do you have any tips or tricks to using SnipSnap that you could share? What is your SnipSnap strategy? Anytime, and I mean anytime, I’m going out, no matter where I’m going, I check SnipSnap to see what deals I can find. Also, every Sunday when I get the paper I upload all the coupons that are not manufacturer coupons into SnipSnap.
What stores do you use SnipSnap at most? Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Macy’s, and H&M.
Do you use any other mobile couponing apps? If so, which are your favorite and why? I use Wrapp, which is a gift giving app that lets you send free mobile gifts to your Facebook friends! I also like shopkick, which awards you points you can trade in for rewards just for walking into stores.
What do you think about the future of couponing? Will we see a complete transition to mobile coupons, or will print coupons always have their place? I think mobile coupons are the way to go. I think that print coupons will eventually fade away. Another thing I like about SnipSnap is that a lot of my friends who do not like clipping coupons love SnipSnap because it’s the easy way to save money!
Tell us about Boricua on a Budget! My blog is all about saving money on everything: from food, to shopping, to travel, or just things to do in your area for fun!
Make sure visit Jocelynn’s blog and start taking advantage of all the the great coupons!