Fashion: Stacking Deals

Bonus Post #2: 

Summer Wardrobe on a $200 budget

I have been freshening up my summer wardrobe in preparation for our upcoming European adventure. My current clothes were tired and I needed some new sizes. Sigh.  I set myself a $200 budget.  Lets see how I did.

I started in March with an online order from Old Navy. They had a good sale and I had store Rewards to use. I didn’t pay a shipping fee and Since I used my Ebates I earned a $1.56 Rebate.

I had tried on this poppy colored rayon tank with small bright blue flowers on it. It was 40% off and cotton tanks were on a one day sale for $2 each. I ordered light blue and coral for layering. I also snagged a cute little calico print neckerchief with coral and blue flowers and a long white floral scarf.

2 solid cotton tank tops, 1 nice printed rayon tank top, 1 neckerchief and one long scarf

Total spend $31.20

You may have seen my Stitch Fix posts (if not, check them out from my past posts) where I let them pick out and send me some things to try.


I ended up keeping 1 top and 1 great pair of navy pants.

Total spend $67

For a two week trip through Europe a must have are good comfortable walking shoes. I saw a pair of Sketchers Airwalk boat shoes that were super cute and go with my summer wardrobe style. Sketchers are a restricted brand for most store rewards, discounts or coupons so I ordered them online from Kohl’s to take advantage of an Ebates Rebate. I didn’t have to pay any shipping and earned $1.56 toward my next quarterly Ebates check.

My purchase qualified me for $10 Kohl’s cash that I used in store the next week for a pack of no show socks for free.

1 pair shoes and 3 pairs socks

Total spend $51.99

I also made a trip to the Outlets in Howell a few weeks ago looking for real deals. I found a great pair of blue patterned ankle pants for $20 at H&M and I used a 20% off coupon bringing them down to $16! I adore them. At Old Navy I found an off the shoulder summer sweater with wide navy and white horizontal stripes. Clearance price $2.97 for real! Also at Old Navy I got a cute navy top with some lacing at the neck for detail. Clearance price $6.97. Additionally, I picked up a cute little accent scarf on sale there for $5.39.


1 top, 1 sweater, 1 pair of pants and a scarf.

Total Outlet spend $15.74

This week I took advantage of an online deal at JC Penney. Great sale, plus $10 off my order. I also had $10 in Store Rewards from some things Mark got last month. The only bummer was that I had to pay shipping. I usually try to avoid that charge by buying the minimum amount, but it was $75 which was more than I planned to spend. But a bonus, I used Ebates who had a 15% Rebate offer and earned $2.40 towards my next quarterly Rebate check.

I chose solid color staples that will mix and match with all the things I have found so far.

1 pair black twill capris, 1 pair khaki twill capris, 1 white short sleeve top and 1 navy short sleeve top.

Total spent (with shipping) $26.43

I found a soft black cotton tank dress at Kohls. It has a little pleating detail on the bodice and can be casual or accessorized to be dressier. The dress was originally $40 on sale for $24.99. I used a 30% discount, free shipping and a $5 Store Reward. Of course I used Ebates and earned another $1.78.

1 tank dress. Total spent $13.24.

I had planned to purchase a lightweight waterproof jacket in case of rain. While shopping I found suitable ones for $35-$50. Just when I was about to order one, we got a notice at work that we were getting complimentary windbreakers to celebrate the company’s 100th year Anniversry. I am glad I waited because it’s the perfect weight, water resistant, and navy blue.

1 windbreaker

Total spend – 0

I think these items with a few old things I could still use completes my wardrobe. Right at my $200 budget.

Total Wardrobe spend $205.60

Total Ebates earned $7.34

As you can see if you consistently use your Ebates, those little amounts add up. I have learned to order on line and pick up in store to still snag the Ebates on some items I want right away. Last year I shopped for a new grill for Mark in store. I then ordered online through Ebates and picked it up at the store the same day.

Another thing to know is that their featured stores and Rebate percentages change daily. If I am not in a hurry for an item, I might check several times until I see that store has a higher Rebate. If it is an immediate need, I still take whatever the current offer is. It all adds up, stacks up and saves you money.

Happy Shopping.

Here is my Ebates Referral link if you’d like to give it a try.