Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Instagram For The Win

Dear Blogger, people who actually read this, and followers!

I am sorry I have neglected you. You just take up too much time to post in. Instagram photos can be taken on my iPhone, make a collage on my iPhone, and post...you guessed it...on my iPhone!

My intentions of this blog have changed from posting my outfits to just posting "How-To's" but then I realized how LONG it takes to write a "How-To" post!

I'm hardly ever on my laptop and mostly just browse online via my phone and iPad. Unfortuantely, I can't post very well on the iPad either.

I will from now on start How-To guides and DIY guides to save money and save my TinaDeal outfits for Instagram.

Please follow me on Instagram @yaytina and search for hashtag #TinaDeal :D

Thank you all!

Fashionably Cheap,


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

$187 worth of American Apparel for $25! SAVE TODAY!

Here's How:

1. Buy your Groupon now! Set up a Groupon account if you don't already have one. It's easy and free!
$50 worth of American Apparel for $25!
Two options are given: in-store and online. I purchased the online option.

Here's why:

There are many clearance items online that have been classified as "Oops! We made too many!". An overstock of items will cause an item to be super cheap!
Bikini bras were only $1!!!! I bought 4!

Also Cyber Monday is still going on too! Until 11:59pm PST tonight! This means an extra 20% off your purchase, yesterday and today, including clearance items. Use code "Monday12" at checkout. So in reality if you go online today and use your groupon you're really getting about $62 worth of American Apparel for $25!

I only bought things on clearance as I bought items I actually saw previously but couldn't afford to buy them at full price. $38-$46 for a hoodie? No way. I understand that American Apparel is sweatshop free but I can't get myself to spend so much money on one simple item there.

I also bought a lip balm, Smith's Rosebud, that I've been eyeing at other beauty stores and since I was not at my $50 total I added it to my cart for a total final of exactly $50 (after the additional 20% off)!

2. Go to http://store.americanapparel.net/ and add items in your cart that total up to at least $62.

3. Go to checkout and apply the code "Monday12".
Your total should now be at $50 or more depending on how much you added to your cart.

4. Open up your Groupon you purchased in your account. Enter your Groupon number and redeem it into the Gift Card box and it will automatically deduct $50 as a gift card.

5. The shipping should also be free as there is free shipping on orders over $50! Score!

6. Pay the taxes and you should have a final great deal of paying $25+tax (or more) for all your new American Apparel goods!

I purchased a hoodie, 4 bikini bras, 2 fleece pants, panties, a one piece, and lip balm for $25+tax compared to $187+tax :)

Happy Shopping!

Follow me on Instagram @yaytina or search for #TinaDeal

Fashionably Cheap,


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

For the ladies AND gents! Clearance and 50% off everything at Express!

Starting today everything at Express is 50% off until Black Friday at Noon!!!
Better to shop now before the crazy madness of Black Friday :)

Awesome deals for the ladies AND gentlemen!

I saw some great items that are usually $100+ at only $50+ now. Such as coats, jackets, blazers, holiday dresses, button ups (the famous 1MX button up-- now only $25-$35), suit separates, fancy clothes, etc.

Some of the t-shirts, tanks, sweaters, and jeans I still find overpriced even if it is 50% off. Jeans at 50% off for $35 or $40 is still too much. And I'm not one to spend $25 on a top that used to be $50. Let's try $15? Even $10?

However, the more pricey items are well worth the money for the quality, make, and value.

If that is still too much for you... good news because the clearance items are amazing!

Here are a few things I found on Express' website in the sale section. The 50% off has already been taken off the sale price items.

The producer suit jacket is a bargain at $40!

Absolutely love the military button up-- awesome at $20!

Trouser shorts are super cute and dress up shorts for a night out; a must at only $10!

The metallic tank is super cute and you can't beat the price of $5!

Happy Shopping and Happy Thanksgiving!

Side Note!
If you already didn't see my post from yesterday, don't forget to pick up your free American Apparel nail polish! While supplies last until November 27!!!
Pick one up for your sister, your best friend, you girlfriend, whoever! It doesn't matter because it's free!

Fashionably Cheap,


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Treat Yo Self to Birthday Goods!

What's the best way to get free stuff and discounts? Sign up for free stuff and discounts and get rewarded on your Birthday!

In the month of November, only 2 weeks in, I have redeemed $5 off at DSW, $10 off at Victoria's Secret, $10 off at the Body Shop, ate a free pretzel from Auntie Anne's, and drank a free Starbucks chai latte.

If you're a woman, or even a man shopping for your woman, you NEED to be part of the the Pink Nation at Victoria's Secret. FREE PANTIES! I repeat... FREE PANTIES. Free to sign up, check in store by providing your home phone number or simply on their website. Almost every month I get a free panty card in the mail good for a free panty, usually a cotton one worth up to $8.50 but sometimes they have a special one worth up to $12.50! I never have to buy underwear again! #TMI :)
They also will send you a $10 rewards card for your birthday! I used it to buy yoga pants that I absolutely love but I'm never willing to pay $34 for them. They were on clearance at $22 and after the -$10 I paid $12, plus since I purchased more than $10 I got a Victoria's Secret Rewards card to redeem (secret reward ranging between $10-$500; most likely it will be worth $10 when revealed-- however, one time I received $100!).

I signed up for the free DSW Rewards about 2 years ago and already twice now I have received a discount savings from DSW. I know $5.00 doesn't sound like a lot but if you use it correctly you could get a good deal! I bought these heels that were on clearance for 80% off and used my $5 off on top of the total cost for a final total of $9.78, a $110 savings! If you can't find a god bargain there then use the $5 for a pair of socks, laces, or insoles for your shoes! Hey, they're free or barely a $1 or $2 after the reward.

I bought a Groupon for the Body Shop for $20 worth of product for $10. They usually have this deal 2-3 times a year and it's a great deal when used correctly in combination of current deals. I usually only buy one Groupon because I buy enough items only using one Groupon I don't think it's necessary for me to buy two and stock up on something I won't have room in my makeup bag or bathroom cabinets for. See, I have some...control... =P.

I signed up for the Body Shop rewards program which costs a one time fee of $10. I have turned down this program numerous of times whenever I was offered but decided to go for it this time! Why? It took a lot of convincing from the sales person but as a person who works in sales I needed to know the details and benefits as I'm not one to easily just say yes to a deal. If anything... I say no to a lot of sale pitches. I'm not ever easily convinced. 

By purchasing the Body Shop rewards program at a one time fee of $10 I actually received my $10 back right away because as a part of the program you receive $10 for the Body Shop during your Birthday month! Plus I received a point for my first purchase. After 4 purchases (4 points) you receive a free item worth up to $15, nice!

The Body Shop also always has promotional deals going on. During the Holidays they like to have a "wheel" that is spun for a reward deal-- 30% off your purchase, 40% off your purchase, 50% off your purchase, buy one get one free, etc. I was able to spin the wheel and land on 40% off my total purchase (except on gift sets). Last year I was fortunate to land on 50% off my total purchase.

I purchased 2 lipsticks ($12.50 each), a concealer ($14.50), hemp chap stick ($8), travel size moisturizer ($6), and a facial scrub brush ($3) [40% off everything + rewards discount] for a total of $12.43-- less than the cost of one lipstick at full price. Apply the Groupon I purchased -$10 which equals my cost today of $2.43-- less than the cost of the facial scrub I purchased!

There are many other Birthday freebies especially at restaurants where you can get a free dessert. That's easy and a no brainer on your birthday!
There's definitely way more birthday freebies if you're a kid but there's some still left for adults!
When I was a kid I was a part of every kids birthday club you could think of. My Mom would have to take me to multiple places to claim all my free ice cream sundaes and children's meals :). Of course back then you would sign up with a self stamped post card but if there was free food involved, you would have me at "free".

Years of training. TinaDeal in the works since I was a kid.

Here are some Birthday freebies for you to sign up for (no purchase required):
Free burrito from Baja Fresh

Free ice cream scoop from Baskin Robbins

Free pretzel from Auntie Anne's (personal favorite)

Free large order of fries from Wing Stop

$10 to Cost Plus World Market

Free Starbucks drink

Free tater tots, cream slush, or medium drink at Sonic's

Free mini makeup kit at Sephora

Free burger from Red Robin

Plus many more out there!!! It's all free and during your Birthday month!!
Please allow however amount of time it says to receive your rewards. I signed up for Auntie Anne's pretzel club in September of 2011 and didn't receive my free pretzel for my Birthday by November of 2011.

Side Note!

Instagram has taken over on Tina Deals! I've neglected updating the blog since uploading a photo using a collage application is just so much easier than this. I'm never on my laptop any way so It's difficult to update my blog via iPhone or iPad.

Follow me on Instagram @yaytina or search for #TinaDeal

The my favorite Tina Deal posts on Instagram:

 Bar III Blazer, Fitted Skirt, and Crop Top from Macy's at under $30 compared to $125

 Sad Edelman heels from Ross at $20 compared to $120

 Material Girl jumper from Macy's at $9 compared to $58

 Geometric necklace from Ross at $10 compared to $38

 Saks 5th Avenue dress from Off 5th Outlet at $33 compared to $130

 Red work dress with belt from Ross at $16 compared to $58

All 4 items from Urban Outfitters at $15 compared to $154

White one shoulder cocktail dress from Ross at $17 compared to $68

Fashionably cheap,


NYC: Blazer by Gap at $17 compared to $88

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jeffrey Campbell's for $15!

My deal for the Fall season--

Ibiza Last Jeffrey Campbell booties with fringe for $15.00 compared to $175+


I was watching out for these at TJ Maxx for a few months starting at their maxxinista price of $99.99.
Once they became on clearance they went down to $79 and it was a slow and steady race until the TJ MAXX END OF SEASON SALE WITH YELLOW TAGS brought it down to $15!


Sorry for the caps, I'm a bit excited.

At this yellow tag event I purchased a few items but decided to showcase just my most favorite and best deal I purchased at this yellow tag event.

Note that yellow tags also mean final clearance sale and are non-returnable. But at $15 for Jeffrey Campbell's why would anyone return them?

Super cute for the Fall season. Pair it with skinny jeans and you're good to go. I love the braided tassels on the sides for a fun detail. They color of the boots are very neutral and can go with many of my fall outfits.

Side Note!

Just a few of my Instagram deals!

For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram this is what you're missing out on--

Follow me at yaytina :)

Dress by BarIII from Macy's for $20.00, Bracelet from Forever 21 for $10.80, and LuLu belt from Ross for $4.99

Dress by Rhapsody for $12.99 from Ross

Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses at $10.00 from Marshalls

Fashionably cheap,


Monday, August 13, 2012

My Fall 2012

My Fall 2012

My Fall 2012 part ii

What Elle suggests you should be wearing this Fall 2012 down below.
Unless you live a life of high fashion and don't need to go to a normal working job then I still wouldn't suggest any of these trends.

My two polyvore collages above display what I will be wearing this Fall and in my opinion some trends to look out for this coming Fall 2012 (for normal people with normal careers and normal lives).

Trends I plan on wearing this Fall!

  • The colored jean will continue, especially the Fall colors of auburn, dark reds, hunter green, or simply just gray
  •  Lace, lace, lace! Lace has been a big trend this past Spring and Summer and I think you will still be able to bring out those lace tops and dresses this Fall! Just pair your lace tops with blazers and your lace dresses with tights underneath :)
  • Boots galore! Booties too! I would love to wear boots with heels or those booties above... if I could without my feet dying! Boots are always in style every Fall, you can't go wrong with it. I recently went to a Goodwill and saw so many pairs of boots for $7.99 in great condition-- none in my size though =/
  • Pleated pants/jeans-- they're a little preppy looking but I think it fits for the whole "I'm so Fall and...pleated" look.
  • Textured tops! With the summer almost over (No not really but I had to say that to get you into Fall mode) you can start wearing your heavier weight tops (crochet, thicker textured fabrics, etc.). Those tops that were way too heavy and annoyingly would stick to your skin in (this) hot weather!
  • Oxford shoes are always a winner-- pair them with dresses, pair them with pants! You can't lose!
What will you be wearing this coming Fall season?

Fashionably cheap,


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Prim and Proper in Paris

Prim and Proper in Paris

Alice Olivia flower print dress
$190 - oxygenboutique.com

Altuzarra feather print dress
$615 - brownsfashion.com

Short heels

Actually... I wore this dress in Geneva but I did buy it in Paris :). My version of a pink/white summer dress during a summer day in Paris (I mean... Geneva).

I bought the brown oxfords but it was just too hot for me to be wearing shoes, I need my feet to breathe! I wore my brown strappy sandals (featured in my last post) almost every day in Europe-- super comfortable!

I am showcasing one main dress I thought was so Paris appropriate in the summer. As well as my other fab finds during my trip in Europe. I just got back and already packing for my mini vacay after a vacation! (See you soon Vegas!)

Item 1-- Pink/White patterned high-low/mullet dress with brown braided belt
From: Promod (lovely store in France and there's a chain of them throughout Europe as well)
Type of sale: Sale (aka Soldes in french)
Original price: 39,95 euro (ah, I don't know where the euro symbol is!)
Purchased price: 15,50 euro (A little under $20 US)

Item 2-- Brown suede oxfords
From: Sorry, never got the name of this store :(
Type of sale: Sale (Soldes)
Original price: 19,95 euro
Purchased price: 5,95 euro (A little under $7.50 US)

My other fab finds in Europe:

Only maybe 1/3 of what I bought in Europe is posted on this entry... I went a little nuts in Europe and bought too many items to be posted on here.

Awesome heels that will most likely hurt my feet but I don't care because they're so pretty!
Ok so maybe I will care that they will hurt my feet but I'll make sure I'm going somewhere with more sitting and less standing! As posted on my Instagram.

Item 3-- Pompennette heels
From: Andre (Chain of shoe stores out in France)
Type of sale: Soldes!!!
Original price: 89 euros
Purchased price: 10 euros (About $12.25 US)

Since it's originally from Europe, H&M's were everywhere! Each H&M definitely had a different sale as the Paris store had my dress for 7 euros but in Rome it was 10 euros, definitely got the better bargain!

Item 4-- Blue floral patterned knee length dress
From: H&M
Type of sale: Soldes!!!
Original price: 49,90 euro
Purchased price: 7,00 euro (About $8.50 US)

Believe it or not but the random vendors on the streets of Rome had beautiful dresses. This lovely dress was just hanging on a hanger under a tent and I had to have it! As posted on my Instagram. The random boutiques also had great dresses and I even purchased a dress at 5 euros!!! (not pictured but I'll make sure to post it soon)

Item 5-- Navy blue sheer double layered dress with gold accents
From: Random vendor in Rome!
Type of sale: Bargaining at it's best!
Original price: 15 euros
Purchased price: 12,50 euros (About $15.35 US) and although 15 euros is a great price it's a vendor so why not bargain a couple of dollars off :D

Ah yes, Tory Burch my love! I went all the way to Rome and brought this baby home. So many items in this Tory Burch store were half off but I contained myself and only bought one purse. Oh and of course, tax free for purchases over 155 euros for US citizens-- oh yes! I sure did get almost $30 back at customs :). What's amazing is that if you search for the bag online it's still being sold at about $329 on sale.

Item 6-- Tory Burch Robinson Satchel in Oceanic
From: Tory Burch
Type of sale: 50% off selected items
Original price: 360,00 euro
Purchased price: 180,00 euro with 30,00 euro back at customs = 150,00 euro (About $185.00 US)

Side Note!

Express is currently having a deal where you can buy Men's 1MX shirt and get the second one at $19.90!

If worked out correctly with a coupon you can get an amazing deal. I've done it before and it's totally worth it to get those men's dress shirts at this sale + with a coupon.

For example:

Hopefully you receive Express coupons in the mail and if you don't I suggest you ask someone for theirs.

Buy a basic Men's 1MX shirt at $59.90. Patterns will usually cost $69.90.

When you buy a basic one at $59.90 and purchase a second basic 1MX at $19.90 you will be spending a little under $80.00 for 2 shirts. However, if you use your Express coupon that includes ($15 off of $30, $20 off of $60, and $30 off of $90) you will be receiving $30 off of your $80 purchase making your total about $50 which equals to $25.00 a shirt! More than half off the original for $59.90-- bam!

Now you can get your man a nice 1MX fitted shirt to show off that body of his. Or not? Classic button ups are just nice on a man too, no need to show off a body...unless you desire to :D 

This is such a funny photo of my mom shopping in Europe I have to end the entry with this!

Fashionably cheap,