Who is the best deal hunter in all the land? "Beat BradsDeals" pits sixteen of your favorite frugal-minded bloggers against each other in head-to-head money saving match-ups. Their fate will be in your hands as they duke it out over the next six weeks for the right to challenge deal expert Brad Wilson in the ultimate dual of frugal.
Each week, all contestants will be given the same amount of cash to spend on deals available through Brad's Deals. It's up to you to decide who got the most bang for the buck! The winner of each match moves on to the next round. For every vote that you cast, you'll earn a chance to enter to win a new iPad!
Voting will end on Wednesday at 11:59 pm EST each week.
WINNER: Laura D. / Eliminated: Ashley N.
- $69.39 spent
- $541.11 saved
This week I wasn't sure what to get, but having great gifts for Mother's Day and upcoming Birthdays seemed like the best idea! First I saw the coupon for $10 off a $20 The Body Shop purchase so I started browsing their deals online to see what scenario I could come up with to save the most. Using the $10 off $20 coupon code plus additional deals that they had on the website I was able to get SIX items for 1/2 the price of ONE! I spent $19.95 shipped there ($14.00 for the products and $5.95 for shipping) - regular price for the products would have been $114! Then I scoped out the deals at Szul.com as they have some gorgeous jewelry pieces and Brad's Deals promotes them regularly. I was able to get two gorgeous items there, an Amethyst ring regular price of $289 for just $33.40! Finally I got a pair of Aquamarine Stud earrings,regular price of $179 -- marked down to just $19.75! As I still had a couple of dollars left, I head over to Kohls.com as they had 20% off + FREE shipping! I found these Tek Gear Beanies, that are normally $14 each, marked down to just $1.40 a piece, the 20% off brought it down to just $2.24 for both! Shipping was free. I love buying off-season! :) In all I spent $75.34 (including $5.95 shipping) on $610 worth of items! That is a savings of $534.66!
(Read more about Laura's deals)
White Musk Libertine Eau de Parfum: $14.00 (originally $24.00)
Love Etc. Eau De Parfum: $0.00 (originally $24.00)
Japanese Chinese Cherry Blossom Lotion: $0.00 (originally $16.50)
Vanilla Eau de Toilette: $0.00 (originally $17.00)
Dreams Unlimited Body Lotion (2): $0.00 (originally $16.50 each)
3 Stone Trillion Cut Amethyst & Diamond Ring: $33.40 (originally $289.00)
Aquamarine Stud Earrings: $19.75 (originally $179.00)
Tek Gear Beanie (2): $2.24 (originally $14.00 each)
- $59.35 spent
- $869.57 saved
I had fun shopping this week, primarily because I was able to fill up my gift closet and at the same time get something I love for myself. First, I am a big fan of Audio books. I often pick them up for free at the library, but this time I was able to download my most recent read - Hunger Games Book 2 - to my iTunes account and listen to it on my iPhone. This freebie came with the one month trial of Audible and a free book download. Second, I picked up some Father's Day Presents and gifts for female relatives (probably for Christmas) from Sears. So many items were reduced to $3.99! I also got two Cashmere sweaters, that retail for $134, for only $7.48 each at Lord and Taylor! I will keep one for myself and gift the other. I love shopping when discount codes and sales are occurring, especially in the clearance section. It is the best place to shop off season. Including $5.95 for shipping, I spent $65.30 in items that retail $928.92 - a 93% savings!
(Read more about Ashley's deals)
Audible.com 30-Day FREE Trial: $0.00 (originally $14.95/mo.)
Hunger Games Book 2 Ð Catching Fire: $0.00 (originally $27.97)
Cashmere Long Sleeve V-neck Sweater (2): $7.48 (originally $134.00 each)
Arrow Men's Layered V-Neck Shirt: $3.99 (originally $45.00)
Arrow Men's Flannel Shirt: $3.99 (originally $45.00)
Bass Men's Thermal Crew Neck Shirt (2): $7.98 (originally $45.00 each)
Women's Smocked Skirt: $3.99 (originally $48.00)
Women's Fur-Trimmed Cardigan (4): $15.96 (originally $50.00 each)
Women's High Waisted Short: $3.99 (originally $44.00)
Sporte-Elle Inc. Women's Blouse Printed Woven: $3.99 (originally $44.00)
Sporte-Elle Inc. Slim Leg Capri Pants: $3.99 (originally $44.00)
Women's Convertible Pant: $3.99 (originally $58.00)
WINNER: Wendy L. / Eliminated: Tracy L.
- $75.26 spent
- $1,505.72 saved
My goal for this week was to get great deals, but also to snag totally free shipping! I found a beautiful 8mm Tungsten wedding band for my husband at Amazon. We're not newlyweds, but at this price I couldn't resist getting him a spare just in case. Hey, it happens! A few years ago he came home all upset because he'd lost his wedding band. He hesitated and didn't want to tell me. When he finally broke the news, I just smiled and handed him another ring just like it. Believe it or not, it had just come in the mail that day! Next, I found three Mother's day gifts for three of my favorite ladies, who are sure to love their God Crystal Heart necklaces, also from Amazon. I have a niece who loves turtles, so the turtle-shaped freshwater pearl earrings from SuperJeweler will make a great gift. And since pearls are always in style, I'm adding the Swarovski and pearl studs to my gift stash. And last but not least - I think I'm making a breakthrough on this round: I bought something for me! I don't do that very often, but when I saw this yummy green tea peacoat at Kohl's with free shipping and a 20% off code, I just had to get it!!
(Read more about Wendy's deals)
Apt. 9 Kick-Pleat Wool Peacoat: $35.20 (originally $220.00)
Swarovski Crystal And Pearl Stud Earrings: $5.00 (originally $59.99)
Super Turtle Shaped Pearl Earrings: $5.00 (originally $49.99)
8mm Tungsten Band with Brush Finish: $9.99 (originally $99.00)
God's Heart Crystal Necklace (3): $20.07 (originally $1,152.00)
- $75.84 spent
- $573.04 saved
This week it was all about my boys! I started with a brand new wedding band for hubby. He lost his a during a fishing trip, so I'll be giving him this one for our anniversary in a couple months. The Titanium Wedding Band was on sale for $29.95 at Amazon. (Regular $299.00) Next, I found a Remote Control Helicopter that my son and hubby will just love! It was marked down to $20.35 from $129.95. Then I found various video games that they will enjoy playing. Band Hero Bundle for the DS was just $7.50. (Regular $39.99) Then I found Guitar Hero: On Tour for the DS marked down to $3.08. (Regular $29.99) The next 4 games I found were all for the PlayStation2. Guitar Hero 2 was priced at just $5.99. (Regular $39.99) NCAA Gamebreaker 2004, NBA '07 and NBA 08 priced at just $2.99 each. (Regular $29.99 each). All the above items were purchased from Amazon and shipped FREE with their Super Saver Shipping with a $25 purchase! Now the last item for this week will be enjoyed by my entire family. I signed up for the Blockbuster Total Access Premium 3 DVD's at-a-time regularly priced at $19.99/month, but absolutely FREE with their 30-day FREE Trial! So this week I spent $75.84 and saved $573.04!!! SCORE!
(Read more about Tracy's deals)
Mens 6mm Titanium Wedding Band: $29.95 (originally $299.00)
Remote Control Helicopter: $20.35 (originally $129.95)
Band Hero Bundle for the Nintendo DS: $7.50 (originally $39.99)
Guitar Hero: On Tour Software Only: $3.08 (originally $29.99)
Guitar Hero 2 for the Playstation2: $5.99 (originally $39.99)
NBA 08 for the Playstation2: $2.99 (originally $29.99)
NBA '07 for the Playstation2: $2.99 (originally $29.99)
NCAA Gamebreaker 2004 for PlayStation2: $2.99 (originally $29.99)
Blockbuster Total Access Premium (1 mo. trial): $0.00 (originally $19.99)