Beauty & Fashion

9 Cheap Alternatives to High-Cost Winter Essentials

Well, it finally happened. After a lackluster start to the season, Old Man Winter upped his game last week, sending out a negative windchill and piles of snow to unprepared citizens across the nation. 

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5 Kinds of Workout Gear You Should Splurge on (& 5 That Just Aren't Worth it)

Are you a part of the 54 percent of Brad's Deals readers who made a New Year's resolution to get healthy in 2015? If so, you're probably in the process of gearing up for your new fitness lifestyle, which can be a totally intimidating process.

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10 Gorgeous Designer Dresses to Rent for any Holiday Occasion

It goes without saying, but the holiday season can get expensive. I'm not just talking about the money you have to shell out on thoughtful presents and groceries that somehow disappear the moment your family walks through the door, I'm talking about the events.

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National Coupon Month: The Best Shoe Coupons for September

Through National Coupon Month, we'll be highlighting some of our favorite ways to use coupons online. Today, we're putting the spotlight on shoe shopping!

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28 Back-to-School Style Steals for Kindergarten through College

Fashion-conscious kids and budget-conscious parents often find themselves at odds when it comes to shopping for a back-to-school wardrobe, and parents know all too well that finding neutral territory on the topic is an eyeroll contest waiting to happen when what you wear on your first day back is so incredibly, crucially important!

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The Trend Report: Splashy Swimwear

Ladies, we have a confession to make: Normally, we HATE swimwear shopping. Your run-of-the-mill body issues aside, we just can't help but wonder: How many variations on a few strips of lycra can there be?

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Get Fit for Free: 7 Websites to Stream Free Workouts

One of the many reasons I chose to live in my current apartment was the fact that I had free use of the small gym in the community building. It has two treadmills, two elliptical machines, a stationary bike, and a weight machine. All a girl could ask for, right? Wrong. I didn't realize how absolutely boring it would be to run on a treadmill every single day. The thought of joining a gym crossed my mind because I knew I could take classes and switch up my routine. But then I thought about the fact that I have this free gym and should utilize it to its full potential. So what was I to do? To be honest, I sat around doing nothing until I read an article in a magazine about free online streaming workout classes. You heard me correctly! You can stream workout classes for free (or close to it) to do in your personal gym or even in the comfort of your own home!

Free Online Fitness Videos

Photo: Jessica Smith TV

Here is a list of my favorite free streaming workouts:

Jessica Smith TV

Definitely my favorite of all of these free streaming sites, Jessica Smith TV organizes each of her routines into categories like 10 minutes or less workouts, chair workouts, equipment free workouts and more. Her blog is also a great resource for fitness news or ideas on how to get motivated.

BeFit YouTube Channel

This YouTube channel features videos ranging from 30-second tip videos to full 35-minute workouts from top trainers like Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin and more. Like Jessica Smith TV, the videos on this YouTube channel are placed into categories like ab workouts, mobile workouts, pilates and more. They also offer the Be Fit in 90 workout channel on YouTube which is a compilation of 90 total body circuit and cross-training daily workouts.

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Trend Report: Stunning Shades

With warm weather finally upon us, there's one fashion essential you simply can't afford to do without: stunning shades. Unfortunately, not all frames are universally flattering. It can be said that what looks chic on one woman can turn another into a walking bug. And, not all frames are created equal. On the one hand, you have the designer pair that won't leave your head for the remainder of the season, and on the other, the throwaways you can spare to accidentally leave behind after a long day at the beach. No matter what type you're in the market for, Brad's Deals has got you covered--or, we've got your peepers covered, that is!. Check out this week's trend report for plenty of shapes/styles you can snag for a steal!

Heart Shaped (Best on Diamond or Triangle Faces)

Chesap Heart Shaped SunglassesGet these With Love from CA Rubberized Heart Sunglasses, normally $14.95, for $8.39 at PacSun. Shipping adds $2.99. We couldn't find these glasses anywhere else for less. They feature dark blue lenses. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Aviators (Suits Most Face Types)

Cheap Aviator SunglassesFor a limited time, save 56% on these BCBG Two-Tone Aviator Sunglasses at BCBG, where they drop from $89 to $62.30 to to $56.07 in your cart with coupon code BCBG10 at checkout. We couldn't find them anywhere else for less. They have a plastic frame and contrast color lens. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Cheap Kate Spade Sunglasses Cat-Eye (Best on Heart-Shaped, Oval or Square Faces)

Get these Kate Spade Franca Sunglasses, listed at $138 and on sale for $89, for $66.75 in your cart at checkout at Solstice Sunglasses as part of the store's extra 25% off select designer sunglasses. Plus, shipping is free. The best price we could find on these glasses from a reputable source anywhere else was $82. They also come in purple. Sales tax is charged in most states.

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5 Ways to Save on the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

At Brad's Deals, we don't believe in paying full price for anything--not even your wedding dress. With recent studies putting the average cost of a wedding at around $30,000 (the highest its been since 2007), we're all for saving wherever you can. But that doesn't mean you have to cut corners or settle for a dress that's a nightmare instead of a dream. Read on for our foolproof ways to save on that gorgeous gown you'll remember for years to come.

Ralph Lauren Check for Coupons

Since many mass retailers offer bridal gowns, you may be entitled to a discount even if your chosen garment isn't on the sale rack. Check Brad's Deals, as well as store promotion pages for special coupon codes and specials. Many stores offer discounts with credit card or email signup even if no other discount is available. Neiman Marcus, for example, where we found this pictured Ralph Lauren Collection Chantel Beaded Evening Gown ($8,000), has a credit card with a point system and also offers 10% off with email signup.

Plan Ahead

As some of the best shoppers out there will tell you, getting a great deal isn't always an act of serendipity. Scoring a steal can take several months of careful planning and research. If you've got your eye on a particular gown, it pays to know the sale cycles of the store you're planning to purchase from. What type of store are you shopping at? If it's a mass retailer, do they ever have storewide events, such as a Friends and Family sale? What month(s) does it usually fall in? Is it an independent bridal store? It might pay to wait until December/January, when bridal experts say many shops are marking down their remaining inventory to make way for the new year's latest styles.

Monique Lhullier

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Prom on a Dime: A Frugal Fashionista's Guide to a Fabulous Prom

Bust out the cameras, parents— prom season is nearly upon us. They're growing up before your very eyes and inevitably, your son or daughter will soon be headed off to have the time of their lives, making memories they'll never want to forget. But creating those magical memories doesn't always come cheap.

Budget Prom Guide and Tips

Visa Inc. reports that in 2013, families spent a national average of $1,139 on the big night, covering expenses such as formal wear, shoes, hair, makeup, dinner and flowers, up 5% from the $1,028 average in 2012. If those figures are hitting you with some serious sticker shock, you've come to the right place. With a little savvy shopping, we've managed to cut those costs down to a budget of roughly $175-500 for a head to toe look! With dresses as low as $41 and jewelry starting at $8 shipped, they'll be  cutting a rug in style without breaking the piggy bank. See some of our favorites below, then head over to the Brad's Deal's Prom Guide to check out the full list of prom deals. Now that's a reason to smile— say cheese!

Hailey Prom Dress Hailey Logan Chiffon Prom Gown $99 + FS

Save 50% on this Hailey Logan Embellished Strap Chiffon Gown at Nordstrom just in time for prom, where it falls from $198 to $98.98. Shipping and returns are both free, so there's no extra charge. This is the best price we could find on this dress. It features a cage strap back and a beaded embellished V-Neckline. This dress runs small and Nordstrom recommends sizing up. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Teleflora: 25% Off Corsages+Boutonniere

Take 25% off your Corsage + Boutonniere Purchase at Teleflora with coupon code EMCS25 at checkout. This pictured blue and white Elegance corsage, in example, falls from $22.95 to $17.21 with the code. Next-day delivery adds $15.99 but may vary with location. Sales tax is charged in most states.

SwarovskiSwarovski & Sterling Silver Earrings $24

Exclusively for our readers, these Drop Earrings with Swarovski Zirconia in Sterling Silver drop from $129 to $39 to 424 at with the code BRADS, plus they ship free. This is the best price we could find on something similar. They measure 7/8 by 1/4 of an inch and are set in sterling silver. Even better, buy 2 or more items and save an additional 10% on your total order, which would drop the price to $21.60. There is no sales tax (except NY).

Rhinestone Heart Tiara $18

Get this Rhinestone Heart Tiara, normally $24.50, for $18.38 in your cart at checkout at Claire's with coupon code SEVENTEEN, which takes 25% off all Full-Priced Items. Shipping adds $6. We couldn't find this exact tiara anywhere else for less. It has two hair combs and is 2" tall. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Aldo ShoesAldo: 20% Off Sitewide

For a limited time, Aldo takes 20% off it's entire Stock. These pictured Creason Sandals, for example, fall from $70 to $56 in the pictured silver color. We couldn't find them anywhere else for less than list price. They have both an ankle and a top strap and feature a 4" heel. Accessories, like this Leuze Clutch are also discounted, falling from $40 to $15.98. We couldn't find it anywhere else for less, but you can get it on Amazon for the same price if you prefer. It has a flap closure with a magnetic strap. Shipping adds $5 and sales tax is charged in states with Aldo retail locations.

Do you want $100 to spend at Nordstrom for this year's prom? Enter our Prom on a Dime Facebook Contest for your chance to win!

To Enter:

  1. Visit our Facebook Post and leave a comment telling us your best Prom on a Dime Story
  2. Share with your friends, the post with the most Likes will win!
  3. Like your favorite stories and check back on April 4, 2014 for the winner

For official rules, click here

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