Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Break Stock-Up at the Shops at Montebello

Free Pretzel Day!
Spring Break is almost here! The Shops at Montebello gave me a $50 Shops at Montebello Visa Gift Card to stock up on Spring Break essentials and have some fun!

Our visit to the mall coincided with Auntie Anne's "Free Pretzel Day"! Every customer received a complementary pretzel, no purchase necessary! We picked up 5 pretzels and Strawberry Lemonade Mixer all for under $3!

Men's Swim Trunks $15: JCPenny

JCPenney recently launched a new advertising campaign where there are no more sales; which as a super-saver I can't quite understand.  We needed to stock up on some essentials for the girls so a visit to JCPenney was our second stop.

So the first thing I find is that there are no more "SALE" signs. Only small plain signs that say "Everyday" "March" or "Best Price". Signs are outlined in a white/gray coloring, some purple, orange, and blue.

On our way to the children's section my husband saw a display of swimming trunks that reminded him that he needed a new bathing suit. He chose the green and white suit in the front for everyday price of $15.

Everyday Low Prices are in Red
At the girls' section I found exactly what they needed. These socks came in a 6-pk for $8 and the underwear was $3. At the register I found that since the brands are the same I got an additional $2 off the socks too!

JCPenney's Clearance Section Renamed: Best Price

I asked the cashier to point out the location of the clearance section since it wasn't obvious. She said there is no longer a clearance section, only a "Best Price" section, where everything is marked down significantly. The tags in the Best Price section are labeled with a small blue sticker.

Our total at JCPenney was $33, men's swimsuit $15, 6 pairs of girl socks $6, and 4 pairs of girl underwear $12.

 Leaving JCPenney behind us, the next item on our stock-up list was hair clips for my daughter. I recently cut her hair really short, so I figured that with a couple of cute clips she could be a trend setter on the playground.

We visited the labyrinth of girl-dom that is Claire's. Inside girls can find everything from knick-knacks to hair accessories all covered with enough glitter, feathers, and fake jewels to make adults want to run and sit in a void of beige. So, of course, my girls love Claire's.
8 Clips for $9.75: Claire's
At Claire's, hair accessories are buy one get one for 50%. My daughter fell in love with these hair clips, $6.50 for a set of four or both sets for $9.75.

Our next stop was to turn in coupons from a recent lunch purchase for shirts for mini-Build-A-Bears that were included in McDonald Happy Meals. At Build-A-Bear Workshop my girls were able to each pick out a t-shirt for their bear and each shirt came with a code for the online Bear-ville game.

It must have been our lucky day, because walking by the Disney Store we saw a sign that said it was "Perry the Platypus Day!" We stopped in just in time for my kids to make a paper fedora and partake in The Platypus Dance.

The Disney Store is also holding a pre-sale for the Muppet Movie. For just about the same price as other retailers, guests can buy the movie pre-sale, get a coupon for $10 off any $10 purchase, and take home an exclusive set of 4 lithographs from the movie.

Children's Place Coupon

While Mr. Montebello Mom and the kids were dancing, I went to The Children's Place and picked up a scarf for my son. All winter accessories were on sale and the scarf was only 91 cents!  At checkout the cashier gave me a coupon for 15% off my next purchase.

Hair Clips: Twin
We found more cute hair accessories at the "TWIN" kiosk in the upper level near Macy's Home. My daughter with the new short cropped hair was eyeing the hair extentions but I convinced her that the clips would suit her better. Total for all three clips $7.98.

Hair Accessories and Jewerly at Twin

Kidgits Prize Wheel: Only $5 to join!
On our way out we made one last stop at the Shops at Montebello Customer Service Desk to try our luck at the Kidgits Prize Wheel.

The kids all came home with a fun toy, the girl's drawers are now stocked with underwear and socks, they have enough hair clips to lose under the couch for at least 2 months, and my husband will sport a new swimsuit at the YMCA this spring break! Watch out ladies!

A special thanks to the Shops at Montebello for sponsoring our afternoon of fun!

Now it's your turn! Grab the family, take a few hours and make your own fun at the Shops at Montebello!

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