Broke-Ass Category: Shopping


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Just as we do every year, because we know and appreciate the importance of a good sale but also recognize the very real need to not want to leave your house and deal with crowds, we’ve put together an exhaustive list of Black Friday deals from our partners. There are huge discounts on wedding-y things and just regular old everyday stuff, too. Stay tuned for an equally-extensive Cyber Monday deal roundup and enjoy your weekend!BAB approved black friday sales and deals

Skip the lines and take advantage of Target’s doorbuster deals from the comfort of your couch.

Got a geek on your gift list? Get 40% off 75 gifts at ThinkGeek.

For the makeup lover, Julep is tossing out its Holiday Collection at 75% off.

Stock up on stunning dresses for the holidays (or any time, really) with 25% off at Adrianna Papell.

Score cute baubles for your bridesmaid (or yourself) and get 15% off + free shopping from Alex + Ani.

There are few things awesomer than new sheets. Take 20% off select bedding and get free standard shopping at Design Within Reach.

Thinking of having a candy bar at your wedding? It’s Sugar is taking 20% off all orders with code THANKS20.

Whether you are still coveting something from your registry or you’re just a foodie, head to Le Creuset to get up to 70% off + receive a free gift and get free shipping on orders over $50.

Love some trendy jewelry? Get 30% off at BaubleBar with code THX.

As if they weren’t cool enough, Urban Outfitters is taking an extra 30% off sale items and has tons of other great deals.

Stylish clothes are even better when they’re on sale: Free People is knocking 50% off on select styles.

Shopping for dudes can be tricky sometimes. Menkind makes it easier with 50% off.

Love yoga, hate going to classes? Get Yoga Download’s Monthly Elite package for just $9 — 50% off regular pricing!

Get goodies with your personal touch at up to 65% off plus an extra 20% off at Zazzle with code ZAZBLKFRIDAY.

Calling all sports fans! Get your team gear at 25% off + free shipping on orders over $40 at with code BLACKFRI.

For the oenophile, take 15% off wine gift assortments with code BLKFRIDAY at Wine of the Month Club.

Rent those gorgeous designer duds and get 25% off $75 at Rent the Runway.

Baking is way more fun with a cute apron. Get 60% off + free shipping at Flirty Aprons with code SHOP60.

Adults like toys too! Marbles: The Brain Store has tons of great deals sitewide.

Give a gift, get a gift. Send a 2-month (or more) wine club subscription as a holiday gift and get a $32 bottle of multiple gold medal winning wine for yourself at The California Wine Club with code BLACK15.

Get some cute gifts at 15% off or save 20% on orders over $150 at Minted with code BF2015.

Calling all crafters! Get online classes for $19.99 at Craftsy.

One of our very favorites, ModCloth, is offering 40% off new and favorite styles.

If you’ve been slacking on getting prints of your wedding pics, now’s your chance! Get a gorgeous Montage photo book and take 35% off.

Got some kids on the list? Tea Collection has great deals sitewide.

For the curvy ladies, Kiyonna’s $40 doorbuster dress sale is going on now! This only happens once a year!

Guys, get your duds from Bonobos at 25% off $150 or 30% off $250 with code FRIDAY.

Bridesmaids and brides rejoice! Kennedy Blue is taking 15% off + free shipping with code GOBBLEGOBBLE.

Get shapers and support for 20% off at Hourglass Angel with code HGABF2015.

Score cute sale items with an extra 25% off at Stella & Dot.

Accessorize yo-self and take 20% off sitewide at Benique with code THANKS.

Got a sweet tooth? Get cookies from Elenis New York and take 15% off with code HOLIDAY15.

Rubber stamps save time on return addresses and add a cute touch. Get a personalized stamp from Holmes Stamp & Sign for 15% off with code HOLIDAY.

Ready to order your wedding stationery? Get 33% off at MagnetStreet with code WONDERFUL33.

BHLDN is having a 15% off sale! Use code WEDDINGBELLS.

Get yoga, barre, cardio, zumba and a plethora of other classes in your home and take 50% off annual memberships at Grokker.

Take 15% off your order at with code BLACKFRI15.

Stock up on cute unmentionables and get an extra 40% off clearance at Aerie.

There are a ton of great deals over at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Traveling over the holidays? Save up to 50% off at

Donna Morgan is knocking 20% off her bridesmaid dress collection.

Fab, of course, is having fabulous deals across the site.

  • 11/25

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewHoly cow, you guys, it’s already Thanksgiving! The holidays are upon us. But before I run off to be thankful, let’s see if I can help out our dear reader, Hannah, who is on the hunt for a gown for her December wedding. She writes:

    Please! I need your help in the worst way!! I have fallen head-over-heels for the “Londyn” dress by Hayley Paige but it is almost 5x my allocated attire budget! I am trying to stay under $700 for the gown of my dreams. My wedding will be in December and therefore is holiday themed but I want it to be air-y, light, modern and sleek- but still glam and romantic! All for $5000! I would forever be grateful if you could help! Thank you!”

    A holiday-themed wedding for $5000; I love it! The “Londyn” gown is definitely airy, modern, and romantic. It features a strapless neckline, natural waist and full tulle skirt with horsehair flounces, which give the skirt shape and lightness. It is a pretty dress, and the flowing skirt does remind me a bit of freshly fallen snow, perfect for a December fête!

    For “Londyn” lookalikes, I’ve selected gowns that feature a tulle, organza, or taffeta skirt with similar flounce-y shape. Some are ballgowns, like the Hayley Paige dress, while some are a bit less voluminous, or have other statement-making skirt silhouettes. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItHayley Paige LondynHayley Paige “Londyn” Gown, $2,500-3,000

    Get Over ItVenus bridal tulle handkerchief skirt AT6596Venus Angel & Tradition Wedding Dresses (Style: AT6596), $538 at BestBridalPrices

    After Six Wedding Dress 1044 tulle tiered skirtAfter Six Wedding Dress (Style: 1044), $450 at The Dessy Group

    Organza and Lace Wedding Dress with Draped Skirt at Davids BridalOrganza and Lace Wedding Dress with Draped Skirt (Style: NTL9479), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

    Cascada Gown from BHLDN“Cascada” Gown By Catherine Deane (Style: 35153295), $600 at BHLDN

    taffeta and organza wedding dresses by camille la vieTaffeta and Organza Wedding Dress by Lana Bisset from Camille La Vie (Style: 7254W), $550 at eDressMe

    Eden Gold Label Wedding Dresses - Style 5111Eden Gold Label Wedding Dresses (Style: 5111), $484 at BestBridalPrices

    Badgley Mischka Collection Iridescent Strapless Ruffle GownBadgley Mischka Collection Iridescent Strapless Ruffle Gown (Style: BADGA30009), $695 at Shopbop

    Tulle Ballgown by beaubouquetTulle Wedding Dress by BeauBouquet, $698 via Etsy

    Strapless organza ballgown with ruffles at Davids BridalStrapless Organza Ball Gown with Ruffle Detail (Sample Gown) (Style: AI10011984), $448.48 at David’s Bridal

    Badgley Mischka Tulle GownBadgley Mischka Tulle Gown (Style: 8405397), $344.99 at

    Bonny Love Wedding Dresses - Style 6307Bonny Love Wedding Dresses (Style: 6307), $673 at BestBridalPrices

    After Six Wedding Dress 1038After Six Wedding Dress (Style: 1038), $395 at The Dessy Group

    Strapless Organza Wedding Dress with Ruffles at Davids BridalStrapless Organza Wedding Dress with Ruffles (Style: MK3667), $549.99 at David’s Bridal

    Terani Couture Beaded Top & Organza Two-Piece BallgownTerani Couture Beaded Top & Organza Two-Piece Ballgown (Style: 1030005), $415 at Nordstrom

    Pallas Athena Wedding Dresses - Style PA9208Pallas Athena Wedding Dresses (Style: PA9208), $586 at BestBridalPrices

    Alena gown at Ruche“Alena” Gown By Sue Wong (Style: R4-2), $299.50 at Ruche

    Sweetheart Organza Gown with Pick Up Skirt at Davids BridalSweetheart Organza Gown with Pick Up Skirt (Sample Gown) (Style: AI16040255), $298.98 at David’s Bridal

    Tulle Ballgown Horsehair Ballgown by BridalBlissbyJ on EtsyTulle Horsehair Ballgown by BridalBlissByJ (comes in white), $199.95 via Etsy

    Gah! That last dress is like Londyn’s little sister. And you cannot beat that price! Also, the David’s Bridal organza gown just above that, while not exactly like the “Londyn,” screams snow drifts to me. I could totally see that one at a December wedding. What do you think, Hannah? Do you see a gown you love as much (or more than!) the Hayley Paige number? Let us know in the comments. As a side note, keep an eye out for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales this time of year. It’s the perfect time to wedding shop on a Broke-Ass budget!

    Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

    *As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.

  • 11/23


    Wouldn't wedding planning just be a breeze if you could create a wishlist, share it on one platform and get matched with pros and rentals that fit into your ideal budget? Even better if you earned points toward dollars off said rentals and purchases? Well, you know that if I brought it up, it's because it's a REAL THING YOU CAN DO. No, for serious.…

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    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2015 Gift Guide For the Libation Lover

    Hey Broke-Asses! It's that time of year again, where instead of Five for Friday, we'll be compiling some seriously rad gift guides for y'all. From the fun to the funny, the quirky to the practical and all of the budget ideas in between, I've scoured the Interwebz to find those perfect gifts for someone -- or everyone! -- on your list. We all have that one…

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    Etsy TheWildlands Chicago Art Print

    Chicago Skyline Print from Etsy seller TheWildlands Ahhhhh, the Windy City. It's definitely one of the most romantic cities on the continent. All the aphrodesiac-inducing shopping, the sparkling lights, the snuggle-worthy breezes — it's no wonder couples choose this location for their honeymoon. Plus, there's tons to do, from museums and gallery shows to view, live performances, to cuddly strolls through the town. No matter…

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  • 11/19

    Julie Vino Emma Gown

    BABs, I hope you're sitting down, because today's Can't Afford It? gown is CrazySexyCool. Actually, scratch that -- I'm upgrading it to ClassySexyCool. It's one of those rare gowns that balances a sultry silhouette (almost mermaid fit-and-flare) with high class details (Chantilly lace and pearls) and modern flair (separate bodice and skirt fabrics). The off-shoulder sleeves and deep-V sweetheart neckline polish off a truly unique design. Think I…

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    100 Engagement Rings Under $1000

    BABs, let's talk rings. Yeah, that ring. As Broke-Asses, we typically like for our ring to match our lifestyle -- classy but savvy, fun but smart, stunning but brilliant. And that means finding the most bang for your buck with that all-important engagement ring. You know what you like, now you just have to find the one that makes the most sense for your taste…

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    Zime Personalized Peg Wedding Cake Topper

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! It's starting to get a little chilly in my little corner of North Texas, but that just means nights around the fire pit with good friends, good beer and good music, plus some super cute and cozy outfits. But I digress. I've been thinking a lot about small, fairly inexpensive ways to ultra-personalize your wedding day. From rubber stamps to complementing your…

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  • 11/12

    Galia Lahav-Dolce-F

    Hey, hey BABs! Today's CAI/GOI request is a stunner! Reader Alix commented on this post with: "My mom always said I had champagne taste with a beer budget, she was right. I found a Galia Lahav dress, from the Dolce Vita Collection, the Dolce, and I fell in love with it before I looked at the price tag. I love the v neck, its fitted,…

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