How to Save on Your Spring Break Vacation

February 15,2016

The beach, the sun, the tropical drinks, there’s nothing quite like a spring break vacation. And nothing quite like the sting (from the bills, not the sunburn) that comes after. But the return flight home doesn’t have to be so bleak. Just follow these tips to plan a spring getaway that’s both fun and frugal.

Budget your trip wisely.

Figure out how much you want to spend and stick to it. This might mean cutting costs in one area (like taking a red-eye flight) so you can splurge on something else (such as a hotel room with an ocean view). By setting a budget, you won’t be returning home to any nasty surprises. Try apps like Mint or Wally to keep you on track.

Book waaay in advance. Or waaay late.

Many companies, like Expedia, Budget, and Marriott, reward customers who book early by giving them discounted rates. Marriott, for example, frequently offers 20% off select hotels when you book in advance. Not a planner? You might still be in luck. These same companies also reward procrastinators with last-minute deals.

Book the flight and hotel together.

An easy way to stick to your budget (and save on time) is to book a package through sites like Hotwire and Travelocity. It has the added bonus of keeping all your trip information in one place. Also look out for 24-hour sales for even bigger savings.

Look for deals on food, drinks, and shopping.

Lastly, check out Groupon for deals on nearby restaurants, bars, and activities—like boat tours, ziplining, and beach-side yoga. You’ll also find coupons for many popular stores, just in case you forgot your swimsuit or need to pick up some emergency aloe or sunscreen.

Want more savings for your next vacation? Check out our Travel page for additional discounts, sales, and promo codes.

Stay Fashionable While It’s Freezing

February 17,2016

woman with a handbag

It’s tempting to toss a summer-clothing-clad #tbt on social media in the dead of winter. Remember leaving the house in just exactly what you’re wearing, without thinking about strategic layering? It seems unfathomable now. A bit of research and planning can help you look less like a marshmallow and more like a savvy Scandinavian.

Layers Can Be Thin.

  • Uniqlo’s HEATTECH line offers baselayer tops and bottoms for women and men. The super-thin, super-light layers are made with moisture-wicking fabric to keep skin dry and warm, and are almost undetectable under normal clothing.
  • For traditionalists, a sweater is a sweater. When choosing a top layer, cashmere tends to be the thinnest warm woolen available, in addition to being pleasing to the touch. J.Crew’s Cashmere Shop offers cashmere sweaters in many styles, colors, and weights.
  • Patagonia has a selection of super-thin Nano Puff layer jackets, which pack the punch of a full down jacket but are effectively no bulkier than most fall jackets.

Boots Can Be Stylish.

  • L.L. Bean’s classic/normcore look has gained so much steam in the last few years that the retailer’s classic Bean Boots are usually on backorder during the winter months. Flexibility with colors may yield a pair faster.
  • If the Classic UGG isn’t quite your look, consider some of the other styles issued by the retailer. New styles include sportier boots, in addition to ones with fashionable fur or buckle additions. See some of the cute boots at Journeys.
  • If you’re vehemently opposed to practical boots with grippy bottoms, try buying a pair of knee-high fashion boots a little bigger than your normal shoe size to accommodate a thicker winter sock. We usually go up a half size on boots we’ll be wearing in cold weather. Try ALDO’s selection of short, medium, and tall boots. Just be sure to weather-proof these with some shoe protectant.

Coats Can Be Warm AND Fun.

  • Though traditional coats served our ancestors well, many retailers, such as J. Crew, now add special lining to thin-cut styles.
  • Consider the vest! On more temperate winter days, the long get-up isn’t necessary. Find a fun, flattering vest to layer, especially if you’ll be in the car most of the way. Patagonia offers a selection in many colors.
  • If you’re willing to splurge, the possibilities can be endless. The of-the-moment Canada Goose parkas, available at Neiman Marcus, allow for the bulk of winter coats to be on trend. See also: fur accents, belted silhouettes, and fun textures.

Details Can Make A Difference.

  • Add dashes of fun pattern or color in unexpected places. Try a pair of fun socks, like these from Macy’s, on with your otherwise heavy getup.
  • Accessorize! Scarves, gloves, hats–they can all make the difference between a heavy coat and a stylish winter statement. Check out the scarves at Target for a truly diverse collection.
  • If you’re willing to carry around an extra pair of shoes, you can make winter chic look effortless. Also an option: keeping a versatile pair under your desk at work that you can wear every day. Check out these colorful flats at ALDO.

Five Ways to Say I Like You, Like You on Valentine’s Day

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February 17,2016

Do Guys Want A Valentine's Gift?

Sure, there are guys who like full-contact sports and don’t like hugs, but that doesn’t mean even they don’t want to feel like the most specialest guy in the world sometimes. Especially on the most romantic day of the year.*

* The most romantic day of the year is any day of the year you want it to be. But let’s say Valentine’s Day is the one you should likely put some thought into depending on how much it means to you and your Special Person. Love, Groupon.

Even though many Valentine’s Day gift suggestions the world throws at us are centered around flowers, chocolate, and sparkly jewelly things, those things might not be at the top of your guy’s wish list. If they are, great! See you later! But if not, what is? On the recommendation of a few real men, we have a few aces you might want to consider for that guy you like/love/want to introduce yourself to with a bang.

The Valentine’s Day Gift For Both Of Your Faces: Leven Rose Beard Oil

leven rose beard oil  valentine's day gift

Does your guy have a beard? Does it keep him warm when it’s cold out? Do you know what else keeps him warm? Your memory (aww). But truly, high-quality men’s grooming products like this Leven Rose Beard Oil (on sale right now at Amazon) might not be something your guy would splurge on for himself. Plus, the company says it’s to promote “a kissable and respectable beard.” Everyone wins. Especially if you love kissing beards instead of lips.

The Valentine’s Day Gift Of Memories: Concert Tickets

concert couple  valentine's day gift

Sometimes, the best gift is something you can do together. Vivid Seats has great deals on concert tickets, even for hard-to-get-into shows. If you want a gift that he’s likely to brag to his friends about, this is your ticket.

The Valentine’s Day Gift Of Elegance: A Watch

Shinola men's watch valentine's day gift

Today’s watches aren’t your grandfather’s timepieces that need to be wound and display time using “hands” that in no way resemble actual hands. Actually, some of them are, and they’re fabulous, like these from Nordstrom and Shinola. A watch is the gift that says “I love you enough to help you never be late to our meet-ups again.” It also says, “wear this thing around your wrist, for it is circular, like infinity; the amount of time I will love you.” Go ahead and write that in the card. You’re welcome.

The Valentine’s Day Gift You Can Hug: Clothes

J.Crew cardigan valentine's day gift

Though giving clothes might take a little more work with all the sleuthing out sizes and matching your guy’s taste, they can also be gifts that come straight from the heart. Is he into outdoor sports? A weatherproof Columbia jacket might tell him you really, really care (about him and his warmth). If style is top priority, check out the current deals at Brooks Brothers or J.Crew (like the cardigan above). Even if you can’t hug him all day, these clothes will.

For more great V-Day gift ideas, check out this stockpile of current offers on our Valentine’s Day Deals page.

Home Gyms: The Best Machines For Your budget 7

November 11,2014

Hitting the gym is a common New Year’s resolution, but winter weather and good ol’ inertia often put a damper on this plan (take it from me, whose car is currently frozen in what was once a curbside puddle).

This year, instead of shelling out money on a gym membership you’ll hardly use, why not invest in your own equipment? You’ll be working out to Technotronic’s greatest hits in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or build muscle, there’s plenty of home-fitness machines to choose from. Here’s a breakdown of what we consider the best machines for every budget.

Treadmill

If you’re new to working out, a treadmill is the way to go. You can start off slow with brief spurts of walking, then gradually ramp up the speed/distance as your endurance (or fear of power walkers) increases. Look for models that have an adjustable incline to get an even bigger workout on key muscle groups.

Steal: ProForm ZT4 Treadmill, $449.

Splurge: FreeMotion 890 Treadmill, $1,999.

Get 10% off your order when you sign up for Sports Authority emails. Shipping is also free on orders over $499.

Elliptical Trainer

Bad knees? Then you’ll want an elliptical trainer. It offers a low-impact workout that burns calories and boosts your heart rate without the jarring motions of running.

Steal: Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Elliptical with Pulse, $249.99.

Splurge: ProForm Endurance 720E Elliptical, $799.

Check out our Sports Authority coupons page for more coupons, sales, and promo codes.

Recumbent Bike

I fully admit to using this machine when I want to take it easy and read a magazine, but apparently I’ve been missing out. When used correctly, recumbent bikes can burn calories while simultaneously strengthening the leg muscles. Plus, it’s a good option for those with back complaints. I’ll put the magazine down next time.

Steal: Exerpeutic 900XL Magnetic Recumbent Bike with Pulse, $169.

Splurge: Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Exerciser/Rower, $799.

Sign up for emails from Sears to get an extra $10 off your order.

Strength-Training Set

Who among us doesn’t remember the Bowflex commercials? You know the ones: close-ups of a modern-day Hercules performing multiple resistance exercises on a single machine? Well, it turns out these machines have staying power. Their all-in-one design limits the amount of equipment you’ll need to target different muscles, so you’ll have less clutter in your bedroom, living room, or office.

Steal: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, $1,599.

Splurge: Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, $2,999.

Get $200 off your order, a free mat, and free shipping on select models with this Bowflex promo code.

Home Gyms: The Best Machines For Your Budget 8

January 04,2012

Hitting the gym is a common New Year’s resolution, but winter weather and good ol’ inertia often put a damper on this plan (take it from me, whose car is currently frozen in what was once a curbside puddle).

This year, instead of shelling out money on a gym membership you’ll hardly use, why not invest in your own equipment? You’ll be working out to Technotronic’s greatest hits in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or build muscle, there’s plenty of home-fitness machines to choose from. Here’s a breakdown of what we consider the best machines for every budget.

Treadmill

If you’re new to working out, a treadmill is the way to go. You can start off slow with brief spurts of walking, then gradually ramp up the speed/distance as your endurance (or fear of power walkers) increases. Look for models that have an adjustable incline to get an even bigger workout on key muscle groups.

Steal: ProForm ZT4 Treadmill, $449.

Splurge: FreeMotion 890 Treadmill, $1,999.

Get 10% off your order when you sign up for Sports Authority emails. Shipping is also free on orders over $499.

Elliptical Trainer

Bad knees? Then you’ll want an elliptical trainer. It offers a low-impact workout that burns calories and boosts your heart rate without the jarring motions of running.

Steal: Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Elliptical with Pulse, $249.99.

Splurge: ProForm Endurance 720E Elliptical, $799.

Check out our Sports Authority coupons page for more coupons, sales, and promo codes.

Recumbent Bike

I fully admit to using this machine when I want to take it easy and read a magazine, but apparently I’ve been missing out. When used correctly, recumbent bikes can burn calories while simultaneously strengthening the leg muscles. Plus, it’s a good option for those with back complaints. I’ll put the magazine down next time.

Steal: Exerpeutic 900XL Magnetic Recumbent Bike with Pulse, $169.

Splurge: Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Exerciser/Rower, $799.

Sign up for emails from Sears to get an extra $10 off your order.

Strength-Training Set

Who among us doesn’t remember the Bowflex commercials? You know the ones: close-ups of a modern-day Hercules performing multiple resistance exercises on a single machine? Well, it turns out these machines have staying power. Their all-in-one design limits the amount of equipment you’ll need to target different muscles, so you’ll have less clutter in your bedroom, living room, or office.

Steal: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, $1,599.

Splurge: Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, $2,999.

Get $200 off your order, a free mat, and free shipping on select models with this Bowflex promo code.

Home Gyms: The Best Machines For Your Budget 9

April 29,2012

Hitting the gym is a common New Year’s resolution, but winter weather and good ol’ inertia often put a damper on this plan (take it from me, whose car is currently frozen in what was once a curbside puddle).

This year, instead of shelling out money on a gym membership you’ll hardly use, why not invest in your own equipment? You’ll be working out to Technotronic’s greatest hits in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or build muscle, there’s plenty of home-fitness machines to choose from. Here’s a breakdown of what we consider the best machines for every budget.

Treadmill

If you’re new to working out, a treadmill is the way to go. You can start off slow with brief spurts of walking, then gradually ramp up the speed/distance as your endurance (or fear of power walkers) increases. Look for models that have an adjustable incline to get an even bigger workout on key muscle groups.

Steal: ProForm ZT4 Treadmill, $449.

Splurge: FreeMotion 890 Treadmill, $1,999.

Get 10% off your order when you sign up for Sports Authority emails. Shipping is also free on orders over $499.

Elliptical Trainer

Bad knees? Then you’ll want an elliptical trainer. It offers a low-impact workout that burns calories and boosts your heart rate without the jarring motions of running.

Steal: Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Elliptical with Pulse, $249.99.

Splurge: ProForm Endurance 720E Elliptical, $799.

Check out our Sports Authority coupons page for more coupons, sales, and promo codes.

Recumbent Bike

I fully admit to using this machine when I want to take it easy and read a magazine, but apparently I’ve been missing out. When used correctly, recumbent bikes can burn calories while simultaneously strengthening the leg muscles. Plus, it’s a good option for those with back complaints. I’ll put the magazine down next time.

Steal: Exerpeutic 900XL Magnetic Recumbent Bike with Pulse, $169.

Splurge: Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Exerciser/Rower, $799.

Sign up for emails from Sears to get an extra $10 off your order.

Strength-Training Set

Who among us doesn’t remember the Bowflex commercials? You know the ones: close-ups of a modern-day Hercules performing multiple resistance exercises on a single machine? Well, it turns out these machines have staying power. Their all-in-one design limits the amount of equipment you’ll need to target different muscles, so you’ll have less clutter in your bedroom, living room, or office.

Steal: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, $1,599.

Splurge: Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, $2,999.

Get $200 off your order, a free mat, and free shipping on select models with this Bowflex promo code.

Home Gyms: The Best Machines For Your Budget

October 24,2015

Hitting the gym is a common New Year’s resolution, but winter weather and good ol’ inertia often put a damper on this plan (take it from me, whose car is currently frozen in what was once a curbside puddle).

This year, instead of shelling out money on a gym membership you’ll hardly use, why not invest in your own equipment? You’ll be working out to Technotronic’s greatest hits in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or build muscle, there’s plenty of home-fitness machines to choose from. Here’s a breakdown of what we consider the best machines for every budget.

Treadmill

If you’re new to working out, a treadmill is the way to go. You can start off slow with brief spurts of walking, then gradually ramp up the speed/distance as your endurance (or fear of power walkers) increases. Look for models that have an adjustable incline to get an even bigger workout on key muscle groups.

Steal: ProForm ZT4 Treadmill, $449.

Splurge: FreeMotion 890 Treadmill, $1,999.

Get 10% off your order when you sign up for Sports Authority emails. Shipping is also free on orders over $499.

Elliptical Trainer

Bad knees? Then you’ll want an elliptical trainer. It offers a low-impact workout that burns calories and boosts your heart rate without the jarring motions of running.

Steal: Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Elliptical with Pulse, $249.99.

Splurge: ProForm Endurance 720E Elliptical, $799.

Check out our Sports Authority coupons page for more coupons, sales, and promo codes.

Recumbent Bike

I fully admit to using this machine when I want to take it easy and read a magazine, but apparently I’ve been missing out. When used correctly, recumbent bikes can burn calories while simultaneously strengthening the leg muscles. Plus, it’s a good option for those with back complaints. I’ll put the magazine down next time.

Steal: Exerpeutic 900XL Magnetic Recumbent Bike with Pulse, $169.

Splurge: Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Exerciser/Rower, $799.

Sign up for emails from Sears to get an extra $10 off your order.

Strength-Training Set

Who among us doesn’t remember the Bowflex commercials? You know the ones: close-ups of a modern-day Hercules performing multiple resistance exercises on a single machine? Well, it turns out these machines have staying power. Their all-in-one design limits the amount of equipment you’ll need to target different muscles, so you’ll have less clutter in your bedroom, living room, or office.

Steal: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, $1,599.

Splurge: Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, $2,999.

Get $200 off your order, a free mat, and free shipping on select models with this Bowflex promo code.

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April 29,2012

Hitting the gym is a common New Year’s resolution, but winter weather and good ol’ inertia often put a damper on this plan (take it from me, whose car is currently frozen in what was once a curbside puddle).

This year, instead of shelling out money on a gym membership you’ll hardly use, why not invest in your own equipment? You’ll be working out to Technotronic’s greatest hits in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or build muscle, there’s plenty of home-fitness machines to choose from. Here’s a breakdown of what we consider the best machines for every budget.

Treadmill

If you’re new to working out, a treadmill is the way to go. You can start off slow with brief spurts of walking, then gradually ramp up the speed/distance as your endurance (or fear of power walkers) increases. Look for models that have an adjustable incline to get an even bigger workout on key muscle groups.

Steal: ProForm ZT4 Treadmill, $449.

Splurge: FreeMotion 890 Treadmill, $1,999.

Get 10% off your order when you sign up for Sports Authority emails. Shipping is also free on orders over $499.

Elliptical Trainer

Bad knees? Then you’ll want an elliptical trainer. It offers a low-impact workout that burns calories and boosts your heart rate without the jarring motions of running.

Steal: Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Elliptical with Pulse, $249.99.

Splurge: ProForm Endurance 720E Elliptical, $799.

Check out our Sports Authority coupons page for more coupons, sales, and promo codes.

Recumbent Bike

I fully admit to using this machine when I want to take it easy and read a magazine, but apparently I’ve been missing out. When used correctly, recumbent bikes can burn calories while simultaneously strengthening the leg muscles. Plus, it’s a good option for those with back complaints. I’ll put the magazine down next time.

Steal: Exerpeutic 900XL Magnetic Recumbent Bike with Pulse, $169.

Splurge: Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Exerciser/Rower, $799.

Sign up for emails from Sears to get an extra $10 off your order.

Strength-Training Set

Who among us doesn’t remember the Bowflex commercials? You know the ones: close-ups of a modern-day Hercules performing multiple resistance exercises on a single machine? Well, it turns out these machines have staying power. Their all-in-one design limits the amount of equipment you’ll need to target different muscles, so you’ll have less clutter in your bedroom, living room, or office.

Steal: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, $1,599.

Splurge: Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, $2,999.

Get $200 off your order, a free mat, and free shipping on select models with this Bowflex promo code.

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August 22,2012

Hitting the gym is a common New Year’s resolution, but winter weather and good ol’ inertia often put a damper on this plan (take it from me, whose car is currently frozen in what was once a curbside puddle).

This year, instead of shelling out money on a gym membership you’ll hardly use, why not invest in your own equipment? You’ll be working out to Technotronic’s greatest hits in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or build muscle, there’s plenty of home-fitness machines to choose from. Here’s a breakdown of what we consider the best machines for every budget.

Treadmill

If you’re new to working out, a treadmill is the way to go. You can start off slow with brief spurts of walking, then gradually ramp up the speed/distance as your endurance (or fear of power walkers) increases. Look for models that have an adjustable incline to get an even bigger workout on key muscle groups.

Steal: ProForm ZT4 Treadmill, $449.

Splurge: FreeMotion 890 Treadmill, $1,999.

Get 10% off your order when you sign up for Sports Authority emails. Shipping is also free on orders over $499.

Elliptical Trainer

Bad knees? Then you’ll want an elliptical trainer. It offers a low-impact workout that burns calories and boosts your heart rate without the jarring motions of running.

Steal: Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Elliptical with Pulse, $249.99.

Splurge: ProForm Endurance 720E Elliptical, $799.

Check out our Sports Authority coupons page for more coupons, sales, and promo codes.

Recumbent Bike

I fully admit to using this machine when I want to take it easy and read a magazine, but apparently I’ve been missing out. When used correctly, recumbent bikes can burn calories while simultaneously strengthening the leg muscles. Plus, it’s a good option for those with back complaints. I’ll put the magazine down next time.

Steal: Exerpeutic 900XL Magnetic Recumbent Bike with Pulse, $169.

Splurge: Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Exerciser/Rower, $799.

Sign up for emails from Sears to get an extra $10 off your order.

Strength-Training Set

Who among us doesn’t remember the Bowflex commercials? You know the ones: close-ups of a modern-day Hercules performing multiple resistance exercises on a single machine? Well, it turns out these machines have staying power. Their all-in-one design limits the amount of equipment you’ll need to target different muscles, so you’ll have less clutter in your bedroom, living room, or office.

Steal: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, $1,599.

Splurge: Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, $2,999.

Get $200 off your order, a free mat, and free shipping on select models with this Bowflex promo code.