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Beauty Story:  Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics
Beyond the Rack: Michael Kors, Nathan&Moe and NDR Jewels, Cabrelli & Co., Premium Watch Event, Designer Footwear Part 2, Truby B by Ava Gray and Ava Gray, 535 Homewear, Deco Moda, Taverniti, and Monster 
Billion Dollar Babes:  Designer Scarves from Prada, Valentino, Escada and More, Jami Rodriguez and Sama Baby Sales
Blackboard Eats:  30% Off Dinner @ Shiro
Fresh Guide:  74% Off Three Private Training Sessions at Next Level Fitness
Gilt Groupe: Magaschoni, Camilla Skovgaard, Jil Sander, Alejandro Ingelmo, Donna Karan and More, LInea Pelle, Home Office Essentials: Graphic IMage, Lunt Silversmiths & Vellum
Groupon:  56% Off Blowout at Drybar
Hautelook: Dept Blowout, Shoes Under $100, Right Bank Babies Blwoout, Bernhardt Furniture, Josh Brody Blowout, Biotherm Skincare, Skin by Alison Raffaele and more
Ideeli: Orit Schatzman Designs, Julie Brown, Magid, Frenzii, Nicole, Boyd's Cosmetic, Votre Nom, CC Couture, Havaianas and Melissa Beth
Lifebooker:  80% Off Pain Relief Package at Beneveda Medical Group
Living Social: 50% Off Spa Services 
One Kings Lane: Mitchell Gold Furniture, Monogrammed Towels, Artisanal Decor, Photography, Rug Sales
Portero Luxury:  JewelMak Sale
RowNine: Cool Summer Shades, Tuleste Market, Ultimate Handbag Sale, Casa Bugatti Kitchenware, Dyson Vacuums, Montblanc Boutique Sales
Rue La La: Summer Secret Suite @ 3pm, KAS, Quiksilver, Roxy, Devon Leigh, Portmeirion Boutiques
Swirl by Daily Candy:  Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent & Gola
Tablet:  TriBeCa Grand Hotel (NYC), Jake's (Treasure Beach, Jamaica), Bardessono (Napa), Sax (Chicago), Paresa Resort (Phuket, Thailand)
The Top Secret: Jilarious Jewelry
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If these times of economic woe seem to be affording less time for douchebag LA guys to woo (every spare penny must go to the Hummer lease!) and you're finding yourself on your own for dinner more oft than not these days, I have a few suggestions that might help ease the added financial burden of feeding yourself:

 

• When eating out on your own dime, order the soup. It's almost always the least expensive thing on the menu and, when combined with complimentary bread or crackers, it can be pretty filling. Notice I didn't say fulfilling. But then, that label doesn't necessarily apply to LA men, either, and at least soup is guaranteed to keep you warm – at least through dinner.

 

• Another option is to eat before you eat: Prior to group dinners, make a sandwich (or half of a sandwich, depending on your appetite) at home. Once at the restaurant, order just a small appetizer or, if possible without implying an eating disorder, beg off food all together, particularly if drinks are involved. If this feels awkward, explain ahead of time that you have a late meeting at work, but that you’ll be sure to make it to the restaurant by the end of dinner for a drink and dessert.

 

• When it’s not possible to eat before dinner and you’re starving by the time you get to the restaurant, split an entrée with a friend (as long as there is no additional cost for split plates). Servings are usually enough for two people.
• To avoid the above situation, carry snack bars (granola, Power) in your purse at all times.



 

• When dining in groups, always bring cash split into $1 bills, $5 bills, $10 bills, and $20 bills. That way, you avoid overpaying in the check split. Contribute the exact amount you owe, rounded up to the nearest dollar. It might feel miserly, but no one will notice as long as you’re not contributing less than you should.

 

• Whenever possible, eat at home. Trader Joes is a great cheap place to buy groceries, and many other grocery chains offer daily discounts if you sign up for their respective club cards. Websites such as shortcuts.com will automatically add selected discounts to your club card of choice, saving you the embarrassment of looking like the lady rocking mom-jeans next to you whose bored children scream in agony as she laboriously produces a coupon for every item in her basket. If the idea of eating in your apartment alone is depressing, make sandwiches with friends and then head to the beach or a park for a picnic. You can also suggest a ‘dinner party’ in lieu of a restaurant meal, and have each person bring a course or a bottle with a mandated $10 or less spending limit per item.

 

• Nutritious and cheap store-bought foods include oatmeal, tomatoes, beans, dry pasta, soup, and canned vegetables. I don’t advocate ramen unless in severely dire straits, so stay tuned for ramen recipes as the economic crisis worsens.

 

• Buy in bulk. If you don’t have a Costco membership, find someone who does and make Costco a group activity. That way, you can buy things you both (or all) need in mass quantities, dividing the goods and splitting the costs. You can make similar arrangements with roommates – if you need soup and she needs soup, you might be able to take advantage of a 10 for $10 type of deal at your everyday grocer.
70% off up and coming brands at Tobi.
 
Valentino Women's Shoes Up to 75% Off and more at Envite
 
Boho Chic,  Vena Cava Qi Cashmere, Thakoon and more on Gilt.
 
Last day for 30% off at Basic Boutique using promo code BASICBDAY.
 
Michelle Vale at Billion Dollar Babes
 
Take 20% off at J Crew using promo code SHOPFALL. LOVING their chunky knits. 
 
Palecek Furniture at One Kings Lane
 
French Connection,  Muse and more at Ideeli.
 
Zoetry Wellness and Spa Resorts at Rue La La.  UM, OK.  I'M RUNNING AWAY TO WHEREVER THESE ARE IMMEDIATELY.  MAMA NEEDS SOME...ER...WELLNESS. 
 
Loeffler Randall at Swirl
 
Stella McCartney, Halson at Outnet
 
Romeo and Juliet couture at  Hautelook.
 
Treat yourself to a facial at Petite Spa on FreshGuide
 
$35 deluxe Mani/Pedi at Muse Atelier on LivingSocial
 
$10 for wine and fare at Bodega Wine Bar on Groupon
 
25% off your order at Vince.com using promo code 2010CANDY1. 
 
30% off Alexander Wang bags at Satine  using promo code AWANG30.  Also, when you buy anything with the bag you get 30% off that too.
 
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Mar 14, 2010 - 02:15 AM

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