Valentine’s Day deals…perfume… earrings… Oh Yum!

My favorite mall is Westfield UTC– it’s easy access to shop during my break at work and just a fabulous mall in general. Imagine my excitement when I came across the Retail section in todays San Diego Union Tribune and found such great deals to be had at the 11 Westfield Shopping Centers in the San Diego area.

Here is the link to the full set of deals for this week:   (these deals come out weekly on Tuesdays I plan to stay tuned!)

I noticed lots of Valentine’s Day type deals to be had this week– Ben Bridge Jewelry giving away chocolate with the purchase of a $99 diamond heart pendant thru February 14th and Forever 21 is offering free perfume with a $50 purchase.   Best yet– Kay Jewelers is offering $90 diamond heart-shaped earrings for a mere $24.99!

Shopping in the  Westfield malls never looked so good. Whether you’re shopping for someone else or on the look-out for a bit of your own retail therapy the deals are out there.  Personally,  I’m really thinking about those $24.99 earrings at Kay Jewelers.

Cash Mobs!

Show me the money! $20 to be exact.

What in the world is a cash mob? The idea is to get people to visit small, local businesses and spend money. In essence, it gives a local business owner a mini economic stimulus. “Cash Mobs” isn’t exactly a political organization– rather its simply folks trying to make a positive impact on their local surroundings. And, of course, buy some really cool stuff in the process. Each participant needs to spend a minimum of $20.

Put together by many different groups of people, these “cash mobs” have been sprouting up all over the place. Organizers use Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. For example, two of these “mobs” in San Diego were at “Make Good” in South Park and “Bluestocking Books” in Hillcrest with both bringing in approximately $750 and $900 in sales respectively and 30 to 40 folks in attendance.

From what I understand, at these “mobs” there are three rules:

  1. Spend $20
  2. Meet three people you didn’t know
  3. Have fun!

I read about this concept in the San Diego Union Tribune on 01/17/2012. Seems like a fun way to mix my favorites– shopping, meeting new people and supporting local businesses.