Holiday shopping events and deals

I got an e-mail reminding me about this site today. It's a Groupon incubator, and it's a way to save some money on goods. I think the PR guy described it correctly when he said "The concept is pretty simple, it's essentially a meets Uncommon Goods – it features really cool products at a fraction of the cost."

Check it out to find some interesting items to buy your friends and family this year-of course, look for stuff you want, too. Sign up at

Want to shop local? Visit Winterfair this weekend, North Market Crafts on Saturday or Treasures on Town Street Sunday. Also, it's Holiday Hop time on Saturday-stroll down High Street in search of deals. Don't have any money to spend-make a book during the Rock,Paper,Scissors series (which has a sale today) on Saturday to craft one at the OSU Urban Arts space. Be sure to RSVP for the event.

Some other shopping deals:

• Like Victoria's Secret on Facebook and get a free Secret Reward Card worth $10, $50, $100 or $500. Like your favorite stores on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to look for deals they offer just for their followers.

• Sears Shop Your Way Rewards members get a free apparel item at the Sears Outlet on Tuesdays this month. (Excludes Levi's and outerwear) Still, free clothes!!!! There's an outlet on Sawmill, Cleveland Avenue and in Reynoldsburg.

• If you're a Sephora Beauty Insider, look for your $15 off $50 coupon in your inbox. (Be sure to find some sort of FREE item to add onto your order) I thought the Benefit Cosmetics $10 value pack was a good gift idea and want to get the "bag full of samples". If you too, want the bag full of samples, enter MYSTERY at checkout.

• Remember to look up Coupon Codes via CouponCabin, RetailMeNot or google. Free shipping is a popular thing this year, but make sure you hit the minimum order requirement to get it.

• If you missed my Tweet or Facebook post on Tuesday, GoogleOffers has hit Columbus. It's Google's version of Groupon, Living Social-type deals. First deal was for $5 admission to Zoo Wildlights. BalletMet's The Nutcracker is also offered at 50% off or $27.50 per ticket. Visit to sign up.

• Take advantage of all the Gift Card freebie offers. Some I noticed were a flatbread with gift card at Taco Bell, free burrito at Chipotle with gift card purchase, free bonus cards at Cameron Mitchell ($25) and Outback ($20) with purchase of $100 in gift cards. I'm sure there's more, but if you like to eat at these places, take advantage of the offers.