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can't afford NY tee shirtThe snarkists over at Gawker used the I Can’t Afford to Love NY tee-shirt to bash hipsters (and fair enough). When we saw it, we first wondered why it hadn’t made the rounds during the boom, when real estate prices were hitting the ozone layer, instead of now, when rental and sales prices are coming down.

Maybe this is why…

Downturnaround Deals:

by Sara Clemence on October 22, 2009 in Money

mouse-and-money-150Every week, we post a handful of online deals hand-picked for Recessionwire readers by the nice people over at Savings.com. Feel free to pass them along to your friends. And if there’s something you’d like to see, let us know!

Get an exclusive 20% off your entire order of fabulous beauty products at Bliss. (See more Bliss Coupons.)

Get 20% off sitewide at Sephora. (See more Sephora Coupons.)

Take 10% off hotel bookings at CheapTickets. (See more Cheaptickets coupons.)…

mouse-and-money-150Every week, we post a handful of online deals hand-picked for Recessionwire readers from Savings.com. Feel free to pass them along to your friends. And if there’s something you’d like to see, let us know!

20% off sitewide at Bloomingdales…

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Every week, we post a handful of online deals hand-picked for Recessionwire readers from Savings.com. Feel free to pass them along to your friends. And if there’s something you’d like to see, let us know!

Click here to get 10 percent off $10 or more from Gardeners Supply Company

Click here to get get $10 off $60 or more plus free shipping at Beauty.com

Click here to get get 10% off any order at Red Envelope

Click here to get 20 percent off orders of $75 or more at Banana Republic

pono Refraction Chain Necklace 200New York’s Fashion Week extravaganza is coming to a close, but there’s still a chance to win this gorgeous necklace from PONO by Joan Goodman.

pono Refraction Chain Necklace 200New York’s Fashion Week extravaganza started this week, and in recognition we’re giving away one necklace from PONO by Joan Goodman.

The colorful, sculptural jewelry was inspired by the island locations where the designer came of age, and is made from materials like Italian resin, wood, shell and horn. Normally the pieces are priced at $350 and up, and sell at high-end stories including Neiman Marcus and Saks. But PONO just launched its annex, which has jewelry for a very budget-friendly $12 to $66.

Or, you can get this chain-and-resin necklace for free…

mouse-and-money-150Every week, we post a handful of online deals hand-picked for Recessionwire readers by the nice people over at Savings.com. Feel free to pass them along to your friends. And if there’s something you’d like to see, let us know!

Free shipping on all orders at Saks Fifth Avenue
Expires:
9.20.09
Deal: http://www.savings.com/detail/289302-coupon.html
Merchant: http://www.savings.com/m-Saks-Fifth-Avenue-coupons.html

Exclusive 15 percent off orders of $100+ at Diamonds International

mouse-and-money-150Every week, we post a handful of online deals hand-picked for Recessionwire readers by the nice people over at Savings.com. Feel free to pass them along to your friends. And if there’s something you’d like to see, let us know!

Hit Charlotte Russe for cute back-to-school (or inexpensive back-to-work) clothes, and get 15 percent off sitewide with a coupon. (Expires 9/2/09) One of our Recession Obsessions, Forever 21, is another great source of cheap chic…

paris-hilton-in-tiara-200There have been many sad passings in the downturn, some the results of the economy (lots of jobs, Domino magazine) others not (John Hughes). But as always, there is an upside: The bust seems to have killed off some of the more distasteful boom trends, expressions of excess that just aren’t appropriate anymore.

McMansions
All around the country, sprawling new developments sit empty, oversized homes are being foreclosed on, and home buyers are choosing—for the first time in 15 years, more normal-sized properties. A double-height great room does not a happy (or financially sound) family make.

SUVs
The McMansions of cars also boomed in the boom, when we didn’t care how much we spent for gas and were happy to tower over pathetic hippie cyclists. Wired.com says that 60 percent of the cars that have been junked through the Cash for Clunkers program are gas-guzzling Ford Explorers…

brad-pitt-on-bed-150We want to look like them, dress like them, travel like them, but there are plenty of celebrity habits you don’t want to follow–especially in a recession. Jennifer Lopez reportedly doesn’t let her children wear an outfit twice, and some of the getups cost more than $1,000. Celine Dion used 6.5 million gallons of water at her Florida home a couple of years ago. And Lindsay Lohan—well, we advise you not to emulate her in any economy.

But some celebs have budget-friendly advice to share. After all, many of them were broke once too. It’s hard for mere mortals to follow the most common penny-pinching practice–get stuff given to you for free–but these are some savvy tips.

Brad Pitt: Luxury Bedding for Less
You always knew Brad would be good in—oops, I meant on—bed…