Tis the season to be thrifty — and the signs of the times are immediately apparent at your local mall. Stores like Saks are offering discounts as steep as 70% off, and you just might be surprised at how many parking spots are still available at your nearest Target or WalMart on the weekends. Which begs the question — if actual stores are struggling, what about online stores? Or websites trying to sell their wares? There are some fabulous giveaways, opportunities, shopportunities, and discounts happening online, so allow me to share a few with you!

First stop, freebieville — AKA The Bride’s Cafe! Up and coming blogger Janie, the designer and owner of Janie Medley Flora Design is hosting an Ultimate Wedding Giveaway on her site! Click here to enter before the deadline of December 31st. Janie’s offering free flowers, photography, wedding day coordination, a wedding documentary, a personalized aisle runner or custom table runner, and 200 Custom Invitations/RSVPS/Enclosure Cards/Envelopes/Labels & Seals. WOW! That’s a whole lotta offer. There can only be one winner, and you have until midnight, December 31, 2008 to enter. The lucky couple will be announced on January 26, 2009. Click here, and good luck, bella brides!

Want abfab and ab-FREE makeup lessons? Hit up the homegirls at your local Bobbi Brown makeup counter — all over the country, they’re offering free holiday makeup lessons. Click here to get the coupon from The Makeup Girl, print it out and bring it with you, or just show up at any Bobbi Brown counter to add a little sparkle to your holiday look. I gotta testify – I just wore all over Bobbi Brown to my holiday party, and I felt like the belle of the ball in my glitter lip balm! Click here to find the nearest Bobbi Brown counter.

And I’ve got some SWEET online discounts for you — starting Friday, December 12th through Thursday, January 1st, all shirts from on.us.tees will be 20% off with coupon code: ONUSHOLIDAY. The Do Better Movement Tee is my favorite — and it comes in plus sizes! Woot!

My hirstute New York City dwelling bellas are in luck — Beam Laser Spa in New York City is currently running a holiday promotion — Afrobella readers can receive 25% off of hair removal packages (6 sessions) through Dec 31st. Beam is run by two Brazilian sisters, Andrea and Liza, who focus on providing their clients with a peaceful place to have the procedure done, and an education on hair removal.

MAC Cosmetics is offering 25% off their holiday kits — wonderful news for a bella like me who’s been eyeing that Charming Garnet. But I think I might wait till the Mineralize Eye Shadows get a little cheaper. I love the colors!

For my jewelry loving bellas, I got you 20% off of jewelry purchase at Aquababie. Some of those jewelry sets are bangin’!

And last but certainly not least, the bella behind Koi Creative Studio would love to offer Afrobella readers a 20% holiday discount at her Etsy.com store. Sounds like a great time to score those turquoise and coral dangle earrings! Your 20% discount will appear when they check-out via paypal.com. Use the code “afrobella”.

OH! And before I forget — if you like to keep your eye on bargains, keep your eyes peeled to Indie Shopping TV! The brilliant bellas behind the Indie Beauty Network, are now making it easy for you to connect directly with small business owners who make products you love: jewelry, bath and body and more! You can watch the product demonstrations live and chat with the person who made the products. Plus, as a member of IndieShopping.TV, you get special pricing during the live show.

And DON’T FORGET – yours truly is one of the judges in the Indie Business of the Year Awards. Today is the deadline for nominees, so clicky click to show some indie beauty love!

Happy shopping, bellas! If you’re a business owner or PR and you have a sweet holiday deal for Afrobella readers, let me know in the comments below!

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