October is SUCH a great time of year — sweater weather, fall festivals, beautiful colors. It’s also the perfect time to enjoy a little affordable shopping … affordable so as to not be completely indulgent since the holidays are right around the corner. Take a look at some of these fun Cheap Thrills we’ve spotted throughout the South. Go ahead and treat yourself, no guilt needed!
FASHION & BEAUTY THRILLS
Sweater weather calls for cozy cardigans and we love this one from The Rage. It gets bonus points for being on sale — you can get it for $38! Click here and call it a done deal!
With a colder season comes dry skin … and with dry skin comes the neverending search for an easy and inexpensive way to get you through. Look no further because we found these wonderful face masks from Sephora for only $6! With options ranging from an avocado nourishing and repairing mask to an orchid anti-aging mask, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.
We’d like to give whoever invented the beauty spoon a pat on the back. It’s seriously one of our favorite cosmetic tools that we’ve added to our arsenal. Now, instead of throwing away the last of our favorite beauty products that always seem to get stuck at the bottom of a jar or tube, we can scoop them out and use every last drop. You can grab one for $7 at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics, with locations in Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte.
Beauty spoon, $7 at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics
Ceramic candle holders
Think how pretty this pop of blue will be in an autumnal or holiday setting! Crackled ceramic candle holders can hold varying size pillar candles and are just $12 each or $24 for the pair at Nadeau, with locations throughout the South.
Knowing where to put a hot dish on the table just became a no-brainer with this wood and metal hot plate that literally spells it out. Find it for $24 at More Than Words in Germantown, TN, or online.
If you’ve been perusing Pinterest or the latest issue of Southern Living and covet the designer pumpkin look but you don’t have the time or desire to intricately carve your pumpkin —only to have it rot days later — pumpkin decals are perfect for you. Online boutique Belle Chic has waterproof, made-to-last decals ($5.99) in a variety of fonts and colors that will stick on faux or real pumpkins. You can choose from initials and polka dots or go the classic route and use a jack-o-lantern decal.
Paqui Tortilla Chips
Made in North Carolina, these tortilla chips are not for the faint of heart. Dubbed the “World’s Hottest Tortilla Chip” and priced at $4.99, it might not be a cheap chip but it’s a limited edition and a cheap gift that will be talked about for ages — and very much appreciated by just the right recipient. Click here to order.
While we’re typically all about local, local, local, this deal is too good to not mention. Next time you’re in a midday slump, head to Dunkin’ Donuts where, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., a medium or large iced coffee is only 99 cents. Yes, 99 cents! Nothing costs less than a dollar these days, so this might be the cheapest thrill of all. It just seems too good to be true!
We visited Steel City Pops when it opened in Louisville this summer but since we traded tank tops for suede boots, icy popsicles haven’t exactly been on our mind. But check out these seasonal flavors that sound perfect for fall: bosc pear with honey, cinnamon apple, cranberry orange, coffee, carrot cake or toasted marshmallow. At only $3 for fruit and $4.40 for creamy pops, we can indulge our sweet tooth without guilt. And because these popsicles are made with locally harvested organic or all-natural products — and there are never artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives — we feel even less guilty. Find a SCP location near you by clicking here.
Jumbo deluxe cookies
Insomnia Cookies’ jumbo deluxe cookies come in to-die-for flavor combos like chocolate peanut butter cup, s’mores and triple chocolate chunk. “I think Insomnia Cookies’ uniqueness comes from the fact that we deliver our warm, delicious cookies right to your door until 3 a.m., daily,” says Christine Glasser of Insomnia Cookies. “Also, our deal of the week allows customers to try different products at a discount.” Get your jumbo deluxe cookie of choice for $3 at Insomnia Cookies in Birmingham, AL, or online.
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