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Monday, March 17, 2014

Emerald dress look for less and a $200 Giveaway!

When I shop, I want to make sure I am getting the best deal for my money. I hunt down expensive pieces like this J.Crew blazer on ebay, where I got it for $30. I take advantage of coupon codes which I used on top of a sale price to get this emerald shirt dress for a steal from Piperlime, and I search for inexpensive pieces like this leopard clutch I purchased from the Gap for $35 which looks like the pricy Clair Viver clutch.

Even with my best thrifty efforts, sometimes it's easy to get carried away and go over budget, which is when a prepaid debt card like H&R Block's new Emerald Prepaid Debit Mastercard would be a big help. It has all the great benefits of a credit card and a debit card, with features like instant cash reward offers, ATM cash withdrawal and cash back with a purchase. Because the Emerald Card is prepaid, you can't spend more then you have - its like cash but better, as you can make purchases both online and in stores, plus you are protected against theft and fraud.

To help everyone be a more savvy shopper, I've teamed up with H&R Block, and I'm showing you how you can put together a look with a stunning emerald dress like mine for under $150, then offering you a chance to win a $200 prepaid Emerald Card of your own! Just leave a comment sharing what you'll spend the Emerald Card on, or any budget fashion tips you have, then enter with the rafflecopter below.

For even more emerald inspiration, check out my pinterest board in collaboration with H&R Block!

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The Rundown
Dress Boundary & Co. via Piperlime similar
Chambray Blazer J.Crew via ebay
Leopard Pumps "Okala" Sam Edelman similar $
Leopard Calf Hair Clutch Gap similar
Gold Snake Chain Belt Thrifted similar
Alphabet Necklace c/o Gorjana & Griffin
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana & Griffin
Emerald Ring c/o Red Envelope
Ring Taken for Granite similar
Nail Color "Haute as Hello" Essie


Emerald under $150

Emerald Shirtdress by XOXO, $49 at Amazon
Chambray Blazer, $29 at G by Guess
Leopard Pumps, $30 at Target
Leopard Clutch, $20 at Charlotte Russe
Gold Snake Chain Belt, $23 at Etsy



H&R Block has asked me to help promote the Emerald Prepaid MasterCard. The prize was provided and may be shipped to the winner by H&R Block, but all opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of H&R Block. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US only. No purchase necessary in order to win prize. Winner to be chosen at random.

148 comments:

  1. Such a pretty dress, if I won I use this when I go to K.C i. A few weeks for so,e great spring shopping at the Plaza.

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  2. I'm with you, I love a great deal so I wait for sales and use coupons and I'd use the gift card to go on a shopping spree for my little girl! :)

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  3. I would spend it on my twins first birthday party in a couple of weeks. It is very expensive for the cakes, decorations, and presents. This would help A LOT!
    I LOVE the green dress and SHOES! Oh how cute! Looks great on you!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Desiree H

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  4. I would use my card on a new suit for me, of course incorporating green into a nice dress shirt.
    Thanks
    Terry H

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  5. heres a budgeting tip - put some money aside each paycheck in a clothing fund :)

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  6. I would spend it on some new shoes for spring/summer-- I've been wanting a pair of slide on tennis shoes (I love the leopard ones I've seen Shanna Said So wearing) and a new pair of sandals.

    I definitely shop sales when I'm looking for new items. I use Before I Shop so I can always see what sales are going on for my favorite stores.

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  7. I think it is time to invest in a new proper "adult" suit for myself and this card would go towards that if I won. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  8. Love this outfit!
    As for what I'd spend the money on...perhaps a great new spring dress in a fun print!
    And budget tips - NEVER pay full price, always shop the sale section. Even in Marshalls and TJ Maxx :)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  9. i really, really am craving a great pair of neutral flats right now and can't find any that are good quality and in my price range. i've had to really cut back on my spending as i'm trying to budget and pay off my medical bills. :)

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  10. I would get some new spring and summer clothes.

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  11. This is definitely one of my fave looks that you've put together!

    If I were to win I'd use the $200 to get some clothes to help transition from pregnancy to after baby-body.

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  12. I love eBay! If I can wait I will find it!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  13. I am a huge eBay shopper. It is so easy to hunt down an item similar to an expensive designer piece. It does take up a lot of time to search and bid, but it's worth it. You look good in green!

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  14. Emerald green and leopard print is one of my fav combinations! I'd spend the gift card on new spring clothes :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    JCrew Giveaway!

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  15. Hmm, I'd spend it on house decor. I've been trying to slowly redecorate our house.

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  16. I would love to buy a white blazer, some sneakers and some sandals for the warm weather! Thank you so much for the chance!

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  17. I would buy some summer clothes.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  18. I'd invest in a timeless spring trench coat!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  19. I love that dress and those heels! I would probably get a higher price item with the card, like a purse or watch! I love getting sales on top of sales and using coupons, target coupons, and cartwheel to save money at Target! That helps me a lot!

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  20. I would use the card to buy my son some new summer clothes! He's grown out of everything from last year!

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  21. I would use it to buy some new summer clothes.

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  22. I would spend this card to buy all the in-between clothes from post-pregnancy to being able to comfortably wear my old wardrobe.

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  23. I could always use a few cute tops for spring :)

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  24. i would buy new work clothes for my husband

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  25. I would buy spring clothes for my kids.

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  26. You look amazing in green, loving this look on you!!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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  27. Pretty outfit! I would use the H&R Block Gift Card on some Summer clothes. I always have to replace them, because we have long Summer months. I always wait for a sale! I pin things I want on Pinterest, sign up for email alerts and wait for a sale.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  28. SO SO SO chic! I love the emerald dress and those leopard heels!

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  29. What a shame I don't have a US address, because I know exactly what I'd use an Emerald Card for - it seems a bit unbelievable that after being in Paris and shopping to my heart's content, I might still need something new but... because there is always a but... the one thing I didn't find that I had really hoped for was a perfect denim jacket. It's one of those spring/summer essentials that has been on my list forever but I just can't find the perfect one, and seeing your chambray blazer in this post reminded me of it again. If I had a bit of money leftover, I'd probably go on a hunt for that leopard clutch of yours. I love it more every time you wear it!
    xox,
    Cee

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  30. I would definitely use the card for shopping- it would help me stick to a budget for sure!

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  31. I absolutely love this dress! Gorgeous color and it looks great with the chambray blazer.

    I would use the gift card for a few new items in my spring wardrobe, a pair of wedge sandals in cognac and a new purse, for sure!

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  32. Groceries! Because I like food more than I like clothes. :)

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  33. i would buy spring clothes

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  34. I would definitely use it to buy new shoes - especially some new running shoes!

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  35. I am on a fixed income, so I would use this money to buy myself new summer clothes and a new pair of sandals for Summer! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  36. You are pretty, love this dress and shoes.

    http://freedmode.blogspot.fr/
    Thanks for your comment.
    Come check my new post
    See you soon

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  37. Love this pretty shade of green! You look perfect!
    xo Adri
    www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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  38. I love your pretty green dress and you are always finding the best deals! I would use the gift card to update my spring wardrobe. Thanks for this giveaway Lydia!

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  39. Sounds like this would be a great giveaway. Good luck to everyone. I think your emerald green and leopard are a perfect combination. Great dress! :-)

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  40. You look adorable!! Love the Kelly green dress, obviously. I think I'd use the card to buy a new pair of sandals. COME ON SPRING! :)

    xx
    Kelly
    kellyinthecity.com

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  41. That dress is swoonworthy and I totally want one for spring:) Btw: love your blazer as well. Kisses, darling.

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  42. I love the easy breeziness of this outfit
    Very spring, but yet can keep you warm enough if it gets cool

    I would use the card to buy some much needed updates for my spring wardrobe
    Brett

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  43. I would spend it on new clothing for the spring.

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  44. We both love Emerald Green!
    It is a fabulous colour for your skintone and your beautiful hair!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  45. Love the dress! I'd go shopping with my daughter if I won. It'd be a day out with my mini me, buying spring/summer clothes for her and myself. Maybe some matching outfits too ;)

    www.accidentallystylish.com

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  46. I'd love to buy some emerald shoes! And maybe put some towards a vacation fund :)

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  47. Love this blazer on you, it is perfect with green!

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  48. Beautiful dress!

    Great giveaway! I would use this card to buy new wedges!

    justanothershopaholic@gmail.com

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  49. Beautiful look!

    Towards my trip to Nicaragua!

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  50. What a beautiful color on you! Love that dress!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    stylininstlouis.com

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  51. I lost 10 lbs so I will be doing a little shopping

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  52. I would put it towards our family vacation.

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  53. The dress is gorgeous, and that blazer is so perfect!!!

    www.plogstyle.com

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  54. I would spend it on my kids spring/summer clothing

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  55. If I won I would use it towards some new spring clothes for the kids and myself.

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  56. I would buy summer clothes for the family.

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  57. My husband and I are taking a trip to Colorado for our 5th wedding anniversary! This would help with gas and maybe even a romantic private horseback ride :)

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  58. Love your outfit! That color is great on you. I'm (hopefully) moving out soon, and it would help buy some apartment necessities!
    I'm a savvy spender who just entered to win a $200 @HRBlock Emerald Card at Chic on the Cheap, and so can you! http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com/

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  59. I'd buy some clothes for my family reunion in May

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  60. That dress is such a beautiful color! I think I would use the Emerald Card on acting expenses :)

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  61. Loving this emerald dress paired with the leopard heels! Just perfect :)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  62. I would spend it on a work wardrobe. Thanks!

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  63. Uh. Hello hottie! That green looks amazing on you Lydia! I would totally use that money towards a flight to Vegas so that I can save money and shop!

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  64. I Would Spend It On A Chic Spring Wardrobe And Colorful Accessories!
    Heather Hayes Panjon Entry Name

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  65. I'd buy a snake belt like yours and a bag i've had my eye on.

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  66. I've lost some weight since last summer so now I need something to wear to work.

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  67. I love this outfit on you! The green dress and the leopard look fab together, and I love those shoes!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  68. Great outfit on you. Love the chambray blazer with this.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  69. Love the Jacket! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    -- Heather @ FBG

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  70. I almost never pay full price for anything and that is not just limited to clothing! I always wait for sales and love coupons! I am a huge target fan and the cartwheel app is amazing!

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  71. I always wait for items to go on sale then I usually look for additional coupons online. Shopping online using Ebates also helps reduce your cost of buying items.

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  72. I would spend it on my fiance's wardrobe, he needs new shoes and work clothes!

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  73. I'd put it towards an upcoming road trip :)

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  74. I would definitely spend it on clothing!

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  75. I would spend it on some new shoes for spring/summer!

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  76. I would use it towards clothing at my favorite budget places, like thrift shops and clearance racks!

    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  77. love green and leopard together, I have a more sporty version of this outfit with the denim and the leopard.

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  78. I desperately need a couple of spring dresses! I would also love to get some Jambu shoes...

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  79. That emerald dress is beautiful on you!

    What a fun giveaway! I'd definitely put it toward the Tory Burch earrings I'm gaga for: http://www.toryburch.com/courtlyn-drop-earring/11145634.html?dwvar_11145634_color=139&start=45&cgid=accessories-jewelry&utm_medium=aff&utm_source=cj&utm_content=4441350

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  80. You look amazing! I love that color on you!

    I would spend it on some spring trends, like the florals and the world prints I've been seeing.

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  81. gorgeous! i'd use it to pay for my taxes to be done. by h&r block, of course!

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  82. I would spend the card on spring outfits for my 2 kids.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  83. I would use it to pick up some new shoes. My flats are passing the point of well-loved! ;)

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  84. I'd love to use the card to purchase some cute new shoes for spring - really loving the mule trend!
    I'm a firm believer in mixing high & low price items for a total 'put together' look. I love using shopstyle.com to compare prices on a particular item, to make sure I'm getting the best price. Ebay is great (I use a lot!) to find items that may be sold old and you can save a lot of cash. I also like online shopping sites such as ASOS, Zara, LuLus, etc to find current trendy pieces at great prices. I've also heard great things about sheinside.com, but haven't purchased from them before.

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  85. I would spent it on either fabric or letter so I can sew my self a tote for the summer.

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  86. i would put it towards school expenses.

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  87. I would use the money to buy a few sundresses.

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  88. I would use it to buy a new spring wardrobe

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  89. I would spend the money on clothes for vacation in July! :)

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  90. I would use it towards gas going home on a trip to see my mom/sis
    thanks for the giveaway
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  91. I would use it to buy my kids summer clothes

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  92. Not gonna lie, I'll probably buy shoes #sorrynotsorry LOL

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  93. I love the pops of leopard with the green! Honestly, I would probably spend the money on clothes.
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite
    Necklace Giveaway!

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  94. I love the combination. It is so pretty and look great with your complexion. This is a great giveaway. Thanks for sharing. I will used it to buy my mom some of her meds and spend some to eat out for my upcoming birthday.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  95. I would go clothes shopping for sure!

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  96. Hey girlfriend!

    I'm wedding planning, so the giftcard would be SO handy!

    P.S. LOVE your outfit. Green & leopard = perfection

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

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  97. My budget tip would be Burlington Coat Factory. I was in there a few weeks ago. I got a $150 MiracleSuit for $35. And they had similar deals everywhere.

    Wendy T

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  98. I would buy my boyfriend a birthday present! an awesome one!

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  99. I adore those shoes and that clutch!! The leopard looks so amazing with the green dress. What a great pairing! I would use the $200 toward some fun new spring/summer dresses! xoxoxo Danielle @ For the Love of Leopard

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  100. I would use it to add some color to my wardrobe! I've been wearing all black, all winter.

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  101. I would put the money toward my monthly student loan bill!
    -Meg
    www.dillandscout.etsy.com
    www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

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  102. I would purchase a much needed pair of prescription glasses, pay on my medical bills and buy groceries.

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  103. Oh I would love to buy some new spring/summer clothes! I always seem to spend all the extra on the kids :) Would love to take a little time and buy myself something new too!

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  104. I'd buy a nice purse! That's the one thing I don't mind spending a little money on :-)

    Love the emerald dress on you! The green color is so pretty!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  105. I'm in need of good quality neutral flats. I need really soft leather and excellent support. So if I won I'd use it on flats.

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  106. i'd use it to buy summer clothes for my kids

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  107. I would buy some cool vintage clothes and cute decorations from etsy!

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  108. My son has been begging me for piano lessons so this card can pay for a few months to get him started.

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  109. I could definitely use a wardrobe refresh- I need a few new tops for spring!

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  110. I would love to buy a couple cute Spring/Summer Dresses and matching Sandals.

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  111. Your dress and blazer are so pretty. The clutch matches the shoes perfectly too. You look ready for Spring.

    I would use the gift card purchase a couple of new pairs of Pumps. I want a Tortoise pair and a Cobalt pair and perhaps a new Floral top or two. =)

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  112. I would get some things for my home. Like an actual duvet set for my bed =)

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  113. I'd spend it on a new camera, as the zoom on mine broke.

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  114. I love your outfit and have the same fabulous clutch;) Awesome giveaway! I'd probably use it to contribute towards an ipad. :)

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  115. I'd spend it on a shopping spree!

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  116. I would use it to buy the new leopard Sam Edelmans I spotted in the latest Nordstrom catalog

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  117. I would use it to buy the new leopard Sam Edelmans I spotted in the latest Nordstrom catalog

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  118. Love that emerald color on you! I would use the money to get some new spring clothes.

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  119. I would use the gift card to buy an anniversary gift for my husband
    Leidy R rafflecopter form

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  120. I'd use it to pay a doctor's bill. The rest would go toward warm weather clothes for my 4 year old. He's growing like a weed!

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  121. I could use some new clothes to refresh my spring wardrobe. I am crushing on your leopard pumps - so cute!

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  122. Seriously, that green is gorgeous on you, such a pretty dress!

    Not gonna lie, that gift card would probably go towards (even more) new clothes that I don't need... and maybe one or two things for the family... ;)

    livingwithaholts.blogspot.com

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  123. I would definitely use the card to invest in some new spring clothes. I'm crazy about looks that mix emerald green and navy.

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  124. I would definitely use the card to buy this jacket: THIS jacket from Nordstroms that I LOVE but can't justify buying right now....!!

    Ashley
    SOUTHbySOHO

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  125. I would spend the Emerald card on new clothes for the summer. I really need some new dresses and shorts.

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  126. I would use the gift card to buy some new spring dresses and brighter colors.

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  127. I would use it toward the purchase of clothes for myself. I desperately need clothes.

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  128. I would use it on curtains for my new house!

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  129. I would use it to update my wardrobe.

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  130. After getting a bagel toaster, I would spend the money on a shopping spree. I want to get gold sandals for summer and that gorgeous Corilynn tulle skirt.

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  131. A lot of things comes to mind with that gift card! For sure a new outfit! Possibly, a midi skirt, crop top, shoes, handbag, and if there's extra... some accessories :)

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  132. Well I need a new bathing suit, so definitely that. And new shorts for summer

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  133. I would love to get a new outfit with this!

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  134. I would use the card to fix the transmission on my car or buy things for the home.

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  135. I would use it for clothes for my upcoming Carribean cruise

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  136. I would use it for my impending move and all of the things I am going to need to buy!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  137. That color looks fabulous on you! Love the chambray blazer over it!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

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  138. Happy Birthday! This outfit is perfection!

    http://soworkweekchic.blogspot.com/

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