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Deals of the Week: Spa Savings, Free Shipping, Discount Clothes

Get up to $130 off a spa treatment, avoid shipping costs at more than 1,000 sites and score a new wardrobe for 20 percent less by being charitable.

Will you be asking the man in the red suit for a vacation somewhere warm and sunny? If so, this week I’ve tracked down three spa resorts with deals on 2013 getaways; you may want to let your significant other know about them. I’ve also got your guide to Free Shipping Day offers, plus a way to get a bargain on new clothes when you donate old ones to Goodwill.

Save at Least $100 on a 2013 Spa Vacation

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time taking care of yourself, I can help – and save you money. These three spa resorts are offering discounts in 2013:

  • The Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., will give you $120 worth of spa services for $60 when you book a 2013 stay by Dec. 25. There’s no minimum number of nights required to get the 50 percent discount at this recently renovated resort.

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  • Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, Calif., has a “Desert Oasis Retreat for Two” package (minimum of two nights) that knocks $40 off the nightly room rate and includes one complimentary $60 spa treatment. The offer is good for stays until Dec. 21 and from Jan. 2 to 31 at this adults-only location, listed in The 100 Best Spas in the World book.


  • The Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, Fla., has a “Spa Rejuvenation” package that gives guests one free Golden Door Spa treatment worth up to $130 for each day of a stay through Dec. 20, 2013. When you call to make a reservation at this beachfront property, request the “Spa Rejuvenation” package or Plan Code “P1.”

Take Advantage of Free Shipping Day

On Monday, Dec. 17, websites of more than 1,100 retailers — from Barnes and Noble to Talbots and Best Buy — will waive shipping fees on everything they sell; some will throw in discounts, too. To participate in Free Shipping Day, the sites must guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve anywhere in the contiguous United States. You can find a list of the sites and their links at Freeshipping.org.

If you’re worried that your gift won’t arrive in time as promised, do what I do to be safe: Print out a copy of the item you’ve purchased from the store’s website, then send that inside a greeting card to your gift’s recipient. This way, he or she will know a present is on its way.

Donate Old Clothes, Save on New Ones

A couple of times a year, I like to clean out my closets and donate clothes I’m no longer interested in wearing. It feels good to help those in need and pick up a charitable deduction, too. From now through Dec. 11, you can do what I do and get bargains on new clothes at the same time through a partnership between Goodwill and the Bon-Ton family of department stores, which includes Bergner’s, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Parisian and Younkers. Here’s how:

Bring clothes you’d like to donate to one of these retailers. For each item, you’ll get a 20 percent-off coupon that can be applied to anything in the store. Donate 10 pieces, get 10 discounts.

The coupons, like the offer, expire Dec. 11.

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