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Amy Scalia

Amy Scalia
Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and a boy, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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With the holidays right around the corner, you’re likely beginning to think about who you need to shop for and what to buy them to put under the tree. You’re off to a great start just by thinking about holiday shopping this early. 

If you want to save some extra money this year without looking like you’ve been pinching pennies, here are a few tried and true, easy ways to save when shopping for the entire family:

1. Look for Coupon Codes

Before you make any purchase online, you should always do a quick search for any coupon codes. Simply type in the search query “(store name) coupon code” into your search engine. RetailMeNot is a great resource for finding coupon codes as well. 

Another option for finding coupon codes is to use the browser extension Honey. After a quick install, Honey will automatically search for coupon codes for you and automatically add them to your order for effortless savings.

2. Sign Up for Retailer Emails

You should also make sure you’re an email subscriber of your favorite brands. Many retailers send emails with exclusive coupon codes, free shipping offers and other discounts. These emails will also alert you of any sales, so you can get the best deals on your favorite must-haves for you and your family.

3. Splurge on Quality Staples

For wardrobe staples such as winter coats, lightweight jackets, sneakers and jeans, it’s always worthwhile to invest in top-quality gear from the best brands. Not only will this gear last longer and perform better, but it will also hold its value so you can eventually re-sell or consign it to recoup some of your investment.

When applying this principle to children’s wear, don’t be afraid to size up so that your little ones can get more use out of it. Kids are often growing so fast that it won’t take long for them to grow into the proper fit of the garment. 

4. Pay Attention to Prices

Sure, you’re diligent about price comparisons when you’re considering whether to make a purchase, but what about after you buy it? Do you continue keeping track of the price for another week or two? At most retailers, it pays to, literally. 

Many retailers offer price adjustments for items that have a price reduction within 14 days of when you made the purchase. Typically, all you need to do is watch for a price drop, provide the retailer with your dated receipt and ask for a price adjustment to get automatically refunded the difference in price.

5. Don’t Pay for Shipping

These days, paying for shipping when shopping online is a rookie mistake. There are simply too many options when shopping online to waste your hard-earned money doing so. Some stores offer free shipping on every purchase, while others require a minimum purchase to earn these deep discounts. 

If that’s not the case, though, look into other options such as free shipping codes, joining customer loyalty programs that include free shipping as a perk and always consider using the “in-store pick-up” option when it’s available. 

Indeed, there are so many different ways to earn free shipping now that the only time it’s worth spending any money on shipping is if it is to expedite an urgently needed item.

Get Excited for the Holiday Season

After heeding our advice and looking for coupon codes, signing up for retailer emails, splurging on staple items, paying attention to pricing after making a purchase and never paying for shipping, don’t be surprised if you’re actually excited to do your holiday shopping. You may even find that you have some money left in your budget to treat yourself to a little gift.


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Spectacular architecture and stunning views make this East Walnut Hills home not just a work of art, it's a masterpiece. Read on for a sneak peek inside.

Spectacular architecture and stunning views make this home not just a work of art, it’s a masterpiece. Everywhere you look – inside and out – beauty and serenity abound. Spacious, bright, open floor plan. Coveted 1-floor livability. 3 bedrooms/3+1 baths. Walls of glass. Auto courtyard. Over-sized 2-car Garage. Greenhouse. Glorious. This home is listed at $1.648 million.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Combine modern living with historic charm in this Hyde Park home! Click here to see inside this week's Listing of the Week!

Exquisite, quality renovation! An exceptional display of character, craftsmanship, and comfort! This home combines the historical charm of a Hyde Park home with desirable updates such as open-concept living, large master suite 1st floor laundry & back stairs. Tax abatement has been applied for (10-year). The home is listed at $949,000 and features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 3,300-square-feet..

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Live like a royal in this home dating back to the early 1900s. Click for a peek inside with this Listing of the Week.

This renowned Edwardian-style home was built in 1911 and has only had 3 owners! The 6,000+ square feet have been well maintained inside and out to preserve the home’s integrity. There is prominent architectural detail throughout, Honduran  mahogany in the library, bottle glass windows in the dining room, a double fireplace with massive mantels, and a kitchen that opens to the breezeway and garage. The home is listed at $1.6 million and features 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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When it comes to finding the right footwear for this season then it can be difficult because the weather is unpredictable. Will you need trainers, boots or sandals? Since it is getting to the winter weather, sandals are now out of the question.

If you are looking for a pair of shoes that are suitable for this weather, then you should consider buying boots. This is because the shape of boots tend to be more suitable for the winter. In this article, we will discuss which boots are in this season. If this is something you would be interested in, then make sure you keep reading this article to find out more.

Take a Look Online

When you have a look online, you will be able to see some of the different types of boots that are in this season. There will be a lot of different images online that you can get inspiration from when it comes to choosing the right boots this season. For example, you will find a selection of different boots that are popular such as ankle boots, knee-high boots, boots with heels and boots made out of different colours and materials.

Ankle Boots

One of the popular types of boots that are in this season is ankle boots, this is because there are many different ankle boots that you can choose from. Ankle boots are also in this season because they are perfect to wear with almost every outfit that you have. If you would like to buy a pair of ankle boots then you should consider buying ankle boots like the Orlla black ankle boots from Dune. These boots are gorgeous,and they are also perfect to complete any of your outfits.

Knee High Boots

Another popular type of boots that are in this season is knee-high boots, knee-high boots are perfect for adding to your wardrobe and it is not hard to see why. These boots are the perfect fashion accessory and can be used for casual wear or to wear on a night out to look more fashionable. These boots are also perfect for this season because they can keep your legs warmer in this cold weather. These boots can be worn with many different outfits which include jeans and even dresses as well as much more.

Boots With Heels

If you are looking to add some style or if you are looking for something with some height then, this option might be just what you are looking for. Boots with heels are perfect for this season because if you are looking for something trendy to wear on your feet then these are the option that you should consider. You can wear boots with heels every day or you can use them to dress up your outfit if you are going out for dinner or going to any events.

Different Colours and Materials

There are many different styles of boots that you can choose from and use to dress up your outfits when you are going out. When it comes to choosing a pair of boots to wear, there are many different materials and colours that you can choose from. However, some of the popular materials this season are suede and leather and the popular colours include the colours; black, brown and grey.

Start Browsing

Overall, there are many different types of boots that are in this season and, in this article, we discussed some of the different boots that you can choose from. So, make sure you start browsing today and use this article as a guide to help chooseyour boots for this season.

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Views, amenities and upgrades are around every corner at this beautiful Anderson Township home! Click for a look inside this Listing of the Week you don't want to miss!

Immediately upon entering this stunning home you will notice that this spectacularly, artfully appointed private estate, situated on 3 acres, captures Majestic River Views from every window. Unique design and open living environments flow seamlessly into each other creating an entertainers dream home. The home is listed at $1.6 million and features 4 bed and 4.5 baths in more than 6,000 square feet.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Need design, home improvement, or party hosting ideas? Cincy Home Chic Home has it all! Click to check out this month's recap!

Here’s a recap of what you can find on our new site, Cincy Home Chic Home, this month!:
Decor Ideas:
Want to try wallpaper for a room? See why the powder room is a perfect place to start, and an example of on-trend wallpaper perfection.
The ceiling is often a forgotten element of a room, but see how painted shiplap and beams transformed this space with texture and sophistication.
See how local design experts take an entryway from drab to fab with a little fun and personality.
Read on to see how a local designer added function and fashion to a mudroom, complete with brilliantly repurposed vintage hat hooks!
Like entertaining? You’ll love these design ideas that make this New Construction dining room perfect for any party.
Hosting a Party:
A local chef wants to give you the ultimate dining experience – at home. Click to devour all the delectable details at we try it out for ourselves (you know, for research).
Cheers! A local lady recently turned her extensive hospitality expertise into a mobile bar concept that can bring libations to any event you host.
Home Improvement:
Open floor plans, while popular, can feel endless and unstructured. Keep reading as local interior design experts offer two easy ways to define spaces in an open concept.
From temperature to placement, see the four most important factors to consider when lighting up a room.

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We're taking you to an exquisite estate just outside of Anderson Township for this week's Listing of the Week!

Exquisite estate with spectacular views of golf course and lakes, nestled on five-plus acres in a private enclave of 9 homes, minutes from Lunken Airport and Downtown Cincinnati, 1/8 of a mile from Anderson Township. Lovely architectural details throughout, ornate crown moldings, coffered ceilings, elegant antique fireplaces imported from Europe, solarium with interior fountain. 1600 sf Great Room for entertaining with a 20 ‘ diameter stained-glass, backlit ceiling dome. Laundry with heated floors, gift wrapping station and office. Exterior Haddonstone fountain and planters adorn the landscaped estate which also boasts a nine-car garage. Located minutes from Lunken Airport and downtown Cincinnati, tucked away on a private, gated drive. Recently extensively renovated with many custom features.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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You don't want to miss this gorgeous Colonial home in this week's Listing of the Week!

At the top of a private drive, this gorgeous custom-built brick Colonial is nestled on 2.2 acres. Superior quality and details. 1st floor master bedroom with walk in closet and ensuite study. Beautiful NEW kitchen! 5 spacious bedrooms with accompanying bathrooms. Private pool in the backyard. Move in Ready! Also Available For Lease!

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.