The Fayette Mall parking lot is packed these days. I can't help but wonder if on some of these hot days people think it might be fun to get in the air conditioning at the mall and walk around and check out the stores.
It's not a bad idea, but remember if you go to the mall to get out of the heat or get some exercise, don't buy items you don't need.
Before you head out, check out some of the following stores' specials and events going on. Maybe you can even take advantage of some of the freebies available.
American Eagle: Take an additional 50 percent off clearance excludes jeans and some other items.
Old Navy: Sign up for email alerts to receive 20 percent off your purchase. They also will give you something special for your birthday. Mark your calendar because $1 Flip Flop Sale is Saturday. The sale is for in-store only, and typically there is a limit of 5.
Macy's: From June 21-July 12, give $3 to provide a book for a child and get $10 off a $30 purchase, plus an extra 20 percent or 15 percent storewide. (Some exclusions apply)
Starbucks: Sign up for My Starbucks Reward program. You'll get stars when you use your reward program card to purchase products. You also can get stars from specially marked Starbucks products purchased in a grocery store. The more stars you earn, the more free drinks or food you will get. Don't forget when you drive through your local participating Starbucks to ask for a puppy latte, a special treat for your dog.
bareMinerals: Take four of your girlfriends in for a Girl Friend Party where store staff will apply the new trend or an evening look focusing on your eyes, lips and cheek or sign up for a Make Under where staff will teach you about your skin and applying the appropriate makeup. Both of these services are free. Call your local store for reservations.
J.C.Penney: Earn a $10 off coupon when you purchase $75 in J.C.Penney gift cards.
Target: Target makes it so simple to get your bridal registry started. You can access your registry from anywhere. And there are easy returns and exchanges for one year. They also have a baby registry and a college registry.
Also, look for Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World and Jurassic Park III on blu-ray for $8 each. Use the 10 percent off all movies cartwheel savings offer; plus, these movies include $7.50 Fandango Cash to see Jurassic World in theaters. (Sticker on front of box)
Helzberg Diamonds: Save 20 to 30 percent off jewelry repairs through June 22, when Helzberg Diamonds hosts its annual National Jewelry Refurbish and Repair Fair Event. Save 20 percent off one repair, 25 percent off two and 30 percent off three repairs. Ring refurbishment will be available for $29.99, a $65 value. Stores will also offer free jewelry cleaning and inspection.
Godiva Chocolatier: When you sign up for Godiva rewards online you will receive a free piece of chocolate every month from participating GODIVA boutiques. Plus, free chocolate on your birthday. Godiva.com
The Children's Place: Learn about special offers, new arrivals and special in-store events by email and receive a 25 percent off coupon via email. Childrensplace.com
Babies R Us: Print out a coupon for a free Dr. Brown's Stars & Stripes 8 ounce bottle on purchase of $15 or more. http://bit.ly/1FXN3ZZ
Toys R Us: Take the kids to the store from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday for a free Make and Take a Mini LEGO Jurassic World Gate toy. Check out website for more information. http://bit.ly/1GozK7t
Williams-Sonoma: Learn cooking techniques from indoor/outdoor pizza on June 21 and Fourth of July Cookout tips on June 28 starting at 11 a.m. Call your local store to register. For the kids, sign up for Junior Cooking Classes on June 20 at 10 a.m. they will learn how to use some of the new kitchen gadgets. Then they will create a delicious treat for dad. Suitable for ages 5 — 13.
Victoria's Secret: Get a free pair of panties with any pink purchase coupon when you sign up for Pink Nation on Victoria's Secret website.
Aeropostale: Before school starts, check out The Teens for Jeans program at your local store. When you bring in a pair of old jeans to donate you receive a coupon for 25 percent off a new pair of jeans at the store. See the website or call your store for dates.
Olive Garden: Print out coupon for $6 off dinner for two. http://bit.ly/1Ti1Esr
H&M: Sign up for their newsletter to receive a 20 percent off one item coupon. Hm.com/us/newsletter
Sephora: Become a Beauty Insider to take advantage of some classes this summer. From 8-10 a.m., on Saturday learn tricks for sculpting, refining, and slimming with expert tips. From 10-11:30 a.m. on July 19, learn how to identify the ideal brow length, thickness, and arch to instantly polish and frame your face. From 10-11:30 a.m. July 26 master the nighttime smoke eye look. Reserve your spot online. Sephora.com
Best Buy: Instead of driving, go online to get $5 in Gas Cash when you purchase a participating blu-ray movie. Some of the movies start at $6.99 (regularly up to $14.99). Gas Cash valid wherever credit cards accepted for gas. http://bit.ly/1IZq1Z5