I love a good deal. Couponing and sales are a source of fun for me. This afternoon Michael went over to a coworker’s house so they could work on their ham radios and while he was gone I did a little leisurely shopping. You know, the kind where you have no specific item in mind and you’re just wandering around for fun. I haven’t done that in a long time and I had a blast! Not to mention, I got some really great stuff. Of course as soon as I got home I had to show Michael all the fantastic stuff I got, and while he is happy for me I don’t think he gets quite as excited as me. But I know some of you will relate to my happiness at the stuff I got…so I’m going to share with you (feel free to quit reading now if you have no desire to have a play-by-play account of my shopping trip today).
I started out with the mall. Right now if you sign up for FitStudio online you get a coupon for a free stability ball from Sears so I went into Sears to get mine.
FYI – when I printed my coupon a week or so ago it said that it expired January 31. When I got to the cash register the girl said that Sears was told that they expired January 5th or 6th, however since the customers were told they had until 1/31, she still gave me mine for free. I don’t know if the coupon is still printing through 1/31 or not so you can give it a try and then see if your Sears will still honor it, but no guarantees.
After I checked out I started to head out of the store but noticed a huge display of Christmas wrapping paper on sale so I grabbed three rolls and checked out again. Each roll was maybe $1.60 or so. So now I’m all set on wrapping paper for next year. Sweet!
Victoria’s Secret had a bunch of beauty products on sale for 75% off and I got this shimmery powder for $3.00. I know this is weird, but I’ve wanted a brush that shimmery powder comes out of since the first time I saw one in high school but I’ve never really needed one. But for $3.00 I think I can splurge a little and finally have my shimmer powder.
I stopped by Bath and Body Works to see if they had any lotion or shower gel in my favorite Christmas scents – Twisted Peppermint and Vanilla Bean Noel. Sadly they were already all gone, but I did find Twisted Peppermint candles for $1.50 each.
There’s a store with tons of kitchen items in the mall where I found one of these oil pourer things. I’ve been wanting one for a while – it’s fine to pour oil out of the huge container when you’re pouring into a measuring cup, but when you’re just trying to drizzle it over veggies or something you’re more likely to get a flood than a drizzle. I think this will help.
By this point I realized I should have gone back to Sears last to get my wrapping paper rather than buying it first thing. As clumsy as I am, trying to carry three long rolls of wrapping paper through stores is a bad idea. So I took all my purchases to the car and came back in for more!
Empty handed and ready to buy more, I went into Ulta. I was just recently introduced to Ulta – which carries all kinds of makeup, hair stuff, nail polish, and other beauty supplies – and I love going in there! (It’s similar to Sephora, just without as much high-end stuff, although they do carry many of the same brands – sadly there is no Sephora in BG)
If you don’t already read The Small Things Blog, you totally should – she has amazing hair tutorials. I (and pretty much everyone else on Pinterest) am obsessed with Kate’s hair. Lo and behold when I walked into Ulta they were having a sale on the very same shampoo and conditioner that Kate recommends (each bottle $15 – usually the shampoo is $23 and the conditioner is $28). And, as fate would have it, I had just run out of shampoo this week and was needing to buy more. So…
Those bottles huge (33 oz) and will last me forever! I also grabbed a travel size bottle of the hairspray Kate loves so I could test it out and see if I like it better than my current hairspray.
I wandered around the mall but didn’t buy anything else. I did try on a pair of TOMS to see if they lived up to all the hype. I don’t think they are really my style, although they are cute, and I definitely wouldn’t pay $50-$70 for a pair. But if I ever find them on sale I might grab a pair (Biskie found some for $10 right after Christmas! I would definitely buy some if I got them that cheap!).
At TJ Maxx I found one of my favorite purchases all day. I have no idea if it’s going to work well but I really hope so because it would be super convenient if it did.
The lettuce goes down in the white bowl. The green thing to the left of the picture goes in the freezer and acts as the ice pack. You set it in the top of the white bowl.
It holds your dressing (the white thing) and any other salad toppings or stuff you need to keep cold in the little containers.
Here’s the picture on the box. I really hope it works because taking salads for lunch is a huge hassle and this would make eating healthy much easier when I start back to work.
Home Depot had their 2 oz paint samples for $0.50 each, so I grabbed three fun colors to use for craft projects.
And then Target. Oh Target, how we love you. These bottles of nail polish were on clearance $2-$3 each – fun, pretty colors that I would never pay $7-$8 for.
2 packs of gloves were on sale for $1.50 so I grabbed some to put in our emergency kits that we’re working on putting together. For everyday use (not that it’s been cold enough yet this winter to need gloves, weird) I like long gloves that cover my wrist so there’s no skin exposed between the end of my jacket and the start of my glove. But for $1.50 for 2 I figured these would be better than nothing if we really were in an emergency.
I’ve decided that Target is my new go-to place for shoes. All the shoes that I looked at came in 11s. I think that might be pretty recent because in the past I’ve mostly been able to find 10s but not 11s. Yay for cute Target shoes for big footed people! These shoes are cute and so comfortable – and only $15.
My final stop was Kroger to buy some eggs, but I also found this cute cookie cutter in the Christmas clearance for $1.00. If I don’t use it for cookies, it will make a cute ornament for the tree. I love copper.
Speaking of shoes, a while ago I told you I got some amazing new shoes at Rugged Wearhouse but I still haven’t found the perfect outfit to wear them with. I want to show them to you so bad that I’m just going to show you now and eventually you’ll see them in action in a WIWW post.
I found these beauties on the clearance rack. They’re Sofft brand and they were marked down to $10. When I got to the register though, they rang up for $7.00! No complaints here! (I saw them at TJ Maxx today for $28, btw). I don’t know if you can tell in the picture but they’re a lovely raspberry color. They also have almond shaped toes, which I hear is the “in” shape for shoes this year. They are also much more comfortable than most of my high heels.
Also speaking of shoes, while I was out today I got a text from my aunt Elizabeth. She was shopping at a shoe outlet in Mayfield and found a pair of BCBG boots in size 11 for…get this…$15! She grabbed them for me and I can’t wait to try them on – I really hope they fit! Here’s the picture she sent me.
If you’re still reading, congratulations – you made it to the end. Fun shopping days like this are few and far between and I enjoyed wandering around buying random things…and finding great deals!
Now it’s time to fix some supper and relax with the movie we rented tonight – Limitless. We don’t often rent movies so I hope this is a good one.
Have a great Saturday night, friends!