January 19, 2011
I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing outside my weekly projects for SYTYC (there’s still time to go vote this week!), but I have been doing a lot of shopping!! I save up money to spend on after Christmas sales because you just can’t beat ‘em.
Last week Target marked their clearance toys down to 75% off and I went to three different stores buying things up! In total I bought 57 toys: little Valentine’s gifts for my girls, stuff for their Easter baskets, gifts for both their birthdays, and birthday gifts for 14 out of their 16 second cousins (the Hubs has 10 cousins who all live near us and we’re very close to), in addition to a little something for each of my 3 nieces (we’ll probably give them to them at Easter). Because of my bargain shopping, I spent $122.56, and I saved $521.77!!! OH MY WORD. That translates to an OOP cost of $2.15 per toy for me! The Hubs does not understand my excitement.
Here’s what I brought home the first day. Most of this is for my girls (I know, but how could I NOT?).
And the second day was most of the cousins haul, but since I don’t want to ruin any surprises for family who might read my blog, you get to see it like this. Bagged and tagged for each kid. No more last minute running to the store for me this year!! My next goal is to go ahead and buy gift bags and get them ready to wrap!
Then today I hit up Old Navy. Their clearance is an additional 40% off and I saved big!
2 long sleeve polos, 1 long sleeve button down, 5 tees
1 sweater (that was so cheap I got one for my Mom and sister, too!), 1 shirt, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of cords, 1 canteen
2 pairs of jammies, 2 shirts
1 pair of jammies
Pictorally, it looks like this (minus the canteen):
I spent $70.52, and I saved $321.98!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! I scored jammies for Sofie for $2.38, so I’m thinking of going to another ON later to see if I can find her any more!
I kept track of all of my purchases in an Excel spreadsheet and it absolutely tickles me to say that for all of this, I spent $193.08, and saved $843.74. THAT’S RIGHT!! Regular retail price of everything I bought was $1036.83 and I got it all for less than $200.
Save 82%. YES PLEASE!