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Sunday, January 8, 2017

And The Christmas Clock Resets

I absolutely refuse to take part in the day after Christmas sales.  I might miss out on some terrific bargains but I have a price I put on my sanity as well, and it includes no Dec 26th shopping.  So finally I decided to jump in the shallow end of the post Christmas shopping pool and get my feet wet at Kohl's.  I had 40 Kohl's bucks and could not bear the thought of wasting that perfectly good free money
The biggest shopping problem with this is our changing weather.  This year we had to have the a/c running just to bear eating in the house, yet the really good deals are on winter stuff. Last year was just marginally cooler and I am unsure if this is a continuing trend or aberration.  Then out of nowhere came a wonderful arctic blast, and off I went to spend my free dough. I knew without a doubt I needed zero Christmas doo dads, and even though I was hopeful I would use the majority of my wrapping paper (It is ugly or boring and I am tired of using it) I think I only finished 2 rolls out of a dozen. So I will have to use the ugly stuff at least one more year with no need to buy any more. (Craptastic!)

Anyhow I went to the store to try and use my bucks and this is what happened. Whoo hoo! I bought 3 Christmas gifts for  Holiday 2017  (2 thermal henley shirts, 12 bucks each  and a fleece pullover $14)  for a whopping 38 dollars and finished off my remaining 2 bucks with some 60 percent off Godiva chocolates.  Then I walked out like a champ paying only the sales tax!  Win and score! I have never done anything like that and it felt really good. So thank you to each of you who have shown me the way.  I  would share my discounted chocolate with each of you, but uh, I ate it.

Next stop Rite Aid to register for plenti points! I feel a change a comin!


28 comments:

  1. Uh oh.....you've got the Rite-Aid jones. ;-)

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    1. I can only blame you and your deals! Plus Rite Aid is only about a mile from my house. To me the biggest issue is the math involved.

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  2. That's ninja level shopping, right there!

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    1. It was fantastic. How come I am so late to the ninja shopping party?

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  3. Way to go! I have the same issue with my wrapping paper. I think I will not need to think about buying any for at least three years. It's not terrible, but... Also I kind of want to change to totally reusable cloth gift bags, but I don't know how that will happen as I seem to still have the same gift bags I had 6 years ago when we moved into the house. I don't know how that happens as I use them to wrap things for other people who do not live in my house. Somehow the pile remains the same size.

    How nice that there was just exactly enough space in the budget for that Godiva chocolate. Yum!

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    1. I made some reusable cloth gift bags and they stay at my house after the gift is given. I can't remember the last time I bought a gift bag but I have tons of them I reuse year after year too (Cheap thrift store satin formals translate into massive amounts of fabric) Eventually I would like to make some of the Japanese furoshiki cloths to reuse year after year.

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  4. Way to save, Anne! I try avoid department stores all together! My husband and I had a Groupon for some mall pretzels so we had to walk through Macy's to get the stand. I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Most of the sales prices were still too high to be considered a sale. LOL!!

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    1. I am not a big dept store shopper either, but all my guys get underwear for Christmas and they all wear different brands (So no one would accidentally wear another persons underwear, because the world might end if that happened. It is funny because all of them still wear the same brand I assigned to them when they were young teens) and they can only be found in dept. stores

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  5. Good job Anne! I am super impressed. :)

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    1. Thanks, I have never scored like that before!

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  6. Yay you. Not least for giving yourself (and scoffing) the treat of chocolates.

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    1. Treating myself to chocolate seems to be something I do well and too often. I am not counting the calories in the "free" chocolate

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  7. I want a Rite aid! Well done. I waited several days for sales as well and bought a restock of cheap paper.My Kohls cash went to basics so feel thrifty there.

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    1. I have to figure out how to work the Rite Aid system, but I do have one very close and another about 2 miles from it.

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  8. Great job!!! Free AND chocolate. It doesn't get any better than that.

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  9. AWESOME!!!! AND chocolate??! good for you!

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  10. Yay, you did very well, especially to be able to get some chocolates to go with the deals! Enjoy your chocolates!

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    1. Uh, I had to go to 3 grocery stores after I snagged the chocolate and it did not even make it to the house!

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  11. I do wish we had rite aid kind of deals in Canada. Well done on your shopping trip! The best kind of shopping is the free kind

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    1. Thanks! I had bought a considerable amount there a couple of weeks before Christmas but I hit one of their huge sales and got 17 presents for 200 dollars and then they gave me the 40 kohl's bucks. Technically it was not free, but I did get a huge bang out of the dollars I spent there.

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  12. Oh me oh my I do love getting a gift card and making the most of it on sale items. Don't go all crazy on us though :) As if! And 3 gifts already for Christmas 2017 - I am so jealous!

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    1. I feel really good having started already. I have a drawer in the guest that is my gift drawer. It is usually empty so I am looking forward to filling it quickly this year.

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  13. Great job on the shopping! There is a Rite Aid on the other side of town (about 10 minutes from us) but I never go there so I haven't tried to do the Rite Aid game yet. There is a CVS close as well. I just feel intimidated by the whole process.

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    1. I do too Rachel, but I am going to try and figure out the process. I have both of them equal distances from my house, so I am going to try and see which has the better rewards system. It's a lot of math though.

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  14. Good for you Anne! I love using the last bits for Godiva chocolate!
    Happy week ending!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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