I’m frugal, a bargain shopper, I am the mother of 6 after all, you have to be. This is an inbred trait though seriously. I’ve always said my mother would spend $10 to save $1 even if she didn’t need the shit stuff (no wait, that was my dad that said that). Anyway, I come by it naturally. I love flea markets. I love discount stores. I love sales. I really don’t like to shop in general but if it’s a bargain, I am so there dude! With that said, boy oh boy did I find a bargain this weekend!
The hubby took the babies to Wal Mart pretty early in the morning since we needed some wood chips for the grill. Of course I sent a little list with him (nothing significant because if I asked him to buy all of the stuff I really needed, we’d be broke for sure). He came back with what we needed and proceeded to tell me that they had a bunch of video Rock Band items on the sidewalk but he didn’t look at them. What? Items on the sidewalk? And he didn’t look? Seriously? I mean I know we want Rock Band for the Wii, but he was missing the big picture here….Wal Mart was having a sidewalk sale! Oh goodie! I had to go tanning, that was my excuse, then to Wal Mart to get the rest of the stuff on my list!
And so I embarked on my solo journey! I went to the tanning salon and then headed to Wal Mart, list in hand. But alas (insert angels singing here) the sidewalk sale was calling my name. I approached…anxious…excited! I looked at the Rock Band stuff first (fabulous deal by the way, $50 instead of the regular $150) but unfortunately, no Wii, only PS3 but while I was there, of course I should look at the other bargains!
So I began buggy digging. That’s what one does at a sidewalk sale you know…buggy digging is an art! I picked up a few items…some plastic yellow bowls perfect for cereal and other snacks. Four of them for only 50 cents. Oh this was so exciting. Some soup (not expired mind you) and hot sauce, all for a quarter. My adrenaline was rushing. It was an exciting moment for sure! Then I spotted it…the make up buggy (those angels were singing so loudly I couldn’t ignore). It was then that I knew that I had hit the mother load.
I found L’Oreal Mascara ($9 value) for 50 cents. Maybelline mascara ($7 value) for 50 cents. Maybelline eyeshadow ($6 value) for 50 cents. Jergens Natural Glow Lotion ($8 value) for $1. And the bargains just kept popping out at me. If I’d have had bigger arms, I could have broke our bank, but I only chose what I could carry. All in all, I got $33 worth of cosmetics for a cool $3. Yes, that’s right….THREE DOLLARS! Jealous? You should be! It was awesome…I had accomplished something….I was proud!
I came home with my bargains and my high lasted all day (oh hell who am I kidding, I’m still on that high and it’s Wednesday). Yes, I am a bargain shopper, therefore I am a happy shopper! Seriously people…getting a bargain is the best high ever! Check out your local Wal Mart, they do this stuff all of the time! A lot of stores do. It’s rough out there, the economy sucks, people are unemployed, gas prices out the roof! Find a bargain, make your day!
I would love to hear what bargains you’ve found this week! Point me in the right direction and I am so there dude! Life is only what you make of it, enjoy the little things in life! My mom taught me well!
Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.
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