Friday, August 6, 2010

It started off a frugal day...and then there I was, couponless in Target.

It started off an ordinary summer day.  My husband, who teaches, has one more week home with us before his meetings start up.  This morning he decided to whip us up some French toast.  It's one of our favorites.  Then, I remembered that the Just Between Friends consignment sale was going on right now.  

If you are in the Dallas area, it is being held at the Resistol Rodeo Arena in Mesquite.  If you live elsewhere, check the link to see if they are having one near you.  This event is huge!  They do it twice a year, and it is totally used baby/child gear/maternity clothes/anything kid-related that you could ever think of.  I have gotten several Halloween outfits for my older daughter there, so I decided we should go check it out.

I did not have any luck with the costumes, and since they both just had birthdays on top of a family visit, gifts of new clothing were plentiful, so there wasn't much we needed.  I did come across a cute sweater for my 4 year old daughter.  She had gotten several summer dresses, so this will match nicely with them when the weather gets cooler.  It looks brand new, and only cost me $4.  I also got her some slippers, as you can see. 

When we left there, it was lunch time, but my husband needed some new work pants, so we decided to go look a few places while we were out, so we got fast food which ended up costing $16.  I cringed handing the money over, but it is not a common occurrence for us anymore.

After lunch, we went to three places looking for khakis:  Old Navy, Marshall's, and Target.  We lucked up at Marshall's, finding a $40 pair of pants on the clearance rack marked down to just $10.
In fact, they had more clothes clearanced than not, it seemed.  So, if you are looking for something specific and have a Marshall's nearby, it might be a good place to check out.  This was definitely a great find.

On to Target, where we had no luck on pants, but while we were there my husband recalled that they had their 1-subject notebooks on sale for just $0.15 each.  He has a lot of students who can't afford supplies, so he bought 100 of these.  The manager was more than happy to bring him out two whole cases from the back.

I'm glad he was able to snag this great price and stock up on some notebooks for his kids in need, but I was also beating myself up for not having my coupons with me (or even organized in general!).  There are always great deals to be had at Target--especially when you stack manufacturer coupons with their store coupons-- and I had just said yesterday that I needed to get my stuff together and make a trip over to one.  *sigh*  Oh well, I guess you can't be prepared for an unplanned trip all the time.  But to make matters worse, we passed right by Kroger on the way home, and I knew they had shredded cheese on sale, and we were out.  So my husband let me run in there to get some cheese, so twice today I found myself lamenting my lack of coupons. Sad, I know.  Am I just pathetic, or would you guys feel the same way?

I've completely gotten over it, and I'm happy about the deals that we did get today.  My plans for the evening?  Work on getting these coupons in order.


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