The Only Thing Better Than a Really Great Bargain is Money Well Spent

Today Son and I went to Costco.   They are about seven minutes from our home, so I shop there pretty much every week.  Their milk prices alone make it worth the trip – I usually save about $1 a gallon over Publix.  Their meats are FANtastic, and I save a bundle on bread, eggs and many other staples.

They also have lots of neat stuff.  I try to steer clear, avoiding the impulse buy.  But today I couldn’t help noticing some really cute black iron bistro chairs, priced at $22.99 apiece:

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Gee, those look really familiar… I really liked them a lot.  Cute and comfy, with a wide seat to accommodate wide tushies.  That’s good, since they are  the EXACT SAME ONES I bought this weekend, and I only paid $5 apiece!

I LOVE a bargain!

Since I saved so much money on the chairs I decided to give myself some long overdue help.  I do all of my finances by hand, and it’s just ridiculous to do so.  Every year I procrastinate doing my taxes because it’s such a bear of a job.  I tried Microsoft Money and hated it.  I’ve wanted Quicken for a long time, but could never justify the expense.  I heard that Quicken was offering a free online version, and I checked it out.  Good, but I’m not comfortable with all of my financial info being kept on some server somewhere.

Well, Costco came out with a new coupon book today, and there was a $20 off coupon for Quicken.  That made it half price, so I bought it.

I am soooo happy I did.  In a little over an hour I’ve entered all of my credit card receipts for the year so far, properly categorized to make my taxes next year so much easier.  I still have a few accounts to enter,  but I’m feeling really, really good.

I’m not going to justify spending the rest of the money saved on those great bargain chairs, but that $20 was well worth it in time saved, accuracy and angst.

The only thing better than a really great bargain is money well spent.  Money well spent that’s also a bargain?  Nirvana!

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Bargains, bargains, everywhere…

After a very expensive holiday season (thank you, property taxes!) I’m trying pretty hard not to buy anything this month.  Still, I could not pass up these deals…

The Target near me is offering an additional 30% off clearance clothing, which is already 30-75% off.

I got 12 items for Son (including three sweaters and a windbreaker – and  a Champion Hoodie and sweatpants!) and paid only $28.   I bought everything in next year’s size, so we’re off to a good start.  I used gift cards to finance these finds, so I’m pretty happy.  I’d have been happier if the cashier had not  mentioned that last year they did 50% off the clearance clothing…

I got another coup at Office Max.  They sent me a $10 off $10 coupon, so off I went with the intention of getting an electric pencil sharpener (we don’t have  any other than my make-up sharpener).  The electrics started at 7.99, but I realized that I didn’t want to keep it plugged in, and plugging and unplugging it as needed would be as much of a PITA as a manual sharpener for more money.  They also had a battery operated model for $7.99, but after considering the cost of batteries  I instead got a little manual one for 50 cents, and picked up 2 packs of construction paper (Son makes lots of restroom drawings), glue sticks, a first aid kit for the car and some craft paintbrushes and paid only $.90 out of pocket.

I’m going to re-commit to stay out of the stores because I have a hard time resisting the bargain temptation.  But I do have to go to Kohl’s to return something…

Oy.

Deal of the Day November 6, 2008

They just opened a Super Target right near me.  Ah, joy!

This week you can get a 1-lb bag of Green Giant baby carrots at SuperTarget for just $.99. Use this $1/1 printable coupon to get the carrots for free!  Hurry – this coupon expires on 11/8.

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Deal of the Day October 2, 2008

If you decide not to be frugal and make your own costume this year, here’s a coupon for you.

Spirit Halloween is offering a coupon for 20% off any one item.

Let me know if you find any urinal costumes, k?

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I just love 90% off sales!

This morning after dropping Son off at school I picked up Husband’s 96-year-old grandmother and took her shopping. One of our stops was at CVS, where they were marking many items 50-90% off.

Ladies, not even Husband gets me as worked up as a 90% off sign.

I picked up nearly $300 worth of items that I can either use or give as gifts for…

$24.00.

That’s more than 90% off, because I used Extra Care bucks.

I am happy.

I’m not sure if this is a chain-wide sell-off, but if I were you I’d call or drop by to see what deals you can get.

Me? I don’t have enough room for any more.

Though my haul did include four of EACH of these.

So, perhaps I do have room for some more…

Deal of the Day September 3, 2008

Here’s a way to get a free sample and a chance to have Tim Gunn, from Project Runway, give you a style consultation!

Get a free sample of Tide TotalCare from the folks over at Proctor & Gamble. Once you’ve requested the sample, you’ll also be entered to win one of five prize give aways, with the top prize being a style consultation with Tim Gunn, a new wardrobe worth $3,000, and a one-year supply of Tide. Offer valid through 10/20/2008 or while supplies last.

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