My birthday is later this week and I intend to continue a little tradition I started a few years ago. I love a birthday dinner out with my best gal pals at some fun, smart new restaurant to which I bring gifts to give my girlfriends, for my birthday! It is so much fun, and the first year it was a great surprise. So this year, assuming none of them read this blog, they'll all be surprised with a Burt's Bees spa kit.
Retail price: $15.99, I paid $1.59 each for nine, at a savings of $143 (including tax).
Late last night I was dying for a (caffeine free) Diet Coke, so ran over to the CVS store and while there, decided to check that end cap again.
I promise: I am no hoarder, but I did go against Grandpa Durling's admonition that "It ain't cheap if you don't need it." I spent $4.72 (for all items in this pic) to save $39.96.
- Paid 14 cents (retail $1.49) each for four Scotch brand bubble mailers. I'm using one to mail away a little gift today.
- Then some scunci hair clips and bobby pins, $0.32, discounted from retail of $3.29.
- A gel thing that is the "Secret to Healthier Feet" that compares at $0.89 to $25.00 for the version I spotted at my local natural health store. Didn't need it, but it is alleged to massage and relax my feet. Yum!
- Picked up several 100-count packs of cotton swabs at 22 cents each, and then--
- Something I've long wanted: I'm no scrapbooker, but need something to cut paper in a straight line. I can't do it with scissors. Last I checked, a simple paper cutter cost about $25 at an office supply store. I found one here, retail $9.99, and paid $0.99. It's been worth it trying to cut straight lines with scissors and waiting to get one of these things on the cheap.
Anyway, that's the skinny on How I Do It--in response to the questions from many friends and a few strangers of how this girls lives and thrives well on very small expenditures.
Takeaway: Keep an eye out for those clearance racks at CVS pharmacy. All the stores have them, usually in obscure, totally unmarked rear sections. I just figure, why pad others' profits when I can keep more of my own money and spend or give it away elsewhere, however I want to?