Man for someone that has given up buying anything new for the next year I sure am spending a lot of time in stores. The kids had some Xmas money and gift cards that they wanted to use so yesterday I took Thomas to GameStop and Target to look at video games. He ended up with 2 used games for his “new” used PSP, both games together came to $10 since they were used, that was a great deal since new games average around $30 each. Thomas didn’t buy anything at Target but I did pick up some Kleenex since Thomas’ cold has returned.
Then Beth had $200 to spend at American Apparel so we spent a couple hours trying to find clothing that she could wear in Ohio and not just New York, their clothes seem a bit out of place in the Midwest. What made it even trickier was she had 4, $50 vouchers to spend so she had to make 4 separate purchases that were at least $50 but because she didn’t want to spend too much of her money she didn’t want to go over $50 any more than she’d have to. We were in the store so long my meter expired and I had to go put more change in it. She did finally get it all figured out (after trying on everything in the store!) She ended up spending $40 of her own money but walked out of the store with $240 worth of clothing. Since all 4 vouchers only cost $50 it did end up being a pretty good deal, even with their very expensive clothing. But at least it all made in America!
Then today I made a stop at the thrift store while Thomas was at an art class down the street. I found some awesome deals and did end up spending money but used items are allowed so I’m still following the rules. I got 3 leather belts (2 were from Old Navy and 1 was from Structure) they were 1.99 each. Thomas insisted I buy a nice looking tripod for $4, we have been looking at tripods for quite awhile but had been hesitant to spend $100 or more on one. I also got 18 forks and knives, all matching with a nice heavy feel to them for .10 each (for some reason we keep running out of forks so we had been wanting to buy some for awhile.) I also got 6 metal tart pans for .59, a torte pan for 3.99, a fathers day gift for Dan (Beth found it and insisted I buy it since he had seen the same thing at the store recently and really wanted it but didn’t want to pay $40 for it) I got it for 4.99 (it was unused with stickers still on it) and last and definitely least was a mini mannequin that Beth had to have, she claims she’ll be able to practice draping on it. All said and done I spent $32 at the thrift store.
Yesterday when I was paying bills I put aside my first 20% into savings, oh my that is way more money than I anticipated. Previously I’ve not been able to save $100 a month how I’m going to make the budget work with putting $760 a month into savings is beyond me. These trips to the thrift store are NOT going to happen very often, that’s for sure.