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Frugal Friday

3 May

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
― Lao Tzu
I like to think I am a very frugal person. Plus, I just like saying the word frugal, it’s a goofy sounding word. Paying full price just isn’t in my vocabulary. One of my favorite things to do is see how much I can save with a combined sale and a handy-dandy coupon.

Shopping at SteinMart has been one of my greatest feats of frugality. The store has very nice, high end clothing, at reasonable prices, but I always wait for an additional sale. I bought seven tops, consisting of a few sweaters and blouses for the grand total of $47.43. Each item was already on sale, but a few items had an additional 60% off the sale price. What? Yes, you heard me right. My receipt said if purchased elsewhere, (full price) it would have been $353. I paid $47.43. I think that’s a pretty good sale, wouldn’t you? Yep, I’m pretty frugal.

Seven new tops. Pretty nice!

As for the quote from Lao Tzu, I’d like to think that I am gentle, frugal, and humble also. Well, the humble part, maybe not so much.


Just Another Manic Monday: True Confessions

19 Feb

I have to make a confessIon. It’s been a deep dark secret for many years, and I can’t hide it anymore. My dearest friends and closest family members have suspected for a long time, but I can’t seem to stop. I’m not sure if there’s a support group or medication that can help me. At this point, I really don’t care. Here we go… I am a…a…a craftaholic! There…I said it!

Today was President’s Day, and there were some serious sales going on at all the stores. My hands trembled as I flipped through the sale ads, tossing the Macy’s and Walmart ads to the floor. Where is it? Where is it? Pages went flying through the air until I found the familiar black and white cursive letters Ahh! The Michaels sale paper. Michaels, Where Creativity Happens. That’s what the headline says, must be true. I was “manic.”

Mania is defined as excessive excitement, a derivative of the Greek word for madness. Yes, it was sheer madness. There in the upper left hand column were the words that all craftaholics fear. Large red print…25% off entire purchase including sale items. Oh no! Not including sale items!

I slurped down my cup of tea, let the dogs out, and grabbed the car keys. The Michaels’ parking lot was jammed with other closet craftaholics. Why closet craftaholics? Well, if they are anything like me, they sneak their purchases in through the back door when no one is looking, then hide the overflowing bags in the closet.

The shelves were teeming with bargains. My not so mathematical mind was humming while trying to calculate the 40% off regular price with additional 25% off as I snailed down every aisle. I shoveled paper, paints, stencils, and stamps into the cart, put a couple things back on the shelf, then back in the cart. “It’s on sale! How can I pass this up?”

I was really excited ( remember, mania is excessive excitement) that I didn’t have to sneak in the house when I got home. I set all my fabulous finds on the kitchen counter and admired the brilliant colors and amazing bargains. There wasn’t one single item on that counter that I needed. Craftaholics don’t buy craft supplies that they need, they just have a need to buy craft supplies.

Today was just another MANIC MONDAY! Help!