Last weekend, one of my dear daughters came home from a playdate sporting a snazzy little bracelet of rubbery loops. I’m not one to jump on the trendy bandwagon, and these remind me of the silly band rubber bracelet from a few years ago, but I can see the potential for creativity. Which we dig. And which was lacking in the silly bracelets of yesteryear.
SAHM Tip: money spent on creative pursuits is money well spent.
She asked so sweetly; in addition, I was looking for a small way to reward good behavior. I think this hit the mark.
And so the quest began. Finally found packs of the colorful rubberbands yesterday, after searching in four stores. Brought them all home, dumped those babies in a little pile and got down to business. ABAB pattern? AABB pattern? ABCDEFG pattern? ROYGBIV? Whatever. Bring it. Serious happiness ensued. Today, our dear neighbor friends joined in, adding to the happiness.
1200 tiny rubberbands
6 straight hours of creating
5 happy girls
4 packs of 300 tiny rubberbands
When I was working, it was so much easier to splurge on a shopping basket of loot at Target. However, I am a SAHM, so I am, shall we say, choosier at how I spend for our household. And I know a good deal, and that makes me happy.
Another deal I found recently was at Target. It was for Clear Shampoo, the Frizz Control line, which my dear daughters adore. This is not cheap, like Suave or a store-brand, but it works. We are blessed with a lot of big, wavy hair. No volume boosters or root lifters needed here, no sir, no way. We need control, so the question becomes: how do we get it for the best deal? Without a sale, this shampoo and conditioner retails for like $6/bottle or more; currently, it’s $5.99 at CVS. The DDs have a lot of hair, so we go through a lot of hair products.
SAHM Tip: Look for deals on items you normally buy.
I saw Target was offering a deal: buy four and get a $5 gift card. So, let’s see. Normally, four bottles could cost me $24, so I’m saving $4 right off the bat. Then a $5 gift? What deal-loving Mama wouldn’t jump at the chance?! Now we’re stocked on hair products, so the next question is, how can we save or splurge again? Stay tuned, because even I don’t know the answer to that one. It will be an adventure.
I got the most amazing deal last week. One of the best things about being a SAHM is that I can look for bargains. I have time to be picky and walk away from a store if I don’t feel there’s value.
So, along with this year’s back-to-school supplies came the great replenishment of clothing. We took inventory and determined we were lacking socks. My oldest asked specifically for PUMA.
SAHM Tip: I don’t go out of my way, but if I’m near a store, I’m looking for what we may need.
I stopped in Marshall’s, and bought a PUMA three-pack for $7. I had a feeling I could do better, and I had a coupon for DSW. Actually, I had two $5 coupons I’d been hoarding, and DSW allows you to combine up to two coupons, so…$10 off for me. After scanning the shoes, I went to the registers and picked up a Ralph Lauren three-pack for $10.95. My final price after $10 coupon, with tax: $1.02. Yea, me!
SAHM Tip: If you haven’t signed up for the DSW mailing list, you’re missing out. Their emails sometimes feature coupons, and other coupons and certificates are mailed to your house throughout the year. Depending on the level of your personal shoe addiction (sock addiction?), you may receive $5 or $10 coupons, which can be doubled. Just read the fine print.
Anyway, I was quite pleased with myself. Then, my oldest asked for the tiny no-show socks. I remembered spying those at DSW.
SAHM Tip: Keep mental notes on the bargains you see. There’s no sense spending money on something if you don’t need it right away, and getting a useless bargain for the sake of it being a bargain is not a bargain at all.
I remembered I had a $5 coupon in my email set to expire. Soon after, I was out and about, so I wandered back over to DSW. I found those tiny socks, a Steve Madden three-pack for $6.95. Somehow, my $5 coupon doubled (maybe it was all the sock buy, or maybe a lucky birthday coupon in their database?), and I was charged $.01. A mere penny! What? The cashier repeated, yes, just a penny. Apparently, I said “What” out loud.
I paid my penny and thanked the nice lady. I left elated, giddy even, and wanted to share the news with someone, like the lady in the parking lot who was walking in as I was walking out, but I didn’t get the vibe from her that she’d really care like I did. I contained my joy till I got home and told my oldest, who was suitably impressed. And who is now the proud owner of more than a week’s worth of socks. For less than $10. Altogether, about the price of lunch at Chipotle.
However…don’t ask for any more socks for a little while. Those puppies are gonna have to last a whole school year.
Anyway, I love a deal.
Totally made my day.