Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Retail Therapy

You know, being unemployed has SOME advantages. It's great to be able to shop the sales (both grocery and department store) without the crowds of weekend shoppers. Today, with the help of a bunch of gift cards, I treated myself to a couple hours of retail relaxation.

I picked up some $3 body washes at Bath and Body Works. Carl, my sweet little hubby, likes Coconut Lime Verbena. I know, it's kinda girly, but he really smells delicious after a shower. I kinda like it on him. My favorite is Midnight Pomegranate and Pink Grapefruit. And pretty much anything citrus-y. I also got an aromatherapy body spray - Ylang Rose (or somesuch). Total spent with gift card: $5.24

Chubby chicks of the world unite! Lane Bryant is having a great clearance and sale going on right now and you can use your Real Women Dollars. I got two pairs of capri style sweatpants, a sweatshirt and a very fancy black beaded top - ALL on sale. BONUS: When I told the manager I had just lost my job, she gave me an extra 40% off the black top. All the sportswear was $14.99 - originally $49.50. The black top was $14.99 - regular $59.50. And I had a $25 Real Women Gift card. So I got a $208 worth of cute outfits for a total of: $34.52. BONUS! The manager gave me someone to contact about a job - that was FREE!

OK - now this next store is where I lose a lot of people, but it really is one of my faves. Ross Dress For Less is like a treasure hunt every time I go there. Today was a bonus treasure hunt. I had a small gift card and they were having CLEARANCE, Clarence! I hit the motherlode here: a pair of $60 sandals for $8.99, another really comfy pair of $79 LifeStride sandals for $14.99, three embroidered tee-shirts (on clearance) for $3.99 - $5.99 each and a taupe blouse for $8.99. If I would add up the regular retails, it amounted to $248. My cost with the gifty card: $40.96. Can a girl EVER have too many shoes???

All that shopping made me hungry. So I made a stop at my all-time favorite fast food restaurant: Chick-Fil-A. For the longest time I couldn't pronounce it, but that's just because I am a Yankee and a dork. I always get the same thing - the chicken sammwich, fries and a diet Coke. (Diet Cokes offset the calories in the fries - every girl knows this).

So now I am home, telling you, dearest Internet, about my fabulous day of shopping. For less than $100 ($80.72 to be exact), I got a bunch of cute stuff and plenty of body wash for the next few months.

Now I guess I could do some cleaning and laundry, but honestly, the snoring of the dogs is making me sleepy. Sooooooo sleepy....


scriggle said...

You did great with all your bargains! I'm very proud. And YUM on the Chick-fil-A! Of course you know that I love them. Even without my inside connection :) You need to come have lunch w/ me again, I MISS YOU!