Saturday, September 6, 2008

Make a list!

OK, if you haven't read about it in earlier posts, I'm a little obsessed with the holidays. September is prime holiday shopping time, and we all need to make the most of this opportunity. One of the things that I do is carry a list with me all the time. I have a small notebook that fits easily in my bag and when I'm out shopping I can refer to it.

I use this list all year long, changing and adding to it as I need. For instance, I don't go out and do one big back to school shopping for my kids. I'll go through their clothes and see what they need, what size, what color and add it to my list. Then if I'm out shopping and see that there is a great deal on say socks, I'll pull out my list, check who needs what, and buy accordingly.

This works especially great during the holiday shopping season. I don't always remember who I need to buy for, or what I want to get in the heat of a good sale. Whip out your list and the problem is solved. An organized list will save you lots of returns, you won't buy the wrong color, size or item. You also won't be tempted to buy something just because it's a good deal. You have in writing who needs what, stick to it!

It will also eliminate what I'll refer to as missed sale regret. We've all been there, a fantastic sale is going on. You may figure out a few things to buy, you may not, but you know you'll never get this great a deal again. Then later on when you're relaxing at home it hits you, all the teachers you could have finished shopping for, the Aunt who would have loved that bag, Grandma's bowl the kids broke you could have replaced (yes, that's a personal one of mine) and so on. You get the picture. By the time you make it back to the store you know it will be gone. If you had your list this never would have happened.

In my notebook I have an everyday list and a holiday list. My everyday list includes what we need now; shoes for the kids, a birthday gift for Dad, an anniversary card, etc.... Like I said I change this list all the time. The holiday list is who I buy for only at the holidays. I also include things like charity, we donate to toys for tots and stuff stockings for the salvation army every year through the kids activities. I put these on my holiday list so if there is an amazing sale in July on toys, I won't forget about it and can stock up. It can be a little tough to store everything, I have part of a closet that I use and it does get a little stuffed, but come the holidays everything is cleared out and you can start fresh. You'll save a ton of money, have more time to enjoy the holidays and eliminate last minute panic shopping. One simple list that you tuck in a safe place and keep with you at all times can really come in handy.

Target


We don't have any super Targets where I live, but we do have 2 Target stores. Each is in a different one of my shopping loops and I am amazed at the difference in the prices. The Target I was at last time had way more clearance, but most at 30%. This Target has much less clearance (items that were on sale at the other store weren't marked down here yet). But what they had on clearance was way better then the prices at the other store.

The school stuff was still only 30% off. I asked two separate employees and they both said that it would be marked down after the weekend to make room for the Halloween stuff. They also both (and neither knew I spoke to the other) said they thought it might go right to 75% off because it had stayed at 30% for so long. Here are my deals:

Pink scrapbook $3.24 (reg. $12.99)
Teal scrapbook $3.24 (reg. $12.99)
King Kong pool lounge float $2.38 (reg. $9.59)
King Kong pool lounge float $2.38 (reg. $9.59)
Pool wave mat $1.28 (reg. $5.14)
Scrapbook kit baby girl $1.48 (reg. $5.99)
Scrapbook kit baby girl $1.48 (reg. $5.99)
Hot hues 100 ct designer paper $2.57 (reg. $10.29)
Hot hues 100 ct designer paper $2.48 (reg. 9.99)

My total was $22.91 for $82.56 worth of merchandise. I saved $59.65.

Quick CVS trip


I pass a CVS anytime I run errands, so when I was out yesterday, I made a quick stop to see if they had fixed the Cristophe Beverly hills snafu. They had!! We all stood with great anticipation (the cashier and manager who had been a part of the first snafu were both there) to wait and see if the register would go beep, beep, beep after I paid, and it did. We all breathed a sigh of relief as the $5.00 ECBs printed out of the machine and I went on my merry way. Unfortunately, I forgot to check on the summer clearance. Oh well, it's not like I'm never there.

Cristophe shampoo $7.99
Cristophe conditioner $7.99
$15.98 - $7.99 (BOGO coupon that printed out when I scanned my CVS card).
$7.99 + .52 tax =$8.51. I had the exact amount on a card from when they fixed the snafu so I paid nothing out of pocket.
After all I went through, this better be some darn good shampoo!