Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oops I did it again

I like to think I'm pretty stellar at saving money.

I mean, I don't work and bring in an income, so I kind of consider it my job to save and spend as smartly as possible.
And at the grocery store, I usually do a pretty good job. I clip coupons (and print and get them in the mail and all that jazz) and I try to match up my coupons to sales to maximize my savings.
Like on my trip to Dillons today, I saved 58%, and my savings were more than what I spent. Pretty sweet, right?

(yes, I know my savings don't compete with those crazies on Extreme Couponing, but I don't live eat and breathe coupons and carry around a 30 lb binder full of them either. So I'm ok with that!)

But then, there are times that I don't save so well.

Like today. I went to Gap with one item in mind...a watch for Kaylee. Simple enough, right? Easy in, easy out.
Where did all that come from?? Oopsie!

What should have been a $12 trip somehow turned into $79. My husband texted while I was waiting to pay and asked if I found a watch. I replied that I never should have stepped inside the door.

HOWEVER.

That $79 got a lot of stuff since Gap was having some fabulous sales.

I ended up with two watches for Kaylee for less than the one was at original price. And four super cute pairs of flip-flops for $6 each...two for K and two for me. (LOVE being able to wear kid sized shoes!)

For Isabelle, I found two adorable tulle skirts that were still a bit pricey at $12 each, but much better than the original $30, and two little ruffley cardigan shrugs for $7 each, down from $25. Plus the little lavendar dress and pink shorts.

So if you average it out, I spent $79 on 12 items, which makes each item an average of $6.60.

And for those of you that have a Baby Gap problem like me, right now all sale items are buy one get one 50% off.

Sale + sale = deal!

Did you see the little icon I made and put in my right column?
This is my very favorite bible verse(s). I know you could probably make something much more impressive in Photoshop or Corel draw (ahem, husband) but I'm pretty proud that I made this all on my own :)

Where do you consistently find yourself spending more than you intended??

33 comments:

  1. I love those skirts for Isabelle! How have you not mentioned your freakishly small feet in any of your random fact posts?? :)

    I always spend more in Target and Kohl's than I mean to when I walk into the store.

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  2. Ahhh I love those outfits! And I can wear kid shoes too. :) It's great, so much cheaper!

    I spend waaaaay too much money at Target and Babies R US. Like today, I went into Target for diapers. That was it. And I left after spending $68 and some change.

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  3. Those skirts are gorgeous, and I wear kids' shoes too, I may have to wander over to Gap after the husband gets paid...see what you did?!

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  4. I am with you...I am obsessed with getting a deal! The favorite part of the reciept is the "you have saved $x)...this bigger $ the better :)

    Cute finds, btw!

    xx Cat brideblu

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  5. Target! It never fails. Even if I go in just to look I end up getting something. Target is my biggest weakness! lol

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  6. Shopping for little girls is so much fun. I remember those days!

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  7. I am in LOVE with Gap. Not only for my kids but also myself. I would say half our wardrobes are from their, and the other half Target or Kohls. When they have their Friends and Family sale I go CRAZY and stock up.

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  8. Those are way cute!!!
    I am currently banned from going to the Children Place, at least for another two weeks, hehehe!

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  9. Your GAP finds are great...and at $6.60 an item, thats practically a steal!!! My weakness is TJ Maxx - I can never get out of that store for under a $100 :(

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  10. I think That if you lived near me we could get in lots and lots of trouble!!! That for the heads up on the sale!!!! Super cute outfits for Isabelle!

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  11. I love looking to see how much I saved too! And I'm not like coupon crazy woman but I also consider it my "job" to try to save us money where I can :)

    I always end up spending too much at Target.... run in for paper towels or something, and come out with flip flops, a bathing suit, and beauty products to try!

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  12. Aww I wish I had a little girl to get little outfits for...super cute! Way to go Momma on hitting up some deals!

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  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It sounds like we have a lot in common. I, too, was a teacher in a former life and now I am a full-time Mommy of 3. I'm your newest follower now.

    April@Party of Five
    http://www.westerhold.blogspot.com

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  14. LOVE that bible verse. And everyone needs a little baby gap every now and then. They have the CUTEST clothes for little girls!

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  15. Thanks for the comment on my first blog post! The winters aren't so bad.

    I find that I spend too much money in Costco. I always forget everything is ~$10 an item and I come out with a buggy packed... did I mention we are only feeding 2 adults and a basset? :)

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  16. I am ALWAYS spending more than I should at Costo :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  17. As long as you didn't pay full price, that's definitely okay to shop. Haha. Or that's my take on it anyway!

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  18. i always drop 100 bucks at target. even if all that's on my list is shampoo. and i'm likely to forget the shampoo.

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  19. Who can pass up tutus? I think you should dress her in them until they don't make them in her size anymore :)

    I'm totally a bargain shopper as well. I head straight to the sale rack in most stores except for Target. I love Target for their cheap clothes.

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  20. I over spend all the time. Budgeting is not my strength...I'm mean sticking to the budget is not my strength. I just cleaned out my girls closets and realized that they now have nothing to wear.
    Online shopping at Old Navy and Please Mum are my addictions.

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  21. Those tulle skirts are so adorable! She is going to be one styling baby :)

    Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  22. Those little clothes from the gap are adorable. I am not very good at using coupons unless it is at some place like bath & body works.

    That is one of my favorite verses from the Bible too.

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  23. Hmmmm, maybe I should make a trip to Baby Gap. Those little skirts are the only reason I'm sad I don't have a girl. Someday!

    Target definitely has the potential to be my downfall. I'm usually able to resist, but not always

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  24. oh and p.s. what websites do you use for coupons? The one I use I haven't been super impressed with recently

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  25. Great job!!! I am your newest follower : )

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  26. I watch extreme couponing and i SWEAR I could save more than them. But then I realize they are just so intense. hahaha

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  27. I watch extreme couponing and i SWEAR I could save more than them. But then I realize they are just so intense. hahaha

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