Today I'm going to start an ongoing series that I'm going to title "Guilty Pleasures". I have so many of those that I've made a list and it keeps growing, so I will occasionally reveal one of them to you.
I LOVE to bargain shop! It doesn't sound like bargains should be a guilty pleasure but the way my sister and I do it, it is!
When I was married, I had literally hundreds of plastic 18 gallon bins filled with things I had bought bargain hunting.
The nieces and nephews used to love coming to our house. It was like Toys R Us, except they could actually play with all the toys. My boys had THREE toy rooms as well as toy boxes in the other rooms of the house. I always had something for their friend's birthdays and for Christmas. I gave away some of the best goodie bags for the birthday parties we threw.
I hate spending a lot of money on clothes for the boys, except for special occasions. Horse can still stain a brand new shirt within five minutes of putting it on. So, when I'd find...say... pants, on sale for a ridiculous price, I buy every size in every color. The oldest was 4 years old and I already had pants up to size 18 in my bins for them! It was great seeing them for $15 each at the beginning of the school year and knowing I got almost the same ones last spring for $3 each. Unfortunately, I'd sometimes forget about them and would only find things AFTER both kids had outgrown them. Ok more than sometimes. Yeah yeah, you got me... a lot! Ok happy?
I don't know what it is about me and office supplies. I stock up and hoard them, like some people stock up on toilet paper. Spiral notebooks for 10 cents a 10 pack! Can't pass those up right? Buy a couple, they will be good for next year. Well if 2 packs is good, then 20 is better right? Scotch tape, crayons, mechanical pencils, index cards... I could supply a small school for at least a year. BTW I write everything on index cards...colored ones! I have 20+ floating around my desk at any given time. Don't forget desk accessories! Containers and organizational stuff. I mean, just having the stuff makes you organized. Not! They do look really cute though. I have two whole bins of matching...purple..."things" for my desk. They are in my storage unit in California, but one day...!
I have four good kitchen knives I bought for $5 each on an Amazon Friday Sale. Two of them are still unopened 8 years later. Once we found some microwave ovens at Target. Regular price was $80 and they were marked down to $17.99 each. Now I had a good GE Advantium and my sister also had a built-in microwave in her kitchen. We still bought all 5 that were on the shelf! But we saved $312!
Recently, I found this on Amazon.
I was envying it when I noticed they had one that was in an open box. It was $10 with free shipping! THAT, I couldn't pass up! It now sits proudly in my cupboard waiting for me to make tea in it!
Wow, now I understand my mom! About 20 years ago we cleaned out her closet and she had 2 dozen brand new ashtrays. She doesn't smoke and neither do her friends. When we asked her why she had them, her reply was, "They were only 5 cents each!" We made fun of her then. Look at us now! The Japanese call it "bachi". Kind of what goes around, comes around.
This is my latest purchase...
|Kind of retro. I think my Mom's kitchen was this color!|
I picture the kids and I packing a bento lunch in it and going down to the park by the lake for a picnic! If you don't know what a bento is go visit Bloggybento! She does some really cute stuff AND I won a giveaway there for a new Greentainer! Yay!
OR I could use it to put my makeup in instead of these..
|The bowls were clearance 4 for 98 cents!|
|My makeup cup...Ignore the drugs, booze and Mio.|
OR to hold my drawing supplies instead of this...
|I think this originally held packages of chicken burgers.|
Is bargain shopping one of your guilty pleasures? Have you purchased things that are still sitting there, unused?
*OMG, I just had to run to the grocery store for milk. Between sales and the coupons I downloaded from the Kellogg's site, I got 6 boxes of cereal (rice krispies, cocoa krispies, 2 - corn flakes, and 2- frosted flakes) for a buck each!