Is it wrong that I'd kill a hooker for those red shoes?
My little-Little has been home for the past two days with a cold. I went on and took her to the doctor yesterday and, while we were waiting for the inevitable prescription to be filled, we went to have a look see around the Goodwill. Well, it was half price blue (B) day at the Goodwill and my little-Little and I found quite a few treasures. Nothing like the $100 Titanic cup for 77 cents, but pretty close in the little-Little's world. See, the one thing Santa did not bring her this past Christmas was an Olivia playhouse. He brought her a little Olivia play figure, but no house. What do you think she stumbles upon at the Goodwill? Yep. And she was THRILLED, because she was spending her own money. The house retails for $40 and it comes with 23 accessories. This house at Goodwill had none, but was only $1.91. I think the little-Little is feeling the excitement of a faboo dealio like the rest of us, friends!
This is what the house looks like brand spanking new
and a whopping $39.99!
This is what the little-Little paid $1.91 for at Goodwill. She is using her own Olivia play figure along furniture she is making herself and borrowing from other toy sets she already has. She also ordered an Olivia family for $8. She saved a bundle and learned that sometimes, waiting gets you what you want and then some.
By the by, that Land's End nightgown she's wearing was another Goodwill find last year.
Got it for next to nothing (maybe $1.40?) during a half price day.
And a couple of Mama's faboo Goodwill finds...
Two Cirque du Soliel water bottles for 36 cents each. These water bottles are sold at concessions at the shows for $5.50 each. Two thermal travel mugs for 36 cents each. I don't know what either of these would have retailed for, but they're both heavy and faboo.
On to today's shopping! I went to Publix, Ingles, Kroger, Bell's, and Willing Helpers Food Pantry. (Again, I can't stress enough how Willing Helpers Food Pantry not only helps me supplement my family, but helps me help my neighbors, too.) See below for my totals and savings. Peace, B.PSIf you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me at mamabee@OneFabulousMama.com. Please share your shopping stories here as well. We share to inspire and motivate one another, friends!
Half gallon jugs of whole milk marked down to 79 cents each. Expiration date is February 5. Have NO idea why. I needed milk anyway, so I was all about paying $1.58 for a gallon of milk instead of $3.18! Unfortunately, someone else raided all the marked down yogurt before I got there. Heifer.
Two packs of FREE batteries and three boxes of my favorite broccoli cheese rice mix for 66 cents each. Total spent $1.98. Retail $7.15.
A cart of dinged cans and crushed boxes was up front at Ingles today. I can't pass up a clearance cart, y'all. There was some good deals on coffee, but I was passing on those when the manager stopped me and pointed out that he was about to have those cans marked down even more than they already were. I sweet talked him into going even lower on the pop tarts and tea bags, too. Because I'm just like that, y'all. I can't help it. So, I scored six of those big cans of pumpkin for 20 cents each, a big can of peas for 50 cents, three cans of pasta for 20 cents each, a 12 pack of store brand pop tarts for 50 cents (none were crushed or open), and 60 tea bags for 40 cents. I also found marked down soy nuts in the produce section for 99 cents. The canned pumpkin expires in 2014 and I'll be baking with that all year, I bet. Total spent on this unexpected clearance find was $3.20.
Retail $24.30. Oh, yeah.
Four packs of bologna. They expire in April. The meat manager told me today that I didn't need to freeze them, so yeah. Total spent was $4. Retail $9.96.
Two (2 pack) boxes of instant mashed potatoes. Total spent was 40 cents. Retail $3.36.
Two Marie's dips. Total spent $1.50. Retail $6.98.
Four pasta sauces for 19 cents each and eight cans of petite diced tomatoes for 19 cents each. Total spent $2.28. Retail $12.30. NOTE: I wouldn't normally buy canned tomatoes or pasta sauce because I can these myself, BUT when I can get these items for less than a quarter each, it's totally worth the money!
Helluva dip. Total spent 9 cents. Retail $1.79.
Two bags of Ricola cough drops. Spent 18 cents. Retail $3.98.
Two jars of Nutella. Spent $2.49 each. Retail $6.98.
You have no idea how hard it is to stockpile Nutella in my house.
Bell's Discount Grocery
Seven pound can of garbonzo beans. Spent $3. Retail for seven 15 ounce cans of garbonzo beans would be $8.33. Garbonzo beans freeze well, so when I open this can, I'll freeze the beans in 2 cup increments.
One box of Rice Chex and one box of granola. Spent $2.49. Retail $9.48.
Willing Helpers Food Pantry
The $16 I spent on the following awesome-ness was split up between a total of 4 households. I could never help my friends or feed my family like I do without couponing, baking, cooking from scratch, and visiting food pantries like Willing Helpers. It's hard to determine how much the retail value of a all this bounty is, but I would guesstimate somewhere in the neighborhood of $140. I know. It's amazing. If you aren't local, check around your community for food pantries.
$195.29 or an amazing 83%!