Saturday, January 24, 2009

Great deals tonight!

I was supposed to go grocery shopping today, but my husband was called to the emergency room this morning as I was getting ready to leave. He ended up spending most of the day there, so I didn't get to go. But after spending the day with two kids who have cabin fever, I was ready to get out of the house myself tonight! :) I just didn't want to do grocery shopping when everybody and her sister was doing it - Friday night! So we went out "window shopping" as a family for the first time in a few weeks.

I can spend hours at Michaels, so my husband graciously offered to let me browse. It turned into more than browsing when I noticed that nearly half the store was on clearance (or so it seemed). All $1 Christmas items, and many that were not Christmas but simply older $1 bin items, were marked down to $0.25 each. I've had my eye on a few things for awhile, and this was a "buy it now" price. So here's what I got:

  • Hello Kitty and Hot Wheels sticker albums (for my kids) - $0.50 each
  • 4 kitchen-type organizer notepads - $0.25 each
  • Wilton gingerbread house kit - $0.99 (My kids have been asking for one.)
  • 9 Studio G Kidz Stampz (with the big handles and some cute, big images) - $0.50 each
  • 4 red and raspberry polka dot gift tins (These were for Christmas??) - $0.25 each
  • 5 rolls ribbon - $0.25 each
  • 2 travel-size fishing games (for my kids) - $0.50 each
  • Studio G woodmount $1 bin rubber stamp I've been looking for - $1.00
  • Xyron adhesive for my little "X" - $3.29 (on sale 40% off)
  • Aleene's Tack It Over and Over (to make my own Glue Dots) - $2.39 after 40% coupon

Then we headed to Big Lots and noticed that Goodwill's parking lot was not crammed full like we expected, so we quickly stopped in there. Am I ever glad we did! Check out what I found:

  • another Brother sticker machine (made in conjunction with Xyron and identical to the Xyron 510) - $6.00 (Umm ... The Xyron is $50 at Michaels! I have a friend who just asked me to pick one up if I ever found another one.)
  • a bag for my Cuttlebug (originally created for some type of gaming system) - $3.00
  • a metal ruler from C-Thru - $0.50

Now let's take a look at that bag ...

I wanted to take my Cuttlebug along to Ministerial next month, but I have no intentions of harming it during travel. That meant I needed a padded bag. I have one that would work in a pinch, but it would have to be a pretty tight pinch and I'd be nervous about my 'Bug getting damaged. So I was happy to find this bag. As you can see, it's an absolutely perfect fit! The bonus: the bag is full of zippered compartments where I can stash dies and embossing folders ... and I didn't have to spend $60 on it.

Anyway, then we went on to Big Lots where we picked up the following:

  • 2 packs Making Memories paper (40 sheets in one, 24 in the other) - $2.00 each
  • 2 Playtex 18-hour bras for my Mom - $7.00 each
  • hand sanitizer - $2.50
  • 5 bottles hairspray (the only kind my husband will use) - $1.90 [They were marked at $1 on the shelf, but we didn't notice the price difference until we were too far down the road. I think someone just put them on the wrong shelf or something ... ]
  • 7 boxes Wild Animal Crunch - $0.75 each

I was pretty pleased with our finds!


Susan said...

Great deals, especially at Michaels - I could spend hours in there! I've noticed lately that some of our $1.50 bin stuff has been marked down to about 60 cents. I haven't looked through it lately.

What a great idea to get a bag for your Cuttlebug! May I ask what Ministerial is?

I would love to get deals at thrift stores, but up here, the prices are not that great. I did find a KJV Bible one day that was brand new (gift & award kind), with no price. When I asked about it, the clerk shrugged her shoulders and said "99 cents?" Sold! We gave it away to someone at church who needed one! But that was a rare occasion.

Sophia said...

Ministerial is an annual retreat of sorts for all the ministers (and their wives) from our denomination. We have conference-style sessions during the day and we ladies bring craft projects to work on at night while our husbands pretend they're 16 again and play basketball until midnight. :) It's a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

Great deals! I am seriously considering investing in a Cuttlebug after reading all of your post.

Susan said...

Your Ministerial sounds fun! We've done similar things (have I mentioned that my husband is a pastor?) when we were on staff of our sending church in Texas. Up here, we go to a preacher's conference every January where we get to be preached to and fellowship a lot - but no crafts!

Have a great time!