Friday, November 25, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Mail call - Starbucks gift card and rebate check from credit card companies. Yes, I did some "Black Friday" shopping with my daughter this a.m. I have not shopped it for years - but today happened to be my "off" Friday - so, I gave my husband a break and headed out at 4:30 this morning. We really didn't encounter crowds - a good thing. I got my dad a discounted Nook for his gift this year. My daughter got some great discounts - 50% off clearance items at Anthropologie to round out her winter clothing wardrobe. I got my beloved Wallflower refills at Bath and Body Works and they let me use the $10 off $30 coupon - and still get the $20 tote w/products even though it brought my balance before the tote under $40. We got a free accessory (scratch card) at one store, free muffins and hot apple cider at another - Anthropologie gave out treats while we were in the check-out line. Then to Steinmart - we mainly got household items - heavily discounted and used a coupon on top of the discount. Then to Brueggers - got the $25 gift card, get $5 free bakery items. Got a half a dozen fresh bagels. No crowds, no pushing. So, either the media was wrong about record crowds, or we went to the "wrong" places - but it wasn't bad at all. Oh, my daughter really wanted a $55 cologne for $10 at Sephora - she got it. Last night I shopped at J C Penney. I got a luggage set shipped for free to my brother - one for us for this summer's trip to France, and a donut maker ($9.99 after rebate - for my dad). The luggage sets were $39 for a 4 piece set. Our's are torn-up and the freecycle ones I got are too heavy.