I totally scored big time yesterday! Of all places it was at the good old Dollar General which happens to be the only chain store within 20 minutes of my house. I dropped the ketchup which blew up all over my kitchen so I had to run out really quick to get another bottle. However, my quick trip turned into an hour long shopping spree!
As I walk into the door there are 2 huge tables full of Summer items, everything from towels, washcloths, kids water toys, chalk, snuggies, clothing, etc. Why was I so excited you ask? Well, the tables were already marked down 50% off and now they were another 50% off. I can do some serious damage with 75% off! I nabbed a package containing 3 fly swatters for a quarter, a pack of four dish cloths for $.50, a ball and bat for $.75 and a bunch of coloring books for $.50. The coloring books are awesome because they are superheros, Jonas Brothers, and a couple of Cartoon Network cartoons, not some cheesy cheap coloring book. I nabbed a Monster truck shirt and a Spider man shirt for my 2 year old for $5 for both, and the list goes on. I got a lot of stocking stuffer type toys for $.25 each and ended up spending only $26 but coming out with six stuffed bags of loot.
I began years ago with this habit, but anytime I find things this inexpensive, I go ahead and load up on anything I may will need in the future or toys. Christmas can get so expensive if we let it sneak up on us, but when we purchase all year long, it isn't as painful as it could potentially be. Now that I have four children I am always looking out for steals and deals. So the moral of the story is go ahead, you know you want to, head down to the DG and see what loot you can snag!