Happy Wednesday, Friends! Each week I chronicle my fabulous finds from local thrift stores but today I thought you might enjoy seeing how I save money when I'm not thrifting....
I often shop Lowe's for DIY supplies and frequently check the oops paint section when I have a painting project. However, my best finds there have been the clearance mark downs. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a few of my recent scores. Their garden section rocks when it comes to clearance--sometimes it just takes a little hunting! Recently, I was on the fence about buying mums because while I love the festive fall touch they add, our weather has not really cooled down yet. When I browsed Lowe's garden section, the price was more than I wanted to pay. Before leaving, I decided to walk thru again when I noticed a clearance rack of my favorite yellow mums for $1 each. Score! When I said sometimes it takes a little hunting, I meant it literally as our store never seems to keep the clearance rack in the same place. I was a happy camper when I left with a car full of mums for less than $10!
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The following week I was in the store and just happened to see a rack of Halloween merchandise for 75% off. I was thrilled to find out these cute door mats were included because they'll be perfect through Thanksgiving.
Another place I save regularly is Big Lots. Now to be honest, our local Big Lots is not my favorite store. It doesn't have the selection I've seen at their other stores in bigger cities and there is usually a long line. However, there is one product that keeps me going back--their K cups. The Java Homestead brand they carry is a box of 14 for $5 and I save even more by being a Buzz Club reward member and using the coupons that are offered frequently by email. The coffee tastes good and unlike some other store brands I've tried, no grounds seep through. The last time I bought 3 boxes and used a coupon, I got 42 K-cups for $10, which is quite a savings compared to other brands! My favorite is Hazelnut and it is also available in light, medium and dark roast.
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I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of Amazon Prime for its free 2 day shipping, ad free music, and unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies. Recently, I've also started to organize my many, many photo files by taking advantage of Prime photos which offers FREE unlimited photo storage. These are just several of the many features available for about the same cost per month as Netflix and it's even less, if you pay for the year instead of month-to-month. You can see everything included in Prime here.
While I've shared that I often buy essential oils from Amazon, here are some other purchases I've made over the last year. When I needed to replace my lawn mower, I didn't have to hunt for one and then wrestle it into my hatchback, it was delivered right to my front door!
Another benefit of Prime, is being able to ship directly to friends or family for free. When Ginger Grand requested an Avengers pencil box for kindergarten, I was only too happy to oblige and he received it in 2 days.
Most recently, when my faithful Chromebook met with an unfortunate accident involving an iced latte and despite various attempts could not be resuscitated, I not only found the best price on Amazon, as promised, I received it within two days.
I want to mention Amazon's return/replacement policy which I'd never needed until I bought the new Chromebook. I loved my old Chromebook but after reading many glowing reviews decided to upgrade to this model which was a different brand. When I received it, though extremely light weight and beautiful to behold as promised, it did not perform as expected. It was S-L-O-W... I was really disappointed because that had never been an issue with my original Chromebook. After conducting more research, and only being able to find positive reviews on the speed, I decided to try replacing it on the chance that I'd just gotten a lemon. If you request a replacement, Amazon will ship the new product and give you 30 days to return the original with free UPS shipping. Again, thanks to Prime shipping, I had the replacement within 2 days and guess what? It works like a charm! I don't know about you, but I feel much more confident about shopping online when I know there a convenient, hassle free return policy. If you have a certain someone that is always hard to shop for, maybe they would enjoy a membership.
The last place I have consistently saved may come as a surprise. I'll give you a hint--you can eat to die for pumpkin spice pancakes before you shop! Time after time I've found some of the coolest toys, holiday decor, gifts and all kinds of goodies on clearance at....Cracker Barrel! I am picky about purses--who would have thought I would find the cross body style I prefer in a fabulous color at Cracker Barrel, of all places? It was $30 marked down to $5.99!
I also found this whimsical garden shovel with an appropriate request in our climate! Isn't it cute next to my repurposed scarecrow? It was 80% off!
Other than thrift stores, where's your favorite place to shop for bargains?