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Retail Therapy

Today I woke up feeling SO much better! I actually was able to get out and run 6 miles. I am not breaking any records, but after 5 days of utter sickness, it felt AMAZING!

I actually only had to work one of my jobs (the new one!) today. Consequently, I was able to squeeze in some retail therapy. Sadly, I did not find any shoes. However, I did get several much needed items I have meaning to purchase.

One of the reasons I have put off this shopping errand, besides complete lack of time, was because it required me to enter the store that is the bane of my existence. Simply seeing the sign gives me hives. I realize that many people adore this retailer, but it stresses me out from the top of my head to the tips of my toes.

Yep, BB&B. It. Kills. Me. It will henceforth be called the store that shall not be named.

However, after breaking both my food processor and my blender attempting to make frugal coconut butter and save $10 (I recognize the irony thankyouverymuch), I needed a replacement.

My mission was to be in and out of the store in less than 10 minutes and I totally crushed it! Plus, I had a TOTAL frugal frog win.

I bought this beauty:

And I paid $15. No joke. It was on sale for $19.99 and I had a coupon for $5 off any purchase. The thing about the store that shall not be named is that they ALWAYS have coupons circulating.

After my frugal frog success, I meandered into Pier 1.

After diving into the world of Pinterest, I am becoming increasingly obsessed with all things home decor. I cannot wait to live in a real house (in 7 months!).  I found some lovely linens and plates and could not resist bringing something home because they were on clearance. I walked out with these two lovely additions, which will be just grand for blog photos!

Total: $6

Um, can we pause a moment for everyone to marvel at the fact that this placement is REVERSIBLE! I stinking LOVE anything and everything reversible…two for the price of one?! Sign. Me. Up.

No retail therapy is complete that does not include a stop at the Mecca of shopping.

I realize that Target is a source of angst when trying to stay on the frugal frog straight and narrow path. It is impossible to go into Target and just buy one thing. In fact, that ruins the whole entire experience! The beauty of Target is that you can buy a suit, a plunger, and gourmet cheese under the same roof!

With that being said, my strategy for enjoying Target but not spending a gazillion dollars is to only allow myself to use a shopping basket.

This strategy, coupled with the fact that I have the arm strength of a kindergartener guarantees that I will not drop $100.

Today, I walked out of there spending less than $15. And I even browsed. Here is a picture of my awesomely random loot:

To break it down: A pair of black leggings ($5!), the new Silk coconut milk (I am intrigued…), sugar, oil, and bananans.

All in all, my day of “therapy” only set me back $35. I am happy as a lark!

 

What are the stores that you love or hate? Any other Target addicts out there?

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About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

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  1. ahh loved this post, so funny. I;m not sure how I feel about BBB… I stick to target for anything I usually need from there. And thank goodness there isn’t even a target in my state because I would be broke. Love their clothes there! And food. And every other thing they have there.

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  2. I can’t get enough Target. Embarassingly enough, I’ve “had” to stop by to pick something up for the past three days. What is wrong with me?!

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  3. I want to go shopping with you- for a whole lot of reasons. FUN! BB&B, Pier 1, and Target!!!! 🙂 I love Target! I totally do the whole basket thing to keep me in check. It totally works!

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  4. Oh yeah. I’m a total Target addict! I used to go almost every day when I visited the States while I was teaching in the DR. I missed it so much!! There’s ALWAYS something good there. I haven’t shopped at BB&B except for our wedding registry! I think we still have a gift card or two so I bet I could frugal frog up in there!!!!

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    • Wow, I don’t know if I could live in a country that did not have Target. I think I would cry! I just love how everything goes on sale! I have bought so many things for next to nothing!

      Dude, you and Kevin need to go to BB&B. We totally got some serious frugal frog deals after our wedding. Just don’t forget to bring additional coupons! Free money? YES!

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  5. Yes, Target it dangerous. Things just leap in your cart!

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  6. Glad you are feeling better!

    I’m a huge target fan and am so thankful it’s 20 minutes away, without traffic! LoL. I get weak every time I go!

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  7. I tried the basket thing at Target and still spent $30!!!! Dangit! One of my purchases was that silk coconut milk. You have to tell me what you think about it because I didn’t like it! I am a huge soy milk fan though…. the coconut was almost to sweet for me.

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    • Clearly, you have far more upper body strength than me! Haha! However, $30 is still a job well done at Target!

      I have not tried the coconut milk on its own–I just put it in a smoothie. I will go drink some plain right now! I bought the unsweetened version, I think–not the vanilla.

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  8. Unfortunately I do not have the arm strength of a kindergartener so that would not help me! I love Target and truly believe it is therapy…especially when I can go and wander without my kids!

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    • Katie, just stop being so strong and you will save money! HA! I have been using my lack of arm strength and its cost-saving abilities as an excuse not to lift weights. I am officially pathetic. 🙂

      Nothing beats going to Target free of complaining kids…or husband, in my case. He just does not realize that I need time to “soak” in the wonders of each and every aisle. Lame.

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  9. I always leave Bed Bath & Beyond and Target with more purchases than planned! Especially because I buy my Keurig coffee at BB&B! 🙂

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