Shopping has never been my forte. Bargains don’t jump out at me. Sales elude me. I’m one of those who seem to pay full price for almost everything I buy. This may be because I have no patience with shopping. Buying is what I want to do, not shopping. If I know what I want, or need, I feel that I should walk into a store, find the product, pay for it, and be out of the store in a matter of minutes. Doesn’t sound too hard, does it, but alas, it is. Until this week.
Target was my first stop, right after they opened at 8 a.m. I had a few coupons. I had my CartWheel deals loaded on my phone. I knew what I wanted to buy. Note the word BUY.
It’s back-to-school time and Target has a great selection of back-to-school supplies. I swoon at back-to-school supplies. The prices were ridiculously low on crayons, markers, pencils, and colored pencils. They had a text-to-phone special, too, that got me even more savings. I loaded up my cart with 25 of each, thinking I would use these as STAR prizes for the first graders at Columbia when I return to my chaplaincy duties. Now I just need to remember that I have all these goodies stashed in the garage and computer room.
Next stop, Barnes and Noble, where I also had a coupon. Three books and a journal. In and out in under 30 minutes.
Because I wear uniform shirts that are blue in color for both Good News Club and the chaplain duties, I wear navy slacks three times a week. The pants I wore last year were beginning to look a bit shabby as well as be stretched out around the waist. I kept thinking I should stop in at Talbots, the only place that has clothes that fit my short, wide body. Since my next stop was Whole Foods to get groceries, and Talbots is right across the road, and the store had just opened at 10 a.m., I decided this was the time to pop in and see what they had.
The Talbots clerk met me at the door and in a matter of minutes found two pair of pants that matched my requirements: navy, washable, front pockets. While I tried them on, she found a couple more, on clearance racks. They all fit so I bought all of them. I was in the store 17 minutes.
The next day I went to Sephora to pick up my birthday gift–Nars lipsticks–taking along a gift from a year or so back that I have recently discovered I love–Make Up Forever lipstick and mascara. With my luck, I figured they no longer carried the brand, but I was happy to find that they did AND the brand had an eyeliner in a color I’ve been trying to find since Lancome quit making it. Why do cosmetic companies quit making a product that I like? Happens a lot. Or to me anyway.
I had received an email from Sephora right before I walked in the store telling me that anything I bought would get double points that day. Smart marketing, those people. Although I have amassed 400 bonus points, none of the gifts appealed, so I just kept my points and took my Nars lipsticks this time around.
Great BUYING experiments this week. Hopefully I’m set and will not need to venture out to retail establishments for awhile.