I like to shop but I don't like to pay a lot for stuff:) I think that for favorite thing Friday, it is safe to say that getting a deal on the items is more exciting to me than the actual items. I just LOVE to get stuff at 1/4 of the original price. Most of the time I head straight to the clearance area when I walk through the door or a retail shop.
This past week I was guessing that it is time for stores to start marking down some of their summer items. I didn't find a lot of stuff like I hoped but I am sure there will be lots of mark downs over the next couple of weeks. Now typically when I go on the sales hunts, it is for my kids stuff. I would say 90% of my shopping money goes to them. This means that I have to try even harder to find stuff on sale for myself.
I hate bathing suit shopping. I mean like really hate it. I can never find a bathing suit that fits me the way I like. This summer I kicked it in to high gear with some tummy crunches and leg squats. We were going to the beach late in the summer and I wanted to be bathing suit ready. I know I only have a few more years of being age appropriate for a bikini (although my trip to the beach taught me that some women don't care about the cut off). Speaking of....what is the cut off age for wearing a bikini??
Anyways, I finally found a two piece that I loved and that looked somewhat decent on me. I didn't find it until about 3 weeks before heading to the beach and once I found it, I had to have it. I found it at Target of all places. I had avoided the bikinis all summer but this one actually had just enough coverage. I paid $17.99 for each piece totaling $35.98 + tax. Yesterday I stopped by target to do a quick run through the clearance area.
First thing that caught my eye....clearance bathing suits. Even better, the style that I fell in love with earlier this summer was marked WAY down. Since it was a different color than the one I already have, I had to have it. Oh, did I mention that each piece was only $5.38 totaling $10.76 + tax for the whole thing!!! That is a huge price cut from the $35.98!
Now I am completely ready for next years trip and I don't even have to spend a ton of money and go on a 3 month search for the perfect bathing suit. Now if only I can keep the Little Debbie's, chips and coke from adding that tummy back so that I can actually wear it.
Earlier in the week I hit up Cato's clearance racks. I love Cato's. As a youngin in high school, I worked at Cato's. Then I went back and worked there again with my dear friend as my boss right before I met my husband In fact, it was Cato's and that boss (Chrissy) that got me and him together:) Any who, I found these two super cute tops for just $3.99 each! I was so excited b/c they fit perfect and don't let me forget to mention that I had to get a size small instead of a medium like usual. Did I mention that I love Cato's b/c their clothes are bigger on me than most other places??
I will wear these during the winter too with cardigan sweaters or my denim jacket on top.
I always shop out of season for myself and I don't even mind having to wait months before I can wear an item. Just knowing that I got something cute for a great deal is my favorite thing and helps to cure my craving for shopping!!!!