Above: The loot I scored at non-Target stores. I feel like I'm cheating. Is this cheating?
Tip of The Day: I’m thinking outside the box – yes that may be the most annoying cliché in the world. However, the fact still remains, there is a box, and I’m outside of it.
In other words, for once I did NOT go to Target for the stuff I needed.
Tip For Tomorrow: A reminder of the Museum Adventure Pass and how it works, plus other freebies to float your boat.
Further Elucidation Of My Cheap Deal: As you know, because I say it all the time, I like Target. Especially the one located mere blocks from my house. It’s clean, convenient, and above all, CHEAP. But, and you may consider this heresy, they don’t always carry everything I need. The horror.
For example, the Target by my house no longer stocks Sunsilk Anti-Flat Plumping Crème. Do you KNOW what my hair looks like without Anti-Flat? In a word? Flat. So I had to seek it elsewhere.
I sought my magic hair crème at my least favorite store on earth – Walmart. I know, I KNOW, it has the best prices on the stuff I use every day, but UGH. I just hate going there. The one nearest my house is dingy and dreary and noisy and messy. It is an unpleasant shopping experience, unlike Target. Target is my happy place.
But Target doesn’t have Sunsilk Anti-Flat, so there you go.
While perusing the aisles at Walmart, I checked out the pricing on their other health and beauty items. Sad, but true, they have AWESOME discounts on name-brand hair care, make-up, and skin care products, not to mention all the store-brand stuff they stock (called Equate).
It finally became clear to me. If I am to be truly cheap and fabulous, I’m going to have to shop at Walmart more often.
I found my Anti-Flat for just $2.97, ibuprofen for $2.97 for 100 pills, and for a special skin treat, Biore Pore Strips for $5.94. This got me thinking some additional deep thoughts. Deep for me, anyway.
What other inexpensive stores have I been ignoring, because of my love for Target?
Well, for one, Walgreens. The only time I ever go to Walgreens is to pick up my monthly prescription (never you mind for what) – and I don’t really venture beyond the pharmacy section. So today, I did it! I went OUTSIDE THE PHARMACY to the REST OF THE STORE.
In particular, I went to the card section. It’s not a very big card/stationary section, not like the one at my Target. But what Walgreens lacks in size, it makes up for in content. I found three very funny birthday cards, and a slew of lovely thank you card packs.
In my other job, I send a lot of thank you cards. They’re nicer and more special than an e-mail, plus you can tuck a business card inside them.
Their thank you cards are sold 20 to a pack for $5.99 – that’s less than 30 cents a card. (Math. It CAN be fun.) I found some in a lovely blue and white floral design, which I have decided will be my signature thank you card. Until Walgreens stops carrying them, of course.
Parting Shot: Lesson for the day, kiddies? Don’t be married to just one store – deals can be found everywhere. Especially at stores KNOWN for their deals, like Walmart. Just overcome your shopping bias, and sally forth into uncharted territory.