The Goods for Less

It’s no secret that I love shopping.  I mean I. Love. Shopping.  But that doesn’t mean I want to spend a fortune.  One of my favorite pastimes is scouring the racks of Marshall’s/HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and Kohl’s.  I’ll discuss a little bit about those stores later, but can we talk about how amazing the Dollar Spot at Target is?!  I snagged two of my girls’ favorite books ($1 apiece!) from that glorious little piece of shopping heaven!  Also, the Dollar Spot carries lots of resources for teachers, such as student rewards, flashcards, stickers, bins for organizing, etc., especially in late summertime.  And we teachers all know that we end up spending a lot of money out of our own pockets, so the Dollar Spot is really, well, spot on!

I also like to pick up a lot of seasonal decorations from this area.  I mean, everything is mostly under $5, and I really don’t want to spend tons of money on decor that will only be on display for a few months.  Check out this cute little sign I picked up yesterday for $3.  I stuck it in my powder room along with a few other springtime accents.IMG_5122

In that same powder room, I have this $3 basket.  It’s the perfect size and extremely versatile.  It even fits a mega-sized roll of Charmin!  But in this case, I filled it with Easter egg ornaments from Dollar Tree.  For Valentine’s Day, I filled it with red velvet heart ornaments and colorful candy-inspired, pastel-colored stamps with sweet sayings on them (i.e., “be mine”).  For Christmas, I loaded it up with mini Christmas bulbs.  You get the idea!IMG_5124

Lastly, I couldn’t resist this cute little box to store my girls’ markers and crayons.  It’s fun to look at, and this is a great option for teachers, too!

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Okay, now onto some fashion finds…

I love designer clothes, but I don’t want to spend a ton on them.  I would rather save that money for some cabernet sauvignon!  Luckily, I love the thrill of finding an appealing piece of clothing for less than half it’s original price.  As I was taking a break from mom duty one weekend, I spotted this shirt at TJ Maxx.  It is made by a brand called Cloth and Stone, which you can find at Anthropoligie (one of my splurge-stores, on occasion) and Lord and Taylor.  It’s original price was $88, but I paid $29.99.  I realize I probably could have made the 30-minute trek to the nearest mall and found it on a sale rack, but that equates to an hour in the car, and I just don’t have that kind of time.  I can’t tell you how wonderful it is having a TJ Maxx and a Marshall’s/HomeGoods ten minutes away in either direction.  Sorry, mall!

The great thing about this shirt is that it is extremely soft and can be worn during any season.  You could even mix textures and dress it up with some shiny black skinnies and heels.  Since it is still cold out here on the East Coast, I paired it with black Converse and these Lauren Conrad leggings I found at Kohl’s.  These are the capri version, but I wore the full length.  I paid less than 10 dollars for them after using cardholder discounts and Kohl’s Cash (seriously exciting).  I have about 7-8 pairs of Lauren Conrad’s leggings in different variations.  They are super comfortable and perfect for all the mommies out there who want to be comfortable but chic.  They are a great diversion from your standard yoga pants, and the quality is outstanding.  I have washed each pair probably 30-40 times, and they look as good as new!  Be on the lookout for some new versions of them.

I’ll tell you about one more fashion find (again, from TJ Maxx).  It’s another shirt that is adaptable to all seasons, and I scored it for $7.99!  Have a look at this Abercrombie tee.

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It’s chic, it’s different, and it’s eye-catching.  I can see it with some distressed denim, but since I was in mom-mode, I wore it with a navy tank underneath (because it is cropped- but it does hit below the belly button), my black Lauren Conrad leggings, and this cardigan.  The cardigan is on sale for $40.50, but again, with discounts (I think I got 30% off of the sale price) and Kohl’s Cash, it really is a steal, not to mention a strong addition to any wardrobe.  Furthermore, if you are a Kohl’s cardholder, you get points when you spend money, which adds up to gaining MORE Kohl’s cash than a non-cardholder.  (I know what you’re thinking…I am not saving money if I am spending in order to save even more!  But I truly am the winner here.  Ha!)

Don’t you feel like you genuinely conquer a giant feat when you spend less on something fabulous?  I could go on and on about the super deals I snag for my entire family- yes, even my husband!  You’ll have to keep this blog handy to uncover more goods for less.  I don’t know what I will write about next week, but that’s what’s up for now!

Until next time!


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