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The Best $0.46 I spent this Christmas

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How many of you are members of rewards programs at the different stores you are shopping at this Christmas?  Go ahead and raise your hand, we can’t see you.  I think I’ve mentioned before different earnings I’ve gotten from the rewards programs.  I am members of a ton of them…only free ones.  And this month I’ve gotten lots of freebies or special coupons because it’s my birth month.

I mentioned that Christmas was going to be very learn, even non-existent from me in regards to actual purchased items in my last post. Then I collected our mail before we headed out of town.  And there it was a $10 coupon to Dick’s Sporting Goods, no minimum purchase required.

Princess and I dropped Gymnast at the local gym for his practice and ran across the street to the store.  I ran right to the clearance rack in the boy’s section and found my $10.46 pair of gym shorts for little Gymnast.  I paid $0.46!

I should have taken a picture, but I rushed back to wrap them.  They are white.  I would never buy white, even though he’s begged every time he gets new shorts .  But I figured at $0.46, if he ruined them, I wouldn’t cry too much.  Now he will have 3 pairs of shorts to work out in (he’s going to the gym 20 hours a week.)   A great blessing since we don’t have a washer and dryer so keeping him in clean shorts daily can be a challenge!

Tell me about your shopping win this Christmas season!  (I will post a picture of him in his new white shorts when tries them on after Christmas!)

Hope

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9 Comments

  • Reply Pam E-P |

    On Cyber Monday (I think), Kohl’s had a deal with which, between rebates, Kohl’s cash, and Ebates, I got my daughter a toaster oven, a griddle, and a crock pot for free. She will be getting her own place sometime in the next year, and this was a good way to get her started. I did have to spend the Kohl’s cash, but I used it to buy socks and a hat (which were on sale, of course, and I ordered online for store pick-up and also went through Ebates) for an Angel Tree child, so it was money I was going to spend,anyway.

    • Reply Hope |

      That is awesome! My other proud Christmas gift was a $3 craft box (one of those clear boxes with dividers for craft supplies) for Princess from Walmart. Sea Cadet got her a bunch of earrings. I decorated the craft box with Sharpie markers and make her a jewelry box. The perfect size for packing on our trips and great way to organize her new earrings!

  • Reply Kili |

    Little gymnast is going to be thrilled. Great! Hope, its so Good to hear from you. Thank you for taking The time to write this Little Update

    • Reply Hope |

      He is! I am pretty proud of Gymnast Christmas gifts this year. And he’s the kid who is going to squeal with delight at all of them. In addition to my $0.46 short win, I was able to get Gymnast a blue towel, a cheap electric toothbrush, his very own comb (he’s been sharing Princess,) and a handmade gift certificate for an ice cream from his favorite place at home. I am so blessed with children who will think this very frugal Christmas is “the best Christmas ever!” And I am looking forward to seeing their faces light up with the little treasures I have been able to get them.

  • Reply Jasmine |

    That’s a great score! I did something similar with a Target coupon the other day. I usually try to avoid Target because of all the temptation, but I went because I had a $10 off $10 or more Christmas decor purchase. I found a nice wooden Merry Christmas sign to put up in our new home which didn’t cost me anything because it was $10.

  • Reply Shauna |

    That’s great Hope! Usually I make a game out of it when I get those types of coupons. All summer I stocked up on things from JC Penney with the $10 off $10 or more purchase. Around here the clearance racks are full(maybe they are other places too.) So I’ve managed to score free PJ’s, pants, shirts, gloves, etc. I always feel like I’m winning the lottery when I walk out and spend less than a dollar!

    It’s great that your children are able to get joy in these things as well. You are raising them right!

  • Reply Jen From Boston |

    That’s a great find!!

    Each year I think of a per person spending limit, and I go over it. Last year I decided the base the spending limit on the full retail value, not that actual sale price. I did fairly well last year. This year, money is tighter, or at least it feels tighter with the fiancé moving and the household budget going into an adjustment period, so I lowered the spending limit.

    And I am sticking to it.

    I have 2 people who always put items on the list that exceed my spending limit. So this year I didn’t ask. I now have only 3 people left to shop for, including the one of the two with pricey tastes. I should be able to find something for her that she will like. She’s one of the people I can always find a present for. I think the time crunch helped me keep the budget in line – as I get close to the deadline I just make snap decisions instead of wavering. I’ll probably hit the mall tomorrow night (ugh) and finish the shopping.

So, what do you think ?