So lately Justin and I have been working a lot on our budget. Its just one of those things you don’t really think about too much until AFTER the wedding and so it takes a while to get everything in order…for us..it’s taken about 4 months haha.
So anyways, with that said, I have been trying to find little ways that I can help us save money whils still being able to get everything we need and not make too many sacrifices.
So yesterday, I met up with my friend Rachael to talk and she had to do some grocery shopping…and I realized Sam’s Club can get pretty expensive!! Just walking around with her, I saw how easily I could get wrapped up in the world of super-sized packs of everything and walk out of there spending $1,000! 800 ouncez of shampoo? why not! A 90 pack of power bars? Gotta have it!!
No, I didn’t even spend a dime while I was in the store…but it is so enticing when you see huge packages of your favorite items for 8 or 12 dollars.
So back to my point. After I left Sams’s Club, I passed by a Dollar Value. And, not to sound snotty (because I’m not at all), but I have just never been the person to do shop at the dollar store. Just hasn’t appealed to me. In hind-sight, I have no clue why a store where everything is ONE DOLLAR never appealed to me!
So I drove into the Dollar Value parking lot, walked through the parking lot, and entered the store. After I got over the overwhelming aroma of cigarette smoke, I began to walk around and browse. While some of their merch was a little…uhh…trashy looking..I found some awesome deals!!
Did you know they sell kitchen supplies? Lemon zesters, apple slicers, ladels, potato mashers…you name it!! Needless to say, I had to buy a few of those. I also found velcro hair curlers (a 5 pack at Target is like $3…this was $1!), snacks for Justin at work, kitchen sponges, laundry detergent, and a few other things.
I only spend about $9 on everything…..I priced it out and at Target or Publix, these things would have cost me about $20!
So at the end of the day, I found a new budget-friendly store, I am saving money for our family, and I’m not ashamed to say I bought my potato masher from the dollar store.
I’m really starting to get into the whole coupon/ deal-finding world. Probably because I’m financially “on my own” (with Justin, of course). My friend Jen is a pro!! She buys coupons off of e-bay and saves soo much money. I really admire her.
Anyone know of any other great budget-friendly stores/ websites?