Dear, dear Kohl's....how do I love thee, let me count the ways. You send me 10, 15 or 30 % coupons all the time. You give me Kohl's bucks if I spend money at your store. You have wonderful clearance sales (recently I got the cutest little jeans and denim shorts for my granddaughter for ONE DOLLAR) And since my birthday is coming up you sent me a $10 gift card. I took it and a 15% off coupon and went shopping today. I intended to buy a Playtex bra, $30 on sale for $14.99...with my 15% off coupon making it a little over $12...what a deal! I like to get clothes at Goodwill and the Downtown Women's Center Thrift Store, but not some things, like bras and shoes. Anyway, with tax my bra would have been $13.79 but I had the $10 gift card so....$3.79!!!!! Wonderful! And since it has been years since I bought a new bra I really needed one. But, being a crazy person, did I stop with my $4 bra? Nooooo, Kohl's knows they can lure me in with a gift card and coupon and a charge card and I will see something else I just have to have. You know what? It is OK. I don't have a husband to buy me gifts so I have to do it for myself and I need pampering every now and again. I never buy alcohol. I never buy drugs. I never go on a trip. I never go to a movie theater. I never go to a play. or concert. or anything fun that I can think of. I don't buy lots of clothes, junk, stuff for my house. I don't buy books (but my library card is continually in use). I don't waste gas money going on rides around the panhandle & over to New Mexico that I would love to do. My daughter cut my hair for me for my Christmas present from her. She cut off 3 inches. I haven't had a haircut since June of 2010 so obviously I am not spending money on hairstyles, makeup, mani/pedis/spas/massages, waxing (altho I wish my eyebrows would just all fall out--hate'm). If I see something I want at Kohl's it is one of the few things I allow myself and for which I don't feel a bit guilty over. So, what else did I get?
|no, I don't have a new dog. My grand-dog, Andy, is spending the night|
So far I have bought her 27 cardboard page books. We read books every day and she looks at them throughout the day too. A major book chain here sells used books at a greatly discounted price. They have a black marker line over the top of the pages and a peel off "used book" sticker so you can identify which ones are "used." Some are obviously used books but I only buy the ones that look absolutely brand new and for a couple of bucks. I don't know why the ones that look brand new are marked used unless they are some they have purchased from another store's inventory or something. After working in a library for 20 years I know what a book looks like that has been used, even a little. I picked up several lift the flap books for Taylor that the flaps were still stuck down, never have been lifted. Anyway, as I see what new books Kohl's has out for the month I pick one up and stick back for Taylor when she is older since they are always regular hardback picture books. I don't always get the stuffed animal, cute as they always are. A kid needs only so many stuffed animals so, hard as it is, I resist most of the time. And I don't get a book every month. I try to stay away from Kohl's, Target, the mall so I am not tempted to buy something but if I am there I check to see what books they have. I resisted the ones they had in December although they had several wonderful books. I just closed my eyes and gritted my teeth and passed them by. Today, the bear spoke to me and I got one, along with the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? It has also become aware to me that I really need a larger purse. I need to carry a few more things (my sister is laughing because she knows what I mean). I love Kohl's purses. I love fixing a new purse too. I never, ever, ever would dream of paying retail for anything. If it isn't on sale I don't get it because everything is eventually on sale. Plus I want a coupon that pays at least the sales tax and then some! :) I found a purse I absolutely LOVED. First thing you need to know about me is that color is important. I need color in my life. I am not a basic black type person. Well, here was a purse, leather but sort of denim blue color, with an outside zipped pocket for my cell and another that my camera would fit in...two things I never leave home without....and about twice the size of my current little purse. Loved it! The dadgum thing was $99.00. I would not spend $99 on a purse for any occasion!!! This particular line was on sale...buy one get one half price but that was not good enough for me....2 purses for the low, low price of $150???? Not me!! I found another one I liked...$59 on sale for $29.50 plus I had that 15% off coupon so that brought it down to $25. Still alot for me to spend on a purse but it's my birthday this month. I spend more than that on a tank of gas that is gone in two weeks and I have nothing to show for it. And it was purple! One of my favorite colors! Did I say I need color in my life? I really do. A purple purse is just plum perfect!!! Then, this is the really crazy purchase but my head gets cold when I am leaving my home at 6:50 a.m. to go take care of Taylor and it is below freezing outside and I have been thinking I am an old lady now, I can wear a hat if I dadgum want to. I bought a hat. Regular price was $38 on sale for $13.30 and with my coupon that brought it down to $11.31. It is wool. It is warm. And it is red!!! No :( I do not belong to a red hat club. I wish I did. Years ago when I first turned 50 I invited people to be in a chapter of the Red Hat Club with me but it didn't work out. No one could ever get together at the same time other than a handful of get togethers. I have always, always wanted to belong to a group of a few woman who all get along, are like minded, to be friends forever, to get together and go do something but just hasn't ever happened for me. Oh well, I can wear a red hat if I want to. My granddaughter will think it is awesome!
|would you let this woman babysit your kids????|