Category Archives: Frugoal Finds

Adventures In Clearance Shopping: T.J. Maxx Edition

Howdy all!  I am trying to post more often to this blog so bare with me.  Some posts are going to be works of genius, but this isn’t one of them.  This post is a simple one.  A post about a girl who decided to do some spontaneous clearance shopping at one of my favorite stores:  T.J. Maxx.

There are definitely some pros and cons to clearance shopping.  Con:  Clearance shopping takes a lot of time and effort.  Pro:  You can find some GREAT deals and save some serious cash.  I happened to find two GREAT deals on my venture to T.J. Maxx in clearanceland that I would love to share with you all!

The first was a blue and black checkered number.  ImageWhat girl doesn’t need a Cosby sweater?  I can pair it with my skinny jeans that currently don’t fit at the moment (damn carbs) or my hypothetical black jeans that I don’t even own.  IMAG0527It really doesn’t matter if I don’t have pants to wear with it because I got it for…wait for it…on clearance for  $3.00. Yes please!

My next purchase came at the end of my shopping trip.  I happened upon a last chance clearance rack which looked very much “rode hard and put away wet” (if you catch my drift…wink...wink).  IMAG0525_1Buried in this ravaged rack of clothes was my best find in ages:  an adorable sweater dress.  Though a tad too short for me and my derriere to wear as a simple dress, I could still rock it as a top with the aforementioned ill fitting skinny jeans.  The price you ask?  A very affordable dollar.  One dollar!!!  Now that is one heck of a steal.

Once again, thank you so much for stopping by and please feel free to share any amazing deals you have found when clearance shopping/thrift store shopping/couponing, etc.!

Ang

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Saving The Green This Halloween

How many of us spend an obscene amount of money on Halloween costumes each year?  I know I have.  Instead of feeling ghoulish this girl is downright foolish for spending so much on a Halloween costume I will never wear again.  So what is a girl that is trying to save money to do?  Go thrift store shopping!  The thrift stores may provide a much needed Halloween costume this year that won’t break the bank.  My finds?  Well why don’t you have a look for yourself:

For $4.95 this costume is perfect for your little boy or girl. I'm always hearing my friends tell me how cute their kids are they could just eat them.
For $4.95 this costume is perfect for your little boy or girl. I’m always hearing my friends tell me how cute their kids are they could just eat them.
For the low price of $3.95 this costume would be great for a witch, sorcerous, or just a hippie who isn’t into tie dye and is going through a dark phase.
At $5.95 this costume piece works on many levels.  You can be He-Man or Arnold Schwarzenegger in his Mr. Universe days.  After Halloween you can also just wear this under your clothes and cancel your gym membership.
At $5.95 this costume piece works on many levels. You can be He-Man or Arnold Schwarzenegger in his Mr. Universe days. After Halloween you can also just wear this under your clothes and cancel your gym membership.
Best find of the day:  Brand new wigs for under $2.00.  Wigs transform any costume.  Side note:  Does the chick on the package look like Leann Rimes to anybody else?
Best find of the day: Brand new wigs for under $2.00. Wigs transform any costume. Side note: Does the chick on the package look like Leann Rimes to anybody else?

Bottom line:  The thrift store is where I am getting my Halloween costumes from now on.  For those of you who get “icked” by the thought of wearing other people’s clothes here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Halloween is only for one day.  You’re only in costume for just a few hours. Is it really worth the money?
  • The costumes at your local thrift store were only worn for a few hours.  Isn’t it worth the money?
  • Save your green this Halloween, because Christmas shopping is just around the corner (ugh…but that is a whole other blog).

Thanks for stopping by! Now go get thrifting!

Ang

Frugoal Finds: The Anti-Fleece Fleece

So proud to introduce a new category to my blog called Frugoal Finds.  No applause please, you are embarrassing me. This category is intended to feature great deals and steals purchased with zeal!  The first item featured on Frugoal Finds is a saucy little number (and for all of you out there wondering, yes she is a natural redhead).

Columbia

Her name:  Columbia.

Hometown:  Portland, Oregon (Sellwood Neighborhood).

Her turn ons:  Loves to snuggle and keep you warm at night.

Her turn offs:  Warm weather.

Original asking price:  $70.00

Say What?!?!

My mamma always told me retail is for suckers, and it is.

So how did I acquire Columbia, especially since I live several hundred miles away from Portland?  Enter Gina (friend/co-worker/walking buddy/hunter of bargains).  Gina was on her way to Portland for an extended weekend.  She made note of the fact that she would be visiting several outlet stores while in Portland, a Columbia Sportswear outlet being one of them.  I had an A-ha moment (not the Oprah kind, the 80’s Norwegian band kind).  “Take on me” had been in my head since lunch and my inner monologue went like this:

Gina just said she is going to a Columbia outlet store.  Shut up A-ha and your stupid, addictive song, but good golly it is catchy.  How did a band from Norway get it so right in the U.S.?  Well it is cold in Norway.  All they probably do is stay warm and write such delightful soul searching songs as “Take On Me”.  I bet they wore lots of fleeces.  I need a new fleece.  My old Columbia fleece is so worn out…wait a second.  Did Gina just say she is going to a Columbia outlet?  Did I just have an A-ha moment?

Finally back into the sanity of the real world and out of the craziness of my head, I asked Gina if she could please, please, pretty please pick up a small Columbia fleece for me, but only if she found a killer deal.  She agreed.  Since she is a hunter of bargains, she found, hunted and returned with her kill:  Columbia.

This is how she got Columbia for me at a killer deal:

  • Retail price:  $70.00
  • Outlet price:  $49.90
  • Initial markdown:  $34.99
  • Second markdown:  $29.98
  • Gina found Columbia on the 50% off rack
  • Gina spent over $100.00 on Columbia as well as other items which gave her (and me) an additional 20% off.

Final price for Columbia:  $11.99 (because Oregon has no sales tax…oh hecks yes!)


Frugoal Finds wants to thank:

  • Gina for bringing home Columbia for the low price of $11.99, because who doesn’t love a cheap ginger?
  • Everyone who didn’t snag Columbia when they had a chance.
  • And of course Norwegian 80’s sensation: A-ha!