Once a month, I treat myself to a spending spree “challenge.” It’s fun! I turn in all my bottles and cans at the store, cash in my loose change I have in my coffee mug on top of my dresser and then take the money and get myself a few beauty goodies. Usually it comes out to about $30-$35. I wait for a nice day, head out for a drive, grab a coffee, turn on some tunes, and try to find a few things to either add to or jazz up my glamour ensemble. I’ll hit drug stores, malls, thrift stores, consignment shops, all different places. Sometimes I find just one thing, other times I’ll get a collection of goodies. Sometimes I pay full price, other times I’ll go uber-clearance! No matter what, I limit my spending to make it a relatively inexpensive shopping adventure for me.
In October, my “windfall” money went toward a pair of boots I fell in love with. I had discovered an awesome pair of black, military-style flat boots at TJ Maxx and wanted them BADLY in brown. They did’t have my size so I decided to search every TJ Maxx in the area. No luck. Not cool. Finally, while out and about at Marshalls, I found a pair of boots similar to the black ones, but these were even better. They were my size, had a jazzy lining and they were on clearance for $31. Oh cha-ching! So my “windfall” thanks Marshalls and Libby Edelman for some awesome boots!
This month, I decided to spread the love of the “windfall” around to a few different places. I started off at CVS because I had been told by a friend on Twitter (thank you @NeutraKris!) that Revlon had an awesome Quick Dry Top Coat nail polish that I had to get. It did’t dry fast, but it dried with no smudges and a high shine. I found it, and lucky me! While I was there, they had a BOGO-half price sale so I also picked up Revlon Illuminance CrÃ¨me Shadow in Black Magic“”two shades of white (one frost, one matte), a shimmery pink and a rich frosted black. The creamy colors go on smooth like velvet and stay put all day. They are easy to blend and are perfect for lining or highlighting. With the sale, I was able to get both products for $12.
From there I moved over to my local thrift store. Wednesdays are Family Day and all items are half off! Sometimes you have to hunt, but if you have the time and patience, you can find some great, name-brand items at fabulous prices. Even though I had to deal with thirty minutes of Christmas music playing in the store (it was 70 degrees yesterday”¦ it was kind of hard to take), I found a pair of dark wash Morgan Skinny Jeans by dELiA’s and a cropped, bell-sleeved black angora blend sweater. Both items are like new! And the sweater is sooooo soft, with beautiful ruffled detailing. I left the store with only $8 less in my “windfall” and purse!
Finally, I headed over to Macy’s at my local mall to do a little browsing of clothes and accessories. While there, I could’t help but notice a huge clearance on designer-brand jewelry. Of course, everything looked gorgeous and I certainly got several ideals for things to buy (and ask for) for Christmas. On this one rack, though, I found a jazzy Guess? necklace that I fell in love with! Three layers of chains with charms, pendants and rhinestones in a combination of silver and gold. It was chunky and funky and fun! What was even better? It was on sale for 50% with an extra 10% off! I ended up getting the necklace for less than $11.
How about that? An all day spending spree for only $31!