Thursday morning, I woke up to a phone call from one of my aunts; she and my cousin wanted to visit on Saturday afternoon. I was told not to make any lunch, but we'll see how that goes. I spent the morning relaxing and reading blogs.
In the afternoon, daughter and I went shopping, again! The store from which I bought all those lotions and shower gels were having a sale and the items I bought on 50% off were now on sale for 75% off. These lotions and shower gels are regularly priced at $12.50, I bought them when they were priced at $6.25 and, today, they were on sale for $3. I had given 16 of them as gifts on Christmas Day (a bottle of lotion and a bottle of shower gel per recipient), but I still had 14 bottles not given away, yet. I checked the store's return policy which said 100% return for any reason. So, I took them back to the store, explained the situation to one of the shop assistants, "returned" them, and bought them again, at the lower price! My daughter was shaking her head and rolling her eyes at me, but I didn't mind. I saved $48 by doing so! I know it wasn't a good deal for the store, but I am happy that I was able to take advantage of their return policy and a good sale.
Then, we went to the dollar store to buy some freeze dried fruit snacks and hair bands for daughter, a wall calendar and a small one to keep in my purse for me, and a book of sudoku and word puzzles for my aunt as part of her gift. We were in a bit of a rush by then, because my daughter's friend was coming to pick her up to go on their escape room adventure and dinner. So, I didn't finish my shopping, but came home.
After my daughter left with her friend, I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medication and one or two other items I needed from there, and to the other dollar store located next to the pharmacy for the rest of the items I had wanted. I bought a bunch of bananas ($.49/lb), a head of Boston lettuce ($.99), a 3lb. bag of russet potatoes ($.99), 2 cans of mixed vegetables ($.50@), coffee filters, and a package of kitchen sponges.
I had wanted to go to the grocery store, too, to buy a gift card and some bread, but I was tired by then and didn't want to push myself, too much. So, I came home, had a cup of coffee, cooked the ground beef I had bought earlier, put away the laundry from the day before, did another load of laundry, emptied the dishwasher, and finished wrapping up the majority of the rest of my gifts!
These are candles I crocheted from yarn in my stash. I crocheted them, last year, but I didn't add the flowers until today. The fabric poinsettias are also from my stash. Now that they are finished, I added them to the gifts I'll be giving, this year.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to take advantage of good sales
- Generous return policies
- Getting most of my shopping done
- Daughter had a fun evening with her friends
- A warm (84F), sunny day in December.
How was your Thursday? Would you have returned the lotions and shower gels to take advantage of the sale? Or, would you have let it go?