During the broadcasts of I Love the 90s, they’ve been airing commercials for Jamie Cullum about 150 times per hour. This should make me prehate him. But I’ve really liked the clips they’re using in the commercials, and by the time we’d memorized the damn commercial last night, Ginny and Sammi and I decided that we needed to buy Twentysomething as soon as was humanly possible.
I went to Target at lunch today (and, miraculously, escaped only $32 poorer) to pick up a purse I need for all the weddings I’m going to be attending in the next few weeks/months, and got the CD. It’s a sort of jazz, sort of pop combination of covers and original songs, and so far I’m really enjoying it. “All at Sea” is particularly pretty.
You know how they say goldfish will grow as big as the container they’re in will allow? That’s sort of what happens when I go to Target. My purchases are directly proportional to the container I’m putting them in, and the length of time I spend in the store. So if I go on a Saturday and get a shopping cart, I’m going to spend a ton of money.
I’m trying to SAVE money now, though, which is really difficult for me to do. So I’ve been avoiding Target as much as possible, and not going after work. But I did legitimately need a small purse and I knew Target had a suitable one on sale for $7 or so. Ginny and I are going out of town tomorrow so I wouldn’t have time to go get it then.
My plan: to go at lunch (when time would be limited) and to bypass the carts and baskets entirely. That worked for a while. But I started to accumulate stuff and, wonder of all wonders, Target had a stack of shopping baskets right next to the cosmetics. I still did pretty well, though. From the receipt:
DR PEPPER DT – 0.99 (because you need a Diet DP for the road)
LREAL MASC – 4.00 (mascara on sale!)
AQUA FRESH – 0.99 (trial size toothpaste for trips)
L OREAL – 2.99**
AQUAFRESH – 2.99 (regular toothpaste for home)
TGT LIQ SOAP – 0.89 (hand soap for office)
CGIRL LQ MU – 1.69 (trial size TruBlend, woo!)
MINI TOP ZIP – 7.48 (the purse I came for)
CULLUM JAMIE – 8.99 (the CD)
VA TAX 4.5000% on 30.02: 1.35
VA TAX 4.0000% on 0.99: 0.04
**Wait. What the hell is that?
I just looked through the bag of stuff I got (which I brought into the office so my makeup doesn’t melt in the sun) and I only bought one L’Oreal product, which was the Feather Lash mascara on sale for $4.00.
I totally got overcharged by three dollars. And this as I celebrated my ability to keep things under control by only purchasing the things I planned to go in for, and cutting corners where possible (like with the trial-size makeup).