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Alyssa over at Keeping the Kingdom First posed a really interesting frugal dilemma tonight. She’s in the market for a new pair of sunglasses, and she’s wondering when is it worth it to buy a more expensive item? I had to laugh when I read this, because I struggled with the exact same problem just last spring.
I had a pair of beloved JCrew sunglasses that I wore for, I kid you not, 9 years. That’s like EONS in sunglasses life!!! Though I bought them on clearance, I would have obviously gotten my money’s worth even at full price. They finally bit the dust last spring when I dropped them walking in the door from outside. They landed just the wrong way and the hinge broke off in such a way that repairing them wasn’t even an option.
So my hunt began. I looked at every store we went to for a cheap pair, but well, they were also cheaply made. The plastic wasn’t smooth, they felt flimsy, and they just didn’t feel like they fit properly. I just wasn’t happy with anything I found.
Finally after much insistence on the part of my husband, I went to a Sunglass Hut at our local outlet mall. There I found a really nice pair of Ralph Lauren glasses for about $90. Now, that’s definitely not cheap, but I could have done a LOT more damage, so I was pretty satisfied with my find.
Since I wore my last pair for 9 years, I expect for this pair to last me roughly that long. I could have purchased a cheap pair for roughly $10, but I probably would have had to replace them much sooner, possibly even annually. So when you break it down, the yearly cost for wearing the quality item versus the yearly cost for wearing the cheap item is about even.
Given those figures, I’m perfectly happy with my decision to invest in a more expensive item.
What’s your take on whether cheaper is always better? Even if you disagree with my decision, I’d love to hear from you. I find these kinds of discussions so interesting, and there’s really no right or wrong. It’s what works best for you in the long run.
I’ve been wishing and hoping for some time now that Angie would open a Freepeats group here in Columbus, so I was ecstatic when I was reading my feeds yesterday morning and came across her post that one has just opened!!!
If you’re not familiar with Freepeats, it’s a great way to recycle gently used baby, kid, and maternity stuff by passing it on at no cost to others who can use it. If you’re someone in need of these items with little funds, these groups can be a huge help in defraying some of the costs associated with having kids!
It’s normally $4.95 for a lifetime membership to the group; however, Angie’s running a very special offer right now. Columbus OH members can join for free through October 15th! This special is also open to Milwaukee and Chicago members during the same timeframe.
Freepeats currently has groups in 31 U.S. cities with several more to open this year, including Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, Tampa, and Jacksonville. You can find a complete list of current cities here.
One last bonus – if you decide to join or are already a member, be sure to check out the October Freepeats Incentive. Members can get $5 cash when they post five items on the offers board during October!
Wow, Walgreens really wants our business! They’ve just released yet another $5 off $20 coupon good Friday 10/3 and Saturday 10/4.
Like the other recent $5/$20 coupons, the terms and conditions state that your subtotal must include all other discounts and coupons to qualify. So after all of your manufacturer coupons and any other Walgreens store coupons, your subtotal must be $20 or greater to use the coupon.
Here’s a super simple, money-making transaction to put this coupon to good use!
BUY Extreme Energy 6-hour Shots at $3.99
BUY L’Oreal Cleansers at $6.99
BUY Rimmel Lasting Finish Mineral Enriched Foundation at $7.49
BUY Oral-B CrossAction Toothbrush $4.49
USE $1/1 L’Oreal Cleanser or Moisturizer, exp. 10-12-08 (SS 7/20/08)
USE $1/1 Rimmel face product, exp. 11-15-08 (RP 9/14/08)
USE $0.75/1 Oral-B Manual Toothbrush, exp. 10-31-08 (P&G 9/28/08)
Out of Pocket $15.21
RRs* Earned $4.49
ESRs** Earned $18.47
EARN $3.26 on this easy transaction!!!
*RRs are Register Rewards. It’s a coupon that will print with your receipt that is good towards your next purchase at Walgreens.
**ESRs are EasySaver Rebates. Learn all about them in my Walgreens 101!
Wow, where did September go? I totally just realized that I didn’t post the CVS monthly deals for October! Sorry for the delay, but here’s the best of what I see to pick up throughout this month.
::BUY WellPatch Arthritis Relief Pads (3-ct.) at $5.99, GET $5.99 ECBs (limit 5)::
$1/1 WellPatch Product, exp. 10-31-08 (SS 7/13/08)
Better than FREE after coupon and ECBs!
::BUY CVS Pharmacy Vitamin D-400 (100-ct.) at $2.99, GET $2.99 ECBs (limit 1)::
FREE after ECBs!
::BUY Ayr Saline Spray (0.75-oz.) at $3.99 or Rinse Kit, GET $3 ECBs (limit 5)::
$0.99 after ECBs!
::BUY 2 Gatorade or Propel (20-24-oz.) excludes Invigorating Water, GET $1 ECB (limit 5)::
$1/2 Aquafina, Sobe Life Water, Propel Invigorating Water, G2, or Propel Fitness Water (700-ml.), exp. 12/31/08 (CVS Beauty Handbook coupons)
FREE after coupon and ECB!
::BUY 2 Betty Crocker Warm Delights at $1.99 ea., GET $1 ECB (limit 5)::
$0.50/1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights Bowls or Minis Bowls, exp. 11-1-08 (SS #3 9/7/08)
$1.98/2 after 2 coupons and ECB!
::BUY Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste at $3.29, GET $2 ECBs (limit 2)::
$1/1 Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste (4-oz. +), exp. 1/31/08 (CVS Beauty Handbook coupons)
$0.29 after coupon and ECBs!
::BUY $5 Revlon, Nailene or Fing’rs Artifical Nails or Accessories at $2.19-8.59, GET $3 ECBs (limit 5)::
$1/1 Revlon Beauty Tool, exp. 1-14-09 (SS 9/14/08)
::BUY $20 Eucerin Redness Relief Products, includes Cream or Lotion (1.7-oz.) or Cleanser (6.8-oz.) at $8.99-$14.99, GET $12 ECBs (limit 5)::
$4/1 Eucerin Redness Relief Lotion printable
$2/1 Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser printable
Click here for a complete list of all the monthly deals.
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