March 16, 2012

Couponing at the Mall


Being that I am a single young woman, I don’t exactly have a family of mouths to feed. Therefore, it’s tough to really get going with coupons. I love clipping them, but it’s hard to save tons of money when you just don’t have that much to buy in the first place. I will say though that I’m lucky to have a very gracious boyfriend who lets me use his kitchen to concoct my latest Pinterest finds AND happily eats whatever I put in front of him J Most of the coupons I use are for toiletries and fast food though, until my latest trip to the mall.

On Wednesday, I headed to Lexington in search of a new swim suit for the trip to Orlando my family is taking for my little brother’s senior year spring break. While I paid full price for the bikini I found, it was still only $30 since I got it at one of my favorite places for basics: Old Navy. I used to be opposed to that place in my younger and much more spoiled days, but ever since I started buying my own clothes (when I started college in 2008), it has become my go-to store. I love it! I got a very cute red bikini that I am hoping will minimize tan lines, because I intend to spend a majority of my time on vacation napping on a float in the pool J

I can't wait to wear it!

The really exciting part of the trip though was the deals I snatched up at Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Hollister and Alumni Hall.

I didn’t have any coupons at Hollister or Alumni Hall, but I researched online before my trip and discovered that they both had great deals going on. In honor of UK being awesome in basketball this year, I decided I needed a new UK shirt. Alumni Hall had a deal where you could get 2 t-shirts for $22, so I did just that. $18 each originally, I got them for only $11 each—a 39% savings! I was pleased with myself, even if I didn’t use a coupon. At Hollister, I also bought 2 shirts. They were both originally $25, marked down to $15. But they were also on clearance for an extra 15% off, which means each one came out to just over $9! That, my friends, equals a 64% savings.

I'm kinda diggin' the God Bless America feel to it.

Next, I headed to Victoria’s Secret. Since I signed up to get their catalogues I sometimes get coupons in the mail. Recently they sent a coupon for a FREE pair of lace-waist panties as well as a coupon for $10 off a bra. I never pass up free panties, so I saved $9.50 right off the bat by cashing that baby in. Then, with my $10 off coupon, I got a new bra for only $16.50! Without coupons I would have paid $36 for the panty/bra combo, but with them I saved 54%! I didn't take a picture of these, mainly because they were kind of boring as far as underwear goes. One can never have too many nude bras!

 Finally, I ended the trip at Bath and Body, where I also had coupons that I received in the mail. Definitely sign up for those kind of things if you don’t already! They had a “Buy 2 Get 1” deal going on, plus I had a 20% off my entire purchase coupon, plus I had a FREE anti-bac hand sanitizer coupon! I got a body spray, two lotions and the anti-bac hand sanitizer for a total of $21.20. Originally, it would have cost $37.50, so I saved 43%!


I also stumbled upon a white patent skinny waist belt at Forever21 for $1.50, so I was pretty pumped about that too!

The point is, coupons don’t have to be just for groceries. I’m all for using coupons anywhere and everywhere you can, regardless of what it is you’re buying or where you are in life. The way I look at it, I’m simply training for when I do have a family of mouths to feed--Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise J

March 14, 2012

20-Everything

Hello out there!

I'm so glad you stumbled upon my new blog :)

I've tried my hand at blogging a couple times before, but it never really stuck. I figure the third time's the charm, right? Now that I'm officially living life "post-grad" it seemed like a good time to give blogging another whirl. I'm not sure quite what this will turn into, so I don't want to pidgeonhole myself by trying to tell you what to expect. Expect the unexpected!

I love to cook and bake and craft things, so recipes and posts about my own trials and errors in the domestic realm will likely grace this blog, but then again, I also like to think of myself as quasi-intellectual, so I'm not ruling out the possibility of an essay on the meaning of life either.

I guess that's why I consider myself a 20-everything. So many people my age are so determined to succeed that they end up limiting themselves. Believe me, I want to succeed, but I want to do it MY way. I am proudly paradoxical: I openly admit that I envision myself baking elaborate holiday meals for my (future) family while wearing pearls and a ruffled apron, but I also don't hide the fact that I like learning and traveling and just plain old thinking.

I've got nine years left of my twenties, and I don't want to spend them being just a 20-something. I don't want to be a 20-student or a 20-wife or a 20-mom or a 20-businesswoman. Similarly, I don't want to be a 20-feminist or a 20-traditional southern belle...although if I had to choose, I'd pick southern belle every time! Basically, I don't want to be defined by any one particular thing.

I want to be a 20-everything :)