I wasn’t always a bargain shopper.
My sister was the one with the willpower. “I’m going to wait until this goes on sale,” she’d say confidently, placing the prized shirt back on the rack until further notice. I’d shake my head, tell her she should buy it now while she could, and move on to purchase my own expensive shirt because I couldn’t bear the thought of not having it. Sure enough, a week would go by, and that same shirt would be half price. Nicole would just laugh, as she purchased her favorite items. On sale. I would groan, realizing that I just dished out an extra $20, when I really didn’t need to.
But this story has a happy ending, because I finally (after many, many, many purchases of overpriced shirts) learned the art of patience. The art of spending more on favorite items and spending less on others. The art of balance.
Balance. This one word seems to apply to everything in life, doesn’t it?
Today’s shopping trip was a full one. From the time the mall opened to when it closed, my mom and I meandered our way through each and every store, searching for bargains. I found lots of cute tops that I’ll put to good use with nutrition seminars and presentations. My favorite find of the night was a $30 dress from JCPenney. I can’t wait to pair it with a cute belt and some yellow flats.
And, of course, no shop-till-you-drop shopping trip has ever occurred without the assistance of an energy packed breakfast.
That would be Breakfast Bonanza, Day 2.
This morning I opted for something simple but amazing. Whole wheat toasts, smeared in almond butter and pleasantly topped with plump, sweet banana slices.
I’m sure that this is probably the standard breakfast for many healthy breakfast eaters out there, but I never seem to think of it. Obviously, I’ve been really missing out. This is going to be a perfect meal for those busy morning weekdays.
It was also perfect for shopping-till-dropping. It literally kept me going all morning (and afternoon, and night!) long!
I think tomorrow’s breakfast is going to start with a ‘p.’ And end in ‘-umpkin.’ But it won’t involve oatmeal. Any guesses? 😉
Question: Are you a bargain shopper? What are you willing to splurge on and where do you try to save?
Tomorrow is Breakfast Bonanza Day 2 for me and it’s going to be pumpkin waffles! So excited!
I really like the dress you got- it’s simple and cute!
Oh, and the breakfast is making me hungry :p
I am a TOTAL bargain shopper 🙂 🙂 I love forever 21 AND the outlets!! they are AWESOME! love your new buys!
Ill splurge on things like winter coats and boots, but if i can get them half price, ill take it! i love thos two shirts, especiallly the grey one 🙂
I am a total bargain shopper 😛 I don’t ever pay full price for clothes.. and I know where all the deals are! I do tend to splurge on my non-clothing items though, like iPods, electronics and books. I can’t help myself :*
I’m usually a bargain shopper when it comes to clothes. I can’t seem force myself to pay full price for a shirt I might not even like next year! There are times, however, where my defense falter and I just have to splurge!
Grocery Shopping, however, it one place where I splurge without a guilty conscience. I do not take my food purchases lightly. And since I make most of my meals at home, I want to make sure I have the freshest and healthiest ingredients on hand! I have a feeling you can relate 🙂
I am definitely a bargain shopping and my new favorite place to shop is the goodwill. I used to scorn it, “ew people’s old stuff, gross”, but the other day I found the cutest American Eagle jacket for $7, and got some Old Navy and Express button up shirts from $2.33 each! Books for only a couple bucks too. And a friend of mine got a Juicy Couture clutch at one…I’ve yet to be so lucky 😉 lol. But I’m like Nicole and just wait for it to go on sale. I usually get tired of clothes after I’ve worn them awhile anyway, so I don’t like to spend a TON on them. Not usually anyway.
LOVE your new clothes!!!! I can’t wait to go shopping with you sometime soon. And guess what? Black Friday is coming up! Bring on the SALES!!! Ha, ha!
Pumpkin pancakes – my favorite! 🙂
just wanted to drop a line and say hi..i’ve been checking out your blog for awhile and this past weekend i made your whole wheat pumpkin raisin muffins…they are fantastic! everyone in my family loved them! thanks for sharing:)
Thanks for the feedback, Courtney!! I’m so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed the muffins. They’re one of my personal favorites. 😀
My sister and I have been taking part in the Breakfast Bonanza since Saturday, and it’s awesome! Such a genious idea! You’re breakfast looks soooo good! I am like you and forget to use simple things like toast.
Your new clothes are so pretty, especially the dress! Can’t wait to see you pair it with all of the accessories. 🙂
Have a splendid day Sarah!
I’m a bargain shopper! I do splurge occasionally on basics like black pants and jeans.
I had to comment on your post because I just got a real bargain. I had seen this cardigan three times at Kohl’s but each time felt like it was too much to spend. But this Saturday I found it on the clearance rack for 60% off. I felt pretty clever.
Love bananas with peanut butter on toast!! MMMM Looks like you like milk as much as I do.