Hello! I'd like to start by saying Happy Memorial Day to everyone! I'm not actually doing anything today besides staying home from work (with pay! The perks of having a desk job...) since my husband is working (he doesn't have a desk job, but I also think he's getting time and a half today. Hmm...) and it's pretty gloomy out. I've spent a good third of today sleeping, which has been nice, and I don't feel too guilty about it since I got some chores done yesterday (namely, I cleaned the bathroom, which is the chore that always looms over me. I hate cleaning the bathroom, not because I think it's gross so much as I don't like being around chemicals. I try to use bio-degradable and more natural based products, but the unfortunate truth is that they just don't work as well as some of their stronger counterparts).
This post is going to be about my small shopping trip I made on Friday, while it was still semi-nice out. I had a couple coupons that were expiring on Saturday and I wanted to make sure I got to use them. Lucky for me, the three stores that I had coupons for are right next to each other!
The first store I went to was Joann Fabrics. Admittedly, using these coupons wasn't too important since I get new ones weekly, but since I was in the area anyways, I figured I check it out. I was looking for two things; a cross stitching kit and some storage solutions for my embroidery floss. I'm not sure why, but I've recently gotten back into cross stitching. I used to be really into it, but I stopped after I learned to crochet since I enjoyed doing that more (it feels more useful). I haven't crocheted in a while (anything major at least; every now and then I'll crochet a whole bunch of cupcakes or doughnuts or something for no reason what so ever. I did crochet my mom a dolphin for Mother's Day, though.) and have just started cross stitching more. I think what I like about cross stitching is that I don't have to think about it, I just have to follow the pattern (I only do counted cross stitch, though. The pre-stamped ones feel like cheating to me). I usually like to get the Dimensions Gold kits since they have the best designs and are the best quality that I've found. I refuse to get any Janlynn kits; all the kits I've ever gotten from that brand have been very poor quality with cheap floss and terrible designs. It's like they don't test out their patterns before they package them. None of the Dimension Gold kits in stock really spoke to me, but I did find this Dimensions kit:
I also got a couple storage boxes for my floss since they were on sale for 50% for Memorial Day weekend. I ended up getting two for $5. I actually went to Michael's that same day since the two I had purchased weren't going to enough to store my whole collection, and I managed to get the same, exact boxes for $2 each, and they weren't even on sale! The only difference was that the ones at Joann Fabrics were marketed as floss holders, and the ones at Michael's were labeled as bead organizers. I'm just really glad I got the boxes at Joann Fabrics on sale and so ended up overpaying by only $0.50 each.
My next stop was Kohl's, which is conveniently right next to Joann Fabrics. I don't normally shop at Kohl's since I find their products to be lower quality, especially for the prices they charge. I especially wouldn't ever buy anything at full price, but when they have things at 70%-80% off AND I have a $10 coupon, then yes, I am all over that. I'm not sure why I get the $10 coupons in the mail; they seem to come at completely random times. I got my first one over a year ago, then another one about six months after that, then I got another only a few weeks ago. And now I got a fourth one. It's strange, but I'm not really complaining (now that I think about it, this may have been my fifth one, though I'm not sure). I was interested in picking up some shoes, but nothing that was on sale really interested me so I hit up the Juniors section again to see what was on sale. And I am glad I did!
Last time I had a $10 off coupon, there was a pair of pants on sale that I really wanted, but that I could not justify paying $20 for (they were 50% of $40). Luckily, they still had them in stock (in my size!) and they had discounted them further so now they were 70%! I didn't want to push my luck, so I bought them.
I also picked up two tops since they, too, were 70% off. The first one just really spoke to me and I had to have it.
I also couldn't pass up this shirt, which I unfortunately couldn't find in any size besides large.
My last stop on this shopping trip was Ulta. Last time I went, I got a coupon that was good for $5 off any $15 purchase that printed with my receipt (not sure what I did to get it, though maybe they're random). It was only good for a few days, but I definitely had something in mind that I wanted to use it on. One thing that I don't like about Ulta's coupons is that they don't work on "prestige" items, only on drugstore stuff. Pretty much all I buy at Ulta are prestige items, so I never get to use my coupons. This coupon was kind of vague about what it could and what it couldn't be used on, so I figured I'd try to use it anyways. I was informed that, technically, I was not allowed to use it on the items I have purchased, but that they were going to honor it for me just this once, which I really appreciated (...if they hadn't honored, I probably would not have purchased my items, but I didn't say that.). What did I buy? This!
So that was my shopping excursion to use up my expiring coupons. I think it was pretty successful, even if my "haul" was on the small side. I always feel weird saying "haul" which I only buy four or five things, but I see people on Youtube posting "haul" videos all the time where they've only purchased one or two items. I feel like it's one of those words that has lost a lot of meaning, like "epic". I also have a couple random things I wanted to show you guys, but I don't think that they warrant their own post!
I have a couple finished cross stitching kits to show you! The first one I know I posted about when I bought it, but I don't think I ever posted the finished product. These haven't been washed or ironed or anything yet, so they're a little wonky looking and wrinkly.
And for something completely random, this is the absolutely weirdest tasting breakfast cereal I have ever eaten:
I hope you found this post interesting and thanks for reading! <3