I’m THAT MOM. I totally
forgot put off my kids’ costumes for the home school Christmas play they are in Saturday until, well, today. I was cringing when I saw the items I had not noticed on the list I had scanned a few weeks ago – the list that seemed so benign and easy. Um yeah, sandals. Everyone in southeastern PA has sandals that still fit their kid in December, right? Oh wait, I didn’t even have sandals that fit him this summer. #momfail. I prepared myself to spend too much money on last minute needs then decided to go consignment shopping first. I can now say that frugal last minute shopping CAN be successful.
- 1 boys’ belt
- 1 pair boys’ sandals
- Black dress shoes (for a girl whose black shoes magically disappeared)
- 1 vest (boy)
- 1 pair black socks (girl)
- Black pants (girl)
- Black sweat pants that have elastic bottom and can be shoved up to knees (my boy hates sweat pants)
I have a few items but the rest could easily cost me over $50. I don’t really have $50 so I have to get creative and within a few hours I scored almost everything I needed for under $10. Last minute shopping CAN be frugal!
- 1 boys’ belt – small women’s belt that isn’t fancy and looks close enough to a boy’s belt – $2.99 – Salvation Army
- 1 pair boys’ sandals – still hunting
- Black dress shoes (for a girl whose black shoes magically disappeared) – $1.99 in excellent condition, 1/2 off for family day = $0.99 – Salvation Army
- 1 vest (boy) – Goodwill – $2.50
- 1 pair black socks (girl) – $0.99, unworn, 1/2 off family day = $0.50 – Salvation Army
- Black pants (girl) – already own
- Jeans – already own
- Sneakers – already own
- Black sweat pants that have elastic bottom and can be shoved up to knees (my boy hates sweat pants) – $3.99, 1/2 off family day, $2.00 – Salvation Army
Grand total = $8.98
Doesn’t get much better than that. Now I won’t cringe so much if I can’t find a pair of boys’ sandals so cheaply. Oh, and I scored an awesome little bowl, a cookbook, and a paper organizer in my frugal last minute shopping adventure. $6.95 total if you are wondering.
What’s your frugal story this week?