Bargaining Power: Let’s Make A Deal



I’m all about bargains, especially these days. There are still items I will spring for but I don’t spring like I used to.

Here are my latest “finds”:

The Dollar, $.99, $1.09, Whatever You Want To Call Them Stores – I LOVE these places for several reasons. Gift bags, you can get any size and/or shape for $1. And they don’t look cheap. I hate it when I have a large gift and the bag costs more than the present. NOT ANY LONGER! See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya, Hallmark! I also find microfiber hair towels, all sorts of dental items (not toothpaste, though), hairspray, glass votives, and fake pewter trays. Plus, they have a bunch of stuff that I remember from my childhood. Kitchy stuff. Probably IS from my childhood. How old does something have to be to be considered an antique?

Target – the buyers for Target are Very Smart People. One reason? The designer lines that pop up. From erin fetherston (enormous heart handbag) to John Derian ( home goods) to Temple St. Clair (jewelry), well, let’s just say I couldn’t touch any of these lines, all of which I love, without Target. Would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention my fave, Boots. Am not a big fan of make up, but there are some things that must be covered up enhanced. Have been loyal to YSL Touche éclat for years. Great undereye concealer, $45 for 2.5 ounces. No Mas! I now use Boots No. 7 Radiant Glow concealer, $12.99 for 2.5 ounces. Looks just the same to me. The other product that is major wonderful is Boots Mediterranean Olive, Almond, & Sage Wonderbalm, $8.99. My lips LOVE me.

Clothes and Shoes – am personally beyond picky about these items; they don’t have to be expensive but the lines, design, materials, and details MUST be present. When shopping for myself, I have a picture in my head of what I’m looking for and I do not stop until I find it. When I am successful, I try on item, write down style number, head home, and get on the computer. I will find the same item at a price I prefer. Win-win. The adventure, for me, is shopping for others. Which I do. Today my friend needed my help. Challenge on! Armed with her size, I pulled together a wardrobe that can take her from the beach to the White House, any season. One hour – 14 pieces of clothing. And the tab is what two pieces would normally cost. Love when that happens.

Other Bargain Stops – Saw “The Social Network” and “Winter’s Bone” for $2. Redbox rocks. You can get paid for participating in online surveys – not shyster kind, but from Opinion Outpost. The surveys aren’t long and I’ve gotten paid at least $200 over the past 9 months. Don’t quite your day job, but the process is interesting and cash is cash.

Those are my “tips” today. On to General BS. If you are not a total fan yet, please reserve next Tuesday evening for the show, “Raising Hope“. Hysterical is an understatement. If you don’t like it, don’t tell me.

Getting too general … and boring myself to pieces. Get specific! Okay, if you are a fairy godperson out there, here is what I would welcome (aside from world peace, cure for cancer, and other important issues):

  • Some levity, no, make that a ton of levity
  • A long run of very good luck and health
  • Love and laughter, company and chatter
  • Knowledge that the unspoken prayers in my heart are heard

* I want the same for you.

*Please do not use kooky formula aka “Under the Tuscan Sun”.

Do we have a bargain?


Because I need to read your posts.


17 thoughts on “Bargaining Power: Let’s Make A Deal

  1. It’s a bargain! I know my wife would agree with all your shopping suggestions here… Have a good one! 🙂

  2. I love the $1 Store. I always hit them up for Christmas wrapping paper and gift bags, too. It’s a fun store around Halloween, too.

  3. Izzie, I think you’ve found the perfect job for yourself — bargain shopping! Don’t laugh, I’m serious! How many women (and men, too) are just way too busy to shop around for bargains, yet here you are, an expert in the field! I suspect they’d pay decent money if somebody like you would shop for them! Think about it!

    • Ah Debbie, you make me blush. I am a hell of a great “finder” – am between rock and hard place presently, so I think I will “share” tips while I think about it. Thank you, pal~

  4. You could totally make a living being a personal shopper. Seriously. People pay good money to have someone else do that for them. If I had good money, I know I would. I only have bad money, though.

    Raising Hope is pure awesomeness! Love that show. Cloris Leachman is priceless.

  5. I am a huge bargain shopper. I have gone places that amaze even me. I always have fun, especially when I’m the only one who speaks English (including the cashiers).

    • WENDY! THE GOO GOO DOLLS? I am a jealous wreck; I love them! What a wonderful bit of serendipity! Also love your new “theme” … we share (sort of – yours looks better). Living vicariously through you these days, my friend!

  6. I have this seriously bad habit of buying clothes and not wearing them for around 2 years. Long enough for them to be a discontinued or out of fashion. I’m kind of like the person “behind the times”.

  7. Oh, I like Target. And bargain shopping is really fun. 🙂 Hey izzie, not related, but how was your daughter’s trip out here? Did she like the bay area and the food, etc?

  8. I love target and shopping and giving my opinion…haha….and I LOVE Raising Hope!

  9. think I love you, you bargain crazed blogger! We could be bffs forever! BTW: I am heading to Target today and I LOVE the $1 bin and the $1 popcorn for the kids!

  10. I love bargain shopping! We have a Dollar Tree and I buy most of my cleaning stuff there. I also buy kitchen utensils because Halo tends to eat them and she’s more likely to live over a dollar spatula than an eight dollar spatula.

    My big splurge is on hair care products. I swear by Nexxus Therappe shampoo, Humectress conditioner and Gorgeous Curls mousse, but I can’t resist pretty bottles and good smells. My bathroom is chock full of expensive shampoos & conditioners that I use only on special occasions (those times when I don’t care if my hair looks like crap, but I want it to smell really really good). My guy friends freak that I pay up to $15 for a small bottle of conditioner when the $1.99 a gallon of White Rain works just as good. What do guys know?

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