1) Great reads.
I participated in my first ever book club! It’s a monthly book club with some great gals. Katie did a great job organizing it, and I loved the book. I moved to the Chicago ‘burbs about three years ago, not knowing anyone, and Rachel Bertsche’s book really summarized how I felt when on my quest to make friends. Plus, the her friend search takes place in Chicago, and I definitely recognized some of the places she referenced. It’s a quick read (even for me…and quite frankly, this was the first book I read in a looong time!)
2) Great deals.
I have a soft spot for CVS in my heart. That is my go-to store for health products, toiletries, etc. (Plus, now that CVS will stop selling cigarettes & tobacco, I love them even more!) Anyways, I love to score great deals and this week’s haul was no exception:
That is TP (my husband’s initials) carrying TP. It was only fitting that I get a photo.
I scored 6 boxes of Kleenex and 3 packs of toilet paper and paid $6.67 out of pocket after rewards, sales, etc. then got $10 back in ExtraBucks (ECBs). It isn’t uncommon for me to walk out of CVS making money. The key is to stack sales with manufacturer’s coupons and in-store specials. It doesn’t have to be time consuming either! I started couponing after attending a Chicagoland coupon expert’s workshop and have taken it from there…it’s really a fun game for me!
3) Great insight.
On a recent Bethenny show, she did a fascinating segment on how retailers mess with our minds as female consumers. She showed how three pairs of the same size jeans had drastically different sized waists, how identical twins weighing the same could wear TOTALLY different sizes at different stores, and had audience members guess the sizes of a LBD. Check out the segments here.
I think retailers definitely mess with your mind by oversizing. There a term for it called “vanity sizing” where a smaller size on the tag makes you feel better, enticing you to buy more. I have definitely been taken by this practice…I know I’m not defined by a number and try not to buy based on that, but it’s definitely in the back of my head! It’s incredible that retailers can get away with this. Have you ever fallen victim to vanity sizing? (I must say, though, that this is a good explanation as to why it takes us so long to go clothing shopping! I am definitely telling my husband that this is why! haha!)