I don’t shop much, outside of purchasing food for the family because, well, ya gotta eat. The idea of going to the mall and browsing around like I did when I was a teenager and in my early twenties is something that really never sounds fun to me anymore, and I think twice (or three times) about most things that I buy when I do have to make a trip to any non-food store. My husband (who doesn’t pay much attention to price tags unless we’re shopping for something large like appliances or automobiles) gets extremely frustrated with my frugality, though I choose to look at it as being “financially aware”.
I was recently presented with a $25 gift card to HomeGoods, courtesy of HomeGoods and Blogher, to use in my holiday shopping. (Thank you!) I haven’t been to HomeGoods in about three years, though I live about four miles from one, and I work around the corner from one. I never go there anymore because, frankly, there is just too much there that will end up in my hot little hands, totally destroying my outstanding sense of “financial awareness”.
Well, I think, sadly–or happily, depending on how you look at it–I am “off the wagon” and plan to return very, very soon. When I went to HomeGoods to spend my gift card, I was reminded of how much “trouble” I could get into there, not only because of the vast selection of goodies, but also because the prices are PHENOMENAL.
As I walked around, I picked up items that interested me, looked at the prices, and literally shook my head because I was wondering how I was going to control myself. Truth.
I couldn’t decide who to shop for with my gift card; though I would love to have found something for myself (okay, I DID find something–about one hundred somethings–for myself), with the holidays coming up I really felt compelled to use the gift card for someone else. I decided that the person who would benefit from the gift card would be a surprise to me as I browsed the store, waiting for the perfect gift to show itself, telling me who I’d be buying for that day.
As it turned out, I found the aisle with all of the gourmet foods, spices, candy and such, and as my eyes scanned the shelves, there it was. The section that had a lovely white aura around it appeared in front of me as the angels started singing: pancakes.
My sister likes pancakes a lot. She even tweets about pancakes. HomeGoods had some tremendously delicious-sounding mixes, along with real syrups, right there in front of me. And how much of it could I buy for $25? Check it out:
“Unfortunately”, HomeGoods has new stuff coming in all the time, so I’ll need to go back–probably next week–and check it out again. Next time, I think I’m shopping for myself.
Do you have a HomeGoods (or two) in your area? If you go to the Blogher Exclusive Offers page (Click here!), you can leave a comment and become eligible to win: HomeGoods is giving away a $100 gift card as well as twenty $25 gift cards! You’ve got until 12/29/10 to enter; see the program rules on that page for more information.
Disclosure: As I mentioned, I was given a $25 HomeGoods gift card to spend as I wished. There was no obligation whatsoever to blog about it, but I did because I wanted to offer you information on a place where you can shop–for the holidays or anyday–and get more bang for your hard-earned buck!