Friday, December 15, 2006


I am notorious for being, shall we say, frugal.I can't remember the last time I paid full price for anything. Today I hit the motherload. My cell phone has been missing an antenna for about 2 weeks. Since I use it for work, it was getting rather old having to run to a window to get a signal every time I got a call. I trucked off today to my friendly cell phone store and asked for a new antenna--they don't carry those at this store but for $25.00 I could order one or go to a larger Spr*#t store. Uhh, I don't think so. My contract is up so I am free to shop around. When I told that to the darling little sales girl I could see her squirming to keep me as a customer. To make a long story short, I ended up with 3, yes, 3 new phones-GOOD phones (think $300 each if purchased), not like the oldies we have been carrying for the price of an antenna for my ancient phone I got a new one for me and two for my older boys for Christmas-SCORE! These phones do everything but wipe butts and the monthly fee is only $10.00 too so I am quite proud of myself. After I left there I went to our local office supply store (where my son happens to work after school and on weekends). I won't tell you which one but it isn't Office Max and it isn't Office Depot and it starts with an S. Anyway, when I was checking out, I asked the cute little check out girl if they gave discounts to family members of employees (I figured what the heck, one of my main purposes in life is to embarrass my kids), she kinda laughed and said "sure, why not"....and took off another 15% off my total. SCORE! Then off to Kohls--same thing...same 15% discount...SCORE! Came home and got a phone call about a video arcade game we were trying to $100.00 for it (we got it for free about 4 years ago, but estimated current value about $150-$175)-the guy was thrilled to get a deal and I got a SCORE! What a day :)


Demeter said...

I feel good when those things happen as well. I once got more money for the sale of an old home trailer than what I bought it for 5 years later... SCORE!
Enjoy your Christmas with all the testosterone around you!

SeaSpray said...

Are you in sales? You've got the gift! Ten dollars for each extra phone on your contract? Not a ten dollar contract? Ok, I am tired - that can't be. I am not all that good with bargains, but when I do get them it is a thrill.

I have a friend who is an amazing shopper. She is always shopping in Macy's in NYC. We live in the mountains of NJ and she takes the train in. To quote her, she "shops in the bowels of the store" from basement to the top floor. She can get a 200.00 item for 5 bucks on a regular basis - not kidding. Her daughter works there and decorates all the windows in the store.

I have 2 sons and I know what you mean. I always joked God had to give me boys because I don't know how to braid hair and do all those fancy girl things with hair. :)
Now I have a beautiful granddaughter (I am a young grandma) and a daughter-in-law who can do the hair!

I am still new at this blogging thing and have been wondering if I should quit. I like to write but then when I go back and read things I think i should just erase stuff, but haven't yet. I LOVE reading them tho and hearing what others have to say. :)

Nikeroo said...

You are an inspiration. Why you are not performing major foreign trade deals for your country is beyond me!