John and I have realized that going on dates can be very expensive for us. There's the babysitter cost, the food - but worst of all, the shopping. Because, ultimately, we'll always end up some place that involves buying things. We've come to realize it would be cheaper for us to go to a movie - at full price - and indulge at the snack bar, than it would to "save money" by just walking around the mall!
That said, last Thursday John and I did hit the mall, but with the intention of "being good". We walked into Banana Republic (who's starting prices just make me mad.... what are they thinking?) because we had $30 worth of discounts/gift cards. John looked around and then I found a light (summery) jacket for him - on clearance. It was originally $154 (choke...), but discounted all the way down to $11.97. With the $10 gift card, that would be $1.97. I'd say we did good.
So, the next day, I found myself at Dollar Tree for party favors. While there, they announced over the loudspeaker that they just received a shipment of sweaters - Name Brand - and were found on aisle 7 - all for a dollar. I took the bait (no kids, I had the time) - and ended up scrounging through three big bins of sweaters - Abercrombie, Banana Republic, Gap, Eddie Bauer, Anne Taylor Loft, Old Navy - I was shocked! Yes, the sizes and choice of colors weren't all that great - and I'm sure they were a couple of years old - but they were new, and they were a dollar. I walked away with 6 sweaters... (Anne Taylor, Gap....) - one for my neice, one for my sister/Amy (the catfight has yet to take place on who's actually going to get it... and I felt so smug. With that particular sweater, I almost didn't get it - I had to convince myself at the check-out that for the price of a fountain pop, I could go ahead and indulge....
So, I think I scored. Any other awesome deals you feel like sharing stories of?