Bargain Basement Babe

July 9, 2005    By: Kristen J @ 2:45 pm   Category: Life

I just bought 72 glasses for $5. Yeah, you heard me, 72 GLASSES-FIVE DOLLARS! Ok, they have Spaghetti Palace written on them and red, white, and green stripes circling the top but they were only 7 cents each. How can you beat that? If you haven’t guessed, I love bargains. It’s not necessarily a good thing with me it’s probably more like a crazy thing. As I’ve said before, we all have our “special needs”.

Not only do I like bargains but I like outlet stores. Not the kind that are located in your neighborhood outlet mall, those are not real outlet stores they only use those words to lure you in to what is really just a regular store with just a few extra things on sale. I love the kind of outlet stores that sell you a dented number 10 can of water chestnuts for $1.50 or smashed boxes of cornflakes for 99 cents.

I know what you’re thinking, why would you want a smashed box of cornflakes or that many water chestnuts? Honestly, I don’t. It’s the thrill of the hunt that I love. It’s not just the outlet stores either but any store with a good bargain gives me a thrill. I could be wandering through Target and notice that they are selling thongs (not flip-flops) for a dollar a piece and I might contemplate buying a few. I don’t wear thongs and I never will but when will I ever see them at such a good price again?

It drives my husband nuts and we have had a few discussions on the topic. Right now he’s unloading the dishwasher and muttering to himself. I can hear an occasional, “72 glasses, grumble, grumble, too many glasses.” I try to restrain myself for his sake. When I bought the glasses I walked right past the cases of expired hemorrhoid cream selling for only $3 each.

If he dies before I do I plan on comforting myself by buying Christmas toe socks in July for $2 a pair. I will also bore my grandkids silly with constant talk of bargain hunting and shopping. I know they won’t complain when I send them home with their very own cans of water chestnuts, hemorrhoid cream, and thongs!

Ok, now it’s your turn to enable a crazy lady, where do you like to shop for bargains on or off-line?


  1. My wife just bought 80 pair of scissors from Boulder City via e-bay for $4.50 plus s&h they sell all the stuff that McArren Airport out of Las Vegas won’t let through any more. We are waiting for the lighters to show up.

    Comment by Casey Blau — July 9, 2005 @ 9:45 pm

  2. Holy cow, you are so lucky! Now you will never wander around looking for a pair of scissors when you so desperately need them (they magically appear when the need has passed).

    You will have to worry about people running with scissors around your house though.

    So how do I find this fountain of scissors, is the seller Boulder City on ebay?

    Comment by Kristen J — July 10, 2005 @ 5:37 pm

  3. Yup! they also have a great selection of nail clippers and cork screws and spikey dog collars!?!

    As for the running with scissors, that just happens to be my favorite Weird Al Yankovic album. So I planning on doing a small homage to him with at least a pair of the blunted school scissors.

    I also love finding bargains at Target and the Store That Shall Not eB Named (Wal-Mart)

    Comment by Casey Blau — July 10, 2005 @ 9:35 pm

  4. Kristen you have defined my idea of the perfect life: Being at that point in life where you have enough money to save money by buying something when the opportunity provides itself. Tape at the after christmas sale, christmas lights 50 cents a string that used to be $6, easter candy the day after easter. All those opportunities! I think I am just about there.

    Comment by chronicler — July 11, 2005 @ 8:16 am

  5. Chronicler, that is my dream too. I don’t think I’m really organized enough to live that lifestyle though. I’d be wondering where all the bargain tape was in December and finally run across it again in July. But oh those after holiday bargains!

    Comment by Kristen J — July 11, 2005 @ 4:06 pm

  6. I’ve mentioned several times in my own blog (hint, hint) my adventures at Food Etc. Chief among them was the head cheese experiment.

    Comment by The Only True and Living Nathan — July 12, 2005 @ 8:56 am