Birthday gifts and laundry money

My parents gave me $50 for my birthday. I decided to go to Dick’s to finally buy a pair of Keen’s that I’ve been eyeing for a week or two. Here’s another example of my shopping prowess:

1 pair Black Keen Ashland Shoes ($90)
1 green Life is Good Baseball Cap ($20)
1 Nalgene Bottle ($10)

How much did I pay??? $50.74. Again, you see I am a rockstar…

However, today was the first time we had to do laundry since we moved into our apartment. Our apartment includes a very inadequate W/D combo…but the dryer does not work and it only holds about 4 items of clothing. We went to the laundromat with $8 in quarters, thinking that would be enough for 3 loads. I was blown away that the cheapest wash load was $3, and the cheapest dry load was $2.50. We had to get whites done for Taylor’s high-speed tonight, so we just did one load. Two hours later, I was dreaming of the days in the not-so-distant past where I could just throw in a load anytime. I’ve gotta come up with a better washing solution.

Why am I the dicount shopping ROCKSTAR?

I am not modest about the fact that I love to bargain shop. I keep caches of coupons, piles of punchcards, and am on more email distribution lists for coupons than I care to count. To give you an idea of how much I save, here is a list of of items I purchased today at a popular national discount store. The retail of the following items was approximately $160.

1 Serta Perfect Sleeper Pillow
2 bottles of spices

3 boxes of Fiber One Bars

1 Lady Speed Stick

1 bottle of shea butter body wash

1 bottle of Matrix Sleek Look Conditioning Treatment

1 bottle of Flat iron hair serum

2 bottles of hand sanitizer

1 pack of “Hello, My Name is…” name tags

2 tubes of Neosporin

1 pack of Hanes Girl Boyshorts
3 packs of hangers

1 pack of chocolate-covered Mint Oreos

1 pair of Panasonic Gumy Headphones

3 boxes of Yogos

2 different kinds of 100-calorie snack packs

3 packs of scrapbooking glue-dots

1 bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles

How much did I pay??? $43.17. Yep, I know…I’m a rockstar.