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My Semester Pledge + Thrifty Finds

I am back at my apartment for school and have decided I need to change my spending habits.  After buying my digital SLR camera I realized I like to buy things, and although I think I am better at not spending my money on frivolous things than a lot of people my age, I can still do better.  San and I have promised one another that we will only go out to eat three times together over the course of the next three and a half months.  Even though we both love to cook (he is in the food business and graduated from culinary school as a pastry chef), we are tired on the weekends and go out to eat instead of making food ourselves.  This adds up every week and is unnecessary, so we’re cutting it out.

I have personally pledged to buy as little as I can from retail stores.  Instead, any clothing, home accessories, cooking items, etc. will be purchased second-hand from consignment stores.  San and I like to walk around stores when we spend time together because it is free, but in reality, it causes me to splurge on things I don’t need, and when I say

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Losing My Sanity to Four Cheap Chairs

I went on a date with the boyfriend last Friday, planning on having a laid back night of shopping for upcoming crafts as well as feasting on delicious southern-style cooking.  However, I find that I have a tendency to mess up plans, especially when furniture is involved.  When we pulled in to the parking lot of JoAnn Fabric, we noticed there was also a Savers right next door.  Uh oh!  I should’ve known right at that moment that the whole night would be flipped on its head.

We went into Savers after being harassed by rude JoAnn workers, ready for solace.  San stopped right away to look at books while I cleared a path across the store to the furniture section.  I was on the lookout for a mirror to use as a chalkboard.  I had my bargain-scouting eyes on and wasn’t going to let any cheap plastic tv stands get in the way of a good deal.  Before I had even scoured the place, my eyes wandered to the top of a magical platform which held the most incredible chairs I had ever seen, well the most incredible chairs with a $5.99 price tag I’d ever seen.  They were curvy,

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Incredible Weekend Finds

This weekend I was feeling very crafty, which called for some shopping that led to some incredible finds! I have a lot of crafts to share in the next couple of weeks, so I’m very excited! In the meantime, here are some of the cool things I found this weekend.

Last week, two of my favorite bloggers (Bryn and Jenny) blogged about Daily Drop Cap, a website with amazing decorative initial caps posted once every day. That compelled me to buy this when I first saw it at Marshalls for $7.99. Maybe it was a little more expensive than what I would normally spend, but considering it was pay day and it was totally awesome, I gave in and bought it. It now sits on my desk but also can be

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Toggle It Up!

A few weeks ago I was at Delias and saw an amazing toggle coat and fell in love. I know I should not get attached to material objects, but this one was so perfect and so me. I kept thinking about it and started searching online for a cheaper one. I found a bunch of options and love them all (even though some are way more expensive than the one I fell in love with). Aren’t they great?

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Pretty Pear – An Amazing Find

I few weeks ago, I went to TJ Maxx to find some last-minute items for school. When I walked in, I saw the coolest home accessory I have EVER seen. What was it? A paper mache pear, but it wasn’t just any paper mache pear, it was made out of leaves!! It was so cool, with the perfect shade of green, but I found it to be a tad big (it was about a foot and a half tall by a foot wide) and I did not want to spend twenty dollars on it when I had no idea if it would match anything in my school apartment. I passed it up, but I thought about it for the next two weeks where I scoured online shops and even emailed my favorite Youngsters about it, with no luck. Luckily, I did get some good buys while I was there, which I will share

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