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It’s Just a Little Crush

Remember that song?

That was my middle school jam. Right now I am crushing hard. On spring clothes. Beautiful warm weather spring into summer clothes. I am over the cold and one of my ways to deal with cold weather is to pick out all the lovelies I want to add to my wardrobe when the sun shines warm once again. The best part about picking things out early is that I can do one of my favorite activities: clothing stalking. It works like this: 1) Pick out the full price item you want 2) Look for coupons for that item. 3) Go back to the store every so often to see if the item has gone on sale. 4) When said awesome coupon or sale appears, buy! It works well for me most every time.

These are my current spring crushes:

I haven’t  been able to wear jean shorts for some time, but I tried these on yesterday and they fit well and looked good, too. I will be looking for that Gap 30% off coupon that comes around every few months.

I love Antrhopologie, but most items are out of my price range, but this price point is good. This just may have to be added to my wardrobe.

I am a big fan of ModCloth. This little dress would look great with some flats.

I am the worst about picking out tops. I wind up having a million skirts and nothing to wear with them. This top from Ruche is dainty and fun at the same time.

My old American Eagle mini skirt was tossed when I thought I would never lose the weight I had gained. Now that I am back into my old pants size, I want a new one.

Target sundresses are always the best, though they tend to only last a season. Still, for under $20 that’s fine by me.

Payless for the win! These shoes are fun and look like they would be good for walking around the city. I enjoyed the price comparision here. I owned these shoes in silver last year, and wore them until they were dead. Now I am excited to pick up a new pair!

What clothing crushes do you currently have? What are your favorite stores to shop in?

Food Shopping Around

My friend asked me to write a post about my food shopping habits. Kel, this post is for you. 😉

Chris and I have pretty odd food shopping habits. We tend to only do one large food shopping trip once a month. How is this possible? Let me breakdown our food shopping routine:

1X Monthly: Chris and stock up on dry goods and home necessities once a month at Target. During this trip, we pick up rice, couscous, oatmeal, soups, beans, cereal, Crystal Light mix, and the extras like dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips. Basically, we get anything non-perishable that will still be as tasty at the end of the month as it was at the beginning of the month. We also stock up on home goods, such as toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies, dog supplies, etc. Going to Target for these products is helpful, because their dry goods are much cheaper than anywhere else nearby. By stocking up for an entire month, it also forces us to prioritize what we really need to buy, since we have to carry all our purchases during a 25 minute walk back home.

1X Weekly: Every Sunday, I have gotten into the habit of visiting my local produce market. It is a fabulous place that allows me to eat fresh daily. There, I pick out my veggies for the week. Every week, I try to plan my “big cooking” meals ahead of going and then also pick up my always-used fruits and veggies and anything else that speaks to me. The best part about this place, is no matter how much produce I buy, it always comes out to approximately $11. This week I picked up the following goodies: romaine lettuce, a tomato, a Spanish onion, sliced eggplant, a butternut squash, green grapes, and gala apples. Buying fresh produce weekly is wonderful because it is healthy and delicious. It also allows me to stay excited about  cooking, because I feel incentivized to use up all my produce weekly and try out new recipes.

As Needed: Chris and I live right next to a nice supermarket. The only issue with it is that it is usually overpriced. Still, we get items there that cannot last a month, on an as needed basis. This includes cheese (their feta is surprisingly cheap, so we usually have feta), milk, eggs, fish, bread or whenever we simply need something extra on the spur of the moment. Though not cheap, it is wonderful to be able to pick up whatever we need quickly.

As Needed: There is also a nice health food store nearby. I will stop there every once in a while when I have a craving for some veggie meat or need to restock on my Annie’s soups or ½ naked popcorn. They have the best prices for both products. Stopping by a special health food store is always a fun adventure, because it is loaded up with new products I always want to try out.

So why do we shop around so much? Simple, to save money. It would be easiest to just go to the local supermarket, but we save so much money by breaking up our trips in this manner. My recommendation is get to know your neighborhood markets and keep an eye on the different prices for the products you usually buy. If going to two stores instead of just one can save you money monthly then it’s worth the extra trip. Plus, if you live in a city, it’s extra walking time, so you can rack up bonus exercise.

What is your food shopping strategy?