Used Name Brand Clothing

I thought I would share tonight’s Savers shopping experience with y’all. I’d first like to say that although I LOVE Savers/Goodwill/The Salvation Army, I am not as big a fan of Plato Closet and Buffalo Exchange type stores. See those kinds of stores ONLY take new name brand clothing, which usually means Gap and Old Navy and Holister clothing from last season. That stuff is STILL on the clearance racks for $1.99, I really don’t need to pay $6 for it at your store. Not to mention I’m not 16 anymore and I’m really not looking for used Abercrombie and Fitch or Forever 21. That stuff is poor quality to begin with, and after some 16-year-old wore it and washed it 50 times, it’s probably one thread away from falling apart. No thanks. I also feel like people who DO give a shit about name brand clothing rarely want to buy it used, teenagers can spot last seasons clothes faster than they can spot an out of date cell phone…anyone got a RAZR?

So I take a pass on any store that passes judgement based on a label. Id much rather spend an hour digging through the racks of tacky 90’s apparel to find real quality clothing, that is MY style, for a good price. And you know what, if you have the patience you CAN find really great clothes! Here is what tonight’s trip brought me (please ignore the lack of bra and the Lummi Island Hair):

 

AMERICAN EAGLE - $15.00

 

These were actually already in the dressing room when I went in (I love when that happens) upon further inspection they are new-ish mens American Eagle Jeans. The length however is a 30, which at 5′ 7″ makes them hit just at the ankles…eww…but cuffed up once they are super cute summer SHPANTS! Love em! They have that casual boyfriend fit. now the price was slightly over my budget, but I had gift certificates AND when you donate stuff (we brought 2 boxes) they give you a 20% off coupon, so they were much cheaper!

 

Ann Taylor - $4.99

 

Loving the casual sailor chic look! And this shirt looked almost brand new and super soft! With its 3/4 length sleeves this outfit is going to be a summer staple.

 

J. Crew - $5.99

This was a mens Medium sweater (yes mens sweaters can be super cute!). I really like the color and fit, but the neck was a bit high for me, so I passed. But J. Crew for $6, such a steal!

 

 

H&M - $7.99

 

Very similar to the first one only it has long sleeves so I passed. Also I’m pretty sure this was probably $8 to begin with, Savers just marks it up because they know we don’t have a H&M so people are desperate. You’re not fooling me Savers!

 

Eddie Bauer - $6.99

 

Again cute and casual, wasnt in love with the price, also felt a bit worn. I passed.

 

Lands End - $8.99

 

I actually really liked this sweater, but Mr. Gaunt didn’t like the pattern. Usually I don’t care what he thinks (sorry hun) but I agreed I usually steer clear of a striped-ribbed (like on the sleeves) it just screams ILL FITTING to me.

 

Express - $3.99

 

If this had been one size bigger I would have bought it. I use to love express back in 2002, although I havent been in one in years! I liked the color and neck line of this shirt, and the price!

Gap - $5.00

This sweater is totally my style. Light weight, cute neck, rustic casual…SOLD! The Gap always comes through for me. And I have an almost identical on that I stole from my mom this summer (sorry mom) in black. I love the grey!

 

Meister (huh?) - $3.99

 

Mr. Gaunt spotted some hipster boy carrying this sweater around the store, and the second he put it down Mr. Gaunt snatched it up. God love him! It might not be the cutest, but it’s totally my style! I’m in love! SOLD!

So there you have it. My total came to $39.00, then 20% off. The sales girl got all flustered and gave me back $11 which I’m no mathematician, but I’m pretty sure $11 is NOT 20% of $40…oh well. Then on the way out of the store as I was getting in my car I looked down and found a $25 Visa Gift card! We called the number on the back and sure enough it was good! So exciting! So really I got all of the clothing for free. Go me!

To wrap things up I hope you enjoyed my little used fashion show, there is plenty more where that came from! How do you feel about used clothing and used NAME BRAND clothing?

Why I Shop Used!

First off, I’m not one to tell other what to do with their money, but my lord anyone who isn’t shopping at used clothing stores is throwing money out the window! I know it’s not for everyone, some people find it gross, dirty, messy, and just plain annoying to have to dig through piles of acid washed jeans and crop tops. However if you can get past all of that and just focus on the hunt, it is so worth it!

Personally I’m a shopper! Especially clothing! However it’s not uncommon that I buy something and only wear it once, or never. That’s why I don’t waste my money on good clothes, there’s no guarantee I will actually even wear it. The last “nice” thing I bought was a pair of boots for $95, I bought them 2.5 years ago and have worn them TWICE! They are now sitting in a Garage sale bag waiting to be sold for $10. Prior to that I have also purchased a $65 Sweater/duster at the Gap that I wore less than 5 times, a $105 dress that I wore once, and a plethora of fancy underwear that have all gone unworn completely.

For me, shopping at Goodwill, or Savers, or The Salvation Army is not only fun and somewhat therapeutic, buts it’s so practical! I have ZERO guilt if I buy a $3 shirt, wear it once and donate it back. It’s almost like renting clothing. sometimes I find Amazing things that I keep for YEARS! I have a red and blue striped t-shirt that I am wearing in my 6th grade yearbook photo, it’s the softest most memory filled shirt I own, and I bought in 1995 at Value Village for I’m sure less than $2. I also have a number of dresses and sweaters that I would have paid 3 or 4 time what I did because of how much I love them!

Anyways, like I said it’s not for everyone, but for me (besides the occasional trip to Target or the Outlet mall) it’s the only way to go! Last week I went to Savers twice to look for some sweaters and some casual tops, here’s what I found (nothing cost more than $5!):

Woah Nelly, sorry for the lack of posts.

Crappy weather at DIA

I’m not really sure why I havent posted anything. It could be that we are having AWFUL weather here (snow, rain, hail, wind). I am so mad because I thought summer was on the way, and now I have to dig the sweaters out again! LAME! The cold weather has made me grumpy, cold, and tired and pretty much unmotivated to do much of anything.

Mr. Gaunt and I have also been spending a fair amount of time talking about our future plans. We have decided that we are in fact moving to Washington within the next year! This has been a long long debate for us. Mr. Gaunt grew up here in Colorado, and his mom lives here. I however grew up in the PAcific Northwest, and can’t see myself planting my roots anywhere else. We would like to get married and have kids in the next few years, and I just really need to be with my friends and family.

When I moved to Colorado in September of 2006 I never thought I would stay here forever. I was young (had JUST turned 21) and was looking to spread my wings a little and see what else was out there. Meeting Mr. Gaunt had not been on the agenda, and I knew right from the start that if we started dating moving might be an issue. To be honest I probably would have left Colorado 6 months after I got here, had I not met Mr. Gaunt. It just isn’t my cup of tea. I mean its lovely and all, but it’s too different from Washington, I just can’t get past all the things I loved about home.

It has been a huge ongoing struggle/fight between us for the last 3.5 years, but we have been seeing a therapist and learning how to communicate better and I think we finally have made up our minds.

Now the logistics come into play.

When will we move?

Where will we move?

Where will we work?

How can we afford it?

These are all excellent questions, but scary too. I don’t have the answers yet. Part of me feels like we should PLAN PLAN PLAN so we know exactly what we are doing. The other part of me thinks we should just take a leap of faith that things will work out and the pieces will fall into place when we need them to.

I’m a RIGHT BRAIN person with a splash of OBSESSIVE NEUROTIC in me. Fun times!

ha! Thats my Piggy Bank!

Money is the biggest issue. Mr. Gaunt and a friend took an ad out on Craigslist to do some handy man type work on the side. They have gotten lots of hits for jobs. Its exciting and kinda worrisome. I know we need the money, I just hate him being gone 12 hours out of the day…)=

Im still trying to figure out what I can do (on top of my regular 40hour a week job) to also bring in some extra cash. Hmmm.

In August we have to talk to our landlord about our lease signing options. Ideally we would sign a 6 month lease and move in March of this next year. Which gives us 10 months to save aprox. $4,000 to move. Seems kind of possible…maybe.

Then yesterday the shit hit the fan. I was driving to work at 5:45 am on the freeway (225) when my car lost power and I pulled over to the side of the road, shut the car off and called Mr. Gaunt. Luckily I was right by Ms. G’s house, so we called her and she came and picked me up.

Long story short we had AAA tow my car to a car shop, then went to breakfast. At breakfast the car shop called me and told me that something ver bad happened with X Y and Z and that my engine was destroyed. AWESOME! SHIT! UGG!

Then after some amazing acts of fate Ms. G and I hooked up with AAA again and they got me the PREFECT new car! Well it’s used, but it’s still perfect. Also the woman at AAA looked up my credit score (que hyperventilating) and it turns out I have NONE. Yup I have zero credit, nada, nothing. Hmmm. I had a credit car long ago that I cancelled (and still owe a little money on) but apparently none of that made any difference on my credit score. I am starting at ground zero. For some reason all of this makes me feel better than having a shitty credit score. Not sure why. So anyways she was amazing and gave me all these tips for getting my credit score up and building credit over the next 6 months. Anyways because of this Ms. G had to help me with the loan on my car, words can not express how thankful I am for her and how nice she was to me (Im not even being her own child) during this whole situation.

An hour or so later I drove away in my new car! Crazy! It’s a 99 Subaru Outback Legacy. Its pretty pimp, it has all the power stuff, heated seats, heated windshield wipers, 6 cd changer. I’m a big fan! I couldn’t be happier. However I do have a car payment now, which means saving money is going to be THAT much harder. Ugg. However this is the car I would like to have for the next 5-10 years, and its perfect for moving/babies/puppies/everything!!!!

Ok enough of this rant. Now I need to go figure out what to do about my other car, and maybe work on the budget a bit now that I have a car payments…lol! Oh and I do promise there will be more cooking soon too!

I Quit Weight Watchers Today.

Please do not confuse this with “I quit watching my weight.” Two very different things.

I’m sure you might be thinking “What?! You’re gonna blow up like a cow!”

I too had this thought. But it’s not true. I will not gain the weight back.

My Morgan aren’t we rather optimistic.

Why yes we are!

You see when I started Weight Watchers I was in dire need of guidance. I needed someone to hold my hand and tell me what and how much to eat. I needed a plan. I needed a list of RIGHT and WRONG. I needed Points.

10 months later I am a new person. A different person. 75 pounds less of a person.

I have learned to eat correctly. Not perfectly, but correctly.

Weight Watchers is an amazing plan. They can take a complete moron and make them thin. I promise you. The plan is simple and structured. I credit each and every one of pounds loss to the help of Weight Watchers. I will forever recommend it to anyone who is struggling with their weight. It was worth the $429 I spent on it, every freaking penny.

As much as I loved Weight Watchers, I feel that we have run our course, and for that WW should be proud of me! I have grown strong on my own two legs, and I no longer feel the need to lean on them. I have taken all the information they have given me and run with it! I have transformed my entire thinking on food.

I havent followed the WW plans in months (and months) although I was still going to the meetings. For me the Weigh-ins were a way to motivate myself into dropping pounds every week. As I talked about in this post, I am no longer trying to shed pounds fast, instead I am letting the healthy food and physical fitness take their course and bring my body gently down to the weight I need to be. I have a scale at home which I weigh myself on every morning to keep me in check. I have also made plans for a number of physical activities to keep those calories burning.

I have known people who have done bazar diets in the past, diets that help you lose weight, yet never really teach you to eat like a normal person. They usually gain back the weight. I never though I would be counting points until I died. That really doesn’t seem realistic. What I needed most was to learn how to eat healthy. Not only to have the information, but to live it and trust in it. We all know whats good and bad for us, but do you respect that information? I honestly feel like I have changed my life and that I am living with food, not against it. I am NOT on a diet.

I did however feel a tinge of sadness as I hit the “Yes I want to Cancel my membership” button today. It was letting go of those last little life lines and standing up and saying “I’m Strong Enough On My Own!” Now I don’t judge anyone who doesn’t quit, or anyone who wants to stay on plan for life. Good for you! Do whatcha gotta do! And I could always go back if I really felt I needed to, it’s always right down the road.

Today though I feel proud of myself. And I wont lie, I’m pleased we will be saving $40 a month. That money will be used for veggies and mini golf, and other fun things to keep us healthy.

So heres to you Weight Watchers! Thank You, and Goodbye.

I LOVE YAHOO HEALTH!

I’m not a big online news reader, in fact I don’t read much news at all unless it’s from Perez Hilton...lol. My main email account is through Yahoo, so once a day I go to Yahoo.com and then log into my email. Well in the 2 seconds it takes me to hit the Email Log in button I often notice the main article Yahoo is promoting. I like these articles because they are usually short and in list form (I find I like reading lists way more than paragraphs) and simple to read. They often have really fascinating topics, especially on health!

Today when logging in I notice this headline:

4 Must-Know Restaurants Secrets!

and immediately I clicked! I actually thought it would be about restaurant cleanliness or how to save money, but it was actually about calories! You can click the headline above to go to the article, or I have taken the best part and copied it below. It’s crazy fascinating…really do read it! The bottom paragraph in bold is the best part!

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Secret #1: Don’t get “supersized”
Sure, it feels like you’re getting a bargain because you’re getting proportionately more food for proportionately less money. But a “value meal” is only a value for two sets of people: the corporations that make the food and the corporations that make liposuction machines and heart stents. Because food is so inexpensive for manufacturers to produce on a large scale, your average fast-food emporium makes a hefty profit whenever you supersize your meal—even though you’re getting an average of 73 percent more calories for only 17 percent more money. But you’re not actually buying more food. You’re buying more calories. And that’s not something you want more of.

Secret #2: Remember, the waiter is a salesperson
A 2005 study published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services found that you’re more likely to order a side dish when the server verbally prompts you. (“Do you want fries with that?”) Restaurants know this, and now you know it, too. When the waiter makes a suggestion, remember his job is not to make you happy. His job is to extract money from your wallet and insert fat in its place.

Secret #3: Don’t get too excited
You eat out all the time. A 2008 study in the International Food Research Journal found that people are less likely to make healthy restaurant choices when they feel that they’re dining out for a “special occasion.” And as we said, dining out used to be special. But before you head out to your next meal, really take stock of how many times you’ve eaten out this week. If you’re eating every meal at home and dining out truly is a once-a-week splurge, then don’t worry about it so much. But if you’re like most of us, eating out is probably more like a once-a-day splurge. And if that’s the case, remember, there’s nothing special here. Eat smart today because you’ll have to do it again tomorrow.

Bonus tip: Download our free Eat This, Not That! guide to shopping once and eating for a week—and save calories, time, and money!

Secret #4: Start small
Here’s the good news: No one is going to stop you from ordering seconds. So be like any good businessperson, and start small. Here’s exactly how expensive it really is whenever you go for the “bargain”:

  • 7-Eleven: Gulp to Double Gulp Coca-Cola Classic: 37 cents extra buys 450 more calories.
  • Cinnabon: Minibon to Classic Cinnabon: 48 more cents buys 370 more calories.
  • Movie theater: Small to medium unbuttered popcorn: 71 additional cents buys you 500 more calories.
  • Convenience store: Regular to “The Big One” Snickers: 33 more cents packs on 230 more calories.
  • McDonald’s: Quarter Pounder with Cheese to Medium Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meal: An additional $1.41 gets you 660 more calories.
  • Subway: 6-inch to 12-inch Tuna Sub: $1.53 more buys 420 more calories.
  • Wendy’s: Classic Double with Cheese to Classic Double with Cheese Old Fashioned Combo Meal: $1.57 extra buys you 600 more calories.
  • Baskin Robbins: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Kids’ Scoop, to Double Scoop: For another $1.62, you’ve added 390 calories.

The bottom line on all this? For just a hair more than 8 bucks, you’ve bought yourself an additional 3,620 calories. If you ate each of these once a week, and you were to switch to the smaller size each time—again, still all your favorite foods, just in a more reasonable size—you’d save about $417 a year. It’s not going to buy you a new car, but it could put you on a plane to the Bahamas. But far more important than that is what it will mean to your waistline, because in saving that $417, you’ll also save 188,240 calories in a year—enough to shave a whopping 54 pounds of flab off your body! (Hey, take the 400 bucks and buy some new pants!)

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