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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday = up, down, side-to-side

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I really don't remember the first half of the day although I know I slept late, got on the computer to do some work and later went out to spend the afternoon and evening with Amber. All of that is the up side of the day.

We left the house around 7 to go to a local Wal-Mart to have a tire put on my van. I drop the van off and we browse around the store to get a couple of things. I needed some ant traps (I'm gonna go crazy if they don't get out of my bathroom!) and facial moisturizer and Amber wanted a photo album and ended up getting some weird wristband bug repellent thingies to wear to work. Remember, she's a youth counselor at a YMCA nearby and they do canoeing, hiking, swimming and all kinds of outdoor activities.

We weren't strolling around Wal-Mart for 10 minutes before I hear my name called (incorrectly!) over the loud speaker. I knew they couldn't be done, but I didn't think there would be a big problem. I get there and they tell me they can't put the tire on because I'm missing a lug thing and it's their policy not to replace tires when those are missing.

I was so irritated because I had waited until the end of the day to get this done and all other places where closed. I felt like I was running out of time to get the tire replaced because all of my tires were showing the metal and the tread was just about completely gone. (Yes, I know that's unsafe but there's only so much you can do with so little money. Thankfully, my BFF in MD has been given me money to get a new tire every two weeks. And I have one to go!)

That was the down.

I called to let him (the BFF) know what happened and he told me not to worry, enjoy my evening and I could get the tire the next day. Okay, so I'm back on the up side.

On the way to Wal-Mart Amber told me she had a coupon for Ulta: $5 off a purchase of $10 or more and she'd like to use it. (Hey, it's her money and it was a good deal!) So we headed off to Ulta, which is in the same Pavilion as Wal-Mart.

In order to feel like she got a lot of stuff for $10 she decided to search for sales and clearance items. This is everything she got: (Rimmel Volume Boost Liquid Lip Parade; Ulta Flirty Eye Shadow; four Befine Warming Clay Mask packs, which we're going to try tonight; Body & Earth Vanilla Sugar Body Wash and the Body Lotion)

For a grand total of $6.58 after the $5 coupon. Not bad, huh?

Here I am modeling the lip gloss Amber got for me. I'm still trying to talk her out of that Vanilla Sugar body lotion and body wash since I picked it out for her! LOL.

We were hungry when we left Ulta so we went to Ruby Tuesdays. This was after much back and forth debate about where we were going to eat. I enjoyed the salad bar and the chicken chili and Amber had a pasta and shrimp dish. Both were really, really good and - best of all - we stuck to our budget.

When we left Ruby Tuesdays Amber wanted to drive around to see what shops were open. The only place we saw that was still open, and that we wanted to investigate, was Books-A-Million. Both of us are gigantic book fans and avid readers... we love to browse bookstores and had never been in this one.

After we drool over the journals (I have weird addictions), we see they are having a great sale on paperbacks. There were books that said 5 for 4 and some that said 3 for 2. I start to get excited!

Five books for $4... now that's what I call a deal. So, I say to Amber, "Let's share some books!"

Then I talk her into get three books for $2. I mean, you can't beat that, right? So, we're grabbing books and trying to decide what we want to get.

We take our goods up to the register at the coffee counter where Amber decides to treat us to low cal fraps. The cashier, who looked and sounded all too ready to go home, rang up the books to a grand total of $73 and some change.


Seems as though my brain doesn't work after 10 o'clock and neither do my eyes. Did you catch that? The stickers on the books didn't say 5 for $4 or 3 for $2 - they said 5 for 4 and 3 for 2. Get five books for the price of four and three books for the price of two!

Now in the past I would have been too embarrassed to say anything to the cashier and went on and paid for it even if I didn't have the money. Amber was paying for it and I was gonna give her the couple of dollars out of my purse cause I can cover $5!

"No, take those off," I tell the cashier.

"All of them?"

"Yup." I apologized and she went on and made the drinks.

That was a little down, but mostly some side to side as I shake my head at my stupidity.

(That's Amber waiting on the drinks.)

On the way home, after much laughter and talk about our book mishap, I decided to stop and get some gas so I wouldn't have to worry about doing that today. I drive the long way home because the gas is cheaper at Kroger if I use my Kroger Plus Card and there's only one Kroger gas station close to my house. Regularly gas is $4.05, but with my card I can get it for $3.95.

As we drive into the parking lot of Kroger I say to Amber, "Does the gas station close?"

"I don't know," she says. We talk about how most Kroger stores are open 24 hours, like the one up the street from our house, but we aren't sure about the one with the gas station.

"With our luck," I say, "they'll turn out the lights as soon as we pull up.

I pull up to the pump, get out of the car and the entire station goes dark! They turned off the lights! So, I rush to get gas before the pumps are turned off. (They do turn off pumps, don't they?)

Amber and I are laughing and giggling as I try to hurry. I scan my discount card, insert my debit card and quickly put the nozzle in my tank. Whew! I made it. All of that just to save 10 cents per gallon!

Well, at least the day ended on an "up" note. How was your weekend?

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