Gas is $98 dollars a gallon and now you can’t afford to eat. I know. I feel it too. Poverty has stricken us all.
Fear not. Your shopping habit need not be dead. I know mine isn’t even though I’m in the midst of a personal recession.
I cry poverty, but the truth is, I can probably dig around and find a twenty dollar bill to buy myself something each week. Maybe it means I don’t buy coffee every morning this week; maybe it means I scale back my grocery list; maybe it means I forgo toilet paper. Regardless, I know that I can make little cutbacks so that I still feel like I’m treating myself a little bit each week.
How do I do this, you ask, on a mere $20?
Marshalls, my friends. Marshalls.
If you know me, you know about my illicit love affair with Marshalls. I’ve been a bi-weekly frequenter of the Marshalls in East Islip since, Oh, I don’t know… 5th grade? Maybe longer.
I remember it clearly – it was the August before I started 8th grade. I needed back to school clothes. I needed them fast; I needed them in great quantity; I needed them cheap. My mom dropped me off at Marshalls. I had one hour and $150. Oh, it felt as if I’d hit the jackpot! How excited was I to find a skin-tight pair of dark green Bongo tapered jeans AND a matching silk shirt? Oh it was early 90’s heaven!
I get that same feeling of excitement and anticipation every time I step foot into my beloved hometown Marshalls. Many of you don’t have luck there – you don’t have patience, you don’t love the thrill of the chase… Maybe some of my recent (and super super cheap!) acquisitions, below, will convince you to give it another try.
Or, perhaps, I shouldn’t give away my Marshalls secrets… After all, I’d hate to have you swoop in and buy that big Coach leather tote for $79.99 before I can get to it! Oh wait, I already bought that tote. Phew. Read on:
As you might imagine, I get invited to at least 14 garden parties per summer. Thank God I’ve found this dress at Old Navy to wear to a few. $19.50.
When I put on this shirt, I’ll either feel like Scout or a character from The Secret Life of Bees. Old Navy, $17.50.
I love this simple shirt, from Loft. Its so much nicer than just a plain ol‘ t-shirt, and it comes in about 788 different colors. I choose, however, to look like a citrus fruit so I’d pick this lime one. $15.00.