Who else hits the post holiday sales after Christmas is done, hoping to stock up at discount prices on the random supplies used during the season? I'm guessing anyone reading this blog already has that budget stretcher down cold. However, I have a real flaw in my deal getting-forgetting what I purchased and where I put things. I almost made the mistake of buying more wrapping paper, stumped why I didn't buy any last year on clearance with the assorted ribbons and gift bags. Then I remembered why I didn't buy any last year after Christmas. By chance I found we already had a stock pile from two years ago in a bin ready to be used. I dug further in an old bag of Christmas post clearance past and found disposable bread baking pans, perfect for making up batches and rounding out a few gifts, new hand towels I had bought as my Christmas ones were getting a little mangy, and two sets of bracelets for stocking stuffers for my girls, and kitschy sleep boxers for DS. I'll put all to use, and glad I stumbled upon them to use this year.
I still have not fully tackled or resolved the organizational problems in my home. Besides being stressful, being disorganized costs me money. What good is getting deals if you can't find them when you need them? Besides the assorted wrappings, there were Christmas cards, individual ones, purchased for a song. Yes, I duplicating buying the odds and end ones this year that I send in addition to the family photo card. Other times, my disorganization, like not writing things down that are running low, costs me money having to buy full price and at more expensive stores. I bought a small bag of Pup's dog food for almost $10 in the grocery store when I can get three times as much for under $20 at Target.
Yet, things were better in 2016 than they were in 2015. We got the extra room guest ready, and purged more than any house should have to, even knowing there is still as much to go through. We haven't gotten DD1's room converted back to my office yet because it is still holding furniture until after the sectional comes, but that will be a winter tackle. Maybe then I can convert her closet into a depository for all my good deals, giving me the right space to shop my own home first.
Speaking of organized ladies, check out the gift box give away haul offered by Sluggy at Don't Read This, It's Boring. I was the lucky winner of her November give away, the last of 2016. It is packed to the brim with make up products, shampoo, chocolates, and lotions, a perfect box for a mom of two daughters. Some items will be gifted to them, some will perhaps make their way to start a January donation box, but I've got my eyes on and have called dibs on several items, including the Nivea tins and the Toblerone. Sluggy is so organized, not only can she take care of her families H&B needs on a budget, she donates generously, and has room left over for these fun give aways. I'm sending warm wishes to her this week as she prepares for her families Christmas, while being a caregiver to her poor hubs after an unfortunate fall that left him with a debilitating broken leg. And yet, the box came to me the same week she announced the winner! I strive to Sluggify my shopping organizational habits in 2017.