Interstellar Adventures

January 19, 2005

My Favorite Things…Places to Shop

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:33 pm

I’m a bargain shopper. This habit developed when I was a poor college student, a working mother, and well, pretty much broke. I didn’t grow up learing this lesson. In fact, my parents didn’t teach me much about handling money, and I learned my lesson the hard way. But, now at the age of 30, I am debt-free, excepting the one school loan that, in terms of school loans, is relatively small.

I love to shop and save money while doing so. I comb sales racks, clearance shelves and I cut coupons. Smart Source in the Sunday paper is what I go for first! OK, second after the comics. A perfect example is my shopping trip to Kroger last night. I shop at Kroger for my groceries as they have good prices, a member discount card, and they triple coupons up to 39 cents, and double them up to 50 cents. So, after comparison shopping the items with/without discount card promo, coupon, or regular price, I proceeded to checkout, and gleefully reviewed my checkout ticket. Kroger prints a neat little summary of savings at the bottom of their tickets. As of last night, I saved $10.65 with coupons, $1.90 in bonus coupons (double/triple), and $14.78 in Kroger Plus savings (their member discount card). In total, I saved $27.33, which was 25% of my total bill. The highest percentage I think I’ve ever saved was 27%. My goal is to one day achieve a 30% savings. Stating this, I realize it’s sad, but it’s the little things in life that keep you going!

I also love to shop at Target. Target has a plethora of products. They sell clothes, toys, home products, toiletries, sporting goods, electronics, DVDs, video games and more. I buy all my non-grocery products here. These items are less expensive here than at the grocery, and Target sells the “bulk” sizes that the grocery stores don’t carry. You can also get a great deal on classic movies on DVD. Over the holidays some DVDs were $5! Granted they were 80’s/90’s movies that no one has watched for years, but $5!!! I also use coupons here. Did I mention I love coupons? Our Target also has a Starbucks which is nice. And, best of all…it’s not Wal-Mart! I don’t like Wal-Mart. To me Wal-Mart is dirty, poorly lighted, and everything there has a strange odor. The only time I go to Wal-Mart is when it’s an emergency and Target is closed. Or to buy paint.

World Market is another favorite place. I believe they are also known as Costco, or are owned by Costco. They have “imported” products, mostly of a decorative nature, as well as imported European cookies/snacks and an extensive selection of wines. I bought a pretty rice-paper window shade and drapes from there for my dining room. It’s not an everyday kind of store, but if you need a gift without spending a lot of money, this is one place to look and you’ll usually find something.

Tuesday Morning is also a good place to find a gift that’s a bit out of the ordinary. They get leftover and out-of-season stock from department stores. You can get some nice crystal serving pieces and decorative art pieces for up to 75% retail!

Happy Shopping!

Definition of Frou-Frou

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:46 am

Ah, I love looking up the meaning of words. As the proud holder of a degree in English with a concentration in British Literature, I don’t spend enough time dedicated to composition. Perhaps my postings on this blog will give me reason to use new words (new to both myself and you readers) and provide their definitions.

Per my previous post dedicated to my favorite lunch establishments, I receive a request for the definition of a “Frou Frou Sandwich”. So, as requested by Moody, here is what I found:

Hyperdictionary.com provides the following definition: \Frou”frou`\, n. [F., of imitative origin.] A rustling, esp. the rustling of a woman’s dress.

Freesearch.co.uk defines it as: decorative pieces added to women’s clothing: – a frou-frou gown/skirt

And,Dictionary.com explains: frou·frou also frou-frou (froo froo) n. 1. Fussy or showy dress or ornamentation. 2. A rustling sound, as of silk.

As I used the word, the meaning was to indicate fancy or overdone.

During my search I also discovered that there is a band called Frou Frou. Evidently they have a track on the movie soundtrack for Garden State, written and directed by and starring the cutie-patootie star of NBC’s hit comedy show Scrubs. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s on my list. Having 2 young children doesn’t often allow me to see any movie except on DVD. Unless it’s rated PG and/or animated.

Anyhow, hopefully this will clear up any questions about the usage of Frou Frou.

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