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Trading an Afternoon of Shopping for Painting the House

I planned to drive down to the outlets this afternoon in search of new summer clothes. I’m in need of a few shirts for work and a new pair of shoes. But somehow or another I never made it to the stores. As the day wore on, one thing after another distracted me from the goal of driving south.

I woke up late, met up with good friends for lunch, explored a few new houses in the neighborhood, planned dinner and headed out to the grocery store. Before I knew it the day was half-way over and I was no where near the mall.

Rather than shopping I went out to the pool house, grabbed a handful of paint brushes and headed upstairs. I spent the afternoon repainting windows and windowsills. Best of all I fixed up the house and didn’t spend a dime.

One Frugal Girl

Tuesday 13th of April 2010

Oh I agree. Outlets can be so hit-or-miss. Marshalls is my favorite store!


Monday 12th of April 2010

I went outlet shopping this weekend and it was pretty much a waste of time. It's been a while and while I knew many outlet stores pad their inventory with items specifically manufactured for the outlet, I was amazed to see that pretty much the entirety of Banana Republic Outlet, J. Crew Outlet, etc. were stocked with merchandise that was basically Old Navy or lesser in quality--although costing three times as much.


I'll stick with Ross and Marshalls and clearance sales from here on.