This summer I made the decision that I wanted to make my own healthy ice pops and frozen non-dairy dessert bars. To do this, it meant that I needed to purchase some molds. Although the time frame in which I was looking to do this was late summer, after picking a variety of berries, I still felt I would be able to find what I was looking for locally, and hopefully on sale.
Unfortunately, what I thought would be an easy find turned out that the opposite was true. As I scanned the housewares and summer season aisles of our local stores, there were none to be found. As I gave up the search for purchasing locally, I decided to scan what might be available online. I must have had a 70’s mindset of price, because what I found for pricing was a bit more than I was willing to spend.
When I shop, I first look for quality followed by a price-point value system. I inspect the product to determine if it will work for what I plan to use it for. I rarely ever impulse buy (I will either walk around a store for a bit or wait a day if shopping on line to really evaluate whether it is a need vs. want item). And with the evaluation, I determine if the price will benefit the intended purpose of my purchase.
A few weeks passed when my husband and I went out to shop for a needed sneaker replacement. While he browsed the shoe department, I decided to browse the housewares clearance area. As I turned the corner I was delighted to see exactly what I was looking for. Yet, I was braced for that “clearance price” that is usually 20-30% off (normal sales pricing which never grabs my attention and in this particular store their regular pricing is usually overpriced by the same). I was delighted to find that the exact freezer pop molds I was looking for was marked down 80% and with a $10 birthday coupon combined with a 30% off coupon, I scored what I was looking for at a phenominal price.
Of course the accountant in me was tallying up my prized find, fumbling with them in my arms as I carried them over to my husband with the biggest grin saying “Look!! I found exactly what I was looking for!!” His response was, “Do you really need four sets?” His excitement was not quite the same as mine, but I will contribute that towards his earnestly trying to find a pair of sneakers that not only fit but had good arch and ankle support, while staying within our budget for sneakers.
Of course I rattled off the reduced price from the overpriced SRP of $16.99 that was marked down to $3.39, reminding him that I had a $10 coupon and my 30% off coupon (which of course could have been used for his sneakers) I would spend less than $10, still $7 less than the original price for one set. If I did not use the $10 coupon, I would have still been able to get the four sets for $15.10, still less than the SRP of one set.
Knowing my rationale, length of time in searching and frugal spirit, he supported my smile as I put them in the cart. Of course, they had two more sets on the shelves. I was definitely tempted to go back and pick them up, but I knew that it would be stretching the “need vs. want” category. In all, I obtained 4 sets of 6 frozen dessert pop molds for a final cost of $ 8.07.
Since this purchase, I have made a few healthy frozen desserts, one of which was shared on my Gluten and Milk Free Lifestyle Blog
Living within our means, stretching the dollars, and still having nice quality items we will use,
~ Enjoy ~
Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading & editing, Freelance contributor
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