Friday, October 01, 2010

Friday shopping report: Halloween and the Gap Groupon

Master Shake
This week I did my part to revive the economy and deplete my cash.

Spending my Gap Groupon
I headed over the 3-story Gap on Michigan Avenue on my lunch break and found it hard to find $50 worth of stuff I wanted. Well, actually I fell in love with a $70 pair of black pants (curvy fit), but I only buy on sale at the Gap. So I headed to the back, where everything on sale was marked down an additional 25% and it looked like a tornado had touched down. I picked up a striped v-neck sweater, a striped tunic top with 3/4-length sleeves, a thin gray long-sleeved tee with button detailing on the shoulder and one other shirt so uninspiring I can't even recall it.

Halloween costumes
Since my mom and stepdad are going to be here for Halloween, my kids are jazzed about the holiday, and since Josh and I were actually invited to an adult Halloween party, I decided it's high time got into the spirit of things. I used the coupon code attached to a catalog from and made sure to click through to the site via USAA's Membershop so I could get 6 points per dollar. There I picked up a witch's wig for Z, a Baroness costume for myself, Jill from the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill" for A and Aqua Teen Hunger Force's Master Shake for Josh. The $85 order received upgraded shipping and arrived the very next day! Josh had to pick his chin up off the floor when I popped into the living room as Master Shake singing "We are the Aqua Teens!" He said, and I quote, "I'm so surprised I just might wear that."

Birthday party plans 
We put a deposit down on Z's 6th birthday party, which will be held at Tri-Star Gymnastics in early November. I ordered these "budget" invitations from Tiny Prints. The plan is to invite the girls from her 1st grade class, but we might have room for a few non-class friends as well.

Daily deals
I purchased my first deal from Mamaloot, $20 for a $40 box of organic, mostly local fruit from Ripe Organics. It will be delivered on Tuesday.