Here are some other (as in non-food) great deals that I made this week:
- Aldi had those shoe towers several weeks ago and I had been tempted to get one for my daughter since her shoes are just lined up on the floor of her bedroom right now. But she couldn't be reached that week and I didn't want to get something that she might not use (did I ever mention that she's messy? lol) so I didn't. She actually asked me for one this week so I took her shopping with me today and we checked thrift stores and researched prices at Target first. I had seen that Aldi still had a couple of these last week so we checked today again and here it was. At $16.99, it was at least $3.00 cheaper than the cheapest one at Target that is smaller than this and can't be rolled around.
- I had had a Blu Ray player on my thrift store wish list for several months but had never spotted one before. Today my daughter and I were at Goodwill and I was inspecting all the machines but every one of them was a DVD player, but a Blu Ray player. I was about to tell my daughter "At some point, someone is BOUND to donate a Blu Ray player, darn it!" when an arm reached in front of my face and deposited this Samsung Blu Ray player right.in.front.of.me!! The Goodwill workers were restocking the shelves.
Guess what the price was?!
Oh yeah, it came home with me! I asked the cashier what the return policy was in case it doesn't work and she said "30 days with a receipt if you leave the price tag on it". I tested after dinner and it works GREAT! The only "problem" was that the remote didn't have a battery case cover but I just stuck a piece of black duct tape over the battery casing. Problem solved. I checked Amazon and the same model is selling used of course (it's a 2009 model) for a minimum of $32.80. I was able to download the manual from the Samsung website. I am so excited! We don't have to move Greg's Xbox One from his desk to the TV when we want to watch Blu Rays anymore! It is good to rejoin the 21st century :)
- My daughter needed some more storage space since I took away one of her dressers. We checked 3 thrift stores and didn't find anything suitable so we bought this 8-cubby organizer at Target. It was priced at $44.99 and since we were also buying groceries, we were able to use a
"Spend $50, get a $5 Target gift card" coupon that they had mailed me. I received a 5% discount for using my Target RedCard to pay my bill, so the organizer cost me $42.74 after tax and discount, and since I was also able to apply the remainder of the $5.00 gift card that I received last week ($3.62), so in the end the organizer cost me $39.12, tax included.
However, the "drawers" weren't included and they're priced at $6.99 each. Boo! I decided not to get them today because I had seen some at the Dollar Tree. But when we looked at those, they were too small (boo!). We checked to see if plastic containers might work but they were also too small. We went to Michael's to see if we could find baskets but they didn't have anything that would fit, plus it would have been more than $6.99 per organizer anyway. So I will go back to Target next week and get her 4 drawers (they come in various colors) to see if she might like it like in the picture. If not, I might get her 4 more. We'll see.
- I had read a tip that stated that throwing a couple of Efferdent tablets in the toilet would help clean mineral deposits. I checked Dollar Tree and they sold Efferdent tablets! I also got a couple of bottles of gas pills for Greg. He's been using those and they have worked great. I'll be trying the Efferdent "trick" in the next few days as I have a toilet that I can never get completely clean.
- Lastly, I picked up a couple of the laundry racks from Aldi, on sale this week for $9.99 each. I already have 2 racks but I wanted a 3rd one and I was happy with the last one that I had gotten from Aldi. I also bought an extra one this time since my middle son will be getting his own apartment in January.