I’m doing something a little different for the Friday Five today: highlighting some of my favorite stores that can help save you time and money. Everyone knows I love Costco’s prepared food, Fresh & Easy’s coupons and Target’s red card, but here are a few others, both brick-and-mortar and online.
1. Home Goods
My friend, Dawn, loves this place. I hadn’t been there until about two years ago, when I realized nearly every time I complimented her on something in her house, her response was, “thanks, I got it at Home Goods.” Of course it helps to have an eye for design like Dawn and her Simply Tangerine partner, Christine, but even people like me can pull enough stuff together to make a room look cute. It is one-stop shopping, and everything is very reasonably priced. My main floor decor mostly came from there, and I get compliments on it. That’s the first time I can say that about any home I’ve lived in, so I thank Home Goods for it. In addition to home decor you can also get household necessities at great prices. Some things you may not expect include: pet supplies, grilling tools, iPhone and iPad covers, coolers, wine glasses and more. They have everything you could need for a home, but get there early – the retired ladies can make a mess of the place!
Boney’s Henry’s Sprouts Farmers Market
Sorry, this place changes names all the time, but whatever we’re calling it these days, I love it. It is a grocery store with farmer’s market prices and fresh, local food. I love Whole Foods, but it’s expensive and on the other side of town, so it would cost me an arm and leg to shop there. Sprouts is close by with similar quality food, so it saves me time and money. For some reason, I thought we only had them in Southern California, but turns out they also have stores in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Oklahoma, so go check it out if you live in the Southwest!
3. Nordstrom Rack
I love Nordstrom, but now that we have a Nordstrom Rack nearby, I’m not sure I’ll ever shop at the real store again. First, the Rack doesn’t require me to go to the mall. It has plenty of parking, and it’s five minutes away. So, in time saved alone, it wins. Then, there are the prices. I can buy designer jeans for $79. I can buy $50 kids’ shoes for $25. I can buy $50 bras for $19 and underwear for $5. In addition to clothes and shoes, they have discounted cosmetics, home goods and other random things you might not think of. Goodbye, mall parking lot, I don’t miss you one bit.
I don’t think I need to write much about this one, I’ve already written about my love affair with Amazon Prime. I miss my tax-free purchases (I’m looking at you, California legislature), but when you drive a car that gets 13 mpg, it’s still cheaper (and obviously easier) to order from Amazon rather than driving around town. They sell everything under the sun, their customer service is great and so is their iPhone app. I forgot to get a friend a birthday gift, and I had it ordered in the time it took to get through a stoplight (don’t worry, Chase was driving). Just go ahead and sign up for Amazon Prime now.
I wrote a while back about my sad goodbye to diapers.com. We have no need for diapers, sippy cups or breast milk storage bags (thank God)…and we never will again. That being said, for parents with small children, diapers.com is a godsend. Free, overnight shipping and the best customer service ever. They made having kids close together so much easier, and I’ll always have fond memories of them. I can still shop at their sister site, soap.com, and for those of you whose pets are your kids, check out wag.com. I’ll be using them when Clay is 10, as I made a horrible mistake and promised him he can get a dog then!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and save some time and money shopping!