Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Hundred Dollar Store and Yarn

A couple of night ago, Hubby and I went to our local mall for dinner. There's an Abblebee's inside the mall, and I just lurve their eats. Anyway, after dinner, we decided to walk through the mall to the other side and cruise around WalMart for awhile. I wanted to check out their back-to-school deals.

My deal of the day was Hilroy 200 pack of lined refill paper for 25 cents. I bought 4. We also bought a replacement vacuum for a mere $49! Then things went all wonky. :(

We call WalMart the 'hundred dollar store' because we rarely get out of there without spending $100. Last night was no exception. We bought pull-ups and wipes for Cub, a lock for DD2 for school, and 1 pack of large and 1 pack of medium sized freezer bags. Juice boxes were on sale as well.

And then I went to look at yarn. Bad Eboo.

I wanted to look at some worsted weight variegated coloured yarn for a gift that I am planning on knitting for Christmas. The afghan that I am would like to make calls for the use of several of these, so I started throwing them into the cart. After about eight of them, I stopped and looked at what I was doing. Priced at nearly $9 each, I would have way overspent on yarn. I took them all back out, and set them side by side on an empty shelf. I mixed up the order, added newer yarns, took some away, and tried really hard to keep the number of balls down to something more respectable.  I ended up still purchasing 5 large and 1 small balls of yarn. Total, about $50. Bad, bad Eboo.

Even more dangerous is the upcoming Mary Maxim Tent Sale , from August 18th to September 5th in Paris, Ontario. I would love to go, but without a chaperone I know I will spend money I can't afford, on things I don't need, but would love to have. If you are a knitter, crocheter, quilter, cross-stitcher, sewer, scrapbooker, or do any type of craft or art, I'm sure they will have something for you.

I'm hoping to be able to knit some gifts this year for Christmas without spending my whole budget at a yarn store.


  1. I used to make crafts as gifts...until I realized that the cost of the supplies was MORE than if I just bought them something.

    Anyone who does is a slippery slope. It is sooooo easy to go overboard.

  2. Whenever I go to Walmart, I always say that I'm just going to buy what I need, but I always end up leaving and spending around $75. Not good!

  3. OMG I would have loved to have gone but like you I have other uses for the money. Sigh oh to be out of debt!

  4. It's true! It really is the $100 store! Now I avoid all sections of that store except the grocery department and the bunny litter area. I avert my eyes at everything and I do mean everything else!

  5. I probably go to Wal-Mart twice a year and do the *EXACT* same thing you do! Ugh! So I stay out! Waaaay out!!! lol! The Mary Maxim sale sounds awesome!! But like you, I'd spend money I don't have on stuff I don't need!! lol!