Remember when Steve Martin got excited about the phone book in THE JERK? Well, this is me when I get the Sunday Arkansas Democrat Walgreen’s Circular. I am crazed over their Register Rewards program.
Disclaimer: This is only the second time I’ve done it successfully! Yet, I am totally beside myself with glee over my savvy shopping skills. (Savvy thanks to the Walgreens Managers who help and encourage my newfound obsession.)
I love to shop. I love bargains. Doesn’t matter WHAT, if it’s a bargain I’m there. Once in Nashville, Tn. I found a sale on wooden chairs. Didn’t really need them, but they were a fabulous buy! I bought all of them. One year — almost to the day later — I attached press kits to those chairs and mailed to NYC talent bookers to publicize Mark Lowry’s Broadway Show.
Allow me to digress a minute. George Lindsey always mailed funny things to people. He mailed me little clippings about Bill Clinton. He knew I did his big campaign parties when I lived in Arkansas and remembered. He never sent a headline, always a tiny comment someone made, he would use a yellow highlighter to emphasize. One time he mailed a chair!
That ‘gift’ was the impetus for me to attach Mark Lowry press kits to those terrific chairs, and ship to NYC media. Always hard to ‘crack’, I was desperate to get David Letterman’s talent booker and others to see Mark at the Beacon Theatre. Well, it worked, and I KNOW those chairs made the difference. (Indulge me here!) Kathie Lee Gifford was the ONLY one who did not R.S.V.P. (Of course I don’t watch her show either!) Oh Well, she missed one of the funniest people on the planet.
This week at Walgreen’s I got a years supply of contact solution by just paying the taxes! Twelve bottles for a little over ten dollars! And I bought what seems like a ten year supply of Witch Hazel for even less. (My Mother’s caregiver quipped, “we are well-prepared if anyone gets hemorrhoids!” One never knows!)
My by-far biggest find changed my mornings forEVER. I found a $300 Nespresso Coffee machine for $4. I didn’t even know what it was, but it looked interesting. Brought it home and found it’s value. Spent seventy-five cents on a carafe and it has continued to be amazing. Still love that coffee machine.
There was a store in Nashville once, we called it the ‘dump’ because it looked like a dump! Located in Berry Hill they sold wrecked truck merchandise. An employee told me they once found a man dead among the rubble. I mourned for months when they closed. Still wearing the cashmere scarf I bought there for $20. Feels awesome when I’m in NYC during the winter – paired with my Louis Vuitton briefcase I’m ready to go — you see, I could afford the briefcase because I got such a bargain on the scarf! Isn’t that the point?