When I was contacted by TJ Maxx/Marshalls to see if I wanted to check out their stores, I was excited since I hadn't shopped there in awhile. We used to go there all the time when I was a kid, scoping out the clearance area for any amazing designer clothes for cheap. I was curious to see if they were still the same.
So I headed off to TJ Maxx with my $25 Gift Card in hand, that they gave me, and set on a mission to make the most of it. It seems like when it comes to clothing, $25 never seems to go very far. But I have to tell you that you won't find that a problem here. The only problem I had was trying to decide which ones to get. I teased with my hubby that maybe shopping there wasn't such a good idea because now I'm going to go there all-the-time! :) (They do have more than clothing. They have jewelry, shoes, handbags, toys, food and kitchen items.)
While I was shopping, I kept thinking how someone with a tight budget might have great luck in finding a great gift for someone there. So my first mission was to head to the clearance racks to find the impossible---a pair of dressy pants that fit. I'm 5'2" and those things just never fit right. Not only did I find one, but they were only $10! They feel like they were made just for me. Original Retail Price? $34.99.
Next, I walked over by the bedding. I was looking through their bedspreads and then it caught my eye....this oversized throw. I was hoping it was a good price---$10! Original Retail? $25. You might be able to figure out why I liked it so much. :) I been debating going back for a different one for a gift. They are the perfect size and thickness for cuddling.
So $5 left to spend. I'm was sure there wasn't anything for that price. Wrong. I found these super fuzzy socks from Anne Klein for $4.99. Original Retail $10. Perfect! My $25 was spent. I got dress pants, an oversized throw (big enough for two people!) and 2 pair of fuzzy name brand socks. Now granted, tax wasn't included but I came close! :)
It then occurred to me...I wonder what their pajamas are like. I needed to get my MIL a present. There were three that I couldn't choose from. I finally went these soft blue ones for $19.99. Original Retail Price? $48! I was heading over to the checkouts with my purchases and my eye caught them. Oh, how I tried to avoid the shoe dept. But it beckoned me. And now I knew why. Nike Sister Series Zoom Training Shoes for $39.99!! No Way! These retail for $110. They were the only ones in the store and my size. That never happens! They are Nike+ enabled to help track your running. I was in need of a new pair so I got them. It will save me a lot of money later. So here are those purchases:
I just wanted to show you what you might be able to find there and the prices. But one of you will be able to check it out for yourself. I have one $25 Gift Card that can be used at either TJ Maxx or Marshall's that I'm giving away to one lucky reader.
HERE'S HOW TO ENTER
1) Leave a comment telling me in what would you look for on your "shopping spree?" Be sure to leave your first name & email/blog address.
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There are now a total of 4 entries per person! (Please be sure to leave separate entries for each one.)
Entry is open to US residents only through 11:59pm CST on Monday, December 14th, 2009. Winners will be chosen using random.org and contacted by email. If you're the winner, you'll have 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.
Good luck to all of you who enter!