Brian’s Bargain – Frugal Novice

Brian’s Bargain

Brian, my husband, often teases me when I get excited about a sale or a bargain. As we’re walking out of the store where the bargain was found, he’ll say, “I bet you can’t wait to look at the receipt and figure out exactly how much you saved, right?” or, “I bet you can’t wait to email your mom about this deal, huh?” He knows me too well.

I’ve started to rub off on him a little, though. A while back we were at Target when we saw a large clock. Clean, simple, with a nice silver frame, it would be perfect for our living room. The only problem? It was $50 – and there was no way we could justify spending that much on a clock, no matter how large or beautiful it was.

We went back a couple of weeks later, and the clock was marked down to $35. We seriously contemplated buying it then, because we really liked it… and like I said – big, beautiful, perfect for our living room. You get it. Well, we talked ourselves out of it because we really wanted to start making wiser choices about purchases.

Fast forward two more weeks. We were out running errands on a Friday night and Brian needed to run in Target to get diapers. The boys and I waited in the car, and it wasn’t long until Brian came out, diapers in tow – along with the clock! He had found it marked down to $12.48 – 75% off. He didn’t say it, but I know he was proud of his find, and I love having it hang in our living room. We always get compliments on it, and no one can ever believe that it cost so little.

Here’s a photo of the clock in our living room. See how large it is? It really fits with the rest of our decor – and we never wonder what time it is.

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  • Rebecca Peters December 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Aw thats awesome! I get so excited seeing the prices too to check the receipt, current hubby just gets so angry tho, hes super impatient and always tries talking to me when Im trying to check it out! Or he gets out of the line when I pull my coupons out and says we have no time for that! Ughhhh! You would think him to be grateful since I dont work but still care about saving money.

  • kelly mcgrew February 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    i absolutely love the target near my home. it always has stuff marked down to insane prices. there’s never a time when you can’t go down the aisles and find at least one thing on clearance!