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I ADORE Dollar Tree!!

July 3rd, 2015 at 04:53 pm

So today was the day. I finally made the trek to Dollar Tree to find out if they had the frozen fruit deals like Laura (other Laura Smile ) had mentioned awhile ago.

The first Dollar Tree I ventured into did not have anything other than ice cream. Frown It did however have a mom who was being incredibly rude to her daughter and the mom caught me giving her a dirty look while pressing my lips together to keep from saying something.

So I headed on to the next Dollar Tree - the one that is about 8 miles from my home. (It's a LONG way when you work only 1.5 miles from home and have a grocery store within 1/8th of a mile!) That one had the frozen section!!!!

I bought ten bags of frozen fruit (mangoes, strawberries, peaches, and pineapple), 3 bags of mixed frozen veggies, two vegetable samosa thingys that looked good, a little Hershey's pie, and a bag of chocolate covered pretzels. (I was getting really hungry at this point ... my earlier shoe expedition took WAY longer than expected.)

In all ... I spent $17!! The frozen fruit should probably last me a good 6 weeks, maybe more. The veggies should be enough for July. I'm thinking about taking the frozen fruit out of the bags, putting one cup servings (mixed up) of them in sandwich baggies, and then putting those baggies into a large freezer baggie. That way I'll really know how many servings I have (and it will save me ten or 15 seconds in the morning ...) Smile Maybe I'll do that with the veggies too, that way my servings of them are a little more ... even. (somedays I have a lot more than other days.)

Next time I go up there I'll need to stop at Walmart and/or Sam's first to get non-freezer items to help make the trip a little bit more gas friendly.

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I did buy shoes today. They're not exactly what I'm wanting, but they're the closest I could get at the mall. I spent over an hour going into every store that had a shoe section in the mall. Sears had the shoe I wanted, only not in WW. Online they HAD it in WW, but it was out of stock!! ARghh!!

If anyone knows where I could find black MaryJanes with medium/low heels and a rounded/box toe, in an 8 1/2 W or 9 W, PLEASE tell me or buy two pairs of them for me and I'll paypal you the money and shipping! Seriously.

Why do stores make it SO darn difficult to find WW shoes?? With as many ... larger ... people as there are, you'd think there'd be an incredible market for them.

I SO hate shoe shopping! When I got my last pair, I KNEW I should have gotten two pairs right then and there.

Here is a link to the exact shoe I'm wanting:
http://www.sears.com/i-love-comfort-women-s-mary-jane-girly-black/p-05487533000P?prdNo=22&blockNo=22&blockType=G22

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Okay, so besides Dollar Tree and Mall walking, I also got my library books dropped off, filled up with gas, did some more grocery shopping (at the store 1/8th of a mile from home) and got in a great workout at the gym!

Groceries: $27.80 -- canned black beans (for black bean burgers for lunches), loaf of Orowheat Everything bread, bananas, big bag of washed/cut kale, bag of apples, zucchini, Amy's frozen entree (my Friday night treat), loaf of chocolate bread (for church picnic tomorrow) and a can of Off! spray. (holy cow! Nearly $6 for the Off! spray!!! it better last a good long time!)

Gas: $25.70 - got .07/gallon discount from local grocery store loyalty card.

Shoes: $26.73 (am going to hold off on wearing them until I just can't possibly wear the other ones ... in case I find the ones I really want and can take these back!)

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Workout! I did my second Stronglifts 5x5 workout today - first one using the app. Even though I did it only using the barbell (not adding weights) and it didn't *feel* like it was very hard ... I was sweating majorly by the end.

When I was done though, I did about 15 minutes more of walk/jog/run intervals. Was *really* sweating by the end of that! Smile

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Now I think I'm going to finish my Alex Cross book (Hope to Die by James Patterson) and just have a nice relaxing evening.

Tomorrow is church, church picnic, and the church biking/walking group. Might finally watch "Boyhood" tomorrow night (borrowed from library.)

Sunday will be my oatmeal banana/greek yogurt pancakes, making a triple batter of black bean burgers to freeze, laundry, another workout, and then going out to eat somewhere with NE (his turn to treat this month!)

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Almost forgot! On the way to the gym I stopped by my PO box (need to close it - was about to close it this last time, but got charged for it before I'd sent in the forwarding order.) I got my bill for my car registration. I knew it was either July or August. Apparently it is July. $170.

Oops. I kind of forgot to budget for that. I'm kind of thinking of cheating just a little bit ... I'll put it on my Discover card for the July spending requirements, but I won't actually count it out of my budget til August. (the CC won't be paid til then anyway, especially if I wait til July 20 or so.)

The reason for this of course is that if I take it out of July's budget, then I'll have very little to put towards my getaway or extra for the EF.

In August I know I'll be getting at least ten hours of overtime (which would count as at least 15 hours of pay) so that would pretty much cover it.

Note -- I will be making sure to set aside $15/mo for next years registration! Big Grin

16 Responses to “I ADORE Dollar Tree!!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Can you just buy several pairs of the shoes from Sears online and have them arrive at the store for pick up? Glad you found the Dollar Tree with the inexpensive fruit.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    CCF - Nope, they are out of stock online and in the store (at least in my area, I don't know about other areas.)

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I tried it for my area and it seems to be the same. Boo.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Darn it!

    When I asked the sales lady when she thought they might have them back in stock, she answered by telling me to try Dillard's. (which doesn't even carry WW!) I'm hoping that doesn't mean they've discontinued them. Frown

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    I checked Zappos online but didn't see the exact type of shoe. Payless shoes? They remind me a bit of dance shoes...a dance store?

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Cute shoes! I'll look too.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Not exactly the same...but these are the dance shoes I'm thinking of: http://www.capezio.com/women/shoes/character-shoes

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    CCF - Wowza! Those I think might be a bit more hard? and way more expensive than I'd want. But thanks for finding those! I have tried at around 4 Payless stores here in town so far, with no luck. I had checked their website too a few months ago, but should check again. (I've been needing to replace these shoes for at least 3 months. They are really starting to look bad.)

    Thanks MEC!

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    http://www.dsw.com/shoe/lifestride+russel+pump?prodId=226528&productRef=SEARCH

    More expensive, but can buy online...

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ooohhh! That just might work! Maybe they'd last a bit longer than my current ones ... I think I'll be ordering those!

  11. creditcardfree Says:

    Smile Glad I could find you something and it is possible they would last longer. Smile

  12. Kaycee Fisher Says:





    Glad my info was helpful.


  13. laura Says:


    So glad you found a Dollar Tree with frozen fruit. I'd *really, really* miss mine if it were to discontinue the freezer section. We have been drinking smoothies at least once a day (sometimes twice) and I am feeling much better moving away from the processed food.

    Good job on exercise, and hope the shoes work for you!

    Smile

  14. scottish girl Says:

    Those shoes look comfy! And cute too!

  15. ceejay74 Says:

    I have the same problem with shoes! I'm anywhere from 9.5 to 10 W, and I hate to buy online because I'm not sure which size will fit; it's mainly that the width seems to vary from brand to brand, so sometimes I need to bump up to 10 to make it work.

    I've had several frustrating experiences of going to stores (JCPenney, Macys) and them saying they don't carry wide widths at all. One of them went all the way through the ordering-online process before discovering they couldn't order wide widths for me either. Payless is much better about it but their shoes don't last long, and we don't have one close by anymore.

    I don't understand why they can't carry wide widths in store. I hate buying shoes without being able to try on the exact size I need!

  16. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks Laura Smile Smoothies are such a good food. Smile
    SG - They are very comfy!

    Ceejay - Yeah, I don't get it either. Is the market for WW really that small??

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