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$25 Spendervention at TJ Maxx

While you see all of the commercials where people are staging spenderventions on fashions and everyday items, I had a chance to check myself on my very own spendervention at TJ Maxx.

Armed with $25 to spend on anything I could find at my local TJ Maxx store, I walked in with an open mind that I’d find some great savings on products.

In my last post about Father’s Day, I mentioned that I had no ideas for what gift to give this year. As I walked around the aisles and check out everything from Ed Hardy gear to Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts, I spotted a nice Adidas collared shirt for my father in law. He enjoys his walks around the neighborhood, and this shirt has some great breathable material.

With a few bucks left I was able to pick up something for myself…I found a water bulb to water my plant. I have always wanted one since I saw the infomercial.

Check out my purchases!

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Another $25 Shopping Experiment at Marshalls

I know that I just posted about T.J. Maxx in an earlier post, but to be fair, I wanted to do the same $25 buying experiment at Marshalls. Sure, they are pretty much the same company, but sometimes its not the same from one store to another.

Marshalls was super crowded on the same night that we visited the quieter T.J. Maxx. I don’t know if its because Marshalls is in a big plaza with other stores, or if people just have more of an affinity towards Marshalls, but there were probably 10 times more people inside the Marshalls just up the street on Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance.

First of all, Marshalls felt like it had a lot more things for sale and maybe other shoppers knew this as well? It was somewhat chaotic with men and women going about looking for clothes, shoes, furniture pieces, and gifts. There was a lot to look through and it took me a good 30 minutes to make any decisions on what I wanted for my $25. I picked up several different items before I got down to my final selections. I saw everything from kitchen plates, to vases, to ornaments, to cookware, and home decor.

I liked this really neat Italian coffee maker that is used on the stove top, but then I saw yoga mats for $12.99. I was in desperate need of a new yoga mat, and they had some nice ones to offer. I selected a nice blue one with a lotus print. I can’t wait to use this at my next class. My next choice was a glass wine decanter. This decanter looks like any of those fancy schmancy ones out there, works exactly the same, and cost $6.99! The decanter is going to make a terrific gift, and people will think we spent a bundle on it. The lucky gift recipient will not only get a $6.99 decanter, but it will come with a nice bottle of wine that we will gift in the wine box that we found for $2.99.

Here is a picture of our finds.

Marshalls

The upside of Marshalls was the better finds compared to T.J. Maxx. The downside was the long line at checkout. I still had a good time looking for these great bargains at Marshalls. I’d definitely make a trip back soon to find some more goodies.

Thanks Marshalls, you’re alright.

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What do you get for $25 at T.J. Maxx??

My mission…spend no more than $25 at T.J. Maxx. Their slogan… “Economize. Don’t Compromise.” I had the challenge to find the best things that I needed or liked from T.J. Maxx. I felt that with a slogan like that, I was sure to find at least a few things that I could definitely either 1. use on myself or 2. give to someone for Christmas. Last minute shopping the week of Christmas certainly brings its own dimension of fun, with traffic, crowded stores, and NO parking.

This particular T.J. Maxx in Torrance on Hawthorne Blvd. was not super crowded, being that it was three days before the big Santa day. It was a pleasant surprise for us, but I’m sure that the retailers are not happy to hear me say this. It was already about 10pm on a Monday night, so I’m thinking that maybe people started to thin out for the night, and rest up to prepare for another day of shopping tomorrow.

Onward to my purchases. This particular store didn’t have as many things laying around and it didn’t take too long for me to comb about. There was a sale going on for Christmas decor, and I remembered that my sister just bought a huge tree, so I picked up a pack of 30 ornaments for her 7′ fresh tree for our tree trimming party on Wednesday night. Next we found a great USC Trojans t-shirt for our biggest USC fan. The t-shirt was a bargain compared to what you’d normally pay on campus for the same exact thing. This will make a great gift. Finally, with a few bucks to spare we milled about to find something smallish, and saw batteries of all things. Everyone needs batteries! We actually bought some toys that required batteries, so this was a convenient find for the last bit of money.

Here is a picture of what we purchased with our $25

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Thanks T.J. Maxx, you saved the day. We found things that were economical, and we did not compromise one bit. I’ll be back to your stores again soon.

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