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Labor Day always depresses me. I’m a summer kid so the end of the unofficial summer season is always a little sad. Plus, it could be leftover from my youth when Labor Day meant it was time to head back to school, something I was always less than excited about. However, the sales make it a bit better. On Saturday, despite a flaw in Old Navy’s promotion and thanks to an awesome fellow blogger who saved the day, I was able to get my hands on one of the coveted 35% off friends and family discounts. I ordered pants for work online and also got some cute things in store as well like $1.97 t-shirts, before the discount. And if you’re wondering the online and in store combo was because the pants for work are only available in the short length via the web and the other finds were only available in my size in store. Then today, Ron and I headed off to Kohl’s where he was able to find a pair of pants for work and a polo on sale, which I have to agree with him is a score because men’s clothes, especially dress clothes, are more expensive than women’s. I’m not really sure why that is, but it is true. My pants, belt and three shirts were probably as much or less than his two items. It’s kind of not fair, but I guess that’s the way it is.

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I finally got a chance to clean out my drawer tonight. I wish I would have taken a picture of how it was before. To put it lightly, it was a total wreck. I was able to weed out lots of pieces that I don’t wear anymore for one reason or another. A handful of them will be taken to Goodwill and the others will be put on eBay. My clothes are nice because I really take care of them so lots of times I’m able to resell them. That way they go off to a good home and I get a little cash to put towards new pieces. I used to buy lots of pieces each season but now I’ll pick up a few things if I find a great deal. I never pay full price for anything and always buy things on sale. By cleaning out the drawers and closet I find all sorts of great things I already had and overlooked so I really don’t need anything. And the old pieces I choose to part ways with find new homes with people who’ll hopefully love them and wear them.

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I’m so sad. The elastic in my favorite loungepants is going out. I’ve worn these pants a gazillion times over the past 10 years. I purchased them from Delias around 2001-2002 when I was in high school and have loved them ever since. In a bit of random trivia, Britney Spears wears the same pants in her movie Crossroads. Maybe she still has hers lying around somewhere since apparently Delias no longer makes them. Maybe I can find a pair on eBay or maybe someone sells something similar. If you’ve seen anything like them I’d appreciate a heads up so I can track them down. I love these pants.

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I went to Old Navy today, which is really somewhere I rarely go. I usually go in maybe once or twice a year, aside from Black Friday. I’ve been wanting a new coat though and they usually have a great selection, so I went today. Right now, it’s Stuff and Save time. The idea is you get a discount on every item you can stuff in a bag, even things that are already on sale. It used to be that you legitimately had to stuff everything in a bag–of their choosing of course–to get the discount, which you only got if you used your Old Navy card to make the purchase. If it didn’t fit, you didn’t get a discount. Now they’ve become a little lax. As long as you have the Stuff and Save coupon and you use your Old Navy card, you get the discount. I was able to get the coat I wanted, originally $79 for $39. It was on sale for 30 percent off and then using my coupon, I saved another 30 percent off the sale price. Total, I was able to get the coat, three long sleeve shirts, a pullover for Ron, a Christmas present, a fur lined hoodie and a pair of pajama pants for $123. Total, I saved $128. Plus, I got my free reusable Stuff and Save bag, which they give you now instead of making you actually stuff it, which I can use for groceries or whatever. And, on top of that, I got $30 cash back to be used next month on a $60 purchase, sort of like Kohls Cash. I can use that for Christmas shopping. I’d say it was a pretty successful trip. Anytime I can get a bargain, I will. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had went last night. The Stuff and Save didn’t come in the mail until yesterday evening and the sale started yesterday. Because it was the first day, if I had gone last night, I would have saved 40 percent off every item instead of 30, which could have cut my bill by approximately $20. It was rainy though, and I didn’t feel like going all the way to Old Navy. I still did pretty good though.