Friday, June 19, 2009

Old Navy Shopping Spree

Today was an exciting day in our little house. Both Fred and I scored $75 off $100 coupons from! We went to Old Navy after dinner and had a great time shopping. Fred really needed new clothes - he has worn a hole in the knee of his only pair of jeans (too much rough housing with Hunter :o) And he only had 1 pair of shorts and a handful of shirts. On top of the coupons, all men's clothing is half off right now, so he really scored. He got:

2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of khaki cargo pants, 1 pair of khaki cargo shorts, 1 pair of swim trunks, 3 polo shirts, 1 t shirt, 1 athletic shirt...

all for $32.59! (Original price $213.09)

I didn't need clothes as badly as Fred, but I did still need some - I've been sleeping in sweats (which is hot!) and only have about 7 shirts that fit my still-nursing-post-pregnancy body. Here's what I got:

3 shirts, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of capris, 1 pair of yoga shorts, 1 pair of sandals...

all for $30.72! (Originally $113.97)

In total we spent $63.31 on $327.06 worth of merchandise. Now that feels good.

Getting the coupons was really easy this week thanks to a wonderful blog: Thrifty Northwest Mom. She has a chat room up on her site that people use on the days that the coupons will re-set. She has a bunch of regular readers that she's made moderators and have the ability to ring a bell when the coupons reset on She even has people stationed on military bases around the world as moderators so that there's always people awake, in case the coupons reset in the middle of the night (which has happened). You just leave your computer on with the volume up and you'll hear the bell when the site is up.

A bunch of her readers also have an add-on for Mozilla Firefox called check for change. It will check a website every 15 seconds to see if it's changed and will notify you when it does.

And there's also a website that has a picture of part of the coupon site that changes 1-5 minutes before the actual coupon site loads (the link isn't working now, but just change the number in the url to "17" and that'll be next weeks media page). So, people monitor that site and when it changes you know the coupons will be up soon. Today they rang the bell when the media site changed, which gave us all time to RUN to our computers (it was quite hysterical really). And then when the site is up, people post in the chat room where the coupons are located, in case you're having a hard time finding them yourself.

Really it is all the most amazing system - it means that you don't have to sit in front of your computer hitting F5 repeatedly - you can go about your life and you'll be notified when the site is up. This all may seem totally over board and completely crazy, but we're not talking about any old coupons here - these are amazing, high value coupons that we're able to get because of this whole set up. If you haven't jumped on the crazy train yet, you should - it's a lot of fun and you get amazing deals out of it. I've done this for a few weeks now, and have used a lot of different sites to help me out and this week has been the easiest by far. If you want to get in on these amazing coupons, you really should check out the Thrift NW mom blog - it's the best way to go.

1 comment:

Lisa L said...

This is amazing! I think once school starts I may try this :)