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The Girl and Her Store Credit

It is amazing how many useless items I buy that just become clutter. As I have been cleaning, I am starting to notice how many toys, books, clothes and other objects that I just “had” to have. These things are simply adding stress to my life as they take up space, require maintenance and becoming an general reminder of my over-spending issue. Last week, I started to wonder how many items could I return for store credit. It turns out that the cashiers will give you the side eye and general attitude as they document you for potential stealing and then returning of items. However, once its done and you appear to be an honest human being, they fork over a giftcard for store credit or even cash!  Here’s a list of what I was able to get thus far:

  1. Lakestore Learning – $18.94
  2. Staples – $6.46
  3. Ross – $8.07
  4. Fry’s Grocery Store – $3.76
  5. Hobby Lobby – $13.69 cash!

I only had one item rejected as the store no longer carried that item. Not bad for items that were just sitting around the house collecting dust! The best news is that the value of the store credit doesn’t expire so I have plenty of time to use it on something I might actually need!

Tip of the day: If you find unopened items in your house or clothes that still have tags on them, try to return it for store credit! If you haven’t worn or used in 30 days, do really need the item?

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1/2 Way In

Tomorrow begins July and the later half of the year. I started this blog in search of finding balance in my life. I think I am actually getting there! Sure, I have a long way to go. But I am content with the choices I am making and the direction I am going in. In fact, I am happier than I have been in quite some time. As my days of full-time employment wind down, my head seems less clogged. It has been a wonderful change not to be multitasking at every waking moment of the day. (this might just be due to the kids being with my in-laws though)

So what are my hopes and plans for the coming year:

  1. Be present with my children more! Now that I have more time to spend with them, I don’t want to be distracted all the time.
  2. Focus on minimalism and enjoying the things in life that are free.
  3. Having a savings plan for retirement and in-case-of-job-loss, but not become overwhelmingly focused on money and material things.
  4. Practice yoga every day.
  5. Find simple ways of celebrating my husband and our 10 years of marriage.
  6. Develop a social support system for myself and my family through meaningful friendships.

I am really looking forward to having greater balance in my life! I hope you continue on this journey with me.