My mother relies on my sister and me for all of her transportation needs which, of course, includes her grocery shopping. So we have a deal worked out that whichever one of us takes her gets Savings Catcher rights to her receipt. My mom is a Catcher’s jackpot! She buys brand names, does no price comparison and pays absolutely no attention to sales. While reviewing my savings balance, I’ve noticed that I almost always get double because she buys two of everything. So what does that have to do with nail lacquer? Is the Quest turning into a multi-purpose personal blog? Yeah, like I have anything interesting to say about a variety of topics, or even on the general condition of the human race….
So, again, what does this have to do with nail lacquer? Read on, Macduff!
I, as opposed to my mother, live for store brands and sales! But in thinking about it, I realize that I have inherited her habit of buying two of something. Of course, in my case, I buy two of something if it’s on sale. And BOGOs? They get me weak in the knees and send me into a spiritual awakening….
For those uninitiated in the jargon of cheap bastardity, BOGO stands for Buy One, Get One (the free is implied). I’ve mentioned the joys of BOGO in the past, along with my recent disappointment over no BOGOs at Ulta for their spring Beauty Steals. But wait, didn’t I say that I didn’t really have any butterLONDON wants at the moment? Yes, it was a mild disappointment, but still disappointing because I get excited over BOGOs whether I actually want it or not!
So you know where this is going, right?
Uh huh. The day after Ulta’s BL steal, I get an email from Sally that they’re having a three day BOGO sale on all nail polish! Except for OPI, of course. It’s always excluded from super deals just about everywhere. I’m not sure if the gels were included this time, sometimes they are, sometimes not. I don’t really pay attention because I don’t use gels. I have been using the foundation and top and curing them for a clear base under my regular manicures, but I don’t need colors for something that’s supposed to last 2-3 weeks when I get sick of my current color anywhere from 3 days to 5 minutes after I complete it. Not to mention that it’s time consuming and labor intensive as hell to remove. But that’s another topic for another Few Words….
Thing is, I try like hell not to go to any stores on the weekend. Not only do I hate people aimlessly milling about, and crowded parking lots, and standing on lines at the register, Sally in general and my Sally in particular are tiny little cubbies with aisles like rabbit warrens. And I like to take my leisurely damned time aimlessly milling about while perusing both the regular lacquer display as well as the clearance racks (which are located in various dark, crowded corners of the store). And, I didn’t have a lot of interest, as I haven’t even paid much attention to the spring lines for China Glaze, FingerPaints or Orly (the only three at Sally that I consider other than OPI). However, last time I was there they had a whole slug of China Glaze in the clearance rack that hadn’t yet been marked down and I had my reward coupon for March burning a hole in…..well, burning a hole in the passenger seat of my truck. What, everybody doesn’t toss any possible coupon or deal circular directly into their vehicle? You never know when you might be innocently tooling about on the streets when a sale breaks out!
So, I made a deal with myself that if I happened to get my lazy bahonka out of the house on Friday, I’d go check it out. And, true to form, I only made it outside to check the mailbox. Crisis averted! But I wasn’t quite out of the woods just yet….
Now, the one exception to no weekend shopping is early Sunday morning. I stay with my mother on Saturday nights and if I leave her house early enough on Sunday mornings while the faithful are in church and the sinners are sleeping it off, I’ll do store errands. Best time hands down for Costco is when they open on Sunday. Well, my brother was in time visiting so we went out to breakfast and all that family happy times stuff so I went straight home when I left shortly after noon. Okay, crisis really averted! As it turns out, not so much….
Since I didn’t go to sleep until 5 am (because I’m wild like that) and got woken up at the crack of 7:30 to go to breakfast, I went home and settled in for a little nap. Aren’t Sunday afternoon naps the best? So I woke up around 3, puttered around a little and suddenly got THE URGE to go check out Sally BOGO and clearance polish right damned NOW!!
What could I do? Well, what any reasonable person would do. I threw on some sweats, piled the bed head up into a hair claw and hit the road!
Well I get to Sally, hit the clearance rack and find out that all the China Glaze has been snagged. Dammit, if only I would have gotten there before the sale started and the vultures descended, I might have been able to score some of the ones I was scouting. (BOGO was a limit of three, so that gets saved for the full price stuff.)
So, eh…. I did manage to find two FingerPaints on clearance that I found acceptable. Nothing completely spectacular, but at $2.29 worth the chance. And really, the only full price polish I’ve had on my Get When on Sale List was China Glaze Dorothy Who? so maybe I’ll forgo the BOGOs this time…..
(insert maniacal laughter)
For those keeping score (like I supposedly do), that’s 2 China Glaze (the aforementioned Dorothy and Deviantly Daring, a duochrome I’ve looked at a few times), 2 Orly (I’m still mad about missing out on Mirrorball in their holiday collection) and 4 FingerPaint (2 on clearance).
So, after the BOGOs, the clearance, my Sally Club discount and my % off coupon, I got 8 bottle of nail lacquer for well under $3.00 each. And I’ve already used one of them that ended up being something perfect that I’ve been looking for a long time now and nothing I get has been exactly right.
So job well done, right? Yeah, I’ll just keep telling myself that….