The Beauty of Five Percent

How many times have you declined the offer to apply for a Target card because having yet another card wasn’t worth the 5% discount The Beauty of 5% Savings at Targetthey were offering?

I am not sure how many times I declined, but it was at least seventeen years worth, because I knew that the LAST thing I needed was a ticket to shop at my favorite store, even if I didn’t exactly have the extra cash handy.

I know, I know….I should have some responsibility when it comes to what I spend….but really if I am going to be honest, I am sure that I would foul it up somehow.  Trust me.

On what seemed like the 50th time I was in Target one week, {I am sure it wasn’t but I am going for dramatics people} I was asked that all too familiar question about applying and saving 5% on my purchases everyday at Target.  And let’s not forget about the free shipping that I would be receiving when I ordered from Target.com.  {to be clear, I have never ordered anything from Target.com}  I declined, as always…and with my regular routine….I tossed the husband under the bus.

“Oh how I would love a Red Card, but I am pretty sure that my husband would kill me,” I told the cashier as I chuckled.

She looked at me and instead of the usual ‘But you will save FIVE percent’ or ‘FREE shipping’ {you know at a website that I only window shop at} and said, “You do realize that you can link your debit card up to a Red Card and still save the 5% while it comes out of your checking account.”

Why no nice Target lady I did not, in fact, know about that I could have saved an amount of money that I don’t even want to think about because it would probably make my stomach hurt.  So, to make up for crazy amount of money that I could have saved over the course of the last 17 years that I have been shopping at Target, I now share this story with you.

You CAN save 5% on your purchases at Target and get FREE shipping on all of your online purchases with a Target Debit Card.  Just take your ID and a blank check into your nearest Target and they will set it all up.  Just remember what you picked for your PIN number so when it prompts you for your PIN and you put in another PIN you won’t get flustered with the poor checkout guy that was just helping from seasonal because the registers were backed up and tell him that you never picked any numbers to go with your account and what kind of scam are they trying to pull all while he tells you  he is just helping out from the back of the store.

You’re Welcome.

Disclosure: I’m pretty sure that Target doesn’t have a clue as to who I am, because even with the 17 years of shopping there I am probably just a blip on their radar.  I was not compensated for this post, you know, aside from the $23 I have saved so far this year with my beloved magical card.  Although it might be Target’s fault that when I talk about my magical card I sometimes ask the person that I am speaking to, “What’s in your wallet?” in a crazy western voice and I might go on a tangent about how you can’t buy real salsa in New York City….but they probably aren’t at fault and I just watched too much television in the 90′s.  So go forth, be happy, and enjoy the of saving 5%!

They Do Work Together

Picture a late night with one of your really good friends.  Laptops are open, the creative juices are flowing, the kids are in bed {you know aside from the teenagers that are at after-prom}….in short a perfect blogging evening.

I break open my Macbook Pro only to find that it won’t connect to the internet.  No biggie, the poor thing is nearly nine years old, and my dear friend has a back up computer.  So instead of losing my ever loving mind trying to get the Macbook working, she gives me her work laptop to use.

The track pad is jumpy and it won’t see photos that I need for some posts.  In short it is making me want to chuck it out the window.  But, alas, the windows are closed and it’s not my computer.  I try and I try some more to no avail….this stupid computer is sucking the life out of me.  So much so that when my friend posts on Facebook about all of the late night writing we will be getting done, I proclaim the computers sitting in front of me to be wiener heads.  That’s right…wiener heads.

Then I look up and that’s when I realized that these computers are conspiring against me to keep me from updating my blog.  Yes, that’s right I totally just threw a couple of computers under the figurative bus because sadly Nichole lives out in the country and not too many buses pass by her front door and I am pretty sure that the Amish would just drive their buggy around it while cursing the English.

So one Mac and one PC {a Dell to be exact} are talking to each other and conspiring against me…..it’s either that or well, I just don’t want to think of the alternative.

Two Days of Research Done

The other day I got all sucked into the vortex that is the interwebs when I decided to see what adventures she & her family were on in their new home of Chicago when I saw these. Before I knew it I had gone upstairs to grab my credit card and purchased myself a pair in black.

After the sale was completed, I realized that maybe I shouldn’t be making rash decisions about purchasing things at 2:30 in the morning.  A time that I would have normally been asleep for close to six hours at this point.  (Yes I understand how lame I sound by telling the world that most nights I am asleep by 8:30 PM, but I am pretty sure we established my lameness earlier this week.)

I tossed and turned all night long.  Not because of buyers remorse, but because my darling husband was peacefully sleeping next to me and Chewey the Cat was wandering around the house just randomly meowing….you know, because she can.

While trying to sleep I will admit that I wondered if people ever got bark correcting collars for their cats and how much something like that would set me back.

This morning, after two and a half hours of sleep, I head off to work while the husband enjoys a day off.  I muddle through my morning….with caffeine.

The husband tells me on my lunch that he has found the perfect television for us.  A little back story….the husband told me two days ago that our television’s tube was dying.  (yes, yes we had one of those behemoth television sets that no one has any more)  I told the husband that perhaps he should start researching a television set if we were going to need one sooner than later. 

I know, I know…you all are asking why I am surprised that it took him two days to find a television that he likes.  I am here to tell you that this man researches everything to the point of exhaustion.  It took him nearly two weeks to figure out which waffle iron to get.  We went weeks without a working microwave.  But a television, one of the most expensive things we’ve had to purchase in our marriage…..two days.

So during my lunch hour, in my sleepy stupor, I committed to my husband not only buying a television, but we got one so large my nearly six foot daughter can do this with the box.

The Chicken in a Panasonic Viera Box

I will admit it is nicer and the picture is clearer.  But, suddenly I don’t feel so bad about purchasing those boots at 2:30 in the morning.

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