I have a confession to make. It’s terribly shameful. It involves wicked things like online shopping, laziness, credit cards, and promising to “pay it back after payday” (which is this Friday, fyi).
You’ve probably guessed my crime by now.
I went online with my credit card and spent a moderately hideous amount of money on things that I am too lazy to DIY.
Which is exactly why this is not a DIY blog. Remember my last post about a completely rational, not crazy at all, anyone-could-feel-this-way desire for epic FALL COZINESS???
I could have easily followed, this, this, or this tutorial to DIY my very own cable-knit pillow cover, for literally just the cost of a thrifted cable-knit sweater! Lord knows I have enough obscenely-colored Pier 1 throw pillows kicking around, practically screaming for a makeover. Which was totally my intention during my last blog post. But I soon realized that the project would involve 1. getting to a thrift store, 2. finding the right kind of sweater, 3. figuring out how to cut & sew the pillow cover on my practically brand new sewing machine, and 4. downing several glasses of wine during the stressful sewing process.
Have I mentioned that I’m lazy? That is being said rather tongue-in-cheek. I’m raising four dogs (two of which are still in stage 1 of potty training), maintaining a home, working full-time, and going to zumba/the gym 4+ times a week, I am also trying to be available for dates & special time with The Hubs! (haha, he hates cutesy names for spouses…I think I’ve just discovered his nickname for this blog). I DON’T HAVE TIME TO BROWSE UMPTEEN THRIFT STORES SEARCHING FOR NON-DISEASED LOOKING SWEATERS, CUT THEM UP & SEW PILLOW COVERS. The only thing I actually have the time for is a glass of wine, and that’s only because it’s becoming necessary for mommy’s health.
(Also, my sewing machine kind of scares me.)
Rather than bawl my eyes out (into my glass of wine) at not being the next “Suzy Homemaker,” I did what I do best. I shopped online!
*cue angels singing*
Kohls is a LIFESAVER. I was shopping online for flannel shirts for The Hubs (honest, I was!) since the one I bought him from Kohls this past weekend was such a big hit. Not only was it a perfect fit & style for him, but I literally could. not. keep. my. hands. off. him. He was so soft & fuzzy & warm & delicious! When he wears flannel he looks rugged, when I wear flannel I look like Paul Bunyan. That’s what I get for being just a few inches shy of 6 feet tall! Anyway, that’s beside the point. The point is, I added his flannel shirts to my lovely virtual shopping cart, and googled, “Kohls coupon codes”. I ALWAYS search for coupon codes when ordering things online- you can usually find free shipping, 10%-off, etc. coupons.
When I happened upon a “20%-off your entire order” coupon code, well, I just went a little nuts. I started scouring the home section for good deals (that become even BETTER deals after a 20%-off coupon!) and I found them.
It’s the Woolrich River Run Knitted Square Pillow, usually $59.99, on sale for $24.00. A google search led to the discovery that the *cheapest* non-Kohls price is $40 at Amazon (total fail, Amazon). After a quick mental calculation (fine, I used a calculator) I realized that with my 20%-off coupon at Kohls, this luscious pillow would be only $19. $19 for a beautiful, perfect, cream-colored fluffy cable-knit pillow, with no thrift stores, sewing machines, or meltdowns required!
So naturally I bought two.
I also snapped up a couple of fabulous plaid blankets, usually $50 but marked down to $25 (before my coupon!).
So the breakdown is:
2 delicious cable-knit throw pillows, usually $60, on sale for $24, purchased for $19 each.
2 yummy plaid chenille throws, usually $50, on sale for $25, purchased for $20 each.
GRAND TOTAL: $78
I saved $142 off of the list price, and my 20%-off coupon code saved me $20! And yes, there was free shipping. I also remembered to order shirts for The Hubs, so it was closer to $115, but whatevs. Clothes don’t count, they’re necessities, right? =P
This post makes it incredibly obvious that when I can find a short-cut around a DIY project, I’ll find it and take it. With all the time I saved by not having to go to the store or actually DO anything except for open a box and squeal, maybe I’ll actually be able to read a book! While drinking my wine, of course.