5 Reasons Why Walmart’s Online Grocery Shopping is My New Everything

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I know, right? It’s so big. And boxy. But when you live in rural North Carolina, a trip to “the Walmart” is as much a part of your week as going to the post office… or the ABC Store. It may not be as white and shiny as Target, with its “affordable” lines of clothing from high-end designers. The lighting may be depressing, some of the clientele might be equally depressing, and you can’t find specialty items like hemp hearts…

Wait, I had a point. Oh yes. Their new online grocery shopping! If you like the idea of Walmart’s prices, but the idea of going into Walmart depresses the crap out of you or stresses you out to no end, this is the perfect solution. It has changed my life. Let me count the ways:

  1. It saves time. It takes some time to pick out my items online, but nowhere near as much time as it does to walk through the aisles at the store. Especially considering I usually have a kid or two in tow, which leads me to my second point.
  2. It saves my sanity. My 2-year-old daughter can Houdini her way out of any shopping cart seatbelt, so it’s no surprise that she won’t stand right beside me quietly while I compare prices on pasta. I can pick out my items from the comfort of my couch rather than picking up every item she pulls off the shelves as we go. This reason alone is enough to shop online.
  3. No impulse shopping. I admit it. I’m the one who walks by the displays right before checkout and has to have that Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo DVD for 4.99 (true story). And what’s that? Lip balm in a cute ball-shape container? Yes, please!
  4. Two words: Savings Catcher. This feature of the Walmart app finds out if an item you bought is being sold elsewhere for less and puts the difference on a gift card for you. So if you buy Silk Almond Milk at Walmart for $2.98, but it’s on sale at Harris Teeter for $2.50, the Savings Catcher will “catch” that and pocket the 0.48 for you. All you have to do is enter the TC# from each receipt into the app, and let it do the rest. It’s literally mindless and it adds up. This is something you can use whether you shop online or in-store, but I just discovered it and am pretty obsessed.
  5. It’s free! Yes, I know Publix has free online grocery shopping, too. But the closest Publix to my house is 45 minutes away and it’s not quite budget friendly enough to be the go-to store for my weekly basics.

I admit I was concerned about the produce, but I couldn’t have picked out a better bunch of bananas myself. All of this being said, the one thing that kills me is that I can’t use my own shopping bags. But I’m hanging onto the hope that following this whole hand sanitizer ban, the EPA will find that plastic bags are actually good for the planet. In the meantime, reusing and recycling alleviates my conscience enough (oh, the things you can make with plarn).

If you want to try it, use this link. You’ll save $10, and so will I.

 

 

Preloved Love.

I have been coveting this cardigan for a couple of years now. Gone are the days of spending a car payment on an article of clothing. Arguably those days never should’ve existed, but there’s nothing like a well-made garment. Canadian company Preloved creates their clothing from vintage fabrics. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and tailored to a “T”.

One of my favorite Asheville boutiques had an online sale last week and lo and behold:

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A Preloved sweater in my size and 50% off! If you missed their one-day online sale, but have also fallen prey to Preloved’s allure, they are having their own 50% off sale right now.

Vintage Finds From ScreenDoor in Asheville

There’s a store in Asheville that’s been on my “must” list to check out for some time now called ScreenDoor. With more than 25,000 square-feet of furnishings, decor, hardware, clothing and accessories for you, your home and garden, it’s not the most kid-friendly shopping locale. So I waited until my parents were visiting and Jed was in school. That way I had someone along with me to elbow and scream, “Oh my God! Look at this!” but not someone at which to yell, “Don’t touch that!”

I’m definitely putting it on my list of places to take friends and visitors. Even if you’re not in the market to buy something, the store is full of decorating ideas for repurposing, reusing and upcycling. And you never know what you might leave with. I didn’t walk in there looking for a metal roller skate to go on a shelf in our upstairs alcove, and yet…

I also got this jacket for $18! I just LOVE the color and the stitching.

No, Dad, it’s not real leather. (He asked. Thrice.) It’s vinyl and it’s from KMart with a circa 1970s “Satisfaction Always” on the tag. Upon seeing and touching it, Dave remarked he always wanted to know what it was like to hug the seat of a Gran Torino. I say he’s lucky to have a wife who gets stoked by a new-to-her plastic coat!

I wish I’d taken a picture of my most favorite thing I saw. Right when we walked in, there was a pair of ambulance stretchers repurposed as chaise lounges with a matching stretcher repurposed as a coffee table. (For the table, they had used the base of the stretcher and topped it with glass… SO clever). They were all sold and the price tags were torn off so I have no idea what they went for, but not only were they great conversation pieces, they actually looked chic!

I also found some wooden textile spools that I’m going to go back and buy this weekend. I plan on turning them into a coat rack. If it goes well, I might start making them and selling them as a side business! I came up with the idea myself, but upon Googling, it turns out I’m not original. However, I do have the resources and know-how to do it well and for less than I’ve seen them on other websites. So when I do it and if you like what you see, let me know! I will happily take your order:)

 

 

When life gives you lemons… go shopping.

Okay, that statement may not have much merit on the surface, but my favorite Asheville boutique has been given its own share of lemons. Parlour is closing its doors at the end of the week and everything that used to be way out of my price range is now within reach at 50-75% off. Not to mention I’ve been desparately needing a new pair of jeans:

Yes, that’s a big tear you-know-where [insert “easy access” jokes here].

I hate to take advantage of others’ misfortunes, but being that I’ve had my own share of misfortune lately, I rationalized my way out of it with the  “misery loves company” route and decided to treat myself while the gettin’ was good (and in my size):

I got my jeans, a tee and what I like to refer to as an “elevated hoodie” to boot! It’s difficult to capture the details of a black hoodie with an iPhone camera — its wrap belt and buttoning dress it up a notch or two higher than your average loungewear, but it still has the comfy factor of a fleece sweatshirt. Win, win!

I hate dislike fear birds, but love them illustrated, embroidered and screenprinted on everything from shirts and sweaters to bags and paper. I don’t know why. This shirt was only $10! You can’t even buy a “clever” used tee at a vintage store for less than that these days.

Is there any point in showing an angle other than the butt? I tried on the women’s jeans in my size but with my long torso and generous behind, even plumbers can’t compete with my crack factor. On my frame, even women’s jeans that aren’t “low-rise” still seem to be. So rather than pay extra for the boyfriend-style jeans, I just bought men’s jeans. They cost less and fit me perfectly! Why didn’t I think of this before? An “ah-ha” fashion moment.

When I combine my “treat yourself” loot from today with the “I’m sorry you got fired” dress my parents bought for me the other week (also at Parlour at 30% off…thanks Mom and Dad!) I’m sittin’ pretty. And feeling not at all guilty, I tell you.

Like what you see? The hoodie and dress are by one of my fave fashion-forward brands, Skunkfunk. After this week, Parlour is moving that brand along with a few others to their other store, Honeypot. So if you’re in Asheville and want to do some fun shopping, check them out!

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Shopping in Athens, GA

This past weekend, we went to Athens, GA, for a good friend’s wedding (a gorgeous rustic chic wedding that I will post pics from later this week!). I love traveling to weddings when I’m not in them. While Dave was off for a five-hour photo session with the rest of the wedding party Saturday afternoon, I got to eat, drink and shop my way through downtown Athens with a couple of my Charlotte girlfriends.

Both of my friends struck gold at this cute boutique called Pitaya, which apparently has locations all over the country, but this was the first one I’d been to. Great value pieces. Very affordable but not cheapy, on trend yet age-appropriate for the 30-something set. And all of their Pitaya label clothes are made in the USA. Margaret bought this dress for only $36!

It looks super cute paired with tall brown leather boots (think Frye) or belted with leggings.

My purchase was from one of the Athens locals’ favorite stores, Helix. And after going there twice (once on Friday for a birthday gift and again on Saturday for a “me” gift) I can see why. A something-for-everyone “Oh my God, come look at this!” gift store, I just wish I would’ve had the time and money to knock out my holiday shopping right then and there. I never buy jewelry for myself, but I’ve been admiring foundling from afar ever since I featured them in a style story I wrote a couple of years back. Made in Asheville (where I live) and I bought them in Athens. Go figure:)

Frances Posts: Made from recycled sterling silver, paper, resin, vintage fabric.

I love that I can wear these everyday. And they just made me smile.

Like I said, I never treat myself to jewelry, but I also have a shopping rule: If I fall in love with something that I don’t need or wasn’t planning on purchasing, I sit on it for a day. If I’m still thinking about it the next day (and really, have been thinking about it ever since) it was meant to be.

Do you have any shopping rules or guidelines to keep you in check?