If you know me from the Philippines, you would agree that I am a total shopaholic, a sucker for sales. But ever since I started working here in Canada, I have not been on a major shopping trip for almost a year now. I have been saving money for a plane ticket to visit the PH. I was so proud of myself, for not maxing out my credit card, for having my credit card limit continually increased, for proving others who thought I could not save money wrong, and mostly for having the will to say no to shopping. It also helps that I rarely even go to the mall here, I’m talking about going at just once a month! Unbelievable I know, especially with the mall culture instilled within me from the PH. So there I was, happy with the money I was saving – money I worked hard for , balancing school and work and the harsh commute.
But for some reason, during the month of November, I caved into the temptation . St. Vitale Shopping Centre had a Behind Closed Doors sale wherein only those who paid $5 for a ticket can shop the extreme sales after the mall closed and all ticket sales proceeds will be given to charity. The sixth annual Behind Closed Doors event was a huge success and raised $42,500 for local charities! Click here to see the video.
And then, Black Friday came. I already planned to buy winter gear but when I woke up that day, I felt like I should just stay at home and enjoy my day off. So I went shopping online, and then just went to Polo Park the following Sunday.
I am now behind in my savings goals for summer 2016, I still hope I can save enough money for my trip to the PH. But everything I bought was so worth it!
So here is a rundown of what I bought online and in-stores,just to show you that if you look hard enough and just wait for sales, you can actually afford the things you’ve been eyeing on. On top of the sales, I use my Student Discount Card to get up to $5-$10 off my entire purchase.
I bought two sweaters and a toque in-store at F21 Polo Park on Black Friday weekend. The sweaters were originally $15-17 but were on 30% off plus the on-sale toque was only for $5! I added my Student Discount card and would you believe I only paid $21 for all these three items?
I planned to go out on black Friday but ended up online shopping instead. I bought skirts for only $8-$9 . Almost 80% of the skirts I own are from Forever 21 because they are so stretchable and comfortable to wear for work, and for the commute.
If there was one thing I would spend money on , it would be on winter essentials. So when I saw this parka in-store, I knew I had to buy it. I’m usually all for neutral colors but this bright red parka just caught my eye and not only is it pretty, it keeps me warm and cozy as well. So the parka went from $69.99 to $49.99, plus I also got to use my student discount card which took a few dollars off the entire purchase.
So I bought more winter essentials, this time, online from Garage. When I lived in Steinbach I really did not go anywhere except from home to work so I did not use scarves and toques, thus I donated most of my winter accessories last summer. But going to school here in Winnipeg plus commuting everyday means gearing up and keeping yourself very warm so I looked for durable yet very cute winter accessories. Below are the original and discounted prices. You can see that discounts range from $4-$26off the original price.
In-store at H&M, some $17 shoes were only for $7. And earrings that range from $7-$14 were only at $2 each! I grabbed so many to bring for my friends when I go back to the PH. Also, I have finally got myself a blanket scarf which I will feature soon in a separate post. I also got to use my student discount card on top of everything I bought.
I’ve always wanted to have brows that are on point but I never get it right! So for starters, I bought the Urban Decay brow tamer in clear. We will see how that goes.
American Eagle Outfitters – Aerie
Okay I won’t exactly post the actual photos but I am such a sucker for quality underwear. Compared to PH prices, underwear is expensive here, so when Aerie had a buy 10 for $32 online sale, I knew I had to buy right away. Below are the discounted prices.
After all these purchases I gave my mom my credit card, telling her to keep it from me and never give it to me no matter how much I will beg for it… Well, until Boxing Day ;)