Yes, I’m expecting baby no. 4! I’m half way there and due in September. When we first found out I was in shock myself! We weren’t planning for a fourth baby but here we are, and now that it’s sunk in, I’m actually really excited! Yes, it’s going to be really busy, but hey, we’re already busy so it’s not going to be much difference. (I hope! LOL!)
Anyway, so I’m writing this post because I gave away all my maternity clothes! I got rid of all my maternity dresses, tops and leggings, which means I have to buy all new clothing. If you go to major maternity clothing retailers, you’ll find their clothes are not cheap! They are quite expensive and how can you justify buying an expensive maternity top that you will only wear for less than 6 months!
I’ve found my favourite maternity clothing destination is Old Navy! I’m finding I can find a lot of non maternity clothing that is suitable for the expectant mother at reasonable prices. I also like their maternity selections as they are surprisingly quite comfortable.
Here is my post on how to save money on maternity clothing.
This post may contain affiliate links. As always, opinions are all my own! Enjoy, friends!
Last night, I did what I don’t normally do. I went to sleep EARLY! I hit the sack at about 8:00pm. Hey, that’s super early right? Especially for us moms! Usually I go to bed after midnight. That’s when I finally get my ME time. The time where I get to hear my own thoughts in my head. When all the kids are awake, it’s like I’m constantly doing what they ask me. One day they’re gunna have to get it themselves, but until then it’s, “Mom, can I have some apple juice!” “Mom, can you cut me some strawberries?” “Mom, I’m done! (after going no. 2 in the washroom)”. “Mom, can you get my blanket downstairs!” It’s just constant! I just need to remind myself, that one day, they won’t be needing us. One day, they will be out hanging out with their friends or boyfriend (The thought scares me, but it’s inevitable). One, day they will be independent.
Not too long ago I purchased my first luxury handbag. I was eyeing the Balenciaga Classic City handbag for a really long time. I’ve learned that when you really want something, you think about it A LOT and if you got something similar, that it just wouldn’t do and you would continue to want the original thing you had your eyes on. I’ve learned this over the years. Sometimes, it’s ok to just go with something similar, but other times, you want what you want. So my hubby surprised me and decided to order it for me without me knowing. I was so so shocked he got it for me but at the same time I was super happy. I really like this bag because it’s classic and so versatile and it’s a good size so you can fit a lot of stuff in it. For me, I like to keep a lot of my purchases for a really long time. It’s an investment piece that you can get a lot of use out of. You can be really dressed up and use this bag or dress more casually.
I was talking to a friend recently, and she told me her secret, (but not so secret, LOL) to getting designer handbags for less. Why pay full price when you don’t have to? You can save hundreds of dollars! Who doesn’t like saving money! She told me that she has purchased gently used designer handbags at Modaselle. It’s a store that’s been around for more than 10 years selling pre-owned designer luxury handbags in Vancouver. Before, I would be reluctant to purchase something pre-owned. How do you know if it’s authentic? What if it’s just a knock off? What if you’re getting ripped off? But you won’t have to worry about those things when you purchase a luxury handbag at Modaselle. They have been in the business for more than 10 years and have served many happy customers in the lower mainland, so you can feel confident in your purchase.
To be honest, I haven’t purchased a purse from them yet, but I have heard great things about the owner and their products. When I decided to buy my next luxury designer handbag, it will be from them. I’ve learned my lesson! LOL! Check them out by clicking on the link below.
They also sell jewelry, watches and other accessories, as well as items for men. You can also sell your lightly used luxury goods to them too. You can visit them at 943 Seymour Street in Vancouver.
Another way of getting designer luxury items for way less is by joining a Facebook group. I was recently added to Vancouver Luxury Designer Lovers. Join this group if you want to be tempted to buy some awesome stuff!! LOL! Well, if you were going to buy it anyway, you might as well get it for less! The thing that you may have been wanting could be here and you can save a lot! Everyday, people are posting their lightly used luxury items. Usually, they prove the authenticity with the receipts and other certificates so you can rest assured you’re getting the real deal.
The Vancouver Fashion Collective is another Facebook group you could join. It has over 7000 member so everyday members are posting their designer goods.
So if you’re wanting to get luxury designer handbags for less, try shopping at Modaselle or Facebook groups! You may find exactly what you are looking for for way less and feel awesome about your purchase! Happy shopping!
Let me know where you have bought preowned luxury handbags!
As much as I love the products at Costco, it can be sooo frustrating to shop there! Actually, I DREAD going there! I try to avoid going there as much as possible. Not only is the crazy, busy-ness of the place annoying, but when you get to the till and see the bill, you’re like, OMG, there’s another $350 spent. That’s my usual bill and I’m sure most of you can relate. Not only that, but when people are annoyed by the crowds, they get impatient and angry and people start to be rude and yell at each other! It’s not the happiest place on earth! I try to get in and out of there as fast as possible! It can also be a dangerous place! I heard one person got hit in the parking lot! Ok, enough of the negative talk! LOL! (There are many reasons why Costco is awesome.)Let’s look at the ways we can survive a Costco run in one piece, shall we?
Make Sure you have your Costco card and your precious list!
This is very important! Imagine spending half an hour parking only to find you can’t buy anything because you forgot your Costco card! That would be a disaster. Also the list is super important. Make sure you stick to the list as much as possible that way you don’t go home and say, “Damn, we forgot to buy toilet paper!”
Always use a shopping cart!
I tried holding everything with my two hands once and it was just hard. Bring a cart to make it easier for yourself. It’s a big store.
Take advantage of the deals!
Pay attention to the deals and stock up on the items that don’t expire. One time I saw the laundry detergent for 10 bucks. The Jumbo Cheerios were on sale for 4.99 My baby loves cheerios!
Best time to shop at Costco? Right before closing
I like to get there an hour before closing. That way it’s less busy and less overwhelming and you can actually find a parking spot without losing you’re mind. But please not everyone shop at this time. This is not always the case but usually it is.
Start shopping at the front of the store, walk through every aisle and work your way to the back
I used to just follow my list and go directly to the product. This was more inefficient and I ended up wasting more time walking back and forth from the same aisles. This way you don’t miss anything.
Buy Kirkland brand whenever you can!
The Kirkland brand is usually the best value. I buy Kirkland toilet paper, diapers, baby wipes, and facial tissue. The quality is great.
Avoid the centre aisle!
I try my best to avoid the centre aisle. This is how your bill gets racked up to greater that $400. Stay clear of the cute baby clothes even though it’s a great deal!!!! Resist temptation, you can do it! Do you really need another bunch of PUMA socks? Do you really need another TUFF hoodie! hahaha…
Never go to Costco hungry!
What happens when you are hungry? You want to buy everything and everything looks delicious especially the junk food. When you’re hungry, you’re hangry! Just don’t do it! Make sure you fill you’re tummy before you go or stop by their cafeteria first!
Take advantage of the samples
If you didn’t eat, take a food sample from one of the attendants. That way your blood sugar doesn’t drop and you’ll be a happy camper. Just make sure you wait in line and don’t budge. LOL. Otherwise, people get grumpy.
Leave the kids with a sitter
That way you can get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. Unless you want the kids to pick out their own snacks. Otherwise, they’ll be happier at home.
Bring a large vehicle if possible
Have you ever tried doing a big Costco run with a small car? You end up with food by your feet, head and on your lap. LOL. But if it’s just a small amount then small car is fine.
Take extra caution when walking in the parking lot
The parking lot can get very busy. Make sure the driver sees you.
Go with a friend
When you’re with a buddy, things just go smoother and you’re more relaxed.
Ok, those were my Costco survival tips! Do you have any tips that you recommend? Leave them in the comments section!