A couple of weeks ago I sat in my room, overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things I need for now and for my upcoming move to Bolivia. Well, mostly overwhelmed by the amount of money I needed to purchase these things.
Earlier that day I’d gone to both Target and Walmart and priced out every item I needed, yes some may call me anal, I just call it smart. From shoes to shampoo to pens and underwear, and while the items weren’t singularly pricey, I added the numbers together and it was much more than I could afford. So instead of dwelling on the impossible, I prayed. I prayed that God would provide everything I need, and I have no doubt that he will, especially if these last couple weeks stand as any example of his provision, because boy has he provided, and I’m so excited that I want to share just a little of what he’s given me.
I was so excited when I found these basically new New Balance 442’s. Probably my favorite tennis shoes ever, I’ve owned 2 pairs in the past and I’m so excited to have gotten this pair for more than 75 % off the department store price
Price: $1 each (the camelback was bought for 50% off)
I go through water bottles like mad. I went through 3 on the Race alone through breaking and… misplacement, so I figured it would be a good idea to bring a cheap spare, and can I just say I love the design on the first one? It was a super great find.
Prices: Deodorant, 50 cents each; Shine Serum, $2.75; Mousse 79 cents
Amount Saved: $10.20
I’m a self-proclaimed sunday add hound. I clip coupons and circle the awesome sales for the week. I went to Walgreens because the deodorants were on sale, and I had a coupon, and I just happened to find two other things on my list, the mouse and shine serum, both on clearance.
Store: Goodwill/Value Village
Price of the 5 items: $25
I’ve had some excellent clothing finds at thrift stores lately. Before the race I frequented thrift stores but never went into the clothing section, now that’s my favorite part! I love some of the deals I can get, like brand new Lands End jeans on sale for $6.50 or a nice ruffle collared Gap shirt for $5. Every other item in the picture is name brand as well, from Eddie Bauer to Adidas, all of which would have cost me around $150 brand new.
As I’d gone to thrift stores I’d kept my eye out for a small umbrella. I’ve done the whole rain jacket thing, and I got soaked. I even managed to forget my jacket at my contacts house on the very last day of ministry in Malaysia, hence I needed something new and umbrellas are cheaper than jackets, especially this one. When I told my mom some of the things I was looking for she said “I have an umbrella you can have. I never use it.” All I could think was, score! Thank you Jesus!
So that’s my first round of “Super Score Sunday.” I’m sure as I continue to prepare for Bolivia and finally find out how much I will need to raise I will have some more great finds, because I know, God provides!
Check back tomorrow to find out more about the big adventure I have coming up this week!