Packages Arriving!

The excitement! All my orders from over the weekend and earlier this week are starting to arrive. Its very exciting! I have to wait for a quiet time, when I can be sure that I won’t be surprised by a little person appearing beside me, to open them up.

Just a note to remember when ordering online – make sure to double check the measurements! One of the “big” Christmas presents arrived, and the box is tiny compared to what I was picturing. It is not the end of the world, because really it is about the contents inside – but just when you picture it standing under the tree, its not what I was hoping for. Particularly as it is for my eldest, and all her bits are teeny tiny sizewise but expensive lol.

Bargain Hunter

So my husband always says if I think I’m getting a good deal, I have to buy. And he’s right. But I don’t just believe I’m getting a good deal because the shop says it, I always check around. If its food, I’ll double check the Tesco and Supervalu websites. Depending on what else it is, I’ll check Amazon, Argos and then more specific shops depending on what catagory its in (you know – toys, technology, clothes, etc) – to make sure I really am getting a good deal. I hate wasting money! I always have loads of items in my Amazon basket, waiting to buy (until payday, or until closer to when they’re needed etc) – and so I see the prices go up and down. And if I know they had been cheaper, then I won’t buy them until they go back down in price!

But as I said about hating wasting money, that also goes for quality. I hate wasting money on poor quality things. I feel if you’re going to spend the money, you should make sure to get the best item possible for your money. Its like the story of the pair of boots; the poor man can only afford to buy a pair of boots that last one year and they start leaking before the year is up, and they cost 20e… the rich man buys a pair of boots that last 10yrs and don’t leak, but they cost 50e and the poor man can’t afford that out of his salary. In the 10yrs the rich man only had to buy the one pair at 50e whereas the poor man has to buy 10 pairs of boots at 20e a pair costing a total of 200euro (so 150e more than the rich man) and he still had wet feet.

So I look for the best quality possible, at the best prices!

In some ways it is quite stressful, because I’m constantly double checking I’m getting the best prices, and reading reviews for quality. But I do enjoy getting good deals, and very rarely do we buy anything that turns out to being pure crap.

My most recent research was for an art set for my 12yr old daughter for a Christmas present. She wants to try different styles of painting, so has asked for a paint/art set. The problem is that it could just end up being thrown into the corner and barely used, so I don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on it. But then if you get really crap quality paints, they won’t be fun to use and when she uses them they won’t give her the proper try out of them she wants.

I started on Amazon looking at sets and reviews and brands, and there was a lot of hit and miss comments on a few differnt products, so I wanted to get more information. I grew up in an arty family, so Kennedys Art Shop in Dublin was my go-to from my memory for art supplies so went on to their website, and also another art shop Evans that I’d been brought to with a friend a few years back. On these sites I was able to get a bit more of an idea of what was out there (loads and loads of options!) but nothing that jumped out at me for my daughter. Then I had a look on Hobbycraft, and again they had a few “mixed media art sets” – some looked very cheap, but there was one with great reviews and while it wasn’t what I had been looking at originally (a full paint set with only acrylics, oils and watercolours) it also had colouring pencils and it all folded out of a box which was something my daughter mentioned, and with more things in it, there is more liklihood of being used. The reviews on this item really swung it for me, and it means that if she does like one of the types of painting over others, then we can get more specific supplies in the future for her, but this covers what she is looking for.

So you can see how much research goes into each purchase, so it’s not just me jumping at a good price. I do try my best to make smart purchases, but love when I get the good purchases at the best price!

Next research project is baking stuff, also for the 12yr old… she wants to add to her cupcake decorating skills and equipment! I have nozzle head sizes going around in my head lol!