Friday, August 26, 2011

Dollar General

I shopped at Dollar General for Sarah's birthday. I wish I could say it's because I'm frugal or thrifty. I wish I could say it's because I'm creative and can shop anywhere and find something cute. I wish I could say it's because I planned ahead and knew what she wanted, and the best buy was to purchase it there.

But's just because the days seem to get away from me lately. A week or so ago I thought to myself, "I'd better pick up a gift for Sarah! She needs her school supplies, too." And yet, I didn't go. Days went by, and finally her birthday arrived, and I never picked out something for her.

Fortunately, she is VERY easy to please. At 2:30 on the afternoon of her birthday, I ran to Dollar General, with nothing in mind, and picked up several things that I knew she would love. She needed a new backpack for preschool, so that's the first thing that caught my eye. I also grabbed all of her school supplies. As I glanced through the toys, I found a cute, ballerina Barbie. She loves My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake, so I picked up some new coloring books for her with those characters. Just that morning, she had mentioned needing new house slippers, and I saw some cute pink ones that I couldn't resist. A bucket of sidewalk chalk seemed like a good idea as well, and it completed my collection.

As she opened her gifts, her face lit up. She carries her Barbie with her everywhere, and she loved showing her teachers her new backpack at pre-school open house. Her new slippers are always on her feet.

I learned something through my Dollar General shopping experience:

1. Dollar General has some cute things if days seem to slip by you and you need to pick up something for your daughter's birthday.

-but mostly-

2. "Doesn't matter when you shop, where you shop, what you spend, or if you buy the 'coolest' toys. If your child feels special on her birthday that's what matters =)" -Andrea, comment on my facebook photo.

Thanks, Andrea. That's so true.


Andrea said...

Aww I feel special :) Look at you! You made Sarah and ME feel special on 35.00 :)

Bethany said...

Wow, Chrissy, this is so different than what I did for Daniel last month! I shopped online, compared prices, read all the reviews, tried to get durable made-elsewhere than China, non-logo-ed items.

Yeah, it was a pride thing for me, I think.

Of course he liked this train and cement truck and car play mat. But, I think you are SO right on the second point -we made him feel special by having special breakfast, having daddy stay home in the morning to play, and by singing to him all day.

You are so, so right.

OH, and I volunteer to be your personal kid-shopper!! Contact me for before G's birthday! I really, really love shopping for kids' toys!

The Sanders Family said...

I love this post! It's so's not about spending money. It's about making them feel like queen for a day on their birthday! My four-year-old daughter, Chloe, is easy to please too and she would have loved your selections as well. Great job, mom!! :-)

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