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Top Places to Shop - Real World and Online

  • Nov 7, 2009
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I suppose where we spend our money says a lot about us, and I'm neither proud nor ashamed of my list. My credit card just happens to see daylight more often at these places than others.
Trader Joe's
A girl's got to eat, and TJ's (as the kids call it) has good choices and great prices. I've tried a lot of new foods thanks to Trader Joe's. There's wine! Vegetables! Frozen meals! Fresh meals! Cheese! One complaint: For reasons I may never understand, their bread seems to go stale fast.
You know that credit card I mentioned? It has amazon.com written on it. Yup, I don't get miles, I get dollars to spend on books, CDs, kitchen gadgets and everything else Amazon.com has to offer. It's so easy to use and has an incredible selection. I like to support my local bookstores, like Chaucer's Bookstore, when I can, but when I need convenience, Amazon.com is there.
Admittedly, I go to the outlet more often than the regular retail store for Banana Republic. My sister-in-law accurately described Banana Republic's value: the clothes are mostly simple and classic and may not look like much on a hanger, but they fit really well. Most of the items I buy at Banana Republic are functional for work and play.They're well made and last awhile.
See the full review, "The Pros and Cons of Banana Republic".
Every time I make a list of toiletries and go to a local drugstore, the store is out of at least one item. That doesn't happen at Drugstore.com. Also, by shopping online, I don't have to worry about making eye contact with a cashier who's judging me by my choice in deodorant or toothpaste. Orders over $50 ship for free.
Ann Taylor is a sure bet when I need clothes that are classic and professional.It usually has great colors and basic items that will last a long time.
I really like the goat. Backcountry.com has a great mountain goat logo, and it just makes me happy when I go to the Website.
This is where I find the best deals and a wide selection of the gear I need for hiking, cycling, running and camping.
I find even better deals through it's affiliated site www.steepandcheap.com. Like woot, Steep and Cheap offers one item at a time at exceptional prices. If you're looking for something general -- like a tent, a warm jacket or a pair of hiking shoes -- I recommend using the Steep and Cheap desktop alert application to keep you posted on the current deal without having to hit refresh on your browser obsessively.
It's not that I LIKE shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond, it's just that I'm at that all-my-friends-are-getting-married-and-there's-no-Crate-and-Barrel-or-Target-where-I-live stage of my life. So they're all getting hitched and registering at Bed Bath and Beyond, which leaves me buying things for their beds, baths and beyonds to show that I'm a real friend.
Scarlet Thistle
The T-shirt designs at Scarlet Thistle are awesome. By "awesome," I mean they're original, creative, fun and wearable. Check out the staple remover and paper clip dragon attacking a pencil and the ocean-inspired designs. There are shirts for men, women and even babies.

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November 07, 2009
I'm in total agreement with your #1! And I have a feeling that their bread goes stale quickly because they usually don't have preservatives in them...

Great list! :)
November 09, 2009
I agree! I fix this by putting it in the fridge! It lasts for at least a week...and if it starts to get a little dry by the end of the week, it's nothing a little toast can fix ;) Love the list, @trailblazer. Thanks!
November 09, 2009
I actually put mine in the freezer. I know, pretty hardcore. Lasts longer and toasts/heats just like fresh though! :)
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