Monday, January 28, 2013

Thrifting Field Trip Haul: Memphis Salvation Army

This weekend, my family drove over to Memphis to help my aunt move into her new house. Well, my brothers helped move her stuff; I supervised. However, let me just say that watching someone move heavy furniture is just as exhausting as far as I'm concerned. I never put much thought into how much stuff it takes to fill a three bedroom house, especially for a single woman moving from a one bedroom apartment. So to better fill the empty spaces and rooms, off we went to the local Salvation Army thrift store.

Whenever I visit a thrift shop, my plan for the most effective floor coverage is the same: check for American Girl first, bags second, shoes third, and clothing last. Unfortunately I discovered an almost non-existent toy section, so I moved on to bags. Nothing interesting, and same in the shoes and clothing sections. Yikes, how disappointing! So I stuck by my mom and my aunt who were looking through furniture, and it looked like they were having better luck finding stuff.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Victoria's Secret Semi Annual Sale January 2013

My alter ego is a Victoria's Secret Angel. No, I don't exactly dream of going everywhere in my underwear, but seriously, you have to have a great deal of self-confidence to strut down a runway wearing nothing but a pair of panties, a push-up bra, and some drop dead gorgeous angel wings. Oh, and let's not forget the 6-inch Nicholas Kirkwood exclusively designed heels that they walk in, probably holding their breath the entire time trying not to fall. It's that sexy, confident attitude that I so admire. Sure, you don't have to dream of being a lingerie model to have self-confidence, as the American Girl historical book line has given me self-confidence also. I mean, reading about Felicity sneaking out at night to save a horse from a scary drunkard or Julie fighting for her right to play basketball on the boy's team, can really give girls that confidence that will help them become strong young women.

Back to the sale.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How American Girl Helped Me Graduate Debt-Free (Almost)

I just received my student loan payment plan papers a few days ago, and I will admit that my heart stopped beating for awhile when I saw how much is due for my first payment. I calmed down just a little thinking about my poor classmates who took out much, much more than I did. I went to Hofstra University, a private university in Long Island, NY, and their tuition was on average $36,000 a year. Talk about an investment.

If it weren't for the large amount of scholarships that I was given, there is no way that I would have been able to afford going to a private university.  I would have started at the local community college, and after two years I would have transferred into a less expensive, state or city four year university. After scholarships, and government grants and low-interest loans, I only had to pay $1200 a semester. And here is how I was able to do it, with the help of American Girl.