Shopping Haul!

First post of the New Year and it’s about all the stuff I bought New Year’s Eve.

To clarify, I work in a mall.  And I work a lot, like 30-40 hours per week.  I have no car, and I work way too far away from where I live for walking or biking.  I could move closer, but I work in the suburbs and live in the city because frankly it’s cheaper to live in the city and there’s more stuff to do.  So my only real form of transportation is the public sort.  I walk about 10-15 minutes to my closest train station, I take the train (about 5-20 minutes depending on the wait) one stop up to it’s end where I catch the (literally) only bus that goes out to my mall.  The ride is 30-45 minutes long, beginning to end, and the bus leaves approximately every hour.  My travel time between work and home is at least an hour on a good day, two on a bad one.

Recently, I’ve been working more due to the holiday season.  And the holidays mean that the buses run reduced Saturday or Sunday schedules rather than slightly more active weekday schedules.  Even a shift that starts at like  10 in the morning and goes til like 4 pm can be a hassle.  That means I’m up at 7am, out the door at 8, catching that bus I need at 8:45 and am at the mall by about 9:20 so I can work at 10.  If I actually leave at 4 (and not more than 2 minutes later or I miss this bus and have to wait 45 minutes for the next one) I can catch the 4:12 and I’m home between 5:08 and 5:23pm.  The only computer (out of 6 in  my house) is my boyfriend’s.  If he’s home, I have no internet access.  So online shopping can be difficult for me (especially since I’m trying to get a new computer ordered and shipped to my house so we don’t have this problem.)  I also tend to leave for work before most local stores are open and arrive home as they are closing or decidedly after.  So area shopping is ridiculously difficult.  Especially because my days off are either on weekends when the stores aren’t open or have limited hours or I’m so busy trying to catch up with housecleaning and grocery shopping that I never do get to actually go pleasure shopping.

What I Got

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Second Thrifty Book Haul

So, for the record, I’m currently reading Micheal Crichton’s Congo.  I’m actually enjoying it.  So I thought of the other Crichton books I passed up on my last trip to the thrift store and I thought I’d go back to find them.

This is what I brought back:

The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
by Agatha Christie
Prey by Micheal Crichton
Rising Sun by Micheal Crichton
Sphere by Micheal Crichton
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
The Pretty Committee Strikes Back by Lisi Harrison
The Bachman Books by Stephen King
For Better, For Worse, Forever
by Lurlene McDaniel
Pandora by Anne Rice
If You Really Loved Me by Ann Rule
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

I’m super pleased with the Stephen King one.  In a major way, because I’ve been looking for this book for forever.  I can’t buy a copy of it new, and used ones are all more money than I want to spend because you can’t get it new.  But there it was, sitting on a shelf marked 3/$1.  I couldn’t freaking believe it.  The original Bachman books in one of the old copies like my mom has!  I can’t find it in print like that anymore because King won’t let them keep publishing “The Rage” which is my absolute favorite King story!  Gah!  *faints.*

Thrifty Book Spending

I love the Goodwill.  Well, technically Amvets, but I love pretty much any thrift store.  Goodwill, Amvets, Salvation Army…you name it I love it.  Not only because I love the idea and the practicality of reusing clothes and expanding my closet for way, way less than anywhere else.  No I love it because it allows me to spend money on my favorite items ever, for really ridiculously cheap.

To see what my passion is (if the title hasn’t given it away…)