Thrifty Fail

>> 4.13.2011

Go ahead, call me a dork for watching too many cake decorating shows and becoming somewhat of a wannabe cake groupie. Interestingly enough, watching every episode of Top Chef to date hasn't done a thing to push me towards becoming better decent at cooking (sorry, Nate).

The point is that I really-really want to learn how to make sugar flowers so you can imagine that I obviously snatched up Wilton's 10-piece Gum Paste Tool Set the second I saw it marked down to $20 at Marshall's... then ran home, ripped the case out of the packaging, and and destroyed any chance of a future return. Super smart move, right? Obviously I'm some sort of thrifty-goddess because I saved $10 off of retail. WRONG.

Thrifty Little Tip: Don't ever* pay more than 50-60% of retail prices on craft supplies. Places like JoAnn's and Michael's pretty much always have printable or clipable coupons available!
*they don't include a few brands like Cricut; you can buy those things off eBay if you want 

And I knew this. And I had a 40% off coupon for JoAnn's in my purse. And it was only a few stores down in the same shopping center as Marshall's. Total thrifty fail.

On a fail-related note: I have some pretty substantial recent home updates that I'd love to share photos of on the blog, but I can't seem to find my camera charger!


Steph @ Crafting in the Rain April 13, 2011 at 3:49 PM  

Bummer! Ah well, it happens. Good luck in your cake decorating endeavors. And sorry about your charger...I can't find mine either! It stashed somewhere as we've moved everything for our remodel. Hope we find them soon :)

Kate April 13, 2011 at 7:27 PM  

At least you got a cool set!

Kelly Michelle April 13, 2011 at 8:42 PM  

sorry about the thrifty fail but I can't wait to see how your flower making goes. I try to be fancy with food too but usually fail. hope your trial goes better than mine!

ALICE IN DESIGNLAND April 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM  

As a teen I used to work at JoAnn. The nice cashiers will give you a discount even if you've forgotten your coupon :-)

LizzieBeth April 15, 2011 at 7:54 PM  

you know, we all have our slip-ups ;) I paid full price for a Martha Stewart pastry bag, and I STILL haven't figured out how to use it.

At least it's pretty colors ;)


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