I visit the local Michaels store at least once a week. Even if I didn’t have a 10 year old daughter with an insatiable appetite for arts and crafts, I imagine that I would still make that 5 minute crosstown trip weekly. The reason is simple: coupons. In their weekly circular, without fail, they always include a handful of coupons, and even though I am not that artsy crafty myself, I can usually find something useful for my lab. From resin and epoxy to tools and storage, I never come home empty-handed. Most of the time the coupon is for 40% off any regularly priced item, and sometimes it’s even 50%, but the rare, and often most useful coupon is the 20% off any item – regular OR sale price. It was because of such a coupon that I came unexpectedly home with a Sharper Image camera drone.
When out with Daisy on our morning walk, there are many things I expect to see: kids on their way to school, squirrels hustling to find all of the nuts they hid away months ago, middle-aged people jogging red-faced trying in vain (literally) to get ready for swimsuit weather. What I never expect to see is a box sitting by the sidewalk containing various LEGO bricks with FREE written on the side in magic marker. Not a bad way to start off the week.