Cienna climbed into the salon chair like a natural.
Ready for her back-to-school trim, my 8-year-old daughter was eager to be pampered on Friday by a very kind and patient stylist named Lisa at Hair Cuttery in Springettsbury Township.
It was our first time at a Hair Cuttery, and we chose it after reading a business brief in the York Dispatch that explained, for every hair cut purchased, the salon chain would donate a free cut to a disadvantaged child. So, for a little more than $30, I bought three hair cuts that day–for Cienna and my sons Ty and Dimitri–and three were donated.
Before they left, my were happy to receive stickers that said, “I shared a haircut today.”
They left looking good and feeling good, which is among the best combinations in life.
Our back-to-school savings continued that evening as we found $5 raincoats and matching umbrellas at Five Below, also in Springetts.
After stopping at Five Below, we made our way to Kohl’s next to the York Galleria.
With the help of a 20 percent off coupon, I was able to buy three cardigans, a long-sleeve knit top, a layering camisole, two pairs of earrings, three five-packs of underwear for the kids, three pajama sets and a pair of dress shoes for Cienna for a little more than $100.
As an added bonus, I earned $20 Kohl’s Cash, which I can redeem between Aug. 8 and 18. (And I plan to redeem it on athletic shoes.)
From there, we visited The Children’s Place in the galleria, where we purchased $10 jeans, using a 15 percent off coupon.
After that, we called it a night.
Though I felt accomplished, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to test my bargain shopping skills Saturday morning. Cienna and I visited the community yard sales in the nearby Logan’s Reserve, a fairly-new cul-de-sac of high-end homes in the Dallastown School District.
We weren’t looking for anything specific and didn’t intend to buy any back-to-school clothes there, but we did find and fall in love with a never-used, girl’s bedding set. Part of Pottery Barn Kids’ Sophie line of quilted bedding that normally retails for about $200, I got for $10 with a lamp included.
When the five of us shopped on Sunday, we were armed with savings passes for Bon-Ton, where we purchased Angry Birds T-shirts and Adidas active wear for Ty. Because of a Bon-Ton coupon good for $10 off a single purchase of $25, we paid less than $20.
We still have much more shopping to do, and this blog will keep you posted about where to find back-to-school deals.
In the meantime, take advantage of the York Dispatch’s gift card giveaway. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YorkDispatch , and you will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card for your back-to-school shopping needs!