Wea Do You Shop?

April 29th, 2010
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With all the options and stores for anything and everything out there,

Wea do you shop?

Now I know Uncle Rodney (MidLife Crisis blogger and now Vegas, baby! blogger too *he's also in print on Sundays*) could go on for days on dis but I'm talking from everyday shopping to dining to.... everything!

Obviously we are creatures of habit so doing our shopping in relation to wea we live is key but do you also go out of your way to hit a particular store? How's about if your "in da area" do you "HAVE" to go oddahwise was waste? Wat's your first choice of store for a particular anything?

I'm just curious to see wea everybody is at and maybe, just maybe, find a place interesting to check out dat I may not have been.

Those who read regularly know dat I live in Pearl City (1300 Waimano Home Rd) so I'm at da Pearl City Shopping Center a lot - 95% of da time at Foodland or Daiei.... oops, sorry, Don Quijote.

Of course, Pearl City Sam's Club but funny, we no go to any of da oddah stores in dat complex. Pearl City Home Depot for well, home stuff but I'll go to Lowe's Waikele if there's a really good sale which of course I nevah get cause by da time I get there stay all gone.....

Wassap Wit Dat!

Then of course if we evah at Waikele, "gotta" go check out at least ONE store oddahwise stay waste yeah? So normally it's a quick jaunt to either Old Navy or K-Mart..... or malasadas.  :grin: 

But da winnahs always is, imho, Oahu's flagship mall Ala Moana Shopping Center. I know I know, Pearlridge Shopping Center is waaaay closer to wea we live but Da Wife and I will head down there cause either she needs something "only" Ala Moana has or, ahem, I need something.   :roll: 

But we always cruz there for at least a couple of hours and I gotta do a "quick walk through" at Oakley, Sears and Footlocker. I take a "quick look" at Apple (even though I don't have one - go figgah), T&C and HIC if we stay on "dat side".

Pearlridge Shopping Center is a quick hit stop for us meaning dat we know wat we want/getting and done deal. Walk in, walk out, pau. We sometimes hang around a little but not like how we do at Ala Moana. It's also our "choice" wen we don't feel like driving into town.

Basically, it's either Pearl City or Ala Moana for us.

Wat about you?

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

35 Responses to “Wea Do You Shop?”

  1. Rodney Lee:

    Ho brah, now you talking!

    Oh. FIRST!


  2. Rodney Lee:

    Like you - Ala Mo's is the place to go. Paula likes it because that Macy's has the widest selection - and sometimes you can find ridiculous bargains there.

    Except for the Men's department. WWD!

    The men's have to share half a floor with the kids while the women get 2 whole floors dedicated to their stuff. Not fair.

    They probably know that women shop and men buy - so the place bargains around for the women - and leave it retail for the men (with a few bargains here and there if you hunt).

    But I haven't bought something from Ala Mo's for over a month now - even though we're there every weekend. (you know, job situation). :sad:


  3. Rodney Lee:

    As for close to home - Costco Iwilei. I don't know why I torture myself and go there, but sometimes I just have to suck it up and attack. Battle for a parking space, time the cross traffic coming out of the store with your wagon trying to get to the entrance, then worrying about someone whacking your ankles with the front of their cart.

    You always have to look ahead for the obstacles - the folks having one family reunion right in the center of the aisle or the lolos who leave their wagon right in the way, then walk someplace else to grab something.

    Ho, sorry BL. Just like I writing one blog entry... :lol:

    Home Depot - that's close to home. But a little too close to Costco. Other than that - not many places close to home for shop.


  4. KAN:

    Can I just say that I love Long's? There's no place on the Mainland where I can buy lei, kamaboko, shirts, and kleenex all da same place. I guesttimate that at least half of the omiyage I take back with me comes from Long's.

    I only went to Arakawa's once, but I miss it. That was a great store.


  5. 420:

    Good topic! I live in PC too and I like going to Tamura's. They got good pupus and different kinds of spirits! I used to have to got to Kaimuki a lot, thankfully they opened up in Aiea/PC!
    I like to go to Ward Center as well. They got cute boutique stores, restaurants and pet supplies, all in one. Ala's is good too but I like different things.


  6. M:

    Howzit BL! :)

    We shop at Hawaii Kai Costco, Kaimuki Longs, Kahala Mall, Diamond Head Farmers Market, Chinatown, Ala Moana, Foodland, Safeway and where the sales are.


  7. Michael:

    Online in the comforts of my home.
    Yet shopping online is not so private anymore.


  8. Kage:

    Good Morning.

    Foodland usually for the regular grocery items.
    Tamuras for my produce and meats.
    Costco for gas, (milk, & bread sometimes).

    A MUST when in Waipahu around lunch time...Tanioka's for the okazu stuffs.

    Longs is getting far and few between. The ads not as good as before, imho.

    Cat food, O/C meds, tshirts from Walmart.

    Mililani Farmers Market on the weekend.


  9. Kage:

    You neva ask, but where I DO NOT shop.

    Home Depot.

    I believe I already vented on one of the triad blogs on that incident. Have not been there in over a year. Which is a long time for me and a home improvement store.


  10. Kage:

    BTW - before someone gets funny.....

    O/C not OCD :lol:

    O/C=over the counter


  11. che:

    I'm a townie so I shop at Manoa Safeway and Manoa Longs. You can add in Ala Moana and Kahala Mall.


  12. Coconut Willy:

    I don't like crowds so for me it's "get in, get out"

    Ala Moana Center is pretty cool though with all the upgrades and new shops.

    I've only been to Best Buy once but whoa! Talk about paradise.


  13. SittingInLimbo:

    For me I live in Ewa, so I go to daiei in waipahu. For clothes and other things it all depends on how i feel. Like I would go out of my way just to check out a new store (*ahem VICTORIA SECRET!) I swear when that store opened I was there every weekend! (so sorry hunny use your whole pay check lmfao). Then there's BEBE, juicy (OMG I'm so getting that itch right now lol). But I think it all depends on the store too. Like I notice say for example walmart. Since the PC one opened up the kunia one has jack Sh**. Then get Longs in salt lake as better selection then the waipahu longs. But I always make mento note which store is the cheapest on house stuff. Then I go there. For the kids too it all depends on how i'm feeling. If i'm way to lazy and want to go far I make the husband drive, if he's not home then I'll go to the closet place lol. I guess my favorite right now to visit is target! I think they have better selection on the clothes for the kids.


  14. TwoFish:

    For produce, I drive to Kalihi and shop the C&C People's Open Market, Mahiku Farmer's Market, St. Clements Parish Open Market, and the Farm Bureau Open Market when I can on Wed at Blaisdell. If in Kalihi, and I need eggs, I stop at KaLei, which is near Libby's Manapua.

    For clothes, it's Savers, Goodwill, or some other thrift store. With fashions changing so often, and my buget, it's nice to find stuff there that I can modify or add to the mix. Found some good deals at rummage and white elephant sales too.

    I like to look for discontinued items in Safeway, Times, or Foodland. Whether that means it's discontinued from their buyers not bringing it in anymore, or the manufacturer not producing it anymore, got some good deals for things that I needed. Marked down meats too, if you go home to cook it that day; why pay retail?

    Costco in the ghetto of Iwilei for gasoline, and a Fruit & Nut mix.

    I've become disciplined to not buy things just because they're on sale. Oh, and I sign up for "clubs" like Ryan's and Kincaid's Restaurants, Big City Diner, etc. Get to know some deals for meals, where I can treat myself to eating out every now and again.


  15. visitor:

    Good Morning...still morning.

    For us: Kahala Mall, Costco Hawaii Kai, Times Kahala or Foodland Aina Haina. Ala Moana Ctr for things that can't find at Kahala Mall.


  16. matt:

    up here, it's farmer's market, TJ's, Safeway for food (in order of preference). for clothes...who am I kidding, i don't really shop for clothes. if I need jeans or something, I'll go to kohls or sears, but that's about it.

    the only stores i can stand to browse around in are sports authority, borders, barnes and noble, whole paycheck and that's about it.

    at home, I do groceries at either times temple valley, safeway or foodland in kaneohe. for omiyage, it's windward mall.


  17. 9th Island Girl:

    Ala Moana, Kahala Mall, Ward Warehouse once in a great while...Ward has a really cool store, Novel T World. I get all my father-in-law's Father's Day presents over there. They have decals to iron on that say stuff like "World's Best Grandfather" or "Dad is Great but Grandpa is Better" or something like that. My f-i-l lives in Hilo and he said everybody always asks where he got the shirt.

    Longs Moiliili is the best, but I'll go to Manoa or Kaimuki if I can't go to Moiliili.

    Used to go to Star, but now shop at Safeway, Foodland and Times, wherever is closest or has the best stuff on sale.


  18. B:

    for everyday kine stuffs, we go Times,Marukai,Long's, Walmart, sam's.

    like you guys, pearlridge is fo go wen know wat we going get. Ala Mo is fo go fo cruise around and check um out.

    we like fo go whole foods sometimes, they get ono kine stuffs ova dea.


  19. hemajang:

    Walmart is walking distance so we go there, and Longs. Like Michael, I shop online, especially Amazon, buy clothes from REI and jeans from GAP online. We also go to the Mililani Farmer's Market at the high school gym, so I must have seen you there, Kage. You da handsome middle age Japanese guy hanging out at the bread sample table, right? We usually go to the Vietnamese farmers, Bale for bread and Dean's Greens for their Romaine, baby swiss chard and Okinawan spinach.


  20. Kage:

    @TwoFish - I like to look at the discontinued items wherever I go too. I have not found anything I wanted to buy in a long time though. I think you got there before me. ;)

    Goodwill is a great place to look for old furniture that might just need a bit of cleaning. Couple siblings of mine refuse to have used furniture in their house. Not that it may not be clean, but more of otherworldly attachments. :shock:


  21. Kage:

    @hema - I am the big hapa guy that looks disgusted at the long line in the one produce tent. Once in a while I am grazing at Bale. I mostly go for my eggplant and papaya fixes.


  22. bamboohouse808:

    I live Salt Lake so I'm at Long's, Marukai, Foodland, Times, Target and Costco for the everyday stuff. If I want to head to a mall, Pearlridge is close and air-conditioned. But Ala Moana has a lot more variety and better people watching. Ward get good food. Waikele get the deals for clothes. And Amazon.com is the bomb for everything else. :grin:


  23. Seawalker:

    Costco is king for the Seawalkers. Since time is probably the most precious thing for most of us, we end up doing our grocery shopping there each week.

    In fact, sometimes we have lunch at Costco too. No, no, not outside at the snack bar. We go around in circles and up and down the aisles looking for the free samples. There's the acai samples, cheese, potato chips, multiple frozen entrees, etc., etc.

    You can even use the toothpick they give you to clean your teeth afterwards!

    Sometimes, things are cheaper at Wal-Mart, Don Quixote, Long's or Safeway if you wait for the sales. But the challenge is finding the time to go to all these places to stretch your dollars.

    And @Rod, as an inconvenience for being at Costco, you just put up with these bugaongs talking in the middle of the aisle. Just pretend you don't see them and rap 'em with your cart!

    Mrs. Seawalker always makes it a point to tell everyone she married someone poor. She checks things out at Ross and even buys from Chinatown. We frequent the malls because the kids enjoy the fishes at Ala Modes and the fountain at Kahala Mall.

    Eh, BL, I still have friends at 1300 Waimano Home Road. In fact, that was my former hood too until I was released! Nah, just kidding.


  24. M:

    I scored some unreal deals on Craiglist.


  25. opso:

    fuud & whatevas = Beretania Fuudland and Times. Kapalama & Makaloa Palama Markets. Koreamoku Sam's Club & Walmart. Pali & King St. Longs.

    clothes & apparel = mostly AMC shops.

    techno cr@p = Best Buy, Sears, Radio Shack, online.


  26. NKHEA:

    I shop anyplace dat get beea and poke :mrgreen:

    NKHEA.....das all he need ;)


  27. EMM386:

    For fun stuff I go to Best Buy, MechaHawaii, Collector Maniacs, Gecko Comics, 8FatFat8. For food and households, Times, Foodland, Costco and Longs. I also buy a lot of the fun stuff I want online.


  28. Seawalker:

    8FatFat8, is the buggah Sai (the owner) still there?


  29. sally:

    Ho, I thought Rod was going Post Hoar.

    Me? no mo' money so shopping is a rare occasion. Some of you saw my empty freezer pic on FB, I still didn't go shopping. But when I do....

    Sam's gives me best bang for my buck, gotta separate everything and freeze 'um. Run me broke but no need go back for lonnnng time.
    Safeway Kapahulu 3 blocks away... milk is cheap ($3.99, oh, wait, went up to $4.49 now) and I only buy what is on super duper sale like now got avocados for 89 cents I can put in my salads. Sometimes BOGO eggs, and most of all, my Lucerne Fat Free French Vanilla Creamer beeg bottle for $3.49.
    I still go to Longs too.
    WalMart and Sam's is in between home and work so I'll go there for quick stuff. My latest treat is Kings Bakery Sweet Bread Rolls. Bag of 24 for $4 something.
    Clothes is mostly from Ross, some from Goodwill and SA if I can find guud stuff. Usually still got tags on 'em.
    Then always gotta check Craigslist for super bargains and garage sales!
    Where you think I got my PanAm bags?
    See? I don't post hoar, I just say everything till you tired of reading.
    ha!


  30. Scott:

    I spent about $300 a month at Tamuras in Kaimuki the last few years!
    My liver and bank account are now regretting that :(


  31. matt:

    oh, forgot to mention that I'm growing more and more of my own veggies. da boss put the foot down on a flock of chickens, though. I wanted my own eggs, but no deal.


  32. sally:

    Shopping Victory! I went to Macy's tonight with a Friends and Family card in hand. Bought 5 pairs of pants and a top for $41. 70% off reg $$$ then 20% more if you use a Macy card then 25% more with the F/F card.
    Chee Hoo!


  33. 91boz:

    Favorite shopping stops:

    Costco
    Wallmart
    Costco
    Ross's
    Costco
    Sams Club

    Yep Costco maybe 3 times a month.

    I remember when the Salt Lake Costco was open I would go there maybe twice a week just to buy milk at @2.99. Since I live close by I would get there around 8:00 just before closing -- not as crowded. The problem was 2 gallons of milk cost me ave of $75 after the chimichungas, pancake mix ,ice cream, and hot pockets. Several times I had to get out of the check out line and put things back after mentally calculating the cost.

    I save money since they moved to Waikele ---- Now only I go only once a week!


  34. Braddah Lance:

    Rodney Lee:
    Ho brah, now you talking!

    I'd figgah your eyeballs be popping out. :grin:

    Oh. FIRST!

    Quote Of Da Day.....
    I don't shop because I need something, I just shop for shopping's sake.
    Cat Deeley

    Paula likes it because that Macy's has the widest selection - and sometimes you can find ridiculous bargains there...Except for the Men's department. WWD!

    Tell me about it! :mad:

    But I haven't bought something from Ala Mo's for over a month now - even though we're there every weekend. (you know, job situation).

    Waaaaaat? Ovah a month? Going through withdrawls or wat?

    As for close to home - Costco Iwilei. I don't know why I torture myself and go there, but sometimes I just have to suck it up and attack.

    Yeah, dat place is a madhouse and then you get some of da ovahspill from Home Depot too and dat's a "perfect storm". :lol:

    Ho, sorry BL. Just like I writing one blog entry...

    Well maybe I'd get more posts? :wink: :wink:
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    KAN:
    Can I just say that I love Long's?

    :lol: "Mature" people usually do. :lol: :razz: I keed I keed :lol: Longs is one of those dat screams "local to da max".
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    420:
    Good topic! I live in PC too and I like going to Tamura's....thankfully they opened up in Aiea/PC!

    E Komo Mai to WWD! 420! Hopefully there'll be more 'good topics' for you to drop in on and share. :wink:

    Dat location for Tamura's will be a test though cause every business dat was there hasn't lasted more than a few years.

    I like to go to Ward Center as well. They got cute boutique stores, restaurants and pet supplies, all in one. Ala's is good too but I like different things.

    True dat. We like to "visit" Ward and check out da stores dat da oddah "malls" no more.
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    M:
    ...Diamond Head Farmers Market

    Is dat da same as da KCC Farmer's Market?
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    Michael:
    Online in the comforts of my home.
    Yet shopping online is not so private anymore.

    Online shopping is such da bomb now cause can find things dat you probably can't find hea but you're right, wit all da "tracking" they do and cyber-punks, you just hope your computah is doing wat it can to "protect" you.
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    Kage:
    Foodland usually for the regular grocery items.
    Tamuras for my produce and meats.
    Costco for gas, (milk, & bread sometimes).

    You get your system down yeah? :grin:

    You neva ask, but where I DO NOT shop...Home Depot.

    :sad:
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    che:
    I'm a townie so I shop at Manoa Safeway and Manoa Longs. You can add in Ala Moana and Kahala Mall.

    Manoa in da house! :grin:
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    Coconut Willy:
    I've only been to Best Buy once but whoa! Talk about paradise.

    Get out! Only once?! Are you living in a cave? It bettah be a man cave. :razz:
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    SittingInLimbo:
    ...Like I would go out of my way just to check out a new store (*ahem VICTORIA SECRET!) I swear when that store opened I was there every weekend!

    :lol: I'm surah oddah wahines did da same! I also bet some men did too. :shock:

    But I think it all depends on the store too. Like I notice say for example walmart. Since the PC one opened up the kunia one has jack Sh**. Then get Longs in salt lake as better selection then the waipahu longs.

    Rogah dat! Da Wife and I, wen choosing which store, always try and choose da store wit more "selection".
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    TwoFish:
    For produce, I drive to Kalihi and shop the C&C People's Open Market, Mahiku Farmer's Market, St. Clements Parish Open Market, and the Farm Bureau Open Market when I can on Wed at Blaisdell. If in Kalihi, and I need eggs, I stop at KaLei, which is near Libby's Manapua.

    Wow! Fresh foodie huh? And local vendors - cool.

    why pay retail?

    I don't like to. :grin:

    Oh, and I sign up for "clubs" like Ryan's and Kincaid's Restaurants, Big City Diner, etc. Get to know some deals for meals, where I can treat myself to eating out every now and again.

    Nice tip!
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    visitor:
    For us: Kahala Mall, Costco Hawaii Kai, Times Kahala or Foodland Aina Haina. Ala Moana Ctr for things that can't find at Kahala Mall.

    East side in da house! :grin:


  35. Braddah Lance:

    matt:
    up here, it's farmer's market, TJ's, Safeway for food (in order of preference). for clothes...who am I kidding, i don't really shop for clothes. if I need jeans or something, I'll go to kohls or sears, but that's about it.

    TJ's - Trader Joe's for those who wondering. I tink I'd go crazy if TJ's evah came down hea but it cause da prices would be jacked up, I'd probably end up not going. :roll:

    at home, I do groceries at either times temple valley, safeway or foodland in kaneohe. for omiyage, it's windward mall.

    Anoddah East Side in da house!
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    9th Island Girl:
    ...wherever is closest or has the best stuff on sale.

    Sale or closest first?
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    B:
    for everyday kine stuffs, we go Times,Marukai,Long's, Walmart, sam's.

    Sounds about right. :grin:
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    hemajang:
    ...buy clothes from REI and jeans from GAP online.

    Wat is REI? And yeah, I gotta start buying my jeans online too so can buy my "size".

    We also go to the Mililani Farmer's Market at the high school gym

    Farmer Market's are so cool.
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    Kage:
    Goodwill is a great place to look for old furniture that might just need a bit of cleaning.

    It's all about if you can handle "used" - some people no can.
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    bamboohouse808:
    I live Salt Lake so I'm at Long's, Marukai, Foodland, Times, Target and Costco for the everyday stuff. If I want to head to a mall, Pearlridge is close and air-conditioned. But Ala Moana has a lot more variety and better people watching. Ward get good food. Waikele get the deals for clothes. And Amazon.com is the bomb for everything else.

    You pretty much covered everything. :grin:
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    Seawalker:
    Costco is king for the Seawalkers. Since time is probably the most precious thing for most of us, we end up doing our grocery shopping there each week.

    :lol: I guess it's li'dat for da Kwon's as well. :lol: Except now wit pay cuts and everything we had to "economize" and go once every oddah week now.

    In fact, sometimes we have lunch at Costco too. No, no, not outside at the snack bar. We go around in circles and up and down the aisles looking for the free samples.

    Lunch? Das pupu's. :razz:

    Sometimes, things are cheaper at Wal-Mart, Don Quixote, Long's or Safeway if you wait for the sales. But the challenge is finding the time to go to all these places to stretch your dollars.

    Rogah dat!

    Eh, BL, I still have friends at 1300 Waimano Home Road. In fact, that was my former hood too until I was released!

    So dat was you making all dat "back splash"? :lol:
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    M:
    I scored some unreal deals on Craiglist.

    Oh yeah.... but it's buyer beware so be careful. *knocking on wood* So far, besides da flakes, I've been pretty lucky.
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    opso:
    fuud & whatevas = Beretania Fuudland and Times. Kapalama & Makaloa Palama Markets. Koreamoku Sam's Club & Walmart. Pali & King St. Longs.

    Waaaaat? I thought it was K-town all da way? :razz:
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    NKHEA:
    I shop anyplace dat get beea and poke

    Well..... gotta have GOOD poke. :grin:
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    EMM386:
    For fun stuff I go to Best Buy, MechaHawaii, Collector Maniacs, Gecko Comics, 8FatFat8. For food and households, Times, Foodland, Costco and Longs. I also buy a lot of the fun stuff I want online.

    MechaHawaii? Wat dat? So you one comic collector? :cool: And of course..... 8FatFat8. :mrgreen:
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    sally:
    Ho, I thought Rod was going Post Hoar.

    I not stopping him. :razz:

    Sam's gives me best bang for my buck, gotta separate everything and freeze 'um. Run me broke but no need go back for lonnnng time.

    Rogah dat!

    Safeway Kapahulu 3 blocks away... milk is cheap ($3.99, oh, wait, went up to $4.49 now)

    I know! Milk prices has crept up.

    See? I don't post hoar, I just say everything till you tired of reading.

    Who says you are? You like me go lick 'em? :razz: :lol:
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    Scott:
    I spent about $300 a month at Tamuras in Kaimuki the last few years!
    My liver and bank account are now regretting that

    :lol: Dat's all? I thought it would have been waaaaay more.
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    matt:
    oh, forgot to mention that I'm growing more and more of my own veggies. da boss put the foot down on a flock of chickens, though. I wanted my own eggs, but no deal.

    No chickens? Lose money. :lol:

    Da Wife was doing da same trying to start small wit green onions and chili peppahs. Now she wants a "whole garden". :roll:
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    sally:
    Shopping Victory! I went to Macy's tonight with a Friends and Family card in hand. Bought 5 pairs of pants and a top for $41. 70% off reg $$$ then 20% more if you use a Macy card then 25% more with the F/F card.
    Chee Hoo!

    Ooooooooh! You suckah! You wen really score! Good for you! I stay all J now. :lol:
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    91boz:
    Favorite shopping stops:
    Costco
    Wallmart
    Costco
    Ross's
    Costco
    Sams Club

    Yep Costco maybe 3 times a month.

    Das all? :lol:

    I save money since they moved to Waikele ---- Now only I go only once a week!

    So they "helped" you then. :lol: