Sometimes I forget about the brick-and-mortar stores. Online shopping is just too convenient and often offers the best bargains. Plus, even if I end up spending more, I still save because I don't do any impulse buying. Today, however, I was reminded it's sometimes still worth leaving the house.
This year, in addition to hosting the staff holiday lunch and Christmas Eve lunch and dinner, we're also serving a meal on Christmas Day. Therefore, I decided it was time to get a Christmas tablecloth. In the past, we used the same white tablecloth for all gatherings throughout the year.
After searching online for weeks, I settled on a Williams-Sonoma red plaid tablecloth. It wasn't cheap, but they were offering free shipping and I don't plan to do this every year. So today I decided to place my order. Unfortunately, the size I needed had sold out.
That's when I remembered Home Goods. I used to shop there often, but haven't for a long time now. Our home is finally getting to the point where I'm happy with most of the decor. Home Goods offers great bargains, but it's hit-or-miss, so I wasn't too hopeful as I headed there this afternoon.
To my surprise, it was a successful trip. I got two tablecloths and 24 napkins for half the cost of the Williams-Sonoma tablecloth. Originally, I had planned to get just one tablecloth that would cover our table when fully extended. But now I also have a shorter one that will fit better when no extensions are used.
This was one time when it definitely was worth leaving the house. And I only made one impulse buy, a $5 bag of gourmet bubblegum balls!