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For back to school, a smart and easy new way to shop

This blog post is part of a sponsored collaboration with The Kroger Co. All opinions are my own.

Today is the day. After weeks of summer fun and great family memories made, today, Edgar is officially back in school. He’s starting off a new school year and as exciting as that sounds, I’m pretty happy that his summer with us was just as full of adventure. Now that he’s growing into his own and discovering who he is as a young man I want him to always put his best foot forward.

We talked a lot during the summer – what with the three of us sharing our home and office space for the entire two month break – and what struck me the most about those conversations is how insightful and enjoyable they were. I actually think I’m going to miss him around the house now.

That, or maybe I’m just having my own version of the back to school blues. Better me than him, I guess.

As we began counting down the days for the new school year Juan and I agreed that we wanted to make the most of our last few days together at home as a family. He and Edgar took up walking at the park regularly over the last couple of weeks. We visited way too many parks searching for those pesky little Pokémons Edgar is always after. We visited family and visited familiar places with family. We binged-watched Seinfeld, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, and probably a handful of other shows. And then, this week, we opted for a less stressful way to complete our back to school shopping.

Instead of driving to the store, we shopped online with Kroger’s new ClickList service, and then just drove up to our local Kroger to pick up our supplies (and a few groceries too). It was really easy to use the service and convenient. We never had to get out of the car.

With the extra time in our weekend we decided to go Pokémon hunting again. This time at the new Centennial Gardens in Houston’s Museum District. According to Edgar, the place was “full of Pokémon!” We had a great time just enjoying the gardens and taking a moment to relax in between all the back to school preparations.

We also really appreciated the extra time ClickList allowed us to save by just shopping online. We’ve already downloaded the app and will be using this service again and again.

Now let’s just count on this school year being another great one for Edgar!

Here’s a little video recap of our experience using ClickList for the first time.

More About ClickList

ClickList, which is exclusive to Kroger, allows customers to shop online and pick up their order curbside at a participating store location. A total of 22 locations in the Greater Houston region are expected to operate the new service by the beginning of fall 2016. Through this service, customers have access to purchase 40,000 products from their desktop or mobile device.

For back to school, a smart and easy new way to shop

Thrift Store Shopping is “Good” For the Environment

Who knew thrift store shopping was good for the environment?!  Alright… so maybe it isn’t that odd when you think about it, but until the new health website HellaWella pointed it out to me recently, I just had never thought about it that way.  I mean, we’ve always gone to the segunda in our household to look for knick knacks and great deals… we just didn’t know we were participating in what HellaWella calls “the latest trend in sustainability – saving the environment by thrift store shopping.”

¡Fíjense!  ¿Cómo les quedo el ojo?

At this rate, we’ll be chuntaro hipsters in no time, LOL!  No, but seriously, according to the Association of Resale Professionals, the number of thrift and consignment stores has increased by 7 percent over the past two years.  These folks say about 16 to 18 percent of Americans shop at thrift stores every year.  Another 12 to 15 percent shop at consignment stores (consignment stores are a little pricier, but the quality of stuff you’ll find is also much nicer).  The main reason for doing so?  Nombre, pues el bolsillo.  It’s just cheaper to buy gently used items instead of brand new products.

Inspired by this new data, we hit our local segunda!

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You can find just about anything at the thrift store.

One thing about thrift store shopping: you have to pack your patience.  You can find just about anything, but you will have to do some digging.

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Of course, we hit the racks... Edgar just wanted to have fun.

This time we visited the very appropriately named Family Thrift Store, which always has a wide selection of current and vintage clothing.  Edgar doesn’t care much for either.  He just wants to play as you can see here.

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Anjelica, always hunting for a good deal.

Anjelica, on the other hand, is quite the savvy thrift store shopper.  She can spot a deal from a mile away and won’t ever pay more than what she thinks is fair for the quality of the item.

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Yo en cambio... siempre le pienso, y le pienso.

I usually just browse and look for the $60 department store shirts for less than $10.  Lo tacaño comes out and is really quite useful at the segunda.

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Books. You have to dig through the mess though.

Believe it or not, thrift stores have quite the book selection.

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This is kind of cool. Wooden decorative piece. I like the colors.

This little decorative piece is just an example of the random things people donate to resale shops.  We’re still hoping sooner or later we will land a one of a kind antique that will earn us a big payday on the Antiques Roadshow!

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Knick Knacks Galore!

Knick Knacks like these are huge!  Some of the stuff, though, you have to seriously try and figure out what it is for.

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How does this look Edgar? - Hmmm, I'm not so sure about it...

Crazy little finds like this dress shirt are always fun.  Edgar and Anjelica don’t really get my sense of fashion sometimes, jajaja!

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¡Pa' los huercos! These are definitely much cheaper than at retail stores.

And you know the huercos always want a toy!  “Here you go!  Take your pick!”  These toys are way cheaper than department store toys y pa’ lo que les dura… it’s well worth the investment.

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I like the watermelon clipboard. So awesome! She likes the Easter bunny.

I found this incredibly cool watermelon clipboard!  Tell me it isn’t the most wonderful clipboard ever?!  That bunny in Anjelica’s arms is a little freaky.  Al final, we just gawked at these two items for a while and then left them behind for more inspired shoppers to purchase.

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Finally, of course, checkout. Just over $8! Not bad at all.

I wish we could pay that little for brand new items!  And oh yes, the other good thing about thrift stores is that on select days of the week they’ll mark everything down or even let you purchase any clothing items for a set price like $2 or $3.

You just can’t beat that!

But back to the green value of thrift store shopping.   ABC News estimates that 98% of the clothing purchased in the U.S. comes from abroad.  That basically means, according to their report, that a sweater hanging on the rack at a department store traveled thousands of miles, using up energy and polluting the planet with coal and natural gas along its way to the store and ultimately an American closet. 

Thrift store items, in comparison, produce a significantly smaller carbon footprint.  So the next time you see a segunda and you feel like dropping in, go ahead and do so!  Remember… you’re helping the environment!

Ay carajo… now Anjelica is going to use that excuse too!