Month: April 2011

As Advertised at Target

Target: I love you, but I’m onto you.

I had a whole laundry list of things I needed at Target when I went last week with my 19-month-old son. And if you’ve ever shopped with a toddler boy, you know, you better make it fast.

One of the things on the list: razor cartridges. They’re expensive. So when I saw the red Target sign “As Advertised” in front of my Gillette Venus razor cartridges, I knew I had to load up. But then I looked at the price. $14.99 for a 4-pack. $14.99? That didn’t sound like much of a deal. That’s $5 per razor replacement.

I’m not running around the store with coupons and I certainly didn’t have time to research razor cartridges before I left the house, but I’ve bought enough of them in my lifetime to know that’s no real savings. So I decided to lift the little “As Advertised” sign to see the regular retail price and I was shocked. Well, not shocked, but certainly disappointed. It said (drum roll please)….. $14.99. Yep. It was the exact same price under that “As Advertised” sign.


I guess if it was on sale, the sign would have read “sale price”. But that’s how they get you. I was about to stock up on several packs of razors I thought were on sale. Good thing I looked. I really wanted to boycott razor buying at that point, but my legs needed a shave badly. And I can’t boycott Target because I’m addicted.

But I can be a more savvy shopper. Sometimes I’m in such a hurry I don’t question the BOGO (buy one get one free) deals. But I’m sure there have been times when I’ve paid double the retail price on one to make up for the free item I’m getting. Not anymore. Unless, of course, it’s a beauty emergency.

American Cancer Society Orchid City Ball

There aren’t many things that upset me more than seeing a child suffering. Last night, I met two special and very brave children who have been through more in the past few years than most people have to go through in a lifetime. Brianna Curry and Joe Joe Matuella and their mothers, Dawn and Suzanne were special guests at the American Cancer Society’s Orchid City Ball last night at Trump International. The entire room was in tears as Suzanne told the emotional story of her son’s battle with leukemia. He’s fought it twice so far and won. Joe Joe is 12. Brianna is only 8 years old and is fighting brain cancer.

Neil Saffer, Brain cancer survivor Brianna Curry, and Suzanne Boyd

At the end, auctioneer Neil Saffer led the crowd in a “ROCK call” – asking guests for donations to help send kids like Joe Joe and Brianna to a special ROCK (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) camp. The children spend a week in Eustis, Florida riding horses, playing games, swimming, woodworking and just basically forgetting about their disease for a short time.

Joe Joe and Brianna meeting Donald Trump

It was a generous audience. But St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara put everything into perspective when he stood up and asked guests to imagine what it would be like to have a child with cancer, then asked them to raise their hands and donate if their child did not have the disease. Nearly everyone raised their placard.

Two Flat Tires in One Day

I got two busted tires today. At the same time.

Here’s how it went down. Returning from a trip to Tar-jhay with my 19-month-old. He’s hungry, he’s tired and I’m trying to get home as quickly as possible. I turn around to console him and…. WHAM! Curb. It was a big frickin’ curb, too. You should see the gaping holes in my front *AND* rear passenger-side tires. I think the rims might be damaged, as well.

So I called my husband and said I had good and bad news. The good news, you ask? We have insurance. TGIF.

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