Among all the sales I go to each year, this is probably the one that I look forward to the most.
The S & R annual Members Treat Sale! Today is the first day and I was there very early. As soon as I dropped off the kids in school, I was on my way to shopping heaven at S&R.
I was early. At least that’s what I thought. When I got there at about 7:20 AM, whoa! The line already went down the side and almost to the back of the building. When I was finally able to get my carts, the end of the line was at the back of the building already! Ganun ka-karir ng mga members ang sale na ito.
One of my main targets during the sale is Cetaphil Cleanser, which allergic Nate uses instead of soap when bathing, usually on 200 to 300 pesos off. I also hoard lots of paper towels and toilet paper ( don’t know why! haha), bath soaps (buy 1 take 1!), shampoos and toothpaste (buy 1 take 1 too! I got Colgate good for 1 year’s supply na, haha!). Oooh, this year the pillows are buy 1 take 1 too so I got a couple.
As you will see in the picture I will post later and in the first paragraph, it can get quite rowdy and crowded. Here are some tips:
1.Go really early, because the lines are very long and carts can run out as early as 8 AM.
2. Go with at least one other person so he/she can fall in line for you as you shop. Last year, shopping buddy (my retail guru) Cookie and I made the mistake of forgetting this tip, and so we had to fall in line for an hour at the cashier.
This year we learned our lesson so Cookie brought along ate A so she was lining up at the cashier while we shopped. As a result, total shopping+check-out time was under 2 hours! Hoooray! Thanks, Cookie for the great strategy. hehe. Next year, mas mag strategize tayo sa shopping list. 😀
3. Leave the kids at home! This morning there was this kid who was bellowing her heart out. It was hot, crowded, noisy, and her mom wasn’t paying attention to her. Duh, the little girl had all the right to howl.
4. If you’re going to be late, accept the fact that you probably won’t get carts na, unless you hijack shoppers at check-out or in the parking (but that’s a lot of hassle and wasted time). So here’s a couple of good suggestions: bring that old baby stroller that’s been stored away (like this awesome phil and teds explorer); or hit the plastic bin section of the store as soon as you enter and use those bins. You might be lucky to find one with a handle and rollers.
Yeah. you get the picture? Just go early.