Thrifty Thursday: Wedding Anniversary Celebration at Thrift Town and Hagen's Orange Freeze in Carmichael

Some people go out to dinner or to the movies for their anniversary, Aaron and I go thrifting. To celebrate 8 years of marriage, Aaron and I had some thrifting fun at Thrift Town in Carmichael.

For our thrifting date, I wore my new black pencil skirt from Sears so I could try and find another shirt or two to go with it. Plus, when I'm trying on clothes, I like wearing something I can pull off and on easily. Those cramped dressing rooms get hot.

For a new skirt, this was a steal. Shop Your Way Rewards sent me some surprise point money and also extended my membership in its free shipping program. I didn't have time to go to the store and letting free money go to waste is an assault on my thrifty lifestyle. So I did what I often do. I sat at my computer and searched until I found the item at the best price that had the best chance of actually fitting properly. I picked this pencil skirt because it's stretchy with an elastic waistband, has subtle polka dots on it, and with the sale and my points combined, the $30 skirt only cost me $5.80 with tax.

So after making Aaron stand in the hot sun to take these anniversary pictures of me, to Thrift Town we went, armed with a $10 off a $20 purchase VIP coupon.

Aaron bought an exercise weight vest for $12.

I got:

A pair of Old Navy jeans to turn into shorts for $1.99. I rarely find shorts I like in my fit and price range, so I'm all about the cut-offs.

A pair of $2.99 Elle stretchy skinny jeans I initially tried on as possible cut offs. But when I saw how perfectly the jeans fit -- no extra length and the waist hit at just the right spot -- I had to buy them and keep them as is. At 5'3", I had never before found a pair of skinny jeans I didn't have to cuff.

Green, fitted ruche top for $3.99.

I also picked out two belts to wears with dresses, one in red and one in silver for $2.99 and $1.99, respectively.

With our coupon, we walked away with 2 pairs of jeans, 1 blouse, 2 belts and 1 weighted workout vest for $17.

We were hot and thirsty after shopping, so we stopped by a favorite haunt, Hagen's Orange Freeze, to split a strawberry-watermelon squeeze. So yum!

Happy anniversary to us! We have one more, bucket list celebration planned today: Seeing the Beach Boys in concert! We're off to the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the concert and all rides are included in the price of admission!!