I've never bought a lottery tickets, so I can't prove this theory absolutely, but she does have a point.
Mostly, I just seem to very adept at getting smoking deals on stuff (this is an excellent trait when you have an income of approximately $5 a month and MBA tuition of approximately $5 million a semester).
A few recent smoking deals:
We really wanted a bed for our guestroom/my office so that when people came to visit, they wouldn't have to sleep on the floor or an air mattress or the couch. Also, the room looked dumb because it's enormous and having just my small desk against one wall? Ridiculous looking. But paying at the very least $200 for a bed that would be slept in only a few times a year? Not our most sound financial choice. Then someone from church emailed that they were having a garage sale, and when we went over to check it out, it turned out they had a queen size mattress, box spring and frame. "Does $10 sound okay?" they asked? Bart tried out the mattress (Ella, who was watching from the car, said, "Why is Dad taking a nap on that driveway?"), deemed it good, and then the garage sale hosts handed Bart their truck keys so Bart could bring it back to our house. Happy days indeed.
Next? The guest room also needed some curtains, because, oddly, this house has blinds on only three windows (only one of which is a bedroom). Nothing says, "Welcome to our home" like a guest bedroom with giant uncovered windows. But again. Curtains? Expensive. Then I got an email from someone from church (apparently people from church are just dying to give me free stuff? I don't ask questions. I just try to reply really super fast before it's gone) with four Pottery Barn panel curtains. The perfect color for our bedroom (which meant we could take the white curtains in our bedroom and put them in the guest room). A quick trip to pick them up and voila! Curtains in the guest room. I'm certain my parents will appreciate them this weekend when they come to visit.
Which brings me to this hair tie (yes, I'm totally equating a hair tie with a $10 mattress set and free Pottery Barn curtains. Work with me here).
I was browsing ShoeMint recently (absurdly because I'm clearly not in the market for $100 shoes, although if YOU are in the market to buy me $100 shoes, I wear a size six), and there was this accessories deal going on (I'm getting fuzzy on the details and you are probably thinking, "THIS IS THE LONGEST MOST POINTLESS BLOG POST I'VE EVER READ") where if you ordered shoes, you got to pick one accessory for free.
But as I looked through the accessories, I noticed that the set of hair ties were priced at zero dollars. YES! Zero!
I figured they were probably only zero if you actually bought the pair of shoes too, but. . .why not? I put them in my cart. And then I pressed the checkout button.
I assumed at this point it would say the subtotal was zero, but shipping was a couple of bucks. But no. Shipping was free.
I filled out my address.
It didn't ask me for credit card info, because, you know, the total was zero.
(Is anyone still reading this ridiculous post?)
I pressed Submit.
And then a week later, a little bag with my six multi-colored hair ties showed up. So, um, thanks, ShoeMint! I have no idea what was going on there (and I notice they are no longer available, free or otherwise), but I'll take it.
I've planned to make my own hair ties like this for about two years, but never got around to it (because ordering elastic and tying it into a knot? I'm obviously way too busy for that kind of detailed project. Too many shoe websites to browse).
Breath a sigh of relief that this story is finally over.