The Hunt

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Growing up in a family with 4 daughters and 1 son, my dad really only had one partner in crime when it came to tackling all things boy.  After the initial adjustment of having to give his daughters away and marry them off, he soon realized that rather than losing his girls, he was gaining 3 more boys into the fold–boys who could help wash the boat, hang the Christmas lights, watch football, and join him on his hunting excursions.

Soon after marrying me, my dad quickly turned my sweet husband into an avid hunter.  Now, when we go home for Christmas or Thanksgiving, the men rise at 4:00 in the morning to go hunting.

Little do they know, the girls in our family have our own hunt.  After rising at a much more reasonable hour and sipping on coffee and cookies, we’re ready for our own hunt–bargain hunting!

Y’all I can’t tell you how much I love a a good bargain!  It’s a skill I’ve inherited from my mother and one I intend to pass on to all my children.  This baby about to make his entrance into the world doesn’t know it yet, but he will never pay full price for anything–there’s always a coupon or a deal to be found!

So, to help you out, here are a few tips when it comes to finding the perfect deal:

Be persistent–this is especially true when it comes to shopping online.  Don’t just accept the first offer as the best offer.  Search for coupon codes, search for the item on other sites, and do the due-diligence to make sure you’re getting the best offer.  Places like Saks and Bloomingdales have semi-annual “Friends and Family” sales where pretty much everything is 20% off.  At the very least, wait for that if you can.

If you see something from a bigger department store marked down online, but sold out in your size, call one of their bigger stores and have them search for it.  They can do a national search in all their stores to find you exactly what you need.

Be patient–sometimes it takes a while for the prices to fall, but be patient.  Know what you want, try it on to find the right size, and then wait for the price to drop to make your move.  Or sign-up for email updates from the company and wait for them to send you a deal.   Sometimes, you may miss out altogether, but in my experience, pretty much everything goes on sale at some point, you just have to wait and watch.

Don’t settle–just because it’s on sale, doesn’t mean you have to buy it.  Don’t sacrifice your taste or value just because it’s 60% off.  I can’t tell you how many things I’ve given away that were bought simply because they were a good deal.  Just because it says “Marc Jacobs” and it’s $50, does not mean you HAVE to buy it, especially when you don’t even like it.

Recently, I received an email from a woman I greatly admire that was all about how seeking God’s will for us and trying to discern His best for our lives was like a treasure hunt.  One that can be fun, joyful, and beyond fulfilling–a daily quest of seeking and clinging to Him in search of the next step as He reveals His will to us.

Sometimes I get frustrated that I’m not getting the answers I want at the exact moment that I want them, but my friend’s email was a great reminder that seeking and relying on God is a daily journey–one that, similar to bargain hunting, requires persistence, patience, and a refusal to settle.

Don’t give up.  Wait daily on the Lord.  Seek out His will for you and enjoy the hunt…He promises that the end result will be far better than 50% off Kate Spade shoes, but immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine!”  

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
Ephesians 3:20

I cry out to God Most High,

to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. 
Psalm 57:2, NLT