Now six years later, I have more supplies for all the projects I could never have imagined back then. After a couple more shifts in my work situations I have scoped out how to get the best deals - way more value for the money I spend, in any category I desire.
I love the results of this product. My hair is soft and curly. Wen retails for over $32.
(Flood the Streets with Art is a project by Scott Wong to specifically battle the monster known as Black Friday.)
Before I shop at retails stores or online, I check my local resale shops for the items I want or need. I have bought a few duds, but I am so far ahead in savings that I let go of what didn't work. Personally, I do not recommend the reduced price in favor of cleaning it up. I bought a shelving unit around the corner, spent four plus hours washing and scrubbing. It still was not clean enough. Later I went to the store and bought a new unit for $4 more. I found a use for my less than stellar purchase and it works great.
Remember to let go of what no longer serves you, even the really cool stuff. That's how thrift stores have great deals to pass on.