Like Christmas

By: leelefever on October 15, 2005 - 5:34pm
We're trying really hard not to spend money in everyday situations, something we call the monetorium.  Sometimes though, we get to go out and get a bunch of things for the trip, which is really fun, like Christmas.  Today was one of those days.
REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) has it's flagship store in Seattle and has been our #1 spot for all the things that will fit in the backpack. Today we got things like stuff sacks, a digital watch, non-cotton clothes, sleep sacks, waterproof pouch, etc.
The store itself is pretty impressive.  It's in the middle of the city, but has an outdoor mountainbike trail and waterfalls and an indoor climbing wall. And, it's freaking HUGE.


REI is a co-op and it's a good idea to be a member.  Like LL Bean, everything has a lifetime guarantee.  Just today I took a look at the hiking shoes and found that the model I have now comes waterproof, so I exchanged them on the spot.  Plus, you accrue "dividend" money as you buy and once a year, you get a check.
Oh and get this.  A few weeks ago, I got new Chacos sandals.  Last week they went on sale, so we just went back today with the receipt and they credited our account for the difference- $32!  That was good for the monetorium! 
Anyway, today I think we put an end to most of the buying we'll do before the trip. There will no-doubt be some small things, but most of it's covered.  Before we leave, I'm planning to post a list of everything that is going into the backpacks.

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