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#1 lil_miss_frogg

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    Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:01 PM

    Okay....so I went to Target got some stuff to do a mock OOT bag to show my FI. First off the bags at Target are okay....but not as cute as last years. But anyway after buying just the little travel stuff my total was $20.00 for ONE bag. Can you gurls help me out and let me know what you spent per bag? I know that if I buy things in bulk from Sam's or Costco it will run a little cheaper. I am trying to convince my FI that we HAVE to do these bags. I don't want to do favors so this will be like a huge favor. Please help!
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    #2 silverangel

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      Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:01 PM

      I was wondering the same thing! I am probably looking at doing 30 OOT bags and would love to know how much on average I should be spending...I don't want to do favors either and hope no one misses them. Can't wait to hear other thoughts...

      #3 Ryan's girl

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        Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:54 PM

        We have figured it out to be approximately $14 per bag and are doing 25 bags.

        Our good friend owns a hair salon so he donated travel size shampoo/conditioner and lotion. We are also working on getting a pharmacist friend to get sample size Immodium/Advil for us from one of the reps (crossing our fingers!). I also heard that some doctors will donate samples if you ask. It's worth the try.

        We are trying to do whatever we can to keep down costs! My FI was laughing at me the other day because I was thinking of redeeming points to get gift cards for places where we can purchase items for our OOT bags - lil miss frog, you can try that with your FI!

        I personally think $20 per OOT bag is reasonable though!
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        #4 Erika J

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          Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:06 PM

          I decided to just do a nice bag and have that be the gift itself. Then pashminas at the reception. Do you think this will be enough?

          #5 soon2bePowers

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            Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:40 PM

            Okay I spent $3.50 on my bags but I think that they are REALLY nice and were originally $12.50 at Old Navy.

            Then I am including the following
            First Aid Kits-$1.00 (Dollar Tree)
            Stomach Meds (Mom is getting from her work-FREE)
            Spanish for Dummies-$1.00 (Target)
            Crossword Puzzles or Suduko Book-$1.00 (Dollar Tree)
            Hand Sanitizer-.25 (Bought on Clearance)
            Bug Wipes-.50 worth per bag (Bought on Clearance)
            Nail Files-.25 (Dollar Tree)
            Monogramed Tissue Pack-.50 (Tuesday Morning)

            Snacks (bought at Costco)

            We are still deciding on a few things like
            Koozies, cigars for the guys, key holders

            I think I will mostly spend around $15.00 per bag and will be doing about 20 bags ($300). The thought with the Koozies is that we will have extras since you have to buy them in bulk and we will have the at our AHR.

            Only problem with that is I don't think they will be that useful at the resort.

            Hope this helps.

            #6 Jacilynda

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              Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:48 PM

              I haven't put my bags all together yet, but we're looking at around $15-$20 per person. We're having 40 people (so approx 22 bags) but don't want to do little favors, people never take them, and think the money is worth it since they are coming that far. I wouldn't get the bags target has right now, those aren't their summer bags yet, its just part of the fitness line. They don't put out the cute summer ones til March or April.

              How many bags do you need? What all do you want to include?

              Our bags were $3 each

              we bought small hand fans from pier 1 for .68 cents each

              the fans needed batteries so the batteries in target $1 section were .25 cents each for a pack of 4 so we spent approx .12cents per bag on those

              I bought beach mats last summer for each person for a $1 each most bags will have 2 of those

              I'm making welcome books out of paper bags so around $5 for all of them

              Beach balls from OT $8

              Frisbees from OT $8

              T-shirts (wholesale) $65 for 40 of them

              Transfers cause we're making them ourselves $20

              Making koozies w/ transfers ourselves $1 each

              spanish for dummies $1 each

              Then once we get there we'll get some candy from costco to go in there.

              That will make ours I guess around $12-$15 each.

              #7 Cattie

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                Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:23 AM

                I'm super scared to add up what I'm spending per bag. I really think its more then $20!! But don't tell the FI that!!! Ha!

                Some places I did manage to keep costs down where ordering the 99 cent lotions and body washes from Avon. I also found the Bath and Body works hand sanitizer for 99 cents.

                I did splurge on the bag itself, I bought those at 5 Below for $5 each, but they came with a mat, and a smaller bag. They are super cute and huge! Someone else bought them first, I can't remember for the life of me who it was though!

                I did order stainless steel coffee mugs for everyone. From Discount Mugs, they ran me $77 including shipping for 24 of them. Then I ordered stickers from Zazzle to put on them. I can't wait to see how they turn out!!

                I'm also going to hit up Sams Club for the medicine stuff, they have the boxes with the single dose packets pretty cheap. I'm also going to get some munchie stuff from Sams also.

                I don't think its the price thats bothering me as much as WHERE AM I GOING TO PACK THE STUFF!!!!

                Thank god we're not flying, we're cruising out of NJ and I can make all my guests in the limo be my pack rats!!!

                #8 ultimateme143

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                  Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:35 AM

                  To be honest it all depends on what you plan on putting in it. As of right now I am at $40 per bag. I am doing a total of 15. The reason why it is so high is because I did emboidered beach towels which ran me $400 for 45 of them.
                  You can keep the costs down by doing a personalized gift bag instead of a beach bag filled with maybe some snacks, personalized water bottles and go on ebay or oriental trading. I got some personalized mints 12 for $15 and mini hand held fans 12 for $13. I hope this helps and I hope you get your way.

                  #9 lil_miss_frogg

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                    Posted 15 January 2009 - 11:21 AM

                    Thanks for the heads up about the bags at Target. I think I'll have to wait till March to really start buying the stuff. I only need to do between 15-20 bags. So I'm hoping I can find enough bags when it comes time to do it. But now that I think about it....I have 3 Targets within 5 miles of me. I think I went a little happy yesterday when buying the stuff to actually put in the OOT bag.

                    Cocktails for Dummies
                    Pond's Clean Sweep (for the ladies)
                    Travel Q-Tips
                    Travel lint roller
                    Aloe with cucumber lotion
                    Travel Tylenol
                    First aid kit
                    Static Guard
                    Hand Sanatizer
                    Tide to go

                    I also wanted to ask a question about my first aid kits. I'm not sure if anybody has done this or thought of doing it....but I was thinking getting the spray paint that can be used on plastic (it doesn't chip away) and spray the actual case my wedding color. I was wondering if anybody has done this. If you have I would like to know how well they held up.

                    Thanks for everybody's input so far. I'm glad to see I'm not to far off from the norm.

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                    #10 Jacilynda

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                      Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:47 PM

                      I haven't heard of anyone doing it, but you should try it on one and see if it works.

                      We decided not to do too much $1 stuff from target cause people don't use it. We like the first aid kits cause most people wont think of bringing such a thing, but a small lotion or shampoo they will probably remember, and if they didn't then they are going to be there for 2 weeks, they are going to need more than a small bottle so they will have to buy some anyway.

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