Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Well, I finally did it. I paid "non-clearance" prices for clothes. It was hard to make myself pick up those cute shirts and that adorable dress, but I did. Don't worry, these items were still on sale. Just not my kind of sale. What am I talking about? Well, I'll tell you.
This past Christmas I was given a gift card to Kohl's. It's July... and I still haven't used it. For my birthday, I was given another gift card to Kohl's. I also had a total of $85 in birthday money to spend. So, I had a total of $165 I could spend for some new tops that would actually fit (not so easy when you are large up top). You must understand that I have gotten down to about 3-4 tops (other than tank tops) that fit me. Even these are very worn and starting to become see through. It was time for a change.
I had an unsuccessful trip already because I couldn't bare to look at anything other than the clearance racks. Well, there is not much my size on those stupid clearance racks. So, this last weekend, the whole store was having a sale. I decided this might be the right time to use up these cards burning a whole in my wallet.
My mother-in-law and I headed to the store on Saturday. I decided before I even got started that I needed to widen my view beyond the clearance racks and just look for "o.k." deals. I still can't pay full price! If I could find a couple of things that I truly liked and fit well, it would be worth the extra money (that I didn't really have to pay).
So, in I went. I was very pleasantly surprised. I found 4 nice shirts, a dress, a pair of shoes, 5 necklaces, and 4 pairs of earrings. They were all on sale and I liked the way all of them looked. My total was $165.41 after tax. How perfect is that? It is still hard to think that I spent that much money on that little of stuff, but I am going to have to get over that.
This is the area where the frugalness and the fashion sense collide. It is difficult to have both.