I enjoy a good episode of Extreme Couponing to get my saving juices flowing. I’ve read a Dave Ramsey book, watched Suze Orman a few times and listen to Clark Howard’s advice regularly.
I enjoy a good sale but I don’t plan my week around them. I clip a few coupons, as long as we already enjoy the product. I have a list of when “Kids Eat Free”at local restaurants on my phone so if we’re out and about we can take advantage.
I think of myself as your run-of-the-mill bargain hunter.
I hate clothes shopping so it’s a good thing I prefer classic styles that take a while to become outdated. For example, the jeans I’m wearing at this very minute are almost 10 years old. Ralph Lauren. Talbots. L. L. Bean. Gap. Just a few of my favorites. Since the fashion police aren’t knocking on my door and my 19-year-old daughter hasn’t said anything (yet) it’s probably safe to assume that I look OK.
I’m also a very patient person. With a fairly organized closet. It doesn’t bother me in the least to wait until the end of the season, buy clothes at least 50% off and store in my closet until next season. Which is what I do. Often.
So often, in fact, that I can’t believe anyone actually buys clothes at full price. And the full price usually shocks me.
Like this article, seen on Yahoo, about the best jeans to flatter different body types. Great tips. Before and after pics I can relate to. But the prices? Are you kidding me?
NYDJ (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) $120
Earnest Sewn Classic Boot Cut $198
White House Black Market $78
Even the Gap $70 and Lee Jeans $54 surprised me.
I buy Gap and Lee jeans. I’ve never paid more than $40.
I’m in shock. I had no idea this was the going rate. After seeing the flattering styles and great before and after pics I actually started considering updating my wardrobe.
After seeing the prices?
There’s no need.
My readers just see me from the waist up.