Thursday, July 28, 2011
I'm still frugal, but now I get compliments on my clothes
Sooooooooo, the whole reason I decided to start this blog was a very lucrative trip to the mall. And by lucrative I mean I GOT ALL KINDS OF STUFF FOR PRACTICALLY NOTHING!
Sorry, I don’t mean to yell, I’m just so freaking excited about it. I usually never shop at the mall. It’s too expensive. The stores don’t have the sales, or the clearance racks, that I covet so much. Sometimes their return policies aren’t up to my standards. But mostly I just can’t justify paying 70 dollars for a pair of pants. Granted, I know these clothes are generally of a better quality than the ones I buy at Target. But I’m okay with only being able to wear a cheap shirt for one season. I like to shop and if I buy a top in May and have to get rid of it in October that’s okay. It just means that I’ll get to buy a new top in another 6 months or so. And I’ll only be spending about 4 bucks a top. It might sound wasteful, but when all my discretionary spending money goes to clothes I like to have something to spend it on.
Anywho, I decided to go to the mall for whatever reason. I think it might have been to spend the rest of a Macy’s card I got as a gift from my in law’s (Thanks Mom!) Well, Macy’s didn’t have anything so I ventured deeper into the uncharted waters of the posh, upscale, located-in-the-fancy-part-of-town mall. I passed New York and Co., a store that I had shopped ar back when I was in college (I even have a store card there, but of course I have a store card to almost every store in existence!) and they had big
signs in their windows. I was intrigued. And let me tell you folks, they were not kidding about their sale! They had pants for less $9.99 and shirts on the cheap, too. I even found a white summer jacket that I had been looking for FOREVER and I had vowed that when I found one I really liked I would spend whatever they were asking. And they were asking $24.99, regularly 50 bucks! So I bought a shirt, that jacket and a pair of pants. Plus, when I was checking out they gave me an extra 15% off because I reopened my charge card. (Have no fear I’ve already paid off all my charge card purchases. A girl who hates debt LIVES to pay it off in a timely manner.) SALE
Take a peek at my receipt from that first foray into fancy store clothes at cheap-o prices:
I know, right?!
But wait it gets better. I went BACK after a few days or so because I got a coupon for $25 off a purchase of $75. Now, usually I would never ever ever spend $75 on clothes in one fell swoop but I got such a good deal the first time I thought I could really get some nice stuff and at a great price.
* Side Note: Now, I’m not just buying these clothes just to be buying clothes. After years of wearing cheap colored t-shirts from Kohl’s ever day to work I decided it was time to give my wardrobe a little boost. Plus, my current job is at a very conservative and professional place. Although many of the lower level employees (myself included. Hey, I ain’t no big wig.) wear clothes like I had been wearing, many of the executive assistants and women in management positions wear very nice polished, professional clothes. There is a saying that you should dress for the job you want (as discussed here in this HIGH-LARIOUS podcast my husband and I listen to) and I decided that I should really up the ol’ professional look. And to do that I had to spend money *gasp* but in true couturelife-clearanceprice fashion (see what I did there?) I got the nice clothes at rock bottom prices.*
Okay, back to the shopping spree. Check out this receipt and see my awesome bargains!
My bad on the scanned reciepts. Hopefully these will get better with time.
I got a watch for 13 bucks and a necklace for $6! Holy macaroni! And these are nice shirts. I’m going to have to bring one back though; a little TOO revealing for the most conservative company in the city. But everything else is really nice and pretty. I’m gonna be honest with you
people person, the shirts I used to wear were not pretty. They were bland. I am very pleased with my pretty purchases!
So there you have it. That shopping trip to NY & Co. was the inspiration for this blog. But the crazy couturelife-clearanceprice shopping spree does not end here. Oh no! Stay tuned for my surprise encounter at another store that I used to think was WAY out of my price range.