I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and 2011 is off to a great start. As for me, I've been buying myself some presents now that Christmas is over with, how about you? I know, now is the time that a lot of people are worried about the credit card bills from all those Christmas presents bought and they stay inside and don't go shopping. However, now is one of the perfect times to go out and buy yourself some stuff. The deals are wonderful. I'm one of those individuals that rarely pays full price for clothes and shoes (running clothes/shoes are the exception). There are a couple times a year when stores heavily discount clothes and that's when I go shopping. Right after Christmas happens to be one of those times. So if you received some money or some gift cards, you might want to brave the crowds.
Here's what I've been up to the last couple of days.
Friday I went to a local mall to see Harry Potter at the theater with a friend. While there I decided to check out some of the stores. That's always a bad idea. lol! I ended up getting a pair of pants at The Limited for $20. That's the price I normally pay for their pants, if you hit the sales it can happen. The pants normally retail for $60. All of my work pants are either from Express, The Limited, or Ann Taylor. They last for years, and I only buy them on sale when I can get them for $20 or less. In fact, most of my jeans are from those three stores and Banana Republic, and again, I only pay $20 or less.
I'm also ecstatic that I found a pair of boots that actually fit me! I have skinny legs and knee-high boots are always way too big and don't look right. I saw the boots I bought from the window and knew I had to try them on. The are flat, come almost to my knee, and are black leather. I love them! I should probably get a picture of me wearing them and show them off. The bast part? The boots retail for $89.95 and I bought them for $29.95 before tax. Can't beat that! I have a rule when it comes to shoes, other than running shoes that is. I refuse to pay more than $60 for a pair of shoes. If I like them and they cost more, I look for sales and coupons until the price drops enough for me to get them. Sometimes I end up missing out on the shoes, other times I pay way less than $60. (I looked for a picture of the boots I bought online but couldn't find them! Bastards.)
Of course, after finally finding a pair of boots I had to buy some leggings and a sweater dress (clearance at Kohl's and had $10 Kohl's cash that my MIL gave me).
As for today, today I got some good deals. Sports Authority had some of the Nike Pro Cold Gear clothes on sale for $29.95 instead of $50. This is one of the best prices I've seen for those clothes. Luckily, I had been given a $50 GC for Sports Authority so I could get a pair of running tights. Armed with my GF and coupons, I went to the store and was able to buy a pair of running tights and a long sleeved cold gear running shirt for $50. Seriously, it was $50 after tax thanks to the sale and the coupons. While I don't like that the tights are a purple color (the only small they had!!!) I'm sure I'll get over it when I'm running. I'm not going out to make a fashion statement anyway. haha!
So what am I trying to say? No, I'm not trying to brag about the awesome deals I got. I'm just showing you that there are great deals out there. If you have some extra cash, it's worth seeing what's out there. Make sure to look for coupons before you head out!
**** Last year I didn't include the savings for these types of purchases in my advertised savings total that I wrote about in my coupon post. Mostly the advertised savings I totaled last year was just from grocery stores and stores like Target. Knowing that I rarely pay full price for clothes and shoes, I'm going to keep track of what I save & spend this year on those items. I'm interested to see what the totals end up being. Although, I'll have to hide the total spent from Husband though. lol!****