The mother of all clothes sales

January 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm (Being Frugal, things I bought) ()

Went to buy some unmentionables at Macy’s today after work and they were having the mother of all sales. I decided to ONLY go look at the steeply discounted rack and only that rack, for tops, tried them on, and found (2). I decided I would only get them if they were under $11 each. $5.50 and $7.50 each. Wowza. Then, when I was paying for my 2 unmentionables that I absolutely had to have since my last (and only) 2 pair broke on me, and the 2 shirts that were department-store brand new but selling at thrift-store prices, I spied The Sweater.

I had tried The Sweater on 2 months ago and had wanted it desperately then, but could not justify the $85 price tag. I regretfully put it back “until it went on sale.” But I hadn’t seen it since, even looking around xmas time at another location. But they had it here today and it said 60% off. Hmm, not bad! I tried it on to make sure and it was beyond fabulous (still). I checked the price and it was more like 75% off – only $21!!!!! Score. Total damage came to abourt $80. That’s more than my $50 budget, but I also returned something from last month for $35, so I guess technically I’m under my budget. Also, J gave me rent (for December) a few days ago and I haven’t yet put it in the bank, so I paid cash for everything, and it’s not technically going to hit my budget – I have some fudge factors.

I promptly called my girlfriend to go shopping there – they are having an inventory sale to clear out the old to make room for the new and half the store racks are sporting 40%, 50%, 60% or more discount signs. I could not believe my eyes. I honestly had to stop looking, turn my eyes to the pathway and literally march myself oughta there.

I came home and told J and he’s thinking of going tomorrow. I swear, you could buy an entire outfit for $15-$20 if you were careful, an entire new wardrobe for $100-$150!!! Unbelievable.

I’m actually thinking about whether or not I should go back and shop again tomorrow and really go through all the racks. Clothes are never this cheap there. Second opinions?



  1. The Lost Goat said,

    Resist unless there is something that you actually need for your wardrobe. I am cleaning out my closets right now and there are a ton of cute things that I bought on sale and then never wore because they weren’t really my style – they were just cute and cheap. Don’t be like me – have a plan for what you need and then get in and out.

  2. debtmaven said,

    Thanks for the advice – it helped fortify my resolve! I gave myself a number that I wouldn’t spend more than. I tried everything on, and of the items that were worth it, all of them were over that number, so I didn’t buy any. Thank you for being the voice of reason!

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