Thursday, September 16, 2010

These Boots Were Made for Walking!

Moving in with Eric has been culture shock for me. Where I have been, for the past 7 years, living on a disability income, which is to say that I was living hand-to-mouth, not sure whether or not I would make ends meet at the end of each month, he himself was thoroughly middle class. He was an expert at playing money-savings games by buying in bulk. He counseled me to do the same, but you have to start with expendable cash in order to get the system started, and I just didn't have it. Now that we're living together, I am able to be just a tad freer with my $, not that I live other than economically (except for the cheese... I do love a good wedge of cheese occasionally), and I am learning his mode of thinking and making purchases. It's not that easy to adjust my mindset, but the rules of the game are simple enough to follow. I put them into action yesterday.

About 10 days ago, I bought these shoes for our upcoming nuptials:
 I was fine with them, but in all honesty, I would have preferred gold to silver.   Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I bought the silver, I ran across the perfect pair of gold shoes at Macy's.  They were significantly more money than the silver, but under what I had originally allocated for this part of my ensemble, and I intended to buy them.  I'd have to go back to do so, though, as I had another appointment which I was almost late for.

Fast forward one week.  I went to Macy's yesterday, found the shoes, and discovered to my amazement that in the week that separated my visits, they had been marked down $50!  I tried them on, they fit well (well enough, and I'm pretty sure they'll break in to be very comfortable), and while walking around the department in them just to be sure, I spied it.  The sign that Eric is teaching me to look out for.  If I bought a 2nd pair of shoes, I would get 25% off of my entire purchase!

Now I have perfectly good shoes in my closet, but with my changing feet (oy vey, don't ask), I need more support than most of them provide, so it wasn't a bad idea to find some closed toe shoes to add to my assortment.  I quickly found a pair of ankle boots which were marked down 60%, made sure that the 25% off price applied to sale items (it did), and made my decision.  I was buying those boots!
Claudia, Note the Peace Sign on the heel!

The entire purchase was only $11 over my original budget, and for that I have a cool pair of gold slippers AND a REALLY COOL pair of boots. 

I like Eric's way of thinking.

3 comments:

Ang said...

I love them babe!They are you!!

LI Laura said...

Cool boots! :-)

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great finds and amazing savings!!!! I hear you about the cheese. Little splurges now and again are important!

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