Short Sleeved Fine Gauge Sweater/Metal Frame Bag-Talbots
Wooden Bangle Bracelets-Chico’s
Wide Elastic Belt With Leopard Accent-NY&Co.
Dark Brown Inverted Pleat Straight Skirt-T.J. Maxx
Pointy Toe Sling Back Pumps-Target
People have asked how I get the deals on clothes, gifts, groceries, etc. I’ve kinda made it into a game. Here’s an example. I didn’t think I was going to get a cape this year, because I couldn’t find one I really liked, plus the cost. Then I had to reconsider. When online (doing research) the other day there was a wool one (in camel w/ faux leather trim-cute) at J.C. Penney’s that was $125. Toooo, too much for me! Anyway, after a few days went by, I received an email coupon for 30% off. Then in the mail I got a coupon for $10 any off any purchase. So, needless to say I went back to that cute cape, and it was 1/2 off! SOOOO, I jumped on it! Do the math: $125 for $62.50 – $10 = $52.50 – 30% ($15.75) = $36.75! Then they gave me a coupon for an additional $5 off $15, attached to my receipt, good for that day only. There were some pretty square scarves on sale (that I liked and could use for gifts) for $8.80 each (originally $22). Do the math: Originally $44.00, for $17.60 (for two) – $5 = 12.60 – 30% ($3.78) = $8.82.
Then, Kohl’s sent a sale flyer which had a 30% off coupon attached. There was a Chap’s leopard, button down, long sleeved shirt originally $59.00, on sale for $29.50. I also had a coupon that they had sent me for $10 off any purchase for my birthday. Do the math: $59.00 for $29.50 – $10 = $19.50 – 30% ($5.85) = $13.65.
NY & Co. ran a 1/2 off sale. I had an e-coupon for 1/2 off, then they had also sent me a coupon for another 20% off for my birthday. There was a black/white plaid skirt and a python one in brown, $46.95 each originally. Do the math: $93.90 – 1/2 = 46.95 – 1/2 off coupon = $23.47 – 20% birthday coupon ($4.69) = $18.78.
Non Sale Amount of Merchandise: $321.90
Amount Paid After Sales, Coupons: $78.00
Savings: Approximately 77%
Total amount saved: $243.90
For a little over $75 paid, I purchased: 1 wool cape, 2 square scarves, 1 button down shirt and 2 skirts. Not only that, but I got some Christmas shopping done (I start right after Christmas every year)! Woot!
Sometimes, coupons cannot be combined, so you really need to read the fine print. Make sure everything you buy for your wardrobe will go with other items you already own. If something doesn’t fit you, it is not a good buy, no matter what kinda deal they give you on it!!! You don’t need one. more. thing. taking up valuable real estate in your closet!!! AND you’ll end up getting rid of it later!
It’s also really fun, when you’re done with your coupons and the cashier hands them back to you, because they have not expired, to look for someone else in line, with a big ‘ol pile of stuff they’re buying, and ask them if they would like to have your coupon for 30% off. Watching their face light up with surprise is even better than scoring a pretty cape! AND it’s great for your heart AND theirs!!!
So, that’s how I shop for all my “new” clothes and gifts too. I also fill in my wardrobe at Outlets, Goodwill, Thrift Boutiques/Shops, Yard Sales and other miscellaneous places. Hope it helps you to stretch your clothes budget too!
Check Outfit 31′s Facebook Page to see a photo of the cape that I caved for. It’ll look tres chic with this outfit too!