My girls and I are traveling for the next ten days, and as we were heading out of Columbus yesterday ran into an outlet mall because I was in desperate need of a pair of shoes. It was pouring down rain (it has rained buckets for weeks in Ohio – crazy!), and I thought I might pick up a raincoat while we were there too.
(Folks, I’ve lived almost 40 years without ever owning a rain coat ~ but rainy summer weather every day finally gets to you!)
So, we went into the first store where I thought the shoes were just too pricey, then headed into Eddie Bauer (which I used to just love!), and sure enough there was a super cute raincoat priced at $59.
$59? For a raincoat? That I’m going to hate wearing and really only wear to race in from point A to point B? Yikes!
I really debated it though (it was super cute, right?) and even my daughter stated that although it was cute it probably wasn’t worth the money. (She’s been instilled with the gift of penny pinching early!)
Then I remembered this sage advice I shared with you last week.
Good stuff, right? 😉
I knew that in one year I wouldn’t be thrilled that I’d spent $59 on a raincoat, so I walked away.
We ran over to the Bass Outlet (seriously, the best for saving big at the outlet malls), and sure enough they had a raincoat that was just perfect for $24. They also had a pair of shoes that would work for $19, an umbrella for $8, and I did a quick search and found a coupon for $10 off a $5o purchase at Bass Outlet. I ended up getting everything I needed for less than the cost of that one raincoat (I spent $52 to be exact), and in one year I think I’ll be thankful for the raincoat with no regrets for spending too much.
This concept has weighed pretty heavily on my heart this last week, and I really do believe it has the power to transform the way you spend every time you shop. Read the full post here if you missed it last week – it might just work for you too!
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