I checked my email when I got up, and one made a dozen curse words swim into my brain.
Turns out Hot Topic is having a pre-Black Friday sale. (I gotta say, that trend finally seems to be dying down. The sales seem to take place much closer to Black Friday, with fewer stores holding them at all. Or maybe I’m just not paying attention.)
As I’ve mentioned, I decided it wasn’t worth waiting for Black Friday, and I bought all of Tim’s stuff when a decent sale came around. I got decent deals, but as of today, Hot Topic is offering tees for $10. The ones I bought ranged from $14 to $17.
In other words, I would’ve spent $32 less had I waited.
I wrote down the various items and prices (so I can easily figure out who’s giving what to him based on spending caps), and those included tax and rounded to an even number.
Plus, two of the tees were no longer in his size. One of the reasons that I bought so early was because I was afraid of his size running out. Though I’m like 99% sure I could find two more tees that he’d like. Or I could’ve just spent the money on another wish list item.
It’s been more than two months since I bought the items, and the return window ends after 30. So I don’t think I can get customer service to make a courtesy exception for me.
So the point of this rant is: I was finally super organized for once, and it bit me in the ass.
Which makes the moral of this story, “Know your sales.” In the same way that couponers recommend making a grocery price list, so too should we know the kinds of discounts we can expect during the holiday season.
And I’ve got a pretty good mental one going for places like jcpenney, Macy’s, Kohl’s and Sears. A slightly sketchier version for Walgreens/CVS.
So when I see a sale before Black Friday/the holiday season, I know whether I should just buy it now to save myself the hassle of shopping Black Friday. After all, being trampled to death really messes with your schedule. I’m not willing to do it for an extra 5-10% off a $20 item.
The problem is, I’ve never really paid attention to Hot Topic BF ads. I know about what their holiday sales are like, but not the ones on “the shopping day to end all shopping days” (potentially literally if, as I mentioned, you get trampled to death).
I went off half-cocked and shot myself in the holiday spending budget. Thirty bucks is almost exactly 25% of the spending cap I set this year. (Yeah, I know that’s kind of a lot. But I like buying stuff for Tim, and he wants so many things.)
Anyway, I guess I learned a valuable, if expensive, lesson for next year.
Do you have a mental price book for sales? Have any of you bought early and regretted it? Also, I just realized how close Black Friday is, and it’s really depressing.