So I need a new pair of pants. Well… “need” being a First World view.
See, I’m incredibly short-waisted. There’s simply not enough space between my ribs and hips to create a kind of defined waist that most women’s pants seem to expect. Even when I was in great shape, pants and I disagreed about where, and how narrow, my waist was.
Which is why my current pair of mid-rise black pants come up around an inch over my belly button — and can still dig in. Hence my mission to find some new pants.
We headed off to Marshall’s, and I found a nice pair of charcoal gray pants. Not black, but they were awfully professional looking. What I didn’t realize is that I hadn’t checked the price before grabbing them up.
So of course, they were $40.
Yes, I know that’s not a lot for a pair of pants. It’s probably especially not a lot for Michael Kors pants, given that the MSRP was $110.
But $40 seems like steep for Marshall’s.
Or maybe my perception was just warped from last year when I got two shirts for under $20 total. This year, the one shirt I found and liked was $20. (But it’ll be perfect for when I’m on the panel, so it went in the cart.)
Of course, I still didn’t have black pants. I foraged through the racks again and found a $25 pair of Express pants.
Great, but now I needed black ankle boots. The last two years, the heels I brought killed my feet. Last year, I couldn’t wear any dress shoes at all after the first day.
Point being, the buying still wasn’t done.
Luckily, I found these at Famous Footwear for $25.
Taken individually, these are pretty good prices. But once you add them up, you realize I spent around $120 after tax on a conference that spans 1/100 of the year.
I guess the good news is that my inner frugal bastard is still alive and kicking. By which I mean it’s being very lively while kicking me in the shins for my spending.
If you’ll excuse me, I have to go put the shoes on and walk around to stretch them out. Plus, my feet need to get used to wear heels again.
Have you ever gotten a good deal and still been begrudging? Have any of you found any great Labor Day sales?