This weekend was full of clothing savings!
I see London, I see France
Despite returning most of the Victoria’s Secret bras that I bought on Black Friday, I received a $20 rewards card in the mail. And I happened to have some coupons from the store, which included an offer for two free undies with any purchase.
Now, you have to buy at least as much as the rewards card’s value in order to use it, but that’s not difficult because Victoria’s Secret underwear is vastly overpriced. Two pairs are $21 (gulp!), so I chose four pairs of undies — two paid for, two free — then presented the coupon and reward at the register. In the end, I paid $1.08 for all four.
Who wears the pants around here?
But that wasn’t the only shopping that got done this weekend. It was also getting to be time for some new jeans.
Now, I’m generally against buying aspirational clothing sizes. I think it’s dangerous to buy clothes that are too small for you in the hopes that you’ll fit into them one day. The few times I’ve done it, I didn’t lose the weight, and the clothes sat around taunting me in their disuse.
I’m determined to lose these last 10 lbs within the next six weeks. Being this close to success should be enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. But just to be safe I also went ahead and planned a dance night for the gals of the trivia group about three weeks from now. While I’ll mainly be at the club to blow off steam, I’m sure there will be cute guys there, so it’s in my best interest to look my sveltest. That should keep me on my diet for at least three weeks, which puts me five to six pounds further down on the scale. Which will put me in size 8 jeans.
It’s never simple
Problem: The Express jeans that I love aren’t in stock near me, so I have to order them online. This means that I can’t wait until I need the jeans, then just go to the store and buy the dang things. Instead, they needed to be bought at least a week ahead of time, and only when a good sale is going on. (The latter because the jeans are a ludicrous $88 retail.)
Given all that, one of Express’s better sales (BOGO $20.90), a 15% off discount code and 3% cash back from Mr. Rebates, it just made sense to buy the jeans now. Even so, I was on the fence until a banner popped up for the store’s credit card. I could save $20 (20%) if I opened a new account.
Now, generally I avoid store cards. I don’t need more credit in my name, it’s a hassle to have yet another card to pay separately, etc. But to save more than $20? I decided it was worthwhile.
Unfortunately, when the 20% applied, it simply overrode the 15% discount that was already on the order. So I’d made more work for myself and dinged my credit score — which is plenty high but still, c’mon! — for an extra 5% off. Nope, not okay.
A Hail Mary
I went to the Express Contact Us page and wrote a polite note about how disappointed I was in the situation. I explained how unclear the offer had been and pointed out that this was a less-than-stellar way to start my new relationship with the card company. Then I asked the store to consider giving me the additional 20% off anyway.
I didn’t think it would work. Still it never hurts to ask, right?
But the next morning I had an email from Express saying that customer service had applied the discount. My new total was just under $78. For two pairs of $88 jeans. Score one for Express customer service — and score one for me for getting a decent deal on overpriced jeans!*
New to me
On the less overpriced side of things, I hit the Goodwill 50% off sale on Saturday. Every other week the entire store goes on sale, and that’s the time to pounce!
I was looking to bulk up my long-sleeve shirt collection, which is a little sparse right now. I didn’t want to go crazy — it is only cool/cold here maybe three months a year — but a couple more casual shirts (for running errands without looking like a total schlub) and a couple more dressy shirts (for trivia or, say, dance nights) seemed in order.
I came away with two casual and two dressy shirts that I really like. For $9.99 total.
So after this weekend I have four new shirts, two new pairs of jeans and four pairs of skivvies for just under $89. Not a cheap weekend, but a darn good set of deals overall!
Do you have any recent shopping coups?
*Yes, I could have gone to Poshmark and saved even more. But the low-rise jeans style I like doesn’t have a particular name, which means I would have had to buy whatever low-rise Express jeans I could find and hope they were the same fit. If I’d chosen wrong or if I didn’t lose the weight, I was out $20-25 per pair after shipping costs. Comparatively, I could pay $39 a pair and get exactly what I wanted — and be able to return them if need be. So I chose the safer, if more expensive, route.