I just bought a bunch of clothes for summer for less than the price of one pair of the Allen Edmond shoes I wear to the office. To be more specific, after work today, Aaron and I swung by JC Penney because I received a coupon that allowed me to take additional discounts at the register in the midst of their spring sale. Ordinarily, I only shop at JC Penney for some of their casual clothes (namely t-shirts and shorts) because after going made-to-measure, expensive shirts are totally worth the price. (I’m gladly willing to pay $250 or $400 for a dress shirt or pair of pants if I like the fabric but there isn’t any such advantage to spending that much on summer items.)
Anyway, back to the JC Penney sale: I bought $532.34 worth of regular priced clothes for … drumroll please … $256.82. I paid $22.34 in sales tax to the State of Missouri on top of that. Before sales tax, I saved $275.52 or 51.76% off retail. That secured 6 pairs of shorts, 6 shirts, and two pairs of Nike running shoes (but not the Nike LunarGlide+2 shoes I am going to pick up from Nordstrom – I still need to head over to Overland Park to get those).
As per our early discussion, I am transferring the amount saved – in this case, $275.52 – into Aaron and my new global trading account since that money would have been spent ordinarily anyway were it not for this whole extreme couponing thing. A few days ago, I would have bought more Johnson & Johnson but it continues to tick me off by increasing in share price; not what you want when you are a net buyer. Maybe I’ll still buy it regardless. I won’t think about it since I’ve got too much other stuff to do tonight – like go to the gym. Not looking forward to that.