July 25, 2014

The JC Penney Sale = Winning. Saving 51.76% Off Retail = Priceless.

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 the new, joint global trading account I opened with Aaron 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.

JC Penney Clothes Men Shorts

I got 6 pairs of shorts, 6 shirts, and two pairs of running shoes.

Blue and Black Nike Running Shoes

I bought these blue and black Nike running shoes as casual sneakers for the summer.

Neon Green Nike Running Shoes

I also bought another pair of Nike shoes to use as casual sneakers for summer.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ruby-Wells/100001210279644 Ruby Wells

    i can’t believe you bought shoes at penny…

    • Anonymous

      They were on sale! Sale!!! I can’t help myself. Saving money = Winning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690860416 D.K. Haun

    Wish I could find clothes like you do!

    • Joshua Kennon

      Hey! I see had no problem with the new Facebook comment connect feature? This is going to work really, really well I think. I’m excited about what it could do for the management of community discussion.

      Re: the Clothes: I tend to memorize the sales patterns so I can keep more of my money invested. The more I keep in my pocket, the more assets I can acquire. The best sale of the year at Nordstrom is the day after Christmas. The best sales of the year at JC Penney are in the Spring (March / April), the best sales at Nebraska Furniture Mart and Borsheim’s are during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting (April / May), the best sales at Brooks Brothers change but you can find out months ahead of time if you know the right sales people, Hall’s in Kansas City gives out certificates for 20% off once or twice a year, around February if I remember correctly.

      Then, I stack these sales with coupons and American Express rewards points.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690860416 D.K. Haun

        I just shake my head with wondering how in the world you became a member of MY family~I am certainly glad you are!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690860416 D.K. Haun

        I just shake my head with wondering how in the world you became a member of MY family~I am certainly glad you are!

        • Joshua Kennon

          Ditto ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000541950756 Harley Kennon

    I see that Kingdom Hearts shirt lurking up there in the corner! That was awesome of you, thanks! :D I’m going to be showing that off on Tuesday when I go back to school.

    • Joshua Kennon

      You’re welcome; I figured you’d like it.

  • KansasKate

    Did you catch Horchow’s 30% off sale last month? Pretty much the whole website, and that included items already marked down. As you know, Horchow is a part of NM, but Horchow seems to have better online sales, so I always check both sites.

    Some Italian pewter at Neiman caught my eye a while back, but I just wasn’t willing to pay retail for it. When I saw the 30% off sale at Horchow, I bought it there. Not long after, they had 20% off tabletop goods, so I picked up a couple of things I wished I’d gotten during the previous sale. (Which just goes to show you can cost-average anything.)