Score a new outfit for less than $10

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Today, my family and I went to church and I found myself smiling. In the middle of church announcements, I looked down at my outfit and after doing the math realized that my outfit literally cost me less than $10 from top to bottom – and no, I did not have on a t shirt at church. I had on a blouse, a skirt, and heels that could easily have cost me over $100 at full price. But I got it all for under $10.

Starting from the top, the blouse I wore was a sleeveless, linen, hot pink blouse from K&G. It was originally $24.99. I paid a tenth of that at $2.50 for it. K&G periodically does a clearance sale where everything on clearance is reduced even further with a ‘buy one clearance item, get another clearance item free’ promotion. So, if your items are of equal price, you essentially get both at half the clearance price. I found several items that day but after the savings, the top cost me less than a gallon of milk! Since we are on their email list and I subscribe to their text service, we get the alerts for what is going on in the store. Don’t be hesitant about giving a store your number. In today’s world of unlimited text plans, a text a month from a store you frequent will do you a lot of good.

Now to the skirt. The skirt was a Merona, cream based pencil skirt with multi-colored stripes (royal blue, burgundy, hot pink, etc…). I purchased this skirt on clearance at Target a while back. It was originally $34.99 but, that day, I found it on the clearance rack for $6.97. That went into my cart without too much thinking involved. I always say, even if you came into the store to grab a loaf of bread and a carton of orange juice, give yourself 10 minutes to peruse the clearance rack. You never know what treasures you will discover. But be careful. Don’t get pulled into the clearance sink hole. Some people quickly become shopaholics and rationalize it with the ‘It was cheap’ excuse. Even if it’s $0.50, if you can’t think of a use for the item or a person you can gift it too, it will eventually be money you threw away. So scrutinize your clearance purchases even when they are really cheap.

Lastly, the shoes. If you can add, you can see that I’m terribly close to $10 with only $0.53 left to spare. Well, I had on a pair of off-white, round toe Liz Claiborne pumps that I got from JcPenney……..FOR FIFTY CENTS!!!!!!!! Yes, I am totally serious! Never in my life have I been more excited about a pair of shoes. I had recently gotten a coupon in the mail for $10 off $10 or more of merchandise. Jcpenney sends them every other month or so to their loyalty members. So, I went to the store to put it to strategic use. I started in the shoe section because that’s the first thing you see coming down the escalator. Right in front of me, I saw the pumps. The tag said originally $49.99. But the clearance price said $19.99. I thought that was a little high for me considering that with the coupon, I try to stay as close to $10 without going over too much so that I maximize the value of my coupon. But I held onto them just in case. $10 for a pair of shoes is still very much a bargain. I looked and looked but couldn’t find anything else that really caught my eye. So I started looking for my kids. With a son and a daughter, I’m bound to find something. I picked up a couple pieces and went to the price check. I scanned the shoes. $5!!!!!! I was shocked. I did it again just to be sure. I got three tops for my daughter at $1.49 each. So at the checkout, my total was just under $11. With the coupon, I paid less than $1 before tax! I got a pair of shoes for two quarters. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face even if I tried!

Being fashionable can be costly but for bargain specialists like me, such is not the case.

 

 

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