gratitude-a-thon day 723: when you get a deal, (and how to find one)

I love a deal, a bargain, a good buy. I live for a sale, slashed prices, a BOGO.

I grew up in the dressing rooms of Loehmann’s. My mother was also a shopper, and because she had a limited budget, she was the poster child for Loehmann’s, one of the first off-price stores ever born. Some of my earliest memories are of that Westport, CT store, with it’s weird yellow plastic over the front window glass, which at the time, I didn’t understand was to protect the clothing from fading. At first I just ran through the aisles of designer brand clothing, bored. When I was old enough, I found scores of items, dozens of fabulous finds for half the price.

So, it’s no wonder, that I too am a mistress of the mark-down. Yesterday, at TJ Maxx in Newton (I hate to give away my trade secrets, but this is the BEST TJ’s there is, loads of designer stuff all the time. Brookline is abysmal), I hit it big. While perusing the sweaters, I found a cashmere wrap for $199.00. When I came home and googled the brand, I found it on ShopBop for not $299.00. or $399.00, or even $499.00, but FOR $598.00. Five hundred and fucking ninety eight dollars!!!!!! Even my pathetic math skills can see that I saved almost $400.00. You’re clapping for me, right? Because this purchase deserves a standing O., an academy award, a lifetime achievement award. HOLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAA!

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Anyway, I pay full price for lots of stuff, absurd prices when i love something, but why pay more if you don’t have to? Here are my five bargain shopping rules:

  1. If you really want to get great stuff, and great prices, you have to shop a place like TJ Maxx frequently. New merchandise is always rolling in. I go every other week or so.
  2. Don’t just buy it because it’s a deal, buy it because it’what you need or want, and it’s a deal. It’s not a good buy if you’ll never wear it.
  3. Know what you love, and what it costs in the real-priced world. If you aren’t acquainted with the prices at Sak’s, you won’t be able to judge a bonafide bargain.
  4. Get to know a store. I spend my time in three sections at TJ Maxx, and then I leave. Boom. I know where to go, and when to get out of there, so I don’t get a headache and want to vomit (which happens to me when I shop too much. Must be all those dyes and people).
  5. Lastly, when in doubt, buy it. TJ’s has a great return policy. Right now you can return until January. Go home, put it on, see how it looks and feels.

And by the way, If you see me at TJ Maxx, I will not say hello, afterall, you’re my competition! Happy hunting!

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