Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What is your price point?

I went to the mall today to exchange something and as I was walking around I realized that I don't remember the last time I was even in a mall. As I looked around, I saw some super cute stuff, but everything was so expensive, even the sale items! UHHH.

So I left the mall without purchasing anything, and I am ok with that. I like to shop at places like Marshalls, Ross, T.J. Maxx, and of course, the mother ship--Target. When I go into those stores I head straight for the sale rack. The prices on their regular priced clothes are low, but the sale prices are even better. I have gotten to the point where I don't remember the last time I bought an item that was not on sale.

That being said, I have a really hard time shopping and buying things that are over a certain price point. I will often pick up a few things, and then walk around the store browsing while I am debating the purchases. I cannot tell you how many shirts I have in my closet that I purchased from Ross that were 7.99 or lower, and they are super cute shirts. I have a Michael Kors sweater wrap that I got for 10.00, that is normally 75.00. Today, I went to Marshalls and I bought a Nike swimsuit for 19.99 that retails for 72.00 normally.

I realized that I have a hard time buying tops for more that 10.00 and pants for more than 15.00. I just can't justify spending a crazy amount of money on clothes at the mall when I can go and get something just as great at a discount store. All of those stores have name brand labels for a fraction of the price. And, I know which store carries more of what I am looking for. For tops, Ross cannot be beat. For pants and shoes, its Marshalls, and for skirts and dresses its T.J. Maxx. The discount trifecta! I think that I am such a bargain shopper because P and I have our "fun money" which is 40.00 a month in cash for us to spend any way we choose. He spends his on eating out during the day, and I usually save mine and spend it on clothes, and because I don't have a ton of money to shop with, I want to stretch my dollar as far as it will go.

But, it extends even beyond clothes. My husband and I adore Restoration Hardware, but their furniture is so pricey. Fortunately, we live near a huge outlet mall that has a RH there and we have gotten a ton of furniture at rock bottom prices. We have a 3 drawer dresser, coffee table, mirror, book case, duvet cover and banquet table all from there. Each was around $100.00 except the banquet table, it was about 250.00. We bought each of these items at different times, but they are all from the same line. So every few weeks P and I hop into RH and browse for good deals, and it makes regular priced furniture seem so expensive.

So am I just cheap/frugal? What do yall thing? What is your price point? What are you willing to spend on certain items?


Rochelle said...

You are definitely not cheap. That is reserved for me. My price point must be zero. I rarely buy myself clothes which get me in trouble. Right now I only have a few items that fit me but I can't stand the thought of going shopping. I don't mind spending money on my kids however. Most of their clothes come from the outlets near us which is great. I can get a lot of clothes from ON, Gap, THP and not spend a fortune. If I could hire a personal shopper I would be thrilled. And if they got them at great prices -WOO HOO!

Simplelivin' said...

You are totally frugal, and that's a good thing...it brought you out of debt didn't it? Even though you may have a low price purchase you make sure the item isn't cheap. You are buying good quality stuff for less, which I call smart! I am a sales freak also and love the stores you mentioned as well as the outlets. Gotta love great deals!

Anonymous said...

Your husband sounds great keep loving him, he's got a good thing with you.