I hate shopping. Let me say it again. I hate shopping. I don’t like dealing with the crowds of rude people with uncontrollable kids talking on their cell phones. I’m not a mean person and I don’t have anything against kids, but I just don’t have a lot of patience for people who aren’t considerate of others.

Since I hate shopping so much, I only shop for clothes once a year. I am a big fan of Kohl’s due to their frequent sales and large selection. The stores are also large enough that you aren’t bumping into anyone.

They had a pretty good sale this weekend and I had Kohl’s giftcard that I received as a Christmas gift that needed to be used. Reluctantly, I decided to go ahead and get my yearly shopping spree completed.

The Plan:
Wanted items: The dress code in my office is business casual. I usually wear khaki’s and either a short-sleeved button down or a long-sleeve button down in the winter. In the summer, I usually wear short –sleeve polo type shirts. I’d planned to purchase at least two pairs of pants and at least 5 short-sleeved shirts.

Purchased items: I ended up purchasing 2 short-sleeve polo type shirts, 3 short-sleeve button down shirts and 1 pair of khaki pants.

What I spent: I ended up spending a little less than $40 out of pocket for my 5 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. The shirts were regularly $30-$40 but were on sale for $12.99 - $19.99. The pants were regularly priced at $34.99 but were on sale for $24.99. I only bought one pair since they were a little bit more expensive than I was wanted to pay.

Where'd the money come from? I’d set aside $200 in the budget for my annual shopping spree so I have about $160 for more shopping. I need to buy shoes sometime soon and that purchase will come from the $160. The leftover money will probably go back into my Freedom Account.

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  1. Kim // March 3, 2008 at 10:11 PM  

    If you get a Kohl's card you can get an extra % off, I can't remember what they gave me when I opened the account a few weeks ago. I do know they sent a second discount for 10%. It's not a lot, but if you are buying in bulk once/twice a year it will add up.

  2. Ed // March 16, 2008 at 10:15 PM  

    Another idea is to buy a Kohl's gift card at 80% off at one of those three famous gift card sites. If you know where you're going to shop, it can save you some cash.

    I bought a gift card from New York and Company today as a belated birthday gift to my roommate. Only after I walked out the store did I realize that I could have saved some money by going to those sites. Oh well. Live and learn.