A Rockstar’s Approach to Saving

16 Nov

Photo by maxstrz via Flickr

Photo by maxstrz via Flickr


In the immortal words of Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part. While he likely wasn’t referring to foregoing a purchase in pursuit of savings, his lyrics speak to the very heart of my agony.

Since the beginning of the fall fashion season, I’ve been in hot pursuit of an affordable pair of wine-colored skinny jeans. Since everyone’s definition of affordable is different, I’ll admit that I’m looking for a cheap pair, something under $30. That being said, I don’t want them to actually be cheap and fall apart on me (literally or figuratively).

I don’t ask much, right?

I was immediately drawn to the style offered by The Limited, and just as soon turned off by their $74.90 price tag. Assuming I could find a comparable pair for much less elsewhere, I dismissed the store as a candidate for my purchase. After unsuccessful trips to Target, Marshall’s, TJMaxx, Old Navy and even Macy’s, I was left feeling hopeless.

And then, salvation. After months of waiting for the perfect deal, I can finally say I snatched up my coveted Limited-brand jeans for the bargain price of $24.

How did I save $50, you ask? By taking an admittedly extreme couponing approach (gasp!) and stacking discounts. I know I’m breaking my own rules here, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I really wanted those jeans.

I was alerted to a 50-percent off sale at The Limited by CouponSherpa.com, a site I’d been keeping my eye on from the beginning of this journey. A well-timed $15 reward received earlier this week allowed me to bump up that discount to nearly 70 percent, creating the perfect opportunity for serious savings. Despite the extreme nature of this approach, the process was pretty hassle-free.

Stacking savings doesn’t always work out so smoothly, which is why I’m so shocked to have landed this deal. My experience is that coupons and extra discounts cannot be applied to items already on sale. However, exceptions seem to be made when the “extra discount” is the result of frequent patronage. I guess that’s one more reason to keeping shopping — darn!

So there you have it. While holding out on a desired item can be painful, getting it for much, much less than everyone else makes up for it. It’s good to be king.

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