Frugal Fail: Impulse Buy Edition

19 May

Photo by Hobvias Sudoneighm via Flickr

Photo by Hobvias Sudoneighm via Flickr

Sigh. Just when I thought I was making strides in my personal spending, I went and sabotaged myself with an impulse purchase this morning. I’ve been eyeing a couple clothing items online over the past week and received an offer that seemed too good to resist — 40% off plus an extra 20% off $100+ and free shipping. Dang.

All in all I purchased four items for $85 including tax. Three spring sweaters and a pair of silver stud earrings. My receipt tells me I saved $86 on my order, but I know better: those items are not worth their price tags so that savings estimate is arbitrary.

The cherry on top? I totally spaved. I was really only interested in the two sweaters, but that extra 20% off was too tempting and I spent several minutes combing through their inventory to find things I kind of liked. Kind of? Really, Kendal?

In a last-ditch effort to save myself, I emailed customer service to see if I could cancel the order prior to it shipping without penalty. I received a response in less than 20 minutes — the order is cancelled and any pre-authorization charges will be dropped within three to five days.

Phew. That was a close one.  While I appreciate their stellar customer service, it’s time I unsubscribe from their mailing, de-friend them from Facebook and cancel my store card. This may seem like an emotional response to a vulnerable moment, but honestly I haven’t ordered from them in a while and I won’t miss being tempted by their ongoing sales. Bottom line: I don’t need their stuff and I need to free myself from thinking I do!

So let’s have it…what’s your latest frugal fail?

6 Responses to “Frugal Fail: Impulse Buy Edition”

  1. Brock @cleverdude May 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    I never look at the “You saved $XXX” amounts either…other than to laugh at them. What I look at is the price I DID pay, and compare it to the items purchased to see if it seems like a fair price. If Yes, then I’m OK with the purchase. If “no” then it’s time to take a second look at the purchase. After having second thoughts about the purchase and cancelling, I probably would have gone back and redone the order with just the two items you were originally looking at and reevaluate the purchase from there. BTW, love the term “spaved!”

    • Kendal May 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      I could have re-ordered just the two items at 40% off, but it honestly didn’t feel like that good a deal. I have a hard time spending over $20 on one article of clothing (right or wrong), so I have to really be in love with it to commit. I’m pleased I could cancel the order and am not the least bit sad I won’t be receiving those items. Thanks for commenting, Brock!

  2. Earl-Leigh May 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    I almost spent $40 on athletic tights because they were on sale and buy 2 get 1 free. If it wasn’t in the 80’s and 90’s outside, it would have been a better bargain.

  3. Mario Adventuresinfrugal May 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    SPAVED! Where has this word been all my life?

    I thought I got a fantastic deal on some pants and some polo shirts. Of course, when I looked at my credit card statement, I still had $100 less than I started with

  4. KK @ Student Debt Survivor May 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    I got a coupon code in my e-mail the other day for $20 off any purchase at Tiny Prints. I almost placed the order, but then realized that the item I made didn’t qualify because Shutterfly makes the calendars for Tiny Prints. Thankfully I waited a few days and a code came out for a free father’s day calendar. In that moment I was very glad I didn’t “splurge” and waiting a few days to score the calendar for free. I did however buy a bunch of tops at Lands End, so it wasn’t a total frugal win.

    • Kendal May 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      I have to constantly remind myself that deals come and go all the time and not to bite every time one shows up in my inbox! Pretty awesome score on that calendar. Since you were planning to buy it anyway and got it for free on a whim, perhaps that Lands’ End purchase isn’t such a bad thing? Maybe? If ever you need to justify a purchase (especially fashion-related), I’m your girl!