Let the Shopping Begin!

I officially started my Christmas shopping on cyber Monday, which turned out to be a complete and utter dud.  Let me tell you a little something about myself. I’m someone who is under the impression that I do not have to go to a store, midnight, on Black Friday, to get a good deal. I believe that if you wait it out, eventually that deal will come again. Sort of like playing chicken, with Christmas presents. However, cyber Monday is a whole other game. Great deals from your living room, what’s not to like?

Except, apparently, I missed all the good deals (if there really were any).

Now, I’m not going to tell you I spent hours online (no, I did that this morning), but I did do a bit of searching for my big ticket items and the prices just seemed ok to me. There was nothing so fantastic to make me take the plunge, i.e., get up off my butt to find my pocketbook and credit card.

However, when I got a coupon in my inbox for 25% off at Sports Authority, I took the bait and filled my virtual basket with Under Armour galore and proceeded to the check out. There was no line, it was perfect!

My joy was short lived, though, when I realized that the coupon did not apply to one single item that I bought. Thinking surely this must be a mistake, I went and read the fine print.  Let’s just say that the exclusions were so numerous that Sports Authority would have saved themselves time had they just listed what the coupon did apply to, i.e., crap no one wants.

Because I’m finding that just like Uggs, Under Armour, at least, the new in-season wear, doesn’t ever go on sale, and Under Armour is what all the cool kids are wearing these days, at least according to my boys. My, how times have changed. Sweat clothes are hot, dressing is not.

I bought it anyway. What can I say? In case no one has stressed you out, yet, let me be the first, Christmas is less than three weeks away.

On Tuesday, I decided to try my luck in the stores. So, I did my due diligence and searched up in-store coupons for Toys R Us, and came across a twenty percent off one item coupon. It worked, but not on anything that was on sale, which sort of messed up my purchase, because in using the coupon I lost out on a buy one get the other fifty percent off deal. They wouldn’t let me do both. So, after much back and forth with the manager, I ended up using the coupon on the most expensive item. However, in the end, I was so confused, I’m not even really sure if I got a good deal.

And it happened again, yesterday. Coupon confusion. A few weeks back Gap was giving cash back coupons based on the amount of money you spent that day. I scored $75 off a purchase of $150. That’s 50% off.  Since I planned on buying my kids bathrobes (don’t snicker, it’s one of the gifts from Christmas past that has endured), I headed on over to get my deal. Except, I over did it. I spent more than $150, so the remainder of the items I bought above that amount were full price, which didn’t occur to me until after I left the store.  So not good enough. I rarely buy clothes, I don’t care what brand they are, at full price (ok, I know I bought the Under Armour, but I’m under pressure, here), especially when next week, of course after the Gap bucks deal is over, I have another coupon for 50% off one item and 30% off the rest of my items.

Obviously, I’m not as coupon savvy as I could be (and my math skills might not be the greatest either).  Now, I’ll have to examine the receipt and return some items, only to re-buy them, next week, when they are on sale.

In the end, though, I ended up getting the bathrobes from Children’s Place, which was a much better deal. With their in store sale and a 30% off coupon, I paid around $12 each. This is the one I got Little Lady. The boys might like Under Armour, but she is all about the “jag” or as the rest of the world knows it, leopard.

Score three for me!

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