Sunday, July 13, 2014
Focused at the Mall
Yes, you read that correctly. I was at a mall today, shockin! The mission to replace our washer took us to Sears; we were gathering "data points" on the cost of a new washing machine. More on that process in a future post, the purchase is still playing out. But, we were at Sears. The sign for $2.99 t-shirts caught my eye -- that is the price of a thrift store, and white is nearly impossible to find unstained at thrift stores. I snatched up three: white, cream and brown -- perfect for work or play. Off to the register I went, and because my husband was along on this trip, he focused on the kids. I focused on the cashier. And good think I did because the scanned price was $8.99, not $2.99. I pointed this out, she dispatched another teller to confirm, and with the nod of a head the price was re-entered for the posted amount. Lesson learned -- always have focus at the register. Paying in cash had me focused on what the total would be -- paying with credit often leads to swiping a card without confirming the price. Oh, and if they offer you the hangers for free -- take them, I did. Our little ones enjoy pulling their own clothes off the hooks. However, they are a tad short and more often than not snap a plastic hanger. So I left with new t-shirts at thrift store prices and free hangers. That was my frugal move of the day. And as I said, tune in later for our frugal approach to a washing machine acquisition.