On my feet we another frugal purchase, but some my question the label frugal. At the start of my day I look my trusted four year old Lowe hiking boots down to Morgan shoes at Hilldale. The daily foot pain could not be ignored, and my hope was all I would need were new inserts. But now, after four years of nearly daily wear, the boots were nearing the end of life. The clerk suggested I spend $30 to $40 at a cobbler and use them for gardening, but as for my morning walks with my son to school, the hikes, etc. - it was time for something new.
To get even more versatility out of the shoe, she brought me the version of Lowe hiking boots that went to my ankle. She'd listened well - I wanted something for summer hikes, daily walks to school in rain, snow and heat, and something for shoveling and sledding days. All of that in one shoe. Slipping my foot in, I realized how unsupportive my old pair had grown. I'll take them, and I need a good house shoe as well. Within 10 minutes the house shoe was added to the pile. I took advantage of the buy 4 get the 5th pair of Smartwool socks free, and added a canister of water proofing spray. I handed over my client loyalty punch card and the $20 off coupon from the Bucky Book. In under 20 minutes I spent just over $500.
Some may choke on the price, but I don't. The frugally minded factor in the price per wear, as well as the fact shopping takes time -- time I could spent at my legal practice, working out, playing with kids, or preparing a healthy meal. I paid for time, quality, and will argue until I am blue in the face that it was a frugal purchase. Spur of the moment yes, but when you watch your pennies daily, maximized the efficiency of everything you can (note the winter compost) your budget allows this type of expenditure.
And now it is time for me lace up those boots and head up to my son's school for a Thanksgiving feast his teacher is preparing in the classroom.
Be well, enjoy the holiday, and keep it frugal!