Times are settling down a bit, and my husband encouraged me to buy a pair of boosts -- Just think, in photos we look back on the kids can say, oh that must have been the teens, see the boots mom is wearing. So I began to look, here and there. Cheap and second hand were not going to work because of my new foot sensitivities. New and expense gave me sticker shock. And then I walked into Macy's.
My purpose of being there was to find a snow globe for our son under the tree. They were sold out, but look there, the shoe department was amazing a 50% off sale on boots. I wandered over. A clerk approached and I clearly told her what I wanted: black, knee-high, no heel, and designed for comfort not style. Astute, she directed me towards a pair of Born (read with a slash through the o). Not at 50% off, they were marked down. She pointed out a few other pairs, less expensive, but I noted her comment that the Borns were made for comfort -- then I asked for a 7.5.
She returned with the boots, and a few others. I tried on the Borns and knew what she meant. I'd tried others on, but these were so comfortable. I said I'd take them and then asked "I don't have any coupons to go with my Macy's card, do you have any? If not I'll use my 1% cash back great card". She did, and extra 20% off, which was a $13 savings as opposed to earning $1.30 on my card.
At home I realized the box was quite large, and actually the perfect size for our 4 year olds' napping baby lovies (she is going through a Mama/Baby phase). Instead of donating it to the school for art supplies or recycling it, it began a source of enjoyment for our little one.
I do not make purchases like this regularly. Having avoided proper footwear in a long time, I have acquired two pricing pairs of boots in the past month. But, they'll last a long time, are comfortable and facilitate getting out in walking in winter weather. You'll note that at the point of purchase I looked for ways to save, and made the most out of the packaging. Key ingredients in our frugal life.