Getting the Sale After the Fact

April 27th, 2012

I bought a dress last week, which was weird.  I don’t buy dresses, mostly because I don’t wear dresses.   Including the one I just bought, I have four dresses in my closet: my failed first wedding dress,* a flashy pink number I wore to a friend’s wedding a couple years ago and haven’t worn since, and a sparkly black strapless number I wore to a sorority formal in college and am holding on to out of the vain and delusional hope that my armpit flab may someday recede to pre-baby levels.

Suffice to say, I don’t do dresses.

Except that this one was so incredibly beautiful and fun and summery that it literally leaped off the rack at Kohl’s and into my arms.

The picture doesn’t do it justice.

The original price was marked as $50.  Of course you never pay original price at Kohl’s and it was on sale for 45% off.  I paid $27.50.  A good deal, though still more than I would normally spend on an impulse dress.

As luck (irony?) would have it, I arrived home to a 30% off coupon from Kohl’s waiting in my mailbox.  I’m not always good about demanding that they honor better prices, but this time I did, by gum.  I wanted my 30% so I marched back in later that week and made the exchange.  It just so happened that they had already marked it down another 5% already, so let’s do the math together:

Original Price = $50
First Sale Price = $27.5
Better Sale Price = $25
My Final Price = $17.50

Now we’re talking.  The moral of the story is twofold.  Number one, when a beautiful orange dress wants to be your friend, say yes.  Number two, don’t be afraid to hold a store to its sale prices.  If it goes on sale shortly after you buy it, they will often give you the better price!

This post is linked up to Frugal Fridays at Life as Mom.  Stop by to see how others are saving money!

*The grammatical ambiguity of that phrasing requires me to clarify that the dress was a failure, not the wedding.  I tried to have my wedding dress handmade by a tailor in India.  It looked like a sack.  So I bought one at David’s Bridal six weeks before the wedding and I looked radiant, if I do say so myself.

4 responses to “Getting the Sale After the Fact”

  1. I love this post, Kate! Yes, when the perfect orange (or other striking color, if you are a redhead) dress jumps out at you, wrap it in your arms and take it home. The right place to wear it will come along immediately after!

  2. Jaclyn says:

    “armpit flab.” LOL! I have this too, and shy away from sleeveless dresses for the same reason. :( You will look lovely in that dress, especially with your dark hair! GOOD BUY!

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