I looked at some of the items they had for sale, including t-shirts, blouses, dresses, and skirts. But what I really needed was a pair of black pants to wear to the office and/or casual gatherings. So I concentrated on finding myself a pair of black pants.
The only problem with this chain of stores is, one can't try on the items in the store before buying them. There are no fitting rooms and no mirrors. You have to buy the items, take them home, try them on and, if they don't fit, exchange them for something else within 7 days, but you can't return the item to get your money back. These rules are what allow them to sell at the discounted prices they offer. So you really have to know your size or guess well! It makes clothes shopping a bit more challenging!
They don't carry the brand I've been wearing, but I found a pair of black pants for $9.99. They had some other pairs for as little as $3.99, but they weren't what I was looking for (the fabric, sort of denim like, seemed too casual to wear to the office). I didn't know my size, but the medium looked too small so I thought I'll try a large. My thinking was, if the large didn't fit me, then, I'd exchange it for a medium which would have fit daughter. The pants are too long, of course, and I will have to shorten them, but they fit!
|New Black Pants|
|Receipt (bit blurry)|
I didn't spend any money on clothes in 2016, so I had $120 in my clothing budget at the beginning of this year and, since we are in June, I have accumulated another $60 in the clothing allowance for a total of $180. So far this year, I spent $32.61 for a pair of shoes in May and now, $10.86 for the pair of pants. As a result, I have $180 - $32.61 - $10.86 = $136.53 left in my budget. I will be adding $10 per month to it, as well.
I would like to buy at least another couple of pairs of pants for the office, but I haven't decided on the color. Maybe a dark grey or a brown? Perhaps a lighter beige or cream/white? My immediate need was a pair of black pants and that need has been met. :) I just have to sit down and shorten them!
The next item I think I need is a plain black blouse with short sleeves, similar to the purple blouse I am wearing in the picture, above. That is my usual blouse style! The black blouse I have right now is too stretched out. I looked at the blouses at the store, today, but didn't see the type of black blouse I was hoping to find.
After my clothes shopping, I came home, tried on the pair of pants, had a sandwich for a late lunch, wrote a couple of blog posts, and took the trash cans out to the curb. I called the jury service to see if I need to report in person tomorrow and was told I didn't have to report in person, but call tomorrow evening after 7:00 p.m. to find out about Wednesday. I am hoping I won't need to go in on Wednesday, because I have a doctor's appointment scheduled for Wednesday morning. Later, I chatted on the phone with an aunt who called, exchanged emails with a friend, and video chatted with daughter. Did the dishes. Cooked rice and baked the last two fillets of battered fish for dinner.
I finished my round of antibiotics, today. Hopefully, the toothache won't return before my tooth can be attended to!
Today, I am grateful for:
- I was inspired by my daughter to go shopping for myself!
- I was able to find a pair of pants which fitted and which I liked!
- My immediate clothing needs have been met.
- I didn't have to report for jury duty.
- My toothache has subsided.
How was your Monday? Have you gone clothes shopping lately?