Frugal Tip: Think Smaller & Save Bigger

Not too long ago, I was in the need of some new sneakers.  I don’t wear them much but wanted a pair for everyday use when I do.  The pair I had had been great and lasted several years but have now retired to yard shoes” status.

I always joke that I’m too cheap for myself. My husband said “Just go buy the ones you want b/c you know they will last forever seeing how you never wear them.”

We headed to Academy in search of my sneakers and determined I was not going to talk myself out of buying them.  Well guess what? I did.  I just couldn’t see paying almost $100 for a pair of sneakers that I’d wear sometimes. I thought “Oh the kids could use sneakers too so let me go look for those.” Then I feel in love.

You see I have a small size 7.5 foot. I was looking at the kids shoes and thought “These don’t look much smaller than woman’s shoes AND they are 1/2 the price!’ I found a 6.5, slipped it on and it fit!!! I could get a pair of Asics for $29 instead of $89!  They were almost identical to the ones I was looking at in womens!  Hello $60 savings!

It gets better though. Apparently I’m rubbing off on my husband b/c he came around the corner with a pair of kids New Balance from the clearance section (which I didn’t even know they had) for $15! Amazed at his find I had to check out the clearance for myself.

I found and purchase a pair of Puma for $25!  The women’s were $96!  I saved over $70 by “thinking smaller”!

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MaryEllen Bream

I’ve done that too! The last 2 pairs of shoes I’ve had were girls Nike and Adidas. I wear a women’s 7 1/2, but the girl’s shoes fit just fine! The Nikes were $18, the Adidas were like $20.

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