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Gotta love JC Penney [Dec. 16th, 2004|06:49 am]

Many many years ago, when I had a different life, I worked as a manager for JC Penney. My mother also worked there as an associate (their name for "sales clerk", which allows them to make "associates" do all kinds of stuff without feeling guilty) until she retired. So, I have a certain fondness for the place, which is only enhanced by the fact that they put everything on sale, all the time. I think they have secretly become a discount chain but in order to avoid the stigma associated with discounters just have sales. They also carry some very nice lines of clothing, and they had the absolute best maternity wear of any store aside from A Pea in the Pod, which no normal human can afford.

In any case, my mother and I went Christmas shopping yesterday, and of course we went to JCP. I ended up getting three very nice presents plus four new pair of underwear for myself (since I am still wearing my maternity bikinis from when I was pregnant with The Boy, who just turned three). Full price would have been around $100, but between sales and coupons I only paid...wait for it...$41.

So, here's the part where I get weird...whenever I get great deals like this on presents for people, I always feel like I should buy more. Never mind that Aunt Mabel is getting a $50 sweater, if I only paid $10 for it I feel cheap. There have been years where I succumbed to the guilt and totally overbought for everyone, but I'm being strong this year. The fact that my Christmas budget is minuscule this year helps, but I am determined to be pleased with my purchases and view the tiny prices as a bonus.

[User Picture]From: azure_drake
2004-12-17 06:23 am (UTC)
Do not feel guilty for smart shopping. If you Aunt Mabel needs a new sweater get her a sweater in the smartest way you can.

Everyone can understand going house broke, but no one seems to understnad going gift broke. Do not let this world make you feel guilty for keeping some of your hard earned money for savings or your imidiate families needs (like food). No one should have to fast so they can afford Chistmas gifts.

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