I had been doing fairly well. I’m not on an official Spending Diet, but I hadn’t bought a pair since March. And then I saw these:
First of all, they’re Bandolino. I love this brand; I consider it to be both stylish and functional. Any pair of Bandolino shoes that I have bought has never failed me. Secondly, they’re peep-toe. I’m a sucker for peep-toe. And the platform makes them much more deceptively comfortable than one would think. Lastly, the pattern was unique and eye-catching. Black peep-toes should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, and latest fad is the patent leather nude one. I wanted something different but still neutral.
I had actually been eyeing this pair via the DSW website (for those that are not shoe-aholics, that would stand for the Designer Shoe Warehouse) for over 2 months, and was taking my time to buy them. Luckily, when you check to see if a product is in your size, they have a handy-dandy message that pops up to let you know if they have 5 or less pairs left in stock. (ONLY 3 LEFT! It screams at you. In red, no less.) When I checked on Monday, there was only 1 pair left in my size, which of course made me leap into action.
Even though I made a purchase, of course I sought out multiple discounts. Normal price is $79; at DSW, they were already discounted to $59.95.
1. If you make a purchase of over $35 on the DSW website, your shipping is free. No costs in gasoline for a trip to the store or time expended.
2. I had $15 in Rewards Certificates to use. One was for $10 that had been issued to me back in the spring (of course, I’m a member of their free rewards program) that had been burning a hole in my online account. The other was for $5, and I have no idea why it was in my account. They might have put it there after a few months of inactivity to give me a nudge. DSW knows their clientele. Cost went down to $44.95.
3. Again, through the trusty Mr. Rebates site, I got 10% cash back on my purchase. Another $4.50 knocked off.
Cost was $40.45. All in all, 49% off from the original retail price. After adding sales tax, a total of $43.99. And I paid for them with a debit card, not a credit card.
Do I need these shoes? No. But it wasn’t an impulse buy, plus they will last me a long time. I take good care of my shoes. And I like pretty ones.
Disclaimer: I am not receiving any compensation or products from DSW or Bandolino for writing about this. I wish.