Sunday, May 10

I spent $105 on clothes

That may seem like a weird thing for a PF blogger to brag about. But for that $105, I got:

  • 1 workout tank
  • 4 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3 jeans

How is that possible, you ask? Well, thanks to my friends over at Engineer a Debt Free Life, I found out that Old Navy has a special page with "hidden" coupons. For example, if you clicked on the boy mannequin's floatation devices, you would have found a coupon for 20% off. These coupons are currently out. But they reload randomly, as I understand it, so be sure to check in every day or so! I was lucky enough to nab 25% off for my own email address, and $45 off of $100 for Tim's. (You can only print one coupon a week, so be sure you have the best deal in your cart, before hitting "Make A Coupon.")

Those two, plus some careful clearance-section shopping, allowed me to get significant bang for my buck. That's pretty handy, since I'm struggling with some weight gain. Now I actually have pants that I can breathe in. And that don't give me that unsightly, embarrassing muffin-top that I'm so self-conscious about. The shirts are good, too, because they're not as tight as my other ones. So, once again, I won't constantly be worrying about my tummy.

My usual MO is to just put my nose to the grindstone and start losing weight. Which I am doing. But I am also trying to be more realistic. (Or, to be more exact, Tim is making me be more realistic.) Since my body weight tends to fluctuate, it makes sense to have a couple sets of items. Chances are, I will eventually end up close to this weight again, what with my stress levels and sweet tooth (and being easily fatigued).

Do any of you have separate sets of wardrobes? What would you do right now if you found that you couldn't fit into your current clothes? Is it more important in a situation like this to be frugal or kind to yourself?

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Blogger Meg said...

Neat trick for the Old Navy coupons!

Right now the guest bedroom closet is full of clothes I can't wear right now. Arggggg! (And ironically, the room itself is now my gym.)

About a week ago I was at my highest weight ever :( I'm sort of kicking myself for getting rid of my larger clothes, not that all of them were so stylish anyhow. But on the other hand, I'm not running out to get new clothes, either -- even though I have a $60 gift card for T.J. Maxx. I have a small but still functional wardrobe and I don't go out much right now, so I'm mostly just wearing workout clothes anyhow.

Pants are the worst -- which is one reason why I pretty much gave up wearing them regardless of my weight (skirts are easier to wear through my own fluctuations). I have a couple pairs of bermuda shorts that fit and leggings for my skirts in case I need them for warmth (which will be next winter at the soonest). But yet I keep hanging on to a bag of jeans from my skinniest days. I figure, I don't need the room where they are and I hate pant shopping so it'll be nice if they ever do fit again. But... maybe it is time for them to go. Except for these clothes, I don't really hold onto a lot of things that I don't use/love. But yet... they remain.

The good news is, it looks like I am losing weight again! I'm down 6 pounds -- and though 5 is about what I swing with water weight, that should be high right now. This is especially great because it also means that I figured out what was causing me to gain weight. Sort of good and bad there, but I'll make sacrifices to keep my weight under control because I've seen what it has done to family members.

Best of luck keeping your weight under control. Trust me, I know how hard it is. And people don't understand unless they've been there.

May 11, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Blogger Abby said...


I completely feel you on the highest weight ever. And, really, who ENJOYS shopping for clothes when she's heavier than she wants?

The skirts idea is great. Frankly, I'm LOVING my Old Navy gaucho pants. They are a hand-me-down from a friend. I may invest in some more if I get more Old Navy coupons.

Congrats on the weight loss! I'm using the Alli. I'll be updating about that soon. It got a little slower, because I opted to take the weekend off. Down at Tim's parents, there's just not a lot of stuff to eat that wouldn't make me sick. Plus there is the most wonderful breakfast spot that has fab french toast. It'll slow me down, but it's okay.

May 11, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Blogger Mrs. Modern Tightwad said...

I keep two half-wardrobes. I keep a set that I can wear when my thighs are in agreement with the universe, and I have a set of drawstring and elastic wear for other times. The nice thing is I can always wear the period and stress friendly gear.

I wear yoga pants, skirts, stretch and carpenter jeans, tunic shirts, wraps, shawls, and similar. Ironically, a lost quite a bit of unhealthy weight, but I still wear clothes that "disguise." They are more comfortable, and I feel more modest and attractive with clothing that doesn't make me look heavy or skinny or anything other than like me.

May 11, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Blogger Stupid Sheep said...

Is that good? I don't shop for clothes much, but when i do it's thirft stores or Susie's Deals. One trip to SA i got a jewelry box, a dress, three pairs of pants, a tie, and a razor scooter for under $30. Now THAT's a good deal and it seems they have better selection than Old Navy, at least imho.

May 11, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Blogger Abby said...


Well, it's not bad for brand new stuff. I got a total of 11 items (I forgot about 1 shirt) so I paid less than $10 for brand new items.. While I'm not always a fan of Old Navy, I can usually find a couple of styles that are very comfy. And I've had good luck with their stuff's durability.

While thrift stores definitely have great deals, it's hard for me to find things that fit comfortably in those places. Plus the things may or may not be very used.

May 11, 2009 at 9:49 PM


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