Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

Seems I stirred up a firestorm on my Facebook page yesterday. I mentioned that the local mall was opening a Lululemon and that I thought Lululemon was overpriced for what they offered. I had some people who agreed with me and wondered what constituted a high-end sweatshirt :) and others disagreed with me as they claim it's high quality and worth every penny. Personally I tend to buy sports bras from Target, get no-named brand shorts from Dick's Sporting Goods, and why would you ever need to buy a technical shirt when you get one from every race you do and do many workouts in just a sports bra?

Truth be told, I try not to pay full price for anything. I use coupons for EVERYTHING. I recently went shopping at the mall and bought a long sleeve shirt, two sweaters, a skirt, one pair of dress pants, and two pairs of earrings for about $100. How did I do that? Sales, a Groupon, and two coupons. Score one for the good guys.

So, what are you willing to pay full price for? What will you absolutely NEVER pay full price for?

8 comments:

SSB said...

I have 1 pair of Lululemon shorts and a top that were used for a photo shoot. I love them. But I won't go to the mall (it's in a HUGE mall that's a nightmare to get in/out of) to get any others. I think they are pricey. I usually don't pay full price for things like that. I have a great sponsorship that gets me most clothing (workout) I need at cost. I splurge from time to time, but target brand stuff is probably made in a similar factory somewhere outside of the US as most of the other name brands anyway.

Andrea said...

You saw my FB post about all the bike gear I bought last night. But what I didn't tell you (or the rest of the world) is that the bike team I'm on is sponsored by the LBS and once a year we get HUGE discounts on Specialized,Sram and Zipp stuff.

So ... those wheels and cassette were at a HUGE discount. I would have never bought them otherwise. ;)

Judi said...

i go to the thrift store on tuesdays when everything is 50% off. if that tells ya anything. :0)

D said...

Despite being willing to buy Lululemon at retail (granted rarely cuz I'm poor), I do actually get a discount there. I used the same pair of black pants every day while I worked at the gym. Now that's quality! Or gross ;)

Michelle said...

hmmm . . . I often buy generic at the grocery store or pharmacy, and often get clothes at a thrift or second-hand or consignment store, and buy books/DVDs used, but I generally think shoes are worth paying extra for good quality.

M said...

I saw your FB post and completely agreed with it. I think their stuff is super cute and really wanted a pair of their running shorts this summer, but at $64 dollars a pair, I could have bought three pairs of my running tights I love from Target. If I could score a deal on some of their items, I might give it a try.

I think my choice in clothes is both due to price and durability. I am picky about fit, so when I find something I like, I just wear it down - and I usually only buy when its on sale. When it comes to athletic gear, I am definately the girl at the gym who has been riding and running in the same clothes for the last four years. I am at the point where I need to switch some stuff out because it just stinks, but the replacements will lilely come from Target, Dicks, or the like (bike shorts come from the bike store). I also wear my race tech shirts down to threads, and then retire them and had my mother-in-law sew them into a quilt.

Anne said...

I usually buy quality when I do buy but is very rare as I have just one of everything. That's right ONE pair of shorts, one pair of bike shorts etc. I do admit I have a ton of 'free' race shirts.

Melissa C said...

I pretty much use coupons on everything, except for food at the grocery store, because rarely are there coupons for store brand food. If we are eating out, we have a coupon, if I am buying clothing, I use a coupon if it isn't on sale already. I will pay full price for childrens shoes if they come from Target, but all other shoes I either get on sale or ask for some sort of discount (I get one through my tri club). I will pay full price for my tri club's uniform, as that is already being offered to us at the club's cost. I try to haggle as much as I can, including my gym membership. Ryan works for Ford, so we get a set discount on cars and stuff at the car dealership, but I have been able to negotiate higher trade in values and shed a tear or two to get a free tire a couple of times. I think that only works for girls :) I wish the cable company was negotiable!