As the winter chill came a bit earlier this winter season, I noted that my husband had few warm shirts to get him by (two to be exact). So, I set out on a quest to buy him a flannel shirt. I started off at the top, L.L.Bean, King of the Flannel Shirts. I noted that they had free shipping at $50 but most everything was priced at $49.95. Wise guys. The cart kept prompting me for five cents more, than the price of the shirt I selected, I could get free shipping. Not really. I’d have to spend at least another $20 to $30 just to avoid the $7.99 shipping charge. Or buy a more expensive flannel shirt. So, instead of spending $49.95 (plus tax) I was now up to $60 to $80. For one shirt? No thanks.
So, I thought I would give Old Navy a whirl. They also had free shipping after spending $50, but I’d have to buy two shirts minimum. And Old Navy shirts have a problem with shrinkage. After a few washings, their shirts can fit a medium sized stuffed koala bear. No thanks.
Which brings me to Amazon. I have a prime membership with Amazon which entitles me to free 2 day shipping with any order. Duh? I could have bought a man’s flannel shirt for $17.95 with free shipping. I got a brain storm, however, before placing any order with anybody.
I checked out the master retailer of all time: Wal Mart
I’ve heard a few people note that Wal Mart’s prices, especially on clothes (which BTW have vastly improved quality wise) have been less than the prices being charged in thrift and Goodwill shops and you’re getting brand new clothes at Wal Mart! Duh.
Wal Mart of course, has a minimum delivery charge, but it’s only $35. So, I ordered two double sets of flannel shirts, which means I bought my husband four flannel shirts at Wal Mart for less than what one shirt would have cost me at L.L. Bean (trust me, Wal Mart’s flannel shirt quality is really very good! especially for the money!)
My online order only came to $32.48 but I keep a running list of things that I need by my desk. I needed Jergen’s body lotion, included it in the order and got my free shipping.
Next, since I am getting a lot of company over the Thanksgiving holiday, I needed wine glasses. But not expensive ones. I like the rough and tumble Libby’s brand of drinkware. They hold up well in the dishwasher and with guests.
First place I looked was Amazon:
Then I looked at Wal Mart. The same exact wine glasses were only $4.96 per set of four vs $16.99 per set of four at Amazon. BIG DIFFERENCE! Wal Mart’s price was $1.24 per glass! Only problem was Wal Mart’s Libby wine glasses, at this price, were pick up only. No problem! For a bargain like this, it was worth it to me to get in the car and drive to Wal Mart. If I had known sooner, I would have picked up the flannel shirts also, but I digress. When I got to Wal Mart they also had Libby all-purpose wine glasses (for both red and white wine) in packages of 12 for only $9.94. That worked out to .83 cents a glass!
As I said, this holiday season, we have to shop around, both online and in the actual stores. I couldn’t get over the differences in all the product pricing. And I would have foolishly bought my husband a $50 flannel shirt if I wasn’t stingy about paying for shipping! Free shipping makes a big difference in the cost of things. But better yet, going to a real brick and mortar store got me the best bargains.
$8.12 for a flannel shirt and .83 cents for a decent wine glass?……I done
Happy shopping, people!