You Better Shop Around. Especially This Holiday Season.

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.

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Least expensive flannel shirts at L.L. Bean but most expensive to me!

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.

old navy flannel shirts
I’d have to buy two shirts to get the free shipping.

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.

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Amazon had a reasonable selection of men’s flannel shirts.

I checked out the master retailer of all time: Wal Mart

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Wal Mart had an excellent assortment of men’s flannel shirts, starting at $8.72 (or a 2 pack for $16.24 =$8.12 per shirt)

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:

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The price came out to $4.25 a glass

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 good, excellent!

Happy shopping, people!

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Here are my new Libby, all-purpose wine glasses, washed and crystal shinning in my kitchen cabinet. They look fantastic!

 

 

13 comments

  1. I’m so glad you found something affordable. I actually love Walmart. We do a lot of our shopping there. I’ve mentioned that we sometimes buy clothing for our three grandchildren. I used to buy it on sale at Macy’s, JCPenney‘s or Kohl’s.

    But, I’m retired now and I cannot afford that. We have drastically cut down our shopping for the grandkids. When we do need to get something, our go to store it is —— Walmart! They outgrow it in a few months anyway.

    I’m glad you found good, warm flannel shirts for DH there. I have bought a lot of things there for myself and for my husband and find them very worth the price.

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    • HI Teri. I’m still wearing my flannel pj’s from Wal Mart over 5 years ago (at under $10). Yet that $57 I spent on a Lands End pj, thinking I was upgrading my sleepware, only lasted 10 months before ripping to shreds. Geeze. All I did was sleep in it.
      WalMart has come a long, long way and I give them a lot of credit. Literally LOL!
      Thanks for your comment.

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    • We are very rarely here in the northeast when the weather gets this cold. Hubby needed some warm shirts. I’m glad I found his some too, without breaking the bank!! LOL!

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    • WalMart does a spectacular good service to people. They make life affordable. With dignity. Some people say awful thing about WalMart but I don’t. They are an American treasure. Without them, Amazon would take over. Then, where would we be?
      Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Target can be good as well, specially when they have sales.

    We use their red card and get 5% off purchases, in addition to any Circle ⭕️ discounts they may have.

    We pay it off at the end of the month and it works out well for us. But only if the bargains are worth it, and needed.

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    • Hi Teri. My girls LOVE Target. They swear by that store. They are always raving about the great bargains they get there. I have to stop in one day and give a look.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  3. I enjoy shopping with Amazon Prime but Walmart has some good deals too AND you can get up to 5% cash back with Rakuten (formerly Ebates). Do you use Rakuten? Some online stores are 10%, can’t beat that. Since I mostly shop online I’ve gotten back thousands of dollars thru the years. They’ve recently added in store shopping cash back too!

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    • Hi Dee. Walmart just came out with a new credit card (changeover) and you get 5% back when you use it at WalMart stores or online. I never used Ebates/Rakuten but I’ve heard good things about it. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the tips!

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  4. Wow! Great deals, Cindi. I also comparison shop as I refuse to pay for shipping and have founds deals in the most unlikely places. If you search for a specific item on Google, a list of retailers and their prices will appear. Thank you for doing the heavy lifting on this. Much appreciated.

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