... went to Payless, that is.
IN MY DEFENSE, and I do have one, I was sorting through my email yesterday morning and saw that Payless was having a sale. I mean, *yawn*, they're ALWAYS having a sale, but this one?
Was that all clearance shoes were now five bucks. FIVE BUCKS.
COME ON! I'm only human.
I was determined to avoid the last Payless, which isn't difficult because there are two others in my town.
On my lunch break, I went to Payless #2. No obnoxious sales clerk, no pressure, just a confirmation that all red-tag shoes were five bucks. She even pulled all clearance shoes in my size(s) off the racks for me to look at! (Well, except for the stilettos. Oh my goodness Payless has some AWESOME stilettos, but I cannot wear stripper shoes without crippling myself, so sadly, those were out.) She DID ask me for my phone number at check-out, and you know what? I gave it to her. Because she was NICE. (And because I knew I'd get a $3.00 coupon if I gave it to her and then filled out a survey online. I will gladly sell myself out for money, I admit it.)
After work, I went to Payless #3. Again, no pressure, no guilting, and when that clerk asked for my phone number, she reassured me that it wasn't necessary to get the sale price. Nice.
So! I bought ... ummmm ... seven pairs of shoes.
SEVEN. I BOUGHT SEVEN PAIRS OF SHOES.
Now the big question: How much did it cost?
List price on the seven pairs of shoes was *gulp* $194.93.
But c'mon, we all know that everything at Payless is on sale all the time, right? So let's say they were having a BOGO sale, which they do a LOT, except at Payless it's always fake BOGO, buy-one-get-one-half-off, instead of real BOGO, which is buy-one-get-one-free.
So let's say it was a fake BOGO sale. The shoes would have been $146.20.
Or hell, let's say it was real BOGO, buy-one-get-one-free. The shoes would have been $97.47.
So how much did I pay?
By the time I got done with the clearance discount, plus a ten-dollar coupon I had previously gotten in-store, PLUS a coupon I had for filling out the on-line survey for the PREVIOUS visit (heh), I paid
drum roll please.
I PAID $22.88 FOR SEVEN PAIRS OF SHOES.
I win, Payless. I WIN.