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Cindi    Posted 08-06-2003 at 15:30:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
School clothes shopping at Tractor Supply. Jake wanted Justin boots, 120.00 a pair. I just stared.

"Fine, I don't know who you think you live with, but go ahead and get them, just know that you will be wearing last years shirts and jeans and judgin' by the amount of ankle shinin' you better buy some long socks."

I had sudden visions of kids calling him Jethro Bodine.

"At least you'll be able to really show off those new boots." I giggled at him.

"Aww....mom! Everybody wears Justins."

"I don't."

Whine, whine, and whine some more.

"Look, your school clothes budget is $150.00. Not a penny more. Get your boots and see how far the rest of it will take you on clothes." I said. I wasn't going to argue with him.

Fifteen minutes later.

"How much will tax be on the boots?" He asked, his fingers spread wide, countin'.

"Better plan on at least eight bucks."

"This is impossible." He said.

"I figured that, you just had to see for yourself."

I led him to a pair of Woverines that, having the ability to do math, I had calculated would be about twenty two dollars with 70% off the sticker price. He ended up with the Wolverine boots, three pairs of Wrangler jeans, four Wrangler t-shirts, four long sleeved Bit and Bridle dress shirts, a Wrangler belt, and God bless me, six pairs of Wrangler socks. I didn't even know there was such a thing.

"Now aren't you glad you didn't blow your whole budget on one pair of butt ugly boots." And they were too, yuck!

"Yeah, I guess. But they weren't ugly, the Wolverines are ugly."

"Well look at it this way, you can hide 'em under those nice new wrangler jeans that will actually cover your big hairy ankles."

$148.67. Dang I'm good.



magpie    Posted 08-07-2003 at 22:05:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
You folks from south of the 49th parallel have it made when it comes to clothes. Up here if you went to a clothing store with only $150 you wouldn't get much. And what you did get would be mostly not worth taking home. I travel to your country twice a year to buy clothing, even with the exchange it is much less, and I get good cotton clothes that fit and last.


magpie    Posted 08-07-2003 at 22:07:07       [Reply]  [No Email]



~Lenore    Posted 08-07-2003 at 11:11:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Real good shopping, Cindi.
Also jake has something to work for and save for.

He can do a little work and save up for those $120.00 plus tax $9.90=$129.90. It is funny though when it is your money, how hard it is to spend that much on one item.


KellyGa    Posted 08-06-2003 at 17:37:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good one! Tell him he can't just wear boots, he has to have clothes too! lol That WOULD be a fashion statement! ;) Nekkid as a Jaybird, but I'll be lookin good in my Justins! Yeah, right. He will be a better person for getting the Wolverines. 120.00 for shoes it crazy. The most I think I ever paid for Shelby some shoes was some mighty fine white cowgirl boots with silver stars and tassles down the side of them! Those were like 40.00. Nice job standing your ground, way to go Mom! :)


Cindi    Posted 08-06-2003 at 18:08:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
The most I ever paid for shoes was sixty dollars that was twenty years ago, a pair of Nikes. But, I had them for six or eight years and they washed up like new every time. I really miss those shoes...wonder where they went.


Jimbob    Posted 08-06-2003 at 17:01:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad up here the 'fad' items were not a big deal to the kids. In fact, some felt lucky to have an old winter coat.


ret    Posted 08-06-2003 at 16:17:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember taking my daughter shopping for school clothes, she was pretty conservative in most things, didn't really pay any attention to what she bought In later years we would go up to Redwood City in Ca to the Thrift village and she would pick out cashmere sweaters and lots of good clothes that the rich people of that area gave away. But,a boy has to have his boots. By the way, never liked Justins. You done good.


Les    Posted 08-06-2003 at 15:40:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a kid and when my own kids were growing up, never once did we go "shopping for school clothes".
You are really a whipped mama, Cindi. Close your eyes and repeat quietly after me:
"Thrift shop, thrift shop, thrift shop."
"Rummage sale, rummage sale, rummage sale."
Do this as many times as it takes to build your strength back up, especially those muscles that run up each side of your spine.


Cindi    Posted 08-06-2003 at 15:49:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been that route, and by the time you dig through the piles of clothes trying to find something that will actually fit, you find the cigarette burn hole or the ripped seam. No... the one thing I won't scrimp on is school clothes. Now for me, I could care less and will wear the thrift store clothes.

But the kids get new clothes at the beginning of the year and they make them last all year. Then they usually get a few things at Christmas because by then it's starting to turn cool,and they need jackets and sweat shirts.

Jake will need new boots about halfway through because his feet grow so fast you can actually watch it happen, the girls, undergarments. I don't think I'm whipped, they are growing up very cost conscious, Jillian hits yard sales all the time and brought home a brand new pair of Wrangler jeans that she paid a dollar for. Jake will soon learn that brand names are okay within reason, but more is better.



Aaarrrrrrgghhhh!    Posted 08-06-2003 at 16:01:14       [Reply]  [No Email]

"I could care less"

You did that on purpose, didn't you? :(


dang ...dang... dang ...d    Posted 08-06-2003 at 16:34:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
dang dang dang...he11's bells...dang dang dang!

No I didn't. Old habits die hard.

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Les...ROFLMAO!!    Posted 08-06-2003 at 16:53:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't punish yerself too much!


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