My wardrobe has been dwindling as I’ve been continuously purging the old, worn out items and those that I no longer wear. It inevitably leaves a gaping hole where I should have some staple items – like sweaters. I am wardrobe challenged for the winter season.
As any girl would do, I had to solve this problem with spare cash I have tucked away and I went clothes shopping. I honestly don’t like buying clothes while I’m in debt, but I do realize that being in sales my wardrobe portrays a certain image to customers and colleagues. Sad but true. I work in an industry where image is as important as a real estate agent or fashion model.
I enjoy psychology so I always find it interesting to see how a customer reacts to what I may be wearing. For example, a healthcare client (non-exec level) sees a sales rep in a suit as a threat and will not interact with you. Why? They think you work for corporate and you’re there to steal their benefits, pension or pay away. They see it as intimidating. On the flip side, large enterprise customers or law firms are much more open to a suit. It can even get as tricky as what geography you are in. Downtown Toronto? You have to dress chic and in a suit.
I endearingly call it dressing for my customer. I want them to be at ease when I come in for a visit, not on pins and needles. Anyhow, I’ve gotten carried away on the psychology of it all…down to the real question.
Would you drive 120KM’s (60K each way) to get $119 back on a purchase?
You’re going to do what!? You’re crazy! Drive 120KM’s for $119!?
I agree 120KM’s is a long way; would it even be worth it to take the time and do this? Let’s say I use 8 litres of fuel, which is what my car consumes per 100K, at 1.35 per litre that equals $10.80 in gas used. Normally, I would stop here. Realistically, my time and wear and tear on my car would be minimal. I suppose you could get super particular and figure it all in but I go in my spare time on a lunch break or after work and its all highway driving. Let’s say I end up with $100 back in my pocket, I think that is more than worth it.
Yes, my financial friends, I drove 120KM’s to get $119 back on a purchase. I dislike paying regular price for anything anymore. I suppose it’s a side effect of being a personal finance blogger, albeit a good side effect. I take my time and do my best to make planned purchases now instead of random shopaholic impulse spending as I used to. I have also developed a knack for knowing when something will be on sale.
So, it’s your turn, would you do what I did to get $119 back? What would be the minimum to make it worthwhile? $25 $50 You tell me! Go!
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