Frugal Bra Shopping For The Not-So-Average Woman
Okay, so maybe you don't think that talking about bra shopping is really "money management" related. But fear not - the methods I employ to shop for bras can be used to shop for many other things. And, besides, smart shopping is money management of the most basic kind.
Once upon a time, I was a 36C. An average bra size one can find in just about any store. Too bad that was back in 4th grade. I am, as my spouse likes to say, well-endowed. I'm still a 36, but the cup size is a letter of the alphabet that shouldn't be used for clothing. I spent most of my adulthood buying whatever I could find in Target or Walmart that I could squeeze myself into, and really all that accomplished was some back pain and a lot of weird marks on my skin from clothes that fit incorrectly.
So two years ago, I did for me the unthinkable - I went to a real lingerie store and got correctly fitted for a bra. And I spent an incredible amount (in my eyes) for a bra - $55. For one bra.
And I've never regretted it. But here's where the frugal part comes in. I bought that bra and brought it home, but if you have to wear a bra every day, you can't really just have one. So I took the bra, and started searching for it online. I found the same bra on sale for $34 with free shipping, so I bought two more. I kept the first one I bought from the store, because they deserved the sale for taking the time to fit me and find the right bra, but I saved $21 per bra for the two additional ones by searching for them online. And now everything stays in its place just like its supposed to.
So if you need to buy something that you need assistance to buy, but need more than one - go to the store to get the first, but look for additional ones online. I do the same thing with my son's XW width shoes. his feet are so hard to fit I need to take him to the specialty shoe store - but once he's correctly sized I can look for any other types he needs (boots, dress shoes, or extra sneakers) online.