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Sneakers Update - Saving Money by Delaying Gratification

January 16th, 2011 at 01:37 pm

In May I wrote about Shape-Ups shoes and how I thought they were intriguing but couldn't see spending $100 on a pair of sneakers.

Text is http://scfr.savingadvice.com/2010/05/09/sneakers-on-the-ground_59019/ and Link is

At that time, I never saw them on sale. Well, now they are being sold at reduced prices. DH & I hit Dillard's New Year's Day sale and actually saw a couple styles being sold for as low as $40. That is the least expensive I have seen. Dillard's did not have my exact size, and I decided that if I was going to spend that much for a pair of shoes (I think $40 is still on the high side) they had better fit perfectly, so did not buy them.

Now Costco is selling them. $53 for women's & $47 for men's. All sizes and several styles available.

Doesn't that always seem to be the case? When something first comes on the market that you think is neat, if you just wait, the price almost always comes down (sometimes by quite a bit).

One of DH's customers came to stay with us for a few days. He also brought along one of his friends. We did as we always do when we have house guests, spiffying up the guest bath & 2 guest rooms (we have one formal guest room but also have a "flex room" that can be made in to a guest room when we need it), purchasing refreshments, booking tee times, washing the car, etc.

In DH's culture it is customary for house guests to give their hosts very nice gifts. Especially business associates, because they know that by staying at someone's house they are saving on the cost of a hotel, not to mention bar tabs & restaurants. We have received some very nice gifts over the years ... unfortunately, some are expensive but useless ones that we have ended up regifting or selling. Well, this particular customer of DH's is a doll who believes in giving his hosts something they really want, so he brought just a token gift (some food from DH's host country) and then kept his eye out to see what we really wanted.

Our house guests wanted to go shopping at Costco ... As you may be able to guess by now, "Mr. S" saw DH & I eyeing the Shape Ups and discussing them (we were both seriously considering buying them but weren't 100% sure since the price is still very high compared to what we usually pay), and announced that he wanted his gift to us to be one pair for each of us for our hospitality! Yipee! I now have the pair of Shape-Ups I wanted, plus DH has a pair, and we didn't spend a dime.

The 2 guests also each bought a pair for themselves, and Mr. S bought a pair as a gift for his wife.

9 Responses to “Sneakers Update - Saving Money by Delaying Gratification”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I think that is great!!

  2. Savings Queen Says:

    Congrats on the new shoes...nice score!!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Very nice. Enjoy the shoes!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I think Skecher's are doing something right. They have the light-up shoes for little boys, the glitter shoes for little girls, and shape-ups for adults. Wonder how their stock is doing?

    Enjoy your shoes!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Do let us know how comfortable they are as you break them in.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Very nice. I hope you like them!

  7. Jerry Says:

    I think that this is true with many things when they first come out... although the original shoes of this type (MBT, a Swiss company) still lead to very high prices because they have the insurance of being the "first" in the industry. That is so kind of your friends to repay your hospitality in that manner, and it sounds like you deserved it!

  8. Jerry Says:

    I think that this is true with many things when they first come out... although the original shoes of this type (MBT, a Swiss company) still lead to very high prices because they have the insurance of being t

  9. scfr Says:

    Today we received word that 'Mr. S' passed away 2 days ago. My husband was the first of his business acquaintances to be notified (the family wanted to maintain their privacy for a couple days so they didn't tell anyone outside of the family). DH was very touched that his wife reached out to him first. I revisited this post to see exactly when it was that he came to our house. In my original post I described him as a "doll" and indeed he was. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, friend. Today my husband & I will be wearing the shoes you bought us and listening to some of the jazz music that you loved so much while we reminisce about good times spent with you.

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