As I’m driving home last night from my Christmas shopping (in September) I noticed the leaves starting to change on the trees. I also noticed the cold breeze….er 55 mph wind against my skin as I carried my sweet boy into the house juggling, keys, milk, purse etc.
And then I thought of my little black fleece. I’ve always been a bargain shopper, just not always an intentional one. What I mean, is that I used to buy a bargain just to buy a bargain. Now, I buy a bargain because it’s an essential item.
There was a time, before I recovered from this bargain mania craze, that I had about 10 fleece jackets. Yes, I lived in upstate New York, but I found that every time I was cold and found a fleece on sale, I bought it. I was cold alot in New York. Ten dollars here, fifteen dollars there. It really adds up.
That’s when I took the plunge in 2003 and bought a $90 EMS black fleece. (Eastern Mountain Sports: translation for those not from the Northeast.)
I still wear it.
I still love it.
I haven’t bought a fleece since.
It was an eye opening experience to realize that sometimes you spend a little more for quality and you get a better deal. This little black fleece has been with me in New York, Houston, Tennessee and Virginia Beach. It received more wear in some places, obviously. Now, of course, I would scour for a coupon and add ebates to my purchase, but none the less it’s averaged about $13 a year as is.
Now that I’m back in Ohio, I’m excited for the day (coming sooner than later) when I’m going to put on my little black fleece and think of all the money I’m saving by not buying another jacket this fall.
** Here’s the link to my little black fleece! They still sell it!**