Friday, October 23, 2009

The deal I wish I had never gotten

I love clearance racks. My eye is immediately drawn to them; my heart skips a beat when I see rows of them in the back of a store.

OK, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but I have saved bookoos of money over the years shopping from them. I especially love to shop in January for the next year's winter clothing, or vice versa by buying summer clothes in August. But I digress.

A few months ago my four year old needed new underwear. She has stayed so tiny for so long that her old ones were falling apart from wearing them so long. I was in Walmart one night and saw and end cap full of clearance underwear. Great! Just what I needed.

I located a couple of different bags in her size. One had seven pairs for $5. That about seventy-one cents plus tax per pair. Sounds good to me! Right?

What I didn't realize was that each pair of these quite cute little panties had a day of the week embroidered on them! And my 4 year old can't read! And of course, wearing Wednesday panties on Saturday just can't be done. I don't know how much time I have spent hunting in the drawer for the right pair of panties! If I had it to do over again, I would have spent more money to buy underwear that would be suitable for every day of the week.

Of course, it is a little comical when she comes out of her room after a bath in the evening stark naked, asking, "What day is tomorrow going to be?" I guess that's worth something, right?

The moral of this story is: if you are going to buy underwear that is labeled with the day of the week, make sure you are buying them for a child who can read, or at least one who shares a room with an older sibling who can.


Tiffany said...

I LOVE IT! I did the same thing for Piper when we bought her first package of panties. But I, like you, couldn't stand the idea of letting her wear the wrong day underwear. So we put them in the back of the drawer and bought another pack of regular undies.

Tami said...

l, the funny thing is that it is Lauryn who doesn't like to wear the wrong panty on the wrong day. I'd just throw any pair at her and tell her to wear them. But she knows enough letters to know if she has the wrong day AND she has very helpful older sisters who like to TELL her she has on the wrong day. Now she's picky. :-(

Kristen and Dave said...

hmmm...wonder where Lauryn gets it, Tami??? seriously, this is cracking me up. Molly used to have those panties, and neither of us bothered to ever read what day it was. who cares, and who sees???

Amy Mantooth said...

OR, who doesn't care. We ended up with some of those. The girls were so excited at first. Now, they just reach in their drawer and pull out what ever pair their hand hits first.