Timing Your Shopping Spree and Smart Credit Card Use

As a nod to my buddy over at Fiscal Musings, here now is my first (and maybe last, who knows) blog about financial issues.

This past weekend I decided it was time to add a bit to my wardrobe.  I was after some long sleeve shirts for work to get me through the rest of winter and the spring.  Our destination for the day, JC Penny.

Weekends are good times to shop at Penny’s.  They are almost always having a weekend sale of some sort.  This weekend we found stuff up to 60% off on clearance.  Of course, being March it makes sense that these clearance items were long sleeves shirts, just what I was after.  So we tooled around and finally ended up with 6 shirts, all on sale.

Now here is where the credit card angle comes in.  I have a Penny’s card.  I rarely use it.  The only reason I have it was from a previous shopping trip that was pretty big, and Penny’s offer of an extra 10% off if you apply for a card and use it that day.

Now, on this trip to the mall, along with the clearance sales, they were offering an additional 15% off if you make the purchase with your Penny’s card.

Well, I had a $0.00 balance on the card, and I had intended to buy  the shirts with my debit card, so I made the call that I could get the extra discount and pay the card off as soon as I get the bill, and not have to worry about interest accruing.

This is the catch though.  I have the money in the bank to pay it off immediately, and I was planning on paying it straight out of my bank account in the first place.  If I didn’t have that money sitting there, ready to pay off the card, I wouldn’t have used it.

But I did, and all told, I spent $80 for $210 worth of clothes.

Win for me.

Moral of the story, shop the sales, and use credit wisely if you have the opportunity to get something out of it.

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2 Responses to “Timing Your Shopping Spree and Smart Credit Card Use”


  1. 1 Fiscal Musings March 11, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Nicely done. I should probably also spruce up the wardrobe a little, but I just never do. I also thought that the shirts you wore the last two days looked new; I just hadn’t said anything. Anyway, $80 for 6 shirts is quite the score.

  2. 2 Alton J. Jones March 19, 2008 at 5:13 pm

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