If attending a wedding/rehearsal dinner of friends, it can be assumed that you're going to see a lot of skin - lots of strapless dresses, thin straps, sleeveless tops, etc. But when attending a party with mostly older people, you might or might not see a lot of skin. My mom for example (who has fabulous arms), always covers them with a jacket or a scarf. So, if I were to wear a strapless dress to this party on Friday, I could potentially be showing more skin than most people in attendance - and I'm not really comfortable with that. (Not to mention that the temperature predicted for that day is 28 degrees.)
So - I wanted to buy a new dress for it: a) with some sort of sleeve, b) that I can wear again, and c) that's on sale. I realized that JCrew was doing 30% all sale items - so I chose this dress (which is taffeta - you can't really tell in the picture).It will be perfect - and I know I'll wear it a lot (since I have a long-sleeved black wrap dress that I have worn 3645+ times). And this one was on sale for $99. So with tax & shipping, the total was $130. When I went to enter the 30% off code, I realized it was only for total purchases of $150 or more. Boo!
But then - I got an idea. What if I added something else to my cart that would bring the total up to $150? I chose this cute belt that I had seen in the Fall catalogue.
It was on sale for $25. When I added it to my cart, the merchandise alone was not $150 - but once the shipping and tax were added, it was $160. So THEN I entered the sale code - and voila - my new total was $115 - for TWO items! I'm so excited (and definitely wondering why I've never done that before - add another small item when the total is really close to the amount you have to spend to get a discount). Nice sale, JCrew - I'll be happily sporting your merchandise on Friday!