About a month ago, I started investigating prices on suits for my son Thomas for his Grade 8 graduation in June. Someone kindly offered to lend us her son's suit, but unfortunately it was a little bit snug. I checked out Value Village, but I couldn't find one in Thomas' size and colour. Someone kindly gave us a coupon for Moore's so we went there next. I figured we would be able to rent a suit for about $80 and the coupon was for $40 so I though we would get half off. The young lady took Thomas's measurements and then had him pick out a vest and tie. Finally, we met at the cash register and the lady presented me with the rental agreement to sign; however, I wanted to know the final price first. The grand total was $160 -- for one evening's wear!
Now, a few years ago I might have just signed on the dotted line, given how much time the lady spent serving us, eventhough the suit was a lot more than I was led to believe it would be. However, the older I get, the more I realize the value of a dollar, and the more that I get irked when I feel like I'm being ripped off. So, I kindly thanked the lady and kept the piece of paper with the measurements, saying we would think about it.
My friend Mary Ann told me that we could own a suit for $100. I said to myself "This I have to see to believe." So today we headed to the Meadowlands in Ancaster to International Clothiers. I had phoned in advance to get some prices. How refreshing it was to find that what they had advertised was indeed true: they had $300 suits for $75! Thomas picked out a simple black suit and tried it on. He chose a red shirt with a red striped tie. The grand total was $96. I was smiling from ear to ear, on a high from the feeling that I had just gotten a great deal. Now Thomas will look smart for his graduation, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter (and any other special occasion). We should get a year out of it at least since the pants are a bit long and the waist can be let out. It pays to shop around!