New Shoes Needn't Cost a Small Fortune!

United States
March 13, 2007 8:38am CST
My grandson played outside in the snow for a couple of hours after school yesterday. His boots got soaking wet. I stuck a towel in each boot to absorb as much of the moisture as I could and placed them on the heater vent to dry overnight. The boots were still wet this morning. To keep his feet dry I had him place bread bags on his feet before putting on the boots. We left 15 minutes earlier this morning so we could go to Walmart to buy him new shoes. Today was my lucky day. I found 2 pair of shoes. One was a pair of workboots for $4 and the other was a pair of hiking boots for $7! He loved both pair. I advised him that it was an early birthday present. He thanked me for them. Of course he had to wear the hiking boots out of the store. He was prancing proudly in his new shoes as we walked across the schoolyard and into his classroom. It just goes to show you that you don't need to spend a fortune to put a smile on a child's face.
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@GardenGerty (102534)
• United States
13 Mar 07
That is so true. You actually have the basis for two discussions in your post, and I will respond to both. Wal Mart is a terrific place to shop, especially at the end of the "season". For Wal Mart, winter is over, but you found great fall/winter shoes, and you still need them, sounds like your weather is the pits. Giving happiness to kids--we could all do more of that, just by paying attention to the things that make them feel special. My grandson loves to be taken to the library, as a reward for good behaviour. How cool is that. We were going into a store, and he said, Grandma, can we buy some money? He wanted play money, and although I almost never buy him extra stuff, I know how much emphasis is placed on learning about money, even in elementary schools. I spent 97 cents for a cute little cash drawer, with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, ones fives, tens and twenties in bills. We went home and had a good time playing store. He will know money value, and how to count change back, long before he covers it in school and that actually meant more to him than much more expensive things I have purchased. Give a child a smile.
• United States
13 Mar 07
We often go to the Goodwill store for clothing and when there he will find a little toy that we can get for a song. We always agree on the toys that are most educational.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 07
Elusive you are totally correct on that one. It is not very often that I spend a Fortune on Kids as you can now get some lovely Stuff and it is not very Expensive.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
He really wanted a pair of cowboy boots that were priced at $11. Once he got them on he realized how uncomfortable they were. He saw the hiking boots and they were obviously going to be his favorites.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
13 Mar 07
That is such a wonderful story. Kids are so wonderful when they get something new. They can always put a smile on your face. Glad you got such a good deal on shoes
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• United States
13 Mar 07
He did bring a smile to my face this morning. Watching him prance about in those new shoes was wonderful.
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@tba123 (457)
• United States
13 Mar 07
That was a really good price for shoes. Glad you were able to find them for your grandson. it never ceases to amaze me the many different things that please children, when they're younger anyway lol. If we'd all could remember to enjoy all life's good things big and small we'd all have better days.
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
That is one thing I like about Walmart is the prices. But I find in the shoe department here they don't have a great selection in the size 3 area. I was looking for some cute rain boots for my granddaughter for spring. On the weekend, I got her a pair of jeans that flared at the leg, a pink striped tee and a beautiful jean jacket. It came to under 30 dollars. Now it might seem pricy to some but it is a nice outfit. When we put it on her, she act like she was all that and she was only 15 months old. If I had went to Old Navy I probably would have spent 60 or 70 dollars for the same thing.
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@cNotable (894)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Of course, you can get a bunch of stuff for cheap prices. you can always find deals if you look.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
I so agree with you there. I love the special deals that I could get at places like Walmart. This did not last very long because all of my boys ended up with feet so big. All 5 wear sizes 12 -14. Not many specials then anymore. But I still remember the looks on thier faces when I got the 2.99 on sale Spider man sneakers. Those are moments to cherish!
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I agree with you. I believe that you can find very nice things at very reasonable prices. I do like to by quality things, because if it is really nice, I like it to last a long time. But, I have friends that actually by very high-end designer things, and I look at the things that they bought, and cannot believe that they would pay so much for something that is not worth it. I like to shop at the nice stores, but I get them when the price has gone down to something reasonable. And, when I buy presents for all the children in the family, I can get the nicest things at clearance prices, unless it is something that I cannot find anywhere, then I pay the regular price. I think that some people are too guiided by appearances.
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I totally agree. I just had to buy more new shoes for my kids. They seem to need new shoes every 6-8 months. And of course both of them at the same time! Of couse I can never seem to find their size in the sale rake though. I refuse to pay more than $20 for a pair of shoes though - and then I still cringe!!! I know way too many parents that "have to buy" Nike's, etc... and will spend $50 plus for every pair of shoes and not think twice about it. I didn't buy my first pair of Nikes until about 7 months ago!!!
• United States
13 Mar 07
Wow, that's a good deal. I love it when I can find stuff for cheap like that. I just had to go out and buy my son some new shoes this past weekend. His feet grow so fast. He was in a size 2 and I went to put his shoes on and I couldn't get them on so we had to go buy a pair of size 3.
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@patootie (3593)
17 Mar 07
All my life I have never understood why women seem prepared to spend a small fortune on shoes .. in fact the less the materials in the shoe (like ultra strappy) the more they seem to cost ... and none of these 'fashion' shoes ever seem to fit anyones feet properly .. I really hate seeing women with toes hanging over the shoes edge, great big blisters and callouses from badly fiting shoes .. nasty gnarled and twisted toes scrunched up in 'fashion' shoes .. it's just so ugly .. for goodnes sakes women look at the shoes you buy and make sure they actually are your size and that they are wide enough to support your whole foot .. I am very proud to say I have wonderful feet that have carried me around for over half a century with a callous, blemish or even a slightly skew whiff toe .. And well done to you ElusiveButterfly for finding good shoes that will care for your grandsons feet and at amazing prices .. great bargains ...
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• Philippines
14 Mar 07
That is quite nice of you.. I am picturing in my mind how happy your grandson was when you got him those shoes..He's quite lucky to have you.:)
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@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I bought a lot of shoes at Christmas and all cost from .50 to 5 a piece and they were orginaly $15 - 48. Not to shabby at Target.
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@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
14 Mar 07
What a bargain you found! I love finding a bargain. I remember when our kids were little and happy to get new shoes. They didn't care about the cost, they were happy to get new shoes. Congrats on your great finds!
@AnnaB87 (761)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I was hoping you were going to tell me where to go buy some shoes because I need to get some for three of my kids, they are in need of shoes badly. But sadly tonight when I went to walmart I could not find any shoes their size on sale, so I am going to try to go to kmart tommorrow, and hopefully I will find something for them in their size that is on sale and looks nice, And I need to get me some shoes. I hate shopping for shoes..
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
14 Mar 07
Yes, your comments are quite true. I was always into bargains for my children. Still am. Of course it gets harder as they get older, as there are less cheap, reasonable quality shoes available. Last year for my daughters first year of high school, I managed to buy black sports shoes for $20.00 (they have to wear all black shoes). They didn't last long, and became shabby very quickly. The next pair I paid an extra $10.00 for, and they lasted nearly one year, and still are in good condition. She has just outgrown them.I have a pair of $1.00 thongs!
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Good for you! Have you thought about spending a few bucks on a can of waterproofing spray for those new shoes? It really does help. When I was 5 my babysitter did the breadsack thing to help us get our snowboots on and off easier. My mom couldn't figure out why I was fussing about the type of breadsack she used. I kept telling her I wanted ones with polka dots like all the other kids had. She finally figured out that the other kids ate wonder bread and that is why their sacks had colored spots all over them. My dad only ate wheat bread so she had to buy 2 loaves of wonder bread just to get the wrappers for me. After that I was happy as a clam. She said it was a lot cheaper to buy a couple of loaves of bread to make me happy than a new pair of shoes. lol
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Oh those are such special memories. He will never forget things like you did for him today. I always shopped sale racks for my children's things. Pooey on the name brand stuff (unless they are helping to pay for it, which mine do now that they are older).
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@XuryaZ (479)
• India
14 Mar 07
That os sp true. We can give happiness wiothout costing fortune.
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• United States
14 Mar 07
I am sure glad he was happy to go to walmart. My daughter is getting too darn picky. I went to walmart myself. The frugal shopper I am . I was very pleased to find a pair of danskin white sneakers for $19.95 on special I think. I will be buying these same sneakers when I need a new pair. I had to spend $115.00 buying this spend drift 2 pairs of sneakers. Lucky for us we saved for something.
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