When I thought about what I would title my post today, I thought back to my baby sister and how cute it was when she sang Captain and Tennille’s “Shop Around” song in the late seventies in her little three-year-old voice.
The reason I’m writing today about shopping around is that over the past several days I have saved forty-one dollars by not buying the things I needed to buy at the places it was suggested I would find them.
As you know, I met my podiatrist a week ago today. He told me to pick up some Pinnacle Maxx Powerstep Orthotic insoles at Brown’s Shoe Fit Company in Warrensburg, my old college town, to battle against the diabetic callous on the ball of my left foot.
It turns out that Brown’s did not have my size, but the sales girl slipped a size smaller into my shoe and had me stand on it, saying that sometimes people are able to get by with the next smaller size.
It felt okay to me, so I decided to go ahead and get them instead of ordering the correct size and then having to make the half-hour drive back to pick them up. When she rang them up, however, I was mortified that, with tax, they were going to cost me over forty-eight dollars!
I gasped, “Forty-eight dollars!? That’s like buying a whole pair of shoes!” (Okay, maybe not for the rest of you women, but I live on a tight budget most of the time. I don’t spend lots of money on shoes and purses–not when there are house payments and car payments to be made.)
She acknowledged my comment, but I don’t remember exactly what she said.
I asked her how long they would last and she said it depended on how much I used them, but some people were able to get eight months out of them. That was an unacceptable answer, too. I try to get my shoes to last a good year before I start thinking of replacing them, and I don’t wear more than one pair. The pair I wear at home is the pair I wear to work is the pair I wear to church, etc.
When I got back to Chuck, who had been waiting in the car, I said, “Well, I got them. But they were kind of expensive.”
“They better not have been!” he said. “How expensive?”
He was flabbergasted when I told him. “All you do is cost me money,” he muttered.
Now that I knew what I was looking for, the exact name of the product, what the box looked like, etc. I decided to check Ebay when I got home to see if I could maybe find the same thing, only cheaper.
Bingo! Not only that, I was able to get them in the exact size I needed. Brand new, of course, still in the box, for twenty-seven dollars and thirty-three cents–with free shipping!
Still having my receipt, I was able to take the other ones back to Warrensburg the very next day and order the cheaper ones online. The company was Van De Leigh Sports and they are located in Illinois.
I received them in the mail today and have already made a trip downtown to see Dr. Grayson to have them customized for my feet. I waited in the lobby while he worked on them. He is absolutely convinced that callous will eventually be completely gone.
When he appeared in the lobby today with my shoe in hand, I asked him if his brother-in-law owned Brown’s shoe store. He said, “No, why?”
“Because they charged me forty-eight dollars for these! I thought maybe you sent me there because a relative owned the store,” I said, joking.
“Oh, that’s too much,” he replied. “They should have been about thirty-seven.”
“Well, I took them back because I found them online for twenty-seven dollars and thirty-three cents with free shipping.”
“I’m glad you told me that,” he said. “I learn from you guys. That’s how I pass stuff along to other patients.”
I told him I also found the Amope Pedi Perfect callous remover online for only $18.89 with free shipping. It was going to cost me, with tax, over $38 at Wal-Mart.
“Keep telling me things like that,” he said. “That how I can help others.”
By shopping around online, I was able to save over forty-one dollars this week, and, ladies, that is how you do it.
Just because your podiatrist–or any other doctor, for that matter–tells you to buy something at a particular place doesn’t mean you actually have to buy it there, unless insurance or something also is a factor (which it wasn’t for me).
Now I am all set to walk all over Silver Dollar City and Branson with my new orthotic inserts. Truly I feel like a new woman with new feet!
Stats for today:
Exercise: a mile so far on the treadmill
Breakfast (8:30) E: two slices of Ezekiel toast and mocha cheesecake FSF
Lunch (12:30) E: lean deli turkey meat on Ezekiel bread with lettuce, onion, one wedge of lite Swiss Laughing Cow cheese and a Blueberry Cheesecake shake
Afternoon snack (4:00) E: Gala apple and Triple Zero Greek yogurt (by the way, I looked for Triple Zero Greek yogurt yesterday at Sam’s Club, and they told me they no longer carry it!)
Dinner (7:00) off-plan: I had Chelsea’s leftover chicken-fried steak from Corner Cafe last night. She said she didn’t care for it and wasn’t going to eat it. I had planned to make myself a sirloin burger with onions and mushrooms, but temptation got the better of me. I fixed a big portion of steamed broccoli to go with it and some coconut crack bars for dessert.
Diabetic supplements: two a day of folic acid and vitamin B complex; vitamin C, vitamin E, two cinnamons, one magnesium; plus my Lipitor for my cholesterol (which has come down dramatically since my last six-month checkup)