Eighty Dollars to Avoid the Green Jacket
In the midst of vacation planning, we determined we’d probably need heavier jackets for the hiking portion of our trip. Plus, every time we go hiking, it is chilly enough in the mornings that we’d definitely use something warmer – if we owned it.
I’ve been lusting over Patagonia’s down jackets for a long time – but I never could bring myself to spent the money. Until now! We determined there was an immediate need, and that we would use some of the remaining wedding cash towards the jackets. I know that isn’t traditionally what it is for, but it’s not my fault I had a small wishlist for our home!
I was kicking myself for not catching one on sale last year and I found nothing in my size (XS, but an S would work too) anywhere for less than the $200 asking price. The very next day, last season’s Patagonia Down Sweaters go on sale for 40% off! How lucky!
I stopped by the Patagonia in town, but they didn’t have my size. Online they only have a sort of ugly green color left for girls. Normally, I’m not picky about colors on my hiking clothes, and to save $80, who cares? But… For whatever reason, I cared! I paid $80 extra to get the color I wanted (brown), at full price, because this coat will be worn off the trails as well in cooler weather (meaning, probably not in L.A.). I tried on black, tan, red, and blue and was ok with all those colors. But I hated the green! I don’t know if ANY of my other gear was full price, and it feels so WRONG to pay full retail!
Honestly, I’m still not totally comfortable with paying $80 extra, and I don’t know if my frugal friends in the pf world (that’s you!) will agree it was the best choice. In fact, it’s kind of an irrational and insane choice, yet I can’t bring myself to change my mind and get green!
What do you think? Have I lost my mind, or am I just putting fashion above finance? (Or is that the same thing?)