Money, Money, Money

It has been one of those spend, spend, spend days, and we have got through more money than we spend on food in an entire month.
OK, we treated ourselves to lunch out, which was £15.
And I got the DVDs I wanted, so that was another £25.
And we fuelled up the car, a further £25.
And did a bit of Christmas shopping, another £30.
But the bulk of our expenditure today was on me.
Those of you familiar with my blog know how much I hate shopping for shoes or clothes.
Then should I find something I like, I tend to buy more than one.
OK then…………………..

Hubby had a hospital appointment today 35 miles away. As it was one of the major towns, we thought FIELD TRIP, and despite his appointment not being until after 3pm, we decided to make a day of it and left home just after 10am.
After giving The Precious its virgin outing last week, I thought I could go into M&S where I got my sports bras in 2016 and 2018 and use their measuring service as according to the nurse who fitted me out, they do a range of mastectomy bras at reasonable prices.
Hubby thought, and I agreed, it would be worth a phone call to check as last time they didn’t have my size and I ordered them for home delivery.
Much to my surprise, according to the internet, the store isn’t there any more, so I rang the nearest M&S to us to see if they did lingerie. I was put on hold for over five minutes whilst the guy went to check (he sounded as if he didn’t know what lingerie was and kept asking me if it was lingerie I wanted). Eventually he came back and said he could not find a department number for that particular store so it was obvious that although I had dialled the store’s number direct, I had been put through to a call centre. I wasn’t surprised at there not being anything relevant as this was a new store which is actually an M&S Food Hall, but it was worth a shot.I thanked him anyway and thought about other stores in the town that I’d visited before when shopping for undies. I rang another number, the shop where I bought my jeans years ago (they still fit) and apparently they no longer sell lingerie at all! There were a couple more, but all I could remember was cheap ill fitting underwired bras which was not what I wanted, neither did they have a measuring service.

Hubby in the meantime had got on the internet and found a brilliant site with a wide range of pretty bras both with or without pockets for a prosthetic and looked up their nearest retailer to us.
Hurrah! With a little detour it was in the small town about three miles from the woods where we used to walk the dog, so we were familiar with the road and knew roughly where we had to go.
I rang them this morning and left a message on their ansafone. Half an hour later we tried again, then after posting my local cards and walking the dog, we set off anyway in the hope that they were open and could help me.
En route, we had a call and yes, they still did the measuring service and were open until 5pm, so we said we were already on our way and would see her in about half an hour.

What a lovely lady, and what a lovely shop. She couldn’t have been more helpful, and I had a wide range to choose from in a variety of sizes and designs. She didn’t actually measure, but did fit, as she agreed that bras may be the same size on the label, but styles, manufacturers and fabrics can make them all have different fittings.
I explained what I was after and the size I had bought before, so that was our starting point. She brought out a bra to try, so The Precious was taken out of the box and I tried it on. It was a good fit, soft and comfy, no gaping, puckering or sagging.
She found another four, and also one in a larger cup size, but that was definitely too baggy. I tried them all, The Precious in position in the pocket provided, and I even had a cleavage in one design!
I settled on three, and she asked if I wanted to know how much they each were. I said no as I needed them and once I found something suitable, I tended to buy in bulk.
I nearly had heart failure when the three totalled over a hundred knicker (excuse pun, but there were no matching pants) so she asked if I’d like to put one back. Hubby and I both said no, and she knocked off a few quid for us.

OK, it’s a lot of money, but they are designed for women who have had a mastectomy and are good quality. It’s not as if I shall be buying one every month, and the seams aren’t likely to come undone after a few washes, neither will they lose their shape provided of course they don’t find their way into the tumble drier!
I felt very feminine as they are all pretty with lacy bits, but the best bit is that nothing moves so no more hydraulics!
And there I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to wear my tee shirts in the summer!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to Money, Money, Money

  1. A well fitting bra is worth the cost! Ill fitting ones make me grumpy!

    • Hi Kate. I’m really pleased with these as they give me a nice natural shape. The sports bras were OK, but there isn’t quite enough material dividing the cups, but I shall keep the newest ones as standbys, though I have to be honest, I am quite comfortable going without.

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    Sounds like a lovely day. I learned a long time ago that with certain things, if you like them, buy more than one because you can bet your last bottom dollar the next time you want it, you won’t be able to find them.

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Good to spoil yourself sometimes, Do…

  4. colonialist says:

    Bless my soul, the year is ending;
    ‘Tis the season to be spending!

  5. What a happy find! You have to have well-fitting bras, and there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself a bit after all you’ve gone through. Whenever I find something I like that fits well (like shoes, which are very difficult to find in my wide width), I go out and get more than one. In fact, a month or so ago I bought 3 pair of sneakers in different colors, even though I already had 3 in those colors. But I figured the manufacturer might stop making that particular sneaker, and it’s sooo comfy. I wanted to have them on hand for when my current ones wear out. With luck, I may never have to buy sneakers again.

    • I’ve always been practical with underwear, so this is a bit extravagant for me. However, circumstances have changed and cheaper garments would be far from practical or comfortable, so I am really pleased with my purchases.
      We had a terrific shoe shop in Poole and it wasn’t unusual to go in and buy nothing. However, when we did strike gold sotospeak, we’d buy at least two pairs, for me sometimes three for work, and the staff knew that. Sadly it’s not there anymore.

  6. Michael says:

    It can be hard work being a woman Di, glad you shouted yourself the good stuff you’ll be happy wearing.

  7. I think you’ve more than earned it. It’s so easy to waste money at Christmas it’s good to hear it been well spent for a change.

  8. Natesh says:

    Hi , really nice post . Carry on with the Good work . I wrote something similar . Kindly go through it

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