So my husband actually gave me the idea for this post. He was talking about man math, you know, the “special” math women use when explaining purchases to their husbands. You rarely ever come right out and tell your husband or significant other how much something actually costs (unless it truly was a rock bottom price). Instead, you have to let him know how much money your purchase has SAVED him!
Just as there is more than one type of math in school, there is more than one type of man math. Let me explain…
1. Tell him how much it WOULD have cost if you paid full price
“Honey, I got an amazing deal on these jeans!!!”. They would have cost $200 but I got them on sale and saved soooo much money!”. You don’t actually have to tell him how much you saved (or spent). If you make it sound good enough, maybe he won’t ask.
2. Use the price per wear ratio
“Sweetheart, if I wear these shoes twice a month for at least a year, they really only cost X amount each time”. You have to admit, it sounds much better than telling him how much they really were. ”
3. Remind him again how much he’s saving
I had to do this recently when my hubby got the bill from an awesome sale I had discovered at Boston Proper. The bill had finally come in the mail and when he asked about it, I reminded him of all the fabulous deals I got. A couple dresses that originally cost over $100 had been marked down to $7.50 and several others were only $20…how could I NOT buy them?
4. Explain all your discounts
“So it was originally X amount but it was on sale for 25% off, then I had a coupon for another $20 off and I got the store credit card so they took another 15% off and then I had a $30 gift card, blah, blah, blah”…he has zoned out and doesn’t even care anymore!
5. Put on a show
If the purchase is a form fitting LBD that you would wear for a night out or some super high heels, just put on a private fashion show for him and he won’t even care how much they cost…enough said!
6. If all else fails, just leave the bags in the car until he goes to work
Let’s face it…math is confusing and sometimes I just don’t want to deal with it. Isn’t it easier to just bring those bags inside when he’s not there? I don’t do it often, but it has happened on occasion. It’s usually just after another big shopping trip when I’ve promised that there’s nothing else I need to buy for a long time…until the following weekend, of course!