chick math


When Saucy and Veto were officially engaged several years back, he invited her along on a business trip. This business trip involved entertaining customers in a sunny tropical destination. It occurred to Saucy that she would need to have bathing suits to take on such trips. Being the frugal gal that she is, Saucy waited for the after-Christmas sales at the mall. That shopping trip will live in infamy.

Now that she is home from Jamaica, having accompanied Veto on another lovely business trip, Saucy would like to pose a little mathematical question to you in order to check her numeracy skills. This problem will be phrased exactly like the questions found on your ninth-grade algebra test. Get out a pencil.


If Saucy goes to the mall and finds bathing suits that were regularly priced between $100.00 - $250.00 each but they have been marked down to $10.o0 each so she decides to buy ten of them...


... did Saucy save a thousand dollars or did Saucy spend one hundred dollars?

Scroll down for the correct answer.

Jamaica was really, really nice. We are lucky enough to consider Veto's business associates friends and privileged to travel with them. The food was good, the company excellent... and the entertainment on Tuesday was the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I stayed inside to watch it and that makes me even more of a nerd than you thought I was.


We saw Gran Torino in Toronto during our stopover. I lurrve Clint Eastwood movies and this is his best by far. Walt Kowalski is one of my new heroes. Go ahead, eat my five cupcakes.


Answer to the skill-testing, mathematical equation:

Saucy saved literally thousands of dollars. Although Veto insists that by purchasing multiple bathing suits, even at such a scandalously low price, Saucy need only have one suit... thereby all further bathing suit purchases reduce the savings surplus. By Veto's calculation, purchasing just one suit if the original price were to be say, on average, a mere one hundred and fifty dollars then the savings would have been one hundred and forty dollars. Veto calculates that in purchasing multiple suits Saucy reduced her net savings as each suit beyond the initial investment was a loss of ten dollars. He insists that her belief that she saved money by purchasing more than one suit is "chick math."

But trust me on this when I tell you: I saved at least a thousand dollars. And I have me a drawer full of bathing suits.

55 comments:

Laura said...

What do men know about bathing suit math anyway? I agree - you saved thousands! Glad your trip was fun!

Rosa said...

You're so funny. The hub is always buying trunks because he always leaves them places while traveling. What's up with that??? I say ya did good gf. If I still had a bod, I'd buy ten too on sale! It's more like mumu days now. teheh

Kay said...

I completely follow your logic and your math! What a shopper!!! I hope you brought some fabulous goodies home from your trip!

Oliver Rain said...

I agree with you. Sales AND multiple items always = big time savings...

Welcome back. We missed you.

sassy studio said...

With a wife like you that looks a-ma-zing in a bikini I think that our dear Veto is the real millionaire!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Look at you, Ms. Cutey - saving money to boot.

(That's the sort of math I can get behind...)

And Gran Torino blew me away. I am so bummed that it was completely ignored by the Academy.

3rdEyeMuse said...

the way that I figured the equation is that Saucy is one smart shopper as she has invested wisely (and in the process saved thousands of dollars). :)

Glad you had a great trip & agree, Walts my new hero, too.

The Stiletto Mom said...

Look at how adorable you are! And of course you saved money. Veto is obviously not thinking this through!

Maremone said...

Whew! You're back, I was beginning to panic!

You are the deal queen!

J.G. said...

At those prices, you couldn't afford NOT to buy them!

Glad your trip was fun. No hotel thieves this time?

jkddz said...

bathing suits are my weakness...not shoes or hand bags like most girls... so I totally get your kind of math.... WOW I wish I would have hit that sale =D

Katie said...

I am totally with ya on the "chick math". Way to rock that on sale bikini!

Glad to hear that you made it home safe...I actually didn't know you had gone, I wasn't getting any feeds ...bummer. I am all caught up now and am able to go on living :)

Jennspiration said...

Oh how I've missed your blogging while you were away soaking up the sun in your cute bathing suits! It snowed here today, so I am totally jealous!

Starshine said...

And you look great in them, too, sister!

So glad you had a great vacation. :)

MaryCatherine said...

whoo-whee! look at you, darlin, you're just as pretty as modern day sin!

Glad you're back :)

The Inept Aspirant said...

Here's some more chick math for ya..If Saucy is 40 years old and has had 2 children, how is it that she doesn't have an extra 20 lbs on her body like I do on mine?
Glad you're back!

SCREAMING FOR CHOCOLATE said...

Sounds like my hubby. He says "Yes it is a great deal but do you have to buy multiples?" I say "If you don't stock up while it is on sale then when you need it they will not be on sale". Basic math don't you think?

You got an awesome deal..... Next time tell him you paid full price for one and it was a buy one get 9 free sale.

Coco

limefreckle said...

Your math is not only correct, as far as I'm concerned it's downright thrifty....think about it shall we? I'm not sure how long it's been since that original purchase -- let's say 5 years -- so, in the past 5 years, you would have normally purchased, AT THE MINIMUM, 2 new swimsuits, every 6 months (2 when shopping for a trip down south, 2 for a lovely Canadian summers) because, let's face it, who only goes out and buys one swimsuit at a time??? So that means in the past 5 years, the average Canadian woman would have purchased at least 20 suits, you my dear have only purchased 10!! I say your husband is lucky to have such a spendthrift in the midst!

A New England Life said...

Well first of all, I want to know where you actually FOUND so many bathing suits in one place that fit?! lol! And second, you sure are a brave lady to be posting pictures of yourself IN said suits.

Bravo on looking so good, and saving a ton of money. Believe me if it were golf clubs your husband would feel very different. If he golf's that is . . .

Sharon

Pam said...

you saved thousands of dollars...and just so veto knows...I use "chick math" all the time to help justify buying multiple dicounted items!
The more you spend the more you save!!!

Sonya said...

Welcome Home! And you did save THOUSANDS! Men shall never understand Chick Math.
Hugs, Sonya

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

THAT is an excellent example of the differences between gender math. You did well. And I'm glad you caught the inauguration:)

Jen Anderson said...

Veto's math is flawed, even for boy math. Yes, you only NEED one bathing suit at a time, but if you wear only one suit, it'll wear out quickly. By rotating between 10 suits, they'll last longer.

He's also forgetting the miracle that you were able to find 10 bathing suits that you liked and were still available in your size. I feel like we should all go on pilgrimage to your mall, so we can worship and offer thanks for this miraculous occurrence. And shop. Because in every other mall, there's a 50% chance of any item you like being sold out.

No matter which math you used, you totally scored!

e.m. said...

With how great you liiked in the suits...did he really care about the math??? I support chick math!!!

e.m. said...

I meant looked not "liiked"..oops

Janeen said...

Holy Batman girlfriend, look at you in your bathing suits- fabulous! Sigh... pass me the ice cream. ha ha I love the first photo with the flowers on the suit... that's my favorite! Welcome home!

Marie Antionette said...

Saucy you are just to drop dead gogreous.Enjoy your life and be happy.Hugs Marie Antionette

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

You saved thousands! Let no one tell you otherwise. And honey, if you can still wear a bikini and look that good..tell dear Veto that he is a lucky man...no math needed. ;-)

Christine said...

He could not possibly intend for you to wear the same swimsuit every day could he? Does he not know the swimsuit equation? 5 days at tropical location = 5 swimsuits

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Chick math. Is there any other way? You had me at "save".

MJ said...

Who needs math? All you have to do is demonstrate the need for multiple suits: Day 1: hop into water in the morning, early and late afternoon, and early evening, each time wearing a dry suit. Day 2: hop into water as per Day 1. You've now worn 8 of the 10 suits and that's presuming you didn't get any of them dirty in the process. You needed 10 suits. It's his fault for taking you on balmy winter business vacations.

(PS: I watched 45 minutes inauguration ceremony & made K and N watch it too. I told them they needed to watch this historic moment. They weren't entranced by it).

Amy said...

Totally saved thousands! I think Veto thinks like my DH. Sad for them.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I just gave you an award, BTW.

Just say Julie said...

I always take the but I saved $___ amount of money. The savings add up if you buy more, and especially if your final purchase is still less than your item at regular price! Then to make it even better, you can calcualte your price of the item according to how many times you wear it. That's how I eventually confuse/lose the husband on clothing purchases, but feel very happy for my great deal :)

Looks like your trip was fabulous. Sooo jealous of that while I was stuck in a classroom teaching the war of 1812 to 8th graders.

K :) Family Historian said...

Ok, with a bikini body like yours, I say go back for another 10!!!! I definitely would.

Always love your blog.

Angela said...

I am so glad you had fun on your trip this time round!

Ask Veto this ... "Did Saucy look "GOOD" in her 10 swimsuits!!?"
unhuh ... Then they were worth EVERY penny (no matter how much you saved or spent!)

So glad you are back!
Angela

Grace said...

hahaha chick math! You looked Fabulous and saved thousands! Go Girl....Hugs Grace

Jo said...

Mm, I lost my comment, now I can't remember what it said! Something along the lines of when a girl finds ten bathing suits that fit, she's just got to buy them, even if they're full price! Veto can just be glad you didn't spend 1000's cos I might have!
Oh, and I also said that I'd dedicated a post on my blog to you!
Hope this works this time...;-)

CRICKET said...

Liek the rest, you look wonderful in a bikini. I too am wondering where you got the suits!

alittlebitofscrap said...

I almost rolled laughing reading that.. "Chick Math" ... Love it! I agree with you though.. It was a true savings :) Cute suits too!

Anonymous said...

Once a Canadian girl loved Obama.
She was a totally smokin hot Momma.
She saved her hubby some loot,
While looking great her suit.
Dear Veto please stop the drama!

Chick Math! lol

Cheers from Vermont

Daisy said...

I like your math! And if you ca mix and match any of those suits, you have even more options, making it even more of a bargain.

parlezvousmisslil said...

Umm..forget the dollar amounts and lets just look at what Veto has as far as non-monetary things go. Honey, if he complains about the money just show him your pics and remind him what he has!
Glad you are back!

Jane said...

Gosh you look good in the swimsuits - no matter the price - and you certainly did save a bundle!! Glad you enjoyed the trip & watched our presidential inauguration. Have missed your fun blog, so glad you're back.
Jane - Jacksonville, FL

Maija said...

Hey, I'm with you girlfriend!
Plus, you look totally hot in those bathing suits!

Kim Kasch said...

Chick math - is there any other kind?

My husband always says, "You can't 'save' money, when you're spending it."

He can be so mathematically dense sometimes.

:)

Yin said...

YAY so glad to hear your trip was so nice!

And I LOVE your math! Can you come up with some geometry arguments for closet space, because I'm going to need it!

Tamara Jansen said...

Do you realize that you actually saved quite a bit MORE money than your original math? I mean, think about it. When dressing to impress (business associates and husbands and such) you ALWAYS accessorize with shoes, bags, jewellry, etc. Really, you should probably have purchased matching sandals, beach bags, sunglasses and sun hats to really finish your individual outfits..... but you were being conscientious during tough economic times and saved at least double what your original math suggests!!! Veto must be made aware of this very important sacrifice you made :)

I would've bought the hats and sandals......but that's me :)

I hope we get to see more pics of your trip. Haven't been to Jamaica yet.

Angela Harris said...

Oh you just tell him for some woman these trips are once in a lifetime opportunities and you could NO WAy NO hOW go on this trip with 1 $100 suit. That is not a good deal at all. 10 suits for $100. Bravo!

I Always come home and show my husband reciepts showing him how much i saved but all he sees is the total line...They really don't get it.
Therefore, why we have blogs. To share our great deals:)

Cha Cha said...

Veto is lovely, but he is wrong.

I am so jealous of your suits - they are all darling!

Anonymous said...

The thing is men's suits last for years and women's last weeks so he's coming at this from an entirely different perspective. I'd say you're a saver...
srayner@saskpower.com

michelleb. said...

I'm all over your chick-math. I just wish some of the bargains I found were as great as yours.

Great suits!

mblaise29@yahoo.com

blaze said...

you're hilarious!! i would have done the same thing.

mblaise3@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you there, I am a firm believer that if you got it on sale you saved money, but my DH thinks the same way Veto does!!!
Shelley
beaumontwoodworking@sympatico.ca

Love your Blog by the way, it brings a smile to my face, I am glad I discovered it!!

Christine said...

WOW!!!! I wish I came across one of those sales. That is a ridiculously good sale and I have an obsession with buying bathing suits. Every 'chick' should have at least more than one bathing suit! At least in my books anyways. And as for Gran Torino, I absolutely love that movie and Clint Eastwood. He is a movie god.

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com