The semi-annual sales are taking place right now in France. The government allows stores to have sales twice a year, once in January and once in July. I didn’t feel like shopping much in January when I had the worst flu of my life, so I decided to take advantage of the second round of soldes. The problem is… I absolutely hate shopping. I hate trying on clothes. I hate deciding what I might need. I hate spending money. And I really don’t have much money to spend anyway since my bills are more than my measly income right now.
Truth be told, the sales are actually a little disappointing. After being bombarded with bright yellow signs indicating SOLDES in nearly every store, I found that a lot of the merchandise wasn’t actually on sale. The things that I really wanted were still too expensive for me. Though it is nice that most of the stuff on sale was 50-70 % off.
Nevertheless, I managed to buy five shirts and a hat for 60 €. And five new cahiers d’exercices for 20 €. I’ve become obsessed with buying these educational workbooks for foreign languages because they’re 4 € each, and they teach just as much useful grammar and vocabulary as books designed for adults, but which cost 3 or 4 times as much.