I once heard the following theory on clothing purchases: deduct $1 from the purchase price each time you wear it, and once you hit $0, it was officially a good buy.
I figure for kids' clothing, you should deduct 50 cents each wearing. Or even 25 cents.
Well in February, I bought Riley some shoes on clearance at GapKids for $13. She has worn them every single day, nearly every single place since. That's more than 200 days of some serious Riley-style wear and tear.
So instead of being annoyed that they didn't hold up better, I'm telling myself it was the smartest $13* ever spent.
* or 7 cents per wearing