A pair of jeans in the UK usually seems to cost £40 (about $60-65) whenever I buy them. At Wally World they are $15. So take a guess where I buy them...
That sets the stage for what's making me feel good about now. Three years back I was in the US and bought some jeans, with a 44-inch waist. They had a little wiggle room but not a lot.
In 2009 they were too big, so I bought some more with a 42-inch waist. By 2010 they were too big but I didn't have the baggage allowance to fit jeans in (paying $70 for an extra suitcase rapidly negates the savings buying jeans). So this year my 42-inch jeans are still too loose so I went to Wally World expecting to be buying some 40-inch jeans. But to my surprise the 40-inch jeans were loose, so I tried a 38-inch waist and they fit nicely. I even managed to get into a pair of 36-inch jeans, but not in a sense that I'd want to inflict upon the public at large.
Hopefully next year I'll be in a 36 or maybe even a 34.
So that's why I'm feeling good, I'm down a good 6 inches on my waistline, largely thanks to having pedals to crank!