So, here is my adventure in getting my twin girls a new dresser. Maybe some insight how I shop and deal can help some of you think "outside of the box" and get a new perspective on 'ways to save'. Here goes:
A few months ago, my daughters during one of their "nap times" (I put that in quotes since running around their room destroying everything hardly constitutes a nap) the girls pulled their dresser drawer out yet again, but somehow bent the track in doing so.. I'm sure it was a coordinated effort on their part. The drawer had a safety on it, and was only 15 inches off the ground so it was safe for them and posed no danger, except to ruin the drawer/dresser. The drawer wouldn't go back in no matter how much I hammered and pushed. Alas, it was time for a new dresser.
The hunt began to find one dresser to accommodate both girls' clothes. I had 2 separate dressers their things were in. One of them was shared with some of my clothes. Knowing I would need a dresser for the girls, I removed my things from that dresser and put them in plastic totes. I then sold that dresser and saved the money while I searched for the 'perfect' dresser.
We are currently in a house, but plan on moving to an apartment next year so I was thinking ahead to what would save the most amount of space in a room that will be shared by the girls. I decided a 6 drawer dresser was the way to go, since the girls are in 2 different sizes currently and they could be more easily separated in that type of dresser. I found some I liked on target.com and walmart.com, but I needed to stay in my budget range which was less than $200 shipped.
I had the money from the one dresser I sold, plus I 'garaged saled' other clothing items my kids had grown out of and set that money aside too.
I finally found the dresser I liked and was in my budget range at Amazon. Now, to pay for it! I had $100 cash from my sales. The dresser was $169. Instead of depositing the money in my checking account, I went to Price Chopper and grabbed a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Why? Last week and this week Price Chopper has a special offer: Spend $100 on ANY Giftcard, get $0.40/ Gallon of gas up to 20 gallons. So, in me buying my dresser I saved on gas too. Yeah baby!
Next, I went into my swagbucks account and grabbed 5 of my Amazon $5 e-Gift Card Codes I have been saving. You can read about how swagbucks works here. Basically it was a FREE $25 in money for Amazon.
The rest of the dresser I paid out of pocket. $44. That was in my budget. :) I could have made that even less had I brought my coin jar to a coinstar. I kept forgetting to do it but at least it will continue to grow. Coinstar has options now to get e-gift cards for several retailers and Amazon is one of them. Instead of giving up some of your money to get cash, you keep 100% of the coins and get it in an e-gift card. I'm pretty sure I have $20 or more in coins, but now I will let it grow and probably use it at Christmas time or for the dresser my boys need. :)
So, the basic points? I sold some things I already owned to get some cash, I used a service like Swagbucks to make free money searching the internet like I always do anyways, and then I let Price Chopper give me a discount on my gas for buying something I was going to buy anyway. After my gas savings the dresser cost me less than $40. I'm good with that.
Now to get my girls to not draw on it or ruin it. That is another post altogether. :)
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