That being said, we DO have some pretty darn nice stuff and costly renovations that we have paid for, but never, ever, EVER at full price! So, I thought I would share some secrets that Chris and I live by to get our projects, renos, home decor, furniture, and even clothes/toys for Brooks at a fraction for what they cost in normal retail without sacrificing quality!
Since we have MANY different ways we save money (thousands/hundreds of dollars sometimes) I figured I would break it down in a series called Saving Money Monday's and have a new tip or trick for you every week!
This week is my latest money saving obessesion:
Buying Discounted Gift Cards
Honestly, this one sounds a LOT sketchier than it really is. I'm sure you have all heard of those websites where you can cash in your unused gift cards for a percentage of cash via Paypal (ie. Cardpool.com, GiftCardBin.com, PlasticJungle.com, etc). I've even used their services a couple times to get rid off cards I've had in my wallet for more than 6 months, but I never thought about BUYING giftcards off those sites until just recently.
Take our most recently bathroom remodel: Chris and I preprice EVERYTHING we are about to do so we know exactly how much to save (also adding 15% for overages) and how much we are going to be spending from each retailer (ie. how much at Home Depot vs. a supply warehouse vs. a plummer). After totaling everything up, we determined we were going to spend a bit over $500 at Home Depot for the needed equipment for walls, plumming, faucets, shower kits, etc. Once we had our number, I headed off to GiftCardGranny.com
Let me give you on more example that saved us over $110 for a new car seat for Brooks.
Being a mother, you always want the best/most safe/"I want to secure my child in bubble wrap" when it comes to car seats. The latest and greatest one I had been swooning over is the Chicco Nextfit.
$111.05?! Hell yea!
This may not work for everything (ie. impulse purchases) but if you are doing a project in advance or KNOW that you are going to have a big purchase coming up, I HIGHLY recommend you check out how much you can save by using discounted gift cards. School supplies, clothes, pet food (our pups eat a lot), any way you can can save I say DO IT! You will be amazed at how quickly your savings can add up!
Hope this helps! Try it out and let me know what you think!