Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wait, Wait, Wait!

Ok, so I discovered recently that there is something I do that drives my husband crazy. Kind of shocking that it's taken 10 years of marriage and 2 years of dating to figure this out, but I learn something new every day!

It drives Matt crazy that I don't just buy things I want, and even worse than that, I don't really want a whole lot. Needless to say, this makes shopping for gifts a bit of a challenge for him and I can see how it would because I have a hard time even coming up with a list of things I want. Matt on the other hand is pretty much an open book, and I can easily pick off a few things here and there that I know he would like.

I have been eyeing a Shark steam mop for awhile, and I've done a bit of research here and there about them, but it was nothing that I was returning empty cans to scrape together the money to buy it with or anything. For Christmas this year my mom gave me a nice gift card to WalMart/Sam's Club and I decided that the Shark was going to be mine. I dug around online a little and saw that the best deal probably would be at Sam's Club because they often sell packages that have a few extra bonus items, and the one they carried did have a few more bells and whistles than the one I saw at Wal-Mart.

I was very happy with my purchase, I've used it at least once a week and it definitely gets the job done. But what made me the happiest was seeing the exact same thing I bought at Sam's Club at Walmart, only it was $30 more. I might not have gotten it the very minute I decided to buy it, but I did come out $30 ahead on the deal!

Same thing with a dock for my Ipod. I knew I wanted one, and I've been watching the sale papers and SlickDeals for one, but I hadn't seen one that jumped out at me at the right price point. I wanted a nicer one than the $10 deals that they sell that are basically just speakers, but I wasn't exactly looking to spend the $500 on the Bose one either.

On a whim the other day I was browsing the endcaps at Target and in the back of the shelf in electronics I found a nice one that was regular price $50 marked down to $12! I looked in the box and all the pieces were there and it looked like it had everything I was looking for, so I decided to give it a shot. Worse case scenario it sucked and I would just bring it back. Turns out it was an online purchase that someone returned to the store and they price those to go quickly since they don't usually stock it.

I still have some money left from Christmas that was gifted to me, and I can't really decide what I want to get with the rest of it right yet, but I am sure that if I wait patiently, I'll come across something!