Saturday, February 16, 2013

How I got my husband a $139 gift for less than $30.

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I mentioned before that this year we decided not to give each other Birthday gifts. Because of that we bumped up our Valentine's Day budget a bit. Usually we spend no more than $25 but this year we decided on $50. But we both spent a lot less than that.

This time I had a gift in mind that was not romantic at all. But it was something he really wanted. And because we are working on quite a few projects here, it was a need as well. I know you are curious now...I'm not going to tease you any more :)

This is what I got him this year for Valentine's Day:

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I told you it wasn't romantic :) Let me introduce you to the Hitachi 10-in 15-Amp Compound Miter Saw. It has 5-star reviews and works great (we already tried it for one of our household projects. More on it next week :). Until now my husband only had a handheld saw and a miter box, so it was time to upgrade.

I've been looking at this saw since even before Christmas. But I already had a Christmas gift for him, so it had to wait. And finally, it was time :)

But as you can see, it wasn't exactly $25 or even $50 :) So here's how I got it a lot cheaper.

 1. First, I researched. I knew exactly what I wanted to buy. There were different miter saws for sale too but this particular one had 62 reviews, and most of them were 4 or 5 stars. My husband is only learning to work with wood and molding, so it seemed like a perfect choice for him.

2. Second, I waited. All January and the first week of February the saw was full price. But I was hoping that it would be discounted a little for the holidays (not necessarily for Valentine's Day but, maybe, for President's Day :). And I was right! Last week it was discounted 14%, from $139 to $119! Score!!

3. Third, I got a gift card. For free. I mentioned My Points to you before. It's a great way to accumulate points for doing search and reading e-mails. You can then redeem those points for gift cards to a variety of retailers. Last year I accumulated enough points to get a $50 gift card to Lowes.

4. Forth, I redeemed our credit card points for cash. I do use a credit card (gasp!!). We use it mostly for gas and occasional online shopping. But we pay it off every month. We've been accumulating points for a while, and I had enough to redeem $46.90. Again, free money :)

5. And the last thing I did was shopping through a cash back site. I opted for Shop At Home that gives 3% back for Lowes which saved me another $3.57.

So all in all, with a little planning and after all these discounts and including taxes, I spent only $26.68 for this awesome gift for my Hubby. I love him so much and love to see him excited. He still thinks I cheated, but oh well...He was happy :)

Did you get any good discounts recently? How do you save money for gifts?

PS- I am not an affiliate in any way with the links provided - they are not referral links. I just like these sites because they help me to save some money.

30 comments:

  1. That is so great! My hubby wants one too! $139 is not bad but 26.68 is freakin genious!!!!!! Saving money is romantic!!! Lol

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  2. Fantastic discount. Well done
    Carolx

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  3. Yes, I agree-it wasn't very romantic but I wouldn't mind if I was given this kind of present for myself! :D It looks like you found a great deal! Well done :)

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    1. You know what, I like these kinds of presents myself :) I much rather get a new tool or a gift card to Home Depot than diamond rings (well, my ears are not pierced :)

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  4. What a deal!!! He will use that saw for so many things, my hubby loves his and has had it for years and years. Congrats on some savy shopping for sure

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    1. I hope my husband will enjoy his saw as much as yours does. I will use it quite a bit myself too :)

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  5. My husband would love that saw also, but we can't get any more tools until we clean up the garage a little. :)

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    1. That's our problem too :) Our garage is a hot mess right now. I can't wait for spring when it's a little warmer and I can finally work and organize there.

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  6. My husband would have thought that was very romantic! HA! Nice job!

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  7. You are such a great thrifty smart buyer,Lena

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  8. Girl, that is truly impressive. And a nice thoughful gift for your husband. Awesome, all around.

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  9. Awesome!!! You're a smart cookie! ;)

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    1. :) As in a TV show "Smart cookies"? I'd love to be like them!

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  10. What a deal! Planning ahead for what you wanted to purchase really makes a huge difference! But what did hubby get YOU??

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    1. Oh, he was frugal too :) He got me a bouquet of amazing colorful tulips that he ordered. He won a gift card for the flower place in the radio contest (so flowers were free :). Then he ordered me a cute personalized mug and a personalized saying for the wall. I was very pleased :)

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  11. We just bought a discounted sectional from IKEA from the as is section. I'll post on it soon. Didn't save as much as you did, but it was half the price of the other couch we were considering! The boys are so excited.

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    1. I bet they are! Can't wait to see it :)

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  12. An awesome gift at an awesome price! :)

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  13. My hubby loves practical gifts as well especially machinery. My favorite gift from hubby is massages. For my birthday, he gave me a 20 minute massage everyday for an entire month.

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    1. Oh, that is AWESOME!! Can I borrow your husband for a month ?:)

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  14. What an awesome deal you worked out! Good job!

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