photo credit: New Internationalist
Mr. Savvy and I have decided it’s high time we got around to furnishing/decorating our dining room. So we went to a local furniture store weekend before last. We actually found both a rug and a dining set that Mr. Savvy liked…no small feat. So we were all set, right? Wrong when we saw the prices! So we went home to contemplate our options – save up a little longer or look for something else. We both really liked what we found and neither of us really likes shopping so we didn’t want to try to find anything else. That left option C. But I gave two options you say. Well that’s right but I’m impatient. So rather than save up a little longer, I decided to see if I could find the same thing for cheaper.
The rug was $869 plus tax at the local furniture store for a total of $921.14. The salesman had written down the rug info for us so I googled the name. I found a website that had the same rug for $689 with no tax and no shipping. That’s 25% off, not bad. We were ready to buy until…I decided to thumb through the Macy’s circulars that we’ve been getting lately. And there was the same rug on sale for $689 with another 10% off. That sounds like an even better deal!
So off we went to Macy’s on Sunday evening. But we didn’t buy the rug. While the price was lower, there was a $60 delivery charge which wasn’t mentioned in the ad. The total price would have been $717.31, almost $30 more than the internet site.
However, yesterday I decided to call Macy’s to verify the price one more time. I wasn’t too keen on making a large purchase from an unknown website. This time the Macy’s price was $699 with $50 off plus the 10% off (Columbus Day sale). There was still a $60 delivery fee but the grand total was $677.45, $12 cheaper than the internet site and a reputable company. So I ordered the rug from Macy’s. All’s well that ends well.
But the story doesn’t end there. Shortly after I placed the order with Macy’s, Mr. Savvy told me he had an e-mail from Macy’s advertising free shipping on rugs on their website. I told him I had previously looked at the site and the rug was more expensive ($716) so it would have slightly more money, even with the free shipping. But something told me to check the website anyway so I did. The rug price was $716 but there was a $100 off promotion (vs the $50 off in-store) plus the 10% off AND free shipping. The total was $587.67, $90 cheaper than what I had just paid! So of course, I called right back and explained the situation. The saleswoman cancelled my previous order and re-rang it for the website price.
So in summary, we paid $587.67 for a rug that was $921.14 at the first place we looked. Over 30% savings for about an hour of my time. Not bad, huh? How have you found deals for furnishing your home?