Saturday, June 21, 2008

Never pay retail!

Brandon and I took a financial class in early '05 that has helped us immensely  (THANKS, Jeff and Julia).  :-)  It was Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, and we have been so blessed by that class in so many ways.  In one of the lessons titled "Big, Big Bargains," he says to never pay retail price on anything.  Great advice. 

And while it's pretty impossible to avoid paying retail price on everything (i.e. groceries), we have learned to shop only sales and even go out of our way to get bargains.  I think we both like the hunt of it.  

Well, a week or so ago we were watching something on tv called ubid tv.  It was a local auction (like ebay) that was televised.  We ended up getting a nice Kenmore grill that retails at 179 for 50 dollars.  It had a rack missing but Brandon has fixed it to make it pretty close to perfect.  

This morning, we went to a going-out-of-business auction at a local furniture store.  We ended up leaving with a tv stand (entertainment center?), two wood bar stools for our new kitchen, a queen mattress and a box spring for 335.  We weren't planning on buying a mattress, but we have been wanting a new one for years.  So, it was too great a bargain to pass up.  

Thanks, Dave, for the advice.  I can't even begin to ponder how much money your advice has saved us over the years.  :-)


Jeff and Julia said...

That's awesome! We love hearing success stories! Keep finding those bargains!

Tompkins News said...

So Mandy, I am the biggest bargain shopper you will ever meet! I love auctions. We got our two couches at an auction for $2 total! An unbelievable deal. I have been addicted to the Salvation Army in town as well. They have new sales on things every day so you never know what you are going to get. It is fun and the hunt is all the fun. Plus you feel so rewarded when you find something for a good deal. And blessed. How is the move going? So excited for you all!

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