Although I don’t plan to run this feature monthly, we had some significant savings in June that I wanted to share.
REI Garage Sale
This was our first time going to the REI Garage Sale where they have return items at large discounts. I thought I was being silly to want to get there five minutes before it opened, but when we arrived, there were more than 100 people in line ahead of us! I was pretty sure we were out of luck, but we managed to find the exact tent we wanted, which was in perfect condition except for being sandy. We also found the camp stove we wanted for well over half off, and it was basically brand new. It said the starter didn’t work, but it worked for us, and even if it hadn’t, we could always start it with a lighter. Finally, we got a pair of Merrell shoes in awesome condition, which Stephen really needed to replace his worn out shoes. FYI, the retail price of the tent is $439, but to calculate the savings I used the price with a 15% discount for signing up for the REI newsletter, which I would have used if we had bought the tent new. Here’s our total haul:
REI Kingdom 6 tent – Reg. $373.15, Paid $220.83
REI Kingdom 6 footprint – Reg. $54.50, Paid $27.83
Merrell Shoes – Reg. $110, Paid $44.83
Coleman Triton Camp Stove – Reg $89.95, Paid $38.83
*Amount Saved:* $295.28
Jurassic World Movie Tickets
We pretty much only see movies in the theater when we can get a special deal. In the summer, Visa Signature has a 2-for-1 deal on Fandango for Friday nights. It’s not exactly 2-for-1 because you still have to pay the extra fee for using Fandango. If we weren’t using the deal, we would buy the tickets at the box office, so our calculated savings is based on that.
*Amount Saved:* $9.80
I have been working on a Shutterfly book about my great-grandfather for my Mom. It has so many pages that it was going to be a little pricey. However, when I bought the above mentioned movie tickets, I got a $20 credit for Shutterfly. I wasn’t sure they would give it to me since I did the 2-for-1 deal, but they sent me a code. That helped a lot, but then I also found a coupon code online that saved me another $15. It’s usually not too hard to find deals when using Shutterfly.
*Amount Saved:* $35.00
Amazon Rewards Points
Whenever I make purchases on Amazon, I use my Amazon Visa rewards card, because it gives me 3% cash back. I usually wait to buy anything until I accumulate enough in my shopping cart to qualify for free shipping. I needed to order a desk fan, some vitamins, and some camping repair tape, and found I had enough rewards points to take $9.16 off my order. Technically, the savings is actually on the purchases I made in order to earn the rewards, but in any case, it’s a savings of 3%.
*Amount Saved:* $9.16
We haven’t used Redbox for a couple years, since we left San Jose. I’ve been wanting to see Mockingly Pt. 1, so I signed up and got a free promo code. Then they sent me another promo code for signing up for their text messaging, which we used to watch Interstellar. Even without a promo code, Redbox is far cheaper than it used to be to rent a movie at Blockbuster. It’s also a little more convenient than Netflix, since you don’t have to plan ahead as much. A dollar and a half doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a great example of how every bit counts. If I used one promo code a month for a year, that would be a savings of almost $19.
*Amount Saved:* $3.12
Have any ideas for how we could have saved more money? Or if you have any of your own tips for saving money, please share them.