Mir, you pretty thing, you!
Did I remember to mention that you’re pretty? And brilliant? My question is this: My husband and I recently bought our first house… and we’re trying to get it to be gorgeous and wonderful. One thing in particular that we’re looking for is home-stuff hardware… exterior door handles, bathroom faucets, and the like. How can we best emulate your mad skillz in getting spectacular deals on these things?
Thank you so much! You’re pretty!!
Allanna is very good at sucking up. We like that. In fact, I bet that Allanna is really, really pretty.
So how do you get all of those annoying little house things for less?
For most of us, the best intersection between convenience and price when you need to buy everything from curtain rods to drawer pulls is to head to your local Big Box home improvement store. It’s not sexy or glamorous, but they’ll have everything you need at a reasonable price.
Sign up for a 10% off at Home Depot coupon right here, or for a 10% off Lowe’s coupon right here. These coupons arrive in the mail after about ten years, so request them immediately and be prepared to delay your shopping for a bit.
(Once you hit those big stores, look around for a cart of open boxes, returns, and similar “less-than-perfect” items. You may find a bargain that way.)
Want to do some shopping online? Overstock has all kinds of home improvement stuff, and you know from experience that there’s always an Overstock coupon floating around here somewhere (if you can’t find a current one, email me). They have the advantage of some nice stuff for low prices, but the disadvantage of not being able to touch it before you buy. You have to decide how much that matters to you.
Willing to do some hunting locally? Stores like Big Lots often have the sorts of things you’ll need, at reduced prices, but the selection will be minimal and you may have to dig through a lot of junk to find the bargains. This is a great option if you’re longer on time than money. If time is at a premium, you probably won’t want to bother.
Here’s a general tip to remember: Your time is worth money, whether you have a paying job or not. No bargain is worth the time if it takes you forever and/or drives you insane. It’s okay to pay a little more for convenience, provided that you’re not overspending your means.
Congratulations, and enjoy your new home, Allanna!