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What's the best deal you've taken advantage of lately?

Asked by KateTheGreat (13595 points ) October 28th, 2011

I really love saving money. I always try to get the best deals on everything. Last weekend, I went to a place where I could get a mug of hot coffee for 5 cents and I was amazed.

What’s the coolest deal you’ve taken advantage of lately?

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Blackberry's avatar

I signed up for some coupon website thing, and I got a 20% off for Bed Bath and Beyond and bought some new, super thread count sheets. I’ve never had something like this before. They’re so soft and smooth.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Steam Halloween sale! GOGOGOGOGOGO

mcbealer's avatar

$3 microbrew pints at my favorite pub

Cruiser's avatar

I got a really nice $300.00 leather coat for a mere donation for a lady selling usedouter ware to raise money for cancer treatments.

gailcalled's avatar

@Cruiser: I thought you had disappeared. Glad to see I was wrong.

digitalimpression's avatar

I stopped paying for cable+internet combo and went with local channels+dsl+netflix.

My tv+internet bill went from around $135 to exactly $27..

bkcunningham's avatar

I yard sale and go to estate sales, so I always get good deals. Today I bought a little ironing board for $1, an 1892 cookbook for $1 and a beautiful Bristol blue glass vase for $3. We also went to the local flea market and the vegetables there were one-third the price they were at Winn Dixie or Publix. I got some good deals there too.

gailcalled's avatar

@bkcunningham: Let us know what you are going to cook from the 1892 cookbook. I will probably not be able to come to the dinner party.

bkcunningham's avatar

@gailcalled, I will have to practice with my temperture settings first. There are no oven temperatures in the cookbook! It is a lovely book. In fair condition. But it was still a little treasure for me today.

Edit: Oh, Not be able to come. Hahaha. That made me laugh, @gailcalled. (After I read it correctly.)

gailcalled's avatar

Wash one lb. of green beans; boil for three hours.Is that the tenor?

bkcunningham's avatar

Oh, no. It has cake and cookie recipes, bread recipes galore, potato yeast, hop yeast, dumplings I’ve never heard of before, noodles recipes, corn recipes, gravies for meats, fish recipes…

Coloma's avatar

I haven’t had any noteworthy great deals occur lately that I can think of.
I have, however, been the benefactor of a great deal…blackberry pie and french bread for the raccoons last night. lol

Seek's avatar

Found a bunch of furniture in a Dumpster. Hand-stripped it and refinished it myself with stain and polyurethane left over from one of my husband’s jobs. Now I have a new dresser and matching mirror.

Total cost: $6 for new drawer pulls.

Next in the refurbishing lineup – four half-finished dining room chairs, a dining room table, another dresser, and a coffee table with storage.

All free. ^_^

gailcalled's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr: Do send pictures. And I hope you are working in a well-ventilated room and wearing a mask. I remember all too well the days of Zip-and-Strip.

bkcunningham's avatar

Strip Ease was my chemical of choice. Good deal on the furniture. People just set it on their curb here where I live. I’ve seen people hauling recliners they’ve gotten free the day before trash day on their golf carts!

Seek's avatar

I wish I had thought to take “before” pictures of the earliest pieces. I’ve learned. I do have some “after” shots that I really, really need to upload at some point. ^_^

I do all my work outside, and always masked. The hubs is a flooring professional, and makes sure my hobby closet is well stocked.

Cruiser's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I recently got a baby grand piano from Freecycle.org and yes is was a bit beat up but it sounded and played beautifully. One coat of stain and varnish and it looks as good as it sounds!! Free is good!

gailcalled's avatar

@Cruiser: What about the cost of tuning, checking the sounding board, strings, pegs, hammers, felts, etc? A piano, unlike a book, is more than its cover (but you know that).

SpatzieLover's avatar

We are re-doing our main level flooring. So far, I’ve saved us about $3500 by buying the materials online.

flutherother's avatar

I borrowed a book from my local library -

Cost of travel to the library: £0.00
Cost of reserving book: £0.00
Cost of taking book home and reading it: £0.00
Value: Priceless

Cruiser's avatar

@gailcalled I got lucky there. I got a moving company to move it for $175.00. My son took the whole key board and sound board apart…cleaned and oiled it. We were able to find 7 matching ivories and a new black key we needed, new castors and a matching bench for $90.00. I put a coat of lacquer on it and it looks absolutely beautiful! Plays and sounds fantastic!

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