Monday, October 10, 2011

Flooring from Home Depot-Getting a Deal

I decided to buy 30 boxes of Santos Mahogany flooring from Home Depot; as you might imagine, that means spending quite a few bucks.  If you're like me, you want to pay as little as possible for what you want.  But how to strike a deal on this?  I've got the solution of course.  The flooring is $3.37/sq ft, or $69.79/case.  30 cases= $2,093.70 + tax (NYC rate = 8.875% or $185.82 in tax = grand total cost of $2,279.52.

Here's what I did to save money off my purchase:

1) Bought through web site, where a 2% savings is rendered on web site purchases.
2) Used my Upromise Bank of America Mastercard, where another 3% savings is awarded when buying through the link through the web site mentioned above.
3) When I went to pick up the flooring at home depot store (I did pick up at store delivery from home depot web site), I gave them a 10% off Lowes coupon for Home Depot to match.  The sales clerk couldn't just adjust the price, and I didn't want to lose my discount from shopping online, so I had her instead return the purchase without a receipt to a store credit; then rebuy it using the coupon; saved $218 roughly in the form of a store credit.
4) Bought the flooring again online, this time with a ship to Newark, NJ store, where sales tax is 3.5%, and then returned the flooring, without dragging the merchandise, a savings of 5.375%.

Not a bad bag of tricks, right?

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