Last week our accounting software went on the fritz. We have gotten this software free after rebate every year since we started our first company in 2004. This year I saw it free after rebate, but we decided we didn't need it because the software lasts two years. I thought we bought ours last year, but apparently it was . . . (wait for it!) 2 years ago. So when wouldn't load, and customer support was of no value, we realized we had to splurge and by a new 2009 edition. We found a great deal online at Staples and bought the software. THIS week, I saw the same product, same price, same free add-on payroll software, but with a free $20 gift card too at Office Depot.
Boring details, but it's to illustrate the way I think. I know both stores do price matching, so I called Staples customer service to see what they could do. They pleasantly offered to send me a free $20 courtesy coupon via email as a way to match Office Depot's price - works for me! A five minute phone call, and I made $20. Not bad. It pays to read the Sunday paper. BTW, Office Depot also has a free calculator, free t-shirt printing kit, and free digital scrapbooking software this week. That's what I love to see!! In 2007, I got about $2100 worth of stuff for free via rebates, coupons, etc - I've been slacking lately (only about $650 in 2008), but I'm trying to get back on track. For example, I haven't paid for toothpaste or toothbrushes since Julian and I got married almost 10 years ago - we always get them when they are free after rebate. Same with body wash, his shampoo (I'm too picky about mine), cleaning supplies, even most of my makeup. It's almost a game for me to figure out how to get stuff for free. And it's a great way to build your home storage on a budget. I get stuff even if I don't need it yet because I have a big basement. Then when I need things, I just go downstairs to my personal "store" and I know that I got it on sale or even free. This might sound boring to you, but that is MY kind of FUN!!