Today Son and I went to Costco. They are about seven minutes from our home, so I shop there pretty much every week. Their milk prices alone make it worth the trip – I usually save about $1 a gallon over Publix. Their meats are FANtastic, and I save a bundle on bread, eggs and many other staples.
They also have lots of neat stuff. I try to steer clear, avoiding the impulse buy. But today I couldn’t help noticing some really cute black iron bistro chairs, priced at $22.99 apiece:
Gee, those look really familiar… I really liked them a lot. Cute and comfy, with a wide seat to accommodate wide tushies. That’s good, since they are the EXACT SAME ONES I bought this weekend, and I only paid $5 apiece!
I LOVE a bargain!
Since I saved so much money on the chairs I decided to give myself some long overdue help. I do all of my finances by hand, and it’s just ridiculous to do so. Every year I procrastinate doing my taxes because it’s such a bear of a job. I tried Microsoft Money and hated it. I’ve wanted Quicken for a long time, but could never justify the expense. I heard that Quicken was offering a free online version, and I checked it out. Good, but I’m not comfortable with all of my financial info being kept on some server somewhere.
Well, Costco came out with a new coupon book today, and there was a $20 off coupon for Quicken. That made it half price, so I bought it.
I am soooo happy I did. In a little over an hour I’ve entered all of my credit card receipts for the year so far, properly categorized to make my taxes next year so much easier. I still have a few accounts to enter, but I’m feeling really, really good.
I’m not going to justify spending the rest of the money saved on those great bargain chairs, but that $20 was well worth it in time saved, accuracy and angst.
The only thing better than a really great bargain is money well spent. Money well spent that’s also a bargain? Nirvana!