Monday, March 31, 2008

A Coupon Code Saved Us $500

Before I get into my story, I want to assure you that this is not a paid post. I am not affiliated in any way with the website I will tell you about. I'm just sharing about how I saved some cash!

I love to save money, whether it's 10 cents at the grocery store or $500 on a laptop :)

My husband has been pushing his employer for quite awhile now to get him a laptop for his work as an engineer. A few weeks ago, he was finally informed that a laptop wouldn't be supplied to him for at least a year. We discussed it and decided to buy one ourselves for my husband to use at work.

We did some research (ok, my husband did some research while I blogged on our other computer!) and decided on a Dell laptop. By the time he customized the laptop for his engineering needs, we were looking at a cost of over $1300. It was definitely more than we had planned on spending, so we decided to take a couple of days to think about it.

The following Sunday, we visited my husband's family and mentioned the laptop we were thinking about buying. My brother-in-law asked if we had checked out Got Apex?. My husband looked the website up as soon as we got home and found a deal for $500 off a Dell Vostro laptop purchase over $1249. We immediately ordered the laptop. Final price: $850!

Got Apex? is set up like a blog (does that mean it is a blog?) with each deal being it's own blog post. This makes it easy to check the site every couple of days to see what the latest deals are, as the most recent are always at the top of the page. Of course, if you do that, you run the risk of finding deals on things you don't really need :) Still, I'm very happy about saving $500 and will definitely check this site out before our next computer or electronics purchase.

Do you have a website that you always check for deals before you make a big purchase?

8 comments:

spillingbuckets said...

I don't have a specific site that I always check, but I will usually google seach for "X" coupons or "X" product codes.

One good site I have found is:
http://www.retailmenot.com

for online store purchases.

moneyloveandchange said...

I usually check out slickdeals, as well as upromise, babymint, and ebates to get cash back. Discover Card also has a Shop Discover site where you can get additional cash back rewards for shopping through their site.

Bens Bargains is also decent for checking out electronics.

In general, I won't make an online purchase unless it involves some sort of coupon code and free shipping - my husband jokes about it all the time, but doesn't complain when he gets something for a deep discount!

Miss Mommy said...

I always search google for coupon codes and check out dealcatcher daily. I have purchase many items at discount thanks to them both!!!

Becky@FamilyandFinances said...

@everyone
Wow, it sounds like there's a lot of good sites out there! Thanks for all of the suggestions :)

Ms. M&P said...

Cool! Thanks for the tip ;)

NH Mom of 3 said...

I have had great luck at http://www.gottadeal.com/

Good selection of coupons, and the forums are wonderful!

And when travelling, I like to check out TripAdvisor not only for the reviews, but also the forums to see what kind of promos are out there for my destination of choice.

Going now to check out the site you mentioned to see if it's something to add to my list of favorites. Thanks!

Sara - pensioncomparison.com said...

I always do a google search for coupons, discounts or promo codes.

Ken Clark - CollegeSavings.About.com said...

I have used FlamingoWorld.com... They've got a ton of coupon codes on there for the big sites.

Ken Clark, CFP