When you buy a house and/or try to decorate a home you learn about all kinds of things that you didn't realize were expensive but are. I guess that is true of everything; because when I was planning our wedding there were all kinds of things along the way that I was shocked to find out the price of. Some things I knew were going to be expensive like a closet organization system, hardwoods and granite but other things surprised me. When we did our back yard I was surprised to learn that a pile of rocks could cost hundreds of dollars. When we had our blinds and curtains put in I couldn't believe how much those were. Mirrors are shockingly expensive too. And lamps. The price tags on decorative pillows is outrageous. I mean, pillows? Then I couldn't believe how expensive a King size comforter set could be, then I was shocked that an average household kitchen sink could be $400 dollars and the faucet runs $200.
Am I just cheap? Maybe, but now I'm shocked again and this time it's by how much area rugs cost. If you want a really big one it can cost thousands of dollars which seems to be as expensive as having actual carpet installed in which case it's like paying for flooring twice. So as with everything else I have to walk the fine line between not wanting to get the cheapest thing out there and not wanting to spend more then I can afford yet still ending up with a quality product that I will love. It makes no sense to spend a dime on something you don't even like. I love saving money but I'm not the thrifter, craigslist shopper type. I wish I was. The selections are random and limited so it could take forever to find what you want. I just don't have the patience or the eye to find that diamond in the rough, bring it home, clean it up and make it look all shiny and new. I will run all over town looking for the best deal though. I comparison shop and look for coupons and research the hell out of everything. I don't stop until I find the best deal around. I probably wouldn't feel comfortable buying something like a couch or rugs pre-owned but I know that if I had been willing to hunt down things like our dining room set at on craigslist I could have spent a lot less money. So, what did my latest bargain hunt yield?
Right after we got our hardwoods put in I saw a Groupon for Rugs USA. I'll say it again. I love Groupon! For $95 I got $235 in merchandise so I spent $149 with free shipping on a 5 X 8 area rug for our living room. The original price was $289. It was on sale for 35% off and they wouldn't let me double dip on the sale price which is lame if you asked me but I still saved $39 more using the Groupon so whatever. They had the red one too but I found a better price on Overstock.com. It was 15% off which brought it from $284 to $242. I found a $15.00 off promo code on their site for a total of $227 for a 7'6" X 9'6" rug and only $2.95 for shipping because Overstock is cool like that. That one will go in the dining area. I am shocked by how much we spend on things. Things that we don't even REALLY need. $376 for rugs on top of what we paid for flooring. Really? Oh well. Maybe I could have done better but I feel pretty good about how much we spent considering how much these rugs can cost. It's so hard to tell colors online but hopefully we like them. We'd better. Chances are we're stuck with them because I am not returning them and starting all over again.