So, the tile in our master bathroom shower was falling apart, and I knew that it needed to be redone before I had some serious water damage to repair.
I’m doing the work myself, but tools and materials aren’t cheap. I was looking for any potential savings that I could find.
If I’m buying a bunch of big stuff from Home Depot or Lowe’s, I like to order it online and then pick it up in the store. They will put your order together and have it waiting for you at the customer service desk. It saves you from having to navigate the store while carrying a bunch of 8 foot sheets of plywood.
Typically, when I buy something online, I’ll do a quick search for any promotional codes to cut down on the cost. Unfortunately, there weren’t any for Lowe’s at that time.
Then, it dawned on me that there are services out there like Cardpool that let you buy discounted gift cards. Low and behold, they had Lowe’s gift cards that you could buy at an 8.7% discount. So, I selected enough gift cards to cover my order, and chose electronic ones so that they would be emailed to me right away.
Once the gift cards showed up in my email, I simply entered my order online for in-store pickup and paid for it with the gift cards. I had about $735 worth of gift cards, but I only paid $671 for them.
So, for about 2 minutes of work, I saved myself $64.
Keep in mind, they have gift cards from all different types of retailers and restaurants, but it’s probably only worth it if you have a big purchase coming up.
Have any of you done something like this successfully?