I had high hopes of posting a couple of times per week throughout summer and blew it right out of the gate. We had a little day camp thingy every day last week, followed by VBS in the evenings. I also had all of my nephews a couple of days and an extra friend on top of that for a birthday sleepover. Seven boys plus three neighbors were in and out all last week and I wasn’t home long enough to replace toilet paper, let alone blog. I know I don’t need to explain that, but it’s the reason that I literally wouldn’t have answered the door if one of you showed up on my doorstep this weekend. It was bad. Don’t-answer-the-door bad. Ten-boys-played-here-and-we-ran-out-the-door-in-a-hurry bad. My house has almost recovered.
My MIL came to stay the night because she’s an awesome grandma and loves to visit her grandchildren on their birthdays (something I’m truly thankful for). I’m glad we have a good relationship because, you guys, I literally told her to make a path to get to the guest room. I changed the sheets for her, though. 🙂
Anyway, so much for less words.
Sometimes I impulse purchase. Gasp! I know. Shocking. I’m surely like the only American who does that. But whatevs.
I’ve actually been wanting a second refrigerator (or at least freezer) for a couple of years now, so this probably wasn’t technically an impulse purchase but I definitely didn’t go to the store with a refrigerator on my shopping list.
Not only was it not on my list, but the store was closing so there was also that element of pressure to make a decision.
We ran into Lowe’s fifteen minutes before closing to pick up some tile for the boys’ bathroom. Yep. We started on a third bathroom. More on that later.
We spent the entire fifteen minutes plus one or two in the tile aisle. They were turning the lights off on us. But we had passed a refrigerator setting out in the main aisle where they put clearance/returned appliances. We were discussing it the entire time we were loading up tile. They have great deals all the time, but they had extended their Memorial Day appliance sale for the entire week and it applied to clearance items. We were tempted.
The refrigerator was the style I had been watching for months. We were for sure going to get another refrigerator some day soon-ish. The tag said it had been a “loaner” and it for sure looked like kids had been touching the front and while the inside wasn’t nasty, clearly it wasn’t brand new. I imagine someone’s refrigerator that was under warranty needed repaired and they gave them this one while they waited? And then they couldn’t sell it as new because someone used it in their house?? All speculation.
We debated all while loading tile and walking to the checkout. Not with each other. It wasn’t like I wanted it and he didn’t or vice versa. More like we were each saying, “I don’t know. It’s a great deal. It’s the one we want. It’s a great price. But they always have these great deals. We don’t exactly have a spot ready in the garage to move the other refrigerator to. What do you think? I don’t care. Whatever you want. Would you rather get a washer and dryer first? etc”
There was one person in front of us left at the checkout and the store was closed. We kept second guessing and then the hubs ran back to get the tag so we could buy it. He said, “We can just bring it back if we change our minds.”
Here’s the price after each discount… (Pssst. I couldn’t for the life of me get this formatting to line up correctly. It annoys me, too. Don’t judge!)
- Regular price $2198
- Sale price $1798
- “Loaner” sale price $1500
- 20% Memorial Day sale $1200
- 5% Lowe’s card $1140
See why we were feeling like now was the best time to purchase? Plus free delivery!
So then they were going to deliver it on a Tuesday night, which was the time we had chosen, but when Tuesday rolled around it wasn’t going to work. A tenant called with a broken hot water heater and the hubs was going to have to run over there right after he left his day job. I was going to be at VBS. The hubs was trying to figure out a different plan for getting the hot water heater fixed when I got a call from Lowe’s.
“Mrs. Mobley? This is whatever-his-name-was with Lowe’s. We’ve accidentally overbooked your delivery time slot and were wondering if we could possibly reschedule? We’re offering an additional 10% off your purchase for the inconvenience. But if you absolutely have to have it, we’ll make it work.”
I said, “No, that’s fine. We still have a working refrigerator. It’s no hurry.”
Haha. Isn’t that funny? They paid me to reschedule to a time that was more convenient to me anyway.
So with another $114 off, we ended up paying $1026. One thousand dollars for this beauty…
They delivered it Saturday morning. I wasn’t really paying attention to them, and the hubs and MIL had left to take my son to hockey practice in the midst of them bringing it in. So no one confirmed it was the right one.
After the Lowe’s guys got it in the kitchen and reattached the doors (our kitchen opening is narrow but will be widened someday), one of them came into the living room asking if I wanted them to plug it in or not. I said, “No thanks. I want to clean it first since it was a loaner.” He said, “You bought a loaner? We brought you a brand new one.” They indeed did. With all the plastic on everything. He double checked his paperwork and told me they delivered what they were supposed to.
I love Lowe’s. Seriously. They’re pretty great. In the chaos of us buying the refrigerator at closing time, it didn’t get pulled from the floor and they apparently sold it to someone the next morning (which we knew it would sell right away and is why we felt pressure to purchase it right then).
Of course they did the right customer service-y thing to do and just gave me a new one because of their mistake.
And that’s the story of how I practically stole this new refrigerator.