There comes a time that you just have to buckle down and purchase something that you need no matter what. That time had come for us today. Our farm consists of at least four acres of “lawn” that has to be mowed and we have been nursing our two vintage riding mowers for many years now. This year we are down to one and to get it started, we have to cross our legs, touch the back tire, kneel on the seat and turn the key all at the same time. Ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but not far from the truth! So it was time to buy a new riding mower.
Before we headed for our day out, I electronically transferred a bazillion dollars to our checking account. It hurt. Physically. So off we go. Now we had today planned, so I knew we’d be spending a boat load of money. (Maybe not like a yacht load, but at least a row boat load!) I decided to make the most of it. I’ve said it before…that’s why we budget and save! So we can get things when we need them without having to “sell the farm”. Or our children…hey, wait a minute…hhhmmm.
We first stopped at Ollie’s where we got a great deal on grass seed for our house and two bath mats (with a matching bath pillow…comfy!). We needed the bath mats, the pillow was just a bonus. Then off to Tractor Supply where my husband shopped for some gadget thingy that he needs for the tow hitch while I visited all of the new chicks.
We then stopped for lunch. A great big giant Mexican food lunch. Don’t worry! We had a restaurant.com certificate! I purchased it in December for $1 and our total after discount was only $16. Two entrees, one appetizer and two drinks. We ate like someone was going to steal it from us. Bad cellphone pic alert!!
Next stop: The Goodwill. I found a few fun things, but we didn’t spend much time in there due to the fact that they had the friggin air conditioning on! It was 52 degrees outside and about 43 inside! So here’s what I got ~ A butterfly design that I plan on hanging on the outside of our well house at the farm (after I attack it with spray paint), a great dragonfly cookie cutter and a bean sprouting container. I am most excited about the bean sprouting container. I love sprouts and never got around to cutting a piece of screen out to make my own. Total cost: $4.12
A quick stop at Kohl’s. They didn’t have any shower curtains that I liked. Then Dick’s Sporting Goods where a box of ammo was purchased. Target practice is scheduled for the near future. Unfortunately, no coupon for that AND the ammo was not on sale. Only non-bargain of the day.
Now the big giant home improvement store. We had shopped around for what we thought was the best mower at the best price. That is where we found it. We ultimately decided on getting a trailer to haul it as well. It’s something that we’ll use enough times to go ahead and take the plunge. We added some 3×3 tiles to the cart (for an exciting project this summer…can’t wait to show you!), some Neem oil for the garden, some light bulbs and new knobs for the vanity in the dressing room. Here’s the deal. I had a coupon for 10% off of EVERYTHING in our purchase. That saved us a huge chunk of change and made the timing of the purchase even more right.
We have been planning for this purchase since last year. We budgeted and saved for it. We owe no one and didn’t have to use any credit whatsoever. Next thing we will be budgeting for: bathroom remodel. That’s a project I don’t think we can take on ourselves. But then again….I do have a new mallet!