We’re in the market for a new refrigerator. We want to buy it new, and we want to get it for as little as possible. But first, a bit of backstory… As it turns out, the previous owners of the house that we recently purchased left their refrigerator behind. On top of this, our beloved fridge was white, and the appliances in the new house are black. Thus, we opted to leave the old fridge behind and make do with the new one. The problem is that we really don’t like the new one.
First off, it’s a side-by-side, whereas we’re still in love with the old freezer-on-the-top style. And yes, we’ve considered freezer-on-the-bottom, or freezer-on-the-bottom with double fridge doors, but they just don’t turn our collective crank. But the biggest thing that we miss is the amount of usable space that we used to have. Our old fridge was big honking 24.6 cubic foot top-mount model that allowed us (among other things) to store nine (yes, nine!) gallons of milk on the main shelf, while still leaving a bunch more space — in fact, those nine gallons take just over half the main shelf.
Right about now you’re probably asking who needs to store nine gallons of milk in their fridge? Well, we do. At least if we want to space out our trips to the grocery store. We’re a milk-drinkin’ family of six.
Anyway, to make a long story short, the best local price that I’ve been able to find on the model that we want (a GE Profile Arctica) is at Home Depot. It’s $1399, beating Sears by $100, and if we buy before the end of the we’ll get a $100 Home Depot gift card. But I want to do better — I want one of those 10% off coupons that you see around every now and then. In fact, we got one in the moving package that the USPS sends out when we changed our address, but we already used it.
The solution? eBay. That’s right, hop on over to eBay and you’ll find a ton of auctions for Home Depot or Lowes 10% off coupons. You can buy them individually, or in lots of up to ten or more. And they’re pretty cheap, averaging a buck or two apiece (plus shipping). I have no idea if these coupons are legit — I sorta suspect that they’re not. But, given the price, I’m willing to roll the dice. In fact, I just scored a six pack for $8 including shipping. The beauty of Home Depot 10% off coupons is that they don’t typically expire, so you can buy a stack and then just whip them out as you need them. Most of the Lowes coupons, on the other hand, seemed to expire in four to six weeks.
Given the price, I’ll come out ahead using one of these anytime I spend a little over $13 (not including the sales tax savings). Of course, I’m most excited about the $140 we’ll save on the fridge.