The Diaper Deal
Part of living the lifestyle of “maximizing everything” is learning when you spot a deal that is worth jumping on quickly. Sometimes these deals are published on blogs like this one and sometimes they come and go so quickly that they never make it.
Last year such a deal came to be. A friend sent me a Fatwallet post showing that Kmart had a $25 off $25 coupon with no limit. The coupon was able to be used multiple times per account and didn’t require a minimum purchase. Perhaps this was a mistake and perhaps it wasn’t. Quickly I sprung into action after thinking about what I could buy for about $25.
At the time baby Ellie had recently been born and we did have some diapers for her that were given as gifts, but our supply was running low. I noticed that there were boxes of diapers on Kmart.com for $25.99. I also noticed that these could be ordered for pickup at my local store. I then made a deal with my wife. I would place a bunch of orders if she would go to the store to pick them up. (I am not a fan of the Kmart experience.)
So I did just that. It was a bit tedious, but I placed a total of 28 orders one box at a time. (In different sizes to anticipate Ellie’s growth.) It took about an hour to place all of my orders and a couple of hours for the pickup emails to come. My wife then went to the store to pickup each of her orders. I printed out a list of all of the order numbers on one page to make things easier.
It Isn’t Always Easy
Unfortunately it was’t so easy. While all of the orders were ready, the lady at the Kmart pickup desk wasn’t amused. In fact she kept questioning my wife and ultimately called her manager over. The manager told her to do her job and give my wife the diapers. She did eventually do that but wasn’t happy with the price my wife paid, so she was talking loud and causing everyone in the store to stare.
Such is the life of someone who gets a great deal. Often times people won’t believe you or will believe you cheated or did something wrong. In this case perhaps the code was a mistake, but we also placed a few orders online and those shipped a few days later without getting cancelled so I don’t think so.
This Deal Died Quickly
As you may have guessed, the code only lasted a short time. A few hours at most. I could have waited or placed one order, but I didn’t. Instead I went big and it paid off. There have been many other deals where orders were cancelled too so your time can be at risk. It was a gamble, but a successful one. My philosophy is that as long as I am honest (in this case I placed all of the orders on the same account as to not hide anything), then why not maximize.
Perhaps you don’t care about diapers or about this story, but opportunities like this come around from time to time. In this scenario my wife and I spent about an hour each for 18 months worth of free diapers. (We earned enough SYWR points to offset the $1 we paid per box.) We stayed within the guidelines set by Kmart and walked away with a wall of diapers. Unfortunately we are now down to our last half dozen boxes and my only wish is that I had purchased more! Perhaps I didn’t maximize enough.
What are your craziest deals scored? Feel free to share in the comments!