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Success Story: Saved 63% ($1750) on a Refrigerator

Darwins Money made a post last month about how they saved 63% on purchasing a refrigerator.

Today I was able to snag a $2800 refrigerator for $1050 at Lowe’s due to a combination of good timing, good haggling and savvy use of technology. I basically went to buy a new umbrella cover and light bulbs and they had several appliances out front with a 50% off sign. I was immediately drawn to the Samsung model RFG298AARS since it was Stainless to match our other appliances and a quick check on my iPhone confirmed that it had good reviews and retailed for $2799…

…On top of the massive discount, I was able to finagle free shipping as well since I don’t have a truck. I had also used my iPhone to check around elsewhere online and even on shady discount sites, the lowest it was listed at was over $2000…and who knows what they’d charge to ship (that’s often how they make up the discount spread).

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Lesson Learned:
I love this lesson on how to get something new (if slightly visually damaged) for an amazing discounted price. Buying dented or scratched or floor model goods are a great way to still get a top of the line product for much cheaper. The same sort of idea goes for smaller items as well. I purchase books off of amazon that are used because they can be significantly cheaper, yet you can barely tell anything was ever wrong with the book. I usually look for “Like new” conditions and can save $10 even after shipping.

Never hesitate to ask for discounts or look for the same product slightly damaged.

About Crystal Groves, Google+

Crystal Groves is a farmer, web developer, musician, blogger, and personal finance enthusiast from the back hills of Maryland and Pennsylvania. She started Money Drain as a project to encourage people interested in fixing their financial situation to share their stories and learn from the stories of others. We all make mistakes, but in order to change we have to make changes.

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