Buying Contacts & Paint like A Pro

It’s Thursday and it’s been a pretty exhausting week at work. I remember thinking when I was in school about how much I would enjoy working because of the different challenges. Well, I guess I got what I wanted? I’m constantly getting pulled in 20 directions at once. It’s different.

When shopping for big purchases, I’m always on the lookout for deals. We price compare most options. I even look at Discover’s merchant list to see if I can get an additional percentage on my cashback rewards. Shopping around means I spend less upfront. Just imagine me singing “more money in my pocket, more money in my pocket.”

This week we made two purchases outside of our “regular food, utilities, and gas categories.” First, I decided, a bit on a whim, to paint the master bedroom and kitchen for months. It took me eight months to decide on a color. I took advantage of Lowe’s Labor Day Sale on their paint. You get a $10 mail in rebate when you purchase one gallon of select paint brands. This is a 30% discount at least; depending on the paint you choose. So there I went to buy three gallons of Valspar paint. I, also, went to the U.S. Postal office to pick up the “mover’s package.” Inside the mover’s package is a 10% off Lowe’s coupon. Hurray!!! Unfortunately, Lowe’s is no longer in Discover’s merchant network, so I could not get the 5% cashback if I ordered it online. Here are some words of advice when painting: prep takes more work than you think, having a paint party with your friends reduces the stress of painting, and popcorn ceilings soak up a lot of paint!

Buying contacts is expensive. I have a learned a lot since purchasing the first contacts for my husband. Today, I logged into 1-800-Contacts to buy contacts for my husband. 1-800-Contacts is having a back to school sale. Use their coupon code, 20OFF175, to get 20% off your order. If you have a Discover card, just login to your online account and click the 1-800-Contacts link offer. It’s 10% cashback! In addition, 1-800-Contacts has a $100 mail-in-rebate with certain brands. The brand he is using, Acuvue, qualifies for the $100 mail-in-rebate. In conclusion, use your Discover for 10% cashback, take advantage of the back to school sale by saving 20%, and send in your $100 mail-in-rebate. By now, you should be getting the contacts at 50% of the original cost. I will, also, be asking for a reimbursement from my Vision Care Plan. I think its $100. Although I don’t count that as additional discounts, since we pay for Vision insurance.

If you are planning to buying contacts or paint, there are some great deals out there. Take advantage of them.

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