You know how some days you just can't find a decent deal on anything you need? And on others, everything just seems go right? We call those "looking days" and "shopping days."
We knew we needed to get a gas-powered snowthrower for the new drive. It's 275 feet long, give or take, and varies from 10 to 20 feet wide, being widest in the middle as it curves in front of the garage doors. We kept telling ourselves that we'd buy one as soon as they went on display, this year.
We just visited a Big Box Hardware store, and lo and behold: a double row of snowthrowers sitting out front.
We went inside and found a sign: 15% off on any Troy-Bilt model that's in stock. So I flagged a clerk down, and started looking over the gas-powered units. My old electric model was great, but best suited our four parking spaces at the old place. The new driveway is just too big, and it's no fun dragging 200' of extension cord through snowdrifts.
We were driving my wife's small SUV today, so it needed to be a model which could be folded up small enough to fit in the back. Ideally, anyway. Worst case scenario would be to buy a bigger model, and set it aside for Older Daughter to retrieve with her F-150, after work.
And then, everything clicked: we picked a model that was priced at $500. The 15 percent discount lowered that to $425, and the 10 percent veterans' discount lowered it further to $380.
And the handle bolts together in the middle, like a lawnmower, so the clerk grabbed some pliers and a couple of wrenches. He even helped me lift the thing into the back of the SUV.
I love a good shopping day. :)
p.s. Notice to FTC: I paid for everything described here, out of pocket. Take a hike.