First and foremost, happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year, including all of the amazing friends I’ve made through this hobby.
Anyway, it’s not all fun and games this Thanksgiving for me, as I’m trying to develop a serious shopping strategy for tomorrow. No, I’m not taking part in all of the “Occupy Best Buy” movements that seem to be going on around the country as people tent out for cheap electronics, but rather I’ll do so from the comfort of my home.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I’m actually in the process of moving, and there couldn’t be a better time in terms of furnishing a new apartment with items you can get at a great price with some nice mileage bonuses too. Y’all have been incredibly helpful with providing suggestions, so first I owe you guys an update as to what I’ve done so far.
As I mentioned in the linked blog post, I knew I wanted a W or Westin bed, since they’re among the most comfortable ones out there. There was a 35% discount code floating around for the W Hotel Store, though I also noticed Rue La La was having a sale on W beds last week.
I was there promptly at 11AM when the “shop” opened, though after browsing for an hour I left frustrated. Yes, I could have bought a mattress there, but I have no clue what the heck else I needed, and the descriptions of the accessories (duvet, pillows, shams, etc.) were awful, so I had no clue what I would be buying.
So I did what any frustrated buyer would do, and went to the W Hotel Store and bought the complete bedding set, including mattress, pillows, duvet, etc. The only catch is that the complete set is the one item in the entire store that doesn’t qualify for the 35% bonus.
Still, when I added up the cost of all the individual items, it turned out to not be such a bad deal, and it’s really convenient. The Starlight queen pillow top set set me back $1,724.
Not cheap, but I think people tend to undervalue a good night of sleep, so I was happy to pay the price, especially since I wouldn’t have to invest any more time in it. Still, it was a complete mileage failure, since the W Hotel Store doesn’t belong to any mileage mall.
So tomorrow I have to make up for being an utter mileage failure by taking full advantage of the 10 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent that the Ultimate Rewards mall is offering for shopping at Best Buy. I’m coming to y’all for help since I want to make sure I don’t screw this up. I don’t want to blindly buy stuff just because I’m earning miles, so I’m trying to factor in things like sales tax that applies to purchases at Best Buy but not at MacMall, for example.
What am I planning on getting so far?
Apple iMac for $1,050 plus tax
Bonus: 11,550 Ultimate Rewards points
This is an incredible deal. Last week when I posted about the iMac, Best Buy was charging $1,133, so it’s nice to see I can not only get a huge discount, but also earn 11+ points per dollar tomorrow (10 point per dollar bonus, one point per dollar for normal credit card spend, and then 7% points dividend). I value them at two cents each, so to me that’s a 20%+ discount on the iMac, over and above the already discounted price.
Apple Keyboard for $50 plus tax
Reward: 550 Ultimate Rewards points
While the iMac does come with a wireless keyboard, it doesn’t have a keypad. I need a keypad, so I might as well get the wired keyboard tomorrow.
Keurig Special Edition Brewing System for $150 plus tax
Reward: 1,650 Ultimate Rewards points
This is thanks to the suggestions you guys provided me with a couple of weeks back. I’m addicted to coffee and I want it without much effort, so you can’t beat the Keurig system where all you have to do is insert one of the K-Cups and 60 seconds later have a cup of coffee.
Question: Best Buy sells the K-Cups for $11.99 for an 18-pack — is it worth ordering some to start with, or are they available cheaper elsewhere? In other words is it worth ordering them through Best Buy for the 11+ points per dollar, or is the bonus negated by discounted prices elsewhere?
That’s all I’m totally committed to so far.
Things I’m considering include:
- Printers — laser vs. ink. Are laser printers worth it? I print a good amount, though laser printers typically only print blank, so I’ll probably end up having two printers then. Worthwhile or no? If yes, then does anyone have any recommendations?
- Desk. I need a real desk, preferably a big corner desk, though I’m thinking this might be an area where I’m best off just going to a furniture store vs. trying to maximize miles through an online shopping mall?
- TV. I’ve gotta confess I don’t remember the last time I watched TV. I watch the shows I want to see on Hulu, though at the same time I’ve always had a TV. As much as I doubt I’ll actually end up watching it a whole lot, it would be weird not to have one.
- Air purifier. For absolutely no good reason I’m thinking of getting one. Worthwhile or no?