Can I tell you about the amazing day we had yesterday? Well, I'm gonna.
So when we were calling around to hotels, looking for one for the honeymoon, we called a particular property in Newport Beach. This one:
They quoted two prices, one if we prepay (totally nonrefundable, nonchangeable, etc.) and the normal rate. When we decided that's where we wanted to stay and made the reservation, the person at the front desk quoted us the normal rate. We asked about the prepay rate; he didn't know anything about it. Fine, whatever. So three weeks later, I call the hotel to see if I can prepay and get the lower rate. I was on hold for a while, shuffled between departments, but finally...success. Not only did the person know that we could get the prepay rate, but it ended up being $40 a night cheaper than we originally were told. So all told we're saving 40% off the original rate. Morals of the story: Prepay for your hotel room, and it never hurts to ask.
Then, we were looking online at the suit we picked out for the FH (it makes so much more sense than renting a tux, which I think are unnecessarily formal. Especially since we're doing this very low-key). This suit:
It was originally $399.99. When we had looked at it before, it had been $100 off. Yesterday, it was $200 off. We called the store, and he said he would order it in from another store, since they didn't have it in stock. It would get here faster, no shipping costs, and he'd give us the same price. So it will arrive next week and be ready for alterations. The suit--which will get much more wear than my dress--cost the same. Although HIS alterations won't be $120 like mine were, yeeesh. Morals of the story: Check the store website, and it never hurts to ask.
I decided I want a pre-lit Christmas tree, because I find the trees itchy and dealing with tangled lights is no fun. So we went to Lowe's last night. I had $50 in rebates from projects over the summer. They didn't have the tree I had seen in the ad, but they had one that was less expensive, and of course many that were more. We narrowed it down to a 6.5' tree for $78 or a 7.5' tree for $128. We decided that an extra foot of height in a Christmas tree isn't worth $50 to us. So we got the smaller one, with a net cost of $33. Amazing! We discussed putting it on a little box to make it taller and give more clearance underneath, so you don't have to crawl under to retrieve things. Again with the itchy. Morals of the story: Always send away for the rebates, be flexible, and be creative.
So that was our day yesterday. We were on a bargain hunter's high, believe me.