Today I bought this floor lamp/magnifier at Joann’s for basically $3.
Here’s how it all went down: The lamp had a retail pricetag of $126. Joann’s had their lighting on sale for 50% off and I had a coupon good for an extra 20% off sale prices, so my total after tax was $56.
Because I spent over $50, they gave me a gift card for $10. That brought the price down to $46. Technically the gift certificate can’t be used until August 8th, but I mentally subtracted it from today’s total. Whatever ten-dollar item I buy next week will cost me $10 rather than wind up being free, but that’s OK… I’d have probably spent $10 anyway.
The original purpose of my visit today was to return some things I had decided that I wasn’t going to be able to use after all– so I had an “extra” $42 that had already been spent on other things which I could apply towards the lamp, too!
See, once I spend money I consider it “spent” so if I happen to return something and get that money back, I can in all good conscience mentally discount the amount of the return from the price of the new thing(s) I want to buy instead. I mean, I had already spent that $42 so what difference does it make if I think of it as spent on the items I just returned or as spent on the lamp?
All in all I only had to shell out four previously unspent dollars for the lamp, but I was short so I bummed a buck from my mother. There’s my $3.
Oooh- just had a thought: because I’m a professional designer and this is a tool I use for work, the cost is tax deductible. The full $56. Heck, I made money by buying this lamp ;)