I’m psyched!!! I just saved 10% on a purchase that I probably would’ve made anyway at full price! As you might know, we are on a super-strict budget in the Frugal Farmer family as we work our way out of massive amounts of debt. Entertainment is one area in which we try to spend little or no money each money, but it gets hard, saying no all of the time.
So I was excited when my dad called and reminded me of a great website that I had forgotten about called www.kidsbowlfree.com Bowling alleys registered here allow your kids to bowl up to 2 free games a day during the summer. Although often times shoe rental is not included, bowling for 4 kids can be quite expensive, so if I can bowl two games for each kid for the price of renting shoes, I’m in!
As I completed my signup on Kids Bowl Free, I was asked a question:
“Do you want to purchase a family pass for an additional $24.95?” Crap. I didn’t think about that. It’s called “Kids Bowl Free”, not “Kids Bowl Free and Mom and Dad do too”. But for an extra $24.95 the adults in our family could join the kids in bowling at no additional cost (each bowling center has their own family pass deal, though). This may seem like a no-brainer to you, but for a family in our situation, $25 is a lot of money, so I wanted to make sure and think it through before signing up. In the end, though, I decided that bowling with my kids instead of just watching them on the sidelines was well worth $25, but I hadn’t taken the time to go back to the site and purchase the family pass.
So imagine my excitement when I got the following email this morning:
Hi Laurie ,
I just wanted to take a minute and welcome you to Kids Bowl Free 2013. I see that you registered just the other day.
Did you see our optional Family Pass when you created your account? It allows up to 4 adults to bowl 2 games free each day during the summer too.
The family pass is already a great deal but I thought I’d pass along a special welcome discount if you add it to your account sometime in the next 2 days. Use coupon code iPhone10 during checkout to save an extra 10% off. Just login to your account at http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/ to apply the special coupon code.
Have a great summer bowling with your family!
Woohoo!!!! I’m in!!!!!
Now it may not be a lot to you, but $2.50 is a lot of money when you’re in a boatload of debt and have an almost 60% DTI. And saving an extra $2.50 on that purchase made it all the more sweeter.
If you’re contemplating a purchase that you’d not normally make, no matter how big or small, wait it out. Why?
Because it gives you more time to make sure that it’s money you want to spend. Because it helps you to identify the true reasons for the purchase. And because it just might save you some money if there’s an eager salesman behind that Cool Hand Luke façade!