I've been having some tough times friends.
I'm providing emotional support for someone close to me and it's hard.
It's difficult to not let the problems of your extended family, leak into your own immediate family.
So much of my insourcing this week has been in the form of pampering to my closer, immediate loved ones, so that they do not feel neglected.
One goal this week was to update all of our bedding. Being away and staying in nice hotels with fluffy beds, sure makes you aware of the inadequacies of your own bedding upon your return!
The Musician Husband and I agreed that this should be a budget priority, so off I went.
Scouting was done both online and in the local shopping centres to determine the best price for feather mattress toppers, lovely sheets and pillowcases, goose down pillows, divine duvets and stylish duvet covers reminiscent of the crisp and clean hotelier look.
The first sum I arrived at was over $1280 from the Marriott Linen website. And you can't actually buy it yet. It says 'coming soon'. Seriously. I knew I could do better.
My mission was to stick with the very best quality, but buy it at the best possible price.
I checked a couple of department stores and Manchester outlets and still couldn't get the total under $750.
Here was my shopping list:
Feather mattress topper
Down and feather pillows (2 each for three of us)
Cover for the duvet
Coincidentally an email then arrived in my inbox from The Home, which is an online store that acts as a storefront for many different suppliers. You can find the link here.
From there, I managed to source every single thing I wanted for less than anywhere else I'd looked. The final total was $407! Some online stores wanted that just for the mattress topper and not much less just for pillows! So I'm very happy.
Money saved on 'insourcing' or at least 'researching' just this one purchase....$873!
It really does pay to do your homework first :)
Did you insource/research a major purchase recently? How much did you save by doing your homework first?