Monday, July 10, 2006

Letting my fingers do the walking

I admit it: right now I'm not able to chase discounts as easily as I did in the pre-baby days. But I can still pick up the phone! Our last house project is installing shoe molding around the baseboards. A gap was left when we removed the carpet and finished the hardwoods.

My gung-ho husband was on his way to Home Depot when I suggested I call around for prices first. Compared to the chain store's 47 cents a linear foot, this poplar molding for 30 cents was a deal. I never thought the local Ace hardware and lumber company could beat the big guys! Unfortunately, Home Depot wouldn't beat the price by 10% because the products were not exactly the same. The savings for a few phone calls?
Around $40.

5 comments:

Coffee and a Muffin said...

Great going, Meredith!

Slughorn said...

How did you haul such long pieces home? In the photo, they look like they're 20 feet long.

Marsha said...

First time commenter here...

I love that your huband actually waited for you to make the calls. Mine prefers to run all over town comparing prices - makes him feel busy, I think!

Anyway, good work on finding the good price - with that much molding, I'm sure it added up quick!

Susan said...

What a great deal! We live in a 70+ year old home that is constantly in a state of remodel since we bought it 6 years ago. If all goes well, it will be paid off in 3 more years and we can FINALLY start cycling more money into remodeling it. Congratualations for find such a deal!

Meredith said...

Hi, Marsha, thanks for visiting! 17 cents difference does make a big savings when you are trimming a whole house!

Slughorn, the trim pieces were 16 feet long. Luckily, I drive an old Volvo wagon which is very long, especially if you slide things in diagonally and let a couple of feet hang out the window! (Feet in the measurement sense, that is!)