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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Mother's Day bargain hunting

[To The Bargain Queen's mother-in-law Christine: if you're reading this, please skip this post lest I spoil a great surprise!]

In Australia, the U.S.A. and a few other places, Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May, so all catalogues arrive about now. The Bargain Queen approaches Mother's Day the same way she approaches all holidays: she's going to do something lovely for all three mothers in her life, but she's also going to keep to her budget and skip the purposeless consumer items.

For The Bargain Queen's mother-in-law, one of Mr Bargain Queen's brothers suggested we pool our money and buy her a DVD player and some DVDs. It's a great idea because:
  1. She doesn't have a DVD player
  2. Her tastes are so unusual that mainstream TV doesn't offer her much
  3. We can all use it whenever we visit her, if self interest in any way motivated us which of course it doesn't ;)
The Bargain Queen's done some online research to find the best prices for the DVD player and DVDs. Half an hour of browsing the sale catalogues of all the major retailers online will save us $10 on the DVD player and $15 each on the DVDs, for a total of $40 saving. Not bad pay really!

If you want to do the same, most big retailers have a link somewhere on their web site to their sale catalogue. If you're in Australia, here are the current catalogues from Myer, Target and KMart (all places with good specials on electrical goods, and great return policies if your cheap DVD player dies - a not uncommon occurance). In other countries, Google the names of the shops that might have the things you're after and see if they have their sale catalogues on their web site.

As for the DVDs, The Bargain Queen's two favourite places to find them cheaply in Sydney are JB Hi-Fi and Dirt Cheap CDs, which both have listings of many DVDs on their web sites. Mr Bargain Queen and his brothers have been ordered to pick DVDs their mum will like, because they've known her a total of almost 90 years while The Bargain Queen's only known her mother-in-law a little over a year and has never watched a movie with her. Then The Bargain Queen will make a quick trip to the local shopping centre (mall), buy the presents and Mother's Day is set.

At least, that's the plan. What could possibly go wrong?

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  • At 12:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I suggest purchasing a region-free DVD player. They aren't much more expensive than regular DVD players and you can buy DVD's from overseas for cheaper or earlier than you can get them at home.

  • At 2:34 pm, Anonymous Rachel said…

    And don't forget a Netflix subscription. One movie at a time is only $10 a month.


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