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The deal of the year!

I have to give myself a huge pat on the back for the deal I scored last night at Toys R Us.

Out of the blue Melanie starts watching all kinds of Barbie stuff on the computer and sees Barbie’s dream house, complete with two elevators.  The next thing I know, she’s telling me she wants Santa to bring her a dream house for Christmas.

I held my breath.  Oh, the coveted Barbie dream house.  I wanted one myself when I was a girl.  Like that was going to happen.  My  mother could hardly afford to pay the mortgage on the 300-year-old dump we were residing in, not much plop down a couple hundred bucks so Barbie could live in the lap of luxury.  So I improvised and built my own Barbie dream house using three cardboard boxes.  It turned out to be more like a triple decker than a fancy house but I liked playing with it.

So when Melanie started talking about wanting Barbie’s dream house, I hopped on the Internet to see what they were going for at TRU and Walmart.  Both were comparable at about $160.00.  Of course Barbie’s Malibu dream house only goes for $99.00 but it doesn’t have TWO elevators.  And Melanie has insisted she must have the one with TWO elevators (because it’s utterly important for Barbie’s clothes to be able to travel up and down three levels in their own elevator!).

Off to TRU.  They had two of the dream houses left, priced at $159.00.  I wasn’t crazy about spending that kind of money on a doll house.  And I’m always out to try to save as much money (and get a bargain) any way I might be able to.  Melanie had two TRU gift cards from her birthday, one for $10.00 and another for $15.00.  There was $25.00 I didn’t have to dish out.  I also am a Rewards member so I had a coupon to save $10.00 off an item of $100.00 or more.  Which of course this was.  So I’m up to $35.00 in savings.

“Would you like to save 15% on this purchase?” was the cashier’s question to me.

Would I?  I opened a credit card account (one that other than last night’s purchase is never going to be used again–not at that crazy interest rate!) and after all that I ended up paying $96.00 for Barbie’s house!  Voila!

So I am ecstatic that I–oh, I mean my daughter–finally has her Barbie dream house!

Now I have to figure out how to wrap that sucker…