Sorry… I’m not asking because I’m giving one away. I’m asking because I won a $700 Best Buy Gift Card yesterday, and this is the question everyone keeps asking me!
Here’s the craziest part of that last sentence: I almost never enter giveaways on websites. Sure, I’ve thrown my name into a few blog contests for Amazon gift cards, iPad minis, etc. But, for the most part, I ignore those blog posts and move onto reading something else.
On the weekend, however, I saw a tweet that mentioned Techvibe’s 2012 Holiday Giveaway. The tweet said you could enter to win all seven days’ worth of giveaways (which is actually not true – you could just enter for each day’s individual giveaway. Anyway…). Before climbing out of bed to make coffee, I quickly posted a comment on each day’s post, closed my browser, and left it at that.
Yesterday afternoon, I was both shocked and surprised to see a tweet from Techvibes:
How amazing is that!?
So, what am I going to buy? A number of people have suggested an iPad, but I’m honestly not the slightest bit interested in that. First, because I just got a new MacBook Pro in October. Second, I don’t need one. And while it would be nice to blow my prize money on something “fun”, I’m going to (big surprise) put it towards things I actually need.
Don’t forget: I just moved to Toronto a few months ago. While I’m still living at Roomie’s place, I should have a place of my own by February or March. And guess what I’ll be moving in with? Clothes. That’s it! But I’m going to need a whole lot more than that.
My first purchase has to be a bed, bedding, and some towels. After that, I need to setup my kitchen. I’ve been stressing about how much this is all going to cost… but now I don’t have to.
Not only does Best Buy sell big appliances, they sell small kitchen appliances too. And, after buying a small TV (small because I’ll only be able to afford a tiny bachelor here), I’m going to spend the rest of my gift card on the things I’ll use most in my new kitchen:
(1) LG 32″ LED HDTV ($329.99 + recycling fee)
(2) Hamilton Beach Kettle ($49.99)
(3) Hamilton Beach Food Processor ($69.99)
(4) Hamilton Beach Single Blender ($19.99)
(5) Hamilton Beach Toaster Oven ($49.99)
(6) T-fal 9-Piece Cookware Set ($99.99)
At regular retail prices, I could buy all of this for about $730 incl. taxes and the recycling fee for the TV. If I get the gift card in time, and anything goes on sale, I might order a few things online on Boxing Day. Otherwise, I’ll wait until moving day. Because, I’ll have basically nothing else to move in…
Or maybe I’ll just say screw it to everything and buy myself this amazing Breville Barista Express Coffee Machine ($699.99)!
(Ok, now that’s something I want… in my dreams!)
Thank you again to Techvibes and Best Buy for the opportunity to enter and win this contest! You have no idea how much it means to have this gift card help with my 2013 budget.
What would you get if you won a $700 Best Buy Gift Card?