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January 12th, 2013 at 01:00 pm

...but near the end of them.

I was hoping to skate by for another month using my airbed mattress on the queen bedframe, so I could put a mattress purchase on the next month's credit card. Alas, my luck ran out, and I also thought, eh screw it - why spread the pain over several months when I could get the big stuff all purchased and be done with it?

So I bought a mattress Sunday afternoon and had it delivered on Tuesday so I could double up on a coffee table purchase from Overstock.com. While I loved that sleep number mattress, I decided on a regular one. I didn't love that when you have an adjustable mattress, well that eats air pumps for lunch. And a weak air pump means that in the back of your mind, you might wake up in a mattress crater. My sleep number has remained consistent and I'm just not into adjustable mattresses that can change position but can adjust down and I have a cat with claws. I went for simple and with the expectation that the mattress will be consistently firm.

Got it ($1150) and the coffee table ($150) on Tuesday.

Monday I went to Best Buy, which seemed to have the best prices even with the 5% off on Target, and got a the 32 inch TV, burly TV stand, digital thru the air antenna ($550). Set it up last night. The other nice aspect of top floor living is that the $25 digital antenna worked great. Ready for the Super Bowl party.

Right now the only big purchase left is a couch and possibly a chair, or perhaps for flexibility a sectional. After that, with smaller chairs, end tables, vacuum I'll see what discounters will do for me. And if I have to, rent a car for a weekend and do some runs. Lawyer friend (his last day as a co worker was yesterday) offered his dining room table. I'll measure my dining room space (think it might be a little small for the table) but I'm actually a little meh about it. I'm really liking the wide open space ... I find it relaxing.

Pictures next.

7 Responses to “Big purchases ”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I hear you about the 'cat with claws' conundrum. I hope you have many restful nights on your new mattress.

  2. patientsaver.com Says:

    How many channels do you get with the antenna? I'm jealous. Here at about 800 feet altitude, you get no reception without cable.

  3. baselle Says:

    patientsaver - Let's see. I get the 6 networks (PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, what we call the CWW) and several digital multiples each - so PBS 3, ABC 2, NBC 4 (2 stations KING 5-1 & 2, KONG 16- 1& 2), CBS 2, FOX 3 (13-1, 13-2, 22-2), CWW 1. If I fool around with the antenna a bit, I also get a few of weird networks that I skip - ION and Univision, a couple of shopping channel - ugh - and 5 of the Christian channels. Easily 25.

    But you never know - in the old place I found that when trees leaf out the reception changes, which means I have to shift the antenna around with the seasons.

  4. scfr Says:

    Welcome to the world of OTA (over the airwaves) TV! We've had it since we bought our house almost 4 years ago and decided not to get cable. It was right around the big conversion to digital so the timing was perfect. We get 10 English language channels and a couple Spanish ones.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    You get quite a few channels without cable.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I'm struggling with all the new furniture needs, too! Don't have anyone offering to give me any, though! Smile

  7. Jerry Says:

    The Overstock shipping is usually really cheap -- is it the same for larger items? I have liked getting a couple of things from them at a time, as well. Sometimes they have some deals on great stuff that would lead to a huge expense elsewhere. I also like that they have the insurance of selling all KINDS of stuff. Clothes, furniture, everything...
    Jerry

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