Sunday, March 30, 2008

How to Save 6%...

Yesterday, we decided to head out early and go on a marathon hunt for baby furniture... crib, baby dresser, and "chester drawers" (I'm not sure what they are called, and that's what Tiff calls them). We hit up Burlington Coat Factory (not affiliated with Burlington Industries... apparently), Babies-R-Us, and Baby USA.

Burlington Coat Factory wasn't very impressive. Tiff picked up a couple shirts and we moved on.

As I've mentioned before [Pre-Valentines Trip], Babies-R-Us is in fact impressive. Their cribs were nice, and the selection was plentiful. They had so many cribs, I got confused at which one I was looking at, whether I had already looked at it, and what the difference was between that one and the six others that looked just like it. We picked out a couple that we liked and headed to our last stop.

Unlike the previous two stores, Baby USA is a franchise, so it is individually owned. This is important later on...

We looked at all of their cribs too, as well as the dressers and "chester" things. They had different packages that included all of those, plus the mattress, as well as armoirs and hutches if you want them.

We decided we liked the furniture at Baby USA and left to grab lunch and mull it over. About an hour later we returned, not to buy furniture, but to get the umbrella we left there (that happened to be in the car the whole time).

Since we were back, we figure we might as well go ahead and buy the furniture. We met the owner, Taylor, who was a nice guy and a great salesman. He was good at what he did because he was personable, great at bull-shitting, and talked me out of buying things we didn't need. His downfall was that he was a Tar Heels fan.

Taylor wasn't your average "yeah I like 'em" Tar Heels fan... he was a "eat, sleep, breath, foam at the mouth" Tar Heels fan. I think he about had a heart attack when Tiff started talking basketball with him.

Since the Heels were in the Elite-Eight of the NCAA Tourney (at the time), he had a promotion going on that if you sing a verse of the North Carolina fight song, you can save 6%.

Let me first say... I am NOT a Heels fan (sorry M&M). But to save some money, I'd lie to anyone and say that I am. So as we were buying the furniture, at the front of the store I sang, along with Taylor, part of the Tar Heels fight song...

I'm a Tar Heel born.
I'm a Tar Heel bred.
And when I die I'll be a Tar Heel dead.
So it's rah rah Carolina-lina.
Rah rah Carolina-lina.
Rah rah Carolina-lina--rah rah rah!

At the cost of my dignity, we saved 6%.


Sara said...

I'm all about a deal, but come on! I hope you did the Hokie Pokie the rest of the night...and I'll have Seth do his "Go Deacs" song...hopefully Nathan won't disown you!

MM and Wes said...

Sing it loud - sing it proud! I hear ya, Tim! I knew being friends with us would pay off someday!! Congrats on the discount -- see how cool it is to be a 'Heels fan?!?

In fact, I think I just got a little misty eyed thinking about you singing that song in public...

Go Heels!

Terry said...

There is a promotion up here in MA from a local furniture store that will reimburse your total purchase if the Red Sox sweep the World Series...with my luck, the Sox won't even make the playoffs this year. If they do make it all the way, I’m hoping that they don’t end up playing the Dodgers because then I won’t know what to root for more; free furniture or a World Series title for LA.

Congrats on saving 6%, you’re more of a man than me! I could never sing or root for the Heels!