We bought our rotary tiller on 8/18 for $1780 plus tax. When we sold the motorcycle, we put away the money for the tiller. We had been watching the weekly ads for it to go on sale. The 4, 5, and 7 foot tillers were going on sale but not the 6 foot one we wanted. Yesterday when I opened the paper, it was on sale for $1700. Y called the store we bought it at and they said it was outside of the two week window so they couldn't give us the refund and we couldn't exchange it and rebuy it because it wasn't in its original package. The receipt clearly said it was good for returns through 10/17.
I wasn't satisfied with this answer because it didn't say anything about having the original package to return it and we were just going to buy it again. I called a different store that is equal distance away. After being transferred twice and speaking with three different people, they agreed to the refund and we just had to bring in the receipt. Our refund ended up being $88 and change.
Here's the bad part about our little trip there. We saw the exact lawnmower that Y wants on clearance. It is a zero turn mower with a 54" deck. It is normally $4000 but was on clearance for $3500. We were planning on buying it next spring if our finances permitted. Even if we had to pay interest on our line of credit to next spring, it would be around $70.
Do we buy the lawnmower or pass on it? $500 is a good savings but we should probably build up our savings account instead.