Today it’s all about the bathroom and kitchen tiles – and I am positively in LOVE with the ones I bought…especially given the huge discount I got at B&Q.
How did I manage that?
Well, I was at B&Q browsing over the bathroom and kitchen tiles – and getting extremely frustrated that anything half decent was way outside my budget. In annoyance at having such a miniscule budget and expensive tastes I flounced off to buy some more gloss…
But then I happened upon a great yellow and black area emblazoned with red discount stickers. All around me were shelves and shelves piled high with tiles. Decent tiles. At “clearance prices”.
Only problem was; no shelf price or tile matched. I’d found the tile clearance section – but I was still none the wiser on the prices!
Until my guardian B&Q assistant arrived…
Adrian was a smiley, helpful chap who clearly wanted to sell his tiles.
“How much are these” I asked, pointing to a stash I had found. (The same ones which I had found on the shelves and had loved – but had been miffed when I saw the over-budget price of £36.99 per sq m).
Adrian walks around looking at various price tags, while I wait with baited breath…
“Those are £20 per square metre” he replies…I hesitate momentarily – they may still be over budget, but they are not as much over budget as what they were before – and I had fallen in love…
I don’t know where the next question came from:
“What’s the best price you can do on those?” I inquired.
Adrian looks at me, looks at the tiles, looks back at the shelf price and replies: “I can do them for half price, if you want?”.
I almost fell over in shock, but kept a straight face. He was asking me if I wanted the tiles for half price??
So I say: “How about if I take all the boxes here – how much can you do them for then?”
He gives me a withering look. “I will have to ask the manager”
“OK“, I reply squarely not flinching at all.
A few minutes later, Adrian returns: “Manager says you can have them for £5 a box”
I swear I almost screamed in delight. The tiles I fell in love with (but not the original price tag of £36.99 per sq m) were being offered to me at just £5 per sq m!!
I instantly start loading the trolley in case B&Q change their minds!
Driving home I just could not believe it – not only had I bought the tiles I really wanted – but I had also managed to now buy all the tiles UNDER budget!!
My happiness was complete when the tiler came in and I showed him the tiles I had bought.
“Phew” he whistled through his teeth “Didn’t think you were going to buy such expensive tiles”
I grinned. A grin reminiscent of a cat who truly did get the cream 🙂
Here’s progress and the gorgeous tiles I bought: