- The very first impression I got walking in was...... this place is HUGE! If you can, I would suggest a quick walk through before you shop there, just to get the lay of land (so to speak;).
- There were a lot of workers though, so when I needed a little direction to find something it wasn't that hard to find someone. Plus, they were all nice!
- I took my mother in law with me to help watch my son, and boy am I glad I did! Between the size of the place, and the "wonderful" things for him to get into I would've lost my mind if I hadn't. So if you have kids, leave with a babysitter or take someone to help you watch them!
- I also noticed that most of their items were good quality pieces.
- Their grocery section of the store was decent (considering it's a home improvement store) they even had a couple freezers with pizzas and such.
- Last, but the one I'm most excited to share, they have UNADVERTISED deals!!! Including rebate deals, just like a grocery store! So if you don't do a walk through before you shop there leave some wiggle room in the budget. You just might need it :)
What I Got
- Kids ball - $1.93 (no rebate)
- HUGE bag of cheese popcorn - $1.99 (no rebate but on sale)
- Purple de-ice windshield washing fluid - clearance $1.89
- 16 oz Dasani water - $1.48
- 100 ct. box Koolaid popsicles (2) - sale $2 each
- Dessert mints - $2.99 (no rebate, no sale)
- Gummi bears - $1.99 (no rebate, no sale)
- 2 80 ct Bounce dryer sheets - sale $2.99 each
- 2 boxes Mr. Clean Magic Erasers - $1.74 each
- 4 Hand clamps - $3.99 each ($3.49 rebate)
- 10 bottles Softsoap hand washes UNADVERTISED DEAL - $1.99 each ($1.49 rebate)
- 3 boxes Cat Pan liners - $3.50 each ($3.50 rebate)
- 4 boxes Comfort kids vapor patches - $5 each ($5 rebate)
- 4 jars Marinara pasta sauce - $1.99 each (1.49 rebate)
- 1 tube Small project adhesive - $3.49 ($3 rebate)
- 2 Menards t-shirts - $6.99 each ($6.99 rebate)
- 2 Paintbrushes - $5 each ($5 rebate)
- 2 14 MP GM digital camaras - $59.99 each ($30 rebate each)
So, let's breakdown the numbers here. My receipt told me that I already saved $43.81 with sale prices. I spent out of pocket $269.36, and $20.41 of that was tax :( I should receive $151.43 back in store rebate checks. That means that after rebates I will have spend $117.93! If you add what I spent with what I saved ($269.36 + 43.81) it would equal $313.17. Divide that by what I'll get back in rebates + money I saved in sales ( $195.24) and divide that by my previous total ( $313.17) and that equal 62% savings! I am not a math whiz, so if you think I did that wrong let me know.
Now, you're probably wondering about how the rebate thing works. First, let me tell you, SAVE YOUR RECEIPT!!! I stress this because at the bottom of your receipt a rebate receipt for EACH rebate item (by group) will print off. So I got one for all my softsoaps, one for all my t-shirts, etc, and you HAVE to have these to claim your rebate. I will do another post when I redeem my rebate slips to take a closer look at that process as well. It looks like you have two options: go online and redeem it, or do it in-store. I will do both, and let you know how each goes. Here's a picture of what the rebate slips look like.
I would've saved more if I hadn't bought a few items that were not rebate items, but hey, I'm not a perfect shopper :) In case you're wondering what I'm going to do with some of the items that I bought I'll tell you.
- I have a handy-woman type mom, and some tools I will be saving for her for Mother's Day, birthday, and Christmas baskets. I will also be doing the same for my Dad.
- I have a special occasion coming up this year that requires a nice gift. Since Menards has many household items come up for rebate offers I'm going to save some items for an awesome gift basket for that. Sorry I can't give details because some of my fans are family and friends and I don't want them to know what they are getting. When it's over though I will do a post to show what I've done!!
- The food and household items are fairly obvious additions to my stockpile, and for donations.
- I like buying cheap older furniture and fixing it up (when I have the time ;) so some of these tools and items are for me!
Okay, so that's the end of our first look into shopping at Menards. I would love to hear any thoughts you have so far, and any experiences/trips you've had there as well!! Remember, they have 2 stores in Wichita, 1 store in Salina, and another one in Manhattan. Happy bargain hunting everyone!!