Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cabela's Haul

In social media, there's a concept called "haul videos," where the subject of the video, usually a teenage girl, shows of the "haul" she made shopping.

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I went out to an early dinner.  After our meal, I let her know that I needed to stop by Cabela's for a case of ammo for an upcoming hunting trip.  She agreed to meet me at home, and we went our separate ways.

Maybe it was the couple of drinks that I had with dinner, or maybe it was just the majesty of the new store, but my quick trip for a flat of ammo went on for over an hour, and ended up with me filling the cart with two cases of shotgun ammunition, rifle and handgun ammo, a new hunting shirt, a sweatshirt, and a couple of really nice Christmas gifts.  See below:

I sheepishly approached the check-out with my now full cart, and the check out person started her work.  The net result?  $650 (ammunition is damned expensive).

I gulped hard.  This was supposed to be just one quick trip.  How would I explain to my better half this kind of indulgence?  Thankfully, I was about to be saved, as my checker said, "You have $773 in Cabela's points.  Would you like to use them?"

"Yes," I said with a relieved sigh, "Yes I would."

I basically use only one credit card, and use it for everything.  That would be Cabela's card, and as such, I rack up a good amount of points for my spending.  Over time, it builds to a tidy little sum.  Fortunately for me, it was big enough that I was able to fill the back of my rig with new gear, and without incurring any sticker shock on the monthly credit card bill.

And incurring the wrath of surprised spouse.

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