Our fire pit had seen better days, don't you think? :-)
There use to be mosaic tiles covering the top and then they started falling off one by one and then three by three and then...well, you get the picture.
We love burning an outdoor evening fire with friends and the kids thoroughly enjoy the s'mores part. Will all of the fun going on we figured we would just build a custom fire pit once our current one got worse (can it get worse?) But then we noticed on our fire permit from our city that you can't have a fire ring or pit within 25 feet from any structure.
We have a garage on the back of our property that is clearly not 25 feet away from our fire pit area.
However, our permit does say that a manufactured freestanding fire pit only needs to be 10 feet away from a structure, so there was still hope! Suddenly, I was on the lookout for freestanding fire pits. It didn't take long to find one.
I was going window shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond and immediately as I came in the door this beauty was standing alone with a clearance tag. Hmm...this could work, but then again I am only window shopping and didn't come prepared with any coupons.
I decided to go home and sleep on it. In the morning I would call and see if it was still there and at that point, if it was, I would bring in a 20% coupon with me.
It was still there the next morning and when I got to the store to pick it up I noticed that it had a dent on the cover.
I kindly asked the manager if they could discount the price a little bit more because of the dent. The manager kindly replied that they could take an extra 10% off (Yay, my kids would have dented it the first day anyway! :-) I handed them my 20% off coupon and was giddy on the inside on how little I was going to have to pay.
The store was having some problems bringing up the clearance price with the computer so when the total finally came up I ended up paying just under $50 with all of the discounts...SCORE!
How To Score A New Fire Pit For $50 Or Less...
- Make sure you check into your city's guidelines for burning fires. How far does the fire need to be from a structure, what kind of pits are allowed, etc.
- The end of the summer is a great time to find fire pits on clearance.
- Always check for a coupon even if the item is already marked down. (Did you know that Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons never expire!?! They do have an expiration date on there but they still take them anyway.)
- Don't ever be afraid to ask for an additional discount if the item is slightly damaged or marked up. It never hurts to ask!
With the square fire pit we decided to switch up our tree stumps and go square. Now it is looking ten times better than our old one!
Funny Story! Tonight a friend asked if we were really going to burn a fire over wood mulch? "Why of course," I answered with a sudden thought of "OH MY GOODNESS WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!" It turns out that my husband had thought about it and was planning on putting some stones under the pit that we have in the garage. That should keep us safe since we always monitor the fire for sparks that might fly further than that. Somebody please tell me how I didn't catch that??? Good grief!