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(Another) Crazy Purchase of the Day

The custom mountain home we're building has gotten a little out of hand. Why build a regular garage when you can have an RV garage? Why put in a bathtub when you can have a jetted pool? More windows, more skylights, more wood, and more custom millwork? Sure. Why not?

I'll tell you why not. Because our budget is in shambles! Currently, the plan for our kitchen is that the white cabinets are going to be twelve feet tall. TWELVE!

(And I don't care what else we have to cut out, Sexy Nerd. I will stack my cabinets to the sky.)

One of our "must haves" that seems a little silly is a sauna. And not just any sauna, of course, but the biggest sauna, like the ones you find in a spa or corporate health club. It's not like we can invite people over to our home and tell them "we have a sauna, but there's no room for you", right? So, we designed our floor plan to include the Almost Heaven Bridgeport 6-Person Indoor Steam Sauna. Costco was selling it for a budget-friendly price. Then, disaster struck.

We revisited our sauna link to double check the electrical requirements. Costco had no idea what we were talking about. Here we were, at the final stage of the design process, ready to break ground, and the item we'd designed an entire room around had disappeared!

Well, there's good and bad news.

The good? The GREAT! It turns out the reason our sauna link no longer worked was that Costco had moved it to their clearance section - and taken almost $1,000 off the price! Were we dancing around our home like crazy idiots after discovering this? Of course.

The bad? Not wanting to risk missing out again, we ordered it. We actually got the last one! However, it won't fit in our garage. It's also too heavy to bring upstairs. It may be (almost certainly would be) stolen from the back patio. So, for the next 8 months or so, this is going to be boxed up in our living room, sans sexy towel model:

And, no, we can't use it in our current house because we don't have the 220V connection needed. Considering the screaming deal we received, I don't think it's going to be so bad. Check with me again in a few months though.

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