DEATH TO THE 5 LB’ER!
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One of the best times to buy a grill is during the tax free time, when many online merchants offer specials that make your dollar go a lot longer. But when you’re buying a grill, it’s a good idea to take your time and do your research. Sales tax break or not, it’s a big ticket purchase and you’re going to want to make the best choice.
Decide Which Type of Grill
One of the first decisions you need to make is figuring out which grill is best for you. A charcoal grill gives food a distinctive smoked flavor and requires time to get going. You can add different types of wood to give the food a particular flavor. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you get rid of the ashes regularly. Gas grills burn cleaner and are less expensive over time than charcoal grills. You’ll need to make sure you have a local supplier of liquid propane or natural gas ready and stored safely. Gas grills ignite quickly and can be directly hooked into a natural gas line to minimize the chance of running out of fuel. While most are safe, these types of grills do require special care if they don’t ignite properly. Electric grills are for those who can’t use a gas or charcoal grill, which makes them ideal for apartment living.
Purpose of the Grill and Accessories
In addition to figuring out the type, you’ll need to know how you plan to use the grill and if you’ll need any accessories. If you’re planning to cook smaller foods like chicken breasts, fish, or steaks for a few friends, then you won’t need to shop for a full service grill. But if you have the space to host full on barbecue parties, then you’ll need to think about outdoor accessories. If you really want to go all out, save up a little money and look for coupons like $20 off Patio Furniture, Grills and Lawn and Garden Orders of $200 with which you can create your own entirely unique back yard experience.
Finding the Best Deal
Once you’ve done your research, finding great online deals is just icing on the cake. Take some time to compare prices on sites like Pricegrabber.com. You can even hunt for special online ads from your local stores. When buying online, make sure you take into consideration all the shipping and handling charges along with coupons or store discounts. The great thing is that checking out the prices in store while shopping online will help you figure out which method is more economical. It may be that while the online store may be a bit pricier, there may be more coupons available to offset the cost as many stores work hard to get more customers online.
You may be able to bypass the shipping charge by shipping your purchase to the store. In many if not all cases, the shipping is waived. Some stores may charge extra to assemble your grill for you but more stores are doing away with that in favor of providing assembly free to some or all customers. Buying big ticket items online can help you save because with the increased competition, big name stores are bending over backwards to get more customers.