I recently saved 71% off an awesome Logitech UE Boom bluetooth speaker. I was going to splurge for a similar Bose bluetooth speaker, but a NYTimes article convinced me the Logitech speaker was worth a look. I want good sound, I don’t care as much about brand. How does it sound? My husband has “dreamed his whole life” about owning a Bose. And he loves our Logitech UE Boom.
Here’s exactly how I saved 71% off a bluetooth speaker
I researched and simplified our wants
I read several articles online about bluetooth speaker systems and got a feel for price and quality. I realized that our dream bluetooth speaker (the Bose Wave II with Bluetooth adapter) was going to cost upwards of $600. Yowza! That was not in our budget, even at Christmastime. So we asked ourselves if we really needed the CD player, radio, and iPod doc. My husband pointed out that we could stream all our music with a simple bluetooth speaker. And I discovered several apps that let me listen to the radio without a traditional radio! So I began transferring 100-plus CDs to my iTunes account.
BONUS: Now that all our music is digital, we can sell or donate our CDs!
I price matched – saving $20
Once I had my sights on the Logitech UE Boom, I checked prices at Staples, where I had a gift card. Staples had the Logitech UE Boom for $219 but I knew that others were selling it for $199. I printed out the sale page from BestBuy – checking that the model number on Best Buy and Staples matched – then stashed that in my purse.
I found a coupon – saving $60
I found a Staples coupon for 30% off ALL audio, excluding only Beats, sale, and clearance items. (Sadly, it expired 10/4/14.) The coupon had to be used in store, which meant I’d lose a 3% cash back rebate, but with the in store coupon I came out well ahead. Here is how to find exclusive coupons for Staples.
1. Go to Staples.com.
2. Look in the upper right for the “Deals” drop down menu. Select coupons. Or go directly to the Staples coupon page. (Scroll down to see them all – you can’t link to a specific coupon unfortunately.)
I used a gift card – saving $86.85
I received a Staples gift card recently and still had $86.85 on it when we started talking about downsizing from three stereo components to one bluetooth speaker system. Live simply, reduce clutter, and all that jazz. I saved the gift card until the time was right to buy and this made a huge difference in my overall discount.
My discounts added up to $166.85 off.
The UE Boom started at $219. I paid $62.94. That adds up to 71% off the original price!
Not everyone will have a nice juicy gift card sitting around so to be fair, I calculated my overall savings without the $86.85 gift card. I would have paid $139 for the speaker, adding up to 36% off. That’s still a niiiiice savings.
Tip ⇒ You can also buy discounted gift cards on CardPool.com. That’s where I buy gift cards to CVS, Home Depot, and Marshalls, three stores I shop at regularly.
Right now a Staples gift card is 5% off the value of the card. If I had *really* thought ahead, I would have bought a gift card at a discount to pay for the remainder of my purchase. Next time!
But is the sound quality good?
Yes. Yes. Yes. We love the sound quality. We can put the speaker in our living room and still hear it through the playroom and into the kitchen. It ramps up without distortion (though we have had a raging party to truly test the limits.) Other things we adore about our Logitech UE Boom:
- It’s small enough that we can easily carry it from room to room.
- It feels very sturdy, so we feel comfortable moving it around a lot.
- It’s got a little metal hook so we can hang it outside or on a wall or in a bookshelf or anytime we don’t want it on a flat surface.
- The volume buttons (the huge plus and minus sign you see in the pic above) are easy to reach.
- It’s svelte and melts into our home, as opposed to a giant speaker system that takes up a lot of room and visual space.
- The battery is 15 hours, but we’ve played it for several days and only had to plug it in once.
- It automatically shuts itself off if you haven’t used it in awhile, saving battery.
- You press a little button near the power button to get it to recognize a new bluetooth source, like if you are switching from playing iTunes on your laptop to a podcast on your smartphone.
- When you turn it on, it plays a little drum roll that is kinda fun.
- It was super easy to set up and came charged.
- Did I mention how awesome the sound is?!?