Thursday, April 25, 2013

Homewares, Coupons and Star Wars - The Online Rebel Alliance

I have two passions in life - cooking and geekery, particularly that of the Star Wars persuasion. Generally, these aren't two specialist areas that tend to cross over too often. Sure there's been a couple of Star Wars cook books and novelty kitchen items that have come out over the years, but none of it has been too serious. I thought that my two loves were destined to be kept apart...that was until I was introduced to Williams Sonoma.

I'm an Australian, so it was only in the last year or so that I first heard of the Williams Sonoma. Interestingly, at the time of writing this article it was only just announced that an Williams Sonoma store has been set to open in Sydney. It must be kismet!

But I digress. Much to my delight, I discovered that Williams Sonoma stocked a wide array of Star Wars kitchen goodies. Cookie cutters...that are molded for icing? They've got those. Storm Trooper spatulas? You better believe that they have those. Entire cupcake decorating kits for both the Rebel Alliance AND the Empire!? Oh be still my beating geeky heart! 

I realize that Star Wars cookery is a very particular niche market, and that it’s not for everyone. And I guess that’s the point that I’m getting to. Williams Sonoma is a kitchen and cookware website that not only sells the highest quality products (most of which are free of geekery - I promise!), but they also endeavor to cater for everyone. Any old kitchenware site can sell nice things to nameless customers, but Williams Sonoma clearly cares about both quality, and personalization. In addition, they were clever enough to work out that most Star Wars fans are also highly likely to be partial to pancakes and cookies. Well played, guys.

There’s only one other thing that I love as much as kitchen goodies and geeky things, and that’s getting to save money on kitchen goodies and geeky things. That’s why I get super excited trawling through the Williams Sonoma sales tab on their website – there’s always insane bargains to be had. Let’s just say that whenever the Star Wars stuff goes on sale I almost go into cardiac arrest…and my partner is made temporarily deaf from my ecstatic screaming. Sorry sweetie!

Other ways to save money on the site, and other across the web, is by utilizing Williams Sonoma coupon code that are made available. This is where websites such as Nerd Wallet come in. Online coupon codes are becoming increasingly popular every year, and there are countless sites dedicated to them. 

However, it’s important to separate the trash from the treasure, and Nerd Wallet definitely fits into the latter category. I’m particularly partial to it due its versatility – it has coupons for everything. All the usual contenders are there of course – travel, restaurants, homewares, kitchenware and wine. Mommy does love a glass of shiraz. However, those are just a few of the huge range of categories, some of which are particularly specific. Military Shopping or Pet Accessories, anyone?

So if you’re looking to get some great savings, particularly from sites like Williams Sonoma that have incredible prices anyway, I highly recommend Nerd Wallet. Afterall, why pay full price when you can get a discount? There’s no longer any reason to not get a Yoda pancake mold, even if you’re on a budget.

*Disclosure: consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this article