SHOPPING HACK: How I Paid Only $47.31 for $100 shoes

I’m actually really impressed with myself for this one!

Last week I got my tax return, so I have some money to buy things that I’ve been needing/wanting.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and spend all of the money without looking for the best possible deals though.  My brown dress shoes for work are getting a little ratty and smelly, so I went looking for a replacement.

I’m going to break this down into a few steps.

STEP 1 – FINDING THE SHOES

I went to a discount shoe store, Off Broadway, to find some good brand name shoes for a discount.  I like going to that store because they have TONS of options to choose from that I wouldn’t find otherwise at most department stores or single brand store.

I tried on a bunch of different shoes and was looking for something under $80.  I found this pair for that actual price and they fit perfectly and I liked the way they looked.

While holding the shoes considering the purchase, I figured I’d look online for better prices.  They were the same exact price on Amazon, so I figured since I know the fit that works I’ll go home and think before spending $80 plus tax.

STEP 2 – COMPARISON SHOP ONLINE

This is the easy part that everyone knows about.  I just Googled the shoe brand and style then clicked on “shopping” under the toolbar to find Google’s shopping comparison.  I saw that the lowest price was still the $80 one, but this was on a few sites where it was listed for sale.

STEP 3 – USE A DISCOUNTED GIFT CARD

Last Christmas I went home to New York for a few days.  My brother mentioned sites like Cardpool and Saveya that you can buy discounted gift cards from.  He was skeptical but tried it and it worked.  This seemed like a good time for me to try this out.

I looked at all of the sites that were selling these shoes for the same discount, or at least close to what I saw at Off Broadway and Amazon.  Then I cross-checked them with the gift card sites and saw that JC Penny had a lot of highly discounted gift cards and the shoes were on sale for 80% off, coming to $80.

STEP 4 – ACCIDENTAL COUPON CODE

So at this point I found a cheap gift card for JC Penny from Cardpool, saving 20% right there PLUS the 20% sale price of the shoes.  I got to the checkout to make sure the sale was going to be right before I bought the gift card and then my Honey Chrome extension offered to use some promo codes.  I totally forgot I even had that extension installed!

Honey ran through 10 different codes and landed on one that saved me $20.  Now I’m at $59.99 for $100 shoes, but then tax and shipping come into play.

Shipping was another $7.95, but I had the option to avoid that and pick up in store, so I obviously picked that.

With tax the total price of the $100 shoes were now $65.39.  That is $35.61 in savings…SO FAR!

STEP 5 – PROMO CODE FOR THE GIFT CARD?

I saw a card for $52.31 that somehow hit the exact $65.39 gift card.  In other terms, I was able to buy a $65.39 (exact price I owed) gift card for $52.31.

Then on the checkout page I saw the option to use a coupon code for Cardpool.  Then straight to Google!

The first result from RetailMeNot got me a code for $5 off as a first time customer.

$5 off, now I only had to pay $47.31 for the gift card!

FINAL PRICE AND SAVINGS

$100 shoes – 20% discount at JC Penney = $79.99

$79.99 – $20 Honey promo code = $59.99

+tax = $65.39

$65.39 gift card for $52.31 – $5 promo code

=$47.31!!!!!

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