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