Part II: Day Four – Complete Shop Your Way Platinum Requirements

This guide is part of the series, Max Performing: The $20,000 Kitchen Upgrade. Start here.

A significant part of this plan hinges on the ability to achieve Shop Your Way Platinum status. This is for one major reason, and one major reason only: 

Uh, yup! See it? “Birthday Month.” The stars have aligned and the kitchen-upgrader happens to have a birthday in May. I’ve called Shop Your Way VIP and confirmed that the appliances qualify for 15% back. Remember the part where those appliances cost $13,000 on sale? 15% of $13,000 = $1,950.

See where this is going?

The ‘cost’ of VIP Platinum is $2,000 over the course of 30 purchases. Well, if the kitchen appliances trigger $1,950 back in points and Platinum is a $2,000 investment…it sure seems to me that spending $2,000 to get Platinum means getting $1,950 back in points, and that looks like a free $1,950 to me.

The washer and dryer already amounted to around $1,800 worth in merchandise. Our kitchen-upgrader now needs to spend around $200 on whatever they want to reach the $2,000 threshold and must complete an additional 28 purchases. Here are a few options:

  • Buy something for roughly $200 that you want or need. To get the additional 27 purchases, go to Kmart and complete 27 purchases of a single pack of Kool-Aid mix ($0.29 each.) Alternatively, you can do this from the comfort of your own home by selecting the in store pick up option. They’ll probably think you’re crazy, but genius comes in many forms. ūüėČ
  • Stick with the Kool-Aid plan, plus get items that will generate lots of points back – this essentially reduces your out of pocket cost going forward for those appliances or whatever else you might be buying. This link has a bunch of offers and you’ll follow the Day Two steps to complete those orders.
  • Buy something for roughly $200 that you don’t want or need. Sell it on eBay or Craigslist. Put cash in pocket.
  • Run one grocery shopping trip at Kmart (or complete the purchases online.) We’re talking one can of green beans per order, maybe some NutriGrain bars, your favorite deodorant…just hit the ~$200 threshold and complete 27 orders.

What would you do? Any other ideas for achieving VIP Platinum status? Share them in the comments!

Part II: Day Two – Buy the Dryer

This is part of a larger series called Max Performing: The $20,000 Kitchen Upgrade. Start here.

In this guide, the dryer is purchased through the Southwest Rapid Rewards portal with a discounted gift card from Day One. Two coupons are used. The buyer should save $60 and receive around $50 back plus approximately 700 Rapid Rewards.

  1. Go to https://rapidrewardsshopping.southwest.com, Log In, and search for Sears. Click “Shop Now.” Forgive the annoying snip tool in the photo below.
  2. Although the fine print says points will not be earned on purchases made with coupons not found on this site or with gift cards as payment, we’ll try it anyway.
  3. Add the item to your cart.
  4. Scroll down and click to apply coupons. From here, you can reach the Deal Center and load relevant coupons to your account, then come back to apply them.
  5. Apply coupons or visit the Deal Center for more. Use one $ or % off coupon (like those in the top row) and one points back coupon (like the one in the bottom middle.)
  6. Confirm that your coupons were applied by clicking the “You Will Save On This Order” dropdown.¬†
  7. Confirm you’re going to receive the points you expect! Know that this is likely to change with the number of points you redeem. ¬† ¬† ¬†
  8. Click Proceed to Checkout; continue to the Payments & Billing page where you want to apply your Gift Card.
  9. Finish by clicking “Place Order.” The next screen will confirm the number of points you received and, usually, provide you with more coupons to load to your account.

Max Performing: The $20,000 Kitchen Upgrade

This “series” (as I don’t have the mental capacity to write¬†it all in one post) is like the Olympics of couponing. What began seven years ago as a way to save a couple bucks on tires when I was (ironically) $20,000 in credit card debt now becomes an attempt to get about $4,000 worth of goodies for free after spending around $13,000 on the wanted luxury kitchen appliances, plus $3,500 worth of airfare just for fun. Don’t try this at home. Oh, and I apologize for the super short post but tomorrow is tax-filing day and I’m behind on the paperwork…

 

Part I – Introduction, Outline and Numbers

Introduction

A brave friend of mine has trusted me to figure this one out and I don’t take that lightly! I was provided with the new kitchen’s floorplan and set to figuring out what appliances would fit in each space. I was stunned with the 48″ slot for the range. A four foot stove? What could that be? I plugged in the allocated model number and it turns out it’s an $8,000 (on the low end!) professional range. Holy cow. At this point, I realized we had a big project to work out.

The Big Picture

My intent is to get as much as possible for free in addition to the $13,000 worth of kitchen appliances (that’s their sale price!) For fun, we’ll also accumulate $3,500 worth of airfare. My goal is to get a ‘free’ washer and dryer out of the gig. (What’s with the quotes? I’ll be shuffling around Sears Shop Your Way Rewards credits in doing my math, so please be patient and it’ll all come together.)

Three Part Process

This is a significant undertaking, so I have broken it into three parts:

Part I is the introduction, where I will also tally the numbers.

Part II is achieving loyalty status.

Part III is max performing loyalty status.

Each part will be broken into day by day steps to make this manageable for me, the author, and for you, the reader. Check back often for updates. Without further ado…

Part II – Achieving Loyalty Status

Day By Day Steps

Day One: Aquire Discounted Gift Cards for Washer + Dryer

Day Two: Purchase Dryer

Day Three: Purchase Washer

Day Four: Complete Shop Your Way Platinum Requirements

How about an $8 ottoman?

If you’re wondering why things are kinda quiet over here, it’s because I post deals a few times a week via my Unveiled Savings Facebook group. It’s a bit quicker to access and respond to questions, and I have continual contact with members on my mobile device.

In case you aren’t a client and member of the group, I thought I’d share this bargain to give you a glimpse into what you’re missing! Just select me as your Personal Shopper to be invited to the group right away. Remember that the service is 100% complimentary and includes all the custom bargain hunts you need. It’d be my pleasure!

Head over to Kmart for this deal. Don’t forget to shop through a portal to make it even better. If you haven’t used the $15 back on $30 bonus, that would make this A FREE OTTOMAN if you purchase and redeem a Kmart gift card!

Don’t miss deals like this – become a client today!

$15 Back on $30 Gift Cards + Other…

I’ve become an enormous fan of Kmart and Sears over the last year because they run amazing offers like this on a regular basis.

Simply spend $30 at any of the participating merchants (exclusions at the bottom of this post) and receive $15 back in points – yes, that’s 50% if you hit $30 right on the nose. To be safe, make sure you’re at $30 before tax and shipping. Offer expires 3/26.

Get a nice discount at your favorite store.

Aside from offers like Fandango (Beauty & The Beast, anyone?), one of my favorite participating merchants is Raise.com. Raise is a gift card reseller. So while the fine print listed below says that Sears and Kmart are not participating vendors, you can still go to Raise and buy a Sears or Kmart gift card at a 6-7% discount, receive your 8% back in points plus the $15 back bonus*, and then¬†use that gift card online. Naturally, you’d shop through the portal of your choice to redeem that gift card, right?

Double dip in one step!

Let’s break it into steps, assuming you’re looking to shop at Sears/Kmart but knowing that this works on any gift card at Raise.com OR any of the participating vendors at syweverywhere.com:

How to Maximize This Promotion:

  1. Become my client! It is a complimentary service and only takes a minute to keep this blog running. Thank you!
  2. Go to syweverywhere.com
  3. Click through to Raise.com
  4. New to¬†Raise? Check RetailMeNot.com or others for a $5 discount code for new members. This MAY invalidate your bonus, but I consider that highly unlikely. I’d take the chance.
  5. Spend at least $30 (if you buy a $30 gift card that is discounted 10% to $27, you have not spent $30!)
  6. Receive a $15 Shop Your Way credit in the next 10 days, valid for 60 days.
  7. Navigate to CashBackMonitor.com to pick the shopping portal of your choice for Sears/Kmart.
  8. Navigate to Sears/Kmart via the shopping portal of your choice.
  9. Redeem your gift card on the merchandise of your choosing (you might want to wait for that $15 bonus to post so you can redeem the $30 + $15 all at once – bigger orders tend to trigger surprise points, free shipping, etc.)

You will earn $15 back on $30, 8% back on the purchase price¬†of your gift card (yes, in addition to the bonus) plus whatever shopping portal credit you select in redeeming your gift card. If you need help picking out offers or finding coupons, don’t hesitate to ask!

How will you take advantage of this promotion?

I’m going to keep it simple and order a Publix gift card. It’s listed at $31.81, which is only 2% off, but I’ll take a¬†$15 bonus from Shop Your Way any day of the week!

EDIT: My points posted!

Hope you’ll take advantage of this great offer:

$15 back on $30!

Here’s the fine print and that * item:

*Raise says they won’t pay out¬†any points back or bonuses once you spend more than $5,000 with them. I’m almost there and will update if they actually enforce this restriction.

“Member offer: Earn $15 back in points when you spend $30 on qualifying purchases, valid March 20th, 2017 ‚Äď March 26th, 2017. Limit one (1) offer per member. Points awarded after gift cards and discounts, and before taxes and other fees are applied. Offer cannot be combined with other Shop Your Way promotions. Void if purchase is cancelled or returned. Must initiate offer online through ShopYourWay.com, SYWEverywhere.com, or at participating in-store locations. Points may require up to 10 days to be awarded and will expire within 60 days of the purchase date. Not valid for Sears, Kmart, Lands‚Äô End, and the following partners: Energy Plus, LifeLock, Lingo, local restaurants, Sears licensed businesses, Sirva Home Benefits, and Sirva Mortgage. Offer valid for original recipient only. We reserve the right to cancel or modify the offer at any time in the event of fraud, abuse, unintended virality, or if technical or other issues arise. By accepting Shop Your Way member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.”