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

Wine, Magazines, and 1600 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points for $50

Vinesse Wine Club: $42 for 1400 Points

I think this is a good deal, since I would pay $50 for six bottles of wine, anyway. If you are hosting or need gifts (you wouldn’t show up to a holiday party empty handed, would you? New Year’s Eve is coming up!), this is an even better opportunity. As for us? We don’t need an excuse to stock up…

There do not appear to be any restrictions requiring a year long membership and the policy says you can cancel your membership immediately. For me, that means when the first shipment arrives, I’ll call to cancel. This comes out to around 32 pts/dollar, depending on your state’s tax situation. There aren’t many valuable offers out there for products you’ll actually use at this earn rate. Simply navigate to rapidrewardsshopping.southwest.com for this offer.

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$7 for 200 points (oh, and a magazine subscription…)

I’m not a big magazine reader – but paying $7 for 200 points is a rate of around 28 pts/dollar. This is actually slightly less than the price to buy points (36 pts/dollar) – but these count toward your Companion Pass and you get the magazine subscription out of it.

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Here’s a snapshot of the cheapest subscription offers. Note that there does not appear to be a 1 per household limit, so you could stock up on this. Price is going to be somewhere around $35/1000 points. If you’re close to that Companion Pass or in need of topping off for an award flight, it’s worth considering.

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What do you think?

Are these offers worthwhile to you? Which magazine did you choose?

$1 for 1,100 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points

My fabulous sister-in-law found this one on her pursuit to close out her Companion Pass this year. I had to jump on it! 1,100 points are worth $10-20, depending on whether you have an active Companion Pass.

Locating the Offer

Just log in to Southwest Rapid Rewards and navigate to “All Online Offers” (mid way down on the left.) Sort by highest earn rate and you’ll find The Wall Street Journal at 1100 points. You’ll want to hover your mouse over the name until the “Store Details” icon pops up. Click there to get access to the screen below.

1100 Points

Just select one of the radio buttons that offers 2 months for $1 (two month subscription) and you’ll be on your way. My advice is to set a reminder to cancel the subscription in about a week, or as soon as you see the purchase track through your account. How do you check? From the top right corner of the Rapid Rewards Shopping site, click your rewards number under your name. You should see recent transactions and visited sites.

What do you think?

Is this a deal you’ll participate in? I wish it was always $1 for 1,100 points! This offer certainly takes a minimal amount of time and money to complete – just don’t forget to cancel that subscription!