6/12: SYWEVERYWHERE Deal

For at least the last six months, SYWEVERYWHERE.com has run amazing weekly promotions. They generally run from Monday-Monday. 

While you’re reading this post, think about how it might apply to great Father’s Day purchases.

Key Information

  • Expiration Date: This deal ends on 6/18.
  • Spend Requirement: Receive 10% Bonus, Up to $25
    • You’ll earn 10% on up to $250. Multiple shopping trips should combine to a total $25 bonus payout limit.
  • Fine Print: “Member offer: Earn 10% back in Shop Your Way points (max award $25 in points) on qualifying purchases, valid June 12th, 2017 – June 18th, 2017. Points valid for 60 days. 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 offers and 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. Not valid for Sears, Kmart, Lands’ End, and the following partners: Energy Plus, LifeLock, Lingo, local restaurants, Sears licensed businesses, Sirva Home Benefits, Sirva Mortgage, Intercontinental Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Expedia, Best Western and Hotels.com. 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.”

 

 

 

Final comments…

Take care at your shopping portal of choice to ensure the vendor doesn’t deny rewards with the payment of gift cards or external coupons. Many will claim this, few will actually impose it. Your choice, but I would continue without concern.

 

I need a new washer/dryer!

I’ve selected the washer/dryer pair listed in my catalog based on a target $800 budget and Consumer Reports recommendations. While there were other washers or dryers that scored as well or better, I tried to choose a matching pair that offered high scores for each appliance. As always, I greatly appreciate anyone that selects me as their Personal Shopper; it takes only a minute of your time and I earn commissions for life when you shop at any of the Sears brands. Thank you!

The regular price on each appliance is $897.99. They are currently on sale for $500 each! That’s a whopping 45% off without any work. Because of their special pricing, I haven’t been able to get any coupons to work over the last few days – consider it a blessing in disguise: you’re not missing anything.

You may choose to purchase with a credit card that offers extended warranties or price match protection; that is your decision to make. If you’re just looking for the best price, follow the tried-and-true steps below. Note that there are usually bonuses through syweverywhere and better payouts at many of the portals, but the sale price on these appliances may not last longer. Your gamble!

  1. Buy a discounted Sears (or Kmart) gift card. Navigate to cashbackmonitor.com and search for Raise. I don’t see any major payouts right now, so choose what you like or go to syweverywhere.com and search for Raise to get 3% back. At Raise, select a $1000 value Sears gift card for 6-7% off. Quick way to save over $50, right? You will earn 3% on the ~$950 gift card, or around $30. It can take a couple days to post, but you’ll earn more on that washer/dryer. Later, you can redeem those for an accessory or, if nothing else, consumables at Kmart.
    1. Should you opt for one of the other cash back portals, I kindly ask that you use my referral link so we both get a $~10 bonus!
    2. New to Raise? Join with my link to get a free $5 discount.
  2. Navigate to Sears.com through the portal of your choice. Just as with the link above, pick a portal with a payout you like. British Airways is offering a whopping 12pts/dollar; while availability can be limited, you can book American Airlines one way flights with miles for 12,500 pts, so this one purchase is about enough for that award. Else, you can use miles for (expensive) hotel bookings – I’ve done it, but it isn’t a great value. However, at this payout maybe it is worth considering.
  3. Add the appliances to your cart and check out with your gift card. You’re just shopping as normal at this point!

For a quick tally…

  • Original Price: $900
  • Sale Price: $500
  • Gift Card Discount: 6% ($60 total)
  • Gift Card Portal Award: 3% ($28 total)
  • Gift Card Redemption Portal Award: 12 pts/dollar or 2% – either 12,000 pts or $20. I know what I’d choose!

Final savings: $1800 – $400 – $400 – $60 – $28 = $912 plus a one way flight or $20 with potentially a $5 Raise bonus and/or $10 from BeFrugal.

Please contact me with your questions. I use this formula over and over and over again on nearly every purchase I make – check in weekly for updated promotions and bonuses!

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 – 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’ 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.”

Free (After Points) Headphones Etc At Sears!

They keep saying there aren’t any good deals at Sears…that’s because “they” aren’t using Unveiled Savings as their personal shopper!

If you buy the items pictured below, you’ll get them ‘free after points.’ This means you’ll pay the ~$75 out of pocket and receive back the equivalent of ~$75 in points. You’ll need to use three promotions, which should automatically be added to your cart if you are a Shop Your Way member. A chat representative will be able to provide coupon codes if you need them. In the interest of time, I’ll leave you to search for those deals on your own (from Sears.com, hover over “Your Account” then “Your Clipped Coupons” and/or go to shopyourway.com, hover over “Rewards” and click “Coupons.”)

Item Numbers 05750096000, 05727219000, 05737562000, 05727220000 (in no particular order) – for your convenience, I’ve made a catalog so you can add them directly to your cart (plus you’ll have to manually add the TV Cleaning Kit):

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Here is the text of the coupon codes:

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Here is the final tally:

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Don’t forget to start at a portal!

I used a gift card I purchased during the 9% back deal and used Ebates to get 3% back. New to Ebates? Please consider using my referral link and reading about how you can get a bonus when you refer shoppers, too!

Add me as your personal shopper!

Like this kind of deal? Think the catalog is helpful? Add Unveiled Savings as your personal shopper! Thanks!

 

Bridesmaid (or Wedding Guest) Dress Option – Under $30!

Kohl’s is offering an enormous discount on this full length evening dress, available in two colors with most sizes available (note that size 2 is at the end of the list, but available.)

Kohl's Bridesmaid Dress

Don’t forget to stack the savings!

  • Use code “BBQ30” for 30% off if you’re a Kohl’s charge holder. Else, the site is promoting 20% off with “BUYNOW” through the 19th.
    • As long as part of the purchase goes on your Kohl’s charge, you can pay with any discounted gift cards you may have or choose to purchase (I like raise.com-they seem to have the fastest turn-around.)
  • You’ll also receive $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, so get the gals together and combine into one order.
  • Unless you’re a Kohl’s MVC and can use “JUNESHIP” for free shipping, spend $75+ to avoid the shipping charge. You can always return whatever you purchased beyond the $75, so don’t hesitate to order two sizes if you’re unsure  and your credit situation allows.
  • Be sure to start at cashbackmonitor.com; the Ebates 6% back offer seems to be the current best deal.
    • When you join Ebates, you can refer your bridesmaids with your own link, which will earn you a $50 bonus when they complete their first $25+ purchase. In other words…somebody is getting a free dress, am I right? If you want to use my link, I certainly appreciate the support.

Here’s the final tally:

Purchase price: $42.00

30% Discount: -$12.60

6% Ebates Cashback on $29.40: $1.76

Final price: $42 – 12.60 – 1.76 = $27.64 for a discount off 80% off retail!

Will you purchase this dress?

Maybe this isn’t perfect for your bridal party, but hopefully it is another good example of stacking savings. It would be perfect for a guest, too – at this price, you won’t feel bad buying a gown you might only wear once.

If you find a great dress offer at Kohl’s, please let me know!

How I Made $69 in Less Time Than it Took to Write This Post

The world of e-commerce is vast. All you have to do is find an item here and there that is on sale. Hopefully, you can make that sale even better by earning (or redeeming) some form of store loyalty credit, adding a great portal bonus, and paying with a discounted gift card. Please the Rules of Engagement if you aren’t clear on that process. What does this have to do with your wedding? Not a whole lot, unless you, like everyone else on the planet, could use a couple extra bucks, have a father or other men in your life that will be gift recipients, or you opened credit cards to get a free honeymoon and need to meet the spend minimum.

Here is today’s example of making $69 in a matter of minutes (even if it took an hour, isn’t that pretty good?):

Sears is selling an impact wrench (I don’t even know what that is) for 50% off. I’ve added it to my Best Deals catalog. (Hint hint: you should really add me as your personal shopper so you don’t miss out on these offers…there are other great products in that catalog that you can make some money on, too!) Add in tax and my total was $132.80.

wrench

Turns out Amazon sells this product for just under the normal retail – $237.49. It is ranked around the 250,000 mark in Home Improvement, which is good enough for me. The fees look to be around 15%, but for the sake of argument…I’ll call it $40 if I sell the item for $200. I should be able to sell it for $225 and the fees will be less than that, but let’s stick with easy numbers and plenty of margin.

A quick scan through the Sears Deals Center shows a nice $10 back in Shop Your Way Rewards on $100 in tools. Free points!

Ebates is offering 6% cashback (and you should totally be using Ebates and referring people to it while they’re offering a $50 bonus! Yes, that last link helps sort out the details.) Fantastic. 6% on $125 is $7.50. Don’t calculate on tax.

Icing on the cake here…I have a small stash of Sears gift cards that I received in exchange for Discover cash back. $20 worth of Discover cash gets me $25 worth of Sears credit – so $80 worth of Discover cash gets me $100 worth of Sears credit. Not bad, right? On a $125 purchase, I am saving $20 + $5 = $25 (there’s some common core math for you…20% of $100 = $20. 20% of $25 = $5. $20 + $5 = $25.)

  • If you don’t maintain a stash of Sears gift cards…well, you can reload a gift card from the Sears site (which you navigate to by way of Ebates) – you’ll still get the 6% back. In this case, then, instead of a $25 savings, you’ll get a $7.50 savings. Be sure to call Sears right away to get them to process the reload transaction at 888-396-5299.)

Final Tally:

Purchase Price: – $132.80

Amazon Expected Sales Price: $200

Amazon Worst-Case Fees: – $40

Sears SYWR: $10 (hey, they’re also giving me $1 for accepting a one-day slower delivery…fine by me)

Ebates Cashback: $7.50

Gift Card Discount: $25

= -$132.80 + 200 – 40 + 10 + 7.50 + 25 = $69.70 (note that this will be $52.20 if you go through Ebates)

Heck, I think I’ll buy two…

What does this have to do with wedding planning?

As with many of my posts, here’s the list of reasons this is relevant:

  1. You opened a credit card and need to meet a spend threshold to earn a sign up bonus. Do not spend money for the sake of this bonus – spend what you need to spend…and make up the difference on creative “manufactured spend” like this.
  2. You need a couple bucks to cover this that and the next thing. Dear reader…wouldn’t an extra $69 cover at least an elaborate mani/pedi? YES! How about your rehearsal dinner dress? A gift for a member of your wedding party? This is money in your pocket to spend on whatever expenses aren’t yet covered. Else, use it to pay down your debt!
  3. You need gifts for the men in your life – your dad, brother, fiance, groomsmen, etc etc etc…
  4. You need gifts for a couple in your life – engagement party, wedding gift, etc etc etc…
  5. You happen to need this thing yourself.

Does this help?

Are you interested in becoming an Amazon Seller? Does this example motivate you to find great deals of your own? Please leave a comment or send a message if you need guidance!

Quick! 17% off Kohl’s Gift Cards at eBay!

Update:

This offer just got better! eBay is offering 8% back on $50 purchases, so you’ll receive a $4 eBay credit for each gift card you purchase; there is a limit of 3, but that’s an extra $12. You can apply the credit starting in July to anything on eBay!

Get an extra 8% back in eBay credit when you spend $50!
Get an extra 8% back in eBay credit when you spend $50!

I expect this to run out soon, so buy now if you’re interested!

Get a $10 Bonus at Kohl's!
Get a $10 Bonus at Kohl’s!

Don’t need any Kohl’s gift cards?

One option is to sell the $50 gift card to a gift card reseller and use the $10 bonus yourself. (My assumption is that the $10 card will not be a standard gift card, but let’s hope I’m wrong – sometimes they have a certain time frame in which they are valid, but I don’t see that in the fine print. Just be aware that it might happen and be prepared to shop in the next month!) I like to start at GiftCardGranny.com to figure out my options. It looks like you could approximately break even, making this worthwhile for credit card spend to earn bonuses or other points. If the $10 card is not able to be sold, you’ll also want to be sure to use the $10 effectively, since you’ll only get about $40-42 for your $50 gift card. Lastly, consider the cost of shipping, as these are physical gift cards that you don’t want to lose!

You can sell unwanted gift cards at a discount.
You can sell unwanted gift cards at a discount.

Don’t forget to start at a Shopping Portal!

Perhaps you haven’t read the Rules of Engagement! Based on CashBackMonitor.com, it looks like American offers 1 mile/dollar and iConsumer offers 1.3% back. I’ll shop at the American portal because of this fine print from iConsumerCashBack is typically NOT available on the purchase of Gift Cards. Please review the Gift Cards category for a list of merchants that offer this benefit and confirm with individual brands’ Known Exceptions for additional details. If you decide to chance it, please let me know how it goes – and if you’re new to iConsumer, please consider using my referral link!

What’s so great about Kohl’s gift cards?

If you’re a Kohl’s charge holder, you probably like those “30% off with Kohl’s Charge” offers…but hate to use your Kohl’s charge! You’re not going to get any bonuses or miles out of that. So, buying gift cards to cover the majority (90% or more!) of your purchase and just putting a few dollars on your Kohl’s charge effectively allows you to use your other credit card to take advantage of the Kohl’s charge promotions!

Need to do wedding shopping or gifting?

$50 gift cards are easy gifts – if you like my gift basket idea, it is even easier. On the shopping side, here’s a list of items you could find at Kohl’s (and definitely at kohls.com):

  • Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Clutches
  • Centerpieces
  • Intimates
  • Linens
  • Formal dresses (moms and bridesmaids, flower girl)
  • Suits and tuxes (dads, groom, groomsmen, ring bearer)

Are you going to use this deal?

Will you spend the money yourself or sell it to one of the gift card resellers?

I know will be taking advantage of this because it gives me a great discount on gift cards that will help me buy from Kohl’s to sell on Amazon!

Last Day! $15 off $15 at Zappos.com!

Check your email! The title will be “$15 Delight Code Ends Soon!” I have successfully applied this to my cart to receive $15 off a $15 item.

Use $15 off $15 to get this for free!
Use $15 off $15 to get this for free!

Just don’t forget to enter your promo code at checkout!

Save on Wedding Shoe Insoles

This is a great opportunity to bring the price down on a pair of great insoles that will help you feel better throughout your big day!

Save money on your wedding day accessories!
Save money on your wedding day accessories!

What did you buy with your $15 off $15 coupon?

Maybe you’ve purchased a gift for a member of your wedding party or an accessory for your big day – leave a comment to share!