I finally snagged a bottle of Chloé perfume, upgrading from the two mini sample vials I’d gotten from Sephora that I went through at lightening speed. It smells better in the full size bottle, and the packaging just about kills me. It is adorable sitting on my counter, all French and darling with its little bow. I opted to buy from Drugstore.com, since a 1.7fl oz bottle was $75, which is $15 cheaper than Sephora was selling it for, and you get 5% cash back in “Drugstore.com Dollars” for future purchases. I ended up getting $3.75 back, which I’ll probably spend on more lipstick or something.
But wait, there’s more! Have any of you used ebates before? They have those commercials where average looking people say things like, “ebates paid me $500 just for shopping online!” Sounds like a total scam, right? But my mom turned me on to the site after vouching for its validity; you sign up, click through their site to get to any online retailer, and then get a percentage of your purchase back in cash. It’s like magic. And with as much online shopping as I do (hi, have we met?) it made sense to join. It’s similar to referral and affiliate links, only you reap all the benefits instead of a middleman. The cash back rate varies from 3%-12%, and all your shopping is still done at the actual retailer, not through ebates. They just assign a tracking ticket to your “click” and then send you a check every 3 months with all the cash back you’ve accumulated. I got my first check at the beginning of August, and it was even further validation for my shopping addiction.
So far, I’ve used it for J. Crew, Overstock, Crate & Barrel, Club Monaco, and now Drugstore.com, where I ended up getting 12% cash back on this purchase. So, $9 back. Meaning the perfume really cost me $66. Oh, wait, subtract the $3.75, so we’re down to $62, which is insane. Bargain hunting should be an employable skill.
What’s your latest bargain find?