Overspending on our Furry Friends?

Today, I’m going to stray away from my usual posts on fashion, home décor and everyday grocery/pharmacy items.  In honor of International Rabbit Day this upcoming Saturday, I want to focus on our furry friends! I happen to have an adorable mini lop rabbit that I love.  As much as I love my bunny, I’ll have to admit I don’t necessarily love the prices of pet supplies.  I also don’t love the smell of pet stores… or lugging large, heavy bags of litter and hay to my car.

There are SO many ways to save on things we need to buy for our pets.  I have found that almost everything sold in Petco stores, is actually cheaper online.  I’ve also found that stocking up is the way to go especially for something like litter that doesn’t expire.  I could literally buy a year supply and not worry about it for the next 12 months.  It was time for me to stock up.

So today – a 20lb bag of bunny litter that is normally $19.99 in the store, was marked down to $14.39 online.  I added 4 bags to my online ‘shopping bag’ – That’ll last me a few months.  I figured I’d get a chew toy as a treat too – that was marked down to $3.99 from $4.99.  Had I bought these items full price in store, I would have paid $85.00 + tax.

I also had a 20% coupon off my entire purchase (Use code BFF20 online until 9/26/15).  After calculating the sale prices and removing the 20%, my sub-total came to $49.24.  Every purchase over $49 pre-tax also gets free shipping.  I think 24¢ is my record of how close I can get to the limit!  After tax, my order came to a total of $52.37.  That’s 40% off in total, but that’s certainly not all!

Before I placed my order, I made sure to click the Petco link on the ShopDiscover section of the Discover Credit Card website – Clicking this link automatically earned me 10% back from my purchase total (pre-tax) which comes out to $4.92 in cash-back bonus that I can use toward my statement or toward gift-cards!

I also made sure to use my Petco Pals Rewards number when I placed the order, which earns 5%.  Every time I spend $100, they send me a $5 coupon! This rewards card is completely free – so there’s no reason not to sign up.

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Ultimately, I could find time to add Petco to my list of errands every time I’m running low on hay, litter, treats or other supplies – OR I could continue doing what I’m doing.  I’ll stick with the latter.

Rewards Galore! Plus: Pier 1 Coupon Code in Contents!

(Note: I updated this post because my final price in store came out much less than when I put the item on hold online)  Read on…

Let’s talk about rewards.  All you have to do is play your cards right: credit cards that is.

I recently bought a bedroom set at Pier 1.  I purchased the bed, dresser and chest through the Shop Discover link with my Discover card.  Some stores give up to a 20% bonus when you use this link.  Pier 1 offers 5% back, and that one transaction alone earned me $107 cash back bonus!  I can use that bonus to put toward my statement dollar for dollar, or to get rewarded even further with gift cards.  This month, I traded in $20 of that bonus for a $25 Pier 1 gift-card – plus a few other gift-cards from Sephora, Homegoods/Marshalls & Bed, Bath & Beyond!
(Trading in for gift-cards earns you an extra 20% and the options are endless!)  I already used part of the Pier 1 gift card on a pretty pineapple plate, but still had $17 left.

I purchased the two nightstands for the bedroom set a few weeks later than the other furniture – that time I used the Pier 1 credit card (when they were on sale and with a coupon of course!) – that purchase earned me $30 in Pier 1 rewards, which printed out on the statement.

I’ve been ‘window shopping’ online for the last few months for a new outdoor umbrella, but I couldn’t bear to buy one full price knowing they’d slash soon enough.  Plus, there was nothing mechanically wrong with mine that prevented it from doing it’s intended job of blocking the afternoon sun.  (Go back to my post about patience if you missed that one…) Now that I had rewards and a gift-card, Pier 1 seemed like the way to go!

Well, the $159.95 umbrella I wanted is now marked down to $103.96.  Lucky for me, when I was scrolling through Facebook this morning, I came across a Pier 1 coupon code – $1o off $50 or $25 off $100!  (The coupon needs to be scanned in store or you can use code Pier1Fall online until 9/27/15!

The umbrella pole had a slight scratch and it was the last one, but somehow this made my day better.  The scratch would be completely covered by the umbrella base and it meant another discount.  The cashier also informed me that all outdoor  merchandise had an additional 20% off.  

So, she rung up my umbrella and used the $25 coupon first (had she taken the % off first I couldn’t use the coupon).  Then she took off 20%, then an additional 25% for “damage”.  She took my $30 rewards off next, then swiped my $17 gift card. 

Now I have a beautiful new blue umbrella for next summer and years to come!  Nobody will never see the scratch covered by the stand either.  In the end,  I only paid $2.78 including tax out of pocket! That’s over 98.5% off of the original price – and I earned it :). Best deal yet? Quite possibly.  

‘Till next time, keep saving!

Labor Day Sales are Upon Us – Check These Out!

Labor day is upon us:  The end of summer, and the start of pumpkin-everything.  Kids are back in school, and soon enough we’ll be throwing on our sweatshirts and jackets. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the cooler weather – but I am looking forward to weekend sales!

Here’s a list of places to find the best deals this weekend on designer goods:

  1. CLEAR THE RACK at Nordstrom Rack – in stores & online.  Take an extra 25% off all clearance items through September 7th – with savings up to 90% off the best brands!
  2. Nordstrom Clearance – in stores & online.  A ton of summer items on sale for the whole family!
  3. Big Brown Sale at Bloomingdales – A huge selection of items are 20-70% off, plus use code BIG20 for an additional 20% off sale and clearance items! Don’t forget to use your free loyalist card to earn points toward rewards certificates too!
  4. Lord & Taylor – Use the savings pass available on their website in stores & online for an additional 25% off clearance items and an additional 20% off sale & regular price items.  On their mailing list like I am? Check to see if you also received a “$15 off $40” coupon in the mail that you can combine with the other deals!

Almost every store and outlet will have amazing promotions to clear out any remaining summer merchandise – and you might even score some great deals on things for autumn!

Heading to the outlets? Make sure to stop by the information desk if you have a AAA Card.  You’ll get a great coupon book for additional savings.  There are also extended weekend hours – be sure to get there early for the best parking or take advantage of the shuttles and valet offered this weekend due to the large crowds!

Check back to see my great finds!  ‘Till then, stay stylish!