(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!