Philosophy Hope in a jar

Normally $38 just about everywhere, I was able to get Philosophy Hope in a Jar for $30.40! (

Well friends - I think my first venture in making the most of Chicago Shopping was a success! 

One item I've been dying to try forever is Philosophy Hope in a Jar.  It was one of Oprah's Favorite Things, which means I just had to get my hands on it!  I've been watching the prices for the past couple of months but I'll be frank: I'm too cheap to purchase a $38 jar of face cream.  I decided to give it a go with Chicago Shopping footing the bill thanks to the trusty Amex gift card they gave me, but I wanted to work as much money-saving mojo into the transaction as possible.

I looked through the list of retailers that offered WowPoints and decided on 3 to check out to see if they offered Philosophy Hope in a Jar, and, if so, for how much the product sells: Sephora, Nordstrom, and

All three retailers sell this product for $38, the standard price. and Sephora both offered 5x WowPoints for my purchase while Nordstrom offered 10x WowPoints. 

I poked around each site to see if there were any extra promotions available and hit the jackpot at because they were offering 20% off all Philosophy products, meaning I could get Philosophy Hope in a Jar for $30.40 - a pretty good price!  In fact, the only time I've seen a better Philosophy promotion is just a few weeks ago had a site-wide 30% off sale that lasted two days.

But the fun doesn't stop with my 20% discount!  I also got the following perks: free shipping, a free Philosophy Hope for the Holidays kit worth $5.99, 3 free samples, and 5% cash back through, which means that between Jan. 1 - Jan. 31, 2011 I will have $1.52 that I can spend on anything at

Plus, I haven't even mentioned all of the WowPoints I'll receive!  Because is currently offering 5x the WowPoints per purchase, I'll receive 152 WowPoints for my purchase.  Since 100 WowPoints is equal to $1, I should receive $1.52 back - an additional 5%!  Combine that with the additional $1.52 I'll receive over at and you could say I paid just $27.36 for this product, for a total discount of 28%.

All told, I don't think I could have rocked this deal any harder if I tried. ;-)