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 Drugstore.com
All three retailers sell this product for $38, the standard price. Drugstore.com 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 Drugstore.com 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 Philosophy.com 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 drugstore.com, which means that between Jan. 1 - Jan. 31, 2011 I will have $1.52 that I can spend on anything at drugstore.com.
Plus, I haven't even mentioned all of the WowPoints I'll receive! Because Drugstore.com 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 drugstore.com 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. ;-)