I hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas. I know it sounds weird, but I'm actually glad the holiday's over. I just haven't been feeling the holidays the last 2 years.
Today I want to share with you about how I capitalize on all those Birthday & holiday rewards that stores send me. It helps to have a birthday this late in the year, because stores run all kinds of deals from October (some start in September). So here's what I got with my rewards
Rewards : $85 ($10 BD, $75 just because they miss me...lol)
OOP : $10.58
Rakuten : 0.06
Rewards : $45 ($15 BD, $30 semi annual reward) Paid balance with gc
OOP : $0
Rakuten : $1.72
Rewards : $25
Rakuten : Mmm, I don't see any Rakuten reward.
2 t-shirts (one arrived after pic was taken - a pink t-shirt)
Rewards : $20
OOP : $0
Rakuten : $0.20
I still can't believe I got paid for that Eddie Bauer t-shirts, but I'm not complaining
1 Pair athletic shoes
Rewards : $25 ($15 KC, $5 BF, $5 BD) paid balance with Mypoints gc
OOP : $0
Rakuten : This is that mysterious one where I don't know which credited on Rakuten or Swagbucks
Earned $15 KC
Rewards : $5
OOP : $0 Paid $3.xx balance with gc
Rakuten : $0.14
Bath & Body works
Rewards : 2 x Free items up to $15 each (got 2 body wash. One was already in shower when pic was taken)
OOP : $0.00
Rakuten : In store purchase, so no reward earned
Total OOP : $13.74
Total Rakuten earned : $2.12
Total KC earned : $15.00
Total retail value : $1093.49
Total items : 27
I didn't realise it while shopping (I did multiple transactions at Loft & WHBM), but when I took the pic I noticed that everything actually matches. I can mix & match various pieces (I'm good at that) to create new outfits.
Evevything I purchased are clearance items. That's my preferred way to shop. Soma had 5/$15 sale panties and then an extra 40% off during BF. So I stacked the savings. Why not?
I know I earned more Loft cash back on Rakuten, but I can't see any details before my last check was issued (November).
I also received a free dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme and Red Robin burger & fries for my birthday.
I know you're all thinking "Ms Goose, you just bought a truckload of undies from FOTL not too long ago." Well, Soma is the sexy, lacy stuff. I'm a very girly girl and I like a little sexy now & again ;)
With the exception of Madewell, I shop at all the above stores (I haven't shopped DSW & Loft in a long time, but I've had my accounts for years). I just wait for free shipping days everywhere (I get free shipping all the time at select stores, because of my account status. Translation, I'm a regular shopper...lol), before cashing out. I know that most people are against store emails and/or accounts, because they want to save money. I do the complete opposite, because I GET FREE money. Who doesn't like FREE brand new items? This girl can splurge without breaking the bank. Remember that there's ALWAYS method to my madness :)
I received many other rewards, but I don't want coupons and I didn't want to spend an unnecessary money. The idea is to NOT spend my own money. I had to spend money at Loft & Madewell, because the Q wouldn't apply if the total was less than the Q value.
Just when I thought I was done with Loft, they sent me another $25 Q. Same with Eddie Bauer. Who am I to say no...lol If someone handed me $35 cash that I absolutely had to spend, I wouldn't say no. If Loft keeps this up, I'll end up with half a new closet from them.
I also haven't redeemed some of my food rewards (Panera, DD, Starbucks etc), because I didn't want to make a special trip for just one item. The coffee places always have long lines and I didn't want to go waste time for a cup of coffee or donut.
Here's a list of places you can earn rewards for, without shopping there at all:
$25. You have to spend at least $26. Sign up as an Insider and you get birthday reward + free shipping
They send $10 Qs out from time to time (I don't shop there, but I've read about it many times)
Just sign up for their rewards. They used to give a coffee and donut, but I received a dozen donuts the past 2 years.
Join their loyalty program for free burger & fries. If you eat there regularly, you can also participate in their free burger rewards. Earn 10th free burger, for every 9 burgers you purchase. This tracks, so you don't have to buy 9 burgers in one go.
Join their rewards program and earn a free sweet treat for your birthday.
If anyone knows of any other places that offer Birthday freebies, please let us know so we can all take advantage of the offers.