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Riddle:  How does $59.99 (product) + $49.99 (product) + $9.95 (shipping) + $2.80 (tax) = $22.73?

 

It’s what I like to call Smart Money.

Let me explain in more detail, so here’s the backstory….

I have been in the market for a while now for a couple of new, large pots (you know…the kind for chili, soups, spaghetti sauces, etc.).  I have shopped everywhere..from discount to expensive, boutique kitchen stores…and cannot find one that non-stick and large enough for my needs, yet small enough for my wallet.  That is, until today.

This is how I got my deal…..

  1. I knew in advance what I wanted and needed.  Therefore, it wasn’t an impulse buy or “I’m in a bind and don’t care about the cost” purchase.
  2. I, vaguely, knew what I would and would not spend on stated product.
  3. Every morning, I look at the sales in my email inbox.  I get hundreds of these daily, so it’s unrealistic to think I could visit each site and peruse all their sales daily.  So, what I look for are hot words, large percent discounts, and if any of the “categories” happen to match what I’m already in the market for.  Today, it was 2 large pots.
  4. Honey, please!

Macy’s just happened to have a kickass deal on 2 pots that met my “criteria”.  One was $59.99 and one was $49.99 and each were marked down to $19.99…so that’s over a 50% discount.  There were additional discounts on top of the sale’s prices to be had, but, unfortunately, those discounts didn’t apply to my products/order.  Boo!!

So, if this ever happens to you, check out Honey, which is this SUPER cool app that’s built into your browser (you can get it at the link above).  Every time you go to check out somewhere on the web, Honey  will search to see if you have the greatest discount (like if you are on Amazon) and/or “plug in” known discount codes to see if they can further reduce your total.  Pretty cool, huh?!

Unfortunately, Honey’s codes didn’t give me any further discounts, but there’s the always ever faithful Ebates, which offered 6% cash back.  In this very rare situation (’cause y’all know I love me some Ebates), I opted to forego the 6% cash back in order to take advantage of placing the order on Macy’s app and get a 25% discount.

On top of that 25% discount, Macy’s was, also, offering a $10.00/product rebate on each of those items.  I clicked the “rebate link” in the original product listing, printed it out, and when I receive the products I can fill out the forms and mail it in for $20 back.

5.  Now, let’s do the math again….

               Product…..Original Price…..Discount Price…..Extra Discount…..Rebate…..Total

Pot 1………….$59.99………………$19.99……………….-$5.00………..-$10.00….$4.99

Pot 2………….$49.99………………$19.99………………-$5.00…………-$10.00….$4.99

………………………………………………………………………………………….Shipping…$9.95

………………………………………………………………………………………………….Tax…$2.80

………………………………………………………………………….GRAND TOTAL…$22.73

Had I not gotten those discounts, I would’ve paid $119.93, plus tax (which would’ve added $8-$9 more).

Now, I may not be a genius, but that’s some smart money, right there!