SAKS Fifth Avenue offers have been incredible this year. On the morning of 05/11/15, I woke up to find a surprise, unique discount code for 20% off. It included beauty purchases. Passing a discount like that is near impossible, but ebates was also celebrating its birthday. At the time, a number of stores were participating in 16% cash back. Of course, SAKS was one of them. That meant, I would get 20% off the subtotal and 16% back after the purchase. Paying 16% back after removing 20% works out to a 32.8% discount, which is incredible. Neither the discount code nor the cash back had many limitations making it available on items and brands that do not see regular discounts. Unless there is a reason you cannot partake in an offer like this, you always should.
How do I get the best deal? This is a question I see often. Sometimes it is directed toward specific retailers. Other times it is more of a general probing. Let’s face it. Getting the best deal can be a lot of work. Have you ever been so proud of yourself for doing your research and locking down an incredible deal only to find out you did not get the best deal available? You are not alone. This has happened to me, too. We live and we learn from overpaying. Then, we get more savvy in the future. There are the tricks everyone knows. Subscribe to the retailer’s updates. Do Google searches for promo codes. Use ebates, ShopatHome, Mrrebates, or TopCashBack to get a percentage back on what you order. Of course, you can always visit sites like this one that try to list all known deals in one place. What are you missing though? Can you do anything else?
February 18th started like any other day. My beautiful niece, Sammy, had been in the hospital since the 16th. Prior to the 16th no one knew anything was wrong with her. She woke up with swollen limbs, and my sister rushed her to the hospital to find out why. For two days, the doctors told my sister that her daughter’s heart condition was beyond repair. From one hospital to the next, my sister was in search of a better trained hospital and a more favorable prognosis.
Every time my sister told me there was no hope, I refused to believe it. Some might say I was in denial. After all, she was healthy or so I thought. I prayed constantly and asked my friends to do the same. There were leagues of people praying for one little girl to overcome her ailments.