I think most anyone who knows me well, and had to describe me in just a few words, would call me a hardcore bargain hunter. Everyone may not have the extra few minutes it takes to score a really good deal, but sometimes it’s simply a matter of ingenuity and timing. I recently scored the oh-so-trendy Instant Pot…for free. Actually, that’s not true. I ended up making money on the purchase!
While everyone was oohing and aahing over the Amazon Prime deal on the 8 qt Instant Pot for $90 a few weeks back, I was holding strong. That was a good value but I’m glad I waited. I’ll take the 6 qt version for free any day! While I can’t promise that you can do the same because of the timing of sales and discounts, I can show you my process so you can pounce the next time a similar opportunity presents itself.
I was fortunate to have a friend looking out for me when she saw the deal come across her Brad’s Deals email. She texted me right away that Kohl’s had the 7-in-1 6 Quart Instant Pot on sale for $99.99 and there were stackable savings codes available for $10 and 15% off. I checked it out as I had a $50 Kohl’s gift card in my pocket that I had been hanging on to for a while. An Instant Pot deal was the perfect opportunity to use it!
I immediately saw that I could improve on the Brad’s Deal and went to work pulling up my Kohl’s account. In my account, I had a $5 Yes 2 You reward that Kohl’s had gifted me. I also had almost $3 in Kohl’s cash from a recent return as well as my aforementioned $50 gift card. Yes I realize the gift card and rewards money is “cheating” here since you can’t replicate that, but bear with me. I’m hoping you can learn the process not necessarily score this same deal today.
I put the Instant Pot in my shopping cart and added the available discounts: a $10 off $50 home purchase with code HOME10, which is still active until July 30, 2017. I also saved 30% by using my Kohl’s charge instead of only 15% with any payment form as mentioned by the Brad’s Deal.
If you don’t have a Kohl’s charge, I would highly recommend one assuming you can be responsible with it. They offer their charge customers much better discounts than their occasional customer. Right now, they are offering a 25% discount on your purchase when you open a new charge account. This appears to be the most you can save right now as this is a Kohl’s Cash redemption period. The discounts tend to be lower during these times.
After I added all of the discounts I could with Kohl’s, I opened a new tab on my browser and went to Ebates. There I logged into my account and went about referring my husband to Ebates. By referring him to Ebates and making the purchase as a new customer, I scored myself a $5 referral fee and him a $10 new customer bonus. And since his money is my money–woohoo! 😉
If you’re unfamiliar with Ebates and similar cash back companies, please check this out for more information: Get Your Cash Back! You should never make any online purchase without first consulting with Ebates or the other available companies. You’re just missing out on free money if you do!
We used his account to link to Kohl’s for the Instant Pot purchase, which was already saved in my cart. Ebates was offering 6% cash back on your pretax purchase so he (we) earned $3.45 cash back, plus the $10 bonus for a total of $13.45.
Kohl’s was also offering $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, so I was able to earn $10 Kohl’s Cash back as well. I opted for free in-store pick up to avoid shipping costs and get my hands on my new Instant Pot as soon as possible!
7-in-1 6 Qt Programmable Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Original Price: $129.99
Sale Price/Subtotal: $99.99
Kohl’s Cash & Promos: $42.56
Kohl’s Cash x8164 -$5.00
Kohl’s Cash x1137 -$2.94
Shipping: FREE In-Store Pick Up
Sales Tax: $3.45
Total Due $60.88
$50 Gift Card applied
$10.88 applied to Kohl’s charge (this was my out of pocket cost!)
Kohl’s Cash $10
Final cost with all cash back factored in -$17.57! That’s $17.57 that I got back in my pocket!
Pretty crazy, right? If you take out the gift card and Kohl’s cash savings from the above scenario because those were exclusive to me, keep the Ebates angle, and the Kohl’s 30% charge savings, your final cost with 6% sales tax would be $37.99. Not bad for an appliance with a $130 price tag!
My point in all of this is that there are so many deals to be had out there. Just because Amazon spends a fortune promoting a “Prime Day” sale doesn’t mean you’re getting the best deal. Don’t be suckered in. Be patient when you have a want. Get sales alerts from places like Brad’s Deals. Or if you can’t be trusted to be on their mailing list because of impulse buying, ask a friend to keep an eye out. Google discount codes and always start at Ebates or your favorite company.
And if you have any good Instant Pot recipes, please send them my way. I’m loving my new toy! 🙂