June 20, 2012

Is it Possible to Buy An Outfit for Myself & My Husband With an $100 Budget?

Liza is our guest blogger from www.addictedtosaving.com.  She has been running her blog since 2009.  Her goal is to empower her readers with the tools necessary to save money.
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A common misconception people have of me is that I'm constantly driving from store to store shopping. In actuality, I spent most of my days blogging on Addicted to Saving and I only go shopping once, maybe twice a week. I go grocery shopping every week to my local grocery store as I maximize their sales with high value coupons. And, I will go to my local drugstore once every other week to take advantage of their sales. Beyond that, you will very seldom see me out and about. 

That doesn't mean I don't shop, though! I shop online all the time! I shop online for three reasons: 

1) Convenience. I don't have to leave my house to shop and can save time AND gas money by turning on my computer. 
2) Savings. I can very easily check out sales and compare prices at two or three online stores to find the best deal. 
3) Cash back. Ebates provides me with online coupon codes to use and save money AND they pay me cash back on my online purchases! 

I gave myself a challenge to see if I could buy a full outfit for myself and my hubby from head to toe for close to $100. Including shipping costs. Take a look at what I scored for a total of $103.46! And, I got paid $2.31 from Ebates to make these purchases!

My Outfit 
Dress: Old Navy Women's Tie-Waist Tube Maxi Dresses on sale $27.50 
Shoes: Old Navy Women's Embellished Wedge Flip-Flops in Gold Glitter on sale $12.00 
Underwear: Victoria's Secret Cotton Bikini with Ruffles, on clearance $3.99 
Bra: Victoria's Secret Multi-Way Bandeau Bra, on clearance $14.99


Hubby's Outfit 
Shorts: Old Navy Men's Plaid Poplin Shorts, $15.00 
Shirt: JCPenney St. John's Bay® Solid Piqué Polo Shirt in Black, $9.00 
Boxers: Old Navy Men's Printed Poplin Boxers, on sale $5.99 
Shoes: JCPenney Surfcrown® Black Plaid Flip Flop, on sale $9.00 


Total Spent on OldNavy.com: $60.49 (shipping free since I spent over $50) 
2% Cash Back on Old Navy: $1.21 

Total Spent on JC Penney: $18.00 (shipped free to store) 
4% Cash Back on JCPenney.com: $0.72 

Total Spent on Victoria's Secret: $24.97 ($5.99 shipping is included in the total) 
2% Cash Back on Victoria's Secret: $0.38 

Total Out of Pocket: $103.46 
Total Cash Back from Ebates: $2.31 

While I did end up going over budget slightly, I think I did a pretty good job! What kind of deals have you found while shopping on Ebates?

A common misconception people have of me is that I'm constantly driving from store to store shopping.  In actuality, I spent most of my days blogging on <a href="http://www.addictedtosaving.com" target="_blank">Addicted to Saving </a>and I only go shopping once, maybe twice a week.  I go grocery shopping every week to my local grocery store as I maximize their sales with high value coupons.  And, I will go to my local drugstore once every other week to take advantage of their sales.  Beyond that, you will very seldom see me out and about.

That doesn't mean I don't shop, though!  I shop online <em>all the time</em>!  <strong>I shop online for three reasons</strong>:

1) <strong>Convenience</strong>.  I don't have to leave my house to shop and can save time AND gas money by turning on my computer.
2)<strong> Savings</strong>.  I can very easily check out sales and compare prices at two or three online stores to find the best deal.
3) <strong>Cash back</strong>. Ebates provides me with online coupon codes to use and save money AND they pay me cash back on my online purchases!

I gave myself a challenge to see if I could buy a full outfit for myself and my hubby from head to toe for close to $100. Including shipping costs.  Take a look at what I scored for a total of $103.46!  And, I got paid $2.31 from Ebates to make these purchases!

<a href="http://www.addictedtosaving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ebates-purchase1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-65413 aligncenter" title="ebates-purchase1" src="http://www.addictedtosaving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ebates-purchase1.jpg" alt="" width="362" height="257" /></a>

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>My Outfit</strong></span>

<strong>Dress:</strong> <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=1180830220001&amp;cid=82530" target="_blank">Old Navy Women's Tie-Waist Tube Maxi Dresses </a>on sale $27.50
<strong>Shoes:</strong> <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=60979&amp;vid=1&amp;pid=897813&amp;scid=897813012" target="_blank">Women's Embellished Wedge Flip-Flops in Gold Glitter</a> on sale $12.00
<strong>Underwear:</strong> <a href="http://www.victoriassecret.com/clearance/sas?Bras_SizeCode=default&amp;Panties_SizeCode=XS/S,S,OS|S&amp;Collection_BrandNameAssoc=1265233801190" target="_blank">Victoria's Secret Cotton Bikini with Ruffles</a>, on clearance $3.99
<strong>Bra:</strong> <a href="http://www.victoriassecret.com/bras/all-sale-and-specials/multi-way-bandeau-bra-victorias-secret-pink?ProductID=31929&amp;CatalogueType=OLS&amp;search=true" target="_blank">Victoria's Secret Multi-Way Bandeau Bra</a>, on clearance $14.99
<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.addictedtosaving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ebates-purchase2.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-65414 aligncenter" title="ebates-purchase2" src="http://www.addictedtosaving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ebates-purchase2.jpg" alt="" width="286" height="293" /></a></strong></span></p>
<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Hubby's Outfit</strong></span>
<strong>Shorts:</strong> <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=26066&amp;vid=1&amp;pid=112158&amp;scid=112158002" target="_blank">Old Navy Men's Plaid Poplin Shorts</a>, $15.00
<strong>Shirt:</strong> <a href="http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?GrpTyp=CLR&amp;ItemID=1adecdf&amp;N" target="_blank">JCPenney St. John's Bay® Solid Piqué Polo Shirt in Black</a>, $9.00
<strong>Boxers:</strong> <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=37878&amp;vid=1&amp;pid=115706&amp;scid=115706122" target="_blank">Old Navy Men's Printed Poplin Boxers</a>, on sale $5.99
<strong>Shoes:</strong> <a href="http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?GrpTyp=PRD&amp;ItemID=1dfabf0&amp;N" target="_blank">JCPenney Surfcrown® Black Plaid Flip Flop</a>, on sale $9.00

<strong>Total Spent on OldNavy.com:</strong> $60.49 (shipping free since I spent over $50)
<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>2% Cash Back on Old Navy:</strong></span> $1.21
<strong>Total Spent on JC Penney:</strong> $18.00 (shipped free to store)
<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>4% Cash Back on JCPenney.com:</strong></span> $0.72
<strong>Total Spent on VictoriasSecret.com:</strong> $24.97 ($5.99 shipping is included in the total)
<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>2% Cash Back on Victoria's Secret</strong></span>: $0.38

<strong>Total Out of Pocket:</strong> $103.46
<strong>Total Cash Back from Ebates:</strong> $2.31

While I did end up going over budget slightly, I think I did a pretty good job!  What kind of deals have you found while shopping on Ebates?


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