Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Huge and Super Surprising Savings

Okay, I had an amazing thing happen to me this evening and I had to post about it.

Do you use Price Protectr? If not, and you're trying to live the frugal life, you really need to look into it. I don't like to download any programs onto my computer - not even search bars on my browser. But I read about Price Protectr on another blog a few months back and decided to sign up.

Basically, you buy something (online or in brick and mortar stores). Then you go to Price Protectr, add the link to the item and click search. They bring up the item at it's current price, you type in your email address, and they will watch the price for you for your specified period of time. If the price goes down, they'll email you and you can search their list of retailers to find out how to contact that store for a price adjustment. They also have coupons on their site for different stores and list the current public coupon codes.

Here's what happened to me:
On September 20th, I ordered Halloween costumes for my kids from Old Navy. Their costumes were originally $22.50, on sale for $20.00. It was also their Best Friends' Weekend - entering the code "BFF" at the checkout got me an additional 20% off and free shipping. I have to admit that I was pretty excited to get their costumes for $16 each after the discounts. Don't get me wrong, that's still pricey, but Old Navy's costumes are well made, roomy, and my kids still dress up in R's from last Halloween (fireman) often. To me, it was worth it.

Just for kicks, I decided to add the costumes to Price Protectr this weekend. I had forgotten to order the costumes through ebates or mypoints, so I figured the least I could do would be to watch for a price reduction. Old Navy offers a 14 day window for a one-time price reduction. Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I enter the link, I see the $20 costumes are now $15! Their rules say they don't adjust for a discount code, so I wasn't sure if they'd give me the $2 difference ($32 total now down to $30 total), but I figured I'd call and find out.

The woman I spoke with was SO nice. She had to put me on hold for awhile, and I wasn't sure if it was because it wasn't going through. Really, I was pretty prepared for them to say that it wouldn't go through, I was just gonna give it a shot. Not only did it go through, they adjusted the price BEFORE the "BFF" discount!!!! Instead of getting $2 back, we got $10 credited back to our card!!!!

So my kids are getting AWESOME costumes that will also double as fun dress up clothes for $11 each! I can't say enough good about Price Protectr. I would have been thrilled with $2 back, but this went above and beyond my expectations. So go sign up - it's totally free!

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