On Saturday I met with BargainBabe.com reader Susan from Vermont, the winner of the $600 Sears shopping challenge. Her task was to buy Christmas presents for her entire family at Sears with the $600 and my task was to catch it all on videotape. We both failed (sorta).
At the end of the day, Susan had $.88 left on her Sears card. No matter how hard she and her family tried, they couldn’t spend it all! Hehehe. Nice problem to have. My failure came a few days later, when I realized I don’t have the software to convert the flipcamera video files to a format my free video editing software would recognize. I haven’t given up all hope, but can’t promise anything.
Susan stretched the gift card with two $10 off $50 coupons valid on clothing purchases and by using a $10 Sears gift card she earned through a previous purchase. Susan also stacked up rewards points with every purchase using her Sears loyalty shopper card. Susan ended up buying:
- For her husband, a sound bar that makes it seem like you are in a theater every time you turn on the TV. It also works with iPods. $99.99 plus tax.
- Xbox video games, Nintendo DSi video games, and Blu-Ray DVDs for the kids that cost about $220 plus tax.
- For herself, a 10-piece stainless steel Kenmore pot and pan set for $89.99 plus tax. It was originally $179.00 so Susan got it for 50% off! This was the best deal we got all day. The pot set is not online, unfortunately, but here is a similar Kenmore 8-piece stainless steel pot set to get an idea.
- Clothing for her daughter Erika, including black jeans for $5 (orig. $20), a white blouse for an upcoming band performance, a sparkly skirt, a pair of turquoise and black stretchy jeans, a zip up hoodie, and more. The total was about $52 after the coupon.
- Clothing for her son Jacob, including black Dockers pants, a white shirt with tie, socks, a fleece zip up, and more. The total was about $65 after the coupon.
- A pair of Land’s End purple fashion boots for Erika that were 30% off. They cost $35 (orig. $50).
- A Rachel Ray cookbook for grandpa (about $15) and a holiday-themed fleece vest for grandma ($15).
The family narrowly missed a hot deal on the new FlipCamera Ultra, which Sears had for $99. The nearest competitor was Walmart ($109) and Amazon ($129). But it was sold out in stores and online, unfortunately. We saw plenty of other hot deals on Saturday, including 60% off outerwear, 50% off leather gloves, and up to 70% off jewelry. I nearly got sucked into buying myself a beautiful topaz pendant and gold chain necklace, but balked because I hadn’t thought the purchase through.
Sears, which donated the $600 gift card and FlipCamera, has at least two more big sales coming up before Christmas, on Dec. 17-18 and Dec. 22-24.
What would you have bought?