I’d like to share a story with you about a recent shopping experience of mine. And I hope that in a broader sense it provides you with online shopping tips to save money.
I needed to buy a gift for a bridal shower
I have a bridal shower coming up in a couple weeks, so I decided it was time to get the bride a gift. Since my boyfriend’s ACL surgery, we haven’t gotten out of the house much together, so I asked him if he’d like to go with me to Macy’s to get the bride’s gift with me. He agreed and asked if I knew what I was going to get her, and I said no, pointing out that I usually get the registry when I’m there and pick something out in my price range.
After our conversation, I got to thinking that maybe I could look online and see if I could pull up her registry. I was thinking it would probably make the shopping trip go a little faster if I had something in mind.
I looked at gift ideas online first
Sure enough, you can pull up a Macy’s gift registry online and see what still needs to be purchased. After seeing that a lot was already off the registry, I found there were about 5 items I could get and keep it under my $75 budget. I put these items in the online cart so I could see the total. Then, I went perusing the internet for a Macy’s coupon.
I found an online coupon for 15% off select household items
About 2 minutes later, I found a coupon for 15% off certain household items. I applied it to my cart and found I’d save $9.18. I noticed that there was only a coupon code and not a printable coupon, which I wasn’t so sure about because I had to go and pick up these items; I didn’t have time to order them online. After not finding a printable coupon, I called Macy’s and asked if there was a way for them to honor this coupon code. The rep told me to simply bring in the sheet showing the code applied to the items and they will honor it in store.
I went to Macy’s with my online shopping cart printed off
So, I printed my entire cart, including the applicable code and later that night, headed to Macy’s. Since I had the printed off cart in hand, it was super easy to find the items. (I did check to make sure they were available in store before choosing them.)
With the five items in hand, I headed to the counter to pay.
The store clerk rang up my items
After ringing up my items, the clerk applied the coupon code I found online. All I had to do was show here my shopping cart with the code applied and she typed it in. The subtotal then reflected the $9.18 discount from the subtotal.
My subtotal was $20.05 more in-store than online
But the subtotal was $88.25! The subtotal I had from my online shopping cart was $68.20. This was a $20.05 difference. All of the items were exactly the same as those in my online shopping cart, so there shouldn’t have been a difference.
I brought this to the attention of the clerk, and we went item by item through my printed off page and her itemized computer. Sure enough, two of the items were priced higher in-store.
Macy’s honored the online prices
The clerk wasn’t sure why they were more in store, but she quickly adjusted the price of the items for me to exactly what I showed her was the price from my online shopping cart. With tax, I paid $74.30 (just in line with my budget)!
I saved big
I was very excited when I saved the $20.05, not because of the amount of money, but because there was absolutely no reason to have paid more. The items were exactly the same. Like I talked about how a Google search saved me $4,000 in car repairs, I’m so happy to say that I saved $20.05 simply by showing the in-store clerk the online prices. Macy’s rocks for matching them!
Have you ever had unexpected savings when you were shopping?
What are the best savings you ever had?