I work for Cost Plus World Market http://www.worldmarket.com/ so this may sound like a commercial but it is really a story about saving. If you have never been in one of the stores, it's like Pier One on steroids. Lots of cool home decor and kitchen stuff along with gourmet food, wine and beer. After 7 years I get a very generous discount! I have to resist the call to "buy me I am cheap". Last week all the remaining outdoor furniture went 75% off and I still get my 40% discount off that sale price. It was really hard to not buy any of it. An Adirondack chair for $15.00? Right now I am fighting the desire to buy the rope hammock with stand. It also is now just $15.00 for me..would make a killer Christmas present for someone..
The discount I get in the gourmet food area is only 10% because the markup isn't as high and as for wine and beer I only get what the rewards program is offering but the prices are pretty low to begin with so..it's still a win and I don't need to spend any extra gas money to get there!
Back to my extreme savings story! The Explorer program has a ton of benefits, aside from the savings and getting to use my discount on top of them, when I buy $100 worth of gourmet products I get a $10 reward I can use on anything other than wine and beer. This reward has no minimum purchase other than the $10. Part 2 is the coffee deal, buy 6 bags of WM coffee, get the 7th one free. Buy a bag of coffee on Wednesday and get double credit so, if you buy 3 bags of coffee on Wednesday, you than get a coupon for your free bag. Last week I had both a $10 reward coupon and a free bag of coffee. I am so silly when I get that $10 coupon, normally I try to get the biggest bang for my buck. Last week I just wanted to buy stuff for me so for 51 cents I left with
My free 12 oz bag of coffee
1 tube of Amore Tomato Paste
1 bottle of Sesame oil
And to feed my spice obsession
A container of Kashmir Saffron.
Not bad for 51 cents plus what I spent goes towards my next reward coupon!