How to Get 45% Off Shopping at Kmart or Sears
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving means Black Friday is just around the corner but to be honest, you can save just as much money shopping from the comfort of you home these days as camping in front of a store. For a limited time, you can get 45% off shopping at Kmart or Sears. Both stores have a large variety of items to choose from and are perfect choices for wedding registry shopping or holiday shopping.
Amex Sync Lands End
The key to getting 45% off shopping at Kmart or Sears is the current Amex Sync Lands End deal (expires 12/31/13) where you will receive a $25 statement credit for spending $100 or more at Lands End. I’ve highlighted Amex Sync before and how easy it was to earn free money via the Amex Sync Best Buy deal by simply buying gift cards. In this case, you will buy a $100 Lands End gift card. In addition, you will first go through the ShopDiscover cash back portal to access the Lands End website. Currently, ShopDiscover is offering 10% cash back for purchases including gift cards at Lands End.
You may be thinking, “Woah, stop right there.” Lands End is great and all, but I want to save money shopping at Kmart or Sears, not Lands End. The good news is gift cards between the three stores can all be used interchangeably. Once you have your $100 Lands End gift card, you will then go through the ShopDiscover cash back portal again, but this time you will go to Kmart or Sears. Both also give 10% cash back through ShopDiscover at the moment. That means for every $100 worth of shopping at Kmart or Sears, you will earn $25 from Amex Sync for spending $100 at Lands End, $10 from ShopDiscover for buying the gift card at Lands End, and $10 from ShopDiscover for shopping at Kmart or Sears. That’s $45 cash back on $100 or 45% off! In reality, you’ll earn even more than that since you get credit card miles and points for buying the $100 gift card, and you might even be part of Shop Your Way, the loyalty program of Kmart and Sears.
Step 1: Tweet “#AmexLandsEnd”.
Step 3: Click on the first link to sync your card, and you will be taken to an authorization page. Click sign in to approve the American Express Twitter app.
Step 4: Fill in the details of your American Express credit card.
Step 5: You should instantly get an email saying, “@’YourTwitterName’ thx for enrolling in #AmexLandsEnd offer. Spend w/ synced Card & receive credit. See terms: amex.co/17RLaDc.”
Step 6: Go through the ShopDiscover cash back portal to Lands End and buy a $100 Lands End gift card. You can choose either an eGift Card, which you can use almost instantly or a physical gift card, which will take a few days to arrive in the mail. I prefer the physical gift card since I don’t necessarily do my shopping right away. A physical gift card is also easier to give as a gift or resell via Cardpool for a small profit.
Step 7: If you purchased an eGift Card and are ready to make purchases, then go through ShopDiscover but this time to Kmart or Sears then makes your purchases as normal but pay with your new Lands End gift card. If you purchased a physical gift card, wait for it to come in the mail then you can shop at your own convenience.
Step 8: A few days later, you should see the Lands End charge on your American Express credit card along with the $25 statement credit! You should also see the $10 cash back in your Discover account for buying a $100 Lands End gift card as well as 10% cash back on your purchases at Kmart or Sears.
Step 9 (optional): After you get your $25 statement credit, you can use the original link you used to sync your card to now UNsync your card. You can also go into your Twitter account and revoke access for the American Express Twitter app.
The Main Point
To save 45% when shopping at Kmart or Sears, you will of course need a Discover It credit card to access the ShopDiscover cash back portal. The card is currently offering $150 cash back after spending $750 in 3 months, the highest signup bonus ever for the card.
[Update 12/2/13] The Discover It credit card no longer offers a $150 signup bonus. The best signup bonus now is probably through Amazon’s link where you will get a $75 Amazon gift card.
You will also need American Express credit cards to access the Amex Sync Lands End deal. We have 10 American Express credit cards between us so we bought 10 $100 Lands End gift cards since we know we will eventually spend $1,000 at Kmart on groceries etc. You know best how much you usually shop at Kmart or Sears and how many American Express credit cards you have. If you don’t have any American Express credit cards, I highly recommend the American Express Starwood credit card.
Last but not least, I’d like to highlight a few points. ShopDiscover only recently started offering 10% cash back on Lands End, Kmart, and Sears purchases. The 10% cash back could last just a short period of time, or it could last months; nobody knows. Next, the pictures above states that you must use a Discover credit card to earn the ShopDiscover cash back. From my experience (and the experience of people from online forums), you will earn cash back via ShopDiscover without using the Discover It credit card. Just be aware, however, that there is a risk you won’t get the ShopDiscover cash back unless you use your Discover It credit card.
Finally, you may be tempted to use your Lands End gift cards to shop at Lands End but for Lands End, the ShopDiscover language clearly states that cash back is “not valid on gift card redemption.” As a result, you won’t get 10% cash back when you make your purchase. This lingo is not stated for Kmart or Sears so you should be able to get 10% cash back when using a gift card for shopping at Kmart or Sears. Even if ShopDiscover cash back doesn’t pan out or you think it requires too much effort, you can get at least 25% off shopping at Kmart or Sears via Amex Sync Lands End, which is already a fantastic deal in itself!
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