Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stacking Sephora Chic Week and Ebates: What's the Savings?

Chic Week (or "Spring Social", depending on whether you prefer rhyming or alliteration) kicked off for VIB Rouge today. For those of you who, like me, live prohibitively far from an actual Sephora, you're probably taking advantage of your 15% discount with some good, old-fashioned online shopping.

Image Source: http://www.temptalia.com/sephora-15-coupon-code-springs-hottest-ticket

If you do online shopping and are not already signed up for Ebates, you should probably remedy that immediately. It's a cashback service that takes money for "referring" you to a store, and passes over a percentage of that profit to you. (My referral link is here, if you are interested.) Concurrent with Chic Week, Ebates is having a "Luxury Week" with double cash back on "luxury" stores. Sephora is at 8% cash back right now. (Sephora is frequently at 8% cash back, so it's not really "double", but it's pretty darn good either way.)

Our math question of the day is what are you actually saving when you stack these discounts? Because the 8% total is off of the already discounted price, you are saving 21.2%. You are paying 78.2% retail price.

That means if you are buying $300 worth of stuff, you are spending $234.60.

If you buy $100 worth of stuff, you are spending $78.20.

If you buy $50 worth of stuff, you are spending $39.10.

Note that because this saving is including what you get back from Ebates, you'll have a higher total in your cart (plus, like, tax and stuff), but you will get some of that money back.

Easy math, but a good reminder for anyone who is weighing their purchases this week.

Chic Week runs March 30 - April 11 for VIB Rouge. It starts later for VIB and Beauty Insiders, although I can't seem to find the exact dates. If you know, let me know too!

19 comments:

  1. How exactly do you use ebates?... I still have never quite figured it out. Does it go back to my credit card? Or is it not actually money you get back, but just a discount automatically? Do I shop at Sephora through the ebates website? I just don't get it :/

    Also I am a VIB member and the sale starts for me April 3rd!

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    1. Heyyyy that's my birthday!

      On using ebates:

      First, you sign up for ebates.

      Second, you click on the "Sephora" link on ebates and it directs you to the regular Sephora website.

      Third, you do your regular Sephora shopping on the Sephora website.

      A few days later, it will show up on your ebates account. At the end of the quarter, they mail you a check.

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    2. Signing up as we speak! Seems like a win win! Thank you for your reply!

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    3. Hope it works well for you! The only thing I don't like about ebates is that sinking feeling right after you click "order" when you realize you forgot to use it. "Noooo! I could have had THREE MORE DOLLARS."

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    4. I used to have that "OH NOOOOOO" moment frequently, until I installed the Ebates extension for Chrome. Now a little banner pops up when I go to a site affiliated with Ebates reminding me to activate cash back. I still occasionally forget, like if I think I'm just going to browse so I close the banner and then end up buying something, but it's cut down on those mishaps quite a bit, for me.

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    5. Caro, thank you so much for that tip. I have been signed up for Ebates for a long time and literally have never used it because I never remember. I've installed the extension. Thanks again!

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  2. I heard the ebates 8% ends before VIB members get the sale :(

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    1. Sephora's down at a terrible 2.5% cashback right now!

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  3. This sounds like a no brainier! Thank you!

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  4. I think regular Beauty Insiders starts on Friday.

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    1. Have you picked anything up yet?

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  5. I think the Ebates 8% is already over, which means the overlap was only for 1 day and only vigilant VIB Rouge members were able to jump on it. Bummer.

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    1. Too bad. It's worth keeping an eye on because they go up to 8% pretty frequently.

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  6. So I placed two orders through Sephora (because, like always, I forgot something the first one) and only remembered to use Ebates on the first order. I have the auto-thing set up on one of my computers (where it does a popup if it sees you're on a site that gets cash back) but I can't put it on the other computer I use (which consequently happens to be where I do more of my shopping) Story of my life.

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