Recently the folks at Sears challenged me to see how many holiday gifts I could purchase with a $200 Sears gift card. Because I inevitably end up at Sears every year during the holidays, I had no problem accepting this challenge!
It is funny that in all of the years that I have shopped at Sears, I had no idea how versatile a Sears gift card is. In addition to using Sears gift cards in Sears stores, you can also use them at KMart and Lands End – both in stores and online.
I decided to focus on my gift exchange gifts for this challenge, and I wanted to use the gift card both online and in stores to test out its flexibility. I was able to check 5 people off of my list using my $200 gift card, and I have $13 left to spend (including my check from Ebates).
First I chose to shop at LandsEnd.com. Because I am also starting to learn the ropes when it comes to earning cash back when shopping online, I decided to go through Ebates to make my purchase so that I would receive 3% cash back. I haven’t received my items yet, so I wasn’t able to take a picture, but I purchased a Women’s ThermaCheck 200 Gloves and Scarf for one person on my list, and a pair of Men’s Flannel Lined Jeans for another. I also decided to call Lands End when I couldn’t find the color that I wanted for this Hat, and they were able to find the color and ship it to me. In total (with free shipping) I spent $104 on this purchase (unfortunately I shopped on a “non sale” day – there are great sales out there now!!).
Next I decided to try out Sears.com. This was my first online shopping experience with Sears.com and I have no complaints. Again I chose to shop through Ebates and I received 4% cash back on my items. I purchased a Barbie Thumbelina DVD, a 9 in 1 Gamer Pack for Nintentdo DSi and a Disgusting Gags and Pranks Kit for $70 (including shipping). These gifts were for 2 additional people on my list.
Finally, I went to a Sears store to purchase a Craftsman Dog Bone Wrench. This purchase cost me $22 and crossed 1 additional person off of my list.
In total I spent $196 and some change on these gifts. I am also set to get $9.67 back via Ebates.
I love the flexibility that a gift card from Sears offers. I was able to shop for a wide variety of gifts for a wide variety of folks (kids, young adults and grandparents) with the one gift card. I know if I had been able to work outside of a specific time frame on this challenge that I could have saved even more with sales and coupons.
I am excited to be able to assist 2 of you with some of your holiday shopping this year, with a little something from Sears!
What am I giving away?
2 winners will receive a $50 gift card to Sears (can also be used at KMart and Land End)
How can you win?
You get up to 3 chances to win:
1) Leave a comment letting me know how you would spend a $50 gift card from Sears. (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader.)
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Who is Eligible?
You must have a valid US address to be eligible.
When does this giveaway end?
Saturday, December 12th at 10PM, EST.
The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at random.org and will be notified via email. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 4 days that another winner will be chosen.
Review/Giveaway Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Sears. I was given a gift card to conduct this review. All opinions and experiences are strictly my own. You can view my full disclosure policy here.