Canada Goose jackets are one of those divisive topics. You either think they’re a rip off, or you don’t.
Regardless of which camp you’re in, the fact remains: it’s THE jacket brand for urban folks who want to stay warm and not look like the Michelin Man. Their value is debatable, but their ubiquity is unmistakable—try really hard, but you won’t be able to commute on the train without seeing at least one on every ride.
But Canada Goose jackets don’t come cheap.
When I bought mine in 2014, it retailed for $595. Today, it’s selling for a whopping $875. Holy crap. With prices like these, and the fact that they never on sale, it’s natural to wonder: how does everyone afford these???
Today I’m going to show you a shopping hack for how you can create your own deal on Canada Goose or anything that seems to never go on sale. I’m looking at you, SK-II masks and Equipment silk blouses.
But since fall JUST started, why are we talking about winter coats in September? Two reasons:
- The promo code I used usually comes out in October. That’s right around the corner.
- Those who plan and organize ahead of time usually get the deals.
When the Usual Tactics Don’t Work
For six years, I wore a $100 Uniqlo parka. Whenever I wore it, I could always feel the cold air sneaking through the fabric. The pockets were unlined and paper thin, so if I forgot to bring my gloves, well, I had a rough time.
But a few years ago, I decided enough was enough. It was time to stop being cheap, and upgrade.
As usual, I did thorough research cross-referencing reviews on blogs, and tried the jacket on a million times in person. Normally, I would have stalked the jacket like crazy until it went on sale. The problem? The style I wanted, the Victoria, was such a popular-selling item, and much to my dismay, it NEVER went on sale. Trust me, I waited. I was going to have to pay the retail price of $595.
Most people would either:
Settle for a cheaper option with fewer features
Buy the jacket full price
But not me.
I knew by waiting for the right time, and taking advantage of promo codes and cash back bonuses, I’d be able to save money.
Enter the shopping portals. What the heck is a shopping portal? Most credit cards and airlines have these virtual malls where you can earn extra reward points or cashback by shopping through their affiliate links. If I’m buying something online anyway, a few extra clicks to earn money just makes sense. So every time I shop online I always check shopping portals to see which one is offering the highest amount of points.
To sum it up, shopping portals are a favorite money-earning strategy of mine 🙂
Exactly How I Got a Discount on a Canada Goose Parka
Here’s the step-by-step for how I was able to stack promos on top of one another for major savings.
1. I Waited for a Saks Fifth Avenue Promo Code
I’m on the Saks email list, and a few times of year they have these promos where you can save 20% off your entire purchase. Of course, there are designer exclusions listed at the bottom of the emails, but Canada Goose wasn’t one of them. Score.
Promo Code Savings: $120
TIP: I dug through my emails, and other promos I’ve seen that are perfect for those big-ticket items are:
- Take $100 off a $500 purchase
- Take $175 off a $750 purchase
The designer exclusions are even more relaxed for these promos.
2. I Used My Credit Card’s Shopping Portal
Pay attention, online shopping addicts. Discover It (referral) is one of the most effective credit cards for earning cashback rewards. Out of all the shopping portals, Discover seems to consistently offer the highest points/per dollar for all the places we regularly shop at (Sephora, Saks, Barneys, etc.). I use Cashbackholic to do a quick check to see how much each portal is offering. Here’s an example of the search results for Saks.
It’s not 100% updated all the time, but it’s good to use as a cursory check. Then you go in and check the individual portals where you have accounts.
At the time, Saks was offering a whopping 15 points per dollar, just by clicking on the affiliate link in Discover’s portal.
Shopping Portal Savings: $71.40
Then I got redirected to the Saks website and shopped like I normally would.
3. I Took Advantage of Discover’s Cash Back Bonus Calendar
Discover also has 5% cash back bonuses on certain categories every quarter.
For the last quarter of the year, the categories happened to include department stores, like Saks. The cool part is you can STACK this 5% bonus on top of the shopping portal one from above. (I called Discover to double-check that I could do this.)
5% Cash Back Bonus Savings: $23.80
And that is how I got a deal on a super popular item where there are seemingly no discounts. By delaying my purchase until the right time, and taking advantage of credit card rewards, I saved a total of $215 on a purchase I was going to make anyway. Did I mention before that shopping portals are my favorite?
All in all, I ended up paying $647.81 out of pocket, including tax, plus the $120.00 in discounts and $95.20 in cashback earnings. That cashback earnings are still sitting in my Discover account, waiting to be used, but if I applied them as a statement credit, my total out-of-pocket costs would be $432.81 for a jacket that retailed for $595.
So, if you want a luxury item, you don’t have to settle for the two usual options: buying a cheaper version or not buying what you want at all. By being industrious and strategically using shopping portals and promo codes, you can create your own discount on those pesky items that never, ever go on sale by themselves.
Want to start earning points through shopping portals? Apply for the Discover It card, and you can earn a $50 bonus by making a purchase within 3 months.
Are you a fan of shopping portals? What are some deals you’ve gotten? Any other creative ways you’ve saved money?